Minister distances Business Ministry from multimillion ‘missing’ scrap metal payment

first_img…as uncertainty lingers over sale of GuySuCo scrap metalBusiness Minister Dominic Gaskin has distanced the Ministry from reports of billions of dollars’ worth of scrap metal being sold but money not remitted to the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo).The report emerged earlier this month, with reports that scrap metal worth $3 billion was sold to a mysterious buyer. A GuySuCo source was quoted in sections of the media as saying that the money from the sale was not received by the Corporation.When asked about these reports on the side-lines of a Berbice ministerial outreach, Gaskin, whose Ministry has responsibility for the scrap metal trade, noted that the deal had nothing to do with his Ministry.“It has nothing to do with our arrangement, what we normally do is we write to various Government entities that sell scrap metal and we advise them who the registered exporters and dealers are. And we ask them to sell to those persons.”As part of its plans to downscale the industry, Government has been divesting the Skeldon, East Demerara and Rose Hall estates. A Special Purpose Unit (SPU) from the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited has been coordinating this divestment.United Kingdom (UK) company, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), was contracted to carrying out valuations of GuySuCo’s assets up for sale and had thereafter invited expressions of interest from potential buyers. In July of last year, Government had said 71 expressions of interest had been received by the State for assets of GuySuCo.It is understood that companies hailing from as far as Canada, and as near as Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana, had expressed interest in purchasing the three remaining sugar estates that are up for sale.A meeting with these investors and officials from the SPU was held on September 25, 2018. According to the Unit, they would have met with the executives to discuss taxes and permits, and NICIL has been expecting that they would be able to sell the Rose Hall, Skeldon and East Demerara estates by this year.Initially, 10 expressions of interest were submitted in November but only five companies eventually entered bids. They were Guygulf International Trading Development Industrial and Financial LLC (Nand Persaud and Co Ltd) for Enmore, Skeldon and Rose Hall estates; Liberty Investments Inc for Enmore Estate; Industrial Equipment Sales and Services Incorporation (IESS) for Rose Hall Estate; Kadem Sugars Inc for Rose Hall Estate, and D Rampersaud and Co Ltd for Skeldon Estate.The scrap metal trade was banned under the previous Administration and this trend had continued, intermittently. The ban on the scrap metal trade came about following persistent complaints about vandalism. There were also issues regarding the management of the trade.There have been intermissions, such as the three-month reopening of the trade last year. It is understood that the trade has been reopened, but with stricter rules and Scrap metal legislation being drafted.As a heavily mechanised industry goes, upon closure, the estates in question were expected to have had valuable scrap metal to put on the market. It is understood that the billions of dollars in scrap metal was there for disposal at of 2017 year end.Now, unanswered questions have been raised over what really happened with the deal and what revenue the State got out of this transaction. Attempts to contact NICIL officials were futile.The bondWhile questions over sale of scrap metal swirl around the Unit, there is still the $30 billion in the form of a syndicated bond that SPU had secured to support the industry, as part of efforts to sustain the minimised GuySuCo and bring it into a state of profitability and financial stability.Concerns have been expressed about Government’s vision for the industry and the genuineness of its actions thus far, since that very $30 billion could have gone into restructuring the industry while keeping all of the estates open and GuySuCo’s workforce employed and engaged.The Private Placement Memorandum for GuySuCo’s $30 billion bond has received much criticism from Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, who had expressed shock at the contents of the agreement.last_img read more

Lieutenant Governor to tour northeast B.C. communities

first_imgTomorrow will be a busy day as the Lieutenant Governor will not only be in Fort St. John, but Dawson Creek, and Tumbler Ridge as well. Starting at 9 a.m., Guichon will be in Fort St. John at the Pomeroy Hotel to make an appearance at the B.C. Energy Conference. Following that appearance, the next stop will be at Bert Ambrose Elementary School at 10 a.m. to address students at an assembly. At 11 a.m., the Peace Villa Residential Care Centre will be the next stop, followed by a final stop in the city at 11:35 for a tour of the Pomeroy Sport Centre.Friday, the Lieutenant Governor will have another three stops, this time in Chetwynd, Hudson’s Hope and Taylor, and Saturday the tour will reach its conclusion with a visit in Fort Nelson.- Advertisement –last_img

Hey, cheapskate, quit circling and park that thing!

