Beyond air conditioning: savvy ways to keep your home cool

first_img This photo provided by courtesy of Big Ass Fans shows the Haiku ceiling fan in a dining room. Energy Star recognizes it as the top-ranked fan in energy efficiency. Haiku is available with SenseME, an onboard computer that automates comfort based on temperature, humidity and user preferences. SenseME also has an occupancy sensor, turning the fan off automatically when you leave the room to save even more energy. (Jeff Kroeze/Big Ass Fans via AP) This photo provided by Haier America shows an Energy Star qualified room air conditioner in an office setting. A little savvy about when to open windows and when to keep them closed with curtains drawn goes a long way toward cooling a home, as does putting thought into what cooling appliances to use and when, the experts say. Make sure windows are well-sealed to keep cool air from leaking out. (Haier America via AP) As summer temperatures — and utility bills — rise, there are some easy ways to keep cool that are cheaper and greener than air conditioning.A little savvy about when to open windows and when to keep them closed with curtains drawn goes a long way toward cooling a home, as does putting thought into what cooling appliances to use and when, the experts say.COOLING CURTAINSPull down the shades or draw the curtains on windows facing south, east and west during the day, says Con Edison, which provides power to New York City and surrounding areas. It says 40 percent of unwanted heat comes in through the windows. Even if air conditioning is needed later in the day, drawing the curtains earlier means you can use less of it.“And it’s better to shade the outside of the window than the inside,” said Abigail Daken, cooling products manager for Washington, D.C.-based Energy Star, an Environmental Protection Agency program that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect the climate through energy efficiency. “Shutters and awnings are very effective,” Daken said. This undated photo provided by courtesy of Big Ass Fans shows a Haiku fan in a sitting room. Haiku, by Lexington, Ky., manufacturer Big Ass Fans, is recognized by Energy Star as the most energy efficient fan available. It replaces expensive air conditioning with cooling airflow. (Big Ass Fans via AP) GET IN THE FLOWWhen outdoor temperatures fall below 70 degrees, the Natural Resources Defense Council recommends turning off the air conditioner and opening the windows instead.In climates with low to moderate humidity, where it’s cold in the evening, a “whole-house” fan to help draw cool air in through windows and force hot air out through upstairs vents is extremely helpful, Daken said. “A cheaper version is to open the windows and use the bathroom fan for exhaust, especially if there’s no cross breeze,” she said. “This helps create some flow.”BE A FAN OF FANSCeiling fans are a great substitute for air conditioning when it’s not overly hot or humid, and they make you feel cooler by moving air across your skin, says Meg Waltner, of the Natural Resources Defense Council.If you need to buy fans, look for Energy Star ratings and rebate offers, she said.Also, many ceiling fans feature a light kit, so make sure each socket has an energy-saving LED bulb inside. LED bulbs use five times less energy than the old incandescents and don’t give off as much heat, Waltner says.PLANT A TREEA tree is as sophisticated as any electronic device around, conservationists say. It lets sun through in winter and grows sun-blocking leaves in summer.Large deciduous trees planted on the east, west and northwest sides of your home create shade from the hot summer sun and can reduce summer air conditioning costs by up to 35 percent, according to the Arbor Day Foundation, a non-profit Nebraska-based conservation group.AVOID HEAT-PRODUCING APPLIANCESCon Edison recommends minimizing the use of household appliances when temperatures climb. Summer is a great time to opt for outdoor grilling and foods that don’t require cooking. Washers, dryers and dishwashers should be used at night, when temperatures are cooler, the utility says.WHEN YOU DO USE AIR CONDITIONERS…… be sure they’re Energy Star-certified, have programmable thermostats, and are set no lower than 78 degrees when you’re around, 80 when you’re away for part of the day, and “off” when you’re on vacation, Waltner says. Programmable thermostats can cut power use by 20 percent to 30 percent, she says. Many power companies offer free programmable thermostats to clients, and it’s worth checking their websites for offers and rebates.“Raising the temperature by 7 degrees when no one is home, 4 degrees at bedtime, along with proper programming during the winter, can save you more than $180 every year,” according to Daken, of Energy Star.Make sure windows are well-sealed to keep cool air from leaking out.And don’t cool an empty room: Block vents in unused rooms and turn the system off entirely while you’re away.Keeping central air conditioner filters clean adds to their efficiency. Air conditioners and cooling systems should be inspected and cleaned annually, and kept clear of leaves and dirt, experts say. “We recommend that filters be checked every three months, or more often for homes with pets,” Daken said.If your AC is more than 12 years old, replacing it with an Energy Star-qualified model could cut your annual cooling costs by 30 percent, Waltner says. 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Rocker Gregg Allman dies at age 69; sang and lived the…

