Formline allows children to express themselves with traditional artform

Posted On Aug 24 2021 by

first_imgAlaska Native Arts & Culture | Arts & Culture | Education | Family | Southeast | WildlifeFormline allows children to express themselves with traditional artformAugust 4, 2016 by Aaron Bolton, KSTK Share:Ron Fairbanks teaching kids how to paint formline. (Aaron Bolton, KSTK)The Alaska Native Sisterhood Association – or ANSA – wrapped up a three-day Native art class for Wrangell children Aug. 3. About 20 kids gathered to learn the traditional artform known as formline, the art of the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian tribes of Southeast Alaska.“They’re fun to work with,” said Ron Fairbanks, an art teacher in Craig, who taught the class. “I just had a little guy come up to me now and say ‘this has been the funnest three days of my life.’ I just thought that was awesome. So it’s been really good.”They used formline’s shapes known as ovoids and trigons, arranged in spatially conscious ways to depict salmon heads, bears, eagles and other wildlife.Aleah, 14, used thick red and black painted lines depicting an eagle hovering above a bear to make her piece.“I did an eagle and a bear head and added other stuff onto it,” Aleah said.Traditionally formline would be painted on a canoe paddle or clothing. But, this time it’s on a skateboard.“I really enjoyed that medium of putting artwork on something you could ride, something contemporary, something new and can engage the kids with it,” said Fairbanks. “It really seems to hook them as a fun way to put formline on something you can use.”Tis Peterman of ANSA said the goal of these grant-funded classes is to engage kids in Native art and culture.“In fact, one of our students went to the dentist this morning and they wanted to buy his skateboard, and it’s not even finished yet,” Peterman said.ANSA has put on other classes such as skin-sewing and beading, Peterman said. The association has one more month of funding to put on another class for kids and are still looking for ideas.Share this story:last_img read more

Interior announces ‘Readiness Project’ for Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Posted On Aug 24 2021 by

first_imgEnergy & Mining | Environment | Federal Government | North SlopeInterior announces ‘Readiness Project’ for Arctic National Wildlife RefugeJune 8, 2018 by Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media Share:Caribou graze on the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, with the Brooks Range as a backdrop. (Creative Commons photo by USFWS)The U.S. Interior Department on Thursday announced it is undertaking a series of construction projects to prepare for oil exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The department says it will spend $4 million on six projects it’s calling “the 1002 Area Oil Exploration Readiness Project.”Most of the projects are in Kaktovik, a community within the 1002. That’s the coastal part of the refuge that Congress opened to oil exploration last year, over decades of objections from environmental groups and their allies.The Kaktovik projects include an aviation fuel storage facility, a garage and a bear-proof storage building.Some of the money is slated for two cabins far from the 1002 area – a new one in Arctic Village the department says will support field operations, and an addition to an existing cabin at Galbraith Lake.Galbraith Lake is on the west side of the Dalton Highway, just outside the refuge.Share this story:last_img read more

