JuuL House / NKS Architects

first_imgShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/510671/juul-house-nks-architects Clipboard photographs:  Kouji OkamotoPhotographs:  Kouji OkamotoStructure:RC-3FArchitect In Charge:Noriko Suehiro, Kaoru SuehiroCity:YukuhashiCountry:JapanMore SpecsLess SpecsText description provided by the architects. JUUL House, a two-generation residence designed by NKS Architects, sits adjacent to a river running through the suburbs of a small city in Fukuoka Prefecture. The client, a musician involved with music education in the local community, wanted a home that could also function as a small music hall. Because the client works in the cement business – a major regional industry – the architects used concrete as the primary construction material. View from the far bank of the riverGive us an overview of the project.The lot is a long, slightly irregular rectangle aligned north-to-south, with a river running along the south-east side. The river’s mouth is not far away and so it is quite wide at the point where the house stands. Although the lot is surrounded by houses on three sides, the view towards the river and rice fields on the far side is completely open.  The setting is rich in natural beauty, with the Chikuhou Mountains visible to the west. Save this picture!© Kouji OkamotoRecommended ProductsDoorsLonghiDoor – HeadlineMetallicsSculptformClick-on Battens in Ivanhoe ApartmentsWindowsJansenWindows – Janisol PrimoDoorsStudcoAccess Panels – AccessDorThe character of the interior spaces differs on each floor. The first floor, which opens onto a garden that runs from north to south, includes a large entryway that also serves as a gallery and a living room that doubles as the music hall, as well as a dining room, kitchen, and bedroom used primarily by the younger generation. The distinctive curved ceiling is interspersed with skylights that bring soft light into the space. In contrast, the second floor, where the older generation lives, opens to the east and west overlooking the river and the rich natural scenery.  Compared to the first floor the scale of the spaces upstairs is much smaller and more enclosed, but because of the expansive views they do not feel oppressively closed-off. The cubicle-like rooms were designed as places to relax sitting on the floor.The two very different areas of the house are divided by curved concrete that forms the ceiling downstairs and the floor and walls upstairs. Painted white, these curved walls softly scatter the light from the skylights, and do the same for sound when concerts are held in the home.Exterior viewed from the entrance porch of the garageWhat was most important for you during the design process?Save this picture!© Kouji OkamotoOne central point was that the space functions not only as a home but also as a small cultural facility (both a music hall and gallery). Another point that I always think about is the need for the spatial design to logically mesh with the structural framework of the building. This time, I also explored the potential of concrete spaces.First floor galleryWhat challenges did you face in the project? How did you respond to them?As part of our goal of creating a structure that expresses the possibilities of concrete, we focused in particular on technical innovations to ensure a high-quality thermal and acoustic environment. Save this picture!Floor Plan & SectionIn terms of the thermal environment, we stabilized the interior temperature by completely enclosing the concrete – which functions as a heat storage body – with exterior wall insulation. On the east and west sides we added another layer of concrete on top of the insulation in order to unify the design. To keep the interior from overheating in summer, we installed awnings over the large windows and doors, used low-emissivity glass in the skylights, and created pathways for heat to escape. In order to ensure acoustic performance, primarily for classical music, we focused on making sure the convex surfaces of the concrete ceiling diffuse sound properly. To control reverberation time, we opened numerous holes in the surface of the concrete and inserted acoustic absorbent material. The type of acoustic environment needed varies depending on the size of the audience and the types of instruments, among other factors, and here it can be adjusted to a certain degree by opening or closing the sound-absorbing doors and curtains in the room. First floor living roomWhat did you learn from this project? What will you take from it to future projects?Save this picture!© Kouji OkamotoI was able to confirm the effectiveness of skylights for bringing in natural light, as well as of external wall insulation in concrete buildings. On the other hand, I realized that I need to think further about the balance between the quality and cost of architecture.  First floor galleryHow does this project fit into current architectural trends such as sustainability, social function, or technology?When I think about creating sustainable architecture, I focus on using materials in a way that allows their character to emerge as they age. Contemporary architecture tends towards the minimalistic, inorganic forms representative of standardized factory products. In this project, although I used concrete, which is an inorganic material, and modern construction techniques to create a new kind of space, I tried to incorporate a human warmth into it.Save this picture!© Kouji OkamotoI also thought about how a residence, while belonging to one individual, can also be open to the local community and serve as a cultural resource that is used long into the future. Perhaps it is only within the framework of such a local community that the long-term value of culture can be preserved in an era dominated by the short-sighted principles of the global economy.First floor dining roomWhat is the societal role of the architect?Architecture has the potential to become a cultural and social asset, and I think architects have a responsibility to stay conscious of that when they design buildings. Even residences can go beyond their role as the space for individual lives and serve as community assets. If you think about it, just a few generations ago homes in Japan were used as sites for the ceremonial gatherings that helped create communities. In this project the space not only enriches the life of the client, but through its function as a concert hall and gallery it becomes a center-point for enriching the entire community. Project gallerySee allShow lessDo New Buildings In London Have Shard Envy?Architecture NewsLight Matters: Mashrabiyas – Translating Tradition into Dynamic FacadesArticles Share Year:  Projects Area:  412 m² Area:  412 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project JuuL House / NKS ArchitectsSave this projectSaveJuuL House / NKS Architects Photographs ArchDaily 2012 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/510671/juul-house-nks-architects Clipboard CopyHouses•Yukuhashi, Japan Houses JuuL House / NKS Architects “COPY” Year:  2012 “COPY” Save this picture!© Kouji Okamoto+ 18 Share Architects: NKS Architects Area Area of this architecture project Japan CopyAbout this officeNKS ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodStoneConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesYukuhashiHousesJapanPublished on May 30, 2014Cite: “JuuL House / NKS Architects” 30 May 2014. 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Press release: Northern Powerhouse at the heart of Rugby League World Cup 2021

