Ernie Els goes wire-to-wire in Munich

first_imgWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material “Seven birdies and an eagle for a 63 was certainly a neat way of doing that. We knew it was going to be low scoring week, so if you come out of the blocks fast like that, it does somewhat take the pressure off for the rest of the tournament. It means you’re not having to play a game of catch-up all week.” The victory was the 68th of Els’ career and his 28th on the European Tour. Surprisingly, it was the first by a South African in the BMW International. Even an opening 63, however, does not guarantee a procession to the title and it was far from that for Els, who was passed by both Thomas Bjorn and Alexander Levy in the final round, but he kept his composure to sign for a third 69 on the trot and an 18-under-par total. Ernie Els captured the BMW International Open at Golfclub Munchen Eichenried in Munich, Germany on Sunday, having led the tournament from start to finish. It was a timely win for the South African great, coming just a month ahead of his British Open title defence at Muirfield. Fellow South African Darren Fichardt enjoyed a strong showing, finishing in a tie for seventh with Sergio Garcia and Wen-yi Huang on 14-under-par 274. “Any time you have a tap-in birdie putt to win a golf tournament, you’re a happy man!” 270 Ernie Els (RSA) (-18) 63, 69, 69, 69271 Thomas Bjorn (Den) (-17) 68, 69, 65, 69272 Alexander Levy (Fra) (-16) 65, 68, 68, 71273 Martin Kaymer (Ger) (-15) 64, 71, 69, 69273 Alex Noren (Swe) (-15) 64, 71, 66, 72273 Bernd Wiesberger (Aut) (-15) 66, 68, 71, 68274 Darren Fichardt (RSA) (-14) 70, 66, 69, 69274 Sergio Garcia (Esp) (-14) 71, 69, 65, 69274 Wen-yi Huang (Chn) (-14) 71, 69, 69, 65 TiedIt tied him with compatriot Louis Oosthuizen, Italy’s Matteo Manassero and England’s Ian Poulter as the only golfers to have won European Tour titles in each of the past four years. ComposedHeading into the 18th, Els needed a birdie to win. He wrote afterwards: “It was tight right down to the wire, though, so we knew we’d probably have to make birdie on 18 to secure the win. To play that hole so well and make a secure two-putt birdie, that was obviously very satisfying. ExcitmentThere was further excitement for South African golf fans when, after being given a sponsor’s exemption, Brandon Stone, who turned professional at the beginning of the month, tied for 10th in his first tournament in the paying ranks. He finished on 275 after rounds of 66, 71, 67 and 71. Tjaart van der Walt and Justin Walters tied for 29th on 279, Jaco van Zyl shared 35th on 280, while Dawie van der Walt tied for 41st on 281. “What an awesome week it was! T10 finish on debut is a dream come true!” he wrote on Twitter afterwards. The win, worth €333 330 (approximately R4.46-million), also secured a place for Els in the 2013 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, the 2013 WGC-HSBC Champions and the 2014 Volvo Golf Champions. LEADERBOARD 24 June 2013 Els’ victory was built upon a superb first round of nine-under-par 63. “That first round was the dream start for me,” he wrote on his website, “especially having come straight from a tough week in the US Open at Merion. Obviously I played some good stuff there, so my goal was to carry that form into the BMW. last_img read more

Google Maps Gets Smarter: Crowdsources Live Traffic Data

first_imgGoogle today announced that Google Maps can now display live traffic data for more roads. Until now, Google only showed data from major highways. That data came directly from local highway authorities, but now, Google will also tap into data it receives from GPS-enabled phones that use Google Maps with the My Location feature. As users move around a city, Google can see how well traffic is flowing along any road and will update its live traffic data accordingly.We noticed that Google actually started displaying more traffic data for these roads a few weeks ago, but Google described the specifics of this new program in a blog post only today. To send data (which is anonymized) to Google, users only have to open Google Maps on their Android phone (like the T-Mobile MyTouch 3G) or Palm Pre (we are still trying to figure out if BlackBerry and Symbian users can contribute as well). For now, the iPhone’s Maps application doesn’t support traffic crowdsourcing. If you don’t want your phone’s location to be tracked with My Location anymore, Google offers an easy way to opt out.Update: We just heard back from Google – here is the official statement about which phones will be able to contribute traffic data to Google Maps:Google Maps products that include location services will make use of this information for traffic. This includes the downloadable Google Maps for Mobile product for mobile phones as well as the Google Maps application for Android phones. One exception is the maps functionality that Google provides for the iPhone – the iPhone does not provide any location data that is used for traffic crowdsourcing at this time. Google is obviously aware of the potential privacy issues involved here, but according to Dave Barth, the product manager for Google Maps, Google will “find the start and end points of every trip and permanently delete that data so that even Google ceases to have access to it.” This way, nobody can find out where a car actually came from.According to Google, enough users use these phones to make this project feasible. In my experience however, the data for these arterial roads isn’t quite as trustworthy as the data for highways.Overall, though, this is a great project and the more users are aware of it, the better the data will become. However, it is also worth noting that some GPS manufacturers have been using data from their users’ GPS systems to crowdsource traffic data for years, though chances are that Google will be able to recruit more users and hence create a better experience for its users. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts frederic lardinois Tags:#Google#NYT#Product Reviews#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Secondary Animation: Adobe After Effects

