Gloucestershire’s Alison wins inaugural senior title

first_img Gloucestershire’s Alison Kelly came from four shots off the pace to become the first winner of the England Senior Women’s County Champion of Champions’ title.Kelly, from Cirencester, finished the 36-hole event at Frilford Heath Golf Club, Oxfordshire, on six-over par and won by two from Cheshire’s Barbara Jamieson (Heswall.)She was delighted to win the inaugural competition, commenting: “I didn’t know when I entered the senior championship in Gloucestershire that this would happen so it was a real bonus.“I don’t usually play in the bigger senior events because I’m a teacher and they’re usually during term-time.” Kelly takes specialist workshops in STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and maths – in Gloucestershire primary schools.Her win was made even more special because it was at Frilford Heath – where Kelly’s parents were members until recently – and because the trophy was presented by England Golf President-elect Jenny Clink, a stalwart of Gloucestershire women’s golf.After yesterday’s first round Kelly was four behind Jamieson, who posted an opening score of level par 70 on the Green course.Today Kelly’s plan was simple: “I just went out to have a reasonable game, I wasn’t thinking of winning particularly, but of having a tidy round.” She did exactly that, going round in two-over 72 to overtake Jamieson, who finished on eight-over. Third place went to Dorset’s Jane Southcombe (Yeovil) who finished on 10-over (77, 73).Kelly took up golf as a girl and has played in Kent, Oxfordshire – where she was runner-up five times in the county championship – and Gloucestershire. This is her third spell as senior county champion and she has also been county junior organiser and a long-standing member of the women’s team.She insists she has retired from county golf although she is planning to support the team at Women’s County Finals at Royal North Devon, later this month, when Gloucestershire will be aiming to win back the title.Click here for full resultsImage copyright Leaderboard Photography 9 Sep 2018 Gloucestershire’s Alison wins inaugural senior title Tags: Alison Kelly, Champion of Champions, County, Senior, Womenlast_img read more