Breaking Down the 2015 Grammys

Posted On Aug 18 2021 by

first_imgMusicBreaking Down the 2015 GrammysWill the “Adele Effect” play in Sam Smith’s favor at Sunday’s award show?By Sanders I. Bernstein – February 6, 2015736ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItThere’s a lot going on at the Grammys. Just take a look at the list of performers announced on Wednesday: Beck, Chris Martin, Sia, Mary J. Blige, Sam Smith, Juanes, Herbie Hancock, John Mayer, Questlove, Ed Sheeran, Brandy Clark, Dwight Yoakim, and ELO. They are such a jumble of moments, styles, and references, you know the Grammys is just trying maybe just a bit too hard to have something for everyone—not to mention that there are the 83 separate categories of awards to be doled out over three and a half hours this Sunday. And, of course, the Grammys hasn’t gotten it wrong—there is something for each of us. We tune in, we tweet out because there’s always the chance Sia’s 12-year-old dance phenomenon will be lighting that stage up.So, in that time-honored awards show season tradition, here are our picks for the 2015 Grammys.Record of the YearThe nominees:Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX, “Fancy”Sia, “Chandelier”Sam Smith, “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)”Taylor Swift, “Shake It Off”Meghan Trainor, “All About That Bass”Who should win: If Maddie Ziegler, the kid dancer in Sia’s music video, can’t back-flip in and take this award, then it should go to Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off.” Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” might have the most YouTube views (522 million) but it also has the most mind-numbing choruses (5). While “Shake it Off” is not quite as popular as Trainor’s number—it has the second-most YouTube views (497 million) and only four to “Bass”’s eight weeks at the number one spot—Swift’s song’s undeniable infectiousness merits the win.Who will win: Sam Smith. He’s not Adele, but he’s the “Male Adele.” And the Grammys love Adele, bestowing upon her ten golden phonographs. To translate: he also comes from England, sings moody pop with soul, and has one of those “timeless” voices that can cross from kidzboppers to their parents who still have Norah Jones CDs in their cars. And his “Stay With Me”, believe it or not, was the best selling single of this group. Album of the YearThe nominees:Beck, Morning PhaseBeyoncé, BeyoncéEd Sheeran, XSam Smith, In the Lonely HourPharrell Williams, GirlWho Should Win: Beyoncé forced the Internet to eat cake after she sprung it upon us unaware, though Beck’s album is wonderful to wake up to. However, Beck will stay as solid NPR fare, maybe pick up the Rock Album of the Year, and Beyoncé should win this for an album that revolutionized how we thought albums could be released.Who Will Win: Sam Smith. His album has already spawned six singles, three of which have been in the top ten of the charts. That, combined with the “Adele effect,” almost guarantees him the win. Best New ArtistThe nominees:Iggy AzaleaBastilleBrandy ClarkHAIMSam SmithWho Should Win: No need to gripe about terminology, as that’s been done before. Yet, still, it feels years too late for Bastille, though their music is the sound of a beautiful apocalypse as well as HAIM, those LA-based groovesters who revived sing-along-eighties-pop. Brandy Clark, Iggy Azalea, and Sam Smith did at least release their debut albums in 2014. And against that weak competition, Sam’s sound blows them away.Who Will Win: Sam. Smith. Sweep. Best Rap Album The nominees:The New Classic, Iggy AzaleaBecause the Internet, Childish GambinoNobody’s Smiling, CommonThe Marshall Mathers LP2, EminemOxymoron, Schoolboy QBlacc Hollywood, Wiz KhalifaWho Should Win: Freddie Gibbs’s Piñata. But as neither that nor YG’s My Krazy Life were chosen by the Grammy’s crew, any album but Iggy Azalea’s should keep the Rap Gods from smiting us all. The most deserving in the group, though, is Childish Gambino’s genre-fusing, forward-thinking Because the Internet.Who Will Win: Iggy Azalea. Nominated for best record of the year and best new artist—both of which she will inevitably lose out—this seems like where the Grammy committee will give it up for Iggy. Best Music Video The nominees:“We Exist,”Arcade Fire“Turn Down for What,”DJ Snake & Lil Jon“Chandelier,” Sia“Happy,” Pharrell Williams“The Golden Age,” Woodkid Featuring Max RichterWho Should Win: If you haven’t realized it yet, Sia’s 12-year-old doppelganger is the dopest—and the most terrifying. She’s like the girl from The Exorcist mixed with Robyn and Misty Copeland. She is America’s pop counterpart to this incredible embodiment of French electronica. And the viral spread of the video dragged Sia’s song onto the airwaves.Who Will Win: Pharell’s “Happy” wins because it’s a bully, bringing in crowds to gang up on a single twelve-year-old. It’s gotten too many people involved in its website, it’s mustered too many YouTube views to lose. 568, 807, 243: not even the Grammys can rival that audience. TAGSIggy AzaleaHaimGrammys 2015GrammysEd SheeranChris MartinBeyonceBeckBastilleArcade FireMeghan TrainorThe New ClassicSiaSam SmithPharrell WilliamsTaylor SwiftPrevious articleThe Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Announces “Vegaschella” Concert Series in AprilNext articleSingled Out: Valentine’s Day for a Party of One Doesn’t Have to Be LameSanders I. Bernstein RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORHow Do They Do They Come Up with That Met Gala Guest List Anyway?Beyoncé’s Homecoming Documentary Hits Netflix Next Week10 Cultural Moments That Defined 2018 in L.A.last_img read more

