Reporters Without Borders has written to Gabriela Knaul, the UN special rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers, who is to begin a one-week visit to the United Arab Emirates tomorrow. The letter expresses concern about deep flaws in the UAE’s judicial system and the lack of impartiality in the sentences imposed on information providers. Dear Special Rapporteur Knaul,In view of your upcoming visit to the United Arab Emirates (from 28 January to 5 February), Reporters Without Borders, an international organization that defends freedom of information, would like to draw your attention to problems with the UAE judicial system that it has observed while monitoring the trials of information providers and the lack of impartiality in the sentences some of them received.The cyber-crime law that was adopted at the end of 2012 (Federal Legal Decree No. 5/2012) is used to restrict fundamental freedoms and to gag and imprison government critics in a country where the judicial system is under government control.Two Emirati netizens were convicted under this law in 2013 for posting information about a trial during the first half of the year in which 94 Emiratis (known as the“UAE 94”) were accused of being members of Al-Islah, a local group with links to Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, and plotting against the government.One of these two netizens, Abdullah Al-Hadidi, who was arrested on 22 March 2013, received a 10-month jail sentence that was confirmed on appeal on 22 May. He was released on 1 November after being deemed to have completed his sentence.The other, Waleed Al-Shehhi, who was arrested on 11 May 2013, was sentenced on 18 November to two years in prison and a fine of 500,000 AED (100,360 euros) for tweeting about the trial.He was convicted under articles 28 and 29 of the cyber-crime law, which forbid the use of information technology for activities“endangering state security”and“harming the reputation of the state.”Shehhi said he was mistreated and tortured following his arrest but these claims were never investigated, in violation of article 12 of the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.Other information providers accused of breaking the cyber-crime law have also been the victims of the lack of judicial independence. Mohamed Al-Zumer, for example, was sentenced on 25 December to three years in prison and a fine of 500,000 AED on charges of“insulting the country’s leaders”and“attacking the reputation of the security apparatus”on Twitter and YouTube for accusing them of torturing prisoners of opinion. In a video, he also reportedly criticized a contract that Abu Dhabis crown prince signed with the security company Blackwater for the creation of a private militia to suppress any civilian unrest. His YouTube account (islamway11000) has since been closed.In the same trial, Abdulrahman Omar Bajubair, a netizen currently living in Qatar, was sentenced in absentia to five years in prison on a charge of defaming judges for creating and running the @intihakatand and @uaemot Twitter accounts, which document the mistreatment of prisoners of opinion. Khalifa Al-Nuaimi was acquitted under the cyber-crime law but is still serving the sentence he received in the UAE 94 trial.Reporters Without Borders has repeatedly criticized the authorities for obstructing coverage of certain trials, such as the UAE 94 trial, by barring foreign media and observers from the courtroom and allowing only carefully chosen local media to send representatives. A similar news blackout was imposed on the trial of 30 persons (20 Egyptians and 10 Emiratis) before the UAE supreme court over their alleged links to the Muslim Brotherhood and their alleged attempts to overthrow the government. They were given sentences ranging from three months to five years in prison on 21 January.We think that these issues, linked to the lack of independence of judges in cases involving freedom of information and obstruction of the principle of transparent coverage of trials, should be raised by you, as the Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers, with the Emirati authorities during your forthcoming visit.Your intervention is all the more important because the Emirati authorities tend to ignore the reports of human rights NGOs. They have, for example just banned Human Rights Watch from holding a news conference in Dubai in which it was to have unveiled a report critical of the UAE. In its 2014 world report, HRW accuses the Emirati authorities of continuing to violate freedom of expression and association and condemns the lack of fair trials.I thank you in advance for the attention you give to this request.Sincerely, United Arab EmiratesMiddle East – North Africa Organisation RSF joins other NGOs in amicus brief in WhatsApp suit against NSO Group June 8, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information Christophe DeloireReporters Without Borders Secretary-General NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say News News RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance to go further Paris, 24 January 2014 News April 28, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Receive email alerts January 27, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Concern about judicial bias, lack of due process Ms. Gabriela KnaulSpecial Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyersc/o Office of the High Commissioner for Human RightsPalais des NationsCH-1211 Geneva 10Switzerland United Arab EmiratesMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on United Arab Emirates December 23, 2020 Find out more