first_img FILE – In this April 13, 2013 file photo, Gregg Allman performs at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013 at Madison Square Garden in New York. On Saturday, May 27, 2017, a publicist said the musician, the singer for The Allman Brothers Band, has died. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, file) FILE – This Oct. 13, 2011 file photo shows Gregg Allman performs at the Americana Music Association awards show in Nashville, Tenn. On Saturday, May 27, 2017, a publicist said the musician, the singer for The Allman Brothers Band, has died. (AP Photo/Joe Howell, File) FILE – In this Nov. 9, 2011 file photo, singer Gregg Allman arrives at the 45th Annual CMA Awards in Nashville, Tenn. On Saturday, May 27, 2017, a publicist said the musician, the singer for The Allman Brothers Band, has died. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, file) FILE – In this Saturday, Sept. 17, 2005 file photo, Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers Band performs at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa, as part of their Antigone Rising Tour. On Saturday, May 27, 2017, a publicist said the musician, the singer for The Allman Brothers Band, has died. (AP Photo/The Daily Nonpareil, Ben DeVries) SAVANNAH, Ga. |  Gregg Allman, a survivor of tragedy, knew the blues musically and in a painfully personal way.Raised by a single mother after his father was shot to death, he idolized his guitar-slinging older brother, Duane, and became his musical partner. They formed the nucleus of The Allman Brothers Band, which helped define the Southern rock sound of the 1970s.Their songs such as “Whipping Post,” ”Ramblin’ Man” and “Midnight Rider” laid the foundation for the genre and opened the doors for groups like Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Marshall Tucker Band.Gregg Allman, whose bluesy vocals and soulful touch on the Hammond B-3 organ helped propel the Allman Brothers Band to superstardom, died Saturday. He was 69.Allman died peacefully and surrounded by loved ones at his home near Savannah, his manager, Michael Lehman, told The Associated Press. He blamed cancer for Allman’s death.“It’s a result of his reoccurrence of liver cancer that had come back five years ago,” Lehman said in an interview. “He kept it very private because he wanted to continue to play music until he couldn’t.”Allman played his last concert in October as health problems forced him to cancel other 2016 shows. He announced Aug. 5 that he was “under his doctor’s care at the Mayo Clinic” due to “serious health issues.” Later that year, he canceled more dates, citing a throat injury. In March, he canceled performances for the rest of 2017.Born in Nashville, Tennessee, the rock star known for his long blond hair was raised in Florida.In his 2012 memoir, “My Cross to Bear,” Allman described how his older brother was a central figure in his life in the years after their father was murdered by a man he met in a bar. The two boys endured a spell in a military school before being swept up in rock music in their teens. Although Gregg was the first to pick up a guitar, it was Duane who excelled at it. So Gregg later switched to the organ.They spent years in bands together, but failed to crack success until they formed The Allman Brothers Band in 1969. It featured extended jams, tight guitar harmonies by Duane Allman and Dickey Betts, rhythms from a pair of drummers and the smoky blues inflected voice of Gregg Allman.Based in Macon, Georgia, the group also had drummers Jai Johanny “Jaimoe” Johanson and Butch Trucks and bassist Berry Oakley. They reached the pinnacle of the burgeoning music scene, partying to excess while defining a sound that still excites millions.Their self-titled debut album came out in 1969, but it was their seminal live album “At Fillmore East” in 1971 that catapulted the band to stardom. Considered one of the greatest live albums ever made, the two LP record opened with their version of Blind Willie McTell’s “Statesboro Blues,” with Duane Allman on slide guitar. The album introduced fans to their fusion of blues, rock and jazz.Duane Allman had quickly ascended to the pantheon of guitar heroes, not just from his contributions to the Allman band, but from his session work with Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett and with Eric Clapton on the classic “Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs” album. But he was killed in a motorcycle accident in October 1971, just months after recording the Fillmore shows. Another motorcycle accident the following year claimed Oakley’s life.Keyboard player Chuck Leavell joined the band following Duane Allman’s death and the band continued to soar. Their follow-up to the Fillmore album, “Eat a Peach,” became their first top 10 album and featured some of their most popular recordings, including “Melissa” and “Blue Sky.”Gregg Allman said in a 1998 interview with The Associated Press that he and Betts mourned his brother’s death in music.“We used to write songs in a graveyard in Macon,” Allman said. “One thing everybody thought was Duane would come back to haunt us if we did not keep going. He had the most passion for music of any man I’ve ever seen.”In a 2012 interview with The Associated Press, he said Duane remained on his mind every day. Once in a while, he could even feel his presence.“I can tell when he’s there, man,” Allman said. “I’m not going to get all cosmic on you. But listen, he’s there.”The 1970s brought more highly publicized turmoil: Allman was compelled to testify in a drug case against a former road manager for the band and his marriage to the actress and singer Cher was short-lived even by show business standards.In 1975, Cher and Allman married three days after she divorced her husband and singing partner, Sonny Bono. Their marriage was tumultuous from the start; Cher requested a divorce just nine days after their Las Vegas wedding, although she dismissed the suit a month later.Together they released a widely panned duets album under the name “Allman and Woman.” They had one child together, Elijah Blue, and Cher filed for legal separation in 1977. Allman said in an interview with Viva magazine in 1977 that he regretted marrying Cher and said that they probably could have fallen in love if it hadn’t been for his drug abuse.The Allman Brothers Band likewise split up in the 1980s and then re-formed several times over the years. A changing cast of players has included Derek Trucks, nephew of original drummer Butch Trucks, as well as guitarist Warren Haynes.Starting in 1990, more than 20 years after its founding, the reunited band began releasing new music and found a new audience. In 1995 the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and they won a Grammy Award for best rock instrumental performance for “Jessica” the following year.In 2000, Betts was ousted from the band via fax for alleged substance abuse and poor performance and he hasn’t played with the band since.Butch Trucks died in January 2017. Authorities said he shot himself in front of his wife at their Florida home.In his memoir, Allman said he spent years overindulging in women, drugs and alcohol before getting sober in the mid-1990s. He said that after getting sober, he felt “brand new” at the age of 50.“I never believed in God until this,” he said in an interview with The Associated Press in 1998. “I asked him to bring me out of this or let me die before all the innings have been played. Now I have started taking on some spiritualism.”However, after all the years of unhealthy living he ended up with hepatitis C which severely damaged his liver. He underwent a liver transplant in 2010.After the surgery, he turned music to help him recover and released his first solo album in 14 years “Low Country Blues” in 2011.“I think it’s because you’re doing something you love,” Allman said in a 2011 interview with The Associated Press. “I think it just creates a diversion from the pain itself. You’ve been swallowed up by something you love, you know, and you’re just totally engulfed.”The band was honored with a lifetime achievement Grammy in 2012.____Hall reported from Nashville, Tennessee. Associated Press Writer Hillel Italie in New York City contributed to this report.last_img read more