first_imgTake your motion designs to the next level using secondary animation.As a motion graphic designer, stiff animation or unnatural movements can be really frustrating. Bezier curves and Easy-Ease keyframes can only go so far to create better animation…and this is where secondary animation comes into play.Secondary animation is the process of animating in-between keyframes and offsetting motion. It’s often the difference between professional animation and novice animation. The following tutorial by School of Motion explains everything you need to know about secondary animation including:CuspingDelaying motionKeyboard ShortcutsUsing masks to add liquidityThe most important information to take away from this video is that offsetting keyframes creates a more “cartoon-like” animation. By offsetting keyframes you can create a more imperfect movement which feels more natural.For more tutorials in After Effects please visit our blog.Thank you for sharing this tutorial School of Motion!last_img read more

What’s on where and when

first_imgINDIAMarch 1 to 7Experience the joy of yoga at one of the biggest yoga festivals in the country–International Yoga Festival–organised by Parmarth Niketan Ashram. Thousands of disciples from across the globe make their way to Rishikesh. Learn yoga from internationally acclaimed instructors and be at peace with yourself by attending lectures on mind, body and soul connection.USAMarch 4 to 14If you happen to be in Florida during spring make your way to Plant City for the splendid Florida Strawberry Festival. Think country music concerts, rides and contests. It is regarded as one of the most engaging fetes in the country and features parades with floats and marching bands, exhibits of horticulture, fine arts and crafts. The strawberry shortcake eating contest is the crowd-puller.CHINAMarch 5 to 21Attention all bookworms: The Shanghai International Literary Festival is here again. At this congregation of novelists, poets and publishers you can chip in for lively chat sessions or simply discuss burning issues over a gala lunch in the company of esteemed literary figures. Showcasing the best of English writing from all across the world, it is time to get lost in books.UKMarch 8 to 14Watch out for the much-awaited and much-loved International Magic Festival at south Tyneside this spring. You would never have seen such spectacular magic tricks. Famous magicians from across the world gather to display tricks leaving the visitors spellbound. You can even learn a trick or two from the magicians here. And don’t leave without trying the finger-licking dishes on offer.THAILANDMarch 9 to 14Swing to the tunes of jazz in Thailand’s hippest city at the annual Bangkok Jazz Festival. Thousands of music aficionados gather to enjoy performances by famous jazz artists. Turning into a potpourri of melodies, it is the ultimate festival for jazz lovers. Devour the local cuisine as you stroll around the vibrant stalls. Echoing with a thrilling blend of jazz, the carnival is packed with entertainment.BELGIUMMarch 11 to 21Get into the groovy mood as you reach the lovely town of Bruges for the Cinema Novo Film Festival, a must for cinema buffs! About 4,000 enthusiasts attend the screening of films from Africa, Asia and Latin America. Celebrating the filming of premieres, short films, and feature films at the cinema houses of Liberty and Lumiere, it is meant to confront western audiences with Oriental culture.USAMarch 12 to 14Lose yourself at the gala party of Honolulu Festival and get mesmerised by the artists and singers. This festival aims to promote the culture of Hawaii. Have your share of fun and games but don’t forget to sample rich flavours of local cuisine and sip finest quality wines. It concludes with a grand parade with brilliant cultural performances.AUSTRALIAMarch 12 to 23Can’t resist good food? Then you’re in for a treat. Experience a world of gastronomy and wine at the 10-day long Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. The best and most popular bistros, restaurants, trailblazing chefs and winemakers join the lavish extravaganza offering lip-smacking dishes and premium wines.INDIAMarch 18 to 20Udaipur and Lake Pichola look prettier during the Mewar Festival. Rajasthani songs, dances and ostentatious firework displays add life and colour to the city. Distinguished for its grandeur and opulence, the Mewar festival marks the advent of the spring. Idols of Gangaur and Isar are circulated in a procession through out the city.advertisementlast_img read more

