Simon lifts Portugal Ladies Open title

first_img17 May 2011 Simon trailed France’s Gwladys Nocera by one shot heading into the third and final round after rounds of 66 and 67 had left her on 11-under-par. Nocera had led by two shots from Simon, fellow South African Stacey Lee Bregman and Australian Sarah Kemp after the first round. ‘I just had to play my own game’Interviewed by the Ladies European Tour (LET) afterwards, Simon said: “The conditions were very difficult this morning, a lot of wind, and I knew I just had to play my own game. She sank four birdies and carded one bogey over the outward nine and followed that up with a further four birdies, as well as two bogeys, over the inward nine to end with an astonishing eight birdies over the last 18 holes. Birdie spreeNeeding to make up only one shot in the final round, Simon responded with a birdie spree, littered with the occasional bogey, to pull comfortably clear. Reflecting on her second LET title, Simon said: “It’s basically exactly four years ago since I had won. I was 18 at the time, very young, and I’ve been working hard for about a year-and-a-half now, so it feels very rewarding.” South African golfer Ashleigh Simon closed with a superb five-under-par 67 in tough, windy conditions to win the ISPS Handa Portugal Ladies Open by three shots at CampoReal Resort and Spa near Lisbon on Sunday. Young South African Connie Chen, aged just 18, was a victim of the difficult conditions on the last day, tumbling to a six-over 78, to finish tied for 38th on five-over-par 221. With rounds of 66, 67 and 67, Simon finished on 16-under-par 200. Nocera posted rounds of 64, 68, and 71 to claim second on 13-under 203. It was the second professional victory of the 22-year-old’s career. Her first came in only her third tournament as a pro at the 2007 Catalonia Ladies Masters in Spain. “I was six ahead with three to play and I dropped at 16 and Gwladys birdied so all of a sudden it [the lead] went to four [shots], but then, after the birdie on 17 and the drive down 18, I knew that it [the title] was mine.” ‘I putted well’She pinpointed her short game as the reason for her success, saying: “I think my short game really saved me. I putted well and when I had to make the up-and-downs I did.” “I started off with a birdie, which is always a good thing, and I just played really solidly throughout the day and kept steady and wasn’t really watching leaderboards or worrying what Gwladys (Nocera) was doing. Simon also said she felt comfortable throughout the event because the conditions were similar to those back home in South Africa. It was a spectacular effort in testing conditions, a fact which was underlined by the fact that Nocera and Bregman’s 71s, four shots worse off than Simon, were the second best rounds of the final day, during which many players ballooned to well over par. For Nocera, the final round went awry from the start with successive bogeys, but she fought back well to finish under-par for the day. Bregman sixthStacey Lee Bregman was let down by a 73 in the second round, but bookended that effort with solid rounds of 66 and 71 to finish in sixth place along with England’s Georgina Simpson on six-under-par 210. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Christel Boeljon of the Netherlands, who recently won the Turkish Airlines Ladies Open, finished third, seven shots behind Simon on nine-under-par 207.last_img read more

Brand South Africa launches Play Your Part School Activations

first_imgTshwane, Atteridgeville, 15 May 2018 –  Inspired by the need to promote active citizenry amongst South African Youth, Brand South Africa – the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s Nation Brand reputation, is launching nationwide school activations.Brand South Africa in collaboration with the renowned comedians Goliath and Goliath, who are also Play Your Part ambassadors, will be running a series of masterclasses aimed at grade 11 and 12 learners. The objective is to promote innovation and entrepreneurial culture under the theme “Play Your Part, turn your ideas into currency”.The Play Your Part masterclass will promote entrepreneurship in order to culminate a spirit of business minds at an early stage. Commenting on this initiative, Brand South Africa’s General Manager of Marketing, Ms Sithembile Ntombela said: “This initiative comes at a time when the citizens are hopeful of a new dawn, when a spirit of contribution is the new song, particularly post the state of the nation address speech by the honourable President Mr Cyril Ramaphosa, now known for its call to action #Thumamina which means send me”.The county’s vision articulated in the National Development Plan speaks of a South Africa we have remade, a South Africa that is economically prosperous and, a South Africa that is admired globally. This vision will come to life when each and every one of us play our part especially the youth, who are future active custodians and contributors to economic growth.The digital campaign launch will take place on 15 May 2018 and the actual activation will take place at Dr WF Nkomo Secondary School in Atteridgeville, 16 May 2018 from 12- 3 pm.Follow the conversation on #PlayYourPart #GetInvolvedlast_img read more

