Bramble Bay sells one house a day despite fall

first_imgThe top sale was 60 Eagle Tce, Sandgate, at $1.84 million. >>>FOLLOW THE COURIER-MAIL REAL ESTATE TEAM ON FACEBOOK<<< SEE WHAT’S FOR SALE IN THESE SUBURBS TODAY This Sandgate Queenslander sold after 50 days on the market for $1.84 million.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019The five-bedroom house on a 1209sq m block was the second highest recorded house sale in Sandgate, after 150 Flinders Pde sold in 2017 for $1.9 million. The five-bedroom house at 99 Yundah St, Shorncliffe is on an 884sq m block.CoreLogic property data shows Shorncliffe’s median house price is $825,750 with 16 houses currently for sale, starting with offers over $499,000.center_img Historic homes dominate in top sales along Brisbane’s northern bayside.THE median house price across Brisbane’s northern bayside suburbs has risen despite the number of house sales falling by 17 per cent last year.The seaside suburbs of Brighton, Sandgate and Shorncliffe, follow Bramble Bay from Cabbage Tree Creek to the mouth of the North Pine River.CoreLogic property data shows 259 houses sold in these suburbs last year, one house for every working day of the year. The historic “Cremorne” at 150 Flinders Pde, Sandgate was named to honour its builder John McCallum Snr who also built and ran the Cremorne Theatre at South Bank. His son, John McCallum Jnr, was a famous actor and produced the ‘Skippy’ TV series.Brighton remains the most active suburb with 181 house sales, increasing its median house price by 6.7 per cent to $555,000.The highest sale of the year in Brighton was 596 Flinders Pde, which sold for $1.47 million. The waterfront four-bedroom house at 596 Flinders Pde, Brighton.Shorncliffe had 22 house sales last year with the top sale going to 99 Yundah St, which sold for $1.56 million.last_img read more

Jamindan farmers receive seeds, fertilizers from DA

first_imgThe farmer-beneficiaries are required to present empty sacks of their purchased fertilizer from a DA- accredited store, official receipt of purchase, empty sack of rice seeds, Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture stub and, valid ID in order to avail themselves of the free farm inputs from the Municipal Agricultural Office. “During this time of pandemic, farmers are very important because you are the ones who are feeding us” says Capiz Gov. Esteban Contreras on June 26. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE-WESTERN VISAYAS “In other region, the farmer-beneficiaries (are) selling (the) fertilizer they received from the national government,” DA-6 executive director Remelyn Recoter said during the ceremonial turn-over. The RRP’s inputs subsidy is under DA’s Plant, Plant, Plant Program), or also known as the Ahon Lahat, Pagkaing Sapat Kontra COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) which aims to boost the local rice production amid the pandemic.center_img ILOILO City – Rice farmers in Jamindan, Capiz received seeds and fertilizers support under the Rice Resiliency Project (RRP) of the Department of Agriculture (DA).A total of 8,346 bags of urea fertilizers, certified inbred seeds for 1,481 hectares and hybrid seeds for 50 hectares were turned-over to the local government unit of Jamindan town on June 26, the DA in Region 6 said. “During this time of pandemic, farmers are very important because you are the ones who are feeding us,” Gov. Esteban Contreras said to the farmers of Jamindan during the event. (With a report from PIA/PN)last_img read more

Infant mortality bill authored by Leising signed into law

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — A bill authored by Republican state senator from Oldenburg Jean Leising to establish a statewide maternal mortality review committee was recently ceremonially signed into law by Gov. Eric Holcomb.Senate Enrolled Act 142 requires a health care provider or health care facility that has a patient who dies of a maternal mortality to report the death to the committee, and allows the State Department of Health to review morbidity rates. SEA 142 also sets forth immunity provisions for the provider or facility.Based on the most recent 2018 maternal death data collected by the United Health Foundation, Indiana’s current maternal mortality rate of 41.4 is twice the national average, which is 20.7. Additionally, Indiana’s rate is higher than that of its neighboring states, with Illinois at 16.6, Kentucky at 19.4, Michigan at 19.4 and Ohio at 20.3.“Too many mothers are dying during or shortly after the birth of their child in our state, and we need to find the cause,” Leising said. “Establishing this committee should provide us with the data we need to help find a solution to this devastating concern.”Leising was joined at the bill signing by State Sen. Vaneta Becker (R-Evansville), State Rep. Karen Engleman (R-Corydon), Dr. Mary Abernathy, an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Indiana University School of Medicine; Dr. Kristina Box, the state health commissioner; Dr. Niceta Bradburn, a retired neonatologist; Dr. David Boyle, a professor of pediatrics in the division of neonatal-perinatal medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine; Kolawole Ale, the Maternal Mortality Review Committee coordinator; Gretchen Martin, the Child Fatality Review Committee coordinator; and Dr. Brownsyne Tucker Edmonds, an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Indiana University School of Medicine.last_img read more

