But as the wind got up she had some bad bounces, one of which led to a lost ball on the 12th. However, despite some dropped shots she also birdied 14 and 16. 18 Jul 2017 Lily May leads the women’s amateur Lamb decided on an hour on the range instead of a practice round, remarking: “I was just golfed out. “I turned up on the tee today, guessing a bit about what to hit. But it worked out well.” Click here for full scores Humphreys – who was also in action in Europe, helping the girls’ team to win a bronze medal – was on top form as she powered to the turn in three-under par. Girl international Lily May Humphreys shot two under par 70 to lead the first round of the English women’s amateur championship at Lindrick, Yorkshire. She’s a stroke ahead of Sophie Lamb and Gemma Clews, who are just back from Portugal where they helped England become European team champions at the weekend. Clews played just nine holes in practice and relied on the lessons learned during a recent England squad practice on the course. “It was a good score considering!” she said “I grafted out the score despite not having my best game.” The back nine, played in a strengthening wind, was trickier. But when Humphreys (Stoke by Nayland) found trouble she recovered well with some good up and downs – and when she lost a ball on the 16th she made a birdie with her provisional for a ‘good bogey’. “I’m pleased with the round, I think I played consistently,” said the 15-year-old who recently won the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters, to add to a host of titles amassed in 2016. The Welsh stroke play champion finished in style with three birdies in the last five holes. “Towards the end I gave myself a bit of a talking to,” she reported. After eight holes, she was four under par thanks to two birdies and an eagle. “I was really hot, my iron play was really good and I was rolling in the putts,” said Lamb, who is the British stroke play champion. Two shots further back on one-over is India Clyburn (Woodhall Spa) and Emma Allen (Meon Valley). Clyburn was another member of the winning European team while Allen was in the side that won the gold medal last year. Lamb (Clitheroe) and Clews (Delamere Forest) both admitted to tiredness after the demands of the European championship and arriving back on Sunday evening after a flight delay – and both cut their championship preparations short.
Venezuela’s socialist government on Wednesday called on the United States to restore diplomatic ties with Caracas after it opened talks with fringe opposition parties.Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza, Education Minister Aristobulo Isturiz, Vice President Delcy Rodriguez and Opposition member Javier Bertucci pose after signing a dialogue agreement between the government and the Opposition in Caracas on September 18, 2019Venezuela broke off relations with the United States after Washington recognised opposition leader Juan Guaido as interim president on January 23.Vice President Delcy Rodriguez told reporters in Caracas that it made sense for the US “to restore diplomatic contacts and dialogue with the government.”Rodriguez said Washington was left with only “a single path” having failed to remove Maduro from power, and that was “negotiation and diplomatic communication”.President Donald Trump’s administration had targeted Venezuela’s oil industry and Maduro’s inner circle with a raft of economic sanctions.The US blames Maduro for the economic collapse of Venezuela, from which millions have fled due to basic shortages, and considers him illegitimate after widespread reports of irregularities in last year’s election.Both Maduro and Trump said last month that talks had been taking place involving senior officials from both sides. Rodriguez also welcomed Monday’s agreement between the government and minority opposition parties — outside of Guaido’s coalition— to open negotiations on political changes aimed at resolving Venezuela’s crisis.Former presidential candidate Javier Bertucci joined the pact on Wednesday.The agreement involves the return of socialist lawmakers to the opposition-dominated National Assembly and the release of political prisoners.Guaido’s deputy as National Assembly leader, Edgar Zambrano, was the first to be released late Tuesday. Zambrano said 58 other opposition figures would be released from Wednesday.The Assembly’s deputy vice-president Stalin Gonzalez said Wednesday that the agreement would allow Maduro “to cling to power”.The Government deal with fringe opposition parties is clearly aimed at trying to sideline Guaido, by flooding his power base with pro-Maduro members.In a defiant move on Tuesday, the National Assembly confirmed Guaido as its leader. (AFP)