Wangs rises to the occasion, stuns CEU

first_imgMichael Juico. PBA IMAGESWangs Basketball showed its character late and pulled off the thrilling 88-87 come-from-behind victory over Centro Escolar University Tuesday in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at JCSGO Gym in Cubao.Down 10, 82-72, the Couriers pounced on the Scorpions in the final 2:41 of the game and went on a 16-5 finishing kick, capped off by a pair of free throws from Jason Riley to shove Wangs up, 88-87, with 22.9 ticks remaining.ADVERTISEMENT Rod Ebondo and Mark Cruz had a pair of chances to help CEU recover down the stretch, but they muffed both of their chances late as the Scorpions suffered the humiliating meltdown in their conference-opener.“The boys are just thirsty for a win. They followed our gameplan and it was really our defense which made the difference,” said a triumphant coach Pablo Lucas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingMichael Juico unloaded 12 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, on top of eight rebounds, and two assists, while Tim Habelito got a near double-double of 12 markers and nine boards.Christian De Chavez also chimed in 11 for Wangs. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games MOST READ CEU squandered its 15-point lead, 48-33, in the third quarter and spoiled Ebondo’s dominant showing, where he tallied 27 points, 20 rebounds, and four blocks.JK Casiño also added 17 markers and four assists in the losing effort for the Scorpions.The Scores:WANGS 88 – Juico 26, Habelito 12, De Chavez 11, Amboludto 8, Asuncion 7, Riley 5, Herndon 4, Montemayor 4, Sorela 4, King 3, Arambulo 2, Importante 2.CEU 87 – Ebondo 27, Casiño 17, Cruz 12, Uri 8, Manlangit 7, Aquino 6, Intic 4, Wamar 4, Arim 2, Baconcon 0, Guinitaran 0, Jeruta 0, Saber 0.ADVERTISEMENT Quarters: 12-14, 33-42, 57-60, 88-87.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blastcenter_img Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Gilas set to face China in 2017 Fiba Asia Cup group stage Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PARlast_img read more

11-15 years old? TFA wants YOU!

first_imgTFA is proud to announce the development, piloting and introduction of the AusSquad program. TFA is focused on the continued development of junior participation in sport and the growth of community links in sport. The AusSquad program will become a key element in the TFA junior framework and a key link between the AusTouch Program and pre-elite senior competition.11 to 15-year-olds are the target of the launch, which will involve a demonstration of the program’s clinics and will be conducted by a number of Australian Open players and coaches. The participants need to be there at 5.00pm for the launch to commence at 5.30pm. The participants are then encouraged to stay at the fields to watch the National Training Squads take on the Alliance in their first ever encounter. The participants will receive a free AusSquad shirt as well as a free barbecue taking place on the night. To be a part of the launch, please contact TFA’s National Sport Development Coordinator, Adam Raptis on adam.raptis@austouch.com.au by Thursday, 9 September 2010. Please click on the attached flyer for more information. Related Filesaussquad14-jpglast_img read more