End of the road for Panthers, today’s local GAA results and big result in National Football League

Posted On Jun 20 2021 by

first_img News Electric Picnic Twitter WhatsApp Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Electric Picnic Portlaoise Panthers Portlaoise Panthers hopes of doing a league and cup double were dashed today when they were beaten by Trinity Meteors in the semi-final of the Division 1 league in Leixlip.The Panthers had defeated Meteors in the cup final in January but the Dublin side reversed that result today to set up a final against Team Tom McCarthy’s from Castleisland tomorrow.The sides were neck-and-neck in the opening quarter, with Meteors holding a slim 23-19 margin, but Portlaoise managed to cut that deficit to 36-34 by half-time. Sarah Kenny was simply outstanding for the Dubliners, scoring 23 points in a game that Trinity only began to find some breathing space in the third quarter. Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Home Sport Basketball End of the road for Panthers, today’s local GAA results and big… SportBasketballGAA Trudy Walker’s 17 points kept Panthers in the game, but Kenny – who sank numerous three pointers in the period – along with Lauren Grisgby and Edel Thornton kept the scores raining in for Meteors to see them lead 59-48 going into the last.Portlaoise’s young stars Ciara Byre and Ciara Wheeler ensured that Trinity couldn’t relax in the fourth quarter, but Kenny kept the Dubliners out in front to see them into Sunday’s final. Pinterest Facebook Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival WhatsApp On the club GAA front in Laois on Saturday, Graiguecullen recorded a 0-8 to 0-7 win over St Joseph’s to book a place in the pre-season Kelly Cup final.It was Graiguecullen’s second outing as they had beaten Arles-Kilcruise last week while St Joseph’s had received a walkover from Ballylinan.In the re-fixed quarter-final fixture, Ballylinan were 2-12 to 0-7 winners over neighbours Crettyard.They will now play Killeshin in the semi-final after they received a walkover from Arles-Killeen.The local GAA season continues to kick into gear tomorrow with a handful of games. In Division 2 of the football league, Mountmellick meet Timahoe while St Joseph’s take on Park-Ratheniska.Elsewhere, there was a good result for the Laois senior footballers this evening as Armagh recorded a 3-14 to 0-10 win over Fermanagh in Enniskillen.The result sends Armagh to the top of Division 2 of the Allianz Football League on scoring difference as they are level with Roscommon on seven points.But it leaves Fermanagh rooted to the bottom on two points and should they lose to Clare in Ennis next Sunday, they’d already be relegated when Laois play them in the final round on the following Sunday.Things are still incredibly tight in the division with just three points separating seven teams.Laois are away in their final two games over the next two weekends – to Westmeath next Sunday and Fermanagh seven days later.Round 6Westmeath v LaoisKildare v CavanArmagh v RoscommonClare v FermanaghRound 7Fermanagh v LaoisKildare v WestmeathCavan v RoscommonClare v ArmaghSEE ALSO – Portlaoise Hospital put visitor restrictions in place as Coronavirus continues to spread Pinterest By Steven Miller – 7th March 2020 Previous articlePortlaoise Hospital put visitor restrictions in place as Coronavirus continues to spreadNext articleJobs in Laois: All the recent job vacancies as advertised on LaoisToday Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point. Twitter TAGSKelly CupPortlaoise Panthers End of the road for Panthers, today’s local GAA results and big result in National Football League Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival datelast_img read more

National Film Board of Canada greenlights 15 projects for production. New documentary

