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CARICOM official warns about duty free access for EU goods

first_imgNewsRegional CARICOM official warns about duty free access for EU goods by: – July 6, 2012 Tweet Sharing is caring! Share CARICOM official warns about duty free access for EU goods.KINGSTON, Jamaica – Despite recent assurances by Alexander Walford, policy officer in charge of Caribbean-European Union trade relations fears about revenue loss were misguided, Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary General Irwin LaRocque has raised concerns about Europe’s demand to reduce customs duties on their goods coming in to this region.Speaking to the media during a meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, New Kingston, the Guyana-based Secretary General said Caribbean Forum countries (members of CARICOM plus the Dominican Republic) should not sit back and allow the European Union (EU) to push countries into honouring their obligations under the European Partnership Agreement (EPA).Under the agreement, signed in 2008 between the Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM) and the EU, CARIFOUM countries agreed to start the reduction of customs duties on a number of catergories of Euroipean goods by January 2011. However, according to a report out of Belgium last week, the EU has been growing impatient with the pace at which this is progressing.LaRocque told the media that the CARICOM secretariat was assisting member states of in “getting the correct legislation drafted” but noted that the bigger problem was that member states feared loss of revenue from lowering the tariffs.“But the EU has sounded out and it is an international obligation,” said LaRocque. “It’s an obligation that was entered into by the community by the member states who signed on to the EPA. And the EU has raised it. They have heard of the (fiscal) challenges that are being faced by members. They have not taken any action on it. I think they are making some soundings which we must listen to and be a little more certain in trying to do what we are supposed to do,” he added.He said the secretariat, which has an EPA unit comprised of four highly skilled persons, was “very much involved” in discussions on the reduction in duties and working constantly with member states.“It is an issue that all the member states derive a substantial amount of revenue from their tariffs. That is why in the EPA there is a provision that talks about restructuring your internal taxes, but they are not in tandem with each other. There is a horizon of some longer period to do that,” said LaRocque.Caribbean 360 Newscenter_img 45 Views   no discussions Share Sharelast_img read more

Guv to mall owners: Don’t turn away non-Bacolod residents

first_imgBY DOMINIQUE GABRIEL BAÑAGA Lacson reminded mall owners that many of their patrons are residents out of this city. He asked them to also take care of non-Bacolod residents. Castro pointed out sanitizing and safety practices were implemented and mall goers were requested to follow all directives. For her part, SM City-Bacolod public relations officer May Castro, said their mall had been preparing for the resumption to normal operations since the city and the province had been placed under enhanced community quarantine. Lacson also reminded the non-Bacolod residents to follow the general quarantine protocols issued by both the city government and the mall management, adding both are following protocols in order to prevent the spread of SARS-coV-2, the virus which causes coronavirus disease 2019.center_img Cleaning personnel were also performing non-stop disinfecting mall grounds and mall safety officers were moving around with their megaphones reminding shoppers to observe social distancing./PN During the mall’s opening on Saturday, it was noticed that mall goers undergo temperature checks first, before being allowed entry. BACOLOD City – Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson of Negros Occidental appealed to mall owners here to accept residents from areas outside the capital city after the easing of quarantine rules on Saturday. last_img read more

Victory eases pressure on Lambert

first_img Press Association Goals from Christian Benteke and Charles N’Zogbia put Villa in control and all West Ham could manage in reply was an Ashley Westwood own goal as the home side held on for a 2-1 triumph. It was Villa’s first win in nine league games after collecting only three points from the previous 24 available. Lambert admitted: “It’s only great when you hear that whistle and you’ve won. It’s the only good thing about it. The stress levels are ridiculous. It’s hard to explain. You have to be in that position. Balls are going into your box. But once it’s finished it’s great you have won. You just have to see it through.” He went on: “It’s a huge win for us. We have been in positions of being goals up in a right few games. If we had taken more points from those, we’d be comfortably in mid-table. But the pleasing thing is we have hopefully broken the camel’s back with that.” All the goals came late in the match. Benteke scored the opener from the penalty spot after 74 minutes before a stunning free-kick from N’Zogbia put them in control four minutes later. Lambert said: “The free-kick was world-class, an absolute world-class goal. He’s got that in him. He’s a really talented footballer. To be fair, over the last couple of months, Charles has been excellent. He was unlucky because he had a bad injury with his knee. “That kept him out for six weeks or so. Since he’s come back into the fold he’s been excellent. He has been very good. He’s got that X-Factor. These type of players are not easy to come by.” West Ham have now lost five successive away games and manager Sam Allardyce was again rueing missed chances. They were handed a life line by Westwood’s late own goal and then in the final moments Villa keeper Brad Guzan pulled off two fine saves to deny Kevin Nolan and Carlton Cole. Allardyce said: “I thought we had saved it but we should never have been in that position. That’s the biggest disappointment. We should never have got ourselves in a losing position because we’d created the chances. We can’t play any better than we played. “We then created the chances to get ourselves back to 2-2 and we failed to do so and that’s been our problem away from home this season. It was a great free kick from Charles N’Zogbia so we can’t criticise that too much. The overall situation was disappointing because of the way we played.” center_img Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert spoke of his relief at a “huge win” over West Ham which moved the midlands club out of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone.last_img read more

