first_imgAURORA | Aurora diners who have a hankering for a Whopper but lack the will to leave the couch need not fret — at least not about getting that hamburger.Burger King announced last week that it has chosen the Burger King at 16850 E. Iliff Ave. as the chain’s first Colorado location to offer delivery service. The restaurant, along with one in Phoenix, are the latest of just a handful of the burger giant’s 13,000 locations to offer delivery service.A Wednesday, June 20, 2012 file photo shows a burger and fries at a Burger King in Richardson, Texas. Burger King Worldwide Inc.’s net income surged 60 percent in the second quarter, as the fast food chain reworked its menu and focused on expanding overseas. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)“This expansion was an easy decision as Phoenix and Denver have some of our most loyal guests and the Burger King brand is excited to offer them the opportunity to enjoy the food they love, delivered to them in the comfort of their home, dorm or office,” Petru Pusta, Director, Retail Innovation, Burger King Worldwide, Inc., said in a statement last week.Burger King dipping its toe into the delivery game is part of a growing trend, experts say.According to National Restaurant Association research, 52 percent of adults said they would likely use delivery from a quick-service restaurant directly to a home or office. And, the association said, the industry has seen substantial growth in recent years of so-called “off-premise” options, including curbside pick up and to-go orders.Today, about 70 percent of restaurant traffic is “off-premise” orders, said Annika Stensson, senior manager of research communications for the National Restaurant Association.“So it makes perfect sense for restaurants to expand their takeout and delivery options. Competition in the industry is intense, so adding points of access can provide a competitive edge and reach new customers outside of the four walls of the restaurant,” she said.And, convenience is a particularly strong influence on which restaurant a diner chooses, she said.Still, Burger King remains one of just a few major national fast-food chains to offer delivery service, though several services will pick up food from restaurants and deliver it to a customer’s door step for a fee.At Steve-O’s Pizza and Ribs in Aurora, owner Steve Wieand has been offering delivery from other restaurants for a $7.50 fee for several years.Wieand said there is certainly a market for fast-food delivery, especially among customers who value convenience.But, Wieand said, the trouble Burger King will run into is the smaller orders that require a driver to hustle to a customer’s home for an order that only nets a few bucks.And, he said, having a delivery service means quite a bit of extra work, including finding drivers with reliable cars, insurance and clean driving records.“They might try it, but it’s not as easy as you think,” he said.Burger King first offered delivery in 2011 at restaurants in a handful of test markets and has since grown to include New York, Miami, Houston, Las Vegas, Sacramento, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area and greater Washington, D.C.Delivery is available from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and requires a $10 minimum order.The company credits a proprietary thermal packaging for making sure hot foods stay hot and cold foods stay cold in transit.The Aurora location near Iliff and South Buckley Road serves the neighborhoods: Aurora Highlands, Kingsborough, Country Lane, Lakeshore, Southeast Crossings, Stone Ridge Park, Meadowood, Summer Valley Ranch and Seven Hills, among others.The company said it plans to expand to other locations around the metro area in a few months, including to another Aurora restaurant and others in Denver, Wheat Ridge, Lakewood, Arvada, Commerce City, Englewood, Littleton and Centennial.last_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON | Federal health officials said Friday that they were never told of repeated findings of listeria at a Blue Bell Creameries facility before an outbreak linked to the ice cream turned deadly.Results of a Food and Drug Administration investigation released this week showed the company had found 17 positive samples of listeria on surfaces and floors in its Oklahoma plant dating back to 2013. The FDA said Friday that it “was not aware of these findings” before doing its own inspection this year in response to the outbreak.The outbreak — and the FDA’s lack of knowledge of the bacteria found in the plant — is a stark illustration of gaps in the nation’s food safety system. Food contamination often isn’t discovered until people get sick or die.In the outbreak linked to Blue Bell, three people died in a Kansas hospital and seven others were sickened in Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma and Arizona.The FDA said it isn’t uncommon for companies not to report findings of listeria or other pathogens. Companies are only required to report to the FDA if they find a “reasonable probability” that a food could make people sick. Blue Bell’s listeria samples were found on surfaces and not in the ice cream, and the company hadn’t tested to see if the listeria strains found were among those that are the most dangerous.The FDA said it is common for a company to take corrective action — sanitizing and cleaning — without doing further testing if the pathogen isn’t found in the food itself.