2019 English Disability Open is a first for England Golf

first_img 40 golfers from across Europe have signed up to play in the 2019 English Disability Open to be staged on the Gainsborough course at Stoke by Nayland over the weekend of September 7-8.The event, which is supported by the R&A and is on the England Golf tournament schedule for the first time this year, has attracted entries from England, Wales, The Netherlands and France, who will compete using the modified rules of golf for players with a disability in gross, handicap or Stableford competitions, depending on their golf handicap.Among those who have entered are defending champion Mick Horsley (pictured), from Marriott Breadsall Priory in Derbyshire, the current male No 1 on the World Ranking for Golfers with a Disability (WR4GD), George Groves, from Horne Park Golf Club in Surrey and Martin Wiiliams from North Hants Golf Club in Hampshire, the same club where Olympic champion and England Golf Ambassador Justin Rose learned to play the game.2019 also sees four female competitors taking part, including Aimi Bullock, from Woking Golf Club in Surrey and junior golfer Ellie Perks, from Hagley Golf Club in Worcestershire. Recently, Perks received England Golf’s Hero’s Handshake award for the work she does helping other disabled children to play and enjoy the game.Working with the European Disabled Golf Association (EDGA), England Golf now provides an easy process for players to register for their ‘Access’ pass which allows anyone with an impairment to register as a golfer with a disability. The access pass can be a stepping stone to participating in the WR4GD, which features players from Australia, South Africa and across Europe, all managed by the World Amateur Golf Rankings (WAGR)Jamie Blair, Inclusion and Wellbeing Manager for England Golf commented: “It feels like this has been a long time in planning and I can’t wait for us to have this showcase of golfing ability as part of our tournament offering.Whilst we know there is more work to be done to improve the opportunities for more people, including disabled people to join golf clubs, this event is about providing for an audience of our customers who have not accessed a national championships before and putting it on a parallel with everything else we run.”“The event will provide points for the WR4GD rankings for those eligible players, whilst also utilising our unique handicap system to allow any player with any disability or impairment to compete and show the quality and character of players we have playing our fantastic game.”The event is free to spectate with full details of tee times being published on the England Golf website after the 18th August.EDGA are the global body supporting the development of the game for golfers with a disability, working in partnership with the R&A, USGA and IGF alongside their member bodies of the national golfing federations.WR4GD was adopted by WAGR from January 2019 following the development and implementation by EDGA since January 2017.Credit Leaderboard Photography. 28 Aug 2019 2019 English Disability Open is a first for England Golf Tags: Disability Championship, Disability Golf, Disability Openlast_img read more

QPR v Palace player ratings

first_imgSee also:Rangers draw with Palace in turgid derbyPalace’s forwards worried QPR – RedknappRedknapp warns of difficult striker searchFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

49ers 37, Packers 8: Studs and duds as defense wrecks Aaron Rodgers

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.SANTA CLARA — The NFL’s grand stage of “Sunday Night Football” returned to Levi’s Stadium for the first time since its 2014 unveiling, and, this time, the 49ers absolutely starred in a much-deserving spotlight.When their defense wasn’t dominating Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers in a 37-8 rout, the 49ers offense was strutting its stuff, and none prettier than Jimmy Garoppolo’s 61-yard touchdown pass that …last_img read more

Til Death Do Us Part — Geocache of the Week

first_img SharePrint RelatedExtraterrestrial Geocachers? — Head Alien Series (GC253ZN) — Geocache of the WeekNovember 6, 2013In “Community”The Travel Bug® That’s Traveled the Furthest* (*and is still traveling)September 17, 2012In “Community”Geocaching HQ Employee Spotlight: Senior Software Developer, Dave (Wilson)May 8, 2016In “Community” Difficulty:1.5Terrain:1.5 Location:Missouri, United States of AmericaN 39° 51.614 W 094° 48.690 TraditionalGC1YXVWby mo pirate Geo. C. Aching, Rest in PeacePlease join us in remembering a true icon: Geo. C. Aching.Geo. C. Aching was a phenomenal adventurer, world traveler, and companion. And a real prankster, too. Remember the time we went on a maintenance run and couldn’t find our own geocache anywhere? Or how about those logbooks that we could never get out of bisons? Or, that hot summer day when we drove three hours to the next county, went on a grueling 10-mile hike, and had blisters all over our feet only to realize that Geo made sure we forgot our pen? Turns out that sometimes those of us who wandered were actually lost. Geo spent time with everyone, whether voyaging on worldwide excursions, hiking to remote locations deep in the woods, or just grabbing a rusty candy tin while picking up the kids at the mall. Geo was always there for all of us, no matter where we went or what we were doing. Here’s to you, Geo. C. Aching — may you finally log that giant D5/T5 ammo can in the sky. Til Death Do Us PartRest in Peace geocachersOpen casket funeralGotta hand it to you, this is an awesome cacheFound at the end of Geocaching Way* This geocache is on private property with owner permission (cache owner is the property owner) and not located in an actual cemetery.Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world.Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

