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Rory reveals reasons for form

first_imgRory McIlroy revealed how the biggest professional and personal heartaches of his life were behind his sensational form after claiming the clubhouse lead in pursuit of a second major title in four weeks in the 96th US PGA Championship. Press Association The world number one also won the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth in May, just days after splitting from tennis star fiancee Caroline Wozniacki, even though the wedding invitations had already been sent out. McIlroy has spoken before of making golf his number one priority since then, but also pointed to his collapse to a closing 80 in the 2011 Masters as the reason behind his subsequent success. “I think I’ve had to learn to be a good frontrunner,” said McIlroy, who won his first two majors by eight shots and led from start to finish at Royal Liverpool last month. “I maybe wasn’t quite comfortable in that position at the start of my career, especially 2011 in the Masters. I was four ahead and I wasn’t quite comfortable in that position. “It’s taken me a couple of years to grow into that and my mindset has stayed the same since that day at Augusta. If I’m two ahead going into the weekend here, I’m going to try to get three ahead, and if I’m three ahead, I’m going to try to get four ahead. “I’m just going to try to keep the pedal down and get as many ahead as possible. I went into protection mode once in my career and that did not work out very well so I said would never do it again.” Speaking about the change in his personal circumstances, McIlroy added: “I think it has happened to me for the better. I’ve put a little bit more time into my golf and refocused in a way. It’s the only thing I have, I’ve got my family and my friends, but I just immersed myself in my game. I’ve practiced hard and I’ve done all the right things and I’m reaping the rewards. “Golf is the number one priority to me and while I’m on this run of form I want to try and keep it going as long as possible. I’m going to keep working hard and try and get even better. Hopefully I can do that over the next few years and hopefully you’ll see golf like this more often from me.” McIlroy had not looked in top form in the early stages of his round, pushing his opening drive into the crowd on the par-five 10th and failing to convert a birdie putt from 10 feet, although a par was at least two shots better than he managed there on Thursday after hooking his second shot out of bounds. Another birdie chance went begging on the 11th and the world number one then bogeyed the 12th, pulling his drive into the gallery and failing to get up and down from a greenside bunker. McIlroy, who is looking to become the first player since Padraig Harrington in 2008 to win back-to-back majors, got back on track with birdies at the 13th and 15th and missed from six feet for another on the 16th after a towering four-iron approach from 224 yards. But he made amends by holing from 30 feet for an eagle on the 18th and could have had another on the seventh, missing from eight feet after a stunning three-wood approach. As if to emphasise a changing of the guard, his closing birdie on the ninth came just as former world number one Tiger Woods began his second round on three over par. “Do I expect to win? No. But do I expect to do the things that I know I can do and control? Yes. And I know that if I do those well, there’s a good chance that I’ll win,” he added. As the final groups headed out onto the course, McIlroy held a two-shot lead over American Ryan Palmer, who had added a 70 to his opening 65. Palmer was in the first group out at 7:30am but was still trying to complete the opening hole when play was suspended in torrential rain. “I wasn’t quite sure if we should have teed off to be honest with you, you could barely see the fairway,” Palmer said. “We were questioning in the fairway why we had to hit into a puddle because the first green was already under water. “They said, ‘That’s just golf’. We’re like, ‘Tell the guy indoors that’s making the decision to come check it out, because it’s wet’.” McIlroy’s rounds of 66 and 67 matched those of Woods on his way to victory here in 2000, but the 14-time major winner was heading for an early exit in 2014. The 38-year-old, who withdrew from the final round of the Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday, again looked be to suffering from back pain and had covered the front nine in 39 to slump to seven over par. At the other end of the leaderboard, McIlroy’s lead was down to one shot over Lee Westwood and Jim Furyk, Westwood picking up shots on the third and 10th and Furyk carding birdies on the third, fourth and seventh. Westwood’s hopes of winning a first major title at the 67th attempt suffered a blow when he found water with his approach to the 13th to run up a double-bogey six. The 41-year-old also found a hazard with his second shot to the 15th, but salvaged a bogey after his pitch hit the flag and rebounded five feet away from the hole. McIlroy briefly dropped three shots off the pace when he bogeyed the par-four 12th, his third hole of the day, but bounced back to card a second round of 67 at Valhalla. It was the 25-year-old’s 12th successive sub-par score and a nine-under-par halfway total of 133 means he is a combined 41 under par for his last 10 rounds, including being 17 under in winning the Open at Royal Liverpool and 15 under to win a first World Golf Championship event in the Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday. last_img read more

