SHANGHAI – The HSBC Champions has a familiar look to Graeme McDowell, with a few exceptions. He goes into the weekend at Sheshan International in contention for a World Golf Championship, with Ian Poulter and a big-hitting American alongside. Only, now, the American is Masters champion Bubba Watson – not Dustin Johnson, who overpowered the course on his way to victory last year. And at least this time, McDowell has the lead. McDowell leaned on a hot putter to carry him to another 5-under 67 on Friday. That gave him a three-shot lead over Poulter, with Watson and Hiroshi Iwata of Japan right behind. Tournament organizers might be missing the presence of Johnson, the defending champion who is on a ”voluntary leave” for what he described as personal challenges. Just don’t count McDowell among them, especially not the way Johnson set the tournament record at 24-under 264. ”He looked unbeatable last year the way he played this golf course,” McDowell said. ”But we’ve got a fairly decent replacement in Bubba, who in his own way has got the same kind of talents as Dustin, the way he drives it and the short game. In many ways, it’s a very similar scenario – myself and Poults against the long-hitting American.” McDowell saved par when he had to and strung together back-to-back birdies early and late in his round to reach 10-under 134. Poulter and Watson showed that a deficit can be made up quickly, particularly on the dynamic finishing holes at Sheshan International. WGC-HSBC Champions: Articles, videos and photos Watson was seven shots behind when he made birdie on the par-5 14th, and he was just getting warmed up. He blasted a drive just through the end of the fairway on the 487-yard 15th hole and hit gap wedge to 8 feet for birdie on the 15th. He chipped in twice for birdie on the next two holes, and had a simple up-and-down on the par-5 18th to end his round of 67 with five straight birdies. ”Hit some good shots but couldn’t make some putts. Hit some bad shots and made some putts,” Watson said. ”It was a great last five holes.” Poulter was five shots out of the lead when he birdied four of the last five holes – he made par on the par-3 17th – for a 67 that put him three shots back. ”Probably the best I’ve played all year, which is very exciting,” Poulter said. ”It was a little frustrating the first 13 holes that I was missing chances, but four birdies in the last five holes … chances started to go in at the end and I’m very happy.” Rickie Fowler opened with 14 straight pars, added a few birdies and shot 70 to reach 5-under 139, along with Tim Clark (70), Jonas Blixt (68) and Kevin Na (68). McDowell is not one to complain about a pair of 67s on any golf course, though they were different. He only missed one fairway in the opening round, which set up plenty of birdie chances. He had to scramble more on Friday, though at least he could rely on his putter. ”I have to improve tee-to-green to have a chance on Sunday,” McDowell said. ”I’m putting great – I love these greens. I’ve just got to keep doing it. I have to go out there tomorrow and not think about making mistakes. Just have to keep the pedal down, execute my game plan, and give myself a chance to win on the back nine on Sunday.” Adam Scott might have cost himself a chance with a wild round. The Australian opened with four birdies through seven holes to get within a shot of McDowell. A poor tee shot changed everything. He pulled his drive into a water hazard on the 603-yard eighth hole and had to drop at one of the forward tees. Trying to reach the green in two, he came up just short of the creek in front of the green, and then his pitch from gnarly rough didn’t quite reach the green and rolled into the hazard next to a large rock. Scott decided to take a penalty drop from the other side of the creek and made a quadruple-bogey 9, wiping out those four birdies. He followed with an approach into the water on the ninth for a double bogey, and made eagle on the back nine to salvage a 72. He still was eight shots behind. Poulter liked his position much better. ”We’ve got 36 holes to go. You’ve got 36 potential birdies,” he said. ”So three shots is pretty close.”
