England quartet selected for GB&I Vagliano teams

first_img3 Jun 2019 England quartet selected for GB&I Vagliano teams Tags: GB&I, Junior Vagliano Trophy, Vagliano Trophy Four England golfers have been selected for women and girls’ GB&I teams for matches against the Continent of Europe later this month.Alice Hewson, Lily May Humphreys and Bel Wardle are among the first six players selected for the Vagliano Trophy match at Royal St George’s, from 28-29 June.Patience Rhodes follows in the footsteps of her sister, Mimi, with selection for the Junior Vagliano Trophy match, which will be played simultaneously.Hewson scored her fourth win on the US college circuit earlier this year in the ICON Invitational. Humphreys won the Welsh and Irish Women’s Stroke Play Championships last month and was also runner-up in the English Women’s Amateur. Wardle won the Comboy Leveret in March and was runner-up in the Welsh stroke play.England’s Elaine Ratcliffe will captain the Vagliano Trophy team with the hosts seeking a first win in the biennial encounter since 2005 when they defeated the Continent of Europe 13-11 at Golf de Chantilly.GB&I are bidding to win the Junior Vagliano Trophy for the first time since the international match for girls was inaugurated in 2011 and Maria Dunne will captain the side for the first time in the match.The initial GB&I team for the Vagliano Trophy match is:Alice Hewson, 21, Berkhamsted, HertfordshireShannon McWilliam, 19, ScotlandLily May Humphreys, 17, Stoke-by-Nayland, EssexOlivia Mehaffey, 21, Ireland*Julie McCarthy, 19, IrelandBel Wardle, 19, Prestbury, CheshireTwo more players will be added to the team following the completion of the Women’s Amateur Championship later this month. *Injury has forced Olivia Mehaffey to withdraw from the team, following the selection announcement. Her replacement will also be selected after the Women’s AmateurThe GB&I team for the Junior Vagliano Trophy match is:Beth Coulter, 15, IrelandDarcey Harry, 15, WalesHannah Darling, 15, ScotlandPatience Rhodes, 15, Burnham & Berrow, SomersetCarmen Griffiths, 15, ScotlandFfion Tynan, 16, WalesCaption: Bel Wardle (image copyright Leaderboard Photography)last_img read more

Thurston County Offers Neighborhood Preparedness Workshop

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Thurston CountyWhen disaster strikes, the first to respond to you and your family are often not emergency workers, but your neighbors. Get the tips, tricks and tools you need to get you and your neighbors ready to stay safe and survive the next big disaster at the Map Your Neighborhood workshop on January 15.The award winning Map Your Neighborhood program is designed to improve disaster readiness at the neighborhood level by teaching neighbors to rely on each other during the hours or days before fire, medical, police, or utility responders may be able to reach them after a disaster. The Map Your Neighborhood—Train-the-Trainer workshop on January 15 will not only offer tips and training on how to prepare for and respond to a disaster, it will also offer community organizing instruction and materials to help you get your neighbors engaged and create your own disaster response team for your community.For more information about the January 15 workshop, or for more information on the Thurston County Emergency Management Division, visit www.co.thurston.wa.us/em or contact Vivian Eason at [email protected] or (360) 867-2825.WHAT:   FREE! Map Your Neighborhood: Train-the-Trainer WorkshopWHEN:   Tuesday, January 15, 6:30 – 8 p.m.WHERE:   Thurston County Emergency Coordination Center at 9521 Tilley Road SW, 98512, just south of the Tumwater city limits.last_img read more

