Six England players selected for Vagliano Trophy

first_img Six England players have been selected for the GB&I team of nine to face the Continent of Europe in the Vagliano Trophy at Malone, Ireland, from June 26-27. They are: Gemma Clews of Cheshire (image © Leaderboard Photography), Hayley Davis of Dorset, Alice Hewson of Hertfordshire, Bronte Law of Cheshire, Meghan MacLaren of Northamptonshire and Singapore-based Charlotte Thomas. The Vagliano team, just announced by the LGU, will be completed by the Irish players, world number one Leona Maguire and Olivia Mehaffey, and by Chloe Williams of Wales In addition, two England teenagers have been picked for the junior match, which is played simultaneously. They are Hollie Muse of Lancashire and Emily Price, who represents Warwickshire. Sammy Fuller of Surrey and Cloe Frankish of Kent are the reserves. The other junior team members are: Mairead Martin and Annabel Wilson of Ireland and Hazel MacGarvie and Shannon McWilliam of Scotland. The Vagliano Trophy team captain is Elaine Farquharson-Black and Claire Coughlan-Ryan will be the junior team captain. Lincolnshire’s Helen Hewlett is the manager for both teams. Elaine Farquharson-Black, who played in two winning GB&I Vagliano teams said: “In recent years, Europe has had the upper hand, but I am feeling very excited about our team. We have the world numbers 1 and 3, in Leona Maguire and Bronte Law, but importantly we have strength in depth with players who have already shown that they can perform consistently well on the world stage. “I am particularly pleased that Alice Hewson and Olivia Mehaffey who were in my Junior Vagliano team at Chantilly two years ago have made the progression to the senior team. Hopefully we will have a strong home support to cheer the team to victory.” This will be the 29th Vagliano Trophy match. The Continent has won the last four matches but GB&I lead 16-12 overall. The Vagliano team is made up of four automatic selections from the World Amateur Golf Ranking, two from the LGU Order of Merit and three wild card picks. The junior team is picked by a selection panel. The England players: Gemma Clews, 20, (Delamere Forest) has a perfect record of five wins from five international matches played so far this year, one against France and four in the recent England v Spain international. She was also in England’s winning team at the 2014 ladies’ Home Internationals. This season she has successfully defended the Delamere Comboy scratch tournament and had top five finishes in the Helen Holm Scottish stroke play, The Leveret and the Hampshire Rose. Hayley Davis, 22, (Ferndown) is the English women’s stroke play champion and has previously held the English women’s amateur and girls’ titles. She topped the individual leaderboard in qualifying for the 2014 European team championship. She is a student at Baylor University, Texas, winning three times on the US women’s college circuit and has just helped her team to become runners-up in the NCAA Division 1 Championship. She has represented GB&I in the Vagliano Trophy and the Astor Trophy and is ranked 23rd in the world. Alice Hewson, 17, (Berhamsted) was in England’s winning team at the recent international against Spain. She has also won the Hampshire Rose this season. Last year she won the Critchley Salver and the U18 prize at the St Rule Trophy and helped England to victory in both the girls’ and ladies’ Home Internationals. She has represented GB&I in the Junior Vagliano Trophy and is currently second on the LGU order of merit. Bronte Law, 20, (Bramhall) is currently third in world amateur rankings and has represented GB&I in two Curtis Cup teams, the Vagliano Trophy and the Astor Trophy. She is the English women’s amateur champion and won the individual bronze medal at the 2014 Women’s World Amateur Team Championship. She is a student at UCLA in California and has won three times on the US women’s college circuit and helped her university to reach the NCAA Division 1 championship. Meghan MacLaren, 21, (Wellingborough) charged to victory in the 2014 British women’s stroke play championship, playing the final 36 holes in nine-under par. She has also won the Irish stroke play and French U18 titles. She is a student at Florida International University and has won seven times on the US college circuit and helped her team to reach the NCAA Division 1 Championship. She is 18th in the world rankings. Charlotte Thomas, 22, (Sentosa) played in the 2014 Curtis Cup match and made her debut as an England international in last year’s European ladies’ team championship. She is a student at the University of Washington in Seattle and has won twice on the US women’s college circuit. In 2013 she won the English mid-amateur championship and was runner-up in the English stroke play. Hollie Muse, 15, (West Lancashire) helped England beat Spain in the recent mixed international and this season has won the Scottish U16 championship and The Leveret. She also helped England win the team event at the Fairhaven Trophies and tied second in the girls’ championship. She was in England’s winning teams at both 2014 ladies’ and girls’ Home Internationals. Emily Price, 15, (Cleobury Mortimer) is the English U15 girls’ champion and took third place in this year’s Scottish U16 stroke play. She represented England in the recent U16 international against Spain and won three of her four matches. She has also helped England to beat Switzerland U16s. Sammy Fuller, 16, (Roehampton) returned from injury this season to tie for the Irish U18 stroke play, but lost a title play-off. She has represented England in the girls’ Home Internationals and GB&I in the junior Vagliano. Cloe Frankish, 16, (Chart Hills) has had top ten finishes this season in the Irish women’s stroke play and the Scottish U16s. She has represented England in Nations Cup teams and last year she tied second in an event on the WPGA One Day Series. 30 May 2015 Six England players selected for Vagliano Trophy last_img read more

