SPACEMAN HADFIELD PUTS DONEGAL ON THE MAP WITH AMAZING VIDEO

first_imgAn amazing video featuring former International Space Station commander Chris Hadfield raving about the beauty of Donegal and its people has been released today.Cmdr Hadfield agreed to give his services free of charge to Tourism Ireland to promote the country when he visited in January. The video features Cmdr Hadfield playing guitar in McGrory’s of Culdaff as well as driving across the Inishowen Peninsula and picking up some words of Irish in a primary school.The two minute video is set to give Donegal tourism a real boost around the globe.He has made four videos featuring the Wild Atlantic Way in the Inishowen peninsula, Co Donegal, hurling, Titanic Belfast and the Guinness Storehouse.All four films, and the accompanying feature articles, will be promoted on Tourism Ireland’s website, Ireland.com, and will be shared by Tourism Ireland with its Facebook and Twitter followers and on its YouTube channel. Chris Hadfield, who has four milliotn followers to his twitter account, will also be tweeting links to all four films.SPACEMAN HADFIELD PUTS DONEGAL ON THE MAP WITH AMAZING VIDEO was last modified: March 25th, 2014 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:Commander HadfielddonegalInishowenTourism Irelandvideolast_img read more

Giants make first acquisition of offseason, add left-handed starting pitcher

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — The World Series hasn’t ended and the Giants haven’t hired a new manager yet, but president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi has already made his first acquisition of the offseason.The Giants claimed left-handed pitcher Tyler Anderson, 29, on waivers from the Colorado Rockies Wednesday, adding a starter who is expected to miss at least part of spring training after undergoing major knee surgery in June.To clear space on the 40-man roster for Anderson, the Giants …last_img

JAM focuses on basic necessities

first_imgJAM managed to reach more than 44 000 preschool children attending JAM-supported early childhood development programmes by the end of 2013. It asks members of the public for help in reaching more children in need of proper nourishment. (Image: JAM)With such a large number of families living on or below the breadline, the need for intervention to ensure people receive basic necessities such as food and water has become increasingly important.This is why, for the past three decades, the Joint Aid Management (JAM) non-profit organisation has made the fight against hunger and malnutrition in Africa its main commitment.“I think JAM is probably the best kept secret in upliftment around the world,” said Gavin Varejes, the executive chairman of Richmark Holdings, one of the corporate sponsors of the NGO.“I think that their programmes – not only their feeding schemes and how they’re trying to change the lives of people – their housing [and] their very basic needs of life skills, life orientation, health and hygiene and Aids awareness, those are the real things, the knowledge that JAM imparts to people that need it.”A large segment of the organisation’s resources go to sustaining the feeding schemes it runs scattered throughout Limpopo, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape and Western Cape.Through these feeding schemes, JAM had managed to reach more than 44 000 preschool children attending JAM-supported early childhood development programmes by the end of 2013. It asks members of the public for help in reaching more children in need of proper nourishment.PROGRAMMESThough much of the organisation’s initial efforts have gone to its feeding schemes, it has also taken steps to help improve people’s standards of living on three other fronts.Its agricultural development programme was established to equip people living in poverty with the means to produce food for themselves through subsistence farming. The organisation has provided more than 900 micro-farmers in Gauteng with the skills and equipment to run and sustain their own backyard and community gardens.Similarly its water sanitation programme focuses on teaching people about the threat of water-borne pathogens and the illnesses they cause, as well as ways to avoid fatal infection. According to the World Bank, more than 1.5 million people died as a result of water-borne diseases in 2012 alone, highlighting the danger of such infections.JAM has made it a point to emphasise water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) issues in the communities where it has provided sources of water through boreholes, wells and rain-harvesting systems.Since JAM began its water sanitation programme, it has drilled more than 2 500 water wells across the country, according to its website.It has also created an early childhood development programme (ECD) which it has brought to more than 1 000 ECD centres, day-cares and crèches around the country. This is an attempt to help children living in rural and informal settlements to develop to their fullest.Since JAM began its water sanitation programme, it has drilled more than 2 500 water wells across the country, according to its website.GET INVOLVEDIf you or anyone you know would like to get involved in the activities of the JAM organisation, you can have a look at its get involved page on its website for more details regarding how you can help.You can chose between donating funds to the organisation to help it meet its operational costs, volunteering your time at one of the many sites where the organisation is active or by using your connections to help spread word of the JAM initiatives in action around the country.PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part in developing South Africa and its citizens? Do you know anybody who is going out of their way to participate in the development of South Africa and its people?If so, submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