The Genius Of Google Fiber

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Matt Asay Related Posts As Google picks up its pace on rolling out fiber Internet service – announcing Austin, Texas, and Provo, Utah in the past 10 days – one has to admire the sheer hubris of what it’s doing. Just as in mobile, Google is forcing the industry to provide low-cost access to the Internet, where it stands waiting to reap the bonanza of advertising-based services. Competitors race to keep up, expanding their broadband or mobile offerings, thereby furthering Google’s monetization strategy even as they try to thwart the advertising giant.It’s Google’s world. We just get to live in it. And click on ads.Free Fiber Internet For the Huddled MassesAccording to Internet entrepreneur Jason Calacanis, the broadband Internet access game is already over, and Google has won. As he notes, “Google Fiber is not a test, it’s a takeover plan.” Calacanis argues that Google’s real plan with fiber-to-the-home isn’t necessarily the home broadband connection, but rather free wifi attached to each of the routers installed to use its broadband. With this free wifi network blanketing a city, it’s game over for the traditional telcos:“Google is going to kill AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and the cable companies. Kids don’t talk on the phone and they don’t have a ton of money. If they can be reasonably sure they’ll have a wifi network, then they are simply not going to sign up for AT&T or Verizon.” While Calacanis insists that the free wifi component is “not announced, but it’s gonna happen,” the reality is that it needn’t happen for Google to win. (Underscoring Calacanis’ point, however, Google has announced that it will offer free Wifi in its first fiber-enabled city, Kansas City, though this doesn’t seem to be tethered to home broadband connections.) All Google needs is to spark competition, as has already happened in Austin. Within minutes of announcing Google Fiber there, AT&T declared that it, too, would offer 1 Gibabit Internet service to Austin.Think Google minds? Not a bit.After all, Google isn’t in the Internet service provider (ISP) business. It’s in the advertising business. All it needs to do is shame ISPs into offering better service, which service Google will co-opt to advertise against, not to mention use to provide a range of other “free” services like Voice, Apps, etc.Google’s “Free” PlaybookIf this sounds familiar, it’s because it is. Google has done much the same in mobile with its Android operating system. Worried that Apple would throttle access to the mobile Internet, Google built Android, released it as open source, and encouraged (even subsidized) its adoption.A few short years later, Google chairman Eric Schmidt this week told the crowd at the AllThingsD mobile conference that there will be 1 billion Android phones blanketing the planet by year’s end, a number set to nearly double within a year or two. “Android is by far the primary vehicle by which people are going to see smartphones,” Schmidt declared. “Our goal is to reach everybody.”But even if Google doesn’t do this directly; even if Android reaches the masses through “competitors” like Samsung or Amazon, Google wins. Google wins every time people access the Internet, because odds are they will spend time with Google Search or other Google products.Not Just An Advertising PlayNor is free fiber and free mobile simply an advertising play. Google’s free services often have a bigger goal in mind: amassing massive quantities of data. As Tim O’Reilly discovered from Google’s director of research Peter Norvig years ago, the secret to improved translation services wasn’t better algorithms, but rather more data. Google Fiber lets Google sit inside one’s home, “collect[ing] information that users of your subscription provide, such as clicks on a Google Fiber TV remote to change the channel or search program listings,” in addition to continued monitoring of how its Fiber customers use the Internet. That’s a lot of data, roughly none of which will gather dust in some musty data center.None of this suggests that Google is somehow evil for enticing consumers to give up data or clicks in exchange for free services. But it is a recognition that few companies can afford to play the long game like Google. AT&T may offer Austin gigabit Internet service, but AT&T’s only current way of monetizing those services is through monthly access fees. Google can give broadband Internet away, confident that it can recoup that investment over the long haul with both advertising and more data.It’s ambitious. It’s farsighted. It’s genius.Image courtesy of Shutterstock.center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Android#broadband#Eric Schmidt#fiber#Google Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

