Tiger Woods Lead USA to Beat International in Presidents Cup

first_imgTiger Woods’ US team dominated yesterday’s singles as they beat the International team 16-14 in Melbourne to win an eighth successive Presidents Cup.The visitors had trailed 10-8 going into the final day, but Woods led by example as he beat Abraham Ancer 3&2 in the first match.Patrick Reed, whose caddie was banned after “shoving” a spectator on Saturday, beat Taiwan’s CT Pan 4&2. The US won eight of the 12 points with Matt Kuchar sealing victory.“We did it together,” said Woods, who recorded a 27th win in the tournament, beating Phil Mickelson’s record of 26. “We came here as a team. My team-mates and my boys all played well, the captains did an amazing job.“It’s been one of the more amazing challenges but all the guys believed in one another and relied on one another.”It is the US’ 11th win in the 13th edition of the biennial tournament, with one draw.“We were right there to the end, just a couple of matches didn’t quite go our way,” said International captain Ernie Els.“We’re getting closer. We’ve just got to keep it up.”Reed, who lost his previous three matches at the tournament, was heckled throughout the competition after he was penalised for improving the lie of his ball at last week’s Hero World Challenge in The Bahamas.He was criticised by members of Els’ team including Australian Cameron Smith, who said he “doesn’t have any sympathy for anyone that cheats”.Then came the incident with his caddie Kessler Karain, who was thrown out of the tournament by the PGA Tour after reacting aggressively towards a spectator who had verbally abused Reed. Swing coach Kevin Kirk stepped in to caddie on Sunday.“You make birdies, you don’t hear much,” said Reed, who was 6UP after seven holes. “Early on this week, we didn’t get up in our matches.“If you get up in your match, the crowd will be pretty quiet. I was able to do that and silence a couple.“The past couple days were tough, and today still wasn’t easy.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Aston Villa v Chelsea line-ups: Torres starts, Villa make change

first_imgThe fit-again Fernando Torres starts for Chelsea at Aston Villa, who start with Joe Bennett at left-back in place of ineligible on-loan Blues defender Ryan Bertrand.Aston Villa: Guzan, Bacuna, Vlaar, Baker, Bennett, Westwood, Delph, El Ahmadi, Weimann, Benteke, Agbonlahor.Subs: Steer, Sylla, Holt, Clark, Albrighton, Lowton, Robinson.Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Ramires, Matic; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Torres.Subs: Schwarzer, Kalas, Mikel, Lampard, Schurrle, Salah, Ba.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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The best first car? A 1992 John Deere Ford Ranger

