Haas wins first Champions title

first_img The victory ended Haas’ 12-year, 302-event winless streak in Tour-sanctioned tournaments. Haas, whose last win came in the 1993 Texas Open, took the lead for good with a birdie on the par-4 16th, and then pulled away with back-to-back birdies on Nos. 17-18. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Jay Haas rallied with a 7-under 65 Sunday for his first Champions Tour victory, a two-stroke win at the Greater Hickory Classic in Conover, N.C. The 51-year-old Haas, who splits time between the PGA Tour and the 50-and-over tour, finished with a tournament-record 16-under 200 at Rock Barn Golf and Spa’s Jones Course. He beat the previous mark of 14 under, set last year by Doug Tewell. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 A first for Perrot, too: Chile’s Nicole Perrot earned her first LPGA Tour victory, rallying from a two-shot deficit to win the Longs Drugs Challenge in Auburn, Calif. The 21-year-old Perrot, the 2001 U.S. Girls champion, offset three bogeys on the front nine at The Ridge Golf Course with three birdies on the back in an even-par 71. She finished at 14-under 270, one shot ahead of South Korea’s Hee-Won Han (69). last_img read more

South African aviation sector must look at skills shortage

first_img03 November 2015The aviation and aerospace sector must unlock opportunities that have socio- economic benefits for South Africa, according to Barlow Manilal, the chief executive of the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA).“We need to ensure that we can unlock opportunities so that it changes the trajectory of this country and ensure that we pave the economic pathway going forward,” he added. Manilal was speaking at the Avi Awards ceremony, the first of its kind to be held in South Africa.The ceremony coincided with the Avi Afrique Expo, held on Wednesday, 28 October. It was a pair of days given over all things aviation, with the 2015 Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) Avi Afrique Innovation Summit held on 29 October. Both events took place at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria.A highlight of the week was the top award, which went to the creator of South Africa’s first aircraft powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. The theme for this fourth annual conference was “Innovation: the key to aviation sustainability in Africa”.About 450 delegates attended, according to spokesperson Percy Morokane, including 160 global and local industry decision-makers, academia and other aviation space experts.The focus of discussions on innovation would be around the challenges and opportunities facing aviation in Africa, ATNS chief executive officer Thabani Mthiyane said in his opening speech.“Aviation is a highly technical field, whether one is talking about the engines that power the aircraft, the materials and techniques to build them, the comfort and safety of passengers inside the cabin and, of course, the management of an airspace.“All of these disciplines rely on bright young minds with the right skills to take them forward. We rely on the academic institutions for these graduates, and also to provide much of the research that fuels innovation,” he said.“In light of the current developments in South Africa around exclusion from tertiary education, we need to come together as an industry to see how best we can help our colleagues in academia overcome these challenges – to ensure universities are adequately funded.”Within the whole complex question of university funding and financial exclusion, Mthiyane added, the private sector had big role to play. “Already, private sector companies provide bursaries and other financial help to assist promising students to graduate, and I am sure that they will expand their role as they are able.