Two people had to abandon ship after their boat burst into flames at John’s Pass, off Treasure Island and Madeira Beach on Friday.Officials say the boat caught fire when the two people aboard refueling to the ship.The boat began burning in the middle of the water and then sunk, prompting the passengers to jump into the water.The pair suffered minor burns and reportedly took themselves to the hospital after the incident.The cause of the explosion and fire are now under investigation.
BT employees in the north east have offered a ringing endorsement of the national drive to encourage more people into golf. And the company says it is not just the individuals who are benefitting, but their business too. BT decided to promote golf to the company’s employees after reading about its impressive physical and mental wellbeing benefits. The company learnt about the sport’s benefits and the work of the Get into golf campaign in a British Heart Foundation health-for-work newsletter. It seemed perfect for BT’s Fit for Life programme, designed to help BT employees become healthy and active, raise money for charity and help in the community. “A round of golf can involve walking up to five miles (10k) and burning around 900 calories. Golf also helps you relax, reduces stress and encourages you to spend time with friends out in the fresh air,” says BT senior nursing advisor Jo Jenkins “This can help those who work at BT feel more energised, fit and healthy which can only be positive. Golf can also create good working relationships by encouraging bonding away from the office environment.” Get into golf set up a BT after-work taster event for employees at the company’s Newcastle office. It took place at City of Newcastle Golf Club and was run by PGA pro Steve McKenna through the Northumberland Golf Development Group. The event was attended by 17 employees from BT; some had played golf before while others were completely new to the game. Steve taught the group the basics of golf, including arm motion, or ‘swing’, and how it controls the direction of the ball. They also learned to hold the club, known as the ‘grip’. They tried their hand at hitting some balls with a 7-iron on the driving range. Paul Whittaker, the Northumberland County Development Officer, took the group on the putting green for a fun competition to see who could putt around five holes using the least amount of strokes. The event finished with refreshments in the clubhouse while Paul talked about the follow-on opportunities of a five-week beginner course for just £25. Steve McKenna commented: “This type of activity is a great way to sow the seeds to a healthier lifestyle through golf.” Get into golf is the national campaign to inspire adults to take up golf, run by England Golf and supported by Sport England National Lottery funding. For more information visit getintogolf.org or call 0800 118 2766 21 Oct 2015 BT employees get a taste for golf
Talk about success on the water.The Kootenay Rhythm Dragons Club celebrated its tenth anniversary in style by expanding the team while at the same cooking with the experienced clubs during competitive dragon boat festivals in Kelowna, Vernon and Penticton. Thanks in part to the teaching of a new stroke by Brad Hara of Toronto Paddlecore, the competitive teams have posted best ever results and for the first time having two competitive teams finish first and second at the Penticton festival.The success of the season exemplifies the Rhythm Dragons Club mission statement: Empowerment, Health and Well Being for all women. This has been accomplished with courage, tenacity, hard work, dedication, fun and laughter by an amazing group of women.Mallard’s Source for sports would like to honour the Kootenay Rhythm Dragons for their tenacity by naming the club Team of the Week.Rhythm Dragons News: Continuing their purposes of breast cancer awareness, two Rhythm Dragons club members, Sarah Quayle and Mary Walters, will be participating in the 2014 International Breast Cancer Challenge in Sarasota, Florida, USA in October with the Vernon Buoyant Buddies survivor team.Photo caption:BACK ROW, L-R, Maggie Mulvihill, Raven Ferrier, Carla Klein, Brooke Campbell, Patricia Logan, Dorothy Hatto, Heather Compton, Louise Andrews, Sarah Quayle, Coach Puleng Pratt, Jocelyn Church, Deb Ryder, Kelly Simpson, Diane Tulloch, Dana Achtem and Peggy Scott.MIDDLE Tammy Nygaard, Amy Grumme, Frances Long, Mary Walters, Patty McMillan, Rae Macklon, and Jacqui Nordquist.FRONT: Judy Bourne, Elaine Thompson, Chris Temnik Dawn Jacobsen, Pat Gibson, Verna Poohachoff, Jeanette McCarvell, Marg Lozinski, Barb Couch, Kathy Manson and Deb Smith.SITTING Jill Jacobsen, Marlene Pozin, Willa Horsfall, Sophie Goodwin, Hoda Ghamrawy, Linda Hoffman, Maureen Hendry, Lorna Maxwell, Janet Stephenson and Coach Cath Little.