10 months agoHuddersfield join race for Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke

first_imgHuddersfield join race for Liverpool striker Dominic Solankeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHuddersfield Town have joined the race for Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke.Sky Sports says Huddersfield will battle Crystal Palace to snap up Liverpool forward Solanke.The Terriers were keen on the 21-year-old earlier this season and want to sign him on loan.But Palace, who sit 14th in the Premier League table, will challenge Town for the signature of Solanke, who is yet to make an appearance for the Reds this term. Rangers boss Steven Gerrard is also watching developments. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

a month ago​Brighton midfielder Stephens: I’ve never played in a team like this

first_img​Brighton midfielder Stephens: I’ve never played in a team like thisby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton midfielder Dale Stephens admits that he has never played on a team with such quality.The Albion have gone through a change in style this summer, with manager Graham Potter favouring a possession based, attacking game plan.And Stephens admits that having so much of the ball in games is a change for him, given the way his teams have usually played throughout his career.Asked by reporters if he has played in such a team before, Stephens responded by saying:”No, honestly not.”It’s the first time I have played in a system that probably suits me better, I would say.”It probably suits the players and individuals we have at the club at the minute.”Everyone is enjoying playing in a team that is dominating possession.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

I am done with public life says former BC premier Christy Clark

first_imgVANCOUVER – Former British Columbia premier Christy Clark says a disappointing finish on election night had her feeling like she should leave politics, but her head didn’t catch up with her heart until shortly before she told her caucus of her decision.Clark, 51, looked relaxed and relieved as she gave her last news conference Monday with her teenage son Hamish at her side, calling her 6-1/2 years as premier “an incredible journey.” She announced Friday that she would be resigning as leader of the Liberal party.“I took a long walk along the lakeshore on Friday morning and I knew it was time to leave,” she said of the decision that had been percolating since the May 9 election, when the Liberal party finished one seat shy of a majority.“I didn’t want to leave in the midst of chaos so I stuck around,” Clark said, adding thoughts about resigning grew last month when Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon asked NDP Leader John Horgan to govern.Clark said she had the full support of “every single person” in her caucus the day before she made her announcement, but felt her departure would give the Liberal party a chance to renew itself and prepare for the Opposition benches after 16 years in power.She said the timing of her exit is good for both her and the party because she doesn’t believe there will be an election in the fall.She will also be giving up her seat in the legislature, triggering a byelection in Kelowna West within six months.“I am done with public life,” Clark said. “There is nothing worse than a politician hanging on because they think they’re irreplaceable.”Clark said she’s proud of her party’s accomplishments, including five consecutive balanced budgets and the creation of the Great Bear Rainforest.However, she was widely criticized last month for abandoning long-time Liberal ideals with a throne speech that adapted promises from the NDP and Greens, including a commitment to a poverty-reduction plan and adding $1 billion over four years for child care and early childhood development.Her party was ultimately defeated in a non-confidence vote following an NDP-Green deal. That alliance will have a two-seat majority when Clark vacates her seat.Clark said she has no immediate career plans but will do some gardening and “get Hamish to do his homework because Grade 11’s a busy year.”Mom and son said they’re looking forward to going to the theatre and Clark said she’ll likely be a “stage mom” to Hamish, who she said is a talented actor.Clark was elected to the B.C. legislature in 1996 but left politics in 2004 to spend time with her son. She made a failed bid for mayor of Vancouver the following year before launching a successful leadership bid for the Liberals in 2011.Hamish Telford, a political science professor at the University of the Fraser Valley, said Clark could still make a political comeback if the Liberal party drafts her back into the fold, especially if the potentially fragile New Democrats fall in the coming months.He said that in 1979, former prime minister Pierre Trudeau left politics when the Progressive Conservatives had a minority government under Joe Clark.“Then the Clark government fell before the Liberals had a new leader. Caucus asked Trudeau to come back and he did and his greatest accomplishment in politics came after that with the Charter of Rights and Freedoms in 1982,” Telford said.However, the former premier dismissed a return to politics, even saying she won’t be getting involved in any leadership campaigns for candidates vying for her job.“I’m not planning on going back, that’s for sure. Politics isn’t a happy job. It’s not a fun job. It’s a fulfilling job.”— Follow CamilleBains1 on Twitter.last_img read more

