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Waite waltzes home at Burapha

first_imgWith most of the players playing here for the first time the scores were quite good, well apart from Sel who scored a magnificent 16 point total.  Bob Van Mol took line honours on the day with 35 points ahead of Owen Walkley in second with 32 and third on a count back over Eng was Capt Bob with 31.  There were no ‘2’s.Wednesday, August 20, Green Valley – StablefordWe had six groups playing at Green Valley and looking forward to beating the rain, but alas it was not to be and were forced to make a stopover for a beer at John and Geoff’s drinks stop for about half an hour then out we went to finish the round.We had six ladies playing and as usual they put up a good showing; according to William the two girls who played alongside him and John Aylott were magic around the greens. There were a couple of good scores but I think the rain chased a few players away and we had a few NRs.First place went to Owen Walkley with a fine 38 points, second to Nichawan Khiaophuang with 36, third to Rosco Langoulant on 33 and fourth went to Bill Marsden with 32.There were three ‘2’s coming from Wayne Cotterell, Nichawan Khiaophuang (Sa) and Owen Walkley.Friday, August 22, Burapha – StablefordToday we were at Burapha, which will now become our venue for the first and second Friday of each month.  The course is in great condition and the friendly staff see to your needs with a generous smile.Playing A and B courses, as the C has just been renovated and the greens are not up to scratch as yet, we were joined by Robert Cook from the Bendigo Golf Club on a reconnaissance for the club’s next golfing holiday.  Although he played with borrowed clubs, Robert did acquit himself very well and even took a couple of shillings off Capt Bob.The scores were very good and although we did play from the white tees the course was still long enough at 6,200 yards.  Coming in third was Greig Ritchie with 39 points, his best round for a while but being beaten on count back by his good friend David Hausman also on 39.  Taking the top spot was Phil Waite with an amazing 42 points, well done mate!There were three ‘2’s today coming from Rosco, Phil Waite and Greig Ritchie.Note:  The Billabong Golf bar is situated just off Siam Country Club Road looking straight down Lake Mabprachan.  Call Bob on 082 204 3411 if you are looking for a game. PSC golf from The Billabong Golf BarTuesday, August 19, Siam Waterside – StablefordSiam Waterside was the venue for today and being a Sports Day it was a very good deal.  Everyone enjoyed themselves on this wonderful golf course, well almost everyone as Sel had a day he would rather forget; if he wasn’t in the deep rough he managed to make the bunker, and losing 10 golf balls in one round must set a record I’m sure. The Captain got the tee time mixed up but we got away early anyway for a four hour round, not bad for a Sports Day.  A big thank you for our organizer today Rosco taking time out from his duties at the temple and for setting up the next trip there on the 30th September, which will be the last time at Sports Day rates.Friday’s top three: David Hausman, Greig Ritchie and Phil Waite.last_img read more

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Women’s football in Afghanistan takes a tumble, issues chained to other sports as well

first_imgAdvertisement 2499NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsyi1k3Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ei( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 259rtWould you ever consider trying this?😱eozCan your students do this? 🌚w65Roller skating! Powered by Firework Women’s football in Afghanistan officially started not more than 4 years ago, and their national team was a symbol of a new liberal Afghan. However, issues of sexual abuse amongst others have marred this new symbolic team and the same issue looms over the heads of athletes in various other sports teams of the country.Advertisement Reports show a top Afghani sports official admitting to the fact that the women in the football team have been subjected to sexual abuse and that, its not just football. Following the surfacing of the report, Afghanistan president Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday called for an investigation into the claims, calling the allegations “shocking” and vowing to act immediately.The scandal has exploded in the last few days. On Friday, football’s governing body FIFA said it was investigating claims made by women in the national football squad. The Afghan Attorney General’s Office then announced its own investigation too.Advertisement “It is shocking to all Afghans. Any kind of misconduct against athletes, male and female, is not acceptable,” Ghani said after a meeting with the country’s attorney general. “I asked the attorney general to conduct a thorough investigation compliant with our legal codes into the issue. Even if mere allegations cause our people to stop sending their sons and daughters to sports, we need to act immediately and comprehensively,” he added.Hummel, a Danish sportswear company, has pulled sponsorship of the Afghan Football Federation (AFF), which is at the heart of the allegations.Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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Man’s arm severed

