Toyota, Nissan and Hyundai also shut down North American plants

first_img We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Nissan will be shutting down all U.S. factories starting on Friday, and won’t be re-opening them until April 6. No cases of Nissan workers being infected with coronavirus have been reported, and the closures are only a precautionary measure.Toyota says it won’t be closed for very long, only from March 23 until March 25. All of the manufacturing facilities will be deep-cleaned and disinfected during that time.RELATED Trending in Canada Honda first automaker to shutter North American plants amid coronavirusWhile it, too, hasn’t seen any staff report having caught the disease, Hyundai has confirmed one of its employees at its Alabama factory has tested positive for the virus, leading it to close the plant on Wednesday. Detroit automakers to temporarily shut down North American plants advertisement In accordance with the public health guidelines, the plant needs to be cleaned and disinfected. Hyundai has not announced a date the plant will re-open, but will be performing deep-cleaning and disinfecting until it does. COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS RELATED TAGSHyundaiNissanToyotaFlexNew VehiclesFlex Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” Trending Videos The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Three of the largest automotive manufacturers are now shutting down their factories to combat the spread of COVID-19, in the wake of plant closures kicked off by several other automakers.Toyota, Nissan and Hyundai have all shut down their North American production facilities temporarily.Ford, GM, FCA and Honda closed their plants in the U.S. and Canada earlier this week, in the face of growing concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 2021 Nissan Versa  Handout / Nissan ‹ Previous Next › See More Videoslast_img read more

$5.5 million study to probe impact of marijuana legalization on use, behavior, mental health

first_img Does legalizing recreational marijuana in a state lead its residents to use it, or other substances, more? How does legalization impact careers, family life and mental health? Are some people more vulnerable to its negative impacts than others?These are some of the questions University of Colorado researchers hope to help answer via a sweeping new $5.5 million study of 5,000 twins funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). It is the first and only study of its kind in the nation.“Increasing numbers of states are legalizing recreational marijuana, but we know almost nothing about the health and social consequences of this dramatic and rapid shift in public policy,” says John Hewitt, director of the Institute for Behavioral Genetics at CU Boulder and a co-principal investigator of the study. Director of the Institute for Behavioral Genetics John Hewitt“There is clear need for solid scientific evidence, and the experiment now unfolding in Colorado provides a rare opportunity to accumulate such evidence.”For the study, Hewitt and co-principal investigator Christian Hopfer, MD, a professor of psychiatry at CU’s Anschutz Medical Campus, will collaborate with colleagues at the University of Minnesota to study 1,250 sets of twins ages 23 to 29 there, where recreational use remains prohibited, and 1,250 sets of twins in Colorado, where it has been legal since 2014.As part of several ongoing longitudinal studies of twins, the researchers have already been following the participants for 15 to 20 years, collecting data on their use of marijuana, alcohol and other drugs in adolescence, as well as about their psychological health and social functioning. Via phone and internet surveys over five years, they’ll now collect data from the twins again looking at changes in behavior from prior to legalization to after legalization in the Colorado cohort.By including twins living in Minnesota, the researchers can control for factors—aside from legalization—that might influence outcomes regardless of what state one lives in. In addition to looking at how frequently subjects are using marijuana, the researchers will also look at the methods by which people are using it (edibles, dabbing, smoking, etc.) and how potent—in terms of THC levels—it is.“There is a big cultural change of how marijuana is being used as a result of legalization,” says Hewitt. “Dabbing is just as legal as smoking your grandmother’s grass but the consequences could be very different.”They’ll also ask questions about whether participants—all at an important developmental window of life full of role transitions—are fulfilling their career goals, how their relationships with their family members are and any legal or psychological challenges they may be facing.By looking at pairs of twins, including identical twins (who are genetically identical) and fraternal twins (who are not genetically identical), they’ll also be able to explore what genetic or environmental factors may play a role in making some people more vulnerable than others to any negative impacts of legalization.Want more stories like this in your inbox? Sign up for the CU Boulder Today community edition.“Some people will be fine. Some people may benefit. But for a subset of people, we suspect there will be adverse consequences,” Hewitt says.The researchers note, in the past 15 years, the prevalence of past-year adult marijuana use has doubled in the United States, yet little is known about how much is too much and which populations should be advised to abstain.“If you go to a doctor’s office, there are established guidelines for what you might call safe and appropriate use for alcohol, but doctors have no idea what they should be telling patients when it comes to marijuana use,” says Hopfer.By pulling the data together, the researchers hope to ultimately paint a more accurate picture of how usage changes as a result of legalization and how those changes may impact health in the long run.Minnesota department of psychology researchers Scott Vrieze, Matt McGue and Bill Iacono are also principal investigators on the project. Categories:Health & SocietyNews Headlines Published: Oct. 24, 2017 • By Lisa Marshall center_img Stock photo of a customer at a recreational marijuana dispensary. A new CU Boulder study will explore the impact of legalization on patterns of use and mental health. Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

