Stroke survivors tee off during Make May Purple

first_img The Stroke Association has teamed up with England Golf to provide golf coaching courses for stroke survivors in the Crewe area.The first of two Get into golf five-week courses is running during the Stroke Association’s national awareness month: Make May Purple.At the weekly sessions, held at Malkins Bank Golf Course in Sandbach, nine stroke survivors have access to an hour’s coaching session on the driving range. A second Get into golf course for local stroke survivors will run in June due to the popularity of the first sessions.Hilary Belshaw, Information, Advice and Support Coordinator at the Stroke Association, said: “More people than ever before are surviving a stroke. But many stroke survivors tell us that after all the effort to save their lives they then feel isolated when they return home.“The golf course provides an opportunity for stroke survivors to meet others who are also experiencing a life after stroke, benefit from exercise, build their confidence and enjoy learning new skills. We’re thrilled the first course has been so popular and would encourage stroke survivors across South Cheshire to get in touch should they like to get involved.”The Get into golf programme has been specifically tailored to stroke survivors and participants are asked to contribute £10 to the five-week course. Each week there is an hour’s coaching and all equipment is provided.Sean Hammill, county officer for the Cheshire Golf Development Group, which has been working with the Stroke Association to deliver the golf coaching session, says: “Golf offers a great rehabilitation pathway to stroke survivors as it gives them the chance to build up their physical activity gradually, develop new skills and increase their overall confidence in a social environment which will encourage those taking part to return and continue.“Malkins Banks offers all the right facilities for newcomers to the sport and the club was keen to support this initiative. The sessions have been delivered by PGA professional Alex Heller, from the Ian Woosnam Academy.“The response has been fantastic and we look forward to seeing those taking part continuing to make progress in their recovery and enjoying the long-term health benefits golf can bring.”The Stroke Association is calling on everyone to sign up to Make May Purple in 2016. During the month of May, the charity is raising awareness of the impact of stroke, and sharing information and advice on how to help prevent the condition across the country.For further information about the Get into golf programme for stroke survivors please contact Hilary Belshaw, Information, Advice and Support Coordinator at the Stroke Association in South Cheshire on 01270 589 168 or email [email protected] into golf is a national campaign to inspire new golfers run by England Golf through its county network. Opportunities include beginner and follow-on courses with PGA professionals. They are a fun and sociable way to start golf – and a great way to make new friends. Lessons can cost as little as £25 for a five-week course.To find your nearest centre visit getintogolf.org to find and book an activity or call 0800 118 2766. 10 May 2016 Stroke survivors tee off during Make May Purple last_img read more

Berry and Christine win through nail-biting finishes

first_img18 May 2017 Berry and Christine win through nail-biting finishes Past winner Caroline Berry and former British senior champion Felicity Christine came through nailbiters to make their way into the last eight at the English senior women’s championship at South Staffordshire. Both games went into extra time, with Berry (image © Leaderboard Photography)  defeating defending champion Cath Rawthore on the 19th. Christine went to the 21st before ending the challenge of host club member Annette Deeley. Rawthore birdied the 18th to extend her game, but she took three from the edge of the 19th green which ended her challenge. Behind them, Deeley was battling back from two down after 15, encouraged by a crowd of club supporters. She won the 16th and also birdied the 18th to get back on level terms with Christine. The pair halved the 19th and 20th in par before the match ended on the 21st, where Christine holed a treacherous downhill four-foot putt to win. At the other end of the spectrum, Aileen Greenfield beat Sandy Catford 7/6, while Lulu Housman defeated Janet Melville 6/5. In the other games Jo Shorrocks beat Nicola Tebbutt 4/2, Julie Brown beat Lindsey Shaw 4/3, Jackie Foster beat Julia Gallagher 4/3 and Fiona Edmond beat Helen Lowe 2/1. In this afternoon’s matches: Caroline Berry (Bromborough, Cheshire) plays Jo Shorrocks (Bigbury, Devon) Julie Brown (Trentham, Staffordshire) plays Aileen Greenfield (Pyecombe, Sussex) Lulu Housman (Wyke Green, Middlesex) plays Felicity Christine (Woking, Surrey), Jackie Foster (Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire) plays Fiona Edmond (Ipswich, Suffolk) Click here for full scoreslast_img read more

