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30 Avr 2015 

Shifting sands: The form of golf that's on borrowed time

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Expat oil workers in Abu Dhabi built sand golf course in 1961

Form of game features putting 'browns' instead of greens

Unexpected hazards can include the burrows of desert lizards

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But in other parts of the world, sand golf is a version of the game in its own right.

The idea of playing a round without verdant fairways to stride down or lush greens to putt (and, of course, miss) on seems strange, even wrong.

Sometimes needs must, though. Half a century ago, expat oil workers with an enthusiasm for golf had nowhere in Abu Dhabi to play.

In the baking desert heat, with little or no irrigation possible, the equation was simple: they either had to adapt to the surroundings or there'd be no golf at all.

The result was an best search sites incarnation of the game in which the only grass to be seen is artificial, found on a mat carried around by players to serve both as a tee and a surface from which to strike when the ball is on the fairway.

Fairways? They consist entirely of sand and are indicated by marker posts. If the ball lands outside them, it's in the sand golf equivalent of the rough -- stony terrain that the unwary player may soon find is home to a few snakes and a lizard or two.

Greens? Well, they're known as "browns," built from clay and topped with a mixture of sand and oil to provide a true putting surface, a formula arrived at through trial and error.

It's an odd environment, this golfing world with a palette of golden-brown colors. And with rapidly developing irrigation and growing techniques enabling grass courses to be built in desert climes, it's an increasingly unusual one.

Back in 1961, determined British oil workers created a sand course on an atoll known as Das Island, around 100 miles off Abu Dhabi in the Persian Gulf. It was the country's first-ever golf club.

As the expat population grew, so did the demand for the game, and in 1971 sand golf moved into Abu Dhabi proper with the opening of a course near the Sea Palace. Its success brought a move to the Equestrian Club, attracting close to 500 members.

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In the 1990s, the sand game's fortunes took a dive as the site was earmarked for a nine-hole grass course. But although many sand course players changed surface and took up the more conventional game, several battled on and the 18-hole Al Ghazal sand course was created near Abu Dhabi airport, with its front nine occupying part of an archaeological site, in 1997.

Sand golf also exists in parts Australia and Africa but Al Ghazal (which translates as "gazelle" -- gazelles peer from behind a fence by the second brown,) is the only one that can be described as "world class," says Dennis Cox, an expert on the game, because the scale and scope of its layout rivals its grass counterparts.

The course found a place in the international spotlight when a World Sand Golf Championship, boasting star names including Colin Montgomerie was played in 2004 and 2005 (won by Greg Owen and Thongchai Jaidee,) but the tournament fizzled out as showpiece events went to showpiece grass courses.

Maybe that's understandable when you consider some of the extra elements involved in the sand game -- the browns, for example, must be swept for a few minutes after use so that they are left smooth and footprint-less for following players, while unexpected hazards can include burrows dug by desert lizards.

Cox warns that a tradition is under threat, with a form of golf that was once commonplace in danger of becoming just a memory. Other, smaller clubs have fallen by the wayside, while Al Ghazal's location near an expanding airport presents an obvious threat to its future.

But even if the sand game were to fade into obscurity in the emirate, it is still played in parts of Africa.

In Libya, still racked by instability following the ousting of Muammar Gaddaffi, courses -- the bulk of which can be found in the capital, Tripoli -- are of sand, with no grass versions existing. Once smart and well-kept, they have now slumped into neglect, with few people to play on them or look after them.

David Bachmann, who formerly worked at the Austrian embassy in the city, wrote on his In Tripolis blog about the experience of playing sand golf in and near the city.

Recounting his experiences of Tripoli's tattered nine-hole Ghargharesh course, he wrote that it was one for diehards only, "golf fanatics that would come every weekend to play a round on this challenging course."

And he imagined that the skeleton of the clubhouse, on which work had long since stopped, might one day boast "marble, chandeliers and state-of-the-art locker rooms... overlooking the deep blue Mediterranean with the sun setting over the sea."

For now, and against the odds, fans of this form of the game will just have to make do with being kings of their very own sand castles.

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30 Avr 2015 

Business Ethics

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29 Avr 2015 

The Best And Worst Countries For Women

The World Economic Forum today released its sixth annual Global Gender Gap Report, which ranks 135 countries, comprising 93% of the world's population, by measures of gender equality. In the last six years, 85% of the surveyed nations have improved their equality ratios, but women everywhere continue to face barriers to equality in wages and political representation.

"A world where women make up less than 20% of the global decision-makers," says Klaus Schwab, founder and chairman of the World Economic Forum, "is a world that is missing a huge opportunity for growth and ignoring an untapped reservoir of potential."

To determine the best and worst countries for women's equality, the group considered 14 variables in four categories: women's access to basic and higher education; women's health and survival by measures of life expectancy and sex ratio; equality of economic opportunity and participation; and political empowerment.

At the top of the list, Iceland is ranked No. 1 for the third consecutive year. It is the top-ranked nation in women's educational attainment and political representation. As one of the first countries to give women the right to vote in 1915, Iceland currently has 43% female parliament members and has had a female head of state for 18 of the past 50 years. Current Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir was appointed in 2009. With 81% of women in the workforce, Iceland also features one of the narrowest labor force participation gaps.

"Like the Nordic countries generally, Iceland has a long tradition of supporting women's empowerment," says Saadia Zahidi, a report co-author and senior director of the World Economic Forum's Women Leaders and Gender Parity Programme.

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29 Avr 2015 

DETROIT AUTO SHOW: The 2013 Ford Fusion Shows Off Its Hot New Body

Jan. 9, 2012, 12:01 AM


If you just bought a new Ford Fusion, we feel really sorry for you.

Ford's bread and butter midsize sedan is going to be all new for 2013 and it simply looks amazing.

The body is a bold departure from the current Fusion and also showcases the new design language for the Ford brand moving forward.

The new design takes clear inspiration from the EVOS concept car that appeared at the Geneva Show and there also appears to be a definite Aston Martin influence in the grill and lights.

The Fusion also eschews the top of the line V6 for a group of four cylinder engines. Two of these will be turbocharged EcoBoost units: a new 1.6 liter as well as a 2.0 liter that is expected to put out 250 horsepower. Not too shabby for a small family car.

2013 Ford Fusion InteriorFord

In addition to gas options, there are now two hybrid models. The first, a traditional hybrid, can go up to 62 MPH without assistance from the gas engine and achieves up to 47 MPG in the city.

The second, the Fusion Energi, is a plug-in that is expected to achieve over 100 MPGe. In other words, that's better mileage than either the Chevy Volt or the Toyota Prius Plug-In.

The interior appears to be a big step up as well, with a Sony stereo, three spoke wheel, and what look to be high quality materials. 

We'll see more of the Fusion tomorrow when the 2012 Detroit Auto Show opens to the press.

Full disclosure: We would not be able to attend without Ford, who offered to fly us to Detroit and grant us access to the show as well as their design studios.

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29 Avr 2015 

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