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England Golf represents disability golf in Europe

first_img30 Jan 2015 England Golf represents disability golf in Europe England Golf has become the representative body on the European Disabled Golf Association (EDGA) for disabled golf in England.England Golf is taking over the work previously undertaken by BALASA, the charity which promotes golf for all disabilities.  BALASA will continue to run its own events and host EDGA events.Jamie Blair, England Golf Disability Manager said: “England Golf would like to thank BALASA for the foundations they have put in place and the opportunities they have created for disabled golfers to compete in top European competitions.“I look forward to working with EDGA and to learning from my colleagues in Europe, not only improving the opportunities for talented golfers but also on getting more disabled people into the game. We will continue to work with BALASA and the other impairment specific golf groups to use their knowledge to ensure that EDGA events become as inclusive as possible”BALASA chairman Richard Saunders (image © Leaderboard Photography) commented: “We have worked extremely hard behind the scenes with England Golf and other impairment groups to reach this significant position.“We will continue to work on behalf of our members and the disabled fraternity to promote disabled golf, to encourage further participation for all – and to eventually achieve our ultimate aim of seeing golf in the Paralympic Games.”A new process is now in place for disabled golfers who meet the required level of impairment and wish to participate in the EDGA Access, Challenge and Premier events.In order to access EDGA competitions players must hold:•    An approved EDGA Medical Pass – meeting required level of impairment•    Active CONGU handicap•    Enter ballots through the EDGA websiteDisabled golfers wishing to retain membership of BALASA will pay their BALASA fee in the usual way. BALASA will continue to select England teams for relevant international events. To be eligible for selection to represent England, players will need to be a member of BALASA.For more information on the eligibility criteria and how to apply for a medical pass click here or email England GolfEngland Golf and its partners are committed to increasing the participation of disabled people in golf and providing more people the opportunity to enter, return and develop within the game to whatever level they chose to play to.last_img read more