Adopt-A-Pet Dogs of the Week: Thelma and Louise

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-PetMeet Thelma and Louise! This bonded pair are sweet, pretty, and mellow! They love people and are delighted to hang out with friends in typical happy-lab fashion. They have lived together all their lives, and shelter volunteers believe they will make great family dogs!   Thelma is 3.5-years-old and weighs 66 pounds. Louise is 4-years-old, and weighs 76 pounds.Thelma and Louise enjoy walks together, playing in the yard, and going for car rides! Exercise, good food, companionship, and a fenced yard should help keep them safe, healthy, and happy.If you have further questions or would like to schedule an appointment to meet Thelma and Louise in person, please contact the adoption team at Shelton Adopt-A-Pet. Emails are the preferred method of communication.Adopt-A-Pet has many great dogs and always need volunteers. To see all our current dogs, visit the Adopt-A-Pet website, our Facebook page or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. For more information, email [email protected] or call 360-432-3091.last_img read more

REDDAM RACING’S UNDEFEATED NYQUIST HEADS SATURDAY’S GRADE I, $300,000 FRONTRUNNER STAKES; O’NEILL TRAINEE TO FACE SEVEN JUVENILES

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 23, 2015)–A runaway winner of the Grade I Del Mar Futurity Sept. 7, Reddam Racing’s undefeated Nyquist looms a short priced favorite as he tries two turns for the first time Saturday in Santa Anita’s Grade I, $300,000 FrontRunner Stakes, which has attracted a field of eight juveniles and will be contested at 1 1/16 miles.Trained by Doug O’Neill, the bay colt by Uncle Mo followed up on a gutty first-out maiden win going five furlongs at Santa Anita with impressive wins in both the Grade II Best Pal Stakes going 6 ½ furlongs Aug. 8 and the seven furlong Del Mar Futurity–winning both stakes by a combined nine lengths.Ridden in all three starts by Mario Gutierrez, Nyquist will attempt to follow in the footsteps of last year’s FrontRunner winner, eventual Triple Crown Champ American Pharoah. Off at 7-1 in his debut, Nyquist was bet down to even money in the Best Pal and was hammered to 1-2 favoritism in the Del Mar Futurity. He has earnings of $333,600.Second to Nyquist in both the Del Mar Futurity and Best Pal Stakes, trainer Keith Desormeaux’s Swipe will try to turn the tables on the top selection in his first try around two turns. Owned by Big Chief Racing, LLC, Swipe should be forwardly placed under Kent Desormeaux as he guns for his second win in six starts. A Kentucky-bred colt by Birdstone, Swipe is 5-1-3-1 with earnings of $188,330.A rousing 4 ¼ length first-out maiden winner going five furlongs over a sloppy strip Aug. 2, Blameitonthelaw was subsequently third, beaten eight lengths by Nyquist in the Del Mar Futurity. Trained by John Sadler and ridden by Tyler Baze in both starts, the Kentucky-bred colt by Blame will also try two turns for the first time for owner Doubledown Stables, Inc.A winner of the one mile Del Mar Juvenile Turf Stakes Sept. 5, Rockingham Ranch’s Hollywood Don will try the main track for the first time in the FrontRunner. Trained by Peter Miller, the Kentucky-bred colt by Tapit has two wins from three starts, all in company with Brice Blanc.A one mile maiden special weight winner for owner Arnold Zetcher on Aug. 26 at Del Mar, On Fire, who is a Kentucky-bred colt by the A.P. Indy stallion Friesan Fire, pressed the pace en route to a half length win under Gary Stevens, who rides back for trainer Simon Callaghan. On Fire will make his third start in the FrontRunner.The complete field for the Grade I FrontRunner Stakes, to be run as the fifth race on an 11-race card Saturday with jockeys and weights in post position order: Go Long, Fernando Perez; On Fire, Gary Stevens; Blameitonthelaw, Tyler Baze; Nyquist, Mario Gutierrez; Hollywood Don, Brice Blanc; Rare Candy, Joseph Talamo; Swipe, Kent Desormeaux; Mt Veeder, Martin Garcia. All horses will carry 122 lbs. Special first post time Saturday is 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.-30- THE FRONTRUNNER, WON LAST YEAR BY EVENTUAL TRIPLE CROWN CHAMPION AMERICAN PHAROAH, IS ONE OF FIVE GRADE I, BREEDERS’ CUP CHALLENGE ‘WIN & YOU’RE IN’ STAKES TO BE OFFERED AS PART OF 11-RACE BLOCKBUSTER CARD ON OPENING DAYlast_img read more

Andre Iguodala believes he ‘can easily’ play past his current NBA contract

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!LOS ANGELES — As the Warriors gathered around for a film session, they did not just marvel at Kevin Durant’s scoring outburst or dissect the team’s high volume of fouls. They also admired Andre Iguodala for seemingly doing everything.“‘Oh to be 35 again,’” Warriors coach Steve Kerr remembered saying with playful sarcasm.Not many 35-year-old NBA players can offer …last_img