NWSL resumes with ‘bent knees’ from players

first_img(BBC) – Chicago Red Star team-mates, Julie Ertz and Casey Short, shared a tearful embrace on Sunday as the pair knelt during the American national anthem before their National Women’s Soccer League game.As the Chicago and Washington Spirit teams lined up and took a knee, Short became tearful and was supported by fellow USA footballer Ertz.Portland Thorns and North Carolina Courage players took a knee before their game on Saturday.The players also wore T-shirts reading “Black Lives Matter” before kick-off.Ex-NFL player Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the US anthem in 2016 in protest against racial injustice.Portland and North Carolina said it was to protest against “racial injustice, police brutality and systemic racism against black people and people of colour”.The joint statement added: “We love our country and we have taken this opportunity to hold it to a higher standard.“It is our duty to demand that the liberties and freedoms this nation was founded upon are extended to everyone.”US star Megan Rapinoe, who has opted out of the tournament, said on social media: “You love to see it.“You love to see these women using their voice, demanding better for America, and for black people and people of colour.”The protest has taken renewed significance since the death of George Floyd in the United States.Floyd, a 46-year-old unarmed black man, died after being restrained by a white Minneapolis police officer on 25 May.Saturday’s match in Utah was the first time a major North American league has returned to action since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, which halted sports in March.Courage won the game 2-1, while Washington beat Chicago 2-1.last_img read more

Women of Troy defeat Arizona, earn Pac-12 title

first_imgCapping off a tough weekend that saw seniors outside hitter Alex Jupiter, setter Kendall Bateman and middle blocker Lauren Williams playing their last regular season home game, the Women of Troy swept Arizona on Saturday after taking down Arizona State in four sets Friday night.Senior Night was a little downplayed considering No. 1 USC (24-4, 19-2) will host the first round of the NCAA tournament, but being able to enjoy that plus winning the inaugural Pac-12 regular season championship made for a celebratory weekend for the Women of Troy.“It was a very good week for us; the players are tired, but they really played hard and kept their focus throughout the weekend,” USC coach Mick Haley said. “The seniors appreciated the attention and it worked out perfect for us plus having the football team win, while we were celebrating made it a great weekend to be part of USC.“Saturday’s victory against Arizona was USC’s 19th victory in its last 20 matches and marked the 20th time this season that it won by sweeping its opponent 3-0.In her final home game, Jupiter passed Jennifer Kessy to become USC’s career leader in kills, with .607 on 18 kills to go along with five digs, three blocks and two aces.Bateman turned in another 40-assist performance during USC’s romp against the Wildcats and she quietly sits just 40 assists shy of tying the USC career record held by Janice Mounts. Bateman also connected with Williams for 10 kills without a hitting error versus Arizona.Madison Kingdon and Courtney Karst each finished the match with 10 kills, for the Wildcats (18-11, 10-10).On Friday, the top-ranked Women of Troy took down an upstart Arizona State squad in four sets.Just a night before their last home game, Jupiter, Bateman and Williams showed once again how valuable they are to the team. Led by a match-high 17 kills from Jupiter, which also included nine digs and four blocks, USC had its hands full trying to keep up with a Lady Sun Devils team that had four players with at least 10 kills.Bateman attributed for 53 assists in the match as she outdueled Arizona State’s Shannan McCready, who also put in a strong effort with 48 assists.In the second set, Arizona State took down the Women of Troy thanks to a 4-1 run to end the game, marking just the third time USC has recorded a victory that did not result from a 3-0 score.Sophomore Alexis Olgard registered 20 kills over the weekend, including an error-free match against Arizona, and she continues to emerge as a viable option alongside Williams in the middle.“Olgard is getting her legs now and starting to feel good and its really important for us that she continues to develop,” Haley said. “Once we have two middles who are 6-foot-5 hammering the ball down it becomes really hard for our opponents to handle.”With two weeks to train for a neutral-site match against UCLA, the Women of Troy can rest up and mentally prepare for a deep NCAA tournament run.“We want to keep getting better and stay focused as any improvements we can make give us the best possible chance in this tournament,” Haley said. “For us, it’s the focus that remains the most important thing.”last_img read more

