Gold for Rose Ð and a new generation of golfers is set to flower

first_img15 Aug 2016 Gold for Rose Ð and a new generation of golfers is set to flower England Golf ambassador Justin Rose is set to inspire a new generation of players after winning the first Olympic gold for golf since the sport’s return to the Games after 112 years.   The Englishman said after his two-stroke triumph at Rio 2016: “I am proud to be able to say that felt better than anything I’ve ever won. “I hope my win and the Olympics inspires people to get into golf, it truly is a sport for everyone, whatever your age or ability. “Back at home England Golf, who supported me as I developed as a golfer, are working with clubs to encourage participation with beginner courses, taster lessons and special events and break down perceived barriers to playing,” added Rose. Golf is already England’s fifth biggest participation sport, with just over 1.1 million adults playing at least once a month – and it’s set to grow rapidly after Rose’s Olympic triumph. England Golf’s Get into golf campaign – which is supported by Sky Sports – offers new and returning players an ideal way into the game with great value coaching from PGA professionals and an introduction to a sport which offers a good social life and many health benefits. Just playing 9-holes of golf means players will walk two to three miles, take over 5000 steps and burn over 450 calories. Rose says: “Golf is a great game for people looking to keep fit, as you don’t need to be an elite athlete to play. It is a game for everyone, of all ages or levels of fitness. It gets you out in the fresh air and doing some gentle, but effective exercise and can only help people looking to get or keep fit.” England Golf Chief Executive Nick Pink added: “Justin’s wonderful win is a fantastic result both for him and for golf. I am certain it will inspire thousands of people to set out to follow in his footsteps and enjoy the great game of golf – and we are ready to help guide them on their way.” He went on: “Everyone can play golf, there are no age limits and your ability doesn’t matter – golf has a handicapping system which irons out the differences between players and means everyone can play with each other. “Golf clubs and driving ranges everywhere are working incredibly hard to attract people to the game and all it has to offer. It’s an excellent game to play with family and friends because there’s plenty of time for conversation on the course and a really good social life in the clubhouse “But there are many myths around golf that we have to debunk. For example, people tell you that it takes all day to play. Nonsense! You can play 9 holes in 2 hours or whizz round a par 3 course in the same time. If you’re really strapped for time you can work well on your game in half an hour at the driving range or on the putting green.” The Golf Express campaign promotes 9-hole golf to encourage busy people to play all the game in half the time. It recognises the paces of modern life and offers 9 hole formats that most golfers can conveniently fit into a busy schedule Rose often plays 9 holes in practice and describes Golf Express as: “A great way to play all the game in half the time.” As an amateur Rose was an England international and a top boy player, winning the U16 and U18 McGregor and Carris Trophies. He turned professional after the 1998 Open championship when he holed from the rough on the last to tie fourth and, in a stellar career, has won the US Open and, now, his Olympic gold. He says: “I’m hoping that a great tournament in Rio will encourage kids all over the country go to their local club or range and start swinging a club. Golf is a game for everyone and I think that the Olympics will help make that point by getting more and more people playing.” Visit www.getintogolf.org to find out about beginner courses, taster lessons and special events at clubs and ranges nationwide. Visit www.golfexpress9.org to find places to play 9-hole golf across the country through an online directory and to take advantage of special offers.last_img read more

