Windlesham pair are crowned PING Women’s champions for 2019

first_img4 Sep 2019 Windlesham pair are crowned PING Women’s champions for 2019 Tags: Gainsborough Golf Club, Windlesham Golf Club Two new golfers from the Windlesham Golf Club in Surrey have been crowned as the PING Women’s Fourball Betterball champions for 2019. Charlotte Legg and Mary Dodds have both only been playing golf for a couple of years but that did not stop them amassing 46 points over the Thonock Park course at Gainsborough Golf Club in Lincolnshire to finish a single point ahead of Bev Allan and Rachael Warner from Branston Golf and Country Club in Staffordshire.Claire Sims and Rachel Stark from The Bedford Golf Club, Diane Merrill and Sandra Huckle from Old Fold Manor Golf Club in Hertfordshire and Tracey Rogers and Cherry Clarke from Stock Brook Manor Golf Club in Essex all scored with Sims and Stark claiming third place on countback.“We’re thrilled to have won,” said 26-handicapper Legg, who only took up the game at the start of 2018. “When we won our club qualifier we were told we would have a great day here at Gainsborough but it has exceeded all our expectations. It has been fantastic. We’ve enjoyed every minute of it.”Legg and Dodds registered six three-point holes while accumulating 22 Stableford points over the opening nine but it was on the second nine where they really made their mark with a further four three-point holes and a four-pointer at the short 16th where Dodds hit a seven-iron to three-feet and rolled in the resultant putt.“That was probably the key moment in the round for us,” admitted the 27-year-old mother of two who was once Assistant Secretary at West Hill Golf Club in Surrey before taking up the game two years ago.“We played pretty consistently. We had no really bad holes but it was the two at the 16th that made the difference. I can’t really believe it has happened.”The PING Women’s Fourball Betterball Championship is run by England Golf with the winners coming through from an initial entry of over 15,000 women from more than 870 clubs. The top-50 pairs qualified for the Grand Final while the next 50 played in the previous day’s Plate Final.It was won by Jacqui Barson and Julie Beanland from Belton Park Golf Club in Lincolnshire who won by two points from Kathryn Bulman and Angie Taylor from Penrith Golf Club in Cumbria with 44 Stableford points. Andrea Holt and Jane Boxall from Bury Golf Club in Lancashire were third with 41 points .The victors only met in January but now play regularly together and have become firm friends.“We’re completely astounded and overjoyed,” said Barson. “It’s unbelievable, we’re still shaking, it’s just surreal.”Following the Finals this week (w/c 2nd September) the prizes have now been sent to clubs.View the full leaderboardImage: Leaderboard Photography.last_img read more

How slow can you go?

first_imgThere is no first class on these planes.Nor movies, nor champagne – not even budget economy class with a glass of water!For these are the planes that will take you to the wilds of Alaska where jumbos fear to tread and where there are no runways – just the occasional sand bars on the side of a streams or just small patch of grass.All the pilots of these planes need to land is an 18mtr clearing not the 3000mtrs of concrete that an A380 super jumbo requires.For that was the winning distance at the 2013 annual fly-in at Valdez Alaska where pilots of these Short take-off and Landing (STOL) planes fight it out to land on a dime.The two-day competition pits the flying skills of bush pilots to see not who can fly the fastest but who can fly the slowest!And not only is there a large crowd watching the dare devils but black bears and Dall sheep watch on the surrounding hills.The pilots are often veterans of their craft with more than 25,000 hours of flying in remote Alaska.And the best planes are typically heavily modified.According to Wired.com there are four categories for competitors at the Valdez fly-in.The light touring, heavy touring and stock bush classes all feature production-certified planes.While modifications can be made they must be approved for use on production planes.However on the alternate bush category anything goes but the changes must be built under the US regulator’s experimental category.Or pilots can build a design from the ground up.last_img read more

