England Golf Awards – what it means to win!

first_imgNominations are sought for seven award categories:Club of the Year sponsored by HowDidIDoThe stand-out club, recognised for its inspiring, forward-thinking approachMost Welcoming Golf ClubFor the club which goes above and beyond to reach out to allCounty of the YearThe county which does its best for its players and clubsVolunteer of the YearSomeone whose commitment and contribution has a huge impact in golfYoung Ambassador of the YearA young person, aged under 25 on the day of the Awards, who represents the very best of their generationCoach of the YearA PGA-accredited coach whose passion and commitment helps to grow the gameLifetime Service AwardSomeone who has made a remarkable contribution to golf over many years 9 Nov 2017 England Golf Awards – what it means to win! Who will win the England Golf Awards 2018? What will it mean?To find out, we asked two winners from this year’s Awards to tell us how their success had made a difference.Emma Anderson, the Young Ambassador of the Year, and Jenny Holmes from Fynn Valley, the Most Welcoming Club, are both enjoying the benefits of their wins – and urging everyone to make their nominations now for the 2018 Awards.  The Awards will be presented at a glitzy, black-tie event at The Royal Lancaster London, on Thursday, 22 February 2018.Fynn Valley Golf Club, near Ipswich in Suffolk, won the Most Welcoming Golf Club Award – and put itself firmly on the map.  “It definitely raised our profile,” said Jenny Holmes, a director of the rural, family-run cub. “People heard of us nationally and it was really nice to have a positive news story to tell.”The club was featured in the golf media and in local press and radio – and the video made for the England Golf Awards dinner now takes pride of place on the Fynn Valley website.“We wouldn’t have produced it because it would look as though we were blowing our own trumpet. But if someone else wants to say those things about you it’s great!” said Jenny.The warm welcome is part and parcel of the Fynn Valley experience and it’s set to get even better. “Winning the award has given us a fantastic message to carry forward,” said Jenny. “We are building a brand new clubhouse which will open in autumn 2018, it’s purpose designed and has a central reception area which can only improve the welcome. It’s really exciting.”Jenny urges other clubs to get nominated for the 2018 awards. “I didn’t think we stood a chance – so give it a go!”Nottinghamshire’s Emma Anderson was honoured as England’s Young Ambassador of the Year in recognition of her work in her county to inspire new players, particularly girls.The Sherwood Forest golfer (pictured left) is a tireless volunteer – and winning the award has brought her new opportunities to make a difference on a bigger stage.“For people who want to go further in sport it can only help to open doors, to introduce them to people in the industry and give them a chance to make an impression,” said Emma.She is set to be a Young Ambassador for England Golf and was involved in the launch of the Plan for Children and Young People’s Golf. The 20-year-old university student was also invited to present the annual awards for the charity, the Golf Foundation.Emma, a member of the England Golf Youth Panel, uses the opportunities to encourage the older golfing community to consider the youth perspective – and to point out that what suits seven-year-olds doesn’t work for those in their late teens and early 20s!She has great memories of her win, remarking: “It was a massive honour.” And now, she’s keen to encourage nominations for the 2018 Awards. Tags: Award, England Golf Awards Click here for more details and to nominateImages copyright Leaderboard Photographylast_img read more

