August 12

England Golf seeks applicants for Under 16 Boys Regional Coaching

first_img27 Jul 2012 England Golf seeks applicants for Under 16 Boys Regional Coaching England Golf is seeking 80 talented youngsters across the country to form ten under 16 Boys regional coaching squads for training over the winter months of 2012/13.Having recently identified ten regional coaches to lead its Boys’ regional coaching programme from September 2012, England’s governing body for amateur golf is now looking for young players to step up to the mark and get on the first rung of England Golf’s national coaching structure.“We aim to give our talented young players the best golf development experience available,” commented Nigel Edwards, England Golf’s Director of Coaching.“In return, we expect the players to commit themselves to a programme of golf coaching and physical training that will set them up for life, far beyond the U16 series of tournaments. By expanding our coaching commitment with this age group, we are giving England Golf the best chance of success at U18, men’s and ultimately touring professional level in future.”In a new development for 2012, players will no longer be nominated or selected for the Regional Coaching Programme. Instead, young golfers will be asked to submit an initial application form and if successful will be invited to one of five squad selection weekends.After competing with their peers in a series of skills tests, player profiling and on course ability they will learn if they have secured one of the squad places for the months ahead.“There is no guarantee that the current best U16 level players will automatically gain a squad place, they will have to work for it and demonstrate their desire,” expanded Edwards. “Current performance levels are a key factor but they will have to be matched and exceeded by work ethic, commitment and their attitude to improving. The player with more hunger and thirst for improvement is always likely to come out the more proficient golfer in the long run.”The deadline for applications is Friday 17th August 2012.last_img read more

January 11

Weaver’s winter work questioned

first_img“The defense was horrible,” Cabrera said on the first day of full-squad workouts. In an assessment of himself, Cabrera said he merely was average last season, a far cry from the above-average ranking he typically gives himself. All the way around the infield, the Angels were substandard. It left them with the worst fielding percentage in the American League. As the captain of the infield at shortstop, Cabrera will be in the spotlight as the team looks for redemption on defense. Make no mistake, the poor defense is considered around these parts as just as much reason for failure last season as the shaky offense. “I believe this is a team that we have to have every single aspect of our game above average to maintain a winning attitude or a winning situation,” Cabrera said. “You know, our defense last year, we threw a lot of games (away). We need to improve that. We need to get back on track and play solid defense.” TEMPE, Ariz. – General manager Bill Stoneman is not happy with Jered Weaver’s off-season workout schedule, but is willing to chalk up the right-hander’s slow spring start to a learning experience. Weaver still has not thrown from a mound as he tends to biceps tendinitis. While additional defensive drills won’t necessarily be added to the spring routine, there still will be an emphasis on catching and throwing the ball. “After the first four weeks of the season, everyone picked up their defense, and it’s no coincidence that as we started playing better defense, we started winning games,” manager Mike Scioscia said. “Hopefully we’ll start the season much closer to the team that ended the season defensively, if not better.” Cabrera said he got things going earlier than usual this winter by playing between 15 to 20 games of winter ball in his native Colombia. It gives him a head start as he comes into camp to learn new double-play partner in Howie Kendrick. “He’s pretty good at turning double plays and I’m pretty excited about playing the whole season with him.” Cabrera said. “I know I can learn a lot from him, as much as he can learn from me.” Dallas McPherson, a Phoenix-area resident, was on hand in the morning as the Angels gathered as a full team for the first time this spring. Four weeks removed from back surgery to fuse two lower vertebra, McPherson said he is walking two miles a day and about to increase that to three miles. He still is eight weeks away from any strenuous rehab, but remains encouraged for a full recovery. He is following the recovery plans of Dallas Cowboys tight end Anthony Fasano, among others, but still does not know if he will be able to get into any games this season. “If it happens to (cost) this whole season, so be it; I don’t have any options,” McPherson said. “I’ll try to get back as soon as I can. Luckily in this day and age, there’s a lot of ball after the season. There’s instructional league, there’s fall ball, there’s winter ball, there’s a lot of things I can do to get ready for spring training and try to get my timing back and make it a little better progression.” The Angels announced Amaury Pi-Gonzalez will assume the Spanish-language play-by-play duties and take over for Ivan Lara, who did not have his contract renewed. (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2731 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img “He probably should have done a little more than he did this winter to prepare for this,” said Stoneman, a former major-league pitcher. “You learn as you go, and he had never thrown as many innings as he threw this past year in major-league pressure situations. I’ve lived it and understand that doing work for six weeks leading into camp is important.” Orlando Cabrera, never one to mince words, gave his assessment of how the Angels used – or rather failed to use – their gloves in 2006. last_img read more