The rest of the continent is catching up with South Africa’s established mining sector.(Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more free photos, visit the image library) Africa’s economy is on track and could make a speedier recovery from the recession than the US. This is according to the World Bank’s Global Economic Prospects report for 2011. The report, released in mid-January, projected that sub-Saharan Africa would increase its gross domestic product (GDP) from 4.7% in 2010 to 5.3% for this year. That figure would be bumped up to 5.5% in 2012.The report specifically stated that prices in metals, minerals and oil, as well as greater investment in manufacturing and telecommunications companies, have contributed to the growth.According to Phumelele Mbiyo, Standard Bank’s Senior Africa Strategist for Global Market Research, the figures indicate that economic activity, especially in terms of mining and construction, is expanding in the region.“The reason for such an increase is because prices for commodities are pretty high and they have attracted investment, especially from emerging markets such as China,” he said.Mbiyo believes the average person would benefit from these positive projections, as companies are looking to employ locals.“There is already employment of locals in the mining and construction industries. There is going to be a lot of employment in future, especially by European and American based companies who have invested heavily in mining in Africa.”High continental growthHowever, the report indicated that the best growth rates were not to come out of South Africa, the region’s traditional economic hub. Instead, the highest figures came from countries such as Nigeria, Angola, Kenya, the Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Botswana, Zambia, Malawi, and Tanzania.South Africa was projected at 3.5% for 2011 whereas other countries in the rest of the region were said to grow at an average of 6.4% for the same year.Mbiyo explained that this is not because South Africa’s growth is slowing, but rather because the other countries are starting new industries now and from a low base whereas South Africa had already established the same industries years ago.“Angola is set to grow by 7% on average whereas Ghana will average 13% in the next two years. It is because the latter is starting to produce oil,” said Mbiyo.He added that Africa should now focus on sustaining growth as the continent still lags behind other major developing and developed economies.
Saina Nehwal will be back to the grind of competitive badminton when the Denmark Open Super Series Premier event begins on Tuesday.Saina had taken a break after winning bronze at the London Olympics in August.The ace Indian shuttler skipped the China Masters, Japan Open and also the senior national championships last month.She will meet South Korean Yeon Ju Bae in the first round on Wednesday. Saina enjoys a 4-2 record against the South Korean. Bae, however, left her to tears the last time the two clashed as she shut door on Saina in the Indian Open in April.Pullela Gopichand, who is accompanying Saina in Denmark, said that Saina has prepared well for her comeback tournament.”It was a well-deser ved break for Saina as she was playing non-stop. She also needed to enjoy her success at the London Olympics. “She is back to prac tice for more than a month now and has slowly picked up her rhythm. She is eager to get back to the competitive mould,” Gopichand said. Saina is seeded third in the tournament which will see all the top C h inese girls competing.Wang Yihan is the No.1 seed followe d by Olympic champion Li Xuerui and wo rld No.4 Shixian Wang in the 32-player draw.If she clears the first two rounds, Saina will face her first big hurdle in Denmark’s Tine Baun in the quarter-finals. Saina had got the bet ter of her in the last-eight stage of the London Games . Apart from Saina, Ajay Jayaram will play in the men’s singles and fa ce seventh seeded Chinese Pengyu Du in the first round. Ajay, who lost to Parupalli Kashyap in the final of the national championships, has been in good form and made it to the semi-finals of China Masters.”I have to be more consistent at the top level to move into the top-20 in rankings. I have done well this season and the next two tournaments, Denmark Open and French Open, will be important for me,” Jayaram said.Ashwini Ponappa and Tarun Kona will be in ac tion in the mixed doubles while Kona and Arun Vishnu has got an entry into the main draw of men’s doubles.advertisement