Open letter to Caribbean Airlines CEO

first_imgDear Editor,My complaint is in regard to the mistreatment I received from a crew member – Gaye Finch, on December 17, 2018.Because of my recent surgery, I was taken in a wheelchair to the door of the aircraft. I politely requested help with my carry-on luggage. Ms Finch refused, and explained that they are not allowed to put baggage for passengers to be stored above. I explained that the only help I needed was to wheel my carry-on luggage to my seat; I did not need for her to hoist it as I was going to ask a fellow-passenger to do so. She insisted that there is no way she or her crew could do that (taking the carry-on baggage to my seat area). I explained that I had had surgery, and the doctor underscored the importance of not handling any weight or pulling or pushing any object that might cause internal bleeding. She was laughing – almost in a belligerent expression. I wanted a record of this incident and therefore took a few photos (of her laughing).I was left alone to fend for myself as Ms Finch was unmovable in her resolve not to help. I therefore struggled and pulled my carry-on baggage.After the plane arrived in Port of Spain, I approached her for an explanation as to why she did not help me. She was repeating the same information (that she and the other crew were not allowed to put passengers’ baggage in the storage section above). I was recording this conversation and she got angry. She said that no photos or videos are allowed in the plane. (I’ve seen several videos of mishandlings in the plane; all one has to do is to check out these goings-on on YouTube.) She then called security on me.As we were speaking, I saw one of the crew who emerged from the cockpit. His name was Sheldon Rampersaud and he informed me that he was an assistant to the captain. I explained the incident (in Toronto), and he suggested that I write a complaint – which I am doing right now.After my conversation with Mr Rampersaud, a security supervisor, Mr Kenrick Dass, had a chat with me. He asked me to tell my side of the story (after he had spoken with Ms Finch), which I did. He apologised for the unfortunate experience but demanded that I delete all the photos and videos that I took of my conversation with Ms Finch.I have heard of the disdainful treatment Caribbean Airlines employees give to passengers, but this is the first time I experienced this with CAL.I would appreciate it if an inquiry would be made into this incident. I would be glad to meet with a senior representative of CAL to discuss the matter.Yours truly,Dr Devanand Bhagwanlast_img read more

Region 5 RDC meeting disrupted again

first_imgFor the sixth consecutive month, the Region Five Regional Democratic Council (RDC) has been unable to sit because of uncouth disruptions to its monthly statutory meetings by the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Regional Councillors. On Thursday, the APNU/AFC Councillors led by Carol Fraser again prevented the chairman from presiding over the meeting.Joseph maintains that Regional Vickchand Ramphal was disrespectful to President David Granger and as a result will not be allowed to preside over the meeting.Despite calls by the chairman for Joseph to stand if she had something to say, the councillor disregarded the utterances and continued to palaver.Beneath her loud nuisance the chairman said she was being disrespectful to the entire council and the Region. The other APNU/AFC councillors then joined Joseph in banging the table.Following that episode, Ramphal called for unity and cooperation. He said it was a time when they all needed to work together for the Region but his words were drowned out by the sounds of banging and singing.The meeting was yet again adjourned.Since the beginning of the year, the Regional Administration has been unable to hold its monthly statutory meetings because of disruptions by the APNU/AFC side.They are contending that Ramphal disrespected President Granger by not attending an official function in the Region in January of this year.Joseph says they are demanding an apology from the chairman before they allow him to chair any meeting of which they are a part of.She had said earlier: “We are out here because the council has been suspended, because we feel that the Chairman of this Region [who] took the oath of office to serve all the people of this Region, disrespected His Excellence President David Granger when he visited January 15, to commission two buses for the Region and as such we cannot respect him as the Chairman of this Region until he apologises publically to his Excellency.”Ramphal told reporters that he did not attend the function because he was not invited to it. In noting that the welcoming of the President was done by an APNU councillor, Ramphal said it should have been done by him. Further to that, he emphasised that he did not receive a formal invitation to the commissioning which was held in the compound of the RDC that houses his office: “I was given a programme the day before and no invitation.”However Abel Seetaram, an APNU/AFC councillor had told the media that the chairman was invited. He said Joseph met with Ramphal and discussed the agenda and the reason for the President’s visit. “The chairman is claiming that all he was given is an agenda of the event. I don’t know where you are given a menu and they would not invite you for a meal. Why will they give you that menu; you ought to know about the event or the get-together,” said Seetaram.Seetaram said the current administration has never planned an event in that Region without informing the Regional Administration.According to Ramphal, at the RDC level, they have acknowledged the donation of the two school buses and appreciate it as it aims at assisting school children from several communities. He says the non-attendance of the Regional Chairman is in no way meant to be disrespectful to the people of Region Five or the President. “I want to believe that proper communication was not done on the ground by the people who are responsible for doing so,” he pointed out.Meanwhile, despite heavy and persistent flooding in the Region, the council has not been able to sit as a body and discuss a way forward. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