Few household names on the field at 2010 World Series

first_imgON THE BIG STAGE—Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington responds to a question during a news conference before team practice for the World Series, Oct. 24, in Arlington, Texas. The Rangers reached the World Series for the first time in their 50 years as a franchise by beating the New York Yankees 6-1 Oct. 22 to win the American League Championship Series. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) by Rachel CohenAP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP)—Their games often end way past bedtime for most of the nation. The biggest names linked to them—Nolan Ryan, George W. Bush, Willie Mays and Barry Bonds—won’t be on the field.And yet the World Series matchup of Texas and San Francisco could be intriguing, despite what all the TV ratings people say. If only fans around the country knew these two teams better. The World Series opens today with story lines to spare but not a lot of household names, putting it in danger of drawing some of the lowest television ratings in its history.The Rangers have MVP candidate Josh Hamilton, who overcame substance abuse. Giants ace Tim Lincecum was his league’s best pitcher two years running.Texas has never been to the World Series. The Giants last won it in 1954—before they left New York for San Francisco.It’s the reality of baseball in the 21st century: Some teams lure the viewers, and some don’t. A Philadelphia-Tampa World Series in 2008 set a record low. A year later, with the New York Yankees replacing the Rays as the Phillies’ opponent, the average rating jumped nearly 40 percent.“The whole world wanted to see the Phillies and Yankees in the World Series,” Giants first baseman Aubrey Huff said after his team won the National League pennant. “But you know what? It’s time for new blood.”Fox Sports Vice Chairman Ed Goren, whose network televises the series recalled the refrain of baseball fans just over a decade ago: “The Yankees just bought another World Series.”“For years, fans said, ‘We want parity,’” Goren said Monday on a conference call. “Well, you got it.”He noted that in the last six World Series, the only team to appear more than once was the Phillies in 2008 and ’09. While Goren expressed the required confidence of a TV executive that this matchup would fare just fine in the ratings, he acknowledged that it took longer for fans to warm up to teams they were less familiar with.MLB almost got a rematch of that enticing pairing this season. Instead, Texas and San Francisco pulled upsets in the League Championship Series.If the Yankees or Red Sox or Cubs or Dodgers are in the World Series, there’s a hook for casual fans from the start. Networks need competitive games and long series for viewers to be lured in when the teams lack national followings.“Initially, it’ll be lower, I would think,” Goren said. “As a series builds, you get to six or seven games, you’ll be fine.”While both teams are in sizable markets—Dallas-Fort Worth ranks fifth and the Bay Area is sixth, according to Nielsen—they play many of their games in the Pacific time zone and they are rarely on national television.When Barry Larkin went home to Orlando, Fla., in seasons that his Cincinnati Reds missed the playoffs, the All-Star shortstop saw just how much the identity of the teams swayed interest in the World Series. With no home team to root for, Orlando residents were intrigued only by a few clubs that were from the region, generated national appeal or had a minor-league affiliate nearby.“When those teams were involved, there was much more of a buzz in that area,” said Larkin, who retired in 2004 and now works as an analyst for MLB Network. “When they were not, it was so obvious that people could care less.”Larkin, who won a World Series in 1990, believes players such as Lincecum and Hamilton lack the star power to attract casual fans despite their dominant statistics.“I think they are not because of the way baseball markets its players,” Larkin said. “It markets its teams as opposed to marketing players.”A player like Derek Jeter is far more famous for winning championships with the Yankees than for his batting average or home runs.“Individually you get recognition within the team concept,” Larkin said.Casual fans tuning in to this World Series may be more likely to recognize Texas’ current owner Nolan Ryan, or the 43rd president, the team’s former owner. Mays and Bonds may outshine the current Giants from the stands.In 2002, while Bonds was still playing for San Francisco, the Giants and Angels met in the World Series and even went the full seven games. They still averaged what at the time was a record-low rating.About 3 million cable TV subscribers in the New York area—out of the nation’s nearly 115 million homes with televisions—won’t even be able to watch the World Series unless Fox and Cablevision settle their dispute. Goren called the effect “nominal.”Fox play-by-play announcer Joe Buck jokes that he visits Dallas nearly every week during NFL season to call Cowboys games. The network has never sent him to Texas to cover a Rangers game, proving it’s not just about market size but the marketability of certain teams.Buck expects to spend a lot of time educating fans about Rangers manager Ron Washington’s admission of cocaine use and Giants closer Brian Wilson’s beard.“You can’t assume everybody knows all about that to a national audience,” he said.If the series just goes long enough, he hopes those fans have enough time to learn to love these two unfamiliar teams.last_img read more