December 18

Joburg gears up for massive Mandela service

first_img9 December 2013 The gates of the FNB Stadium outside Soweto, Johannesburg will open at 6am on Tuesday, and those wishing to attend the memorial service for Nelson Mandela have been advised to use public transport as cars will not be allowed near the stadium on the day. Special bus and train services will be available to ferry people to the service, which begins at 11am. Entry to the service will be granted on a first come, first serve basis. Once the venue is full – the stadium has a capacity of 94 000 – people will be redirected to three other stadiums that will be broadcasting the event on giant screens: Ellis Park in Johannesburg, and Orlando Stadium and Dobsonville Stadium in Soweto. Briefing journalists in Pretoria on Monday on arrangements for this week’s period of national mourning, Minister in the Presidency for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Collins Chabane said that people had to accept “that at some stage this capacity will be filled and police and other authorities will turn people away. “We call on people to cooperate and demonstrate patience and dignity if they were to be turned away,” Chabane said, urging members of the public to make use of the other viewing sites or to follow proceedings on the SABC’s live broadcasts. “Our advice is that people outside Gauteng come together in their own provinces to ensure that this is a truly nationwide event, and that people take advantage of the fact that all key events are being broadcast live.” International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane told the briefing that a programme for the memorial service was being finalised, and would be presented to the Mandela family and government, and once signed off would immediately be posted on Members of the public are urged to visit the site for updates on the memorial service, the funeral and the other events taking place during the week of national mourning.Lying in state Chabane noted that the body of former president Mandela would not be present at Tuesday’s memorial Service. Mandela’s body will be stationed at the amphitheatre at the Union Buildings daily from Wednesday, 11 October to Friday, 13 October. Chabane said that, on these three days, the body would leave Pretoria’s 1 Military Hospital at 7am and be on display from 8am. “On Wednesday, December 11, the Mandela family and VIPs will view the body from 10am. Members of the public will file past the body from midday to 5:30pm. On Thursday and Friday December 12 and 13, the public will have access to the casket from 8am to 5.30pm. “We also appeal to people to work with the various agencies of government who will manage this route so that this daily event will be dignified and secure.”Public viewing areas Chabane said 90 public viewing areas across the country would be activated from Tuesday and would continue to run until Reconciliation Day on 16 December. He said he expected this number to increase as provincial plans were consolidated. “Throughout this period, people will also be able to express their emotions and reflections in books of condolence that have been posted at various government offices around the country and our diplomatic missions abroad,” Chabane said. “On the Day of Reconciliation, we will unveil a statue of President Mandela at the Union Buildings and observe the 100th anniversary of the Union Buildings as the seat of government.” Source: read more

December 18

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October 18

ExAP speaker Prasada Rao found dead suicide suspected

first_imgHyderabad: In a suspected case of suicide, senior TDP leader and former Andhra Pradesh Assembly Speaker Kodela Siva Prasada Rao died here on Monday, police said.Based on eye-witness accounts, Rao was suspected of having committed suicide, Deputy Commissioner of Police (West Zone) A R Srinivas said without elaborating. Replying to questions, he, however, said it could be confirmed only after post-mortem. The 72-year old leader was last month slapped with a criminal case by the Andhra Pradesh police for alleged illegal possession of furniture of the assembly. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsHe is survived by wife, two sons and a daughter. Rao was rushed to the Basavatarakam Indo-American Cancer Hospital in an ‘unresponsive’ state from his house here around 11 am, but died without responding to efforts to revive him, the DCP and the hospital said. “The family members are telling that he was under stress for the past few days, but the reasons for it are still not known,” the DCP said. The hospital in a release said Rao was brought at 11.35 am “in an unresponsive state”. As per protocol, resuscitative measures were initiated immediately.last_img read more