NFL coaches, players mingling more in locker rooms

first_imgCarolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera leads his team from the locker room before a preseason NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)Sean Payton walks through the locker room to leave motivational props for players. Ron Rivera practically lives there. Jim Harbaugh barges into the bathroom to rush players to meetings.Gone are the days when NFL locker rooms were a players-only domain. More coaches are making their presence felt in a place they weren’t always welcomed.“That locker room is our locker room,” Rivera said. “I have a vested interest in the locker room.”Some coaches pass through the locker room only occasionally — Giants coach Tom Coughlin and Tampa Bay’s Lovie Smith — while some are regular visitors, stopping to chat with players and socialize with them on their turf.Rivera used to follow the old-school philosophy because he played for Mike Ditka in Chicago. Iron Mike stayed out of the Bears’ locker room, leaving his players to rule there.But Rivera crossed that imaginary “Do Not Enter” line last year and became a fixture in the room. His approach worked. The Panthers won the NFC South and Rivera was the NFL Coach of the Year.“The biggest mistake I made my first two years was not being around,” Rivera said. “I still have guys that when they see me, they say: ‘Whoop. The man is in here.’ And, they shut up. I don’t care. It’s our locker room.”When a bullying scandal erupted with the Miami Dolphins last year, coach Joe Philbin said he didn’t know about it. In part, that was because Philbin didn’t visit the locker room. He let the players police themselves.Lesson learned.“I think I have a better rapport, chemistry, with the players,” Philbin said recently. “I’ve spent more time communicating with them in a one-on-one manner and in team meetings. I’ve been doing the bed check every single night at the hotel and just knocking on their doors and making sure that they’re OK, busting their chops a little bit if they’re awake.”The events in Miami were the focal point of a meeting between the NFL Players Association and league officials in the offseason. The NFL wants more supervision in the locker room to ensure players respect each other.“The locker room is part of the workplace,” Robert Gulliver, the league’s executive vice president for human resources, said during a panel discussion at the NFL’s career development symposium this summer. “Football is special and iconic, but we have to treat it as a place of work.”That means coaches have to make sure they’re aware of the culture in their locker rooms. If the see any problems, they have to address them immediately.“There should be no closed doors in terms of how you do it,” Eagles coach Chip Kelly said. “We’re just continuing to emphasize what we emphasized a year ago. We don’t have any rookie shows, never have done that stuff. We’re trying to get a bunch of guys who are good people.”Kelly encourages his assistants to visit with players in the locker room. He stresses togetherness and has no tolerance for players who don’t put the team first.“The more people get along and share the same vision and aspirations, the more you’re going to get to where you want to get to,” Kelly said.Many coaches say they build camaraderie in the locker room. After a ripping into players at practice, they find this can be a good place to soothe bruised egos.“You go in (and say), ‘It’s just football. It’s nothing personal — we’re just talking about your football stinks; you’re a pretty good guy,’” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said. “You want to make sure that they know that. You ask them to do a lot of things and you get a lot of feedback when you go through there and talk to them.”Chiefs coach Andy Reid learned the open-door policy from Hall of Fame coach Bill Walsh. Reid also connects with his players through a leadership council that includes a representative from each position group.“They can come to our office, we can go in the locker room,” Reid said. “There are no walls, everything is free, coaches go in and mingle. Players, I think, appreciate that. I go in there and don’t feel any walls there, no sneaking around, and they feel free coming up and talking to us.”Some coaches are more comfortable in the locker room than others.“I’ll go in every day just to see the guys,” Jets coach Rex Ryan said. “I mean, they get intimidated because I’ll be in shorts and that’s about it because we have our sauna and whirlpool and I’ll get in there. These are my guys. I’m comfortable wherever I am in that building. They’re used to seeing me in there and in the hot tubs and the cold tubs and whatever.”Payton occasionally pops into the Saints’ locker room to leave props such as a porcelain doll at a locker of a player he wants to exhibit more toughness. Sometimes Payton leaves a laminated card with an inspirational passage from a speech or text. Sometimes he drops off baseball bats with the inscription “bring the wood” before games against physical teams.Former players like Rivera and San Francisco’s Harbaugh blend in nicely.“You have to get to know their environment, get to know what’s going on in their world with Twitter, with music, socially,” Rivera said. “There’s so many things that go on with these players that we didn’t have.”___AP sports writers Brett Martel, Janie McCauley, Dave Skretta, Steve Reed, Dennis Waszak, Tom Canavan, Bob Baum and Steven Wine contributed to this report.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org___Follow Rob Maaddi on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AP_RobMaaddilast_img read more

‘It doesn’t bode well!’ Tottenham fans worried after receiving good news on Friday

first_img Mauricio Pochettino 1 Tottenham Hotspur fans are preparing for an inevitable defeat on Saturday after the news Mauricio Pochettino was named Manager of the Month.The Argentine led his side to three victories out of three, including a stunning 4-1 triumph over Premier League table toppers Manchester City.But, despite their unbeaten run now stretching to seven games, Spurs fans have come over all pessimistic ahead of their clash with Liverpool and believe the only outcome possible is a chastening defeat.You can check out what Tottenham supporters are saying below…last_img read more


first_imgStephen McCloskey, pictured on the right, with his familyTHE FAMILY of a missing man have issued a heartfelt plea to people in Donegal to help find him.Father-of-three Stephen McCloskey (33) left his sister’s home in Ard Grange in Derry on October 28 but has not been seen since.His Nissan Terrano 4×4 was found abandoned in Burt. Searches for the missing man continued yesterday with the Garda deploying a helicopter.His sister Lisa McCloskey has been putting up posters up around Donegal, hoping someone will recognise him“We’re not good, we are getting worse now as the days go on,” said Lisa“It’s getting worse. It’s unbearable what we are going through, we just want him home. I just hope someone in Donegal saw him. “His partner Sinead is distraught. They have been together for 15 years. And the three children are missing him so much.“We are just appealing for anybody to come forward with information, should it be the silliest wee thing or they don’t even think that it means anything, even if they think it could help in the slightest wee bit.Family and friends have joined together along with volunteers from Foyle Search and Rescue to search the fields around Burt – a place that holds no association with Stephen. COMMUNITY ALERT: IS MISSING MAN STILL IN DONEGAL? was last modified: November 7th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BURTderry citydonegalMISSING MANStephen McCloskeylast_img read more

