The Royal and Ancient Golf Club’s decision to allow women to enter the Open Championship will provide the likes of Michelle Wie, teeing off in her first professional tournament as the announcement was made, with the chance to challenge their male counterparts directly.The move is progressive and open-minded, in fact the very nature of an ‘Open’ Championship dictates that gender should be a side issue, but was always likely to ruffle a few feathers.Frenchman Jean Van de Velde, last witnessed wading through Carnoustie’s Barry Burn on the final hole of the 1999 Open Chamionship, offered the most absurd reaction The piqued 39 year old claimed, in protest, that he would attempt to qualify for next year’s Women’s British Open at Royal Birkdale: “I am definitely going to approach them to get an application and if they let me play in the qualifying event then I will. I’ll even wear a kilt and shave my legs.”We thought we’d seen the last of his legs in Barry Burn, but Van de Velde, it seems, is serious. despite the fact that no female professionals except Wie have expressed even a long-term thought of competing with men, he insists that a line must be drawn in the sand trap.”Those guys playing in The Open a hundred and fifty years ago and who won it three or four times must be spinning in their graves. My whole point is where do we draw the line?” Van de Velde asked after hacking his way through a seven-over 78 at the Volvo Masters in Spain (a men’s tournament). “If we accept that women can enter our tournaments, then it applies that men can play with women.”Maybe the Frenchman is willing to play the fool to provoke discussion of wider issues about the separation of women’s and men’s events and the spirit of competition, but we simply can’t take his suggestions seriously. Someone of the calibre of Tiger Woods, for instance, would never consider such an absurd or unsporting suggestion as entering a women’s event, and the prospect of Van de Velde doing so is uninspiring. It smacks of a cheap publicity stunt by an out-of-form player who feels threatened by the emergence of women with the ability to humiliate him yet further, this time on a golf course.Besides, Van de Velde is overlooking the Ladies’ Golf Union “gender policy”: “It shall be a condition of any competition organised by the Ladies’ Golf Union that players must be of the female gender.” Looks like the Philips Ladyshave can be put away for a rainy day, then. There is also the clause: “If there is uncertainty as to a player’s gender then, in order to ensure fair competition, a member of the committee may ask a player to provide proof of gender to a medical expert” – and Van de Velde certainly wouldn’t make the cut on this front.The crux of the matter is this; an influx of dominant men into women’s events would damage the game irreparably, whereas the likes of Wie or Annika Sorenstam would have to play “up” to the standard of the field in order to compete. The argument simply cannot be made in the opposite direction. What is more, players like Wie and Sorenstam competing with men would surely help to dissolve misogynistic condescension and inspire young girls with the confidence and ambition to follow in their footsteps. ARCHIVE: 5th week MT 2005
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The American colors lead the way for the sixth annual Walk for the Wounded on Saturday, Sept. 27, in Ocean City, NJ.In what event spokesman Phil Martelli called “a remarkable turnout on a remarkable day,” hundreds turned out Saturday morning for the sixth annual Walk for the Wounded on the Ocean City Boardwalk.St. Joseph’s University basketball coach, who has been a spokesman and active supporter of the event since its inception, thanks Ocean City for its support of the Walk for the Wounded.The charity fundraiser benefits Operation First Response, a nonprofit group dedicated to helping soldiers and their families after they return from combat overseas.In a moving ceremony that preceded the three-mile walk, veterans thanked Operation First Response for its invaluable assistance, and in turn Operation First Response thanked the Ocean City community for its overwhelming support.“It is so easy to think in our little towns in South Jersey that we are not affected by this war,” said Josephine Carney, advisor to Mainland Regional High School’s Support Our Troops Club.The club donated more than $1,100 to the event, but Carney also experienced Operation First Response from the other side. Her son, Patrick, returned from deployments in Iraq with several different injuries.The Walk for the Wounded in Ocean City was founded six years ago with the assistance of its main sponsor, Ocean City Home Bank. Bank president Steve Brady called on an old Widener University roommate, St. Joseph’s University basketball coach Phil Martelli, to lend his support to the cause.The Ocean City Fire Department has been instrumental in raising funds and awareness for Operation First Response. OCFD Capt. Steve Constantino thanked Ocean City resident and business owner Winnie Piriano for helping to kick off this year’s campaign at a Memorial Day Weekend event.Martelli thanked Playland’s Castaway Cove and Gillian’s Wonderland Pier for sponsoring ride events that helped raise money. And he thanked the many other Ocean City businesses that contributed.The pre-event ceremony also featured the national anthem by a 13-year-old Marmora resident, Julia Fumo, and keynote speaker Army Sgt. Robert Gordon. He is a Ranger who served two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. Now fighting a thyroid cancer related to exposure during his service, Gordon and his family experienced the assistance of Operation First Response first-hand.