Posted On Jun 16 2021 by

first_imgNational Film Board of Canada greenlights 15 projects for production. New documentary From: National Film BoardThe NFB, Canada’s public producer, has recently greenlit 15 productions and co-productions-new documentary, animation and interactive works that got underway between October and December 2020.The NFB, Canada’s public producer, has recently greenlit 15 productions and co-productions-new documentary, animation and interactive works that got underway between October and December 2020.The NFB is producing these projects under its health guidelines and protocols for the COVID-19 pandemic, introduced last summer in collaboration with the Documentary Organization of Canada. /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:animation, Canada, covid-19, Documentary, film, Government, pandemic, productionlast_img read more

Canada Delivers on Commitment to Strengthen Canadian Environmental Protection

Posted On Jun 16 2021 by

first_imgCanada Delivers on Commitment to Strengthen Canadian Environmental Protection From: Environment and Climate Change CanadaBackgrounderToday, the Government of Canada delivered on its commitment to amend the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA) and recognized that Canadians have a right to a healthy environment.The amendments will enable the Government to respond effectively to new science, which is pointing to harms that were unanticipated in the past and to enable the use of new tools and sources of information that are now available to assess those risks. The amendments include:A Right to a Healthy EnvironmentThe Government of Canada is proposing to recognize that every individual in Canada has a right to a healthy environment, and would recognize that the Government has a duty to protect that right when administering CEPA.The Government would be required to develop an implementation framework, which would set out how that right will be considered in the administration of the Act. The framework would detail, among other things, how principles such as environmental justice and non-regression would be considered in implementing the Act, as well as how the right would be balanced with relevant factors, such as social, health, economic and scientific considerations.The amendments also include requirements on the Ministers of Environment and Climate Change and Health to consider available information regarding vulnerable populations and cumulative effects of substances when assessing risks posed by substances, and to conduct research, studies or monitoring activities to support the Government in protecting Canadians’ right to a healthy environment.The framework will be developed through robust consultations and can be continuously improved with experience and as views evolve. Ministers will report on the implementation of the framework annually.The implementation framework would set out a path for continuous improvement in environmental protection. It is expected that applying the lens of a right to a healthy environment will support strong environmental and health standards, incent robust engagement and the collection of data and analysis to identify populations that are particularly vulnerable to environmental and health risks. This will also support new thinking about how to manage risks so they address the disproportionate impacts of substances on certain populations.The proposed amendments to the preamble will also confirm the Government’s commitment to implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.Protecting vulnerable populationsCEPA amendments will also require that the Government exercise its powers in ways that minimize risks to the health of vulnerable populations.The amendments define vulnerable population as “a group of individuals within the Canadian population who, due to greater susceptibility or greater exposure, may be at an increased risk of experiencing adverse health effects from exposure to substances.” Those with a greater susceptibility may include, for example, children and those in poor health. Those with greater exposure may include workers and those living in areas where levels of pollution are particularly high.To better protect people and communities in these situations, changes to CEPA would provide that the Government’s duty under the Act to protect the environment and human health includes protecting vulnerable populations. They would also require the Ministers to consider available information regarding vulnerable populations in risk assessments. In addition, amendments would also require the Government to conduct research and studies, including biomonitoring surveys, specifically in relation to the role of substances in illnesses or in health problems, which may relate to vulnerable populations. And they would enable geographically targeted regulations to better enable the protection of communities at risk from local sources of pollution.Assessing real life exposuresAmendments to CEPA will require that the Government consider available information about the cumulative effects that may result from exposure to the substance in combination with exposure to other substances when conducting and interpreting the results of risk assessments.Generally, a substance-by-substance approach has been taken when assessing the risks posed by substances – that is, substances are often assessed for risks in isolation. However, in real life we are exposed daily to multiple substances from many different sources often at the same time and over a lifetime.Recognizing that the science of assessing cumulative effects is still evolving, and data is not always available to support decisions made on this basis, amendments to CEPA will require the Government to consider information that is available with respect to the cumulative effects that may result from exposure to the substance being assessed in combination with other substances.A Stronger Regime for Substances that are Toxic under CEPA and of the Highest RiskAmendments to CEPA will create a stronger regime for controlling certain substances found to be toxic under CEPA that pose the highest risk to human health or the environment.The new regime will retain the risk-based approach in the current Act. For substances assessed as meeting the criteria to be considered toxic under CEPA, the amendments would then require that the Ministers give priority to prohibiting activities in relation to said toxic substances of the highest risk. The criteria for substances of the highest risk would be set out in regulations, and would include persistence and bioaccumulation as well as criteria for such things as carcinogenicity, mutagenicity, and reproductive toxicity. These regulations will be developed in consultation with stakeholders.In some cases, giving priority to prohibition will involve requiring the substances to be phased-out entirely. In others, it means activities or releases of concern will be prohibited, and in others it may mean that all new uses will be prohibited unless it can be shown that there are no safer alternatives and the use can be undertaken safely.To reflect this new approach, Schedule 1 will be divided into two parts. Part 1 will contain substances of the highest risk, for which the Act will prioritize the prohibition of activities and releases of concern, and Part 2 will contain all other CEPA-toxic