first_imgNorthern Powerhouse Minister Jake Berry MP has welcomed news that around 9 in 10 (87%) Rugby League World Cup 2021 tournament games will be held in the North, exceeding the organiser’s original commitment to host 80% of the games in the North of England.In 2016 the government committed £25 million towards the tournament and its legacy with up to £15 million pledged to support the staging of the event and up to £10 million for Rugby League’s facilities through large community projects, such as refurbishing changing rooms and installing new artificial pitches, as well as smaller-scale initiatives including supplying new kit or equipment to clubs.A total of 16 northern towns and cities – including Newcastle, St Helens, Doncaster, Sheffield, Liverpool, Trafford and Hull – will play host to the tournament which will take place over five weeks in October and November 2021.Leeds will host more games than any other city while Preston has been revealed as the tournament’s first training base.The tournament is anticipated to host a million spectators and is set to be one of the most inclusive and diverse events ever hosted in England. The men’s, women’s and wheelchair Rugby League World Cups are to be staged together for the first time with all three finals being played in the North.Government funding for the tournament will focus on four key areas: creating welcoming environments, encouraging more players, building community engagement and cultivating further investment resulting in an innovation fund for the community game.Northern Powerhouse Minister Jake Berry MP said: Chief Executive of the Rugby League World Cup 2021 Jon Dutton said: RLWC2021 will be the sport’s biggest and best ever tournament and the Northern Powerhouse will play a pivotal role in helping to deliver this global event. For the first time ever, the men’s, women’s and wheelchair tournaments will be played concurrently and the North will stage all of the marquee events including all 3 Rugby League World Cup finals and the respective opening ceremonies. The Northern Powerhouse is the perfect setting to host one of world sport’s biggest and most inclusive tournaments. Minister for Sport and Civil Society Mims Davies MP said: Twitter – https://twitter.com/mhclgFlickr – http://www.flickr.com/photos/mhclgLinkedIn – http://www.linkedin.com/company/mhclg Rugby League World Cup 2021 has announced that nearly 90% of the tournament’s games, including all three finals, will be held in the Northern Powerhouse Tournament backed by £25 million of government funding to maximise benefit to communities Northern host locations announced include Newcastle, Doncaster, Leeds, Sheffield, Liverpool, Trafford and Hull 2 Marsham StreetLondonSW1P 4DF The UK is renowned for putting on some of the biggest and best sporting events in the world and the Rugby League World Cup 2021 will be no exception. This tournament will provide a stage for the world’s best players in the men’s, women’s and wheelchair game to shine in cities and towns across the country. It is an exceptional opportunity to grow the sport. We are investing £25 million to help put on a fantastic event, reach new fans and improve facilities, so the tournament leaves a real legacy. Office address and general enquiries Please use this number if you are a journalist wishing to speak to Press Office 0303 444 1209center_img Contact form https://forms.communit… Email [email protected] The Rugby League World Cup 2021 will firmly put the Northern Powerhouse on the world stage and I am proud we are a partner in this landmark event. Thousands of visitors will come from far and wide to enjoy the games and organisers predict the tournament will deliver £75 million of economic benefit to the UK through tourism and opportunities for local businesses, with a significant amount coming to cities and regions of the Northern Powerhouse. The foundations of Rugby League were built in the North before becoming one of this country’s greatest sporting exports. Now, thanks to £25 million of government investment, it is coming home to the Northern Powerhouse. General enquiries: please use this number if you are a member of the public 030 3444 0000 Media enquiries If your enquiry is related to COVID-19 please check our guidance page first before you contact us – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-local-government.If you still need to contact us please use the contact form above to get in touch, because of coronavirus (COVID-19). If you send it by post it will not receive a reply within normal timescale. Social media – MHCLG The Rugby League World Cup 2021 and their governing body the Rugby Football League, are official members of the Northern Powerhouse Partners Programme. This network of businesses and organisations share our vision to for harnessing the economic potential of the North, and support the need for the government and business to work together to achieve it.Further informationFull list of Northern Powerhouse game venues/hosts across men’s, women’s and wheelchair fixtures:North-westBolton – The University of Bolton Stadium will host two men’s games, including an England group game and quarter-final.Liverpool – Anfield will host the marquee quarter-final tie along with the women’s opening ceremony and initial England game. M&S Bank Arena Liverpool will host the wheelchair Rugby League final. Preston – First training base to be revealed. St Helens – The Totally Wicked Stadium will host three men’s group games.Trafford – Old Trafford will host both the men’s and women’s finals as a double-header event.Warrington – The Halliwell Jones Stadium will host three men’s group games.Leigh – Leigh Sports Village will host three men’s group games.YorkshireDoncaster – The Keepmoat Stadium will host three men’s group games.Kirklees – The John Smiths Stadium will host a men’s quarter-final.Hull – The KCOM Stadium will host two men’s games, including a quarter-final.Leeds – Hosting more games than any other city, Elland Road will host a men’s semi-final and Emerald Headingley Stadium will host three men’s games and two women’s games.Sheffield – Bramall Lane will host an England men’s group game. The EIS Sheffield will host a group and both semi-finals in the wheelchair tournament.York – The Community Stadium will host a women’s group game and both women’s semi-finals.North EastMiddlesbrough – The Riverside Stadium will host a significant men’s group game.Newcastle – St James’ Park will host the opening England men’s group game including the men’s opening ceremonyWest CumbriaAllerdale – The Workington Community Stadium will host three men’s group games.The Northern Powerhouse is our vision for a more prosperous North with well-paid jobs for working people, better transport with faster roads and more efficient trains, high-performing schools and world-beating universities.The Northern Powerhouse Partners Programme is an essential part of creating the Northern Powerhouse. The government is looking to build a network of partners who all believe strongly in the economic potential of the North, and support the need for a combined effort by government and business to realise that potential. There are nearly 200 businesses and organisations signed up to the Partners Programme.Prospective partners can email [email protected] for more information about the Partners Programme and how to apply.For more information about the Rugby League World Cup 2021 tournament and locations of games visit www.rlwc2021.com or contact [email protected]last_img read more