FATHER DAY MESSAGESby Indian Express*Friendship – you are a true friendAffection – you always display your love for meTeacher – you have been and still are my best life teacherHumour – you display and have showed me the importance of laughterEnthusiasm – your never discouraged, you always encouragedRole model – you are an example for me to follow! Happy Father’s Day*There is a saying that goes like this: “Any man can be a father, but it takes a special man to be a Dad!” You are that special man in my life, thanks Dad.*Happy Father’s Day! I’ve learned so much from you: patience, kindness, strength & courage. I love you so much, today and always.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Greensburg, In. — Decatur County judge Timothy Day has been publicly admonished by the Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications following a series of domestic incidents involving weapons.Day ran against Robert Wickens in the 2012 election and was successful in his bid, receiving 61.3% of the vote. Day received his Bachelors from Ball State University. He received his degree from Indiana University’s School of Law. Day served as Decatur County deputy prosecutor for two years, and, following that, as a Decatur County public defender for one year. Since that time, he has worked in private practice.The complete account of the incidents and admonishment:PUBLIC ADMONITION OF THE HONORABLE TIMOTHY B. DAY DECATUR CIRCUIT COURT The Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications has determined that formal disciplinary charges are warranted against the Honorable Timothy B. Day. However, in lieu of filing formal disciplinary proceedings, the Commission issues this Admonition pursuant to Supreme Court Admission and Discipline Rule 25 VIII E(7) and with the consent of Judge Day. Judge Day fully cooperated with the Commission in this matter and acknowledges he violated the Code of Judicial Conduct. The Commission admonishes Judge Day for injudicious behavior in his personal life which prompted law enforcement investigations. By engaging in this conduct, Judge Day violated Rule 1.2 of the Code of Judicial Conduct which requires judges to act at all times in a manner that promotes public confidence in the integrity of the judiciary and to avoid the appearance of impropriety. October 1, 2014 Incident:In August and September 2014, Judge Day and his wife (“S.D.”) were estranged and living in separate residences but continued to have regular contact, including eating lunch together often. On October 1, 2014, Judge Day and S.D. had made plans for S.D. to call him later in the morning. By noon, since Judge Day had not heard from S.D., he went to lunch. Before returning to work, Judge Day drove by the Lake Point Apartments, where he knew a man lived with whom he believed S.D. was romantically involved, and saw his wife’s car parked in the lot. Judge Day then returned to work and sent a text to his wife to the effect that he had seen S.D.’s car in the parking lot and was ready to end their marriage. Judge Day continued to text his wife, and this time she responded. Throughout the afternoon, the couple continued to text each other with dramatic texts about the state of their relationship. According to Judge Day, S.D. denied having a romantic relationship with the man who she visited at the Lake Point Apartments and suggested that Judge Day could have stopped by to meet him. Sometime after 4:30 p.m., Judge Day again was in the area of the Lake Point Apartments when he saw his wife’s car behind him. According to Judge Day, he decided to turn into the apartment complex to see if S.D. would actually introduce him to the man whom the judge believed was his wife’s boyfriend. At the time, Judge Day had a loaded shotgun in his pickup. Concerned because of the nature of the texts between the two of them, S.D. called a Trooper she knew with the Indiana State Police on the Trooper’s personal cellphone and conveyed that her husband was going to confront the man she was seeing, and her husband had a gun with him. S.D. then pulled her car into the apartment complex in an attempt to speak with her husband and to stop him from going to the other man’s apartment. The Trooper arrived on the scene within a few minutes (the Trooper was not in uniform as he was off duty at the time of the call, but he was in a marked police vehicle) and observed Judge Day seated in his pickup truck and S.D. standing outside the driver’s side of the truck, and the two were engaged in what the Trooper perceived as a heated conversation. The Trooper told S.D. to return to her vehicle, and he approached the passenger’s side of Judge Day’s pickup truck. He saw a shotgun parallel to the judge’s leg with the barrel of the shotgun on the floorboard next to the gas pedal. The Trooper secured the weapon, unloaded it, and placed it in his police cruiser. The Trooper then went back to talk to Judge Day about the judge’s intent being at the apartment complex and noticed that Judge Day was in a highly agitated state. The Trooper also