first_imgBy Stephen DienerMillions have been waiting to hear the answer to this question, when will the Disney parks be open again?!Well, we finally got our answer today.Disney announced that they are planning to open Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom parks on Saturday July 11th, while waiting a few more days until Wednesday July 15th, to open up EPCOT and Hollywood Studios.But once the doors open, it will be a much different experience than what you are used to.All guests will have their temperatures checked and will not be allowed in with a temperature over 100.4, all guests over the age of 2 will be required to wear a mask, and you will need a reservation ahead of time just to get into the parks.Once you are inside, you will notice some major changes as well.The rides will be limited as well as various experiences throughout the parks, such as the total elimination of character meet and greets, parades, and firework shows. All fan favorites of course.Attraction lines will be subject to social distancing as well.All parks and resorts have been closed since March 16th. No word yet on when the major resort areas will be opening.Also of note, SeaWorld announced that they will be opening with similar restrictions on Thursday, June 11th.Will you be going to the parks with these restrictions in place?last_img read more

first_img Close friends should not be separated but a par at the first extra hole saw Haydn McCullen pip his pal and England foursomes partner Bradley Moore to the Carris Trophy under threatening skies at Moor Park.The pair had finished on level-par 288 after a two-shot swing on the final hole then proceeded to the first again to decide a winner.Moore, who had returned a closing 71 with a birdie at the short 18th, was unlucky to see his approach on the 400-yard hole take a bad bounce and finish in sand close to the lip of a bunker.With little room to spare, he played a magnificent recovery only to miss his ten-foot par putt after McCullen’s birdie chance had shaved the cup from a similar distance.The pair had finished five strokes ahead of second round leader George Gardner, who closed with 74, and six clear of the fast-finishing Jamie Dick, another England boy cap, who returned 70.“Winning doesn’t feel as good as it should because it was against Bradley,” said McCullen (image © Leaderboard Photography). “We are close friends and foursomes partners for England. He also got unlucky on the playoff hole but I’m pleased to have won.“I’m only playing four boys events this year. I won the McEvoy Trophy, finished fifth with Bradley in the European Boys qualifying and now I’ve won the Carris. There is just the British Boys to come so I have a good record and hopefully this will get me picked for a few more things.”Moore, who had already finished second to McCullen in the McEvoy but was victorious in the Irish Boys a few weeks ago, was naturally disappointed not to complete the double but he was pleased with the way he had played.“I played well all week but so did Haydn and he deserved his win,” said Moore, who came home in 33 shots with that final hole birdie to force the playoff.“I knew a needed a birdie at the last to catch Haydn and I managed to make two by holing from about 20 feet. In the playoff, I had a nasty lie in the bunker and there were a few stones under my ball, but I managed to give myself a chance.”After play had been suspended for 90 minutes in the afternoon because of thunder and lightning, it was just as well that the playoff lasted just one hole with a storm threatening. But at least the rain did the course a power of good and took some of the bounce out of the ground.When play was suspended, McCullen was playing the ninth with a birdie chance which he missed, his putt lipping out. “I made a bad start to the round again,” he said.“I bogeyed two of the first three as I did yesterday and at the same holes. But I fought back well with a couple of birdies to be level par at the turn and would have won in normal time but for a bogey at the last where I hit too much club and my ball finished over the green.”McCullen, who started the day one behind Moore and found five birdies, added: “I went out just to hit the greens and hole a few putts. Conditions were a bit softer after the stoppage and you could attack the pins more. Overall it’s been a good week.”McCullen also collected the Malcolm Reid Trophy for the best aggregate from the McEvoy and Carris Trophies on five under, again pipping Moore, who finished on three under.The Hazard Salver for the best performance by a player aged under 16 on 1st January went to Malaysia’s Bryan Teoh Wiyang on 297, beating Ryan Cox from the Warley Park club in Essex by a shot. It certainly made his long journey worthwhile. 25 Jul 2014 McCullen pips his pal Bradley at first extra hole last_img read more