Local church holding fundraiser for children affected by human trafficking

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena — A local church is making efforts to help children half way across the world experiencing a terrible crime.Alpena Free Methodist Church will host “Bling for a Cause.” This sale, full of different items, raises funds for children down in Southeast Asia whose lives have been affected by human trafficking.Richard George, pastor of Alpena Free Methodist says the church has partnered with an organization that protects victims and survivors.“In Better Hands will do what they can to save kids that are at risk of being sold into slavery or even buying back children that have been sold into slavery,” said George. “They put them in great group homes with loving house parents… They are educated, fed, clothed, socialized…they really try to help these kids to grow and to have a real life.”the fundraiser will be December 1st from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.Shoppers will be able to choose from over 2–thousand styles of jewelry, and an assortment of other fashionable and household items. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alpena Free Methodist Church, Bling for a Cause, Human Trafficking, In Better Hands, JewelryContinue ReadingPrevious World AIDS Day: Health Department Raises Awareness on HIV and AIDSNext Field Trip Friday – Searching for the perfect Christmas treelast_img read more

Zidane hails Bale, Ronaldo as Real win at Dortmund

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp “The side worked hard – Isco, (Luka) Modric, Casemiro and (Toni) Kroos were marvellous.“Everyone was brilliant. It was a tremendous game.”The result leaves Real top of Group H, just ahead of Tottenham Hotspur, who beat APOEL 3-0 away, with Dortmund third and six points adrift of Spurs, who they also lost 3-1 to in London.Dortmund coach Peter Bosz gave an honest appraisal of his team, who were better than Real in virtually every statistic – apart from the scoreboard.“We defend with 11 players and we attack with 11 players,” said the Dutchman, whose Dortmund shaded possession and match Real’s 16 shots on goal.“We were just too late against a side who barely made a mistake and we have to defend better.“We didn’t put any pressure on the ball during the game and it’s difficult against an opponent like that.“We were always too late, we have to analyse the performance and do better in the future.Dortmund should have been awarded a penalty with 13 minutes gone when Real captain Sergio Ramos cleared Maximilian Philipp’s shot off the line and the ball deflected off his hand.“That was clearly a handball in the first-half, but we deserved to lose,” admitted Bosz. This is the first time Dortmund have lost at home to Real in seven European games while holders Madrid have now scored in 38 successive Champion League games.“It is difficult to play in this stadium, we have never won here, so this victory was important to us, and the whole game was good for us from start to finish,” said Zidane.“We had a lot of ball possession, that was the key.“Dortmund played as impressively as ever, but we compensated well.”Dortmund shaded possession and matched Real’s tally of 16 shots on goal and Zidane wanted to see more chances converted.“We could have scored more. We had chances. The important thing is to score more than our opponents and we did that,” said the Frenchman.center_img Zinedine Zidane: Real Madrid managerDortmund, Germany | AFP | Zinedine Zidane praised goal-scorers Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo, who netted twice in a 3-1 victory as Real Madrid finally claimed a Champions League win at Borussia Dortmund.Ronaldo marked his 150th European game with second-half goals after Bale’s stunning early volley gave Real the lead at Dortmund’s Signal Iduna ParkPierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored Dortmund’s consolation goal with just over half an hour left, but the Germans were simply out-played by holders Real.Having also netted twice against APOEL, Ronaldo has now scored four goals in just two Champions League games this season.“I’m happy for Cristiano… again! I’m delighted for Ronaldo and Bale,” said Zidane.last_img read more

