West Brom v Chelsea line-ups: Blues unchanged, Luiz and youngster on bench, Baggies pair out

first_imgChelsea have named an unchanged side for the visit to West Bromwich Albion – but defender David Luiz is back in the squad.The Brazilian had been axed for the 1-0 win over Manchester United prior to the international break. However, he is among the substitutes at the Hawthorns, with 17-year-old Ethan Ampadu again also on the bench.Michy Batshuayi, Charly Musonda and Victor Moses are all missing due to injury but Danny Drinkwater is fit despite pulling out of England selection.West Brom’s Nacer Chadli and James Morrison have been ruled out with hip and Achilles injuries respectively.Former QPR wideman Matty Phillips comes into the side, along with Soloman Rondon.West Brom: Foster; McAuley, Hegazi, Evans; Phillips, Krychowiak, Barry, Livermore, Gibbs; Rondon, Rodriguez.Subs: Myhill, Yacob, Brunt, Robson-Kanu, McClean, Nyom, Burke.Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill; Zappacosta, Fabregas, Kante, Bakayoko, Alonso; Hazard; Morata.Subs: Caballero, Rudiger, Ampadu, Luiz, Drinkwater, Pedro, Willian. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Sun City golf courses still top notch

first_imgAt the 18th hole on the Gary Player course,aiming for the green on the other side ofthe lake. The view over the lake at the Lost Citygolf course.(Images: Chris Thurman)MEDIA CONTACTS • Joanne Isaacs, Communications Manager:Nedbank Group Communications+27 11 295 8045 or +27 78 800 4989RELATED ARTICLES• KZN golf course on par with the best• SA golf prodigy wins British Open• Sport in South Africa• Kerzner back with new hotelChris ThurmanSun City occupies an ambiguous place in the minds of many South Africans.On the one hand, it symbolises glitz, glamour and family fun, while the architectural excesses of the Lost City complex represent hotel magnate Sol Kerzner’s entrepreneurial daring.On the other hand, located in the former black homeland of Bophuthatswana, it has its origins in apartheid’s Bantustan system. In recent years – as other casino complexes have sprung up around the country – it has been unable to escape the tawdriness often associated with gambling venues.The golf courses at Sun City evoke similarly two-sided responses.During South Africa’s sporting isolation, the Million Dollar Challenge at the Gary Player Country Club was one of few events able to lure famous sportsmen to the country. Post-apartheid, the tournament, in its later incarnation as the Nedbank Golf Challenge, flourished, as audiences delighted in watching local heroes Ernie Els, Retief Goosen and company take on the world’s best on home turf.The Lost City course was added in 1993, boasting crocodile-filled water hazards and Africa-shaped greens.Yet nagging questions remain. Should Seve Ballesteros, Bernard Langer, Ian Woosnam and company have come to the country with the apartheid regime still firmly in place? Where do we place South African golfers such as David Frost and Fulton Allem, who won in the late 1980s and early 1990s? Was the Lost City layout conceived as a top quality course or a gimmick to attract tourists daunted by the championship Gary Player Country Club course? Will the Nedbank Golf Challenge struggle, as it has done in recent years, to attract the world’s top professional golfers?With the likes of Robert Allenby, Anders Hansen, Eduardo Molinari, Padraig Harrington, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Justin Rose, Lee Westwood and local favourites Louis Oosthuizen, Tim Clark, Ernie Els, and Retief Goosen travelling to Sun City in December for the 30th edition of the tournament, the last question doesn’t seem to need an answer.Million dollar courseFor most amateurs, serious golfers and weekend hackers alike, there is another important question: will I get my money’s worth? After all, the cost of playing at either course is substantial. Both have more or less maintained their places in Golf Digest magazine’s rankings over the years – the Gary Player is a regular second, the Lost City fluctuates between the ‘teens and twenties – and with this status comes high expectations.I was unsure what to expect when I joined a party of twelve guys driving west out of Johannesburg for a golfing weekend (unsure about the golf, that is; I took it for granted that there would be plenty of banter, braaivleis and probably also some bad luck at the blackjack tables). We were a group of 30-somethings, of the generation who grew up listening to the theme song of the Million Dollar Challenge as the soundtrack to a first week of school holidays spent glued to the television:“It’s the million-dollar shotSo give it all you’ve gotAnd you could be the hero of the day!It’s the million-dollar shotAnd if you play it hotYou could have a million dollars coming your way…”As a result, the Gary Player course had become sacred terrain to us – our adolescent golfing heroes walked on its fairways, its bunkers and water hazards and greens were their epic battle grounds. We had spent years imagining what it would be like to play its iconic holes: the par-five ninth with the island green, the equally lengthy 14th with the enormous bunker and its deadly love grass, the 18th with its dog-leg to the left over the lake and fountain.In