‘Raid Local’: team of British sporting legends race for Parkinson’s

first_img Related On Sunday 28th June, led by Rugby World Cup winner Mike Tindall MBE, a team of sporting icons will unite for the ‘Raid Local’ cycle challenge in support of The Cure Parkinson’s Trust (CPT).With the cancellation of CPT’s six-day ‘Raid Alpine’ fundraising cycle challenge, a COVID-safe version has been organised. This lets participants take on the first day of the challenge – covering 137km in distance and 3,700m of ascent – either in their local area or at home on virtual cycling platform Zwift.To put this into context, 3700m is the ascent from Mt Everest Base Camp to the Summit. The team will be doing all that, on a bike, in one day.While Mike Tindall, who was due to take part in the ‘Raid Alpine’, will tackle this challenge on the hills of Gloucestershire, his team of celebrity stars will lead the virtual ‘Raid Local’ on Zwift. This will involve identical distances and ascents, split into three consecutive stages. The team includes:Olympic and World Champion cyclist Sir Chris Hoy (leading stage 1)Ex-English Rugby International Austin Healey (leading stage 2)Ex-Welsh Rugby International and World Rugby Player of the Year 2008 Shane Williams MBE (leading stage 3)Rugby World Cup winner Iain Balshaw MBE (sweeper across all 3 stages)The team will also be joined by:Olympic skeleton racing Gold Medallist 2010 Amy Williams MBEProfessional golfer and seven-time Ryder Cup winner Lee Westwood OBETV and radio broadcaster Kirsty GallacherThe Raid Local team note that, with over one million users, Zwift allows remote cyclists to connect with others in the virtual world and ride together. The Cure Parkinson’s Trust (CPT) is offering the unique opportunity to ride virtually alongside the sporting celebrities, with participants being able to ask the celebrity lead riders questions via the in-event messaging facility.The virtual Raid Local will run at precisely the same time as the ‘Raid Local’ taking place in parallel on local roads throughout the country. The ‘Grand Depart’ around the country and on Zwift, led by Mike and Sir Chris, will be 08:00 BST on 28th June.To join the unique event on Zwift, CPT is asking for riders to donate £20, or more if they are able, to the charity’s ‘Raid Local’ JustGiving page www.justgiving.com/campaign/RaidLocalAlternatively, riders can join Mike Tindall riding outdoors, by taking to their local roads and donating or raising money for the charity.CPT currently faces a large loss of income due to the effects of COVID-19. Donations from Raid Local are needed now, more than ever, for CPT’s work to find a cure for Parkinson’s to continue.www.cureparkinsons.org.uk/news/raidlocallast_img read more


Harworth heads North West for debut resi buy on Merseyside

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Carrie Fisher, iconic actress from ‘Star Wars,’ dies at 60

