Day, Noren need another day to decide winner at Torrey

first_imgBoth players had a good chance to end it — Noren from 12 feet on the 18th in regulation, Day from 12 feet on the third playoff hole at the par-3 16th.“It’s so important over every shot, and maybe not as much as stroke play, you know, you can play safe sometimes and you can play aggressive here,” Noren said. “Here, you need to play aggressive to finish it out.”Ryan Palmer began the playoff with them at 10-under 278. He was eliminated with a par on the 18th on the first extra hole.Day closed with a 2-under 70. Palmer hit wedge to 2 feet for birdie for a 72 to get into the playoff. Noren, who had a one-shot lead at the start of the final round, closed with a 73.By then, Tiger Woods was long gone.ADVERTISEMENT Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES View comments Jason Day, of Australia, makes his way to the green of the 18th hole of the South Course for the fifth playoff hole at dusk at Torrey Pines Golf Course during the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament, Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)SAN DIEGO — Jason Day watched the flight of his wedge for as long as he could and had to listen to the crowd to realize he nailed it.“I can’t see,” he said to his caddie.ADVERTISEMENT Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsoncenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Alex Noren was 5 feet away from extending the playoff Sunday at the Farmers Insurance Open, a putt he could easily have missed except that the Swede could rely on experience. He had a similar putt in regulation and knew it broke off to the right.Day and Noren went at it for 77 holes at Torrey Pines, and after five sudden-death playoff holes, it still wasn’t enough to crown a winner. They matched birdies in the dark on the par-5 18th, and then had no choice but to return Monday morning to decide the longest playoff in the 67-year history of the event.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“We both played some pretty good golf, especially down 18 going back and forth, back and forth, which is good entertainment for the fans,” Day said. “It’s good to be back in the action, good to be back where I’m at right now. But I’ve got to get some rest.”Day has gone 20 months since his last victory. MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Rahm had a chance to reach No. 1 in the world with a repeat victory at Torrey Pines. He was two shots out of the lead until going into the water and making double bogey on the 18th hole of the third round. On Sunday, the 23-year-old Spaniard fell back early and never recovered. He closed with a 77.Day’s last victory was in May 2016 at The Players Championship when he was No. 1 in the world.“I’ll play all day tomorrow if I need to get the win,” Day said.Noren is a nine-time winner on the European Tour who is No. 19 in the world, trying to make his mark in America. He already has left quite an impression.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next James narrowly misses triple-double, Cavs beat Pistons It was the third playoff in three weeks on the PGA Tour, all of them lasting at least four holes. And while it was entertaining, thousands of fans weren’t around to see it. They left after Woods finished his round. In only his second PGA Tour event since August 2015, Woods closed with a 72 and tied for 23rd, seven shots out of the lead.Woods said it was a mostly positive week, and it was hard to argue considering he was returning from his fourth back surgery. He at least was closer to the fairway in the final round, but hit only three fairways for the third straight day.“I got a lot out of my rounds,” Woods said. “The short game wasn’t something I was worried about. I knew what I could, what I’ve been doing at home. That wasn’t going to be an issue. It was going to be, ‘Can I shoot low scores?’ I didn’t, but I grinded out some good rounds.”The final hour of the tournament was a big grind.Day, Noren, Palmer and J.B. Holmes — the latter three in the final group — were tied for the lead with six holes to go.Day twice missed the green with a short iron in his hand, and one of those shots led to bogey. He didn’t make a birdie on the back nine in regulation. Noren appeared to have the steadiest game until he pulled his tee shot into the hazard on the 14th hole and did well to escape with bogey. Noren also made a pair of 7-foot par putts to stay in a share of the lead, and then he missed a 12-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole in regulation.Palmer, trying to win for the first time in eight years, made consecutive bogeys from the bunker on No. 14 and short of the 15th green. He came up big on the 72nd hole with a wedge to 2 feet to get into the playoff.Holmes effectively fell out of the hunt when he missed the 15th green with a wedge and took bogey, and then missed a 4-foot par putt on the 16th hole. He needed an eagle on the final hole, and took some 4 minutes trying to decide on which club to hit. He finally, curiously, decided to lay up and try to make his 3 by holing a sand wedge. He laid up in the rough and didn’t come close to holing the shot.Noren went next and hit his fairway metal over the green, into the tunnel below the TV tower and out the other side. He took his relief, and smartly played away from the flag to keep it from running by the hole and possibly down the slope into the water, though he missed the putt.The Sony Open took six holes before Patton Kizzire won. The CareerBuilder Challenge went four holes before Jon Rahm prevailed. Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Yearlast_img read more