first_img“We’re a bunch of freeloaders. It’s human nature. If something is free, you want it,” said Donald Shoup, UCLA professor of urban planning who studied the issue with his students. Shoup said cruising for cheap parking annually wastes about 47,000 gallons of gas and generates 730 tons of greenhouse gases in the Westwood district he studied. And he said it’s a pattern being played out in business districts across the city – from Ventura Boulevard and Hollywood to Third Street and downtown – fueled by low curb-parking costs compared with prices charged at off-street lots. Acknowledging the problem, Los Angeles city transportation officials have begun reviewing whether to add more parking meters and raise the rates. Already, the city is spending $15 million on plans to replace the city’s 40,000 aging parking meters over the next few years with fancy, high-tech ones that can take coins, credit and debit cards. Parking-meter fees are also coming under scrutiny by city officials, with hikes expected in some bustling areas that could vary by time of day. But there are no plans now to clamp down on any other free parking spots in the city, aside from adding 500 new meters to Silver Lake that are expected to bring in $115,000 a year. Irate that residents have been using commercial streets for long-term parking, Silver Lake business owners recently asked the city to install the new meters. In Studio City, a few more cars should come out of the relentless stream of vehicles in search of free parking thanks to a four-story parking structure. The facility opened about two years ago at 12225 Ventura Blvd., quietly tucked between banks, coffee shops and furniture stores. For 50 cents, drivers can park there for the first hour and then pay $1 for the next two hours. If parked there all day, the tab is $4.50. Nearby street meters, in comparison, allow only 15-minute parking and cost 25 cents. Farther down the street, meters allow up to two-hour parking at 75 cents an hour – less of a bargain than the parking garage. “They should put in more parking garages and offer shuttles to get around to shopping and theaters,” said Laura Coker of Studio City as she parked in the garage Tuesday for an errand. “Then you don’t have to worry about walking too far (down Ventura).” Coker changed her parking habits after nearby streets with free parking became permit-parking only. But old habits die more slowly with others, and many continue to scour the streets thinking they’ll save a buck or two. “That has been a challenge for people using the parking structure and understanding it’s in line with parking on the streets,” said Councilwoman Wendy Greuel. “But people are not used to it. They’re used to meters.” Paul Gendreau of Studio City uses the parking structure frequently because it’s conveniently near his bank. But for a bite at Art’s Delicatessen, the 52-year-old is more inclined to cruise Ventura Boulevard in hopes of parking closer to the restaurant’s entrance. “We’re taught to believe we deserve the best. And the best is closest,” said Gendreau. “We’re not used to walking here.” (818) 713-3683160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Of all the hostile insults that irritated Angelenos spew at one another as they inch their way along the city’s congested streets, here’s a new one to consider – cheapskate. That’s because a large chunk of roadway traffic is caused by people circling around and around and around in search of free or super-cheap street parking. And the search for curb parking comes at a staggering cost to motorists’ sanity: In just one 15-block city business district, circlers added 950,000 extra miles of travel in a year. That’s enough to take 38 trips around the world, according to a recent study from the University of California, Los Angeles. last_img read more

