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Tiger Woods to return to competition next week

first_imgIn this May 19, 2014 file photo, golfer Tiger Woods speaks at a Quicken Loans National PGA tournament media day news conference at Congressional Country Club, in Bethesda, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)Feeling rusty but ready to play again, Tiger Woods said Friday he would return to competition next week at Congressional in the Quicken Loans National.Woods last played on March 9 at Doral, where he dealt with pain in his lower back and closed with a 78 for his highest final-round score on the PGA Tour. He had back surgery March 31, forcing him to miss the Masters for the first time. He also missed the U.S. Open last week at Pinehurst No. 2.The announcement on his Facebook page delivered a jolt of good news to golf. Woods has been the game’s biggest draw since he turned pro in 1996, and with limited information about his recovery, speculation was starting to build that he might not make it to any majors this year.“After a lot of therapy, I have recovered well and will be supporting my foundation next week at the Quicken Loans National,” Woods said on Facebook. “I’ve just started to hit full shots, but it’s time to take the next step. I will be a bit rusty, but I want to play myself back into competitive shape. Excited for the challenge ahead.”This is the first year for a new title sponsor at the PGA Tour event that donates its charity money to the Tiger Woods Foundation, and the tournament earlier this year secured an agreement to return to Congressional every other year through 2020.Woods on Thursday announced that he signed a new endorsement deal with MusclePharm, which will display its logo on his golf bag.“He has been the face of golf for the last 15, 20 years, and golf is a better sport and a better place with Tiger Woods in it,” two-time major champion Rory McIlroy said last week at the U.S. Open. “So hopefully, he has a speedy recovery and he gets back on the course soon, because any tournament where Tiger Woods is a factor, he creates a big buzz.”This is the second-longest break Woods has taken from golf because of injury. He missed the second half of the 2008 season when he had reconstructive surgery on his left knee just a week after winning the U.S. Open for his 14th major.Even though he spent the offseason working on his body, there were signs early that something might be wrong.He missed the 54-hole cut at Torrey Pines, where he was the defending champion and an eight-time winner at one of his favorite courses. He had his worst finish ever at Dubai when he tied for 41st. Then, he withdrew in the final round of the Honda Classic because of back spasms, and despite being in the penultimate group at Doral, he struggled badly with his back on the final day after taking a swing from an awkward stance outside a bunker.Woods had microdiscectomy surgery a week before the Masters, and he has said in rare appearances that he did not know how long it would take to properly heal. His agent, Mark Steinberg at Excel Sports Management, said earlier this week that Woods was making enough progress to extend his swing.Even so, playing the Quicken Loans National was thought to be too soon.It couldn’t come soon enough for the tournament.“We’re thrilled, obviously,” said Mike Antolini, the tournament director and vice president of championships for the Tiger Woods Foundation. “Anytime you get that call and Tiger is in your field, it’s really the best news you can get. The fact he’s a two-time champion and the tournament hosts, we’re very excited for the fans.”He said he expected a spike in ticket sales with Friday’s announcement.The strength of Quicken Loans National field has suffered in recent years as more Europeans moved into the top 20 in the world, and they headed across the Atlantic Ocean as the European Tour headed places like Ireland, France and Scotland leading up to the British Open.Adam Scott, who has replaced Woods at No. 1 in the world while he has been out, is not planning to return to Congressional this year.“To be honest, we were prepared regardless for a good event,” Antolini said. “Our ticket sales, we think they’re going to be increased on this news now.”Three years ago, Woods withdrew after nine holes at The Players Championship because of an Achilles tendon injury and missed more than two months. He said then he had learned from past mistakes and would not try to return before he was in full health.Assuming he is at full strength now, he likely will be at the British Open at Royal Liverpool and the PGA Championship at Valhalla, where he won majors the last time they were held on those courses. Woods been stuck on 14 majors since that ’08 U.S. Open victory.Woods is at No. 207 in the FedEx Cup — having played only three events — and could have as many as five events to reach the top 125. He also is at No. 67 in the Ryder Cup standings. U.S. captain Tom Watson has said he would use a wild-card pick on Woods, though he had eased off that position in recent weeks when the status of Woods’ recovery was unknown.last_img read more