first_imgA Pakenham abattoir worker is believed to have had his arm severed by machinery. An Ambulance Victoria spokesperson said the…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Galway GAA Fixtures

first_imgAbbeyknockmoy V Michael Cusacks 14:30, Ref: Paul FahySun 11 Feb U21 B Hurling ChampionshipVenue: Killimor, (1/4 Final )Padraig Pearses V Killimor 12:00, Ref: Derek KellyMon 12 Feb U21 A Hurling ChampionshipVenue: Connacht COE, Ballyhaunis, (Round 2a)Liam Mellows V Kilnadeema-Leitrim 19:30, Ref: Alan Kellyprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Venue: Carnmore, (1/4 Final ) Sat 10 Feb U21 B Hurling Championshiplast_img

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‘Indian politics is invading diasporic politics’

first_imgBhikhu ParekhUnlike Ireland, Israel, China and many other countries, governments in independent India for long took only a limited and furtive interest in overseas Indians. Several factors were responsible. The early migrants, now called Persons of Indian Origin (PIO), had only a limited interest in India. They were neither economically,Bhikhu ParekhUnlike Ireland, Israel, China and many other countries, governments in independent India for long took only a limited and furtive interest in overseas Indians. Several factors were responsible. The early migrants, now called Persons of Indian Origin (PIO), had only a limited interest in India. They were neither economically well off nor politically influential, and had little to offer. Most of their countries of settlement were either fighting for independence or had only recently acquired it and had no international clout. Their project of nation-building demanded total loyalty from Indians. The Indian government was anxious to cultivate their support and was also apprehensive that its concern might expose the PIOS to charges of disloyalty.The depth of this attitude was brought home to Jawaharlal Nehru when Indians in Burma and Sri Lanka were threatened with expulsion. The Sri Lankan prime minister wrote to Nehru in 1948: “I admire the affection they (Indians) still have for their mother country, but note with regret the absence of even the beginning of a similar affection for the country of adoption.” Successive Indian governments thought it wise to adopt a policy of studied indifference to PIOS, doing no more than raising a murmur of concern when they were shabbily treated. Thanks to the second phase migration that began in the early 1960s, the relation between India and overseas Indians has changed dramatically. Indians are now settled in the advanced countries, which are mature, self-confident democracies not particularly worried about dual loyalty. They are used to immigrant communities retaining ties with their countries of origin and acting as pressure groups. This is particularly true of the US and Canada, and is becoming a common practice even in non-immigrant societies like Britain and other European nations. Citizens do worry about the number and impact of immigrants, but seldom about their loyalty. It is striking that no government in the West has raised an eyebrow the various NRI-oriented business schemes floated by the Indian government, or at their political representations on Indian issues. Overseas Indians too have been cautious not to provoke charges of disloyalty. Though much of their philanthropy is directed to India, they have pledged commitment to their countries of settlement. They may cheer the visiting Indian cricket team in the UK, but generally support England in all other cases. As sport becomes the site and emblem of nationalist sentiments, these things do matter. This is not to deny that there have been occasional tensions between overseas Indians and their host societies. Some demand total assimilation and accuse immigrants of retaining native customs of cultural and even political disloyalty. Such voices, however, are generally condemned. On their part, overseas Indians are keen to adapt and keep a low profile. This is as true of Indian Muslims and Sikhs as of Hindus, often described as the most invisible minority because they tend not to make strident demands. In the West today, the concern is about the communal tensions in India spreading to their shores. Indian immigrants are showing disturbing signs of communal polarisation. It even extends to the second and third generations. After last year’s events in Gujarat, Indian Muslims increasingly see themselves more as Muslims than as Indians, and turn to the Islamic ummah for support. Hindus do the same. Both do talk of India but have different attitudes – Hindus claim exclusive ownership and Muslims bemoan their loss of it. I recently wrote what I thought was a balanced article on Gujarat in which I criticised both the Muslim and Hindu leaderships. It provoked a fierce attack from some Hindus – they even called me Maulana Parekh. Such communalisation enables western governments to play off one Indian community against another, and exposes them to charges of supporting militant groups in India and being unable to live in a democratic society. The Indian government needs to appreciate that as the diaspora becomes a significant factor in Indian political life, Indian politics reflects on diasporic politics. Visiting Indian politicians should scrupulously avoid communal partisanship. The Indian diplomatic missions should act as a bridge between India and its diaspora, and might find it helpful to set up advisory councils that act as discussion fora. India can’t cultivate its diaspora without making changes in its attitudes, sensibilities and institutions. Bhikhu Parekh is a member of UK’s House of Lords and Centennial Professor at the London School of Economics.advertisementlast_img read more

