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Alzheimer’s Forum in Ocean City Helps Patients, Caregivers Cope With Disease

first_imgNeurologist David Roeltgen calls Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia a “scary disease.” By Donald WittkowskiDr. David Roeltgen, a neurologist who has been treating dementia patients for 35 years, told an audience of mostly senior citizens Wednesday in Ocean City that their prospects of appearing on the brain-teasing game show “Jeopardy” seem remote, at best.“You don’t see a lot of senior citizens on Jeopardy,” he said, drawing muffled laughter from the audience. “Jeopardy is a young person’s game.”Roeltgen wasn’t trying to make a joke. His remarks underscored an unfortunate fact of life: As people get older, their mental acuity generally declines.Roeltgen noted that aging is the biggest factor in developing Alzheimer’s, a fatal disorder that falls under the umbrella group of brain diseases known as dementia. Alzheimer’s disease is becoming more prevalent now that members of the baby boomer generation have begun slipping into their elderly years.Shore Physicians Group runs an Alzheimer’s treatment and research center based in Cape May County to help patients and their families cope with the memory-robbing disease.The Flora Baker Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Center opened last July in a Shore Physicians Group office next to the ShopRite supermarket off Route 9 in Marmora. Roeltgen is the center’s director.The Alzheimer’s facility is the first of its kind in South Jersey. Previously, Alzheimer’s patients had to travel to Philadelphia for treatment, hospital officials pointed out.Shore Physicians Group and Shore Medical Center, the Somers Point hospital, are educating the public about dementia and other diseases through a community lecture series this year that is free to the public. On Wednesday, Roeltgen addressed about 75 mostly elderly people at the Ocean City Masonic Lodge during a two-hour forum focusing on Alzheimer’s.“This is a scary disease, folks,” Roeltgen said bluntly.The audience listens to Dr. Roeltgen during a two-hour forum at the Ocean City Masonic Lodge No. 171 in Ocean City.Quality of life for Alzheimer’s patients usually erodes within five years of diagnosis. Death usually comes within eight to 12 years, according to Roeltgen.Despite extraordinary breakthroughs in medicine overall, the cause of Alzheimer’s disease and the cure have thus far eluded the medical world.Roeltgen explained that a person’s genetic makeup and family history are key factors in Alzheimer’s.“There are multiple types of genetic influences on dementia,” he said.Clearly, aging is the biggest component. As the U.S. grows older, the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease has become more dramatic.“More than likely, it’s the fact that we’re living past 65,” Roeltgen said.Globally, an estimated 44 million people have dementia, he told the audience.“It’s more common than AIDS and more common than the people who die of stroke,” he said.The Alzheimer’s Association says more than 5 million Americans are living with the disease. Even grimmer, the figure could rise as high as 16 million Americans by 2050, the association estimates. Currently, one in three senior citizens in the United States dies of Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, according to the association.Cape May County’s aging population is a major reason why the Flora Baker Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Center is located in Marmora. In an interview last year, when the center first opened, Roeltgen said Cape May County is, population-wise, the second-oldest county in the United States.Demographic data compiled by the U.S. Census Bureau showed that, as of July 1, 2016, 25 percent of Cape May County’s population was at least 65 years old. That number is up from 21.6 percent of the county’s population in 2010.The Alzheimer’s center opened last July in a Shore Physicians Group office off Route 9 in Marmora.Hoping to boost the quality of life for dementia patients, the Flora Baker center provides a streamlined approach toward the diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. Patients benefit from a “continuum of care” involving doctors, family members and professional caregivers.The facility offers treatment for patients, support for their families and clinical trials of experimental drugs to combat Alzheimer’s.The center was funded by a $500,000 donation to Shore Medical Center from the Ocean City Masonic Lodge No. 171 through an endowment for Alzheimer’s treatment established by the now-deceased Flora Baker, a local hotel owner. Baker set up the endowment in honor of her late husband, Benjamin, who was a member of the Ocean City Masons.Family members are quite often the primary caregivers for Alzheimer’s patients. Roeltgen and his staff at the Alzheimer’s center focus not only on the patients, but also the caregivers, as part of the support network for treating the disease.Unfortunately, Roeltgen said, there’s “no Bible” to guide spouses and other family members in their role as caregivers. He believes that the country is “uneducated and undereducated in this regard.”