Guess the age of this house

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first_imgEverything new is old again at this excellent colonial-reproduction in Northgate.Oenophiles have been well catered for with a glass-walled wine cellar and cold room on the lower level designed to keep your favourite tipple at just the right temperature. Down the stairs then lounge to the right, wine buffs to the left.As if that weren’t enough, the pool, tennis court and barbecue have been given plenty of room on the enormous block too.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclair. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours ago94 Peary Street is imposing, but not ancient.“As far as I’m aware, it’s probably the best house in Northgate, and one of the biggest blocks,” Mr Warat said.The home has ‘all fours’ — four-bedrooms, four-bathroom and four-car accommodation with internal features including VJ-and-rail linings, archways and polished timber. This Northgate home wouldn’t look out of place in some of our oldest, inner-city suburbs, but how old is it?Located at 94 Peary St, Northgate, this two-level renovated property is just 25-years-old according to Ray White Ascot agent, Damon Warat.“It’s a replica,” he said.“In close proximity to the city, there’s not many big family homes of this calibre.”The renovated, two-level property is all finials and fretwork from the front, and has been set on a monster 1846sq m of land with 180 degree views of the suburb. Anyone up for a spot of tennis and a quick dip before the barbecue?last_img read more

MC Mary Kom, Simranjit win gold as Indian boxers grab nine medals in President’s Cup

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first_img First Published: 28th July, 2019 20:43 IST Written By Even the netizens came forward to salute Mary Kom on her outstanding win. WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV Last Updated: 28th July, 2019 20:43 IST MC Mary Kom, Simranjit Win Gold As Indian Boxers Grab Nine Medals In President’s Cup MC Mary Kom got the better of  Australia’s April Franks 5-0 in the 23rd President’s Cup to win the gold medal in the 51kg category final in Labuan Bajo, Indonesia on Sunday.  FOLLOW US Karthik Nair Wow! Salute to you, our golden lady. You define age is nothing when iron will and determination is there.— Hemant Negi (@HemantNegi007) July 28, 2019center_img Mary Kom had clinched gold at the India Open boxing tournament in May. However, she backed out as part of a larger plan to enhance her chances of Olympic qualification. The Olympic bronze medal winner will now be aiming to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics when she participates in the World Championships which will be held in Yekaterinburg, Russia. The 2019 World Boxing Championships for women will be held from September 7 to 21.Not only Mary Kom, but there were other boxers who ended up with a podium finish.  In the men’s 49kg category, Neeraj Swami clinched the gold after defeating Philippines’  Macado Jr. 4-1. While in the men’s 52kg category, Ananta Prahlad Chopade emerged triumphant over  Afghanistan’s Rahmani 5-0 to win the gold medal. In the women’s category,  Simranjit Kaur defeated Indonesia’s Asian Games bronze medallist Hasanah Huswatun 5-0 in the final to clinch yet another gold and added another medal in the tally for India. COMMENT Dear Mary Kom…..calling u a Wonder Woman is an understatement. Hats off. Congratulations. 👏👏— Anup Mulik (@Anup_Mulik) July 28, 2019 Congratulations Mary Kom..India is Proud of You. You’re theBest. Good Wishes to You…….— Dr Prashant Das ⏫ (@das_prashant777) July 28, 2019 SUBSCRIBE TO US The Olympian was also congratulated by Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju. Rijiju mentioned that the boxing icon was always a huge pride for India. MC Mary Kom got the better of  Australia’s April Franks 5-0 in the 23rd President’s Cup to win the gold medal in the 51kg category final in Labuan Bajo, Indonesia on Sunday. After this win, the six-time world champion took to social media and expressed her happiness. Taking to Twitter, Mary Kom wrote that she as well as the country had clinched the gold medal at the President’s Cup. At the same time, the champion boxer also highlighted that since she has won, she will need to to go longer,work harder & give more effort than anyone else. The 36-year-old then thanked all her coaches and support staff. Read Mary Kom’s tweet here:last_img read more

