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LNG and renewables to drive future profits at leading Japanese power generator

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:JERA, Japan’s biggest thermal power generator and the world’s biggest buyer of liquefied natural gas (LNG), aims to double its profit by the financial year through March 2026 by stepping up investment in LNG and renewable energy, its new head said.The joint venture between Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings and Chubu Electric Power Co became a major electricity generator this month with the takeover of 26 power stations owned by its two shareholders and representing about half of Japan’s thermal power capacity.“Our top priority is to smoothly combine the two companies’ power operations and bring synergy,” Satoshi Onoda, who became president of JERA on April 1, said in an interview last week. “We also want to become the global leader in LNG and renewable energy to enhance the transition to a clean energy economy,” he told Reuters.To meet growing demand for cleaner energy from its customers, JERA plans to increase its renewable energy capacity to 5 gigawatts (GW) in seven years, up from 650 megawatts now and increased from an earlier target of 3 GW.“Large-scale off-shore wind power abroad and at home will be our main targets,” Onoda said.“We will fade out the use of old and low-efficient coal-fired power plants,” Onoda said. “But we’ll keep a certain level of coal power, in line with the Japanese government’s policy,” he said.More: JERA aims to double profit by FY25/26 with focus on LNG, renewable energy LNG and renewables to drive future profits at leading Japanese power generatorlast_img read more

US Reduces Troop Numbers In Haiti

first_imgBy Dialogo February 16, 2010 I am sorry for what happened to our Haitian brothers. May God give them the strength to go on. The US military has reduced its number of troops in Haiti to 13,000 from a post-quake high of some 20,000 because the need has decreased, General Douglas Fraser said. The commander also said the Haitian government was taking back control of the Port-au-Prince airport during daylight hours, with the United States having assumed operations there immediately after the quake. “There are roughly 13,000 US military men and women supporting the efforts here in Haiti,” Fraser said during a visit a month after the earthquake that killed more than 200,000 people. “The international aid and relief efforts have improved and increased in Haiti and we’ve seen an ability to transition those capabilities to other needs around the world.” He called it “a transition of immediate relief capability to an enduring capacity here in Haiti.” Fraser would not, however, provide specifics on how long he expected US troops to remain in Haiti, saying it would depend on needs in the country, where more than one million have been left homeless after the quake.last_img read more