“None of them made Oprah Winfrey,” Roeltgen said of any Alzheimer’s guides or books being included in the talk show host’s popular book club.At least one recent study cited by Roeltgen suggests that caregivers can do just as well using their common sense and just “bungling along” than following any systematic approach for Alzheimer’s patients.“I don’t think this is unlike taking care of kids,” he said.last_img read more

The debate over mammograms

first_imgWhen Mette Kalager published the results of her study of routine mammography screening in two Norwegian counties in September, controversy erupted.The study indicated that such screening in women ages 50 to 69 every other year had a much smaller impact on breast cancer mortality than commonly thought. The decline due to screening was somewhere between 2 and 10 percent, much less than the 15 to 25 percent mortality reduction estimated in the United States.If correct, the study calls into question the benefit of a routine medical service provided to millions of women around the world, at a cost of not just health care dollars but also false positives that require re-testing, and overdiagnosis, for which women actually undergo some type of treatment.Kalager and other authorities in the field gathered at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) Tuesday afternoon (March 8) to debate the benefits of what one New England Journal of Medicine editorial said is perceived as “one of the most important services provided by modern medicine” but that may actually be “a close call.”Kalager, a visiting scientist at HSPH and an Oslo University Hospital surgeon, was joined for the discussion by Flavia Bustreo, assistant director general for family and community health for the World Health Organization, Felicia Knaul, director of the Harvard Global Equity Initiative and associate professor of social medicine at Harvard Medical School, and Julie Gralow, oncology professor at the University of Washington Medical School. The event, the latest from The Forum at Harvard School of Public Health and available for viewing online,  was moderated by former Washington Post health editor Abigail Trafford.The Norway study took advantage of the phased implementation of a national screening program to compare the breast cancer mortality rates of older women from 1996 to 2005 in the two counties; one county had the screening program while the other one didn’t. Further, the researchers contrasted results over time, comparing breast cancer death rates for those counties before the national program began and afterward. The study also looked at breast cancer mortality in women over age 70.Both counties saw a reduction in breast cancer mortality over time, 30 percent in the county with screening and 20 percent in the county without it. This likely resulted from greater awareness of the disease in the population and better training of medical personnel. The results indicated there was a 10 percent decrease in breast cancer mortality explained by the screening program. It is possible, however, that even that 10 percent overstates the screening’s effectiveness, because that county also had multidisciplinary medical teams to better treat breast cancer. Women over age 70 in that county — who did not have routine screening but who were treated by the multidisciplinary teams — saw their mortality rate decline by 8 percent.Much of the discussion Tuesday concerned the difference between breast cancer in industrialized Western nations such as Norway and the United States and in poor and middle-income nations, where a lack of education, screening, and treatment combine to make breast cancer one of the deadliest diseases for women, Knaul said.Though Kalager’s study called into question the usefulness of mammography screening, Gralow said many previous studies have proven the value of it and credited the gains made against the disease in industrialized countries through early detection and treatment. Because the Norway study focused only on mortality as an easily measurable endpoint, it left out other outcomes important to women that are also affected by early detection of the disease, such as the prospect of a lumpectomy instead of mastectomy and of catching the disease early enough to avoid chemotherapy, Gralow said.Knaul added a personal aspect to the discussion, since a routine mammogram detected breast cancer in her several years