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest When I see newly-licensed young people with fancy cars, my blood boils — not because they’re undeserving of such a ride or that they won’t take care of it. In fact, I’ve found the pride of a first car means it is the best maintained vehicle a person may ever have. No, my anger stems from the said young person never knowing the lessons and freedom an old beater has under its rusty hood.This is the story of my first automobile and why it still holds a place in my heart as the perfect first car.I must confess I have already lied to you as in fact this car was not a car at all, but rather a truck. Well some would call it a truck, others would call it a glorified golf cart. My first vehicle was 1992 Ford Ranger.When it was time for me to find a first car, I delved into my years of money saved from selling livestock through 4-H and FFA. Upon seeing the balance, I immediately humbled my dreams from a Corvette to something a bit more practical.The ol’ gal came to me in the fall of 2009 with already having put 17 years on her powerful 4-cylinder 2.3L engine and shiny body (but not THAT shiny).The Ranger could do nearly any task you threw at it, and do it with ease. Note the two indents above the front left tire about elbow-width apart.She was not your run-of-the-mill Ranger, having spent her career before coming to me as a service truck for a local John Deere dealership. My brother worked for the company at the time and attained the trusty truck for a pretty reasonable price upon its retirement. Though the business’ logo was removed from the doors, the signature green and yellow striping on white paint remained alongside some great mud flaps emblazoned with the unforgettable John Deere logo of the 1980s and early 90s.It was ahead of my sixteenth birthday when my oldest brother came by this glorious machine. The only problem for him was he already had a little Ford Ranger, which was notably newer, mind you. He gave me the choice between the two and for a few hundred dollars more, I could have the truck that was seemingly a better ‘mechanical’ choice, albeit one major drawback — it was painted purple. Besides, having a John Deere truck as my first vehicle? The choice, and the deal, were made. I went with the crappier of the two.She had a little rust in the bed and a four speed (plus overdrive) on the floor, making her strangely akin to the opening lyrics of the Kenny Chesney song ‘Never wanted nothing more:’Couldn’t wait to turn 16 and drive all the boy’s around Foot on the gas and hands on the wheel was all I could think about A little rust in the bed of that truck and a four speed on the floor Five-hundred dollars it was mine, all mine and I never wanted nothin’ moreHeck, even the price was the same.The bright red interior was also notable (which I always thought was out of place on a John Deere truck).And like the pieces of hardened asphalt that grace car fenders in the summertime, this truck likewise came adorned with stories from its already exciting life.On the top of the front left quarter panel were two dents. If you were to stand in front of them facing away from the truck, their width seemed to correlate miraculously with two elbows as you came back to lean into it. I’m told they were scars from a skirmish that took place near the truck and the dents were the result of somebody being forced into it backwards, catching themselves with their elbows digging into the side. It was a fun talking point for sure (as if a John Deere Ranger wasn’t enough already).Also on the front left side was a slightly bigger dent, about the size of small deer (another miraculous coincidence…). Shortly before I had attained my driver’s license, my middle brother took the initiative to drive the Ranger to work, only to encounter a resident of the forest that just couldn’t resist running into another of its own kind — a Deere. Suddenly my perfectly good little truck had been in an accident and I hadn’t even gotten to pull out of the driveway.The Ranger even followed me to college, coming in particularly handy on moving days (don’t try this at home).Speaking of driving, the time had come to get my license and finally be on my own on the roads. While some of my friends couldn’t care less about this moment in their lives, it was a moment in the Penhorwood family that seemed to reside just above birthdays and slightly below getting married!The truck drove beautifully from my perspective and nobody could tell me differently. Though she rocked like a boat from side to side and shuddered like a street sign in a hurricane when you put the pedal to the metal, I couldn’t see any real issues.Mechanically, she stayed fairly sound other than the need to replace a starter one day and a rear windshield one night (still not sure how that happened). Grandpa even purchased me some studded tires for when wintertime hit. Combine that with a semi tire and rim in the bed and you’ve got a bonafide snow machine. Plus she’s a good one to string Christmas lights around, but that’s a story for another time (see photo).Speed demon? Let’s just say it got you where you needed to go with no mind to the calendar, let alone clock. My cousin and I jumped in the Ranger one time and clocked its 0-60 time at a whopping 32 seconds. The slugs watching from the field nearby were laughing at us.The Danger Ranger adorned with Christmas lights for a more festive approach to the holidays.And you better believe she found a way to help on the farm, whether it be with hauling a load of hay or transporting a few bags of feed (I think we managed 25 50-pound bags once. I never did that again), but she got the job done. Not fast, but she got it done.The fact of the matter was this truck could do anything I wanted. I wasn’t afraid of running through a corn field, nor was I afraid of throwing a goat in the passenger seat. I didn’t care if we stacked 20 people in the bed to watch fireworks or found a way for it to hold all of my worldly possessions at one time. And with it hanging around 22 miles per gallon, it was 16-year-old rural freedom in its finest form.That truck even followed me from high school to college where it served me as a cheap transport my freshman year at Ohio State.But just as Carmen Ohio tells us:The seasons pass the years will roll Time and change will surely show…My time for the truck came to an end and it was replaced by bigger and better things. Here recently though, I have come by another Ford Ranger. She’s a bit newer and fancier, but reminds me of those times in the Danger Ranger and I just had to write about it.So why is a 1992 four cylinder, two-wheel drive, manual John Deere Ford Ranger the perfect first vehicle? It’s reliable, cheap, fun, useful, freeing, and it gets the girls (debatable). What it really boils down to is I have stories to tell for days about my first car, and none come without a smile to my face.Maybe everybody’s first vehicle is the perfect first vehicle for their own reasons, but I have no reason to think mine shouldn’t top the list.last_img read more

