Latin American Sailors Attend Coast Guard Course in Colombia

first_imgBy Dialogo April 18, 2009 BOGOTA, April 17, 2009 (AFP) – Navy alumni from 12 Latin American countries and the Caribbean kicked off on the first international coast guard course in the Colombian port of Cartagena, which will last two months, according to a military report on Friday. The objective of this course is to train staff in maritime law enforcement procedures at sea and in the protection of human life, to successfully carry out the operations assigned during their terms of service, according to the report. The course was attended by pupils from the navies of Chile, Mexico, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Trinidad and Tobago, Panama, Honduras, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, and Colombia.last_img read more

Women and Girls’ Golf Week is coming back!

first_img29 May 2019 Women and Girls’ Golf Week is coming back! Women and girls will celebrate their love of golf and be encouraged to take up the sport when a second awareness week is held across Great Britain and Ireland later this summer.Building on the success of last year’s online campaign, Women and Girls’ Golf Week is the inspiration of England Golf and will take place from 29 July – 4 August.Launched today, exactly two months before the dedicated week takes place, it is also being promoted by Scottish Golf, Wales Golf and The Irish Ladies Golf Union and is designed to unite the golf industry in growing the women and girls’ game.The R&A, the European Tour, the Ladies European Tour, The Professional Golfers’ Association and the Golf Foundation are also among the bodies supporting the activity.The organisations will tell the stories of women and girls who are involved in many different ways in the sport, celebrate their successes and challenge perceptions associated with women and girls’ golf.Women and girl golfers everywhere, from beginners to volunteers to leading Tour players, are invited to join the conversation, again using the #WhyIGolfClubs across the home nations are also encouraged to deliver activity in line with the themes of the week, promoting participation activities they are running for women and girls through initiatives such as Get into Golf, New2Golf, Girls Golf Rocks, Golf4Girls4Life and We Love Golf.The week has again been timed to coincide with the AIG Women’s British Open being staged at Woburn from 1 – 4 August.Nick Pink, England Golf Chief Executive, said: “We are looking forward to the second staging of the week, again designed to show what an important role women and girls play in golf and to highlight the potential there is to develop the sport.“The reaction to last year’s campaign was fantastic, generating over 12 million Twitter impressions, and we are delighted to again be working together with the other home associations in Ireland, Scotland and Wales, to make a real difference. We urge golfers and non-golfers to get involved, as well as encouraging clubs to provide opportunities to promote women and girls’ golf locally.”Each day of Women and Girls’ Golf Week will have a specific theme. Look out for stories on:Monday 29 July: Careers – women working in different areas of the industryTuesday 30 July: Celebrities – celebrity endorsers who love the sportWednesday 31 July: Health and Wellbeing – the many health benefits of the sportThursday 1 August: Competing – key events and pathway for progressionFriday 2 August: Volunteers – the hidden heroes of the sportSaturday 3 August: Participation – focus on participation programmes nationwideSunday 4 August: Wrap-up – highlights from the weekThis year’s Women and Girls’ Golf Week will also draw attention to the 2019 Solheim Cup, the much anticipated match between the top women professionals of Europe and the USA, which takes place at Gleneagles in September.The week also builds on the first ever Golf and Health Week held last month, which again saw various golfing bodies working collaboratively to highlight the sport’s health benefits and reach an audience of over 20 million on social media.Image copyright Leaderboard Photography Tags: #WhyIGolf, Women and Girls’ Golf Weeklast_img read more