Inside the PGA Tour’s shutdown at 2020 Players

first_imgPONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – What they recall now, a year later, is the dizzying speed. How the novel coronavirus mushroomed from an international issue into a global pandemic. How in the span of a day, they retreated from 40,000 maskless fans to no spectators to zero tournaments – period – for the next few months. How commissioner Jay Monahan crashed from the high of the PGA Tour’s flagship event to driving home 24 hours later, his head spinning, wondering what the hell had just happened. It was a professional crisis no one could have adequately prepared for, and it all unfolded here – in a dim, cozy conference room on the second floor of the TPC Sawgrass clubhouse. Huddled inside the Board Room, surrounded by oil paintings of the former commissioners, the Tour’s executive leadership team met for more than 12 hours on March 12, 2020, trying to come to grips with an existential threat to their business. On the television they could monitor both the first round of The Players Championship and the breaking-news chyrons on every major network. From the balcony they could watch thousands of fans stroll the lush grounds, buzzing from the day’s action (if not the $9 beers), seemingly oblivious to the chaos unfolding around them. Schools were closing. Businesses were ceasing operations. Borders were locking down. Those seated around the conference room table knew the direction they were headed, but the speed they arrived there, fueled by each bit of concerning news, was disorienting. By nightfall, golf was on an island as small as TPC Sawgrass’ 17th. At the end of a marathon day of meetings, Laura Neal, the Tour’s senior vice president of communications and media content, remembered something she’d learned in a crisis communications class. On a giant pad of paper, she scribbled this question for the group to consider: What would reasonable people appropriately expect us to do? Monahan had been in and out of the room, taking calls, listening to the latest updates, formulating a plan. Then he walked in, glanced at that question on the wall and paused for a moment. The answer was obvious. “It’s over,” he said. “I think it’s over.” Inside the day golf stood still at The Players THE STORY OF THE 2020 Players Championship shutdown is a blur, but also months in the making. The first time Neal heard about COVID-19 was in December 2019, in a blurb on the front page of USA Today. Monahan read about it while traveling to Hawaii for the opening event; a month later, he was at Pebble Beach, meeting with titans of industry, and didn’t have a single conversation about the virus, despite the U.S. declaring a public health emergency on Jan. 31. The Tour’s crisis screening and executive crisis management teams each held meetings in February to discuss the potential impacts – even though they weren’t expected to be felt for another few months. Once the Florida swing began, the Tour had implemented a few precautionary measures. Little was known at the time about the airborne nature of the virus, so the early steps focused on educating the membership and mitigating physical contact and surface transmission (adding sanitizing trees and hand-washing stations, placing continuously self-cleaning stickers on door handles). Players were discouraged from signing autographs, but events featured the usual galleries and media presence. When Tyrrell Hatton donned the traditional winner’s cardigan at Bay Hill, the virus still felt like a faraway storm, not an imminent threat. On Monday of Players week, Monahan and Neal were on a media tour in New York City – in what would soon become the COVID-19 epicenter – to trumpet the Tour’s new media rights deal. The virus was the main topic of discussion on CNBC after a weekend of COVID-related headlines, and while waiting in the green room Monahan heard the guests preceding him predict a significant business impact. “It was just a matter of when,” he said. CNBC On camera, there was an awkward split screen: Monahan speaking optimistically about the Tour’s long-term stability while the stock market plummeted amid a deteriorating health crisis. “It felt like we were right at the start of a huge news and global event,” Neal said. “It all kind of broke loose from there.” But a thousand miles away, back at TPC Sawgrass, there was little sense the Tour’s biggest event would be affected. Following guidance from the CDC, the Chainsmokers performed Tuesday to a packed crowd surrounding the 17th hole. Monahan handed out cufflinks to the first-time participants. Eleven players held a pre-tournament news conference; only two questions – total – pertained to the virus. Monahan’s presser was more comprehensive, but he stressed they were still “full speed ahead” while exercising caution about what was a “very dynamic situation.” Facing increased scrutiny, Andy Levinson, the senior vice president of tournament administration, met with medical advisers about the state of the virus. Compared to other sports, they still believed that golf enjoyed some built-in advantages because it was a non-contact activity spread out over hundreds of acres. Whether that was enough of a differentiator, they didn’t know for sure. “At the time The Players started, we didn’t feel like it was going to impact the tournament,” Levinson said. “Obviously, that changed quickly.” WEDNESDAY NIGHT OF TOURNAMENT week was the commissioner’s annual party at his house. It’s Monahan’s way of welcoming international partners and sponsors into town, but he was taken aback by how many guests had either no-showed or were leaving early the next morning. Monahan had put away his phone to concentrate on the people there. When the last guest left, he turned it on and was flooded with notifications. One alert stood out: The NBA had suspended its season after a player tested positive. Video of the team’s head medical staffer sprinting onto the court was going viral. “That was when I knew,” Monahan said, “that we had a bigger and more immediate problem.” The Tour’s crisis management committee convened late that night to ensure that everyone was aware of the latest round of cancellations – tennis, college sporting events, now the NBA, soon many others – and discuss what other information would need to arise before they made any further decisions. “It felt like a domino, but we also didn’t want to rush and call it off without all the information,” Neal said. “It was kind of a slow death by a thousand cuts.” They hung up around 11 p.m. Wednesday, optimistic The Players could proceed as scheduled. Another meeting was on the books for the morning. “I don’t think any of us could have predicted that we possibly wouldn’t be playing, but you can’t wait until the last minute to start talking about that,” Neal said. “It was more like: This is serious, and tomorrow is not going to be a normal day at the golf course.” Getty Images Rory McIlroy during Round 1 of the 2020 Players Championship.  CONSIDER THE TOUR’S MOMENTUM heading into Thursday, March 12, and the opening round of its $15 million crown jewel: The lucrative media rights deal had just been announced; Rory McIlroy, the reigning Player of the Year, was the tournament’s defending champion; they were launching an every-shot-live stream; and it was absolutely gorgeous that day in Ponte Vedra Beach, with radiant sunshine, highs in the mid-70s and light winds. Ideal scoring conditions – and the perfect setting for the roughly 40,000 fans they were anticipating. After a sleepless night, Monahan arrived at the course around 6 a.m., wanting to get his head right. Jared Rice, executive director of The Players, stood around the first tee to watch the initial groups head off. “At that moment, based on what we knew, we felt prepared to host fans safely,” he said. The scene felt normal, if not a bit fraught; CT Pan had presciently withdrawn and flown home to Texas, while that morning Lucas Glover sharply criticized the Tour’s decision to continue on Twitter. “We were exhausted, and there was just the anxiety of monitoring what’s going on,” Neal said. “But then you get here and it’s a golf tournament. Sometimes once the first ball is hit, you can sort of lean into the golf experience itself.” Each year Levinson and Andy Pazder, the chief of tournaments and competition, work a volunteer shift together as tournament ambassadors. In an information booth on the 18th hole, they direct fans to the bathrooms or shortcuts to certain holes. But about 10 minutes before their shift was supposed to start, Levinson received a text from Pazder: “I’m not going to make it. I’ve got some other things to handle.” And so began a 14-hour crisis meeting.  