15 days agoInside Joao Felix: How teenage whiz bringing hope to Atletico Madrid

first_imgInside Joao Felix: How teenage whiz bringing hope to Atletico Madridby Blair Newman15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid underwent great change in the summer. Antoine Griezmann finally moved on after months of speculation, with Joao Felix arriving as his long-term successor. Felix, at just 19 years old, is widely believed to be one of the finest young players in the world today. While settling into a new team, in a new country, at such a young age hasn’t been plain sailing, he has already shown glimpses of the quality he can offer.Diego Simeone seems intent on evolving the tactical capabilities of his side. As well as Felix, Atletico brought in a ball-playing centre-back in Mario Hermoso as well as two energetic and forward-thinking full-backs in Kieran Trippier and Renan Lodi in the summer window. As a consequence of the personnel changes, Simeone’s side now dominate the ball more than before, averaging 51.9% possession to last season’s 49.3%. But the change has led to teething problems that have affected Felix.Atletico have failed to score in half of their eight La Liga games so far, suggesting their new, more offensive game plan isn’t quite operating at 100%. Naturally, this has reduced Felix’s potency in the final third and has led to debate over where exactly the youngster should play, but he is still one of the team’s most important attacking players.During his only full season of first-team football at Benfica, the Portuguese acted as a second striker within a 4-4-1-1 system. He had license to wander and take up different positions on the pitch, moving between the lines to connect attacks and using his awareness and passing ability to split defences and create chances for teammates. Felix has mostly played in a similar position for Atletico, as seen in the below graphic.Here, the opposition defence and midfield lines are clear, as is Felix’s position between them. These are the areas he is best in. He can drive directly at the opponent’s back line, commit defenders and thread through balls for advancing teammates, or take a shot himself.This is a similar role to the one Griezmann took up at Atletico. The Frenchman usually played off a more traditional striker who would play on the last line, look to attack space in the channels, and use their pace and direct running to drag defenders back (think Diego Costa, Kevin Gameiro or Fernando Torres). In turn, this created space between the lines for Griezmann, who was free to roam, pick up the ball in deeper areas and get more involved in build-up.However, because Atletico are in transition and have a lot of new faces, they are experimenting with their favoured 4-4-2 system. As a result, Simeone has trialled Felix in other positions, notably on both wings. Indeed, it was from a nominal wide berth that he got his first Champions League goal, opening the scoring in the 2-0 win over Lokomotiv Moscow.Playing on the right of the midfield four, Felix would tuck inside while attacking right-back Santiago Arias (in for the equally attacking Trippier) patrolled the flank. An example of this can be seen in the graphic below. This allowed Felix to get into more central positions, where he was better placed to create or shoot. His goal came from a similar situation to the one seen below, except with Alvaro Morata running wide, getting behind and pulling back for Felix to shoot and score.Afterwards, Simeone praised the 19-year-old’s performance. “It was the match in which he was most involved in the rhythm of the game,” the Atletico boss was quoted by AS, before discussing Felix’s new position, saying, “For a player who likes to have the ball and participate in the game of his team, it generates more enthusiasm.”Felix was then deployed on the left side of the midfield four for the 0-0 draw with Real Valladolid last weekend. Again, he was allowed to tuck in and take up a more central position in build-up, with left-back Lodi supplying width down that flank. This only underlines how important it was that Simeone replaced his ageing full-backs, Juanfran and Luis Filipe, with younger options who offer more output in terms of dribbles, progressive runs and crosses.The defensive responsibilities asked of Felix are different on the wing, however. When playing behind the striker, he helps to lead pressing from the front, closing down defenders whilst simultaneously blocking forward passing options. But on the wing, he is expected to drop deeper and remain part of a line of four, blocking the opposition full-back’s forward runs and ensuring compactness in midfield.Felix hasn’t been entirely consistent in his performances, and playing in three different positions so far probably hasn’t helped him adjust. Nonetheless, he is one of Atletico’s key contributors going forward. No player has scored more than his two league goals, no player averages more shots per game than his two, and no player has assisted more than his one.The only concerning statistic is that he is opening up defences less frequently now. Last season, with Benfica, he averaged 1.1 key passes to this season’s 0.3. He also averaged 0.2 through balls, while this season he is averaging a big fat zero. However, Simeone will expect these numbers to revert once the youngster has adapted properly to a tougher league, new teammates and has sorted his best position.Felix is young and inexperienced at the highest level, but he has established himself as Atletico’s key attacking player. The Griezmann comparisons are unhelpful and, in the short term, unrealistic, but – given time – he is on course to fill the void left by the Frenchman.All data supplied by WhoScored.com. TagsOpinionAbout the authorBlair NewmanShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Surge in parttime work offsets fulltime losses helps drops unemployment rate