first_imgCarrie Fisher, iconic actress from ‘Star Wars,’ dies at 60 SHARE Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Published: December 27, 2016 1:02 PM EST Updated: December 27, 2016 2:32 PM EST LOS ANGELES (AP) – Carrie Fisher, the daughter of Hollywood royalty who played Princess Leia in the original “Star Wars” and turned her experiences with addiction and mental illness into bestselling books, a hit film and popular stage performances, died Tuesday after suffering a medical emergency aboard a flight on Friday. She was 60.Her daughter, Billie Lourd, released a statement through her spokesman announcing Fisher’s death.“It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning,” read the statement from publicist Simon Halls. “She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly.”Fisher, the daughter of actress Debbie Reynolds and crooner Eddie Fisher, had been hospitalized since Friday, when paramedics responded to a patient in distress at Los Angeles International Airport. Fisher’s family said she was in intensive care Friday evening.She made her feature film debut opposite Warren Beatty in the 1975 hit “Shampoo.” She also appeared in “Austin Powers,” ”The Blues Brothers,” ”Charlie’s Angels,” ”Hannah and Her Sisters,” ”Scream 3″ and “When Harry Met Sally …”But Fisher is best remembered as Princess Leia in the original “Star Wars” in 1977, with her now-iconic braided buns, who uttered the immortal phrase, “Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi, you’re my only hope.” Fisher played a part in which she was tough, feisty and powerful, even if at one point she was chained to Jabba the Hutt. (She reprised the role in Episode VII of the series, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” in 2015, and her digitally rendered image appears in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”)“No words #Devastated,” actor Mark Hamill posted on Twitter Tuesday.Fisher long battled drug addiction and mental illness. She said she smoked pot at age 13, used LSD by 21 and was first diagnosed as bipolar at age 24. She was treated with electroconvulsive therapy and medication.In 1987, her thinly veiled autobiography “Postcards From the Edge” became a best seller. It was adapted into a 1990 film starring Shirley MacLaine and Meryl Streep.More books followed: “Delusions of Grandma,” ”Surrender the Pink,” ”The Best Awful,” ”Shockaholic” and this year’s autobiography, “The Princess Diarist,” in which she revealed that she and co-star Harrison Ford had an affair on the set of “Star Wars.”Ever ready to satirize herself, she has even played Carrie Fisher a few times, as in David Cronenberg’s dark Hollywood sendup “Maps to the Stars” and in an episode of “Sex and the City.” In the past 15 years, Fisher also had a somewhat prolific career as a television guest star, recently in the Amazon show “Catastrophe” as the mother of Rob Delaney’s lead, and perhaps most memorably as a has-been comedy legend on “30 Rock.”Her one-woman show, “Wishful Drinking,” which she’s performed on and off across the country since 2006, was turned into a book, made its way to Broadway in 2009 and was captured for HBO in 2010.Little was off-limits in the show. She discussed the scandal that engulfed her superstar parents (Fisher ran off with Elizabeth Taylor); her brief marriage to singer Paul Simon; the time the father of her daughter left her for a man; and the day she woke up next to the dead body of a platonic friend who had overdosed in her bed.“I’m a product of Hollywood inbreeding. When two celebrities mate, something like me is the result,” she said in the show. At another point, she cracked: “I don’t have a problem with drugs so much as I have a problem with sobriety.”“She was funnier&smarter than anyone had the right to be,” Whoopi Goldberg wrote on Twitter Tuesday. “Sail On Silver Girl. Condolences Debbie & Billie.”“Hail Hail! A genius has vacated this realm-RIP Carrie Fisher,” Roseanne Barr posted on the site.Besides her mother and daughter, Fisher is survived by her brother, Todd Fisher.In a 2009 interview with The Associated Press, Fisher wasn’t coy about revealing details about her unusual life, whether it was about drug addiction, mental illness or her failed relationships. She hoped to destigmatize mental health problems.“People relate to aspects of my stories and that’s nice for me because then I’m not all alone with it,” she said. “Also, I do believe you’re only as sick as your secrets. If that’s true, I’m just really healthy.”last_img read more


Last call for Eastern Star Chairman’s Cup

first_imgThe Chairman’s Cup features 5 qualifying rounds followed by a finals day on October 15, with the top three golfers being treated to a paid trip to Siem Reap in Cambodia for a 2-day golfing holiday.The cost of entry is just 1500 baht and includes green fee at Eastern Star golf course, caddy fee, and dinner with free flow spirits following the round.  The format for the event is singles stableford using the 36 system handicapping (maximum 24). For more information and registration, call 086 377 6744, 084 883 8280 or email [email protected] The third round of the 9th Chairman’s Cup golf tournament is being staged at Eastern Star Country Club & Resort on Saturday, August 18 and last minute places are still available for those wishing to take part.last_img read more