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Thinking backward

In the life and work of UCLA’s Carlo Ginzburg, who will deliver Harvard’s Tanner Lectures on Human Values April 15-17, one finds intertwined layers of living history and historical study. Ginzburg was born into a family of no small significance, not least because it included many noteworthy figures in the Italian anti-Fascist resistance. Both of his parents were of Jewish descent. His mother, Natalia (Levi), would recall her experiences as a member of this family in “Lessico famigliare” (“Family Sayings”), a book that has been translated into more than 10 languages. Carlo’s father, Leone, taught Russian literature at the University of Turin; his career ended because he refused to swear the oath of allegiance to the Fascist regime. In 1943, while directing an underground anti-Fascist newspaper in German-occupied Rome, he was imprisoned and tortured; he died in jail in February 1944. Meanwhile, Natalia and her three children, including 5-year-old Carlo, fled to the Tuscan hills, where they evaded the Nazis’ last attempt to slaughter as many Jews as possible while retreating from Allied forces.While still a young student, Ginzburg decided that he would study history, specifically focusing on the sentiments of the persecuted during witchcraft trials under the Inquisition. His prolific work on this topic has spanned decades. His fourth book, “The Cheese and the Worms” (1976), has been translated into 24 languages and is a standard on university syllabi worldwide.Ginzburg’s historical approach balances philological rigor and imaginative thinking. One influential method for which he is a forerunner is the microhistorical approach. A specific moment, place, individual, or group — often overlooked in grander histories — is analyzed with sharp focus. The implications of a specific case result in the construction of a new generalization.Ginzburg has referred to his feeling when undertaking a new historical inquiry as “euphoric ignorance,” denoting the joy of encountering a puzzling fragment of information or an unknown topic. An endeavor to make sense of it then follows. He found such moments full of embedded possibilities; thus, as he has said, he deliberately chose to delve into areas with which he was personally less familiar. Throughout his years of historical inquiry, Ginzburg has remained a part of living history, and his scholarship has continued to be informed by it. When discussing his own work, he occasionally indicates retroactive realizations on how certain political climates influenced his topical choices. Likewise, his initial choice of studying people persecuted during the witchcraft trials, he later realized, was influenced by various personal factors, including the fact that he and his family had been severely persecuted themselves.GAZETTE: Given the occasion of your Tanner Lectures, my first question relates to the general scope of the lecture series: Do you consider that there is one (or several) overriding ethical or moral charge(s) in your study of history?GINZBURG: A distinction should be made between ethical issues as a topic of historical research and the ethical implications of the historian’s work. Concerning the former, the general topic of my Tanner Lectures — casuistry and the controversies generated by it — has been at the center of debates about ethics for centuries, in different cultures. Even if my lectures will not address the relevance of casuistry in our world today, that relevance (especially related to bioethics) certainly provides the context in which my historical questions emerged. The ethical implications of the historian’s work are a different matter. I am fully aware of them, but I usually refrain from focusing explicitly on them, for a very simple reason: I dislike sermons, I detest preaching. The ethical side of the historian’s work must emerge from the work itself, since it is (in my view) synonymous with the search for truth, which historians must pursue. I say truth without quotation marks: The truth we are looking for is a human endeavor — fallible, revocable. That’s the reason why I insist on proofs — and disprovals. In the title of the Menahem Stern Lectures I gave in Jerusalem in 1993 — “History, Rhetoric, and Proof” — the polemical word was the last one, “proof.” But then I argued that despite the widespread perception of rhetoric and proof as mutually incompatible, proofs have been regarded as a central element of rhetoric from Aristotle, to Quintilian, to Valla — a tradition