Rose Ladies Series: Class act Charley an inspiration for England ace Mimi

first_img It’s fair to say that Mimi Rhodes made a spectacular first impression on LPGA and Solheim Cup star Charley Hull at the opening event of the Rose Ladies Series.A booming drive from the 18-year England women’s squad player saw her make the green at the 308-yard, first hole at Brokenhurst Manor Golf Club.Rhodes’ eagle putt from 25 feet then struck the flag and agonisingly hopped back out the hole to set up a tap-in birdie.No wonder Hull had a broad grin on her face at the early exploits of her young playing partner!Yet if Rhodes made a positive early impact on Hull (she also birdied the second hole to take the early tournament lead- see pic below) , it was nothing compared to the lasting impression the woman ranked 25 in the world made on the young England international.Hull went on to win the event after making birdie at the first play-off hole. She pipped tournament organiser Liz Young after the duo finished the regulation 18 holes tied on a level par score of 70.Hull, 24, is pictured above receiving the trophy and cheque from Kate Rose, wife of England Golf ambassador Justin and sponsor of the event.And Rhodes was watching her every step of the way, eager to pick up tidbits of advice and insight as she makes her own way in the game.Rhodes performed superbly to shoot a five over par 75 and finish in a tie for seventh place. As one of only three amateurs in the field of 47 players, her finish was highly creditable.As she reflected on her own performance, Rhodes admitted that watching Hull at close proximity for 18 holes was the major positive she will take from the day.“I desperately wanted to play well in front of Charley. My sister was on the bag and telling me to calm down!” joked Rhodes, a member at Burnham and Berrow Golf Club.“At the first hole I was really nervous, but I guess there was a bit of adrenaline too.“In practice my drive at the first was close to the green.“Then in the event I had 310 yards to the front and I boomed one and it finished pin high.“It was a bit awkward with players still on the green.“My putt was from 25 feet, it hit the pin and was knocked out. Charley was laughing and the birdie settled me down.“I had watched Charley play at the Solheim Cup last year, but never met her.“She was obviously concentrating on her own game, but when we were walking between shots she was really friendly and the conversation felt really normal and that helped me settle.“I was watching her play really intently. I was also listening to how her and her caddie made decisions during the round.“My sister could have learned a lot!“I always wondered how my game would compare to these players and playing with Charley helped me realise a few things.“It has given me confidence that I have enough distance in my game to keep up – but the big area of difference is the short game.“It really opened my eyes to where I need to get to in the future.“I tightened up around the green and had five putts of around 10 feet for birdie that I didn’t take.”I can take a lot from the experience.“It was really good that Justin sponsored the event to give women professionals and amateurs the chance to compete in such a great event.“For him to take such an interest in the women’s game is a real positive for our sport.“I had time to meet his wife Kate and thank her for their support which we all truly appreciate.”Rhodes (pictured above right with Hull as they finalised their scores) has decisions to make about what direction her season will now take with options to play a couple more events in England or head to America for the US Amateur.Whatever route she takes, it does appear that her career is following an upward trajectory as she looks forward to the rest of the summer and then a move to America for college.“I’m going to Wake Forest in North Carolina at the end of August and really looking forward to combining studies with golf,” added Rhodes.“It’s an exciting time and hopefully I can make progress toward my goal of eventually becoming a professional.” Tags: Charley Hull, Mimi Rhodes, Rose Ladies Series 19 Jun 2020 Rose Ladies Series: Class act Charley an inspiration for England ace Mimi center_img ICYMI: Thank you to the team at Sky Sports Golf for their coverage of the event.Video Playerhttps://www.englandgolf.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Rose-Ladies-New.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

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Maxell nips Allen for bragging rights at Ted Allen’s Jewellery Low Net tournament

first_imgLorna Maxwell covered the Granite Pointe at Nelson course in a net 61 to capture the top prize at the Ted Allen’s Jewellery tournament Tuesday at the Rosemont track.Maxwell edged out Becky Allen for the title. Allen finished with a score of net 70, two strokes in front of Cathie McLaren. Joan Jordan finished fourth ahead of Maria Dimopoulos. Both finished with scores of 73 with Jordan winning in retrogression.Edna Mierau was next at 74.last_img

