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City delivers new playgrounds in Mayfield and New Lambton

first_imgCity delivers new playgrounds in Mayfield and New Lambton City of NewcastleThe Mayfield and New Lambton communities have celebrated the official opening of two upgraded playgrounds as part of the City’s annual playground improvement program.Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said that upgrades were part of a $1.4 million investment in playgrounds across the city in 2020/21.“Our local parks and playgrounds are places that our community can come together to relax and interact,” Cr Nelmes said.“I’m delighted that these two upgraded playgrounds at Dangar Park and Novocastrian Park are ready for play, and the turnout at our community openings demonstrate the importance that public spaces play within local neighbourhoods.“The city’s vast array of playgrounds provide local children and families the opportunity to spend more time outdoors and engage in an active and healthy lifestyle.“This year we have invested $1.4 million on playground projects including upgrades to the popular King Edward Park playground and Tighes Hill’s Gross Street Reserve playground which are both due to be completed by the end of June.“We also delivered a new $1.2 million inclusive playground complete with seating, shelter and BBQ facilities in Mayfield’s Stevenson Park in November 2020.“Our 2021/22 budget includes a $9.1 million investment in parks, playgrounds, sporting and aquatic facilities including projects like the Wallsend Active Hub and Newcastle Ocean Baths.”As part of the upgrade, the former Novocastrian Park playground was replaced with new features catering to a range of age groups including a rope climber, swings and a slide.The newly upgraded Dangar Park playground was expanded to include a new climbing frame and rocker and a new larger swing set to replace the former set which was damaged during storms in 2020. These improvements will also cater to a broader age range of children.Fletcher’s Kurraka Reserve is set to benefit from additional fitness stations which will be installed in the coming months and planning for a new active hub in Wallsend has also commenced.Newcastle has 116 playgrounds across the Local Government Area and has an ongoing program of upgrading and renewing any aging facilities. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:aging, BBQ, children, community, fitness, Government, Investment, local council, Local Government, Mayfield, Newcastle, oceanlast_img read more

CBC Country Canada Receives Inaugural Dressage Canada Media Award of Excellence

first_img SIGN UP Horse Sport Enews More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. Email* Ottawa, Ontario – Dressage Canada is pleased to announce that CBC Country Canada is the recipient of the inaugural Dressage Canada Media Award of Excellence in recognition of their outstanding television coverage of the 2006 World Equestrian Games (WEG) held in Aachen, Germany. CBC Country Canada’s Assistant General Manager, Jane Fairly and Executive Producer, Francis Litzinger were in attendance to receive this award at the Dressage Canada reception held November 9 at the Royal Horse Show in Toronto, ON.“Dressage was a major part of the World Equestrian Games and it was our pleasure to put them in the spotlight,” commented Fairly. “We had a very dynamic team in Producer/Director Robert MacAskill, Lead Commentator Nancy Wetmore, and Dressage Commentator Cara Whitham. We are very pleased with what they accomplished and the response we received from the coverage.”The Dressage Canada Media Award of Excellence is an annual award which recognizes a media affiliate who has made significant contributions to the sport of dressage in Canada.CBC Country Canada provided Dressage enthusiasts across Canada with complete same-day coverage, including play by play and colour commentary, of dressage at the WEG. With coverage brought directly to their homes, viewers had the opportunity to see this extraordinary competition of the world’s best horses and riders. Dressage Canada salutes CBC Country Canada for their excellent coverage, and incredible contribution to the sport of Dressage. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding.last_img read more

Consolidated Personnel Support

first_imgFrom the time you arrive at Luke Air Force Base until your departure, nearly every aspect of your career is managed and supported in one facility: the 56th Mission Support Group headquarters, better known as the “blockhouse,” in Bldg. 1150 on the east side of Litchfield Road. This is the hub of personnel activity for military members, their families and civilian employees.This is where you inprocess and outprocess, update IDs and receive legal assistance, as well as where your pay is processed, your military and civilian records are maintained, and free income tax assistance is offered. This is also where you can sign up for college classes, apply for tuition assistance and take entrance exams, arrange a vacation through the MWR Information, Tickets and Travel Office, get tickets for a downtown play or arrange an airline flight.The blockhouse is home to the Military Personnel Section, Civilian Personnel Office, Traffic Management Office, Housing Management Office, Finance, Staff Judge Advocate, Retirement Services Office, Inspector General, AF Audit Agency and many other support agencies.Essentially, the blockhouse provides one-stop shopping for nearly all personnel support.last_img read more