Obama Urged to Stem Illicit Financial Flows from Africa

first_imgUnited States President Barack Obama has been urged to stem the flow of the US$55.6 billion that has left Africa illegally each year over the last decade, and to address America’s role as a major facilitator of such outflows.The call came from Washington-based Global Financial Integrity (GFI), as African leaders arrived in the US capital for the historic US-Africa Leaders Summit.GFI said the Obama administration and African leaders should prioritize efforts to curb the illicit capital flight from Africa that has totaled US$555.8 billion in the last 10 years.“Illicit financial outflows are by far the most damaging economic problem facing Africa,” said GFI president Raymond Baker, who sits on the UN High Level Panel on Illicit Financial Flows from Africa.“In 2011 alone, US$76.9 billion flowed illegally out of Africa. That’s nearly US$77 billion that could have been invested in local businesses, in healthcare, in education, or in infrastructure,” Mr. Baker said“It’s money that could have been used to help pull people out of poverty and save lives. This Summit provides an historic opportunity for the United States and for leaders across Africa to focus their efforts on curtailing this hemorrhage of illicit capital.”GFI research finds that US$555.8 billion flowed illicitly out of Africa between 2002 and 2011, fuelling crime, corruption and tax evasion, while simultaneously draining hundreds of billions of dollars from African economies.The problem is so severe that a May 2013 joint report from GFI and the African Development Bank found that, after adjusting all recorded flows of money to and from the continent (e.g. debt, investment, exports, imports, foreign aid, remittances, etc.) for illicit financial outflows between 1980 and 2009, Africa was a net creditor to the rest of the world to the tune of between US$597 billion and US$1.4 trillion.“The traditional thinking has always been that the West is pouring money into Africa through foreign aid and other private sector flows, without receiving much in return. Our research has turned that logic upside down – Africa has been a net creditor to the rest of the world for decades,” added Mr. Baker, a long-time authority on financial crime.“The implication of this finding is broad and profound: More money flows out of Africa than flows in. Without concrete action, the drain on the continent is only going to grow larger.”GFI, a research and advocacy organization highlighted the role of the US as a major facilitator of such outflows.“For every country losing money illicitly, there is another country absorbing it. Illicit financial outflows are facilitated by financial opacity in tax havens and in Western economies like the United States,” noted Heather Lowe, GFI’s legal counsel and director of government affairs.“Indeed, the United States is the second easiest country in the world—after Kenya—for a criminal, kleptocrat, or terrorist to incorporate an anonymous company to launder their ill-gotten-gains with impunity. It’s high time that the US government come to terms with this reality and lay out specific policies, which it intends to implement to curb its status as a dirty money haven,” she said.The three-day US-Africa Leaders Summit, the first such event of its kind, is the largest event any US President has held with African heads of state and government.The White House says the Summit will build on Mr. Obama’s trip to Africa in 2013 and will strengthen ties between the US “and one of the world’s most dynamic and fastest growing regions”.Specifically, it is expected that the August 4-6 Summit would advance the Obama administration’s focus on trade and investment in Africa and highlight America’s commitment to Africa’s security, its democratic development, and its people.At the same time, it will highlight the depth and breadth of America’s “commitment to the African continent, advance our shared priorities and enable discussion of concrete ideas to deepen the partnership”.The White House added: “At its core, this Summit is about fostering stronger ties between the United States and Africa.”The theme of the Summit is ‘Investing in the Next Generation’.“Focusing on the next generation is at the core of a government’s responsibility and work, and this Summit is an opportunity to discuss ways of stimulating growth, unlocking opportunities, and creating an enabling environment for the next generation,” the White House said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgCouncillor Mac Giolla Easbuig and postmaster Josie Molloy.There is anger and frustration in West Donegal at the confirmed closure of Derrybeg postal sorting office.Local postmaster Josie Molloy has confirmed he has received a closure date for the sorting office.Independent Cllr Micheál Choilm Mac Giolla Easbuig has expressed his anger after meeting with Mr Molloy on the issue. Councillor Mac Giolla Easbuig said “This shows the government’s commitment to rural Ireland is just a ploy by Fine Gael to con people into thinking that they have rural Ireland at heart. During the recent election they were taken a back by the feeling of betrayal all across rural areas and we now see that their new found concern is baseless.“If they were serious about addressing the issues that rural post offices and communities face decisions like this would be put on hold at least until the Post Office Working Group set up.”He added the loss of the sorting office in Derrybeg will impact on the local service provided by the an Post.“Many times businesses in the area and members of the community would have been able to call in early to pick up a parcel that they were waiting on and it was this type of local and personal service that made the post office an important part of the community and I believe that an Post will lose that respect of the people with the consolidation of services like this. “Let’s be clear about this though it is part of a process where an Post are preparing to privatise the mail service across the country where your local post office will not be part of the mail delivery at all. We only have to look at the way that post boxes are being taken out of the post office as well. The whole agenda of this neo-liberal Fine Gael government is to drive the full privatisation of an Post” continued MacGiollaEaspuig.Councillor Mac Giolla Easbuig and Deputy Thomas Pringle have been highlighting the threat of privatisation across all services and say they will continue to fight to keep vital services in public ownership but we need our communities to make this a priority too.ANGER AT CLOSURE CONFIRMATION OF DERRYBEG POSTAL SORTING OFFICE was last modified: May 2nd, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:derrybegdonegalJosie Molloypost officelast_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL Daily Weather Report, in association with The Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, Tel 07491 22700.Today’s Weather: Very mild at dawn with temperatures starting the day at 8C, perhaps a couple of degrees lower along the coasts, where mist and fog may linger into the morning.Generally a dry day with bright sunny spells especially in the afternoon. Temperatures are 5C above average for this time of the year with Donegal seeing the warmest weather today of 15C, or even 16C at times, especially in the south of the county. The warmer weather will continue, according to Met Eireann, though BBC NI reckons it will be cooler for the rest of the week with wetter weather for the North West.IT’S FIFTY-50 Tuesday at Dexter’s at the Mount Errigal Hotel today. Enjoy a Dexter’s Sharing Platter for Two for just €29.50.2x4oz Irish Burger with Blue Cheese & Onion, Ribs, Breaded Prawns, Spicy Chicken Wings, 2 side orders & BBQ dip!The Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, Tel 07491 22700.  15C AND (MAINLY) GLORIOUS! THE DD WEATHER REPORT WITH THE MOUNT ERRIGAL HOTEL was last modified: April 1st, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegal daily weatherMount Errigal HotelTuesday deallast_img read more