‘Human polar bear’ makes Himalayan swim for peace

first_imgLewis Gordon Pugh powered across theicy waters of Lake Pumori beneath thesummit of Mt Everest to highlight thedangers of global warming and its impacton peace in the region. MEDIA CONTACTS • [email protected][email protected] ARTICLES• Natalie wins Human Values award • Sport in South Africa• Climate park to cool off animals• SA’s new Antarctic research shipFiona McIntoshEnvironmental activist Lewis Gordon Pugh’s recent a record-breaking plunge through the frigid waters of a Himalayan lake has capped an illustrious career of extreme swimming expeditions, which began off the coast of South Africa 23 years ago.Pugh’s latest feat, a 1km swim across Lake Pumori beneath the summit of Mt Everest, was intended to draw the world’s attention to melting glaciers there and the effect this could have on peace in the region.He crossed the 2°C waters on 22 May in a time of 22 minutes and 51 seconds, setting new world standards for altitude swimming. All of Pugh’s swims are done in accordance with the Channel Swimming Association rules, in just a pair of Speedo swimming pants, cap and goggles.South African connectionPugh, 42, was born in the UK but moved to South Africa with his family at age 10. He was educated at St Andrew’s College in Grahamstown and Camps Bay High School, and studied politics and law at the University of Cape Town. He was just 17 when he completed his first long-distance swim from Robben Island back to Cape Town.He returned to the UK in his mid-20s and later practised as a maritime lawyer in London. In 2003 he left law to become a full-time environmental campaigner, using his swims through vulnerable ecosystems to highlight the dangers of climate change.In 2009 South African President Jacob Zuma awarded Pugh one of the highest honours in the country, the Order of Ikhamanga, “for his exceptional sporting triumphs, humanitarian feats and creating consciousness about the negative effects of global warming”.Biggest challenge yetAlthough Pugh is no stranger to crossing icy waters, he said his latest swim, at an altitude of 5 300m, was one of the hardest.“This was technically one of the most difficult swims I have ever done. I had to go as slowly as possible so that I didn’t hyperventilate and actually drown, and yet as quickly as possible to ensure that I wasn’t in the cold water for long enough to freeze to death.“It was a fine balance, and I think I got it just right, but I had to convert from crawl to breaststroke so that I could swim slowly enough to actually get my breath during the swim.”After the final practice swim in Lake Pumori, Pugh wasn’t optimistic. “It took two hours to hike up to the lake across excruciating terrain. At this height it was utterly exhausting. I then swam a distance of 300m. It was terrifying because I could not breathe properly at this altitude. My heart was pounding and I simply had no stamina … on two occasions I thought I might go under,” he said.Despite this, Pugh remained focused on the reason behind his swim. “I was inspired to do this because of the melting of these glaciers,” he said during a television interview in sight of the Khumbu Glacier, which extends all the way up to Everest.“The retreat of glaciers throughout the Himalayas and the Hindu Kush region is a major cause of concern because of the effect that it has on the countries downstream, which rely on glacial melt for constant water supply.“Imagine a situation where you’re in Bangladesh, Pakistan or China, and you’re not getting constant water supply. It’s a recipe for instability in this region, so this was a swim for peace,” he said.But the swim was just the start of Pugh’s campaign there. “Now I must go around the world, meet many heads of state, give speeches and try to bring what is happening in the Himalayas right into their offices and their boardrooms. We need to come to terms with the fact that we live in a global environment and what happens here … will impact every single person.”Polar swimsMelting sea ice at the poles is also a deep concern of Pugh’s. In 2005 he highlighted this by completing a 1km swim at 80 ° North around a section of Spitsbergen, a Norwegian island lying deep within the Arctic Circle. By doing this he also set the record for the most northerly long-distance swim in the world.Five months later he broke the record for the most southerly long-distance swim, by covering 1km at 65º South off the Antarctic Peninsula.Professor Tim Noakes, a sports scientist at the University of Cape Town, accompanied Pugh during both these expeditions and noted that the swimmer had the uncanny ability to raise his core body temperature by nearly 2°C before entering the freezing water. According to Noakes, this has not been seen in any other human.In 2006, after completing a leg across the Pacific Ocean off Sydney, Australia, Pugh became the first person to complete a long-distance swim in all five oceans of the world, having previously swum portions of the Arctic, Southern, Atlantic and Indian Oceans.KayakingBut Pugh’s pioneering adventures go beyond just swimming. In September 2008 he and his Hungarian world-champion paddling partner, Robbie Hegedus, set a new world record for kayaking from the most northerly Norwegian territory, across the Arctic Ocean, into channels within the pack ice. They reached 81° North.On his website Pugh claims that this is the furthest north anyone has travelled by kayak. He was named the OutThere magazine’s Adventurer of the Year in 2008 for this achievement.Pugh was deeply troubled by the extent of the melting pack ice seen during this kayaking trip. Over a period of 15 months, the sea ice at 81° North had thinned from 3m to 1m, he said.“I want to bring home to world leaders the reality of what is happening in the Arctic and in the glaciated mountain regions. The rate of change is clearly faster than nearly all the models predict, which has huge implications for climate change and how to tackle it.“Global warming is a serious problem that cannot be solved by just a few individuals. I hope that by inspiring people from around the world, I can make a difference.”last_img read more