17 killed in Region 6 for 2019

first_imgSeventeen people were killed in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) in 2019, the same as was recorded for the previous year.Dead: Dominic Tyler SulkerOf the 17, seven were pedestrians including two children, six motorcyclists, two drivers, one occupant of a motor vehicle and one pedal cyclist being a child.In addition, the traffic department recorded 39 serious accidents for 2019 when compared to 41 in the previous year. There were also 52 damage accidents compared to 65 in 2018.Dead: Kevin SinclairIn all, there was a total of 178 accidents compared to 197 the previous year.“We have noticed that over the weekend period is our trouble period and from Friday evenings into Monday mornings. So, it is the entire weekend and then on holidays,” Commander Brutus revealed.He further stated that most of the accidents occurred between 18:00h and midnight.Dead: Gurdatt Hemraj“In terms of the factors for the causes of accidents, speeding tops the list, driving under the influence (DUI). Sometimes you have speeding and DUI – they go hand in hand. Inattentiveness by the use of the cell phone while driving is also one of the factors which lead to accidents,” the Commander said while noting that the failure to observe the rules of the road is also a factor.Hazards on the road such as derelict vehicles, vehicles parked dangerously and other objects left on the road shoulders that should not be there have contributed to most of the road accidents.One of the accident scenes of 2019“When we look at the offices that we target to curb fatal accidents, in general, is speeding.”However, 1923 cases were made out against errant drivers. Forty-nine cases were for driving under the influence; 17 persons were charged for dangerous driving, 323 for failing to wear seat belts and 58 for failing to wear safety helmets. In all, a total of 5861 are before the court for general traffic offences.“As road users, we need to pay attention to the rules of the road. There are published speed limits on the road and this is based on engineers that had the speed limits fixed to that rate because of the general circumstances surrounding the conditions of the road, the housing and the communities around and the width of the road. All those factors are used to determine the speed limit of a certain area,” the Commander added.He also stated that drivers also need to consider other road users.“You should always anticipate that the other person will make the mistake, [hone] your driving to prevent an accident rather than going fast unnecessarily. You also need to cater for animals on our roads. Of course, from time to time we will have the stray catchers impounding the animals but then they are still instances where animals are on the road.”He noted that in Region Six and more particularly on the Corentyne, drivers need to consider rice harvesting and the wetness on the roadway in most instances.Nevertheless, he added that every life that is lost on the roadway is one too many.last_img read more

B.C. Winter Games committee looking to share memories of past Games

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The 2020 B.C. Winter Games committee is looking for residents to share their stories of Games of years past, this ahead of the upcoming Games in Fort St. John.The last time the Winter Games was in Fort St. John was in 1984, which included dignitaries such as Premier Bill Bennett, Mayor Brian Palmer, and B.C. Games chair Ron Butlin.Jennifer Moore, of the 2020 B.C. Winter Games, says throughout the past year, many members of the community have been talking about their memories of past Games and is encouraging everyone to share them online in order to keep the memories alive as a legacy piece.- Advertisement -To share your stories and memories of past Winter Games, you can visit bcwintergames.ca.The 2020 B.C. Winter Games takes place February 20 to the 23 in Fort St. John.last_img read more

Money alloted for La Habra Heights station

first_imgLA HABRA HEIGHTS – A week after City Council members selected Hacienda and West roads as the site of a proposed new fire station, money is starting to fall into place for its construction. The city transferred an additional $800,000 into the station’s construction fund, bringing the total earmarked so far to $3.8 million. The new station is expected to cost $6.8 million. City Manager Ron Bates said Thursday the city was able to add the money because its reserve is increasing and is expected to grow by $400,000 this fiscal year. “We have it, and if we don’t use it or don’t want to, we can always transfer it back,” she said. Even though the money situation looks better, Bates said he and other staff members are continuing to look for ways to reduce construction costs on the fire station. Architect Kelly Needham is looking at less-expensive types of construction, such as metal, tilt-up or prefabricated buildings, he added. The city also has begun looking for a consultant to complete an environmental review that will determine the proposed station’s environmental impacts. Bates also is working with Southern California Edison Co. on ways to install the station’s utilities underground. Cities that place utilities underground are eligible to receive grant money from Edison, Bates said. mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Things are going well enough that we felt confident enough that we could recommend \,” he said. The City Council approved the fund transfer last week. Even after the transfer, the city’s general fund stands at $2.6 million, with $654,892 in a reserve fund, while its fund for fire services is nearly $1.1million, he said. “We’ve got over a 20 percent reserve in the general fund,” he said. In the fire fund “we’ve got up to about half a year’s operating cost,” Bates added. The latter has a projected ending balance of $614,007. Mayor Tela Millsap said transferring the money over to the fire station project is no big deal. last_img read more

