World record holders Kipchoge and Mayer nominated for athlete of the year

first_imgParis, France | AFP | The world’s fastest marathon runner Eliud Kipchoge and world decathlon record holder Kevin Mayer are among five nominees for the IAAF’s male athlete of the year, the federation announced on Tuesday.The Kenyan and Frenchman are joined on the shortlist by the quickest person over 60m indoors American Christian Coleman, European pole-vault champion Armand Duplantis from Sweden and Asian Games 400m hurdles champion in Qatar’s Abderrahman Samba.The contenders for the women’s prize were announced a day earlier with Kenya’s 3000m steeplechase world record holder Beatrice Chepkoech, 100m European champion in Great Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith, Colombia’s Diamond League long and triple jump title holder Caterine Ibarguen, the Bahamas’ 200m Diamond League gold-medallist Shaunae Miller-Uibo and European heptathlon champion in Belgian Nafissatou Thiam all included.The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Monaco on December 4 after voting from the IAAF’s Council, IAAF members and the public. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

The lights are on again in the Yellow House

first_imgTo the Editor: Thanks to Martha’s Vineyard Bank whose financial support allowed us to build with confidence in a time of uncertainty; as well as Lululemon whose decision to shift to a year-round, long-term commitment allowed us to invest in a head-turning retail space where previously there were only boarded windows. Special thanks to the literally dozens of tradesfolk who with pride, skill, and speed raised the building; dug a new basement; framed new additions and repaired old sections; completely rebuilt the mechanical infrastructure of the Yellow House with new electrical, HVAC, plumbing, and sprinkler systems; hung windows and shingles and sheetrock and shutters; and who painted and painted and painted some more. Together, all of us, took a downtown property that once left people asking “Why can’t anything be done about that eyesore” and transformed it into one that once again bustles with business and beauty.  And finally, a big thank you to the Edgartown selectmen, historic commission, ZBA, town counsel, and all the citizens of Edgartown who made the risky, but right decision at town meeting and beyond to take control and responsibility for the Yellow House’s future. Especially in these chaotic and uncertain times, the story of the Yellow House’s rebirth isn’t just an example of a successful renovation; it’s a reflection of what thoughtful, committed community action can accomplish and a testament to Edgartown’s resilience and creativity. Thank you to everyone who helped us breathe new life into this wonderful old property at the corner of Summer & Main. Christopher CelesteEdgartowncenter_img After almost two decades of neglect and legal wrangling the lights are finally on again in the Yellow House at the corner of Summer & Main in downtown Edgartown. And despite the private thanks I’ve received from many folks, the truth is this transformative project was only possible because of an expansive effort that included dozens and dozens of public and private collaborators. To begin, I’d like to thank my direct partners, Gerret Conover and Dudley Cannada; who respectively led the construction and architectural work. And a special thank you to Jeff Lucier who tirelessly shepherded the day-to-day details at the building site, from big moves such as lifting the structure to the tiniest trim details — and all in the midst of a pandemic. Additional kudos to the often overlooked public servants at Town Hall — especially James Hagerty, Reade Milne, Allan DeBettencourt, Bricque Garber, and Akeyah Lucas who ensured we renovated the building and surrounding property in a manner worthy of its central spot in town. last_img read more

DOH: First Vaping Death Confirmed in Florida

first_imgThe Florida Department of Health has confirmed its first death from vaping.So far this year, there have been 27 cases of people developing lung injuries associated with vaping in the sunshine state.On Wednesday, the Georgia Department of Public Health also reported one death from vaping bringing the total number nationwide to 11.Nine other deaths have been identified as part of this outbreak — two in California, two in Kansas, and one each in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri and Oregon.As of last week, at least 530 cases of lung injury associated with the use of e-cigarettes or vaping products have been reported to the CDC.New cases are being confirmed daily and the CDC expects the number of vaping-related illnesses reported this week to be “hundreds higher” than last week, said Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the CDC, during a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing on Wednesday.A specific cause of the outbreak remains unknown, but all reported cases of lung injury have a history of e-cigarette use or vaping.last_img read more

FBI: Bubba Wallace noose a “door pull rope” not a crime

first_imgThe FBI has determined that a noose found in NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace’s garage at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday was a door pull rope hanging in the garage since last year, according to the bureau. In addition, no one could have known that Wallace would be assigned that garage.A statement issued by U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town said that an investigation has concluded that no federal crime was committed.“The FBI learned that garage number 4, where the noose was found, was assigned to Bubba Wallace last week. The investigation also revealed evidence, including authentic video confirmed by NASCAR, that the noose found in garage number 4 was in that garage as early as October 2019,” the bureau said. “Although the noose is now known to have been in garage number 4 in 2019, nobody could have known Mr. Wallace would be assigned to garage number 4 last week.”Further details were not immediately released. The FBI said no charges would be pursued in relation to the incident.last_img read more