UEFA Champions League ready to restart, at long last

first_imgThe UEFA Champions League and Europa League are set to restart this week after an enforced hiatus of almost five months.. This move will allow the Europe’s soccer governing body, UEFA, clear up the last remaining games in a troubled season. Both competitions were frozen in March as the coronavirus pandemic took hold across the continent, and while European football’s governing body acted swiftly to move Euro 2020 back a year, for a long time it was unclear how it would manage to complete its two landmark club competitions. UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin In the end the solution was to set up two mini tournaments bringing all teams together in one place from the quarter-finals onwards, with all ties being decided in one-off matches behind closed doors. And so the Champions League will move to Lisbon for the ‘Final Eight’ starting on August 12 and ending with the final at Benfica’s Estadio da Luz on August 23. The Europa League, meanwhile, will be played to a conclusion at a series of venues in western Germany, with the last eight beginning on August 10 and the final in Cologne on August 21. “I believed it from the first moment,” said the UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin recently when asked if he ever doubted it would be possible to play the tournaments to a conclusion. “You should always be optimistic, and if something like this crisis happens, you must have a plan ready. “At the present time, we will be playing matches without spectators until further notice. We will not take any risks.” There is, though, no question of further changes being made to the formats despite concerns about an increase in Covid-19 cases in and around Lisbon, and more recent worries in Germany about a rise in cases there. – Wolves’ longest year – It is the Europa League which is first up, though, with the last 16 being completed on Wednesday and Thursday. Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City face Real Madrid on Friday looking to clinch a place in the quarter-finals, fresh from having their two-year ban from the Champions League overturned Read Also: Iheanacho faces Leicester exit as Foxes hunt for suitors Wolves entertain Greek champions Olympiakos on Thursday having drawn 1-1 in the first leg of their last-16 tie. Their campaign started more than a year ago now, with a 2-0 win over Northern Irish side Crusaders in the second qualifying round on July 25, 2019. Extending it by another couple of weeks would do them no harm. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Wolverhampton Wanderers’ coach Nuno Espirito Santo is targeting a place in the Europa League ‘Final Eight’.Their season started more than a year ago now Two ties – Inter Milan against Getafe and Sevilla against Roma – will go ahead as one-off ties in Germany as the first legs were never played. Six second legs will also be played with the winners heading to Germany for the last eight. Among the ties to be completed is Manchester United’s against Austrian side LASK, which will be a formality for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team after they won 5-0 in the first leg in March. Their form since the Premier League resumed in mid-June has been excellent and they have already sealed a place in the 2020-21 Champions League, but now they want to finish this never-ending season with a trophy. “Now our focus is on the Europa League because this is a really good trophy and we want to win,” Bruno Fernandes told MUTV. “I came to Manchester to win trophies. We need to play every game to win. If we go into the Europa League and win every game, we know we’ll win the trophy.” United, Europa League winners in 2017, could yet find themselves facing Premier League rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers in the semi-finals in Cologne on August 16 should both teams get there.center_img Loading… UEFA also recently insisted it was “confident” there would be no more delays despite cases of coronavirus emerging among players at Real Madrid and Sevilla. It is, in any case, now or never. Indeed, the preliminary round of next season’s Champions League begins next Saturday, the same day Bayern Munich entertain Chelsea and Napoli visit Barcelona in their outstanding last 16 second legs. Before that, Manchester City defend a 2-1 first-leg lead at home against Real on Friday as Pep Guardiola’s side target Champions League glory on the back of the club’s success at getting a two-year ban from the competition overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The winner of that tie will face Juventus or Lyon in the quarter-finals in Lisbon. Promoted Content11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top12 Celebrities Who Almost Ruined Their Careers With One Movie5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way10 Awesome TV Series That Got Cancelled Way Too Soon8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthThis Is Why Plus-Size Models Should Always Be An Inspiration10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest Pocket7 Worst Things To Do To Your Phone7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black Holes15 Extremely Surprising Facts About Disney Princesseslast_img read more