Some colleges tell players not to sign autographs

first_imgIn this April 1, 2014, file photo, Florida State quarterback and 2013 Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston autographs a program from the BCS National Championship for Michelle Reilly in the Capitol Courtyard in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Phil Sears, File)Mississippi State star Dak Prescott says he is taking steps to avoid being the next college football star to be accused of exchanging autographs for cash.“I’ve started just personalizing things — making sure I write to the person that they’re asking for. And I don’t sign things in bundles — just being a lot more aware of what I’m signing,” the Heisman Trophy contender said.Personalizing an autographed item lowers its value.Good idea, but still a simple Google search of ‘Dak Prescott autograph’ generates about a dozen images of photographs, mini-helmets and footballs for sale with Prescott’s signature on them. Or at least a signature the seller claims to be Prescott’s. Prices range for $20 for an 8×10 print to $200 for that mini-helmet, which would otherwise go for about $30.Somebody is making a nice profit off this stuff.From left are file photos showing college football players Braxton Miller, Ohio State; Bryce Petty, Baylor; Nick Marshall, Auburn; Myles Jack, UCLA; Marcus Mariota, Oregon and Todd Gurley, Georgia. Six players that have a chance of taking home the Heisman trophy. (AP Photo/File)A year after Johnny Manziel was suspended for a half after an investigation by Texas A&M and the NCAA into whether he was paid to sign memorabilia, Georgia’s Todd Gurley is being investigated for the same thing. The star running back has already missed one game, and it’s unclear if he’ll return.The quantity of signatures from Heisman winner Jameis Winston  — many authenticated by the same company linked to Gurley — has forced Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher to field questions about whether his two-sport star has done anything wrong.“He’s never taken a dime for anything,” Fisher said earlier this week. “He’s signed thousands of things. I mean, the guy sits for an hour and a half before a baseball game and signed and an hour and a half after a baseball game. … He is very accommodating to people.”In some cases, schools have encouraged their players to be less accommodating.Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel reacts after being selected by the Cleveland Browns as the 22nd pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, Thursday, May 8, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)Arizona wide receiver Austin Hill said coach Rich Rodriguez has made the team cut back on the impromptu autograph sessions after games.“I think our media staff and everyone we have now controls it a little better than what we had in the past, because in the past there used to be people around McKale (Center) just with pieces of paper, with footballs, with random things, trying to get us to sign,” he said. “To be nice, we used to sign them. But since Coach Rod got here, it hasn’t been too much of a problem.”Of course, sometimes the school asks him to sign material.“I had to sign a couple of footballs for some big donors, things like that,” Hill said.Former Louisville player Calvin Pryor, now with the New York Jets, said he didn’t get asked to do much signing in college but saw plenty of demand for teammate Teddy Bridgewater, the record-breaking quarterback who is now with the Minnesota Vikings.Pryor, who played under coach Charlie Strong, now with Texas, said Louisville coaches had a very clear policy: Do not give any autographs, and that the staff monitored it closely.He said the message was: “Better be safe than sorry, because we don’t want you to get suspended or having to go through the NCAA. They just kept us away from it.”That meant occasionally disappointing fans, though Louisville would hold formal sessions that gave fans access to players. Pryor said those took the pressure off the biggest stars.“I think that’s a smarter way to do it,” he said.South Carolina receiver Pharoh Cooper said there are no rules against signing away from school-sponsored events, but the Gamecocks are drilled on the rules by compliance staff and coaches and told to be wary.“They just ask us to be careful about it, about what we sign and how many items,” he said. “But sometimes, they’ll tell you to personalize it. People are going to try and get money off your name and sell it, so you’ve just really got to be smart about what you do.”Those school sponsored autograph sessions can be part of the problem, though. They produce hundreds of signed items that nobody is tracking.“It’s always a concern of ours any time that there’s an issue in college football that’s very, very difficult to control externally,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said. “We are very vigilant with our process of how we counsel players, teach players. Our compliance people try to do the best possible job that we can so that we don’t have those issues. There’s a lot of folks out there that are trying to do these types of things for their own personal benefit, and the player is the one that’s going to suffer the consequences if he doesn’t make a good choice and decision.”___AP sports writers Rachel Cohen in Florham Park, New Jersey, Pete Iacobelli in Columbia, South Carolina, David Brandt in Starkville, Mississippi, and John Zenor in Montgomery, Alabama, contributed.___Follow Ralph D. Russo at www.Twitter.com/ralphDrussoAPlast_img read more

Port of Olympia Relaunches Boatswap & Chowder Challenge

first_imgSubmitted by Port of OlympiaCome on down to the waterfront with family and friends for the Port’s Boatswap & Chowder Challenge! The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 18th, at Swantown Marina.Taste at the chowder pots!Shop or browse new and used boats, gear and accessories!Rock out to the Raucous Band!Enjoy entertainment on the waterfront, including a bounce house and trout pondfor kids!Twelve restaurants will compete for bragging rights to the South Sound’s Finest Clam Chowder. For $5, receive a voting token and souvenir mug (while supplies last). Taste chowder from 12:30 p.m. until 2:00 p.m., or choose from other festival foods.Thanks to the sponsors who are making this event possible:  KGY/KAYO Radio, 94.5 ROXY Radio, Nisqually Red Wind Casino, Lucky Eagle Casino, Tom’s Outboard, TwinStar Credit Union, Kitson Boards and Budd Bay Embroidery along with the Port of Olympia.Thanks to the participating restaurants:  Fatso’s Bar & Grill, Firecreek Grill, Fish Tale Brewpub, Hawk’s Prairie Casino, Lucky Eagle Casino, Nisqually Red Wind Casino, Paprika Café & Catering, Red Lion Hotel – West Water Restaurant,  South Bay Pub & Eatery, The Sidewalk Café, Tug Boat Annie’s and Vern’s Foods & Farm.Swantown Marina is located on the East Bay of Budd Inlet at 1022 Marine Drive NE, Olympia. Park for free in well-marked lots on Marine Drive and ride a free shuttle to the event, courtesy of Lucky Eagle Casino and Nisqually Red Wind Casino. For driving directions: www.portolympia.com. Facebook1Tweet0Pin0last_img read more