first_imgOTTAWA – The economy generated 54,100 net new jobs last month and saw its unemployment rate fall — but the headline improvements overshadowed weaker details: a rush of new part-time, public sector positions and a drop in full-time work.The overall July increase in jobs pushed the unemployment rate back to its four-decade low of 5.8 per cent, down from six per cent the previous month, Statistics Canada’s latest labour force survey said Friday.But a closer look at the numbers revealed that the country gained 82,000 less desirable, part-time positions last month — and it lost 28,000 full-time jobs. The public sector made the biggest contribution to the July increase with 49,600 new jobs, while the private sector added 5,200 positions.Average hourly wage growth, which is scrutinized by the Bank of Canada, continued its gradual cool-off last month with a year-over-year reading of 3.2 per cent. In June, it expanded 3.6 per cent and in May the figure was 3.9 per cent, which marked a nine-year high.The total number of hours worked in July expanded 1.3 per cent, a slightly slower pace than the June reading of 1.4 per cent.“In the wacky world of Canada’s monthly employment numbers, July came up with another head scratcher, with some big headlines but some disappointments in the fine print,” CIBC chief economist Avery Shenfeld wrote Friday in a research note to clients.Shenfeld added that there are “lots of reasons to question just how good the data really are here.”But overall he said the report contained a “good” set of numbers that will keep markets guessing whether the Bank of Canada will introduce its next interest rate hike in September or October. CIBC predicts the next rate increase will land in October as the central bank continues to proceed cautiously along its rate-hiking path.Bank of Montreal chief economist Douglas Porter also wrote about the jobs numbers in a research note: “Today’s job report is a classic case of ‘nice headlines, shame about the details.’ While we would still give the overall result a passing grade, it’s tough to get overly enthusiastic.”By industry, the goods-producing sector lost 36,500 jobs in July, with a notable loss of 18,400 positions in manufacturing and a drop of 12,300 in construction.The services sector saw strong gains last month with a combined net increase of 90,500 jobs, which was led by 30,700 positions in health care and social assistance as well as 36,500 in education.Both Shenfeld and Porter underlined those big gains in education as signs the July numbers are likely weaker than they look at first glance. Porter noted that, in the past, summertime education employment boosts have often been reversed in the ensuing months.National Bank of Canada chief economist Stefane Marion wrote in a report Friday that the public sector is the “only game in town” so far in 2018. Marion’s research note was titled: “Where are the private sector jobs?”Across the provinces, Ontario gained 60,600 jobs — all in part-time work — and the unemployment rate dropped 0.5 percentage points to 5.4 per cent for its lowest reading since July 2000. The education jobs fuelled much of the gain in Ontario, Statistics Canada said.Employment also rose in British Columbia and Newfoundland and Labrador, while Saskatchewan and Manitoba lost jobs last month.More women between the ages of 25 and 54 years old were working in July as the category saw a gain of 30,300 jobs.The youth unemployment rate — representing workers aged 15 to 24 years old — fell to 11.1 per cent, down from 11.7 per cent in June. The report said the main cause of the drop was due to the fact fewer young people were looking for work.Compared with a year earlier, overall employment was up 1.3 per cent following the addition of 245,900 jobs for an increase driven by 210,500 new full-time positions.In an interview, Shenfeld added that “for the past year, Canadians have certainly been enjoying a very solid labour market with a low unemployment rate and that’s still true in the latest data.”Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more

Petition asks doctors to write generic names of drugs legibly

first_imgNEW DELHI: A PIL has been moved in the Delhi High Court seeking directions to the Centre and the Medical Council of India (MCI) to ensure that doctors prescribe medicines by writing their generic names legibly and preferably in capital letters. The petition seeks strict compliance of regulation 1.5 of the MCI (Professional Conduct, Etiquette and Ethics) Regulations, 2002, which mandates every physician “prescribe drugs with generic names legibly and preferably in capital letters”.The plea by Amit Sahni, a lawyer by profession, contends that MCI in 2017 had directed all medical practitioners registered under the Indian Medical Council Act to use generic names, but unfortunately no one takes it seriously. The petition claims that “despite issuance of various notifications and circulars issued by respondent 2 (MCI) to practicing doctors in this regard and even after launching of Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushdhi Pariyojana (PMBJP) by respondent 1 (Centre), the respondents have failed to yield any result.” It alleged that authorities have failed to take up the matter seriously and have only confined themselves to issuing circulars. The plea has said that under PMBJP, launched in 2008, generic medicines were supposed to be made available at affordable price. Sahni has sought directions to the government to set up generic medicine shops under PMBJP near all super speciality hospitals in the country. “Generic medicines work in the same way and provide the same clinical benefit as its branded version, but generic medicines cost between 5 per cent to 60 per cent less than branded counterparts… “The doctors do not prescribe generic drugs generally and not done even on specific demand, due to vested interest,” the petition claimed.last_img read more

Woman gangraped on pretext of offering lift in Shamli village

first_imgMuzaffarnagar: A 22-year-old woman was allegedly abducted and raped by three youths on the pretext of giving her lift in neighbouring Shamli district, police said. The victim was given a lift by the accused who drove her on a bike to an isolated area in Khandarwali village under Kotwali police station area in the district on Thursday and took chances to rape her at pistol point, police said. According to a complaint lodged by the survivor’s mother, the woman has stepped out of her home to withdraw money from a bank for purchasing medicines when the accused offered her lift. A case has been registered and the hunt is on to nab the absconding accused, they added.last_img read more