spoke to S.D. that evening, and she expressed concerns about the judge’s prior conduct with another man whom she had been seeing a year earlier and told the Trooper her husband was very jealous and controlling of her. S.D. later refused to speak to law enforcement but retracted her prior statements when she spoke to the special prosecutor and the Commission. A special prosecutor decided not to file any criminal charges.During the subsequent investigation by the Commission, Judge Day indicated that he always kept a loaded shotgun in the truck underneath the back seat. He further indicated that he moved the shotgun from the back seat to the front seat to place it in plain view when he saw the Trooper arrive on the scene. However, the Trooper never saw the judge move the shotgun, although he was watching the vehicle closely because of S.D.’s report that Judge Day had a gun. Judge Day never informed the Trooper that he had changed the scene by moving the shotgun. December 29, 2015 Incident:By December 2015, Judge Day and S.D. continued to live apart and dissolution proceedings had been filed but not finalized. On the evening of December 29, 2015, S.D. and the Days’ sixteen-year-old daughter (R.D.) came over to Judge Day’s residence so R.D. could get ready to go out with friends. While R.D. went upstairs to get ready, S.D. went to see Judge Day in his bedroom, and the two talked about the marital relationship, including the possibility of reconciliation. Sometime between 8:23 p.m. and 8:42 p.m. that evening, Judge Day received several texts from J.S., a woman Judge Day was dating, and S.D. saw the text notification. S.D. became upset and took Judge Day’s cellphone off the nightstand and proceeded out of the bedroom. Judge Day followed after S.D., demanding that she return the phone and attempted to grab the phone from S.D. The couple continued to argue about the phone. S.D. went down the hallway and threw the phone out the door into the driveway. R.D., who heard the commotion, retrieved the phone and returned it to Judge Day. He then went back to his bedroom, followed by S.D. After hearing a disturbance, R.D. also went into the bedroom. In a statement to a police detective, S.D. indicated that she followed Judge Day back to the bedroom because she was concerned that he might harm himself because of prior statements he had made to her. S.D. has since retracted this statement. In the bedroom, Judge Day picked up a rifle he kept in his bedroom by the barrel. While Judge Day had possession of the rifle, S.D. grabbed the other end of the rifle, and the two engaged in a tug-of-war over the weapon. During the Commission’s investigation, Judge Day stated that he picked up the rifle to move it to his closet. He also stated that his reason for engaging in the tug-of-war with S.D. over the weapon was his concern that S.D. would attempt to take the rifle, which had sentimental value to the judge, out of the house. The couple struggled over the rifle until their sixteen-year-old daughter interceded and grabbed the middle of the rifle. The couple then let go of the weapon, and R.D. left with the weapon through a bedroom door that went to the outside of the property. S.D. promptly began calling and texting other individuals to discuss what had just occurred and to express her concerns about Judge Day’s conduct with guns and his mental state. She later located R.D. on the property, and S.D. and R.D. left the property. S.D. called the mother of a friend of her son to indicate that she was going to pick her son up that night and told the mother, “Tim pulled a gun and it was bad” or words to that effect. When she went to pick up her son, S.D. also communicated to her son’s friend’s mother that she felt like she was between a rock and a hard place and just wanted Tim to get help. S.D. has since retracted these statements she made by text and in various phone calls. The child’s mother, who S.D. had told this information to, is a relative of law enforcement officers and relayed her concerns about the statements to them. Eventually, the information reached the Sheriff who called S.D. on January 7, 2016 to confirm the information. He then referred the matter to the Indiana State Police, who conducted an investigation between January 8, 2016 and January 15, 2016. The results of the investigation were referred to a special prosecutor, but no criminal charges were filed. At no time on December 29, 2015, or even a few days after, did Judge Day call the police to report this incident nor did he inform the Commission that another incident involving a gun had occurred, despite his knowledge that the Commission had investigated the prior October 1, 2014 incident and expressed concerns. The Commission believes that, considering the totality of circumstances of these two incidents, which occurred less than fourteen months apart, Judge Day made several missteps which escalated the conduct and led to more police involvement. By engaging in this conduct, the judge violated his ethical duty to act at all times in a manner that promotes public confidence in the integrity of the judiciary and to avoid the appearance of impropriety, as required by Rule 1.2 of the Code of Judicial Conduct. This Admonition concludes the Commission’s investigation, and Judge Day will not formally be charged with ethical misconduct.
