Rebuilding walls of sound

first_imgPhillip Golub ’16, a jazz pianist who has been playing since he was 5 and started composing in high school, recently wrote a piece for piano and harp. All he needed was a harpist.While discussing the importance of rebuilding Quad Sound Studios (QSS), he found one: Sara Kantor ’14. Though they’re both students in the Harvard and New England Conservatory dual degree program, the two hadn’t met until QSS brought them together.It’s a perfect example of why rebuilding the studio is so important, said Dylan Perese ’16, its business manager.“It’s a space on campus where creative people can connect,” said Perese. “We want this to be a place where people can be validated for their talents and meet like-minded individuals, but also foster creative connections that might not otherwise be made, allowing artists to really push their creativity and performance.”For Golub, the studio could also be vital to his aspirations as a musician.“Having a place to get together with other jazz musicians on campus is essential,” he said. “Learning how to be spontaneous when you don’t have an audience to feed off is essential. All my teachers say that the best thing you can do as a musician is to record yourself while playing, and then listen back and critique yourself. It’s a crucial part of your development.”Phillip Golub ’16: “Having a place to get together with other jazz musicians on campus is essential.”The once and future studio — in the basement of Holmes Hall in the Quad — is divided into three rooms: one where multiple musicians can play together; a smaller room for solo work; and the soundboard room, where engineers can record tracks and musicians can gather to listen to their work. Recording cables connect a pair of baby grand Steinways in the small concert hall above to the studio.The studio closed several years ago after a flood. Perese and Matt Sheets ’15, president of QSS, rediscovered the space and decided to bring it back stronger and better than ever.The two are determined to raise the $20,000 necessary to make the space operational. Over the past year, QSS has raised more than $7,000 from Harvard organizations such as the Undergraduate Council, as well as corporate sponsors such as Shure and Avid. That support has helped with some items, but basics such as desks, preamps, cabling, monitors, and audio interfaces are still needed to finish the job.A revived QSS would be the only entirely student-run studio on campus, Sheets said.More importantly, it would be a full-service studio, offering space and assistance with recording.Rashad Hossain ’16, one of the founders of the Harvard College Rap Collective, said that the training would be invaluable. When Hossain booked time at another studio on campus, “it not only took a long time to get in to the studio, but when we did, we realized we had no idea how to use the equipment.”Most studios on campus are do-it-yourself, Sheets said, which is why he and Perese are working with alumni and local professionals to train students as sound engineers in the studio. Having that expertise means that “musicians can focus on their music and students who are interested in sound engineering can learn a trade — and they can then collaborate between those groups.”In a conversation at the studio, Sheets described the extensive repairs already under way — from repairing walls and untangling cables to installing new shelves — and those to come.“Students will be doing all the work in putting the studio together,” he said. “We’ll be rebuilding sound baffles on the walls and putting in the insulation. It’s going to be a team effort.”last_img read more

Judge rules federal coal sales program requires environmental review

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Associated Press:A federal judge on Friday ruled that the Trump administration failed to consider potential damage to the environment from its decision to resume coal sales from U.S. lands, but the court stopped short of halting future sales.U.S. District Judge Brian Morris in Montana said Interior Department officials had wrongly avoided an environmental review of their action by describing it “as a mere policy shift.” In so doing, officials ignored the environmental effects of selling huge volumes of coal from public lands, the judge said.The ruling marks another in a string of judicial setbacks for President Donald Trump’s attempts to boost North American energy production.A previous order from Morris blocked the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would transport crude from Canada’s oil sands. Other courts have issued rulings against the administration’s plans for oil and gas leasing and coal mining.More than 40 percent of U.S. coal is mined from federal lands, primarily in Western states. Companies have mined about 4 billion tons of coal from federal reserves in the past decade, contributing $10 billion to federal and state coffers through royalties and other payments.The Obama administration imposed a moratorium on most federal coal sales in 2016. The move followed concerns that low royalty rates paid by mining companies were shortchanging taxpayers and that burning the fuel was making climate change worse. President Donald Trump lifted the moratorium in March 2017 as part of his efforts to revitalize the slumping coal industry.More: Judge: Resumption of U.S. coal sales by Trump needs review Judge rules federal coal sales program requires environmental reviewlast_img read more