first_img27 Nov 2019 England Golf supports Rainbow Laces campaign England Golf has given its full backing to the 2019 Rainbow Laces campaign and underlined the message that golf is a sport for all.As part of Come Out Active week (23-30 November) run by the charity Stonewall, golfers across the country are being encouraged to show their support for LGBT equality by wearing rainbow laces on their shoes or displayed on their golf bags.Many in the LGBT community live and breathe for sport, yet four in 10 think that sport isn’t welcoming.By working together we can help make sport everyone’s game.England Golf is already committed to a policy of inclusivity and will continue its drive to change attitudes in 2020 by supporting a series of initiatives.In the year ahead, we willProvide inclusivity training and support for England Golf staff and volunteersConduct research to understand the current experiences of LGBT people in golfUnderstand the perceptions/barriers to participation in golf by LGBT peopleCreate guidance for LGBT people on how they can engage with the gameCreate guidance for clubs on good practice of inclusion of LGBT peopleReview our guidance and policies around inclusion of LGBT people for competition within EnglandExecutive director Richard Flint said: “Making sure golf is a sport for all is a cornerstone of the England Golf strategy.“Golf is a wonderful game for everyone to enjoy. In a modern, sporting environment there is no place for any discriminatory barriers.“England Golf is delighted to support the Rainbow Laces campaign and is committed to spreading a message of inclusivity through all our affiliated clubs and our staff.“The new initiatives we are putting in place for 2020 only serve to reinforce this message.”Stonewall encourages people in sport to challenge existing prejudices and can offer advice to anyone involved in golf when faced with a discriminatory or abusive situation.This guidance includes the following messages:Avoid a knee jerk reaction. Take a minute to find the right words and toneExplain that it’s offensive to LGBT people and many othersExplain that it makes LGBT people feel unwelcome in sportTell them making a joke, chant or insult about being LGBT is abuse – always.There are already many LGBT people participating in golf, but we want to pledge our support to them and anyone choosing to take up the game in 2020.Here at England Golf we want clubs and golfers to share their Rainbow Laces images with us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using the #RainbowLacesDayStaff at England Golf offices in Woodhall Spa last week showed their support for the campaign by wearing rainbow laces to work.For more details on Come Out Active week and the Rainbow Laces campaign please click hereFollow England Golf on social mediaTwitter: @EnglandGolfFacebook: England.golfInstagram: England.golflast_img read more

first_imgOblak, Adam; Giménez, Lodi, Savic, Felipe, Hermoso, Trippier, Vrsaljko; Koke, Saúl, Llorente, Herrera, Vitolo, Carrasco; João Félix, Morata, Correa and Costa they form the call of Atlético. The list is the return of Herrera, outside in the last calls for muscle discomfort, and Giménez, absent in the last against Espanyol due to knee problems. Llorente points to the owner instead of the Ghanaian. A final before AnfieldAtlético-Sevilla is a transcendental match for the aspirations of both the rojiblanca and Lopetegui squad in this League since both teams compete for the same. Champions positions. Sevilla starts the day in third place, site that last day was Atlético, currently out of those positions, fifth. Simeone has summoned 19 players for tomorrow’s match against Sevilla on the 27th day of LaLiga (4pm, Movistar Liga). The coach, who must still make a discard, this afternoon left out four players: Thomas, who saw the fifth yellow last week against Espanyol and must serve a penalty, the injured Lemar and Arias and Saponjic. In the case of the last two it is by technical decision. It is the fourth call followed in which the Colombian is left off a Cholo list. It seems that Vrsaljko, who had been injured for eleven months and returned to play in January, has advanced him in the plans of the Argentine coach.last_img read more

first_imgThe Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Country Representative to Liberia, Jean-Alexandre Scaglia, is calling on government and international partners to focus on improving and investing in the Agriculture sector for job creation and self-reliance.Briefing the media Tuesday, May 27, on the FAO’s national priorities and the important role of Agriculture including rural development, employment, youth support, food security and poverty reduction,  Mr. Scaglia said it is important for government to use Agriculture for development.According to the FAO Country Representative, food insecurity and malnutrition was a serious problem for the country, especially the rural areas of Nimba, Maryland and Grand Kru Counties. He further explained that the government of Liberia, national and international partners have not been focusing on investing both financial and technical support that will shift and improve the agriculture sector and the lives of the Liberian  people. “Let us use half of the two hundred million dollars that we spend on importation of food in Liberia for agriculture for two to three years for farming and technical as well as capacity building and Liberia will have more food and reduce importation throughout country. Mr. Scaglia insisted that there is a need for the agriculture sector to have huge investment that will create food security, capacity building for farmers, and reduce vulnerable employment for the youthful population that is over 55%.  