While Harvard’s Farmers’ Market is known for transforming the Science Center Plaza into a farm fresh mecca, it also hosts a weekly read-aloud where children of all ages can enjoy stories read by a Cambridge Public Library (CPL) staff member.Recently, the CPL’s Julie Roach read to an audience of six children who gathered around on a green rug decorated with cartoon vegetables.“The title of this book is ‘It’s Me, Parsnip.’ Do any of you know what parsnip is?” Roach asked.The children, who ranged in age from 7 months to 3 years old, enjoyed Roach’s animated storytelling. Mia Kimmel’s curiosity got the better of her — she wandered over for a closer look at the pictures. By the third reading of Roach’s selections, Kimmel had made friends with fellow 1-year-old Helen Lepionka — the two shared a rubber duck as they played in the center of the rug.The food-themed readings happen every Tuesday from 2:30 to 3 p.m., and often feature simple cooking activities with ChopChop Magazine. All ages are welcome.“I like to see kids get excited over a book,” said Roach. “There’s something magical about that.”The Harvard Farmers’ Market season, Tuesdays, noon to 6 p.m., continues through Oct. 29. The Allston Farmers’ Market is Fridays from 3 to 7 p.m. through Oct. 25 at 168 Western Ave.
Viola Davis(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Viola Davis’ Dream B’way RoleTwo-time Tony winner Viola Davis is currently killing it on the small screen in How to Get Away With Murder, but that doesn’t mean that she’s given up on theater. “I’d do Nora in A Doll’s House on Broadway,” Davis told Vulture. “Are you kidding me? I would love to do that. It’s a beautiful role. It’s tremendous. Hedda Gabler. Anything that’s tremendous and big and bold.” We hope to see her back on the Great White Way soon!Sydney Lucas Tapped for AMC SeriesSydney Lucas, who was Tony nominated for her Broadway debut in Fun Home, has been enlisted to star opposite Sam Neill in AMC’s The Son. According to TV Line, the 10-episode drama series is based on Philipp Meyer’s novel and will follow a family witnessing the birth of the Lone Star State. Lucas is set to play Neill’s stubborn tomboy granddaughter.Brian D’Arcy James’ Latest FilmFresh off triumphantly standing on the Oscar stage, Something Rotten!’s Brian D’Arcy James, along with Tony and Oscar winner Kevin Spacey, four-time Tony nominee Victor Garber and more have been tapped for Danny Strong’s Rebel in the Rye. Deadline reports that the biopic will explore J.D. Salinger, played by Nicholas Hoult, before he pens The Catcher in the Rye. Tony nominee Hope Davis, Zoey Deutch and Laura Dern will also feature in the movie.Kendrick & Colbert Geek Out Over SondheimWill Anna Kendrick just come and do a Broadway musical again already? The Into the Woods and Pitch Perfect screen star stopped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on March 10 and the result was all we could have wished it to be. The duo sang “They Say It’s Wonderful” from Irving Berlin’s Annie Get Your Gun, geeked out over Stephen Sondheim and talked her childhood Main Stem turn. Check it out below. View Comments P.S. The annual Easter Bonnet Competition, produced by and benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, is scheduled to celebrate its festive 30th edition on April 25 at the Minskoff Theatre. Participants will be announced later.