For two weeks, runners in a different kind of competition battle towards the finish line for the top prize of being the do-it-all village chief. Be it male or female, the barangay big boss becomes the judge, mayor, chief of police, ambulance driver, electrician, money lender, realtor or sales agent among others. If the winner has dubious connections, he could well become the village lord and executioner.It has always been summer time when elections are held and considering that school is out, sports tournaments and training clinics are a plenty catering from the toddlers learning the basics of the game to the oldsters who got infected with the fitness virus.Candidates then happily or maybe grudgingly, support their teams even going to the extent of providing uniforms from head to foot and thenhirecollegiate coaches for the duration of the tournament.Makers of sports apparels are doing a killing because aside from the athletic outfits, they also do the uniforms of the candidates and their “loyal” supporters. We say loyal, because they received t-shirts to wear with the requisite meals and allowances, and the promise of a position in the barangay if they win. This is reality especially in urbanized areas.Letters of request for sports equipment are sent to candidates’ houses or offices that the number of letters received are enough to wrap each fruit of a laden mango tree. Sometimes, request for softball equipment comes from a hilly community that you’ll be wondering where they’ll be using it but give in nonetheless for fear of losing their support. And then these loyalist get some swagger of superstar proportions and a feel of being in power because of “Kap.”Elections are a boon to the youth in the sporting sense. Candidates, particularly those with money to burn have no qualms in sponsoring teams from scrabble to volleyball. Programs targeting the young and of voting age are usually initiated.With the return of the Sanguniang Kabataan, we will be expecting year-round activities of educational and whatever trips and athletic events. Because they look up to their Titos and Titas in power, it is just wishful thinking that these kids won’t be corrupted by their elders already in position.Majority of the electorate might think that the May 14 exercise is not important. Let us think again. It is the barangay officials who know their area well and with their individual networks can monitor anything from stray dogs to alien invasion. Let us not listen to their readiness-to-serve bullcrap but instead focus on their ability and initiative to lead.Wa’y silbi sa balay pero gusto ma silbi sa barangay. When we pick the wrong people for the job, the SK will have controversial and questionable role models. Then our youth can never become the “hope of the fatherland.” The famous guy who made this quote could be shaking his head from above seeing a good number of his “hope” on the road to hopelessness.Let’s make good choices on Monday. The P500 or P1,000 or more that you get from your favorite candidate cannot compensate for the next foreseeable future. Do away with deceptive and dangerous candidates./PN BY BOBBY MOTUSTHERE are the real public servants whose selfless devotion to their community are worth emulating but their numbers are far overwhelmed by the multitude who got into position and in turn want the community to serve them.The barangay elections are not the same as the national and mid-term elections but things still get pretty nasty in some parts of the country. Just what exactly is in the barangay elections that some people go to the extreme act of permanently eliminating the opposition?
17 March 2009Three South African lodges are included on the latest National Geographic Adventure magazine list of 50 top eco-lodges. Phinda Private Game Reserve, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve and Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve have taken their place among the top environmentally friendly tourism destinations in the world.Of the 50 establishments recognised as the most earth-friendly, 17 are in Africa. Four are in Kenya, with two each in Namibia, Botswana and Tanzania, and one each in Mozambique, Seychelles, Egypt and Morocco.MediaClubSouthAfricaFree high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service. National Geographic Adventure says that a decade ago the number of true eco-lodges on the planet could be counted on two hands. But no longer are they solely found deep in the African bush or Central American jungle, as these are not the only eco-systems that need nurturing. Today, ecolodges are found in a diversity of landscapes and locales, ranging from island and savannah to mountain and desert terrain.As far back as 1990 the Ecotourism Society defined eco-tourism as “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people’.And an eco-lodge, according to the Ecotravel Center, a division of the non-profit Conservation International Foundation, can be defined as a nature-dependent tourist lodge that meets the philosophy and principles of ecotourism.Ecolodges, therefore, are those establishments that focus strongly on a greener way of operating, including the support of local communities, the creation of far-reaching conservation initiatives, and a firm emphasis on adventure. Oh, and guests can expect dazzling locations and unsurpassed service and comfort too.A good eco-lodge should engage in responsible practices such as paying respect to local traditions by incorporating cultural elements into the design and decor, disrupting the natural environment as little as possible and using local plant life as much as possible, sourcing food from local farmers, using recycled or recyclable materials in building, and bridging cultural gaps by promoting cultural exchanges.Eco-lodges are becoming increasingly fashionable, not only because many of them genuinely deserve their place