substances. The Government is also proposing to change the title of Schedule 1: List of Toxic Substances to Schedule 1.Supporting the shift to safer chemicalsIn order to support the shift to safer chemicals, the Government will recognize, in the Preamble, the importance of encouraging the progressive substitution of substances with alternatives that are safer for the environment or human health.Proposed amendments will require the Minister of Environment and Climate Change to publish and maintain a “Watch List” – a list of substances that have been determined to be capable of becoming toxic under CEPA if, for example, exposure increased. The Watch List will help importers, manufacturers and Canadian consumers to select safer alternatives and avoid regrettable substitutions – replacing one problem chemical with another that in turn becomes a problem.A New Plan of Chemicals Management PrioritiesThe Government will develop a new Plan of Chemicals Management Priorities for the assessment of substances to better understand and protect Canadians and the environment from substances of concern.In 1999, CEPA set as a priority the categorization of 23,000 substances already in commerce based on bioaccumulation, persistence, inherent toxicity and the greatest potential for exposure. The work to address the close to 4,300 substances that were then identified as priorities through this process has largely been completed. For this reason, a new process for prioritizing and assessing substances is needed. The amendments set out the process for this new plan to be developed that will reflect the constantly evolving science and input from Canadians. The plan will include information-gathering, monitoring, and research to support these assessments. It will also consider ways to provide meaningful information to the public through labelling and other means.Increased transparency in decision-makingProposed amendments to CEPA will provide Canadians with a means to formally request that a chemical be assessed, requiring Ministers to consider and respond to any such request.They will also require that the Government communicate anticipated timelines for completing all the risk management actions proposed when a substance is found to be toxic under CEPA.Industry will also be required to provide to the Government a rationale to support requests for confidentiality for business information. In addition, the Government will establish the circumstances under which the Ministers may disclose the names of masked substances or living organisms. This proposal is consistent with the approach taken by the US EPA based on similar requirements under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).Reducing Reliance on Animal TestingAmendments to the preamble of CEPA will recognize the need to reduce reliance on animal testing when assessing the risks that substances may pose on human health and the environment. These amendments will encourage federal government departments to promote the development and timely use of alternative methods and strategies, as science permits.Changes to the Food and Drugs Act (FDA) to strengthen the environmental risk assessment and risk management of drugsThe Government is also proposing to make amendments to the FDA that will enable it to create an environmental notification, risk assessment and risk management framework for drugs under the FDA. Currently, the safety, efficacy and quality of drugs are assessed under the FDA and the environmental risks of the drug ingredients are assessed under CEPA. The proposed amendments would streamline the regulatory process for industry, while strengthening the environmental risk assessment and risk management of drugs.Additional MeasuresIn addition to proposed legislative changes, the Government is also moving forward with the following new measures that will further protect Canadians’ health and their environment:Labeling and information for ConsumersCanadians want and deserve to know when chemicals that may have impacts on their health or the environment are in the products they buy and use in their homes. That is why over the next year, the Government will consult with stakeholders on mandatory labelling requirements, including how to make information on chemicals in products available to consumers. This will be part of national consultations focusing on new approaches for enhancing the availability of information regarding chemicals in products for Canadian consumers and businesses, with a focus on digital data to support regulatory compliance, sustainability and informed consumer decision making.Several acts already provide authorities to regulate the labelling of harmful substances in products, including CEPA, the Food and Drugs Act, and the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act. That is why the Government will develop a discussion paper and launch consultations by fall 2021 on ways to use existing authorities to inform consumers when chemicals that may be harmful are in products on store shelves, with a focus on cosmetics, cleaning products, and flame-retardants in upholstered furniture. Such information could be provided, for example, through labeling of the products themselves or via links to on-line information. These consultations will allow the Government to propose regulatory changes or other equally effective actions beginning in 2022.In addition, the Government will propose requiring information about fragrances known to be allergens to be on cosmetic product labels. To that end, the Government will consult Canadians in late spring 2021 on proposed changes to the Cosmetic Regulations under the Food and Drugs Act, which will inform a planned regulatory proposal targeted for 2022.Updating the regulatory framework for products of biotechnologyTo keep pace with the rapidly evolving biotechnology sector, the Government of Canada will undertake a full and comprehensive review of the New Substances Notification Regulations (Organisms), which provide for the assessment of risks posed by new living organisms prior to their being introduced into the Canadian marketplace.The objectives are to amend the regulations to respond effectively to advances in biotechnology to ensure that Canadians and the environment continue to be protected; and increase public participation and transparency when assessing and managing the risks associated with living organisms, particularly with respect to higher living organisms (e.g., genetically modified plants and animals).Moving forward, CEPA will continue to maintain its fundamental structure including the “risk-based” approach, which considers a substance’s properties as well as exposure to the substance. Furthermore, the criteria for determining whether a substance is toxic under CEPA have not changed, which provides continued certainty and predictability for industry. The proposed amendments to CEPA represent the first major reform to the Act since it was updated more than 20 years ago. Taken together, the steps announced today will further support a healthier environment and economy for decades to come. /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:biotechnology, Canada, climate change, environment, EPA, FDA, federal government, Government, health, human health, Indigenous, pollution, risk assessment, sustainability, U.S., United Nationslast_img read more