NJ Nonprofits Experiencing Severe Negative Effects of Coronavirus

first_imgHowever, due to the pandemic Brookdale is shifting its focus to a more pressing need: the welfare of its students. Instead of staging an in-person event, they will pivot to a virtual or online campaign designed to raise money to help students who have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The goal is to help stabilize students in this time of crisis, Zeiss said. LYNNE WARDThis time of year is usually one of People Pages photographer Lynne Ward’s busiest times as she scrambles from gala to fundraiser covering the many charities, nonprofits and foundations in the Two River area. But the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the cancelation of all large gatherings and forced everyone to stay at home. This article originally appeared in the April 9th, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times. Mental health organizations have always been extremely important in Monmouth County and beyond and now the need for mental health access is more important than it has ever been. According to CEO Wendy DePedro, the Mental Health Association of Monmouth County is coordinating with local and state officials to meet the growing needs of the community with the public’s health and safety as their top priorities. The agency has transitioned its on-site staff to remote status, underscoring the importance of social distancing and reducing possible exposure to the virus. Fulfill, formerly The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, postponed its “Shine Light On Hunger” Humanitarian Gala, originally scheduled for March 27, to June 4. Fulfill will continue to monitor the situation and decide as the date gets closer, to either postpone again or cancel. So don’t get rid of those dancing shoesjust yet. They’ll be back in style soonenough. In these days of social distancing and the governor’s order prohibiting group gatherings, charities and nonprofit organizations have been forced to cancel their events for the spring philanthropy season. Some organizations have rescheduled for summer or fall dates, while others have canceled completely until next year. The MHA Annual Dinner and 70th Anniversary planned for May 13 will be rescheduled for later in the year. The annual dinner is one of the most important fundraisers of the year for the agency. “Because of the coronavirus crisis, Fulfill is providing all of our pantries and agencies – including Lunch Break, Parker Clinic and Red Bank’s Salvation Army – free Crisis Relief Boxes, sorted, bagged or boxed and, when needed, distributed, including no-cost transportation to their facilities, for them to give out to our neighbors in need. This has caused Fulfill’s costs to skyrocket. We are spending approximately $200,000 per week and we expect that number to keep climbing. Of course that means Fulfill’s gala will be more important than ever to us this year,” said Fulfill CEO and president Kim Guadagno, the former lieutenant governor of New Jersey. Fulfill is also experiencing a critical need for volunteers to pack the Crisis Relief Boxes with the spike in demand. Anyone who is healthy and can volunteer should email [email protected] Monetary donations are also needed. Fulfill’s Adopt-A-Family program allows donors to help a local family get through the coronavirus crisis. A $30 donation funds a four-day Crisis Relief Box for a family of four. All donations can be made at fulfillnj.org. “Our students continue to report that they are facing many challenges ranging from lost income, food insecurity and others so we will focus on efforts on raising money to provide direct financial support to them. We have already received a $50,000 donation and we will leverage that generous contribution to ‘challenge’ others to rise to the occasion,” said Zeiss. According to Tim Zeiss, executive director of the Brookdale Foundation and Alumni Affairs, Brookdale Community College has decided to cancel the Brookdale Scholarship Ball slated for June 5 and said that the health, safety and well-being of guests, organizers and staff is the first priority. The scholarship ball is the school’s largest annual event and has always been successful thanks to the support of sponsors, auction donors, attendees and honorees. “We are in the process of reaching out to a wide network of community agency providers as well as individual mental health practitioners to assure there are enough supports in place to help individuals and their families through this current crisis and in the days to come,” said DePedro. There will be an end to this crisis and the charities, foundations and organizations we support will need our help again. In my 16 years of covering Two River People events, spring is one of the busiest seasons for fundraisers. But with the COVID-19 pandemic, every sector of society has been impacted and New Jersey’s nonprofit community has been hit particularly hard. Many students have lost their jobs andare struggling to adapt to the new methodof taking classes online. Some studentsdo not own or have access to a laptop orWi-Fi. The college has responded to thisneed by making 400 laptops available asloaners. The Brookdale Foundation isproviding funding so those students haveaccess to Wi-Fi so they can continue theirclasses. By Lynne Ward Screening tools, specific guidelines and additional resources are available at mentalhealthmonmouth.org or mhanational.org. “Many of the nurses, health care workers, EMTs, police and others who are in the front lines battling this pandemic are Brookdale alumni,” he said. “So, while the campaign is designed to help students, we hope that people will consider donating in honor of those Brookdale graduates who are helping to make a difference.” last_img read more