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Football Nick Bosa freshman defensive linemen have productive 2016 season

OSU freshman defensive lineman Nick Bosa (97) pays tribute to his brother, former OSU defensive lineman Joey Bosa, by doing the ‘Bosa shrug’ after his first career sack during the Buckeyes’ season opener on Sept. 3 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won 77-10. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorSCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — For the first-year defensive linemen who have received the most playing time other than Nick Bosa — redshirt freshman Dre’Mont Jones, redshirt freshman Davon Hamilton and freshman Robert Landers — 2016 has been a great season. Coming into the year, Nick, brother of former OSU All-American and current San Diego Charger Joey Bosa, was expected to make an impact — unlike his fellow freshman counterparts on the defensive front.After Bosa suffered a torn ACL during his senior year of high school, and starting defensive tackle and redshirt junior Tracy Sprinkle went down with an achilles rupture in the first game of the season, it became apparent OSU needed some big-time minutes from their young players. Although Bosa had a successful rehab period, he still needed time to develop after missing much of the offseason’s drills.According to the Florida native, 2016 has been about growth more than healing, although the time away ensured he was ready to go late in the season.“I’ve grown tremendously this whole year,” Bosa said. “From the first day going full speed in camp to now I think … I’ve actually learned how to play football. Let’s just say that. High school was a lot of brute strength and athleticism. And now, I think I have a pretty good skill set. It’s just been fun to progress all year and learn new things every week. The knee is fine.”Before Bosa started picking up steam as a defender, the interior of the OSU defensive line was a bit of a question mark. That was, until, the trio of Jones, Hamilton and Landers emerged as quality defensive linemen.Jones leads the group with 46 total tackles, while Hamilton and Landers have combined for 25. Of Landers’ 16 tackles, eight are for a loss. Success in his first real playing time with a team in national-championship contention is still a little surreal for Jones.“It set in for my family, not for me yet,” he said. “I’m still in a trance still trying to figure this all out. I’m excited. I’m just ready to go.”OSU is a program that expects contributions from first-year players the moment they step onto campus, like many other top football universities in the nation. Although the expectation might seem lofty, it has helped lots of players develop into NFL-ready talent as soon as they leave Columbus. While it’s a bit like a dream for Jones, Bosa had different things in mind when he committed to the Buckeyes.“I obviously have high expectations of myself,” he said. “I’m not going to come in and not expect to play. The fact that I’ve contributed to a national championship run is surreal.”While the players have been hard at work all week preparing for the task ahead in Clemson, most players agreed the extra practice is a chance to fine tune their skills. Although Jones agreed the bowl practices are helpful, he said they have more of an impact for next season.“Bowl practice, period, is really like a mini camp for us ‘cause it’s a chance for the young guys to showcase their talents and show them we can still play,” Jones said. “This kind of just showcases us for next year’s season.”Recently, Nick Bosa watched his brother throw up an O-H-I-O after getting a sack against Cleveland in the Chargers’ loss last Saturday. Although he has yet to break out any patented moves like Joey’s shrug, Nick said he might give it a try.“We’ll see,” he said. “I’ll probably just be screaming my head off. Too much adrenaline.”Bosa and company will be squaring off against Clemson on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl at the University of Phoenix Stadium. read more