NASCAR driver Corey Lajoie will drive a ‘Trump 2020’ car at Sunday’s prestigious Brickyard 400

first_imgLaJoie said in a statement. “When they see the car, hopefully it makes them race to the polls in November.” LaJoie’s car appears to be the first dedicated to the 2020 presidential election.,NASCAR driver Corey LaJoie’s No. 32 Ford car will debut a “Trump 2020” paint scheme in red, white, and blue this weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.Go Fas Racing, LaJoie’s racing team, partnered with the Patriots of America PAC, a political action committee advocating for the reelection of President Donald Trump, for the sponsorship. LaJoie said in a statement. “When they see the car, hopefully it makes them race to the polls in November.” NASCAR driver Corey LaJoie’s No. 32 Ford car will debut a “Trump 2020” paint scheme in red, white, and blue this weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.Go Fas Racing, LaJoie’s racing team, partnered with the Patriots of America PAC, a political action committee advocating for the reelection of President Donald Trump, for the sponsorship. LaJoie’s car appears to be the first dedicated to the 2020 presidential election.last_img read more

Search for Missing Marines off Southern California Coast

first_imgAt least one Marine is dead and eight are missing after a training incident off the Southern California coast.Marine officials say two others are injured after what they called a “mishap” involving an amphibious assault vehicle near San Clemente Island Thursday night.The officials say it happened during a training exercise for members of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit. A tweet from the One Marine Expeditionary Force says search and rescue efforts are underway, with support from the Navy and the Coast Guard. 15 Marines were inside the vehicle during the time of the incident, eight of whom are still missing, according to a press release from the 15th MEU.Two other Marines are listed as in “critical condition” at a nearby hospital, the press release said.Around 5:45 p.m. Marines in the AAV reported taking on water while participating in a training exercise near San Clemente Island, California.Search and rescue operations are underway with assistance from multiple Navy and Coast Guard ships and aircraft, the press release said.The name of the deceased Marine is being held for 24 hours while the family can be notified, the release said.last_img read more

England’s Annabel selected for Youth Olympics

first_img11 Jul 2014 England’s Annabel selected for Youth Olympics England’s Annabel Dimmock has been selected to represent Team GB at the second Summer Youth Olympic Games from 16th-28th August in Nanjing, China. The 17-year-old Curtis Cup player will be joined by Scottish golfer, Robert MacIntyre, and their team leader will be Rebecca Wood, the England Golf women’s Performance Manager. “It is huge for golf to be part of Nanjing,” said Rebecca. “It is going to be an amazing experience for these young athletes to compete at world level in the biggest multi-sport event for their age group.   “I know both of the athletes are really honoured to have the opportunity to be part of the Olympic experience and I’m sure they’ll go back and inspire future athletes to want to pull on the Team GB kit and compete at the Olympics.” Golf will return to the Olympics at Rio 2016 for the first time since 1900 when British golfers won silver and bronze medals. Annabel, 17, from Wentworth (Image © Leaderboard Photography), is ranked in the world’s 30 amateurs and represented GB&I in this summer’s Curtis Cup match. Earlier this season she won the Helen Holm Scottish open stroke play title and the matchplay Jones Doherty Cup in the USA. She was runner-up in the Welsh open stroke play, the South Atlantic ladies’ amateur and the Spanish amateur.   Team GB for the Youth Olympics consists of 33 athletes aged 15-18 years old who will compete across 14 sports at Nanjing 2014. They will test themselves against around 3600 of the finest young sportspeople from more than 200 other nations around the world. All 28 summer Olympic sports will feature across over 220 events in Nanjing. In addition, a Culture and Education Programme (CEP) will aim to develop the young athletes as individuals and teach them about the values of the Olympic Movement.last_img read more

England Golf coaches rewarded for Ôoutstanding contribution’