Levinson and the Tour’s medical adviser, Dr. Tom Hospel, began working the phones and gathering the latest information, with both the White House and the governor’s office voicing their support for the precautionary measures they’d taken. Dennis peeled off with a smaller group in the rules officials’ office, tasked with finding a way to stage the rest of the tournament with only limited personnel on-site. Tyler Dennis, senior VP and chief of operations on Tour, and his team designed a plan that reimagined the experience from arrival to departure and rebuilt a volunteer structure that could have upwards of 800 people in a typical day. Little did they realize they were also drawing up a blueprint for how to return in June. “That moment became a building block for how we got back to playing,” Rice said. Inside the TPC Sawgrass clubhouse, Monahan was in constant communication with health and government officials at the local, state and federal levels, as well as tournament partners and sponsors in the Tour’s upcoming markets. With only a handful of known cases in the state and schools in St. Johns County still open, there was an incongruousness to the decision-making process. “The commissioner, as we were talking through fans, cancel or not cancel, he’s like, ‘I just dropped my girls off at school this morning. They’re sitting in a classroom.’” Neal said. “It just didn’t seem like taking that drastic step to cancel it, that it was time yet considering all the other normal activity that was going on.” Getty Images Laura Neal and Jay Monahan in Friday’s press conference at the 2020 Players.  So instead, they took an intermediate step: Around noon, the Tour announced that The Players would continue as scheduled but without spectators in attendance, a plan that also extended to the next three tournaments. “We were comfortable that, given the nature of the virus, we ultimately could stage the event,” Monahan said. “We weren’t comfortable that we were going to be able to continue that in the weeks that followed.” But that move did little to quell some of the media coverage that asked how the Tour could continue to operate. Players coming off the course began sounding the alarm, too. Bernd Wiesberger fretted about how he’d get home to Austria with rumors of countries imposing travel restrictions. Jon Rahm weighed the risks of playing versus possibly spreading the virus to those more vulnerable. McIlroy suggested that if the Tour were to continue, every player and caddie in the field would first need to be tested. “Today’s overreaction could look like tomorrow’s underreaction,” he cautioned. That afternoon, the steady drumbeat of news continued, in rapid succession: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis recommended limiting mass gatherings. The NCAA canceled the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments. Soccer and hockey paused their seasons, while baseball wiped out the rest of spring training. Broadway suspended performances. “This is all happening in real time,” Rice said. “This is happening so fast for all of us.” Pressure was mounting, but at 6:45 p.m., the Tour released a detailed “operations update” reaffirming its plans to continue the tournament and outlining who would be allowed on property for the next three days. And yet, Neal said, “every 15 minutes it seemed like we were hearing more and more cancellations coming down the line.” None had a bigger impact than the 8:30 p.m. bulletin from Disney World that it would shut down in the next few days. “That’s a big deal in the state of Florida,” Dennis said. “We said, Wow, OK, this is real.” “We started to take a look at: What are the benefits to playing? If we get to Sunday, what do we achieve? And if we just cancel now, what have we achieved?” Neal said. “When you compared the answers to those two questions, one seemed, quite frankly, a little selfish, right? So let’s not be the last to say we’re going to cancel. Let’s be a leader.” Though there was a sentiment among many players (including those on the Tour’s Player Advisory Council) that they should keep playing, as if to show the world they could do so safely, the virus had morphed from a business problem into a communications crisis. That’s why, around 9 p.m., Neal wrote that question – What would reasonable people appropriately expect us to do? – on the wall. That’s why she pressed the group to meet the expectations of those who mattered most: The fans and players. That’s why the Tour eventually pulled the plug. “Ultimately,” Monahan said, “we just felt like it was the safe and responsible thing to do. And I think that is what a reasonable person would have expected us to do. I think there’s certainly people that think that a reasonable person would have said we should have shut it down earlier. But I still feel like we went through the right process and came to the right conclusion. We were a little different in that we were operating in real time, but I’m proud of the way that we got there.” The rest of the night was hectic. Players and media were notified via text and email. Dennis communicated with tournament directors at the upcoming Tour stops. Neal sifted through a “text chain from hell.” Rice contemplated how to help serve the community with all of the unused catering and concessions. Levinson prepared for his role at the Tour to drastically change. And Monahan, well, it hit him on the short drive home – the magnitude of what had happened, the uncertainty that now engulfed his Tour. He barely slept that night. “There was no way if you’d told me 10 days before The Players Championship that’s what my Friday morning was going to look like, or that I would be in front of the media three times that week talking about a pandemic,” Monahan said. “It’s just an amazing but really unfortunate and challenging sequence of events.” Getty Images Billy Horschel talks to the media as he leaves TPC Sawgrass.  EARLY THE NEXT MORNING, players arrived at TPC Sawgrass not in logoed polos and tailored slacks, but in T-shirts and gym shorts. They cleaned out their lockers, answered a few questions from the media and headed back home, unsure when – or if – they’d return to competition in 2020. “Social distancing” was the buzzword of the times, but the media tent was standing-room-only when Monahan started yet another news conference at 9 a.m. “I’m a fighter,” he said in his opening remarks, but this was a battle against an unseen enemy that couldn’t be won, at least not that day, and he needed to relent. In an interview later that morning with NBC’s Mike Tirico, Monahan grew emotional when asked about his past 48 hours. Monahan gets emotional thinking about last 48 hours A year later, that Friday still cuts deep.  “I felt terrible,” he said. “Like, we don’t shut down. We play every week, and I don’t remember a period of time where, OK, I’m leaving here, and I actually don’t know when we’re going to play a golf tournament again. So, it didn’t feel good.” After a brief meeting, Monahan drove home and hopped on his Peloton. He rode for 40 minutes, covering 14 miles, and cleared his head along the virtual path. There was little time to sulk; by the weekend he had already started plotting the Tour’s return. “It was, OK, now we need to start thinking through this,” Monahan said. “We have to keep that same spirit into how we’re going to return. We can’t let up, because the important work is going to be done in the coming days that ultimately put you in a position where you can return in a timeframe that is both reasonable but might be accelerated if you apply yourself.” Monahan spent Players weekend calling the other leading stakeholders in the game, setting the foundation for what would become a group chat and then near-daily calls between golf’s five families. “It’s about collaborating. It’s about respect for each other,” Monahan said. “And this was an opportunity to demonstrate to the world that we could work effectively in the interests of our players, our fans and then our sport. That was a fun and inspiring challenge.” At the forefront were two key issues: revamping the season-long schedule and developing – from scratch – a health and safety plan to combat a novel disease and protect a traveling bubble. Each was a massive undertaking and presented its own challenges. The golf schedule is a Rubik’s Cube that typically takes a few years to solve, but last spring Dennis and his team had weeks to find common ground. (At one point, he was juggling a spreadsheet with more than 50 versions of a schedule.) But it’s no coincidence that on April 6 – on what should have been the first practice-round day of the Masters – they released a new golf calendar, with the logos of the seven major associations atop the press release. “I never thought in my life I would see that day,” Neal said. “Everyone was in this for the common good.” Golf Central Masters, PGA, U.S. Open rescheduled for 2020 BY Rex Hoggard  — April 6, 2020 at 11:20 AM The Grand Slam landscape has been dramatically uprooted by the coronavirus pandemic with golf’s major championship bodies announcing a schedule makeover. Levinson, meanwhile, headed up the team that tackled the health and safety plan. The son of a doctor, Levinson had no real medical experience, but he had overseen the Tour’s anti-doping program and now was tasked with helping shield the Tour from an ever-evolving virus that had puzzled even veteran epidemiologists. There were plenty of questions but few answers. Working in the Tour’s favor was direct access to the White House Coronavirus Task Force, after Monahan was named to an economic advisory group that included U.S. sports leaders. Through that partnership Monahan exchanged ideas with fellow commissioners and heard the latest intel from the CDC. “People longed to get that excitement back in their lives, and I believe this country’s leadership recognized that at the time,” Levinson said. “There was a willingness to work with us.” The Tour’s chief issue was obvious: testing. In many parts of the U.S., reliable testing was in short supply, and the Tour couldn’t be barnstorming the country and draining valuable resources from those communities. They also needed a testing solution that could deliver results quickly – in a matter of hours, not days. The breakthrough came when Levinson received a call from PGA Tour Champions president Miller Brady, who relayed that one of his circuit’s tournament sponsors, Sanford Health, had developed a fleet of mobile health units. It’d solve both issues at once: The Tour could bring the resources with them from city to city, and the equipment could produce results in two hours. “We said, ‘That’s it,’” Levinson said. “That’s our chance to come back.’” A fan-less Colonial: Players weigh in on pros and cons NINETY-ONE DAYS AFTER The Players was canceled, the Tour returned at the Charles Schwab Challenge. For months all the plans had been conceptual, but now here they were, flying into Fort Worth, Texas, to begin anew. Like many, Levinson had fears of a super-spreader event, but what he saw at the testing facility helped allay concerns: There was an orderly series of tents, with well-trained staff in full PPE. “It felt like a legitimate operation,” Levinson said. “It seemed like everything was in place.” Normally bustling with activity, Colonial was eerily quiet, with 144 players in the field and only a handful of media allowed on property. It was the safest golf tournament in history. When Daniel Berger hoisted the trophy, Tour execs stood around the 18th green, proud of their accomplishment but also wary of future complacency. “Once we started playing again, it became: How are you going to protect this fragile bubble?” Neal said. “Everybody had a very strong sense of duty to protect what we were trying to do.” It didn’t take long for the Tour to experience its first COVID-related scare. Five rounds into the restart, Nick Watney awoke with an alert from his WHOOP fitness bracelet that showed irregular breathing patterns, which can be a symptom of COVID-19. Though he tested negative upon arrival on Hilton Head, Watney requested another test – and this time turned up positive. The Tour was equipped to handle an isolated case, but it was nonetheless instructive. “That was kind of an alarming moment,” Dennis said. “We all knew it was coming. And the plan worked.” A week later at the Travelers: More positives. More withdrawals. And more questions about whether the Tour’s return was sustainable. At least one columnist called for the Tour to shut down again. “It kind of felt like The Players Championship again, where the momentum and the conversation was: Should we be playing?” Neal said. “But I give Jay a lot of credit for kind of calming the waters, leaning into the experts and what they were telling us.” During a hastily assembled virtual news conference at TPC River Highlands, Monahan was resolute in his belief that the Tour should continue playing through the pandemic – but that more diligence was required. That meant more accountability among the players and caddies. That meant mitigating risk as much as possible. That meant tightening the protocols – and even handing out punishment for those who ran afoul of the guidelines. “That set an important tone,” Monahan said. “As hard as that moment felt, that’s the moment that we had talked about happening. We were going to have to learn to live with the virus, because you can’t wait for this problem to eradicate itself or go away. We were still doing the right things. But that was an intense day.” Said Neal: “There’s a fine line between panicking and overreacting and leading. I think we were able to luckily navigate it, but that was a tough moment.” Scared straight, the Tour membership followed Monahan’s lead. Through the 2020 Tour Championship, the Tour conducted more than 3,600 total on-site tests for players and caddies. Only 11 were positive. They played 25 events without any further cancellations. Considering the many failures elsewhere, the Tour’s return was an unequivocal success and a model for other leagues. In an unprecedented display of cooperation, Monahan shared the Tour’s best practices with other commissioners. Levinson, who had earned the nickname “Doc,” welcomed executives from other leagues to check out the Tour’s on-site procedures. Neal and her communications team consulted with the NBA, NFL and even the Westminster Dog Show to set up a virtual media center operation. “I think that helped everybody be able to get back probably sooner and maybe even more safely with fewer mistakes,” Neal said. Of course, this is no time for a victory lap. More than 525,000 Americans are dead. Jobs have been slashed across the industry. Eleven tournaments were canceled, with an untold effect on those local communities. Normal Tour life may not resume until 2022. But a year removed from the dramatic shutdown, this week’s Players Championship also offers a natural reflection point. Playing through a global pandemic required ingenuity, flexibility and accountability – and also strong leadership in a lonely time of crisis. Golf was the among the last major sports to shut down and the first to return. That it did so successfully is an immense point of pride. On Thursday, Monahan and his staff will mask up and head to the first tee to kick off The Players, their focus squarely on the future. Standing in the shadow of the Board Room, they’ll revel in a tournament experience they won’t ever again take for granted.last_img read more

