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Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Business News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News Business News Pasadena’s Fiscal Health Discussed, Analyzed at Chamber-Presented Business and Economic Summit Tuesday, October 25, 2016, at 11:30 a.m. at The University Club By BRANDON VILLALOVOS Published on Monday, October 24, 2016 | 7:36 pm Top of the News Paul Little“Pasadena’s doing okay. We’re not soaring, but we’re not sinking, either,” Pasadena Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Paul Little said early this week ahead of Tuesday’s Business and Economic Summit.Business and industry leaders gathered at the University Club to focus on innovation and the future of business in Pasadena, and heard from experts discussing big picture issues such as the evolving workplace, the transportation future for Los Angeles County and what the workforce of tomorrow may look like.Tracy HernandezTracy Hernandez, Founding President of the Los Angeles County Business Federation (BizFed) will deliver an economic overview that zeroes in on the San Gabriel Valley and Pasadena.Hernandez will also present findings of a recent industry survey and discuss upcoming issues facing local businesses.“Pasadena is an interesting mixed bag of prosperity and pressure. We want to determine what are the most pressing concerns of business owners’ ongoing operations and ability to grow right here in Pasadena,” Hernandez said.According to the Chamber’s Little, the main sectors driving Pasadena’s economy in 2016 are the technology, retail and hospitality sectors.“The tech community here is growing — and that’s positive,” said Little.Councilmember Andy WilsonPasadena-based tech firms like OpenX, SupplyFrame, Ayzenberg, Wallaby (now Bankrate) and Spokeo are experiencing rapid growth, according to District 7 Councilmember Andy Wilson, who himself is the CEO of tech company Rexter.Pasadena is also seeing a growing number of new arrivals of established, mature tech firms including Alibaba, WeWork and Everbridge that are bringing jobs and occupying commercial real estate.“This is particularly exciting as with each new high-tech job in a city, five additional jobs are ultimately created outside of the high-tech sector in that city,” Wilson explained. “This is all with the longer term view of better aligning the local job stock with the people who live in Pasadena, so fewer people will be faced with painful commutes and might also adopt alternative transit modes (walking, biking, mass transit) to get to their high quality local job.”“The tech folks that come to Pasadena are different to some degree from the ones on the westside or even Silicon Valley. These aren’t folks who are trying to create the next ‘Pokemon Go.’ They’re really looking at something that’s going to develop over the long term,” said Little.A surprising number of tech companies are gobbling up office space.Pasadena’s commercial real estate office leasing vacancy stands at just over ten percent in comparison to 16 percent vacancy in downtown Los Angeles and Burbank and 19 percent in Santa Monica, according to Little.City officials are also upbeat.Eric Duyshart“We always have hope for improvement along many parts of Pasadena, but we are fortunate that we have a healthy occupancy rate. Between the commercial businesses that are in commercial buildings and leasing space, Pasadena fares very well compared to other communities,” said City of Pasadena Economic Development Manager Eric Duyshart.Interestingly, in today’s technology-driven environment, company growth does not always result in a growth in workforce size.“Companies have become more efficient in the use of their space. We’re seeing companies that are growing and adding staff, but need less square footage. That has been a trend that is not exclusive to Pasadena, but it has an impact on how commercial space is being utilized,” explained Duyshart.The desirability of Pasadena commercial space is checked, to a degree, by its cost.Ishmael Trone“I hear from business owners from different sectors in Pasadena that affordable office space rates are critical,” said Pasadena Chamber of Commerce Chair Ishmael Trone, who himself is owner of F&M Business Center.“We need to continue recruiting retailers to keep demand for office space and market Pasadena as a destination retail city. We have competition now,” said Trone about nearby downtown L.A.’s efforts to revitalize low income areas to lure retail development and shoppers.“We’re going in the right direction,” Trone said.The life span of businesses in Pasadena remain steady.