Ducks beaten on the rebound

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson “There’s no excuse,” Ducks forward Teemu Selanne said. “That’s why this league is so tough. Especially the nights you play back to back. We arrived in the city at 3 o’clock in the morning. You don’t have much time to recover. You just have to play smarter.” Randy Robitaille had the go-ahead goal, and rookie Derek Boogaard also scored for the Wild. Todd Fedoruk scored for the Ducks, who finished a five-game road trip 2-3. Ilja Bryzgalov stopped 32 shots and lost for just the third time in his last nine starts. Fernandez, who picked up an assist in the third period, also won six consecutive games from Dec. 17, 2001, to Jan. 10, 2002, and from Oct. 11-29, 2002. He lowered his goals-against average to 1.98 and boosted his save percentage to .932, both of which lead the NHL. Gaborik put Minnesota up 3-1 when he took a nifty blue line-to-blue line pass from Stephane Veilleux and knocked a low wrist shot from the slot past Bryzgalov 2:26 into the third. The Wild quickly got another goal when Fernandez fired an outlet pass to Gaborik, who dropped the puck off to a streaking White. He eluded the Ducks’ Ruslan Salei before beating Bryzgalov from the left circle at 3:22. ST. PAUL, Minn. – One night after blowing a big lead, the Mighty Ducks had no such problem against the Minnesota Wild. That’s because there was no lead to protect. Manny Fernandez made 22 saves to tie his career high with his sixth straight victory, and nine Wild players had points in Minnesota’s 4-1 win over the Ducks on Saturday night. Marian Gaborik and Todd White each had a goal and an assist to help the Wild win for the ninth time in 13 games and move past the Ducks into ninth place in the Western Conference standings. The Ducks, coming off a 4-3 shootout loss Friday night in Dallas in which they blew a 3-0 lead after the first period, trailed 2-1 after two periods and gave up two quick goals in the third to end any thoughts of a comeback. center_img “In the third period, we made a couple of mistakes, and it cost us goals,” Selanne said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgONE Donegal town is going FIVER FRIDAY mad this week…..The annual event, run by RTE Radio One’s Joe Duffy on his Liveline programme, is back on this Friday.It’s a day where businesses offer bargains for €5, helping to support communities and businesses. Donegal Daily is supporting the initiative; so if you want to join in, contact Liveline and then let us know….and we’ll let our 64,000 daily readers know too.Buncrana – and every business in it – is joining.Buncrana Chamber of Commerce have coordinated fantastic offers for Fiver Friday.Said Joe: “We’re delighted to have the following businesses on board. Get out there and see what they have to offer on the day! SuperValu Buncrana / The Coffee Cup / Pixcam / Bernie’s Barbers / Macs / The Strand Hotel Ballyliffin / Hegarty’s Home Interiors / Callaghan Jewellers / Card n Candies / O Donnell’s Broadway / O Flaherty’s Bar / Gallagher Meats / Glow Beauty Salon / Glamour by Breige / D K Beauty @ Glamour / Cullens Cockhill / The Jewel Casket / John Barr Boutique / Shoe and Sport Store / Grants Butchers / Liam’s Barbers / The Lily Rose Café and Sandwich Bar / Munchies Sweet Shop / Topline Fashions / Joan’s Beauty Salon / Joe McConnell Furniture / Valu Clean-2 shirts wash / Michelle’s Beauty and Injury Clinic / Crossans The Jewellers / McLaughlin Motor Factors / Healthwise / Grants Shoes / An Siopa Gruaige / Brennans Pharmacy / Premier Meats / Health Food Store / The Lunch Box / McDaids Bathroom Plumbing Tiles / Lieus Bar / Stationary 2000 / WM Grant Insurance / Zissors / Bloomin’ Marvellous / Bliss Hair Studio / Crana Joinery / The Inishowen Gateway Hotel BUNCRANA SET TO GO BARGAIN MAD ON ‘FIVER FRIDAY’ was last modified: October 21st, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:buncranadonegalfiver fridaylast_img read more

A ‘hobbit-forming’ passion in class

first_imgKrikorian, noting the “agitated” revisions on the handwritten sheet, said he believes the “ingenious devices” phrase, which was added later, is a reference to the mechanized warfare Tolkien saw during the Battle of the Somme in World War I, when he served with the Lancashire Fusiliers and saw many of his closest friends killed. Krikorian wrote to the Tolkien estate and was able to secure permission from Adam Tolkien, the author’s grandson, to have a transparency made from the original manuscript to share with his students this semester and next spring, when he next teaches the class. Pierce College President Robert Garber said he was impressed with Krikorian’s research. “It points out that our faculty, in addition to being outstanding teachers … are also skilled scholars in their field,” Garber said. “Larry, like so many of our faculty, has continued to pursue his academic interests and look for ways to contribute to the intellectual growth of his field.” Krikorian plans to return to Marquette in June to do more research. Tolkien frequently revised his work after having it critiqued by his friends, the Inklings, whose members included Lewis, writing as many as 13 versions of the same chapter. Tolkien even revised “The Hobbit” after he started writing “The Lord of the Rings,” creating the “Riddles in the Dark” chapter in which Bilbo engages in a battle of wits with Gollum. These revisions provide a valuable lesson for Krikorian’s students about the importance of editing and revising. Had Tolkien not revised “The Lord of the Rings,” Frodo Baggins, the heroic hobbit protagonist of the trilogy, might have emerged as Bingo, a much goofier character, Krikorian said. (818) 713-3663160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“What’s so bad about making readers happy in the end? Tolkien thought a happy ending – sometimes it comes out that way in real life. You don’t all have to have everyone dead or depressed at the end of the day.” It’s no secret that Krikorian, 48, of Thousand Oaks is something of a fanatic about the adventures of Frodo Baggins and company. He has a talking Treebeard figure and a Gollum statue in his office, writes his class notes in runes and even traveled to Marquette University in Wisconsin recently to look at the original, handwritten manuscripts for “The Hobbit” – first published in 1937 – and the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, published in 1954-55. While looking at those manuscripts, written in an elegant, spidery hand, Krikorian stumbled on an interesting discovery he now uses in his popular English 270 Science Fiction and Fantasy course, which covers both works. “(Tolkien) said he couldn’t afford `the ten-fingered’ to type his manuscripts, so he did it himself,” later in the process, Krikorian said. Krikorian was struck by a sentence in “The Hobbit” that appears in the published edition but not in the handwritten draft. Tolkien writes that it is “not unlikely” that goblins have invented many machines, including “the ingenious devices for killing large numbers of people at once,” but at the time of the story, they had not “advanced (as it is called.)” What do you get when you combine two men, four hobbits, an elf, a dwarf and a wizard? If you’re film director Peter Jackson, you get more than a dozen Academy Awards for “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy based on the works of British author J.R.R. Tolkien and about $4 billion in worldwide box office receipts. If you’re Pierce College professor Larry Krikorian, you have the ingredients for a passion that is definitely “hobbit-forming.” “I think of Tolkien as the Anti-Nietzche,” said Krikorian, who compares the work of Tolkien (1892-1973) to poet T.S. Eliot or “Chronicles of Narnia” author C.S. Lewis and others. last_img