Plan Colombia Turns 15: Successful Joint Initiative Has Improved Security, Economy

first_img Support for Colombian Armed Forces Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and U.S. President Barack Obama met in the White House on February 4th to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Plan Colombia, the multi-billion dollar joint security and development initiative that has improved public safety in the South American country. Plan Colombia has been a key component of Colombia’s battle against organized crime, international drug trafficking, and guerrilla violence by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the National Liberation Army (ELN). “Colombia, in particular, holds special promise thanks to the sacrifices of the Colombian people,” Defense Secretary Carter said. “[The country] now stands on the brink of an historic peace. And as they did during their most difficult times, the people of SOUTHCOM will continue to stand with our Colombian friends as they reach for days of even greater prosperity.” “One benefit I saw quite frequently was a wonderfully stocked base in a part of the country where there was nothing else, where the Colombians had never had a permanent presence,” Angelo said. “This inspired confidence in the local population. Now, they could trust the government to protect them. It sent a signal to people in these areas that the government was there to stay.” An important partnership Plan Colombia’s origins The U.S government, including then-President Bill Clinton, responded positively to Colombia’s proposal. In June 2000, the U.S. Congress appropriated nearly $1.6 billion for the following two years to expand counter-narcotics operations, improve intelligence gathering via new technology and partnerships, enhance the training of Colombia’s National Police, support governmental programs through the United States Agency for International Development, and stimulate alternative economic programs. The initiative has strengthened cooperative ties between the Colombian Armed Forces and U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM). On January 14th, U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter spoke of the partnership during the ceremony in which U.S. Navy Admiral Kurt W. Tidd assumed command over SOUTHCOM from U.S. Marine Corps General John F. Kelly. Plan Colombia’s resources were especially significant in far-flung locations in Colombia, according to Paul Angelo, an International Affairs fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and former Rhodes Scholar who lived in the country for several years. While in Colombia, Angelo, who traveled extensively as a Military liaison between the U.S. Embassy and the Colombian Armed Forces, saw firsthand the effects of Plan Colombia. During his January meeting with President Santos in Colombia, Admiral Tidd said, “I am committed to building upon the strong, vibrant bonds of friendship that we have in this important region, and to working very closely with partner nations — which, like Colombia, have our highest respect and confidence — to support security and stability in the Americas.” Fighting drug traffickers President Santos lauded the achievements of the Colombian Armed Forces and the improvement in the country’s security, which in turn encouraged economic development. He also expressed appreciation for the partnership with the United States. “In the names of millions of Colombians who are starting to live without fear, thank you,” President Santos said during a joint press conference with his U.S. counterpart. “But above all, in the name of new generations throughout Colombian territory, in the names of those children who can see a better future now, thank you.” center_img Plan Colombia has helped the Armed Forces and police fight international drug traffickers. New radar technology helped Colombian security forces substantially increase their interdiction of drugs leaving the country through the air or sea. In 15 years, Colombian security forces have seized 2,381 tons of cocaine – the equivalent of five years’ worth of the country’s