“We lose as many as we gain,” said Little, who pointed to several major recent restaurant developments on South Lake Avenue. “New businesses draw people to the area and will then start to recharge the interest among retailers and others too,” said Little.Pasadena’s retail scene is an undeniable destination for shoppers in the San Gabriel Valley, and retail brings sales tax revenues back to the city.The city saw a 2016 first quarter benchmark year ending with sales taxes totaling $29,906,250, according to city documents. 21 percent of the tax revenue came from restaurants alone and accounted for nearly $6 million. The city’s estimated buying income (EBI) was $5,106,684,603.“The holiday season is the profitable for most retailers. If they have a healthy holiday season, they have a healthy bottom line for the year. If they have a slow holiday season then they typically have a slow year. Indications are that this year will be just fine,” said Little.The impact of the recent increase in the minimum wage that went in effect in July has yet to become known on a large scale, but some business owners have adjusted in subtle ways.“The extra fifty cents an hour has been difficult to gauge because it’s only been a couple of months. I know that there has been a shrinkage of opportunity with a lot of the folks who employ minimum wage people. I’ve seen restaurants and retail stores be open for fewer hours,” said Little.Employees are feeling the effects directly.“Ultimately what it means for the workforce is fewer hours,” said Little. “We’re looking at surveying folks in the spring time to find out how the have coped and what the effects have been. You have to give it time to actually get data,” said Little about obtaining data in regards to the impact of the minimum wage increase.Stacey OberStacey Ober owns Union Street Sandwich Company and is optimistic about the economic health of the city and the playing field it provides for her small business that is young, but surviving.“I have a really positive outlook. I’m seeing construction all over the area and an increase in foot traffic in shoppers throughout the week. There’s a lot of culture here that brings people here on a regular basis,” said Ober.At the moment there are five hotel projects in various stages of development — The Dusit2 Constance Hotel Phase II on Colorado Boulevard at Mentor Avenue, two proposed hotels at a former car dealership on Colorado Boulevard and Hill Avenue, the Kimpton/YWCA project in the Civic Center, and a new Hyatt Place at the Paseo shopping center.Steve Mermell“These projects benefit the City in several ways. We have a first class convention center that would benefit from having more hotel rooms available to book conventions and gatherings. The hotels at the Paseo and in the Civic Center would help bring new activity and vitality to the area, and the Kimpton project would restore the long-ignored historic Julia Morgan YWCA building,” City Manager Steve Mermell told Pasadena Now last August.The new projects represent the largest wave of new hotel construction in Pasadena in decades.The hotel vacancy rate in Pasadena is low, according to Little, with the city seeing an approximate 90 percent occupancy rate on average with increased room price rates since the recession.“This means that on any given day there are not that many available hotel rooms. There is a need — which is why we’re seeing so much development,” said Little about plans for new hotel developments.Karl BirdTuesday’s Business and Economic Summit will feature a moderated panel discussion among the participants. Karl Bird, Acquisition Department Manager at Jet Propulsion Laboratory and chair of the Chamber’s Economic and Business Development Committee will facilitate.Taking part as featured panelists are Brittany Dodd, senior associate for Advisory and Transaction Services and Workplace Strategy at CBRE, Kim Sidders, People Operations Coordinator with Bolton & Company and Pauletta Tonilas, Chief Communications Officer with Los Angeles County METRO.Pasadena Mayor Terry TornekPasadena Mayor Terry Tornek is schedule to provide a welcome and an update on the City’s economic priorities.Pasadena Economic Development Manager Eric Duyshart will deliver an update on economic development initiatives in the city.Additional information, including the opportunity to sign up and pay online, can be found at the Pasadena Chamber website at www.pasadena-chamber.org (follow the link to Events and the Business and Economic Summit).The University Club of Pasadena is located at 175 N. 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Previous articleOn This Day: Limerick outlast Clare in League quarter-final after free competitionNext articleLimerick Post Show | Limerick Land Search fundraiser Sarah Carrhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Advertisement Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash ‘Abduction from On High St. Patrick in the Sky’ – Fidget Feet Aerial Dance Theatre spectacle at King John’s Castle (Photographer Jym Daly).jpgTHOUSANDS of people from around the world logged on, tuned in and took part in this year’s Limerick St. Patrick’s Festival. A full programme of events was scheduled online at Limerick.ie/StPatricksFestival since Saturday 13 March, culminating in the headline event Wild Atlantic Edge – Music, Conversations and Songs from Limerick City last night (St. Patrick’s Day, 17 March).Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Sharon Shannon, Hermitage Green, MuRli, Mick Flannery, Emma Langford were just some of the performers who entertained us from Dolans, in what has been the most unusual Limerick St. Patrick’s Festival ever.Dolans and Limerick City and County Council presents Wild Atlantic Edge – Emma Langford Linkedin NewsCommunityLifestyleEntertainmentHeritageLimerickMusicThousands of people from around the world logged on, tuned in and took part in this year’s Limerick St. Patrick’s FestivalBy Sarah Carr – March 19, 2021 949 WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Grammy Award winner Rhiannon Giddens took part in the Virtual St. Patrick’s Day Fling! from the University Concert Hall, as part of a concert from UL’s Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. Viewers were able to watch in wonder as high above the sky at King John’s Castle, Fidget Feet Aerial Dance Theatre performed their new show, specially commissioned for the Limerick St. Patrick’s Festival 2021, Abduction from On High – St. Patrick in the Sky.‘Abduction from On High St. Patrick in the Sky’ – Fidget Feet Aerial Dance Theatre spectacle at King John’s Castle (Photographer Jym Daly).jpg The history of Limerick’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade was explored by Dr Matt Potter, Curator of Limerick Museum in Tuning into History, while the Best of Limerick St. Patrick’s Festival highlighted the fantastic sights and sounds that have entertained and enthralled spectators along Limerick’s O’Connell Street down through the years. Lumen Street Theatre, the Hunt Museum and Limerick Libraries kept the young people entertained with arts and crafts workshops and storytime all centred on St. Patrick.Saints and Snakes family workshops with Lumen Street Theatre The next generation of Limerick musicians showcased their talents thanks to Music Generation Limerick City and the Irish Chamber Orchestra’s Sláinte String Along. Many thousands of people would return to Limerick or visit us from abroad for the annual festival. While this was not possible this year, ‘A Limerick Toast from Abroad’ brought many messages from people with connections to Limerick right into our homes. While Destination Greening presented a slideshow of a selection of Limerick buildings that have ‘gone green’ as part of the Limerick City and County Council/ Fáilte Ireland initiative. King John’s Castle, Merchant’s Quay, St. Mary’s Cathedral, Hunt Museum, Askeaton Friary, Desmond Castle in Newcastle West, Foynes Flying Boat and Maritime Museum, Friar’s Gate Theatre in Kilmallock, Glin Castle and Cappamore Library all feature. Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Cllr Michael Collins said: “This year’s Limerick St. Patrick’s Festival has been like no other one, but let’s hope many new joyful memories have been created while tuning in and taking part. The festival highlights the range of talented people in Limerick and I’m delighted that the Council could support them in what has been quite a difficult time for them.”“Limerick St. Patrick’s Festival is a highlight of the year for many and the range of programmes scheduled this year has kept our festival high up in people’s minds and acted as a taster for what people can expect when they visit Limerick in person next year.” Music lovers will have another chance to watch the headline event Wild Atlantic Edge – Music, Conversations and Songs from Limerick City this weekend when the concert will be broadcast again via Limerick.ie social media. Limerick St. Patrick’s Festival was programmed by Limerick City and County Council and supported by Fáilte Ireland. Media Sponsors were Limerick Leader, Limerick Post, Live 95 and Spin South West. You can still view the full festival line-up on Limerick.ie/StPatricksFestival. 