Barbados Creating Lab to Fight Cybercrime

first_imgWith a population of approximately 276,000, Barbados has an Internet coverage rate of approximately 73.3 percent, where 23 percent of subscribers use broadband, according to the report “Cyber security trends in Latin America and the Caribbean,” issued by the Organization of American States (OAS) in June 2013. With a population of approximately 276,000, Barbados has an Internet coverage rate of approximately 73.3 percent, where 23 percent of subscribers use broadband, according to the report “Cyber security trends in Latin America and the Caribbean,” issued by the Organization of American States (OAS) in June 2013. Businesses also have a stake in solving the problem, and are seeking the best methods to protect themselves from cyber-criminals. Authorities expect that the policy framework for the cyber crime laws will be implemented this year, Commerce Minister Donville Inniss said on April 8 at a conference on “The Impact of E-Commerce on Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses,” the Gisbarbados website reported. The Organization of American States (OAS) said the country’s Telecommunications Unit is collecting data on cyber attacks and incidents in government departments. Reports indicate that several cyber security incidents affected various departments of the government at the beginning of 2014 and have been communicated to the office of the Prime Minister. The new data will lead to a critical analysis of the types of attacks and their frequency, as well as the mitigation techniques used and their effectiveness. “Every day there are stories of businesses that had to halt their operations, or lost millions of dollars in revenue because someone hacked into their server,” Inniss said. So it is important that companies do all they can to protect their data, IT infrastructure, and customer information, he added. “Every day there are stories of businesses that had to halt their operations, or lost millions of dollars in revenue because someone hacked into their server,” Inniss said. So it is important that companies do all they can to protect their data, IT infrastructure, and customer information, he added. The laboratory will also protect government computer structures and will provide better tools to the police to fight transnational criminal organizations which use technology to support a variety of illegal enterprises, such as money laundering. Barbados recently attended a U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM)-sponsored workshop on Command, Control, Communications, Computer Systems, and Cyber Security. Joining 18 partner nations in the Americas, participants shared lessons learned and plans on preparing to thwart cyber and information security threats. Barbados recently attended a U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM)-sponsored workshop on Command, Control, Communications, Computer Systems, and Cyber Security. Joining 18 partner nations in the Americas, participants shared lessons learned and plans on preparing to thwart cyber and information security threats. Barbados is also working with other countries in the region, as well as with the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) – based in Trinidad and Tobago – and the London-based Commonwealth Telecommunications Organization (CTO) to organize a model for cyber security governance in creating new, shared standards. Though Commissioner Boyce did not say when the the lab is scheduled to open, the Cyber Crime Unit of the Royal Barbados Police Force faces an array of challenges, including the evolving tactics used by cyber-criminals who adjust to law enforcement efforts. Current security solutions leave “a hole in the coverage of the analyses they conduct,” said Doug Clare, Vice President of Cybersecurity Solutions at FICO, a California-based analytics software company that measures consumer risk for lenders. “It’s like having a burglar alarm that doesn’t go off until the thief has left your house. This gap must be covered using analytics technology to detect and halt malicious activities that happen online at the time they happen,” Clare said. Businesses also have a stake in solving the problem, and are seeking the best methods to protect themselves from cyber-criminals. Authorities expect that the policy framework for the cyber crime laws will be implemented this year, Commerce Minister Donville Inniss said on April 8 at a conference on “The Impact of E-Commerce on Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses,” the Gisbarbados website reported. Erskine Wickham, the information security officer in charge of Barbados’s Regional Security System, took part of the group presentations and panel discussions with regional counterparts at the three-day event in SOUTHCOM. Participants agreed that joint collaboration is the key to moving forward. Providing such security is a cooperative endeavor. The Organization of American States (OAS) said the country’s Telecommunications Unit is collecting data on cyber attacks and incidents in government departments. Reports indicate that several cyber security incidents affected various departments of the government at the beginning of 2014 and have been communicated to the office of the Prime Minister. The new data will lead to a critical analysis of the types of attacks and their frequency, as well as the mitigation techniques used and their effectiveness. Barbados is also working with other countries in the region, as well as with the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) – based in Trinidad and Tobago – and the London-based Commonwealth Telecommunications Organization (CTO) to organize a model for cyber security governance in creating new, shared standards. The Paris-based FATF is an inter-government agency created in 1989 by the Group of Seven (G7), which issues recommendations on preventing and battling money laundering, terrorism funding, and funding for the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Currently, the