among the world’s top destinations, but also because more tourists are listening to their consciences and actively supporting the vital role that eco-lodges play in conservation. These fine citizens of the earth will return home knowing that their holiday contributed to preserving the world’s natural environment.In South Africa, the three establishments that have been singled out by National Geographic Adventure magazine have shown firm commitment to those eco-tourism principles.Tswalu Kalahari ReserveThe Tswalu Kalahari Reserve is the creation of the late Manchester entrepreneur Stephen Boler, who was at one time the largest single shareholder in Manchester City football club. Over a period of four years Boler bought 34 farms in the Kalahari Desert and combined them to form a vast 1 000km² game reserve. Since 1999 Tswalu, the largest private reserve in South Africa, has been owned by the Oppenheimer mining dynasty.Tswalu has won a number of international awards, including several AA Travel Guide accolades and a Conde Nast Traveler 2007 World Savers Award. While it offers a superb safari experience, its primary aim is conservation and socio-economic development in the region. Its architectural designs minimise water and energy usage while extensive use of solar energy and everyday waste recycling substantially reduce the impact on the environment.Tswalu is committed to restoring and preserving the natural environment and ecological processes that are unique to the Kalahari ecosystems, thereby providing a sanctuary for endangered species such as the African wild dog, listed on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List.Some of Tswalu’s projects include a study of the mammals in the reserve and identification of their ecological roles, research into predator-prey relationships of the Kalahari lion in the reserve, a determination of the density of black rhino that can be sustained by vegetation in Tswalu, the development of a Tswalu spider database, and mapping the breeding success of raptors in the reserve.Phinda Private Game ReserveThe acclaimed Phinda Private Game Reserve in northern KwaZulu-Natal is a flagship establishment of &Beyond, previously known as Conservation Corporation or CC Africa. Phinda encompasses seven separate eco-systems ranging from woodland, grassland, wetland and forest, to mountain ranges, rivercourses, marshes and pans. The reserve is also home to a contingent of rare black rhino.Many of Phinda’s rangers and guides are drawn from the surrounding communities and are thus able to share a wealth of cultural information with guests. All are deeply committed to their work. The reserve runs a full-time ranger school, where prospective rangers study for eight weeks before joining a team and gaining more knowledge in the field.Phinda has embarked on a number of other important conservation and community projects, among them the establishment of a worm farm and organic garden in a nearby community, which will hopefully produce vegetables for purchase by the lodge, a black rhino range expansion project, the ongoing clearing of an invasive alien plant species known as Triffid Weed, an initiative to re-introduce lion into the reserve, and research into leopards in the area.Bushmans KloofSpectacular Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve in the Western Cape, situated on the northern side of the Cederberg mountains about 270km north of Cape Town, boasts more than 130 rock art sites, some of which have been dated back to 10 000 years ago.The reserve was born in 1991 when the McAdam brothers bought seven farms and combined them to form the 75km² Bushmans Kloof. Initially the land was severely over-grazed and neglected, but the McAdams removed the livestock and let the land restore itself.Today, Bushmans Kloof shelters endangered species such as the Cape mountain zebra, the Cape clawless otter and the Clanwilliam yellow fish. Indigenous trees once more cover the land, which lies within the Cape Floral Kingdom, a proclaimed World Heritage site. The reserve has won much international acclaim, first in 2003 when the US-based magazine Travel and Leisure voted it as one of the world’s top 25 eco-lodges.Bushmans Kloof is a leading participant in the 1 600km² Agter-Pakhuis Conservancy project, which encourages farmers to employ ecotourism principles wherever possible. The reserve has also opened a heritage centre where photographs and artefacts, as well as traditional jewellery, musical instruments, hunting kits and more, pay homage to the culture of the Bushmen.First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.
The 2018 Department of Defense (DoD) Warrior Games begin in less than one month and Jon Stewart confirmed he will return this year to emcee the opening ceremony on June 2, honoring hundreds of athletes, family members and caretakers participating in the Games.Free tickets to the opening ceremony event, featuring a concert by Kelly Clarkson, are now available at DoDWarriorGames.com.Now in its ninth year, the Warrior Games, held this year at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, will be free and open to the public from June 1 – 9.“It’s an honor to emcee the opening ceremony again,” said Stewart. “The Warrior Games is a truly inspirational experience for all involved, and I highly encourage families and communities to come out to support and learn from these incredible warriors. As a parent, you never know where your lessons will land. At the Games, you’ll witness resilience, integrity and maybe even the idea that you don’t have to be defined by the worst day you ever had.”Doors open for the opening ceremony at 5:00 p.m. and Grammy nominated country star Eric Paslay kicks off the all-star evening with an unforgettable performance. Tickets are available on a first come, first serve basis.