City of Pasadena Provides Chronology of Attention to Long-Term Care Facilities

first_img Subscribe Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. [Updated] City officials released a report on Thursday with a high-level snapshot of the timeline of key events surrounding the onset of COVID-19 infection in Pasadena.The report, prepared by an outside consultant, includes a chronology of the Pasadena Public Health Department’s actions to prepare for, respond and mitigate the threat of COVID-19 in the city’s long-term care facilities.“Dr. Goh and her team have been working day and night to take measures to protect lives in these facilities,” said City Manager Steve Mermell. “Despite major obstacles, the health department has and will continue to take the necessary actions to mitigate the spread of the virus, knowing this will be a sustained response. The City will continue to evaluate our progress and build upon lessons learned at a local level and from our county, state and federal partners.”Vice Mayor Tyron Hampton and District 5 Councilman Victor Gordo have called for a review of the health department’s response to the outbreak in the city’s long term health care facilities.As of Friday morning, 79 Pasadena residents have died from complications caused by the virus which has infected 790 local residents, resulting in death rate of 10 percent.Most of the fatalities have occurred in the city’s long term health care facilities.The city has been particularly hard hit among elderly residents because of its numbers.There are 16 skilled nursing facilities in Pasadena, with 886 beds per 100,000 residents, as compared to 383 facilities in Los Angeles County with 382 beds per 100,000 residents. This means there are 2.3 times more beds per 100,000 residents in Pasadena than LA County.As in Pasadena, the Coronavirus has had tragic effects on the vulnerable populations of long-term care facilities nationwide. According to a New York Times’ database, at least 28,000 residents and workers have died from COVID-19 at nursing homes and other long-term facilities for older adults in the United States.So far, the virus has infected more than 153,000 at some 7,700 facilities.“Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to those who have lost family members due to this tragic pandemic,” said Pasadena Public Health Director Dr. Ying-Ying Goh. “COVID-19 infection and death rates in these facilities is a national tragedy. Mitigating risks of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases in these facilities will require a national strategy and investment in infectious disease infrastructure and personnel. There needs to be discussions at a national level on how these facilities are funded, staffed and regulated. This is not simply a Pasadena problem; it is a significant nationwide issue.”Concurrently, the Office of the City Attorney has released a related memorandum entitled “Summary of the Health Officer’s Authority Relating to Skilled Nursing Facilities” to help clarify roles and authority.View the consultant’s letter to the city manager.View the consultant’s chronology.View the city attorney’s memorandum.Stay connected to the City of Pasadena! Visit us online at; follow us on Twitter at @PasadenaGov, and Instagram and Facebook at @CityOfPasadena; or call the Citizen Service Center, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at (626) 744-7311. 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Press release: Change of Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Mauritania: February 2019

first_img Email [email protected] Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn 1997 to 1998 FCO, EU/Russia policy lead, European Union Department (External) Mr Simon Boyden has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Mauritania in succession to Mr Samuel Thomas who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Mr Boyden will take up his appointment during February 2019.CURRICULUM VITAEFull name: Simon BoydenMarried to: Nathalie Hélène Geraldine GallagherChildren: Three Further information 2010 to 2014 Berlin, First Secretary (European Union) Media enquiries Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebook 2014 to 2016 FCO, Head, Spending Review Team 2016 to 2018 Kabul, Political Counsellor 2003 to 2006 FCO, Head, Serbia and Montenegro Section, Eastern Adriatic Department 2002 to 2003 FCO, Head, Regional Issues Section, Eastern Adriatic Department 1999 to 2002 Moscow, Second Secretary (Commercial) For journalists 2006 to 2010 Vienna, First Secretary, UK Delegation to the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europelast_img read more