Giants’ Pillar goes in-depth on the art of robbing home runs

first_imgCINCINNATI — If Kevin Pillar looked like a natural climbing the center field wall in Cincinnati on Saturday night, it’s because he is one.The Giants outfielder scaled an eight-foot fence to rob Reds rookie Nick Senzel of his first major league home run, impressing his teammates and everyone in attendance at Great American Ball Park with how easily he moved himself into position to make the play.Sports Info Solutions said Pillar’s Saturday robbery was the third of his career, and considering …last_img

East Cape entrepreneurs define nation brand

first_imgFrom left, Sybert Liebenberg and Vuyo Zitumane of the Eastern Cape Tourism Agency, Dr Garth Cambray, Brand South Africa trustee Neela Hoosain, Ben Nyaumwe and Iggy Sathekge at the Port Elizabeth stakeholder summit.The second Brand South Africa Stakeholder Summit kicked off in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape on 12 July 2011 with a host of representatives from government, business and civil society gathering to discuss ways to grow the nation’s reputation and competitive spirit.Initiated by the Brand South Africa and taking place in each of the nine provinces, the summits aim to increase provincial participation in the nation-branding effort and encourage active citizenship – which, in turn, will help position the country as a top investment and tourism destination.The first session was held in Johannesburg in May, with similar events taking place soon in the remaining seven provinces.“The South African brand is about the promise we are making,” said Iggy Sathekge, Brand South Africa director for stakeholder relations.“If investment communities come here are see that we do not have what we promised, there will be a gap. There’s a gap because we are not being brand ambassadors ourselves – we have to start creating these internally before we can expect other people to see us in a particular way.”Brand South Africa believes that by getting South Africans to become passionate about what the country represents, each citizen becomes an embodiment of the brand promise.“If each South African becomes excited about this, we will have 49-million ambassadors who are pushing for this particular brand,” Sathekge added.Each summit presents South Africans who, through their work and community initiatives, are already active ambassadors. These individuals epitomise the unique characteristics, or pillars, of the South African brand – ubuntu, diversity, sustainability, possibility and innovation.‘If you do it, you’ve got to do it right’Having brought the world-class Radisson hotel group to South Africa, Port Elizabeth property mogul Ben Nyaumwe is one such man.“I believe that if we have entrepreneurs in this country, we will attract investors. Here’s an example: the Radisson didn’t come and choose Port Elizabeth … there was a local entrepreneur, Ben Nyaumwe, who went to group’s operators in Brussels and said ‘hey, come and look at this amazing city of Port Elizabeth’. And they came and saw and they said ‘yes, we will partner with you’.”Nyaumwe believes this approach is an example of thinking globally, acting local. “Our products cannot be inferior, if you do it, you’ve got to do it right – or stay home.“When I started talking about establishing a five-star hotel in Port Elizabeth about six years ago, many people were sceptical. But look where we are now: we’re sitting with a hotel group in the city that operates with 80% occupancy levels right throughout the week.”Although the Radisson is now the biggest international hotel group in South Africa with branches in Johannesburg, Cape Town and the Eastern Cape, there wasn’t a single establishment in the country before Nyaumwe stepped in.“We were the pioneers. Through local innovation coming out of Port Elizabeth, and growing out of this investment, we managed to ensure that the Radisson came to Johannesburg and got a presence right opposite the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and Gautrain in Sandton. That says a lot about Port Elizabeth and the potential we have. The Radisson group came here before it went to Sandton – that’s important.”Local effort leads to top global brand Dr Garth Cambray, managing director of Makana Meadery in Grahamstown, is another brand ambassador in the Eastern Cape with a local approach and global vision.Like the name suggests, his company makes wine from fermented honey, also known as mead, which is the oldest known fermented beverage on earth having been invented in Africa 20 000 years ago.Founded in 2001 with only 15 employees, the meadery now produces up to 15 000 bottles of the drink a year, as well as stocks of mead vinegar, honey mead mustard, conventional honey and honey-based jams and marmalades.Cambray has also established a similar facility in the US, which produces 66 000 bottles of award-winning mead a year that’s sold across 38 states.But he’s making sure that the benefits of the innovation remain right where mead first came from.Through several empowerment initiatives, Makana Meadery has trained over 400 unemployed people – some as far away as the Congo – to keep bees, without which mead would never exist, and sell their honey for profit.The meadery has also helped develop the local economy of Grahamstown by ensuring that previously disadvantaged residents have a 50% stake in the venture.“In terms of the global growth of the mead industry, we’re seeing that more and more brands are available – so with that, there is an increased availability of the mead product. This is growing our local brand too. We just have to help other people make mead – like we do in the US – and they grow our brand for us. It’s a very non-aggressive marketing style, but it works. It’s all about ubuntu.”Gold was the first resource in South Africa which made the country globally competitive – the next will be the “gold in our biodiversity”, Cambray said, “and the things that symbolise this are our bees and the beverage they hep produce”.last_img read more