current production capacity – according to the Colombian government. In that same time, the number of planted coca hectares dropped from a maximum of 170,000 in 2001 to approximately 112,000 in 2014. Under Plan Colombia, the Armed Forces also received extensive training. From 2000 to 2014, U.S. Special Operations Forces trained with more than 93,000 Colombian Soldiers and National Police officers. This training helped professionalize the Army, according to former Army Chief, Retired General Harold Bedoya Pizarro. The initiative provided resources to the Colombian Armed Forces that helped them get the upper hand against the FARC, ELN, narco-trafficking organizations, and criminal bands, which are known as BACRIMs. “It was a real revolution,” retired Gen. Freddy Padilla de León, head of the Colombian Military Forces from 2006 to 2009, told the Colombian newspaper El Tiempo. Thanks to Plan Colombia, the Armed Forces were able “to see and hear the illegal armed groups and thus operate with skill 24 hours a day, every day.” In his remarks, President Obama praised Colombia and the joint initiative. “Plan Colombia has been a tribute to the people of Colombia and their efforts to overcome so many challenges,” he said. “And after 15 years of sacrifice and determination, a tipping point has been reached. The tide has turned.” President Obama also announced a new, $450 million aid package for Colombia’s post-conflict efforts. Plan Colombia began as a developmental proposal created by former Colombian President Andrés Pastrana in 1998. Colombian officials refined the initiative, which specifically called for a partnership with the U.S., and presented it in early 2000 as a $7.5 billion plan to promote an end to Colombia’s civil conflict, combat drug trafficking, revamp the economy, and strengthen the country’s democratic institutions. Pastrana’s administration pledged $4 billion and asked allied countries for assistance with the remaining costs. From 2000 on, the U.S. Congress increased approved funds for Plan Colombia with bi-partisan support at the requests of President Clinton and his successors, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Those resources transformed the country’s Military and contributed to a major security shift, which has had positive social and economic repercussions, according to Colombian and U.S. officials. As part of Plan Colombia, the Colombian Army acquired nearly 20 Black Hawk and 33 UH-1N helicopters (some were donated but Colombia purchased most), seven surveillance planes, four C-27 and two Grand Caravan transport planes, and eight “Midnight Express” patrol boats, which offered new movement capabilities in the fight against guerrilla groups, drug traffickers, and BACRIMs. The helicopters, along with intelligence assistance and new technological equipment such as night vision devices, paved the way for aggressive operations against criminal organizations, including missions that led to the deaths of top FARC leaders such as Alfonso Cano, Jorge Briceño, who was known as “Mono Jojoy,” and Raúl Reyes. By Dialogo February 10, 2016 U.S. Marine Corps General Joseph F. Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, also spoke of the important partnership during the ceremony. “The constant theme in all that the Southern Command does is partnership – it’s SOUTHCOM’s engagement throughout humanitarian and civil assistance programs, defense institution building, and human rights initiatives that help partner nations strengthen governance and development, professionalize their Military and security forces, and increase their current ability to respond to crises,” Gen. Dunford stated. To help small farmers transition from cultivating illegal coca to productive crops, such as coffee, rice, and cocoa beans, Plan Colombia included the financing of crop replacement plans in critical areas. The country’s drug-related economy shrank from $7.5 billion in 2008 to $4.5 billion in 2013, according to a study by Daniel Mejía, a Colombian economist who heads the University of the Andes’ Center of Studies on Security and Drugs. last_img read more