Final 8: Pillars Through to Final, Pick Continental Ticket

first_img2017 KWESE PREMIER LEAGUEAfter a tensed semi final battle between Kano Pillars and Kwara Falcons of Ilorin, Kano Pillars emerged victorious beating Kwara Falcons 69-59 points to zoom into the finals of the 2017 Kwese Premier League holding at the Indoor Gym of the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano.The clash between the two conference champions was a thriller of sort with the Falcons giving Pillars a big fight. With the win Pillars becomes the first team in the Final 8 championship to book a continental ticket. Kano Pillars star Abubakar Usman scored the game’s highest with 24 points while Nwafor Josep and Eli Ibrahim contributed 10 points each with Dele Ademola completing highest scores with 11 points for the hosts.Hard-fighting Falcons player Mojuba Oyeleye scored 18 points to finish as the Ilorin based team’s highest scorer.Mathew Omonya expressing happiness for emerging as the first team to reach the final and aim for the ultimate N20m prize money said the cash prize was their biggest motivation: ” When the prize money was announced we became extra motivated to go all out for the win.“It was a hard fought battle but we had to surmount the hurdle because we didn’t want to be left out of the largesse. The money was a big motivation for us and we thank the sponsor Kwese Sports for this. Our eyes are on the trophy and the sponsorship prize money,” stressed Omonya.Meanwhile, in line with the Tijjani Umar led NBBF board’s philosophy of reaching out to the less privileged and giving back to the society, coaches and players participating at the Kwese Premier League Final 8 yesterday visited the Nasarawa Children’s Home in Kano.The Community Outreach Service instituted by the Umar led board a couple of years ago is part of activities flagged off in the ongoing Kwese Premier Basketball League Final 8 Championship holding at the Indoor Hall, Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano.Umar, who led some members of the board, former national team coaches, coaches of clubs at the Final 8, former national team players and some players in the ongoing league, referees and technical officials to deliver some gift items said: “Today we identify with the less privileged to show that we care and are willing to support them to aspire and become great in life.“This is important to us because we want to contribute to their lives and encourage as well as motivate them to look up to these players and aspire to be like them. Life is all about give and take and we really appreciate and thank the management of the Home for taking care of the children.”Delivering the gift items on behalf of the group, D’Tigers player and Captain of Mark Mentors of Abuja, Stanley Gumut, pledged that more good things were coming the way of their way as the Tijjani Umar led board was planning to return and build a basketball court for the Home.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

South Haven boys fall in SCBL Tourney championship; Dukes place 5th in Chaparral, girls start play in Mulvane…

