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Anirban Lahiri banking on experience to succeed at British Open

first_imgCarnoustie (Scotland), July 18: Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri believes the feel-good factor will stand in his favor when he makes his sixth attempt at The 147th British Open starting here on Thursday.The 31-year-old Lahiri, who was crowned the Asian Tour Order of Merit champion in 2015, hopes to bank on his familiarity with the prestigious tournament as he bids for the Claret Jug at the year’s third Major championship.“There is a feeling of familiarity at The Open. This is the Major championship which I have played the most number of times. I was telling my caddy that I even recognized one of the security guards here. I don’t feel out of place at The Open. Everything is set up like it has always been so it feels really nice to be back,” said Lahiri in an Asian Tour release.Lahiri, a seven-time winner on the Asian Tour, made his Major debut at The Open in 2012 where he came in tied-31st. He finished one rung better in 2015 to mark his best result at the world’s oldest Major championship.Also in his breakout year in 2015, Lahiri clinched a solid tied-fifth finish at the PGA Championship for his career-best result in a Major championship.“For me, the more important thing is to play well. I want to do better than what I have done before. I know I can do that because I have contended in Majors in the past. I am getting a lot of confidence from the golf I am playing right now. “It is not the typical Open, which used to be wet and cold so that makes me more comfortable. The course also reminds me a bit of the Delhi Golf Club, where one can keep hitting two-Irons and keep the ball in play,” Lahiri added.Lahiri has been plying his trade on the PGA Tour since 2015. He has captured three top-10 finishes so far this season.“It has not been the typical preparation for me. I usually play the Scottish Open and then The British Open but this time, I came straight from the United States,” he said.“Also for logistical reasons, I have played only 18 holes. Normally I would have played 36 by now. But having said that, I am still very comfortable in that I have not overplayed. There is no nervousness.”At The 147th Open, Lahiri will fly the Indian flag alongside rising star Shubhankar Sharma, who leads the Asian Tour standings. (IANS)last_img read more

Creating effective responses to child sexual abuse

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Our society faces few challenges more pressing and important than responding to child sexual abuse, but very often the system fails to address the matter. Among the problems is the difficulty in defining and identifying child abuse, but also the cultural barriers presented in diverse communities such as Australia’s in order to effectively tackle the issue. The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has been doing extensive research into the way that institutions such as schools, churches, sports clubs and government organisations have responded to allegations and instances of child sexual abuse. Finding out where systems have failed to protect children, the Royal Commission then makes recommendations on how to improve laws, policies and practice. To further educate and engage communities, the Royal Commission is organising a multicultural forum for people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in Melbourne. The Forum will take place at 6.00 pm on Tuesday 12 April at the Treasury Theatre (Lower Plaza, 1 Macarthur Street, East Melbourne). Its main aim is to inform culturally and linguistically diverse communities about the work of the Royal Commission, what has been learnt so far, and listen to ideas on how to ensure a safer future for children.“It is important for the Greek community especially those who work in child care centres, schools, work in church groups or sporting groups to attend this forum,” said advocates Varvara Ioannou, founder and chair of the Food for Thought Network, and Maria Dimopoulos, managing director of Myriad Consultants.“It’s therefore really important for us to become familiar with our state legislation and definition of child abuse and neglect and in this instance, sexual abuse.” During the forum, Justice Jennifer Coate will provide an overview of the Royal Commission’s work and will invite questions and comments; Royal Commission staff will be on hand on the day to support people who wish to contribute.If you have any questions and comments, contact the Royal Commission via [email protected]last_img read more