Dodgers pitcher Brandon McCarthy goes to the DL with knee – and other issues

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first_imgMcCarthy has been dealing with discomfort in his right knee all season, Roberts said, and he was officially put on the DL with tendinitis in the knee. But Roberts said he didn’t think that was the issue during Sunday’s start.“Possibly. But he’s dealt with it all year. So probably not,” Roberts said.“Brandon has been very good for us this year. I don’t think it’s anywhere near where we were last year. …He’s worked as much as anyone if not harder than anyone because of not only the physical – what he had to go through and recover from – but the mental. This is last year to now. To have some of that going on in the second inning, yeah, I felt for him. For me, the message is – let’s not overthink things. There were still a lot of good pitches in there.”Roberts said he expects McCarthy to come off the DL and pitch in “11 or 12 days for us.” The Dodgers have 12 games left in 13 days before the All-Star break.Along with putting McCarthy on the DL, the Dodgers sent right-hander Ross Stipling back to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Monday. Right-hander Brock Stewart and outfielder Trayce Thompson were recalled from OKC. LOS ANGELES >> The Dodgers placed right-hander Brandon McCarthy on the 10-day disabled list Monday with a recurring issue in his right knee. They can only hope McCarthy’s other issues disappear in that time as well.The 33-year-old right-hander was pulled after only three innings Sunday during which he walked two and threw three wild pitches. It was painfully reminiscent of McCarthy’s struggles with erratic command last season after he returned from Tommy John surgery. McCarthy later referred to suffering from the “yips.”After Sunday’s game, McCarthy characterized his problems against the Colorado Rockies as “a very hard-to-describe feeling.”“The thing is with Brandon – he talks about it and he’s not afraid to face certain things head on. And that’s to his credit,” Manager Dave Roberts said Monday. “He said last year there were some mental things that he couldn’t repeat (his delivery). Whether he calls it the yips or whatever – he talks about it, worked hard to overcome it and has been an elite starter for us this year. Different guys handle it differently. Him specifically, he doesn’t run away from it.” Award timeDodgers rookie Cody Bellinger was named the National League Player of the Week for last week – his second time winning the award since he was promoted in late April. Bellinger is the first player in the majors this season to win the weekly honor more than once.Bellinger hit .370 with three doubles, five home runs and 12 RBI in the Dodgers’ seven games last week.“For a player that’s so young and so early in his major-league career, he just has a great way about him,” Roberts said. “He’s very grounded, open to playing anywhere on the baseball field, hitting anywhere in the lineup. He’s the first one at the ballpark, he and Chase (Utley), and just excited every day to be in the lineup.”Cody’s father, Clay Bellinger, was at the game Monday. The elder Bellinger played briefly for the Angels in 2002 (two games), his last year in the major leagues.Kazmir surfacesAfter spending most of three months in Arizona on a strength and conditioning program to regain his velocity and deal with a troublesome hip issue, left-hander Scott Kazmir pitched three innings for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga on Monday night. Kazmir, 33, had not pitched in a game since spring training and still has not pitched in a major-league game since a one-inning stint last September.Kazmir gave up a home run to the first batter he faced Monday and then a single to the second batter. He allowed two more hits but no runs while hitting a batter, walking none and striking out none in his three innings for the Quakes. Kazmir threw 40 pitches, 25 for strikes with a fastball that stayed mostly in the 85-87 mph range but topped out at 91 mph.Roberts said Kazmir is scheduled to pitch again in five days, going slightly longer (four innings and approximately 60 pitches) and building up each start “like a spring training progression.”AlsoDodgers shortstop Corey Seager went through some running and agility drills on the field and took ground balls before the game Monday. Seager has not played since leaving Friday’s game with a right hamstring injury but Roberts said the Dodgers remain hopeful he will not have to go on the DL.Right-hander Kenta Maeda will move back into the rotation today with left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu scheduled to start Wednesday. Left-hander Clayton Kershaw will stay on normal rest. Kershaw will start the Freeway Series finale in Anaheim on Thursday with left-hander Alex Wood moving back a day to start Friday in San Diego.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Behind the scenes, MLB’s youth movement has broad consequences