Changes From Total Labor Force359,800359,800360,0000-200 Employment338,800339,300338,400-500400 Unemployment21,10020,50021,600600-500 Rate (%)5.95.76.00.2-0.1Vermont’s labor force, employment and unemployment statistics are produced from a combination of a Statewide survey of households and statistical modeling. The data are produced by the Local Area Unemployment Statistics Program (LAUS) a cooperative program with the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Vermont Department of Labor. There were 572 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance last week. This is a decrease of 36 from the week before, as new claims fell for the thrid consecutive week following a two-week spike in claims resulting from Tropical Storm Irene. The week prior to the storm saw a seasonal low of fewer than 500 claims. Altogether 5,787 new and continuing claims were filed, a decrease of 194 from a week ago and 1,475 fewer than a year earlier. The Department also processed 1,412 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 31 fewer than a week ago. In addition, there were 722 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program, which is 5 fewer than the week before. The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/(link is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/lmipub.htm#uc(link is external) Vermont’s unemployment rate increased two-tenths in August to 5.9 percent. See story HERE. August2011July2011August2010July2011August2010 Vermont Labor Force Statistics (Seasonally Adjusted)
Briefs THE CUBAN AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION recently held its 31st Installation Gala, which honored its first president, Mario P. Goderich who, in 1978, became the first Cuban exile to become a circuit court judge in the U.S. Judge Goderich retired as a Third District Court of Appeal judge in December 2004. CABA presented Goderich with its inaugural P.A.V.E.R. award in recognition of his professionalism, achievements, values, excellence, and respect throughout his career. Judge Goderich also received a special tribute and proclamation from Attorney General Charlie Crist. Pictured from the left are CABA’s new president, Antonio C. Castro, Florida Bar President Kelly Overstreet Johnson, and CABA’s immediate past president, Ramon Abadin. Corali “Cori” Lopez-Castro will serve as the organization’s president-elect. Those elected to the 2005 CABA Board of Directors include Elizabeth M. Hernandez, Marlene Quintana, Sergio Mendez, Victoria Del Pino, Roland Sanchez-Medina, Jr., Victoria Mendez, Sandra Ferrera, Maria Rubio, Vivian De Las Cuevas-Diaz, Roberto Pardo, Manuel Garcia-Linares, and Raul Chacon, Jr. THE JOSIAH T. WALLS BAR Association recently presented a check for $1,000 to officials at the Star Academy, a small private school in a lower socioeconomic neighborhood in Gainesville. The funds are for the Tech for Tots/Street Law community project the bar has launched. The funds were provided by the Bar’s Young Lawyers Division as a part of its affiliate outreach grant program. Pictured from the left in the back are Dean Jonathan Reed, YLD President Michael Faehner, project Chair Bonita Young, school director Phyllis Dykes, and Walls Bar President and YLD board member Rhonda Chung-de Cambre. Dictionaries distributed Marion County public school third- graders are receiving free dictionaries this month, thanks to attorney Steve Rogers and contractor Ken Ausley.The Dictionary Project is a national nonprofit organization originating in South Carolina that raises money to buy dictionaries for third-grade students. The goal of the program is to assist third-graders to complete the school year as good writers, active readers, and creative thinkers by providing the students with their own personal dictionaries. Court reporters hook up with Bar Foundation The Florida Court Reporters Association reaffirmed its commitment to greater access to justice by announcing its plans to become more involved with The Florida Bar Foundation.FCRA President-elect Teresa Durando and FCRA President Louise Johnson say they are looking forward to helping spread the word about the Bar Foundation to Florida’s professional court reporters.According to Tina Kautter, FCRA’s executive director, there are approximately 4,000 court reporters in Florida. Briefs February 15, 2005 Regular News
With the effects of the financial crisis still lingering, 30 million Americans in the last 12 months tapped retirement savings to pay for an unexpected expense, new research shows. This undercuts financial security and underscores the need for every household to maintain an emergency fund.Boomers were most likely to take a premature withdrawal as well as incur a tax penalty, according to a survey from Bankrate.com. Some 26% of those ages 50-64 say their financial situation has deteriorated, and 17% used their 401(k) plan and other retirement savings to pay for an emergency expense.Pulling money out of your 401(k) early is one of the worst moves you can make. For boomers, once you’re at or near retirement, you have little time to rebuild your savings. Millennials have decades to repair any such early distribution, but taking money out will still cost you future growth. So far only 11% in this generation say they are worse off financially than a year ago, and just 8% tapped retirement savings early, Bankrate.com found. continue reading » 36SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