ago. Without that screening, the disease would have been more advanced when finally detected, with perhaps a worse outcome.Knaul said it is likely that countries like the United States and Norway are victims of their own success in treating breast cancer, since their populations are educated and aware of the disease, doctors and nurses are trained at detecting it, and screening and treatment programs function effectively. Collectively, those factors may reduce the effect of mammography screening alone as a lifesaver.In the developing world, on the other hand, breast cancer is an enormous problem where fear of the disease is common. When women there are asked why they don’t seek what few screening services are available, Knaul said, they respond that they don’t want to lose a breast because they would be “ugly” and lose their husbands. It’s better not to know, they said.Further, the disease seems to affect different populations in poorer countries, with more young women developing it, Knaul said.Knaul argued that increased education and screening in those countries are key to removing the stigma from the disease, to helping people understand its prevalence in the population, and to spurring wider treatment.“The bottom line is we’re talking about investing in women,” Knaul said.One of the problems in treating breast cancer around the world, Bustreo said, is a lack of data. In many countries, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, there is little information about breast cancer on which to base intervention efforts. She said she hears a lot of arguments about breast cancer that echo the discussion of treating AIDS in resource-poor countries a decade ago, before a major international effort against that disease was launched.That lack of data would argue for a research-based approach, said Kalager. She said that trials of the effectiveness of mammography screening should be conducted before designing large-scale screening programs and that, given a choice, resources should go toward building up general health care systems before targeting breast cancer specifically.“I think the mammography screening field is a lot about beliefs, emotions. We need the science first,” Kalager said.Knaul countered that women dying of breast cancer shouldn’t be asked to wait while clinical trials are conducted.“We can’t wait to do a trial with the No. 2 killer of women,” Knaul said.last_img read more

Ministry of Tourism or Ministry of Coastal Tourism?

first_imgA little more than a month ago, more precisely 03.07.2017. The Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Croatia published the results of the tender from the Competitiveness of the Tourism Economy Program, which was published on March 6.3, and closed on April 10.4.2017, 21.900.000,00. Given that the total number of registered projects is not known, it is impossible to say whether it really took three months to make decisions on project financing or whether it is simply an undercapacity of the Ministry to allocate the planned XNUMX kn.This analysis could probably also have been published earlier, but not for the simple reason that the Ministry’s decisions are published in .pdf format in a very non-transparent way, which makes any in-depth analysis very difficult. It is convenient to mention that Croatia has been a member of the World Partnership for Open Government since 2014 and has committed itself to transparency and openness in the work of public authorities. This also means publishing data in formats that allow easy management such as excell. But as we can see, it has not yet come to life.In the results of the tender, the Ministry publishes only the name of the project holder and the allocated amount, without the name and objectives of the project, ie the purpose of spending the funds. Also, the evaluation criteria, as well as the evaluation method, have not been made public. Are they employees of the Ministry or are external commissions engaged? How are projects evaluated and what is the maximum number of points required to approve funding? Why were some projects selected and some not? All these open issues shed a negative light on the work of the Ministry itself, which should explain to tourism workers and citizens in the most transparent way how they will spend almost 22 million of their budget kuna for the further development of Croatian tourism. Sorry, almost 25 million kuna has been awarded this year, and only in this tender.About the Program The Competitiveness of the Tourism Economy program of the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Croatia has been implemented for many years, and the data on the Ministry’s website provide information on financing since 2005.The goals of this year’s Program were: development of the offer of complex / innovative / creative tourist