Reflecting upon the transient nature of female mind

first_imgA bureaucrat by profession and novelist by choice, Dr Rashmi Kamal, launched her debut work on fiction ‘The Philanderer’ at Oxford Book Store, Park Street, Kolkata on March 3, 2019. The launch was held in the gracious presence of Jogen Chowdhary, eminent painter; and Subodh Sarkar, an accomplished writer as well as the Chairman, Poetry Academy, Government of West Bengal.The story of ‘The Philandered’ gives two aspects of how people live in India and how they ought to live a dilemma that has no respite. A story of a restless mind. Expressed in a clear yet silent voice, the protagonist of the story is a small town girl who meets the elite section of the city on her journey, around whom the story is woven. The story begins with a prohibitive note, a taboo about the social norms in which the females ought to live in a society. The wings that Reva aspires to use as a symbol of freedom is trimmed by herself in bits and pieces due to her emotional turbulence. Losing for her (any battle) is like a setback created by her own hands. In this process, she runs after a mirage and she is never complacent. Neil, who happens to be her first love, has an everlasting impression on her. His image is perceivable in every man she meets in her life. She looks for him among every bit and pieces of everything that she comes across. Having no solace anywhere, she agrees for a marriage in which she has no interest. But the pain never withers. She looks for the connect everywhere. She knows her actions would be eventually scrutinised by society but she can’t restrain herself. She goes with the flow and leaves falling with the zephyr. She befriends Shiv only to discover that he wasn’t true to her. Dejected and shamed by him, she finds comfort in the arms of Raj who loves her truly. Fate has something in store for her when he leaves her too. Her love for Raj grows in abundance once he is no more, something that she never realized when he was available for him. Never did she imagine that Neil was looking for her, from behind, everywhere and every time. The novel reflects upon the transient nature of a female mind. The writer has put down all flavours to romanticise every situation that arises. Being her debut novel, the author quotes, “I have tried to pour in as many human feelings as possible, for the readers to instill a bout of empathy with the characters with whom I ate, drank and slept for last few years.” It is not renunciation. It is not reconciliation either. It is not even a decision. She doesn’t surrender her independence or her native wit. But there is a change, an acceptance that the readers cannot miss. Rashmi Kamal, by profession a doctor turned bureaucrat, she has qualified civil services for her greater dreams for the nation. She is originally from a small town Bhagalpur. The experiences from Patna Medical College have left long-lasting footprints on her journey and Kolkata is the melting point of her cognition. In her debut novel ‘The Philanderer’ she explores the uncharted mind of a woman who undergoes upheaval in life and refuses how it is supposed to be, thus, she quotes ” Bold insertions were not necessary but very much required, simply to establish a connection with thousands of readers who live and love life like my characters.”last_img read more