Ready to conquer the world, Delhi’s sports youth icon

first_imgWhatever national fashionistas think of the large mass of humanity in the capital, Delhi’s record register rings consistently on one count. Sport. Be it Virendra Sehwag or Ashish Nehra, Jaspal Rana or Jyoti Randhawa, the capital has churned out a very healthy tally of sports stars. Increasingly, the age bar,Whatever national fashionistas think of the large mass of humanity in the capital, Delhi’s record register rings consistently on one count. Sport. Be it Virendra Sehwag or Ashish Nehra, Jaspal Rana or Jyoti Randhawa, the capital has churned out a very healthy tally of sports stars. Increasingly, the age bar of excellence seems to be lowered with every year. Delhi’s fresh cache of talent is now ready to conquer bigger worlds.Sunil ChetriNFL best player Sunil ChetriHe has the talent (a State level footballer since class 10), the right lineage (three years with Mohun Bagan and since 2005 with JCT FC), the right credentials (he is this year’s best player of the National Football League)? and what’s more The Look. At 22, Sunil Chetri has arrived. Or so fans of Indian football would love to believe. This son of an Army man has never let victory out of his sight. Be it his student days at Army Public School and Mamta Model later, or his City Club days before he broke into the big league at 17, bagging a three-year Rs 12-lakh contract with Mohun Bagan.But that was much later. Delhi opened up a world of options for the boy from Calcutta when his father’s Army job brought the Chetri family to the capital in the 1990s. Sunil was in Class 6 then. “I matured faster here. Compared to life in Delhi, Calcutta had a more homely atmosphere,” feels Sunil. “I was a spoilt child. I played all sports and my parents let me, even encouraged me to take up sports,” says the India national forward. There’s a little known fact about Sunil that is instrumental to his choice of vocation though. His maternal aunt (who is a twin of his mother) used to play in Nepal’s national women’s soccer team but had to give up the sport post marriage. “She still laments it. And my mother was keen that I take up soccer though my parents never forced me to do anything,” he says. That was on one condition though, “I’d to keep up with my studies. I was always among the top 10 in class and my father checked my progress every night. So I’d do double course, play and work hard. Travel from Delhi Cantonment to Azadpur for practise and catch up with studies at night.” Soon he was playing at the State level-first for the Under-14 then for Under-16.advertisementWhen the call every Indian footballer dreams of came, Sunil didn’t think twice before signing up with the Bengal club. A decision he came to regret soon, though he hastens to add that “money wasn’t a problem.” The binding contract meant that he couldn’t explore other opportunities (and there were lucrative offers from the second year) till the stipulated tenure was over. When Punjab club JCT Mills offered him a place in 2005, he welcomed the break.There was of course that plus of being closer to home. His parents and younger sister are the core support group that Sunil thrives on. And Delhi gives him a high that no other city can match up to. “It’s one of the best cities, I’m in love with this place,” he says. However, the capital’s sporting scene has a lot to catch up on, he adds. Given the right guidance (“no colas, no chips, ample rest”), infrastructure and support from corporate houses, the city has a lot to look forward to, he feels. “You’ve to keep up with your studies,” he advises aspirants. “The more you study the more brains you’ll have and your game will improve.”Sunil who joined Kolkata’s Ashutosh College for a year while he was playing for Bagan is thinking of ways to finish his education even as he continues to play. Up next is a training camp in Portugal in July followed by the ONGC tournament starting August 16.The Delhi dude who idolises Brazil’s Ronaldo has his plans figured out. “I want to be the best here. I’ve always dreamt of going abroad to play and the only way is to be the best. I can’t be choosy, I will take up any offer as a challenge.”Sunil wants to see just how far his flying feet will take him. Naturally Europe is next. He has already appeared for trials with German club Hoffenheim.Abhishek VermaAbhishek Verma, ArcheryHe turned 18 this June 26 and his advance birthday gift could not have been a better preamble for adulthood. Abhishek Verma, flush from his victory in the boys individual compound bow in the second Asian Junior Archery Championship at Chinese Taipei on June 18, is busy finalising his college admission. “I’ve made it into Hans Raj in BA,” he says. Life could not have been kinder to this Model Town boy, from its Govt. Boys Sr. Sec. School (no. 1). In an age when most Indian boys spew cricket, Abhishek took to the bow-and how.advertisementAsk him his reasons and his answer is simple, “My uncle told me to take it up. Besides, other boys from my school were participating in archery events and winning, that inspired me.”The journey began when Abhishek was in Class 9 and within a few months of his joining the archery class at University Grounds, he was called to play in the sub-junior national in Bangalore. Eight national (he won medals in five of these) and