SA to invest R25bn in rail transport

first_imgPublic transport agency South Africa is to invest some R25-billion over the next three years on upgrading the country’s passenger rail services. “Increased spending on rail infrastructure will be of vital importance in the current economic climate and in sustaining jobs,” he said. Ndebele pointed out that Prasa had shown its capacity to absorb the huge capital allocation, and in some instances had exceeded the capital funds allocated to it. Rolling stock investment Tabling his budget vote in Parliament in Cape Town last week, Transport Minister Sbu Ndebele said that R14-billion of that amount would be spend on upgrading infrastructure and rolling stock, while the rest would be for funding rail operations. 6 July 2009 “We should be forward-looking and start investing in a manner that will meet future transport requirements,” Ndebele said. In March this year, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) was created as the new state-owned rail and bus operator, merging the South African Rail Commuter Corporation, Metrorail, Shosholoza Meyl, and Autopax. According to an Engineering News report in March, property management and development company Intersite would also be consolidated into the 13 000-plus employee entity to “manage, maintain and upgrade stations, as well as to pursue projects that could extract value from the group’s substantial property assets”. Prasa has, since the 2006/07 financial year, accelerated its rolling stock investment programme, resulting in over 1 500 coaches being refurbished at a cost of R5-billion. “An additional 700 coaches will go through this programme this year at an estimated R2-billion,” said Ndebele, adding that Prasa was on course to eliminate the historical backlogs in the in the rail industry. He said that while the amount allocated by the government remained vital to the upgrading of rail passenger transport, there was a need to recognise that the intervention would not resolve the key underlying challenges facing rail in the long term. In an effort to make rail passenger travel safer, South Africa has also re-introduced the railway police on Metrorail services, and has steadily been increasing their numbers. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Keeping the water balance