“We hear so much about the skills shortages that are holding back the economy – let’s work together to make sure we produce the skills. We have raw talent; let’s not waste it.”Watch how the government is working on tackling the challenge of addressing the lack of transformation in the aviation industry:The summitMark van Wyk, entrepreneur and pilot, Thabani Mthiyane, the ATNS chief executive officer of ATNS, Tebogo Thamage, and Barlow Manilal (far right on photo), the chief executive of Technology Innovation Agency. Manilal says his agency will look at how it can offer opportunities relating to aviation and aerospace for people in rural areas, and speaks about poverty and unemployment at the Avi Awards on 28 October 2015. (Image: ATNS)Education was top of mind at the two-day events, with one of the summit panel discussions on Thursday titled: “Aviation innovation from the perspective of tertiary institutions”. Dr Malindi Neluheni, one of the speakers, spoke about “creating sustainable opportunities within the African aviation industry”.There was much food for thought, and attendees tweeted about the conference:#AviAfrique2015 @ATNSSA Professor Bennie Anderson openings address thought provoking— Sue (@CabeCat) October 29, 2015@ATNSSA #aviafrique2015 Skills development allows meaningful contribution to economy— Aarti Panday (@Aarti_Panday) October 29, 2015@ATNSSA #aviafrique2015 NDP has bold plans for PhDs in South Africa— Aarti Panday (@Aarti_Panday) October 29, 2015@ATNSSA #aviafrique2015 in 2013 SA produced 2051 PhD graduates— Aarti Panday (@Aarti_Panday) October 29, 2015Poverty and unemploymentMore must be done to address the levels of poverty and unemployment in South Africa, Manilal said at the Avi Awards ceremony on 28 October. “I believe that everything we do must create a better society for us.”His agency would look at how it could offer opportunities for people in rural areas. “Going forward as TIA, we will look at revising most of our programmes, making sure that they are more impactful and that they give us the rewards we are looking for.“We need to give the youth in this country hope. We need to give the youth in this country courage to dream,” Manilal said.The TIA was established in terms of the TIA Act, with the objective of stimulating and intensifying technological innovation to improve economic growth and the quality of life of all South Africans by developing and exploiting technological innovations.The awardsThe Avi Awards were hosted by ATNS, an agency of the Department of Transport, in partnership with TIA, an entity of the Department of Science and Technology.Overall winner Mark van Wyk has a company that is developing unmanned aircraft powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. It runs on green energy and uses hydrogen as a fuel.“The craft is an environmental survey aircraft, so the intention of the aircraft is to do long range surveys for environmental monitoring so that our scientists and researchers can make better decisions as to how to better manage the environment and do land use planning for the future,” Van Wyk said.It had the potential to bring down the long running cost of aviation. He hoped that in future, it would make it possible for aviation prices to go down as well as for previously disadvantaged communities to have an opportunity to become pilots or fly for personal reasons.“I really didn’t expect to win the award. I am thrilled, I am honoured. ATNS has always been a true evangelist for aviation and a real impressionist on this country.“Their services to the community are unique and impeccable. To be given an award by ATNS is the highest honour that I could get,” Van Wyk said.He said he had been working with the TIA for the past nine years, and it had been supportive of his project.Watch Mark van Wyk explain his project:The Avi Awards 2015 were a platform to showcase and celebrate the sharpest minds and the most brilliant innovations in the country. The Department of Transport said they celebrated creativity and scientific thinking, which were critical ingredients to leapfrog Africa into first-world status.Finalists included journalists, academics and engineers.Source: SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

