Drug bust Sunday morning near Dawson Creek

first_imgBy Dwight FordThere has been another drug bust in the South Peace.The Dawson Creek RCMP seized undisclosed amounts of marijuana, cocaine and cash from a rural property on the 227 Road earlier Sunday morning.- Advertisement -A short time later police also arrested their prime suspect a 28 year old man at a Dawson Creek drinking establishment.He now faces drug possession and trafficking charges but his identity will be withheld until the charges have been approved by Crown Counsel.last_img

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QPR chief ‘blasts Cisse’

first_imgToday’s Sun picks up on QPR chairman Tony Fernandes’ comments on Twitter immediately after Saturday’s defeat against Sunderland.Under the headline ‘Tony blasts Cisse’, it refers to Fernandes’ angry reaction to Djibril Cisse’s sending off – the striker’s second since his recent move to Loftus Road.Cisse is suspended again.Fernandes tweeted: “This is the first time I am genuinely p****d off. We have to bloody keep 11 players on the pitch.“Boy, do we make it difficult. We have eight games left, four at home, which are winnable.“It is up to the players now — we’ve done all we can. The manager can do nothing if players keep getting booked and sent off.”The Sun also include a story that Benfica winger Nico Gaitan believes Chelsea are feeling anxious ahead of their Champions League game against his side.Gaitan is quoted as saying: “I think there is an anxiety in Chelsea by the lack of goals from Torres and Drogba.“We can exploit that and even though it will be difficult to stop them, it is possible and I have confidence we will keep a clean sheet.”Several papers report Petr Cech’s comment that Chelsea failing to qualify for the Champions League would mean a “lost year” for the club.The Blues keeper added: “You always have years when you go through transition and the side needs to be rebuilt. Or you have changes in terms of managers.“For a big club, you can accept that the team does not win the league because it is in transition, but you cannot afford to slip out of the Champions League spot. The big teams are about the Champions League.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Top medical team for 2010

first_imgA player is carried off the field duringthe 2006 Fifa World Cup. Two stretcherteams, each comprising a doctor andfour paramedics, will be required atevery match played during the 2010Fifa World Cup. (Image: BBC)Tamara O’Reilly A select team of medical experts in South Africa has been appointed to advise the 2010 Local Organising Committee (LOC) on healthcare services for the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup and the 2010 Fifa World Cup.The group of 10 professionals will work closely with Fifa chief medical officer Professor Jiri Dvorak, who has served in this position for four football world cups, to roll out Fifa and the LOC’s Medical Services Plan for the two tournaments.“We are delighted and highly encouraged by the number of healthcare professionals who have heeded this call and the cooperation we have received from Safa [South African Football Association], the regions, the PSL [Premier Soccer League] and the clubs in this regard,” said Dr Victor Ramathesele, the 2010 LOC’s general medical officer. “This augurs well for our successful hosting of these events and achievement of our legacy objectives. We also acknowledge the outstanding support we have received from government, Fifa and the Fifa medical office in all our activities.”The medical advisory team will be involved in the formulation of policies, protocols and operating procedures that will cover the provision of essential medical services in and around match venues and training grounds. The team will also ensure that 24-hour specialist and sport medicine services are available to all players participating in the tournament and that healthcare providers are trained accordingly. Training courses for all medical staff will be developed by the team.Support staffThe advisory team will be supported by venue medical officers and Fifa medical officers who will be in charge of rolling out the medical plans, coordinating medical activities, conducting research and doping control services at each match venue.Venue medical officers from each host city have been appointed for their knowledge of the cities in which they operate and their expertise in the areas of research, emergency medicine, mass-gathering medicine and sports medicine.In addition to transferring patients to accredited hospitals, the support group will manage the two stretcher teams for the field, which each comprise a doctor and four paramedics. They will also work closely with fire fighters, paramedics and police who will be managing emergency medical posts for spectators and the media in the stadium. According to Fifa, there will be one doctor on standby for every 10 000 spectators.“Knowing the high standard of medical care at the different South African university and private hospitals, I have no doubt that the medical facilities in South Africa already satisfy Fifa World Cup requirements. We still have time for improvement and will exercise our collaboration for the first time during the Fifa Confederations Cup in June 2009,” said Dvorak.Doping controlNext to injury prevention, doping control is very important to the tournament and in this regard strict measures will need to be put in place to ensure Fifa requirements are met. Heading up the doping control services and infrastructure is Khalid Galant, the newly appointed CEO of the South African Institute for Drug-free Sport, and Dr Pieter van der Merwe, head of the World Anti-Doping Agency accredited doping control laboratory at the University of Free State in Bloemfontein.“The Organising Committee has a legacy policy that seeks to ensure that football has sustainable gains that derive from the 2010 Fifa World Cup and related activities. With regard to health and medical services, and in close collaboration with Safa structures including the PSL, the committee has embarked on a campaign to involve healthcare professionals who are associated with football in most of these activities,” added Dr Irvin Khoza, chairman of the 2010 LOC.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Tamara O’Reilly at [email protected] linksFifa 2009 Fifa Confederations CupRelated linksSafa and PSL aboard for 2010 LOC calls for 5 000 volunteers Fifa medical centre for SAlast_img read more