Advanced breeding technology has promising future in agriculture

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest For decades, growers have relied on the products they utilize on the farm to perform at the highest level and consumers, in turn, have relied on an abundance of safe and affordable food.With new breeding technology called CRISPR-Cas, DuPont Pioneer will soon make both of those outcomes the standard for years to come.Pioneer is establishing a CRISPR-Cas enabled advanced breeding platform to develop seed products for greater environmental resiliency with characteristics like disease resistance and drought tolerance, in addition to advancing the development of improved hybrid systems. The technology has applicability for all Pioneer crops of interest, but the initial effort is being made with waxy corn.“Yellow dent corn that we grow across the U.S. has two types of starches in it, amylose and amylopectin,” said Morrie Bryant, Senior Marketing Manager with DuPont Pioneer. “Waxy corn is all amylopectin and this specialty starch is used in a variety of products like yogurts, puddings, pie fillings, gravies, sauces and all types of food products. It gives them a congealing characteristic that helps those foods stay on your spoon.”Amylopetin also has industrial uses as it helps produce adhesives, corrugated cardboard products and the shiny paper used to make the ads in the Sunday paper.“Waxy corn a relatively small market, making up about 500,000 acres of productions a year across the U.S.,” Bryant said. “But if you think about it, waxy corn goes everywhere through the value chain.”The waxy gene has been known to science for almost 100 years and DuPont Pioneer has been developing waxy corn hybrids since the 1980s, making that commodity an ideal starting point for the company to begin their CRISPR-Cas testing.“What CRISPR-Cas has allowed us to do is to go into the wax corn plant and snip out the gene that allows it to make amylose so it only makes amylopectin,” Bryant said. “We can now do this quicker and we can make it more exact and I think it will also allow us to get into a wider background of our materials. We think that CRISPR-Cas technology has an application is every crop that we work with.”DuPont Pioneer’s corn team is looking at using CRISPR-Cas to help increase disease resistance and soybean and canola teams are also building their wish lists for utilizing this new technology.A common misconception about CRISPR-Cas is that it is the same as creating Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). A plant developed with CRISPR-Cas genome editing technology is different from a GMO because genome editing uses the native genetic sequences and characteristics available within the specific plant.“When you take a piece of genetic material from one specie and bringing it over as a transgene into another genome, that is a GMO,” Bryant said. “What CRISPR-Cas has done for us is to go into the existing corn genome and make a deletion. There was no introduction of foreign DNA into the genome. That has been reviewed by USDA and they agree that our new waxy corn hybrid is not a GMO.”Creating new products with CRISPR-Cas technology that will end up in the food chain is something that DuPont Pioneer is not taking lightly.“One of the four core values of our company is safety,” Bryant said. “Nothing goes to market before it goes through all of the safety and regulatory protocols. None of our new waxy corn is in the bin today, but we hope it will be in the next 5 years. We are doing some testing now and being very deliberate with this technology,” Bryant said. “CRISPR-Cas, GMOs and other technologies that we don’t even know about will come along and we will use them to help feed the world. That’s the mission we have had since we were founded by Henry Wallace in 1926 when he came out with some technology called hybrid corn.”AUDIO: The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins visits with DuPont Pioneer’s Morrie Bryant about CRISPR-Cas technology.CRISPR CAS Morrie Bryantlast_img read more

Solar Thermal: Types, Cost, and Investment

first_imgWe hope you enjoy the program. Enjoy the previous episode of the Green Architects’ Lounge: “Architects Discuss Passive Solar Design.” RELATED ARTICLESSolar Hot WaterSolar Thermal is DeadSolar Hot Water System Maintenance CostsWater HeatingIn this solar thermal podcast we cover:Different kinds of solar arrays: tubes and flat plates, and when and why you might use one or the other.Optimal installation angles and their relevance.How much solar do you install? How do you maximize efficiency?Should you take on space heating as well as domestic hot water?A great discussion about “return on investment,” NOT “payback,” AND how to talk to your client about it.What are some typical problems to avoid? (Such as air bubbles, stagnation, solar dumps, and leaks.)I share my six-digit idea, the “splash pot,” and Phil shares his solar tube trellis idea with Pat. Hot Zigg!Then Phil leaves us with a song by the refreshingly unique Joanna Newsom.center_img Hi, Everyone! For better or worse, Dan (Morrison) tossed us the keys to the blog, so we’re posting without a net, so to speak. Phil and I were very lucky to have a special guest for this episode: Pat Coon. Pat is co-founder of Revision Energy, and is well under way in starting a new company, Revision Heat. Pat brings to the podcast his in-depth knowledge of solar thermal design and installation, as well as his craft in home-brewing technology. Together, we discuss the logistics, benefits, and challenges of solar thermal design for the home.To listen to GBA Radio on your iPod, right click on the green ‘Download .mp3’ words above, save ‘Link’ to your desktop, drag the file into iTunes, and enjoy the show whenever you want to!last_img read more