Ronaldo ‘too old’ for Bayern — President

first_imgRelatedPosts Bayern Munich fans undergo Super Cup coronavirus tests Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Bayern Munich President Herbert Hainer told a fan club meeting Cristiano Ronaldo would be to old to join the Bavarians. Ronaldo is under contract at Juventus until 2022 and will be 37 by the time his current deal expires. But with Bayern going into a transfer summer where they are expected to spend big, some fans have been dreaming of signing the Portugal international. And when asked about potential summer transfers at a fan club meeting earlier this week, Hainer ruled out they would make a move for Ronaldo. “Many names are linked with us by the media,” Hainer said in quotes reported by Passauer Neue Presse. “Cristiano should be a bit too old for us.” Bayern have been linked with Manchester City winger Leroy Sane, who Sport Bild reported last week is still interested in returning to Germany, and Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz. Last summer, Sane’s transfer fell through because of his anterior cruciate ligament, sustained only hours before he could complete his move. “Leroy is a great player in whom we are interested, which is known,” Hainer added. “Let’s see how he comes back from his injury.”Tags: Bayern MunichCristiano RonaldoHerbert HainerJuventusNeue Presselast_img read more

Sumner senior, friend travel to Thailand

first_img Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016 SULLIVAN — Two things struck Baramee Janla right away when he arrived to Maine from Thailand four years ago: the weather was cold, and the people were tall.“I had to look up at everyone,” recalls the Sumner Memorial High School senior. “That first day here was definitely the coldest thing I’d ever experienced.”Janla moved to the United States at age 15 to live in Winter Harbor with his mother, Nui Johnson, who had emigrated to the United States six years prior to be with her new husband, Matthew Johnson of Gouldsboro. The couple spent half a decade filling out paperwork and navigating through complicated legalities before finally succeeding in bringing Nui’s two sons to Hancock County from Ban Sang Kor, a village in the northern province of Udon Thani where the boys grew up.“My mom saw something she didn’t see in Thailand,” Janla says. “She saw opportunity and education. The dream was to have me here.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textAt first, the contrasts between Janla’s two homes felt like night and day — which, with a 12-hour time difference, was also literally the case. Janla, now age 19 and a star athlete on his school’s soccer and track teams, returned to Thailand this spring for the first time. And he brought a new friend to experience a month of life in a different country.Matthew Lamoureux’s journey abroad was, alternatively, quite spur of the moment. It began on a February afternoon in Sumner’s school cafeteria during lunch when Janla asked him, “Want to go to Thailand with me?”Lamoureux, a fellow senior and soccer player at Sumner, became good friends with Janla a little more than a year ago after discovering their mutual love for a computer game called Clash of Clans.“Alright,” Lamoureux responded. He had never been outside the United States before.Two weeks later, plane tickets were bought. And two weeks after that, on March 25, Janla and Lamoureux were flying over the Pacific Ocean. After boarding their connecting flight from Tokyo to Bangkok, Lamoureux recalls sitting up and looking ahead at what appeared to be empty rows, as most of the passengers weren’t tall enough to be seen behind their seat’s height.“I looked around,” Lamoureux begins. “And there were people in every seat.”Janla laughs. “It’s like you were just there by yourself,” he jokes.When the pair landed in Bangkok, it was 85 degrees — inside the airport. Janla told Lamoureux that the building was air-conditioned.“I was like, ‘Ha ha,’” Lamoureux says. “‘Very funny.’”He soon learned Janla wasn’t kidding. Temperatures reached as high as 116 degrees. Every day, Lamoureux wore shorts, a T-shirt and a constant film of sweat. He would stare in disbelief at the locals’ outfits, which he says often included black, skin-tight jeans, long-sleeve shirts, jackets and hats.“H-h-how?” Lamoureux says with upturned palms. “It’s amazing how they’re just used to the heat.”Lamoureux soon learned of a cultural reason behind this style: Those with darker skin are sometimes looked down on as working class.