Review: A scoundrel is born in Star Wars spinoff ‘Solo’

first_imgIf there’s one takeaway from “Solo: A Star Wars Story ,” it’s that our favorite scoundrel had been through a lot before he ever met up with Luke, Obi-Wan and Leia.Sure, he’d talked up his Kessel Run time and out-maneuvering Imperial ships, but this film contains at least three epic set-pieces, involving a job atop a high-speed train careening around a snowy mountain, a fiery space showdown with a squid-like super monster and an explosion-filled shootout, that are so spectacular that they have the effect of making what Han ends up going through in “Episode IV” and beyond seem suspiciously tame by comparison. Bigger, louder, and more, more, more seem to be the guiding principles of the film and while on their own they might make a pleasurable romp, it’s dubious as to whether or not these pre-Skywalker adventures have really added anything of value to the character. There’s an argument to be made that it might even undermine his hero’s arc in the first film. 1 of 6 This image released by Lucasfilm shows a scene from “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” (Lucasfilm via AP) In this image released by Lucasfilm, Alden Ehrenreich appears in a scene from “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” (Jonathan Olley/Lucasfilm via AP) This image released by Lucasfilm shows Joonas Suotamo, from left, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke and Alden Ehrenreich in a scene from “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” (Lucasfilm via AP) This image released by Lucasfilm shows Alden Ehrenreich and Joonas Suotamo in a scene from “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” (Jonathan Olley/Lucasfilm via AP) This image released by Lucasfilm shows Emilia Clarke as Qi’ra in a scene from “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” (Lucasfilm via AP) It’s the overriding issue with “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” which had baggage from the get-go. Unlike a character from a book or a play, Han Solo didn’t exist outside of Harrison Ford, and the two are now linked by over 40 years of goodwill and nostalgia. Although no character is so precious that they can’t break from the actor who made them memorable — even Indiana Jones had two younger versions of himself — it’s still not an enviable position to be in. You’re at a disadvantage before you start.The man who took the job, Alden Ehrenreich, does not look or sound like Ford, and it’s difficult to adjust at the beginning. You can’t help but scrutinize every gesture, every smirk, every aside as you try to get used to him. Eventually you do, and the talented Ehrenreich wins you over with his execution, capturing Han’s spirit, his sarcasm, egotism and charm with apparent ease.Co-written by Star Wars royalty Lawrence Kasdan and his son Jonathan Kasdan, “Solo: A Star Wars Story” introduces Han on his home planet of Corellia, where he serves under a local mob boss and dreams of fleeing, becoming a pilot and owning a ship.The early scenes are incredibly dark, literally. Shot by cinematographer Bradford Young, it’s an interesting aesthetic choice, likely meant to lend a vintage vibe, but also distracting as though you’re watching a worn VHS copy of “Episode IV,” where faces are only clear in extreme close-up and even then it’s still through a thick layer of fog and gauze (it clears up eventually).Young Han is scrappy and overconfident and makes things up as he goes along, unafraid to lie or trust his gut. It’s how he ends up not only getting out, but escaping military service and hooking up with a band of outlaws led by Tobias Beckett (Woody Harrelson), who functions as mentor and possible cautionary tale for the impressionable Han.“Do you have any idea what it’s like to live with a price on your head?” Beckett asks. It’s one of the many unsubtle references to things to come, and a fallback refrain in “Solo” where some of the most memorable and pleasing moments are winking references to future memorable lines.They’ll soon meet up with the man Beckett is working for, Dryden Vos (Paul Bettany), and encounter Han’s old friend from Corellia, Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke) before taking off on a dangerous smuggling mission.There’s a lot for fans to digest as the film speeds through a check-list of Han’s origin components, like how he meets Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo), Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover) and how he comes across the Millennium Falcon. There are other key elements that probably are best left to the experience.And that experience, in director Ron Howard’s very capable hands, is a largely enjoyable one. You can’t help but wonder what the end result would have been if Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, who were fired deep into production, had gotten to see their project through to the end, or what it would have been like had Howard been involved since the beginning, but there are no obvious cracks or seams.“Solo” is a straightforward piece of pulpy entertainment with some very agreeable performances from Ehrenreich and Glover, who seems to be having the most fun of all the actors in playing up Lando’s suave demeanor, and fun classic Western flourishes, despite the excessively big action sequences.The best moments in “Solo” are the simpler ones: The romance, the friendships, the clashing egos. Perhaps a lesson for the inevitable sequel.“Solo: A Star Wars Story,” A Walt Disney Studios release, is rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America for “sequences of sci-fi action/violence.” Running time: 135 minutes. Two and a half stars out of four.MPAA Definition of PG-13: Parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter: This image released by Lucasfilm shows Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian in a scene from “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” (Jonathan Olley/Lucasfilm via AP)last_img read more

Jason Momoa shaves signature beard to promote recycling

first_imgLOS ANGELES | “Aquaman” is clean-shaven.Actor Jason Momoa on Wednesday released a video in which he shaved off his signature beard and mustache in order to promote recycling. He started by saying farewell to his “Game of Thrones” and DC characters Drogo and Arthur Curry.FILE – In this Dec. 12, 2018 file photo, Jason Momoa arrives at the premiere of “Aquaman” at TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles. Momoa on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 released a video in which he shaved off his signature beard and mustache in order to promote recycling. He started by saying farewell to his “Game of Thrones” and DC characters Drogo and Arthur Curry. Momoa said he thought he last shaved in 2012. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)Momoa said he thought he last shaved in 2012. The 39-year-old says he wanted to do it to “bring awareness that plastics are killing our planet.” He says aluminum is the one thing that can save it and he promoted his own line of sparkling water in aluminum cans.Momoa says “there’s a change coming and it’s aluminum.”The Environmental Protection Agency’s most current data from 2015 showed nearly 55 percent of aluminum beer and soft drink cans were recycled compared to 30% of plastic bottles.last_img read more