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BRICS Development Bank officially opens for business

first_imgThe National Treasury announced the official establishment of the New Development Bank (NDB) headquarters in Shanghai, China on 27 February. This marks the completion of legal procedures that will now allow the bank to begin its operations.The South African operation has started a national recruitment process, and the Treasury has encouraged South Africans with the necessary skills and qualifications to apply via its website. (Image: BRICS Business Council, via Facebook)The National Treasury announced the official establishment of the New Development Bank (NDB) headquarters in Shanghai, China on 27 February, which marks the completion of legal procedures that will now allow the bank to begin its operations, in a statement released on 7 March 2016.#China, #BRICS bank sign #documents. Read more: https://t.co/iAtjjnwSuv pic.twitter.com/afZd2Z4vdk— Fakhrul Alam (@fakhrulalam88) February 28, 2016The headquarters was first opened in July 2015, following the formal agreement on the bank’s establishment between BRICS leaders at its fifth annual summit, held in South Africa in 2013.The NDB is busy establishing its Africa Regional Centre in Johannesburg, as outlined by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in his 2016 Budget Speech.The South African operation has started a national recruitment process, and the Treasury has encouraged South Africans with the necessary skills and qualifications to apply via its website for a variety of mid- and high-level positions at the institution.South Africa’s first instalment of R2-billion was paid to the bank in December last year, according to the minister’s 2016 Budget Review, and the budget makes provision for further commitments over the medium term.The NDB will begin operations with $50-billion (about R770-billion), which will expand to the full $100-billion in the next five to 10 years.While China may have the largest share of voting rights in the bank with its $41-billion pledged contribution, the South African contribution and its work in the organisation will go a long way to developing the rest of the continent as an emerging economic power.“This initiative,” Gordhan said his address to Parliament, “gives impetus to our role as a financial centre for Africa and will facilitate access to global finance by African investors and institutions.”The bank will focus on lending money to developing countries to help finance infrastructure projects. Economists consider the NDB a viable and necessary alternative to the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, one that will bring the focus back to developing the BRICS member nations as well as emerging nations on their respective continents.To achieve this, the bank will support public and private projects through loans, guarantees, equity participation and other financial instruments.This primary focus will complement BRICS’ existing efforts of multilateral and regional financial institutions for global growth and development. The NDB will also co-operate with international organisations and other financial entities, and provide technical assistance for projects to be supported by the bank.The BRICS economies comprise more than 3 billion people – over 40% of the world’s population – and cover more than a quarter of the world’s land area and global gross domestic product.Source: South African Government News Agencylast_img read more

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Mining ‘still a key pillar for SA economy’