first_imgThe removal of alien plant species such as the Australian black wattle improves the health of the ecosystem and prevents the loss of water to the thirsty invaders. WWF-SA’s Enkangala Grasslands project coordinator Angus Burns works closely with farmers in the area to clear away black wattle. Nedbank has facilitated the distribution of over 1 000 Hippo rollers to communities in Mpumalanga and the Eastern Cape. South Africa’s national bird, the blue crane, breeds in the Enkangala grasslands.(Images: Janine Erasmus) MEDIA CONTACTS • Sindiswa Nobula  Communication officer, Biodiversity   Unit, WWF-SA  +27 021 657 6644 RELATED ARTICLES • New solutions for water conservation • A water-wise Lesotho adventure • Going underground for water • Nedbank invests in water project • Bank, WWF get R100m for green cause Janine ErasmusSouth Africa is one of many countries that face challenges in maintaining and preserving its freshwater supply. In its 2012 Global Risk Report, the World Economic Forum names a water supply crisis as the risk, out of 50 analysed, which would have the second greatest impact globally. Top of the list was a major failure of the world’s financial system.However, the likelihood of a water crisis is greater than that of a financial systems failure – 3.79 as opposed to 3.14, on a scale of one to five.The World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa (WWF-SA) has estimated that, based on the current water usage and population growth, the country will have a water shortfall of 1.7% by 2025 – unless we act now.But that action must balance conservation with industry, because while the former is unquestionably important for the future preservation of the planet, industry too plays a vital role as a driver of economic growth.Water security is no longer a matter of building more dams, because the country is already running out of suitable locations. Rather, the key factor is the conservation, maintenance and rehabilitation of South Africa’s natural water sources. This is the responsibility of all water users in the country.Industry is not the only problem. Conservationists are fighting a constant battle against invasion by alien plant species. One of the most destructive is the black wattle (Acacia mearnsii), an Australian native. It was introduced to South Africa in the late 19th century, and since then has become one of the most widespread invaders.WWF-SA’S water balance programme seeks to address these challenges by getting landowners and businesses alike to commit to the preservation of water resources. Not just by signing on a line, though – by active stewardship, accountability and forward thinking, while keeping their businesses and incomes intact.Irreplaceable resource“12% of our country’s land area generates half of our river flow,” says Angus Burns, coordinator for WWF-SA’s Enkangala Grasslands project.Spanning the Mpumalanga, Free State and KwaZulu-Natal provinces, Enkangala lies within the grasslands biome, the country’s largest biome according to WWF-SA.Enkangala covers 1.6-million hectares and with an average annual rainfall of twice that of the rest of the country, is a vital water catchment area that supplies the whole of Gauteng province as well as several coal power stations in the east of the country. It’s also the source of four of South Africa’s major rivers – the Vaal, Thukela, Usutu and Pongola and as such, is a priority area under the WWF-SA water balance programme. The other priority nodes are the Berg and Breede catchments in the Western Cape; the Garden Route in the Western Cape; and the Umgeni in KwaZulu Natal.Sitting at 1 700 metres above sea level, Enkangala (isiZulu, meaning “high place without trees”) is a sensitive ecological grassland which also provides employment through agriculture and, to a more limited extent, mining and timber.While much of the area has been irreversibly transformed through these activities, there is still a chance of preserving the rest through responsible farming, removal of alien vegetation and community education.The Enkangala Grassland Project launched about 11 years ago in Wakkerstroom, a small Mpumalanga town world-renowned for its birding. The area is also dotted with wetlands which need special management.The project focuses on reducing water loss through removal of alien plants, reviving and preserving aquatic ecosystems, and creating jobs. The removal of alien plants has many benefits, including an increase in water flow for rivers, a decrease in fire hazard and soil erosion, the normalisation of the natural ecosystem, and more water for indigenous plants.The project also has a stewardship component which works with land reform communities to responsibly manage their newly-regained land.“We work hard to build a relationship of trust with the communities, and teach them to live in harmony with nature,” says Ayanda Nzimande, WWF-SA’s biodiversity stewardship officer for land reform and emerging farmers. “We also help them to deal with small mining companies who are interested in prospecting on their land.”The three current participants in the water balance programme are Nedbank, chipboard manufacturer Sonae Novobord, and retailer Woolworths, with support from the Department of Water Affairs, while the Green Trust, Birdlife South Africa and the South African National Biodiversity Institute are involved in the Enkangala initiative.“We also work with the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency,” says Burns, “who have been incredibly helpful. It’s completely in their interest to support our project, as it contributes to their target for conserved land, which they could never afford to buy – and this way they don’t have to pay for land management either. It’s the best solution.”Landowners in the area are reportedly queuing up to be part of the programme, but, says Burns, the organisation can only work with the top properties.Within Enkangala, the 30 000-hectare KwaMandlangampisi (isiZulu, meaning “place of the hyena”) Protected Environment extends from Wakkerstroom to the farming community of Luneberg. It is the breeding place of South Africa’s national bird, the elegant but vulnerable blue crane (Anthropoides paradiseus), and is home to numerous endemic species of fauna and flora, one of which, an aloe, is found nowhere else.KwaMandlangampisi was declared in 2010 as the country’s first protected environment, which means that it can’t be threatened by activities such as mining. According to WWF-SA, a protected environment is one level below a national or provincial nature reserve.The green bankNedbank has supported the water balance programme since August 2011, and will invest in it to the tune of R9-million (US$1-million) over a five-year period. In Enkangala, 131 hectares have been cleared of black wattle in the last year alone, as a result of the bank’s investment, meaning that 271 000 kilolitres of water have been saved from consumption by the thirsty alien.The bank’s involvement has created over 12 350 person-days of work, produced 298 tons of charcoal and 345 tons of wood pulp, and supported the work of five dedicated farmers.Elsewhere, there is more progress. In the Keurbooms catchment area of the Garden Route, farmers are preparing to clear 76 hectares of alien plants.In the Umgeni area, Nedbank has partnered with the US-based Critical Ecosystems Partnership Fund to raise an investment of R1.6-million ($185 000)  for the water balance programme.“This project demonstrates our increased focus on water as a key part of our climate change response strategy,” says Brigitte Burnett, Nedbank’s head of sustainability. The bank aims to offset its annual water consumption of some 550 000 kilolitres by helping with the removal of alien vegetation in these sensitive areas.Nedbank’s other water-related projects include the Riparian Rehabilitation Project in the Kouga River catchment area and the flood simulation project for the Pongola floodplain.The Nedbank Foundation has also come to the aid of rural communities who have no access to clean tap water, by providing R4.6-million ($531 000) for the distribution of over 1 000 90-litre Hippo water rollers in Mpumalanga and the Eastern Cape. The Hippo roller is a South African invention that makes it easier for people who get their water from a river to transport it over a distance.last_img read more

