Urban Meyer says Florida, not Ohio State, has best gameday atmosphere

first_imgUrban Meyer might still reside in the heart of Buckeye nation, but it’s The Swamp that he still looks to as college football’s premier home environment.Meyer, part of a three-person panel on Fox College Football, said night home games at Florida are “second to none” — including at Ohio Stadium. MORE: Florida vs. Miami: Betting trends, things to watch, prediction”Steve Spurrier named it The Swamp I believe in the ’90s. It’s very hot,” Meyer said. “Gainesville is, obviously, in the center, right in the center of the state, not a whole lot of air circulates in the center of the state in Florida. Especially early in the season, it is so hot. Only Gators get out alive is what Steve Spurrier said. And so the fans, the student body is incredible and the fans are out of their damn minds.” What’s the best atmosphere in college football?@MattLeinartQB, @OSUCoachMeyer and @ReggieBush make their picks ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/GFGK7Bn406— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) August 21, 2019Meyer announced his retirement as coach of the Buckeyes on Dec. 4 after a season in which he was suspended following a report that he mishandled the Zach Smith domestic abuse allegations. He said health was the primary factor that led to his retirement.Meyer was Ohio State’s coach from 2012-18 after a year-long hiatus from coaching. Before that, he was Florida’s coach from 2005-10. He won two national championships with the Gators (2006 and ’08) and one with the Buckeyes (2014).Meyer, now a college football analyst with Fox Sports, still retains the title of assistant athletics director in Columbus with the Buckeyes. If Meyer is honored for his championship-winning at Ohio State, it will be interesting to see what reception he receives from a home stadium that might be second to one in his opinion.last_img read more

German Grandmaster Gustafsson Wins Thai Open Chess

first_img(Left to right) Nigel Short, England, second place; Jan Gustafsson, Germany, winner; Paco Vallejo, Spain, third place.Gustafsson, seeded third at the start of the tournament, finished equal on points with the top two seeds, Paco Vallejo of Spain and England’s Nigel Short but was awarded the 11th Thai Open title because he had played tougher opposition. Short, who lost to Gustafsson in the critical game of the tournament, was awarded the runners-up cup. The three players shared 220,000 Baht in prize money. In a dramatic final day of play, Short, 45, seemed to have the most difficult task but he smoothly outplayed Indian Grandmaster Abhijit Kunte.Both Gustafsson, 31, and Vallejo, 28, were required to play tricky endgames against Norwegian youngster Kjetil Stokke and Bangladeshi veteran Niaz Murshed but both outplayed their opponents to reach the tie for first.Sunday’s final round of Thailand’s largest and strongest open tournament was a grim one for local players with the leading Thai performer Wisawat Teerapabpaisit missing a chance to reach sixth place after losing to Indian Grandmaster Jha Sriram.2011 Thai Open Final scores=1 Gustafsson, Short, Vallejo 7.5 points=4 Voigt, Yang 7=6 Hansen, Palit, Sriram, Saptarshi, Illingworth 6.5 German Grandmaster Jan Gustafsson has won the 2011 Thai Chess Open in Pattaya after finishing in a three-way tie for first place and winning the title on a tiebreaker.last_img read more

George Gamble on fire at Eastern Star Golf Course

first_imgLoading…Sponsored ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way Thursday, 27th February Eastern Star StablefordOn Thursday the 27th February Eastern Star was our venue. It was again a nice and sunny warm day with a strong cool breeze. The course was in very good condition with a good roll on the fairways and hardly any dry brown spots. The greens were in good condition and fast.George Gamble, who struggled on Tuesday, finished on top Thursday. He played very consistent and won with 42 Stableford points. Second was Dave Smith with 36 and third Ty Anderson with 34.The near pins were won by Jonathan Pratt, Willem Lasonder, Ty Anderson and Stan Rees. George Gamble had a revelation on Thursday.PSC Golf from Siam Country Resort PattayaTuesday 25th February Pleasant Valley StablefordOn Tuesday 25th February 2020 we went with 4 groups to Pleasant Valley Golf & Country Club Pattaya. It was a nice sunny day with sometimes a cooling breeze, but after midday it is was getting too warm. The course was in good condition and it was really a pleasant day.center_img Almost the whole group played in the thirties Tuesday. John Feeney was in very good form and beat the thirties. He became the winner with 40 Stableford points. Second was Neil Harvey with 38 points, beating Stephen Ford on the count back. Fourth was Sam Gettinby with 36 points. We also9 had three 35s, Danny Garvey, Bob Edwards and Ty Anderson.The near pins were won by Dave Smith, Bob Edwards and John Feeney.last_img read more