“Although Blue Bell’s testing did identify listeria, the company did not further identify the strain to determine if it was pathogenic,” FDA spokeswoman Lauren Sucher said.The company eventually recalled all of its products after tests showed listeria in its ice cream last month.A sweeping food safety law passed by Congress in 2010 sought to prevent such ongoing contamination by requiring companies to do more testing, put detailed food safety plans in place and take more preventive measures to keep pathogens, especially deadly bacteria like listeria, from getting into food.But that law has been plagued by delays within the Obama administration. The FDA has struggled to get the rules right and appease many of the farmers and companies that will have to abide by it. After lawsuits over the delays, the final version of those rules must come out later this year.Since President Barack Obama signed the food safety bill into law, there have been dozens of outbreaks, including one of listeria in cantaloupe in 2011 that killed 30.“It certainly has taken far too long to get this done and these outbreaks are the result,” said Christopher Waldrop, director of the Food Policy Institute at the Consumer Federation of America.The Blue Bell outbreak is an example of how contamination can go unnoticed and untreated. The FDA hadn’t inspected the Oklahoma plant since March 2012, and even if it had been in the plant more recently, the company may not have been required to tell the agency about the contamination. Many company records are private, though the food safety law would make some of those tests more visible. The only way some records become available “is if people get sick,” said David Plunkett of the Center for Science in the Public Interest.State health inspections weren’t much help: A March 2015 state inspection of the Oklahoma plant read “No Violations Observed!” and “Keep it up!”FDA inspectors found many violations at that plant, including dirty equipment, inadequate food storage, food being held at improper temperatures and employees not washing hands appropriately. Employees wore dirty shoes in the plant and soiled, porous wood pallets were used for ingredient storage and transportation. The FDA also said the company did not do enough testing for possible food contamination.Blue Bell said in a statement Thursday that its facilities remain closed indefinitely as it cleans and sanitizes them. Of the FDA report, company spokesman Joe Robertson said when a test was conducted and there was a positive result for listeria, “our standard procedure is to stop, clean and sanitize and then re-swab the area. When we get a negative test (result), we feel like we are good about operating again.”Robertson added, “In hindsight, we can see now that wasn’t always adequate.”Once in a plant, listeria can be very difficult to get rid of. It is found in soil and water and can be tracked into a facility by employees or carried by animals.Listeria illness generally only affects the elderly, people with compromised immune systems, and pregnant women and their newborn infants. All three who died in the Blue Bell outbreak had already been hospitalized for other conditions.Associated Press writer Juan Lozano in Houston contributed to this report.last_img read more

first_img Rescue personal, center left, take driver Justin Wilson, of England, to a waiting helicopter after he was involved in a crash during the Pocono IndyCar 500 auto race Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015, in Long Pond, Pa. (AP Photo/Mel Evans) SONOMA, Calif. | This kind of list makes David Letterman sick to his stomach and question his love of auto racing.The retired late-night comedian and IndyCar team co-owner rattled off a number racing deaths — Justin Wilson, Dan Wheldon, Paul Dana, Dale Earnhardt, Ayrton Senna, sprint car driver Kevin Ward Jr. — and wondered if “maybe we’ve reached diminishing returns at making this sport safer.”Letterman expressed his grief in a telephone interview with The Associated Press from his Montana ranch. He spoke just two days after Wilson died from a head injury suffered Sunday when he was struck by a piece of debris at Pocono Raceway.“It’s just like, ‘Whoa, is this really the sport that you can embrace entirely?’ I don’t know. It’s a real self-examination,” Letterman said.Letterman is part owner of the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing and the team goes into Sunday’s season finale at Sonoma Raceway thick in the championship hunt. Graham Rahal trails leader Juan Pablo Montoya by 34 points in an event that will count for double points in the standings. FILE – In this May 24, 2009, file photo, David Letterman, left, and Bobby Rahal, car owners for driver Oriol Servia, of Spain, talk before the 93rd running of the Indianapolis 500 auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis. Letterman expressed his grief in a telephone interview with The Associated Press from his Montana ranch. He spoke just two days after IndyCar driver Justin Wilson died from a head injury suffered Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015, when he was struck by a piece of debris at Pocono Raceway. (AP Photo/AJ Mast, File) File-This March 25, 2011, file photo shows Justin Wilson, of England, preparing for a practice run for