products; increasing the level of occupancy of accommodation capacities and extending the season in destinations; increase in average consumption per day of stay; increasing the level of employment and self-employment; networking with other tourism service providers at the destination level and improving international visibility. The program is implemented in 4 measures.Measure A it refers to increasing standards, quality and additional supply, diversifying business and sustainable development, using new technologies, and improving social inclusion. The measure is divided into 4 sub-measures, depending on the registration of the service provider. Thus, sub-measure A1 refers to Hotel, Heritage Hotel, Diffuse Hotel, Aparthotel, Tourist Resort, Tourist Apartments, Pension, and Integral Hotel – joint). Submeasure A2 refers to camps (camps and camping resorts), submeasure A3 to other catering facilities for accommodation (Hostel, Mountain lodge, Hunting lodge, Student dormitory or Student dormitory or Akademis, Room, Apartment, Studio apartment, Holiday house, Accommodation , Resort for children, Robinson accommodation facility, submeasure A4 on family farms (Winery / Tasting room, Excursion site, Room, Apartment, Rural holiday house, Camp, Camping rest area) and A5 on household facilities – private landlords (Room, Apartment, Studio apartment, Holiday house, Camp or Camping rest area in the household) which this year financed only the construction of the pool.Measure B  refers to the development of special forms of tourism, and refers to entities registered to provide services in tourism and hospitality.Measure C refers to increasing the availability and safety (introduction of defibrillators and compensation for aquifers on islands), while measure D refers to the recognizability of Croatian tourism (activities related to the Croatian island product, connecting agriculture and tourism, and co-financing of international conferences / forums in the Republic of Croatia related to investments in tourism)Measure C refers to increasing the availability and safety (introduction of defibrillators and compensation for aquifers on islands), while measure D refers to the recognizability of Croatian tourism (activities related to the Croatian island product, connecting agriculture and tourism, and co-financing of international conferences / forums in the Republic of Croatia related to investments in tourism)Eligible project activities for each measure can be found on the Ministry’s website http://www.mint.hr/UserDocsImages/2_170301_program.pdf. The Ministry finances up to 60% of eligible costs with the exception of measure C where the costs are financed at 100%. Unlike some other tenders to which the Ministry awards grants, the investor needs to invest a minimum of 40% of its own funds. Approved support can range from 20.000 to 350.000 kn.Project selection in 2017 A total of 606 projects of total value were awarded 24.843.785 kn in 8 categories: Hotels, Camps and rest areas, Other catering facilities for accommodation, Rural household – family farm, Household facilities – Pools, Development of special forms of tourism, Defibrillators and aquifers, and Recognition and Croatian island product.Projects by categories Almost 40% of projects were approved in the Domestic Pools category (237). They are followed by projects in the category of family farms (105 projects – 17%) and in the category Development of special forms of tourism (102 projects – 17%). 65 projects (11%) were approved for the category Other catering facilities for accommodation, and 61 projects (10%) for the category Hotels. In the category Camps and rest areas, 17 projects were approved (3%), 10 projects (2%) were approved for Defibrillators and Aquifers, and 9 projects (1%) were approved for Recognition and Croatian Island Product.Source: TCNGiven that swimming pools are an enrichment of the offer and a prerequisite for extending the stay of guests in households, it is not surprising that their financing in households is constantly increasing. For example, in 2016, 176 swimming pools were financed in households, and in 2015, 167. The number of financed swimming pools is certainly higher, considering that they are financed in other categories from measures A and B, in addition to the category of household swimming pools.What is surprising in the results of the competition is only 9 approved projects in the category Recognition, which is focused on advertising and the application of new technologies, so the question arises – how will the accommodation capacity be filled if they are not advertised? Of course, this is especially true for those in lesser-known Croatian destinations, especially in continental Croatia.Financial value of projects by categoriesA total of HRK 9.304.000 or 38% of the total approved