Historic damage spurs innovative response

first_imgWhen Hurricane Irene unleashed a torrent of water into creeks, streams and rivers across central and southern Vermont, it also spurred the largest recovery effort in the history of Central Vermont Public Service.  But the recovery effort actually began days earlier. Long before Hurricane Irene dumped up to 9 inches of rain across CVPS’s service territory, Central Scheduling Manager Scott Massie and his team were making calls for help.  With private forecasts raising the possibility of historic devastation, CVPS was on edge and preparing for the worst.  But virtually every utility on the East Coast was gearing up for the storm, and outside contractors were in short supply. Massie reached far to the west ‘ to Missouri, Texas and Illinois, and north to Ontario ‘ contacting utilities and contractors that might be available to come east.  Before the storm struck, he lined up hundreds of outside contractors and mutual aide workers, a feat that paid dividends as CVPS recovered from the worst flooding to hit Vermont since 1927. CVPS spokesman Steve Costello jokingly introduced Massie to one reporter on Monday as the ‘most important man in Vermont.’  But Massie, a former lineman who now heads CVPS’s field schedulers, pooh-poohed the introduction, saying he was just one cog in the wheels.  ‘Getting the resources and managing them is important, but it’s the people in the field who are the real heroes,’ Massie said. While orchestrating CVPS’s overall storm response, Massie lent a hand to the entire region, leading daily calls of the New England Mutual Assistance Group, the utility organization that orchestrates the sharing of crews during major storm recovery efforts.  As of 9 a.m. Friday, NEMAG members in other states were still looking for 700 line crews to help restore service to more than 300,000 customers without service. A CVPS operations supervisor is being hailed as a hero for a decision that may have saved several lives near the start of the storm. Hundreds of workers were scattered around rural towns, working on the earliest outages on Sunday, when the rain began to fall hard in the south.  Brattleboro Operations Supervisor Dave Miller, who joined CVPS as an apprentice line worker 40 years ago, decided to call in his local crews, because he thought conditions were becoming unsafe. His decision led minutes later to a call to bring in all CVPS field personnel, unless they were dealing with critical emergencies, until conditions improved. Within an hour, hundreds of roads across the state began to wash away ‘ along with power lines CVPS crews had been working on prior to Miller’s call. ‘If Dave hadn’t decided to pull in his crews when he did, there’s no doubt in my mind that we would have had several fatalities,’ said co-worker Chris Gandin.  ‘I think Dave Miller is a hero.  His decision saved some lives.’ For his part, Miller said he was just doing his job.  ‘Safety has to be the first item on the list when we plan storm recovery,’ Miller said.  ‘That starts with good training and good people.’ When entire towns and dozens of neighborhoods became isolated, employees looked for new ways to get in to see the damage so recovery plans could be made. CVPS routinely uses helicopters to assess high-voltage transmission lines following storms, but employees used whatever they had to get past washouts and bridges to survey smaller lines and road damage. Chief Engineer Greg White hiked five miles to get into Rochester so he could evaluate the damage to a key substation long before roads reopened, while Royalton Operations Supervisor Ben Bemis rode his off-road motorcycle to look at damage.  A fixed-wing plane was used to take a look at road damage in some areas, while other employees set out on bicycles to do assessment where no other vehicles could go. Forestry Manager Duane Dickinson and meter readers Tim Madore and Charlie Daigneault rode mountain bikes into the backside of Wardsboro, West Jamaica and East Dover after all usual access routes were washed out. ‘We had to actually fjord the rivers,’ Dickinson said.  ‘We carried the bikes over our shoulders and got back in wherever we could.  The local folks were really helpful, pointing out alternate access routes like ATV trails.’ Still, there remain places that are simply inaccessible thanks to washouts, landslides and debris.CVPS. 9.2.2011last_img read more