Arrow Video FrightFest 2019: Bloodline review

first_imgCounsellor Evan (Seann William Scott) spends his days talking to at risk kids who are victims of violence within their own families. Incensed by what he hears, which resonates with him due to his own troubled upbringing, Evan seeks out the people causing his students pain and dispenses his own vigilante version of justice. As the bodies pile up, Evan unwittingly catches the attention of police detective Overstreet (Kevin Carroll) who believes he may have something to do with the murders.Credit: Bluefinch FilmsBloodline is essentially Dexter but played straight. Whereas the much-loved TV show mixed humour in with its darker tone, Bloodline leaves the humour to one side and that’s where some of the film’s problems begin. Evan is a character that is so poorly fleshed-out that you can’t really get on board with his actions. There’s an attempt to justify his murderous traits by pointing the finger at an abusive childhood and Evan’s mother Marie (Dale Dickey) appears to not be particularly sweetness and light either.There are many things that jarred with me over the course of Bloodline. Aside from the fact that Dexter already did this kind of storyline in a better way, the opening sequence felt unnecessarily gratuitous as nurse Carrie (Christie Herring) strips off and showers before being murdered. That scene is replayed again later in the film to reveal a curveball but I didn’t really understand why the camera lingered over the completely naked actress in such a voyeuristic way.Credit: Bluefinch FilmsI can see why Seann William Scott would be attracted to this role. Known for his goofy comedic skills from his American Pie days, it makes sense that he’d want to branch out and stretch his acting muscles. It’s hard to tell whether it’s the writing for the character, the direction or Scott’s performance but something just doesn’t work. His version of menace is nothing new and I struggled to believe him as a cold-blooded killer.Bloodline does try to do some things differently. I appreciated that there was a pattern to Evan’s kills rather than a series of random murders. The relationship with his mother, while played overly ominously, is an interesting hook to keep you invested in the film. A second twist that takes place during the climax takes things too far beyond believability for it to ring true, which is a real shame. I also felt that Mariela Garriga’s performance as Lauren wasn’t strong enough to truly win the audience over either.I had high hopes for Bloodline but sadly it’s just not a great movie. It’s derivative of better material and two of the three leads were miscast. While it has plenty of nasty and gruesome scenes, that’s not enough to make this a truly decent film. I’m a fan of Sean William Scott but this just sadly wasn’t the right move for him. To draw the Dexter comparison out further cast your mind back to the final season and how disappointed you were with it. Bloodline doesn’t manage to reach those heights.Cast: Seann William Scott, Mariela Garriga, Dale Dickey, Kevin Carroll, Christie Herring Director: Henry Jacobson Writers: Avra Fox-Lerner, Will Honley, Henry Jacobson Certificate: TBC Duration: 95 mins Released by: Bluefinch Filmslast_img read more