almost HRK 25 million was approved for the construction of a swimming pool in a household (private renters). HRK 3.567.000 was approved for tourism on family farms, HRK 3.510.000 for other catering facilities for accommodation, HRK 4.010.000 for hotels, and HRK 1.020.000 for camps and camping resorts. A total of HRK 21.411.000 (86,18%) was approved for measure A. For Measure B – development of special forms of tourism HRK 2.780.000 (11,18%) was approved, for Measure C – defibrillators and aquifers HRK 332.785 (1,33%) was approved, while for Measure D – Recognition and Croatian island product approved HRK 320.000 (1,28%). The average value of the awarded aid per individual project is approximately HRK 41.000.Source: TCNAnd what are these special forms of tourism? There are a number of definitions that come down to one thing – forms of tourism that attract tourists with their motive for coming, and which in our case does not refer to the sun and the sea. So special forms of tourism are cultural, sports, health, diving, enogastro, mountain, rural, etc., and whose season by its nature lasts almost all year round. Given that the mantra of the future development of Croatian tourism repeats the departure from the concept of sun and sea and the extension of the tourist season, the question arises whether the Ministry, as the umbrella institution of Croatian tourism, follows this logic, which is provided in the Tourism Development Strategy. by 2020? Judging by the types of this year’s approved projects – difficult.Projects by geographical determinant The first level of analysis included projects according to the geographical definition of the project holder or owner, in such a way that all projects that are not geographically located along the coast are classified in the category of continental projects. These include, for example, the interior of Istria, the Dalmatian hinterland and the interior of the island.Out of a total of 606 approved projects, 329 (54,30%) refers to the sea, in 277 (45,70%) on the continent. Out of the total allocated HRK 24.843.785,00, projects at sea occupy HRK 13.466.066,00 (54,20%), and projects on the continent HRK 11.377.719,00 (45,80%).What is the priority of the development of Croatian tourism – continent or sea? The vision for the development of Croatian tourism until 2020 is: In 2020, Croatia is a globally recognizable tourist destination, competitive and attractive for investments, which creates jobs and manages development in a sustainable way. on its entire space, nurtures a culture of quality, and provides its guests with hospitality, security and a unique variety of authentic content and experiences throughout the year.So, tourism needs to be developed in the entire territory of the Republic of Croatia – where it is less developed than in established tourist destinations.However, when the assigned projects are classified according to the criterion that all counties that do not have contact with the sea are classified as continental counties, the picture of financing development projects is significantly different. The second level of analysis shows that out of 606 projects only 178 (29,37%) refers to continental counties while 428 (70,63%) projects approved in coastal counties. In financial terms, 17.376.785,00 kn (69,94%) awarded for projects in coastal, a 7.467.000,00 kn (30,06%) for projects in continental counties. While this can be justified to some extent by tourist revenues and the number of guests in coastal counties, the question arises as to what extent the Ministry is really serious when we talk about the balanced development of tourism in the Republic of Croatia. The above vision will be difficult to achieve by 2020 if 70% of the budget funds from this, and probably other tenders, continue to be spent on projects related to coastal tourism. In order to achieve the given vision of the Strategy, the ratio should be exactly the opposite.What do we fund on the continent? Given the lack and insufficient quality of accommodation facilities on the continent, it is not surprising that 21 projects in the category of Hotels, 30 projects in the category of Other catering facilities, 57 projects in the category of family farms, and 27 projects in the category of development of special forms tourism, with an average value of around HRK 42. Is that enough for strong tourism development?But perhaps a better question is how are we going to direct tourists to the continent and what are we doing to promote it? Despite the fact that the Republic of Croatia through the Ministry of Tourism and other ministries, and local government units, and private entrepreneurs have probably invested hundreds of millions of kunas in the last twenty years, the promotion of continental tourism, especially in the international market is