South Africa extends help to disabled abuse victims

first_imgThe Gender Based Violence Command Centre has expanded its services to make them accessible to people with disabilities. Blind and deaf people are now able to access counselling, thanks to technological advances.Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini launches the Disability Enhanced System on 2 December 2016 to make the Gender Based Violence Command Centre accessible to people with disabilities. (Image: Department of Social Development, Facebook)Brand South Africa Reporter Technology has helped to improve the Gender Based Violence Command Centre (GBVCC). Women and children who are deaf or blind and are being abused now also have access to the system.The Department of Social Development has partnered with cellphone network Vodacom to enable the GBVCC to help disabled people.The centre was opened in 2014; it operates a call centre for people needing counselling, carried out by professional social workers.Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini launched the Disability Enhancement System on 2 December in Pretoria.Watch:“During this month of 16 Days of Activism we continue to hear the voices of women and children but the community of persons living with disabilities continues to be marginalised,” she said. “Initiatives like this aim to respond to that.“If we say we want to protect the rights of persons with disabilities we need to ask ourselves, what provisions have we made to allow persons with disabilities to live a fair life next to those without disabilities.”How it worksThe system uses Skype for people who are deaf, whereby they can communicate with the social workers using sign language.Blind people can use a panic button which has a siren light to contact the centre with a distress message. Police are also able to locate the person in need of help.Dlamini said the Disability Enhanced System had given the department an opportunity to help disabled people, especially deaf and blind women and children.“Gender-based violence among children and women with disabilities is also prevalent because they are part of South African society, which has a huge problem with the scourge of violence against women and children.”The department was committed to the National Development Plan, she said, which held that “we must be committed to sustainable development and end violence against women and girls”.“It remains our responsibility to ensure that women and children with disabilities are not trafficked and exposed to harmful practices,” the minister said.Source: South African Government News Agencylast_img read more

Analysis: BJP didn’t want to face 2019 polls as PDP’s ally

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London 2012: An essential guide to London Olympics

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Soleil Moon Frye Helps Launch Seventh Lindt Gold Bunny Celebrity Auction