Chinese businessmen donate 70,000 face masks to Kenya to curb COVID-19

first_imgKenya confirms 16 new COVID-19 cases Kenya reports eight new COVID-19 cases Kenya reports 28 new COVID-19 infectionscenter_img Workers transfer medical supplies from China in Cairo, Egypt, on May 10, 2020. Egypt received on Sunday the second batch of medical aid from the Chinese government for the North African country to fight the COVID-19 epidemic. (Xinhua/Wu Huiwo) Workers transfer medical supplies from China in Cairo, Egypt, on May 10, 2020. Egypt received on Sunday the second batch of medical aid from the Chinese government for the North African country to fight the COVID-19 epidemic. (Xinhua/Wu Huiwo)Zhejiang Business Association Kenya, an association of Chinese business owners in Kenya, on Thursday donated 70,000 face masks to the government to help combat the COVID-19 outbreak.Chen Jianbin, secretary-general of Zhejiang Business Association Kenya told journalists in Nairobi that COVID-19 is a global problem that will only be defeated through cooperation.“With this donation, we hope to assist our Kenyan brothers and sisters to overcome COVID-19 which knows no borders,” Chen said.Zhejiang Business Association Kenya which was established in 2018 brings together over 60 locally owned businesses by people from Zhejiang province in China.Chen also praised Kenyan government’s strong leadership in containing the spread of the virus.The donations will be disbursed to the various government departments including the health, immigration, police, University of Nairobi and the Kenya Investment Authority.Lawrence Karanja, chief administrative secretary, Ministry of Industry, Trade and Enterprise Development, said that the donation is timely as it will compliment government efforts to combat the spread of coronavirus.Karanja noted that assistance is an indication of the strong and cordial ties that exist between Kenya and China.“We need friends like this who can help us in our time of need,” Karanja noted.Relatedlast_img read more

Delapan Kereta MRT Jakarta Uji Coba Secara Penuh dengan Headway 10 Menit

first_img“Kita uji coba ini selama 24 jam penuh dengan otomatis, ada masinis hanya untuk bantu buka pintu. Kita akan uji coba dengan operasional emergency mulai 27 Februari hingga 11 Maret, terkait proses ini kita libatkan pemadam kebakaran, petugas gedung selama sepuluh hari,” ujar William yang ditemui Kabarpenumpang.com, Rabu (30/1/2019).William mengatakan, untuk publik nantinya akan dibuka naik ke MRT setelah uji coba emergency tersebut. Dimana akan menggunakan semacam kartu seperti layaknya menggunakan kereta MRT semestinya saat beroperasi Maret 2019 mendatang.“Kita akan punya sistem untuk masuk kereta karena belum ada tiket,” ujarnya.Direktur Konstruksi Silvia Halim mengatakan, saat ini pihaknya sudah mulai tahap penyelesaian pintu masuk MRT. Fokus kerja saat ini, Silvia mengatakan bahwa kanopi yang ada di Stasiun Sudirman sudah terpasang dan nantinya pedestrian akan mulai dirapikan.“Maret ini kita sudah mulai pembersihan dan penyelesaian. Kalau tiang-tiang masih banyak yang belum beres disekitaran Fatmawati, TB Simatupang dan sekitarnya kita sudah mulai merapikannya. Untuk stasiun saat ini sudah tahap finishing,” tambah Silvia.Baca juga: MRT Jakarta Uji Coba Operasional Secara Penuh, Masyarakat Bisa Ikut MencobanyaSilvia menjelaskan, untuk ketahanan dan kualitas bangunan elevated sendiri strukturnya sudah mengikuti stasndar di Internasional yakni Jepang dikarenakan pendanaan dari Jepang. Tak hanya itu, pihaknya juga sudah mengikuti Standar Nasional Indonesia (SNI) tahun 2012.“Kita tidak menolak dari yang Indonesia seperti SNI, dimana SNI ini ketahanan gempa hingga 8 SR,” kata Silvia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedAwak Media Coba MRT Jakarta, Perjalanan Terlambat 10 Menit dan Tiba Tepat Waktu di Stasiun Akhir31/01/2019In “Darat”Jelang Operasional Penuh, MRT Jakarta Perkenalkan ‘Kartu Jelajah’ untuk Transaksi06/02/2019In “Darat”Mulai 25 Maret, MRT Jakarta Kenakan Tiket Meski Masih “Gratis”22/03/2019In “Darat” Direktur Utama PT MRT Jakarta William Sabandar dan Direktur Operasi dan Pemeliharaan Muhammad Effendi (KabarPenumpang.com) PT Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Jakarta saat ini sudah mulai menguji coba delapan kereta Ratangga (sebutan kereta MRT) secara penuh. Uji coba secara penuh ini dilakukan dengan headway atau waktu tunggu per kereta adalah sepuluh menit.Baca juga: MRT Jakarta Libatkan 16 UMKM di Lima StasiunSaat ini sudah melakukan full uji coba kereta selama 24 jam dari depo Lebak Bulus hingga ke Bundaran Hotel Indonesia (HI) dan sebaliknya. Direktur Utama PT MRT Jakarta William Sabandar mengatakan, pihaknya menguji coba Ratangga sendiri mulai dari pengecekan platform screendoor, operation command dan ontime kedatangan kereta di stasiun MRT.last_img read more