“Here, if you’re tan, you’re kind of cool,” Lamoureux says. “There, a tan denotes the opposite.”Indoors, Lamoureux also noticed a trend in decor. Like in most houses he encountered, one of the walls inside Janla’s grandmother’s home in Ban Sang Kor, where they stayed, boasted a framed photograph of the Thai king, Bhumibol Adulyadej.But more palpable than the government’s looming presence was the locals’ friendliness. When Lamoureux first met Janla’s 86-year-old grandma, he had to politely resist her attempts to carry his heavy suitcase for him. Her generosity often caught Lamoureux off-guard, especially in the mornings when he’d groggily wander downstairs, still not yet completely awake.“Matt!” Lamoureux mimics her insistent tone. “Eat, eat!”Lamoureux says this friendliness took some getting used to, even while just walking the streets. He compares, for example, how when strangers in the United States make eye contact, they usually just look away and continue on.“There, you look at someone, and they smile at you,” Lamoureux says. “And it’s like, ‘Oh, I guess I’d better smile back.’”Needless to say, Lamoureux thought Thailand’s nickname, “the Land of Smiles,” lived up to its reputation.While Lamoureux learned to exchange smiles, he also picked up some of the language.“Kob kun,” Lamoureux recites, which means “thank you” in Thai.Janla shrugs. “That’s pretty good,” he says with a grin.With Lamoureux’s Thai limited to the basics, Janla didn’t miss an opportunity to capitalize on his friend’s vulnerability early on in their trip.“Eat this,” Janla once recommended, pointing to a dish.Lamoureux, suspicious, proposed a compromise: “I’ll eat it if you eat it.”Janla agreed, and they each took a bite.“Alright,” Lamoureux said, cringing. “What is it?”Janla smiled and responded, “Fish poop.”They both laugh at the memory, though Janla seems slightly more amused. He places his hand on his chest and says in jest, “I’m a good friend.”But Lamoureux’s open-mindedness paid off, as he discovered some unexpectedly tasty foods, such as June bugs. Lamoureux and Janla would capture swarms of the insects at night, then fry them up in the morning for an afternoon snack.“They are actually good,” Lamoureux says. “Crunchy on the outside, gooey on the inside. Kind of a nutty, buttery taste.”When it came to meals, Lamoureux and Janla’s family of 16 would sit on the ground in a circle around bowls of food from which they’d all take servings. When they’d eat in the front of the house, they would invite passersby to join them — a level of openness to which Lamoureux was unfamiliar.“There would just be random people walking around in the house all the time,” Lamoureux says. “It stuck out to me how friendly everyone was.”Lamoureux and Janla returned to the United States on April 27, but not before experiencing Thailand’s majestic Buddhist temples and tropical beaches. Lamoureux apologizes for his photo drought that ensued when the boys visited the island Ko Chang, where they spent most of their time in the water, too wet to pick up a camera.When reflecting on their snorkeling excursion there in crystal clear water among the colorful fish and coral reefs, Lamoureux and Janla both let out a wistful sigh.“It was amazing,” Lamoureux says.“Amazing,” Janla echoes.But Lamoureux says the tourist attractions are not what he appreciated most about his trip. When his house becomes quiet, he thinks about those nights spent with Janla’s family and their many friends.“There were always people talking and laughing,” Lamoureux says. “That’s one thing I miss. Just hearing people having fun.”Lamoureux says the trip has instilled in him a new desire to travel and experience different cultures.“It’s so important to get out there and see the world,” Lamoureux says. “If you’re able to.”And though Janla says he often misses his giant family, he’s grateful to his mom for bringing him here.To express this gratitude, Janla shares a poem he wrote, in which he describes the United States as a country beautiful for its opportunity.“That’s why she foughtWith everything she’s gotFor me to be hereSeeing America for myself.” Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all) EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016 Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016center_img Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013. 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Spartans stop Badgers’ win streak at 5 games