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first_imgEven those still employed in the game can’t help but notice the consequences.Some are trivial. Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki and Rangers pitcher Bartolo Colon might be the only active players who would fit in at your local PTA meeting. Behind the scenes the consequences run bigger and deeper, and they’re causing an unprecedented re-think among owners, executives and coaches – not to mention the unemployed veterans who are losing their jobs to less talented players.LEARNING ON THE JOBCraig Counsell caught himself mid-thought.“The PED era fooled us a little bit,” he said, and a smile quickly crept over his face. He clarified his comment as a broad explanation, not an admission of guilt.The Milwaukee Brewers’ manager took his final major-league at bat at age 41 in 2011. Counsell carved out a 16-year career as a role player who never hit more than nine home runs in a season. His career just happened to overlap perfectly with an era when illegal drugs helped baseball’s biggest sluggers shatter the single-season and career records for home runs. Whicker: MLB’s marooned free agents will be back when it matters PHOENIX — After three weeks and two days, a training camp for baseball’s unsigned free agents will close its doors Friday. According to the Associated Press, 41 players attended the camp in Bradenton, Fla. Only seven found employment. Other veterans such as Mike Moustakas, Jake Arrieta, Alex Cobb, Lance Lynn and Andre Ethier have been training on their own while exhibition games began without them.The offseason was a time for reflection. The supply of unsigned players was exceeded only by the supply of opinions as to how the market had changed and why. Once the games began, however, this was no longer a story about supply and demand. It was a story of aesthetics.The average age of the major league hitter decreased from 29.3 in 2004 to 28.3 in 2017. The average age of pitchers fell too – not as pronounced, but following the same broad trend – from 29.2 in 2005 to 28.5 a year ago. Now, the average age is roughly in line with the 1980s and early 1990s, before the size of the league and the size of the players grew.The majority of unsigned major league free agents are in their 30s. Some might never find jobs, which would predict an even younger league in 2018. It’s widely accepted that the proliferation of older players at the turn of the century had more to do with PEDs extending players’ careers into their late 30s, less with a change in how the industry valued players’ skill sets.Since then, stiffer drug testing helped reduce steroid use and hastened players’ aging curve. Young athletes specialized in sports more often, and at earlier ages. The rules governing draft-pick compensation and free-agent eligibility encouraged some owners to rebuild their teams entirely from scratch with younger, unproven players; the success of the Houston Astros and Chicago Cubs only encouraged other clubs to do the same.Meanwhile, more young athletes specialized in one sport at increasingly earlier ages. By the time they entered professional baseball, they simply had more advanced training than their parents’ generation. Before long, a younger league had replaced the old guard, with players learning more on the fly at baseball’s highest level.“When I played, by the time you got to the big leagues you better know how to play,” said Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost, who retired in 1985. “You had to be fundamentally sound, you knew what it took to win, and you had to produce. There was no developing when I got there, and if it was developing, it was players that would help you – it wasn’t really a coaching staff that helped me develop.”After reaching back-to-back World Series in 2014 and 2015, the Royals became baseball’s latest small-market team to embrace a youth movement. Yost is feeling the consequences.“You provide opportunities for them to go out and make mistakes,” he said. “Hopefully they learn from the mistakes and they get better and better.”FLOOR TO CEILINGAs he ascended the minor league ranks 20 years ago, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said, the industry prescribed a general set of restrictions. Hitters would not be promoted to the majors until they had compiled 1,500 plate appearances. For pitchers, it was 200 innings.The Dodgers have no such restrictions now, he said.“There was always a floor to make sure a guy’s ready,” Roberts said, “whereas now you’re so careful about the player’s health that there’s more of a ceiling as far as usage.”There’s also more of an emphasis on minor league player development these days. In an effort to hasten players’ physical maturity, clubhouse food options are no longer limited to snacks and peanut butter sandwiches. More sophisticated data is available to minor leaguers too, which offers better feedback than a hitter’s batting average or a pitcher’s ERA.Younger players don’t just want this information, Seattle Mariners manager Scott Servais said – they need it. Whenever advice is offered, he said, “today’s player won’t just take your word for it. They want real numbers behind it.”Servais’ background is instructive. He went to Seattle from Anaheim, where he oversaw the Angels’ player development department under Jerry Dipoto. Prior to that, Servais was the Texas Rangers’ director of player development from 2006-11. He never managed a game before joining the Mariners. Gabe Kapler, who left the Dodgers’ player development department over the winter to manage the Philadelphia Phillies, took a similar route.This is not a coincidence.“The tough conversations you have, it’s probably been more important to me in this job than dealing with things that go on throughout the ballgame,” Servais said. “Managing the game is such a small part of what we do. … On the inside, behind the scenes, the relationships you have to have with players – and certainly young players – if you can get them comfortable as quickly as possible, now you can really let their talents come out.”TRICKLE-UP EFFECTAll six managers interviewed for this story agreed that the amount of teaching taking place at the major league level is as high as they can remember. Often those duties fall to the coaches. The last decade has seen coaching staffs expand – partly a reaction to the growing reams of information, partly to handle all that teaching.Related Articlescenter_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error There seems to be a trickle-up effect, too. With more data and more coaches at their disposal, and managers trained in communicating with players half their age, owners can enjoy an infrastructure geared more toward fielding a younger roster. Some believe that offers an excuse for teams to shun a more expensive veteran in his mid-30s in favor of an unproven rookie making the major league minimum.“That may be why we’re driving that age number down,” Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price said.The Mariners held a news conference to introduce Suzuki on Wednesday. At 44, he’s now the oldest player with a major league contract. Speaking through an interpreter, Suzuki told reporters that he wanted to play until he is “at least 50.” Behind the scenes, an entire industry has geared itself toward denying him that chance.last_img read more