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Leafs, Border Bruins square off in Murdoch Showdown

first_imgHowever, the key to beating Grand Forks maybe some early goals on netminder Anthony Galliart.The native of Kansas City owns 2.18 goals against average and sits ninth in KIJHL goalie leaders.Galliart, who was sitting a suspension during the first meeting of the season, is responsible for many wins last season as Grand Forks went from perennial cellar-dwellers in the Murdoch to division finalists, losing out to Beaver Valley in the 2016 playoffs.Goalies? Anyone for goalies?The Nelson Leafs have almost as many netminders on the roster as defencemen as the coaching staff looks to bolster the goal.The Leafs nets looks almost like a goaltending school with four players vying for a spot between the pipes.Ben Kelsch and Jason Sandhu were the goalies on the squad coming out of training camp.However, the coaching staff still looks to be experimenting with the goalie position as two backstoppers were added —Devin Allen and recently, Josh Bolding — to the roster.A decision should be made sooner than later regarding the goaltending position.Injury reportLeafs will be without the services of defenceman Zack Morey and forward Jacob Karran for the weekend games.Morey was injured against Castlegar while Karran, a 6’7” blueliner has yet to dress for the Leafs this season. The Nelson Leafs have spent a lot of the first six weeks of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season on the bus.Nelson, 5-4-0-0-1 on the season which is good enough for third place in the Murdoch Division, have played only four games at home to start the season.This weekend, Leafs have the chance to take advantage of home ice while trying to exact some revenge on the Grand Forks Border as the two Murdoch opponents hook up Friday at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.Saturday, Nelson hosts Spokane Braves at the NDCC Arena. The Leafs have yet to lose to the Braves this season.The Bruins, second in the divison two points ahead of Nelson, are led by September Player of the month honourable mention in the Kootenay Conference, Dylan Haney.The 5’11” 165-pound Haney has seven goals and 11 assists to lead the Bruins in scoring.Other players to watch are Trey Mason, Chad Grambo and Brady Berger.Haney, Grambo and Berger combined for eight points in the Bruins 7-4 win over Nelson September 21 in the Boundary City.last_img read more

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Phase 3 Ebola Vaccines Clinical Study Conference Opens in Conakry

first_imgA two-day regional conference aimed at exploring the possibility of expanding the Phase 3 component of the ongoing Ebola Vaccines Clinical study in Liberia to Sierra Leone and Guinea opened yesterday, June 11, in Conakry, Guinea. A delegation of Liberian physicians, scientists, and clinical researchers will meet with their counterparts from Sierra Leone and Guinea to seek collaboration and cooperation on vaccines and therapeutic clinical trials against the deadly Ebola Virus through a multi-country regional strategy.The Liberian delegation is headed by Dr. Moses B. F. Massaquoi, Chair, National Case Management, Ministry of Health and Liberian Principal Investigator for the ZMapp clinical trial. The delegation also includes Drs. Stephen Kennedy and Fatorma Bolay, Co-Principal Investigators for (PREVAIL I), the Liberian Ebola vaccine clinical study; Dr. Eugene Dolopei, Chief Medical Officer for SOS Hospital and member of the technical team for the Liberia-U.S Clinical Research Partnership (PREVAIL); and Mrs. Wissedi Sio-Njoh, Director of Operations for PREVAIL. “This strategy creates an opportunity for current and future collaborations in transferring and/or sharing technologies on prevention, treatment and research among others to eliminate the Ebola Virus Disease and other related epidemics from within the Mano River Basin,” noted Dr. Kennedy.Representatives from the Ministries of Health of the participating countries, as well as partners from the U.S. National Institute of Health (NIH), World Health Organization (WHO), the French National Institute of Health & Medical Research (INSERM), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC); and pharmaceutical manufacturers Glaxo SmithKline (GSK) and Merck/NewLink, are expected to be in attendance.“There appears to be a consensus that the window of opportunity is closing for potential answers to research questions regarding effective vaccines and therapeutic options,” said Dr. Massaquoi. “We believe that the development of effective vaccines and treatments for Ebola can be achieved through this sort of regional partnership and multi-country research collaboration.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Kuwaiti Loan to Boost Greenville Port

