Park eyes US Women’s Open, 20 years on from Pak

first_img\R Miami, May 30 (AFP) World number one Park In-bee will take a low-key approach to the women’s US Open tomorrow as she aims to cement the legacy of compatriot Pak Se-ri with her eighth major title. Twenty years ago, Pak blazed a trail for Korean golfers when she stormed to victory in the 1998 US Open, a spectacular triumph that encouraged many of her compatriots to take up the sport. “Back in ’98, I was really just a kid,” Park said Tuesday. “My dad was really a big fan of golf. He was watching golf and watching Se-ri play. I remember my dad getting really excited very early in the morning. “After that there was a big golf boom in Korea and a lot of the girls my age were starting to play golf. I was one of them.” In 1998, Pak was the sole South Korean golfer plying her trade on the LPGA Tour. There are now more than 50 Korean players on the LPGA, and last year Korean women picked up three of the five majors on offer. Unsurprisingly, world number one Park will start as the player to beat at Shoal Creek Gold and Country Club in Alabama. The 29-year-old Olympic champion, a US Open winner in 2008 and 2013, has prepared for this week’s challenge by playing in Korea. She warmed up for the Open with victory in the Doosan Match Play Championship on May 20. “Obviously, winning in front of a lot of fans in Korea was a big thing,” she said.advertisement “It was a match play, so I played seven rounds in five days. So that was very tough. I was proud of myself that I have done it in the match play.” Park believes she has benefited from a rest after that win, but remains mindful of a crowded field of contenders. The last 12 majors have been won by 12 different players, highlighting the depth of the women’s game and the LPGA Tour. “Coming into the major, there is a lot of notable players that haven’t won this year and they are looking to win,” Park said. “(On the LPGA Tour) You don’t see the same players every week up on the leaderboard. You see some kind of different levels of players, a variety of players on the leaderboard.” Park has travelled to the United States accompanied only by her husband. She said she had welcomed the opportunity to “do nothing” on a rare day off on Monday. “I kind of needed some time to rest and do nothing,” she said. “I don’t have to worry about anything and do anything.” One of the biggest challenges to Park’s hopes could come from Lexi Thompson. The world number three’s long game could give her a crucial edge this week on a course which has been drenched with rain. “I would say definitely it’s an advantage to be longer,” Thompson acknowledged. “The course is playing very long.” (AFP) AHAHlast_img read more

EGC Diaspora Engagement Task Force To Give Update At Upcoming Conference

first_imgStory Highlights Under this, there were sub-initiatives that included a plan to repurpose the Jamaican Diaspora Foundation – Global Connect Jamaica (Glo-Jam) – which is the centrepiece of the sub-initiatives. Participants at the upcoming Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference will be updated on the progress of initiatives being undertaken by the Economic Growth Council (EGC) Diaspora Engagement Task Force when they meet later this month. Chairman of the Task Force, Dr. David Panton, told JIS News that as part of the September 2016 submission made to Cabinet by the EGC, there were eight growth initiatives in their Call to Action, which included ‘harnessing the power of the Diaspora’. Participants at the upcoming Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference will be updated on the progress of initiatives being undertaken by the Economic Growth Council (EGC) Diaspora Engagement Task Force when they meet later this month.Chairman of the Task Force, Dr. David Panton, told JIS News that as part of the September 2016 submission made to Cabinet by the EGC, there were eight growth initiatives in their Call to Action, which included ‘harnessing the power of the Diaspora’.Under this, there were sub-initiatives that included a plan to repurpose the Jamaican Diaspora Foundation – Global Connect Jamaica (Glo-Jam) – which is the centrepiece of the sub-initiatives.“The fundamental purpose of Glo-Jam is to invite successful and prominent members of the Jamaican Diaspora, as well as friends of Jamaica, to leverage their knowledge, experience, relationships and skills in assisting with the identification and implementation of specific projects that will assist in the economic growth and development of Jamaica, with a particular focus on investment,” he explained.Dr. Panton said that the Task Force is now “formalising a structure, and creating a new Glo-Jam Advisory Board comprising distinguished and successful members of the Diaspora, with the patron being the Prime Minister.”Another sub-initiative is to encourage the Jamaican Diaspora to invest and become more engaged in Jamaica, and to establish a special financing agency under Glo-Jam to issue bonds, targeting the Diaspora, and mobilising resources.“There are also plans to establish a fast-track, one-stop coordinating agency of all the major Government agencies to address all Diaspora and investors’ requests and initiatives,” he said.The final sub-initiative is to work with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade to increase Jamaica’s Honorary Consuls by more than 100 per cent worldwide, particularly in the United States (US), the United Kingdom (UK) and Canada.He said that the process of identifying additional cities has already started and they are also strategising on how to recruit additional Consuls.Dr. Panton pointed out that Jamaica now has approximately 80 Consuls, while other countries with tourism as a large part of their GDP have 300 to 400 Consuls.The Consul’s role is to assist Jamaicans abroad with their consular affairs, as well as to act as an Ambassador for the country, promoting the island to visitors and investors, and ultimately raising the profile of the country.last_img read more

Deadline for NYS Empowerment Programme April 6

first_imgStory Highlights The application deadline for the National Youth Service (NYS) Empowerment Programme has been extended to April 6, 2018. Participants in the camp will undergo a series of training, mentoring and coaching that will make them more job-ready, employable and improve their personal and professional development. It also aims to provide the tools and opportunities to improve the quality of life for persons with disabilities and increase their participation in, and contribution to society by strengthening their capacities and improving their preparation for the labour force. The application deadline for the National Youth Service (NYS) Empowerment Programme has been extended to April 6, 2018.The initiative seeks to target some 360 persons, aged 17 to 34, with various disabilities.It also aims to provide the tools and opportunities to improve the quality of life for persons with disabilities and increase their participation in, and contribution to society by strengthening their capacities and improving their preparation for the labour force.The programme, which will last for seven months, consists of a three-week non-residential camp, followed by six months of supported work experience.Participants in the camp will undergo a series of training, mentoring and coaching that will make them more job-ready, employable and improve their personal and professional development.Throughout the programme, the beneficiaries will be guided by a job coach, who will cater to their general needs and ensure that they are assisted to make the transition to the world of work.In addition to completing an application form, persons are required to submit copies of their birth certificate, a referral from an institution to which they are attached, tax registration number (TRN), and National Insurance Scheme (NIS) number.For more information on the programme, persons may visit any HEART Trust/NTA, Jamaica Foundation for Lifelong Learning (JFFL) or NYS office or call 754-9816-8.last_img read more