Big Demand for Micro-Apartments in New York City

first_imgDesign competition launched the projectCarmel Place, originally called My Micro NY, is being developed by Monadnock Development and the Lower East Side People’s Mutual Housing Association. It is the result of a 2012 design competition aimed at encouraging safe, legal, and reasonably priced apartments for residents who aren’t interested in sharing their digs with other people, The Times said.Apartments less than 400 square feet became illegal after 1987 zoning restrictions were imposed, but the city waived the requirement and allowed Carmel Place to move ahead. There are an estimated 3,000 apartments in Manhattan less than the 400-square-foot minimum now on the books, grandfathered under the zoning change. The average studio apartment in Manhattan isn’t much bigger — just 550 square feet — and comes with a median rent of $2,555 a month.“There is this idea that bigger is better, and that we need housing for families,” Sarah Watson, the deputy director of the Citizens Housing and Planning Council, told the newspaper. “But people change, lifestyle changes, technology changes, and the housing needs to change.”The modular units were built at the Brooklyn Naval Yard, trucked to the site and assembled into a building. (The newspaper published a slide show documenting the construction process earlier in the year.)Designers used a variety of techniques to make the apartments seem bigger and to conserve space. Ceilings, for example, are more than 9 feet tall, and sliding glass doors open to small balconies, bringing in light and air. Kitchenettes have mini-refrigerators, two-burner electric cooktops, and microwaves (but no conventional ovens). Features such as pull-down beds and desks that can be extended into dining tables seating as many as 10 people help to make the most out of small footprints.The building also has common spaces, including a gym, two lounges, an outdoor courtyard, and a roof deck with a barbecue. Housekeeping services are available.Christopher Bledsoe, a founding partner of Stage 3 Properties, said that the market already has determined square footage is only one factor that renters weigh. Other features, such as housekeeping and free wi-fi, can convince some people to pay more for less room. Apartments as small as 260 square feet might seem like a joke to some prospective renters, but in New York City, 60,000 people submitted applications for 14 affordable studios in Carmel Place, New York City’s first “micro-unit” apartment building. The New York Times reports that Carmel Place will open in February with 55 studio apartments ranging in size from 260 to 360 square feet.Those 60,000 applicants (about 4,300 per apartment) were reduced to 14 in a lottery. Leasing for other apartments in the building is now underway.Affordable apartments in the building will go for $950 per month, but others will be much more expensive — up to $2,910 for a furnished, 355-square-foot apartment on the second floor. The cheapest market-rate furnished apartment in the building is a 265-square-foot unit on the third floor going for $2,540 a month.So it’s not micro-rents that are attracting tenants, but the prospect of not having to share a small apartment with one or more roommates. And that appears to be a huge unmet need. Most of the city’s housing stock is designed for families, The Times says, but 40% of the households in the city aren’t families and studio apartments (those with one main room) account for only 7% of the existing housing stock.last_img read more

Goa liquor shop owners may get some relief

first_imgThe Goa government is exploring ways to provide relief to liquor outlets which are still closed following the Supreme Court ban on sale of liquor along highways.Minister for Agriculture Vijai Sardesai, one of the three members of the Cabinet Advisory Committee to look into the matter, said, “We are going to meet next week and categorise the 1,332 affected outlets. We will rely on the census to decide these categories. We are meeting next week and will ensure that maximum number of people get justice.” The committee’s recommendations would be submitted to the Finance Department within 30 days. Once approved, the licenses of those vendors who qualify to start their business will also be renewed, government sources said. Recently, the exercise to try and explore ways and means to help these affected people begun by forming a committee comprising Urban Development Minister Francis D’Souza as Chairman and Revenue Minister Rohan Khaunte as member along with Mr. Sardesai.It may be recalled that the initial SC order on December 15, 2016 had affected more than 3,000 outlets which were brought down to 1,332 through various measures taken by the government including resurvey of some areas to check the exact distance of some bars from nearest highway. However, after the apex court modified its order allowing municipal areas, and listing four categories under which liquor outlets could get relief, the government got yet another opportunity to re categorise them and give relief to many more.last_img read more

Telangana govt presents Rs one crore to Mithali Raj

first_imgHyderabad, Dec 28 (PTI) The Telangana government today presented Rs one crore and a house site of 600 square-feet to Indian women cricket team skipper Mithali Raj.State Sports Minister T Padmarao felicitated her here and handed over the incentives, according to a state government release.The minister also presented Rs 25 lakh to Mithali Rajs coach RSR Murthy, it said.The incentives have been presented as per Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Raos directives for promoting sports, Padmarao said.Raj had led the Indian team to the Womens World Cup final earlier this year. India lost to England in a nail-biting summit clash by nine runs. PTI SJR NRBlast_img read more