first_imgThe Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development’s recent US$14 million loan to Liberia will help boost the physical infrastructure of the seaport of Greenville, National Port Authority (NPA) Managing Director Matilda Parker has observed. The loan agreement was consummated between the government of Liberia and the Kuwaiti Fund last year, but it requires a legislative ratification before implementation in line with the Liberian constitution. According to the loan agreement, the repayment period is 22 years with a four-year grace period.Providing some details of the agreement on SKY FM Phone-in Talk Show yesterday, Madam Parker declared that the interest rate on the loan is highly concessional at 1.5 percent interest rate and 0.5 percent service fees.The NPA boss assured the public that the return on investment on the loan is 22 percent conservatively. She noted that the Kuwaiti loan is directly for the development of the port of Greenville, Sinoe County and the purchasing of tugboat for that port.“This loan could not have come at a better time,” the NPA boss added as she praised the government of Liberia for contracting the credit from the Fund, which as she put it, “will help improve the economy of the southeastern region.”The NPA Managing Director declared that part of the money will be used to build a container park, fishing ram and other infrastructure for the port to enhance increase shipping activities.She noted that as part of the agreement, the government of Liberia through the NPA has completed the design and dredging of the port of Greenville. The US$14 million Kuwaiti loan is currently before the national legislature for approval.Madam Parker, who was expected to appear before a legislative committee for public hearing yesterday, announced that that the work on Greenville Port is expected to be completed in two years if the agreement is ratified.“We will advertise an international bid for tugboat which will take few weeks,” she stated. Greenville port currently handles 14 logging concessions and two oil palm concessions namely Equatorial Oil Palm and Golden Veroleum.Majority of the callers on the talk show praised Madam Parker for her excellent managerial style, which they observed, has led to improvement and gains including improved security, good wage structure for employees and port infrastructure development at the Freeport of Monrovia and other seaports in Buchanan, Greenville and Harper.The NPA boss also assured the public that her management team is operating with plans and that the loan will not be a burden that NPA would not repay.“I pray that I have plan in place to not only repay the Kuwaiti loan, but to replace myself as Managing Director of the NPA,” she said.Madam Parker, however, admitted that implementation is a challenge everywhere in Liberia, but expressed confidence that with the port will be strong enough to repay taking clue from the level of development at the port authority.She made specific reference to the port of Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, which she disclosed is handling 60 percent of Liberia’s thorough put (imports and exports).“Ports infrastructures are very expensive to build and so it is a challenging job to manage a port,” she stated. The NPA boss, who took over the NPA as Managing Director in 2009, noted that her dream is to improve Liberia’s port infrastructure in order to encourage more vessels to come to Liberia.                Meanwhile, the Kuwait Fund only extends loans on concessionary term to finance development projects in developing countries. The Fund also provides technical assistance to finance the costs of the feasibility studies of projects, as well as the training of nationals of the borrowing countries.In addition, the Fund subscribes in the capital of international and regional development institutions. The Fund makes loans and provides guarantees, makes grants by way of technical assistance and providing other types of technical assistance and contributes to capital stocks of international and regional development finance institutions and other development institutions and representing the State of Kuwait in such institutions.The Port of Greenville is located in the southeastern region of the country, about 673.6 kilometers from the Freeport of Monrovia. The harbor is protected by a 400 meters long breakwater, and on its inner side, by two quays.There are two berthing facilities, 70 meters and 180 meters respectively, with an existing depth 8/9 meters below chart datum. With the signing of fourteen (14) logging, one (1) iron ore, and two (2) oil palm concessions, we anticipate high vessel traffic at this port in the coming years.The Port of Greenville is located in the southeastern region of the country, about 673.6 kilometers from the Freeport of Monrovia. The harbor is protected by a 400m long breakwater, and on its inner side, by two quays.  The Port of Greenville is an International Ship & Port Security (ISPS) certified Security Level Two port.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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High School Championships in Semi Finals