which had been ignored or tacitly dismissed by late-20th-century neo-skeptics. The ethical implications of my argument are obvious. If a contemporary neo-skeptic feels unable to refute the arguments (or pseudo-arguments) of so-called negationists who claim that the extermination of the European Jews never took place, then there must be something rotten in the historical profession. This neo-skepticism is largely out of fashion, but the need to place the search for truth (an extremely demanding task) at the center of the historian’s work is still there, and it will remain there.GAZETTE: In your early intellectual development, what are some of your most vivid memories and/or important moments of formation?GINZBURG: My intellectual trajectory has many roots, like anyone else’s. But working on Inquisition archival evidence has been fundamental — something I have sometimes compared to the field experience of an anthropologist. It shaped my later research in many ways, although after a few decades I started to work in different directions. I vividly remember the long days spent completely alone in the Udine Ecclesiastical Archive in the early ’60s (half a century ago, I can’t believe it) transcribing Inquisition trials nobody had seen before me — except for the inquisitors themselves. I was thrilled by what I read, thrilled by my solitude, thrilled by the encounter with a phenomenon (the benandanti) which no scholar had been aware of. Names of completely unknown peasants, men and women, emerged from those 16th-century trials — along with their dreams, their emotional reactions, and so forth. I have never since experienced something comparable in my life as a researcher.GAZETTE: Do you consider that chapter of your life, so to speak — referring to your early archival experiences — one that is still open?GINZBURG: Yes and no. That particular archival experience came to an end in 1989, with the publication of “Storia notturna” (translated into English as “Ecstasies: Deciphering the Witches’ Sabbath”): a book which sought to unfold, on a completely different spatial and chronological scale, the implications of my first one, “I benandanti” (translated into English as “The Night Battles”). But some of the issues I dealt with in “Ecstasies” — for instance the relationship between morphology and history — fueled much of my later work.GAZETTE: How might you regard the subsequent chapter in your life as a researcher? One notices an increasing presence of apparently disparate nodes in cultural history in your work.GINZBURG: What I have done since 1989 is difficult to describe: My research path may seem erratic, although I can detect a certain logic in it. Indeed, I have tried to repeat over and over the thrill of ignorance, addressing subjects I was completely unfamiliar with. First of all, I would say, it is a pleasure: I love teaching but I love learning much more. But there is probably another, more hidden, reason. I encountered my research topic, along with the books which deeply shaped my mind as a scholar, when I was in my 20s. Being precocious is not necessarily a bliss. Later I tried, more or less unconsciously, to disentangle myself from what I had become, testing what I had learned so far on new, unfamiliar topics. Casuistry was one of them. I first come across it in an essay on Machiavelli. Then Pascal came, and his opponents: the Jesuits. I will talk about both of them in my Tanner Lectures. But casuistry also required a reflection upon case studies and their implications. Once again, writing history and reflecting on the historian’s craft were inextricably connected, as they have always been since my early experiences in the Friulian archives.GAZETTE: You have written that you were often your own greatest antagonist and that you often held objections to your work that differed from those of your critics. Is this still so? If yes, what are your greatest objections as of now?GINZBURG: For a long time I have been fascinated by the devil’s advocate: a figure that has played a crucial role in Catholic canonization trials since the early 17th century. The topic of the Martin Buber lecture I gave in Jerusalem a few years ago was “Inner Dialogues. The Jew as Devil’s Advocate.” I feel involved in an endless, contentious conversation with the devil’s advocate. What does he say to me in these days? He says: “You are trying to tame me. You are not listening to me as you did in the past.” Maybe he is right. But self-satisfaction would be the end — a ludicrous end. I will try to do my best to avoid it. read more