ORONOGO, Mo. – Modified drivers in IMCA’s Eastern Region enjoy regional title sponsorship for a fourth consecutive season by Dirt Works Race Cars.The Oronogo, Mo., chassis builder again provides a portion of the $6,000 to be paid to top 10 drivers in final point standings for the region that includes sanctioned tracks and events in New York, Michigan, Alabama and Florida.The regional championship is worth $2,500. The runner-up earns $1,250, with $625 for third, $325 for fourth, $300 for fifth and $200 for sixth through 10th place. Drivers must display two Dirt Works Race Cars decals on their race cars to be eligible for point fund shares.Dirt Works is owned by veteran driver Jerry Hoffman and is a sister company to Hoffman Race Cars.More information about either make of chassis is available by calling 417 673-7426 or 417 465-2410. The company websites are www.hoffmanracecars.com and www.dirtworksracecars.com.Regional points will be awarded for all Bay Area Emerald Coast Tour events in Alabama and Florida. Weekly sanctions continue in Michigan and New York. Points earned at the first eight Atomicwraps.com Empire State Series events also figure toward regional standings.Seventeen-year-old Keith Lamphere became the youngest IMCA driver to win a Modified regional crown when he paced the East last season.“Consistency is important and it is wonderful to have Dirt Works represent the Modified drivers in the Eastern region for the fourth year in a row,” said IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “We’ve enjoyed working with Jerry Hoffman and Dirt Works and certainly thank them for the continued support.”
These victories prove that the outdoor team is capable of going toe-to-toe with top-ranked teams, an important fact considering that the competition will only get tougher as the season continues.Regardless of the performance that track and field gave on Friday and Saturday, the outdoor season remains unclaimed and USC will again be competing this weekend to test their skills against top-ranked Division I teams.USC travels south to compete at the annual Texas Relays, held at the University of Texas, Austin.The four-day event begins today, but the first day features only the heptathlon and decathlon.The individual and relay events, which USC will be participating in, do not start until Thursday.Though the name suggests otherwise, the competition does not only consist of relays and will feature numerous individual events in addition to field events.The meet will feature nationally recognized competition that includes Arkansas, Oregon and Texas A&M.The Trojans come into the meet ranked 13th nationally; the Women of Troy enter the meet ranked third.The events held at Texas are the first competition of the official outdoor season for many of the participating teams, and as such represent the beginning of the campaign to achieve ultimate glory at the NCAA outdoor championships.How the team will perform outdoors has yet to be seen, but there is an even bigger stage that USC (or at least USC’s athletes) will be competing on this summer.Even if the NCAA finals remain the most immediate goal for the track and field team, the possibility of competing at the 2012 Olympic Games in London motivates the performances of many athletes this season.“It’s a time when people recognize our sport, a time when our athletes start to receive the most recognition and exposure [referring to the Summer Olympics]. It is a time when people within our sport have an aspiration to not only represent their school, but also to represent their country,” Director of Track and Field Ron Allice said.After considering the exposure and recognition awarded by of the Olympic games, even the most important NCAA event seems relatively insignificant.USC has sent numerous Olympians, many of them international, to the games and this year will be no different.Allice estimates the number of athletes that USC will send to London to be in the “double-digits.”With the possibility of international glory motivating many athletes, the track and field team will undoubtedly have the championships, as well as the Olympics, on their minds as they seek victory against their opponents Thursday. The USC track and field team may have broken records last Saturday, but the season is far from over.Taking first place in numerous events at USC’s own Trojan Invitational, both the men’s and women’s teams clinched a win that set the standard as the NCAA outdoor track and field season begins.Baton pass · Senior Aareon Payne (above), along with sophomores Loudia Laarman and Jenna Puterbaugh and freshman Akawkaw Ndipagbor, placed second in the 4×100-meter relay with 44.64. – Photo courtesy of Sports Information
The Los Angeles Lakers beat the Portland Trail Blazers 135-115 as they honoured the memory of former great Kobe Bryant in Orlando on Monday.LeBron James scored 30 points for the Lakers who lead 3-1 in the first round of the Western Conference play-offs.Bryant and his daughter Gianna were among nine people killed in a helicopter crash in January.Monday was designated as ‘Mamba Day’ by the NBA because 24 and eight were Bryant’s two playing numbers. “When I looked and saw (the score was) 24-8, I was like OK, he’s here in the building,” said James.“I am proud of my team, the way we played. I am extremely blessed and honoured to continue to remember Kobe Bryant and Gigi Bryant and all the fallen people who were part of that tragic incident.”The Lakers wore special black and yellow-trimmed ‘Black Mamba’ jerseys as they remembered Bryant who would have celebrated his 42nd birthday on Sunday. The five-time NBA champion spent his entire career with the Lakers and is the only player in league history to have two jersey numbers retired with the same team after wearing both for a decade.There were a number of visual displays around the arena paying tribute to Kobe BryantThe Lakers can clinch the best-of-seven series with a win in game five on Wednesday.In the Eastern Conference the Milwaukee Bucks beat Orlando Magic 121-106 to take a 3-1 series lead.