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Baghdatis loses out in bizarre fashion in Dubai

first_imgBy Andreas VouMarcos Baghdatis retired due to cramps in the tie-break of the deciding set in the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship, after spurning a golden chance to seal the match against Croatian teenager Borna Coric in the final set.The 18-year-old had started strongly against Baghdatis, taking the first set 6-4.Coric is the youngest player in the top-100 and is this week enjoying a career-high ranking of 84 so, despite his tender age, he was an opponent who deserved a degree of respect.Baghdatis bounced back strongly in the second set with a more decisive approach which seemed to catch Coric by surprise as the former world number eight, who is now ranked 62, won the set 6-3 to level the encounter.Baghdatis’ last match against Croatian opposition ended in victory when the 29-year-old Cypriot beat Ivo Karlovic on his own patch in the opening round of the Zagreb Indoors last month but he was unable to achieve the same feat against the youngster on Wednesday.He thought he had sealed the match when he twice broke Coric to take a 4-1 advantage only for the teenager to rally back to 6-6 and force a tiebreak.But with the tiebreak score at 4-4, Baghdatis retired through what appeared to be cramps, meaning that Coric will now take on Andy Murray in the third round.last_img read more

GFW 2016 culminates on Sunday – Model Image winners to be revealed

first_imgGuyana Fashion Week (GFW) is in full swing and has always mandated its alignment with social causes – local and internationally conscious platforms. This year, is no exception. GFW is recognising the contributions of the differently able to a developing society. Bringing awareness to differently able persons is one of the missions of GFW 2016. In keeping with this focus, GFW is highlighting a differently able designer, Setra Oselmo, who will be featured in the Aspiring Designer showcase on November 11, at the Pegasus Hotel at 16:00h.The policy of inclusion has been incorporated into the sustainable development goals of GFW, whereby all creative practitioners would be allowed access to participate in creative expression, irrespective of their disability.Working in conjunction with the Social Protection Ministry, the Executive of GFW will be highlighting awareness of Trafficking In Persons as an underpinning of the social cause strategy of GFW.Another awareness drive promoted by GFW is the national anti-domestic violence campaign – “Breaking the Silence”. Last weekend, GFW in collaboration with Help and Shelter hosted a fundraising fashion event at the residence of the home of the US Ambassador, Perry Holloway to sensitise the public to the needs of the victims of domestic violence.Partnering with empowerment initiatives is an essential ingredient of the GFW menu. So when Calvin Ming, Guyanese race car driver won his round in the Formula 1 qualifier, it was only natural for the GFW Executive to celebrate the win of a relative of one of the prominent partners of GFW, over the years.Opportunities for ‘brand Guyana’ are always priority for GFW, so nation-building alignments are a must. The Guyana Fashion Week will culminate on Sunday evening with the grand finale followed by an ‘All White’ after party.Thus far, several regional and international designers are already in Guyana to participate in the event. In fact, several teams of professional models from Trinidad and Tobago, Curacao and Antigua and Barbuda are already inducted into the ewvent.Meanwhile, the highlight of the event will be the announcement of the first ever model image competition. This will be done on the evening of Saturday. GFW Model Image will feature 11 young men and 17 young women participating in an empowering exercise for creative enthusiasts.last_img read more