Federer thrilled with 2017 rebound

first_img0Shares0000Roger Federer at a pres conference as the Shanghai Masters gets underway. Two more Grand Slams this season has put 100 career singles titles within the Swiss great’s reach. © AFP / CHANDAN KHANNASHANGHAI, China, Oct 9 – Roger Federer said Monday he is pinching himself over a resurgent season that has added two more Grand Slams to the Swiss great’s trophy case and put 100 career singles titles within reach.Following an injury-plagued 2016 in which he failed to lift any hardware, Federer has thrived on a reduced schedule aimed at easing the strain on his 36-year-old bones. “I couldn’t be happier with this season to be quite honest,” the world number two said as preliminary play in the Shanghai Masters got under way.“I’m just happy being here now and it would be nice to pick up another title and get in training and start again the next year and get more chances then.”Looming in Shanghai is a potential clash in the final between Federer and Rafael Nadal, whose friendly rivalry has blossomed anew this year as they force the next generation to wait their turn.Nadal, who in August re-took the world’s top ranking for the first time in more than three years, is also enjoying a stellar campaign.The Spaniard comes to Shanghai’s hardcourt having dispatched dangerous 22-year-old Australian Nick Kyrgios in straight sets to win the China Open in Beijing on Sunday.The veteran Federer, on the other hand, skipped Beijing to arrive early in Shanghai to practice — and pace himself.“To win tournaments is not an easy thing to do. I came to realise that obviously last year,” he said.“I’m playing only the big tournaments now so you need to really be in tip-top shape and ready to go and it’s just not so simple.”With many predicting players like Germany’s Alexander Zverev to become the sport’s next dominant players, Federer and Nadal aren’t done yet.Starting the year ranked a relatively lowly 17th in the world, Federer beat Nadal in the Australian Open final in January and then won a record-breaking eighth Wimbledon in July without dropping a set.He now has 93 singles titles, just one shy of overtaking Ivan Lendl for second-most in the Open era. Jimmy Connors has 109.– Healthy, happy and here –But Federer, who has five singles titles so far this year, is just focused on staying healthy.“I’m not that far away (from 100 titles) it seems, but there is no point to really to think about it on a daily basis. This is something that is either going to happen or not going to happen,” he said.“I’m happy I’m here, and I’m happy that I’m healthy.”Federer has third-seed Zverev in his half of the draw, while Nadal’s side has tough customers like Mario Cilic, Kyrgios and US open finalist Kevin Anderson.Federer said he was surprised that Nadal, who won the French and US Opens this year, had even competed in Beijing after a busy recent stretch of tennis.He also marvelled at the hardcourt versatility of the Spaniard, whose 10 French Open wins had already proven his mastery on clay.“It’s nice to see him keeping going. This (the China Open) is a really big win for him. So for him to go to Beijing and win it right away, I expected him to pull out, to be honest.”He added: “Why not? There is no reason for him to push it too hard, but that’s Rafa.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Martinez: Everton ready for artificial turf test in Europa League