Bill Wittliff, ‘Lonesome Dove’ co-screenwriter, dies at 79

first_imgFILE – In this Wednesday, June 21, 2006, file photo, Bill Wittliff, a writer, photographer and producer, poses with some of his collection in his office in Austin, Texas. Wittliff, a prolific screenwriter who co-wrote the script for the 1989 miniseries “Lonesome Dove,” died Sunday, June 9, 2019, at the age of 79. (AP Photo/Harry Cabluck)AUSTIN, Texas | Bill Wittliff, a prolific screenwriter who co-wrote the script for the 1989 miniseries “Lonesome Dove,” has died at the age of 79.His death was announced by Texas State University, where Wittliff had founded The Wittliff Collections with his wife, lawyer Sally Wittliff. Collections Music Curator Hector Saldana tells The Hollywood Reporter that Wittliff died Sunday of a heart attack.Besides “Lonesome Dove,” Wittliff was the writer and director of the 1986 film “Red Headed Stranger,” shared screenplay credit on the 1979 film “The Black Stallion” and 1994’s “The Legends of the Fall,” and wrote the screenplays for the 1981 film “Raggedy Man” and 2000’s “The Perfect Storm.”In a statement on the Collections’ website, University President Denise Trauth called Wittliff and “inspiration” and “a Texas State hero.”last_img read more

Robbins takes the medal

first_imgPSC Golf Bunker Boys at The RanchMonday, Oct. 5, Khao Kheow A & C (yellow tees) – StablefordSurprisingly, after the heavy weekend rains and with rain in the forecast, 11 Bunker Boys showed up at The Ranch on this gray/overcast Monday morning to play one of our favorite courses.  Things were looking good until a few minutes before our arrival when again the proverbial ‘cats and dogs’ began falling from the sky.  After about a thirty minute delay it had died down to a drizzle, and off we went.Tony Robbins.As we were about to tee off on A-1 eight carts (two four-balls) went driving by, skipping the hole and heading on to A-2.  Yes, that’s correct – cutting in front of us!  It was a group of Chinese men that had been waiting in the clubhouse, along with us, for the rain to stop.  The well-mannered Chinamen proceeded to play at a snail’s pace; add to this the wet, muddy and flooded conditions, and you got an average stableford score of a mere 24 points.  Not a real fun day for the Bunker Boys. For the sake of international relations, and because there were no Americans with guns in our group, nothing was said or done.  I knew I should have stayed in bed after all.1st Ian Milne (14) 31pts2nd Geoff Cox (15) 28pts3rd Les Hall (23) 28ptsNear Pins: Jimmy Carr (2), Geoff Williams, Geoff Cox.Wednesday, Oct. 7, Phoenix (Mountain & Ocean) – MedalSpirits were lifted by the sunshine today and Monday’s disaster was but part of ancient history.  Well, there were still a few people saying they would never eat chop suey again.It was medal play today and this always seems to focus one’s attention; this day being no exception as four out of our nine players shot in the 80’s.  Tony Robbins was the man of the day with a very respectable 71 net.Considering the recent downpours, the course was in satisfactory condition.  Hopefully all the rain will help the refurbishing of the Lakes course to proceed smoothly.1st Tony Robbins (17) net 712nd Geoff Williams (13) net 743rd Ian Milne (14) net 75Near Pins: Dave Ashman, Jimmy Carr, Ian Milne (2).Note: The Bunker Boys is a PSC affiliated golf society that plays out of The Ranch bar on Pattaya 3rd Road (in front of the fire station, and almost opposite the Buffalo Bar).  We play on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, so if you enjoy a fun day out, and a friendly but competitive golf competition why not come and join us.  We meet at The Ranch at 9 a.m. for breakfast and transportation, and new players are always welcome.Contact “Buff” on 086 046 5091 or 080 605 5663 for all enquiries or got to website: read more