the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in St. Petersburg, Fla. Wilson has died from a head injury suffered when a piece of debris struck him at Pocono Raceway. He was 37. IndyCar made the announcement on Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara, File) The Astor Cup, awarded to the winner of the IndyCar series, is displayed with a two-seat race car at a news conference about this weekend’s Grand Prix of Sonoma auto race, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) A helicopter lifts off at Pocono Raceway carrying race car driver Justin Wilson, of England, after he was involved in a crash during the Pocono IndyCar 500 auto race Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015, in Long Pond, Pa. (AP Photo/Mel Evans) Rahal was just nine points out headed into last weekend’s race at Pocono, but he was wrecked by Tristan Vautier midway through the race. The incident with Wilson occurred long after Rahal had exited the race, when debris from Sage Karam’s single-car spin flew into Wilson’s open cockpit and struck him in the head. In a coma and critical condition, the 37-year-old Wilson died little more than 24 hours later. He leaves behind a wife and two young daughters.“I talked to a lot of people about this: Racing is fun, but people are not supposed to get killed,” Letterman said. “I am brokenhearted for his family, for his kids, and everybody says, ‘Well, this is what the guy wanted to do.’ And of course, that’s the case.“But we’re not supposed to have people die in the middle of this competition. I think he has two children, and that just breaks my heart, that dad loves driving race cars.”Letterman’s voice was emotional and it was clear he’s put much thought into justifying his love of racing against his personal struggles with the risks involved.. Improvements were made following Dan Wheldon’s death in the 2011 season finale in Las Vegas. The two-time Indianapolis 500 champion died almost instantly when his car went airborne and his head slammed into a post in the fence.The car driven now in IndyCar was introduced immediately after Wheldon’s death and Dallara called it the DW12 for the development work Wheldon had provided.Wilson’s death was the first fatality in IndyCar since then, and it was almost a fluke accident in that the nosecone from Karam’s car bounced down the track and into Wilson’s cockpit as he was the 12th driver to pass through the crash scene.“I’ve done quite a lot of thought, and statistically, I suppose people will tell us racing has never been safer, and maybe that’s the case,” Letterman said. “And it seems like always enough time goes by between episodes, tragedies like this, where you are lulled into thinking that, ‘OK, well, that’s not going to happen again.’“And then it happens again. It just makes you sick to your stomach.”IndyCar is honoring Wilson this weekend, beginning Thursday when Marco Andretti was scheduled to drive Wilson’s car across the Golden Gate Bridge. James Hinchcliffe, who has been sidelined since his own life-threatening accident in May during preparations for the Indianapolis 500, was scheduled to drive IndyCar’s two-seater with the championship trophy in the car.Letterman remains excited for Rahal’s prospects on Sunday, but his emotions are tempered by the loss of another driver. He said he struggled this week reconciling the good and the bad of auto racing.“What other sport do you have these two diametric circumstances: One, the possibility of this kid winning his first championship, and then also in the same week you have a guy who dies. I don’t know how to reconcile it, I just don’t,” he said.“When you see a race and you see people drive these cars with such precision, what they are able to achieve and what they are able to control, it’s like watching ballet. What they are able to do with these high-horsepower automobiles, it’s like watching the Blue Angels or something,” Letterman said. “That’s the thrill of it. So when you see a kid get killed doing this, it’s a tap on the shoulder of, ‘I don’t know. I don’t know if we are supposed to be enjoying this or not.’ Not many people are getting killed in volleyball.”This story has been corrected to show Wilson was 37last_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON | The House on Tuesday easily approved a bipartisan bill that would for the first time regulate tens of thousands of toxic chemicals in everyday products from household cleaners to clothing and furniture.Supporters said the bill would clear up a hodgepodge of state rules and update and improve a toxic-chemicals law that has remained unchanged for 40 years.Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., speaks with Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 19, 2016, before joining a bipartisan group of senators at a news conference to discuss legislation to improve the federal regulation of chemicals and toxic substances. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)“Today marks a milestone — for this Congress and for the American people as we make great strides to update our nation’s chemical safety laws,” said Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. “This bill is good for jobs. It’s good for consumers. And it’s good for the environment.”The 403-12 vote in favor of the bill sends it to the Senate, where it’s expected to be approved and sent to President Barack Obama, who is expected to sign it.The bill, more than three years in the making, won support in recent days from a broad coalition that ranged from environmental and public health groups to the chemical industry and the National Association of Manufacturers.In a sign of the bill’s wide support, lawmakers from both parties heaped praise on the measure. