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January 20, 2020
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Englishman leads the way at Ja Golf Open

first_imgWestern Bureau: Englishman Paul Eales holds the early lead at the 2017 Jamaica Open Golf Championship, taming the field at the picturesque Half Moon Course with a superb 4 under-par 68 to sit atop the leaderboard after day one in Montego Bay. His score was one stroke better than James Hazen of the United States, who fired a 3 under-par 69 to complete the round in second position, while three-time champion Johnny Bloomfield and Kenny Goodykoontz are tied for third after stroking 71. Eales, Hazen, Bloomfield and Goodykoontz were the only golfers to break par on a challenging opening day. Eales had three birdies on the front nine and added three more on the back nine for the one-stroke lead. Four others were tied for fifth, including Barbadian Alex Sandeman at Even-par 72, while Orville Christie ended the day as the best-placed Jamaican with a two over-par 74. Two other Jamaicans, Michael Rowe and Wesley Brown, are tied in fourth place on 4 over-par 76 heading into today’s second day. But on another windy day, it was Eales who found his touch early to move away from the field on the front nine before making three birdies on the last six holes to post best score of the round. “The course is in great shape … and I realised that after I birdied the first three holes and although the wind was making it really difficult. I managed to putt well on the green and finish well,” said Eales. “And, of course, the last six holes were something special, and to have round things off with three birdies was just dream stuff,” the 1991 Audi Open winner said. Eales made his move early with two quick birdies and never relinquished the lead. The course record at Half Moon is 7 under-par 65 by two-time Open winner Ross Cochran. Cochran won back-to-back titles in 2011 and 2012. Not concerned about the record, Eales told The Gleaner that he hopes to carry his fine putting form through the championship, while hoping for another fine day on today’s penultimate day. Meanwhile, in the amateur section, Jamaican Owen Samuda had a difficult time on the greens to finish the day with 3 over par 75, holding a three-stroke lead over compatriot Oshae Haye at six over for 78, the same as Canadian Robert Sterling. The championship continues today with the first tee-off time set for 7:30 a.m. Eales will be among the last to tee-off at 11 a.m.last_img read more

October 18, 2019
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Gastronomers delight Nalban Food Park to come up as top destination for

first_imgKolkata: The state Fisheries Development Corporation (SFDC) is all set to develop Nalban Food Park as one of the favourite hangout zones for food lovers.”The variety of fish cuisines cooked from fishes available in our own waterbodies has always been the unique selling point (USP) of SFDC. Now, we are all set to start a restaurant that will serve Chinese, Tandoor and Mughlai items. We have rooms just beside our Bhuri Bhoj restaurant, which will be renovated and turned into the new restaurant. We are now preparing the plan of the ambience and décor and hopefully we will unveil the new restaurant this November,” said Subrata Mukherjee, managing director of SFDC. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAt present, there are two restaurants at Nalban Food Park, namely The All Fish restaurant and the Bhuri Bhoj restaurant that was unveiled on Wednesday by state Fisheries minister Chandranath Sinha. Both these restaurants have Bengali food in their menu with a special emphasis on fish dishes. Food items are served at a pocket friendly price in both of them. The SFDC is also making plans to renovate the All Fish Restaurant, which sees huge footfall on a regular basis. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”We didn’t need to make any construction work separately. There were rooms just beside the sprawling waterbody that was lying unused. Three rooms were simply renovated and given the shape of Bhuri Bhoj restaurant. The verandah space just beside the sprawling waterbody will surely provide a wonderful dining experience,” Mukherjee added. The five day Ilish (Hilsa) Festival kicked off at Bhuri Bhoj restaurant on Saturday and will continue till September 4. Five special thalis comprising a wide variety of items prepared from Ilish will be served during the festival. The price range hovers between Rs 390 and 590.last_img read more

September 2, 2019
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Texas Faces Fresh Budget Pain As Legislature Prepares To Convene

