Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom News News June 2, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Asia – Pacific Reporters Without Borders is deeply concerned about the impact on press freedom of a proposed Media Industry Development Decree that the military government unveiled yesterday, regarding it as an authoritarian imposition by a regime with no democratic legitimacy. The press freedom organisation urges Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama to carry out proper consultations on the draft decree, which is unacceptable in its present form.“Nowhere is press freedom mentioned in this proposed decree, which appears to be designed to enable the military government to tighten its grip on the media – control of media ownership, control of content and control of the dissemination of news within the country,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The three-day consultation period is also much too short and gives the various parties, including the media and press freedom organisations, absolutely no chance to submit counter-proposals,” the organisation added.Fiji fell 73 places in the 2009 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index, and is now ranked 152nd out of 175 countries. After the military suspended the constitution in April 2009, soldiers moved into newsrooms for several weeks and censored copy before publication, while several foreign journalists were expelled.The military, who seized power in December 2006, “invited” the media to participate in the three days of “debate” about the draft decree that began yesterday. The prime minister insisted that representatives of all the media take part. “Nobody is going to escape this consultation,” he said.Attorney general Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum said: “This decree will establish a media code of standards in ethics and practice while emphasizing fair and responsible reporting. The media must be accountable to the people of Fiji in terms of contributing to the development of Fiji.”Despite the threats, several media representatives criticised the project, while journalism professor David Robie deplored the imposition of a “ruthlessly chilling” climate of self-censorship and accused the regime of “systematically destroying what has been traditionally one of the strongest media industries in the Pacific.”When the decree goes into effect, the media will be supervised by a state agency called the Media Industry Development Authority while an Independent Media Tribunal will hear complaints against the press from the public.The proposed penalties for violations will be severe. The media will face fines of up to 500,000 Fiji dollars (more than 200,000 euros), while reporters, editors and publishers will face up to five years in prison.By requiring that all Fijian media be 90 per cent owned by Fijian citizens, the decree also targets the Fiji Times, which is owned by international media magnate Rupert Murdoch. Organisation June 10, 2021 Find out more News Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists April 8, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Proposed decree establishes legal basis for media censorship and repression News to go further June 7, 2021 Find out more Asia – Pacific RSF_en Help by sharing this information In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival Receive email alerts Asia – Pacific
The EU HealthBread project intends to form an association to drive commercialisation of its healthy bread technologies and concepts across the Europe. The EU-funded programme plans to have the group in place before the year is out, according to British Baker’s sister publication BakeryandSnacks.com. It has investigated methods of improving the nutritional profile of breads using altered grains, fractions, concentrates and different fermentation and baking processes.Of the eight companies involved, five have already commercialised products with some due to launch this January. Of those products, many have been developed with a different take on the HealthBread principles, including alternative fermentation processes, such as fermenting only part of the dough or using sourdough fermentation techniques.Jan Willem van der Kamp, HealthBread project leader from TNO Food and Nutrition, said the next stage was to spread the word to other European bakeries.The association has not been finalised yet, but if it happens, it will be used to pool all information, communicate results and act as a first point of contact for companies interested in its technologies. Companies involved would use the trademarked HealthBread name.