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USC holds equal rights ‘boot camp’

first_img“Are we ready for equality?” Christine Pelosi, daughter of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, asked same-sex marriage activists gathered at USC during her keynote address.About 160 students and community members gathered at USC this weekend for “Campaign Boot Camp.” The program, titled “Education and Empowerment for the Grassroots” included seminars and workshops, that sought to educate attendees about civil rights activism and political campaigning.Keynote · AJ Tarleton, a participant in the Campaign Boot Camp, introduces Christine Pelosi, daughter of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. – Photo courtesy of David McCoyThe Campaign Boot Camp ­— inspired by Pelosi’s book of the same name — focused specifically on preparing to continue the fight against Prop 8, the ballot proposal banning same-sex marriages in California. The proposition was passed in November 2008, overturning legalization of same-sex marriages by the California Supreme Court six months earlier.“I believe in equality for everybody. The more that we can inspire people to be involved in public service, to be involved in something better than themselves, the more that we can get,” Pelosi said in an interview.The event was organized by the coalition Organizations United Together West — a coalition of about 40 different equal rights organizations. OUT West composed an interactive training program with the support of other national organizations, notably Equality California and the Courage Campaign.“I think this has the chance to impact the very near future, with candidate races and also with the upcoming marriage equality battle that will take place in the next couple of years,” said Chris Hauck, an OUT West event coordinator. “People actually have real-world lessons that they can apply, not just theory.”Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who sent a letter to the participants praising their desire to take action, promised to assist the activists in their fight to overturn the marriage equality ban.“I don’t believe that we should discriminate against any of God’s children,” Villaraigosa said in an interview. “We should promote the institutions which have always been about families. That’s why I’m so supportive of this issue.”As part of the boot camp, USC hosted speakers, election simulations and educational series on campaign operations, due in large part to the effort of the school’s LGBT Resource Center.“It will get people prepared and ready for the next marriage equality battle, but then again, it’s not just about marriage equality. It’s about how these tools and techniques can be used for any sort of campaign,” said Vincent Vigil, director of USC’s LGBT Resource Center.The focus of the boot camp was on dealing with challenges and frustrations of running any sort of political campaign.“It’s incredibly hard to be patient when you’re trying to change the world and when you think the world is denying you the very basic human right, but learning to be operational and strategic in our thinking without sacrificing or compromising any of our principles — that’s the ultimate test,” Pelosi said to the participants.A number of the attendees took part in a quick-paced campaign simulation on Saturday, forcing them to think through and implement campaign strategies in one hour that would typically take place in the nine months before any election day.People with limited campaign experience worked in teams to learn how to manage a political campaign for the first time. The simulation was based on a state the size of Maine with the demographics of California to make it relevant to advocates of marriage equality in California.“They’ve given us a look into how a nine-month campaigning process works and the realities of it, the limited knowledge that you’re given at the beginning and how you have to work with that and how you have to work with other people,” said Gregory Oertel, a freshman majoring in music performance.Only one out of 17 teams that undertook the challenging campaign- simulation game won their ballot measure, demonstrating the inherent difficulty of passing a controversial issue like marriage equality. Fleischer said that it was common for all teams to be defeated in the simulation, reflecting real campaign efforts on gay marriage.“Many people don’t know how hard it is to win these campaigns,” said Kathleen Campisano, who co-authored the simulation game and is a senior field organizer with the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. “It helps them understand the frustration; it gets them to really understand that we’ve got to be really smart campaigners to make sure that we can win these elections.”Participants and speakers at the Campaign Boot Camp also weighed in on the debate over when the gay marriage ban will be contested.While the organization Love Honor Cherish is positioning itself for a 2010 ballot initiative for marriage equality, Equality California and others are setting their sights on the 2012 election.Keith Peyton, a senior majoring in international relations and the lavender commencement project manager at the LGBT Resource Center on campus, said that marriage equality will likely be seen on the 2010 ballot.“It’s definitely practical,” said Peyton. “Six states have already legalized gay marriage, California just went backward.”In addition to the workshops, several notable activists spoke at the weekend event, including the Reverend Eric P. Lee, the president and CEO of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Greater Los Angeles.“It starts with you to change the societal attitudes about LGBT justice,” Lee told the audience of activists. “Be passionate about justice universally because the fight for justice is not self-serving, but selfless. Look to serve the needs of humanity before our own needs, then our needs will take care of themselves.”Lee paralleled the denial of fundamental human rights to the LGBT community to the African American civil rights battle and added that proponents of marriage equality must have a personal and unwavering conviction that they deserve equal justice, liberty and legal rights.“The only thing that sustains us is knowing that it’s right,” Lee said. “Someday you will achieve it.”last_img read more