FATF consists of 34 members from 34 jurisdictions and two regional groups (the Gulf Cooperation Council and the European Commission). “We are currently working with an international agency to establish a cyber lab and training center where we train and perhaps expand our current crime unit,” Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police Erwin Boyce said during a panel discussion on the theme, “The Internet, the Law, and the Public: How Cyber Secured Are We?” held March 26 at the Central Bank of Barbados, the website Barbados Advocate reported on March 29. Barbados is creating a laboratory to fight cyber crime, such as credit card cloning and other offenses – growing problems in the Caribbean country. It will be a cooperative effort between the Royal Barbados Police Force and an international security force. By Dialogo April 24, 2015 The Geneva-based ITU provides services and resources to its 193 member states, and provides assistance to agencies of the United Nations to protect IT structures. Fighting cyber crime through international cooperation center_img The Geneva-based ITU provides services and resources to its 193 member states, and provides assistance to agencies of the United Nations to protect IT structures. Fighting cyber crime through international cooperation In August 2013, Barbados joined the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) in a global effort to strengthen cyber security, detect threats of cyber attacks, and coordinate a timely response, according to Jentel. When it does open, the cyber security center will cover four main areas: protection of security information, greater surveillance of the flow of finances to and from the Caribbean, protection of personal data, and protection of minors online so they are not vulnerable to exploitation by child pornography networks, said Armando Rodríguez Luna, a Mexico City-based security analyst. The laboratory will also protect government computer structures and will provide better tools to the police to fight transnational criminal organizations which use technology to support a variety of illegal enterprises, such as money laundering. Providing cyber security is important for Barbados, since the vast majority of its population is connected to the Internet. to those (6) six who said no I would like to hear their reasoning. Is something wrong with securing the Internet for the consumer.I found the article to be refreshing we all need to be protected when ‘we’ go ONLINE. Center will protect information and children Providing such security is a cooperative endeavor. Caribbean countries depend heavily on international cooperation. Rodríguez Luna said it is likely that the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) will provide the financial, infrastructure and human resources for the cyber security laboratory. Caribbean countries depend heavily on international cooperation. Rodríguez Luna said it is likely that the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) will provide the financial, infrastructure and human resources for the cyber security laboratory. Current security solutions leave “a hole in the coverage of the analyses they conduct,” said Doug Clare, Vice President of Cybersecurity Solutions at FICO, a California-based analytics software company that measures consumer risk for lenders. “It’s like having a burglar alarm that doesn’t go off until the thief has left your house. This gap must be covered using analytics technology to detect and halt malicious activities that happen online at the time they happen,” Clare said. Though Commissioner Boyce did not say when the the lab is scheduled to open, the Cyber Crime Unit of the Royal Barbados Police Force faces an array of challenges, including the evolving tactics used by cyber-criminals who adjust to law enforcement efforts. Erskine Wickham, the information security officer in charge of Barbados’s Regional Security System, took part of the group presentations and panel discussions with regional counterparts at the three-day event in SOUTHCOM. Participants agreed that joint collaboration is the key to moving forward. Center will protect information and children “We are currently working with an international agency to establish a cyber lab and training center where we train and perhaps expand our current crime unit,” Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police Erwin Boyce said during a panel discussion on the theme, “The Internet, the Law, and the Public: How Cyber Secured Are We?” held March 26 at the Central Bank of Barbados, the website Barbados Advocate reported on March 29. In August 2013, Barbados joined the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) in a global effort to strengthen cyber security, detect threats of cyber attacks, and coordinate a timely response, according to Jentel. The Paris-based FATF is an inter-government agency created in 1989 by the Group of Seven (G7), which issues recommendations on preventing and battling money laundering, terrorism funding, and funding for the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Currently, the FATF consists of 34 members from 34 jurisdictions and two regional groups (the Gulf Cooperation Council and the European Commission). Providing cyber security is important for Barbados, since the vast majority of its population is connected to the Internet. When it does open, the cyber security center will cover four main areas: protection of security information, greater surveillance of the flow of finances to and from the Caribbean, protection of personal data, and protection of minors online so they are not vulnerable to exploitation by child pornography networks, said Armando Rodríguez Luna, a Mexico City-based security analyst. Barbados is creating a laboratory to fight cyber crime, such as credit card cloning and other offenses – growing problems in the Caribbean country. It will be a cooperative effort between the Royal Barbados Police Force and an international security force. last_img read more

