South American and African Nations to Discuss Cooperation in Uruguay

first_imgBy Dialogo January 14, 2013 Representatives of 24 South American and African countries bordering the Atlantic Ocean will discuss how to increase their cooperation regarding environmental issues, soil mapping, and maritime exploration, as well as the fight against organized crime. The VII Ministerial Meeting of the South Atlantic Peace and Cooperation Area (ZOPACAS), created in 1986 by a U.N. General Assembly Resolution, will be held on January 15 and 16 in the Uruguayan capital. The goal is to “generate solid cooperation mechanisms with visible results, while discussing environmental, airport and maritime security issues, as well as countering transnational crime,” said a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The document also stated that Defense Ministers from several countries that are a part of the institution will participate in this event. ZOPACAS is made up of representatives from Angola, Argentina, Benin, Brazil, Cape Verde, Cameroon, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Liberia, Namibia, Nigeria, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Sierra Leona, South Africa, Togo and Uruguay.last_img read more

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NHL power rankings: Flyers, Maple Leafs, Canucks see postseason in playoff prediction edition

first_imgWho will make it and who will not? It may still be too early to tell, but, who doesn’t love predictions?This week’s power rankings predict the 16 teams that will still be strapping on their gear when the Stanley Cup playoffs begin April 8.MORE: Last week’s power rankingsNHL power rankings1. Boston Bruins, 96 points (15 games left)Last ranking: 1Get that Presidents’ Trophy shiny for Beantown — but don’t touch it, Zdeno Chara.2020 playoff prediction: Atlantic Division champs2. St. Louis Blues, 90 points (15 games left)Last ranking: 3Craig Berube’s squad will win the wild, wild Western Conference.2020 playoff prediction: Central Division champs3. Tampa Bay Lightning, 87 points (16 games left)Last ranking: 2Again, apologies to Jon Cooper for ever entertaining the idea he should be fired.2020 playoff prediction: Second in Atlantic Division4. Colorado Avalanche, 87 points (17 games left)Last ranking: 10Colorado has destroyed everything in its path lately — like an … avalanche. The only thing better than the Avs’ seven straight wins is the Blues’ eight.2020 playoff prediction: Third in Central Division5. Philadelphia Flyers, 83 points (17 games left)Last ranking: 11They may have a tough schedule the rest of the way, but it’s been nine years since they’ve won a division title — and this year the drought will end.2020 playoff prediction: Metropolitan Division champs6. Pittsburgh Penguins, 82 points (17 games left)Last ranking: 4Sid the Kid will get another chance at the Cup, backed by a stacked roster.2020 playoff prediction: Second in Metropolitan Division7. Washington Capitals, 86 points  (17 games left)Last ranking: 6Who doesn’t want a Crosby-Alex Ovechkin first-round matchup? Ok, maybe everyone who wants a “Battle of Pennsylvania.” But still, this would be quite an entertaining matchup.2020 playoff prediction: Third in Metropolitan Division8. Vegas Golden Knights, 82 points (14 games left)Last ranking: 5It’s a weak Pacific Division, but being 9-1-0 in the last 10 certainly doesn’t hurt in solidifying the division crown.2020 playoff prediction: Pacific Division champspic.twitter.com/cBKs3MLlqY— Robin Lehner (@RobinLehner) March 4, 20209. Dallas Stars, 82 points (16 games left)Last ranking: 9The Stars have one of the best goalie tandems in the NHL and one of the easiest schedules down the stretch.2020 playoff prediction: Second in Central Division10. Edmonton Oilers, 80 points (15 games left)Last ranking: 8Dear hockey gods, please. 2020 playoff prediction: Second in Pacific Division11. Calgary Flames, 75 points (15 games left)Last ranking: 14Dear hockey gods, please see above.2020 playoff prediction: Third in Pacific Division12. Toronto Maple Leafs, 78 points (15 games left)Last ranking: 16Well … they won’t have to play Boston in the first round this year.2020 playoff prediction: Third in Atlantic Division13. New York Islanders, 78 points (17 games left)Last ranking: 12The Isles’ saving grace is the Blue Jackets have one of the toughest schedules down the stretch.2020 playoff prediction: East’s first wild card14. Winnipeg Jets, 74 points (14 games left)Last ranking: 19Connor Hellebucyk is willing this all on his own.2020 playoff prediction: West’s first wild card15. Vancouver Canucks, 74 points (17 games left)Last ranking: 7With two games in hand, the Canucks could overtake the Flames or Oilers. But with Jacob Markstrom out they’ll hang on to a playoff spot by the skin of their teeth.2020 playoff prediction: West’s second wild card 16. Carolina Hurricanes, 75 points (18 games left)Last ranking: 15The Storm Surge will see the postseason.2020 playoff prediction: East’s second wild card17. Columbus Blue Jackets, 78 points (15 games left)Last ranking: 21The fact that this team, despite the injuries that piled up, are in the picture this late in the season is a testament to John Tortorella and his players.2020 playoff prediction: Just miss18. New York Rangers, 74 points (16 games left)Last ranking: 13While Artemi Panarin may be making a case for the Hart Trophy, the injury to Chris Kreider means curtains on the Broadway Blueshirts season.2020 playoff prediction: So close.19. Nashville Predators, 72 points (16 games left)Last ranking: 182020 playoff prediction: Almost 20. Arizona Coyotes, 72 points (15 games left)Last ranking: 202020 playoff prediction: Next year21. Minnesota Wild, 73 points (16 games left)Last ranking: 232020 playoff prediction: It was a good run22. Florida Panthers, 73 points (16 games left)Last ranking: 172020 playoff prediction: Maybe 2021? 23. Montreal Canadiens, 71 points (14 games left)Last ranking: 262020 playoff prediction: No24. Buffalo Sabres, 66 points (16 games left)Last ranking: 222020 playoff prediction: Not happening25. Chicago Blackhawks, 68 points (16 games left)Last ranking: 242020 playoff prediction: Nope26. New Jersey Devils, 64 points (16 games left)Last ranking: 252020 playoff prediction: No chance in … 27. San Jose Sharks, 62 points (16 games left)Last ranking: 302020 playoff prediction: Of course not28. Ottawa Senators, 58 points (15 games left)Last ranking: 272020 playoff prediction: That’s a no from me, dawg.29. Anaheim Ducks, 60 points (16 games left)Last ranking: 292020 playoff prediction: Mighty Ducks — the movie — is better30. Los Angeles Kings, 56 points (16 games left)Last ranking: 28 There’s exactly a month left until the 2019-20 NHL regular season wraps up.After the final horn on April 4, 15 teams will officially be hitting the links while 16 teams’ focus shifts to the ultimate prize: Lord Stanley’s Cup. 2020 playoff prediction: Really?31. Detroit Red Wings, 35 points (14 games left)Last ranking: 312020 playoff prediction: C’monlast_img read more