10 months agoFilipe Luis preparing to leave Atletico Madrid

first_imgFilipe Luis preparing to leave Atletico Madridby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFilipe Luis will make this his final season as an Atletico Madrid player.Off contract in June, the Brazil fullback will be allowed to leave at the end of the campaign, says Marca.Luis was blocked from moving to PSG last summer by Atletico management and the relationship hasn’t been the same since.The defender will now be allowed to leave next summer after finding himself on the outer of coach Diego Simeone’s plans.A move to Italy has been mooted for Luis. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Disney ABC Television Group Partners With STOMP Out Bullying

first_imgThis month, the Disney ABC Television Group is launching its “Choose Kindness” bullying prevention campaign across all platforms in support of National Bullying Prevention Month and has chosen STOMP Out Bullying, the leading anti-bullying and cyberbullying organization for kids and teens in the US, as one of their partners in the crusade.In addition to a generous $25,000 donation being made by ESPN, ABC television programs “The Chew” and “The View” highlighted STOMP Out Bullying’s “World Day of Bullying Prevention” campaign and their messaging will be highlighted on scheduled network programming throughout the month of October. Long-time supporter Robin Roberts showed her support by taping a PSA in honor of Blue Shirt Day World Day of Bullying Prevention which will air on the network throughout October as well.Video: Robin Roberts BLUE SHIRT DAY WORLD DAY OF BULLYING PREVENTION 2015“Our hope is that this campaign strengthens our communities by encouraging youth and adults to be inspired to create the world they imagine by choosing kindness, and thus helping put an end to bullying,” said David Ambroz, Executive Director, Corporate Citizenship and Social Responsibility, Disney ABC Television Group.Ross Ellis, Founder and CEO stated, “It is such an honor to partner with a company that focuses on kindness and inspiration. We are so grateful to ESPN for the donation and look forward to a long collaboration with the entire Disney ABC and ESPN group in educating our youth about honoring our differences and respecting others.”last_img read more

Attawapiskat Chief Spence says departmentappointed thirdparty manager booted from community

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence says the outside consultant appointed by Aboriginal Affairs to take over the band’s finances has been kicked out of the community and won’t be allowed back in.Spence, who is currently in Ottawa, met with Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan in his Parliament Hill precinct office for about an hour late Monday afternoon.Spence said she told Duncan the community planned to fight his decision to put a third-party manager in charge of the band’s finances.“I told him I don’t want to see a third-party on my reserve,” said Spence. “He is not coming to the community. He did this morning, we sent him out of there.”Attawapiskat, a community of around 2,000 people, sits on the James Bay coast in northern Ontario.Duncan’s office issued a statement confirming the third-party manager had been asked to leave.“It is extremely worrying that the chief and council are not open to outside assistance,” said the statement. “Our government’s priority is to ensure that residents of Attawapiskat have access to safe, warm and dry shelter. The minister stressed that all parties should put the needs of the people first.”Duncan imposed the third-party manager on the community last week as his government faced increased political fallout over the persistent, slum-like conditions in Attawapiskat where families live in tents and in shacks with no running water or insulation.Jacques Marion, of BDO Canada LLP, was appointed to run the band’s finances. Duncan said in the statement that, “Marion wished to respect the volatile situation and is currently not in the community.”The statement said that Marion, however, is “in full control of funding from Aboriginal Affairs.”The Ontario government is also in the community and is involved in setting up temporary shelter in the community’s healing centre and arena.Duncan has, so far, refused to travel to the community, but did arrange a meeting with Spence Monday in Ottawa. The chief is in the capital city this week for the Assembly of First Nations special chiefs assembly where she is expected to speak.Spence said she found her meeting with Duncan “frustrating.”“It was really frustrating,” said Spence. “The first thing he said is that the third party (manager) is going in no matter what. He said ‘we need to control the situation.’”Spence said she told Duncan her band planned to challenge his decision to appoint the third-party manager in court.“I told him we are going to challenge it,” she said. “He didn’t say much. He said the third party is still on and it is effective immediately.”Spence said the third-party manager will have to work from an outside office because he is not allowed to set foot on the reserve.“It will be six months before he can even understand the financial situation,” she said. “He doesn’t even have a connection to the community.”Spence said she tried to tell Duncan that her community had been trying to improve things. It is one of the few First Nations to post their financial information on-line, including the chief and band councillor salaries.“I told him that as we speak the people are in crisis right now, they need to have action in place and work together and this is why we declared an emergency,” said Spence. “We are accountable. We also advised him that we had been working hard to improve our financials.”Spence also met with Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo and she said he was “very supportive.”last_img read more