Kids learn that sport is the MBA of life

first_imgPlay Your Part’ Rugby Activation in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, gave local children the opportunity to learn life skills through sport and fitness. (Images: Shamin Chibba)Brand South Africa, in conjunction with the NGO Sporting Chance, hosted the Play Your Part Rugby Activation at the Khayelitsha Rugby Stadium, in Cape Town, on Friday, 2 October. And with the Rugby World Cup currently under way, there was no better time to get the learners enthusiastic about the game.A former professional rugby player and Sporting Chance coaches taught dozens of children from the area rugby techniques and rules. Furthermore, the children learned about the health benefits of an active lifestyle.“I call sport the MBA of life,” said Mpho Mbiyozo, a former World Series champion with the Springbok Sevens, “firstly because of the discipline required to be in a team and secondly, the desire to succeed and to keep getting up and going.”Mbiyozo wanted to spread the message that sport could improve one’s quality of life and unite a community. Hailing from Lusikisiki in the Transkei, Mbiyozo grew up playing sport. After starting with football as a child, he got hooked on rugby at the relatively late age of 14. He said playing sport from young was important as it became a pattern that was carried throughout one’s life.The rugby activation, he said, should not begin and end on the same day but act as a springboard to future events centred on sport. “Things like [the rugby activation] bring hope. Hopefully Brand South Africa can continue. This event is a seed but we need to water it to germinate.” Former Springbok Sevens player, Mpho Mbiyozo, believes that sport is the “MBA of life” because it teaches discipline and what is needed to succeed.SUPPORT FROM PARENTS, TEACHERSKhayelitsha local Lelona Daweti, who is an attacking midfielder in the South African Women’s U20 football team, was also on hand to pass on her sporting wisdom to the young boys and girls. Her message was that they must fulfil their dreams.When asked how she realised her dream of playing for Basetsana, she was quick to reply: “Support from my parents and the teachers at school. Some parents think, ‘My child wants to play sport, so it’s fine, she’s keeping herself busy’. But they are not supporting them. So if the child needs boots the parents will say: ‘You’ll only play this sport for two minutes and then you’re going to leave it.’“So you kind of need motivation from your parents who say: ‘Keep on doing what you are good at and I’ll keep on supporting you step-by-step.’”  Coaches from Sporting Chance were on hand to give learners vital fitness and training advice at the Play Your Part Rugby Activation.Bulelani Menze, a Sporting Chance coach and co-ordinator in Khayelitsha, said sport taught discipline and guided one through life. “It gives you direction and life skills. The more you grow into sport, the more your skills are honed.”He told the learners that they should remain positive and always do what was best for them. “Play sport because it can change your life like it changed mine.” Youth from disadvantaged areas such as Khayelitsha are rearely given a chance to hone their athletic ability and pursue sport as a pastime or career. Sporting Chance believes talent can come from such places if children are given the opportunity to make sport a daily part of life.ABOUT SPORTING CHANCESporting Chance project manager Bradlyn Stuurman explained that the organisation aimed to coach and develop children between the ages of four and 13 throughout the country through all sporting codes. It wanted to get children to lead active and healthy lifestyles.“The beauty of our coaching is the combination with life skills that we do, such as discipline, importance of nutrition, eating the right types of food, keeping physically active, and personal hygiene. We also cover environmental awareness, looking after and taking pride in your community.”last_img read more