Van Duyne Wins Texas House Seat, in Another Lost Chance for Democrats

first_imgBeth Van Duyne, a former Republican mayor and housing official in the Trump administration, on Tuesday defeated Candace Valenzuela, a Democrat, in a House race in suburban Dallas, holding a crucial Republican seat as Ms. Van Duyne’s party fought to add to its numbers in Congress.Ms. Van Duyne’s win, as called by The Associated Press, was a key victory for Republicans, appearing to close off Democrats’ last hope to pick up a seat in the state despite what had been forecast as a grim year for Republicans as shifting demographics have increasingly made Texas competitive. It also mirrored the results in some other conservative-leaning suburban districts across the country, where despite indications that many voters had been alienated by President Trump and his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, Republicans appeared to be holding their own and even on track to gain seats.- Advertisement – Ms. Van Duyne aligned herself closely with Mr. Trump and defended his handling of the pandemic, and her former boss at HUD, Ben Carson, helped lobby for her in the final days of the campaign.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Ms. Van Duyne, who served in the Trump administration’s Department of Housing and Urban Development, was previously the mayor of Irving, Tex., the first woman to hold that post. She drew national attention when she was among the officials sued by the family of a Muslim teenager arrested after his homemade digital clock was mistaken for a bomb. (The suit was later dismissed.)She later emerged as part of a self-branded four-woman “conservative squad,” who styled themselves as the right’s answer to four liberal women who became political celebrities in the 2018 Democratic freshman class, including Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. She is now slated to be part of the largest group of House Republican women ever elected to Congress in the same year, clearing the previous record of 25 women.center_img “People are sick and tired of Congress playing political games and just focusing on attacking each other,” Ms. Van Duyne said in response to questions from The Dallas Morning News that she posted on her website. “I promise to be a voice in Congress that is always focused on getting things done to help us grow and create more opportunities.”Ms. Valenzuela, a former school board trustee, had sought to flip the seat for Democrats and become the first Afro-Latina to be elected to Congress. The seat was left open after Representative Kenny Marchant, a reliable Republican vote who won re-election in 2018 by just three points, said in the summer of 2019 that he would retire rather than face Ms. Valenzuela.Ms. Valenzuela had galvanized supporters with her powerful account of surviving homelessness and becoming the first in her family to graduate college, and relied heavily on the strategy that Democrats employed both in 2018 and this year, centering her campaign on defending the Affordable Care Act and criticizing the administration’s response to the pandemic.- Advertisement – She sought to tie Ms. Van Duyne, who was often photographed without a mask while campaigning, to Mr. Trump and his mismanagement of the coronavirus. Ms. Van Duyne, for her part, criticized Ms. Valenzuela for not holding in-person events during the pandemic, even as coronavirus cases continued to spike in the state.last_img read more

In tourism 75% drop in turnover, 25% write-off of liabilities

first_imgUntil the price increase, the flat tourist tax in the D class was HRK 150,00, in the C class HRK 210,00, in the B class HRK 255,00 and in the A class HRK 300,00 per bed. With the increase in price in 2020, the lowest tourist tax becomes the one that has been the highest so far. From the beginning of this year until the last weekend in June, not a single tourist overnight stay was realized in a good part of the accommodation capacities. This means that the largest minimum increase in the tourist tax will now be 5 kn per night, ie it will increase from 5 kn in the “D” class to a single, minimum 10 kn. That is a 100% increase. The total increase in the tourist tax from 2018 to 2020 will be 125%. As far as family accommodation is concerned, the income tax is forgiven at the level of 25% of the total indebtedness, although the deficit of physical turnover is already greater than 70%. And while the income tax has mostly remained at the level of 2019, so the reduction can be viewed as a 25% write-off, with the tourist tax is not the same case. According to the same data source, the situation at the hotel is not much better. Out of a total of 1.171 hotels, some traffic was realized only at 622 hotels, ie in 50% of facilities. Traffic in hostels is even scarcer. Out of 355 registered hostels, traffic was recorded in only 21% of them, ie in 78 facilities. Benefits come payable In a total of 33,4% of households, some, albeit minimal, number of overnight stays was recorded. Of course, the total number of overnight stays compared to last year is lower than this percentage. This means that the price increase for D class is double. Thus, by reducing the fee due to extraordinary circumstances in 2020, accommodation capacities in D class will reach the level of 2019. Since the tourist classes have been abolished, the tourist tax has risen in price for all types of accommodation facilities of the former B, C and D classes. In addition, the period of the highest fee has been extended since 1.4. to 30.9. unlike the previous “peak” which lasted from 1.7. to 31.8. 50% of the accommodation capacity is not yet operational Big price increase before small reduction.Let us remind you: the sojourn tax for 2019 has been increased from 8 to 10 kn in the main season and from 6 to 8 kn in the pre- and post-season in “A” class, in “B” class from 7 to 9 and 5 to 7 kn, in “C” class from 5,5 to 7 and 4 to 5 kn and in “D” class from 4,5 to 5 and 3 to 4 kn. As a rule, this is an increase of about 25%.center_img Thus, according to eVisitor data, as many as 67% of households did not have the opportunity to host tourists, ie out of a total of 107.633 households, at least one overnight stay was recorded in 35.958 households. For which day we will enter July and the main tourist season, the benefits that have been postponed as well as those that are “timed” for the main season are not due. The situation is similar with the tourist membership fee, with a much higher price increase. Principle – raise prices and give a discount  The current average turnover of tourist traffic is at the level of 25-28% compared to last year at the same time. Due to all the above, we can conclude that measures to help accommodation in households and family farms would be felt only if the principle of equal percentage reduction of liabilities was applied, as well as the percentage drop in turnover. The highest possible amount is again twice the stated increase in the double room as early as 1.4. amounts to almost 6 euros, or 40,00 kn for the highest increase, or 3 euros or 20 kn for keeping the lowest amount. So far, that percentage is between 70 and 75% in physical traffic and 80-85% in financial traffic. Nedo Pinezic, www.nedopinezic.comlast_img read more

