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  • Top award for teenage golf star Lily May

    first_imgThe sensational 2017 season of teenager Lily May Humphreys was recognised last night when she won England Golf’s Rising Star Award.She’s just 15 years old but she’s definitely one to watch and her achievements were recognised at the England Golf Awards sponsored by Bridgestone.Around 500 guests gathered at the Royal Lancaster London to celebrate all that’s great about golf in England. They applauded Lily May, a member at Stoke by Nayland Golf Club in Essex, who won five championships last season, taking English, British, European and American titles.Lily, who started playing golf about five years ago, said: “This means such a lot, I didn’t know I was in contention for this.” And the secret of her success: “I just practice, enjoy myself and make friends.”She was a finalist for the England Golf Performance of the Year Award, alongside Race to Dubai winner Tommy Feetwood; European champion and low amateur at The Open, Alfie Plant; and the England women’s team which became European champions for the second year in a row.The Performance of the Year title went to Fleetwood but the judges also recognised Lily May’s achievements.“It’s only a few years since Tommy was playing in our England teams and was dreaming of future successes,” said England Golf Performance Director Nigel Edwards. “We want to recognise another player who is starting out on that path in great style and Lily May receives our Rising Star Award.”During 2017 Lily May won the British girls’ championship, the European Young Masters, the English women’s amateur championship, the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters and, on her first to the USA, the Junior Orange Bowl Invitational.Lily May was presented with her award by Mark Lichtenhein, Chairman of the Ladies European Tour. 22 Feb 2018 Top award for teenage golf star Lily May Tags: Award, Lily May Humphreys, Rising Starlast_img read more

  • Spring and fish make for exciting days on the water

    first_imgSpring has sprung on the water according to Kerry Reed of Reel Adventures Fishing Charters in Nelson.So let’s get right to the details as Reed gives his take on what’s been happening on the water.Kootenay Lake Spring fishing has provided some exciting days. May was a decent month for weather, but an even better month for fishing.  Rainbows up to 23 pounds and Dolly Varden up to 16 pounds have been coming in lately. Although not every day has been hot, we have still seen some pretty consistent fishing. The latest derby saw one of our guests bring in a contender.  Shane landed a beautiful Rainbow just under 19 pounds to land himself a nice second place trophy.  That weekend we managed to hook into over 20-pound fish, with the majority of them being over 10 pounds.  Now that’s a quality fishing and why people come from all over to fish Kootenay Lake. The following week we had a new group out with us for a nice day trip on the lake.  They managed to hook into six  fish over 10 pounds, including a double header. The biggest fish weighing in at 18-1/2 pounds was landed by our friend John. And many other days have produced some great fish. The water temperature was finally at our optimum fishing temperature, until the weather changed. Temperatures have dropped and the fish are probably just as confused as we are. Oh well, there is one good thing about the cool, rainy days of June. It will help prolong our fishing season.  Usually the fishing remains fairly steady until the temperatures get too hot.  Which might not be until August at the rate we are going so far. Also with the rain comes high water.  This means there will be lots of debris floating around in the water. And while that makes it a little tougher to fish, it does help bring the fish to the surface to feed.  Fishing around these feed lines can be very productive.  But make sure to check your lines often, as they can become fouled with debris. Should be a good month for fishing if we can keep the debris off our lines.  What are they biting on ???Since most of the fish are coming to the surface to feed, we are mainly running our bucktail flies.  We have some new products that seem to be working well. The usual flies now come with a weighted head.  They are called fish skulls. This weighted head not only helps keep some of the debris off your lines, but it gives the fly a different action. And they have produced some fairly consistent fish on our boat.  My Favorite colors have been:  Blk/wht, grey/wht, and green/wht.  Or the common numbers are:  214, 215, 221, and 228. Also using my favorite Lyman plugs and Apex lures on the calmer days.  My favorites have been:  black/silver, silver/gold, blue/green or lucky numbers of #10, # 16, #53, #55, and the #102 of late. We’ve also managed a few fish on the downriggers.  Still using the old flasher/hoochie combo for the dollies.  But we’re catching lots on my favorite plugs again down deep.  Magic depths have been 40′, 60′, and 80′. The water temperature is almost perfect.  Lately I’ve had readings between 51- 53 degrees.  So, we should be in for some great fishing still. The next month should be great fishing. So, Let’s Get Out There !! Tight lines…..Another Record Year !! If this year’s Gerrard run is any indication of what our future holds, we should be pretty excited.  Another record number of fish were counted up at the spawning grounds this year. If you didn’t get a chance to see this amazing sight, then you missed out on a treat. More than 1,030 fish was the peak number this year.  That’s a lot of fish to be in one area at the same time. Although the total number of spawners over the one month period will be closer to 3,000 fish through the spawning grounds. That’s my estimate, but it definitely blows last years numbers out of the water. Looks like we have a bright future for Kootenay Lake.  Looking forward to the next few years !!! If you want to check out the day to day numbers that were at the spawning grounds, go to the ministry’s web site for a daily count.  Check it out at:  www.env.gov.bc.ca/kootenay/fsh/main/mainfish.htmYour Guide, Kerry Reed, Reel Adventures Fishing Charterslast_img read more