Pattaya Sports Round up – Friday October 12 – October…

first_imgPattaya Archery Club meets between 10am and 12 midday every Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday at our dedicated shooting range within easy reach of Pattaya, near the new railway road.  Beginners of all ages are welcome, and equipment and coaching are free.  For more information call Eric, the club President , on 089 535 1193 or visit www.pattayaarcheryclub.comOcean Marina Yacht Club invites experienced sailors and learners for racing weekends and funsail/training weekends.  The club has 5 star clubhouse facilities and a fleet of 25′ racing yachts available. www.omycsailing.com, phone Kev Scott 087 825 0011.8:00 a.m. Diving with Mermaid’s Dive School.  Contact Mermaid’s Dive Center, tel. 038 232 219 – 20, email: [email protected]:00 a.m. – noon & 2 – 6 p.m. (Sat & Sun – Also Monday to Friday) Horseback riding at the Horseshoe Point Riding Academy, the biggest equestrian center in South-East Asia.  Show jumping, hacking, trail, dressage and classical dressage.  Training courses from beginners to advanced riders with English speaking instructors.  Leisure trail riding, group and private classes.  All levels of riders welcome.  Over 100 horses and ponies available.  Located on 1,500 acres of beautiful tropical garden land just outside Pattaya.  Free shuttle service available.  For more information: phone (+66) 3873 – 5050 (ext. 4016-18), fax (+66) 3873 – 4973 or email: [email protected]:30 am. -10:00 am. International Players Academy meets every Sat. morning for Jr. Intermediate level Tennis at Ambassador City Tennis Courts. Visitors are welcome, just bring your tennis racket, ages range from 10-16. For more details call CJ on 086 086 21213.00 pm – Pattaya Cricket Club practice nets at Horseshoe Point next to Siam Country Club. All ages and abilities welcome.  Please contact Simon at [email protected] Amazing Sunday Golfers are a friendly group of average index who welcome new players.  Each Sunday they have friendly games on different courses with a meeting point at the course.  Contact Philippe at 082 546 0770 or email [email protected] to be updated each week for the upcoming game.8:00 a.m. Diving with Mermaid’s Dive School.  Contact Mermaid’s Dive Center, tel. 038 232 219 – 20, email: [email protected]:00 p.m. Pattaya Sports Club Softball plays slow pitch recreational pick-ups games at the Thai Polo Club every Sunday at 12 noon.  New players always welcome regardless of skill level, experience, age or time away from the game.  For more information and directions see the softball page at the Pattaya Sports Club website www.pattayasports.org or contact John at [email protected] or call 089-932-54332:00 p.m. The Pattaya Backgammon League (PBL) meets every Sunday at B.G. House & Restaurant @ 2 p.m. For further details phone 081 664 9085 or email [email protected]:00 p.m. Pattaya Jungle H3 meets every 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month and departure is from the Lek Hotel on 2nd Rd at 3pm.  For more info please call Kai on 01 863 5095.5:00 p.m. Pattaya Sports Club Lawn Bowling Section.  Fun roll-ups on Sunday nights at 5 p.m. that will be instructional, build camaraderie, and fun.  Teams will be drawn for matches, with beginners and experienced bowlers mixed together.  Very generous discounts are offered for PSC members, just show up with your PSC card and flat-soled shoes if you have them.  Equipment is for hire at a modest cost if you don’t have your own.  Contact Bowling Green – Pattaya on 038 720 741 or email [email protected] or just call at the Bowling Green located on Soi Fuengfa between Soi Buakow and 3rd Road.MondayPattaya Blue Water Sailing Club is sponsoring a 5 day 4 night cruise from Pattaya to Koh Samet aboard the 52 ft sailing yacht Monona from Dec 12-16.  The yacht will accommodate 6-8 people and will leave Pattaya Monday with an overnight stop at a beach off Satahip arriving Tuesday in Koh Samet. Wednesday and Thursday will be spent exploring the islands around Koh Samet and arrive back in Pattaya early Friday evening.  