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Sheriff: PBSO Will Get Body Cameras

first_imgPalm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw said Wednesday evening that his agency will soon get body cameras.The announcement came during a roundtable discussion called the Community Forum onPolicing.He believes the cameras will help improve transparency between the department and the community.“We are one of the agencies that don’t have it, but we are very excited about the fact that we are going to have it,” he said. “It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when.”Bradshaw added that the department is in discussions with the county administrator and will also be speaking with the county commission, in order to determine whether funding for the equipment may come from sales tax money.Additionally, PBSO is reviewing several vendors, in order to ensure the agency has the best technology available, according to Bradshaw.County Commission to Consider Body Cameras for PBSOlast_img read more

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Scott shoots low numbers at Eastern Star

first_imgYou are reminded when you get here of what a fine facility this is.  The clubhouse is imposing and the book-in was very easy.  One of the things I particularly like is that you can see the restaurant from the balcony and thus see where your friends are.  Many courses have the restaurant upstairs with a fine view of the course, but I do like this configuration.Tuesday’s top four with one of Bert’s finest.Soon on the first tee we were reminded of how scenic the course could be and how difficult.  After deciding that most players wanted to play off the easier yellow tees, ‘The Committee’, or ‘Organiser’ decided the day should be played off the white tees; after all it made me feel better and ensured the scores would be low.So off we went and it was soon apparent the greens were newly sanded and not in top condition.  It was also windy and the rough was really difficult to get out of.  You get the picture, really tough day out, mind it is always a ‘pleasure’ to be deflated by a golf course.  I wondered how the rest were getting on.Back at Bert’s and in the results it was noted that apart from one ‘spoilsport’ all the players were given a bit of a lesson.  But you always get one!In the A Flight, 0 to 18, the one player who beat the course and won was Max Scott with 39 points, and an even gross 72.  Then we came to those who put a smile of satisfaction on my face, all the rest.  Second was Mashi Kaneta with 32 points and in a count back on 30 points in third was Mike Gaussa ahead of John Binns in fourth.So to the B Flight, and who knows I may be there shortly, and the winner was Jack Robertson with 34 points ahead of a count back on 31 points that saw Pauline Elphick in second and Brian Gabe in third.  In fourth was Don Carmody.Mind, does not say much for the ‘Organiser’ when his name is not even mentioned!This is a course that deserves respect; we even had a really low handicapper who had 5 points on the back nine.  Let the greens settle down and it will be well worth a visit, play well here and you will leave with a feeling of accomplishment.Near Pins:  David Nicholson, Bob Watson, Mark West, Max Scott.Long Putts:  John Harrison, Joel Flor. PSC golf from Tropical Bert’sTuesday, Feb. 12, Eastern Star – StablefordWe had not been here for some time, but on the back of some good reports and of course a special deal, we decided to nip down there and give it a go.  The latest news we had was that the greens had been sanded and thus were not at their best.  So with a full number of players and of course our discount vouchers it was off to Eastern Star. last_img read more