Coffee with a conscience

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New Cycle Event for Connemara

first_imgMarch 2017 saw the launch of a great new cycling club for Connemara, the Twelve Bens Cycling Club. The club took off at speed with over 50 people signing up. Since its creation the club has held weekly cycle meets as well as taking part in a number of cycle events including Tour de Connemara,Westportif, Tour de Burren, Wicklow 200 and Tour de Lough Corrib to name a few. They have now set their sights even higher as they are busy organising their inaugural sportive, Tour de Bens. The event, taking place on Saturday September 9th 2017, is suitable for all levels of cyclists with a 80km and 57km route available. Cyclists will be treated to some of the most beautiful scenery that Connemara has to offer as the routes encompasses the majestic Twelve Bens mountains, bringing them through Inagh Valley, Renvyle and along the Sky road. Clifden will be the event headquarters with the first cyclists leaving at 10am that morning.Entry into the sportive includes a souvenir t shirt, refreshments along the route and a unique once off medal designed and created in GMIT Letterfrack furniture college.The event costs just €30/€35 (for non Cycling Ireland members) with any profits going to local charity Connemara Therapeutic Riding. You can find out more details and enter online at www.tourdebens.ie. Or follow them on facebook – Twelve Bens Cycling Club.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more


Corofin hoping to keep Galway football on a high

first_imgIt’s been a tremendous opening six weeks to 2018 for Galway football at all levels. The senior team have won their opening 3 games in Division 1 of the National League, NUIG are through to the Sigerson Cup final for the first time in 15 years and Corofin safely negotiated their All Ireland Club Championship quarter final against Fulham Irish in London to set up a semi final clash with Leinster Champions Moorefield of Kildare on Saturday at 2pm in Tullamore. Corofin forward Micheal Lundy has been telling Coilin Duffy it’s good times for Galway… Corofin All Ireland Semi-Finals history:1992- Dr Crokes 3-4 v 1-5 Corofin1996- Laune Rangers 0-8 v 0-6 Corofin1998- Corofin 0-11 v 0-9 Dungiven2009- Kilmacud Crokes 2-11 v 0-11 Corofin2010- St Gall’s 1-15 v 1-11 Corofin2015- Corofin 1-13 v 1-9 St Vincent’s2017- Dr Crokes 2-11 v 0-8 Corofinprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Corofin will play their 8th All Ireland Semi Final on Saturday in O’Moore Park. In the seven semi finals previously, Corofin have won just two, most recently 2015 when they went on to win the All Ireland title. Their other All-Ireland semi final victory was back in 1998 which they beat Dungiven 0-11 to 0-9 and also went on to win the All Ireland title. Corofin have progressed to this year’s semi final after beating Fulham Irish in the quarter final 3-8 to 1-4. The other semi final is between Nemo Rangers and Slaughtneil, taking place the following week on the 24thcenter_img Audio Playerhttps://download-galwaybay.sharp-stream.com/Micheal%20Lundy%20THUR.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more