Bowditch gets first win, Masters invite

Posted On May 31 2021 by

first_imgSAN ANTONIO – Steven Bowditch held on to win the Texas Open in windy conditions Sunday for his first PGA Tour victory and a spot in the Masters. The 30-year-old Australian bogeyed the par-5 18th for a 4-over 76 for a one-stroke victory. ”I’m over the moon. I really can’t believe it,” said Bowditch, who attempted suicide in 2006 and has fought depression throughout his career. It was the highest closing score by a winner since Vijay Singh finished with a 4-over 76 in the 2004 PGA Championship, and the highest in a non-major since Fred Couples had a 5-over 77 in the 1983 Kemper Open. Valero Texas Open: Articles, photos and videos Bowditch finished at 8-under 280 at TPC San Antonio and earned $1,116,000. ”Every time I got out of check, looking ahead to the Masters and winning golf events and making my speeches before I was finished, I had to pull myself in check every time,” said Bowditch, wearing a green shirt. ”And it happened a lot today.” Bowditch, based in Dallas, entered the week 339th in the world and had only two top-10 finishes in eight years on the tour. He won once on the Australasian circuit and twice on the Tour. ”He’s been a battler. He’s gone through a lot in his life,” said John Senden, a fellow Australian who won the Valspar Championship two weeks ago. Senden waited about an hour after his round to shake Bowditch’s hand. ”That last putt wasn’t his best, but to finish it off he was as cool as a cucumber really,” Senden said. ”I’m proud to be his mate.” Will MacKenzie and Daniel Summerhays tied for second. MacKenzie shot 70, and Summerhays had a 71. Chesson Hadley and Ryan Palmer missed chances to get into the Masters through the top 50 in the world ranking. Hadley, the Puerto Rico Open winner, needed at least a sixth-place finish, but closed with an 80 to tie for 56th at 5 over. Palmer needed a top-three finish and had an 82 to also tie for 56th. Bowditch played the front nine in 3-over 39, making a double bogey on the par-4 fourth. He countered a bogey on the par-3 13th with a birdie on the par-5 14th and made three pars before missing a 3-foot par putt and settling for a bogey on 18. On the par-3 16th, he got up-and-down after missing the green. He pushed his drive on the par-4 17th, hit his approach on the green and two-putted, then pulled his tee shot left on 18, recovered with a shot to the fairway and reached the green in three. ”I just drew back on some experience,” Bowditch said. MacKenzie made a 13-foot birdie putt on the 17th to pull within a stroke of Bowditch, but the Australian tapped in from 2 feet for his birdie at No. 14 to push the advantage back to two. Matt Kuchar and Andrew Loupe shot 75s to tie for fourth at 6-under.last_img read more

