Earlier today, Dave Matthews performed at Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Tim Kaine‘s rally in Denver, Colorado. Matthews performed a six-song acoustic set that included “Ants Marching”, “One Sweet World”, “Samurai Cop”, “Satellite”, “Loving Wings”, and “Don’t Drink The Water”.Between songs, Matthews said a few things to thicken the plot. “I’m an immigrant, I’m a foreigner… you’re damn right I’m a foreigner!” he yelled. “This is my home, but I’m an immigrant. I didn’t take anybody’s job, but I came here to work. And I love it, and I think I have more in common with most immigrants than anything else, who came to work, did not come to take any jobs. We came because we believe something that this place could stand for, and hopefully it will.” He continues, “In a way, we’re all a little big ‘immigrants’ because we are standing on colonized ground.” Watch the full performance below!
The figures added urgency to the desperate bid to find a vaccine for the virus, which has infected more than 22 million and killed hundreds of thousands since it first emerged in China late last year.Russia announced on Thursday it was pushing forward with testing on more than 40,000 people of its candidate drug, known as Sputnik V, which as already been hailed by Russian officials as a success even as experts questioned the rigor of the testing regime. Qantas losses Africa provided a brighter perspective on Thursday, registering a significant drop in the number of infections last week.”We have begun to bend the curve slowly… it’s important to recognize those slight tendencies that are positive,” said Dr John Nkengasong, head of the African Union’s health body, Africa CDC.The continent has suffered less harm than most other regions from the pandemic, which has hit the Americas harder than anywhere else.The United States continues to bear the brunt in health terms and is suffering grim economic fallout.The number of Americans filing claims for joblessness each week topped one million again, US officials said on Thursday, an increase on the previous week’s figures.Globally, the airline industry continues to take a buffeting — Australian flag carrier Qantas posted an annual loss of almost $2 billion after a “near total collapse” in demand.Online shopping is one of the few sectors still thriving in the pandemic, and second-quarter results from Alibaba once again bore this out as the Chinese e-commerce giant recorded growth of 34 percent.The crushing economic damage has sprung not just from the virus itself but also from the lockdowns that largely halted business activity across the world.With many nations creeping back towards restrictive measures, the WHO said European health authorities are now better prepared and should not need to resort to the complete closures endured particularly by the Spanish and Italians.”We can manage the virus and keep the economy running and an education system in operation,” said Hans Kluge, head of the WHO’s European branch. Spikes in coronavirus infections in European countries caused alarm on Thursday but the World Health Organization (WHO) said the continent should be able to fight the pandemic without reimposing full lockdowns.While Italy registered 845 new cases on Thursday, its highest daily tally since May, France reported 4,700 fresh infections — a massive increase on the previous day. While Spain’s daily increases topped even those of France, Germany was examining its own resurgence.Worrying trends also emerged in India as a new study suggested more than a quarter of Delhi’s 20 million people may have been infected without showing symptoms — backing up several similar studies. Topics : Anti-social bubbleChina reacted swiftly when the virus emerged last year and has kept deaths and infections relatively low compared with most other regions.However, many web users were incensed by viral images of a pool party attended by thousands in Wuhan — the city where the virus was first reported.Chinese officials, though, said the party was more proof of their successful handling of the crisis.”This shows that Wuhan has won a strategic victory in its fight against the epidemic,” said foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian.Political leaders in the Americas and Europe looked on with envy as China’s infection figures flat lined, many now pinning their hopes on the speedy development of a vaccine.Several drugs are approaching the mass-testing phase, and countries around the world have been pre-ordering many millions of doses.The EU said on Thursday it had concluded talks with a German pharmaceutical firm to secure 225 million doses of a potential vaccine — the fourth such agreement the bloc has reached.French President Emmanuel Macron hailed European cooperating on the issue and said he was hopeful that a vaccine would come online with the next few months.”This will not solve the problems of the next few weeks, but of the next few months,” he said.However, while a vaccine remains elusive, governments are left trying to control the spread through social-distancing measures, quarantines, travel bans and restrictions on businesses.Following social-distancing rules can be a challenge, even for passengers aboard the Mediterranean’s first cruise since the pandemic hit Europe.The cruise firm had to kick a family off the ship after they left a tour group to go sightseeing on their own.”By departing from the organized shore excursion, this family broke from the safe ‘social bubble’,” MSC Cruises said in a statement, adding that the family would not be allowed back on board.