Marin set to complete move from Chelsea

first_imgMarko Marin is close to completing a move to Turkish club Trabzonspor from Chelsea.The Germany international, 26, has failed to make an impact at Stamford Bridge since being signed from Werder Bremen three years ago.Marin then signed a five-year contract but has made only 15 appearances for Chelsea, scoring one goal.Last season he was on loan at Fiorentina and then Anderlecht. He has also had a spell on loan at Sevilla.See also:Cuadrado expected to complete move to JuventusFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

SA business mission heads for Benin

first_img7 September 2012 Deputy Trade and Industry Minister Elizabeth Thabethe will lead a South African business delegation on the country’s first outward selling and investment mission to Benin from 9 to 14 September. “The mission will also serve as an ideal opportunity for South African companies that would like to export value-added products and services, and for companies that are looking for investment opportunities in Benin,” Thabethe told journalists in Pretoria on Wednesday. Thabethe said the mission takes place within the context of South Africa’s strategic engagement with the rest of the continent, aimed at supporting Africa’s economic revival and promoting intra-African trade. Agro-processing, furniture and wood processing, infrastructure (rail, road and telecoms), built environment and mining and capital equipment are among the targeted sectors of the mission to the West African country. “It is important for South Africa to continue to pursue economic collaboration and partnership with African countries when crafting the way forward for sustainable economic development and the development of investment in the African region,” Thabethe said. “Benin, like most countries in Africa, presents a wealth of business opportunities for South African companies. By establishing their presence in this country, South African companies would be able to access other markets in the West African region and Africa at large.” According to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Benin’s domestic economy revolves around subsistence agriculture, which accounts for 35.5% of gross domestic product (GDP) and is the main source of income for over half of the population. Cotton is the main commercial crop, accounting for about 45% of the country’s foreign-exchange earnings. The hydroelectric potential of the Mono River, which forms Benin’s border with Togo, is being developed, with the construction of dams for power generation and irrigation. Mineral reserves, notably of marble, iron, and phosphate, have not been fully exploited, which also presents an opportunity for investment, the DTI said. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Giving Wings focuses on communication

first_imgThe Giving Wings youth development programme also facilitates group workshops to give participants the opportunity to sharpen their skills among peers, and assess their progress in a practical setting. (Giving Wings)Giving Wings – as the name suggests – was set up to help young people fly.A skills development organisation, Giving Wings has designed a programme aimed at providing young people with the knowledge, guidance and confidence they need to succeed in an ever-more competitive working environment.As part of its approach, Giving Wings identified the lack of communication skills as one of the major challenges young South Africans face when trying to find employment and grow in their careers. To address this, the organisation offers coaching in public speaking, presentation, business conduct and writing skills to promote work readiness.Founded by award-winning public speaker Kefilwe Morobane and business analyst Thato Mboweni, Giving Wings is devoted to giving back to society and, in doing so, has focused the bulk of its efforts on Olievenhoutbosch, a township in Centurion, in Gauteng.Mboweni, the director, says the objective of the organisation’s youth development programme is “to empower young and effective communicators… I believe that everyone is a communicator, but not everyone is an effective communicator.”Through its partnership with the Olieven Development Association, it facilitates workshops to hone people’s verbal and written communication skills.Watch Giving Wings Youth Development Programme in action:GROWTH AMONG PEERSThe Giving Wings youth development programme also facilitates group workshops to give participants the opportunity to sharpen their skills among peers, and assess their progress in a practical setting. The workshops also help them overcome the initial fears of speaking in public.“One of the greatest fears in this world is the fear of public speaking,” said Morobane, the managing director of Giving Wings, at the 2015 Giving Wings school speech contest, held in Olievenhoutbosch.That event was the culmination of a four-week programme the organisation had run for Grade 11 pupils that gave them the opportunity to display their new-found skills in front of their friends, parents and teachers.At the close of the event, Mboweni said she was “proud to see young students flourishing, flying. Express themselves in a way that they wouldn’t have had the opportunity to had we not done this… Giving Wings is about giving wings and I think we have really achieved that today.”last_img read more