Alaffia Named Winner of the 2018 U.S. Secretary of State’s Award…

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by AlaffiaThe U.S. Department of State announced today that Alaffia will be awarded the 2018 Award for Corporate Excellence in Women’s Economic Empowerment at a ceremony in Washington D.C. on October 5, 2018. The award will be presented by Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan and Assistant Secretary of State Manisha Singh, who oversees the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs at the State Department.Alaffia founders Olowo-n’djo Tchala and Prairie Rose Hyde will travel to Washington D.C. to receive the award.Tchala, who is currently traveling in West Africa, expressed his gratitude for the prestigious award. “All of us at Alaffia are humbled to receive this recognition from the U.S. State Department and its wonderful embassy officials who serve around the world.”“We are especially grateful this will shine additional light on the need to create economic opportunity for women and better education for children, something Alaffia has worked tirelessly to do in West Africa,” said Tchala.“Economic engagement in our collective poor communities means a safer, more peaceful world. On behalf of the more than 14,000 women who are members of our fair-trade cooperatives in Africa, and our U.S.-based employees in Tumwater, Washington, we express our deepest appreciation for this tremendous honor.”Alaffia employees and contract “gatherers,” who are mostly women, number more than 14,000 in West Africa. They collect shea nuts, coconuts, herbs and grasses, and, at Alaffia fair-trade cooperatives in Togo and Ghana, create shea butter, coconut oil, baskets and essence used in Alaffia beauty and body care products. These raw materials are then shipped to Alaffia’s manufacturing plant in Tumwater where 145 people are employed. The materials are refined, packaged and prepared for distribution throughout the U.S. and 10 countries.Alaffia’s non-profit empowerment and sustainability initiatives have resulted in 59,775 trees planted, 34,640 school supply recipients, 8,253 bikes distributed, 25,588 eyeglasses donated, 12 schools constructed and more than 4,800 babies safely delivered in West Africa.About AlaffiaAlaffia was founded in 2003 in the Olympia, Washington garage of husband and wife team, Olowo-n’djo Tchala and Prairie Rose Hyde. Alaffia crafts popular beauty and body care products using traditional African methods. Alaffia is “Fair for Life” certified by the Institute for Marketecology (IMO), one of the most renowned international inspection and certification agencies for organic and fair trade accountability. To learn more, visit read more