first_img Everton manager Roberto Martinez 1 Everton manager Roberto Martinez has stressed his confidence that his players are ready for the challenge of facing Young Boys on the Swiss side’s artificial pitch.In preparation for Thursday’s Europa League last-32 first leg, the Toffees have this week been training on a similar surface used by Everton Ladies and the Widnes Vikings rugby league team.Young Boys have won all five of their European games at their Stade de Suisse home this term, including a 2-0 victory over Napoli.And asked during his pre-match press conference at the stadium if he was worried about the pitch there, Martinez said: “Obviously it is a completely different surface and the bounce of the ball is different.“The home team are a bit more used to those conditions.“But from our point of view, we have done our preparation right – the whole week we have been working on that sort of surface, and I feel we are ready.“I think it is more about making sure we don’t do too much, because I think recovering from working on this sort of surface can take a little bit longer than with natural grass.“But overall, we are ready as a team to be able to perform and be ourselves tomorrow, and it is not an excuse or a reason for us not to be able to compete in the game.”Everton, who are enjoying their first continental campaign in five seasons, head into Thursday’s match off the back of an impressive effort in the group stage.They accrued 11 points en route to claiming top spot in Group H, with their only loss coming after that position had been secured, however, their domestic form has been more disappointing.The Toffees have won just two of their last 13 Premier League fixtures, and suffered early exits in both FA Cup and League Cup competitions.But Martinez, whose side came fifth in the Premier League last season but are currently 12th, hopes continued success in Europe can help the Merseysiders gain some momentum in what remains of their top-flight campaign.The Spaniard added: “For us to be involved in the Europa League is a phenomenal opportunity to grow as a team and it is something we need at the club.“European football is something that needs to run in our DNA and we want to have this on a consistent basis.“In terms of the season, we have never had a real momentum in the league and that has been affecting us in our results.“But we have been pristine in Europe and, now, in the knockout stages we are really excited and looking forward to it.“We embrace the competition and we want to take this competitive edge into the Premier League and finish the season as strong as we can.”last_img read more

Man United manager Louis van Gaal branded ‘crass’ and ‘pathetic’ by journalist he called ‘fat’

first_imgManchester United manager Louis van Gaal has been branded ‘crass’ and ‘pathetic’ by the journalist he reportedly called ‘fat’ after angrily dismissing a question about captain Wayne Rooney.Neil Custis, The Sun’s Manchester correspondent, was verbally attacked by the Red Devils’ boss in the Dutchman’s post-match press conference following the 3-3 draw with Newcastle on Tuesday night.Van Gaal reacted abrasively to a query about Rooney – whose form has come under increased scrutiny in recent months – and identified Custis for specific abuse.Custis, speaking to the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, subsequently launched a scathing attack on Van Gaal and his stuttering United regime.“The comment was crass and pathetic but it’s a shame he’s not so astute when he’s looking at his own failings at Manchester United because the way they play under him has probably been the worst Manchester United have in 35 years,” said Custis.“Win, lose or draw – you come away from a United match at the moment in the same manner.”Custis also hedged the blame for United’s failings this season – they exited the Champions League and League Cup prematurely – on Van Gaal, in turn offering support to the club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and club owners the Glazers.He added: “They [Woodward and the Glazers] have given this manager everything he wants and bowed to every whim.“In many ways, Ed Woodward has been the perfect boss for a manager.“The manager has spent £250m and rising. What has he [Van Gaal] done with that money?“I don’t think he’s wasted it on poor players. He’s bought good players, he’s just made them poor.”Untied travel to arch rivals Liverpool on Sunday afternoon – a contest you can listen to exclusively live on talkSPORT from 2.05pm BST.last_img read more

TRANSFER FIGHT! Chelsea and Manchester United both eyeing PSG striker

first_img1 Edinson Cavani in action for Paris Saint-Germain Chelsea have joined Manchester United in the race to sign Edinson Cavani from Paris Saint-Germain, according to reports in France.Cavani, who scored the winner against Guus Hiddink’s side in their Champions League last 16 first leg last week, is reportedly considering leaving the French capital at the end of the season as he seeks a fresh challengeAccording to Mercato 365, Chelsea’s representatives spoke to their PSG counterparts about Cavani’s availability last week and are now lining up a bid for the Uruguayan international.Cavani’s contract with PSG doesn’t expire until 2018 but the forward already has his heart set on a move away from the Parc des Prince this summer.United are also keen on landing the 29-year-old hitman and a bidding war between the two clubs could take place in the summer.However, both clubs are expected to hold fire on firming up their interest in Cavani until they have new managers in place.last_img read more