“I am looking forward to performing for our wounded, ill and injured service members and their families,” Paslay said. “I can’t wait to cheer these heroes on to victory at this year’s Warrior Games in Colorado Springs.”The Warrior Games are a Paralympic-style competition for wounded, ill and injured service members. Athletes from the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Special Operations Command, in addition to athletes from the U.K. Armed Forces, Australian Defence Force and, for the first time, the Canadian Armed Forces, will compete in the Games. They will go head-to-head in 11 events: archery, cycling, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, track and field, wheelchair basketball and, for the first time in Warrior Games history, indoor rowing, powerlifting and time trial cycling.“The Warrior Games are a great opportunity for the American public to experience a once in a lifetime event at no cost,” said Col. Gina Oliver, director of the 2018 Warrior Games. “In one spectacular evening, those attending will honor our warrior athletes and their families in an Olympic-level opening ceremony and enjoy first class entertainment. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone at Falcon Stadium on June 2 and having them return throughout the week to witness amazing people doing amazing things.”The 2018 Warrior Games are an opportunity for everyone to witness true grit and determination, while celebrating the accomplishments of wounded, injured or ill service members.Visit DoDWarriorGames.com to learn more about the Warrior Games, the athletes competing this year, volunteer opportunities and the schedule of events.The Department of Defense (DoD) Warrior Games were established in 2010 as a way to enhance the recovery and rehabilitation of wounded, ill and injured service members and to expose them to adaptive sports. The 2018 Warrior Games will be held June 1 – 9 at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.The Warrior Games are free and open to the public. About 300 wounded, ill and injured service members representing teams from the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM), United Kingdom Armed Forces, Australian Defence Force and the Canadian Armed Forces will participate in the competition. They will go head-to-head in 11 sports including archery, cycling and time trial cycling, indoor rowing, sitting volleyball, shooting, swimming, powerlifting, wheelchair basketball, track & field, engaging in friendly competition and experiencing the healing power of sports. For more information on attending, volunteering, covering or supporting the Warrior Games please visit DoDWarriorGames.com and follow the Warrior Games on Facebook.
July 17, 2018 Thank you Lakeside Fire Protection District KUSI Newsroom, ALPINE (KUSI) – The brave men and women of Lakeside Fire Protection District released this video of their efforts fighting the #WestFire in Alpine. Posted: July 17, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The Plunge at Fit swimming pool at Belmont Park in Mission Beach is set to reopen on Independence Day after being closed to the public for five years, it was announced Wednesday.Representatives from real estate agency Pacifica Enterprises and a group of local leaders gathered Wednesday to mark the completion of a $12 million renovation and restoration project at the pool, which closed in 2014 due to safety issues and a lack of proper maintenance. To celebrate the pool’s impending reopening, nearly a dozen children dove into the 400,000-gallon pool during the ceremony.“The Plunge at Fit in Belmont Park is a beloved landmark for Mission Beach residents and the entire city of San Diego,” said San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer. “It has long been a place for children, families and neighbors to exercise and make memories together, and this restoration ensures that many more generations of San Diegans can enjoy that same experience.”The Plunge at Fit opened in 1925 as the Natatorium, a 60-by-175-foot saltwater pool at the Mission Beach Amusement Center. In 1940, the salt water was replaced with fresh water and the pool was dubbed Southern California’s largest indoor heated pool. Earlier this decade, the pool fell into disrepair, prompting Pacifica’s three-year restoration.Pacific Enterprises consulted with the city’s Historical Resources Board and the Save Our Heritage Organization to include historical touches in its redesign of the pool like replicas of its original archways and pool tiles. The Plunge also features floor-to-ceiling glass walls, a retractable roof and a dining deck attached to the pool’s renovated beach house.“The community of Mission Beach is very excited to finally see the Plunge re-open its doors again,” said Mission Beach Town Council President Matt Gardner. “Pacifica and Belmont Park have been great at keeping our community appraised of this project’s progress and evolution with visits and updates at our Mission Beach Town Council general meetings.”The pool will open for public use on the Fourth of July at noon and will remain open to the public daily from noon to 5 p.m. Residents can purchase day swim passes on-site at the pool’s north entrance. Day passes start at $15 for adults age 18-65 and $12 for residents under age 17 and over 65.Information about pool rates and rentals as well as photos of the redesigned pool and the original Natatorium can be found at plungesandiego.com.KUSI’s Dan Plante was in Mission Beach with the details. July 2, 2019 Dan Plante, Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter History Repeats Itself!!! In This Case, That’s A Good Thing. “The Plunge” Is Getting Ready For The “Grande Reopening” At Belmont Park In San Diego. First Opening Day-1925. Preview Tonight On KUSI. pic.twitter.com/wANEPUbtmh— Dan Plante (@DanPlanteKUSI) July 2, 2019 Updated: 4:07 PM Posted: July 2, 2019 Dan Plante Belmont Park’s Plunge Pool reopens after 5-year closure