Sun not setting yet on Finchem

Posted On May 31 2021 by

first_imgDuring a ceremony last week at the Memorial, PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem effortlessly worked the room in his signature understated style, mixing easily with both players and powerbrokers. Although the event was held to honor Doc Giffin, Arnold Palmer’s longtime assistant, the moment did serve as an impromptu milestone for Finchem. The 68-year-old began his 22nd year as commissioner on June 1 and, at least according to various observers and assorted tealeaves, his final year in the Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., big chair. Finchem signed a four-year contract extension in 2012 and many figured it would be the former White House deputy advisor’s swansong tour. “We haven’t made any final decision yet. The transition planning is coming along very nicely,” Finchem told “We have a really strong group so I don’t think there is any down side to any particular time that I step aside.” The transition Finchem referred to gained momentum last year when Jay Monahan was appointed the circuit’s deputy commissioner, making the former tournament director Finchem’s heir apparent. In quintessential Finchem style, the commissioner has been carefully and meticulously laying the groundwork for his potential exit. Earlier this season he convinced Davis Love III, who turned 51 in April and is making his own transition to the Champions Tour, to run for chairman of the player advisory council which has paved the way for the veteran to become a member of the policy board next year. “I was chairman of the PAC the year [1994] he was brought in to be commissioner, and it’s just to see the transition go back the other way. It’s important to me and to [Finchem] to have guys on the policy board that have experience in a transition time,” Love said. “Everyone assumes it’s [Monahan], but whoever is picked it will be nice to have some guys with experience [on the policy board].” For all of Finchem’s planning, however, he didn’t exactly sound like a man poised on the precipice of his golden years last week at Muirfield Village. “There are a couple of things I’m working on that I’d rather get a little further down the track and they are big things, so it’s a little early to say where they are going to be,” Finchem said. “I don’t have to see them through, but I’d like to get both of them on the right track and I want to work with Jay in a couple of areas, so how that pans out in terms of time I’m not quite certain yet.” Although Finchem would not say what those “big” projects might be, it seems likely his primary focus the next few months will be on resigning FedEx as the umbrella sponsor of the Tour’s season-long race. In February 2012, the logistics firm agreed to a five-year contract extension through the 2017 season and given Finchem’s involvement in the circuit’s move to the season-long competition which began in 2007 it’s likely he would want to assure its future before stepping down. It’s unclear what other projects might keep Finchem at the helm through next June. The Tour’s current television contracts with NBC, Golf Channel and CBS all run through 2021 and golf’s spot in the Olympics, which the commissioner oversaw, is assured through the 2020 Games in Japan. Although Finchem’s current contract was for four years, he said the nine-member policy board, which would need to approve any extension and includes four player directors, would not be bound by any time requirements. “I might stay another year or so after next year, I might move on next year. We’ll have to wait and see,” said Finchem, who added that a decision would likely be made by the end of the year. “I think the board would be comfortable with whatever Jay and I recommend.” Perhaps the most telling sign that Finchem may not be ready to step down just yet came when he was asked what he would consider his legacy after more than two decades as commissioner. “I’ve never really thought about it in those terms,” he said. “If Peyton Manning is the quarterback and you go to the Super Bowl, he had a great season but there are 48 guys on the team. “I’d like to think that when I get done, people look at me and say, ‘OK, he worked his butt off, a lot got done and the players and the stakeholders looked at his time and thought a good job was done for them.” And it appears the man who is already scheduled to stay in the job two years longer than his mentor, Deane Beman, whom he succeeded as commissioner, might not be done working his butt off just yet.last_img read more