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., called it a “common sense” bill that will reduce risks to consumers and make “chemicals and products we use every day safer for Americans.”Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., said the bill “addresses the fundamental flaws” of the current law that expose the public to dangerous chemicals. “It is long past time that Congress update this law,” she said.Some environmental groups remained opposed, however, saying the bill did too little to protect consumers from dangerous chemicals that can cause cancer, nervous system disorders and other health problems.“Despite the best efforts of many lawmakers to redeem legislation that originated in the suites of the chemical industry, on balance the law Congress will send to the president’s desk continues to place chemical company interests above the public interest,” said Ken Cook, president of the Washington-based Environmental Working Group.Toxic chemicals have been linked to serious illnesses, including cancer, infertility, diabetes and Parkinson’s disease. But under current law only a small fraction of chemicals used in consumer goods have been reviewed for safety.The bill approved Tuesday would set new safety standards for asbestos and other dangerous chemicals, including formaldehyde, styrene and Bisphenol A, better known as BPA, that have gone unregulated for decades.The measure would update the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act to require the Environmental Protection Agency to evaluate new and existing chemicals against a new, risk-based safety standard that includes considerations for particularly vulnerable people such as children and pregnant women. It also establishes written deadlines for the EPA to act and makes it harder for the industry to claim chemical information is proprietary and therefore secret.The manufacturers group said industry has “revolutionized the way chemicals are made and used” since the original toxics law was adopted in 1976, “yet the law has not been updated to keep up with those changes.”State laws enacted to fill the void have resulted in “a patchwork of confusing, often contradictory, regulations for manufacturers and consumers to navigate,” the manufacturers group said in a statement. “It is time to update our nation’s chemical laws.”“While not perfect, the bill meets the high goals set by the administration for meaningful reform,” the White House said in a statement Monday. The legislation is likely to restore public confidence in the safety of chemicals while improving public health and environmental protections, the White House said.A key sticking point in negotiations over the bill has centered on state regulation of toxic chemicals.California, Massachusetts, Vermont and other states have moved aggressively to regulate chemicals, and some Democrats said they feared the bill would block state efforts even as it imposed the first-ever national standards for tens of thousands of chemicals that have gone unregulated for decades.The 181-page bill declares that any state law or rule in place before April 22 would not be pre-empted by federal law. The legislation also would allow states to work on some regulations while federal rules are being developed, a process that can take up to seven years.States that do not regulate chemicals closely would follow the federal standard.Rep. Paul Tonko, D-N.Y., said the bill includes a “regulatory pause” that prevents states from acting on some chemicals for up to 3 1/2 years while EPA reviews a chemical. Tonko called that “a core flaw in reform that cannot be ignored.”Supporters say they hope to win Senate approval later this week, with the goal of sending it to Obama’s desk by Memorial Day.Reach Matthew Daly: read more

first_imgIt’s nearly that time of year when gardeners think of spring — of planting bulbs that are going to bloom then.Bulbs are “pre-packaged” flowers, so a green thumb isn’t necessary to get those first season’s blossoms. Still, a few tips for buying and planting bulbs can make for a better show next spring and beyond.BIGGER IS BETTERThe bigger the bulbs, the bigger next spring’s flowers.Bulbs are usually sold as small, medium or top size, the measurement taken around the circumference where the bulb is fattest. Which measurements go with which size depends on the kind of bulb. Small tulips are 10 to 11 centimeters around, medium ones 11 to 12 centimeters, and anything larger is top size.Naturally smaller bulbs include certain tulips, such as the charming waterlily tulip, as well as grape hyacinth, crocus and snow drop.This undated photo shows flowering bulbs in New Paltz, N.Y. Over time, spring flowering bulbs, especially narcissuses like the ones shown here, can multiply to the point of becoming overcrowded, at which time they need to be dug up, separated, and replanted. (Lee Reich via AP)MORE IS BETTEROver time, with good care, smaller bulbs will grow into larger ones, whose show will match that of the initially fatter bulbs. One way to compensate