first_imgCentral-Burden– Bannister 5, Moore 6, Beavers 9, Liebau 2, Hilario 4, Loewer 4. Totals 14 (1) 1-4 30.Oxford– Norris 9, Payne 11, B. Metz 13, Whitlock 3. Totals 9 (0) 18-31 36.Third place: Sedan 42, Cedar Vale 30 Wellington 44 Belle Plaine 42 by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The South-Central Border League and Chaparral Roadrunner Tournaments were wrapped up this weekend. While the South Haven girls won the SCBL Tournament (see story below), the South Haven boys were upset by Central Burden in the championship game. Wellington finished 2-1 at Chaparral and placed fifth. Wellington girls open the Mulvane Tournament tonight. The Wellington Middle School basketball teams are off…SCBL Tournament —The Central-Burden Raiders pulled off a huge 53-51 upset over the No. 2 ranked South Haven boys to win the SCBL Tournament Championship.“We were absolutely terrible from the free-throw line,” said Darren McDorman, South Haven head boys basketball coach. “We were 1-6 in the fourth quarter. Free throw shooting has been our nemesis all year long and they finally got us.”South Haven was 6-of-15 from the charity stripe while Central was 11-of-19.It also didn’t help that, Central’s Jake Fischer scored 18 points.Hunter Ray had 15 points and Lane Cully had 14 for South Haven. The team’s leading scorer Austin Showman was held to 6 points against Central.Central opened with a 16-13 first quarter lead, and held a 28-27 advantage at the half. Neither team could shake one another throughout the second half. Central led by three after three quarters.South Haven was 21 of 63 from the field for a 33 percent success rate. The Cardinals were especially inefficient from the 3-point line, going a paltry 3 of 19 for 16 percent.Central was 19 of 41 for 46 percent from the field and 4 of 11 from beyond the arch.Other scorers for South Haven were: Andrew Lowe 9, Justin Harris 2, Bryce Byers 5.Other scorers for Central were: Brett Magner 6, Zach Koppelmann 8, Bryant Lawson 6, Cole Loewer 10, Austin Mettling 5. CV/Dexter98183—38 Udall– Loos 13, Perez 2, Aldrich 9, Benvin 6,l D. Holmes 5, A. Hoffman 6, K. Hoffman 3. Totals 14 (4) 12-20 44.Caldwell – T. Isaacs 17, Rice 5, Ward 6, York 19, Lebeda 4, Arnold 6, Arnett 2. Totals 19 (1) 20-34 59.Fifth place: Oxford 36, C.-Burden 30 Belle Plaine1061385—42 Wellington10111337—44 West Elk – Wilson 3, Jn. Englebrecht 6, Koch 3, Smith 10, Jennings 4, Loudermilk 8. Totals 13 (4) 4-7 34.Sedan – Cunningham 5, Chee 15, Unruh 10, Filtingberger 12, Mills 6, K. Smilko 4. Totals 18 (4) 12-14 52.Third place:Udall 61 Oxford 40. No box scores were available.Girls basketball scores:Seventh place: Caldwell 59, Udall 44 Caldwell4111318—46 Box scores for other SCBL Tournament games:Seventh place: Caldwell 46 Cedar Vale/Dexter 38 Udall7151012—44 Cedar Vale81354—30center_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (2) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Duke Fan · 394 weeks ago Traci Where is the “see below” story on the South Haven girls? Report Reply 0 replies · active 394 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 394 weeks ago Sorry Duke Fan for being confusing. I was talking about the story written on Saturday night. I should have said “see related story.” Report Reply 0 replies · active 394 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments West Elk12868—34 Sedan – Haughn 10, Jones 7, Williams 4, Powell 4, Pray 4, Smith 13. Totals 14 (1) 13-25 42.Cedar Vale – Berkley 3, Kuntz 2, Rhodd 11, Burdette 2, Stord 2, Artherton 6, Clapp 4. Totals 12 (0) 6-12 30.•••••Chaparral TournamentWellington would finish fifth in the Chaparral Roadrunner Tournament with an exciting overtime victory over Belle Plaine.The Crusaders would outlast the Dragons in overtime. Both teams were tied 10-all at the end of the first quarter before the Crusaders built a 21-16 half-time lead. The two teams traded baskets in the third quarter scoring 13 points apiece. In the fourth, Wellington went into a tremendous shooting slump scoring just 3 points.Still the Dukes held the Dragons to 8 points to get into overtime. Wellington would win in its first extra period of he season 7-5.The Crusaders finished 2-1 in the tournament after beating Kingman 63-44 on Friday. The Crusaders are now 5-7 for the season. Wellington won’t have another game until Tuesday, Jan. 29 when it travels to Rose Hill.Belle Plaine is now 2-11. It too won’t play until Jan. 29 when it hosts Wichita Trinity. Sedan681018—42 Caldwell1819814—59 Central-Burden69411—30 Wellington: B. Peck 11, N. Becker 10, A. Weiss 9, T. Nance 5, L. Woodbridge 4, E. Carroll 4, B. Miles 1Belle Plaine: B. Happy 15, G. Schnieder 7, Q. Hervey 6, A. Johnson 6, C. Throop 4, B. Gann 2, B. Gooch 2Clearwater would win the tournament with a 52-40 victory over Mulvane in the championship game.•••••Mulvane Tournament tonightThe Wellington girls basketball team get back into action when they play the Wichita Defenders in the first round of the Mulvane Wildcat Classic tonight at 7:40 p.m. The Wichita Defenders are a team made up of home-school students. The team is a bit unknown and haven’t played any common opponents with Wellington.Wellington will play either the winner or loser of Garden Plain (9-1) and Arkansas City (0-9) on Thursday. The bracket is as follows: http://www.sumnernewscow.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/2013-Wildcat-Classic-Bracket.pdf Oxford613710—36 Caldwell – Halling 6, Ward 12, Dierkins 7, Webster 7, Yorke 14. Totals 15 (3) 13-22 46.CV/Dexter – Boatman 6, Ames 17, Hollingshead 2, Helpingstine 9, Massey 4. Totals 13 (4) 8-11 38.Fifth place: Sedan 52, West Elk 34 Sedan14141410—52last_img read more