Charges Dismissed in Twitter Intimidation Case

Posted On May 27 2021 by

first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Prosecutors have agreed to dismiss charges against a man who allegedly threatened to shoot school children and religious leaders on Twitter.David Lenio’s public defender, Brent Getty, filed a deferred prosecution agreement in Flathead County District Court on March 3. In it, Flathead County Attorney Ed Corrigan agreed to dismiss intimidation charges against Lenio if he remains law abiding for two years.The only other restriction for Lenio within the agreement is that he informs his attorney of where he is living for the next two years.“These tweets never amounted to the charge of intimidation,” Getty said. “This case would have been very difficult for the state to present at trial and we’re very pleased that they’ve agreed to this deferred prosecution. We believe it’s a just result.”Corrigan was unavailable for comment on Friday afternoon.If Lenio breaks the law within two years, prosecutors could again pursue the charges against him.Lenio was charged last winter with intimidation and criminal defamation, both felonies, for comments he made on Twitter in late 2014 and early 2015.In one online post on Feb. 12, 2015, Lenio allegedly wrote, “I bet I could get at least 12 unarmed sitting ducks if I decide to go on a killing spree in a school. Sounds better than being a wage slave.” And in another tweet, sent on Feb. 15, he reportedly wrote, “If my tax dollars can go to blowing up Palestine school kids then surely I can tweet about how cool killing school kids is.”On Feb. 16, an officer with the Kalispell Police Department contacted Lenio to talk to him about his tweets. Lenio admitted that he had sent the messages and that he was “trying to bring attention to certain social issues,” according to court documents. He then told the officer that he was glad his tweets were gaining the attention of law enforcement and school officials.Later that same day, an officer talked to Lenio’s roommate, who said Lenio had brought rifles and ammunition to their home the night before, according to authorities. Police obtained a search warrant for Lenio’s apartment and found a 9mm semi-automatic rifle and a Russian-made bolt-action rifle in his bedroom. They also found numerous rounds of ammunition in Lenio’s bedroom and basement. Later they conducted a search of Lenio’s vehicle and found a .32 caliber semi-automatic pistol and more ammunition. They also discovered marijuana, a pipe and jugs of urine.Lenio was arrested Feb. 16, 2015, as he was coming back from snowboarding at Whitefish Mountain Resort.Lenio pleaded not guilty to the charges soon after his arrest. He spent five months in the Flathead County Detention Center before being released into the custody of his family in Michigan. The charge of criminal defamation was later dropped.The decision to drop the rest of the charges against Lenio surprised the man who first pointed out the tweets to authorities. Jonathan Hutson, a Maryland media consultant who previously worked for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, accused the local criminal justice system of giving Lenio special treatment.“The state of Montana is reloading a man who has threatened to massacre school children and religious leaders,” Hutson told the Beacon.Rabbi Francine Green Roston is a leader of the local Jewish community and helped organize a rally last year to encourage the county to take Lenio to trial. She said she was surprised at the decision to drop charges and said that law enforcement clearly thought Lenio posed a threat to the community.“It’s very disappointing that the prosecutors were unable or unwilling to bring this case to trial,” she said. Emaillast_img read more

State Pension will not be abolished – Minister Doherty

Posted On May 26 2021 by

first_img Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows The Government has categorically ruled out any prospect of abolishing the State Pension.It’s in response to media coverage of a new report in which a member of the Pensions Authority raised the prospect of the State Pension being scrapped, once a pension scheme in which workers are automatically enrolled is established.But Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty has stated unequivocally the State Pension will not be abolished:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Previous articleDonegal defeat Derry to record first win in Division 2B of NHLNext articleDonegal Ladies earn late draw against Galway News Highland News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR DL Debate – 24/05/21 Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+center_img By News Highland – February 4, 2018 WhatsApp Pinterest Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA WhatsApp State Pension will not be abolished – Minister Doherty Facebook Pinterest Google+ Homepage BannerNewslast_img read more