For further information contact Nathan Russo at 08 5275 6724 or [email protected]:00 p.m. The Pattaya Bridge Club meets at the Bowling Green, Soi Fuengfa (Soi Xyte). Visitors of all standards are welcome (a suitable partner if necessary) and the venue is non-smoking. For all the latest information, times, location map etc. visit: – www.pattayabridge.com2:45 p.m. Pattaya Hash House Harriers: The club for drinking people with a running problem meets every Monday at 2.45 pm at the Lek Hotel, (between Soi 12 & 13 on 2nd Road).  The bus leaves at 3.00 pm, and the run starts at 4.30pm.  More info at www.pattayah3.com8:30 p.m. The next Monday Quiz Night is on Oct. 15.  The fixtures are as follows:  Cheers vs. Irish Rovers, Londoner vs. Offshore, Nervous Wreck vs. Palmers, The Ranch v Bye.TuesdayChess and Scrabble Club: every Tuesday 12pm – 5pm at Hoek-Van-Holland in Jomtien. Take Thappraya Road to intersection with Beach Road. Dong Tan Police sub-station is right there. Walk back towards Pattaya 10 meters along walking path. Hoek-Van-Holland is on the right, before the parking lot. Bring your own chess set and/or scrabble board. For more information please see website www.hoek-van-holland.com – Everyone welcome.The Pattaya Chess Club meets every Tuesday evening from 6:30 p.m. onwards at Brauhaus on 2nd Road between Soi 7 and Soi 8. Learners and anybody who would like to play chess are most welcome. Boards and clocks are provided.Pattaya Ladies Netball Club: 7.30 pm every Tuesday at Fairtex Sports Club.  All ages and abilities are welcome.  100 baht per person.  Please email [email protected] to confirm or find us on Facebook – ‘Pattaya Ladies Tuesday Night Netball’Wednesday1:00 p.m. The Pattaya Bridge Club meets at the Bowling Green, Soi Fuengfa (Soi Xyte). Visitors of all standards are welcome (a suitable partner if necessary) and the venue is non-smoking. For all the latest information, times, location map etc. visit: – www.pattayabridge.com3.00 pm – Pattaya Cricket Club practice nets at Horseshoe Point next to Siam Country Club. All ages and abilities welcome.  Please contact Simon at [email protected] pm – Club Petanque Thailand plays Wednesdays and Saturdays from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m.  The court is open for groups every day. New and bigger surface. Very good drainage as well as better lighting.  No membership fee. Find us at Soi Nernplabwan 100/2 Moo7, next to Sutawas Temple and small Banglamung Police station. Contact: 085 280 7182, fax 038 248 067, email: [email protected] (English, French, German, Scandinavian); (Thai & Chinese: 080 618 2831.)Thursday7:00 p.m.  Pattaya Panthers and Panties (mixed) Touch Rugby every Thursday night at Horseshoe Point next to Siam Country Club. New players are always welcome – we are a very sociable team! Please contact Paul Crouch on 089 902 6286 or [email protected]:30 p.m.  PSC Thursday Darts League.  Participating teams include Pleasure Dome, Fishermen, Roxy, Queen Vic, PSI, Helicopter, Rising Sun, Londoner and Crazy Eddie’s.  For details, contact Len Banfield, PSC Darts chairman, phone 038 420 432.Note: Pattaya City Darts Organisation (PCDO) is looking for darts teams & darts players for their newly formed Pattaya City Darts Leagues.  We have leagues to suit ALL levels of play.  We will guide you to the league that suits you best.  Please contact either Roger (Eng) 0899 389 364 or Jantha (Thai) 0899 337 462 for more details. FridayDFiT, Dusit Thani Pattaya: Visitors using the group fitness membership can avail of the THB 2,000 offer for five visits to the gym after their membership has expired.  The offer includes unlimited use of DFiT facilities including tennis courts.  For more information, call 038-425611 ext. DFiT.1:00 p.m. The Pattaya Bridge Club meets every Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoon at 1pm at the Bowling Green, Soi Fuengfa (Soi Xyte). Visitors of all standards are welcome and we will always find you a partner.  Details are on the website – www.pattayabridge.com or call Terry on 038 422 924.2:00 p.m. Pattaya Sports Club Bowling at Pattaya Plus Bowl (north of Big C), Second Road. Contact La at P.S. after 1:30 p.m.Saturdaylast_img read more