Hairbond Hair Distorter 100ml : Brought this for my husband he loves it smells great and you don’t need a lot he tells me

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first_imgGood but cheaper brands offer the same. A good product, great smell but it is just like the cheaper stuffdoes the same job as the cheaper brands offer. Always use this, easy to wash out too. Non sticky,easy to wash out excellent product. Medium to long hair, only need a pea sized blob. Great men’s hair productBy far the best I’ve usedits got to the good right; ) wellSolid 3/5 fix, as long as you don’t over Finally found a perfect product for my hairGood but cheaper brands offer the sameHairbond Hair Distorter 100mlDistorter is an elite, matte styling product that creates texture with a supple finishFlexible hold gives great results to thick straight hairProvides a hold of 3 out of 5Delicious fruity fragranceSize: 100 ml Only had this a couple of days so far but have been very impressed, not greasy at all and works really well with my thicker hair. Easy to wash out as well which sometimes stuff like this isnt. Currently my favourite brand of hair product, it smells nice and leaves a great finish – would recommend. Been using this beauty for a year or so now and haven’t looked back. It may be a little more expensive but it lasts forever (6-10 months) depending on how you use it. Smells incredible and delivers. Finally found my perfect 5* hair product. Really good finish and good staying power. Its got to the good right; ) well. Used it once, didn’t have to re- apply for 4 days. Its got to the good right 😉 well, im happy . Finally found a perfect product for my hair. Finally found a perfect product for my hair, smells great and gives a natural look holds very well without the feel of glue on my hair. You cant go wrong with this product ;; styles my thick grey hair a treat. This is by far the best hair clay i’ve used, i’ve always had issues with clays being too hard or too greasy, but this one is soft and goes on with a perfect matte finish. This clay also has the beautiful smell of apple refresher sweets and definitely great to use and wake up to in the morning. Brought this for my husband he loves it smells great and you don’t need a lot he tells me. Brought this for my husband he loves it smells great and you don’t need a lot he tells me. I usually struggle with wax/clay as i have quite greasy hair and nothing really holds it in place for long without making it look like i’ve dipped my head in the chip pan.It may be expensive for a hair product but worth every penny. Not only does it hold your hair in place but it gives that natural shine that you probably envy every time you see a celebs hair in tv. I’m going slightly grey and my dad asked me if i’d dyed my hair after using this too so it’s a win win. Really good product i bought it for my brother and he. Really good product i bought it for my brother and he loves it, says its the best product he has ever used. I have medium-length but really thick blonde hair that will often look greasy with most high street products. I like my hair slightly messy-looking and this product is perfect for it. I’ve been using it for years now and have never had reason to change, every batch is consistent. I usually buy it from my local hairdressers (owned by the creator’s brother) but it’s nice to see them branching out. The other great thing is you hardly need any to style with so a pot lasts me a good few months. Stable 3/5 deal with, as extended as you will not over. Reliable 3/5 take care of, as long as you will not above do it, it retain the form in put, but it is seen if you use it, particularly on darker hair.Introduced this for my other 50 percent and he enjoys the scent and it isn’t going to make his hair greasy.Excellent merchandise with a great scent but the maintain could. Good merchandise with a fantastic scent but the maintain could be much better. Normally struggled to get a good powerful maintain clay.last_img read more