Two new resources make their debut at Fort St. John Public Library

first_img“In choosing these first six languages, we spoke with S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Integration Services to ask about which were the most common first languages spoken by families with young children who had immigrated to the Fort St. John area in the past few years.”Peletier again adds, “This obviously isn’t a comprehensive collection of every first language spoken by people in Fort St. John, however, it is a good start and we’re definitely open to expanding it to include other first language communities in Fort St. John.”The new addition was made possible by the family of Leslie Norman, a frequent patron of the library who passed away earlier this year.Peletier says the family wanted to honour that memory while also contributing to early childhood education. “We’re really looking forward to getting some feedback from families who are using this,” Peletier said. “We really want to know how families would like to see technology used in the children’s collection. We want to know if there is more interest in things like children’s e-books or audio books; if people would like to see more of this or less.”Peletier adds, “We’re really putting it in the hands of the public right now. We’re starting off with this and really look forward to hearing from people in the future.”The iPads were made possible by donations from Friends of the Library and are available from noon until closing.As for the children’s multi-lingual collection – that’s a feature of  bilingual and unilingual children’s books in German, Russian, Arabic, and Tagalog, while Peletier says the library expects to acquire books in Hindi and Punjab soon after.Advertisement “We’ve got two iPads that are going to be loaded with early learning literacy-based apps,” Morgan Peletier of the Fort St. John Public Library said, “…They range from story book apps that feature familiar characters, and fairly tale and nursery rimes, to math apps, science exploration ones, and lots of interesting things like that.”Peletier explained what role these iPads play in regard to early childhood education.“Increasingly in our society, digital literacy is becoming an important tool as kids go into school and become citizens,” Peletier goes on to say. “Part of a library’s role in the community is (making) sure there is equitable access to learning resources for everybody in the community.”- Advertisement -These iPads are not only valuable to those who don’t have access to them at home, but also parents who do and are looking to explore the options in which they can choose from before purchasing apps for their children.“If they do have their own devices at home but would like to see which apps might be good, the library is trying to play a role in helping people access apps that have been well reviewed by education sources and things like that,” Peletier explained while adding the price of these apps range anywhere from .99 – $5.00, opposed to thousands of dollars if a household would try to emulate the previous early childhood education software available at the library.Peletier says she’s looking forward to hearing feedback from parents once the project begins to gain traction.Advertisementlast_img read more

Injured Jalalon rues missing World Cup qualifiers, shifts focus to Star

first_imgRead Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Nursing an LCL injury, Jalalon was stuck in the sidelines doing therapy with the Hotshots PTs, watching helplessly as coach Chito Victolero laid down the groundwork in the team’s first week of practices.But the former Arellano guard’s frustrations isn’t limited on Star alone with the injury also ruling him out of Gilas Pilipinas in the first leg of the 2019 Fiba World Cup qualifiers later this month.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I’m already out. I really want to join them, but the doctors advised me to not to,” said Jalalon, who is will continue therapy for the next two weeks before the doctors could give him the green light to finally rejoin the Hotshots.With the chance to don the national colors out of the picture, Jalalon is now looking at the next task ahead, and that is to be in full strength once Star opens its campaign this upcoming 2017-2018 PBA season. “I’m just strengthening my knee and following what the PTs tell. I’ll continue doing therapy and I’m preparing to play in the opening,” he said.As an observer, Jalalon also liked what he saw from the Hotshots after this first week of training.“I could really see that we play well in our practices and I feel that this will be the timewe’ll really be contending for the title.”ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:28’Walang bigayan’: Expect all-out war between sister teams Magnolia, San Miguel01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortcenter_img Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Timberwolves overwhelm Jazz for 109-98 win MOST READ LATEST STORIES CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/PBA IMAGESSophomore playmaker Jio Jalalon couldn’t hide his frustrations as he was limited to a spectator in Star’s morning practice at Ronac Art Center on Tuesday.“I’m not used to this, that I’m not practicing. I’m jealous,” he admitted.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101last_img read more

X-Blades Sniper Sonic Promotion

first_imgTouch Football Australia’s official footwear sponsor, X-Blades, has another great deal for members through the TFA website and newsletter. When you purchase the new X-Blades Sniper Sonic boots, you will receive free shipping. To take advantage of their great deal, please visit the X-Blades website:www.bladesfootball.com.au/shopStay tuned to the TFA website for more great promotions from X-Blades. Related LinksX-Blades Promotionlast_img