After Jumping From Golden Gate Bridge Man Says Sea Lion Saved Him

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA man who took a suicide leap off the Golden Gate Bridge told an audience at a mental health conference in Australia how he survived the normally deadly fall after a sea lion pushed him to the surface and kept him afloat until the Coast Guard arrived.“I really thought it was a shark and I was panicking,” Kevin Hines told the AFP.“I remember floating atop the water and this thing just bumping me, bumping me up.”Now 33 years old and a mental health advocate, Hines said he spoke to a man who had been on the bridge that day and had seen that it was not a shark but a sea lion.(READ the AFP story in the UK Telegraph)Photo credit: jeroen020, via CC on flickrAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Five Guys Burgers and Fries now open in Mission’s Cornerstone Commons development

first_imgFive Guys Burgers and Fries was open for business Monday morning in Mission.The last piece of the Cornerstone Commons restaurant plan fell into place over the weekend when Five Guys Burgers and Fries opened, completing the plan for four restaurants and a grocery store at the development.Five Guys opened its doors for the first time on Sunday, said district manager Deric Armstrong. The national chain started in Arlington, Va., in 1986 and now has more than 1,000 franchise restaurants around the United States.The specialty is, naturally, burgers and fries with milkshakes and a few other menu items. Customers were headed into the Mission Five Guys Monday minutes after it opened its doors on the second day. Five Guys is open every day from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.Five Guys joins Pie Five Pizza, Potbelly Sandwich Shop and PepperJax Grill as the four restaurants now open in the Cornerstone Commons. The first business to open in the development at Barkely and Johnson Drive was Natural Grocers.Cornerstone Commons occupies the site of the former Keystone auto dealership.Five Guys is next to PepperJax Grill in the Cornerstone Commons.last_img read more