South African biker in Dakar challenge

first_imgSouth African motorbike racer Joey Evans is competing in the 2017 Dakar Rally, less than 10 years after he was paralysed in a motorbike accident. Hard work and determination to fulfil his lifelong dream to compete in the race got him back on his feet and up on his bike again. (Photo: From Para to Dakar website)CD AndersonSouth African motorbike racer Joey Evans is currently competing in the gruelling Dakar Rally across South America. While being in the race, running from 2-14 January 2017, is an achievement in itself, Evans’ journey to this point has been a remarkable story in which he beat the odds after a life-changing accident.An avid rider in his 20s, participating in local road and off-road racing events, Evans had always aimed to become good enough to do the Dakar. A serious accident during a race in 2007, however, left him a paraplegic. He broke his T8 and T9 vertebrae, crushed his spinal cord and was paralysed from below the chest down. He had little hope of even climbing back on a bike again.Writing on his website, From Para to Dakar, Evan explains: “I was told by the two previous hospital specialists that I would never walk again in light of my spinal cord injury that appeared to be ‘complete’. A few days later, after many X-rays and CAT scans, the doctor recommended that we fuse my T8 and T9 vertebrae to stabilise my back and attempt to relieve pressure on my spinal cord. This was a big decision to make as other doctors had recommended that we leave the area to ensure no further damage.”If the operation was successful Evans would have a small chance of walking again – but never, the doctors said, the possibility of riding a motorcycle again.This did not deter him though, and while slowly building up his strength to start walking again, the dream of riding the Dakar was always in the back of his mind.“After the operation,” Evans writes, “lying in that hospital bed, I decided that this was not going to beat me… I would work as hard as I possibly could to walk again. I had so much support from my wife, my family and friends. Everyone pushing me to keep going and always full of encouragement.”Following extensive physical therapy, Evans was walking again and less than two years after his accident, he climbed back on a bike.“I was determined to try to get back on a bike. The first time I tried to throw my leg over I could not support my weight and the bike on one leg and ended up falling over with the bike on top of me.”After enough practise and more than a few falls, he mastered the motorcycle enough to be able to ride over long distances. “Words could never describe the feeling of being back on the bike again. Alone in my helmet I felt my eyes well up knowing that this was truly a miracle to have come what seemed full circle and be back on the bike again.”A decade after being told he may never race again, Evans was at the Dakar starting line, on his trusty KTM, feeling that whatever happened next, just making it this far was a victory in itself.“Physically,” he writes, “I can now walk quite well and sometimes people don’t even notice I have a problem. My legs still don’t work properly; they are a lot weaker and slower that before and spasm a lot when I’m tired or when my adrenalin is going… But I can ride.”As of 9 January 2017, after the completion of the sixth stage of the Dakar in La Paz, Bolivia, Evans is in 102nd place in the motorcycle category, and is one of only two South Africans remaining in the race. The other is Giniel de Villiers.The epic 9,000km race ends in Buenos Aires, Argentina on 14 January.Source: GoodThingsGuy and From Para to Dakar websiteslast_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast December 12, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We look to be able to get through the entire day today with only clouds to deal with in a large majority of the state, not precipitation. However, the exception to that statement lies in NE Ohio.  A disturbance continues to move east over the Great Lakes, but seems to keep most of the precipitation north of the MI line today and north of Lake Erie. Clouds build south into Ohio, but we should stay mostly dry. in NE Ohio, we do see a development of lake effect snow later today into this evening, and that snow could bring accumulations of 2-5″ especially close to the PA line, and near Erie, PA. WE need to stress that this is the only area that we have a concern about snow. There is better potential for sunshine the farther south you go today. Temps push to near normal levels. We also stay dry tomorrow, but clouds remain over a large part of the state. South winds take temps up a little further, and we may see parts of the state slightly above normal on Friday. We may not even see moisture right off the top Friday. But rather scattered showers work in Friday afternoon and evening, and then settle south, bringing on and off moisture to the southern half of the state from Saturday into early Sunday.  Combined, we are looking at .25”-1” from I-70 southward, but the coverage and totals do not look nearly as strong on this recent batch of data we are looking at. However, we are going to leave the forecast alone this morning, and will look at changing it to a drier forecast if this data continue to point that way tomorrow  morning. Right now we will put coverage at 50% of the state  for the duration of the event. The map at right shows the potential new moisture totals for the weekend event.  We will make a call on this tomorrow. On the backside of the system, we get some sunshine to build back on Saturday, and we see sunny, dry weather in control from Sunday through next Wednesday. Several high pressure circulations will drift over the region during that dry stretch. Late next week we get some clouds to build back in, and we have to keep an eye out for some scattered light precipitation late Thursday through Friday. Moisture totals do not look that impressive, mostly at a few hundredths to a tenth or two, liquid equivalent. For the rest of the extended period, we are going a little drier this morning. Cold air starts to move in around the 22nd, meaning we would have an air mass that would support snow. However, we do not really see good moisture ahead of the Christmas holiday, so the prospects for a white Christmas are low at this time.  The chances for snow into the 23rd are still there, but the system looks less impressive, and track is highly variable.last_img read more