first_imgVictory Chapel will today take on E. Jonathan Goodridge in the first kickball encounter in the semi-finals of the National High School Soccer and Kickball Championship at the Alpha Oldtimers Sports Field in Monrovia. In the second game, Arthur F. Kulah will clash with Nathan E. Gibson.At the same venue, in soccer AGM will take on St. Simon in the first game and the second game will see World Wide Mission going against Nathan E. Gibson.The 2017 tournament is organized under the auspices of Vice President Joseph N. Boakai and by the Veteran Sports Committee.The tournament comprised 480 teams (240 soccer teams and 240 kickball teams), and started in April and is expected to end on August 24.The objective of the tournament is to promote sports and education as an inseparable component of youth development.The following are results from Wednesday, August 2, at the Right to Play soccer pitch:Kickball: Victory Chapel 2, E. Jonathan Goodridge 0; Nathan E. Gibson 3, Amos P. Warner 1; World Wide Mission 9, Soul Clinic 8.Soccer: 1st AGM 2, Dominion 1; St. Simons 5, Richard Nixon 4 (penalties); World Wide Mission 2, Bethlehem Baptist 1.Kickball: E. Jonathan Goodridge 5, Wells-Hairston Gardnersville 3; Arthur F. Kulah 3, James Doe Young 1.Soccer: James Doe Young 4, Wells-Hairston Gardnersville 2; True Vine 2, Arthur F. Kulah 1, held at the ETMI sports pitch.Results on August 3: Kickball: Victory Chapel 6, World Wide Mission 4; Jonathan E. Goodridge 1, Nathan E. Gibson 0.Soccer: 1st AGM 1, Nathan E. Gibson 0; St. Simon 2, True Vine 0; World Wide Mission 2, James Doe Young 0.Meanwhile, the protest committee has released findings of protests filed by World Wide Mission against the Apostolic Foundation.The committee said World Wide Mission filed a protest against four players, wearing numbers 4, 8, 9 and 10. It was confirmed that Lucee Massaquoi who wore jersey number 9, is currently enrolled at the Monrovia Vocational Training Center (MVTC), though she graduated from the school in 2016.The committee therefore awarded the points to World Wide Mission and using the law guiding the tournament, said the player will not compete in the tournament in the next edition.Another protest result involved Amos Warner High against New Destiny for fielding two illegal players.The protest committee, after investigating, found that player Onsay Kpawah (#4) and Tete Wise #7 graduated from the school in 2016 and therefore awarded the points to Amos Warner.The tournament is in three stages: County High School Championship on county level, Regional Championship and the National Championship.The Veteran Sports Committee divided the country into five regions. Region One has Lofa, Bomi, Grand Cape Mount and Gbarpolu; Region Two has Bong, Nimba, Grand Bassa, and Margibi; Region Three: Montserrado; Region Four: River Cess, Sinoe and Grand Kru; and Region Five: Maryland, River Gee, and Grand Gedeh.There will be cash prizes and other awards at the end of the finals in Monrovia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Saugus ranch doubles for Mideast

first_img“It’s a hot-ticket item now,” said Jody Hart, founder and president of Los Angeles-based Combat Casting. “A lot of TV shows are based on reality; so are movies. … The fact we’re at war is going to create story lines for writers in both (media).” Combat Casting lives up to its name, peopling TV shows and feature films with active-duty and retired military personnel as actors and crew members. Some performed in a History Channel drama on the death of football great Pat Tillman in a friendly-fire incident in Afghanistan, with Blue Cloud doubling for the rugged Mideast landscape. A fleet of exploded wrecks at the ready – helicopters, jeeps, buses, cars – lend a touch of realism. “When special effect puts that little puff of smoke in the cars, you’re there,” Veluzat said. The gold mine used to be an illegal dump, literally, before Veluzat rescued it. Skeptical friends shook their heads, wondering how the former stuntman and character actor would turn a buck from his questionable investment, but fate intervened. Wildfires in 2000 burned the trash and everything else. Popular TV shows filmed at the ranch include “The Unit,” “Medium,” “JAG” and “Without a Trace.” Feature films include “The Shaggy Dog” and the sci-fi film “Serenity.” The ranch is within the so-called 30-mile zone, which saves clients money. The zone’s centerpoint is in Los Angeles, and filming within its radius cuts costs on overnight lodging and per diem crew fees. “Rene struck on something great before it actually happened,” Hart said. “He had a small town, he was a great businessman, knew what he had, what it could be used for.” Veluzat, a licensed contractor, fussed over some of the sets, enlivening them with vivid details, but when production crews balked about his choice of treatments he toned them down. The move paid off, and not only do the paying customers lend their own touches, they often leave them behind because it’s cheaper than demolishing them. Steven Bochco’s series “Over There” shot one episode at the ranch. Sam Sako served as a technical adviser on the series. Neighbors may do a double take when Sako appears with a carload of costumed extras, but Veluzat takes it in stride. Sako grew up in Baghdad and is cashing in on authenticity with his Mideast in Hollywood.com venture. He provides translations in Arabic, Afghani and Farsi and coaches actors, creates props, signs and costumes, as well as offering valuable cultural advice. He, too, worked on the Tillman project. “We created an atmosphere that resembled the Afghan location where Tillman was killed,” he said. “Rene has the sets. I dressed up the actors and we gave the look of the North Alliance, and I also taught them how to say a few words in Pashtu.” When Al-Jazeera hit town to shoot a piece on Arabs in Hollywood, they made a beeline to Sako. History comes in all shapes and sizes. Animal expert Phil Smith has known Veluzat for three decades. His company, Piru-based Phil’s Animals Rentals, has provided horses and livestock and more than 40 styles of period and modern wagons, carriages and buggies. “He’s so easy to get along with; he understands the business and knows what you need,” Smith said. “You can use the little towns for many different uses, but mainly it’s his personality.” judy.orourke@dailynews.com (661) 257-5255 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – Upscale tracts are cropping up all over Santa Clarita, but a bunch of shabby shacks in Bouquet Canyon that resemble a bombed-out Iraqi village won’t be replaced any time soon. The neighbors don’t care and the owner couldn’t be more pleased. “People don’t realize Newhally-wood is here in the Santa Clarita Valley,” said Rene Veluzat, who owns the 100-acre Blue Cloud Movie Ranch. A faux gas station tapped for a Vogue cover shoot and the ’50s diner are nice, but Veluzat’s mainstays are the Iraqi and Afghanistan streetscapes and scruffy hills, burned by a fire years ago. last_img read more