Former Australian captain sticks up for passionate Kohli’s approach

first_imgAdvertisement 3d60NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs2zug2rWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E6z5d5( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) k4Would you ever consider trying this?😱kinCan your students do this? 🌚qwqaRoller skating! Powered by Firework Indian captain Virat Kohli has received an unexpected ally in former Australian skipper Allan Border following his histrionics during the second Test in Perth. Kohli has come under criticism for his sledging and heated exchanges with Australian counterpart Tim Paine, which at one point needed the umpire to intervene. Former Australia captain Allan Border has come to the defencce of Virat Kohli, saying his antics might be over the top but the game needs characters who show passion.Advertisement Virat Kohli and Tim Paine face off in the second test.“There’s not many characters in our game at the moment. The professional era has sort of beaten that out to a certain degree,” Border said.On the fourth day of the Test, as Kohli stood in Paine’s way while completing a run and then getting into onfield verbal due, it needed umpire Chris Gafaney to intervene and get both skippers to quiet down.Advertisement “I haven’t seen anyone sort of carry on so much as a captain when his side takes a wicket. It’s really over the top but it’s good in a way. You can see some passion about what he’s trying to do,” Border said.Border added that perhaps Kohli’s aggression stems from the desire to cement his legacy with an away series victory. “He’s so keen to win away from home and really deserve that number one ranking … that’s your KPIs (key performance indicators) as a captain I suppose,” he said.Advertisement India come into the Australia Test series having lost back-to-back away series this year – against South Africa and England with Australia the final challenge before the IPL and the World Cup.“To drive the team to be number one, which he has achieved, but to win away from home is one of those important things you notice as a captain.”Border also opined that as the leader, Kohli feels the need to manifest the passion and drive.  “I think he’s feeling that pinch. If you look at this Indian side he’s probably the only one that has the character to get really animated,” he said.“The rest of the Indian boys are very good cricketers but seem to me a quiet bunch and maybe Kohli feels as skipper he needs to lead from the front and really show some passion and drive. I think it just comes naturally to him,” he added. Advertisementlast_img read more

Sea Eagles soar through the gloom

first_imgBy Russell Bennett WEST GIPPSLAND FOOTBALL NETBALL COMPETITION REVIEW – ROUND 2 Sometimes it’s just about winning ugly. That’s taking…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Italy to Host 2022 Ryder Cup