Coast Guard saves 8 people from two separate boats in Key West

first_imgOn Monday, eight people were rescued in two separate incidents off the coast of Key West.In the first incident, a 20-foot (6-meter) cabin cruiser capsized near Key Colony Beach.A Coast Guard crew rescued four people from the water with no injuries reported.In the second incident, a 17-foot (5-meter) pleasure craft began to sink about 9 miles off of Marathon.Coast Guard crew rescued four people from that boat.Coast Guard officials say in both cases the boaters had the right safety equipment to call for help.last_img

Orders for ‘ordinary’ people

first_img3 December 2003South Africa has introduced three additional national orders to recognise some of the extraordinary things done by ordinary South Africans.The Order of Luthuli, Order of Ikhamanga, and Mendi Decoration for Bravery – each awarded in gold, silver and bronze categories – complete the country’s new set of national orders, created to express the new identity of the democratic South Africa that came into being in 1994.National orders are the highest awards that a country can bestow on its citizens or eminent foreigners.In December 2002, President Thabo Mbeki awarded the first of South Africa’s newly conceived national orders – the Order of Mapungubwe, the Order of the Baobab, and the Order of the Companions of O.R. Tambo – redesigned to reflect the inclusiveness and diversity of a democratic South Africa.Read more: South Africa’s National OrdersIn December 2003, awarding the additional three orders for the first time, Mbeki said they represented “the nobility of human endeavour … The distinguished South Africans we honour today are fit and proper persons to receive these awards, because they occupy an important place among those of our people who are the handmaidens of our liberty, who represent our creative talent, who manifest the national gift of courage that rises with danger.”The three new orders are: The Order of Luthuli – for outstanding contributions to democracy, nation- building, human rights, justice and peace, as well as conflict resolution on the continent. The order is named after Chief Albert Luthuli, whose leadership during the Defiance Campaign against the apartheid system won him the Nobel Peace Prize in 1960.Read more: The legacy of Albert Luthuli The Order of Ikhamanga – for excellence in the fields of arts, culture, literature, music, journalism and sport. The order is named after South Africa’s second national flower, the Strelitzia. The Mendi Decoration for Bravery – for outstanding courage in the face of danger. The decoration is dedicated to the South African troops who lost their lives in 1917 when the SS Mendi was destroyed. The Mendi was struck and cut almost in half by another ship, the SS Darro, while crossing the English Channel from Britain to France during World War One.‘A new South African identity’Emphasising the importance of recognising the country’s “unsung heroes and heroines”, the chancellor for the orders and director-general in the Presidency, Frank Chikane, said earlier this year: “There are many people out there, women and men, doing a great job towards the development of this country.”Chikane acknowledged that the process of instituting the new orders was not an easy one, “because we are moving away from the image of the past that recognised only 20 percent of society”, adding that South Africa is completing “a process started some time ago, to make sure our new image as South Africans is reinvented in its totality”.Speaking at the 2003 awards ceremony, Chikane said the new orders reflected a new South African identity. “We (as South Africans) are engaged in the quite extraordinary actualisation of the nature of society in South Africa and what we should be like in the future.“It is not given to every generation that it should be present during and participate in the act of creation”, Chikane said. “I believe that ours is privileged to occupy such historic space.“We are privileged … to be part of this historic act of conceiving and designing new national orders and the new coat of arms for this new democratic country. We are privileged as a generation to be part of the conception and design of a new national flag as well as develop a new national anthem.“We are privileged to be part of the process of self-creation, of defining who we are and what we want to be.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Biggest web-spinner found in SA