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By Nastasia Barceló/Diálogo July 27, 2017 Chile was elected for the second time as a member of the Executive Council of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The South American nation was reelected thanks to the work it did over the course of its previous two-year term, and because of its contributions on issues such as climate change and environmental management. Since 2015, Chile has been one of eight countries to develop a national oceanic policy whose objectives are in line with those of IOC. Founded in 1960, the goal of IOC is to promote cooperation among its members for carrying out scientific research activities geared towards ocean conservation. There are 148 member states in IOC, 39 of which comprise its governing body, the Executive Council (EC). Membership on the council is rotated through general elections held every other year. The General Assembly is the main body of IOC, and its function is to establish a general set of policies for the organization, to draft a working agenda for each term, and to elect a group of countries to sit on the EC. Its decisions are adopted by a simple majority during ordinary meetings held every two years. The commission is guided by a set of principles that include respect for the environment, the preservation of life and the marine environment, and promoting sustainable development. The XXVIII General Assembly was held from June 18th-25th in Paris, France. In addition to electing the new EC members, the meeting dealt with issues related to risk mitigation and marine research. Chile, an oceanic country The 48th Meeting of the IOC Executive Council was held just days before the General Assembly. Rear Admiral Patricio Carrasco, the director of the Chilean Navy’s Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service (SHOA, per its Spanish acronym), participated along with other Chilean authorities. “For the defense of Chile’s maritime interests, and especially for SHOA, having been reelected as members of the IOC was more than important,” he said. “During our term, we strengthened our association with IOC with the upgrade of the Seismic Sea Wave Warning System, which evaluates and communicates possible tsunami threats in the event of a high-magnitude earthquake off the Chilean coast, to the authorities.” “During these years of cooperation between IOC, SHOA, and the Chilean National Oceanographic Committee, the number of studies which have helped us get to know and understand the behavior of the bodies of water in our territory has increased, allowing for sustainable use of our marine space and for the safeguarding of our national sovereignty,” Rear Adm. Carrasco added. “Chile is an oceanic country, therefore the creation of a serious and committed set of politics should be a priority. Approximately 80 percent of Chile’s economy moves by sea, where more than 40 million metric tons of products are transported every year,” he said. Chilean Navy Rear Admiral Otto Mrugalski Meiser, the director of Maritime Interests and Aquatic Environment, explained that it is essential for IOC to have a country like Chile among its ranks. “With a long-term view in mind, our country has been developing a national oceanic policy. Only eight countries around the world have policies specially created for dealing with its seas, and Chile is one of them,” he explained. The Chilean Navy and Ministry of Defense have central roles in supervising national oceanic policies which were first drafted in 2015. “Their objectives coincide, in large part, with those of the Intergovernmental Oceanic Commission,” Rear Adm. Mrugalski added. Based on the 1995 New York Fish Stocks Agreement, and the Agreement of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization on Port-State Measures, Chile aims to mitigate the risks caused by illegal fishing in its Exclusive Economic Zone, as well as to reduce marine pollution and the effects of climate change on the oceans. That’s why the creation of new protected marine areas is planned. “One of our achievements was the creation of the Nazca-Desventuradas marine reserve because it will help depleted fisheries recover in the Southern Pacific zone. In September 2016, a total area of 300,000 square kilometers fell under protection, including the islands of San Félix and San Ambrosio,” Rear Adm. Mrugalski concluded.
Madrid hosted last year’s final when Liverpool beat Tottenham.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Latest: Madrid ready to host Champions League final Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The mayor of Madrid says there are discussions for the Spanish capital to host the Champions League final this season amid the coronavirus pandemic. Associated Press June 9, 2020 José Luis Martínez-Almeida says the city would be prepared to host the final for the second straight year. He did not elaborate on the negotiations in his interview with 13tv.A UEFA executive committee meeting on June 17 is expected to decide the new location for the final in August. It was originally scheduled to be played in Istanbul in May.The country hosting the final is also expected to stage the quarterfinals and semifinals.German city Frankfurt and Portuguese capital Lisbon are also likely contenders to host the final.Spain was hard-hit by the pandemic but has been gradually lifting confinement restrictions.