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Parker puts on a show at Pattaya Country Club

first_imgPSC golf from The Bunker BarMonday, August 29, Khao Kheow – StablefordOnly one good round worth mentioning today which was played by Tony Robbins who won with a very respectable 35 Stableford points.  Second and third places went to Colin Greig and Raleigh Gosney respectively, Raleigh beating Geoff Hart on a count back. 1st Tony Robbins (12) 35pts2nd Colin Greig (10) 28pts3rd Raleigh Gosney (18) 25ptsNear Pins:  Raleigh Gosney, Colin Greig, Geoff Hart.Wednesday, August 31, Green Valley – StablefordA reasonable turnout for Green Valley as usual saw Tony Robbins make it two wins out of two for the week, just nicking it by one point ahead of Mukesh who in turn was one point ahead of Colin Greig who won on a count back for a change!1st Tony Robbins (10) 38pts2nd Mukesh (10) 37pts3rd Colin Greig (10) 36ptsNear Pins:  Colin Stokes, Peter Habgood, Reg Smart, Geoff Cox.Friday, Sept. 2, Pattaya C.C. – StablefordSimon Parker playing off handicap 3 had a superb round of golf, winning with 41 points, three points ahead of his pal Eddie Martin and Ken Young got in the frame for one of the first times in his illustrious career with the Bunker Boys!1st Simon Parker (3) 41pts2nd Eddie Martin (18) 38pts3rd Ken Young (28) 37ptsNear Pins:  Eddie Martin, William Macey, Tony Robbins, Colin Greig.last_img read more

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Sutthisa strikes as United beat BBCU

first_imgBEC Tero Sasana281279043 Chonburi2717642657 Army United289118-138 Muang Thong United2821703570 Osotspa2811413337 TeamPWDL+/-Pts Chiangrai United2871110-832 Buriram United28131052049 Bangkok Glass2891271339 Thai Premier League Football 2012 SeasonPattaya United kept alive their slim hopes of a top six finish in the league by beating struggling BBCU 2-0 at the Nongprue Stadium in Pattaya last Saturday. Samut Songkhram289712-634 TOT289109037center_img Pattaya United278910-433 TTM Chiangmai2821115-1917 Wuachon United277128-433 Esan United289136240 United piled on the pressure from the opening whistle and took a deserved first half lead when midfielder Rangsarit Sutthisa fired in a superb free-kick from the edge of the area that gave the visiting goalkeeper no chance.Pattaya United’s Sompob Nilwong, right, defends against BBCU’s Junior Guimaro during the second half of their Thai Premier League fixture at the Nongprue Stadium in Pattaya, Saturday, Sept. 22. (Photo/Pattaya United)Against the run of play BBCU had a great chance to equalize soon after but Guinean forward Moussa Sylla headed wide of the Pattaya goal when it seemed easier to score.  United continued to lay siege to the BBCU goal but were unable to extend their lead before the half-time break.The visitors reorganized during the interval and were unlucky not to get back on equal terms early in the second half when Junior Guimaro saw his excellent free kick rebound off the Pattaya woodwork with goalkeeper Narit well beaten.Chances continued to be created at both ends of the pitch in what was a lively and entertaining second half but when the goal eventually came it fell once more to the home team as Ludovick Takam followed up to knock home a rebound and his seventh goal since his return the Dolphins after the BBCU keeper failed to hold onto a speculative long range effort.United struck the woodwork again before the end of the match but there was to be no further addiction to the scoring before the final whistle sounded, with the home team running out 2-0 winners.United are looking for a good return from their final seven matches of the season to give them as high a league placing as possible.  The Dolphins’ were due to take on Police United in Bangkok in a rearranged match this past Wednesday and on Sunday will travel to Esan United for another tough away fixture.At the top of the table, Muang Thong continued their relentless procession to the league title with a 2-1 win over Osotspa while Chonburi look guaranteed to finish in second spot following their 3-1 home victory against Army United.Thai Premier League Results & Standings (Sept. 23) Chainat2861210-1430 Police United2751012-925 BBCU2841113-1723 Thai Port286913-1727 Results:  (Sat. 22/09) Pattaya United 2 – 0 BBCU; Chonburi 3 – 1 Army United; Muang Thong United 2 – 1 Osotspa; Chiangrai United 0 – 1 TOT; (Sun. 23/09) TTM Chiangmai 2 – 3 Chainat; Samut Songkhram 3 – 2 Bangkok Glass; BEC Tero Sasana 0 – 2 Thai Port; Wuachon United 2 – 1 Buriram United; Police United 0 – 1 Esan Unitedlast_img read more