for smaller flowers would be to plant more of them, putting your money into buying more rather than fatter bulbs. Which brings us to …More is better, for any kind of bulb. Forget about planting tulips in a single file ready to march like soldiers down the edge of your front path. Instead, plan for big dollops of color, massing bulbs in circular groups or, for bolder visual effect from fewer bulbs, triangular groupings with an apex directed to your vantage point.GOOD CONDITIONSEven though this coming spring’s flowers are already packaged inside bulbs, the more sunlight the plants bask in, the better will be the show they put on in years to come. The spot where you plant bulbs doesn’t have to be bathed in sunlight all season — only until the bulbs’ leaves disappear. Those leaves disappear, fortuitously, at about the same time that emerging leaves of deciduous trees finally knit together to create cool shade.Another consideration in siting spring bulbs is soil drainage; most abhor wet feet. The original home of tulips, narcissus, crocuses, and many other popular spring bulbs are the mountainsides of western Asia, on ground that is parched all summer. Holland is a good place to raise bulbs commercially because the long, cool, moist springs delay dormancy. In the long time before the bulbs’ leaves finally die back, the greenery has plenty of time to fuel the following season’s flower buds.What about fertilizer? The traditional recommendation is to put bone meal into the bottom of the planting hole. Actually, a bulb does not need fertilizer to flower well its first season, only to flower well in subsequent seasons. What these bulbs really need is any balanced fertilizer — including compost, the Cadillac of fertilizers — spread on the ground right after planting this fall or even in spring. Bone meal is not a particularly well balanced fertilizer.Good growing conditions will get these bulbs multiplying, with younger bulbs budding off the mother bulb. Overcrowded bulbs won’t flower well, so they’ll eventually need to be dug up; a good time is when the foliage is dying down. They can then be replanted with sufficient elbow room.And unless your yard is free of deer, plant types of bulbs that deer generally don’t like, such as ornamental onions, glory-of-the-snow, winter aconite, fritillaria, snowdrop, hyacinth, snowflake, squill and narcissus. read more

first_imgAURORA | The theater company that brought Aurora a bevy of big-name musicals, including “Rent,” “American Idiot,” and — most recently — “The Wiz,” is closing up shop at the end of the month, directors for Ignite Theatre announced this weekend.A musical production arm of Lucent Performing Arts, Ignite’s final show will be “The Wiz,” which opened on the Aurora Fox Arts Center Main Stage Friday night and runs through Jan. 29, according to a Monday morning statement released on behalf of Ignite.Will Adams, the company’s co-founder and executive producer, originally broke the news about Ignite’s conclusion before the opening night performance Jan. 7, according to a report published by the news source tied to the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.“Eight years and 31 productions later, Ignite Theatre has positively impacted the lives of hundreds of actors, directors, designers and musicians, and many thousands of audience members,” Adams said in a statement. “We’ve created a difference in the Denver-area theatre community.”Adams in 2009 co-founded Ignite, originally named Gravity Defied Theatre, along with Keith Rabin Jr. and Reace Daniel. The company’s first production was “bare: the musical.”In the news release, Ignite pointed to changes at the Aurora Fox, the company’s long-time creative home, and an overburdened board of directors as reasons for its quietus.Rabin, Ignite’s artistic director, announced last summer he would at the end of January be leaving the company he helped found.“As I quickly near the end of my time in the Denver theatre community, and as Ignite Theatre slowly dims its flame until the next spark of creativity lights it I can only say that I’ve met some of the most amazing, loving and supportive people who took us to where we are today,” Rabin said in a statement.Several members of the local theater community championed Ignite’s past success.“It’s the end of a great run for them,” said Charlie Packard, executive director of the Aurora Fox. “This is not a tragic thing, this is a lifecycle thing.”Packard said Ignite’s bold musical selections helped serve an audience segment that was not regularly satiated with the Fox’s seasonal choices. He added that Ignite’s flight from the Aurora Cultural Arts District will create a temporary programming gap which will need to be addressed.“They were filling a niche for audiences that the Fox isn’t really filling, and it’s not really Vintage’s niche either,” Packard said. “So I need to rethink some of my selections and efforts to make sure that we’re finding that newer, younger audience that really responded to Ignite’s selections.“There isn’t really another theater company comparable to Ignite, working at Ignite’s level. But we’ll be making some new contacts and seeing who’s out there,” he added.Ignite’s parent venture, Lucent Performing Arts, will remain active to pursue future programs, “such as educational workshops, guerrilla theatre or remounts of past productions,” according to a press statement.last_img read more