Researchers Seek High-Performance Walls for Study

first_imgResearchers are looking for builders willing to volunteer to take part in a field study that will measure moisture, temperature, and humidity inside high-performance walls in moderate and cold climates.The Home Innovation Research Labs, a subsidiary of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), has put out a call for builders of new homes — additions and remodels aren’t included in the study — who would allow wireless sensors to be installed inside wall cavities. The sensors — as many as ten in a single building — will transmit the data to a remote server.There are a couple of caveats: walls should have an R-value of at least 20, be relatively airtight, and be located in Climate Zone 4 or higher.“The results of the study will provide real-life data on long-term performance of walls constructed using energy-efficient practices,” an announcement from the Research Labs said.It doesn’t cost anything for a builder to participate, and neither builder names nor exact building locations will be included in the final report. Builders can submit multiple homes; monitors will go in this spring and summer with monitoring to continue for at least a year. Program details and objectivesResearch Labs will provide the sensors and related hardware, along with instructions for how to install them. Builders will be responsible for installation, discussing the project with homeowners, and supplying design and construction documentation, such as the results of blower-door testing.Moisture accumulation in exterior walls is an area of intense interest to building scientists. As buildings become tighter and better insulated, the risk of for long-term moisture damage to sheathing and framing has gone up, particularly in regions with long, cold winters. The topic is the focus of research by public and private labs and has been addressed in many articles and Q&A threads at GBA.Nay Shah, one of two directors of the project, said that moisture and temperature issues in milder climate zones are much better understood, but there are still plenty of unknowns about high-R walls in cold climates.“Yes, this has been studied a lot by many people,” he said, “But we do believe there is lots to be learned.”Of particular interest: what happens inside walls with vapor impermeable layers on both the outside and inside; how ZIP System walls with exterior insulation perform; and which type of rigid insulation applied to the outside of the building (extruded polystyrene, expanded polystyrene, or polyiso) works best.The number of sensors will vary by the house, but typically would range from five to ten, he said, adding that it was important the sensing equipment be installed before drywall.“We don’t want to tear into your walls,” he said.Partial results should be available by next spring, with a full analysis completed by June 2017. Interested builders can apply online at this link.last_img read more

Govt ropes in 5-star hotels for Village clean-up

first_imgThe government has roped in five-star hotels to spruce up the much-criticised Commonwealth Games (CWG) Village and get it ready for the athletes. Three five-star hotel chains – Oberoi, ITC and the Taj Group – have offered to send their staff to supervise the cleaning up of the Village. All three hotel chains confirmed to Headlines Today that their managers will supervise the housekeeping services at the Games Village. The Hotel Association of India too has stepped in. A three-tier system has been put in place to ensure that all hospitality services at the Village are top-notch. As part of this, volunteers from the association will work round the clock at the Village. All the residential towers inside the Village have been assigned to one Delhi government official each. The officers were pulled out of their regular duties and deployed at the Village. The Hotel Association of India volunteers will report to these officers. They will, in turn, be assisted by the city’s municipality staff. The decisions were taken after Thursday’s CWG review meeting with the prime minister. Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit personally supervised the operations at the Village on Friday. She has also allotted areas inside the Village to her ministers.  Scores of cleaners have descended at the Village. They include sweepers, polishers, painters and housekeepers.last_img read more

Ole Miss’ Laquon Treadwell, Who Suffered Gruesome Ankle Injury, Posts Video Of Himself On Treadmill

first_imgLaquon Treadwell runs on treadmill after injury.Ole Miss star wideout Laquon Treadwell suffered a gruesome injury against Auburn back on November 1, breaking his leg and dislocating his ankle in the Rebels’ loss to the Tigers. But less than three months later, it looks like he’s making some serious progress on his road to recovery. Wednesday night, Treadwell posted an Instagram video of himself jogging on a treadmill. It’s amazing to see after the severity of the injury.Before suffering the injury, Treadwell was one of the most feared wideouts in college football. Let’s hope he’s able to get back on the field and continue his successful career.last_img read more