first_imgSoleil Moon Frye, actress and mother, joins premium chocolatier Lindt USA to help launch the seventh Lindt GOLD BUNNY Celebrity Auction benefitting Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization.Soleil Moon Frye launches the Lindt GOLD BUNNY Celebrity Auction benefitting Autism SpeaksCredit/Copyright: MICHAEL SIMON/www.startraksphoto.comSince 2009, Lindt has raised funds and awareness for the cause during the Easter season through a give back with purchases of its iconic Lindt GOLD BUNNY, and the Lindt GOLD BUNNY Celebrity Auction. Frye is one of 50 celebrities in the entertainment, sports, food and music industries – from Julia Louis Dreyfus, Neil Patrick Harris, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Russell Wilson – are participating in this year’s auction by autographing porcelain figures of Lindt GOLD BUNNY, with 100 percent of proceeds donated directly to Autism Speaks.“Easter has always been a special time of year for my family, and now it’s even more special as I join Lindt to help kick-off the Lindt GOLD BUNNY Celebrity Auction,” says Frye. “As a mom, I’m truly honored to work with Lindt to make a difference in the lives of families affected by autism. Whether bidding on celebrity autographs or putting a delicious Lindt GOLD BUNNY in your Easter basket, it’s easy to get involved and give back this season.”
This year, 50 actors, award-winning musicians, acclaimed athletes and celebrity chefs have donated their signature to the Lindt GOLD BUNNY Celebrity Auction, personally signing porcelain versions of the iconic Lindt GOLD BUNNY. The autographed bunnies are now available on LindtGOLDBUNNYAuction.com, where fans can bid on the figures until March 20, 2016.Among the stars who have taken part this year are: • Al Roker • Allison Janney • Allison Williams • Andrew Zimmern • Andy Grammer • Blake Shelton • Carson Daly • Celine Dion • Christina Milian • CJ Ramone • Connie Britton • David Ortiz • Drew Brees • Ed Asner • Eva Longoria • Haylie Duff • Hoda Kotb • Ina Garten • Jane Lynch • Jennie Garth • Jennifer Nettles • Joe Mantegna • Julia Louis Dreyfus • Julie Bowen • Karina Smirnoff • Kathie Lee Gifford • Kristen Wiig • Kristin Chenoweth • Kylie Jenner • Marc-André Fleury • Matt Lauer • Mayim Bialik • Michael Symon • Natalie Morales • Neil Patrick Harris • Nick Lachey • Nikki Reed • Rachel Bloom • Rachel Platten • Rob Lowe • Roger Federer • Russell Wilson • Sarah Jessica Parker • Savannah Guthrie • Scott Foley • Soleil Moon Frye • Susan Sarandon • Terrence Jenkins • Tom Bergeron • Willie Geist
In addition to the money raised through the Lindt GOLD BUNNY Celebrity Auction, Lindt is donating 10 cents to Autism Speaks for every Lindt GOLD BUNNY Milk Chocolate 3.5 oz purchased now through Easter on March 27, 2016, at retailers nationwide, Lindt Chocolate Shops and www.LindtUSA.com, up to $100,000. Since the start of the partnership, Lindt has generated more than $800,000 for Autism Speaks with help from Lindt GOLD BUNNY, the best-selling chocolate bunny in the U.S. Contributions from Lindt have led Autism Speaks to help individuals with autism and their families in a variety of ways, including global biomedical research into the causes, prevention and treatments for autism, educational toolkits for newly diagnosed families, grants for community programs, and scholarship funding to educational institutions.“We are proud to raise awareness for Autism Speaks and help those affected by autism,” says Thomas Linemayr, president and CEO of Lindt USA. “Lindt is grateful for the support of our customers and participation from the celebrity community, and we look forward to generating much needed funds for this important cause.”last_img read more

Chorus Aviation wins heavy maintenance contract with Latvias airBaltic

first_imgHALIFAX – Chorus Aviation Inc. says it has signed a deal to perform heavy maintenance work for Latvia’s airBaltic.Financial terms of the agreement were not immediately available.Under the deal, Jazz Technical Services will provide airframe maintenance for airBaltic’s 12 Q400 NextGen aircraft.The work will be done at its facility at Halifax Stanfield International Airport.Jazz Technical Services is focused on heavy maintenance, repair and overhaul of Bombardier and Embraer aircraft.It is a division of Jazz Aviation LP, which is owned by Chorus.Companies in this story: (TSX:CHR)last_img

Our main objective is to get 51 votes in Delhi says BJP

first_imgNew Delhi: The BJP office-bearers on Thursday held an organisational meeting for the preparations for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections at their state unit office in Delhi. The leader of Opposition (LoP) Vijender Gupta said that the people of Delhi are waiting for 12th May when the Lok Sabha elections will be held and they may strengthen the hands of our Prime Minister by winning all the seven seats. “The claim of Aam Aadmi Party that they are not forming an alliance is not true, they will certainly form the alliance to contest elections. Our objective should be to get 51 per cent votes in Delhi,” said LoP. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsHe further said,” The Municipal Corporations opened 130 new schools in spite of lack of funds. The people of Delhi are ready to re-elect Shri Narender Modi as the Prime Minister.” Addressing the organizational meeting, Delhi BJP President Manoj Tiwari said that the MPs of Delhi have installed LED lights, CCTVs, developed parks and roads but they don’t take the credit for it. Prime Minister Shri Narender Modi has implemented 10 per cent reservation for the economically weaker sections of the society with the objective of the total development of the society but Kejriwal has not implemented it. Tiwari further said that the role of the workers is very important in the 2019 Loksabha Elections. “We have to go amongst the people and tell them how the Kejriwal is protecting the anti-national elements by delaying the sanction for their prosecution. Kejriwal is also misleading the people on the issue of full statehood to Delhi,” said Delhi BJP President.last_img read more