Super Bowl 53: Rams RB Todd Gurley’s health, Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski’s future highlight opening night
“I guess things didn’t finish out as strong as they started,” Gurley said Monday. “But, I’m here at the Super Bowl. So, that’s all that matters.“I’m going to do whatever I can do to help this team win.””Things didn’t finish out as strong as they started…But I’m here at the @SuperBowl!” – @TG3II 😁📺: #SBOpeningNight on @NFLNetwork pic.twitter.com/mIgKX0LvPe— NFL (@NFL) January 29, 2019Meanwhile, Patriots star Rob Gronkowski had some fun during introductions but became serious when asked about his future.FULL GRONK MODE 😂😂😂 @RobGronkowski#SBOpeningNight pic.twitter.com/c2WgcQWhQE— NFL (@NFL) January 29, 2019The 29-year-old tight end did not rule out retiring after the Super Bowl.“I don’t know,” Gronkowski said when asked if Sunday will be his last NFL game. “I’m thinking about how to get myself to go full go (against the Rams). Just working on that.””I don’t know. I don’t know.”@RobGronkowski isn’t thinking about retirement. He’s worried about #SBLIII📺: #SBOpeningNight Live on NFL Network pic.twitter.com/eyiZgcomNo— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) January 29, 2019Gronkowski caught 47 passes for 682 yards and three touchdowns in 13 games for New England this season. He has made five Pro Bowls during his nine-year career. Tom Brady says there is a ‘zero’ percent chance he retires after Super Bowl 53 Todd Gurley is ready for the biggest game of his career. The star running back’s health was a topic of speculation after he received just four carries in the Rams’ win over the Saints in the NFC championship game. But, Gurley said at Super Bowl 53 opening night that there’s nothing wrong with him physically and he’s excited for Sunday’s game against the Patriots. “I’m feeling good,” Gurley said. “It’s a good feeling. You just get on that field and you just feel like you can’t be stopped. That’s how you’re supposed to feel.””You get on that field and you feel like you can’t be stopped. That’s how you’re supposed to feel.”@RamsNFL RB @TG3II says he’s feeling good and ready for #SBLIII📺: #SBOpeningNight Live on NFL Network pic.twitter.com/IGd3eMWMyL— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) January 29, 2019Gurley, who missed the last two games of the regular season because of a knee injury, finished 2018 with 1,251 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns. But, he tallied just 10 yards on the ground in the victory over New Orleans. Related News Super Bowl 53 odds: Patriots solidify stance as favorites Other notable moments from opening night included Sean McVay discussing his relationship with Bill Belichick as well as quarterbacks Tom Brady and Jared Goff sharing the stage.”For him to even take the time to text me after a game, it means a lot.”Sean McVay on his relationship with Bill Belichick. (via @Nate13Burleson) #SBLIII📺: #SBOpeningNight on @NFLNetwork pic.twitter.com/WNueQUtUl3— NFL (@NFL) January 29, 2019″I’m not giving him any advice.” 😂 #SBLIII📺: #SBOpeningNight on @NFLNetwork pic.twitter.com/7T3lMPVOW4— NFL (@NFL) January 29, 2019The Rams and Patriots will matchup in Super Bowl 53 on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET in Atlanta, Georgia.