Eric Dier fired up by doubters who slammed Spurs’ lack of spending

first_imgERIC DIER is on a mission to “shut everyone up” – insisting Tottenham can challenge for honours despite their lack of signings.Spurs failed to add a single player in the summer – the first Premier League club to do so since the current transfer window system began in 2003.5 Eric Dier insists Tottenham can fight for honours despite not adding any new talentCredit: ReutersBut Dier reckons Tottenham have already proved their squad is good enough to beat the best teams in England and Europe.And even though their domestic rivals have splashed huge cash this summer, Dier has taunted them by suggesting they have not actually improved their teams.The England midfielder, 24, said: “For the last three years we’ve been challenging the best teams in the country.“And last year we were challenging the best teams in the Champions League with the squad that we have here today.“The manager said it before – we’re in a fight but we’re having to use different tools.RETRACING STEPSJack Charlton’s granddaughter Emma Wilkinson ‘would love’ to visit IrelandROY RAGEFurious Roy Keane launched foul-mouthed rant at Pique over Fabregas friendshipPicturedTOP FORMBrazil icon Ronaldo soaks up sun with partner Celina Locks on yacht in FormenteraPicturedON THE PAOLPaolo Maldini shows off shredded physique at 52 while on holiday with wifeLive BlogUNITED LATESTMan Utd transfer news LIVE: All the gossip and updates from Old TraffordExclusiveLOCK CLOWNPaul Scholes flouts local lockdown rules by throwing huge 7-hour birthday bashPicturedMADD FOR ITPrem aces Dele, Maddison & Grealish enjoy hard-earned break in sun-soaked IbizaLive Bloggunners newsArsenal transfer news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea transfer news LIVE: Havertz deal LATEST, Willian move updatesMISS-RON IMPOSSIBLERonaldo LOSES Golden Boot race after axe from Juve squad for final game5 Spurs beat Newcastle on the opening day thanks to Dele Alli and Jan VertonghenCredit: Reuters5 Eric Dier is out to prove Tottenham’s critics wrong this seasonCredit: Getty Images – Getty“And we’ve known that for the last three years and we have to try and compensate for what other clubs can do in different ways with our attitude, our work ethic, our desire.“That’s what we’ll try to do and it’ll make us better.“It’s a great challenge for us to shut everyone up really. We’re going to enjoy that challenge.“We’ve got a fantastic squad here, fantastic players throughout the team in every position.“To strengthen it is not easy as well.”Newcastle 1-2 Tottenham: Mauricio Pochettino’s men scrape win thanks to Jan Vertonghen and Dele AlliWhile Tottenham did not spend a penny, Liverpool shelled out £176.75million and Chelsea paid £129m.But Dier said: “You can look at all the other teams around us.“They might have signed players but not many of those players that they’ve signed are better than the players they’ve already got.“Obviously there are signings that have been made which are players of very high quality.“But in many cases I don’t believe that they’ve signed players that are better than they already have.“If it’s trying to give the team a boost then that’s cool.“But we’ll find the same boost in a different way.“We’re really happy, the players are really happy and we’ve got a fantastic group here.“We all really enjoy training together, playing together, being with each other – and we’ll just try to continue to build on that.”5 Eric Dier and England crashed out in the World Cup semi-finalsCredit: Alamy Live News5 Team-mate Hugo Lloris went all the way with FranceCredit: Getty – ContributorDier admits he and his Tottenham team-mates are all desperate for glory this season, having reached the FA Cup semi-final last term.Nine of their squad also came close to silverware in the summer when they reached the last four of the World Cup – but Hugo Lloris was the only one who went on to win it.And Dier said: “We had a fantastic World Cup, we broke down many barriers as a national team.“We managed to get to the semi-finals which was incredible but at the same time winning is the most important thing.“Only Hugo can know what it feels like because he won it and only winning it matters. Nothing else matters.“Everyone else, back here at Tottenham, we got to the FA Cup semi-final last year but we need to go that one step further and win.“We’re all in this to win it and we all want to win.”Experience the atmosphere inside the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium before it even opens in FIFA 19 videoDier admits he and his Spurs pals look up to France captain Lloris even more now following his achievements in Russia.And he added: “He’s one of the best goalkeepers in the world, first and foremost.“He’s someone that everyone in the squad looks up to. Even more now.“To look up to the quality he brings, the work ethic he brings, the attitude he brings.“His style is a quiet style – but silence is sometimes deadly!”With the Premier League transfer window closed how well did Spurs, Man Utd, Arsenal and Liverpool do?last_img read more


The difference between talking and communicating

first_imgIf you do nothing else as a communicator, do this one thing: Look at yourself (your message, your website, your appeal, your case, etc.) through the eyes of your audience. It will prompt you to make changes that allow you to better connect with those you want to influence and inspire. Every time I fear I’ve said this too many times, or that it’s too obvious, I review a website or lead a workshop and see the problems that stem from failing to step out of our own perspectives. This week alone, I reviewed a dozen websites for a Network for Good webinar (free access here), and the top mistake was the sites were focused on the organizations, not the visitors to their pages. And I gave a speech to a group of partners who often struggled to communicate – for the same reason. They were operating from their own mindsets rather than exploring their partners’ perspectives.Remember: Communications is not about what you say, it’s about what people hear.Your message is no match for the mental machinations of your audience’s mind.If you don’t get what makes that mind tick, you’re not communicating. You’re just talking.last_img read more


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