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England’s Ôinspirational’ golf volunteers are honoured

first_img3 Apr 2014 England’s Ôinspirational’ golf volunteers are honoured Seven inspirational volunteers, who encourage others to take up and enjoy golf, were recognised yesterday when they were named England Golf’s 2014 Volunteers of the Year. They are: Keith Mitchell of Essex, Suzy Smith of Oxfordshire, Mark Knight of Hertfordshire, Lloyd Millwood of Middlesex, Mike Greener of Durham, Fiorella Badin from Surrey, and Lacey Clark of Kent The 2014 awards were presented during a gala dinner at the annual County Golf Development Conference at Staverton Park, Northamptonshire. The winners were applauded by those leading the vision to ‘grow the game’ at grassroots level through the national network of County Golf Partnerships. David Joy, the England Golf Chief Executive, said: “Volunteers play a vital role in the development of golf at every level and we are fortunate to have so many dedicated and talented people who readily volunteer at club, county, regional and national levels. “We are delighted to be recognising the great work of seven inspirational people this year who have done so much to encourage others to take up the game, to play more often and to improve.” The award winners: Lifetime Achievement Award for Services to Golf – male Keith Mitchell of Rochford Hundred Golf Club, Essex Keith has been volunteering in golf for almost two decades and has helped encourage over 2000 boys and girls to get into golf. His first involvement was at his club, where he played a crucial role in the creation of the thriving cadets’ section and, working with the club’s PGA professional,  started the ‘Hi-Fliers’ to attract and encourage ‘new-to-golf’ children. He has also helped to forge links with local schools to interest more youngsters in golf. After being club captain, he joined the Essex Golf Union in 2009 and has managed the U16 and U14 teams and helped develop coaching programmes for young golfers. He represented the Union on the Essex County Golf Partnership and was involved with the introduction of the County Academy Programme.  Keith also developed the U14 Junior Golf Tour, the county U12 coaching centres and the five new starter centres established this year. Essex President John Peters commented: “The Essex Golf Union is proud of Keith Mitchell’s personal achievements and his dedication to promoting junior golf in general and Essex in particular. “Keith’s work and commitment has been outstanding over a period approaching 20 years and he has been the catalyst for over 2000 young boys and girls getting into golf.” Lifetime Achievement Award for Services to Golf – female Suzy Smith of Henley Golf Club, Oxfordshire Suzy has made a huge contribution to junior golf within her club, within Oxfordshire and within the BB&O (Berks, Bucks & Oxon) County Golf Partnership.   She has been on the club’s junior committee for 11 years, taking a very active role to encourage children to play golf, and supporting the club professional in his work with juniors. In the last two years alone she’s organised free sessions to give 1200 local school children a taste of golf. Suzy has also been the Oxfordshire Ladies’ county junior organiser and is still involved with the county juniors. She also helped to set up the BB&O Partnership’s Academy and, as a level one coach, works both within her club and the partnership programmes. Henley’s PGA professional Mark Howell said: “Henley Golf Club would not be the same if it wasn’t for Suzy’s enthusiasm and all the time she gives up to organise golf in the area.” Suzy has been a member at Henley since childhood and was ladies’ captain in 2003, following in the footsteps of her mother, who held the office in 1988. They are Henley’s only ‘mother and daughter’ captains. County Development Award Mark Knight of Redbourn Golf Club, Hertfordshire PGA professionals, parents, club and county golf figures are unanimous: Mark Knight is an inspiration in the world of junior golf. He’s reckoned to spend around 40 hours a week on his volunteer work, which include club, county and national roles. They include being junior organiser at his club and nurturing a section with around 90 youngsters, including a strong girls’ membership. Mark also helped Redbourn achieve the GolfMark High Achiever status and has supported other clubs to achieve the national award for junior and beginner-friendly facilities. He helps to run the Hertfordshire Golf Partnership’s junior tours and he’s involved as a volunteer level 1 coach with the County Academy Programme. He has a key role with Hertfordshire junior leagues, liaises with the County Schools’ Association and runs the strength and conditioning programme for county players. Mark is also the manager for the England Golf U16 girls’ Thames Valley squad. PGA professional Lee Jordan of Little Hay Golf Club is the lead coach for the County Academy Programme. He commented: “I have never met anyone in the game of golf that devotes as much time to junior golf as Mark