New lamb industry studies

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Two new studies that came out of the Lamb Industry Roadmap project have been completed and are now available.Lamb demand analysis: Understanding and measuring demand is key to the development of sound pricing strategies, which lead to profitability and to the development and targeting of effective advertising campaigns, promotional activities and educational efforts. Understanding demand also helps gauge the success and effectiveness of the Roadmap Demand Creation committee goals as well as lamb checkoff dollars invested. This study, conducted by Juniper Economic Consulting, Inc., should also help the industry better understand the elasticity of demand (consumer sensitivity to changes in price) and help the ALB and its industry partners tailor lamb promotions.Lamb quality audit: Assessing Perceptions Regarding American Lamb Quality in Foodservice and Retail Markets. This study, conducted by Colorado State University and Ohio State University, was designed to quantify and benchmark perceptions regarding American Lamb quality at the retail and foodservice sectors. Perceptions have been ranked and willingness-to-pay estimates for lamb quality attributes have been established. Retail and foodservice samples of lamb were also acquired throughout the country (retail stores and foodservice outlets); label information, packaging and characteristics of the product were assessed. A strategic emphasis on quality attributes identified in this research should strive to ensure that eating satisfaction and lamb flavor are optimized for American Lamb.For a copy of either study, contact Rae Maestas at [email protected]last_img read more

Louie Gonzales hopes to turn JRU into one of NCAA’s most hardworking team

first_imgNew JRU coach Louie Gonzales. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Louie Gonzalez is eager to change Jose Rizal University’s identity for the better.Barely a month into his tenure with the Heavy Bombers, Gonzalez said he sees a golden opportunity to mold his players into one of the grittiest team in the NCAA.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting China undergoes ‘patriotic education’ to win Women’s World Cup Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport LATEST STORIES “The most important thing, though, is I want my personnel to play selflessly.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP “The mentality that we’re trying to set is we want to be known as one of the hardest working and most patient team offensively and defensively, I want to establish a situation that nothing’s easy,” said Gonzalez in Filipino Thursday at Filoil Flying V Center.Gonzalez inherited a Heavy Bombers team that’s composed mainly of role players from seasons ago when Vergel Meneses still called the shots.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsGone are the days when Teytey Teodoro, Paulo Pontejos, Ervin Grospe were still the stars in the team, and this gives Gonzales practically an open page for him to create a new system.“We’re a rebuilding team and most of our players still have four or five years of collegiate eligibility and I see it as an opportunity to build our identity,” said Gonzalez who last coached for De La Salle in the UAAP. Trump awards Penske Presidential Medal PLAY LIST 01:48Trump awards Penske Presidential Medal01:2760-40 sharing ‘fair’ as China will spend for WPS exploration—Esperon02:09‘Very evasive cop’ ordered detained in Bilibid02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READ Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess View comments Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too The Green Archers’ former head coach added he wants his players to be more selfless on the floor and get their bodies ready for the demands of his new system.Gonzalez employed one of the most demanding systems in collegiate basketball when he coached the Green Archers in 2018.La Salle was one of the stingiest teams in the UAAP Season 81 basketball tournament limiting opposing teams to 70.8 points while amassing an 8-6 record.The Green Archers were also the second-best rebounders during that time averaging 46.9 boards, just a shade below Ateneo’s mark of 47.1.“It’s a process and I know we should be quicker with it so what we’re doing right now is we’re doing a lot in practice so my players will be ready for the demands of the system,” said Gonzalez.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venuelast_img read more

Liverpool transfer gossip French youngster becomes first January signing

first_imgEnglish side Liverpool have made their first signing of the transfer window but this time it is a deal considered to be for the future.According to ESPN FC via The Mirror, Liverpool have completed a move for 16-year-old French defender Billy Koumetio after a successful trial period.The youngster has been with Liverpool under-17s since November and has been impressive in quite a few friendlies played since then.Koumetio had previously played for French second division side US Orleans, where he joined from Lyon after an impressive string of performances.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.Koumetio will start his Liverpool career in their under-16s squad and aim to work his way through the ranks to eventually reach Jurgen Klopp’s first team.Liverpool are currently leading the English Premier league table with four points ahead of closest rivals Manchester City. They face Bayern Munich in next month’s UEFA Champions League round of 16 encounters.last_img read more