October 13

Sherritt fined 1 million for coal mine discharges under the Fisheries Act

first_imgCALGARY – A second coal-mining company in four months is being hit with a seven-figure penalty for polluting incidents that impacted fish in tributaries of the Athabasca River east of Jasper National Park in Alberta.On Tuesday, Sherritt International Corp. (TSX:S) agreed to pay a fine of $1 million after pleading guilty in provincial court to three counts under the federal Fisheries Act.The Toronto-based company was charged five years ago due to incidents where wastewater considered toxic to fish was allowed to flow from its open pit Coal Valley Mine about 120 kilometres east of Jasper National Park into ecologically significant habitat for rainbow trout.In June, Prairie Mines & Royalty Ltd. — formerly known as Coal Valley Resources — was handed almost $4.5 million in federal and provincial penalties after it also pleaded guilty to polluting tributaries of the Athabasca River.Prairie Mines was charged after a catastrophic break in an earthen berm at its Obed Mountain coal mine about 50 kilometres east of the park allowed an estimated 670 million litres of wastewater to escape into the river system in October 2013.Environment and Climate Change Canada said Tuesday the Sherritt charges were laid following an inspection in August 2012 at the coal mine located about 90 kilometres south of the town of Edson.The company was ordered to stop its practice and the ministry subsequently discovered that two other discharges had occurred in 2011.The severity of the fine reflects the size of the offence as half a million litres of poorly treated effluent was estimated to have escaped into the environment, said Daniel Smith, regional director for environmental enforcement for Environment Canada in Edmonton.“In this case, in addition to the significant volumes deposited in the river, the toxicity level was quite high in the tests that we performed … (It) resulted in 100 per cent mortality in our lab samples,” he said.“These rivers and creeks in the foothills contain sensitive habitat for some protected species so it is quite an important watershed.”He said the Coal Valley Mine was treating collected surface water with a chemical to remove suspended fine sediment but it wasn’t properly monitoring the dosage, resulting in discharges that were just as toxic to fish.Sherritt investor relations director Joe Racanelli said the company installed new sediment control systems and initiated better management practices after the charges were laid.He said the company is taking responsibility even though it sold the coal mine in 2014.“We do not own the Coal Valley Mine but we were operators and owners at the time so we are responsible because there was a non-compliance issue. Sherritt takes these kinds of issues very seriously,” he said.He wouldn’t comment when asked if the amount of the fine was negotiated in return for the guilty plea.Most of the $1-million fine is to be assigned to Environment Canada’s environmental damages fund to be directed to programs intended to benefit the natural environment.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version had the incorrect number of figures in the fines in the lede.last_img read more