Credit unions are not-for-profit, we’re for members

first_img 93SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Tansley Stearns Tansley is a dynamic force of nature, fiercely crusading on behalf of all credit unions while tirelessly driving forward the brand image and family spirit of Canvas. She joined us … Web: https://www.canvas.org Details A recent MarketPlace.org article attributed credit union growth to lax regulations. Headlined with “As relaxed regulations spur credit union memberships, banks cry foul,” the article touts how credit unions have grown 60% over the last 20 years.Well of course we’ve grown, credit unions are awesome for people and small businesses. That said, unfortunately, we are not exploding across the financial market. In fact, statistics shared from this year’s Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Governmental Advocacy Conference (GAC) include the disheartening fact that our market share in the financial industry “hasn’t budged from 7% over the last three decades” and while more Americans are aware of credit unions, “among non-members, 72% don’t necessarily dislike credit unions. They simply don’t consider them as part of their decision process.”As an industry, we need to own our lack of growth. Collectively, we must do a better job of sharing our story and telling human beings why credit unions are a better choice. It has become a cliché to say that we are the “best kept secret.” We must invest in marketing. Just like the CUNA 2019 “Open Your Eyes” campaign touts, it’s time for credit unions to help consumers open their eyes to credit unions. We must tell our story in a way that focuses on the benefits we deliver, the impact we create, and the people we help.It’s a great thing that there is a credit union out there for everyone, no matter where you work or live. As modern and sophisticated financial institutions, we are dedicated to putting our members in control because we are accountable to our members, not shareholders. That accountability means that all of our resources stay focused on helping our members turn their dreams into reality.The good news is that when we do tell our story and consumers use us, they love us because it makes a positive impact. The MarketPlace article relates the wonderful experience of three college students who embraced joining a credit union. Each one referred their next roommate to the benefits of being a member. Again, this is not based on any “looser” laws enabling a nefariously new daisy chain connecting potential members, nor is it a new “phenomenon.” Depending on each credit unions’ charter, the Federal Credit Union Act supports extending membership in a variety of ways, including family and yes that also includes members of the same household. This is how it’s worked for decades.We’re here to help people and when that happens, it’s natural and very positive that those people tell their friends. The MarketPlace article points out that credit unions save their members about $12 billion a year, a point CUNA detailed directly to the U.S. Congress earlier this year. The March 27, 2019, CUNA release states “There are over 115 million credit union members who benefit by $12 billion a year as a result of paying fewer and lower fees, lower loan rates and earning higher rates on deposits. Here are just a few of the ways this plays out for credit union members across the country:Credit unions’ new vehicle loans are 1.78% lower than other financial institutions, according to the December 2018 NCUA’s Credit Union and Bank Rates.Credit union members save about $1,000 in interest paid over a five year loan based on those December 2018 statistics provided by NCUA’s Credit Union and Bank Rates data. This is based on financing a $25,000 new automobile for 60 months at a credit union will save a member an average of $200 per year in interest.Credit union members earn 2.5X more interest on their savings with credit unions versus banks (CUNA, Open Your Eyes Campaign).Don’t all of us desire to create positive impact for hard working people? It’s hard to believe that more consumers saving more money, paying less interest and ultimately creating a path to financial success is anything other than tremendously positive.Credit unions were first formed to ensure that working class Americans could have access to lower cost credit and a safe place to save their money. Credit unions take the money earned, and invest it back into the products and services provided to our members. It’s also what makes us a not-for-profit member-owned cooperative that does not pay corporate taxes, so we can provide those lower loan rates and higher savings rates to the average person.As efforts are made to change regulations for us, it is a subtle reminder that credit unions did not require a financial helping hand or additional oversight more than a decade ago to stay true to our members. And, we don’t require that now.At Canvas, we’re dedicated to helping more people afford life and embrace being a financial by-your-side guide for our members. It’s working. In 2018, Canvas Credit Union helped our members obtain access to more than $2.1 billion in affordable loans. Canvas serves nearly 10,000 local small businesses. Also, in 2018, we awarded $56,000 in scholarships, donated $200,000 to local charities, and supported our staff volunteering 1,372 hours. And, we’re not slowing down.We’re proud credit unions save their members about $12 billion a year as cited by MarketPlace. But we won’t stop there. Let’s help human beings, communities, and small businesses open their eyes to all credit unions’ have to offer.last_img read more