Semen Baturaja boosts white clay, mortar production in wake of pandemic

first_imgState-owned cement producer PT Semen Baturaja plans to continue developing its downstream products, including mortar and white clay, as part of its second half and long-term strategy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The company has made an investment of up to Rp 3 billion and Rp 800 million, respectively, to install white clay and mortar production facilities at its factories, the company’s president director, Jobi Triananda Hasjim, has said. “Our main targets within the next five years are the utilization of existing facilities, securing raw materials and making downstream products key,” Jobi said during a press briefing hosted by the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) on Monday.  The pandemic has depressed spending on infrastructure as the state budget has been reallocated to finance the country’s COVID-19 containment measures, affecting sales of infrastructure materials, including cement.Read also: Foreign companies go ahead with acquisition plans despite COVID-19 pandemicDuring this year’s first six months, Semen Baturaja saw its revenue fall 19 percent to Rp 671.83 billion from Rp 833.47 billion during the same period last year. It turned around its Rp 7.56 billion net profit booked in 2020 to a net loss of Rp 137.62 billion as of June 2020. As many infrastructure projects are funded by the government, basic industry companies such as Semen Baturaja needed to rely on alternative products to increase sales.  Semen Baturaja plans to launch and sell its mortar product under the brand Baturaja Mortar during this year’s second half, following a market trial it conducted several months prior in Bandar Lampung. It has set aside two production facilities with a capacity of 360 tons and 2,400 tons per year located in Lampung to produce its mortar supply. At the same time, the company is ramping up its white clay production to achieve the 2020 target of 50,000 tons of white clay.In a memorandum of understanding signed in January between the company and PT Pupuk Sriwidjaja (Pusri) Palembang, a subsidiary of state-owned fertilizer company PT Pupuk Indonesia, the company agreed to supply white clay to Pusri Palembang.Read also: Japanese cement firm to spend $220 million for 15% of Semen Indonesia subsidiaryThroughout the first half of the year, the company has sold almost 16,000 tons of white clay, 7 percent higher than the target set for the period. Aside from mortar and white clay, the company is undergoing research and development for a fiber cement board that can be installed as a wall partition, floor and ceiling. It is also developing a porous concrete product that can be used in parks to increase water absorption into the parks’ soil.“In the cement industry, the markets [we are expanding to] are dependent on the cost of distribution because the average price of cement across all regions is almost the same,” Semen Baturaja’s finance director, M. Jamil, said during the briefing.The company has been reliant on sales within the southern part of Sumatra, which includes the provinces of Jambi, South Sumatra, Bangka Belitung Islands, Bengkulu and Lampung. To increase sales, Semen Baturaja recently expanded to Pontianak in West Kalimantan and has shipped 2,250 tons worth of cement as of July this year to the city, which will act as the company’s entry point to greater Kalimantan’s market. The company plans to enter Riau province soon. The total demand for cement from the southern Sumatra market fell 5.3 percent year-on-year to 2.41 million tons in the first half of this year from 2.54 million tons in last year’s first half. Read also: Ministry to expand public employment scheme in Q3 infrastructure projectsThe company reported a downturn in cement production by 17 percent to 744,275 tons, while its sales volume fell 16 percent to 746,612 tons during the same period. Jamil noted that entering the second half of the year, the company had seen an uptick trend in demand for cement and hoped this could prop up the company’s sales going forward.  The company’s shares, traded on the IDX under the code SMBR, rallied at 2.91 percent by closing on Monday to Rp 530. Throughout the year, the company’s stock price has risen by 20.45 percent. The company did notably better than the basic industry and chemicals sector, as well as the benchmark Jakarta Composite Index, as the former fell 22.50 percent and the latter 16.23 percent year-to-date.Topics :last_img read more