Star striker’s replacement, Italy goalkeeper wanted and more Chelsea gossip

first_imgIt’s been an efficient summer transfer window, so far, for Chelsea.Antonio Conte, the club’s new manager, has agreed deals for striker Michy Batshuayi and midfielder N’Golo Kante, both of whom are expected to be first team regulars next season.But reports suggest life with the Blues could be getting a little more complicated.Including the possible departure of two key players, along with a move for a new goalkeeper, check out the latest Chelsea transfer gossip by viewing the slideshow above. 5 5 5 2. Chelsea considering third bid for Alvaro Morata amid Diego Costa uncertainty? – On the topic of Diego Costa’s future, the Daily Mirror also state Antonio Conte’s apparent desperation to land Morata will see Atletico wait before making a move. With the Italian so keen on agreeing a deal for the Real Madrid forward, Atletico are reportedly prepared to see how their interest progresses and table a late bid for Costa. It’s understood Chelsea have had two offers turned down by Los Blancos, but could return with a third. Morata is valued at £67m. 5 3. Nemanja Matic wanted to replace Paul Pogba at Juventus? – With the possibility Manchester United may cough up a world record fee for Paul Pogba, Juventus are looking at replacements to the Frenchman. The Daily Mail report Nemanja Matic is Massimiliano Allegri’s first choice, with Newcastle United’s Moussa Sissoko also considered. Matic had a poor last season, but was crucial in the club’s 2014/15 title-winning campaign. Chelsea would want to recoup the £30m paid for his signature in January 2014. 5 4. Blues eyeing Lazio goalkeeper as backup to Thibaut Courtois? – Asmir Begovic is reportedly looking to leave Stamford Bridge this summer, unprepared to spend the new season as understudy to Thibaut Courtois. Antonio Conte, according to La Lazio Siamo Noi, is considering a move for Lazio stopper Federico Marchetti. The Serie A outfit want £6m for the 33-year-old, who was a part of Conte’s Euro 2016 squad. 1. Atletico Madrid refuse to give up on re-signing Diego Costa? Click the arrow above, right, to get up to date on the latest Chelsea transfer gossip – Atleti have been linked with a move for their former striker since the summer following Chelsea’s 2014/15 title win, and this rumour hasn’t gone anywhere. The Daily Mirror now claim the La Liga outfit haven’t given up on hope on securing a deal this summer, believing the centre forward is open to a return. 5. AC Milan closing in on Chelsea outcast Juan Cuadrado? – Despite an impressive loan stint at Juventus last season, Cuadrado’s future at Stamford Bridge remains unclear. It was reported on Friday that AC Milan were planning a move for the winger and Italy sport news outlet Gazzetta World have since stated a deal is close. It’s claimed the Blues are demanding no less than €30m for the Colombia international, while the Rossoneri want to initially sign him on loan with the option of a permanent agreement.last_img read more

Breaking: Funding package granted to iCARE Buncrana

first_imgA €36,000 funding package has been announced for the iCARE charity in Buncrana.The parent-run autism support centre will be provided with vital finance from the Health Service Executive (HSE) this year.The allocation was welcomed as good news by Donegal Minister Joe McHugh, who said that the HSE are working to create a Service Level Agreement with ICARE for more secure funding in the future. Minister McHugh said: “This is really good news today for the iCARE group in Buncrana and all of their staff and volunteers.  They work they do on a daily basis is immense.“Most importantly it is good news and an assurance for the children and parents who use the services iCARE offer.“I raised the question of funding for iCARE with Minister for Disability Issues Finian McGrath when I met him on Wednesday evening.  I was also keen to stress about how vital a role the charity plays.”Minister McHugh said that the €36,000 grant is an important recognition of the place that iCARE has in Inishowen and all of the services that it provides. He added: “I hope that the funding will go some way to giving everyone connected with iCARE the certainty and assurance that they deserve for the year ahead.“It is also good to hear that the HSE are working to create a Service Level Agreement with iCARE to put the arrangements and connections with the charity on a more formal footing.”Breaking: Funding package granted to iCARE Buncrana was last modified: February 25th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Monthly Merchandise Report: February 2019