Pochettino: Spurs rout a present for my wifeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham celebrated Christmas with a six goal romp at Everton on Sunday.Mauricio Pochettino’s side had to come from behind at Goodison Park after Theo Walcott swept home Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s low cross from Gylfi Sigurdsson’s defence-splitting pass.Everton’s lead was short-lived as Son Heung-min produced a sublime equaliser from a tight angle following a mix-up between Kurt Zouma and Jordan Pickford.Dele Alli put Spurs ahead for the first time after reacting first to Pickford’s save from Son, then Harry Kane made it 3-1 when Kieran Trippier’s curling free-kick hit a post and rebounded into the England captain’s path.In an entertaining game, Christian Eriksen’s sublime first-time shot extended Tottenham’s lead before Sigurdsson scored a consolation against his former club.Son added the fifth and produced the cross for Kane to make it six, yet victory came at a cost for the free-scoring visitors.Pochettino revealed why 6-2 is a special scoreline: “It’s my present for my wife.”We got married 26 years ago. And a fantastic way to celebrate tonight.”On Deli Alli, who was injured after a clash with Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, he added: “He didn’t feel a big problem. Maybe a little bit tired from Wednesday. I hope it’s not a big issue. It was a precaution.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Atletico Madrid coach Simeone happy with ‘passion’ beating Bayer Leverkusenby Carlos Volcano3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone was happy to scrape a 1-0 victory over Champions League opponents Bayer Leverkusen.Alvaro Morata proved the matchwinner on the day.”I feel good when I see passion and today the team had passion,” said Simeone.”We can play well or poorly, but there’s a path.”We’re close to doing things well.”Some of that passion boiled over into whistles from the fans in the stands, but the coach wasn’t too worried about that.”People are spontaneous,” he said.”We have to try to turn those whistles into applause.”He added: “Anxiety’s normal, the team grew in confidence. We saw some good things tonight although we have to improve when we are in or close to the opponents’ box. It’s not easy for any team because all of our rivals defend well.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Former Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III won the Heisman Trophy in 2011 and is one of the most accomplished players in BU history. He’s had some rough sledding in the NFL the past two seasons, but this morning he returned to where he played his best football. Griffin is back at Baylor for the Bears’ Pro Day today, and he got a workout in beforehand with one of his former wide receivers, Lanear Sampson.We wonder if Griffin will throw at all during the Pro Day as an extra arm for receivers running routes. Even if he does, he won’t be the most-watched QB at the event. That title goes to current BU signal caller Bryce Petty, who is trying to raise his draft stock.
Washington: Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray moved closer to a singles return six months after right hip surgery while Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas rolled into the world’s top five Friday at the ATP Washington Open. Britain’s Murray and his brother Jamie, in their first doubles event since the 2016 Rio Olympics, lost to New Zealand’s Michael Venus and South African Raven Klaasen 6-7 (3/7), 7-6 (8/6), 10-7 in a quarter-final at the US Open tuneup event. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhMurray has practiced singles this week to improve his conditioning after the long layoff. “I feel fine,” Murray said. “Practice has been fine. No issues physically. So progressing well. Just keep practicing the next 10 days or so and see what happens.” Top seed Tsitsipas beat French 10th seed Benoit Paire 7-5, 6-0 to reach the semi-finals and ensure he will overtake Germany’s Alexander Zverev to crack the world rankings top five on Monday. “Once you’re in a certain position for a long time, you really crave for more,” Tsitsipas said. “This one position difference might not feel a lot for some people but for me it really means a lot because there has been a lot of hard work behind it, just a lot of suffering in general. “I feel I deserve this position. It means a lot for sure.” The 20-year-old Australian Open semi-finalist, who lost to Zverev in last year’s Washington semis, booked a semi-final against Australia’s Nick Kyrgios, who ousted Slovakian lucky loser Norbert Gombos 6-3, 6-3. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”I’m excited to play him,” Kyrgios said of Tsitsipas. “He’s one of the best players in the world right now.” Murray, who feared his career might be over after the January operation, hasn’t played singles since the Australian Open but says he might return at the ATP Cincinnati Masters starting August 12. “If I feel like I’m ready, I’ll give it a go. If not, I’ll wait probably until after New York. But so far it has been fine.” Murray, set to play doubles next week at Montreal alongside Spaniard Feliciano Lopez, doesn’t want his first singles matches back to be the best-of-five-set variety offered in Grand Slams.
APTN National NewsThe people of Kwakiutl First Nation on Vancouver Island are taking part in a major demonstration.They’re protesting what they say is the government’s lack of respect for the community’s claim over traditional territories.On Wednesday, during the first two days of protests, they’ve occupied the property of a logging company.APTN National News reporter Rob Smith was there.