Evergreen is First College in Washington to Join the National Post-Landfill…

first_imgSubmitted by The Evergreen State CollegeJune marks the end of the school year and beginning of summer break for students of all ages, but many college students may change residences during that time, vacating dorms and apartments for family homes near and far.As they depart, the question of where to leave their “stuff” can plague students, parents and on-campus residence staff. Storage is not always feasible, or even practical for the odd lamp, end table, old TV, appliance or extra clothing and many student possessions end up in landfills.This year, in conjunction with Post Landfill Action Network (PLAN), Residential and Dining Services (RAD) at The Evergreen State College will host “The Gathering,” which encourages students to drop off items that they are not taking home and can’t store. Items will be collected from Friday, June 5, to Saturday, June 13 and will either be available for sale next term or donated to such nonprofits as Egyhop and Interfaith Works Overnight Shelter. Proceeds of sale items go directly to residence hall student programming at Evergreen.The national PLAN is composed of college students and recent graduates (no one on staff finished college before 2012), guided by a professional caliber Board of Directors. As the PLAN website states, “Waste on college campuses balloons at the end of each academic year. Thousands of reusable or recyclable items, including electronics containing carcinogens like lead and mercury, were sent to landfills.” As one example, the University of New Hampshire generated 125 tons of waste when students moved out in the spring, up from the typical 25 tons of trash in each of the other months.In 2011, a group of undergraduates at the University of New Hampshire noticed dumpsters overflowing with reusable materials after spring move-out. Then, in the fall, they watched as students moving back to campus bought many of the same items new at big box stores. To end the cycle of waste, the students created a program called Trash 2 Treasure, which eventually blossomed into the current national student-led PLAN movement.Evergreen is one of three colleges on the West Coast and the only one in Washington to participate in the event. The other two West Coast colleges are Pitzer and Marymount in California.According to RAD Director, Sharon Goodman, Evergreen was a perfect fit to test the program in the Northwest. “We have a long history of embracing sustainable practices at Evergreen,” said Goodman. “Our students are on board with the idea and spearheading the project. It is the same message many of them are getting in their classes and programs on economics and the environment.” Facebook60Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Robert Wood Johnson-Barnabas Merge

first_imgA MERGER BETWEEN two individual health care giants have them coming together this week creating what will be the one of the largest health care system in the nation and the biggest in the state.Representatives from Barnabas Health and Robert Wood Johnson Health System on Tuesday put pens to paper to an agreement that, if approved by the state, would create a connecting series of medical facilities extending from north Jersey to the shore.The newly merged entity, a not-for-profit, will be known as RWJ Barnabas Health. The state Office of the Attorney General has to approve the deal before the merger can be finalized. Representatives from the health care companies are expecting the review to be completed sometime next year.If finalized, the new company is expected to have annual operating revenues of more than $4.5 billion, with 260,000 inpatient admissions, 2 million outpatient visits and approximately 700,000 emergency department visits and 23,000 births. There will be 30,000 employees, 9,000 physicians and 1,000 residents and interns, according to information provided by the health care systems.Barnabas operates Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, in Monmouth County. With the joining of the two systems it will have partners in Hudson, Essex, Union, Middlesex, Mercer, Somerset and Ocean counties. RWJ Barnabas Health will operate 11 acute care hospitals, three children’s hospitals, a pediatric rehabilitation hospital, a behavioral health center, ambulatory care centers, along with five fitness and wellness centers.Barnabas is the largest not-for-profit integrated health care system in the state. It currently has 21,000 employees, roughly 5,200 physicians and 500 residents.Robert Wood Johnson currently employees more than 12,000, and 3,250 in medical staff, generating $1.6 million in revenue annually.“The new health system will comprise effectively ever y clinical service from primary to advanced care and greatly strengthen our commitment to medical education and research,” said Barry H. Ostrowsky, Barnabas Health’s president and chief executive officer.This deal will also allow for greater economies in scale while promoting the highest over an expanded geographical area, according to representatives. “Because our organizations have a shared vision for how health care should be delivered and our traditional service areas are complementary, we expect a smooth transition process,” said Jack Morris, chair of the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital board of directors.This is the latest in a spate of mergers and coupling among health care providers in the state of late. This spring Meridian Health System, which operates Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune, River view Medical Center in Red Bank and Bayshore Community Hospital, Holmdel, in Monmouth County alone announced it’s joining with the smaller Raritan Medical Center, in Middlesex County, and also merged with Hackensack University HealthSystems in separate deals.
In April a Meridian executive said the current crop of joint ventures is precipitated by changes brought about by the federal Affordable Care Act and an evolving business paradigm in the health care industry.last_img read more

Consultation on National Child Labour Policy begins

first_imgThe Social Protection Ministry through the Department of Labour has finally begun consulting stakeholders on the National Child Labour Policy.Members of the Public Sector, Private Sector, religious groups, and other organisations were involved in a discussion where recommendations were made on various areas the policy should cover.The consultations also included representatives from the Ministry’s Child Care and Protection Agency, Trafficking in Persons Department, Gender Affairs Bureau, and Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Policy Unit.Assistant Chief Labour Officer Karen Vansluytman-Corbin explained that in keeping with Convention 138 and 182 of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), which deal with minimum age and address the worst forms of child labour respectively, the Government has several key pieces of legislation in place to combat forms of child labour, such as the employment of young children.The Department will continue meeting with stakeholders across the country to discuss their opinions and concerns about what should be included in the policy.When the policy is completed, a national action plan will be put in place.Additionally, institutional mechanisms for the enforcement of laws and regulations against child labour were established and all key international conventions concerning the issues ratified.According to the United States Department of Labour, “In 2016, Guyana made a moderate advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labour.The Government reformed the Inter-Ministerial Taskforce on Combating Trafficking in Persons, began developing a National Action Plan and Policy on Child Labour, and finalised the 2017–2018 National Action Plan on Combating Trafficking in Persons.last_img read more