first_imgBuncrana GAA Notes for Week Ending Sunday 11th November 2014 Senior Football They might have lost the Intermediate final but it was a fantastic achievement by our Seniors to get there especially after the disappointment of last year in dropping down a league. They gave it their all in O’Donnell Park on Saturday but just came up against a stronger, more experienced unit. Congratulations to Cloughaneely on winning and for displaying good sportsmanship throughout. This is a young Buncrana team and they will have learned from this experience and better days will surely lie ahead. Well done to all the panel and management team.Senior TrainingSeniors & Minors Hurling training is on Wednesdays at 7.00pm. Seniors, Reserves, U-18, & U21 Football training is on Tuesdays & Thursdays at 7.30 in the Scarvey. New players always welcome!Cursa GaeilgeIrish class this Tuesday in the Clubhouse as usual.Under Age ReportsLeadon Timber Framed Ulster Minor Hurling Tournament 2014History was made in Ballinascreen on Sunday when a young Buncrana Minor side accounted for Lisbellaw in the final of the Ulster Minor Shield played in ideal conditions and in front of their loyal band of supporters.The occasion seemed to get the better of the Scarvey boys who were unusually slow to start and went in at halftime 3 points down. The dressing room was not the place for the faint hearted! The management knew the boys were capable of much better and by God did they deliver. Sam Doherty collected the ball in his own half, took on 5 or 6 Lisbellaw players and hammered the ball to the back of the net. Buncrana took the lead and were never behind again, winning on a score line of 2:13 to 3:6.The squad to a man rose to the occasion and as always were a credit to their parent’s, club and themselves.Buncrana now play Down Minor Champions Liatroim next Sunday. We are the first Donegal side ever to reach this exalted level and these boys, most of whom are dual players, qualify to play again next year. Incredibly, out of the match day squad of 21 players only the team captain, Jack O’Loughlin, is over age next year.What a year this squad have had! We will enjoy next Sunday with another milestone reached in our clubs short but fruitful hurling life. Sun 16th Nov Cup S-Finals12:30pm Liatriom (Down) vs. Buncrana2:00pm Winners (Derry) vs. O’Donovan Rossa (Antrim)Sun 30th Nov Cup Final1:00pm Winner of Cup S-Final 1. vs. Winner of Cup S-Final 2.Official Notice AGMPlease note that the Bord na nOg AGM is to take place next Wednesday12th November at 8pm. All Officers and Adult members are requested to attend.Thanks,Aidan Mulholland, Chair, Bord na nOgScór na nÓg – CLG Dhún na nGallThe dates and venues for the three semi -finals and the county final of Scór na nÓg have been announced.Saturday 8th November 2014 – Gleann FhinneFriday 14th November 2014 – Inis Eoghain – Venue in Inis Eoghain to be confirmedSaturday 15th November 2014 – Baile na nGalloglachCounty final – Friday 21st November 2014 – Na Ceithre Máistrí in the St John Bosco Centre, Donegal Town.Bord na nOg Presentation PhotosTeam photos (including U6’s) available for €8Player/most improved of the year/presentation photos available for €5All proceeds go to the club. Contact Aidan on 0862762671U13 County Finals Day – Saturday, November 15.The Girls are training hard for the final and excitement is building! There’ll be no nerves or lack of commitment on the dsy though as they’re really focused on this one! Check out the fixtures below and come along and support these young stars in the making.Coláiste Ailigh, LetterkennyC FINAL – Glenswilly v Mac Cumhaills -11am…B FINAL – N Muire v Buncrana – 12.15pmA FINAL – Moville v St Eunan’s – 1.30pmAGM, Scrap Saturday and Other NewsThe Club will be holding its Annual General Meeting the end of this month so stay posted for more details.The Club is organising a Scrap Saturday event for the end of November so this is your chance to clear out a lot of clutter from inside and outside the house.Check out our Facebook page in the coming days for more info on these events.Club Notes: Anyone who would like to receive a copy of the weekly club notes should email Jim at to be included on the mailing list. If you have any items which you think should be included in the club’s weekly notes, please email Jim at by 6pm on each Sunday for consideration. To keep up to date with all the latest goings-on, please join us on or @buncranagaa, or visit our website NEWS: CLASSY BUNCRANA MINORS CELEBRATE ULSTER TITLE SUCCESS was last modified: November 10th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BUNCRANA CLUB NOTESBuncrana MinorsUlster Winnerslast_img read more