Robots aren’t taking over just yet

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Sherri Smith As Senior Vice President of Business Development & Client Relations, Sherri leads TruHome’s successful client expansion and relationship-building initiatives using her distinctive, thoughtful and prudent approach to ensure each … Web: Details People will still make or break your spring mortgage loan success.All signs indicate that we’re in for an active spring home-buying season in 2015. Interest rates have remained surprisingly low, rent costs are rising and financial situations/credit scores are improving, allowing many prospects to consider that next big investment.As the next big wave of home buyers — the millennial generation — heats up the market, many loan servicing companies are investing in technology to allow this subset to navigate this process on their terms while closing as quickly and efficiently as possible. Some have even gone as far as cutting out the middle man entirely with algorithm-based programs that automate everything. As volume picks up and the winds of change stir, it begs an interesting industry question — are people still needed to generate and service mortgage loans? The answer of course is a resounding yes!Personal Approach Relationships are still the primary reason people return for business, and they always will be. The ability to connect, learn a person’s name, build trust, call them back and ask them questions based on a previous conversation is invaluable. While there’s no doubt a mandate to adopt and refine technology (which we’ll get to shortly!), taking the time to make your member feel important, excited and engaged will do wonders for future business or referrals.Invest in Technology That Makes Jobs Easier Adding new technology in the home lending industry is bordering on non-optional these days, but the best choice is less clear. While many services out there offer a more streamlined approach, you have to be cautious where you’re applying your credit union’s budget. Opt for something that makes the job easier long-term, vs. a quick fix. For example, TruHome Solutions recently invested in software using video technology to alert lenders about the next step in the process and features videos explaining actions required in easily digestible vignettes. While this is not intended to replace human interaction, it does serve as a convenient and informative reminder that nudges the process along in a manner consumers welcome.Expertise Matters    Not only are we suggesting that you shouldn’t turn jobs over to the “cloud”, we believe in investing and empowering people who possess seasoned knowledge about mortgages and compliance. If you are in the business, you are keenly aware that August is going to be a challenging month with major rules going to effect. But the industry has seen its fair share of changes like this and, to evolve, you must staff your team with flexible, capable, and most importantly, incredibly knowledgeable team members.You’re Not AloneAt the end of the day, you’re not alone in the pursuit to provide the best mortgage lending experience possible for your members. There are always options available to ensure you have the most positive, fruitful spring ever in 2015. If you struggle to maintain a compliance staff, technology investments and the appropriate time commitment to manage mortgage loans with members, CUSOs exist to make this offering possible and seamless for you. Their robust team of lenders (we said robust, not robots) can manage everything from origination to closing, with compliance oversight and management, freeing up your time to invest in real human interactions with your members.We don’t ignore the fact that technology is the key to business growth in this sector. We just suggest that you harness the significant power of people and see the difference a personal touch can make in the member’s home-buying experience.last_img read more

Apalachin native to launch with NASA

first_imgAccording to NASA’S website, Apalachin native and astronaut Douglas Hurley, who graduated from Owego-Apalachin in 1984, will be joining astronaut Robert Behnken and launching to the International Space Station next week. Behnken and Hurley will fly to the station aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft launched by a Falcon 9 rocket from Kennedy’s historic Launch Complex 39A. On Wednesday, they will be departing from Ellington Field in Houston, Texas and flying to Kennedy’s Space Center. They are expected to arrive at the Launch and Landing Facility at around 4 p.m. The events will be broadcast live on NASA Television and online at The official liftoff is scheduled for Wednesday, May 27 at 4:33 p.m.center_img It is the final flight test for the system to be certified for regular crew flights to the station as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. (WBNG)- A local man will be arriving at Kennedy’s Space Station on Wednesday afternoon for the SpaceX Demo-2 mission. The Demo-2 mission will serve as an end-to-end flight test to validate the SpaceX crew transportation system, from launch to docking to splashdown. last_img read more

MUI issues fatwa, implementing ‘social distancing’ for Islamic worship

first_imgThe Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) has issued a fatwa on compulsory Muslim prayers specifically during the COVID-19 pandemic.MUI Fatwa Council chair Hasanuddin said in a written statement on Monday that Muslims in areas where COVID-19 had spread “uncontrollably” were “not permitted to perform Friday prayers in those areas until the situation returns to normal”.“They are obliged to replace [the Friday prayer] with the zuhr [midday] prayer [at home]. Likewise, it is [forbidden] to hold religious activities that involve large numbers of people that could further spread COVID-19,” Hasanuddin said in the statement. He added that Muslims in areas “less affected” by COVID-19 could perform the Friday prayer at mosques. However, people were encouraged to minimize physical contact, bring their own prayer mats and wash their hands diligently.The MUI also prohibited Muslims who tested positive for COVID-19 from attending Friday prayer at mosques, and instructed them to replace the obligatory Friday prayer with the zuhr at home.”It is haram for a [person with] COVID-19 to carry out sunnah activities that create opportunities for contagion, such as performing the daily prayers in congregation, the tarawih [special Ramadan prayer] and the Eid prayer at mosques and other public places, as well as attending public [Quranic] recitations or majelis taklim [Quran study groups],” the fatwa stated.The statement also said that the bathing the bodies of the dead should be carried out by medical authorities in compliance with their protocols and with regard to Islamic law.Hasanuddin added that funeral prayers and burials should be conducted as usual, but with precautions in order to avoid exposure to COVID-19.The fatwa council also stated that actions that caused panic and/or public losses, such as hoarding basic necessities and face masks, were haram. On March 16, Indonesia reported 134 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including five deaths. The virus has spread throughout the country, including major regions like Jakarta, Yogyakarta, West Java, Central Java, Banten, Bali, North Sulawesi and West Kalimantan. (aly)Topics :last_img read more