Qiyun.Z QIYUN : Fantastic wig Best quality

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first_img The is a great wig for the price and can be worn without the bunches. Amazing quality will be buying from them again. Shipping just took forever but love the quality of the wig. My daughter wore this for halloween. I’ve never seen a hair piece look so good a must buy. Fantastic quick delivery , the quality of the wig is the best iv had so far. Was great for my cosplay and didint get tangled. The fact the pig (pony?) tails clip on the sides with ‘bear-trap’ type grips makes this wig very versatile. The is a great wig for the price and can be worn without the bunches. Fantastic quick delivery , the quality of the wig is the best iv had so far. Was great for my cosplay and didint get tangled. Excellent product and exactly how described. Daughter is delighted with her harley quinn wig. Would highly recommend seller. Amazing quality will be buying from them again. Shipping just took forever but love the quality of the wig. The fact the pig (pony?) tails clip on the sides with ‘bear-trap’ type grips makes this wig very versatile. My daughter wore this for halloween. I’ve never seen a hair piece look so good a must buy. Excellent product and exactly how described. Daughter is delighted with her harley quinn wig. Would highly recommend seller. Wonderful qualityFantastic wig Best qualityVery happy with purchaseQIYUN.Z Women Batman Harley Quinn Cosplay Ponytail Golden Curly Long Wavy Anime Wigs100% high quality heat resistant synthetic hair,silky and glamour as human hairLength: 11.81+13.78 inch; Great for Halloween, Anime cosplay, Theme party, Weddings, DatingFull CoverageW111A1204/1ONESoft touch, natural looking.Highly durable and long lasting. Can be washed and reusable.The size is adjustable and no pins or tape should be required. It should fit on most people.We promise the quality. If you have any question, please contact us via emaillast_img read more

Government Estimates on Renewables Are Way Off

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first_imgThe U.S. government agency responsible for forecasting trends in energy supplies and consumption has “consistently and significantly” underestimated the growth of renewable energy and developed a track record of providing flawed reports to policymakers and planners, a report from the Advanced Energy Economy Institute says.The AEEI, a nonprofit that promotes alternatives to fossil fuels, released a report this week skewering the U.S. Energy Information Administration for its history of faulty energy predictions.“Official U.S. government energy forecasts are widely used by policymakers and other stakeholders for analyzing energy supply and demand for long-term planning and policy development purposes,” the report says. “But the [renewable energy] projections bear little resemblance to market realities.”For example, the EIA predicted that installed solar capacity would double between 2014 and 2026 while a market analysis that takes actual projects in the pipeline into account shows that capacity will actually double by next year, 10 years before the EIA said it would, the report says.“Similarly, U.S. wind installations have averaged about 6.5 GW [gigawatts] per year from 2007 to 2014,” the report adds, “but the 2015 AEO [Annual Energy Outlook] projects a total of 6.5 GW of new wind capacity will be added between 2017 and 2030, less than one-tenth the average rate in recent years.”The Institute argues that the inaccurate forecasts have raised questions of whether renewable energy and increased energy efficiency can provide “substantial emission reductions at reasonable cost” under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan when in fact they could. Underestimating renewables isn’t newThe pattern goes back at least to 2010, the Institute says, when the AEO projected that the solar market would grow from about 2.5 GW to about 13 GW in 2030. The solar market actually hit the 13 GW mark in 2014, just four years later.Ditto for wind. The AEO said in 2010 that the wind market would grow from about 40 GW to 69 GW by 2030. In reality, with between 8 and 10 GW of new wind capacity coming online in 2015, total capacity will reach about 75 GW by the end of this year, a decade and a half before the government thought it would.“As these examples show, AEO forecasts are consistently off by a wide margin, always underestimating — and never overestimating — future deployment of renewables. Such persistent inaccuracy is indicative of a more fundamental problem in understanding the dynamics of growth for these technologies, as well as constraints on how the EIA is required to conduct its modeling.”The report notes that comparing actual market conditions to predictions for energy efficiency is harder because forecasters must measure something that’s missing — the energy that would have been used were the efficiency measures not introduced.But the EIA has been off here, too.“The trend in overall electric demand growth has been consistently downward in recent years, in parallel with the rise in EE [energy efficiency] spending, which more than tripled from 2005 to 2013,” the report says.Retail sales of electricity have been flat to slightly declining since 2010 even as the economy gained strength. The EIA, however, is predicting future demand growing at a little less than 1% all the way through 2040, “apparently discounting the potential, or likelihood, that EE improvement — through investment and innovation — would continue to reduce demand growth in the coming years.”Although the EIA would have it otherwise, the report notes that the levelized cost of wind and solar energy declined 58% and 78% respectively between 2009 and 2014 so that renewables are “increasingly competitive with other power sources.” Utility purchases of renewable energy, once based on the requirements of renewable portfolio standards adopted by state governments, are now based on economics alone. Why are the forecasts so wrong? Writing at Politico, Michael Grunwald posits that the consistently inaccurate reports are caused in part by “technical constraints” in how EIA makes its calculations. The agency assumes that legislative influences on renewable policies won’t change, when in fact they do.“But part of the problem is also that the EIA is a prisoner of its own models, which are in turn prisoners of the past,” Grunwald writes. “Wind power was much more expensive than fossil energy in 2009, so the EIA expected it to continue growing slowly. Instead, costs dropped sharply and installations tripled.“Solar power was cost-prohibitive and virtually nonexistent in America at the time, so the EIA had no reason to expect installations to increase much,” he continues. “Instead, they’ve increased more than 20-fold in just six years, as prices have plunged more than 80 percent.”In a tweet, he explained it this way: “We’ve had five straight weekdays so according to EIA projections tomorrow will be a weekday too.”The problem is not just a failure to predict the growth of renewable energy, he adds, but that projections are used to set national policy.“Unfortunately, the Environmental Protection Agency leaned heavily on those scenarios when devising its Clean Power Plan, which helps explain why the plan’s targets for coal retirements and renewable deployment are so unambitious,” he says.last_img read more