five international events (three medals) later, one of his favourite memories are set in Delhi, the year was 2004. That’s when he made a national record with a gold (20m) and silver (overall) in the individual category. The latest feat only adds to his hunger for more. “These days IGI, where I practise, is closed for renovation and University Grounds is being used for campus trials, I hate to sit at home,” he says .Abhishek is now looking to pursue archery as a career. “If you work hard, your chances are bright,” he says. “But one needs the support of sponsors. There’s no money in it now, at least in Delhi, and the equipment is quite expensive.”Ishant SharmaIshant SharmaQuickie, gawky, Lambu? many sobriquets and several false starts later, Delhi fast bowler Ishant Sharma has finally caught the fancy of the BCCI. A little earlier than even the authorities themselves had envisaged but there’s no knowing when Lady Luck smiles. As many as five ODI members of the Indian team in Ireland were taken ill and Ishant (along with bowlers Baroda’s Rakesh Patel and Bengal’s Ranadeb Bose) was told to be available for selection in Belfast at less than a day’s notice. So while Ishant went shoe-shopping in Delhi, we kept close track of the city’s rising talent.Discovered at 14 by Rohtak Road Gymkhana cricket coach Sharwan Kumar, Ishant soon proved his backers right. “Sooner than we thought,” says Kumar today. Ishant was seeking an admission to Ganga International School and Kumar, sensing a potential in the lanky boy, set out to train him for bigger things. “His height (at 6’4″ today) and built were just right. He had a problem with his run-up initially but he learned fast and played in the under-17 that first year,” says Kumar. “That’s one of my fondest memories of Delhi,” says Ishant. And why not-he snapped up a rich haul of 16 wickets in that match against Haryana.After two years of consistent performance in the junior level and playing for Delhi, the 18-year-old replaced Munaf Patel in Bangladesh making his international test debut this May. “I’m mentally prepared, it’s no different,” the teen sensation who looks up to Glenn McGrath shows no trace of stress as he readies to fly off to Ireland. “He has a cool temperament,” agrees Kumar.advertisementWhen not on the pitch, Ishant loves to hang out with his gang of eight friends. “This city has given me everything, I love everything about it,” he says. What about girls? “What about them?” he poses a bouncer, “I’ve no time to think of girls.” Indeed cricket takes up most of his time and he could not take his class 12 board exam in the last session. “I plan to complete it this year,” he says. Here’s hoping that his career too swings in the right direction.Divya SinghDivya Singh, NBA playerThey could well be called the Famous Five of Indian women’s basketball. Sisters Divya, Prashanti, Akansha and Pratima Singh fill up the ranks of our national and state teams. While the eldest, Priyanka, is now a coach in Thailand, Divya, Prashanti and Akansha play for the national team and Jesus and Mary College student Pratima is playing the junior level.We turn the focus on Divya who has been creating quite a stir with a foreign offer (albeit from relatively lesser known Basketball Association of Chile to play in their professional league). The Basketball Federation of India is ready to back her case along with fellow hoopster Geethu Anna Jose who has been already chosen for the Women’s National Basketball Association.Originally from Varanasi, UP, Divya, who will turn 25 this July, was playing for UP in the state level before breaking into the national scene in 2000. A job offer from Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd brought her to Delhi in 2002. And this Banaras Hindu University topper in physical education says she loved the change. “There are more opportunities in Delhi,” she reasons. “I love the city-the roads, the greenery and the people.” What about the Delhi dudes? “They are cool and good looking,” she giggles, “but perhaps a little too conscious about their looks.”Marriage is definitely not on the cards, though she admits to be sifting through CVs of prospective grooms her parents have lined up.Divya has been coaching the St. Stephen’s College team in the summers every year. So how does she want to contribute to the sport? “My dream is to be a coach for Indian basketball and establish a good place for players to practice in,” she says.For now she is looking forward to her Chilean adventure that begins in March 2008 and she has her sights set on pre-NBA from thereon.last_img read more

TCI with Seven top resorts says Condé NastTraveler

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #Top7Resorts Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, October 23, 2017 – Parrot Cay – Condé Nast, one of the world’s leading travel magazine publications has named its Top 20 resorts in the Atlantic and seven of the spots belong to the Turks and Caicos. Como Parrot Cay tops the Turks and Caicos properties on the list at number 4. West Bay Club at No. 7, Gansevoort is at No. 8, Grace Bay Club is 11th on the list; The Palms is 12th; Seven Stars comes in at No. 15 and at No. 18 is Amanyara on the favorites list of the Reader’s Choice Awards.#MagneticMediaNews#Top7Resorts Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more