#DayOne presents: Paul Bradbury – Digital nomads as a positioning opportunity

first_imgAn interesting fact about these 5 pearls that I will present is that none of them depend on the coast, and each of them offers real potential for improving tourism throughout the country and at the same time distributes employment and income more evenly. The best example of how this works in the context of Croatia was shown by two digital nomads I met last year in Jelsa on Hvar. He is Russian, she is Ukrainian, and they both work for an IT company in Munich. The boss told them that it was enough to be in Munich for two months a year and that they were free to work from home or anywhere else, as long as they were available online from 9am to 17pm. Vučedol delighted me, Ilok is magnificent, and your dear Vinkovci are a really interesting discovery. But I also came across the first craft in Slavonia that has been making Slavonian oak barrels since the war, and the knowledge that Ludbreg is the only Croatian city of wonders confirmed by the Vatican opens up some interesting tourist opportunities. Croatia is a country of incredible tourist potential that gives more and more from the coast. You can read more about undiscovered Croatia in my article published at the end of 2019 – “30 amazing discoveries”. The private sector has several great initiatives, and cooperation between the public and private sectors can only be a positive thing. I love the concept of this conference of yours. It is not possible to solve all problems so, for a start, we need to focus on areas where we can work. To conclude, Bradbury points out that he hopes the tourism sector will recognize the importance of the #DayOne conference. “I really hope that Croatian tourism professionals will recognize this as a great opportunity to work together for the greater good in order to progress towards a common goal – better tourism in Croatia. I find it quite encouraging that Minister Cappelli has confirmed his participation, which shows a willingness to engage. If we all look at a common future, and less at certain disagreements in the past, the conference will be more successful and will launch Croatian tourism. ” Bradbury concludes.  NARRATIVE OF THE CONFERENCE #DAYONE They decided on a European tour in which they will visit Croatia, Italy, Spain and Portugal, and they were in Jelsa from April 1 to June 30. Their day begins with swimming and coffee on the waterfront, followed by working on a laptop. They have lunch at a restaurant in Jelsa, and then they are again “in Munich” until 17 pm when they swim in the sea and then relax and have fun in Jelsa. We talk about potential all the time, but we didn’t connect those stories and “beacons” to create a clearly defined tourism product. Is it finally time for synergy and how to turn potentials into quality resources and connect all “lighthouses”? For some people, it is enough to state only the name without further explanation of what they do, and this is exactly what we can say about the great ambassador of Croatian tourism – Paul Bradbury, owner of Total Croatia News and conference partner, but also a lecturer with a very interesting topic. LET’S FORGET THE PAST, LET’S TURN TO THE FUTURE. #DAYONE FIRST CONFERENCE OF THE HRTURIZAM.HR PORTAL You will be able to find out the answer to the question whether digital nomads can be one of the opportunities not only for our tourism, but also for the economy as a whole within the first conference organized by the portal HrTurizam.hr -Day One Or One Day“, Where Paul Bradbury will give a lecture on the topic: TOP 5 tourist pearls that Croatia completely ignores and how to fix them. The topic of your lecture will be about 5 tourist pearls that Croatia completely ignores and how to fix them. What is one of those pearls that we can and should make better use of? After 17 years of living in Croatia, you have a view of Croatia from the outside, as well as from the inside. We have so many “lighthouses” / individuals doing amazing things here, no matter what region we visit. What tourist stories have been most fascinating to you lately? They work in Germany, and live and spend money in Croatia for three months, out of season. With the increase in out-of-office jobs, it is estimated that by 2035, there will be as many as a billion digital nomads in the world. With few destinations in Europe offering better lifestyles than Zagreb and Croatia, imagine that only 3 percent of that number of digital nomads choose Croatia – 30 million people (independent of the peak season) would stay longer, spend more and contribute more than a record number to the community. tourist. And digital nomads come for different reasons and at different times of the year. Take for example Julie from Denver. Although so many people emigrate from Slavonia, she is an American who enjoys Osijek. You can read her story HERE. Continental Croatia, no doubt. I know the coast much better, but I am still surprised by the wonderful things that exist in the interior that few people know about. We present to you the first speaker at the Day One Or Day One conference, which will take place 02.04.2020. at the Forum Congress Center in Zagreb. At the conference besides Bradbury, he will also speak Denis Ivošević from the Tourist Board of Istria on the topic of destination cooperation with global brands, Božo Skoko on the topic of branding Croatia and our tourism, Berislav Sokač from the company Run Croatia on the topic of how to turn Croatia into a racing destination, Ognjen Bagatin from the Bagatin Polyclinic, Michael Fend, LAG manager of the Austrian region Styrian volcanic land on the topic of connecting and developing a tourist destination and many others.  If I had to mention one big opportunity, it would be digital nomads. There is a common misconception here that digital nomads are just bloggers and influencers, which some are, but more often they are IT professionals or from related industries. People who make a living from the internet and can be found anywhere in the world. Day by day we bring new details about the program. Day One or One Day. I choose #DayOne, and you?  Yes, definitely. We need to move away from this culture of numbers, numbers and just numbers, towards a more sustainable strategy that does not depend on the peak of the summer season to the detriment of coastal destruction. Croatia has the best lifestyle offered to digital nomads, as well as security, knowledge of English, accessibility, tourist product, beauty, gourmet offer and much more. It is only necessary to recognize the opportunity and build on it and work on simplifying the bureaucracy. Estonia is a great example – they plan to introduce visas for digital nomads soon.last_img read more