87th Ohio FFA Convention 3rd Session Recap

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio’s Country Journal/Ohio Ag Net FFA Student Reporters recap the 3rd Session of the 87th Ohio FFA Convention.last_img

Top of golf now belongs to youth

first_img“Now I’ve gotten older, it’s shifted the other way,” Howell said. “And the best players seem to be the younger players. So you go look now at all the guys that we talk about, that we focus on — Jordan, McIlroy, Justin Thomas, etc. These are all the young guys. And they’re the sport’s best.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Cink and Tiger Woods arrived on the PGA Tour at roughly the same time and were voted rookie of the year in consecutive seasons (1996 and 1997). Woods got an early start in the fall of 1996 and won two times in eight starts, so that became his rookie season. Cink’s first full season was 1997.“So really, we started playing fulltime the same year,” he said. “For the first three years, he was the only player younger than me. That put me at 23, 24, 25. There was no younger player besides Tiger Woods than me my first three years.“How many players on the tour now are 25 and under?” Cink asked. “Forty?”He was close. There are 29 players with full status on tour who are 25 or younger. That includes Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas, who already have won majors and reached No. 1 in the world. It includes Jon Rahm and Bryson DeChambeau and Xander Schauffele, all of whom are among the top 10 in the world ranking.“They play a lot more, against better competition when they’re younger now,” Cink said. “And they’re just more seasoned when they come out here. There is no break-in period anymore like there used to be because you don’t need to learn.”When he started two decades ago, Cink said most players — Woods is an exception in almost every way — had to reinvent the wheel and learn to play the style of golf required on the PGA Tour.“Now you just come out here, guns blazing,” he said.More are on the way.Woods went straight from college to the PGA Tour. Playing on sponsor exemptions, he made enough money to secure a full card in just four tournaments, and then he won in Las Vegas in his fifth start as a pro. It took nine years before that happened again. Ryan Moore, the NCAA and U.S. Amateur champion, did it in 12 events in 2005, helped mightily by a runner-up finish in the Canadian Open.Only three other players had done that since 1980, a short list that included Phil Mickelson, who won as an amateur. “It’s a profession that not many good players get out of, but there’s always good players getting into it,” Thompson said.Stewart Cink knows what he’s talking about it.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsCink and Tiger Woods arrived on the PGA Tour at roughly the same time and were voted rookie of the year in consecutive seasons (1996 and 1997). Woods got an early start in the fall of 1996 and won two times in eight starts, so that became his rookie season. Cink’s first full season was 1997.“So really, we started playing fulltime the same year,” he said. “For the first three years, he was the only player younger than me. That put me at 23, 24, 25. There was no younger player besides Tiger Woods than me my first three years. LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Groups urge swift passage of bill on higher tax on e-cigs, liquor PLAY LIST 02:28Groups urge swift passage of bill on higher tax on e-cigs, liquor01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201300:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Jordan Spieth hits from the 10th tee during the second round of the Sony Open PGA Tour golf event, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Matt York)HONOLULU — Leave it to the oldest rookie to best illustrate how the PGA Tour has become such a young man’s game.Chris Thompson tried for 19 years to reach the highest level of golf, and he finally earned a PGA Tour card when he was 42. With every year he spent on mini-tours from Florida to Arizona, he couldn’t help but notice that getting better only meant keeping up.ADVERTISEMENT Now?Spieth didn’t have a card on any tour in 2013 and effectively secured his card in six tournaments. Rahm got it done in three starts after he turned pro in 2016. What was the exception is not the norm, but it’s getting there.Scott Verplank, who won the 1985 Western Open when he was an amateur, watched the NCAA Championship in Stillwater, Oklahoma, last spring and he couldn’t believe what he was seeing. And it wasn’t just his alma mater, Oklahoma State, winning the title. Just about every team that reached the quarterfinals of match play had players who looked like they were ready for the PGA Tour.Charles Howell III also went to Oklahoma State and keeps tabs on college golf, “so I kind of knew what was coming.”