first_img Five golf coaches who go the extra mile to support their players and squads have been recognised by England Golf with new awards to mark their outstanding contribution during 2014. Mark Day from Hertfordshire, Ryan Fenwick from Sussex, Lysa Jones and Graham Walker from Yorkshire, and Andrew Nicholson from Co Durham, are all coaches to England Golf squads. The received their awards at this week’s England Golf Coaching Conference at St George’s Park, the FA’s national football centre. Now, all five will be considered for the “Coach of the Year” award which will be announced in April 2015. England Golf Performance Director Nigel Edwards commented: “We know that the players who succeed have talent and ability, together with resilience and the desire to work hard and to achieve. “But we all also know that around successful players there is always a team of people who encourage and guide and support them during both the good and bad times.  So, for the first time this year, England Golf is recognising individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to coaching during 2014. “The nominations were received from volunteers and managers, the people who see the work behind the scenes, and the awards are being presented to coaches who have gone the extra mile to support the players and squads they are working with.” The award winners: Mark Day of Whipsnade Park Golf Club, Hertfordshire Coach to the England Golf Thames Valley U16 girls’ squad Mark has transformed the junior talent pathway for girls and boys within Hertfordshire. He established The Futures Tour and then worked with others in the county to develop the pathway with the iTour, ensuring players get their handicap and are encouraged to play in the local Junior Opens. Young players are encouraged into Academy groups for extra coaching and well over 100 are now involved. Mark coaches the England Golf Thames Valley U16 girls’ squad, is also involved with the Hertfordshire boys’ U16 squad and works with Hertfordshire University, developing Strength and Conditioning classes for golfers. His individual pupils include Harry Bigham (Redbourn, Hertfordshire) who won the 2014 English U14 boys’ championship for the Reid Trophy and has been selected for an England Golf regional U16 squad. Ryan Fenwick, Golf at Goodwood, Sussex Coach to the England Golf South East U18 squad Ryan has been involved with AASE – the Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence – for many years, inspiring and supporting many students to improve their golf and complete the NVQ Level 3 course. His students have included Jack Floydd of Sussex, who has gone on to study at university in the USA, and George Mullins of Kent, who won the South East Group junior championship and set a course record at Moor Park, Hertfordshire, in the English boys’ U18 championship. Ryan has a great reputation for developing excellent young players and is well respected by the Sussex County Golf Union and the Sussex Ladies’ County Golf Association. He regularly coaches county golfers at all levels. Lysa Jones, The Oaks Golf Club, Yorkshire Coach to the England Golf East Midlands U16 boys’ squad Lysa is a highly regarded member of the coaching community and her skill, enthusiasm and passion for coaching is seen at every group and individual session she manages. Her quest for extending her golfing knowledge spreads far and wide and this year she travelled to the USA to further her short game credentials. During 2014 four members of the East Midlands boys’ squad were selected to play for the national U16 team, reaching the pinnacle for their age group. Several of the squad players have also chosen to see Lysa for individual coaching Always practical by example, Lysa leads from the front and coordinates all round support to the players she works with. Andrew Nicholson, Wynyard Golf Club, Co Durham Coach to the England Golf Yorkshire U16 girls’ squad Andrew has been coaching, mentoring and providing professional support to international, national and county golfers over the past 12 months. Among them is Yorkshire’s Nick Marsh, who he has coached for many years and who is now the English amateur champion and England’s top placed player in the World Amateur Golf Rankings. Andrew coaches the Durham County Boys’ squad, who had their best ever finish at 2014 Boys’ County Finals, and the England Golf Yorkshire girls’ squad, who were undefeated this year. One member, Megan Clarke, beat a professional field when she won on the WPGA one day series. Andrew also works with professionals including Chris Paisley who recently secured his European Tour card for 2015. Graham Walker, The Oaks Golf Club, Yorkshire Coach to the England Golf men’s squad Graham has had successes at every level, coaching beginners, aspiring young golfers, club members, elite amateurs and tournament professionals who have won on the European Tour. He is also devoted to helping develop the coaches that have worked with him at his academy. He sets the highest standards and the coaches respond and are motivated to improve by the environment he creates. His player success list over just the last two years includes coach to: the 2014 English Girls’ and Scottish Lady Junior Champion; 2013 Deloitte Ladies Open Champion on the Ladies European Tour; 2013 European Men’s Team Champions and Home Internationals Champions and 2013 British Amateur Champion. He has been England Golf Men’s Lead Coach since 2011 and before that was the England Boys’ Coach. Caption: From left, Mark Day, Lysa Jones, Graham Walker, Ryan Fenwick and Andrew Nicholson (Image © Leaderboard Photography). 17 Dec 2014 England Golf coaches rewarded for Ôoutstanding contribution’ last_img read more