October 13

Soaring unemployment fuels protests in southern Iraq

first_imgBAGHDAD – For more than three years after graduation, Karar Alaa Abdul-Wahid tried to get a stable job in the Iraqi government and in the private sector — to no avail.He once was offered a job with the Oil Ministry in his energy-rich hometown of Basra, but it came with a hefty price: he would have to pay a bribe of $5,000, which he couldn’t afford.“Every place has a copy of my resume attached with a request for job,” Abdul-Wahid, a graduate of the Basra Technical Institution, told The Associated Press by phone from the southern city.“If you are well-connected mainly among political parties and have money, you will get any job you dream of,” Abdul-Wahid said. “If not, you will get nothing.”Mismanagement since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq that toppled Saddam Hussein has increased joblessness nationwide. In more recent years, idle young men were lured into the ranks of militant extremists, and now unemployment is fueling violent protests in the capital of Baghdad and the Shiite heartland in the south.Demonstrations involving thousands of people broke out this month in Basra province, protesting the lack of jobs and poor public services, including frequent power outages.According to the World Bank, the overall unemployment rate in Iraq stands at 11.2 per cent and is nearly twice that, 21.6 per cent, in areas that once were under Islamic State control and endured heavy destruction from military operations that officially ended late last year.As of 2014, the poverty rate increased from 19.8 per cent in 2012 to an estimated 22.5 per cent, it added.In Basra, a city of more than 4 million, the unemployment rate shot up sharply to at least 30 per cent, according to deputy Gov. Dhirgham al-Ajwadi.Between 30,000 and 35,000 students graduate from the city’s private and government universities and institutions, and most of them end up without jobs, he said, blaming federal officials for not focusing on what the labour market needs.The Basra protests have spread to other cities and threatened to paralyze the oil industry, the lifeline of Iraq’s economy. They have derailed traffic at main ports on the Persian Gulf and neighbouring Iran and Kuwait.To contain the unrest, the federal government promised an urgent allocation of 3.5 trillion Iraqi dinars ($3 billion) for electricity and water projects, as well as 10,000 jobs.But the requests for jobs exceed that number, with more than 85,000 people applying so far, al-Ajwadi said. “Till now, there is no plan on how and when this will be implemented.”Unemployment has been one of the thorniest issues for the government, with 70 per cent of Iraqis under age 40 looking for work.The eldest of six children, the 26-year-old Abdul-Wahid has taken a series of unstable jobs since 2015 to help his family. But he recently got an idea he saw while surfing the internet: selling hot and iced drinks around the city from a vehicle.“I liked it because it’s something new and no one did it before in Basra,” he said.He borrowed money from relatives and friends to buy and modify a small car. Then approached a coffee-machine supplier, which helped him with a free machine and discounts on supplies.He now roams Basra’s streets, offering various types of coffee, tea and other hot and cold beverages. He makes around 900,000 Iraqi dinar (about $750) a month.Abdul-Wahid considers himself lucky, because his peers are forced to take menial jobs despite their education.“There are graduates who work as accountants in small business or construction workers or cleaners in hospitals or security guards in malls because they want feed their families,” he said. “The situation of youth in Basra is miserable.”He lamented that Basra is seen as “the mother of wealth” because it has about 70 per cent of Iraq’s proven oil reserves of 153.1 billion barrels, along with its ports.“When we think of all the wealth we have, we feel sad and upset. We deserve to live a better life, not only compared to other Iraqis but compared to the world,” he said.Iraq suffered a double shock in 2014, when militants from the Islamic State group swept through areas in the north and west and the price of oil plummeted on international markets. Oil revenues make up nearly 95 per cent of the federal budget.That forced the government to stop hiring and to divert much of its resources to the costly campaign to battle the militants, severely affecting job creation, the private sector and investor confidence. As a result, growth has been stunted, with poverty and unemployment on the rise.Among Iraq’s many unemployed is Ali Fadhil Kadhim, a 25-year-old graduate with a degree in science and physical education who has taken part in the Basra protests.Like others, he has applied for jobs but is not optimistic.“These promises are just anesthetization for the people and to keep them silent,” said Kadhim, who has worked as a security guard, construction worker and taxi driver. “We started a revolution and we will not give up.”___Follow Sinan Salaheddin on Twitter at .last_img read more

October 13

Closure of Canadian vinyl supplier RPM could raise prices affect titles say

first_imgTORONTO — One of Canada’s largest distributors of vinyl records has shut down with little notice — leaving some retailers scrambling to find alternate suppliers and raising questions about higher prices.RPM Distribution, based in Concord, Ont., notified its clients by email on Monday that it would be “closing all operations effective immediately.”The move instantly put a stop to vinyl shipments for many smaller music shops, including Revolution Records in Hamilton.Owner Scott Bell says he’s relied on RPM to supply about 70 per cent of his new inventory, most which came from major label Universal, home of Bruce Springsteen, Imagine Dragons and an extensive hip hop catalogue.Other retailers leaned on RPM for an even larger chunk of their supply, Bell says, and some are worried about the fallout, which could include higher prices or a shortage of new titles.“I’ve not stopped talking about it,” he said of many calls he’s received from his friends in the retail industry.“Nobody knows. Everybody’s wondering what everybody else is doing.”Bryan Munn of Royal Cat Records in Guelph, Ont., says he first realized something was amiss when his post-Christmas restock order didn’t show up last week.“I’m already finding it a little bit difficult to get some regularly stocked items,” Munn says.He suggests customers keep a close eye on vinyl prices in the coming weeks, as the lack of supply drive them higher at some stores.The resurgence of vinyl has seen its share of casualties in recent years, despite the steady upswing in sales.Two years ago Calgary-based player Canada Boy Vinyl, one of the country’s only pressing plants, closed down little more than year after it opened.Despite the industry hurdles, vinyl sales rose over 21 per cent last year according to Nielsen Music Canada, selling more than 975,000 units. David Friend, The Canadian Press Follow @dfriend on Twitter.last_img read more

October 12

Lightning knocks out power to over 125,000 customers in Northern B.C.