first_imgDespite having a 12 point lead in the second half, Wisconsin fell to Michigan State Sunday afternoon in East Lansing.[/media-credit]EAST LANSING, Mich. — Sunday was an afternoon of comebacks for the Michigan State Spartans, as the 1979 national champion team came back for a 30th anniversary celebration, while the 2009 squad came back from a 12-point deficit to defeat Wisconsin 61-50.The Badgers (17-10) led 41-29 after forward Marcus Landry hit a 3-pointer at 12:31 in the second half. However, UW would not score another field goal for over 11 minutes, during which MSU (21-5) went on a 17-4 run to take a 47-45 lead. Head coach Bo Ryan cited the drought as the reason Wisconsin was unable to hold their lead.“I thought when they were making their run — which you know teams are going to do, especially at home — you need to get a bucket in there. … Maybe if they score two, you need to get one,” Ryan said.The Badgers that took the court looked a lot like the team that endured a six-game losing streak in January. Once again they entered half with a lead, but were unable to hold it and ultimately lost the game in the last four minutes. UW led MSU for all but 2:32 in the first half, due mainly to a plus-seven turnover differential. Despite shooting only 33 percent for the first half, the Badgers finished it with five steals and a 12-4 edge in points off turnovers.The second half became another story entirely. Wisconsin actually shot worse in the second half and finished the game with a 31.3 field goal percentage. The Spartans meanwhile shot almost 52 percent, as well as outrebounded the Badgers 37-25. MSU’s 13 offensive rebounds translated into 15 second-chance points, which was bothersome for UW guard Trevon Hughes.“It was definitely frustrating. … We’re out there battling and fighting, it was a physical game,” Hughes said. “And every time we force a bad shot, they get a second chance to get a good shot.”Hughes should be credited for keeping the Badgers in the game during the first 20 minutes. He led the team with 10 first-half points, as well as making three big steals. The guard seemed to get a hand on every ball near him, and by forcing turnovers, he was able to partially make up for UW’s shooting woes.“They only made 15 field goals and of those 15 … there were three breakaway layups in the first half because we said, ‘Here, take the ball, go down and lay it up and we’ll sit here and watch,’” Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo said of his team’s first-half turnovers.Unfortunately for the Badgers, the Spartans became much less generous with the ball during the second half. MSU forced UW into eight turnovers over the last 20 minutes while only committing four itself. Izzo stressed the need for his players to be tougher in the second half if they were to come back and win.“I’ve been telling them all year, ‘You guys are too fragile, so we’re taking the gloves off,’” Izzo said. “And to be honest with you, that’s what we did. Everybody’s got to do what they got to do to get their point across. … I was not very pleased by the way we were playing.”Izzo’s point was well-received by his players, who did not give the Badgers very many opportunities to drive to the basket. MSU held an 18-4 edge over UW in points in the paint, and as the game went on, openings to the rim became few and far between for Wisconsin. The Spartans’ defensive pressure forced the Badgers into taking bad shots and turnovers, sealing the loss.“I think we tried to make some great passes rather than good passes, and we didn’t finish on our shots,” Ryan said. “And they turned it up defensively.”The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for the Badgers, who next face Michigan at home.last_img read more

Syracuse expects more than 31,000 fans for UNC game, asks crowd to arrive early

first_imgSyracuse is expecting more than 31,000 fans for the team’s game against North Carolina on Saturday at noon, SU Athletics announced on Friday.Fans are advised to arrive early and use ‘Print at Home’ tickets to save time entering the Carrier Dome. Traffic delays and large crowds outside entrances are expected near game time. Gates open at 10 a.m.There are still “a few thousand” tickets for sale at the Carrier Dome Box Office, according to SU Athletics spokesman Joe Giansante, including nearly a thousand unclaimed 3rd level/student section seats at $45 each. Giansante said there are also six floor seats remaining at $500 each.The No. 2 Orange (15-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast) is facing the Tar Heels for only the eighth time in school history. SU is 3-4 all-time against North Carolina (10-5, 0-2), most recently defeating the then-No. 6 Tar Heels 87-71 in the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer at Madison Square on Nov. 20, 2009.The Carrier Dome has held 31,000 fans 53 times in men’s basketball history and 32,000 38 times. The venue held a record 35,012 for then-No. 8 SU’s 57-46 loss to No. 11 Georgetown on Feb. 23, 2013.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 10, 2014 at 12:48 pm Contact Stephen: | @Stephen_Bailey1last_img read more