Brand South Africa partners with the 14th Sunday Times Generation Next Youth Engagement

first_imgby Phindi MadunaOn 14 June 2018, Brand South Africa partnered with the Sunday Times Generation Next and HDI Youth Marketers to host the 14th Sunday Times Youth Marketing Conference, Interactive Showcase and Awards. The collaboration with Generation Next is a way to ensure that relationships  with key stakeholders are maintained to create an inspiring narrative for the Nation Brand.The Generation Next survey is  the leading barometer of youth opinion towards brands in South Africa.  Brand South Africa is honoured  to partner with this initiative that promotes how young people see and and experience brands this opens up  opportunities on what the  country has to offer.The three part engagement began with a Youth Marketing Conference where a variety of industry experts shared their research findings, experiences, trends and insights. The discussion focused on various aspects of youth marketing such as the ethical aspects of youth marketing, youth entrepreneurship, digital marketing, youth media consumption and technology trends.Brand South Africa’s Research Manager, Leigh-Gail Peterson was part of a panel that discussed youth trends and insights that help brands build sustainable relationships. “Research methods must evolve with the dynamic audiences. Data collection methods for example must adapt and be flexible. This includes the mediums that we utilize when we collect data. Social media is one such tool that we cannot over look when collecting data in today’s research environment” said Peterson.Source: Brand South AfricaThe panel discussion was followed by an Interactive Showcase where youngsters had an opportunity to experience several brands including Brand South Africa at the Play Your Part exhibition. They shared their acts of active citizenship  and pledged to  play their part in their respective communities.Source: Brand South AfricaThe day ended on a high note with an energy charged Awards Ceremony. Some of the winners included South African brands like Metro FM,  First National Bank, DSTV, Mr Price, Mall of Africa, Dischem, Engen, Spur Restaurants and Pick ‘N Pay; with Nike winning the overall coolest brand for 2018. Local personalities who  also walked away with awards were rapper Nasty C, DJ Black Coffee and Gqom Star Babes Wodumo.Source: @ST_GenNext Twitter PageBrand South Africa extends a big congratulations to all the brands and personalities who continue to put South Africa on the global stage  and take charge in contributing towards building a positive nation image. As the custodian of the Nation Brand, we celebrate brands that contribute positively towards the country’s reputation.last_img read more

OFBF annual meeting underway with plenty of policy to discuss

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 97th annual meeting of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) is underway in Columbus and will include a broad policy debate on pertinent agricultural issues and recognition of the efforts of county farm bureaus around the state.“This is an opportunity to recognize the good work of our county farm bureaus. We are a federation, and federations function best when you have strong county farm bureaus,” said Jack Fisher, OFBF Executive Vice President. “It is also always about preparing for tomorrow. We are a policy-oriented organization. From the start, we always thought we could do more for each individual if we work together. We review policy and are looking at what type of business climate we need for our farmers. Today we are more inclusive and we are talking about the relationships between our farmers and our consumers, so the subject matter gets a little broader. This year, for example, we are talking about marijuana because society wants to know more about it. The issues we are talking about have a long tenure and we have to have a community discussion about what is best for the state of Ohio and take it back home.”Ohio Farm Bureau president Steve Hirsch anticipates a number of important and challenging issues on the floor.“We’re going to talk about a lot of policy — water quality, nutrient management, taxes including CAUV, income tax the commercial activity tax and a couple of others. Along with that we will talk about how we want to fund those government services we want to have. We will also talk about some national issues like GMO labeling, transportation, the waters of the U.S. rule, and the produce safety rule,” Hirsch said. “This is grassroots policy developed through the counties. It works its way up from the counties through our policy development committees.”Nearly 350 delegates will finalize the organization’s policy for the coming year. Other issues are expected to include energy development, meat inspection regulations, invasive species and the structure of local governments.In addition, OFBF will elect leaders, conduct leadership training and recognize county Farm Bureaus and individuals for their contributions to the organization and community. The theme of this year’s meeting is “Strong Foundation…Building for Tomorrow.”Attendees will be updated on Farm Bureau’s new membership structure that was approved by delegates at last year’s annual meeting. A special session will introduce members to the reorganized Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation.Coverage of all events will be available in real time online at ofb.ag/97thAnnualMeeting.AUDIOOhio Farm Bureau Executive Director Jack Fisher visits with the Ohio Ag Net’s Dale Minyo about the importance of this annual event.OFBF Jack FisherLarry Antosch with Ohio Farm Bureau tells Dale about the latest with Water Quality Ohio and the Ohio Water Action Plan.OFBF Healthy Water Ohio H2O Action PlanOFBF’s Leah Curtis has details on CAUV.OFBF Leah Curtis CAUVOhio Farm Bureau President Steve Hirsch goes over some of the policy that will be covered this year.OFBF Pres Steve HirshTrisha Levering is the President of the Knox County Farm Bureau, which put together a mobile app to help farmers understand new laws and keep in compliance with those regulations.Smart Phone App Water quality Thrisia Leveringlast_img read more