Week 15 Fantasy Rankings: Kicker

first_imgIf Jason Sanders is going to catch a touchdown and/or kick seven field goals every week, maybe he should be higher in our Week 15 fantasy kicker rankings. Those of you who hadn’t already begun the fantasy playoffs are surely there now, so it remains as important as ever to nail your kicker decision instead of kicking it off an upright, and while Sanders is rising, he’s still not in our top 12. However, developments throughout the week (read: weather), could alter start ’em, sit ’em decisions. One name worth noting here that can have a variety of different values depending on your kicker scoring system is Brett Maher. Assuming Dallas doesn’t replace him, he’s much more valuable in leagues that don’t penalize for misses. Maher has one of the biggest boots in the league, so if you don’t lose for misses, push him up the rankings at least a few spots. He just misses a bit too much to be a good option in leagues with negative points for misses. We’ve also shifted Daniel Carlson further down the rankings as his early-season successes have turned into obvious late-season struggles.  WEEK 15 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endWeek 15 Fantasy Rankings: KickerWEEK 15 DFS LINEUPS:FD Cash | FD GPP | DK Cash | Y! Cash | Y! GPPRankPlayer1Justin Tucker, BAL vs. NYJ2Greg Zuerlein, LAR @ DAL3Michael Badgley, LAC vs. MIN4Wil Lutz, NO vs. IND5Dan Bailey, MIN @ LAC6Zane Gonzalez, ARZ vs. CLE7Joey Slye, CAR vs. SEA8Matt Prater, DET vs. TB9Jason Myers, SEA @ CAR10Mason Crosby, GB vs. CHI11Matt Gay, TB @ DET12Younghoe Koo, ATL @ SF13Jason Sanders, MIA @ NYG14Jake Elliott, PHI @ WAS15Josh Lambo, JAX @ OAK16Ka’imi Fairbairn, HOU @ TEN17Daniel Carlson, OAK vs. JAX18Harrison Butker, KC vs. DEN19Eddy Pineiro, CHI @ GB20Kai Forbath, DAL vs. LAR21Brandon McManus, DEN @ KC22Austin Seibert, CLE @ ARZ23Robbie Gould, SF vs. ATL24Ryan Succop, TEN vs. HOU25Dustin Hopkins, WAS vs. PHI26Chris Boswell, PIT vs. BUF27Sam Ficken, NYJ @ BAL28Chase McLaughlin, IND @ NO29Aldrick Rosas, NYG vs. MIA30Randy Bullock, CIN vs. NE31Stephen Hauschka, BUF @ PIT32Nick Folk, NE @ CIN WEEK 15 NON-PPR RANKINGS: Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/STThe trickiest weather situations to keep an eye on this week will likely come in Packers vs. Bears (in Green Bay), Giants vs. Dolphins (in New Jersey) and Steelers vs. Bills (in Pittsburgh). The top end of the rankings feature a lot of positive dome or warm weather locales that make for great kicking weather.last_img read more