Prabowo talks joint COVID-19 mitigation plan with Chinese defense minister

first_imgDefense Minister Prabowo Subianto and Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe discussed a bilateral collaboration on COVID-19 pandemic mitigation in Jakarta on Tuesday.The two officials also touched on such subjects as bilateral cooperation in the defense industry and education sector, as well as a host of other issues in the Asia-Pacific region, according to a statement issued by the Indonesian Defense Ministry.“The bilateral meeting between the two defense ministers discussed various important issues related to national defense,” the statement read. After speaking with Prabowo, Menghe proceeded to hold a meeting with Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan.Among those in attendance were Indonesian Navy chief of staff Adm. Yudo Margono and Chinese Ambassador to Indonesia Xiao Qian.The Chinese government has provided health equipment, including test kits, to Indonesian medical personnel working against COVID-19 over the course of the outbreak in the country.The first batch of the medical supplies were delivered from Shanghai to Jakarta via an Indonesian Military (TNI) Hercules C-130 aircraft, in accordance with Prabowo’s request.According to the official government count, the Indonesia has recorded 200,035 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 8,230 deaths as of Tuesday.Topics :last_img read more

Jose Mourinho stands by bizarre conspiracy theory

first_imgJose Mourinho has no regrets over denouncing the “clear campaign” against Chelsea and now wishes to focus only on wrapping up the Premier League title.The Blues boss was fined £25,000 for the comment, which came after the December draw at Southampton when he felt his side were denied a clear penalty, with Cesc Fabregas instead booked for diving. Since weight has been added to Mourinho’s claim, with Diego Costa and Nemanja Matic handed disputed suspensions, while marginal decisions have gone against the Blues, including in last week’s draw with Southampton, when Costa was denied a penalty.”I never regret when I speak from my feelings,” Mourinho said. “I don’t want to spend my energy thinking about the negative decisions and the points it cost us. I don’t speak about it. I can’t. I’m punished.”I just want to focus all my energy. Two months to go and in two months we can be champions.”Chelsea on Sunday play Hull, whose manager Steve Bruce criticised the Blues players following December’s meeting at Stamford Bridge, accusing Gary Cahill of a dive which was like “something out of Swan Lake”, while Willian and Costa were booked for diving. Mourinho refused to respond on Friday, but was asked about an article published on the club’s official website, headlined ‘Penalty puzzle’, which analysed the fact Chelsea have received two Premier League spot-kicks all season.The Blues boss does not believe it was a provocative piece and merely stated facts. He said: “Not for me. I don’t think the writer is going to win the Pulitzer with that article. It’s just the numbers. “It’s such a simple thing and for me there is no story. How many penalties has this team had? Five. How many penalties has that team have? Eight. How many penalties has this team had? One.”Mourinho said Chelsea missed “confrontational leadership” last season in finishing third in the Premier League behind Manchester City.The Blues boss, six points clear of City with a game in hand, says it is a motivational technique that has not been required this term.Asked for an example, Mourinho said: “Criticise a player in the media. Try to provoke a reaction from him, of anger, of not being happy with his manager, of trying to show that I’m not right.”He did that with Eden Hazard last term, criticising the often mercurial playmaker for not tracking back in the Champions League semi-final loss to Atletico Madrid. Mourinho does not take full credit for Hazard’s consistently strong performances this term, though. Mourinho added: “I don’t think it was me with that particular episode. “I just think that was a natural evolution for him. He wants to win titles, he wants to be the best, to improve his game, to score more goals.”It was an accumulation of experience, an accumulation of feelings that made him go in a certain direction.”For example, when he was Young Player of the Year it was not a big thing for him. “He doesn’t want to be the best Young Player of the Year, he wants to be the best Player of the Year.”–last_img read more