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – At the peak of Wednesday’s power outage over 125,000 customers were without power from 100 Mile House to Prince George and the B.C. Peace.B.C. Hydro believes the power outage was caused by a lightning strike that then caused a transmission circuit fault.  Hydro has not said where the lightning strike occurred.Large outages in northern BC tonight are caused by a suspected lightning strike. Crews are beginning restoration efforts across the region, working to restore all customers in the next few hours. Most of #cityofPG has been restored and we expect most customers back by 12:30am.— BC Hydro (@bchydro) September 12, 2019 The power went out at approximately 8:50 and was restored to all communities by 11:30 p.m.Reports of fires after the outage were shared all over social media, but those were all controlled flaring at facilities all over the B.C. Peace and in Prince George.We hope to learn more about the massive power outage on Thursday.last_img read more

September 29

What Does An 07 Start Tell You About An NFL Coach

Head coaches that began no wins through seven games, 1970-2015 1976John McKayBuccaneersYear 2944-88-133.5 2001Marty MornhinwegLions1325-2715.6 2009Raheem MorrisBuccaneers8317-3135.4 1984Hugh CampbellOilers1128-2226.7 YEARCOACHTEAMFIRST WIN IN GAME…SEASONS AS HEAD COACHRECORDWIN % 1979Bill Walsh49ers81092-59-160.9 1978Bud WilkinsonCardinals929-2031.0 Raheem Morris’s tenure in Tampa Bay is mostly remembered for how badly it ended, but it didn’t start off well, either. In 2009, his first season with the Bucs, the team started 0-7. Tampa Bay finished 3-13 and went 4-12 in 2011, the campaign that cost Morris his job. Those two terrible years were sandwiched around a surprising 10-6 season. 1971Harvey JohnsonBills1111-137.1 Although the recent examples are pretty ugly — and caution against giving any unsuccessful head coach too long of a leash — there are two inspiring names on the list for Browns fans.The late ‘80s Cowboys were a mess, just like the current Browns. In 1988, Dallas went 3-13, and replaced legendary head coach Tom Landry with Jimmy Johnson. The Cowboys went 1-15 in Johnson’s rookie season, with the sole victory coming in Washington in Week nine. Johnson quickly turned around the Cowboys in part because of his ability to accumulate high draft picks, a strategy that Jackson’s Browns are currently employing.Those Cowboys have been the blueprint for preaching patience in coaching, particularly when a coach takes over a bad team. Dallas went 36 straight games from 1988 to 1990 as underdogs; Johnson’s Cowboys weren’t favored to win a game until the 30th game of his coaching tenure. And this year’s Browns have been underdogs in every game this season, a sign of the poor roster Jackson is coaching.2Of course, Bradley’s Jaguars had a similar story: They weren’t favored until his 31st game. Inheriting a terrible roster sometimes means a team has to get worse before it can get better, and that’s exactly what happened in Dallas: The Cowboys went 1-15, 7-9, 11-5, 13-3 and 12-4 in Johnson’s five seasons with the team, with those last two campaigns ending in Super Bowl championships. 3Dallas also won another Super Bowl two years later, with Barry Switzer as head coach.And then there is Bill Walsh, the legendary 49ers coach who won three Super Bowls during his decade with the team. He inherited a San Francisco roster that was low on talent: The team sunk to 2-14 in 1978, and was without a first round pick in 1979 (which turned out to be the first overall pick) after trading those rights to Buffalo for O.J. Simpson the previous year.San Francisco went 0-7 out of the gate in 1979 under Walsh, eventually finishing 2-14. And the 49ers improved to only 6-10 in 1980, before Walsh’s influence on the team began to take hold. From 1981 to 1988, San Francisco won over 70 percent of its games, the best mark in the NFL, and won three Super Bowls. And as with Johnson, the fruits of his work yielded additional success after he left, with the 49ers winning a fourth Super Bowl in 1989 and a fifth in 1994.For Jackson and the new Browns regime, expectations were very low entering the season. That