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Rafa Benitez Aleksandar Mitrovic has no point to prove

first_imgNewcastle Manager Rafa Benitez says Aleksandar Mitrovic should not feel the need to prove himself when he returns to Newcastle with Fulham on Saturday.The forward spent two seasons at Newcastle before joining Fulham on loan in January and finalizing the deal in the summer.Answering questions on whether the forward will be looking to make a statement, Benitez told Skysports:“No I don’t think so.”“I think he is doing well. He is playing well, scoring goals for them. He is working very hard, so I think he will be happy at the moment.”“Obviously he will like to score as many goals as he can but I don’t think he has to prove anything because he is doing well.”Thibaut Courtois, Real MadridReport: Courtois’s agent arrested in money laundering case George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Real Madrid’s Thibaut Courtois agent has been arrested as part of a money-laundering investigation.The ugly word corruption is again staining the world of football. In…Mitrovic has scored seven goals from 17 appearances this season for Fulham, who sit bottom of the league with only two wins and nine points from 17 games.“He is a good player, we knew that before, and I wish him all the best after this game,” said Benitez.“I think he will give everything on the pitch because that is his style of play, and hopefully we can keep him quiet.”“My main priority is to be sure the team is in a good position in the table. I am not talking about every single player.”“You have to concentrate on what you have. I am happy with our strikers, they are doing well, but especially I am happy with our position in the table at the moment.”last_img read more

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Messi denies Barcelona threw away the Copa del Rey

first_imgAfter leading FC Barcelona to the Copa del Rey semifinals with a turn around against Sevilla, Lionel Messi was fuming at critics who doubted them.During the Copa del Rey’s first Quarterfinal match between FC Barcelona and Sevilla, the media ran with a headline that suggested the Catalan club had thrown away the competition by not calling Lionel Messi to the match.The Argentine forward has been resting for games that manager Ernesto Valverde doesn’t consider risky as a new strategy he is trying to test, this is with the goal of having the best version we can possibly get of Messi for the final stages of the season in all competitions and possibly have a chance to win another treble.But the media saw this as a sign of weakness after both times in which the club lost its away matches against both Levante and Sevilla, Messi came back to save the club against the Valencian club but nothing guaranteed he would do the same against Sevilla at Camp Nou.The doubts on the Argentine player were quickly trashed by his amazing level of performance this Wednesday, he not only provided an assist and scored the most beautiful goal of the evening, but Leo also motivated his teammates to deliver the best performance they have given the public in months.🏆👑Leo #Messi : “We are Barça and we would never throw away the chance to win any of the big three competitions”🔵🔴 #CopaBarça #ForçaBarça pic.twitter.com/hHJeRCAMXh— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 30, 2019It was clear that the player loves responding to any kind of criticism on the pitch, he usually does it in the most spectacular fashion and just goes home to enjoy the spoils of his success.However, something has changed in the Argentina international as he is taking the captain role very seriously and wanted to talk to the press in order to remind everyone that FC Barcelona will keep fighting for all the titles this season.At the very start of the current competitions that the club is now playing, Messi spoke very honestly to all the fans to let them know that his most burning desire was to win another Champions League this year and he would do everything within him to achieve it.Leo wanted to state this Wednesday that perhaps the fans misunderstood his message because he wasn’t only talking about the European competition, Lionel believes that the Catalan club should always aim to win everything each season and he didn’t think that mentioning it was necessary back then.But now that things have gotten this mixed up, the man decided to come out and remind everyone of his intentions.To think this guy has gone on to rack up 5⃣0⃣ Copa del Rey goals for Barça… 🐐 Plus the ones to come… ⚽ pic.twitter.com/JWkDoF92jNTop 5 Barcelona players to watch in the Champions League Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 13, 2019 With the Champions League about to start, we need to start talking about the Top 5 Barcelona players to watch in the competition.The UEFA…— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 30, 2019“People keep saying that we threw away the Copa del Rey and we didn’t really want to win it,” said Messi via Diario Sport.“Maybe my message from the start of the season was misinterpreted. Let me be clear, this club wants to fight for all three competitions because it is Barcelona’s obligation every year. We are going to keep trying until the very end, we threw nothing away.”“The fans have delivered tonight. This looked like a Champions League match. We were fortunate enough to turn the result in our favor but it wasn’t easy because they did have a few important chances.”“Allowing another goal would’ve complicated everything for us, but we were lucky enough to go through. I did have a couple of chances that I missed.”“But we were lucky enough to get that goal by Luis that granted us that moment of calmness we needed. After that, my goal came when the match was already decided.”“The most important thing here is that the squad played a fantastic game and we made it to the next round.”“The penalty? Coutinho was coming from taking the last one against Levante. He wanted to take it and we came to an agreement because winning is all the mattered. He scored it and that makes me happy, because that’s where it all started,” he concluded.When you and the 🐐 are about to celebrate your 200th win in a Barça shirt 😍 pic.twitter.com/hVvwlLelX2— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 31, 2019Do you think Lionel Messi and Barcelona can deliver and compete for all the titles this season? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