  • Mayhew ready to go

    first_imgHours away from a historic run in the monobob at the Winter Youth Olympics now under way in Lillehammer, Norway, there’s an air of optimism around 17 year-old Jamaican participant Daniel Mayhew.The Monobob heat gets under way at 8 a.m. (Jamaica time), with Mayhew scheduled to be the 13th competitor on the ice. The Charlemont High school student is Jamaica’s first competitor at the event, and coach Harry Nelson was in a confident mood ahead of today’s heat, where the youngster will be looking to vie for a top spot.Nelson told The Gleaner that Mayhew is in good spirits, has been training well, and has been performing with more consistency since his arrival.”He had his final training run today (yesterday) and he didn’t look bad at all. He is showing some consistency, his driving time wasn’t a personal best, but the conditions on the day wasn’t that good. But going into the event, he is actually eight right now and moving up, so we are feeling good,” said Nelson.”I’m very pleased with how things are looking at this point. Even though the conditions weren’t great in training yesterday, he got his best push-off time of 5.70,” added Nelson. “The day before, he got his best track time of 57.40 seconds.”STILL CONFIDENTNelson, however, admitted that he would have preferred if he was able to work a little longer on the ice with his young charge, but remains confident that he will represent himself and the nation well when competition gets under way.”We would have definitely liked more time on the ice, but we have to work with what we’ve got,” Nelson noted.”Daniel is very upbeat and ready to go. There is no pressure on him. He went through his qualification runs with no incident, as well as a personal best in his runs, so we are happy,” Nelson added.The coach underlined that the main objective is to ensure that the youngster completes the course without incident, but made it clear that they are keeping an eye on the top positions.”The major objective is to make sure he finishes the track incident-free, and anything after that, we will go for it. We are Jamaicans, so you know we always give our best, and so we will be looking to put ourselves in a spot where we can try to get the gold,” said Nelson.last_img read more