Almost 300 Rohingya refugees arrive in Indonesia’s Aceh province

first_imgTopics : Almost 300 Rohingya refugees believed to have been at sea for six months landed in Indonesia’s Aceh province early on Monday, Indonesian authorities said.Acehnese police said a wooden boat carrying the Rohingya was spotted by local fishermen several kilometers off the coast of Lhokseumawe, before landing at Ujung Blang Beach just after midnight“There are 297 Rohingya according to the latest data, among them 181 women and 14 children,” Iptu Irwansya, a local police chief, told reporters. Junaidi Yahya, head of the Red Cross in Lhokseumawe, said the group was currently being held in a temporary location.“We hope they can be moved to the evacuation center today, but their health, especially related to COVID-19, is our main concern,” said Yahya.Among the group was one sick 13-year-old who police said was taken to hospital in an ambulance.Images of the Rohingya arrivals show lines of women in masks carrying their possessions in plastic bags, and men huddled on the floor of a thatched roof shelter.center_img Monday’s arrival follows the arrival of another vessel in late June when Acehnese fishermen rescued more than 100 Rohingya refugees, including 79 women and children, after Indonesian authorities had initially threatened to push them back.Fleeing persecution in Myanmar and refugee camps in Bangladesh, the Rohingya have for years boarded boats in an attempt to seek refuge in other Southeast Asian nations.Chris Lewa, director of the Arakan Project, a non-profit group focusing on the Rohingya crisis, said the passengers that arrived in Aceh on Monday had set sail from southern Bangladesh at the end of March or early April, bound for Malaysia.But both Malaysian and Thai authorities pushed them back, she said, as borders tightened due to coronavirus pandemic.Smugglers split the passengers into several boats, some of which managed to land in Malaysia and Indonesia in June, but several hundred remained at sea until Sunday night.The smugglers called their families to demand payments in the weeks before they were taken to shore, she said.“The smugglers seemed to not want to try to disembark them because not everyone had paid … They were basically keeping them hostage on the boat,” she said. last_img read more

Unai Emery blamed for Arsenal’s terrible away form by Martin Keown

first_img Comment Advertisement ‘We want to win’: Emery speaks before Huddersfield gameTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 11:35Fullscreen’We want to win’: Emery speaks before Huddersfield game is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.On Arsenal’s recent struggles, Emery said on Thursday: ‘It can be… at the end, the reason we didn’t take the same balance as we have shown at home.‘I spoke with the players (and told them) we need to think this match is very important for us and every player needs to be ready, be focused and be thinking we need to win this match.‘Imposing ourselves from the first minute, and throughout the 90 minutes, our capacity against them – but first is the mentality.‘For us, tactically, is the second issue. The first is to think we need to win and after it’s how we can win this match – (in terms of) preparing tactically and individually.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterFriday 8 Feb 2019 4:08 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Unai Emery blamed for Arsenal’s terrible away form by Martin Keown Arsenal haven’t won away from home in the Premier League since November (Picture: Getty)Martin Keown believes Unai Emery is to blame for Arsenal’s terrible recent record away from home in the Premier League.The Gunners won just once on the road during the second half of last season under Arsene Wenger, but his successor appeared to have cured Arsenal’s travel sickness during the early period of the current campaign.Since the win over Bournemouth on November 25, however, Emery’s side has collected just two points from a possible 18 away from home and will be looking to reverse that trend at the league’s bottom side Huddersfield on Saturday.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityKeown believes Emery’s constant tinkering and rotation has contributed to the downturn in results and believes he needs to revert to a flat back four.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHe said: ‘Is it any wonder Arsenal have lost four of their last five away games when Unai Emery has gone with a different formation in for each match?‘Teams cannot build any rhythm if the manager keeps tinkering. With Arsenal going to Huddersfield today, Emery should go with winning 4-3-1-2 formula he uses at the Emirates.’ Advertisementlast_img read more