makes it impossible to know whether this 0-7 start is more like a Bradley or Gailey 0-7, or a Johnson or Walsh 0-7. The likely reality is that many of the players responsible for the next great (or even good) Browns team aren’t currently on the roster. Johnson and Walsh selected Hall of Fame quarterbacks Troy Aikman and Joe Montana in their first drafts, which laid the groundwork for the success years later. But that franchise quarterback is probably not on the current roster for Cleveland, with the team expected to take one early in the 2017 draft. That means, at this point, Cleveland sports fans anxious to figure out whether Jackson will be the league’s next great coach will have to wait. Fortunately for Cleveland fans, they still have the Indians and the Cavs.CORRECTION (Oct 28 6:55 p.m. EDT): A table in an earlier version of this article contained several errors. Six coaches were incorrectly included in the chart and have been removed: Rick Venturi, Ron Meyer, Chuck Studley, Dick Stanfel, Homer Rice, and John McVay. Two coaches who should have been included have been added: John McKay and Frank Kush. Bud Wilkinson coached two seasons with the Cardinals, not one, and compiled a 9-20 record, not a 6-10 record. Forrest Gregg coached three seasons with the Browns, not two, and compiled an 18-23 record, not a 12-16 record. Harvey Johnson coached only one season with the Bills after 1970, not two (though he did coach in 1968). Chan Gailey, like Jackson, was hired to cure an anemic offense. The 2009 Bills ranked 29th in offensive DVOA, prompting the hiring of Gailey, a coach with a long history on that side of the ball. Buffalo started the 2010 season 0-8 before Gailey got his first win; he lasted three years in Buffalo and went 16-32. 1982Frank KushColtsYear 2311-28-128.8 2009Steve SpagnuoloRams8310-3820.8 2007Cam CameronDolphins1411-156.3 2013Gus BradleyJaguars9414-4125.5% 2010Chan GaileyBills9316-3233.3 1975Forrest GreggBrowns10318-2343.9 1999Chris PalmerBrowns825-2715.6 1989Jimmy JohnsonCowboys9544-3655.0 Cam Cameron was hired to fix the Miami offense. In 2006, the Dolphins ranked 29th in scoring, so Miami hired Cameron, the offensive coordinator of the No. 1 scoring offense in the NFL (San Diego), to change things. But Cameron went 1-15 in his lone season as the Dolphins head coach, winning his only game in overtime in Week 15.The table below shows the 16 head coaches from 1970 to 2015 that began their tenure without a win through seven games. For Bradley, the only active head coach on the list, the data is current through Thursday night’s game. Steve Spagnuolo was hired by a St. Louis Rams team that went 2-14 in 2008; the former Giants defensive coordinator somehow oversaw a decline as St. Louis went 1-15 in 2009, with the lone win coming against the 2-14 Lions. Spagnuolo went 10-38 (.208) in three years with the Rams and had one of the worst coaching tenures in league history. If good things are supposed to come in threes, nobody told the Cleveland Browns. This year, the Cavaliers won the NBA championship in remarkable fashion, and the Indians are currently playing in the World Series. Meanwhile, Cleveland’s other major professional sports team is 0-7, the last remaining winless team in the 2016 NFL season.The Browns hired Hue Jackson to lead the team’s latest rebuilding effort in a move that was regarded as one of the best coaching hires of the offseason. In an offseason in which the Browns also brought in Paul DePodesta as chief strategy officer to turn the franchise around, it seemed like Cleveland had its coach of the future. But Jackson is now just the 17th coach since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970 to fail to win a game in his team’s first seven contests.The most recent examples are not going to inspire confidence and hope for Cleveland fans:Gus Bradley, like Jackson, inherited a terrible roster. The Jaguars went 2-14 in 2012 1The Browns went 3-13 last season. before hiring Bradley, who won his first game in Jacksonville’s ninth game of the season. After another ugly loss Thursday night, Bradley’s record with the Jaguars stands at just 14-41 (0.255). Source: 1985Leeman BennettBuccaneers1024-2812.5 read more