Lakers’ focus is on development, front office

first_imgHere, I don’t mean stories about Magic Johnson’s headline-spewing drive to stomp his way to the top or Jim Buss’ sad departure or the complete crumbling of the sibling-run front office once envisioned by a beloved and dying Jerry Buss.I’ve already written a few of those columns, with more no doubt coming soon enough. That’s one Lakers topic in which I know readers, loyal or otherwise, have interest.No, I’m talking about the Lakers, the actual players, this collection of enticing and maddening young guns, trade-deadline trinkets and, for reasons I still don’t quite understand, Timofey Mozgov.For years, which is to say forever before the 2013-14 season, writing columns on the Lakers was, to use a familiar term, a slam dunk. It was impossible to tell enough tales or express enough opinions about an iconic, always contending, perpetually relevant franchise.The Lakers were, by every possible definition of the word, storied. Bryant wasn’t just a clutch performer for the team; he also was a go-to topic in crunch time for every writer around the team.And when Shaquille O’Neal and Phil Jackson were here, too? Well, I could have sprouted two more hands and still not written everything there was to write on the Lakers at the time.But now…After the loss Tuesday, coach Luke Walton talked about playing 19-year-old rookie Brandon Ingram late in a game the Lakers could have and probably should have won.“We need to get him (that experience) now,” Walton explained, “so that when he trains in this offseason he kinda knows what to expect going forward in his career.”That’s where the Lakers are now and rightfully so, making decisions not about today or this season or even any season.They’re making decisions about the coming offseason, this summer when Ingram and all their other young players absolutely must continue to develop.Here’s also where the Lakers are presently: Before the game Tuesday, Walton discussed the importance of keeping DeMarcus Cousins off the free-throw line.Then, on the Kings’ first possession, 18 seconds into the opening quarter, Tarik Black fouled to put DeMarcus Cousins on the free-throw line.By the time the game was over, Cousins had shot 19 free throws, four more than all the Lakers combined. Walton later called the opening sequence “a teaching point.”These Lakers are, as the cliche smartly goes, a work in progress. But every team every season, including those Lakers during their title-winning seasons, constantly evolves.The difference between then and now, of course, is that then the Lakers were advancing deep in the playoffs and now they’re just sinking deeper in the standings.Knowing where the season is going makes for much more interesting storytelling when the season actually is going somewhere. With the Lakers still adrift, it’s sort of like critiquing a painting that’s not even half done.I know this team remains popular, statistics showing that the Lakers are by far the most liked NBA franchise on Facebook.Despite plenty of empty seats Tuesday, they officially continue to play before 99.2 percent capacity at home, while only the Warriors, Cavaliers and Thunder have been better as road attractions.On Wednesday, Forbes magazine reported that the Lakers are the second-most valuable franchise in the league behind the Knicks.But still, I wonder. Do you want to read columns on a team heading toward another 50-plus defeats?Or is it better to focus on the front-office drama as the players continue developing, well aware their 2016-17 fate was captured best against the Kings when, in one game-swinging second-half surge, they were dunked on by the legendary Kosta Koufos? LOS ANGELES >> This column is about the Lakers, the basketball team.But it’s also about you, the loyal reader.This week, I ended a drought that, genuinely months ago, reached a career-high total.I attended a Lakers game on Tuesday at Staples Center against Sacramento. Surprise; they lost. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe last Lakers game I went to was Kobe Bryant’s last Lakers game as well. Roy Hibbert was one of the other starters that night for coach Byron Scott. It was 10 months ago.Normally, I would have covered the team’s home opener in late October. But my colleague, Mark Whicker, went instead.I thought about going a few other times, particularly after the Lakers beat Atlanta early and then Golden State and, 20 games into the season, were a stunning 10-10.But then they lost eight in a row and 12 of 13 and I started thinking about you, wondering if anyone out there really cared to read opinions about a team on its way to a fourth consecutive terrible record.As the Lakers and the rest of the NBA now break for the All-Star Game, I’m still wondering. So, you tell me, do you want to read columns about this current version of Lakers?center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

England quartet set for Irish boys’ championship

first_img10 Jun 2016 England quartet set for Irish boys’ championship Teenagers Jack Ainscough, Jake Benson, Callum Farr and Arrun Singh-Brar will represent England in the Irish boys’ open amateur championship. The 72-hole championship takes place at Castle Golf Club, Dublin, from 28 June to 1 July. There will be a cut after 54 holes with the top 50 players and ties contesting the final 18 holes. The players: Jack Ainscough, 16, (Hartlepool, Durham) was runner-up in the Peter McEvoy Trophy. Last year he reached the last 32 in the British boys’ championship and had top tens in the McGregor Trophy and the Scottish U16 championship. (Image © Leaderboard Photography).  Jake Benson, 17, (Beeston Fields, Nottinghamshire) tied for the U16 Hazards Trophy at last year’s English U18 boys’ championship, where he was 10th overall. He also helped England U16s to their clean sweep in their autumn home internationals. Callum Farr, 17, (Priors Hall, Northamptonshire) shared seventh place in the Peter McEvoy Trophy and last year reached last 32 in British boys’ championship. He has helped Northamptonshire reach the Boys’ County Finals last year and this. Arrun Singh-Brar, 17, (Foxhills, Surrey) had top ten finishes in last season’s Peter McEvoy Trophy, the German Junior Masters and in qualifying for the British boys’ championship. This season he reached the matchplay stages of the French boys’ international championship.last_img read more