BEIJING – China has launched a renewed crackdown on golf, closing 111 courses in an effort to conserve water and land, and telling members of the ruling Communist Party to stay off the links. The state-run Xinhua News Agency said Sunday the courses were closed for improperly using groundwater, arable land or protected land within nature reserves. It said authorities have imposed restrictions on 65 more courses. China banned the development of new golf courses in 2004, when it had fewer than 200. Since that time, the number of courses more than tripled to 683 before the new crackdown, Xinhua said. Developers build courses under the guise of parks or other projects, often with the tacit approval of local officials. In one example chronicled by state media, an illegal golf course boasting 58 villas was originally built as a ”public sports park,” only to be secretly converted later. Many of China’s cities, meanwhile, face severe land shortages and skyrocketing real estate prices. Golf has also come under scrutiny by way of the sweeping anti-corruption campaign launched under Chinese President Xi Jinping. The Communist Party warned its 88 million members in 2015 not to play golf, likening it to ”extravagant eating and drinking” and other bad habits that were at odds with the party’s stated principles. An editorial in the China Daily newspaper the following spring clarified that party cadres were not to take free memberships or rounds. China has veered over the years between rejecting and supporting golf. Amid a spirit of austerity and attacks on the country’s former elites, Mao Zedong banned golf after the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949. One Shanghai golf course was turned into the city zoo. Golf began to take off in the 1980s under Deng Xiaoping, the Chinese leader who instituted sweeping economic reforms and courted foreign investment. By the 1990s, a course designed by Jack Nicklaus opened at Mission Hills in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen. Mission Hills now has 12 courses and is the largest golf resort in the world. As in football and basketball, the government has invested in developing homegrown golf talent by importing coaches and promoting the sport. Australian golfer Greg Norman served for a time as an adviser to China’s national team. And there are as many as 10,000 youth golfers and more than 300 international-standard competitions each year, said Wang Liwei, secretary-general of the China Golf Association. According to Xinhua, every one of China’s 33 provinces and regions has a golf course except for Tibet. Even mountainous, remote Xinjiang, home to most of Chinese’s ethnic Uighur minority, has golf courses in the capital of Urumqi and two other cities. Josh Summers, an American who has lived in Xinjiang for a decade and runs the website Far West China, said he had never met anyone in the region who had played a round of golf. But, he said, ”the elite perception of the sport ensures that, at least for now, the courses and random driving ranges still remain.”
View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 22, 2019 Related Shows Raúl Esparza Seared Krysta Rodriguez Star Files Raúl Esparza & Krysta Rodriguez in “Seared”(Photo: Joan Marcus) Just following opening night, MCC Theater has announced a second extension to Theresa Rebeck’s new play Seared. Originally scheduled to play a limited run through November 10 and later extended through December 1, the production will now conclude its run on December 15.Raúl Esparza, Krysta Rodriguez, David Mason and W. Tré Davis head the cast of the fresh comedy, which centers on the hot-headed chef Harry (Esparza); when he scores a mention in a food magazine with his signature scallops, his business partner Mike (Mason) finally sees profits within reach. The only problem? Harry refuses to re-create his masterpiece for the masses.Moritz von Stuelpnagel directs the production, which began previews on October 3 and officially opened on October 28 at the Susan and Robert Frankel Theater at the Robert W. Wilson Theater Space.
The Super Falcons’ dressing room was in a celebratory mood on Saturday after qualifying for the semi-final of the ongoing Africa Women’s Cup of Nations in Ghana.The eight-time champions thrashed two-time winners Equatorial Guinea 6-0 to set up a clash against Cameroon, in a repeat of the 2016 final in Yaounde.In videos shared on Twitter by @ruthdavid90, goalscorer Francisca Ordega was the first to express herself by displaying dance moves that depict a closeness to her roots.Video Playerhttps://www.busybuddiesng.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/tweet_20181124_220212.mp400:0000:0000:29Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.When teammate Oluehi saw that she was having all the fun alone, she decided to join in the celebration.Video Playerhttps://www.busybuddiesng.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/tweet_20181125_113437.mp400:0000:0000:45Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The reigning champions will now begin preparations for what seems to be a tough semi-final round in this campaign as they face Cameroon who remain unbeaten with 2 wins and a draw.RelatedFalcons Will Tame Tough Indomitable Lionesses, say Falcons’ Captains (Audio)November 26, 2018In “AWCON”Super Falcons Get Bayana Bayana Draw in Group BOctober 22, 2018In “AFCON Insider”AWCON : Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia Battle for Semi-Final SpotNovember 24, 2018In “AWCON”
OFF What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ GETTY United have now confirmed a batch of pre-season fixtures for this summer and they will be jet-setting over the coming weeks.In July, Solskjaer and co will take on Perth Glory and Leeds United in Australia before heading to Asia to face Inter Milan and Tottenham.They have also booked a friendly against AC Milan in Cardiff in August. Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested TROPHY statement deals Manchester United face a huge summer ahead as they strive to hit back from their recent season woes.United suffered a turbulent campaign last term, sacking Jose Mourinho before Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s revolution hit the buffers completely. latest Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son LATEST PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Man United face a huge summer appointed GETTY Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update 2 FAREWELL 2 Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions rookie error update BIG PRESENTS UP TOP They are expected to conduct a major overhaul of their struggling squad this summer with a host of transfers in the pipeline.And with the Red Devils ranks set to be vastly different next term, they’ll need some games to get up to speed for the new Premier League season. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United suffered a woeful end to the season Fixtures confirmed so far:July 13: Perth Glory, Optus Stadium (Perth) – kick-off at 12pm UK timeJuly 17: Leeds, Optus Stadium (Perth) – kick-off at 12pm UK timeJuly 20: International Champions Cup, Inter Milan, National Stadium (Singapore) – kick-off at 12:30pm UK timeJuly 24: International Champions Cup, Tottenham, Hongkou Stadium (Shanghai) – kick-off at 12:30pm UK timeJuly 30: Kristiansund, Ullevaal Stadion (Oslo) – kick-off at 7pm UK timeAugust 3: International Champions Cup, AC Milan, Principality Stadium (Cardiff) – kick-off at 5:30pm UK time