6 days agoNewcastle defender Dummett confident Longstaff will pen new terms

first_imgNewcastle defender Dummett confident Longstaff will pen new termsby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United defender Paul Dummett is confident Matty Longstaff will pen new terms.Longstaff is now in talks over a six-year deal following his dream debut.Dummett said: “He’ll probably have the same thing that happened to me.“I signed the contract quite soon after that game and the club will be looking to tie him down as quickly as they can — because they know how much of an asset he can be.“He fully deserves that. So hopefully they can agree on something and we can have him here for a long time.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Greek central bank crisis not over with bailout exit

first_imgATHENS, Greece – Greece’s central bank chief says that the eight-year bailout program may be ending in August, but the crisis will only be over when the country can borrow from bond markets at sustainable rates.Yannis Stournaras also notes that bailout creditors’ decision in June to further ease Greece’s debt and bind future governments to fiscal sobriety will serve that purpose by boosting investor confidence.The yield on Greece’s benchmark 10-year bonds was just below 4 per cent Monday, from above 30 per cent at the height of the crisis.But Stournaras warned in a central bank report that Greece’s obligation to maintain high budget surpluses through 2060 will prove a major challenge.That, he added, was the price two future generations of Greeks must pay for past fiscal policy mistakes.last_img read more

Dormant viruses reactivate during space travel NASA

first_imgWashington DC: Space travel caused herpes viruses to reactivate in more than half of crew aboard Space Shuttle and International Space Station (ISS), according to a NASA study, a finding that could jeopardise mankind’s future missions to Mars and beyond. While only a small proportion develop symptoms, virus reactivation rates increase with spaceflight duration and could present a significant health risk on future missions. “NASA astronauts endure weeks or even months exposed to microgravity and cosmic radiation — not to mention the extreme G forces of take-off and re-entry,” said Satish K Mehta at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. “This physical challenge is compounded by more familiar stressors like social separation, confinement and an altered sleep-wake cycle,” said Mehta. To study the physiological impact of spaceflight, researchers analyse saliva, blood and urine samples collected from astronauts before, during and after spaceflight. “During spaceflight there is a rise in secretion of stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline, which are known to suppress the immune system,” said Mehta. “In keeping with this, we find that astronaut’s immune cells –particularly those that normally suppress and eliminate viruses — become less effective during spaceflight and sometimes for up to 60 days after,” he said. In the midst of this stress-induced amnesty on viral killing, dormant viruses reactivate and resurface, according to the research published in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology. “To date, 47 out of 89 (53 per cent) astronauts on short space shuttle flights, and 14 out of 23 (61 per cent) on longer ISS missions shed herpes viruses in their saliva or urine samples,” said Mehta. “These frequencies — as well as the quantity — of viral shedding are markedly higher than in samples from before or after flight, or from matched healthy controls,” he said. Overall, four of the eight known human herpes viruses were detected. These include the varieties responsible for oral and genital herpes (HSV), chickenpox and shingles (VZV) — which remain lifelong in our nerve cells — as well as CMV and EBV, which take permanent but uneventful residence in our immune cells during childhood. CMV and EBV, are two viruses associated with causing different strains of mononucleosis or the “kissing disease”. So far, this viral shedding is typically asymptomatic, researchers said. “Only six astronauts developed any symptoms due to viral reactivation. All were minor,” said Mehta. However, continued virus shedding post flight could endanger immunocompromised or uninfected contacts on Earth, like newborns.last_img read more