Bernek & Grey prevail at Bangpra

first_imgPSC Golf from The Growling SwanMonday, July 9, Bangpra – StablefordAnother excellent field of 22 golfers were signed up to play “The Monkey Course” with several of our new players looking forward to seeing Bangpra for the very first time.  With a slightly earlier tee off time than normal our intention was to depart 15 minutes earlier than our normal 8.15 am time but there is always one who “spoils the party”.  Not mentioning any names but his nickname is “Heineken” and after a quick phone call to him we managed to depart at 8.22 am. Peter Grey, Stu Rifkin & Ken Bernek.After a quick 40 minute drive our 2 minivans arrived at the course where there appeared to be a fair amount of activity, however we were soon called to the tee and our first group, a three-ball teed off 5 minutes ahead of schedule at 9.37 am.  We were originally a four-ball but as Bucker’s caddy was still at home putting her make-up on when he called her it was necessary to drop him down the starting order to await her arrival.The weather was perfect for golf although overcast for most of the day but it wasn’t too hot and there was very little wind.  The course was looking as good as ever with the greens playing their usual tricks and three & four putts were in abundance it was reported later.After reports from another golf outlet that played Bangpra recently we were expecting to play off the back tees but to my surprise we were able to play off the white tees all the way round.  One would think that this would make the course a little easier but this was certainly not the case as the scores will indicate.We breezed around the front nine in just over 2 hours and with a quick drink stop on the back nine we managed to complete the round in four hours & twelve minutes which was very good considering the number of golfers out there.Once more we had a number of golfers still without handicaps (3 of them submitting their 5th & final card) so we had 2 grades for the day with the second one being for the non-handicap golfers whose scores were calculated using the Callaway Scoring System.  There were rewards for nearest the pins on the four par threes with one kindly sponsored by Mike Gosden and longest first putts on the ninth & eighteenth greens.Ken Bernek came in with the best score of the day and his 34 points was good enough to take first prize with Don Richardson (16 point back nine) second on a count back 2 points further back and Neil Skilton (14 point back nine) in third place.  Bo Cardwell finished fourth with 31 points and with 3 golfers on 29 points, fifth place went to your writer (13 point back nine, 10 points on last 6 holes) with Paul Avery (13 point back nine, 8 points on last 6 holes) and Martin Todd (12 point back nine) just missing out.In a breakthrough for his very first win our Growling Swan Host, Peter Grey took out the Callaway Grade with 33 points, with newcomer Beer second on 31 points.  In a three way count back for third place on 30 points it was Bernie McCart (58 back nine) who prevailed over Vince Romeo (64 back nine) and Andrew Allen (65 back nine).1st Ken Bernek (17) 34pts2nd Don Richardson (14) 32pts3rd Neil Skilton (7) 32pts4th Bo Cardwell (22) 31pts5th Peter Blackburn (12) 29ptsCallaway Grade1st Peter Grey 33pts2nd Beer 31pts3rd Bernie McCart 30ptsNear Pins:  2nd – Neil Skilton; 8th – Jerry Dobbs; 12th – Bo Cardwell; 17th – Bo CardwellLong Putts:  9th – Peter Grey; 18th – Graham Buckingham.The winner of the Compass Cap (awarded for the worst score of the day) was Stu “Heineken” Rifkin and in Hunter’s absence big Ken “let’s hear it for” Bernek paraded Deefa the Dog who of course collected many donations to charity from our very generous Growling Swan crew.Then it was back to The Growling Swan where we celebrated yet another successful day of golf.  Peter Grey was understandably “over the moon” after his very first win and also delighted that as this was his fifth card submitted; he will very shortly have an official handicap and he kindly “rang the bell” in celebration.Wednesday, July 11, Rayong Country Club – StablefordIn order to take advantage of the excellent Sports Day rate at Rayong Country Club we decided to play on Wednesday instead of Thursday on this particular occasion.  