negligible. With the exception of the continuous promotion of Plitvice Lakes and to some extent Slavonia and Baranja, the question arises whether and when the promotion of the beautiful continental part of Croatia will finally start. To name just a few destinations and attractions unknown to domestic and foreign tourists: nature parks of continental Croatia – Kopački rit, Papuk, Žumberak-Samoborsko gorje, Medvednica, Lonjsko polje, Museum of Krapina prehistoric man, Vučedol culture in Vukovar, the oldest city in Europe – Vinkovci, Đurđevački pijesci, Ivana’s house of fairy tales, Karlovac aquarium, 11 spas and numerous objects of rural tourism, especially in Baranja.And as we watch columns of tourists come and go in summer exhausted by long waits in columns for one reason or another, shouldn’t we wonder what we need and can do to help them discover the charms of continental Croatia and deviate from their usual routes? Advertising campaign in a foreign market? Setting up info desks at the entrance to Croatia? Setting up signposts along highways and other roads? Redefining the financing of tourism projects in order to create strong tourism in continental, and not only in coastal Croatia, as the Minister promised? Another year for that is definitely lost.Author: Paul Bradbury, Total Croatia Newslast_img read more

Syracuse community reacts to 37-27 loss to No. 1 Clemson

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LIVE: Putin opens 2018 World Cup draw ceremony in Moscow

first_imgPutin and Pele at the World Cup draw todayTweets about @FIFAWorldCup Moscow, Russia | AFP |  Russian leader Vladimir Putin and FIFA President Gianni Infantino on Friday opened the ceremony for the 2018 World Cup draw in the Kremlin in Moscow.“Our country is looking forward to the championship and intends to hold it at the highest level,” Putin said in the televised address.“We have loved this sport a long time, with a strong affection that stretches across the country,” he said, promising to “do everything for (the championship) to be a grand sports festival.”“I am sure that the forthcoming World Cup will be a huge factor in the development of the sport both in the Russian regions and throughout the whole world.” The football world descended upon Moscow to find out who will play who, when and where at the competition next year.The setting, by Red Square and St Basil’s Cathedral, could scarcely be grander.The success of the tournament is a matter of personal pride for Putin after the Russian strongman helped wrest the June 14-July 15 competition from England in an ugly 2010 battle before relations with the West dramatically collapsed over Ukraine. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Five England players in St Andrews Trophy squad

first_img24 Mar 2016 Five England players in St Andrews Trophy squad Five England players are included in the 18-strong Great Britain and Ireland squad for the St Andrews Trophy match at Prince’s, Kent, on 20-21 July. They are Jamie Bower of Yorkshire, Scott Gregory of Hampshire, Bradley Moore of Derbyshire, Marco Penge of Sussex and Ashton Turner of Lincolnshire. Scotland’s Craig Watson will captain the nine-man team that will face the Continent of Europe in the biennial match. GB&I are bidding to retain the trophy following their 14-10 victory at Barsebäck in 2014, their first win in the match since 2008. Watson takes over from Welshman Nigel Edwards, who captained the team on three occasions. “I’m very much looking forward to the match and want to build on the success that Nigel and the team enjoyed two years ago in Sweden,” he said. “We have a strong group of players to call upon again this year and there is a good mixture of experience and youth in the squad. We know we will be in for a tough match at Prince’s so we have to pick the best team we can and the players will be working hard throughout this season to impress the selectors.” The St Andrews Trophy has been played alternately on British/Irish and mainland European courses since 1956. GB&I has won on 25 occasions and the Continent of Europe has won five times, including the 2010 and 2012 matches. The England players: Jamie Bower (Meltham) age 22 – has notched up two victories in 2016 at the Gauteng North Amateur and the Southern Cape Open in South Africa. (Image © Leaderboard Photography)? Scott Gregory (Corhampton) age 21 – runner-up in the 2016 Spanish Amateur and helped England win the Costa Ballena Quadrangular tournament. He tied fourth in last year’s European Amateur. Bradley Moore (Kedleston Park) age 18 – first reserve for the GB&I Walker Cup team, captained the 2015 GB&I Jacques Leglise Trophy team to a draw with the Continent of Europe and won the Carris Trophy.  