The Syracuse softball team held a three-run lead over Ohio State on Friday and was on the cusp of pulling off a major upset when Hallie Gibbs stepped up to the plate.With runners on second and third, Gibbs had the opportunity to blow the game open. The junior third baseman, battling an ankle injury, walked up to the plate knowing that it would be tough on that ankle if she had to move fast down the line.Luckily, she didn’t have to.‘I knew I was going to hit a home run,’ Gibbs said. ‘I hurt my ankle and didn’t want to run the bases. So I hit a home run.’The Orange (12-13) was 0-7 on the season against ranked teams going into Friday’s game against No. 17 Ohio St. With the three-run home run in the top of the fourth inning against the Buckeyes, the frustration of those losses turned into elation. Gibbs’ blast turned a 5-2 lead into a six-run advantage for the Orange, all but sealing the 11-3 victory in five innings — only the second against a ranked team in the past five seasons.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe victory was part of a 10-day Spring Break trip to Florida that highlighted the end of five weekends on the road for Syracuse to begin the season. The Orange hopes to continue the strong play it exhibited against OSU in its first two home games of the year Wednesday against Buffalo (8-16), at 2 p.m. at SU Softball Stadium. For SU, finally playing a game at home will be comforting. But this time, it will be slightly different, as it’s the first time since 2005 the squad opens its home slate with a win over a Top 25 team. ‘Everybody loves the first home game,’ SU head coach Leigh Ross said. ‘All of our fans and friends are here, our music, the girls’ batting songs. It’s nice to feel like, ‘Hey, I can sleep in my own bed, drive up to the field and get there for a game.”The rest of SU’s schedule does not appear to be as daunting as the first part. But the Orange realizes it still needs to be on guard. Syracuse outplayed one of the best teams in the country last weekend, but Ross said it will be even harder to maintain that level of play against some of the northeast teams that are not as good.‘I think that with some of the teams that we’ll be facing now, the games will be a little bit slower,’ Ross said. ‘All of the top 20 teams that we’ve played, you see a lot faster games from them. It’s going to be a challenge for us to keep playing at that level.’The Orange went into the game against Ohio St. needing to prove it could finish off a team of the Buckeyes’ caliber. Syracuse had held leads in games against three other ranked opponents on the season, but it had not been able to come away with a victory.And ultimately, the home run from Gibbs put the game away. Gibbs is one of two starting juniors on a team with no senior position players. Before Gibbs’ home run, the Orange was in a similar position to where it was against other ranked teams this season. Syracuse led Texas 4-0 in the third inning in a game at the end of February but lost 5-4.‘We were fed up of getting there but not finishing it,’ said sophomore pitcher Jenna Caira, who threw a one-hitter with seven strikeouts in the win. ‘(Ohio State) had a little bit of trouble in the first two innings, and Coach was like, ‘Just pounce on them. Just go get them and hit them, knock them down.’ We kind of took that literally and tried to jump on them as much as possible.’No one jumped on Ohio State more than Gibbs, who delivered the biggest blow of the game with that home run. It was the first home run of the season for the third baseman, but she leads the Orange with 17 RBIs on the year.‘(The home run) kind of got the game going a little quicker,’ Caira said, ‘and the bats were contagious.’[email protected] Comments Published on March 23, 2010 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: [email protected] | @mark_cooperjr Facebook Twitter Google+
CLEAR LAKE — House Speaker Linda Upmeyer says she will not run for re-election for her House seat, and will step down as Speaker of the House sometime later this year.The Republican from Clear Lake says in a written statement that she made the decision after thoughtful consideration and wants to spend more time with her husband, children and grandchildren. Upmeyer adds it’s been the honor of a lifetime to serve the people of Iowa, and she wants to thank her constituents that have allowed her to represent them in the Iowa House over the past 17 years. Upmeyer adds that she wants to thank her family for being so supportive, whether it was during the time in session in Des Moines, criss-crossing the state attending fundraisers, or traveling to conferences and other meetings in other states.Upmeyer was first elected to the Iowa House in 2002. She was chosen in 2015 to be the first woman in Iowa history to hold the position of Speaker of the House, a position that her father Del Stromer held in the 1980s. Previous to being Speaker, she was the first woman in Iowa history to be elected House Majority Leader in 2010.Upmeyer will continue to serve as Speaker until the start of the 2020 legislative session, with a leadership election to be held on a future date to determine the next House Speaker.Upmeyer currently serves House District 54, which includes Clear Lake, the western third of Cerro Gordo County, all of Franklin County, and the northern and western portions of Butler County.