Opposition launches counter-offensive ahead of 2020 polls

first_img…it is clear to me they are planning to rig the elections – JagdeoThe People’s Progressive Party (PPP) believes the President’s unilateral action in appointing retired Justice James Patterson as head of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) is but the first shot in a pathway to a rigged 2020 elections.As such, the Party has moved to set-up an internal group meant to combat any rigging attempts by the David Granger-led Administration, including the early training of its polling agents among other measures.The counter measures were announced on Wednesday by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo who was at the time speaking at a media conference at his Church Street Office in Georgetown.Jagdeo was adamant that the fight for free and fair elections was not one for the PPP but for all Guyanese.The Opposition Leader told media operatives that in light of what transpired over the appointment of the GECOM Chairman, the Party now has a healthy distrust for the list of voters.“This is not about who wins the election,” the Opposition Leader told media operatives, as he disclosed that among the outreaches, the Party will also be reaching out to the United States of America, Britain and Canada.According to Jagdeo, the PPP currently harbours concerns about the database at GECOM over what happen in this period.”The Opposition Leader in pointing to his party’s belief that Government is setting the stage for a rigged 2020 elections, pointed too to fears over the potential tampering of birth certificates at the Ministry of Citizenship headed by Minister Winston Felix.“We are training our polling agents already,” he disclosed as the party prepares to ensure that votes cannot be stolen at the level of polling place.Speaking to media operatives on the matter, the former President used the occasion to point out the furor that has been sparked across the country by civil society organisations, the Private Sector, religious leaders and individuals to speak out against the appointment.Jagdeo insists the matter flies in the face of the rule of law and said the only persons in support of the President is the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) and its apologists.He was adamant about the President’s departure from the 25-year-old precedent accepted by both the PNC and PPP in the form of the Carter Formula.According to Jagdeo, the President’s actions have “grave implications for our future and for the well-being of the country.”“This seems to be the first shot in a path that would lead to rigged elections… that this is just the precursor of many other similar undemocratic acts that will follow that will lead to a denial of free and fair elections in Guyana,” Jagdeo told journalists on Wednesday.He reminded that “this fear is justified given the documented history of the rigging of elections by the PNC”.Jagdeo used the occasion to also react to those that have been calling for the Opposition to drop the matter and move on, reminding that the action of the President is in fact a violation of the Constitution.Speaking to the matter of constitutional reform, Jagdeo told those in attendance at his Church Street Office, that the PPP was looking for compliance with the constitutional provisions.Turning his attention to the perceived disdain with which the President views the Chief Justice’s ruling, Jagdeo pointed to Granger’s reported assertions that he did not have to provide reasons for the refusal of any of the 18 names provided since it was unenforceable.According to the Opposition Leader, the pronouncement by the Chief Justice was not a statement – as it was referred to by the President – but rather a court ruling that has to be complied with.He was quick to point out also that while the President may be immune from personal prosecution, his decisions can be challenged in court.The Opposition Leader also used the occasion to expand on his party’s decision to adopt a campaign of non-cooperation with Government but clarified that elected and constitutional positions will not be shirked.According to the Opposition Leader, the Party is looking to be guided by three core principles in this regard. “Where ever we have to perform statutory function by virtue of being elected by the people, or function required by the Constitution and by law the Party will participate,” he declared.Jagdeo said too that the PPP will remain engaged in activities where it can be afforded the opportunity to expose the wrongdoings and corruption on the part of the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change Administration.He reported too that the Party has since taken a position on its participation in the National Assembly. According to Jagdeo, “We will go to Parliament,” as well as to continue to field its GECOM Commissioners.Jagdeo explained the position saying, “our fear is they could very well take decision that in our absence will be inimica….it is clear to me they are planning to rig the elections and we are not going to disappear because that is their intention… We are not going to cringe up and go into a corner… and we are not going to get away from the country and hand it over to them.”According to Jagdeo, “we will participate in bodies where we can advocate for the benefit of the people and we can defend their interests.”He was adamant, however, that the Party will not be participating in any Government related activities that are on the periphery of its core focus.The Opposition Leader told media operatives that as the PPP ‘ups the ante,’ the President will be met with protest action in each of the regions he will travel to.According to Jagdeo, President Granger will be “faced with protest action exposing the illegalities he committed.”Jagdeo said he is convinced that the President “and the others knew that he was acting unconstitutionally and against the Chief Justice’s ruling and that is why they hurried in the late hours of the night and swore in Patterson.”The Opposition Leader is adamant that the action on the part of the Administration to swear in Patterson at 20:30h was in order to prevent the Opposition approaching the court to halt the entire affair.Jagdeo will, on Friday, lead a delegation to Berbice where the Party intends to continue with its sensitisation campaign following the unilateral appointment of Justice (rtd) Patterson – in the process rejecting a total of 18 nominees submitted by the Leader of the Opposition.He this past weekend, fielded a delegation to Region One (Barima-Waini) as part of the Party’s reaction to the GECOM fallout.last_img read more