James Harden and Russell Westbrook owned the two highest-usage seasons in NBA history prior to the trade that sent Westbrook from the Thunder to the Rockets. Naturally, there was speculation about Harden being forced to take a backseat at times heading into the 2019-20 campaign after dominating Houston’s offense for the better part of a decade.So, about that… MORE: Harden and five others we could see going after Kobe’s 81″The Beard” is shooting and scoring at a higher rate than ever before. He scored his season-low for points (19) against the Bucks in the Rockets’ season opener, then totaled at least 27 points in every game since. Opposing defenses are throwing everything at Harden, but it doesn’t matter — even extremely aggressive double-teams aren’t working.And yes, we know his style of play drives plenty of basketball fans to visceral anger and frustration. Look no further than this friendly interaction in San Antonio.🗣: “No one wants to see a free throw shooting contest.”James Harden, right back: “Nobody wanna see fouls either, goddamn it!” 😳pic.twitter.com/LQJlc23QSG— Sporting News (@sportingnews) December 4, 2019Still, we shouldn’t dismiss Harden’s ridiculous numbers and MVP case because he’s not as enjoyable to watch as Giannis Antetokounmpo, LeBron James or Luka Doncic. Through his first 20 games, Harden is producing at a truly historic level.39.5After averaging 36.1 points per game in 2018-19, Harden is somehow up to 39.5 with Westbrook alongside him. That would give Harden the third-highest scoring season in league history behind only Wilt Chamberlain’s two peak years (44.8 in 1962-63 and 50.4 in 1961-62). He is currently more than eight points ahead of Antetokounmpo, who is second with 31.0 points per game.14Harden is on pace to become the first player ever to average more than 14 3-point attempts (14.3) and 14 free throw attempts (14.9) over a full season. He is the only player to hit 10 in both categories, reaching those marks during both the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons. Kings guard Buddy Hield is the only other player launching at least 10 3-pointers per game (10.5), and Antetokounmpo is the only player matching Harden with double-digit free throws (11.0). 285At 285 3-point attempts through only a quarter of the season, Harden could easily shatter his own NBA single-season record of 1,028 set in 2018-19. He has hit on just 34.4 percent of those 3-pointers, so with a slight increase in efficiency (Harden finished at 36.8 percent last season), he will also be within range of Stephen Curry’s record for 3-point makes (402).298Nearly 300 free throw attempts in 20 games. Just ridiculous. Based on his current average, Harden should finish with the second-most trips to the free throw line in NBA history behind Chamberlain, who took 1,363 free throws (17.0 per game) in 1961-62. Since he is shooting 87.6 percent at the line (261 of 298), Harden should also crush the record for free throws made, which was set by Jerry West (840) during the 1965-66 season.1.11Despite the offensive burden placed on his shoulders, Harden is scoring exactly as efficiently in isolation as he did last season at 1.11 points per possession, per NBA.com stats. Harden (289) has doubled the second-most frequent one-on-one players, James and Westbrook (117), in isolation possessions, and he has nearly tripled James (321 to 111) in isolation points.
Speedgolfers are actually allowed to use up to seven clubs but tactics call for consideration of whether to take a bag or to carry fewer clubs by hand. To find out more about Golf Express visit www.golfexpress9.org It turned the spotlight on the more athletic format which combines running and golf. England Golf partners British Speedgolf through its Golf Express campaign, which encourages busy people to play more often. It turned the spotlight on the more athletic format which combines running and golf. England Golf partners British Speedgolf through its Golf Express campaign, which encourages busy people to play more often, and during September it will be promoting this and other shorter and quicker formats of the game. The prospect of Golf Express Month encouraged England Golf Chief Executive Nick Pink to put on his running shoes and gain firsthand experience of the Speedgolf. “I thought it was great fun. There were parts I had not really considered, like how to hold the bag whilst running, but for the first few holes I found that I actually played ok as I was not thinking about golf, just breathing. The challenge came as I got tired and the legs no longer moved! “There was plenty of chat afterwards and a real sense of camaraderie which bound the group together. I liked this side of it and can see Speedgolf spreading and being successful for those who want to combine playing with fun and fitness.” Benians (pictured left with Nick Pink) took slightly longer to play the course, but used fewer shots for his score of 59.11. Flint remarked