10 months agoLuka Modric on Real Madrid crisis: This isn’t bad luck; our starts are s***

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Luka Modric on Real Madrid crisis: This isn’t bad luck; our starts are s***by Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLuka Modric blasted his Real Madrid teammates after defeat to Real Sociedad.The midfielder questioned the attitude for the start of the 2-0 reverse.”Many of us are not at our level,” Modric said in the mixed zone.”We cannot take a s*** at the beginning of every game.”We have to be clear, it’s not a matter of luck.”We are creating a lot but the ball won’t go in and we are giving a lot but there are reasons that explain why things are not going well.” last_img

a month agoInter Milan coach Conte disappointed with Italian fans

first_imgInter Milan coach Conte disappointed with Italian fansby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan coach Antonio Conte has taken a swipe at Italian fans.Conte returned to Serie A this season and was struck by the difference in attitude.“Racism is a problem in Italy, but so is any kind of insult, and after three years away, I find Italy has regressed,” said Conte in a Press conference ahead of tonight’s Milan Derby.“People write exclusively to foment hatred. Italy has become far worse lately and we are all to blame. We’re talking about something that educates the next generation to hate and engage in violence.”He added: “It would be wonderful to see fans attend games just to cheer on their own team. Children ought to hear that instead of observing these hostile atmospheres that are right on the borderline.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Oxfam Joins With Stars To Launch I Hear You Project In Support

first_imgThis week, Oxfam launches “I Hear You”, a project designed to amplify the personal stories of the world’s most vulnerable refugees with some of Hollywood’s leading voices.The video series features Margot Robbie, John Cho, Gael García Bernal, Minnie Driver, and more reading the real life stories of refugees from around the world who have been forced from their homes as they flee conflict, disaster, poverty, inequality, and the effects of climate change, in the hopes that you might hear their stories and join the campaign.In partnership with Condé Nast Entertainment (CNÉ), six of the videos, featuring Margot Robbie, John Cho, Gael García Bernal, Anna Camp, Minnie Driver, and Al Madrigal will debut on Vanity Fair’s website, along with CNÉ’s The Scene, here.In addition, “I Hear You” features Melissa Leo, Oliver Platt, Erik Griffin, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Ari Graynor, Jordana Brewster, Yasmine Al Massri, and Andrea Riseborough. The creator of the project, Julie Anne Robinson, is a BAFTA and Golden Globe nominated theatre, TV and film director/producer.“I came up with the idea for this project because I wanted to find a way to communicate the human stories of displaced people,” said Julie Anne Robinson. “These are people we tend to fear and reject, but I found they are driven by the same things as all of us- love of their children and a desire to work.”“I don’t believe we can become numb to the pain and suffering of so many people in the world when there are actually real things we can do,” said Minnie Driver, actor and Oxfam celebrity ambassador. “We can share and we can be available to help other each other, and it feels like we’ve forgotten that. I hope that this project helps to remind people of their fundamental humanity and the kindness and love we can and must extend to one another. Love is better than anything.”The full series of videos, including information on how to take action, can be found on Oxfam’s site www.oxfamamerica.org/ihearyou. There, visitors can hear the real life stories of refugees, read more about the refugee crisis, and learn what they can do to help. Viewers can text “I Hear You” to 977-79 to join the campaign.“More than 65 million people around the world have been forced to leave their homes because of violence, persecution and war. These are not just numbers. These are people, with individual stories just like every one of us. Now is a time for solidarity and compassion, not a time to close our minds, our hearts, or our borders.” said Raymond Offenheiser, President of Oxfam America. “Oxfam is pleased to join together with Vanity Fair to shine a spotlight on the millions of individuals who have endured unimaginable loss and hardship. Together we can bring an end to the worst refugee crisis of our time.”Oxfam is calling for people to stand together in support of refugees by signing on to a pledge to act with compassion towards all people who have been forced to flee their homes and to advocate for displaced people to be welcomed to the U.S. and other countries regardless of gender, race, national origin, religion or sexual preference. Oxfam is currently working in 20 countries affected by the refugee crisis to help people who have fled their homes because of violence, conflict or persecution. Oxfam is providing food and clean water and building much-needed toilets to prevent the spread of disease, while also making sure people have the information they need to stay safe and obtain access to legal aid. You can sign the pledge at www.oxfamamerica.org/i-hear-you-pledge.last_img read more