Mother and daughter score historic play-off victory in PING Plate

first_img5 Sep 2016 Mother and daughter score historic play-off victory in PING Plate Nottinghamshire mother and daughter Helen and Rachel Boulton scored an historic win today when the Plate final of the PING women’s fourball betterball championship was dramatically decided for the first time by a play-off.Three pairs had tied with 45 points and had to return to the 18th hole of the Thonock Park course at PING’s Gainsborough Golf Club for a sudden-death play-off. But Helen – a 20-handicapper – settled matters in style when she chipped in for a net birdie, appropriately using a Ping wedge (image © Leaderboard Photography).Jing Reade from Bridgnorth Golf Club in Shropshire had a putt to keep the play-off alive, but it edged away from the hole at the end.“It’s unbelievable,” said Helen, from Springwater Golf Club. “It’s crazy!” added Rachel, who was the 2015 Nottinghamshire county champion and helped her team to win last year’s English County Finals.Second and third places were decided on countback, with Jing and her partner, Heather Stiles, finishing as runners-up, ahead of Carole Morris and Jill Sparkes from Romsey Golf Club in Hampshire.Away from the drama surrounding the champions, the fourth place went to Ali Buncher and Hannah Brown-Pearce (Cotswold Edge) who had 42 points. Fifth were Mary Gibson and Melanie Williams (South Winchester) with 41 points, pipping sixth-placed Christine Fawcett and Melanie Temple (Seascale) on countback.This is the 11th year of the PING championship, which is run by England Golf, and it additionally made history by attracting entries from the largest ever number of clubs – 890 – and involving over 16,500 women in the qualifying stages. The top 50 pairs nationally qualified for tomorrow’s Grand Final while the next 50 played in today’s Plate final.Dave Fanning, PING’s European marketing director, told competitors: “This is a very special event and we are delighted to be able to host it at the home of PING Europe.”The Boultons have an excellent record in this championship, reaching the Plate final once before and coming fifth in last year’s Grand Final, before pulling off today’s win.But as the play-off was announced Rachel was counting the cost of a three-putt during regulation play. “I had a putt for an eagle on the sixth and I left it about 1ft away. I went to tap it in and missed! I thought ‘oh my gosh’ but I said to mum let’s just keep going.”They stuck to the task and when Helen had her big chance she had just one aim. “I just thought ‘get it close.’ That’s what Rachel has been saying to me all day long.” Her chip from the fringe started on target and stayed there, popping into the hole to applause.Jing Reade had no regrets about second place. “This has been so exciting, too exciting for me!” she said. Jing got her first handicap last year and is playing her first competitive season, she’s now off 34 but today’s play-off was a whole new experience for her, surrounded by buggies, a referee, other officials and interested spectators.This was only the second time she and her partner, Heather, had played together. Their plan was simple: “We just wanted to come and have a really nice game of golf,” said Heather.Neither was there any disappointment from Carole Morris and Jill Sparks, although they held the lead for hours before being edged out. “We just think we’ve done really well,” said Jill.They were originally on the reserve list and made the most of their opportunity. “It’s been absolutely fantastic from the time we arrived, everyone has been so friendly and it’s so well organised,” said Carole.Click here for full scoreslast_img read more

TELL ME

first_imgTell me,My heart is so openMy love is so real for youMy feelings are so strongEspecially when I am aloneBut no, I cannot be aloneBecause your presence never leaves meFor though you may not be around me in personYou are always here with me.Tell me…Say it…I am listening…Tell me.My heart is like a fertile groundMy love is rich in many colors for youMy feelings are like the rush of a waterfallCreating visions of the rainbow.Yes, the presence of loveWill never fade from the heart of the one who loves.Tell me,How much do you love me?Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

South Africa must tackle ‘triple challenge’: Zuma

first_imgPresident Jacobs Zuma said during the ruling African National Congress’ centenary celebrations in Bloemfontein, it was the right moment to pause and ponder the future of South Africa and of the ANC over the next 100 years.President Jacob Zuma. (Image: R News)Brand South Africa reporterSouth African President Jacob Zuma, addressing thousands of supporters during the ruling African National Congress’ (ANC’s) centenary celebrations in Bloemfontein on Sunday, said the party, and the country, had to face up to the “triple challenge” of unemployment, poverty and inequality.Addressing a packed Free State Stadium, Zuma said it was the right moment to pause and ponder the future of South Africa and of the ANC over the next 100 years.“Principally, Africans, women and youth continue to carry a disproportionate burden of the challenges,” Zuma said.“Over the next decade, both the ANC and all organs of state shall pay a single-minded and undivided attention in order to overcome these triple challenges.”Zuma added that the country’s education and training system should be the cornerstone of all efforts to radically transform South Africa and build a truly non-racial, non-sexist, democratic, united and prosperous society.He said that the difficult questions about the future of the country had to be asked and answered.“As we move into the future, we shall invest hugely in, and elevate the importance of, theoretical and ideological work, as well as a scientific approach to analysing and solving society’s problems.“During this year, 2012, our nation must renew our determination to build a South Africa founded on the principles of the Freedom Charter and our democratic Constitution. We must bring new energy and new ideas into the kind of society we want to build over the next few decades.”Zuma called on all South Africans to work with the ANC to make the dream of a united, democratic, non-racial, non-sexist and prosperous South Africa a reality “in our lifetime”.Source: South African Government News AgencyWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more