That means Liverpool could be without Matip until they play Tottenham Hotspur on February 11 should Cameroon reach the Nations Cup final in Libreville, Gabon.In a statement on Sunday Liverpool said it was their view “that the player should be available for club football during the period of the competition and will continue to work for a speedy and unambiguous resolution”.But the FIFA official warned: “FIFA also indicated that any potential violation of the relevant rules would be the subject of an investigation by its disciplinary commission.”Matip has returned to fitness after an ankle problem.Share on: WhatsApp Klopp will have to do without MatipZurich, Switzerland | AFP | FIFA warned Liverpool on Monday they cannot play Joel Matip unless Africa Cup of Nations participants Cameroon give the Premier League title-chasers permission.The key central defender missed Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United on Sunday amid a disagreement over his international status and he could be unavailable for the next month.Matip last year announced he no longer wished to be considered for selection by Cameroon and was not named in their Africa Cup of Nations squad.But the 25-year-old, who last played for Cameroon in September 2015, did figure in a preliminary squad list.In a statement a FIFA spokesperson told AFP that Liverpool had been directed to study article five of its rules.It states that “a player who has been called up by his association for one of its representative teams is, unless otherwise agreed, not entitled to play for his club during the period for which he has been released, plus an additional period of five days”.
KCCA FC lost the first leg 3-0 to FUS Rabat away in Morocco but have not lost a game at their StarTimes stadium in continental engagements this season.Kampala Capital City Authority Football Club(KCCA FC) manager Mutebi insists his side has the ability to go for all three points against FUS Rabat.“Of course it will not be a walk in the park for us. They (FUS Rabat) are a good team, they have the experience on the continent, so you cannot underrate them. But like we have played all season, we shall go out to dominate proceedings and most importantly get the three points,” Mutebi said.READ FULL STORY HERE Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO; Manager Mike Mutebi giving instructions to Ivan Ntege before the latter was introduced in the CAF Confederation tie against Club Africain at Lugogo. PHOTO KCCA MEDIASunday, July 2KCCA FC vs FUS Rabat 4pm*The game is free of charge for students in uniform*Tickets at Shell Nakawa, Shell Lugogo and Shell CapitalKampala, Uganda| KCCA FC MEDIA | Midfielder Saddam Ibrahim Juma who signed for KCCA FC in May and defender Peter Magambo have been cleared by Confederation of African Football (CAF) to feature in continental football ahead of today’s clash with Morocco’s FUS Rabat.Crafty midfielder Jackson Nunda who has been sidelined for the entire season with a knee injury has been part of training this week ahead of the game on Sunday, and could provide crucial back up to Manager Mike Mutebi’s side as they seek to secure crucial points in the 2017 Total CAF Confederation Cup.