Greater investment in agriculture will also reduce malnutrition.Stating the statistics of food insecurity in Liberia, Mr. Scaglia described as worrisome Lofa’s 61.3% food insecurity, Bong’s 64.6%, Sinoe’s 65.1%, Grand Bassa’s 60.8%, Cape Mount’s 78.8%, rural Montserrado’s 67%, Nimba 41.5%, and Margibi 63.2% among others.”According to the FAO Country Representative, malnutrition has risen to 80% in the country,  most especially in the rural areas and poses a serious threat to the health sector of the people.   He called on the government as well as the partners to ensure that malnutrition is urgently addressed.Mr. Scaglia:  “If there is no decision now to create jobs in the agriculture sector and invest more in  food security, there will be serious problems for the country in driving hungry from Liberia.  The government needs to take advantage of the present population to improve and address the issues of food insecurity,” he warned.According to him, agriculture is the best job for the vulnerable unemployment youth in the country, which would also stop the importation of over 50% of food.   Liberians are capable of producing their own food, including fishery, he said.The FAO Representative explained that for Liberia to make progress in improving the lives of its people and creating job,“ the government needs the right information, capacity building, financial and technical knowledge that will support self reliance and better living conditions.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgChinese Ambassador Fu Jijun presents gift to Mayor Pam Belcher-Taylor after the program— Chinese Ambassador foresees more investment here; dedicates newly renovated community park in PaynesvilleChinese Ambassador accredited to Liberia, Fu Jijun, has said that the cordial bilateral relationship that is currently subsisting between his country and Liberia will get stronger and stronger as he and his team will continue to make Liberia’s case in an effort to lure more investments to the country.He said that Chinese companies are seizing opportunities presented by the cordiality in relationship to invest and also implement projects on behalf of their mother country. “As the Chinese Ambassador here, I would like to assure you that it is my job to make every efforts to deepen the collaboration and enhance the friendship between both countries and bring more benefits to our people,” Ambassador Fu said.The senior Chinese diplomat spoke on Monday at the ceremony commemorating the dedication of the newly renovated Paynesville Community Park. It is anticipated that the Park would help boost recreational activities and improve interactions among residents.He expressed delight for being opportune to form part of the dedication of the newly constructed basketball court along with the fully equipped children’s playground—an initiative that represents many of the good results of the friendship and collaboration between both countries.Ambassador Fu noted at the event that Chinese companies are getting more involved in the development of the country and that, as interactions between those companies and the Liberian people increase, the China-Liberia friendship grows and deepens further. “As a way of advancing more friendly interaction between our people, these companies often seize the opportunity to impact the lives of locals through creative and unique ways,” he said.He said despite the many challenges being faced, several Chinese companies continue to demonstrate their commitment to keep investing in the Liberian economy, he said.The ambassador, however, termed the Paynesville Park project as another gift from the Chinese companies to the Liberian people.The project came to fruition through a goodwill gesture from the Chinese government through TSMO Investment Corporation and the China Dalian International Cooperation Group (CDIG). Several bilateral projects have also been successfully completed while many others are being initiated. Some of these projects include the China-Liberia Friendship Park and the electronic billboard at the Executive Pavilion. Collaboration between the two countries has been developing very robustly over the last decade.A view of the newly renovated park in PaynesvilleAt the forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) coordinators meeting held three weeks ago, China pledged continual commitment to the pro-poor agenda of the Weah Administration.The Chinese government further demonstrated this commitment with the signing of agreements that will see the construction of two overhead bridges, valued at US$30M, to