  • Rights Activist Calls for CSOs, Legislative Dialogue on Human Rights Issues

    first_imgRights Activist Adama K. DempsterA human rights activist has called for dialogue and information sharing on issues of human rights between civil society organizations (CSOs) and members of the Legislature, a release has said.Adama K. Dempster, secretary general of the Civil Society Human Rights Advocacy Platform, has said such dialogue and information sharing will enable concrete actions on promoting and protecting human rights.The civil society actor, making a presentation during a retreat sponsored by The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Liberia-Country Office and the UN Women for members of the House of Representatives of the 54th Legislature that took place from February 21 to 24 at a resort in Margibi County, said there is a need to get CSOs’ input in laws passed by the Legislature, especially laws that have impact on people’s rights.The retreat, held under the theme, “The Role of the Parliament in Promotion and Protection of Human Rights and Gender in Liberia,” was attended by current members of the House of Representatives, Women Legislative Caucus, officials of the Independent National Commission on Human Rights (INCHR), and the Civil Society Human Rights Advocacy Platform.According to the release, Mr. Dempster’s comment was contained in a paper he presented on the topic, “Civil Society and Parliament Working Together to promote and Protect Human Rights in Liberia.”Dempster said the roles of CSOs and lawmakers are complementary, therefore, “lawmakers should include CSOs’ inputs in laws that need to be passed, because CSOs have information on many issues that can assist on framing of the law to reflect Human rights concerns.”For the lawmakers, he said they need to mainstream human rights and international norms in their legislative process in order to collaborate effectively.Dempster said that the relationship between CSOs and lawmakers should be guided by teamwork, alliance, combined effort, collaboration, partnership and joint participation.Another presenter, Ms. Ghoma Karloweah, Program Manager, Peace and Security, UN Women, made a presentation on the topic, “International Reporting Obligations on Protecting the Rights of Women.” Ms. Karloweah said legislature must ensure that states “are in compliance with their international obligations and respect for the principles of international convention.”Lawmakers, Ms. Karloweah said, should be debating and adopting national legislation that conforms with the international standards set out by the Convention, while monitoring its implementation.She added that raising awareness of Conventions and its Protocols on human rights and overseeing the practical implementation of the rights set out in these Conventions are among some of the work of lawmakers.“Institutional linkages and informal relations with civil society and women’s organizations are fundamental to the promotion of women’s rights by the Parliament. Legislators can draw on specialized organizations and community groups for assistance with legislative reviews and analysis,” said Ms. Karloweah.She added that many women’s organizations can provide legal inputs on bills, as well as advice and assistance.The lawmakers, she said, can make contributions by participating in the process of national consultations preceding the preparation of the national Human Rights reports to the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). This is a unique process which involves a periodic review of the human rights records of all 193 UN member states.Of treaty bodies such as the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), there is a need to actively participate and monitor the overall reporting process, taking part as delegations sent to participate in interactive dialogues with regional and international Human Rights institutions.Attorney Urias Teh Pour, INCHR Director, Legislative Assistance, Treaty Matter and Law, who made a presentation under the theme, ‘ECOWAS Regional Human Rights Protection mechanism,’ said the ECOWAS court has the jurisdiction to determine cases of violation of human rights that occur in any member states.The revised ECOWAS Treaty of 1993, Attorney Pour said, guarantees the promotion and protection of human rights.“In line with that aim, ECOWAS adopted its fundamental principles wherein it guarantees its peoples under Article 4(g) of the Revised Treaty, “the recognition, promotion and protection of human and people’s rights in accordance with the provisions of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights,” he added.He said individuals can take cases of human rights directly to the court without exhausting local remedies.“Plaintiff must establish that there is a public right which is worthy of protection, which has been allegedly breached and that the matter in question is justifiable,” Atty. Pour said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • Selling Thabo’s Antiques to Italy