Thierry Henry confirmed as new Monaco head coach to succeed Leonardo Jardim

first_imgThierry Henry has been appointed Monaco’s new head coach to succeed Leonardo Jardim, the Ligue 1 club have confirmed.Henry, the former Arsenal and France forward, returns to the club with whom he started his playing career 24 years ago after Jardim was dismissed from his position on Thursday. Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City latest LATEST gameday cracker Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos scrap changes The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 predicted Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion— Thierry Henry (@ThierryHenry) October 13, 2018He left north London in the summer of 2007 for Barcelona, spending three years in Catalonia and being part of Pep Guardiola’s excellent side that won six trophies in 2009, before joining MLS side New York Red Bulls in 2010.Henry saw out his career in the United States, playing five seasons with the Red Bulls, though he enjoyed a return to Arsenal in 2011/12, scoring twice more to take his tally for the Gunners to 228 goals.He retired in 2014 with a career total 360 goals in 792 matches at club level, and 51 in 123 for France. He won the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 with Les Bleus. Henry played 141 times for Monaco between 1994 and 1999, when he left for an ill-fated spell with Juventus.Just seven months later Henry was on the move again, reuniting with his former Monaco manager Arsene Wenger at Arsenal.It was with the Gunners that Henry established himself a true great of the game, scoring a remarkable 226 times in just eight seasons to win six trophies and become the club’s all-time leading goal scorer. tense Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT SORRY Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update BEST OF Most read on revealed Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings #HesComingHome #ForeverMonaco— AS Monaco EN (@AS_Monaco_EN) October 13, 2018Henry has been working as assistant coach to Belgium boss Roberto Martinez since August 2016, and was previously linked with both the Bordeaux and Aston Villa jobs.Henry has signed a deal until June 2021 and said on Monaco’s website: “I am very happy to come back to Monaco and extremely determined to meet the challenges ahead.”last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL captain Michael Murphy has been voted the official Player of the Week.The Glenswilly man’s performance against Derry at Celtic Park on Sunday had fans from all 32 counties voting online.He had strong competition from Mattie Donnelly (Tyrone) and Shane Walsh (Galway) in the football vote, but the Donegal captain was a comfortable winner in the end getting almost half of the votes. *** FOOTBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK1. Michael Murphy (Donegal) – 1477 votes (48.3%)2. Mattie Donnelly (Tyrone) – 807 votes (26.4%) 3. Shane Walsh (Galway) – 775 votes (25.3%)The 2012 All-Ireland winning captain changed the game for Donegal against Derry, inspiring their comeback. Brought close to goal for the second half, his influence in the decisive third quarter was profound.Two of his points in that period, his one from play and that incredible sideline ball from the right wing, will live long in the memory.That stellar performance at the most crucial period of the game saw him pick up a huge amount of support on Facebook, more than enough to take him past Donnelly and Walsh, although they both polled very strongly.Donnelly just pipped Walsh into second place after his dominant display from centre-half-back in Tyrone’s replay victory over Down at Newry on Saturday night. The Trillick St. Macartan’s man received 26 per cent of the vote. In third place was Galway’s Shane Walsh. The Kilkerrin-Clonberne man was the star of the Galway team that won the U21 All-Ireland last year and against London he really announced himself at senior level, scoring 1-6 of his side’s tally in Ruislip, including 1-3 from play and a brilliant ’45’. He received 25 per cent of the vote.***Players of the Week are decided based on votes cast by followers of @officialgaa on Twitter and on the Official GAA Facebook Page.MICHAEL MURPHY VOTED GAA.IE FOOTBALLER OF THE WEEK was last modified: May 28th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:gaa.ieMichael Murphyonline votelast_img read more