Marco Penge (Golf at Goodwood) age 17 – played in the 2013 and 2015 GB&I Jacques Leglise Trophy teams and won three times last year: the Peter McEvoy Trophy, the Scottish Stroke Play Championship and the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters. Ashton Turner (Kenwick Park) age 20 – won the Darwin Salver last year and achieved a top ten finish at the European Nations Cup in Spain in February. The other squad members are: Ireland Jack Hume (Naas) – County Kildare Stuart Grehan (Tullamore) – County Offaly Alex Gleeson (Castle) – Dublin John Ross Galbraith (Whitehead) – County Antrim Scotland Ewen Ferguson (Bearsden) – Dunbartonshire Grant Forrest (Craigielaw) – East Lothian Jack McDonald (Kilmarnock Barassie) – Ayrshire Robert MacIntyre (Glencruitten) – Argyll and Bute Greig Marchbank (Thornhill) – Dumfries and Galloway Craig Ross (Kirkhill) – Lanarkshire Connor Syme (Drumoig) – Fife Wales David Boote (Walton Heath) – Surrey Owen Edwards (Llanwern) – Newportlast_img read more

Mother and daughter score historic play-off victory in PING Plate

first_img5 Sep 2016 Mother and daughter score historic play-off victory in PING Plate Nottinghamshire mother and daughter Helen and Rachel Boulton scored an historic win today when the Plate final of the PING women’s fourball betterball championship was dramatically decided for the first time by a play-off.Three pairs had tied with 45 points and had to return to the 18th hole of the Thonock Park course at PING’s Gainsborough Golf Club for a sudden-death play-off. But Helen – a 20-handicapper – settled matters in style when she chipped in for a net birdie, appropriately using a Ping wedge (image © Leaderboard Photography).Jing Reade from Bridgnorth Golf Club in Shropshire had a putt to keep the play-off alive, but it edged away from the hole at the end.“It’s unbelievable,” said Helen, from Springwater Golf Club. “It’s crazy!” added Rachel, who was the 2015 Nottinghamshire county champion and helped her team to win last year’s English County Finals.Second and third places were decided on countback, with Jing and her partner, Heather Stiles, finishing as runners-up, ahead of Carole Morris and Jill Sparkes from Romsey Golf Club in Hampshire.Away from the drama surrounding the champions, the fourth place went to Ali Buncher and Hannah Brown-Pearce (Cotswold Edge) who had 42 points. Fifth were Mary Gibson and Melanie Williams (South Winchester) with 41 points, pipping sixth-placed Christine Fawcett and Melanie Temple (Seascale) on countback.This is the 11th year of the PING championship, which is run by England Golf, and it additionally made history by attracting entries from the largest ever number of clubs – 890 – and involving over 16,500 women in the qualifying stages. The top 50 pairs nationally qualified for tomorrow’s Grand Final while the next 50 played in today’s Plate final.Dave Fanning, PING’s European marketing director, told competitors: “This is a very special event and we are delighted to be able to host it at the home of PING Europe.”The Boultons have an excellent record in this championship, reaching the Plate final once before and coming fifth in last year’s Grand Final, before pulling off today’s win.But as the play-off was announced Rachel was counting the cost of a three-putt during regulation play. “I had a putt for an eagle on the sixth and I left it about 1ft away. I went to tap it in and missed! I thought ‘oh my gosh’ but I said to mum let’s just keep going.”They stuck to the task and when Helen had her big chance she had just one aim. “I just thought ‘get it close.’ That’s what Rachel has been saying to me all day long.” Her chip from the fringe started on target and stayed there, popping into the hole to applause.Jing Reade had no regrets about second place. “This has been so exciting, too exciting for me!” she said. Jing got her first handicap last year and is playing her first competitive season, she’s now off 34 but today’s play-off was a whole new experience for her, surrounded by buggies, a referee, other officials and interested spectators.This was only the second time she and her partner, Heather, had played together. Their plan was simple: “We just wanted to come and have a really nice game of golf,” said Heather.Neither was there any disappointment from Carole Morris and Jill Sparks, although they held the lead for hours before being edged out. “We just think we’ve done really well,” said Jill.They were originally on the reserve list and made the most of their opportunity. “It’s been absolutely fantastic from the time we arrived, everyone has been so friendly and it’s so well organised,” said Carole.Click here for full scoreslast_img read more

Ice let points slip away against Greater Vancouver Canadians