There were 14 golfers signed up and as we assembled at The Growling Swan we were happy to welcome new PSC Member Max Bracegirdle, formerly of Kalgoorlie, Western Australia but now from Melbourne, Victoria.Jerry Dobbs & Peter Blackburn.Mine host Peter Grey was “chomping at the bit” having just acquired his official handicap but alas, his “debut” has to wait until Monday at Crystal Bay due to prior commitments.  We headed off from the G.S. a shade after our normal 8.30 am departure time and arrived at the practically deserted Rayong C.C. 38 minutes later.The deal was share cart with caddies for 550 baht each – great value and quite frankly I was surprised there were not more golfers taking advantage of this.  We were invited to commence as soon as we were ready and our first group teed off 15 minutes ahead of schedule at 9.45 am.Once more the weather was overcast but conditions were quite pleasant with very little wind and with no-one ahead of us we proceeded at a leisurely but steady pace.After playing here in April it was very pleasing to see the improvement in the golf course with very few bare patches on the fairways and the greens were in good shape although many of them had residual sand but of course this is a result of continued course maintenance.  The weather was looking ominous on the back nine with plenty of thunder & lightning in the distance but once more the rain Gods smiled on us and apart from eleven drops of rain we remained completely dry.  It took just two hours to complete the front nine and with a quick drink stop on the back we finished the round in a total of four hours & ten minutes.Due to the smallish field we had just the one grade and rewards for nearest the pins on all four par threes kindly sponsored by Bo Cardwell & Ken Bernek. Martin Todd kindly provided golf balls for the winners of longest first putts on the ninth & eighteenth greens.Yours truly returned to the winner’s list and won the day with 38 points, just 1 point ahead of Takeshi Hakozaki in second spot and Bo Cardwell came third with 35 points.  A count back was required to decide fourth & fifth places with 2 golfers on 34 points. Sandy Leiper (19 point back nine & 14 points on the last 6 holes) just edged out Martin Todd (19 point back nine & 13 points on the last 6 holes).  Takeshi Hakozaki dominated the novelty awards winning four out of six.1st Peter Blackburn (12) 38pts2nd Takeshi Hakozaki (13) 37pts3rd Bo Cardwell (22) 35pts4th Sandy Leiper (27) 34pts5th Martin Todd (7) 34ptsNear Pins:  5th– Takeshi Hakozaki; 7th –Takeshi Hakozaki; 12th – Ken Bernek; 16th – Martin Todd.Long Putts:  9th – Takeshi Hakozaki; 18th – Takeshi HakozakiThe winner of the Compass Cap (awarded for the worst score of the day) was once more Jerry Dobbs and in Hunter’s absence big Ken “let’s hear it for” Bernek paraded Deefa the Dog who of course collected many donations to charity from our very generous Growling Swan crew.Back at The Growling Swan afterwards over a few beers the usual post mortems were carried out but all agreed that even though our numbers were small the companionship was terrific which resulted in another very enjoyable day.  It was only a couple of beers for most of us on this occasion as we had to scurry home & don our finest for the Pattaya Sports Club Summer Party.Note:  Growling Swan Golf welcomes golfers of any persuasion – low & high handicappers alike, female golfers and beginners.  We generally play Mondays & Thursdays, meeting at The Growling Swan (formerly The Bunker Bar) in Soi Chaiyapoon at 8.00 am with transport departing at 8.30 am.  For bookings or more information please contact Peter on 0806 351 386 or email to We welcomed Bo Cardwell’s brother Beer with us for the first time and good to see the return of Paul Avery for a couple of weeks to sort out some family visa issues before returning to work in Australia.last_img read more