help ease the heavy traffic congestion around the newly constructed Ministerial Complex.Paynesville City Mayor, Pam Belcher-Taylor said the project was initiated in 2017 at the request of PCC in order to provide a recreational facility for residents of the city and its surrounding environs. She lauded the Chinese for not only giving the city a facelift, but also contributing to the happiness of the residents, especially the young people and children“In 2017, the PCC, through then Mayor, Cyvette Gibson, was given an offer by the Chinese government for the construction of park,”Communication was afterwards received from CDIG that it was selected by the Embassy here to carry out the work and that a site should be identified for the project. This is how PCC Special Project and technical and City Planning Department selected the Park because of its deplorable state.The project was done in phases with the first phase being the construction of the Basketball Court which include four sitting platforms, dual basketball rims. The phase II included the construction of the children’s playground, which was installed by TSMO, included an artificial climbing wall, a slide, two merry-go-rounds, a swing, four seesaws and others.The ceremony was also graced by several dignitaries, including Montserrado County District #2 Representative Jimmy Smith and Paynesville City Council Chairman, T. Max Hinneh.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgA Corentyne, Berbice, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) housewife is alleging she was beaten with a baton by Police at the Number 51 Police Station on Tuesday night. She is also accusing the officers of stealing $100,000 from her.Takurdai Jugnanand told Guyana Times on Wednesday that a group of Police Officers went to her Lot 73 Number 52 Village home on Tuesday and requested that she go to the Springlands Police Station. She said she did not leave with them but rather made her own way to the station with her 15-year-old son. According to Jugnanand, when she arrived at the station, there was a report by a driver of the car that she travelled in earlier in the day, stating that he left a cellphone in the back seat of the car and she picked it up. According to the woman, she was not given a chance to say anything, but she was told to stand against a wall. This, she told Guyana Times, was after she and her son were made to sit on aTakurdai Jugnanandbench for two hours.The mother of four explained that after being told to stand and face the wall she thought that the officer was going to carry out a body search to see if she had the cellular phone on her person.“I feel one lash on my shoulder and I start to holla and when I go to turn around I feel another lash on the other and I turn around and ask him “why you beating me, I aint do you anything,” and then he take the baton and lash me on my right knee and then lash me again on the knee…”In recounting the ordea,l Jagnanand said the Police Officer asked her to give him the cellphone.The woman is also claiming that her teenage son was questioned without her being present. More so, she said her son was slapped by an officer.According to Jugnanand, the officer took her bag and began to search it. She said she had $100,000 in the bag and the officer took the money and told her that had to be the cash she received after selling the phone.However, according to the housewife, the officer put the money into his pocket and promised to give it back to her when she was leaving. Jugnanand said she was made to sign two blank pieces of paper in order to secure her release. According to her, one of the officers at the station assisted her to take the teenager out of the station compound and she took a car home.At home she telephoned the Whim Police Station and asked for the officer in charge to make a report but was told that she would have to go to the station.She said on Wednesday morning she was there at 08:00h and after waiting until 12:30h, she left to seek medical attention. The 45-year-old woman said officers at the Whim Police Station refused to give her a medical form to take to the hospital. She said one was however given to her when she went to Central Police Station. The woman has since been seen by a doctor at the New Amsterdam Hospital. In tears, Jugnanand told Guyana Times that she wants to get her money back which the family saved for her husband’s eye surgery but was going to be used instead for her son’s urgent medical bills. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! KAVITA GOSS Senior, Newbury Park The Loyola Marymount-bound Goss scored a team-record 43 points, with five 3-pointers, in Friday’s 70-61 Marmonte League girls’ basketball victory over Moorpark that kept the Panthers in a first-place tie with Westlake heading into Wednesday’s showdown. Goss, who broke Brynn Cameron’s mark of 40 points, began the week with a 29-point, 13-rebound effort in a 62-45 triumph over Royal of Simi Valley. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson UP AND COMER GARY ESPINOSA JR. Crespi of Encino Espinosa, who won the 120-pound state schoolboy championship in 2004, when he went 72-7 wrestling for the San Fernando Boys and Girls Club, finished third in the 130-pound weight class at the fourth annual Fred Willemstein tournament at Ontario High. He is 16-6 as a freshman starter for Crespi, where he is one of the top first-year wrestlers on a veteran Celts team that could challenge for the Southern Section Div. VI dual-meet title. center_img ALEX STEPHESON Senior, Harvard-Westlake of Studio City After a 22-point, 24-rebound, eight-block performance in the Wolverines’ 65-44 boys’ basketball victory over Crespi of Encino in their Mission League opener, Stepheson would have been hard-pressed to top that effort Saturday against Ventura. The North Carolina-bound forward nearly did, recording 25 points, 15 rebounds and seven blocks in a 70-64 win – Harvard-Westlake’s fifth in a row – at the Santa Barbara Showcase. last_img read more

first_imgCouncillor John Sheamais Ó Fearraigh has today called on the Government to do more to support indigenous business and to attract foreign direct investment to West Donegal in order to boost job creation in the region.The Glenties based Councillor was commenting following the publication of figures provided to Sinn Féin which has revealed that of the 86 Údarás na Gaeltachta properties currently lying vacant across the country, 41 of these units are in Donegal – the single highest vacancy rate of the counties concerned.Cllr Ó Fearraigh called on the Government to engage more closely with the state agency to use these units to attract inward investment and help bolster job creation. He said “Information recently received by Sinn Féin shows that 86 Údarás na Gaeltachta properties across the state are currently vacant, quite a number of which have been lying empty since 2009 or before.“The data shows that Donegal is the worst county affected, where 41 units or some 23 per cent of all properties held by the agency locally presently unoccupied.“What’s more concerning is the fact that of these 41 units, half have been idle for five years or longer.“Clearly, there is potential here to utilise these vacant sites and properties for a great number of purposes, particularly to house and support indigenous business and to attract additional foreign direct investment here.” He added that if the Government chose to engage much more closely with Údarás na Gaeltachta, as well as the various other state agencies and bodies charged with job creation and industrial development, then these properties could surely be put to good use, with the potential to create jobs here in the west of the county.“West Donegal is in dire need of substantial investment and focus from the government to ensure local people have the opportunity to remain, live and work in their own communities.“These properties hold great potential for job creation and, as a member of both the local authority and a board member of Údarás na Gaeltacht, I am calling on the Government to facilitate better cooperation between the IDA, Enterprise Ireland and Údarás na Gaeltachta to ensure all of their clients are made aware of the units and financial assistance each of the agencies have to offer.“I intend to now certainly raise this issue with An tÚdarás at the next available opportunity when the board meets again shortly as I feel that there needs to be a renewed focus of addressing this issue.“Ensuring people from Gaeltacht regions, including Donegal, are given the opportunity to live and work in their home communities is vital if we are to protect and grow our native language.” Job creation in West Donegal is being stymied by empty Údarás units – claim was last modified: January 29th, 2019 by StephenShare 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:ClaimemptySinn FeinUdarasWest Donegallast_img read more

first_imgA luck punter has scooped a whopping €17,000 on a €5 football bet. The bet was placed in Ladbrokes in Letterkenny on Saturday last and consisted of 11 winning football teams.But staff at the betting office say the person may not even know they have won the cash because he has not claimed it yet. “Staff are still unaware who owns the winning bet as the lucky customer has yet to make contact with the company but they are delighted for him or her. It is by far the largest football bet we will pay out on for such a small amount staked,’ said a spokesman for Ladbrokes.The punter was made sweat on the outcome with 10 out of the 11 teams up by 5pm.The whole bet depended on the outcome of the Newcastle v Southampton match which did not kick off until 5.30pm.But to the customer’s relief ended in Southampton winning 2-1. The 11 winning teams were Crystal Palace, Southampton, Tottenham, Chelsea, Brentford, Middlesbrough, Norwich, Doncaster, Gillingham, Milton Keynes and Port Vale.LUCKY DONEGAL PUNTER SCOOPS €17,000 ON €5 SOCCER BET! was last modified: January 20th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:betdonegalLadbrokesletterkennypunterwinlast_img read more