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[Survey] U.S. Airport & Airline Tech Amenities Suck

first_imgFollowing up a survey that found dissatisfaction with airport and airline tech offerings, we asked frequent fliers and a pilot if the survey reflected the reality of the tech-unfriendly skies.“Wi-Fi exists in all airports but should be free and unrestricted, like air and water.” That common sentiment was voiced by Michael Liebow, CEO Foretuit, an enterprise mobility company. Liebow is the kind of customer you might expect the air industry to bend over backwards for. He has racked up more than a million frequent flier miles on both Delta and American Airlines.Of course, tech amenities such as Wi-Fi vary from airport to airport. And travelers aren’t just demanding free and reliable Internet access. These days the tech-savvy traveler wants better mobile boarding options and more push notifications about travel alerts and delays, according to a survey of 2,600 travelers released this week by FlightView, a provider of real-time travel information.Among the survey’s key findings:Only 31% of travelers are satisfied with current in-flight Wi-Fi offerings, and only 42% are satisfied with airport Wi-Fi.93% of travellers want flight status alerts, 73% want boarding alerts and 57% want seat upgrade info.80% of travelers want to board with an electronic pass, but only 50% have had the opportunity and less than 60% took advantage of it.37% of travelers use a tablet in flight while only 38% are still using laptops.Europe Outpaces The U.S.While the survey covered U.S. airports and travelers, international travelers told us that tech amenities are generally better both in non-U.S. airports and on airlines based in other countries. Liebow noted the highly touted tech offerings of Emirates, including mobile, curbside check-in, while Jennifer Haack of Berlin-based tourism startup Waymate gave high marks to Scandanavian SAS Airlines.“As with many things, Scandinavians are ahead of the curve,” she said. “SAS offers free Wi-Fi on all its flights. Stockholm airport offers up to three hours of free Wi-Fi, and the new terminal has plenty of outlets to easily charge your devices.”Delta Tops Domestic CarriersWhile the FlightView survey didn’t drill down to offerings from specific airlines, travelers we spoke with mentioned Delta as the U.S. airline that offered the most tech amenities. At Delta’s terminal in Laguardia Airport (New York City), the airline offers free iPad stations to all customers – not just Delta SkyMile members.“This is an excellent example of an airline embracing technology to meet the demands of travelers, particularly in a notoriously congested airport where any relief is welcome,” said Pete Meyers, a vice president with EuroCheapo.com who flies in and out of LaGuardia on a regular basis.Evaluating Wi-Fi Service At Top AirportsBrian Hooks is a captain with American Eagle, a commuter fleet owned by AMR, parent corporation of American Airlines. He sees his fair share of airports in any given month. Hooks said service “is pretty poor across the board.”Here’s how Hooks rated some of the airports he frequents:Raleigh/Durham International: Boingo provides Wi-Fi in the brand-new terminal, but it is among the worst Hooks has encountered. “It still drops out constantly and is slow when it does work, plus you pay,” Hooks said.Reagan National (Washington, DC): Just “okay,” according to Hooks. The service is free, he said, “but the signal won’t extend to the end of the concourse.”Toronto: Free and decent with good range, according to Hooks. JFK (New York City): Another Boingo-serviced airport, and another airport with “poor and pricy” Wi-Fi. The exception, Hooks said, is the JetBlue terminal, where the Wi-Fi is free and works well. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… dave copeland 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Tags:#Trends#web last_img read more

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