Knight, he is a true inspiration and role model.” Club Development Award Lloyd Millwood of Pinner Hill Golf Club, Middlesex Lloyd Millwood’s hard work has made Pinner Hill a recognised centre of development for juniors in Middlesex. Since he took over as junior organiser in 1996 he has grown the junior section from 42 members – including one girl – to 106, of whom 24 are girls. In addition he has created a thriving nursery section of 30 children aged four to eight years. Lloyd trained as a beginner coach and has taken regular free classes in local schools. He’s also recruited nine other adult volunteers who have trained as coaches to help with the nursery section. He organises a comprehensive series of coaching courses for youngsters, all the way from beginner status right through to Middlesex junior county team level. Pinner Hill currently provides six members to the Middlesex boys’ team and eight to the Middlesex girls’ team. One junior has represented England and two girls have been chosen for this year’s England Golf Thames Valley regional U16 squad. Lloyd has also expanded the programme of competitions and matches for juniors and successfully achieved the GolfMark award for the club, in recognition of its junior and beginner friendly facilities. Now, he is turning his attention to the club’s adult membership. Volunteer Coach of the Year Mike Greener of the David Leadbetter Academy, Durham Mike Greener is a level 1 coach who regularly works alongside David Leadbetter coach Andrew Nicholson at the Wynyard Golf Club, supporting the development of the academy. He helps with the administration of the development programmes for the Durham county men’s squads and also attends county matches to assist in the evaluation of squad performance. Mike has a similar role with the Durham girls’ squad who are currently top in the northern counties and were unbeaten last year. Mike is the manager of the England Golf U16 girls’ squad for Yorkshire, which Andrew coaches. In addition, he has supported the Durham County Golf Partnership’s County Academy Programme by assisting lead coach Craig Dilley in coaching younger players aged 8-15. Andrew commented: “Mike has volunteered too many hours to count over the past year and has become a very experienced coach through the varied work he has done to support players of all ages and gender. “I am without doubt saying that Mike as an unpaid volunteer has a profound impact on both local and national squad development and it would be great if he were recognised for this at a national level.”   Young Volunteer of the Year (18-25) Fiorella Badin of Kingston University, Surrey Fiorella became a golf activator in 2012 when she came over from Spain to study law at Kingston University, Surrey. She found out about the role at a freshers’ fair and, having played golf in Spain, she was quickly involved. She has encouraged students to join the golf society and has linked with the local Get into golf centre at Sandown Park where members go for lessons and to play the nine-hole course.  Crazy golf at World of Golf is another popular date. A Facebook page helps to keep keeps the students in touch with the busy programme which includes golf days, social events, meetings with other university societies and night golf. The society now has its own committee with marketing and events coordinators. Fiorella, 19, has also become a level one coach and has attended training with the Golf Foundation as a Street Golf activator. Fiorella has already been recognised by her university and has received Kingston’s VIPs award: Volunteers Inspiring Young People via Sport. Young Volunteer of the Year (Under 18) Lacey Clark of West Kent Golf Club Lacey Clark loves golf and encouraging more people to play and has already won an England Golf Gold Award after volunteering at least 50 hours in her local community. The 16-year-old was inspired to volunteer in golf by her aunt, Kim Brusadelli, who is a past winner of an England Golf Volunteer of the Year award and who is now the club support officer for the Kent Golf Partnership. “I’ve pretty much followed Kim,” said Lacey. “I started going in to schools with her when I was about 10!” Lacey, who plays for the Kent girls’ team and has a handicap of six, is a familiar figure at festivals, in schools and at taster events, where she encourages people of all ages to try the game. She’s the student activator for golf at Bromley College – she’s taking a BTec in Sport at the Orpington campus – and is generating enthusiasm for the sport among fellow students. Lacey-Rose has also just completed a two-year term as junior captain at Aquarius Golf Club, where she is also a member. She has just joined the England Golf Partnership’s Youth Panel, which gives young people a voice in the future of golf in England. “She proves to be a great ambassador for our great game,” commented Kim. Image (© Leaderboard Photography) shows from left (back row) Mike Greener, Keith Mitchell, Mark Knight and Lloyd Millwood; (front row) Lacey Clark, Suzy Smith and Fiorella Badin.last_img read more