Carnival 2012 Opening Parade

first_img Sharing is caring! LocalNews Carnival 2012 Opening Parade by: – January 28, 2012 Share Tweet Carnival float in memory of Jefferson “Jeff Joe” Joseph during Saturday’s parade.The Real Mas 2012 officially commenced in Dominica with a parade in the City of Roseau on Saturday, 28th January, 2012.Several business organizations paraded through the streets with their costumes and company paraphernalia.The contestants of all three pageants; Carnival Princess, Miss Teen Dominica and Miss Dominica were all beautifully attired as they paraded on Saturday.The parade will culminate with an opening ceremony at the Festival City in Pottersville with addresses by the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Justina Charles and the Minister of Tourism and Legal Affairs Ian Douglas among others.Various local bands and groups will also perform at the opening which will continue until 11:30pm.Part 1: [nggallery id= 128] Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Share Share 66 Views   3 commentslast_img read more

Badgers down Panthers in exhibition

first_imgAlthough it is only the first weekend of April, the Wisconsin women’s soccer team looks to be getting close to where it left off last season, in which it won the Big Ten tournament title and advanced to the NCAA tournament.In Saturday’s exhibition game against UW-Milwaukee, the Badgers got goals from senior captain Kara Kabellis and assistant captain Allison Preiss and shutout the Panthers 2-0 at the McClain Center.With the score tied at zero to start the second half, it was the Badger veterans who put Wisconsin on the scoreboard. Off one of Wisconsin’s set inbounds plays, Kara Kabellis was able to beat the UWM goalie on the far right side to give the Badgers a 1-0 lead just minutes into the second frame.Wisconsin added its second goal of the game when Preiss was able to control a deflection and kick the ball with the outside of her foot around one of the Panther defenders.Preiss proceeded to beat the defender and knock the ball past the UWM goalie for a 2-0 Wisconsin lead and the eventual exhibition victory.”The first half we were a little shaky, and we were able to put some things together in the second half,” Kabellis said.Although Wisconsin lost three of their top offensive performers from last season — Marisa Brown, Katy Lindenmuth and Amy Vermeulen — to graduation, the players on the Wisconsin team remain confident that they will be a better offensive club than last season, with a powerful group of redshirt freshmen starting to work their way into the rotation.”I think the scoring will be more dispersed [than last year] because we have a lot more people that can score this year,” Kabellis said. “The scoring won’t be just concentrated on one or two people because you can count on more than just one person. [Offensively] we are learning on how to play with each other, which is going to take a little time.”[But] we are building up for next fall pretty well.””We missed one or two golden chances in the first half,” head coach Dean Duerst said. “We are just trying to give them more options offensively. We need creativity, and we started to see that in the second half as well.”It wasn’t like we were playing poorly; we just weren’t playing up to our standard and our ability of moving the ball around effectively. All that opened up for us in the second half.”The big concern for Wisconsin this spring and heading into next season is the defensive backfield.Against UWM, however, the defense looked crisp and played strong as a unit, giving up no goals and stymieing some abundant Panther scoring chances. It was a good showing for the defense against UWM, as the Panthers are known for being very organized offensively and putting pressure on their opponents.”We knew UWM would offer us some test to our back line,” Duerst said. “At times, we actually created our own problems by wanting to play too much. … We want to grow, and part of that philosophy is just take small steps.”You want to really get better, but it’s got to come with some learning, patience and testing. As coaches, we really have to teach more in the spring because we have more time.”One of the key players in Wisconsin’s exhibition victory was the play of junior goalie Lynn Murray. Coming off a season in which she won 13 games and allowed only 1.11 goals per game, Murray looked to be in mid-season form. She stopped everything that came her way by deflecting scoring chances and maintaining communication with her defenders.For Murray, the spring games are a chance to get back into the game routine, despite not starting the non-conference season for another five months.”It’s a lot more fun when you aren’t running fitness tests everyday and you get to play some games,” Murray said. “Practice is more like practice instead of just running yourself into the ground all the time. It’s a lot better to get out there and play, and you remember why you play. It makes it a lot easier on your body, and you are a lot more