Kenya loses hosting rights to African soccer tournament

first_imgKenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta, left, accompanied by Deputy President William Ruto, right, leaves after speaking to the media at State House in Nairobi, Kenya Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017. Kenya’s electoral commission has announced it has moved the date for a fresh presidential election to Oct 26. The electoral commission had earlier set Oct 17 as the date for the fresh poll after the Supreme Court invalidated President Uhuru Kenyatta’s August re-election and ordered a rerun within 60 days. (AP Photo/Khalil Senosi)ACCRA, Ghana — Kenya was stripped of the right to host the 2018 African Nations Championship because of delays in its preparations and the Confederation of African Football opened a new bidding process on Sunday, giving itself just a week to find a new country.The Confederation of African Football cited “accumulated delays” in Kenya’s preparations for CHAN early next year, the continental championship for players playing in their home leagues. It’s the No. 2 tournament for national teams in Africa behind the African Cup of Nations.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary No Mercy: Lesnar retains Universal title in toughest test yet Kenya’s preparations for the 16-team tournament were already troubled before its presidential elections held in August were nullified and a re-vote was ordered. That re-vote is scheduled for next month, and the political instability has meant preparations for the soccer tournament have been further undermined.Only one of the stadiums meant to host games has been deemed ready and Kenya’s government only approved a $40 million budget to host the tournament last week, with just four months to go until kickoff.Also at its meeting Saturday, CAF decided to open a tender process to recruit an audit firm to examine Cameroon’s preparations for the 2019 African Cup of Nations, Africa’s top soccer event.Like Kenya, Cameroon’s readiness to host the Cup of Nations has been under scrutiny. CAF said it needs to examine the state of Cameroon’s “infrastructure to host the tournament,” with the 2019 Cup of Nations the first to be expanded from 16 to 24 teams.CAF president Ahmad, who goes by just one name, said that Cameroon would remain 2019 host for now.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Read Next Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Africa has had a succession of problems with host countries for its tournaments.South Africa had to step in to host the 2013 African Cup of Nations after Libya conceded it wouldn’t be able to. Equatorial Guinea took over the 2015 African Cup after Morocco withdrew over fears of the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. Libya again withdrew as host for this year’s edition and Gabon was given the tournament on short notice.The next three hosts for the African Cup were all decided by the former leadership of CAF: Cameroon in 2019, Ivory Coast in 2021 and Guinea in 2023.CAF was forced to re-open the bidding process for the 2020 Women’s African Cup of Nations after no bids were received on time. The 2019 under-23 African Cup was given to Egypt because it was the only country to submit a “complete” application, CAF said.The poor quality of African candidates to host soccer tournaments reflects badly on Morocco, which is challenging the joint North American bid from the United States, Mexico and Canada for the 2026 World Cup. CAF made the decision to take the tournament away from Kenya at an executive committee meeting in Accra, Ghana, on Saturday.“With an overwhelming majority of the members present, it was decided to withdraw the hosting rights of the competition from Kenya in the light of accumulated delays from reports of the various inspection missions conducted in the country, the last of which took place from 11 to 17 September 2017,” CAF said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCountries seeking to step in as replacement host must submit applications by next Sunday, said CAF, which was forced into a fast-tracked bidding process with the tournament scheduled to be played from Jan. 12-Feb. 4.Morocco, which is bidding to host the 2026 World Cup, has been touted as a possible replacement host because of its relatively established infrastructure. 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Surging Tennessee beats West Virginia for 14th straight win