Mimi takes U16 honours at Scottish championship

first_img England’s Mimi Rhodes has won the U16 trophy at the Scottish girls’ championship at Montrose Golf Club. The championship itself was won in runaway style by Germany’s Hannah Karg, who was 12-under. She was 10 shots clear of Shannon McWilliam (Scotland) and Hollie Muse (West Lancashire) who both finished on two-under. Rhodes, from Burnham & Berrow in Somerset, was three-over for the 54-hole championship and won the U16 competition by four shots. “I am so chuffed for her,” said England coach Mark Day. “Mimi demonstrated some really good all-round skills and thoroughly deserved her score and the win.” Rhodes started with a scrambling 77 but then controlled the ball well to add scores of one-under 72 and 73. She was part of a six-strong England squad which produced an impressive early season performance. Four of the players were in the top 10, led by Martha Lewis (St George’s Hill, Surrey) who was fourth on level par and who posted the squad’s low score with her second round of three-under 70. “That was a great demonstration of golf, she hit fairways, greens and holed some putts,” said Day. “It was really good.” Hannah Screen (Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire) clearly enjoys Scottish events. She won the U16 championship last year and has now moved up with a share of fifth place in this year’s U18 event, scoring two-over. Mimi Rhodes and Amelia Williamson (Royal Cromer, Norfolk) shared eighth place on three-over. Williamson moved up the leaderboard with a closing score of one-under 72. The squad was completed by newcomers Jess Hall (Bishop Auckland, Durham) and Caitlin Whithead (Kendal, Cumbria) who both had strong finishes. They improved their placings with good final rounds of 74 and 73 respectively. “The girls were brilliant,” said Day. “Conditions were difficult for the first two days and, while the golf course isn’t long it is tricky. It made the girls think and use different skills to control the ball and manage their way around. It bodes well for the rest of the season.” Click here for full scores 14 Apr 2017 Mimi takes U16 honours at Scottish championship last_img read more

Charlotte and Kate fly the English flag

first_img Bibby loves the game and wants to make a career out of it. This summer she’s been testing her skills on the English amateur circuit and her results have included qualifying seventh in the English women’s match play and being knocked out only by the eventual champion.  Altogether, nine players beat par with impressive scoring on a dreary day punctuated by frequent showers. They included Thalia Kirby (Harleyford), Harriet Lynch (Thorndon Park) and Mimi Rhodes (Burnham & Berrow). In the U14 championship, Kate Bibby (pictured left) leads the way for England, two off the lead.  Pina Ortega, 14, played in last year’s championship but missed the cut. Today her driver and putter were on good form and she described her round as “Incredible.” Today she had three bogeys and a birdie. “It was ok,” was her verdict. “I could have played better by not missing some silly putts.” Heath’s round was her personal best and included two eagles on par fives. “I was just steady, took my chances when they came and scrambled well when I had to,” said the 15-year-old from Huddersfield (pictured top). She trains with an England U16 regional squad and has already won the 2017 Pleasington Putter, a prestigious women’s scratch event.  Yorkshire’s Charlotte Heath shot four-under par 68 to share the lead after the first round of the English U16 girls’ open championship at Blackmoor, Hampshire.  She’s tied with Finland’s Kerttu Hiltunen, while girl internationals Annabell Fuller and Caitlin Whitehead are a stroke behind.  Whitehead (Kendal, Cumbria) came in towards the end of the day with praise for the course. “If you hit it straight and down the middle you can score well. If you don’t it will penalise you, so it’s a fair course.”  8 Aug 2017 Charlotte and Kate fly the English flag Click here for full scores Fuller, 15, (Roehampton) has arrived at this championship fresh from the European Young Masters where she was third overall and helped England win the team championship.  In the companion U14 championship, the lead is held on level par 72 by Ana Pina Ortega, while England’s Kate Bibby shares fourth place on 74. She’s chasing three girls: the leader Pina Ortega and two players on one-over, Andreina D’Angelo of Italy and Elodi Nuvoloni of France.  Hiltunen, 14, was joint runner-up in last year’s U14 championship and hopes to go one better in the U16s – and has brought good form with her, having won the Finnish U16 championship earlier this summer.  She had five birdies in her round today but commented: “I didn’t hit it as well as I normally do, I’m going to go and sort that out, but I did have quite a lot of up and downs and saved a lot of shots by doing that.”  The 13-year-old is Dubai-based and very well-travelled, having also lived in the USA, England and Canada. She took up golf when she was eight, encouraged by her father, whose interest in golf was sparked by his college friend, Matt Kuchar.  She did exactly that today staying out of the heather, holing out well and, along the way, collecting an eagle three on the seventh and back-to-back birdies to finish.  Images copyright Leaderboard Photography Tags: English U16 girls’last_img read more