Willow Moon Internal Arts participating in World Tai Chi Day

first_imgTai Chi uses a number of slow flowing movements to help reduce stress on the body, and improve health.There are also a number of other benefits as well, such as improving one’s flexibility, strength, as well as decreasing blood pressure.If you’re interested in particpating in World Tai Chi Day with Willow Moon Internal Arts, call Tammy Bilodeau at 250-787-9779.- Advertisement –last_img

QPR to assess Taarabt strain

first_imgQPR will assess Adel Taarabt’s minor hamstring problem in training early next week.Rangers expected the Moroccan to be passed fit for last weekend’s defeat at Bolton but he was not able to take his place in the squad.He is hoping to return for the home game against Liverpool on Wednesday, when Mark Hughes’ side will be looking for their first win in eight games.DJ Campbell has been struggling with a more serious hamstring injury but appears to be making some progress.Fellow forward Heidar Helguson hopes to return to contention soon following a spell out with a groin problem.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Final touches for Ellis Park Stadium

first_img17 February 2009With five months to go before the first ball in the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup is kicked, renovations at Ellis Park, the host stadium of the opening and final matches of the football tournament, are complete.Giving an update on the status of the venue to Fifa.com last week, Sibongile Mazibuko, the executive director in the City of Johannesburg’s 2010 unit, said great progress had been made.“The stadium itself is now complete and the sub-contractors will be handing over at the end of the month,” Mazibuko said. “The pitch and seating have also been completed … We are excited that this phase is coming to an end and we are happy with the work that has been done.”The Confederations Cup – known as the Festival of Champions as it pits the champions of the six Fifa confederations, the reigning world champions and the next Fifa World Cup hosts against each other – will take place from 14 to 28 June.South American champions Brazil, European champions Spain, African champions Egypt, Asian champions Iraq, Concacaf champions the United States, Oceania champions New Zealand, 2006 World Cup champions Italy, and 2010 hosts South Africa will compete.It will be played at Johannesburg’s Ellis Park Stadium, Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria, Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein, and Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace in Rustenburg.Ellis Park will host three opening round matches:14 June – South Africa vs Iraq18 June – Italy vs Egypt20 June – Iraq vs New ZealandThe stadium will also host the opening and closing ceremony of the football festival.ChangesEllis Park has undergone major changes. The west, south and north stands have been revamped with additional seating and a new roof added. New change rooms, VIP, media and medical facilities and a new entrance façade to the north stand have been built.A new, five-level car park has also been completed and will accommodate 1 200 cars.The revamped Ellis Park Stadium seats 62 000 football fans, increasing its capacity by almost nine percent from the previous 57 000.“All the building work on the stadium is complete. We are now busy with outside paving and putting final touches to the parkade area,” says the stadium manager, Paul Appalsamy.Precinct upgradeThe completion of Ellis Park Stadium sees focus shifting towards sprucing up the area around the stadium ahead of the Confederations Cup and the World Cup in 2010.The regeneration falls under the Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA), and Nyiko Gudlhuza, the JDA project manager, says work on the Ellis Park precinct is 86 percent complete.“We expect all work around the stadium to be done by end of March 2009. We have completed paving around the stadium and built two ablution blocks,” Gudlhuza said. “A water feature between Ellis Park Stadium and Johannesburg Stadium is currently being built while landscaping and putting up artwork is complete.”The Olympic-size swimming pool in the sports precinct has also been upgraded, according to Gudlhuza. “However, installation of CCTV cameras will be done early in April.”Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