first_imgExpect to see whatever the trendy color of the month is featured prominently. Rose gold is so last year — purple potion is now the in thing. (And it is into everything!)Speaking of things I hope are in, I’m a huge fan of patches and have a collection on a jacket that goes back many years. (To put it in perspective, I have a patch on my jacket for Boardwalk and Baseball!) Disney is now releasing a ton of new patches, and although they tend to show them on shirts, I think denim jackets with patches are just waiting to become the next big thing again, right? If so, I will take full credit for the trend.I know a lot of people are huge Dooney fans, and I wouldn’t want to sway someone away from their brand loyalty, but I’m a big fan of bags from Loungefly. They’re more reasonably priced than Dooney (for instance the clock face “backpack bag” shown here is only $75), and they’re adorable. I *almost* bought the balloon one for myself while I was there, but I got their Figment bag for the holidays.I’m not a fan of Pop Sockets — they really feel like they’re pinching the life out of my fingers. But holding my phone grip-wise tends to give me a sore hand by the end of a day. I am a huge fan of rings and loops that you can attach to the back of your phone, so when I saw that Disney is now making them, I was thrilled. What do you think? Is this something that would work well for you, or are you a Pop Socket fan?Also in the category of too cool is this small Haunted Mansion portrait clutch. At first, it just looks like a little bag–cute, but only for the most hard-core of Haunted Mansion fans. But then….You can unzip that zipper at the bottom to stretch the portraits out and make a larger bag. Is this clutch actually stretching? Yes, yes it is.Also in the awesome category, I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not a huge fan of reversible sequins–I figure that either means some total stranger is going to come up to you and want to play with your shirt (ew), or you’ll probably end up with half of them one way and half the other, and the shirt looking pretty ragged. In almost all cases, I don’t get why they are a thing. But this shirt may have changed my opinion. It’s a Princess Aurora-themed shirt, and the sequins in Pink and Blue are reversible — so yes, you can make it Pink or make it Blue. How cool is that? Share This!After taking last month’s hiatus to recover from the holiday bills, we’re back for another edition of the Monthly Merchandise Report. This month, I took a quick trip to Disney Springs to visit their insanely Instagrammable store of merchandise options, DisneyStyle. Located over on the West Side, this store may not have something for everyone, but the merchandise they have tends to be incredibly popular. The store can get pretty crowded, so I picked a day that seemed a good one for doing something inside, but hopefully kept crowds away. Translation: It was a pretty wet and dreary day at the Springs. One of the highlights at this store has to be the t-shirts. Many have cute sayings that are perfect for the social media era, or feature tie-ins with favorite attractions, past and present.center_img But not everything can be a winner even in one of the coolest stores at Disney Springs. Here’s my pick for the item most likely to end up at the Outlets soon. I’m a big fan of Monsters, Inc. My daughter went through a phase where she was just like Boo. I love seeing people do Disneybounding. But there are some cases where I just don’t think it works — and this Boo dress is one of them. What do you think, cool or creepy? (And pairing it with the Mike eyeball earrings to the left — uh, no.) So what amazing purchases did I make? Sadly, nothing — the other reason I was at Disney Springs was to renew my annual pass, so no fun shopping for me. On the other hand, while I was over in Guest Relations, they had this little setup about things you can buy for Valentine’s Day, so if you’ve got someone you’re looking to buy for at the last minute, Disney Springs may have the answer you’re looking for, especially for someone with a sweet tooth!If the weather looks a bit on the dreary side, and you don’t mind carrying an umbrella with you, some retail therapy at Disney Springs may be a great way to spend part of a day.Do you have a favorite store at Disney Springs? Got any Disney-related Valentine’s Day gifts for your sweetie planned? Let me know in the comments.last_img read more

6 Unique Ways Leaders Can Boost Employee Wellness

first_imgWhere I work, at HealthFitness, we support healthy choices in our day-to-day operations. For us, it begins with support from the company’s leadership. Our leaders have made a commitment to encouraging healthful behavior in the everyday routine of our employees. Employees at our corporate headquarters in Minneapolis have free access to treadmill workstations and an on-site fitness center—and you’ll see leaders from multiple levels in the organization using both regularly.However, every company is different and it often is challenging to get leaders to actively embrace, let alone serve as champions of, employee health and wellness.One challenge facing employees is the negative stigma that may be associated with working out at work. While employees’ peers may encourage them to spend their lunch hours working out, leaders and managers with the company may still view the activity as “wasting time” during working hours.A growing number of companies are using creative approaches to reach leaders at all levels of the company, actively engage them, and boost employee health. Here’s a look at six of the more innovative approaches I’ve seen recently.1. Beat the boss. I believe the most successful employee wellness programs have visible leadership that can be called upon for support—whether it’s approving strategic program decisions or taking the first official step in a new walking program.For example, senior leaders at one health plan “walk the talk” as they lead weekly walks with employees. Employees track their total steps daily and those that “beat the boss” for the week are entered into a raffle to win a prize—and bragging rights.2. Get dunked. If you had a chance to “dunk” your manager in a dunk take, would you take a shot? Employees at one leading financial services company get the opportunity to make a splash during the company’s “Fitness Field Day,” where employees compete in fun fitness challenges. Senior managers serve as judges for the fitness events and then take turns in the dunk tank!3. Screen time stories. Let your employees know that their health and well-being is important. Use a variety of communication channels spread the word—whether it is email, newsletters, meetings, posters and more. For example, one high-tech company taps into the power of video to engage employees in wellness. Company leaders describe what being healthy means to them during video interviews. The interviews are then shared on video monitors throughout the corporate campus as well as with remote employees.4. Energy in and out. Move beyond the four walls of the fitness centers and ask managers to invite wellness practitioners to meetings to lead energy breaks with their employees.5. Take a tour. Leaders at one manufacturing company serve as wellness tour guides for their departments, taking employees on a tour of the company’s new corporate fitness facility. Not only does this spread the word about the facility; employees learn more about the additional wellness resources, including stress relief, sleep tips and more.6. Provide healthy meals. Instead of providing donuts or unhealthy food options at the next department meeting, a growing number of companies are integrating with their on-site dining services to make energy breaks available, along with a healthy meal.These are only a few of the creative approaches I have seen be successful in the workplace recently. What about you? What unique strategies have worked for you to help leaders activate well-being in your workplace?last_img read more