Joburg Open: two in a row for Schwartzel

first_img‘The King of Joburg’ “That’s what you need to do to win. You won’t always hit the ball well but you need to find a way to get the lowest score,” he said. The final day began with Schwartzel tied with fellow South Africans Garth Mulroy, who finished second on 15-under after a 71, and Thomas Aiken, who was third on 14-under after a 72. A Johannesburg native, Schwartzel closed with a four-under-par 67, overcoming difficulties including two bogeys mid-round, to win the tournament going away. He was happy to please the home crowd, who greeted him with shouts of “Schwartzel – King of Joburg!” Source: City of Johannesburg Charl Schwartzel (-19) 68, 61, 69, 67, 265 Garth Mulroy (-15) 65, 64, 69, 71, 269 Thomas Aiken (-14) 64, 66, 68, 72, 270 Jamie Elson (-13) 65, 64, 71, 71, 271 Jean-Baptiste Gonnet (-12) 67, 66, 67, 72, 272 Scott Jamieson (-11) 70, 66, 72, 65, 273 Tjaart van Der Walt (-10) 69, 68, 70, 67, 274 George Coetzee (-10) 70, 65, 70, 69, 274 James Kingston (-10) 68, 62, 73, 71, 274 Allen Versfeld (-10) 66, 66, 70, 72, 274 Oscar Floren (-10) 68, 68, 66, 72, 274 Charl Schwartzel staged a successful defence of his Joburg Open title, claiming the title for the second time running at the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Course on Sunday. “I was swinging well until my bogey on the ninth. Then I lost my rhythm and couldn’t get it back. I had to dig deep and really trust my short game. My mind was in the right place and that pulled me through.” LEADERBOARD After a four-round total 19-under 265, Schwartzel became the first South African to win back-to-back titles in the Joburg Open and the third to defend a title on the European Tour, following Ernie Els and Trevor Immelman. “I started off well, which was tough in the rain. In any tournament, when you’re tied with someone, it’s important to get off to a good start. My first nine holes put a lot of pressure on them, so I got my nose ahead. I just tried to find a way to stay ahead,” he explained. Race to Dubai rankingsAs a result of his victory, Schwartzel has climbed to the summit of the European Tour’s Race to Dubai rankings. With the four South African events starting the season, South Africans feature strongly. “I love playing in Johannesburg,” said the champion. “I grew up here and feel right at home, so I couldn’t have asked for a better place to defend a title.” Despite the two being better off the tee, their short game could not match that of Schwartzel. The world number 32 played solidly on the front nine but struggled to hit a fairway on the back nine. However his superb short game ensured his title defence remained on track. Sixth European tour titleSunday’s Joburg Open win is Schwartzel’s sixth European Tour title; it earned him a purse of €206 000 (about R1.9-million). Short game Schwartzel is first with earnings of €374 850, while Africa Open winner Louis Oosthuizen is in second spot on €227 700. Spain’s Pablo Martin, who successfully defended his title at the Alfred Dunhill Championship occupies third spot on €160 786. South African Open winner Ernie Els is in fourth on €158 500. Thomas Aiken follows, fractionally behind, on €158 424. Retief Goosen is in sixth on €115 000. The Joburg Open is one of four events co-sanctioned by the Sunshine and European Tours, the others being the Alfred Dunhill Championship, the South African Open, and the Africa Open. Executive Mayor Amos Masondo, who presented the 26-year-old with his trophy, proclaimed his joy at a native winning the tournament, saying: “I am very happy the King of Joburg has prevailed.” 17 January 2011last_img read more