first_imgBACKPACKThis method, found on the Craftaholics Anonymous website, involves sewing lengths of cotton strapping or belting to a hand towel, folding it in half to make a pocket and then sewing it to the top edge of a beach towel or oversize bath towel. The long sides of the large towel are then folded in toward the center. The towel is rolled up from the bottom and can be stuffed into the pocket, creating a compact bundle with straps that allow it to be carried like a backpack. There’s also enough room in the pocket to tuck in a few small items, such as keys, sunglasses or maybe a magazine.Though the other methods are a bit more stylish because they incorporate other fabric, this was by far the easiest and quickest of the three techniques. One caveat: The original instructions call for straps that are just 10 inches long. This results in a backpack that could only be worn by a fairly small child. I ended up increasing the length to about 22 inches and found that to be just about right for my frame.COST: 7EASE: 9RESULTS: 7TOTE BAGThe towel-into-tote tutorial at a blog called More Like Home was more my style: It includes a pillow at one end of the towel and folds up in such a way that there are plenty of pockets in which to stash reading material and other items. This technique also results in a slightly longer towel on which to lounge because it involves two large bath towels. One towel is cut in half, folded and sewn together to make a pillow case. The case is then sewn to the second towel and stuffed. I, however, took the advice of one of the blog commenters and instead of stuffing the pocket with fiberfill, I just folded up the unused half of the first towel. That way, it can be removed to be used as an extra drying-off towel at the beach or as a pillow.Pockets and straps are sewn to the backside of the towel, and when it is rolled up, the pockets end up along the sides of the bundle.This method took the longest time and was the most difficult, as it involved covering the cut edge of towels with fabric, making straps and pockets, and adding hook-and-loop tape to hold the top of the tote together when it’s all rolled up. It also was the most expensive because it involved purchasing two large towels plus a yard of fabric, though it did produce the fanciest result.COST: 5EASE: 5RESULTS: 8SLINGThe third project comes from the blog of fabric designer Anna Maria Horner, and unlike the other two, doesn’t include any way to carry other items — though you certainly could roll up a swimsuit in the towel. But the result also is less bulky and more streamlined, so if your goal is to just keep your kid from dragging a towel on the ground, this is the way to go.This method involves sewing a wide sleeve of fabric to the top edge of a towel, and adding two straps — one short loop and one long loop. When the towel is rolled up, the long loop slips through the shorter one, holding the towel in a neat roll and creating a long handle that makes it easy to carry.It was trickier than expected to fit the bulk of the towel into the sleeve of fabric and sew through it smoothly, but otherwise this was a fairly easy project. It also was the cheapest, requiring just one towel and about three-quarters of a yard of fabric.COST: 8EASE: 7RESULTS: 7 1 of 3 This Aug. 19, 2018 photo shows three tote-able towels on the beach in Hopkinton, N.H, Beach towels can pull double duty or at least be easier to carry if you add straps to turn them into tote bags. The Associated Press tested three methods of turning beach towels into tote bags, with the results seen here. The pink version includes a pillow and exterior pocket, the green version is a simple sling and the blue version has the towel stuffed into a backpack-like sack. (AP Photo/Holly Ramer) CONCORD, N.H. | Summer is coming to a close, but don’t throw in the towel just yet. Carry it to the beach or pool in style.I admit, I sent my son to day camp for five weeks this summer with a rather ratty towel crammed into his backpack with his swimsuit, lunch and water bottle. But when I imagine squeezing in a beach day for myself, I’d much rather have a thick towel, preferably padded with a pillow, that can also corral my sunscreen and book and can be slung over a shoulder. So I tested three methods for upcycling towels to make them easier to carry. One folds up into a backpack, one into a tote bag, and the third into a more simple sling.Here’s what I found, with each method rated from 1 to 10, with 10 indicating the least expensive, easiest and best results:center_img This Aug. 19, 2018 photo shows three tote-able towels on the beach in Hopkinton, N.H, Beach towels can pull double duty or at least be easier to carry if you add straps to turn them into tote bags. (AP Photo/Holly Ramer) This Aug. 19, 2018 photo shows three tote-able towels on the beach in Hopkinton, N.H, Beach towels can pull double duty or at least be easier to carry if you add straps to turn them into tote bags. (AP Photo/Holly Ramer)last_img read more