Up-and-coming grapplers brave J Robinson’s intensive camp

first_img“Military,” said another.“I don’t want excuses,” reads a Robinson-camp sign hanging in a lobby of Sanford Hall. “I want you where you’re supposed to be, when you’re supposed to be there and with what you need.”A bulletin board in the lobby of each floor of Sanford Hall has about 15 signs ranging from a “Thought of the day” to one that bluntly answers the most basic of questions.“What time is practice?” the sign reads. “Read the schedule,” it answers.Eustice said the structure takes some warming up for some campers, but most eventually buy into it.“People find out things about themselves at this camp,” he said. “A couple days in kids swear they won’t be able to do it, but here we are, and I see the same kids two weeks later.”After a morning run, campers get into groups of about 20 and are led through weight training and technique sessions by an instructor before wrestling each other in the afternoon.Half of the Gibson-Nagurski complex’s indoor football field is blanketed in wrestling mats, the sides covered with water bottles, gym bags and trainers’ tables.“This camp is very intense,” trainer Janese Evans said. “It’s a unique opportunity for us as medical staff as well — rarely do we see and treat this many acute injuries as they happen.”Evans, 22, is working on her master’s degree in athletic training at Saint Louis University in Missouri. She finds time to fill in at camps like Robinson’s throughout the summer to practice her craft.Rolls of athletic tape and bottles of disinfectant accompany new crutches, still in the wrapping, as Evans tapes up a camper’s swollen ankle.Trainers must check for concussions, dehydration and weight fluctuation on a regular basis. If a camper loses too much weight, he can’t work out until it has stabilized.Although campers come to the trainers for aid, the intensity doesn’t simmer at their table.“50 push-ups if we can’t read your name,” a sign on the table reads.‘It changes people’Last week, an additional 100 kids occupied dorms in Sanford Hall.“We came because J [Robinson’s] camps are known for their mental toughness,” said Jarrett Lewis, 40, of Jefferson, Wis., whose son Hunter has been wrestling since kindergarten.Hunter wanted to join the intensive group, but he’s only 11.The only option he had was to attend Robinson’s five-day technique camp, a shortened form-based session for younger wrestlers that was held July 8-12 during the intensive camp.“It’d be a great building block,” Jarrett Lewis said about the intensive camp. “He really wanted the challenge [of the intensive camp], but he’s just too young. He’ll have to wait a few years.”Robinson’s system holds camps in Oregon, Pennsylvania and New York during the summer, but Minnesota’s has gained notoriety because it’s the only longer, 28-day session available.Robinson, who has coached a prominent wrestling program at Minnesota for 27 years, uses his own Gophers wrestlers to help coach the camp, which ends July 27.“It’s basically a summer job,” said camp instructor Alex Daugherty, a sophomore wrestler at Minnesota. “Our coach kind of pushes us to do it, but we’re here for the kids. Plus, it helps keep us around the sport, helps us constantly get better.”With the camp’s extensive network and Robinson’s national recognition from coaching, serious wrestlers and their families from across the country are willing to pay thousands of dollars to spend a month training with Robinson and his staff.“My high school coach in Nevada told me it changes people,” said Hayes, the camper. “So I came. I’ve seen a lot of kids drop out, but that’s not for me. I’ll make it through this.” Up-and-coming grapplers brave J Robinson’s intensive campAbout 300 athletes come to hone their skills on the mat. Marisa WojcikUniversity of Minnesota wrestling and student alum Joe Nord, left, demonstrates a move to young wrestlers of the J Robinson Intensive Wrestling Camp on Wednesday at the Gibson-Nagurski football complex. Andrew KrammerJuly 18, 2012Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintCarter Page had never cried during a workout before.“It’s so painful sometimes,” Page said. “But getting through it is the best feeling in the world.”Page, 16, reached the Virginia state wrestling final his freshman season as a rookie to the sport. However, after a loss in the championship and a poor effort his sophomore year, Page said he needed to do something different.“I had to make a change, so I came here,” he said.The high school junior chose J Robinson’s Intensive Wrestling Camp, a four-week wrestling boot camp in July, housed in the University of Minnesota’s Sanford Hall. About 300 athletes, ages 14 to 18, come from around the country to the University’s East Bank to hone their skills on the mat.Gophers wrestling coach J Robinson organizes nearly 30 coaches, half of whom are University wrestlers, and 10 trainers to switch in and out on any given day, to run workouts seven days a week on campus at places like the Gibson-Nagurski Football Complex.“We’re the only people going beyond the 10-day camp,” said Ty Eustice, the camp’s director of operations. “No one is willing to or has the structure to pull off what we pull off.”The camp’s rigor sets it apart. Eustice said the majority of wrestling camps are technique-based and aren’t meant to get the participants in prime wrestling condition.“We really try to get the point across that if you’re not 14, you’re probably not ready for the camp,” Eustice said. “I’m not even sure most 18-year-olds are ready.”‘The shirt’As early as 6:30 a.m. on any July weekday, groups of campers dart through Dinkytown’s morning rush hour. The sidewalks appear to be dressed with white shirts, a last name etched in black marker on the back of most.“I just try to imagine myself on the other side of this,” camper Erick Haney said after finishing his morning run.Haney, 15, traveled with his twin brother from Nevada to spend four weeks of his summer in Minneapolis. He wakes up at 6:15 a.m., and his workouts aren’t usually done until late evening.“While it’s a lot more than I expected, I can’t wait to reap the benefits,” Haney said.As the campers finish their morning run, they rejoin their water bottles and bags on the lawn of Sanford Hall. The majority of them collapse in the grass from exhaustion before they can get a drink.Eventually, they file into Sanford’s dining hall. Even though the work is temporarily done, Haney’s focus remains.“I can’t wait to try the 15-mile marathon,” he said as he ate breakfast. “If you complete it, you get 100 points back and a more likely shot at the shirt.”“The shirt” is a reward from the camp — but finishing the 28 days doesn’t guarantee it.Robinson designed and runs a points system that gives the campers approximately 1,000 points each at the beginning of the four weeks. If a camper can tough it out and hold onto two-thirds of his points, he’ll earn a T-shirt that denotes his successful completion of the camp.Eustice said campers can gain or lose points for a variety of things, but it’s based on tangible efforts not skill level. Forgetting one of any number of items — water bottles, wrestling shoes, backpacks — will lose a camper points. If a camper shows up anywhere late, he loses points.“Kids of course get wrapped up in it,” Eustice said about “the shirt.”“But it’s about teaching them to do the right things, being responsible for themselves.”Held on the last day of camp, the 15-mile run is one of a few length increments available. It’s the farthest a camper can choose to go, and it comes with a high points reward if completed.Intensive wrestling“No-nonsense,” one camper said about the camp.last_img read more