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Protect the Pinelands From Pipeline Development

first_imgFormer Gov. Brendan Byrne stated in connection with that act, “My proudest accomplishment in public life is the passage of the Pinelands Protection Act and saving the Pine Barrens against all odds.”Construction of the pipeline is clearly an infraction of the integrity of the Pinelands and a violation of the intention of that Act.The vote on the nomination was extremely close – in fact, it only passed by the bare majority required and only after one Senator changed his vote on a second vote in the Senate Chamber.Many senators, including several Republicans, showed the courage to oppose the Governor’s appointment. Among those were Senators Beck, Kean, Allen, Bateman, and Holzapfel who are to be congratulated on their stand.That Sen. Kyrillos was not one of them is a rude awakening to those of his constituents who had hoped for better things from him. I am writing to express my enormous disappointment in state Sen. Joe Kyrillos’ “Yes” vote on the nomination of Robert Barr to the Pinelands Commission.Mr. Barr was nominated after the Pinelands Commission narrowly refused to approve construction of a pipeline through protected forests of one of our state’s, indeed our nation’s, great treasures, the New Jersey Pinelands.He will replace a long-ser ving Commissioner, Rober t Jackson, who voted against the pipeline. And he is very close to politicians who aggressively support the pipeline.There is not doubt that he was chosen to “stack” the Commission for a redo of the pipeline decision.As most New Jersey citizens know, this 1.1 million acre region of forest, fields, wetlands, and towns was designated by the Pinelands Protection Act of 1979 and is a model of planning, conservation, and growth management for the whole country.last_img read more

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KCCA FC bow out fighting as they lose seven goal thriller away to Al Ahly

first_imgKCCA FC finished third in the group (file photo)CAF Champions League 2018Al Ahly 4-3 KCCA FCBorg El Arab Stadium, Alexandria Tuesday, 28-08-2018Alexandria – KCCA FC bowed out of the CAF Champions league with their heads held high after losing 4-3 away to Al Ahly in their last group game.The Kasasiro Boys who went into the game having already been eliminated saw the trio of Jackson Nunda, Peter Magambo and Allan Okello all on the score sheet in the thrilling encounter.However it was not to be all three points for them as the record African champions Al Ahly scored a goal more with Walid Azarou (2), Souleymane Coulibaly and Morwen Mohsen all breaching Tom Ikara in-between the Kasasiro Boys’ sticks.How the drama unfolded:Walid Azarou put the hosts in the lead after 23 minutes much to the delight of tens of thousands of home fans who had turned up at the famous Borg El Arab stadium.Mike Mutebi’s charges who looked to be relishing playing at the famous stadium immediately equalised as Jackson Nunda headed in a Mustapha Kizza cross.Despite several decent half chances, the rest of the half saw no more goals as both teams want into the break locked at 1-1.Earlier, Mike Mutebi had made an early change taking off the unconvicing Gift Ali for Lawrence Bukenya, a move that stabilised the midfield.The second half started in disaster for Mutebi’s men as Souleymane Coulibaly restored Al Ahly’s on 50 minutes.However, the Red Devils’ joy was short lived as Peter Magambo who was making his first continental appearance restored purity for the away side four minutes later off another Kizza delivery.The breath-taking second half drama continued in the 63rd minutes as Patrice Carteron’s charges scored again through Azarou.Seven minutes later, Morwen Mohsen scored a fourth to put the game beyond KCCA.Sensing danger, Mutebi took off Ibrahim Sadam Juma for Muzamir Mutyaba and centre forward Patrick Kaddu was also replaced by defensive minded Isaac Kirabira in an attempt to limit the damage.Eight minutes from time, Allan Okello cut the deficit to one with a well taken goal but any efforts to get a point were denied as the hosts held on to win 4-3 and confirm top spot in group A.Elsewhere in the group, Ivan Ntege’s Township Rollers held visitors Esperance of Tunisia to a goalless draw in Botswana.Al Ahly top the group with 13 points, Esperance (11), KCCA (6) while Rollers (4) sit at the bottom.Comments Tags: Al AhlyCaf Champions league 2018KCCA FCMike Mutebilast_img read more

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