first_imgThe Mountaineers played an 11th straight game without injured forward Sagaba Konate, who leads West Virginia in scoring (13.6) and ranks second on the team in rebounding (8.0).QUOTABLE“We generally take pride in being able to guard,” Huggins said. “This group’s pretty much made me a liar.”UP NEXTWest Virginia is at Iowa State on Wednesday.Tennessee is at South Carolina on Tuesday. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Turner went 8 for 10 from the field to help Tennessee (18-1) erase its first double-digit deficit of the season. Tennessee took command by ending the first half on a 24-2 run and scoring the first four points of the second half.That put the Vols on track for their 14th consecutive victory in the school’s longest win streak since it opened the 1922-23 season with 14 straight wins.“I think they’re as good as anybody in the country,” West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said.Grant Williams scored 19 points for Tennessee, and Jordan Bowden had 15. Admiral Schofield finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds.Esa Ahmad scored 16 points and Derek Culver had 15 for West Virginia (9-11), which lost for the seventh time in its last eight games.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Tennessee guard Lamonte Turner (1) shoots over West Virginia guard Chase Harler (14) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Lamonte’ Turner made the most of a rare start for Tennessee.Turner scored 23 points and the top-ranked Volunteers held West Virginia scoreless for a 9 1/2-minute stretch Saturday on its way to an 83-66 victory.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants The 21-year-old Turner also had five assists in his first start since the 2017 SEC Tournament. Coach Rick Barnes said he replaced Yves Pons with Turner because he wanted a second ball handler against West Virginia’s defense, but he wasn’t sure if he would stay with the same starting lineup.“Starting or coming off the bench, it really doesn’t matter to me, honestly,” said Turner, who found out about the start during Tennessee’s Saturday morning shootaround. “I’m just trying to come out and do whatever I can to help my teammates win, help my team win. I think tonight it called for me to start because they do a lot of pressing, and two ball handlers would really help us.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsEven while coming off the bench, Turner had been playing significantly more minutes than Pons. Turner was the 2018 SEC co-sixth man of the year but missed nine of Tennessee’s first 12 games this season as he recovered from a shoulder injury. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes The Mountaineers began the day shooting just 31.9 percent from 3-point range, but they made five of their first seven attempts from beyond the arc to grab a 19-7 advantage.After taking that 19-7 lead with 11:05 left in the half, West Virginia scored just two more points before halftime. The Mountaineers missed 13 straight shots at one point.“I think that’s the best we’ve played on defense all year,” Williams said.Huggins said the Mountaineers “created a lot of our own problems” during that collapse late in the first half. Huggins noted that an inbounds pass hit an open player in the foot on one occasion, and that West Virginia didn’t bother passing to an open player in another sequence.“We just don’t sustain things,” Huggins said. “We’ve played pretty well in spurts, but they’ve just been spurts. Spurts get killed whenever a guy is wide open and you hit him in the foot. How do you do that? Listen, I played a long time, and I’ve never hit anyone in the foot. I just don’t get that. Then we’ve got a guy open and we don’t throw him the ball.”BIG PICTUREWest Virginia: The Mountaineers’ inability to put the ball in the basket for much of the first half prevented them from having a realistic shot at pulling the upset. West Virginia recovered to shoot 59.3 percent in the second half, but the Mountaineers already had dug themselves too deep a hole by then.Tennessee: Although Tennessee’s defense late in the first half essentially decided the game, its offense also recovered from a slow start. Tennessee scored just seven points in the first 9 1/2 minutes of the game but finished with 83.MEDICAL REPORTWest Virginia guard James Bolden was helped to the locker room after taking a spill under the basket with 15:40 left. Huggins said Bolden sprained an ankle. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town No. 1 Novak Djokovic faces No. 2 Rafael Nadal in Australian Open final View commentslast_img read more

France vs Croatia World Cup final: A crash course on what makes football so addictive

first_imgIf Sunday’s World Cup final between France and Croatia was the first football game you ever watched, rest assured that you sat through a crash course in the heady mix of athleticism, emotional vicissitude and controversy that makes this game so intoxicating.The French won 4-2, despite surrendering an early lead in the first half. Among the the six goals scored in Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium — more goals, by the way, than in the four previous finals combined (excluding shootouts) — was an own goal, a penalty that many will say shouldn’t have been awarded, and a trio of truly sublime finishes.”Twenty years later, France are world champions,” proclaimed the Figaro newspaper’s lead web story minutes after the win. Indeed, two decades ago in Paris, it was Didier Deschamps, France’s coach, who held aloft the coveted, gilded prize; he captained the side that beat Ronaldo’s Brazil in 1998. And while Jacques Chirac, then the French president, didn’t have to go far from the Elysée Palace to take part in his nation’s moment of glory, Emmanuel Macron crossed a time zone or two to root for Les Bleus.Macron will fly back on cloud nine, but he and the rest of his compatriots had to endure some pretty nervy moments: First, Ivan Perisic cancelled out Mandzukic’s own-goal with a superb equaliser, popping any ballooning French hopes of a lazy stroll in the park.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEThen came the penalty. There was a clear handball in Croatia’s box, but the question was: was it intentional? The referee peered long and hard at the VAR screen, and then took another quick peek before announcing his decision. Antoine Griezmann scored for France.advertisementBut even after goals from Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe (who is 19, and hadn’t yet been born when France last won the World Cup), Mandzukic had enough energy and belief to force Lloris, France’s goalkeeper, into making a bizarre mistake. With the ball at his feet, the Frenchman attempted a surprise left turn to wrong-foot the charging striker. He failed, and gifted the Croatians a second goal. Thankfully for him, it would be their last.France beat Croatia 4-2 to become FIFA World Cup 2018 championsSometime in the middle of all this — as if there wasn’t already enough drama — security personnel had to deal with a pitch invasion. Phew.It will be hard to console Croatia, despite the fact that they have a lot to be proud of. Take for instance, their 3-0 win against Lionel Messi’s Argentina in the group stages, or their recoveries after going behind in all three of their previous knockout games — against Denmark, Russia and England. But only time can heal the would left by the loss of the rarest of prizes — one that came within grasping distance, and came there despite staggering odds.FIFA World Cup 2018: Full list of prize winnersBut one day, perhaps, when age has soothed Mario Mandzukic’s gnawing regret, someone — maybe a young Croatian schoolboy — will ask him why he chose a career in football. And without uttering a word in reply, the striker can play him a recording of the 2018 final, every heart-stopping moment of it — so he can see for himself.last_img read more