Golf tourney in Kochi called off

first_imgEarlier Friday, South Koreans Lee Bo Mee and Song Bo Bae shot 3-under 69s to share the first-round lead at Tosa Country Club.But all results of the first round were canceled, based on Japan LPGA rules. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES KONAN, Kochi Pref. (Kyodo) The Yokohama Tire PRGR Ladies Cup in Kochi Prefecture has been canceled after an 8.8-magnitude earthquake hit Japan, tournament organizers said late Friday.The organizers said it is difficult to continue the tournament amid spreading turmoil in the country and out of respect for the feelings of those affected by the quake.center_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img

Best Color on Color Games

first_imgAll Activity NFL Football: Patriots (Red) -Lions (Blue)NCAA Football: USC-UCLABasketball: Lakers vs Celtics (pretty much Lakers vs anyone)Hockey: LA Kings (gold) vs anyone in dark jerseys Share on other sites Share on other sites 0 Best Color on Color Games Share this post dahlelama 382 Share this post Prev kevsim1 Posted May 17, 2013 Share this post 0 Posted May 17, 2013 Link to post Link to post Link to post 0 47 Share this post 265 Link to post Location:St. Petersburg, FL Love that Utah and BYU both wear their home jerseys now they are not in the same conference. Posted May 17, 2013 Members 156 Share this post 0 7,532 posts 0 U of Florida ’03 (Telecomm) – FAU ’08/’14 (MBA/MHA) Link to post Are you talking international hockey or anything? 193 Members Prev 3 Members Biased I know, but I love when Illinois wears Orange vs an opponent. Brightens up the game, and just looks freaking SHARP! Share this post Link to post Link to post 3,760 Location:St. Petersburg, FL Location:Michigan Share on other sites 2,458 2,271 Link to post Sign in to follow this   1 Share this post 1,873 posts By raysox, May 17, 2013 in Sports Logo News 5,034 raysox 193 5,655 posts Slammersman Conrad. 3,326 Banned DelayedPenalty Share this post 210 Location:Dallas, TX 0 9,334 posts 16 47 0 Location:Paign, Illinois! Followers 0 Favourite Logos:I like a lot of the logos from the early 90s. My signature is proof of that (and a representation of my favorite teams). Location:Born in Palo Alto, CA – left immediately for Milwaukee, WI – then Ft. Lauderdale, FL – then Atlanta, GA – back to FL again – then Chicago, IL, now West Palm Beach, FL….it’s a long story…. Members Share on other sites 19 Alabama Vs Tennessee use to always were darks. Wish Saban would do it now.. I knew USC-UCLA would be on here. I had it in mind when I made this thread. I forgot about KC-Dallas which was fantastic. And I considered that USA-Mexico game.These too Hasn’t happened yet, but this is going to be awesome! 3 Members 2 SportsLogos.Net 662 posts wonderbread Location:Waterloo, Ontario 210 Share on other sites 2,271 12,366 posts 1,252 135 Share this post Members Share on other sites Link to post Page 1 of 2   Share this post Location:Valdosta, Ga PhlyBoy 908 posts 0 Forums Home 1,460 posts $1 Cans of PBR Favourite Logos:Chief Illiniwek &Blue Jackets Third &Arsenal Primary &too many to list… 156 aawagner011 12,366 posts Location:Trussville, Clay, Alabama Link to post Next Share this post Posted May 17, 2013 382 Location:Indiana > Miami Weighing 4,000 pounds of heavy metal Members Posted May 17, 2013 guest23 Posted May 17, 2013 Posted May 17, 2013 1,954 posts Location:The One True City of Arkansas Share on other sites 5,034 Sports Logos Link to post Link to post Posted May 17, 2013 I think this was the best USA vs. Mexico ever looked.While I also think the centennial kit is one of the USA’s best ever, Mexico wearing black in the recent game certainly dragged that down as far as the overall matchup’s aesthetics. 135 5,034 $1 Cans of PBR 382 usc-ucla is a no brainer 17,857 posts BrandMooreArt Incisors aside, I always enjoy watching the Reds v Blues on the green pitch: 3,760 Medical Crab 2,458 Page 1 of 2   5,241 posts Members Share this post JayMac wILL-INI 156 DelayedPenalty Members wonderbread Share this post Share on other sites 7,532 posts Members wILL-INI wonderbread raysox dahlelama This topic is now closed to further replies. 5,155 posts pretty much any color vs color game. but im with RedWolf, the Chiefs/Cowboys game is one that really stands out. Miles Austin blew it up that day Posted May 17, 2013 3,326 Recommended Posts Link to post Share on other sites Graphic Designer 1 JayMac 193 382 kevsim1 16 6,684 posts Forums Home 4,807 posts 16 The One & Only 1 Banned Share on other sites Posted May 17, 2013 Link to post 2,271 Share on other sites Link to post 73 posts Posted May 17, 2013 5,583 posts Somppi Share this post 2,271 Share on other sites 19 2,128 mine has to be usc, uclaI hate both teams but that is a great color on color matchup. 2,128 Share this post BrandMooreArt Best Color on Color Games Location:Atlanta, GA Posted May 17, 2013 Share this post 19 Share this post Link to post 0 Somppi Share on other sites 265 Members 3 Members 2,458 Love that Utah and BYU both wear their home jerseys now they are not in the same conference.Would look even better if BYU went back to the royal blue.Alabama Vs Tennessee use to always were darks. Wish Saban would do it now.That would be great to watch.The Chiefs in their Texans throwbacks vs the Dallas Cowboys in throwbacks was a great color vs. color game. Probably stood out even more because of how rarely teams wear dark jerseys against each other in the NFL. Very first thing I thought of was UCLA-USC. Great matchup mine has to be usc, ucla rmackman mine has to be usc, uclaI hate both teams but that is a great color on color matchup.believe me when i say i do too, but it was a great looking game Red Wolf Watching Canada-Sweden, and I think this match up looks great. What do you guys think are the best color on color game? 2,128 rmackman 720 Share this post All Activity 47 0 Share on other sites Location:Utah Posted May 17, 2013 Link to post 3,326 3,760 5,902 posts Link to post Posted May 17, 2013 Members FKA – jmac11281 Share this post Share on other sites 2,271 SportsLogos.Net 382 Surprised not to see USC vs UCLA yet Members 2 0 Posted May 17, 2013 Link to post guest23 Share on other sites Next PhlyBoy Members 720 9,114 posts 1 Posted May 17, 2013 2,271 0 1,252 wonderbread 0 Share on other sites Sports Logo News Red Wolf Posted May 17, 2013 Link to post aawagner011 I love color on color for rivalries! 210 0 Share on other sites Share this post raysox Posted May 17, 2013 0 wyopokes2 slapshot Share on other sites 0 Moderators 720 Sports Logos Conrad. 1 0 Slammersman Moderators Share on other sites Members 382 265 Sign in to follow this   Posted May 17, 2013 1,252 slapshot Followers 0 raysox Go To Topic Listing 135 Posted May 17, 2013 wyopokes2 Sports Logo News Best Color on Color Gameslast_img read more