Report: Avin International Buys HMM’s Tanker Pair

first_imgGreece-based tanker shipping company Avin International has emerged as the new owner of two MR2 tankers bought from South Korea’s Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM), according to information provided by VesselsValue.The tankers in question are Oriental Emerald and Oriental Ruby and they were purchased in an en bloc transaction for USD 21 million.In April, World Maritime News reported that another Greek company, Benetech Shipping, reached an agreement with HMM to buy the two 50,400 dwt ships. Under the deal which was subsequently terminated, the shipping company planned to acquire Oriental Emerald for USD 12.1 million and Oriental Ruby for USD 12.3 million.“There was a deal between HMM & Benetech that fell through as it was still under negotiations,” a representative from VesselsValue told World Maritime News, confirming that the new buyer is Avin.When contacted, HMM said it cannot confirm anything related to this matter.Each featuring a length of 189 meters and a width of 32 meters, the tankers were built by South Korea’s SLS Shipbuilding in 2005.The recently acquired tankers will join Avin’s fleet of more than 30 vessels.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Go-ahead golf club scores national first

first_img Tags: ClubMark, County Durham, GolfMark, SafeGolf, safeguarding 3 Jan 2019 Go-ahead golf club scores national first A go-ahead golf club in County Durham is celebrating a national ‘first’ which puts it at the forefront of safeguarding.Houghton-le-Spring Golf Club is the first club in England to successfully renew its GolfMark Award, an official seal of approval for its work to grow the game.With it, the club has also achieved England Golf’s new SafeGolf accreditation, showing it meets high standards to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people.Houghton-le-Spring showed its commitment to young golfers earlier this year when, with the support of Wickes, the DIY and home improvement company, it ran a volunteer project to convert a pool room/general storage space into a room for juniors. They involved local community groups and young carers to make sure they got it right.Now, with GolfMark successfully renewed for another three years, the club is looking ahead and working to encourage even more people – particularly women and girls – to take up golf and become members.It offers an academy membership for its six-hole short course and practice facilities, which is popular with beginners. It’s staged Women on Par days with England Golf, to get new golfers out on the course and have fun with friends. It’s hoping to join the Girls Golf Rocks recruitment programme in 2019.Ann Young and Mags Shaw, from the club’s business development team, were among those involved in renewing GolfMark.“We’re thrilled to be the first club to renew GolfMark,” said Ann. “It’s a great asset, which puts the club in a strong position and helps us to stand out from the rest. We’d advise any club considering GolfMark to get right on with it!”Mags added: “We take great pride in our SafeGolf accreditation which tells people that we really care about the children and young people who come here.”Mike Greener, England Golf Club Support Officer for Durham, said: “I am delighted that Houghton-le-Spring have become the first club to achieve this milestone. They are so committed to being relevant to the community and up to date with all their policies and procedures. Now, with SafeGolf, they can confidently promote themselves as a safe venue to the wider community.GolfMark is awarded to clubs which successfully develop the game in four ways:• By attracting new members and encouraging existing members to play more• Using practical business planning to develop the club• Offering coaching and playing opportunities for all golfers• Ensuring safeguarding policies are in placeThe GolfMark award was developed by England Golf and also integrates Sport England’s ClubMark award – a national standard for quality sports clubs recognised across the country.GolfMark brings a number of benefits to clubs including raising awareness, access to funding, business and marketing support and training opportunities for staff and volunteers. To find out more visit www.golfmark.orgCaption: Mags Shaw (left) and Ann Young of Houghton-le-Spring Golf club.last_img read more