first_img9 February 2015The Investing in African Mining Indaba is an annual platform that brings more than 7 000 seasoned captains of industry in the mining sector under one roof at the Cape Town Convention Centre. Mining Indaba 2015 takes place from 9 to 12 February.The event comprises an exhibition, conferences, meetings, on-site and offsite events wherein strategic investment discussions are held between industry, investors and governments.At this year’s Indaba, South Africa will present a prestigious national pavilion co-hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry (the DTI), Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) and the Department of Science and Technology. The national pavilion will also host 20 companies and relevant state-owned companies that will showcase cutting-edge offerings to potential investors and project promoters.KeynoteOver the years the keynote address by the South Africa minister of mineral resources has been a major highlight, this year will be no different with the minister taking to the podium on 10 February.South Africa will also host an investment conference on 10 February, featuring three ministers as panellists where policy, regulatory, challenges and opportunities will be discussed in a mining investment dialogue.The DTI’s participation at the 2015 edition of the Indaba is centred around government’s strategic focus on industrialisation and enhancing the linkages between mining and the rest of the economy.South Africa intends to extend and expand value chains activities within the country, increase local content in the supply of capital goods and services, improve access and inputs or mineral-based products to the rest of the economy and promote the transformation of the sector.BeneficiationOur aim is to ensure that more value is added to domestic mineral products ahead of export, so as to extract greater economic value and employment from the country’s mineral resources, estimated to be worth $2.5-trillion.In the Engineering and Metals Journal Annual Survey of Global Metal-Mining Investment 2014, South Africa features in the top 10 planned mining projects at number eight.These are projects where detailed investment quantum, commodity type and stage of investment pipeline amongst other factors have been concluded. The output of South Africa’s capital goods industry has expanded almost consistently in real terms since 1994.Internationally competitiveThe industry has exhibited a degree of international competitiveness by the rising trend in its export propensity since 1983. However, the import penetration ratio has also been rising steeply, amounting to 56% in 2012.The DTI commissioned the Resources Capital Goods Development Programme (RCGDP) study in September 2014. The study will focus on the viability and mechanism for the establishment of a Resources Capital Goods Development Programme for mining capital goods (plant, machinery and after-market) to stimulate local content and exports of resources capital equipment.The study will assess the required sector support interventions, identify key action plans and a proposed mechanism which, if implemented, will unlock and deepen local capital goods manufacturing industries in SA.It is against this background that the DTI is giving exposure to South African companies actively involved in supplying products and services in the local minerals value chain and for exports markets.Global playerThe exhibiting companies supply the following products and services: corrosion protection liners, valves, steel tubes, pipes, enamelled covered conductors, trackless underground mining equipment, liquid storage solutions, centrifugal separator, surveillance systems, mining sensor systems and hearing protection devices.Despite a declining contribution to GDP and employment, the minerals value chain remains a key pillar of South Africa’s economy and a major global player, accounting for a significant proportion of world production and reserves.The sector contributes 8.6% (R263-billion) to the GDP, creating more than 500 000 direct jobs and an additional 5007nbsp;000 indirect jobs, 50% of forex, accounts for 12 % of investment and accounts for 13.2% of corporate tax receipts. South Africa is a major supplier of coal, PGMs, gold, diamonds, chrome, iron ore, vanadium and manganese.StimulantAlthough South Africa is endowed with exceptional mineral resources, further downstream and upstream beneficiation has not fully reached its full economic potential, mainly due to structural conditions within key value-chains. The DTI is at the forefront of driving the country’s industrialisation agenda wherein mineral beneficiation is a key focus area as a major stimulant.Key on this agenda is promoting investment in the sector using policy levers and incentives, encouraging local content throughout the minerals value chain, availing industrial financing, reducing export cargo dues on beneficiated cargo, export credit insurance and stimulating market opportunities especially exports into the rest of the continent and South America. South Africa will also explore support measures to increase the local value add of inputs into the minerals value chain.In 2015 economic forecast reveals that the global economy is likely to continue expanding at a moderate pace, pushing demand for minerals slightly higher. Despite the fact that China and some part of Europe are still on a slow the economic growth, the United States is on a rebound and Japan’s economic recovery is still on track.RecoveryAccording to Deloitte, the mining sector appears to be coming back into favour with investors, with sector valuations, mining capitalisations and total returns showing signs of recovery.During the Mining Indaba, the DTI will be hosting delegations from UK, Turkey, Canada, China, India, Iran and Japan, amongst others.For more than 20 years the Indaba has been a key event in Cape Town, bringing over R500-million in direct revenue to the city over the last eight years, creating 4 500 direct and indirect jobs and selling 20 000 hotel nights.Davies is the South African Trade and Industry Ministerlast_img read more