“All these guys were hitting the ball over 300 yards and they all putt great,” he said. “You get Justin Thomas come out and win a bunch. Jordan Spieth comes out and wins a bunch. So when they do that, then that’s a veteran’s job gone. That’s another veteran’s job gone. That’s just how it works.”Not entirely.Golf doesn’t have a 53-man or 25-man roster like the NFL or Major League Baseball. And the beauty of golf is that no other sport can be so ageless. Remember, Mickelson won last year when he was 47 at a World Golf Championship.Howell’s point was that it’s getting even more difficult to win as tour cards go to younger and younger players.“When I first started on tour, the best players were the older players,” Howell said.Woods — again, the exception — was No. 1 and on his way to four straight majors in Howell’s first full season in 2001. But the top 10 in the world was filled with players in their 30s — Mickelson and Vijay Singh, Ernie Els and Davis Love III, Colin Montgomerie and Hal Sutton. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Adrien Broner: I don’t care about Mayweather and Pacquiaocenter_img TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “How many players on the tour now are 25 and under?” Cink asked. “Forty?”He was close. There are 29 players with full status on tour who are 25 or younger. That includes Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas, who already have won majors and reached No. 1 in the world. It includes Jon Rahm and Bryson DeChambeau and Xander Schauffele, all of whom are among the top 10 in the world ranking.“They play a lot more, against better competition when they’re younger now,” Cink said. “And they’re just more seasoned when they come out here. There is no break-in period anymore like there used to be because you don’t need to learn.”When he started two decades ago, Cink said most players — Woods is an exception in almost every way — had to reinvent the wheel and learn to play the style of golf required on the PGA Tour.“Now you just come out here, guns blazing,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Howell’s point was that it’s getting even more difficult to win as tour cards go to younger and younger players.“When I first started on tour, the best players were the older players,” Howell said.Woods — again, the exception — was No. 1 and on his way to four straight majors in Howell’s first full season in 2001. But the top 10 in the world was filled with players in their 30s — Mickelson and Vijay Singh, Ernie Els and Davis Love III, Colin Montgomerie and Hal Sutton.“Now I’ve gotten older, it’s shifted the other way,” Howell said. “And the best players seem to be the younger players. So you go look now at all the guys that we talk about, that we focus on — Jordan, McIlroy, Justin Thomas, etc. These are all the young guys. And they’re the sport’s best.”Top of golf now belongs to youthBy DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf WriterHONOLULU (AP) — Leave it to the oldest rookie to best illustrate how the PGA Tour has become such a young man’s game.Chris Thompson tried for 19 years to reach the highest level of golf, and he finally earned a PGA Tour card when he was 42. With every year he spent on mini-tours from Florida to Arizona, he couldn’t help but notice that getting better only meant keeping up.“It’s a profession that not many good players get out of, but there’s always good players getting into it,” Thompson said.Stewart Cink knows what he’s talking about it. Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting More are on the way.Woods went straight from college to the PGA Tour. Playing on sponsor exemptions, he made enough money to secure a full card in just four tournaments, and then he won in Las Vegas in his fifth start as a pro. It took nine years before that happened again. Ryan Moore, the NCAA and U.S. Amateur champion, did it in 12 events in 2005, helped mightily by a runner-up finish in the Canadian Open.Only three other players had done that since 1980, a short list that included Phil Mickelson, who won as an amateur.Now?Spieth didn’t have a card on any tour in 2013 and effectively secured his card in six tournaments. Rahm got it done in three starts after he turned pro in 2016. What was the exception is not the norm, but it’s getting there.Scott Verplank, who won the 1985 Western Open when he was an amateur, watched the NCAA Championship in Stillwater, Oklahoma, last spring and he couldn’t believe what he was seeing. And it wasn’t just his alma mater, Oklahoma State, winning the title. Just about every team that reached the quarterfinals of match play had players who looked like they were ready for the PGA Tour.Charles Howell III also went to Oklahoma State and keeps tabs on college golf, “so I kind of knew what was coming.”“All these guys were hitting the ball over 300 yards and they all putt great,” he said. “You get Justin Thomas come out and win a bunch. Jordan Spieth comes out and wins a bunch. So when they do that, then that’s a veteran’s job gone. That’s another veteran’s job gone. That’s just how it works.”Not entirely.Golf doesn’t have a 53-man or 25-man roster like the NFL or Major League Baseball. And the beauty of golf is that no other sport can be so ageless. Remember, Mickelson won last year when he was 47 at a World Golf Championship. View commentslast_img read more