The meeting of the Council of Ministers of Agriculture and Fisheries of the European Union, held in Brussels yesterday, 17 July and today, 18 July 2017, discussed a large number of points, including the future of the Common Agricultural Policy, the identification of fishing opportunities in EU waters and confirmation of the Delegated Act which enables Croatian producers to label wine produced from the Teran variety with that name within the protected designation of origin Croatia Istra.”I am satisfied with the results of this session of the EU Council of Ministers, primarily because of the final confirmation by the EU to our winemakers that they can produce and market Teran wine, as it has been for centuries. We fully agree with the Commission’s decision and this is now the finished story.” said Minister Tomislav Tolusic after a two-day session of the Council of Ministers of Agriculture and Fisheries.Following the decision in the European Parliament and the discussion in the Council, the delegated act will enter into force on Wednesday, 19.7.2017. which finally gave Croatian wine producers from Istria the opportunity to use the traditional name “teran”.Jakovčić: The battle for Teran was won, thank you allRepresentative Ivan Jakovčić (IDS-ALDE) for the Croatian media commented on today’s decision of the EU Agriculture Council to accept the delegated act of the European Commission on Teran.”It was to be expected that, apart from a short discussion, there would be no vote at the meeting of the EU Council of Agriculture Ministers on the act of the European Commission which allows Istrian producers of Teran to further use the name of this wine variety. The main battle was fought and won in the European Parliament. There is now no obstacle to the entry into force of the Commission’s delegated act. Congratulations to all who participated and gave their contribution in this, for Istrian winemakers excellent work and great mutual success. I expect the Teran Act to take effect this week”, Said Jakovcic.
He added that under the Sobat KerjaKU program the company had managed to register 8,800 retail partners to help process applicants’ resumes, which are digitized into a barcode system.Telefast first started its business as a distributor of telecommunication products, such as phone credit, before expanding its business to job matchmaking using its distribution network.The ongoing pandemic has depressed job markets as businesses face a liquidity crunch amid a slowdown in the economy, which has resulted in many employees being furloughed and laid off while companies put hiring new talent on hold.Start-ups, in this case, have conducted similar cost-cutting schemes with big names like Gojek and Grab already downsizing their employees, while other start-ups like Airy have had to close permanently after carrying out mass layoffs. Human resources management solution firm PT Telefast Indonesia plans to expand its services amid rising unemployment caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, a company executive has said.The publicly listed company said it was expanding its client base through its Telefast Agent Program while concurrently expanding its talent base through a Sobat KerjaKU program where jobseekers can drop off their resume with the company’s outlet partners and be connected to job opportunities.“We are hoping to continue to expand because it will help people in finding jobs,” the company’s president director, Jody Hedrian, said during a livestreamed event on Tuesday. “What differentiates us from other start-ups is that we are not doing a cash burn [strategy],” Jody said, referring to a strategy common to start-ups where they spend capital and book negative cash flow to rapidly expand before reaching a point of profitability.According to the company’s quarterly financial report, its total assets stood at Rp 230.34 billion (US$15.77 million) as of March 31, a slight decrease from Rp 230.67 billion recorded as of Dec. 31, indicating that the company had not spent much on capital expenditure.In a written statement published on the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) site on July 9, the company estimated that its revenue could decrease between 25 and 50 percent, while its net profits could be down by less than 25 percent as of June 30 in comparison with the same period last year because of the pandemic.“The company’s clients engaged in the hotel and restaurant industry have been impacted, which has reduced operational activities, and hence, has had an impact on the workers we channel,” the company wrote.As of March 31, the company’s revenue was up by 8.84 percent year-on-year to Rp 146.86 billion from Rp 134.92 billion. Its net profits, however, were down by 58 percent to Rp 2.4 billion from Rp 5.68 billion during the same period.The company’s shares, trading on the IDX under the code TFAS, plunged 3.59 percent to Rp 161 apiece on Wednesday from the previous session. Throughout the year, its share price has fallen by more than 17 percent while the benchmark Jakarta Composite Index (JCI) has lost 18.88 percent of its value.Topics :