real life, the course did not disappoint. It was in fine but unforgiving condition; the kikuyu grass rough, which had been kept fairly short for the 2009 Nedbank Golf Challenge, had grown syrupy-thick by the time we visited some months later. Never mind the bushveld – what really makes a round at the Gary Player so tough is the wide fringe of unmowed kikuyu around the regulation terrain. Miss the narrow fairways by more than a couple of metres and your ball can be plugged or even disappear.At under 6 000m off the club tees, it isn’t a long course, although the championship tees add another 500m, and that is doubled off the pro tees. But the Black Knight, as Player is known, has designed a course requiring accuracy.While the ninth, 14th and 18th may lend themselves to impressive television camera angles, amateur golfers find unexpected challenges at the par-three fourth, where their shots fly downhill over water, a limited view of the fairway from the 11th tee, and bunkers in the line of a decent drive on the 17th, as well as the watersports lake skirting the approach to the green.Our caddies, who knew the course backwards, kept us entertained with light-hearted quips when they realised that we weren’t scratch golfers.Tranquil settingThe Lost City golfing experience is markedly different in some respects – carts are compulsory, for instance – but the service is similarly polished. After struggling through the first eight holes under the baking Pilansberg sun, there’s a certain comfort in being asked to place your halfway house order before you walk onto the ninth tee.The view from the Lost City clubhouse, over the lake that divides the ninth and 18th fairways, is picturesque. One can’t necessarily say the same thing of the view towards the clubhouse, which is built of the same artificial orange-brown rocks as the Valley of the Waves and other structures in the vicinity.But if you’re willing to suspend your disbelief, the sight of the Palace of the Lost City‘s turrets rising above thorn tree scrub is pretty impressive. There are vistas aplenty over the bush, koppies and savannah plains that surround and sometimes form part of the course, especially from the elevated tees of numerous holes on the back nine (11 and 13 to 16).The pleasure of playing the Lost City course is, in fact, partly attributable to distractions from golf: the birdlife is abundant, it isn’t unusual to see some variety of buck or a metre-long monitor lizard crossing the cart path, and even the odd elephant can be spotted brooding behind the out-of-bounds fence. It goes without saying that the inhabitants of the crocodile pit at the signature 13th hole are a drawcard, to overseas golfers in particular.Nonetheless, while it is a less punishing layout than the Gary Player, this is one of those courses about which the most mundane advice remains applicable: take a lot of balls.The description of the Lost City as a desert course – and when you’re standing in the larger bunkers, it can feel like the Kalahari – shouldn’t be taken as an indication of wide open space. There is plenty of thick stuff lining the fairways, and precision driving is a challenge if you’re playing off the back tees, in which case the course measures an intimidating 6 900m in length.So, back to some of those tricky questions. Can the twin Sun City courses be both top-quality challenges for serious golfers and ‘fun’ for those with high handicaps? Undoubtedly. Have they left behind the taint of apartheid in the 1980s? Happily. And will they continue to offer excellent value for the locals and international visitor? If the experience of twelve high-handicapping, admittedly nostalgic, yet not easily impressed golfers on tour is the benchmark, then the answer is a resounding yes.last_img read more

WordPress Issues Critical Update

first_imgWordPress has detected and fixed a cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability. WordPress 3.04 contains the fix that founder Matt Mullenweg calls “critical.” Hosted WordPress.com customers don’t need to worry, as security updates happen automatically for them.XSS attacks can be used to steal login information or other sensitive information from visitors to a particular site. According to ReadWriteWeb staff hacker Tyler Gilles, this is similar to XSS vulnerability that affected Twitter users recently. He notes that WordPress’s fix is similar to Twitter’s.The vulnerability was found in KSES, WordPress’s HTML sanitation library. WordPress was first notified of the issue by Mauro Gentile and Jon Cave.Mullenweg writes that although the WordPress team has given the update “a lot of thought and review” it would like to have the update reviewed by as many security researchers as possible and invites everyone to look at the changeset.Developers wanting to avoid XSS vulnerabilities in their own projects may wish to check out XSS (Cross Site Scripting) Prevention Cheat Sheet from The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP). According to OWASP, XSS is the second most common security vulnerability on the web. Tags:#hack#tips Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Why You Love Online Quizzescenter_img klint finley How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Related Posts last_img read more