first_imgTouch Football Australia extends deepest condolences to the family and friends of Brendon Taylor who passed away on Monday, 27 August 2007.Brendon, 53 was an accomplished Level Five Referee who made an exceptional contribution to the sport in his home Central Coast region, to the New South Wales Touch Association, and to Touch Football Australia.A referee for over 25 years, “BT” garnered universal respect and admiration for his contribution to the refereeing arm at all levels, in particular his dedication and selfless commitment to Junior referee development during his long involvement in the sport.Brendon, Administrator and Secretary of the Central Coast Dolphins, had a distinguished record of service as a Referee at both major and grass root National, State and affiliate events, and was a member of the NSWTA Referees Panel.His recent project to establish the highly regarded NSWTA Talented Referees Youth Squad (TRYS) will remain a legacy to his lifetime of work in the sport.Brendon Taylor was an outstanding contributor to Touch Football, a role model, a teacher, a confidante and a mentor, but most of all, a friend to all who will be sadly missed.The family of Brendon Taylor have announced funeral arrangements and invite his many friends in the touch football community to attend the memorial service.The service will be conducted on Saturday 1 September 2007, at 1.00pm at Greeway, 460 Avoca Drive, green Point, New South Wales.New South Wales graded Referees are requested to wear their Blue blazers as a mark of respect for Brendon.last_img read more

a month agoLille sensation Osimhen: I’m not here to replace Pepe

first_imgLille sensation Osimhen: I’m not here to replace Pepeby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveVictor Osimhen is eager to avoid comparisons with Nicolas Pepe at Lille.Pepe left LOSC for Arsenal as Osimhen arrived from Charleroi.With five goals in five Ligue 1 games, the Nigerian striker is following in Pepe’s footsteps and said, “I have a lot of respect for Nicolas Pépé, for all that he brought to the club. “Many people think that I am replacing him but I am here with another name and to write my own story. “We have different profiles, we are not the same players. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

a month agoWatford keeper Ben Foster: Man City will soon hit ten

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Watford keeper Ben Foster: Man City will soon hit tenby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford goalkeeper Ben Foster believes Manchester City will hit ten goals against a team soon.The Hornets felt the full force of the champions’ attacking power on Saturday as they were thrashed 8-0 at the Etihad in the Premier League.”They will do it to somebody, there will be a nine or 10 out there soon,” Foster said.”As a goalie, coming here in the first place it’s almost an achievement to keep it at one or two goals. At times, if they’re on it, they are incredible.”They were scary at times. It was just relentless. You could see them opening us up and the chances developing in front of your eyes. It was absolutely no fun. In all honesty, it could have been double digits.” last_img read more

Eldorado Gold seeking 11B from Greece as compensation for permit delays

first_imgVANCOUVER – Eldorado Gold Corp. is seeking $1.1 billion from the Greek government for damages it says it suffered due to permit delays related to its Skouries project.The company says the application is a non-judicial request for payment and does not initiate legal proceedings.Eldorado chief executive George Burns called it a “good-faith attempt” to resolve the matter with the Greek government.The company suspended work at the Skouries project last year amid an ongoing dispute with the Greek government.The Vancouver-based company said at the time that Greece’s Ministry of Energy and Environment had not issued the required permits for the project.The company has said it would re-assess its investment in the Skouries project once it receives the required permits.Companies in this story: (TSX:ELD)last_img read more