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InfoWorld SOAExecForum

first_imgYesterday’s 2006 SOAExecForum held in San Francisco brought together many of the innovators leading the push towards SOA.One theme that echoed throughout many of the presentations and discussions throughout the day was the idea of “Start Small, but Think Big”.  Build a master plan and implement incrementally.  An advantage of the SOA approach is that it needn’t be adopted monolithically like an ERP system.  SOA is something that can be phased in gradually, but there was the emphasis that to do it right it needs to be done thoughtfully.  Implementations that are developed with only a single point-to-point solution in mind tend not to be implemented well for general reuse.  It’s important to take the time to design individual services in a way that promotes and encourages their reuse by future processes. The day started off with a keynote by Transamerica Life Insurance’s Jeff Gleason, Director of IT Strategies for the Annuities Products and Services Division.  Jeff outlined how he led TLI’s migration from a ‘project-based’ culture (project-based architecture, project-based tools, project-based iDEs…) into one that flows from a single overall architecture.  He preferred not to emphasize enabling technologies like WSDL, UDDI and SOAP, but rather to consider business processes and reusability.  That was a theme that many of the other presenters also echoed. The TLI approach was very methodical in creating a Business Architecture Map using tools like IBM’s Rational RequisitePro and Sun’s Composite Application Suite.  Using these tools TLI breaks down their processes into actors, business events, and business functions.  He defined events as anything that caused a change in state of the business and functions as the process that is performed due to a change in state.Jeff was followed by BEA’s Bret Dixon.  Brett pitched BEA’s AquaLogic and also presented a number of statistics from InfoWorld that showed a trend towards more wide-spread industry acceptance and a growing number of pilot projects based on SOA. Interestingly, Brett showed the results of a survey where BEA, IBM and Microsoft came out as the perceived leaders in the SOA space, with Oracle and SAP dragging behind.  The survey was across 558 large companies having 20,000 or more employees.  Neither Oracle nor SAP had a presence at the conference, so maybe the perception is correct, but it surprised me that Oracle wasn’t seen as a leader in the space.  The reason for the perception is probably because of Oracle’s strong push to be the end-to-end provider of enterprise applications like their Oracle Application Suite and their on-going Fusion project.  And there were quite a few digs throughout the day by presenters at the signature high-budget approach of monolithic ERP systems.  The audience of the survey probably pegged Oracle solely in the ERP camp, which is partly true, but on other fronts Oracle has actually been a strong promoter of both SOA and standards.Brett also saw SOA in most cases as being a technology that works well via gradual adoption.  Many enterprises adopt a “multi-phase, multi-dimensional roadmap”.  He saw very few companies approaching SOA as an ERP-like “Mega Project”.  Brett quoted the Home Depo slogan: “You can do this”.The idea of “going slow” and wisely selecting components that have strong potential for reusability fits in well with Formtek strategy.  Formtek has created services for managing and versioning Content and Documents.  Maintaining a link to content is a requirement of almost any business process.  Implementing the capability once and making it available for resuse across many processes is a smart move.Various other case study success stories were highlighted throughout the day at the conference.  These included Merrill Lynch, PG&E, Rockwell, Ameriquest Capital, and Sony Pictures Entertainment.In Jeff’s keynote, he pointed out one problem that they’re still working through is to address SOA security, in particular whether it needed to be applied at the Services Level or whether it was something that should be applied at the Composite Application Level.Throughout much of the rest of the conference, security of services came up again and again.  Somewhat surprisingly, of the roughly 15 sponsers of the event, five of them are building hardware to support SOA infrastructure and SOA security.Types of things being moved into hardware include XML parser acceleration, Security Processing, Clustering, Threat Detection (especially Denial of Service via XML threats — something that XML is very susceptible to), and Cryptography.Vendors with hardware offerings included Cisco, Intel, IBM, Layer 7 and Reactivity.  The souped up routers and hardware appliances are in effect becoming “XML Firewalls”.  The Layer 7 people, led by their Director of Architeture, Scott Morrison, seemed to have a good command of the issues.   As one of the drafters of WS-Security, Scott has unique understanding and insight into what is involved in implementing Security. Despite having been involved in the drafting of the specs, Scott see the WS-* specifications as very onerous on the application/service developer.  The many specifications are very complicated and oftentimes appear to be contradictory.  They are also still evolving and changing.  It is too much to have to ask developers to have to keep up on the details of the current services spec and to then implement the spec in their service to guarantee that the implementation complies fully with the spec and is fully interoperable with other components. Moving security out of software and into the hardware layer makes sense and guarantees a common approach when dealing with any service, no matter which vendor or group created it.   The Layer 7 offering lets application programmers program to the WSDL of the service without having to program to an intermediary that includes security concerns.last_img read more