SP MLA breaks down in House

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first_imgThe Uttar Pradesh Assembly witnessed an unusual situation on Monday as a Samajwadi Party legislator broke down, saying his ₹10 lakh was stolen and if the money was not recovered, he would “commit suicide”. Kalpnath Paswan, MLA from Mehnagar constituency in Azamgarh, said no FIR has been registered in this connection. “I am pleading with folded hands in the House. Where should I go, if I do not get justice from here. I will die… I am a very poor person… If my money is not recovered I will commit suicide,” Mr. Paswan said while raising the matter during Zero hour. The MLA said the money was stolen from a hotel in Azamgarh and no FIR has been registered yet. Replying to him, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Suresh Kumar Khanna said he will seek a report and ensure justice.last_img read more

Ice tee

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first_imgIf your game’s not up to the mark, snow golf offers visual relief in the stunning wintry surroundsYou probably wouldn’t think that snow golf and Rudyard Kipling have much in common. But they do. It is from the writer (bless the splendid fellow) that modern snow golf is believed to have originated, during the time he was living in Brattleboro, Vermont (US), in the 1890s.Kipling loved the outdoors especially with a club in hand. Looking to unwind in the winter, he played golf in the New England snow, painting golf balls red and placing red-coloured cups in the snow. Apparently, the legacy lives on. Vermonters still play snow golf.References to ice golf date as far back as the early 17th century. A work of the Dutch landscape painter Hendrick Avercamp shows a couple of gentlemen, with clubs, playing what looks like a cross between golf and ice hockey, on a frozen canal in Holland. This was, in fact, the traditional Dutch sport of ‘colf’.If Kipling was a keen golfer who couldn’t wait for the summer months, he’s got plenty of company. Consider the folk those who head to Uummannaq, Greenland, for the World Ice Golf Championship every year (or at least, on those years when the sea, meteorological conditions and icebergs synchronise to ‘create’ a field of golf). Snow golf is not too dissimilar to the version played on fairways and greens (or links courses). Just imagine trying to hit the ball out of the bunkers, every time. Sharpen up your sand play, and you’ll do okay in the snow as well.Once you get the hang of it, snow golf is even more fun than the regular version of the gameThe World Ice Golf Championship-first held in 1997-is the holy grail of snow golf. It is held on the planet’s northernmost (and Greenland’s only) golf course. This is, naturally, never the same ‘place’ owing to a constantly moving ice shelf. So, the nine-hole ‘course’-encircled by ‘moving’ glaciers, icebergs and spectacular ice sculptures-is laid out anew on the ice every year (a week before the snow golfers descend).Nature, in the shape of the ocean, is the chief architect of this course; with the form determined by the position of the icebergs in the inlet. Unfavourable conditions (overhead and on terra firma) have led to the abandonment of the World Ice Golf Championship on some years, although that has done little to knock the enthusiasm of the organisers. As for the course, it ‘melts’ away in May.Snow golf has outgrown its ‘adventure sport’ origins, and the World Ice meet has inspired quite a few similar tournaments. The Snow Golf Championship has been held in Argentina, in Cerro Castor, Ushuaia (regarded as the world’s southernmost city), since 2007, while Austria has played host to the Snow Golf World Championship, for amateurs, also since 2007. The surfaces of ‘whites’ can be twopaced and bumpy; putting calls for good judgment-and good fortuneThe latter is sponsored by the state of Salzburg, and has a ‘million dollar putt’ contest-the largest prize on offer in any amateur golf event-that remains unclaimed, to