motivated.”For the upcoming 2006 season, the Wisconsin coaching staff announced that, in addition to their two captains, the team would be adding two assistant captains for the duration of the season.Kabellis and fellow senior Stefani Szczechowski will serve as the captains for the team, and seniors Natalie Horner and Allison Preiss will serve as the assistant captains.”It feels great to be a captain,” Szczechowski said. “I think the younger players look up to me. It is just an odd role because I don’t always get a lot of minutes [on the field]. I feel like, most of the time, Kara is going to be the leader on the field, and I am going to be more of a moral leader, keeping the spirits high on the bench.”By expanding the number of captains on the team, Duerst hopes to provide more examples of leadership to his younger players. With nine redshirt freshmen and six recruits vying for playing time in September, the Badger coaching staff hopes to have the four captains lead by example on and off the field.”It’s been what we have expected with our senior class stepping forward and taking some of the responsibility and leadership,” Duerst said. “With having four captains, the team then has four players they can go to. The coaching staff will really connect with the captains, but Horner and Preiss are still going to play a leadership role, which is good for the team.”last_img read more

Opponent preview: What to know about Oklahoma State

first_imgSyracuse (4-1, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) travels to Brooklyn, New York for a matchup with Oklahoma State (5-0) on Wednesday. The first game of a series of two games in the Barclays Center will determine who and when the Orange will play Friday night. Here’s what to know about the Cowboys ahead of the matchup.All-time series: Oklahoma State leads, 3-2Last time they played: On Dec. 5, 2006, the Orange lost by four points, 72-68, to the Cowboys at the Jimmy V Classic in Madison Square Garden. Then-SU star Demetris Nichols scored 26 points, but SU was undone by two 20-point performances by the Cowboys in the close loss. The game marked Syracuse’s second-straight loss to a ranked opponent.The Oklahoma State report: The Cowboys are the first team in KenPom’s top-50 teams that SU has played since the first game of the season against Virginia. The Cowboys also have a strikingly similar team to the Orange. Both teams employ a middling offense and strong defense. Oklahoma State also has a size advantage compared to previous teams the Orange have faced. Every player in its starting lineup is at least 6-foot-4.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMore than half the Cowboys points come from 2-point range, per KenPom, and their 3-point rate ranks 270th in the nation five games into the season. Without a go-to scorer, OSU relies on a three-pronged scoring attack. Guard Lindy Waters III leads the team with 13 points per game, but is followed closely by guard Isaac Likekele (12.2) and forward Yor Anei (11.4). The Cowboys are most effective on the defensive end. They hold opponents to the 30th-lowest effective field goal percentage in the nation (42.4%) and have the second-highest block rate in the country (20.3%). Only Syracuse blocks a higher percentage of shots.How Syracuse beats OSU: The Cowboys have some of the best 3-point defense in the country. Syracuse shoots a lot of 3-pointers. Though this shapes up to be a bad thing for the Orange, there’s a possibility that OSU hasn’t seen a 3-point shooting attack like SU’s so far in the season.If the Orange convert on their shots early like they did against Bucknell, there’s a chance the Cowboys don’t have the offensive firepower to fight their way back into the game. Syracuse cannot be one-dimensional, though. If SU can continue its inside and outside offensive proficiency that it showed against the Bison Wednesday, then that could be enough to keep the game out of reach from an Oklahoma State team that relies on good defense to gain its edge.Stat to know: 36.0% — The percentage of points opponents score against Oklahoma State on 3-pointers. Though OSU limits opponents to 25.7% shooting from beyond the arc, a good chunk of opponents’ points are still scored from the outside. That could mean Oklahoma State’s 3-point percentage is more a result of poor shooting, not swarming defense.KenPom odds: Syracuse has a 53% chance to win the game Wednesday, with a final score prediction of 65-64 per KenPom.Player to watch: Anei, No. 14, forwardThe tallest player on the Cowboys roster is also their best rebounder and among their best scorers. But where Anei makes his biggest impact is interior defense. Anei has blocked 17 shots in just five games, including an eight-block performance against Oral Roberts. SU can’t afford to let Anei take away the inside. Comments Published on November 26, 2019 at 6:09 pm Contact Michael: | @MikeJMcCleary Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Lincolnshire comeback stuns Surrey on opening day of Women’s County Final