Feds lay out plan to boost online defences amid shortfall of cyber

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal government unveiled its plan to bolster Canada’s defences against nefarious online attacks and crime Tuesday, even as it acknowledged a shortage of skilled cyber-warriors to meet the country’s needs.Backstopped by more than $500 million in new funding over the next five years, Ottawa’s newly released cybersecurity strategy lays out a range of initiatives to help Canadians, business and the government better protect against cyberthreats.The strategy was the result of nearly two years of consultations with industry, academics and other experts, and updates the first such plan released by the Harper Conservatives in 2010.It comes as the internet and digital technology play an increasingly important role in every aspect of life, making many functions easier and leading to new economic opportunities — but also opening the country and Canadians up to new risks.And those risks appear to be increasing: The RCMP says that police services across the country received 24,000 reports of cybercrimes in 2016, which represented a 58 per cent increase over the previous two years.There are also growing concerns about the threat posed by foreign states, terrorist groups and others who may try to target the country’s electricity grids, banking services, hospitals and election systems.The new cybersecurity strategy does three things, starting with an increased emphasis on detecting, deterring and prosecuting cybercrime, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale told a news conference on Parliament Hill.“We must substantially strengthen Canada’s cybersecurity capabilities to better protect ourselves and our systems against evolving cyberthreats,” he said, “while also enlarging our capacity to combat cybercrime and prosecute offenders.”To that end, the RCMP will add new cyber-investigators and become the main focal point for police across the country to report illegal activity online. It will also liaise with foreign partners to identify potential threats and crack down on criminal networks.The strategy also brings the various cybersecurity efforts underway in different federal departments under a new Canadian Centre for Cyber Security, Goodale said, which will be housed at the Communications Security Establishment and open in the fall.And it will attempt to help the private sector, especially small businesses, which officials say were the victims of 71 per cent of data breaches, better protect themselves, including through a voluntary certification program.“They comprise a huge chunk of the Canadian economy,” Goodale said of small businesses.“And they are as interconnected as the rest of us to their suppliers upstream and to their customers downstream, so if they have a cyber problem, that whole network could be infected.”Yet it wasn’t immediately clear how the government intended to address what will be one of the biggest hurdles to successfully implementing the plan’s ambitious goals: a shortage of cybersecurity specialists, both in Canada and around the world.“A shortage of cybersecurity talent makes it difficult for organization — including the federal government — to attract and retain the people they need to improve their cybersecurity or to disrupt cyberthreats,” the new strategy reads.Goodale described the shortage as “a huge challenge and a huge opportunity,” noting that the cybersecurity industry in Canada already supports an estimated 11,000 jobs and generates $1.6 billion in economic activity — numbers the government hopes to grow.“The world will be demanding people with these talents and skills who understand cybersecurity and can deliver the goods for their employers,” Goodale said, “whether they are in the private sector or the public sector.”But while the most recent federal budget set aside $8 million for up to 1,000 student work placements in cybersecurity, the strategy doesn’t include a dedicated focus on skills training or set aside funding to help grow the industry.“It’s disappointing to see a lack of commitment to build Canada’s cyber sector,” said Benjamin Bergen, executive director of the Council of Canadian Innovators, which represents many of Canada’s tech companies.“Cyber is the fastest growing ICT sector in the world and domestic innovators present an opportunity for our government to grow our economy and deploy world-class technology solutions for protecting Canada’s digital borders.”The plan was also largely silent about foreign-owned telecommunications companies such as Huawei, which intelligence chiefs in the U.S. have identified as a national security risk, and made no mention of encrypting personal communications.The latter has been a contentious issue between privacy advocates and law enforcement, who have argued that such encryption poses a barrier to investigations.Goodale acknowledged the debate, saying that while it is obviously important for online banking and other commercial activities, “there are important questions about law enforcement and national security being able to properly conduct investigations.”– Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter.last_img read more

Iron ore production to restart next year in Labrador mining town of

first_imgWABUSH, N.L. — The Labrador mining town of Wabush is in for a much-needed economic boost as one of Canada’s largest iron ore mines restarts production next year.Premier Dwight Ball was in Wabush today to announce the official reopening of the Scully mine, with hiring for 260 new jobs to begin over the next few weeks.Hundreds of people lost their jobs when Cliffs Natural Resources closed the Scully mine in 2014 after almost 50 years in operation. Minnesota-based Tacora Resources Inc. bought the mine and its assets in July 2017.Tacora CEO Larry Lehtinen says production is expected to restart in June 2019.Lehtinen says 100 per cent of the mine’s iron ore product is already sold for the next 15 years, and he estimated an operating life of at least 25 years.The Canadian Presslast_img read more