According To ESPN’s FPI, All 10 SEC Teams Are Favored In Their Bowl Games

first_imgESPN's FPI for SEC teams in bowl games.espn fpi all sec teams favoredWe’re halfway through bowl season, but the SEC – which has 10 teams that qualified for the postseason – has yet to play a contest. That changes tonight when LSU takes on Texas Tech in the Texas Bowl. The Tigers, according to ESPN’s FPI, have a 70% chance to win.In fact, according to EPSN’s FPI, all 10 Southeastern Conference squads have a higher than 50% chance to win.Tuesday, the SEC Network tweeted out a graphic that shows the percentage chances for each SEC team. Surprisingly, both Florida (vs. Michigan) and Texas A&M (vs. Louisville) are favored despite issues at the quarterback position.The SEC is favored in ALL 10 of their bowl games according to ESPN’s FPI. pic.twitter.com/c4CN3QRgQy— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) December 28, 2015To be clear, ESPN’s FPI is not Las Vegas odds. And obviously, the SEC won’t go undefeated this bowl season. But it’s an interesting graphic, to say the least.last_img read more

PM ambassador settle defamation suit filed by wouldbe candidate exLiberal MP

first_imgOTTAWA – An out-of-court settlement has been reached in a long-running defamation suit filed against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Canada’s ambassador to the U.S. by a would-be Liberal candidate and her former-MP husband.The lawsuit was initiated almost four years ago by Christine Innes after she was barred from running for the Liberal party in a federal byelection in the Toronto riding of Trinity-Spadina and further prohibited from seeking a Liberal nomination in any riding for the 2015 general election.David MacNaughton, who was the party’s Ontario campaign co-chair at the time, cited “bullying and intimidation” tactics employed by the Innes campaign team — specifically by Innes’ husband, former Liberal MP Tony Ianno — as the reason for the decision.Innes filed suit in April 2014 against Trudeau, then leader of the third party, and MacNaughton, seeking $1.5 million in damages to her reputation; Ianno joined the suit a few months later, seeking another $1.5 million for damage to his reputation, lost business opportunities and emotional suffering.The pair continued to pursue the case after Trudeau became prime minister in 2015 and tapped MacNaughton to be Canada’s ambassador to Washington.The Liberal party says the suit has now been settled “by mutual agreement of the parties,” who have agreed to keep the terms of the settlement confidential.In a statement Friday announcing the settlement, the party says it “regrets the circumstances that led to this lawsuit.”It also “acknowledges the many years of public service and deep and valued contribution” that Innes and Ianno have made to public affairs and to the people of Canada.MacNaughton’s decision, backed by Trudeau, to ban Innes as a candidate was the highest-profile controversy surrounding Liberal nominations in the run-up to the 2015 election. Critics maintained the treatment of Innes and several other would-be contenders put the lie to Trudeau’s promise to allow open nominations in every riding.Innes maintained she was barred from running in the byelection because she refused to promise that she wouldn’t eventually challenge one of Trudeau’s star recruits — Chrystia Freeland, now foreign affairs minister — for a Liberal nomination in Toronto after riding boundaries were redrawn for the 2015 general election.However, the party said the decision to bar Innes followed complaints by several young Liberal volunteers who alleged that Ianno had pressured them, disparaged Trudeau and Freeland and warned them they’d have little future in the party if they backed the wrong side in a potential Innes-Freeland nomination battle.last_img read more

Amid water shortage MCG to levy fines on those wasting water

first_imgGurugram: The Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) has announced action against those who are found wasting water. Officials said in an attempt to stop people from wasting water, the department has decided to levy fines on violators.For residential units, the maximum limit for the fine would be Rs 1,000, while for commercial units it will be Rs 5,000. When asked as to what would they consider as water wastage, an official said, “Wasting water while washing cars, turning a blind eye to overflowing of water, misusing water for gardening among others, are a few of the categories that the department would consider while taking action.” In residential units, a defaulter will be charged Rs 500 for the first time and Rs 1,000 if he repeats it. In commercial units, for the first time, the defaulters will be charged Rs 2,000 for the first time and Rs 5,000 if he/she repeats it. “To curb the practice of extravagant use and wastage of water and to meet the increasing demand apropos the supply and consumption, a person or institution found wasting water by way of car washing, overflowing wilfully and negligently misusing/wasting of water, will be put under the ambit of action mentioned under Section 180 and 181 of Haryana Municipal Corporation Act, 1994,” the MCG order states. “If a person or institution does not mend his or their ways and continues to wastewater, the water connection of such person or institution may be disconnected,” the order further states.last_img read more