Press Association McDowell missed the cut in last week’s Irish Open but reaped the rewards of staying on at Carton House over the weekend to work on his game, the first prize of 500,000 euro (£431,000) taking him less than 30,000 euro (£26,000) behind US Open champion Justin Rose at the top of the European Tour’s Race to Dubai. “It’s very special after the last couple of months,” McDowell admitted. “It’s been a bit of a battle. It’s been a funny year. My game has not felt far away most weeks but I have missed a lot more cuts than normal and missing cuts hurts. “It certainly motivated me a lot the last few weeks. The US Open was a tough one to take and missing the cut in Ireland last week; it made me more hungry to want to be in positions like I was this afternoon.” The 33-year-old began the day tied with Sterne and went out in 34 with three birdies and one bogey, but found himself one behind after Sterne reached the turn in 33. A birdie on the 10th got McDowell back on level terms and he reclaimed the lead when Sterne dropped his first shot of the day on the 12th after driving into heavy rough. Luck certainly appeared to be on McDowell’s side as he pulled his tee shot on the 16th but saw the ball take a fortunate bounce away from the heavy rough and kick 90 degrees right. That left him with a relatively simple up and down, but he needed more good fortune after pulling his par putt and the sheepish grin after it somehow found the left edge of the hole told its own story. Sterne had called for a “G-Mac bounce” after also pulling his tee shot but was not so fortunate and a bogey four gave McDowell a two-shot lead with two to play, the Northern Irishman then making certain of victory with a superb birdie on the 17th. If current form is anything to go by, Graeme McDowell will either miss the cut or win his second major title in next week’s Open Championship at Muirfield. Usually a highly consistent player, McDowell admits 2013 has been a “funny year” that has brought either a missed cut or a victory in each of his last eight events, the most recent coming in the Alstom Open de France on Sunday. McDowell carded a closing 67 at Le Golf National to finish nine under par, four clear of South Africa’s Richard Sterne, who had been only one behind until bogeys at the 16th and 17th. Sterne eventually did well to par the 18th for a final round of 71 to make sure of outright second, with 2007 winner Graeme Storm and Spain’s Eduardo de la Riva a shot behind.
Ohio State then-junior guard Kelsey Mitchell (3) facilitates the offense against Purdue during the Boilermakers’ 71-60 win against the Buckeyes at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on March 4. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Station ManagerLed by five seniors, including two-time Big Ten Player of the Year guard Kelsey Mitchell, Ohio State enters the season ranked No. 5 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll. The rankings were released Thursday morning.The Buckeyes are the highest ranked Big Ten team. Maryland, which lost its three top scorers to graduation or transfer, came in at No. 15, while Michigan snuck in at No. 24. Ohio State plays a difficult nonconference schedule featuring season-opening matchups against No. 10 Stanford and No. 9 Louisville — both at home — and a road game against No. 12 Duke.Earlier in the week, the Buckeyes were ranked No. 8 in the coaches poll. Also picked by Big Ten media and coaches to win the conference championship, Ohio State features a fast-paced offense with a small, yet talented rotation of contributors.Mitchell was honored as preseason Big Ten Player of the Year and named to the preseason first-team All-Big Ten team along with redshirt senior forward Stephanie Mavunga. Mitchell, who has been named a first- or second-team All-American in all three seasons of her career, led the conference with 22.6 points per game last year. Mavunga became the third Buckeye in program history to average a double-double, as she dropped 11.4 points and 10.8 rebounds per game.The Buckeyes open the season at 6 p.m. Nov. 10 against Stanford at St. John Arena.Here are the full rankings.AP Poll Connecticut (32 first-place votes) Texas Baylor South Carolina Ohio State Notre Dame Mississippi State UCLA Louisville Stanford Oregon Duke West Virginia Tennessee Maryland Missouri Marquette Florida State Oregon State California (tie) Texas A&M (tie) Oklahoma South Florida Michigan DePaul
Vizianagaram : Bharat Dynamics Limited, a Defence oriented Public Sector Undertaking of Government of India will contribute Rs 2 crores for development of Vizianagaram District from its CSR funds. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between District Collector Dr M Hari Jawaharlal and BDL General Manager (HR) S Narayanan at Collector’s Camp Office in Vizianagaram on Wednesday. Also Read – Producing films, serials my ambition, says Nani Advertise With Us As per the agreement, the PSU will assist in taking up of repairs and renovation works to 11 Social Welfare Hostels in the district. As part of the aspirational districts programme of the Central Government, PSUs were attached to these districts to take up developmental activities with their Corporate Social Responsibility funds. The District Administration is planning to improve facilities in Education and Health sectors with the funds, says District Collector Dr.Hari Jawaharlal. Some more companies will turn up in the future, he added. Joint Collector K V R Reddy, J.C-2 J Seetharama Rao and BDL team members were present.
26 October 2012 With the continued gloomy outlook in eurozone countries and a slowdown in growth in a number of developing economies, a rapidly growing sub-Saharan Africa holds clear opportunities for South African businesses, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Thursday. Tabling his Medium Term Budget Policy Statement in the National Assembly in Cape Town, Gordhan said opportunities in sub-Saharan Africa had benefited many South Africa mining, manufacturing and retail companies. The IMF’s World Economic Outlook, released earlier this month, estimates that sub-Saharan Africa will grow by 5% this year and 5.7% next year – compared to growth of just 1.3% in advanced economies and 5.3% in developing countries this year. South Africa’s exports to the EU fell 0.9% year-on-year in the second quarter, while exports to the US remained flat, and those to China and India grew by just 1.1% and 0.7% respectively. By contrast, exports to Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries grew 2.7%.SADC now SA’s second-largest export market Gordhan said the SADC was now South Africa’s second-largest export market after the EU, which is expected to account for 21% of South Africa’s exports this year. The SADC region is expected to account for 12.2% of SA exports this year, up from 9.8% in 2000 and putting it just ahead of China, which the National Treasury expects will account for 12% of SA exports this year. The Medium Term Budget Policy Statement says the share of manufactured exports to the southern African region (21.8%) have increased rapidly over the past few years on the back of demand for chemical products, machinery and appliances, particularly mining equipment. It says that, with strong growth forecast for the next five years, the SADC region could become South Africa’s biggest market for manufactured exports.Fall in exports, rise in imports Overall, South Africa’s export volumes fell by 6.3% in the second quarter compared with the same period last year, after a decline of 1.5% in the first quarter. Over the first eight months of the year, the value of exports of platinum fell by 21.9%, while exports of coal and chemical products remained robust. In the first eight months of the year, however, imports increased by 20%, driven by strong increases in oil, machinery, vehicles and appliances. Imports are now 4% above 2009 levels, while exports are 13% below their highs. With the fall in exports and rise in imports, South Africa’s current account deficit has widened sharply over the past year and is expected to average 5.9% this year, up from 3.3% in 2011. Over the next three years, the current account deficit is expected to moderate to 5.5%. Source: SANews.gov.za