Stress management during tough financial times

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest There is no doubt that the production agriculture sector is going through a tough financial period. In particular, low crop prices and low milk prices are severely impacting row crop and dairy producers. Financial stress in the farm business often equates to stress within the farm family and can extend to farm employees. Harmful stress needs to be recognized and managed for personal health, family health and health of the farm business.Some stress is a normal part of life. Stress can motivate us to get things done or to make adjustments in our life that balance the stress or maybe remove the stress. However when stress events begin to add up or stress events are added that don’t allow us to adjust or that are beyond our resources to adjust then stress begins to be harmful. Symptoms of harmful stress as well as mechanisms and the ability to cope with stress will vary depending upon the individual. It is important to recognize some common symptoms of stress and if these symptoms continue for prolonged periods of time, to devise a plan to manage stress.Some common symptoms of stress include: feeling tired all the time, inability to relax, disrupted sleep pattern, irritability, anger, problems getting along with people, anxiousness, feelings of being overwhelmed, emotional outbursts, trouble concentrating, headaches, frequent illness, increased alcohol or tobacco use, and withdrawal.Developing and maintaining avenues of communication can help farm families cope with stress during tough financial times. Communication is vital to help relieve the burdens of financial stress and to help generate ideas for problem solving, how to cut production costs, and/or how to increase efficiency or productivity. Regular communication during stressful financial times can help to reduce a negative environment and to prevent finger pointing and blaming. It is natural to look for a source to blame, but in the current farm economy low prices are not the fault of any farm manager, family member or farm employee. In addition, it is known that often just being able to talk about financial problems or feelings of frustration, helplessness and anxiety can be helpful to mental and emotional health.In a family farm situation, it may take an extra effort to maintain communication during stressful financial times. Try to put some “structures” in place that will help facilitate regular communication. An example of this is regularly scheduled family or farm business meetings. Meetings should have planned agenda items and a set starting and ending time. Some ground rules should be in place that provide opportunity for everyone to speak and that prevent any kind of personal attacks or blaming. The focus should be on the farm business. One of the topics on the agenda might be an update of the current farm financial situation. This update allows all family members and farm employees to understand the current farm situation, can squash any rumors that may have started, and can help family members and farm employees understand why repairs instead of new purchases are being made, why withdrawals for family living are being maintained or decreased, and why employee raises may be delayed or decreased. Sharing financial information within this type of business meeting structure can empower family members and employees to feel valued as a team member and new ideas about how to meet financial challenges may be generated.Communication is vital during times of financial stress and in addition to communicating with family members and farm employees, the farm owner or manager should have a support network that understands the farm’s financial situation. Someone who can look at the farm situation from a non-personal perspective and that is not as emotionally invested in the farm operation can provide some clearer thinking and/or information that can be helpful in making decisions. People in this support network may also provide a sympathetic ear that allows some of the financial stress burden to be shared. These are people that want to see your farm succeed and be passed on to the next generation. This support network can include your lender, equipment dealer, seed/fertilizer dealer, financial advisor, nutritionist, veterinarian, Extension educator, tax preparer, or other trusted advisors.For more information about communication during stressful financial times go to the Dairy Issue Briefs section of the OSU Extension dairy web site at: http://dairy.osu.edu/DIBS/dibs.html.last_img read more