first_img Tags: Buckinghamshire, Cheshire, Gloucestershire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Surre, Women’s County Finals, Yorkshire 16 Sep 2019 Lincolnshire comeback stuns Surrey on opening day of Women’s County Final Lincolnshire battled back to secure a 5-4 victory against Surrey on the first day of the Women’s County Finals at Delamere Forest Golf Club, Cheshire.Despite being 3-0 down going after the morning foursomes, Lincolnshire were able to secure their first point of the week after winning five out of six available points in the afternoon’s single matches. The stand-out performance came from Meg Illingworth who won 5&4 over Gabby Shacklady.Lincolnshire’s India Clyburn, Billie-Jo Smith and Ellise Rymer all won by one whilst the game was secured by Helen McDougal on the 17th after beating Jessica Adams of Surrey by two.Lincolnshire Team Captain, Helen Dawson, said the team proved what they could do: “They believe in themselves, they believe in each other and this afternoon they proved they can do it. You have to be confident, we all think we’re going to win, we all hope we’re going to win, we’ll all do our best to win.She added: “[after the morning foursomes] I think we thought we had nothing to lose, just go for it and don’t play it too safe.”Defending champions Gloucestershire also overcame a foursomes deficit to pick up an opening day victory. In conditions preferable to the storms at Royal North Devon GC last year, Gloucestershire were able to dominate the singles after a slow start in the morning’s play.Although Ffion Tynan and Alex Saunders took the first foursomes 7&6, Norfolk fought back to take the remaining two foursomes points.However, in the singles it was a different story as Gloucestershire almost swept the board. Apart from Abigail O’Riordan’s 1up victory over Jess Brown, Norfolk were unable to stop the defending champions, with each singles win at least 3&2 on the day.Meanwhile, Yorkshire, who missed out on the last day in 2019, started off their campaign with a crushing 8-1 victory over Buckinghamshire to jump to the top of the early standings in Cheshire.Buckinghamshire were competitive throughout the morning foursomes and it was only late on that Yorkshire secured a trio of tight 1 hole, 2 hole and 2&1 wins.However, they couldn’t apply enough pressure in the singles to make any serious threat to the Yorkshire charge. Thalia Kirby’s 2 hole win over Lily Hurst was Bucks only highlight as Nicola Slater, Mia Eales-Smith, Beth Norton, Evie Cooke and Hannah Holden all picked up singles wins.Image courtesy of Leaderboard PhotographyView the full leaderboardlast_img read more