Cowes pool unable to open this summer Over recent years, Bass Coast Shire Council, in partnership with the YMCA, have opened the Cowes Primary School’s swimming pool over the summer holiday period, for public use.Given the expectations for the safe management of swimming facilities due to COVID-19 and the availability of qualified swimming staff, the swimming pool will not be opened this year.This has been an extremely difficult year for our community and our valued partner YMCA and this decision was not taken lightly.Bass Coast CEO Ali Wastie said that the safety of the community is both Council’s and YMCA’s number one priority.“We don’t want to jeopardise the safety of the community who have valued this service over recent years, but we also need to adhere to the State Government’s COVID-19 guidelines and manage these within our available resourcing,” Ms Wastie said.Construction of the new school gymnasium, is expected to begin over the upcoming school holiday period, creating additional management challenges for the YMCA.Council, YMCA and Cowes Primary School are confident that the outdoor pool will be available for community use in future years, should it be required.The Bass Coast Aquatic and Leisure Centre in Wonthaggi, with its 25 metre indoor pool is now open, with restricted access that meets appropriate social distancing requirements. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Bass, Bass Coast, Bass Coast Council, community, coronavirus, council, covid-19, Cowes, future, Government, Holiday, local council, Safety, school, social distancing, Wonthaggi
When Tiger Woods welcomed his first child, Sam, into the world almost 11 years ago, there wasn’t a lot of consternation over how being a father might affect his PGA Tour schedule that year. Or how it would impact his skills. Woods won four of his next seven starts that year, including the PGA Championship. When Phil Mickelson was preparing to welcome his first child, Amanda, into the world in 1999, it was big news, because there loomed the possibility he might pull out of the U.S. Open with a chance to win. He wore a beeper that weekend in Pinehurst, with a private plane ready for takeoff on quick notice, should his wife, Amy, go into labor. Amanda waited for her daddy. She was born the day after he finished second to Payne Stewart. Mickelson didn’t miss a major that year. LPGA star Gerina Piller announced the arrival of her first child Wednesday. She gave birth to Ajeo James Piller last week. Piller missed the ANA Inspiration last month, and she will miss the U.S. Women’s Open later this month. She will miss every major this year while on maternity leave. In fact, she expects to miss every event. Becoming a parent is life changing for PGA Tour pros, but it isn’t career altering, or career ending, the way it can be for LPGA pros. Lorena Ochoa left the tour at 28 while holding the Rolex world No. 1 ranking, announcing she wanted to start a family. Annika Sorenstam was still a force when she left the LPGA to start a family in 2008. She never played in another major. Yes, female tour pros can thrive as mothers at the highest level of the game, as Nancy Lopez, Juli Inkster and Catriona Matthew have proven. They won majors after becoming mothers. Cristie Kerr has won five times around the world since becoming a mom. But they are exceptions to the rule. It’s tougher to compete as a mom. Tour history proves that. Matthew is the only player to win a major after becoming a mother over the last 15 years. Kerr is the only mother among LPGA pros in the top 50 in the Rolex world rankings, though Stacy Lewis and Suzann Pettersen are pregnant and expecting to join Piller in giving birth later this year. “It looks like we might be having a baby boom on tour,” said Karine Icher, who along with Kerr and Piller are the only other LPGA members among the top 100 in the world who are mothers. With Piller, Lewis and Pettersen among the biggest names in women’s golf, babies are the buzz on tour in a way they haven’t been in some time. “We’ve become a tour of teenagers,” Icher said. “It’s become so young on tour, but I think we’re going to see even more babies coming soon.” Morgan Pressel turns 30 later this month, and she told GolfChannel.com earlier this year that Piller’s pregnancy has her thinking. “It’s definitely something my husband and I are talking about a lot,” Pressel said. “It’s something we will pursue, hopefully soon. “I told Gerina, ‘Write down everything I’ll need to know.’ I told her to take notes.” Two-time major champion Brittany Lincicome will eventually want to see those notes. “I think once one of us gets it started, there’s going to be a ripple effect, with many kids coming at the same time,” Lincicome predicted last year. “One day I can see our kids together.” Juli Inkster with her daughters Cori (L) and Hayley (R) Inkster, 57, is the model for this next generation of moms. Hayley, Inkster’s first daughter, was born in 1990. Cori, her second, was born four years later. They aren’t that much younger than Piller, Pressel and Lincicome are today. In ‘93, the year the LPGA started its traveling daycare center, there were 30 moms on tour, with 47 children who visited the center at some point in the season. Today? “It’s usually only three children,” Icher said. “It’s just my daughter, Cristie Kerr’s son and Sydnee Michaels’ baby.” What can Piller, Lewis and Pettersen expect if they choose to keep playing the tour as moms? Inkster won 18 times after having children, four of them majors. She credits her husband, Brian, for making it work as a devoted father. They agreed never to be apart for more than two weeks in a row. They took their daughters on the road, but they also built a stable home for them in Los Altos, Calif. “They didn’t know that not every kid has a frequent-flier cards when they’re 3 years old,” Inkster once cracked. But the life isn’t as easy as the Inkster family made it look. THE TUG OF WAR Golf vs. motherhood. Patti Rizzo (pictured above) said it was a tug of war that tore her heart apart. Back in 1980, Rizzo lost to Inkster in the finals of the U.S. Women’s Amateur. Rizzo would go on to win four LPGA titles, all before becoming a mom. As a mom on tour, she was miserable. “I thought it was super, super difficult trying to be both a player and mom,” said Rizzo, now the University of Miami women’s golf coach. “Juli was an exception, because I think it’s a rare situation where it really works. “There were about 50 moms on tour when I had my children out there, and I think 49 of them were tortured.” Rizzo’s husband traveled in his job, so she took a nanny on tour with her, to help with her young son and daughter. “I never played well after becoming a mom, but I wouldn’t trade it,” Rizzo said. “I loved being a mom, but it just got to a point where I really felt like I had to make a choice. Did I want to be a really good mom or a really good player? For me, there was only one option.” Rizzo remembers playing the Chick-fil-A Charity Classic in Atlanta in 1999, being on a cell phone 10 minutes before her tee time, trying to reach a pediatrician back in her South Florida home. She was desperately trying to help her nanny figure out why her 4-year-old son was breaking out in splotches all over his body. It turned out he was having an allergic reaction to an antibiotic. The next week, Rizzo had her son and 2-year-old daughter fly out with the nanny to meet her at the Myrtle Beach Classic. Both children were sick by week’s end, when she packed up a car and they all headed south for the Titleholders Championship in Daytona Beach, Fla. The ride was a nightmare. With her kids crying and fighting in the back seat, Rizzo was in tears when she intentionally blew past the Daytona Beach exit for LPGA International. She didn’t stop until she was back home in Weston, Fla. “When kids are young, they are sick a lot,” Rizzo said. Rizzo remembers the guilt leaving them sick with the nanny to go play golf. “I wondered, ‘What kind of mother am I?’” she said. Not long after driving past that Daytona Beach exit, Rizzo retired. She was a single mom by then, making tour life even harder. “I think even if I had more support, I still would have felt guilty, trying to be a player and a mom,” she said. “It bothered me every time I left home, or I left my kids at day care on tour. I felt like I was abandoning them. “I loved my children, and I loved being their mom, but I needed a nanny to play golf. I had the fear that mothers have, that their children are going to love their nanny more than they love them.” Rizzo’s son, Seve, is graduating from the University of Miami this month. Her daughter, Gabriela, is set to graduate from there next year. “It all turned out pretty good,” Rizzo said, “and I have no regrets.” Karine Icher and her husband/caddie, Fred Bonnargent TO JUGGLE? OR NOT TO JUGGLE? Karine Icher is coming to a crossroads. At 39, the Frenchwoman still loves to play, but her 6-year-old daughter, Lola, is in first grade now. Lola has been traveling with her mother since she was a baby. Icher has a family routine that works. Her husband, Fred Bonnargent, is also her caddie. It makes juggling motherhood and golf easier for Icher, but by no means easy. The crossroads is knowing it’s time for Lola to have a more consistent home life, at a school she isn’t constantly being tugged out of with a pile of schoolwork to do on the road. “She’s going to need a more normal life soon, to be around friends and other kids,” Icher said. That means Icher may soon be looking for a new caddie, so her husband can stay home in Orlando to parent Lola when she goes off to play the tour. Emotionally, that won’t be easy, but it will make tour life less complicated. When Icher hits the road now, it’s like she’s in a traveling circus. Each event requires a major setup upon arrival, and a major breakdown before departure. The family rents mini-vans, which were stacked full when Lola was a baby, with a stroller, playpen, car seat, toys and other child accessories. “We took Lola to five or six events on the Asian