The girls are back in town

first_imgNot that Pattaya needs more girls.  But these ones are not the “up to you” variety, but the “you want what?” variety. Yes, after several years of being scattered around the globe, the Women With a Mission (WWM) are all back on the Eastern Seaboard.  This wonderful group of three expatriate women has been working tirelessly within Thailand for years.  They first came together to provide support for the tsunami victims who fell through the aid net in the south of Thailand.  Then, through work commitments of their husbands they were suddenly scattered across the globe, but they still managed to keep their organisation running.  The power of the Internet and Skype came to the fore.  Since the tsunami they have shifted their focus back into this part of Thailand as well as the refugee camps along the border of Burma.The girls and their partners get some early practice in at Soi Dao Highlands Golf Resort. Rosy has been the cornerstone of the group.  She has remained a Pattaya resident while Bronwyn descended to Australia and Kylie was relocated to live in such exotic locations as Turkmenistan and Egypt.  Through all this they remained good friends, connected and importantly, kept their great charity movement alive.The stars have finally aligned, and because of a series of bizarre career movements they all find themselves residents, once again of the Eastern Seaboard.  Soi Dao Highlands Golf Resort was chosen for their reunion event.  Wet weather prevailed.  It was galoshes rather than golf shoes, but all had a great time.The girls are honing their golf skills in preparation for their major fundraiser of the year – the WWM Golf Tournament at the famed challenging Pattana Golf Resort close to Pattaya.  Kylie has previously avoided golf at all cost, but now finds herself enjoying bi-weekly lessons and the occasional ‘hack’ around a course.  Bronwyn is swinging away, and Rosy has been practicing her skills with close friends all year.This article is a shameless plug for one of the greatest charities in Thailand.  The girls run the organisation with no expenses taken (but with the generous support of their husbands!), and put in hours of effort to assist the seriously disadvantaged within our borders.  This tournament will help feed and support literally hundreds of children.Pattaya golfers have all sorts of opportunities to play the great courses of our area, and often support worthwhile causes while doing so.  The choices are many, but if you are going to support one other event this year, then we recommend the WWM 3rd Annual Charity Golf Tournament to you.  It is not just a case of giving; it is also a case of receiving.Contact Kylie, Bronwyn or Rosy on or 087-482 3520 (Kylie), 089-898 0658 (Bronwyn), or 081-865 0714 (Rosy) for more details.last_img read more