first_imgTravellers Rest Golf GroupMonday, March 17, Khao Kheow – StablefordWe started off last week on Monday with St Patrick’s Day, so I was expecting a large turnout of men from the Emerald Isle as for the last couple of months Pattaya has been awash with them.  Instead in a field of twenty six golfers just five were Irish so I can only assume that all the rest have returned home to tend to their gardens of Lucky Heather and Four Leaf Clover and to feed their Leprachauns.  Still, the ones that were left were full of the old blarney about why they hadn’t won the competition that day at Khao Kheow.Khao Kheow (B & C) is indeed a tough golf course and most golfers, including myself, struggle to keep a good round going, normally failing miserably.  So when I tell you that the winners of the two divisions on the day recorded winning scores of 40 and 42 points respectively, you will probably agree with me that they are both either Superman or complete bandits.  Next time I see Mike Rushant and Bill Chur I expect them to be either wearing masks or their underpants outside their shorts.Mike Rushant and Any Rich. Mike Rushant won Division 1 by five clear shots from Gerry Fernandez in second place and Terry Worth finished in third.  Gerry Fernandez was obviously so shocked at being so far behind the leader he immediately went down with a terrible affliction called shanking.  By the end of the week everybody was calling him Ravi (Ravi Shankar) and he was seriously thinking of giving up golf and taking up sitar lessons.In Division 2 Bill Chur did even better by winning his flight by seven clear shots from Gary Bennett in second and Glen Kananoa in third.  Bill was last seen riding off into the sunset on his trusty steed laughing heartily.Div. 1 (0-14)1st Mike Rushant (12) 40pts2nd Gerry Fernandez (12) 35pts3rd Terry Worth (13) 33ptsDiv. 2 (15+)1st Bill Chur (15) 42pts2nd Gary Bennett (17) 35pts3rd Glen Kananoa (15) 33ptsTuesday, March 18, Green Valley – StablefordOn Tuesday it was off to Green Valley and the Irish contingent was down to three hardy souls who had recovered enough from the shenanigans of the night before to take to the golf course.  A few of the other nationalities also failed to show and we were down to just one division on the day.Bill Chur had a change of mind and decided to turn his horse around, adjusted his stetson and return for another helping of rich pickings back in Pattaya.  Despite being docked two shots to his handicap for his remarkable effort the day before at Khao Kheow, he romped off with the first prize yet again leaving the townsfolk mumbling in their beers.  Ged Higgins and Jim Cleaver did their best to throw a lasso over Bill and haul him back to the pack but just failed.1st Bill Chur (13) 37pts2nd Ged Higgins (19) 36pts3rd Jim Cleaver (10) 36 ptsThursday, March 20, Bangpakong – StablefordThursday was a trip to one of my favourite courses – Bangpakong.  Always in immaculate condition and a little more forgiving than a lot of other golf courses around Pattaya, everybody seems to come away from here feeling good about their game, except of course if your name is Gerry Fernandez.On the day the best looking man in Pattaya certainly had a good day, yes you guessed it, I won.  Playing like I used to many moons ago it all came together and I held off the opposition to walk away with the first prize.  Dave Palmer in second and Phil Battah in third made it an extremely tight finish but I managed to keep my nose in front, and so I should, it is large enough.1st Andy Rich (22) 39pts2nd Dave Palmer (7) 38pts3rd Phil Battah (12) 37ptsSaturday, March 22, Eastern Star – StablefordOn Saturday the TRGG brought the week to a close by heading off to Eastern Star, another course that can give you a nasty kick in the butt when all seems to be going well.Jim Cleaver invited an American mate along called Craig Matthews and he very impolitely took advantage of the TRGG’s renowned hospitality by walking off with first place.  The genial giant that is Louis Flanagan at last won something for the Irish by taking second place and my playing partner John Baxter showed some good form to take third.1st Craig Matthews (15) 36pts2nd Louis Flanagan (12) 35pts3rd John Baxter (15) 35ptsGood luck to all you golfers for the coming week and if you would like to play a round of golf with the TRGG, please phone Fergus Brennan on 086 056 7019 or pop into the Ned Kelly Bar in Soi Lengkee and add your name to the weekly lists which are posted on the notice board.last_img read more

first_img2nd Mike Allidi (3) 36pts3rd Huw Phillips (13) 36ptsB Flight1st Tony Browne (21) 40pts2nd Bob Fagan (22) 34pts3rd John Mason (25) 29ptsOn what seemed a rare visit here we found the course to be in very good condition, and just as challenging as ever.  As reported by another society recently, the greens are still much slower than those who have played here over the years have experienced.  Today, mostly medium pace, but some greens were quicker than that and caught out more than a few.Of the 21 starters today, only four of them managed to play to handicap or better.  The two outstanding scores came from Tony Browne and Maurice Roberts.  Tony won the “B” flight with a well compiled 40 points while Bob Fagan came back to form with 34 points to get second and John Mason was surprised to make third with only 29.Maurice Roberts will tell you his form is all over the place, but today was “steady as she goes” amassing 38 points to take out first spot in the “A” flight.  