afterwards: “Next time I would try and take more time on and around the greens – a few more seconds to save a few more shots.” He shot round the nine holes in 23min 37 secs and took 43 strokes for a combined 66.37 Speedgolf score – and was beaten only by one experienced player, Chris Benians, a PGA professional and former European Tour player, and the runner up in last year’s British Speedgolf Open Championship. He was among eight staff volunteers who joined the Speedgolfers (pictured bottom) and England Golf’s Participation and Club Support Director, Richard Flint, (pictured top) gave the experienced players a run for their money. Young People Manager Lee Dolby used the experience to successfully reignite his love of running after a gap of five years. “I really enjoyed it. I thought that it might be a bit boring and lonely running on my own as I don’t like playing golf on my own or even practicing in the range, but I really enjoyed the balance between speed and accuracy.” Men’s Performance Manager Steve Burnett added: “I like running and golf so really wanted to give it a try and I was first on the list. I also liked the idea of just using one club and having lots of opportunity to be creative. I looked forward to the challenge, gave it a real go and really enjoyed it. I’d definitely do it again!” England Golf staff picked up the pace when a Speedgolf demonstration was held on the Bracken course at their Woodhall Spa HQ in Lincolnshire It turned the spotlight on the more athletic format which combines running and golf. England Golf partners British Speedgolf through its Golf Express campaign, which encourages busy people to play more often. To find out more visit the British Speedgolf website or watch the British Open Speedgolf Championship at Piltdown Golf Club, East Sussex on 17 September. Tags: Golf Express, Speedgolf, Woodhall Spa The Speedgolfers and England Golf volunteers are pictured below. (Images copyright Leaderboard Photography) Speedgolf has introduced a new pairs format to add a social dimension to the game. Each player takes alternate shots but run together, always behind the ball, so the slower player sets the pace. The volunteers took part for a range of reasons. “I like combination sports and trying to keep fit,” said Finance Director Simon Wilson. “I am not a good golfer and I am coming back gently into running after a long injury so I was not bothered how I did, but I wanted to gain some fun out of it and I certainly did that!” Membership Marketing Manager Sam Czornyj is looking to the future with Speedgolf: “At some point in the future when my partner and I start a family, SpeedGolf will become a great asset for still playing golf, staying healthy and balancing my family life when otherwise it might be difficult to justify five hours away at the weekend!” 23 Aug 2017 England Golf staff pick up the pace with Speedgolf
By The Nelson Daily SportsThe roundball season is in full swing and so is the Nelson U14 Selects.The Reps blasted Kootenay South 6-0 en route to the gold medal in the U14 Boys Division at the KSYSA 16th Annual Boys Tournament Sunday at Mozzochi Park in Fruitvale.Micah May scored three times and James Miller added a pair to lead the Reps to the convincing victory.Dunavan Morris-Jansen scored the final tally for Nelson.“In the close games we maintained most of the possession but we just couldn’t finish and even when we were down our boys just kept at it,” said Nelson coach Dan Szabo.“Their perseverance paid off, they didn’t quit. Once they found the net you could just see the confidence build.”The Selects opened the tournament by rallying back to edge Kootenay South 3-2. Trailing 1-0, Spencer Szabo tied the game on a penalty kick. Kootenay South restored the lead before May pulled the team even again. Nicholas Wethal notched the game winner with just minutes to play.In the afternoon game, the Reps blasted Creston 9-0. James Miller scored three times for Nelson with the remaining goals going to May, Szabo, Keaton Roch and Sam Woodward.Sunday, Nelson advanced to the final by edging Kootenay East Rovers of Cranbrook 3-1. Once again the Selects needed to comeback after being down 1-0.But goals from Morris-Jansen and Tucker Anderson, followed up by an insurance marker by Dylan Bennett, allowed the Selects to pull out the victory.“This was a very important weekend for (the players),” Szabo explained. “The boys have grown and are now, truly, a ‘team’. I couldn’t be happier for them.”Despite scoring more than 20 goals, Szabo was impressed by the strong play of the defensive line.“Much of the credit goes to our fullbacks,” he said. “Johnny Johnson, Theo Bakas and Nick Wethal were a force back there and (goalkeeper) Harrison Giles made some terrific saves.“That guy is a walking Tide commercial.”The Reps have a week off before traveling to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho for a rep tournament during the May long weekend. [email protected]