first_imgVIRGINIA WATER, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 18: A staged photograph of The Ryder Cup trophy as the five-man Ryder Cup panel meet to discuss the 2016 Ryder Cup Europe Captaincy at Wentworth on February 18, 2015 in Virginia Water, England. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images) The Italian capital city of Rome will host The Ryder Cup for the first time in 2022. The historic announcement, made today by Ryder Cup Europe, will see golf’s greatest team event staged on the Continent of Europe for the third time. The Marco Simone Golf and Country Club, only 17km from the centre of Rome, will follow in the footsteps of Club de Golf Valderrama in Spain (1997) and Le Golf National in France (2018) – when the 44th edition of the match between Europe and the United States is staged in the autumn of 2022.center_img Four nations – Austria, Germany, Italy and Spain – had participated in an exhaustive and comprehensive Bid Process to identify the country best qualified to follow Hazeltine National in Minnesota next year; France in 2018 and Whistling Straits in Wisconsin in 2020, as host of the biennial contest. Initially the number had been seven when the process began in June last year, but Denmark, Portugal and Turkey withdrew their interest in the early stages.Keith Pelley, Chief Executive of The European Tour – the Managing Partner of Ryder Cup Europe – led a five-strong Bid Evaluation Committee comprising Europe’s Ryder Cup Director Richard Hills, Ryder Cup Match Director Edward Kitson, The European Tour’s Director of Property and Venue Development David MacLaren and European Tour Chief Financial Officer Jonathan Orr, who thoroughly examined and evaluated all four Bids, including undertaking a series of site inspections.The objective of the process was to enable Ryder Cup Europe to arrive at the correct sporting and commercial decision in terms of the host for 2022.To that end, the Bid Evaluation Committee judged the candidates on five specific criteria: (i) Demonstrable Government, Political, Institutional and Golfing Community support; (ii) Commitment to the development of a world-class golf facility (new or existing) to host The 2022 Ryder Cup; (iii) Provision of ancillary facilities, suitable access and infrastructure commensurate with the staging of an international sporting event, including proximity to a major international city; (iv) Commercial opportunities available to The Ryder Cup; and (v) Contribution of the Bid Country to the development of golf in terms of Legacy, Contribution to the professional game, Integration of golf within tourism and business communities, Development of levels of golf participation, Professional tournament golf at all levels, and contribution to The Ryder Cup: eg Player eligibility and participation.The Bid Committee was assisted in their evaluation procedure by three prominent external advisers in Michael Payne, Nick Bitel and Paul Bush, who brought considerable experience from their specialist sporting backgrounds, namely the Olympic Movement, the London Marathon and The Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in 2014.The Italian bid was consistently strong across all the areas evaluated and in particular in their pledge to undertake a complete reconstruction of the golf course at Marco Simone to the highest standards demanded by Ryder Cup Europe, in addition to a hugely significant commitment to the Italian Open in terms of guaranteeing a €7 million prize fund for the championship for 11 years, beginning in 2017. In 2016, the prize fund will double from its current figure of €1.5 million to a minimum of €3 million.Keith Pelley said: “I would like to offer my congratulations to Italy whose bold and ambitious bid has seen them become the host nation for The 2022 Ryder Cup. History has shown time and again that The Ryder Cup is pure theatre with the players the stars, and there is no question that the Eternal City of Rome will provide a wonderful backdrop for one of the great occasions in world golf.“With Paris in 2018 and now Rome in 2022 being the respective host cities for Europe’s next two stagings of biennial contest against the United States, the magical appeal of The Ryder Cup is set to continue.“In addition, we have exciting plans for the development of The European Tour and our International Schedule for the benefit of all our players, and Italy shares this ambition. Their commitment to the Italian Open will provide an inspiring benchmark.”Richard Hills said: “The Italian bid was consistently strong and impressive across the board in terms of infrastructure, commercial structure and Government support. It was a worthy gold medalist in this particular contest, although there were three impressive silver medalists too in Austria, Germany and Spain, who conducted themselves in a professional manner throughout the process.“The plans outlined for the golf course at Marco Simone are spectacular alongside the commitment to develop all levels of golf in Italy, and we look forward very much to working with the Italian 2022 Ryder Cup team over the coming years.”The awarding of The 2022 Ryder Cup will continue Italy’s legacy in the contest which began when Costantino Rocca became the first Italian golfer to play in the match at The Belfry in England in 1993. The United States won on that occasion but Rocca tasted victory on his next two outings – at Oak Hill Country Club in 1995 and at Valderrama in 1997 where he famously beat Tiger Woods 4 and 2 in the final day singles.Since then, brothers Edoardo and Francesco Molinari have carried the Italian flag into the biennial contest, appearing together in Europe’s narrow victory at The Celtic Manor Resort in 2010 while Francesco was part of the triumphant European team two years later, his half point in the final singles match, again against Tiger Woods, putting the seal on the remarkable Miracle of Medinah.Since the inception of The European Tour in 1972, Italy has hosted 54 European Tour tournaments with nine Italian players having lifted a total of 20 European Tour titles between them, the most successful being Rocca with five. In addition Italy has played host to 82 European Challenge Tour events and eight tournaments on the European Senior Tour.Following today’s announcement, there will be an official press conference to celebrate the awarding of The 2022 Ryder Cup, in Italy on Wednesday December 16.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more