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /03:44 Listen X Today the Texas Comptroller will release the biennial revenue estimate. In plain English, it’s the document that spells out how much money the state Legislature will have to spend over the next two years. It will fund such critical services like law enforcement, education and transportation.The picture is expected to be grim compared to February 2015, when Gov. Greg Abbott delivered his first budget to the Legislature.Abbott presented that budget along with his first State of the State Address. He opened his speech by praising the strength of the state’s economy, saying Texas had led the nation in job creation for so many years, it was hard to keep track. “But this last year in 2014, we literally outdid ourselves,” Abbott said. “Last year, Texas created more jobs than any year in the history of this great state.”“Well right after Gov. Abbott took office, we saw a huge drop in oil and natural gas prices,” says Bernard Weinstein, an economist at the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University. Those low prices hurt businesses in regions like the Permian Basin in West Texas and the Eagle Ford Shale region in the south, not to mention Houston.“Less economic activity in the oil patch meant there was less revenue coming into the state treasury from severance taxes,” Weinstein says, referring to the taxes energy companies pay when they pull oil and gas out of the earth. As those companies, and others, let workers go, people cut back on their spending. That hurt sales tax receipts.“Right now,” he says, “it looks like we’re going to be about $2 billion short over the projections that were made two years ago, when the comptroller certified the budget.” That’s just for the current two-year budget cycle, which ends on August 31.The bigger challenge is figuring out how much the state can afford to spend over the next cycle, which starts September 1. “It’s going to depend, number one, on how well the Texas economy is doing overall, and number two, it’s going to depend on how much of a recovery we see in oil and natural gas prices. They’re up from their lows of a year ago, but still well below the levels that we saw back in 2012 and 2013.”Last July, Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, and House Speaker Joe Straus told state agencies to cut their budget requests by 4 percent. The demand came with exceptions for several major budget items. These included health care programs for low-income Texans, public school education, and border security.But SMU’s Bernard Weinstein says protecting social services from cuts could soon get a lot tougher. “Because we now have a very, very conservative Republican Congress and Republican president,” he says, “and who knows what they’re going to do with the variety of programs that the state of Texas maintains that depend heavily on federal revenues.”Congressional Republicans have made dismantling Obamacare one of their first priorities. They also want to cut Medicaid spending. Both actions would push the burden of healthcare for low-to-moderate income families back onto the states.As for education, “the Texas Education Agency gets a lot of money from the federal government,” Weinstein says. “If we were to see cutbacks in federal programs that support elementary and secondary education, they could be passed on to local school districts.”The alternative would be for the state to increase its own spending to make up for the shortfall in federal dollars. And it has the money available in a so-called “rainy day fund.” But in the current conservative fiscal environment, Weinstein says that tapping that reserve doesn’t seem likely.center_img Houston Public MediaThe Texas Legislature convenes January 10th Share last_img read more

August 30, 2019
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Get a First Look at the Worlds Largest Airplane

first_imgJune 1, 2017 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos aren’t the only tech billionaires with their eyes set on space.Microsoft co-founder and Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen has been hush-hush about the massive aircraft he’s been constructing, but now it’s finally ready for testing.Allen’s “Stratolaunch” is the world’s largest aircraft, with a 385-foot wingspan and a height of 50 feet. The airplane features six engines — the same used on Boeing 747 aircrafts — and can carry up to 250,000 pounds of fuel. Without fuel, the plane weighs 500,000 pounds. With fuel, it can reach a whopping 1.3 million pounds. It features 28 wheels to get all that mass moving.Related: What Will It Be Like to Fly in a Blue Origin Spaceship?The aircraft has been in the works for years in an area of California’s Mojave Desert. The company’s goal is to have a launch demonstration by 2019, shared Stratolaunch’s CEO Jean Floyd. “Over the coming weeks and months, we’ll be actively conducting ground and flight line testing at the Mojave Air and Space Port,” Floyd said in a statement.This plane isn’t going to fly you to your next vacation destination. Instead, it will be used to launch rockets. Partnered with Orbital ATK, Allen’s Stratolaunch company has plans to “air launch” the Pegasus XL rocket, which delivers small satellites into orbit.So how exactly does that work? With the rockets attached to the bottom of the aircraft, the Stratolaunch will reach a flying altitude of about 35,000 feet — similar to that of commercial airplanes. “As the launch vehicle rockets into orbit, Stratolaunch will fly back to a runway landing for reloading, refueling and reuse,” Allen said in a blog post last year.Related: 8 Inspirational Quotes From Space Pioneer John GlennLike other tech entrepreneurs dipping into the aerospace industry, the primary goal of Allen’s Stratolaunch is to reduce costs and create a more efficient way to get small satellites to space.“When such access to space is routine, innovation will accelerate in ways beyond what we can currently imagine,” Allen said. “That’s the thing about new platforms: When they become easily available, convenient and affordable, they attract and enable other visionaries and entrepreneurs to realize more new concepts.” Register Now »center_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 2 min readlast_img read more