BJP seeks Tripura Chief Electoral Officers removal

first_imgAgartala: The BJP on Friday demanded the removal of Tripura Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Sriram Taranikanti and accused him of being a “conspirator”, a party official said here. State Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesman Nabendu Bhattacharjee said that a six-member delegation led by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman met Election Commission (EC) officials in Delhi and demanded that Taranikanti be replaced by another senior officer. Bhattacharjee said that the CEO, during the Lok Sabha election to the Tripura West parliamentary seat on April 11, had directed election officials to “escort voters to the polling booths and their safe return at the behest of the CPI-M”. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh “Not only the CEO, a section of officials in the state’s Election Department and in the districts acted in league with the CPI-M and the Congress. The CPI-M-led Left Front was in power in Tripura for 25 years consecutively. Hence, a large portion of the administrative machinery is still under their control,” Bhattacharjee told the media. Reacting to the development, BJP leader and Law and Education Minister Ratan Lal Nath told the media: “The CEO is one of the conspirators against the BJP. He helped the CPI-M and the Congress in the just concluded elections to the two Lok Sabha constituencies in Tripura. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad “The Election Commission must remove the CEO immediately in the interest of democracy and the people of the state.” Meanwhile, the opposition Communist Party of India-Marxist and the Congress, have strongly condemned the BJP for making “unfounded charges” against the CEO. “When the BJP came to power defeating the Left parties in last year’s Assembly polls, Sriram Taranikanti was the CEO that time too. He (Taranikanti) was a ‘hero’ for BJP and now he is a ‘villain’,” CPI-M Tripura state secretary Gautam Das told the media. “The CEO never asks people to cast votes in favour of a particular political party. During the Lok Sabha elections he played his constitutional role.” Das said that the BJP’s “gameplan to rig the elections in the entire Tripura West Lok Sabha seat was now exposed”. “We had on February 21, lodged a complaint against the Returning Officer to Tripura West seat Sandeep Mahatme. Removal of Mahatme and Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Rajiv Singh from election related duties by the EC, vindicated our allegations,” he added. Tripura Pradesh Congress Vice-President Tapas Dey said that the BJP’s demand was “unprecedented and unbelievable”. “It was Sriram Taranikanti, who led the state Assembly election just a year ago when the BJP had won defeating the Left parties in one of their strongholds,” Dey told reporters.last_img read more

Champions League Atalanta go 3rd but Calhanoglu keeps AC Milan in chase

first_imgMilan: Unheralded Atalanta moved third in Serie A with a 2-1 win over Genoa edging the Bergamo side closer to a first-ever Champions League qualification with two games left this season. Musa Barrow and Timothy Castagne’s second-half goals on Saturday sent Atalanta two points clear of Inter Milan, who play already-relegated Chievo on Sunday. But AC Milan responded with Hakan Calhanoglu heading in the only goal against Fiorentina to boost Gennaro Gattuso’s team’s hopes of a return to elite European football for the first time since 2013-2014. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuAC Milan are fifth, one point behind Inter, with Roma a further three points adrift in sixth before they host champions Juventus on Sunday. “Today’s win was really important, as the closer we get to the finish line, the more decisive each point becomes,” said Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini. “Mathematically, we have only a few points left to go, but it also puts us in a better state of mind going into the Coppa Italia final. “The team has been extraordinary in terms of mentality.” Juventus and Napoli have already qualified for next season’s Champions League, but behind them the scramble is frenetic in the chase for the two remaining berths. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersCastagne and Duvan Zapata both had goals ruled out for offside in the first 20 minutes of the game at Sassuolo’s Mapei Stadium, with Atalanta’s home ground undergoing work. But 20-year-old Gambian Barrow broke through immediately after being substituted on at the break for his first goal this season, with Belgian Castagne adding a second on 53 minutes, finishing off Berat Djimsiti’s low cross. Goran Pandev pulled a goal back for Genoa one minute from time, but the fightback came too late as Atalanta extended their unbeaten run to 11 matches. Atalanta’s next two league games are against Juventus in Turin and back at the Mapei Stadium against Sassuolo on May 26. The victory is a boost for Gasperini’s side who head to Rome on Wednesday to play the Coppa Italia final against Lazio. “The Champions League is a dream,” said Castagne. “We realised we could fight for fourth place when we completed the comeback against Roma, then beat Juventus in the Coppa Italia. “Now we’ll try to end on a high.” In Florence, French midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko started for Milan despite his touchline bust-up with Gattuso during last Monday’s win over Bologna as the team push for a top-four finish. Turkish midfielder Calhanoglu headed in Suso’s cross on 35 minutes for his second league goal this season, condemning 13th-placed Fiorentina to their fourth consecutive defeat. “There are six points left, we have to do it,” insisted Gattuso, with their final games against relegated Frosinone and midtable SPAL. “From January until 20 days ago we were in the Champions League, we regret those lost points, but we certainly can’t stop believing in it now.” Lazio beat Cagliari 2-1 in Sardinia to sit seventh, five points adrift of Inter and the top four.last_img read more