Courts in Odisha sitting on huge backlog of cases

first_imgOdisha courts are sitting on a massive backlog of more than 15 lakh cases while the rate of case disposal does not appear to be very encouraging.As on October 31, the Orissa High Court had a backlog of 1.5 lakh cases whereas the lower judiciary was dealing with 14.1 lakh cases.Law Minister Pratap Jena told the Assembly in a written reply that the Orissa HC had disposed of 63,236 cases in 2018 — a decline in the rate of disposal compared with the rates in 2017 and 2016.In 2017, the HC had delivered a verdict in 74,798 cases, whereas 71,474 cases were disposed of in 2016. Of the 1,50,938 pending cases in the High Court, as many as 21,659 had been pending for 10 years or more. And 3,796 cases had been pending for more than two decades. “The HC is taking appropriate steps to reduce the backlog,” said Mr. Jena.In the High Court, 14 judge positions are lying vacant, which is said to be the prime reason behind the high pendency of cases.In the lower judiciary, the rate of case disposal has been decreasing while pending cases have touched 14.1 lakh. In 2018, only 2.5 lakh cases could be disposed of compared to 3.6 lakh in 2017 and 4.6 lakh in 2016.As many as 25 district level judge positions are vacant in the lower judiciary. In the senior civil judge category, 34 posts are lying vacant and 89 posts do not have civil judges.Despite the huge backlog, only two candidates among lawyers were found to be fit for recruitment as additional district judges this year.last_img read more

Flying V survives close call, draws first blood in D-League semis

first_imgView comments “I think when it comes to those situations, you really have to assert yourself defensively,” said coach Eric Altamirano. “I think this game really boiled down to the stops. We were able to make the crucial stops, especially the one Gab had on Ebondo. But overall, we had to grind it out since CEU played a really good game.”Jeron Teng flirted with a triple-double as he tallied 17 points, 13 rebounds, and seven assists, while Banal got 12 markers on a 3-of-6 shooting from threes, to go with five boards, and two steals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsEric Salamat also chimed in 12 points, three rebounds, and three dimes in the conquest, which stretched the Thunder’s winning run to 11 straight games.Game 2 is on Tuesday, still at the Ynares Sports Arena. Flying V almost lost the game after Thomas Torres was slapped with a flagrant foul penalty one on Orlan Wamar with 21.0 left, but CEU’s diminutive playmaker uncharacteristically muffed both shots.Altamirano reiterated that for the Thunder to advance to the next level, they should have their A-game on the defensive end for Game 2.“We need to do a better job in controlling the rebounds and blocking out their bigs. We just have to continue doing that because we’re gonna need more of that, especially in the second game,” he said.Rod Ebondo was dominant anew in the glass, scoring 20 points and pulling down 27 rebounds, two boards shy of the record 29 set by Jay-R Taganas in the 2015 Foundation Cup.Art Aquino added 17 markers and four rebounds in the losing effort for the Scorpions.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FLYING V 65 – Teng 17, Banal 12, Salamat 12, Torres 6, Austria 5, Dionisio 4, Thiele 3, Cañada 2, Paredes 2, Tampus 2, Koga 0.CEU 61 – Ebondo 20, Aquino 17, Wamar 9, Cruz 8, Jeruta 6, Casiño 1, Fuentes 0, Guinitaran 0, Intic 0.Quarters: 14-13, 31-32, 54-46, 65-61.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidecenter_img Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul LATEST STORIES Jeron Teng. PBA IMAGESFlying V survived a testy challenge from Centro Escolar University and hacked out a gritty 65-61 Game 1 victory to draw first blood in their 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup semifinals Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.With the Thunder holding a precarious 63-61 lead with 21 seconds left, Gab Banal drew a huge charging foul on the driving Rod Ebondo to halt the Scorpions’ fightback from nine-points down, 59-50, before Jerick Cañada iced the win with two freebies in the final 3.6 ticks.ADVERTISEMENT Nets to play Thunder, Heat in Mexico City this Decemberlast_img read more