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Tesla Begins Solar Roof Production

first_imgTesla has started manufacturing its long-awaited photovoltaic (PV) roofing tiles at a new factory in Buffalo, New York, and customers who plunked down $1,000 deposits last year could start to see their new roofs in the next few months, Reuters reported.The roof tiles come in four versions, all with a tempered glass top surface that conceal solar cells. Tiles can be made to look like slate and clay tile, and also come with a smooth or textured surface. Tesla pitched the product to homeowners who wanted the benefits of solar energy but didn’t want to look at conventional panels and racks.Tesla originally hoped to be installing solar roofs last summer, and the company began taking $1,000 deposits last May. But until now installations have been limited to a dozen or more employees, including CEO Elon Musk and Chief Technical Officer JB Straubel, who got them as part of a pilot program last year.The company has not disclosed how many orders it’s taken for the tiles, but Reuters says Tesla has started surveying the homes of customers who put in orders and should be starting to install the roofs in the next few months. RELATED ARTICLES SolarCity is Getting Into the Roofing Shingle BusinessTesla Will Take Your Solar Roof Order NowDetails on Tesla’s Solar Shingles Are Slow to Emerge Will a Merged Tesla-SolarCity Put a Solar-Powered Battery in Every Home?center_img The website Futurism said potential customers have been limited to the smooth or textured glass tiles to date, with the tile and slate versions to be available later this year.Early versions of the tile were made at a plant in Fremont, California, but the company has now transferred production to its “Gigafactory 2” in Buffalo. The tiles are being made at in a partnership with Panasonic Corporation.Eventually, the company wants to produce PV panels with a combined capacity of 2 gigawatts per year. There are some 500 employees working in the plant now, far fewer than Tesla will need to employ in order to meet terms of a deal with the state of New York. According to a post at Greentech Media, New York committed $750 million to the 1.2 million-square-foot plant as long as Tesla could create more than 1,460 jobs in the Buffalo area by the time it’s fully up to speed.Tesla has said that a PV roof could cost between 10% and 15% less than a conventional roof plus rack-mounted PV panels. Electrical output would be set by mixing power-producing tiles with identical looking blanks. Customers can order a roof at the company’s website with a refundable $1,000 deposit. A calculator estimates the amount of roof that should be covered with the tiles, how much electricity the roof should generate, and the net cost of the tiles over their 30-year life span.last_img read more

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Curiosity, hope and big crowds follow Tiger Woods

first_imgLacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 2017 PLAY LIST 03:46Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 201702:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Yes. And odds are, they will be seeing Kizzire for the first time.Also in the group is Brandt Snedeker, who has been through the drill. Snedeker played with Woods in the final round of the BMW Championship that Woods won in 2009 by eight shots. He played with him in the penultimate group of the final round at the 2012 British Open, and the opening two rounds of The Players Championship when Woods won in 2013. More recently, he played with Woods on Saturday at Torrey Pines.No one has dealt with big crowds like Woods.Nick Faldo once said that when he helped Woods into the green jacket at the 1997 Masters, he thought at the time it might be the only major Woods could win because Augusta National creates a buffer zone — no press, no photographer, practically nobody inside the ropes except players and caddies.“Now it’s his greatest asset,” Faldo said in a 2007 interview. “Everyone joining him on the weekend at a major goes into his world. That’s Tiger’s arena. Other guys will step into that arena one week and go back out. He’s there all the time. And good luck coming into his world.”The crowd, the buzz, the energy is still great, mainly out of curiosity and hope that Woods can win again after being out for so long with so many injuries.What’s different is the mystique, which starts with the scores.Woods has gone 10 straight rounds on the PGA Tour and European Tour without breaking par dating to August 2015. Woods tied for 23rd on a tough track at Torrey Pines last month, and then he missed the cut at Riviera with poor putting in the second round. Everything is geared toward the Masters.“I’m just learning how to play tournament golf again, and unfortunately I’ve made some mistakes, and that’s just part of it,” he said. “As far as catch-up mode, no, I don’t feel like I am. I know most of the guys have been playing tournament golf a lot more than I have. As I said, I’m looking forward to April, trying to get my game solid for April. And I’ve got some work to do.”Woods is playing PGA National for the first time since 2014, when he withdrew during the final round with back spasms. He tried to play the following week at Doral, fell out of contention in the final round with a 78 and then had the first of four back surgeries a few weeks later. AFP official booed out of forum “Hi, I’m Patton Kizzire.”Kizzire can’t recall meeting Tiger Woods except in passing. That would have been last year at Torrey Pines, the only time they were in the field.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 31-year-old from Alabama, who is the image of southern comfort with his polite demeanor, is the latest to experience the hype surrounding Woods in his return from a fourth back surgery.“First time,” he said Wednesday. “It’s something I’ve looked forward to as a kid. I always looked up to him.” John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding As World Cup looms, Willian claims Chelsea spotlight LATEST STORIES LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments It’s not easy being Woods, who has been golf’s biggest star since his 12-shot victory at the 1997 Masters. He copes with the largest galleries, the incessant movement, the endless distraction.Rory McIlroy played with him last week at Riviera and suggested the gallery costs Woods a half-shot a round.But at least he’s used to it.Tiger Woods walks on the course during the Pro-Am for the Honda Classic golf tournament, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (Joe Cavaretta/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)Justin Thomas played with Woods in the Bahamas before only a few hundred people. He experienced the full Tiger show during the opening two rounds at Riviera and described it as “pretty wild.” The next day is when he appreciated the amount of attention Woods gets.“It was just bizarre because those first two days, there’s so many people,” he said. “And then Saturday morning, there was nobody. Rory and I were walking up to the tee and we’re like, ‘Where is everybody? Does he really bring that many people?’”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving MOST READ He was runner-up in 2012 when he closed with a 62.There’s no telling what this week will bring. The wind is supposed to blow hard, as it does in South Florida this time of the year. It’s rare to find a hole that doesn’t have water. Little mistakes can turn into big numbers.It will be another step for Woods.It will be a new experience for Kizzire, though he feels he is not entirely unprepared. Kizzire played with Thomas and Jordan Spieth the weekday rounds at the rowdy Phoenix Open, and he survived the 16th hole arena on Saturday.“Phoenix was a good prep for me,” Kizzire said. “I had Jordan and Justin the first two days, and then Saturday was really crazy. I expect something like that.” Sonny and Dottie Munoz cheer for Tiger Woods as he plays past by their home along the 13th fairway during the Pro-Am for the Honda Classic golf tournament, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.(Joe Cavaretta/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — He is the only two-time winner on the PGA Tour this season. He has been No. 1 in the FedEx Cup standings the past six weeks.And when he sees the No. 544 player in the world Thursday morning on the first tee of the Honda Classic, these could be his first words.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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EAGLES SOAR OVER COFFS