Stephen East (Moortown, Yorkshire), recently crowned English Seniors champion, is one of four new caps in the England team for the European Seniors Team Championship to be played at Sierra Golf Club in Poland on 2nd – 6th September. The other three are Clive Jones (Toulouse, France), Tony McLure (Longhirst Hall, Northumberland) and Alan Mew (Stoneham, Hampshire, IoW & CI). Completing the six-man team is Richard Latham (Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire) and Andrew Stracey (Denham, BB&O). East (image © Leaderboard Photography) has enjoyed remarkable success in his first year as a senior golfer. He won the English title at Matfen Hall in Northumberland in June which followed his victory in the Spanish Seniors at La Manga. Since then he hasn’t looked back, finishing runner-up in the British, Irish and Scottish Seniors and fourth in the European Seniors. All this follows a successful career in golf in which he was a stalwart for Yorkshire while he also won the English Mid Amateur Championship for the Logan Trophy three times, the European, British, Portuguese and Yorkshire Mid Amateur titles. Jones, another in his first year as a senior, has lived in France for the past 20 years after moving from Sussex. He won this year’s European Seniors title against a strong field, including East, by a shot in Spain in June and had two good round in the British. McLure, 56, is another enjoying success at a new level after a highly productive amateur career which included winning the Lytham Trophy. He is a former winner of the French Mid Amateur and three times the Durham Match Play champion when a member of Whickham. In the senior ranks last year, he won the Seniors County Champions Tournament at Woodhall Spa, finished second in the Welsh Seniors and third in the Scottish, while this year he again finished runner-up in Wales and equal third in the British Seniors. Mew, 61, has also enjoyed a distinguished amateur record, particularly in his home county of Hampshire. Again, the senior rank has opened a new career. He won the Senior County Champions Tournament in 2012 and this year has finished second in the Scottish Seniors, eighth in the European Seniors and 15th in the British. Latham, 56, was the man to beat last year when he became a senior. A stalwart of Hertfordshire golf for many years and then Lincolnshire, he had a meteoric rise through the senior ranks, winning the Scottish and English titles within weeks then being capped in last year’s European Seniors Team Championships. Although he hasn’t tasted victory this year, Latham finished fourth in defence of his English Seniors at Matfen Hall, sixth in the Scottish Seniors and equal 20th in the British. He was also selected in the GB&I team for the Concession Cup against the USA in Florida. Stracey, 60, is a former winner of the Irish and Welsh Seniors and was also selected for the Concession Cup. A senior international since 2009, he finished joint runner-up in this year’s English Seniors, equal fourth in the Welsh Seniors and tied eighth in the British Seniors. England has not won the European Team title since 2010 at Fairhaven. Last year in Hungary the team finished third. 22 Aug 2014 Senior champion East among four new caps in England team for Europeans
England Golf has welcomed a new charter which aims to grow the number of active disabled people.The Charter for Change, from the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS), outlines the key changes needed to ensure many more disabled people can reap the benefits of being active for life.Jamie Blair, the England Golf Disability Manager, said: “We believe that this framework emphasises the approach we are already taking with golf clubs. We are engaging with disabled people, finding out what they want and including them within golfing activity at clubs and facilities.”England Golf is currently working with 17 counties, identifying three clubs in each which offer a high quality experience of golf for disabled people wanting to take part.“We are encouraging these clubs to talk to disabled participants and find out what they want from our sport – whether it’s range based-activity or support to become a championship golfer,” said Jamie Blair.Examples of club activities include:Padbrook Park, in Devon, ran a taster session for the Exeter Deaf Academy before Christmas and now sessions are being organised at the club. PGA professional Stuart Disney is completing an Effective Communications Course so that he can provide a better experience and integrate students into the club’s existing junior programmes.The School of Golf at Little Channels, Essex, worked with the City of Chelmsford Mencap group to set up a Discover Golf project. Students visited the club for taster sessions and eight of them took part in a five-week structured coaching course which concluding by playing on the course. Club members support the sessions and new beginner sessions are being set up to continue the relationship.Leamington and County, Warwickshire, has a wide network of connections to local special educational needs schools and hearing impairment units. Professional Paul Aitkens is also BSL Level 2 qualified and uses these skills in all his coaching, disabled or non-disabled. Victoria School pupils are regularly involved in golf, enjoying the fun of the game and all being able to participate together.Hatchford Brook, Warwickshire, hosted a golf festival for local special educational needs schools run by students taking Applied Golf Management Studies at Birmingham University. The club have since offered coaching sessions to three of the six schools and continue to support events, such as Wheelpower Primary Sports Camps, ensuring that there are continuing opportunities to learn at Hatchford Brook. Boringdon Park, Devon, is connected to the Plymouth Deaf Children’s Society and is planning a family day for May. It is seen as a perfect opportunity for parents to be involved in activity with their children as well as offering the opportunity for all of the family to be involved in golf.England Golf’s county network will support the MIND “Get Set to Go” project which aims to get 74,000 people with mental health wellbeing issues active in sport. County Development Officers will work with local MIND Sports Coordinators to offer golf as part of a multi sports club and to create Get into Golf opportunities in their area.The EFDS Charter for Change asks that:• Everyone involved in providing sport or physical activity will support disabled people to participate.• Disabled people will have the same opportunity as non-disabled people to be active throughout their lives.• All communications about sport and physical activity will promote positive public attitudes towards disabled people’s participation.For more information on the Charter click hereGolf clubs can access resources and examples of best practice through the England Golf website. 18 Mar 2015 Golfing welcome for disability sport’s Charter for Change