Coalition ahead

first_imgAhead of May 23, predictions are popping up about the potential successor to Raisina Hills. Prior to elections, the Modi-led NDA government had been strongly touted for a successive term. While the critics had their arguments clearly not in favour, BJP’s cry for national security gave them the boost they desperately needed, especially after losing three state assemblies in the Hindi belt and drawing abject criticism for their faulty governance plagued with demonetisation and hate crimes. Cornered over the controversial sub-judice Rafale deal and mishandling of government institutions, BJP’s run up to the Lok Sabha elections was certainly not desirable. Poking nationalism within masses through audacious oratory made the BJP supremo use the army and surgical strikes to extract electoral mileage but opposition parties did not sit out the campaigning extravaganza as Congress led the charge to expose Modi and BJP’s failed governance. Overall, BJP had to draw out exigency plans to accomplish a desirable campaign session which saw numerous MCC flouts in contentious speeches made to garner votes. As if Pragya Singh Thakur’s candidature was not controversial enough, BJP found itself in ugly conflict during campaigning for the final phase in Bengal. Even if MCC flouts are discounted, though they remain utterly serious in nature irrespective of EC’s clean chit to Modi-Shah, the ugly spat only makes the incumbent’s insecurities clearer. Despite the national security rhetoric, Congress and other regional parties have definitely forced BJP to break a sweat. And, then came the six phases of general elections which saw faulty EVMs, alleged rigging, influencers forcing re-election, defamation attempts, vote selling and ugly spats between politicos. All that in progress to decide who will form the next government. BJP brought in a change in governments when it garnered a majority in 2014 Lok Sabha polls and became the single largest party capable of forming the government. Their confidence exceeded expectations and in their attempt to write off opposition ploys to stitch alliances, it termed the grand coalition (mahagatbandhan) a “mahamilawat”. BJP pursued a strange narrative of apprising masses of how a coalition government would turn up to be a weak government against BJP’s majority government. To elucidate BJP’s anti-coalition stance, it is necessary to understand Modi’s tenure. Demonetisation single-handedly remains the biggest instance of a majority government undertaking a drastic step in the nation’s ‘interest’. Not only did demonetisation failed as an anti-graft exercise but impacted jobs and economy in general with small traders being extinguished. The decision of demonetisation was clearly an unobjectionable one since a single-party government need not consider others. Had it been a coalition government, such a decision would have faced avid criticism before being implemented, if at all. Presence of other parties in the fray, therefore, seems considerably impactful during such circumstances. But in their defence, the saffron party can argue that it is their single-party government which has the audacity to undertake such steps (irrespective of consequences). The instability that some previous coalition governments have portrayed strengthens their support. All this hostility against the idea of a coalition has been the general BJP mood but their straight faces do not recall the fact that they were part of the previous coalition governments, particularly V. P. Singh-led National Front in 1989 and the Morarji Desai-led Janata Party government in 1977. So the Modi-Shah criticism of opposition’s coalition steps reeks of hypocrisy. Also Read – A strong standpointMay 23 poses several outcomes for our country. A BJP majority, like in 2014, would mean that the country reflected BJP’s stance of single-party governance. Congress’s 150-160 seats would mean a potential Congress-led alliance government. However, should Parliament be hung due to equal stake between BJP and Congress, it is the regional parties that will be instrumental in forming the government, which would definitely be coalition-styled. The coalition government, in this scenario, is what the country needs since it brings to the table a degree of diversity and plurality. There are arguments that coalitions are associated with periods of greater economic growth, less economic volatility and more foreign investment; Manmohan Singh’s UPA-I is a case in point. Beyond diversity and plurality which is essentially good for democracy comes the concern of regional plurality. Parties such as DMK, TDP, TRS, NCP, SP-BSP, TMC, et al, coming from the corners of such a vast country in a coalition government will only increase the representation of Indian states. The country has not particularly faced a turbulent coalition government, at least not without other factors contributing to the chaos. In such a case, the coalition government might just augur well for the country since we saw what a single-party government can do in the five years.last_img read more