first_imgFor the Mens and Womens 40’s Division Northern Eagles, the 2004 NTL’s has so far been a successful tournament. Both teams remain serious competition contenders after the end of the round games today. The Womens 40s are definitely not strangers to victory. The side, which has consisted of the same core players for over 10 years, won the Inaugural Over 40’s division at the 2003 NTL’s after winning the Womens 35’s division in 2000. This year they won’t be letting threatening teams such as Sydney Scorpions or the Hunter Hornets stand in their way. “We have the talent to win, if we get it together at the right time,” says ex-Australian representative and Coffs Harbour local, Cate Simms. “At this level and age, it’s really who stays the fittest, wins.” They deny a home side advantage over the rest of the teams. “City sides train more often and play at a high standard more often than we get to”, says Cate. But the accolades are not why these women play the game. “There’s such close friendships in the seniors, there’s no egos here, we all just enjoy each others company, and like staying fit”, says Therese Spear, who also represented Australia, along with three other of their team mates. The Mens 40’s are also enjoying similar success at this year’s tournament, having lost only one game, despite having only trained together for the past three months. The only competition they had played together before coming to the 2004 NTL saw them win just one game….in the 35’s division though! Even though Sydney Scorpions are also their main threat, “realistically we’re looking at getting into the final,” says Australian World Cup representative, Steve Hancock. They are enjoying their time in Coffs Harbour and are quick to praise the tournament. “It’s great, the fields are always in great condition, good location as it’s only two hours from home, and the NTL’s is always a hard, quality tournament, where you get to play teams that you wouldn’t normally play”, says Steve. And, just like the women, they play for the friendships. “There’s a great social aspect of the tournament after the games, its great to catch up with players from years before.” says Steve. But unlike the women they believe that they do reap benefits of being the home side. “We only have to travel two hours, and travel usually makes it tough, we also get a good turnout of players and spectators because we’re closer, our costs are lower. Both teams agree that they love having NTL’s in Coffs Harbour as “it is an incredible facility and perfect for the game of touch, and it also generates a huge amount of money into the area”, says Cate. “Touch is an incredible sport to watch, not just at the Opens level, it’s a game for families and people of all ages to enjoy”. By Lisa Plummer pictures by www.sportingimages.com.aulast_img read more

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TFA AFL TIPPING COMPETITION UP AND RUNNING

first_imgThe Touch Football Australia Australian Football League Tipping competition is back in full swing for season 2007.Existing members do not have to rejoin.New members can register and submit their tips by clicking onto the “TFA Tipping competition” logo on the left side of the home page and following the prompts.Good luck and happy tipping!last_img

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