swing when she was a baby,” Icher said. “I packed a big suitcase full of just diapers, 300 of them. I wasn’t sure what kind of diapers I could find in China and Japan or if we would be staying near a supermarket.” Every trip comes with its challenges. “When Lola was a baby, it could be a nightmare,” Icher said. “It’s not easy getting a baby into any sleep routine. When you add jet lag to that, it’s even more complicated. “As a player, you need some sleep, but so does the caddie. We decided my sleep was more important, so we would get two rooms, and my husband would sleep with Lola. The first two years, getting rest was difficult.” Icher is a five-time Ladies European Tour winner looking for her first LPGA title. She’s a four-time European Solheim Cup veteran. While she loves being a mom, it comes with a price as a competitor. “When you become a mom, you experience a different life on tour,” Icher said. “It’s not just about you. You can’t just do what you want. You can’t just leave to go work out whenever you want, to practice or get a massage. And then when you are out practicing, you’re thinking, ‘I want to be with my daughter.’ “And if you’re having a bad day in a tournament, it’s really bad. You’re thinking, ‘What am I doing out here?’” Icher says it’s more difficult to be a great player with all the sacrifices it requires to be a mother, but being a mom is worth it. A MOM IN FULL “BLUM” Amanda Blumenherst (pictured above) fully intended to return to the LPGA after giving birth to her first child, Will. The former U.S. Women’s Amateur champ from Duke thought she was just hitting the pause button when she went on maternity leave four years ago. But when it was time to return … “My heart just wasn’t into competing anymore,” Blumenherst said. “To play at that level, to go to a tournament to win, your head has to be completely in the game. You have to want to be there.” Her head was all into being the best mom she could be. Three days before Blumenherst was set to return to the tour at the Founders Cup, she withdrew. She couldn’t bear the idea of what she would be giving up to play the tour. “I feel guilty even leaving my son with my mom, who’s a perfect grandmom,” Blumenherst said. “I don’t think anyone understands how much time children take until they have one. It’s a full-time commitment. It’s also exhausting.” Blumenherst, 31, said giving up the tour wasn’t easy. “It’s hard to step away, after spending your childhood preparing to play the LPGA, having visions of winning and playing Solheim Cups, preparing for that for so many years,” Blumenherst said. “But once I made the decision, I was really at peace with it.” Blumenherst acknowledges it would have been a more difficult decision if she were one of the tour’s stars. “I will say, I wasn’t playing particularly great,” Blumenherst said. “It would be a lot more difficult decision for a great player, for somebody who feels like she is at the peak of her career.” Blumenherst and her husband, Nate Freiman, the former Oakland A’s first baseman, had a second son, Charlie, 16 months ago. “Ultimately, when you reach a certain stage in your life, you have to decide what your priority is going to be,” Blumenherst said. “For me, it was being a mom. “I appreciate women who love their careers. I know moms who work full time and say they are better moms because of it. I think that’s a superhuman feat, balancing both. I don’t know if I could do it.” With a baby boom possibly on the way to the LPGA, a lot of pros may soon be asking themselves if they can do both.
Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Share via Shortlink Sales prices in the Financial District prove to be an outlier in Lower Manhattan and the borough as whole (iStock)The Financial District’s sales market drove activity in Lower Manhattan last quarter.Platinum Properties’ quarterly market report found that sales and rental markets stuttered back to life as prices slid and deal volume remained low, with the exception of FiDi’s sales market.The median sales price in FiDi increased last quarter to $1.89 million from $848,000 at the same time last year — a 123 percent jump. The average price per square foot is now $1,805, up from $1,096.Platinum’s sales manager Michael Rider said the brokerage, which transacts in Lower Manhattan primarily, saw a mix of first-time buyers and homeowners trading up to bigger apartments in the neighborhood.The number of deals in the neighborhood have nearly crept up to last year’s level as well — there were 44 sales last quarter compared to 47 a year earlier.In Battery Park City, the median sales price fell 14 percent year-over-year last quarter to $749,000, down from $857,000 a year earlier. That pencils out to median price per square foot of $1,054 compared to $1,142 last year.The number of deals has not recovered with a mere 7 deals last quarter, compared to 20 the year before.Across Manhattan, the number of home sales were down 46 percent. TagsBattery Park CityFinancial DistrictResidential Market ReportResidential Real Estate