Trim Mode in Premiere Pro CS6

first_imgOne of the big additions in Premiere Pro CS6 is the enhanced trimming features.  In this post you’ll learn how to trim quickly with the new Trim Mode and keyboard shortcuts.Discover how to use the new Trim Mode in Premiere Pro CS6 to speed up your edits!  In this post, we’ll cover trimming in Premiere including how to perform an edit in trim mode and modifying the large trim offset.  Lastly, we’ll take a look at trimming with shortcuts in Premiere Pro – a surefire way to streamline your editing workflow.Performing an Edit in Trim ModeIn Premiere Pro, you can edit in trim mode by putting your playhead near the edit point you want to trim and pressing T.Remember: T is for “Trim”This selects the nearest edit point and puts you in Trim Mode. The Program window will change to show you the outgoing and incoming clips, with trim backward and trim forward buttons below the clips (-5, -1, and the default transition button):This puts you into a Roll (displayed as dual sided Red).  Toggle through the trim tools by using the shortcut Control + T (on a Mac) or Shift + T (on a PC.  This will toggle you  to a Ripple (displayed as one-sided Yellow) and Regular Trim (displayed as one-sided Red). Unlike Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro also toggles to the selection editing tool (displayed as one-sided Red arrow) which will leave a gap.  Watch out for that!To perform a Trim, click the -1 or -5 numbers in the Program Window.  You can also add the default video/audio transitions by clicking the default transition button.The white numbers on the far left and right show you the total frames you have trimmed (if you clicked the -5 trim backwards 3 times, the total would be -15).I personally like trimming while the edit is looping by clicking the Play button (your view will change  to the clip that is playing), and pressing the trim backward/forward buttons. This type of real time editing allows you to really fine tune your edit while visualizing the result.  Remember there is no right or wrong way to trim.  That’s why Premiere Pro offers various methods of working.Set the Large Trim Offset in PreferencesWant more trim offset?  Premiere Pro allows you to change the Large Trim amount (the default is 5)On a Mac go to Premiere Pro > Preferences > Trim.  On a PC its Edit > Preferences > Trim PC.  Change the Large Trim Offset to 10 frames.  After changing the Offset, you will see the new values in Trim Mode (see example below). Trimming with Keyboard ShortcutsUsing shortcuts are the fastest way to trim in Premiere Pro.  They may take some dedication to stick in your workflow, but force yourself to use them and after a while they’ll become second nature.You can trim 1 frame to left with the shortcut Option + Left Arrow (on Mac) or Alt + Left Arrow (on PC).  Similarly, trim 1 frame to the right with the shortcut Option + Right Arrow (on Mac) or Alt + Right Arrow (on PC).The shortcuts for trimming with the large trim offset are Option + Shift + Left Arrow or  Option + Shift+ Right Arrow (Substitute Option for Alt on PC).You can also modify the Premiere Pro keyboard shortcuts to add ones you like. Below you can see all the trim commands that aren’t mapped to a keyboard shortcut.  If you’re doing a lot of repetitive trimming its more than worth it to take the time to map the shortcuts that are most useful.Check out the complete list of default Premiere Pro shortcuts here.Are you using the new Trim Mode in Premiere Pro CS6?Got tips to share?  Let us know in the comments!last_img read more