NBA Draft Anthony Bennett Surprise No1 Pick To Cavs

Anthony Bennett was stunned at the start. David Stern had a big surprise at the finish. In between, Nerlen Noel and a number of others experienced wild rides to start their careers in an unsettled first round of the 2013 NBA draft.Bennett became the first Canadian No. 1 overall pick, and Noel tumbled out of the top five and right into a trade.The draft was as unpredictable as expected, capped by Hakeem Olajuwon coming on stage at the end of the first round to greet Stern. Olajuwon was dressed in the same tuxedo style he wore when Stern called his name to start the soon-to-be retired commissioner’s first draft in 1984.One of the favorites to be taken first Thursday night, Noel fell to No. 6, where the New Orleans Pelicans took him and then dealt his rights to the Philadelphia 76ers for a package headlined by All-Star guard Jrue Holiday, league sources told ESPN.com.The Cleveland Cavaliers started things by passing on centers Noel and Alex Len, who went to Phoenix at No. 5, in favor of Bennett, the UNLV freshman forward who starred for Canada’s junior national teams and was the Mountain West Conference freshman of the year. Bennett led a record 12 international players who were taken in the first round.“I’m just as surprised as anyone else,” Bennett said.There was suspense right until the end, either because the Cavs were unsure who they wanted or were trying to trade the pick. Most predictions had them taking one of the big men, with Noel largely considered the favorite for the No. 1 choice even after a torn ACL that ended his lone season at Kentucky in February.“I thought everything was in the air, so I wasn’t thinking I was the No. 1 pick,” Noel said.Stern, booed heavily in his final draft, added to the surprise of the moment by pausing slightly before announcing the Cavs’ pick, their first at No. 1 since taking All-Star Kyrie Irving in 2011.Orlando passed on both of the big men, too, going with Indiana swingman Victor Oladipo with the No. 2 pick. Washington took Otto Porter Jr. with the third pick, keeping the Georgetown star in town.Ten years after the Cavaliers selected LeBron James to start a draft that included future NBA championship teammates Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in the top five, this one lacked star power and perhaps even the promise of stardom.Bennett, Noel and Len are all coming off injuries and couldn’t even work out for teams, but the Cavs decided Bennett’s shoulder surgery wasn’t enough cause for concern.Len walked up to meet Stern and collect his orange Suns hat, then sat down near the stage to put on the walking boot he needs for the stress fracture of his left ankle that was discovered after Maryland’s season.Noel finally went to New Orleans with the next pick. He didn’t seem upset at his fall down the draft board, hugging his mother and shaking hands with Kentucky coach John Calipari.It was a good start to the night for the Hoosiers, with Cody Zeller going to the Charlotte Bobcats two places after Oladipo.Kansas guard Ben McLemore, another player who was considered a potential top-three pick, also dropped, going seventh to Sacramento.Headed by a lackluster class, the draft promised confusion and second-guessing, with no consensus No. 1 pick and little agreement among the order of the top five.The guys coming into the league were glad for the attention they did finally get once their names were called.“It’s like a weight vest you took off after running five miles,” Oladipo said. “It’s relaxing, man. But at the same time, you know it’s just getting started.”National player of the year Trey Burke of Michigan also was traded, the Minnesota Timberwolves sending his rights to Utah for the rights to Shabazz Muhammad and Gorgui Dieng, the Nos. 14 and 21 picks.Lehigh’s C.J. McCollum rounded out the top 10 by going to Portland.Stern, retiring in February, seemed to play up the boos, which turned to cheers after every pick, fans perhaps as puzzled as some of the players at the names they were hearing.“I was just kidding my agent because he didn’t bail me out,” Zeller said. “He didn’t tell me. I didn’t know until David Stern announced it. It’s a crazy process not knowing, but I’m definitely excited that I ended up with the Bobcats.”Other players couldn’t get too excited about their new addresses, because they changed quickly.Stern was announcing deals by the middle of the first round and they promised to keep coming after he called it a night and turned things over to deputy commissioner Adam Silver for the final 30 picks.The flurry of trades wasn’t surprising with so much uncertainty surrounding this class and so much hope in other areas. Teams such as Houston, Dallas and Atlanta already have an eye on Dwight Howard’s future, needing to have necessary salary-cap space to offer a maximum contract that could lure him away from Los Angeles. read more

Milligan full of praise for Boyle

first_imgAustralia captain Mark Milligan has praised Martin Boyle following the striker’s international debut.Milligan and Boyle both play their club football with Scottish Premiership outfit Hibs and the former was impressed with the way the latter handled his first appearance in an Australian shirt.“I think Martin’s a wonderful player and I think he did show his qualities when he came on,” he said, according to official Socceroos website.“He loves getting at goal as we mentioned beforehand and he had a big hand in the equaliser in the end.”Australia’s golden generation might be coming to an end Manuel R. Medina – January 27, 2019 Mark Milligan is considering retiring and if he does, he will be the last remaining 2006 FIFA World Cup player for Australia to call…“Your debut is always a very nerve-wracking time and I think he came on and he did very well.”“I look forward to see what he does offer going forward.”Meanwhile, Milligan also revealed a mixture of the Socceroos’ fighting spirit and their new-look attacking style should really encourage Australian fans.“I think you couple that [spirit] with the things that we’ve been working on, which we’ve still got some time to fine tune and I think we’ll be very dangerous at the Asian Cup,” he added.last_img read more