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New Zealand Women’s Cricket team captain announces pregnancy with her teammate

first_imgAdvertisement x8wp388NBA Finals | Brooklyn VsbWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ewfco( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) Would you ever consider trying this?😱1wtywcrCan your students do this? 🌚arRoller skating! Powered by Firework New Zealand women’s cricket team captain Amy Satterthwaite announced her pregnancy with wife Lea Tahuhu on Tuesday. The skipper was engaged to her New Zealand teammate in 2014 and the couple later tied the knot back in March 2017. Announcing about her pregnancy on Twitter, Satterthwaite wrote, “Lea and I are thrilled to share that I am expecting our first child early in the new year. Words cannot describe how excited we are about this new chapter”. Tahuhu, in response, retweeted her partner’s tweet and said, “And then there were 3”.Advertisement Same-sex marriage has been legal in New Zealand since August 19, 2013. The legalisation bill was passed by the New Zealand House of Representatives on April 17, 2013 by 77 votes to 44 and received royal assent on April 19. Apart from Satterthwaite and Tahuhu, South Africa women’s cricket team captain Dane van Niekerk has also tied the knot with her teammate Marizanne Kapp. They became the first married couple to bat together in an International Cricket Council (ICC) tournament, while playing against Sri Lanka in the Women’s World T20 Championship.Advertisement Amy Satterthwaite has represented her country in 119 ODIs and 99 T20Is, while her wife Lea, has played 66 ODIs and 50 T20Is with 70 ODI and 44 T20I wickets to her name. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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