Tags: England squads, Northumberland, Rachel Gourley Rachel Gourley has come a long way since being gifted her first set of ‘Barbie’ clubs aged five.Even if the plastic clubs were soon replaced, Gourley is still very much ‘in the pink’ and working towards a bright future in the game.The 15-year-old has earned a place in the England girls’ squad for 2020 and is bursting with pride at the chance to represent her country again.Last year, Gourley was in the under 16 squad which took on Spain, Ireland and Switzerland in challenge matches.Her undoubted potential shone through when she won the English Under 16 Schools’ title and then finished third at the English Girls’ Championship (pictured below).The next six months promise to be huge in her golfing development as she juggles golf with her schooling and GCSEs.Yet the teenager from Arcot Hall Golf Club remains as besotted with the game of golf now as she was when her grandad sparked her interest with those plastic clubs for her fifth birthday.“I went to get a present with my grandad and I saw a set of Barbie golf clubs in the corner – I immediately wanted them!” said Gourley.“At Christmas that year I got my first set of proper clubs. From then on I’ve loved playing golf.“Last year was a breakthrough for me and I had a couple of good results. I think a couple of good finishes helped me bring it all together.“Playing for England was new for me too. It was a good experience and I really enjoyed it. The anticipation of being picked, the practice rounds and then playing…. it was all good fun.“I don’t think it was more nerve-wracking than an individual event – well, apart from the first shot. Once I got that out the way I knew what to expect.“It was then all about going out and trying to claim a point and doing the best for my team.“I have GCSEs this year and I won’t be playing competitions during that time. Then I’ll be playing as often as I can over the summer.“Long-term, hopefully I can get a scholarship in America and take it from there.”Going to America for golf will be nothing new for the Northumberland teen. She played her first competition across the pond when she was just five years old!After winning an English qualifier, Rachel and her family flew to San Diego where she played at the famous Torrey Pines – venue for Tiger Woods’ 2008 US Open win – in the world junior championships.Gourley explained: “There was a qualifier here on the British junior tour and it was really just co-incidence that I played in that.“I wanted to play in a tournament and we opted for that one as we knew that there would be girls my age playing in it.“I ended up winning it and it took off from there.“I remember very little about going to San Diego – but I was so young. I played in the under five age group!“The last time we went I was aged nine so I remember bits of that. But the first time I travelled was so long ago and I was only tiny.“It was a little par three course of nine holes and great fun.“It was a huge commitment from my family. But as a family we’ve always enjoyed travelling and my mum and dad are used to ferrying me across the country.”Parents Tony and Emma might have some more miles to clock up this year, but if it helps their daughter achieve her goal then it will be worth the commitment.“I definitely want this as a career – that’s my dream. That’s what I’m aiming for,” added Gourley during a recent gathering of the England girls’ squad at the National Golf Centre at Woodhall Spa.“This is my last year at under 16 level and hopefully I can get some good finishes in my age group.“Then it’s a case of trying to get selected for the England teams and the bigger tournaments such as Home Internationals and Europeans. That’s the big goal for the year.“A lot of the women’s championships fall during my exams, but I’ll try and play as many of these events as I can.”Gourley is one of a trio of talented teenage girls from the north-east who are involved in the girls’ squad. Jess Baker and Rosie Belsham are also in the set-up.“We are all from the Newcastle area – I don’t know what it is about that corner of the country!” she said with a laugh.“I’ve known Jess and Rosie since I was eight or nine and we’ve all grown up playing together.“As much as we are here to play golf and get better and represent England, there is a good team spirit and we do have some great fun.” 5 Feb 2020 Rachel’s journey from ‘Barbie’ clubs to England squad
Australia suffered a massive blow ahead of the second Twenty20 Intenational against India when their right-arm fast bowler Kane Richardson was ruled out of the remainder of the tour due to a side strain. After the two-match T20I series, India and Australia will lock horns in a five-match one day international series from March 2.Richardson suffered the injury while batting in the nets last week ahead of the first T20I against India in Vizag. He trained with the team on Tuesday in Bengaluru but after bowling a few deliveries, he left the nets and took no further part in training.”Kane reported some left side pain at training prior to the opening T20I in Vizag,” said Australia team physio David Beakley.”Unfortunately he has not recovered well enough in order to play a further part in the tour. Kane will return home to continue his rehabilitation, and we (will) monitor his progress over the coming weeks,” Beakley added.Meanwhile, Cricket Australia has called up right-arm medium-pacer Andrew Tye to replace Richardson in the squad.Tye has played seven one day internationals taking 12 wickets, with the best of 5 for 46 against England in Perth in January last year.Australia are eyeing their first-ever T20I series victory over India. They currently lead the 2-match series 1-0 after their three-wicket victory in Vizag.Also Read | Did India underestimate Australia in Vizag? Here’s what Sunil Gavaskar has to sayAlso Read | Jasprit Bumrah a class act, has a great cricketing brain: Pat CumminsAlso Read | Krunal Pandya takes heart from spirited bowling show in Visakhapatnam T20Iadvertisement