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Laura Bush zaps predecessor’s remark

first_imgABUJA, Nigeria – Laura Bush criticized Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton on Wednesday for suggesting that the Republican-controlled House is run like a plantation where dissenting voices are ignored. “It think it’s ridiculous; it’s a ridiculous comment,” the first lady told reporters when asked about the remark during a return flight to Washington after her four-day swing through West Africa. Clinton made the comment in Harlem at an event honoring the memory of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. She said the GOP has been running the House “like a plantation” because ideas from the minority Democrats are not respected. A Bush administration spokesman on Tuesday had called the senator’s comments “way out of line.” The first lady, who said her next trip likely will be to New Orleans to visit hurricane-damaged schools, also reacted to a comment by New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin that stirred controversy. Nagin had said: “This city will be chocolate at the end of the day.” He later apologized. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Nagin also said the hurricane that devastated New Orleans was God’s way of showing displeasure about U.S. involvement in Iraq. “Surely God is mad at America,” Nagin said in a speech Monday. “Surely he’s not approving of us being in Iraq under false pretense. But surely he’s upset at black America also. We’re not taking care of ourselves.” Asked about the comment, the first lady joked that she could not really speak for God. Then she added that she believes Nagin wants New Orleans to be rebuilt. “He wants people who lived in New Orleans to come back,” she said. “I do, too, and I know the president does, too. You know it’s going to take a long time.” last_img read more

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THE MULLADUFF BAND PLAY THE GENERATIONS GAME!

first_imgThe Old Mulladuff Band can certainly count on tradition.Last Sunday no less than four generations of the same family played in Annagry. James Bonner, his son Hugh with his son Conal, his daughter Pauline Bonner Sweeney with her daughters Alanna and Bronagh and Allana’s son Ultan made it a real family occasion.And throw in their Cousin Paddy Bán for good measure standing in the background and it gets even bigger.It certainly prtoved a very proud day for James with his son, daughter, his grandchildren and great grandson in the band.THE MULLADUFF BAND PLAY THE GENERATIONS GAME! was last modified: April 22nd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:AnnagryBonnersMulladuff Bandlast_img read more

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Giants overmatched in Atlanta, watch Braves clinch division with ease

first_imgATLANTA — The Atlanta Braves arrived at SunTrust Park on Friday with the expectation there would be a postgame party.The San Francisco Giants appeared to do everything in their power to ensure the celebration would go on.Braves players had ski goggles tucked away in lockers and clubhouse attendants had champagne on ice. All Atlanta needed to do was beat the Giants to clinch the National League East.The Giants didn’t exactly make things challenging. Braves center fielder Ronald …last_img read more

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