    first_img1 December 2005KwaZulu-Natal antiques dealer and furniture maker Thabo Mhlongo has signed a R230-million deal with top Italian-based furniture manufacturer Fratelli Costantini to produce quality furniture for the international market.Mhlongo (43) owns Thabo’s Antiques, a well-known furniture shop in Howick on the Midlands Meander. The investment comes a few months after the formation of the KwaZulu-Natal Furniture Industry Cluster to help grow the local industry.The joint venture will be known as Thabo’s Designs Fratelli Costantini, with a 60:40 shareholding split in favour of Mhlongo.Thabo’s Antiques was established in 1983 and sells some 1 000 restored furniture pieces a month. The first phase of the new joint venture is the construction of buildings and an assembly plant at a cost of R30-million. Thabo’s Designs will sell furniture to wholesalers, not to the public.“We expect to break even with R1.5-million after three months,” Mhlongo told Business Report. Thabo’s Designs will initially use hardwoods such as teak, mahogany and beech imported from Yugoslavia, France and Romania, and will look at sourcing wood from Mozambique at a later stage.“It is good to have formed a partnership with a family that has been in the trade for a while. It will lead to job opportunities in my area,” Mhlongo said.Choosing a stable governmentWith a monthly turnover in Italy of R56-million, Fratelli has been in the furniture business for 55 years.Company owner Giuseppe Constantini said they were impressed by Mhlongo’s professionalism and did not doubt that the partnership would produce “durable, super quality” furniture well able to compete internationally.He said that with a stagnant market in Europe, his company had been looking abroad to diversify and expand. Yugoslavia, Romania, Czechoslovakia and China were considered, but Costantini felt their governments were too unstable, according to Business Day.“Then we approached the Trade and Investment South Africa office in Milan and were referred to Trade and Investment KZN, which helped us identify a local partner,” he told the newspaper.International marketsOnce Thabo’s Designs Fratelli Costantini is established locally, the company will investigate exporting furniture to America, Russia and the rest of Africa.“Trade and Investment KZN is really working hard to help local businesses,” Mhlongo said.KwaZulu-Natal Finance and Economic Development MEC Zweli Mkhize said the deal showed that trips undertaken by the government to Europe and other countries were starting to bear fruit.“We are glad the Constantini family has chosen to do business in KwaZulu-Natal and, more importantly, that they selected an emerging entrepreneur as their partner,” he said.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

  • Optimize Your Website with Overstat

    first_imgTags:#biz#tips Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting audrey watters A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Related Posts Testing your website is crucial, but far too often, it simply doesn’t happen. The reasons can include cost, convenience, tech resources – you name it. But a company onstage today at LAUNCH wants to take away those excuses and make website testing – and, of course, website optimization – incredibly easy.Overstat has a number of competitors in the optimization space, including the Y Combinator alum Optimizely. But Overstat’s presentation today at LAUNCH made it look like it had a simple installation (just some JavaScript) and interface for both identifying problems and making updates.Overstat uses a heat map in order to identify where users are clicking (or not clicking) in order to help you identify the buttons and links you may want to address.The judges at LAUNCH seemed to like Overstat, and several of them chose the startup as one of their favorites out of the first round of presentations this morning. And one quipped that perhaps the company could merge with YouEye. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

  • 10 months ago​Aston Villa near loan deal for Wolves defender Hause

    first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Aston Villa near loan deal for Wolves defender Hauseby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa are inching closer to a deal for Wolves defender Kortney Hause.The Wolves defender has only managed two games in the Carabao Cup this term.He has been absent from the Premier League entirely.And Sky Sports reports the 23-year-old is available this month, with Villa the team that has the most concrete interest.Their boss Dean Smith wants to add to his defense, as they chase promotion to the top flight. last_img read more

  • Texas A&M Guard Danuel House Wants To Play Texas Next Season

    first_imgTexas A&M's Danuel House.Much to the chagrin of most fans, Texas and Texas A&M have not played each other in either football or men’s basketball since the Aggies left the Big 12 for the SEC back in 2012. But at least one members of A&M’s hoops team wants that to change in 2015. Junior guard Danuel House, who has one year of collegiate eligibility remaining, wants a shot at the Longhorns this upcoming season. He took to Twitter with his request Sunday morning, and even quoted a phrase from Texas A&M’s Aggie War Hymn about “sawing” varsity’s (Texas’) horns off.I want to play against UT this coming season. #Sawvarsityhornsoff #12thman #Gig3m #GBOD— Danuel23House (@Danuel23House) March 29, 2015It’s unlikely that the two schools find a way to make this happen voluntarily. There is, as always, a chance that they could meet in some sort of postseason contest, however.last_img read more