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Exservicemen threaten fastuntodeath over OROP

first_imgThe rally at Jantar Mantar was attended by ex-servicemen from 22 states and five Union Territories, the organisers claimed.“We have all resolved to continue our protest till such time that the government removes the seven anomalies in the OROP scheme announced by them,” said Maj Gen (Retd) Satbir Singh, President of Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement, who is spearheading the agitation since about 90 days. “Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has said a written order on OROP will come out in a month. If the anomalies are not removed by then, we will resort to fast-unto-death,” he said. He said the veterans have been seeking for an appointment with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to explain the OROP issue. Also Read – Punjab on alert after release of excess water from Bhakra dam“But he said yesterday that OROP is being given at the expense of the poor people in the country. We have been deeply hurt and are anguished over this comment,” Singh said. A few ex-servicemen earlier undertook ‘fast-unto-death’ but ended it after government announced OROP last Saturday.Satbir Singh’s threat came as hundeds of ex-servicemen participated in a rally here to demand full implementation of OROP as proposed by them. Also Read – Union Min doubts ‘vote count’ in Bareilly, seeks probeHowever, cracks appeared in the front of ex-servicemen this week with factions levelling allegations against each other.While a section of the veterans were against holding the ‘Sainik Ekta’ rally, others feel they have been let down by the government, which had announced OROP on Saturday last.On Wednesday, Lt Gen (retd) Balbir Singh, who heads Indian Ex-Services League, had announced his decision to exit the front, alleging lack of cohesion and suggesting politicisation of the agitation. OROP involves additional spending of 2.2 pc Min: Parrikar Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Saturday said the ‘One Rank, One Pension’ scheme will not be a “heavy” burden as it involves an additional spending of just 2.2 per cent out of his ministry’s budget. Parrikar said he would be able to collect the amount by reducing wastage, lowering cost, and eliminating middlemen in defence deals. “A lot of people said OROP budget is going to be very heavy. I can tell you that total defence outlay was Rs 3.29 lakh crore. So it only forms about 2.2 per cent additionality in defence outlay,” Parrikar said at a seminar organised by industrial chamber FICCI. “And if I can, I promise also, I can bring that amount by saving the wastage or lowering cost by various other innovative ideas and by really preventing the middlemen” from making money, he added. Later, responding to a question on the ongoing agitation by ex-servicemen, he said: “It is a democratic right (to protest), you cannot take it away.”  However, he sought to remind the protesting veterans that for the first time in 42 years, a government has come out with OROP. The comments came on a day when veterans organised a rally, demanding that the government remove anomalies in the scheme announced by it recently.last_img read more