first_imgThe Kootenay Ice had a Greater Vancouver Canadians squad that was primed for allowing two points to slip away.However, the Canadians played just well enough to sweep the two game BC Hockey Major Midget League series this past weekend in Castlegar.Greater Van defeated the Ice 3-1 Saturday and 4-2 Sunday. Kootenay took a 1-0 lead in the opener on a goal by Aiden Browell of Fruitvale.However, Greater Van tied the game before the period ended then scored twice to secure the win in the third frame.Sunday, Kootenay twice let one-goal leads slip away before the Canadians scored three times in the third to steal the win.Kadrian Klimchuk and Shawn Campbell, both of Castlegar, scored in the first and second periods, respectively.Four different scorers replied for Greater Van.Burk Solomon of Castlegar and Jason Mailhiot of Trail were in goal for Kootenay.Kootenay, dropping to 4-20-4, returns to action this weekend with a pair of games against Okanagan Rockets Saturday, 5:45 p.m., and Sunday, 9 a.m., at the NDCC Arena.last_img read more


first_imgSILVER ASSAULT: Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, this Kentucky-bred colt by Maclean’s Music was an impressive gate to wire winner of his five furlong debut at Santa Anita on June 25. In his next start, the Santa Anita Juvenile, he stumbled leaving the gate and was subsequently third, beaten 3 ¼ lengths at 5-2, by California Diamond. Idle since, he appears fresh and ready with Norberto Arroyo engaged to ride for the first time. Owned by Harvey Clarke and Paul Braverman, Silver Assault is a colt with considerable promise. Crosscheck Carlos–Jamie Theriot–122Right Hand Man–Rafael Bejarano–120Bernin Sensation–Stewart Elliott–120Marchtothemusic–Jose Verenzuela–118California Diamond–Kent Desormeaux–122Silver Assault–Norberto Arroyo, Jr.–120First post time on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. For scratches, changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com. BERNIN SENSATION: Trained by Bob Baffert, this highly regarded Kentucky-bred by Bernardini just missed at first asking, finishing second, beaten a nose in a six furlong maiden special weight at Del Mar Aug. 26. Owned by R.D. Hubbard, his son Shaun and Black Gold Racing, he was a prompt one length maiden special winner gong the same distance at 4-5 on Sept. 24 at Los Alamitos. Bernin Sensation, who will be ridden back by Stewart Elliott, is one of several Speakeasy runners who appear to have any kind of future. ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 13, 2016)–Peter Miller’s California Diamond and Doug O’Neill’s Crosscheck Carlos renew their fledgling rivalry and figure prominently among a wide open field of six juveniles in Sunday’s $70,000 Speakeasy Stakes, to be contested over six furlongs at Santa Anita. RIGHT HAND MAN: Trained by Jeff Bonde, he was an impressive gate to wire winner of his five furlong debut here on June 10. A Kentucky-bred colt by Street Boss, Right Hand Man went head and head early and finished sixth, beaten 5 ½ lengths by California Diamond in the SA Juvenile on July 9. Following that, he ventured to Santa Rosa on Aug. 14, where he was a handy 2 ¼ length winner of the Cavonier Juvenile going six furlongs on Aug. 14. Owned by Blinkers On Racing Stable, Bonde, Wagner and partners, he be ridden for the first time by Rafael Bejarano. CALIFORNIA DIAMOND: This California-bred colt by Harbor the Gold overcame trouble to prevail by 1 ¼ lengths over Crosscheck Carlos in the 6 ½ furlong Barretts Juvenile on Sept. 18 at Los Alamitos. A close second in the six furlong I’m Smokin Stakes versus state-breds two starts back on Sept. 2, California Diamond, who is owned by Rockingham Ranch, has a solid resume that includes three wins and two seconds from five starts. A winner of the 5 ½ furlong Santa Anita Juvenile versus open company in his second start on July 9, he has earnings of $212,100 and will be ridden back by Kent Desormeaux, who has been aboard for his last two races. THE $70,000 SPEAKEASY STAKES IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTSRace 5 of 9                                                                                                                        Approximate post time 2:30 p.m. PST CROSSCHECK CARLOS: Breaking from the rail in the Barretts Juvenile, he made the early lead and was head and head until collared by the winner late on Sept. 18. Louisiana-bred, he was an impressive 6 ¾ length first-out maiden $50,000 winner here on June 12. He then shipped to Evangeline Downs, where he prevailed by a head among a field of 12 state-breds in a $100,000 stake over a sloppy track going 5 ½ furlongs on July 16. He was subsequently a well beaten second going six furlongs in a $100,000 open stake at Arapahoe Downs on Aug. 14, which preceded his run in the Barretts Juvenile at Los Alamitos. Owned by ERJ Racing, LLC, Slam Dunk Racing and Neil Haymes, “Carlos” is 4-2-2-0, with earnings of $117,600. –30–last_img read more