first_imgNephila komaci photographed in the wildat Tembe National Elephant Park.(Image: Tembe) The spectacular golden-hued web spunby industrious golden orb weavers, in thiscase N. inaurata.(Image: Matjaž Kuntner)MEDIA CONTACTS • Matjaž KuntnerSlovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts+386 1 470 6338Janine ErasmusScientists have discovered a new species of the golden orb weaving spider in South Africa – and the Nephila komaci is believed to be the largest of all golden orb weavers known to science.The discovery, part of a project on nephilid spiders, heralds the first new species to be added to the Nephila genus for 130 years.To date more than 41 000 spiders have been scientifically identified, and about 450 new species are added to the list each year – but not since 1879 has a new golden orb weaver been one of them. N. komaci is therefore quite an arachnological catch.The nephilid project has received a funding grant of almost €800 000 (R8.8-million) from the European Union under its Sixth Framework programme for research and technological development.The find, under the title Discovery of the Largest Orbweaving Spider Species: The Evolution of Gigantism in Nephila, was published in the 20 October 2009 edition of PLoS One, the open-access peer-reviewed journal of the Public Library of Science.Mysterious speciesThe species was first described in 2000 by biologist Matjaž Kuntner, when he came across a preserved specimen in the ARC-Plant Protection Research Institute just outside Pretoria. The specimen’s label dated back to 1978 and no-one knew if there were any living examples.Kuntner chairs the Institute of Biology at the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and is also a research associate at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution.The scientist was surprised to find this giant spider that did not match any known specimens. He and his colleague Jonathan Coddington, also of the Smithsonian, headed several expeditions to South Africa to track down a live version of the intriguing creature.Their quest was unsuccessful at first, and the team began to think the preserved specimen described in 2000 was a hybrid, or possibly extinct.A second specimen, also preserved, and of Madagascan origin, was found in 2003 in the Naturhistorisches Museum Wien in Vienna, Austria. Out of more than 2 500 similar specimens in 37 institutions, this was the only other Nephila komaci found. The discovery enabled the team to conclude that the original spider was not a hybrid.But since they had not yet found a living specimen of the mysterious arachnid, again the theory of extinction surfaced.In 2007, with the help of colleagues in South Africa, a field trip to KwaZulu-Natal’s Tembe National Elephant Park unearthed one male and two female individuals, all alive and well. The scientists were finally able to confirm the discovery of a new species.N. komaci is named after Kuntner’s best friend Andrej Komac, also a scientist, who died in an accident around the time of these discoveries. The genus name Nephila is taken from ancient Greek, meaning “fond of spinning” (nen: to spin and philos: love).“We fear the species might be endangered, as its only definite habitat is a sand forest in Tembe Elephant Park,” said Coddington. “Our data suggest that the species is not abundant, its range is restricted and all known localities lie within two endangered biodiversity hotspots: Maputaland and Madagascar.”He added that the discovery was just further evidence that “it’s a wonderful world”.The two have issued a plea for the public to help them find more living specimens, and possibly whole populations of the rare creature.Formidable femaleThe female Nephila komaci is the biggest spider of her type. Her leg span measures up to 12cm, about the size of a CD, while her body length is just under 4cm.However, the male of the species is puny in comparison – at just 2.5cm he is small enough to ride on his mate’s back, which he spends much of his time doing.This odd arachnid couple is typical of nephilid spiders, which show extreme sexual dimorphism – that is, the existence of two distinctly different forms within a species or on the same plant.The scientific view for this phenomenon is that the female most likely evolved to her gigantic size to scare away small predators and be able to lay more eggs.Despite the fearsome appearance and the possession of venom, the spiders are not dangerous to humans. The venom, explained Kuntner, works only on the spiders’ prey, which is mostly large insects, and will not poison a human.Although there are spiders larger than the golden orb weavers, their webs are certainly the biggest of all. The spectacular webs can reach as large as 1m in width or more. They are durable enough to last several years, and can trap not only insects but small birds.“Golden” refers to the colour of the silk, not the actual spider. Recently the silk from over 1-million industrious spinners was used to weave a one-of-a-kind textile.Seventy people collected golden orb spiders from telephone poles in Madagascar over a four-year period. Using a machine that allowed them to process 24 spiders at a time, another 12 people collected about 24m of silk filament from each captive. Filaments were then woven into silk strands, each one containing 96 filaments.The silk was carefully woven into a beautiful golden, 3.3m by 1.2m piece of cloth, the only one of its kind, which went on display at the American Museum of Natural History in September 2009.Unique environmentThe Tembe Elephant Park lies in the Maputaland region on the ancient “ivory route” which connected gold and ivory traders in pre-colonial Zululand and Mozambique.The reserve is home to the last indigenous elephant herd in the province, comprising over 220 individuals, and boasts what is possibly the largest tusker in Africa – certainly the largest in Southern Africa. He is Isilo, a 65-year-old bull and herd leader.Tembe is also home to one of the smallest antelopes in the world – the dainty suni, which stands just 35cm high at the shoulder. Ewes weigh more than rams but at just 5.4kg, they are still extremely petite creatures.In addition to elephant, the reserve is home to the other four members of the Big Five – lion, leopard, black and white rhino and buffalo. Visitors can also see zebra, giraffe, all species of antelope indigenous to the habitats of the area (sand forest, grassland, wetland) and more than 340 bird species.The reserve has one luxury lodge, which is 50% owned and fully operated by the local Tembe tribe. It offers all creature comforts, two game drives every day, meals under the stars, and other activities for the energetic visitor, such as scuba diving on reefs at the coast nearby.last_img read more