Kraft edges Funk by one on high scoring day

first_imgPSC golf from the Three Sisters BarA group of 16 players teed off at the Pattaya Country Club this 29th of February.  Weather was fine, mostly overcast with late morning sun.  The course had some green problems but with the upcoming closure of 9 holes this problem may be corrected.  Scores were out of sight – where a 37 is normally a respectable number, 37s had no chance today on Trophy Day, with Paul Kraft coming in with a blazing 43, followed by Bruce Funk with a 42.  There were four cards with 37 points; St. Laurent, Emerson, Ishinaga and Roper. Back at Caddy Shack II Herbie provided the usual snacks of chips, peanuts and pretzels.  Everyone enjoyed the food and appropriate beverages were on hand.Paul Kraft (left) with Bruce Funk.last_img read more

Pedersen marches on

first_imgPSC Golf from the Café KronborgMonday, Nov. 10, Bangpakong – StablefordA Flight (0-21)1st Arne Max Pedersen (16) 37pts2nd Lotte Boskov (18) 35pts 3rd Henry Wong (15) 34pts4th Brian Gabe (16) 34ptsB Flight (22+)1st Torben Rasbol (23) 36pts2nd Richard Snellin (23) 34pts3rd Daryl Evans (22) 34pts4th Dave Richardson (27) 33ptsLong Putts:  #9 Leif Kirkgaard, #18 Andre van DykNear Pins:  #4 Karl Beter, #13 & 16 Henry WongThe glorious Bangpakong Riverside course was the destination today, up Route 7 for 1 hour and 15 minutes and after a swift check-in we were off the first tee on time under sunny skies and with a nice breeze.Stephen Cooper Reade and Peter Bygballe with Dave Richardson.The course was in fine shape with quick greens and back in the clubhouse after a round of 4 hours and 40 minutes welcomes went out to Kurt Sandgaard and Richard Snellin.Arne Max Pedersen continued his winning ways, taking top spot in the A flight with 37 points.  His partner Lotte Boskov was second with 35 and Henry Wong took third on a count back from Brian Gabe fourth and Leif Kirkgaard, all with 34 points.Torben Rasbol took the B flight honours with 36 points, two ahead of Richard Snellin and Daryl Evans who had to be separated by count back, and Dave Richardson completed the podium on another count back over Graham Buckingham, both with 33 points.Thursday, Nov. 13, Khao Kheow – StablefordA Flight (0-22)1st Peter Bygballe (18) 30pts2nd Ernst Hansen (22) 29pts3rd Dave Addison (13) 29pts4th Arne Max Pedersen (16) 29ptsB Flight (23+)1st Stephen Cooper Reade (26) 34pts2nd Dave Richardson (27) 34pts3rd Richard Snellin (23) 32pts4th Karl Beter (29) 32ptsLong Putts:  A9 Dave Richardson, C9 Dave AddisonNear Pins:  A5 Dave Addison, C3 Ernst Hansen, C8 Peter Bygeballe, 7 Daryl EvansThe Pete Dye design Khao Kheow was the game today and once again the fine weather turned out for us.  The course was also in good condition with some quick greens.The round was completed in about 4 hours and 30 minutes and back in the clubhouse welcomes went out to Otti Schmid, Stephen Cooper Reade, Ernst Hansen Githie, Ole Mortensen and Lila Goardasdottr.Two flights today with the cut set at handicap 22 but the course was the winner with the best score in the top division being a lowly 30 points by Peter Bygballe.  Ernst Hansen came in second on a count back from Dave Addison third and Arne Max Pedersen fourth, all on 29 points.Stephen Cooper Reade edged out Dave Richardson in the B flight on a count back after both finished with 34 points each.  Richard Snellin and Karl Beter completed the podium.last_img read more