Gary Shanahan and Jesse Devers sign new contracts with Galway United

first_imgGalway United are delighted to announce that Gary Shanahan and Jesse Devers have signed new contracts with the club.The attacking duo have signed deals until the end of the 2017 SSE Airtricity League season.Shanahan, 23, has been a mainstay for United over the last three seasons. The Newcastle West native has made 106 appearances, bagging 16 goals from midfield.Former Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Devers joined Galway United at the start of the 2016 season, the 19-year-old made 7 appearances for the Tribesmen’s first team and he finished the season as an important member of Johnny Glynn’s under-19 side, who reached the final of the competition.Shane Keegan’s latest additions bring his squad size to 15 with pre-season on the horizon and the new United boss hailed Shanahan’s re-signing as another important piece of business.“I think Gary is rightly somewhat of a fan favourite. He was almost an ever present in the season just finished and I suppose what any manager would say is that he’s a player that you can absolutely trust.“He runs himself into the ground, if you give him a job, he goes and does it to the letter. He’s just a really solid footballer and he has a fantastic track record as well in terms of avoiding injuries and suspensions.“Gary contributes massively and quite often with a player whose main attributes are their application and work-rate, you then tend to maybe overlook the actual qualities that they bring to the side as well.”Mayo native Devers is a highly rated young talent, who scored 3 goals in 6 games for Johnny Glynn’s under-19 side last season. He will vie with Vinny Faherty, Ronan Murray and Padraic Cunningham for a starting berth in 2017.“Jesse hasn’t really kicked a ball at first team level yet,” Keegan explained.“I’ve sat down with senior players and last year’s coaching staff, everybody is absolutely raving about Jesse, saying what he was doing on the training ground and the potential he has.“People are really saying that this is a player that, given an opportunity, and if he goes and really pushes himself this year, is capable of doing great things.“I’ve said on a number of occasions that I get really excited by throwing young players into the first team if they’ve given me a reason to throw them in. Again, if Jesse performs as I’ve been told he’s been capable of doing, he will find himself in there and it’s up to himself to put his best foot forward.”2017 GALWAY UNITED SQUAD (15): Colm Horgan, Paul Sinnott, Lee Grace, Stephen Folan, Marc Ludden, Gary Shanahan, Alex Byrne, David Cawley, Gavan Holohan, Conor Melody, Kevin Devaney, Vinny Faherty, Ronan Murray, Padraic Cunningham, Jesse Devers.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more