Mango starts flying from Lanseria

first_imgRay Maota Mango has become the second budgetairline to offer flights to and from Cape Town at Johannesburg’s Lanseria Airport. (Image: Southafrica.to) Mango CEO Nico Bezuidenhout said operations from Lanseria will further cement the airline’s commitment to making air travel more accessible and affordable to South Africans. (Image: Flickr) MEDIA CONTACTS • Hein Kaiser  Mango communications manager  +27 11 022 9711 RELATED ARTICLES • Mango gets world Superbrand status • 1time to start flying from Lanseria • In-flight wi-fi coming to South Africa soon • OR Tambo named Africa’s bestSouth African low-cost airline Mango has become the second budget operator to offer flights from Lanseria Airport, in northwest Johannesburg, to Cape Town.Mango announced on 3 May 2011 that it will start operating flights to and from Cape Town from 1 June 2011.Kulula.com became the first low-cost airline to operate out of Lanseria in March 2006 and held an exclusive rights deal with the airfield after its holding company, Comair, invested in infrastructure development there.The Cape Town route from Lanseria is the second latest route to be introduced by Mango after it introduced the Johannesburg-Bloemfontein route in 2010.Nico Bezuidenhout, CEO of Mango, said: “Demand has significantly increased across all routes and the introduction of a second presence in Gauteng will further strengthen Mango’s value proposition.“We continue to offer the widest distribution and payment method network to our guests, and operations from Lanseria will further cement Mango’s commitment to its mandate of making air travel more accessible and affordable to South Africans.”Mango, which holds the best domestic on-time record for the past three years, will operate three flights daily to and from Cape Town, except on Saturdays when two flights from both directions are available.Bookings for flights opened on the day of the announcement and 15 000 seats on selected flights have been made available at a rate of R495 (US$73) for a one-way ticket between 3 May and 31 May for travel between June, July and August.Flights can be booked on Mango’s website, through their call centre, or at Shoprite Checkers and Checkers Hyper Money Market Counters and travel agents. Edgars account card holders can use their cards to book and pay for flights as well.Fellow low-cost airline 1time is expected to start flying from Lanseria later this year after infrastructure has been upgraded.Mango, the SuperbrandMango was awarded the world Superbrand status in November 2010 for strong market dominance, customer loyalty, brand longevity and goodwill.Bezuidenhout said at the time: “The delivery of a brand promise is only as strong as the sum of the collective, and recognition is due to my colleagues who convey the company’s values to thousands of guests daily.”The budget airline was launched on 30 October 2006 and its maiden flight was on 15 November of the same year, broadening affordable air-travel options in South Africa.VIP airportLanseria has become known as the airport for the stars. It’s smaller and more private than the expansive OR Tambo International, and is therefore preferred by VIPs.Former president Nelson Mandela arrived in Johannesburg via Lanseria after his release from prison in February 1990, while John Travolta, the world-renowned actor and experienced pilot, landed his Boeing 707 at Lanseria during the 2010 World Cup.The airport was established in 1972 by two pilots from Pretoria, Fanie Haacke and Abe Sher. The first aircraft to land at the facility was a Learjet ZS-MTD on 16 August 1974.last_img read more

Muzaffarpur shelter home rapes case: how ruling ally BJP cornered Nitish Kumar on the issue

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Odisha to put reflective tapes on cattle horns

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TrumpKim summit set for 12 June

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