date! And recently (January 2011), the first European Championship in Snow Golf took place in Switzerland. Ritzy St. Moritz in Switzerland is for those who like their snow golf with more than a soupcon of glamour.Here, you’re bound to rub noses with jet-setting European royalty and celebrities. Meanwhile, Norway is fast surfacing, literally, as a Mecca for snow swingers; most of the snow golf is centred around the municipality of Hemsedal, in the south. But, really, anywhere in the tundra will do for a spot of snow golf; the terrain can be an iced up lake or even a ski resort.Uummannaq, a town in the municipality of Qaasuitsup, in Greenland’s northwest, 600 km north of the Arctic Circle, offers perfect climes for snow golf. The rules and conditions for the Ice Golf Worlds would pretty much apply to any snow golf tournament in the world (give or take a few local variations). Some things to remember?Golf clubs with steel shafts are strongly recommended since shafts made out of graphite can shatter easily in the extreme cold. Also, keep a hunk of Astroturf in your bag for you’d need it to hit your tee ball. Golf balls (fluorescent red or orange in the snow version of the game) lose elasticity in the cold, thus reducing the distance the ball flies by approximately 25 percent. And with a diameter of 20 cm, the hole (made out of aluminium) is almost twice as big as an ordinary golf ‘cup’.Of course, the ‘greens’ are no longer green. In snow golf, they become ‘whites’, and are marked by a rim of red or a small wall of snow. And because the surface can be abrasive, one can, before putting, smooth out the ‘white’ with a custom-made ‘scraper’ (an act that would invite a penalty on a regular green!). For a ball lying ‘through the white’-the equivalent of a ‘fried egg’ in the sand, though much harder to extricate-the Uummannaq rule says, “The ball may be lifted and placed within 15 cm of where it landed, without incurring a penalty”. Local rules also protect against unanticipated contingencies- like a polar bear pilfering your ball!Teeing off in sub-zero temperatures calls for plenty of layers of thermal wear, so wrap up well. Also, carry a potent pair of shades (snow blindness is a definite risk). And if you’re still having a rotten time, remember to take solace in the quiet repose of a gorgeous winter’s day. Hot coutureRecommended clothing: Breathable (Gore-Tex type) windtight warm jacket and overtrousers; A fleece jacket that’s warm, light and breathable; heatinsulating thermal underwear/long johns underneath over-trousers; sports underclothes that help draw perspiration away from the skin and allow it to evaporate; warm hat with ear flaps, gloves, scarf, potent sunglasses, strong sun block (minimum SPF: 20); footwear with thermal insulation (ordinary golf shoes are not advised in the cold) and warm socks.Equipment tip: Bring a half set of 3-, 5-, 7- and 9-irons, plus a pitching and sand wedge. You could also carry a driver and a 5-wood (or just a 3-wood) (Courtesy: http://www.greenlandguide. gl/icegolf)The writer is senior writer, Golf Digest India.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

10 months agoNewcastle winger Matt Ritchie: Press never give us break

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first_imgNewcastle winger Matt Ritchie: Press never give us breakby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United winger Matt Ritchie has hit out at the negativity of the media.The Scot admits he grows tired over the comparisons with past teams.Ritchie told the Evening Chronicle: “People talk about Newcastle’s history in the Premier League and it’s in a negative aspect.”The Press the other week said we hadn’t won on a Monday for such a long time, then we won at Burnley and the next week it was we hadn’t won a midweek game!”I was like: ‘Give us a break’.”The players don’t look into that, we focus on the next game being the biggest game.”We recover and prepare for Liverpool.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more