20 hours agoWoodward’s suddenly talking: Why it’s good for Man Utd & fans

first_imgTagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your say Woodward’s suddenly talking: Why it’s good for Man Utd & fansby Chris Beattie20 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveCOMMENT: The timing couldn’t have been worse. He’d set himself up for a right hammering. Mockery. Scorn. Take your pick. This decision from Ed Woodward to go public for the first time in his six years in charge at Manchester United was, ahem, courageous…But in the end fortune, inevitably, favoured the brave. That interview with the United We Stand fanzine. Just weeks after a lengthy and open address to shareholders. It was no PR job. If it had been, the publishing and roll out of it would not have happened over the past week. And thanks to a strong performance from the players against runaway leaders Liverpool on Sunday, there was little room for the cynics to pore over and twist Woodward’s words into another never before considered reason why United are in the state that it is.Of course a thumping at home – and to the club’s most bitter of rivals – could’ve led to a very different reaction. But it can be argued the backlash would not have been as bad as anything that flashed across Woodward’s mind.So the message to United’s vice-chairman exec should be: more of the same please. As mentioned, Woodward has said more publicly in the past month than the support have heard from him for the past six years. And the club, the fans and their relationship are better for it. After Woodward’s conference with United shareholders last month, this column encouraged him to speak more publicly. Our idea was a regular spot on the club’s in-house TV channel. But he went one better.Bypassing the media. Ducking their filter. Woodward went straight to the most valuable stakeholders of them all. And reading through the interview, it appears next to nothing was off limits.And the result is – or at least should be – a far happier supporter base and a less tense atmosphere around the club. Woodward did go into detail – deep detail – on various topics: the overhaul of the scouting team, the position of the Glazers, even the three-year scouting process of Daniel James. And fans should be examining everything carefully. Woodward was effectively giving you the blueprint of what United are now working from.Mistakes had been made. Problems had been allowed to grow, “…recruitment wasn’t at its best in recent years”. But a line’s now been drawn. The plan has been drawn up and put into action. The gist of it being, as this column’s sources have insisted since Christmas, United are going back to their roots. Their traditions.Discussing the prototype of today’s Manchester United signing, Woodward echoed the words of Dave McPherson, the former Hearts and Rangers captain, when discussing with this column the players of his era. It was about being “humble, but arrogant too”. In other words, United are rightly looking back to go forward.As Woodward said, “…we want players to come in who respect their teammates, the club, the history. They must understand that they are creating a legacy by coming to Manchester United. Nobody is bigger than the club.”There should be both a humbleness and an arrogance. Humble when you are on the team coach and you wear the club suit, you do up your top button and wear your tie, you represent the club in the right way. Then you sign autographs for the people who pay your wages.”Then, when you go into the dressing room, you put the red shirt on and you feel arrogant, self assured.”Essentially, Woodward was putting a bit more meat on the bones he offered shareholders – as it should be. And as much as the support can feel a little better about knowing the club’s plans; by being so open about their new approach Woodward also helps his manager in his work.Just as he did on that conference call, Woodward spelt out the reasons for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment and the board’s expectations. Which are fundamentally based around the long-term.”As Michael Carrick said in his book, you want to take the ball, you want the ball in tight spaces, you want a never-say-die spirit. Ole has brought a lot of the discipline back,” said Woodward, revealing he had actually read the recently released book of United’s assistant coach.“Whatever manager we have has to buy into that philosophy and Ole is a walking, talking version of that. Let’s let this play out with Ole in terms of the culture reboot.” Which effectively puts paid to all that talk about Max Allegri’s English lessons. The situation around Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham. Plus any old tenuous link between United and the likes of Thomas Tuchel, Julian Nagelsmann et al. The stories will be raised and floated. But they’ll also have a hollow ring to them. All thanks to Woodward’s words. Again, the club is in a better state thanks to the vice-chairman going public.This interview was a service to the support. Every United fan that reads it is better informed and has a more clear understanding of where the club wants to go. It may’ve been courageous, but it was needed.And no matter the timing or circumstances Woodward – for the good of Manchester United – needs to do more of it. last_img read more

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