Inspirational coaches target England Golf Award

first_img2 Feb 2018 Inspirational coaches target England Golf Award Four inspirational coaches who have taken the game to thousands of people are the finalists for the England Golf Coach of the Year Award, sponsored by the PGA.They are Phil Akers of The Belfry, Warwickshire, Aaron Lansberry of Hatchford Brook Golf Centre, near Birmingham, Anders Mankert of Cosby Golf Club, Leicestershire and Matthew Turnock of Mottram Hall Golf Club, Cheshire.Their achievements will be recognised when the winner is announced at the sell-out England Golf Awards 2018 at the Royal Lancaster London on 22 February.England Golf Chief Executive Nick Pink commented: “These four coaches are absolutely inspirational in the way they grow the game. They go out into the community to share the pleasures of golf with people of all ages and backgrounds, who otherwise might not try it. Their success is of great benefit to their clubs, which gain new members as a result, and to the sport as a whole.”The finalists:Phil Akers, The Belfry, Warwickshire Akers has introduced over 1500 newcomers to golf since he joined The Belfry less than two years ago, and helped develop thriving club sections for juniors, women, improvers and advanced players.He started by working with local schoolchildren and more than 70 have joined his junior programme. Half of them are now members at The Belfry – and many of their parents have also taken up the game. Akers plans to build on this with a new schools’ coaching programme for 2018.Last year he introduced other programmes, including the successful This Girl Can Golf, which has resulted in 20 women taking weekly coaching sessions. His Start Golf programme attracted over 500 new players, learning basic skills to prepare for the Progress Golf class.Akers’ overall goal is to become a European Tour coach and his passion for growing the game has attracted  talented young golfers who have helped The Belfry’s junior membership grow by 29 in the last year, six of whom now represent their county.Aaron Lansberry of Hatchford Brook Golf Centre, near BirminghamLansberry has been passionate about golf since he started playing as a small child and is now a full-time coach who concentrates on growing the grassroots game.He’s particularly keen on family, community and junior golf. He launched his first junior sessions in 2011, after becoming a PGA professional and graduating from Birmingham University with a degree in Applied Golf Management Studies.He started with eight juniors and now coaches 120 youngsters at the club and takes the game to schools, community and sports centres, where he involves both adults and children. He likes to encourage parents to join in, believing that if more of the family play golf they are more likely to stay in the game. Lansberry has also been asked to train fellow professionals on best practice for juniors.He has also recently been involved with projects to get more adults from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds  into the game, as well as people with visual impairments.Anders Mankert of Cosby Golf Club, LeicestershireMankert is a coach who changes lives, according to those who nominated him for this award.“We are nominating Anders for being a unique inspiration and primarily for introducing us to the sport which has changed our life,” said blind and visually impaired supporters. “He genuinely cares about growing the game, regardless of the standard of player he is coaching,” said another nominator.Mankert, an Advanced Fellow of the PGA, is passionate about increasing accessibility to golf for disabled people. He has coached and supported blind and visually impaired golfers free of charge for over 20 years and they shower him with plaudits, telling how he has raised their confidence and changed their quality of life.At his club Mankert encourages juniors with a scholarship scheme offering a year’s free coaching and mentoring. One now plays on the European Tour, another is a PGA professional and yet another is in England training. He also makes himself available to all, starting teaching at 7am to fit in with work and family commitments.Matthew Turnock of Mottram Hall Golf Club, Cheshire Turnock has inspired thousands of children and adults to try golf and supports new players as they get into the game.Over the last eight years he has worked with 50 schools, providing TriGolf sessions to 2000 children, giving many of them their first taste of golf and its benefits. Those who’d like to take the game further are encouraged to join his coaching academy and take out club membership, which is free for juniors.Turnock also aims to get more adults into the game and his Get into Golf courses successfully attracted 44 new members last year. He’s involved with the Stroke Association’s Get into Golf initiative, working with stroke surivivors to assist their rehabilitation. He also gained funding for a programme with four local disability groups which inspired 50 people to try the sport.Turnock is Mottram Hall’s junior organiser, running the new and rapidly growing junior section, and also the club’s competition manager, coming up with a range of formats to increase enjoyment and participation. Tags: Coach of the Year, PGAlast_img read more

England on brink of Senior Men’s Home International triumph

first_img18 Sep 2019 England on brink of Senior Men’s Home International triumph Photograph credit: Leaderboard Tags: Senior Home Internationalscenter_img England moved a significant step closer to regaining the title when they beat Wales 7-2 on the second day of the Senior Men’s Home Internationals at Alnmouth Golf Club in Northumberland.The reigning senior men’s European champions go into their final match against Scotland as the only team with a one hundred percent record after the Scots lost 6-3 to Ireland on the second day.That means that England will claim the title if they win their last match.England beat Ireland 6-3 on the opening day and maintained their winning ways with a comprehensive victory over the Welsh which started when Ian Attoe and Alan Mew combined to win their foursome 2 & 1 against Phillip Sutton and Richard Jones. Rupert Kellock and Tim Whittaker lost by one hole against Andrew Williams and Mike Hayward before Rich Jones and Richard Norton edged England one point ahead with a 2 & 1 win over Nigel Evans and Colin Jones.Attoe lost the opening singles 3&2 against Nick Grimmitt but Paul Wharton, Kellock, Mew, Norton and Jones all won to take England to the brink of completing a memorable double after also winning the European Senior Men’s title in Denmark last month.Ireland made amends for their defeat against England by beating Scotland by the same margin. The Irish won the morning foursomes 2 ½ – ½ and went on to collect 3 ½ more points in the singles. The Irish play Wales on the final day.last_img read more