Second place went to Mike Allidi, handicap 3, who scored 36 points, gross 75, and Huw Phillips did well to also have 36 points, only to beaten on count-back by Mike.The best nines for non winners came from Phil Davies (front 18pts) and Peter Wilson (back 18pts).Wednesday, Nov. 15, Eastern Star – Stableford1st Eric Black (14) 36pts2nd Paul Chesney (19) 32pts3rd Phil Davies (10) 32pts4th Mike Firkin (21) 31ptsScoring was difficult this day and fourth place was filled by Mike Firkin with 31 points, one behind Phil Davies and Paul Chesney, with Paul taking second on count back.  The winner was Eric Black, featuring for the first time with the group with an excellent level par 36 points.Consolation prizes went to John Mason (best front nine, 17 points) and Ken Page (best back nine, 17 points) whilst Mike Wilsher, unusually struggling all day with his short game looked at home in the loser’s wig.Mike Firkin kindly sponsored near pins but only one was recorded, Peter Ditz on the seventeenth.  It was another indication of how tough it was to find the distances in the conditions.Friday, Nov 17,Silky Oak – Stableford1st Eric Black (14) 38pts2nd Phil Davies (10) 37pts3rd Tony Browne (21) 37ptsTwo wins on the trot for Eric “The Judge” Black who is now showing his very good form this trip.  Silky Oak tends to worry people about playing here but the course was in good condition with fairways freshly mown.Finishing right behind Eric Black was Phil Davies and Tony Browne (again) as each scored 37 points.  Phil managed to win the count-back to take second spot but it was excellent going from all three on a tiring day.With so few players, we had just the one flight, but still had best nines for non-winners which went to Alan Walker (front 18pts) and Rod Stevens (back 18pts). Eric Black (left) with Phil Davies.Pattaya Links Golf SocietyMonday, Nov. 13, Bangpra – StablefordA Flight1st Maurice Roberts (11) 38ptslast_img read more

first_imgJomtien golf with the IPGCMonday, Sept. 2, Plutaluang – StablefordAs I have mentioned before, we alternate our courses every three weeks we were here today to play probably everyone’s favourite two nines at Navy, the North and the West.  There were a few clouds hovering over the course as we approached the turnoff on the 332 but these soon dispersed as we stood on the first tee.  The split was 6-20 in division 1 and 21 plus in division 2 for the stableford competition and the best score recorded came in the first division from the Bristol boy Bob Poole with 36 points.  Bryan Rought placed second on 34 and in third place was Kari Kuparinen, playing off 6, who beat Lindsay Phillips on an 18/17 back nine count back for third after they both scored 33 points.Bryan Rought. Rod Howett topped division 2 with 35 points ahead of Andy Crabb on 34 and David Phillips on 33.Near pins went to Lindsay Phillips, Bryan Rought (3), Rodney Howett (2) and Glen King.  Lindsay Phillips birdied the 3rd hole on the West course for the only ‘2’ in division 1 and in the second division there was a rollover to Burapha on Wednesday.Wednesday, Sept. 4, Burapha – StablefordSeven groups out today with a field of 28 players and we were playing the A and B courses.  Last time we were here three weeks ago we played off the blue tees with a yardage of 6733 yards and there were many moans on that occasion, so this time we selected the white tees at 6218 yards and after the round there were many grumbles regarding how short the course was, especially in division 1 with the scores coming in so high.We have decided in future when we play here that irrespective of the number of players, Division 1 will always be 1-16 off the blue tees and division 2 off the whites in a separate competition as always.Jason Barnet, playing off 4, shot a gross 70 to win division 1 with 42 points while Kari Kuparinen (off 6) returned a score of 41 points (gross 73) to take second and Lindsay Phillips beat Iain Usher on an 18/15back-nine count back for third after they both came in with 40 points each.The division 2 winner was is Gordon Everingham with 34 points, one ahead of Jimmy Johnson in second, and Ian Wilson was third with 32.Near pins were claimed by Jason Barnet, Mike Chatt, Karl Flood (2), Bruce Gardner, Rod Howett and Anna Marie Usher (2).Karl Flood birdied A6 for the only ‘2’ in division 1 while Jimmy Johnson had a ‘2’ on B8 and picked up two rollovers from the last two matches in division 2.Friday, Sept. 6, Eastern Star – StablefordThere have been a lot of improvement to this course over the past few weeks, and quite a few mentioned this in the clubhouse afterward today’s round.  The greens were better than we’ve seen for awhile, the fairways with running stripes were good and the semi rough around the water holes has been improved.Anna Marie and Ian Usher.The equal cut today was 4-14 in division 1 and 17+ in division 2 and the best score came in division 2 from Paul Hartley with 37 points.  Iain Walsh followed Paul onto the podium in second on 34 and the organizer took third with 31.Tony Oakes topped division 1 with 34 points, beating Frank Kelly on a 17/14 back-nine count back, and Jason Barnet was third one point behind after edging Kari Kuparinen on an 18/15 count back.Kari was not too upset as he birdied the 6th for the only ‘2’ in division 1 and the ‘darkside’ boy Andy Baber got a ‘2’ on the third from around six feet away from the pin for the only one in division 2.Near pins were won by Jason Barnet, Marty Rock (2), Andy Baber, Paul Hartley and Iain Walsh.We had to say bon voyage today to Anna Marie and Ian Usher – we hope to see you again soon!last_img read more