WILTON – The Wilton Selectboard was joined Tuesday night by Regional School Unit 9 Board of Director, Cherieann Harrison, who presented updates on how the district has allocated funds from Covid grants received earlier in the year, as well as upcoming budgetary concerns. Since the last school board update in September, the children and staff have returned safely to school with new safety measures in place and a budget to distribute electronic devices and food staples to each child enrolled. Where the schools have seen a negative impact from the pandemic is in their enrollment numbers, which then influence the state funding received.“Right now, we’re at a two year average loss of 105 students. This year alone, we lost 9 percent of our student enrollment, and the district estimates a $1-1.3 million reduction from state subsidies next year due to this drop. This will impact not just next year, but the year after,” said Harrison.Once schools recover from the enrollment plunges of the pandemic, the numbers that the state takes into account for funding will still reflect the old enrollment rates. While this will prove to be a challenge in the coming years to recover from, Harrison said that the district is luckier than some.The RSU 9 Board has established a savings fund for emergencies, looking ahead for future financial strains as a result of Covid. The official budget for the 2021 school year is set to come in February. RSU 9 has also appointed an interim Superintendent, Monique Poulin, who will be starting on Dec. 28. The school board will be hosting a search committee in the spring to find a permanent Superintendent.There is an upcoming rehabilitation project taking place on Depot St, focusing on the restructuring of the sidewalks between the intersection at Academy Hill down to the former Forster Mill. There is no estimated start date yet, as the project will require the town to apply for the Municipal Partnership Initiative Program, which is a collaboration between the state and the town, in which the town pays for 60 percent of the proposed project. The Selectboard unanimously approved the motion to move forward with obtaining engineering plans and applying for the grant program.Health Officer Michael Parker presented the revised version of the Marijuana Ordinance Plan.“We tried to let the free market decide what’s going on out there, not the town,” said Parker. He will be taking the final notes from the Selectboard and moving forward with a final draft.There will be a recorded presentation from the engineers designing the Wilson Lake retaining wall that will be held and posted on Dec. 29.“They ended up with a much simpler plan than they originally proposed,” said Town Manager Rhonda Irish, who will be hosting the workshop.Board member Tom Saviello, who has seen the two drawings said that the proposal are similar to the design from the 1920s. The main difference with the updated plan for the retaining wall project is additional parking.In other business, the Board heard from Irish that there is a new law in effect that will be impacting part time workers, that dictates that for every 40 hours worked, one hour of part time paid time off is earned.
Randolph Center, VT – The Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center (VMEC) has announced the election of manufacturing executive David Blittersdorf, Founder of NRG Systems in Hinesburg, Vermont, to its Advisory Board. VMEC also announced the hiring of Anne Wood as Office Manager and Erin Quatrini as Marketing & Training Manager. In addition, Board Member and manufacturer Mike Rainville, Owner and President of Maple Landmark, Inc. in Middlebury, VT, has been re-elected 2008 Chairperson of the 12-member VMEC Board. Existing Board member Ed Townley, Senior Vice President and Controller of Cabot Creamery, Inc., was re-elected for another 2-year term on the Board. David Blittersdorf is Founder of NRG Systems, a global leader in wind measurement technology. David has long been an national and international leader in the promotion of energy conservation and renewable energy opportunities. Last year, NRG Systems was named a “2007 Top Small Workplace” by the Wall Street Journal and Winning Workplaces. Anne Wood joined the 17-member, not-for-profit VMEC team in December 2007. She comes to the Center after spending almost 14 years at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont, with her most recent position being Associate Project Manager in the Project Management Office. Her prior experience includes 10 years owning and successfully operating a small retail sales business. Anne also worked for 7 years at the Merchants Bank in Northfield, leaving as Assistant Branch Manager. Anne will be working at the VMEC Headquarters office located on the Randolph Center campus of Vermont Technical College where the Center has been hosted since 1995. Erin Quatrini also joined the Center in December 2007 as VMEC Marketing & Training Manager. Prior to joining VMEC, Erin was a Direct Marketing Manager for Littleton Coin Company in Littleton, NH, where she was employed since 2001. Erin is a 2001 graduate of St. Michael’s College where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.###About VMECVMEC’s primary mission since 1995 has been “To improve manufacturing in Vermont and strengthen the global competitiveness of the state’s smaller manufacturers.” This is done through confidential professional consulting, one-on-one coaching and public/onsite workshops to help Vermont’s approximately 2,000 small and medium sized manufacturers increase their productivity, improve their manufacturing and business processes, reduce costs, identify and adopt new growth strategies, and improve their competitiveness. Through the VMEC Process Strategies Group (PSG) business unit established in early 2006, VMEC is bringing its proven process and strategy expertise to a number of non-manufacturing sectors in Vermont, including healthcare, higher education, government, and financial services.Visit www.vmec.org(link is external) for more information.
Cancer claims Stetson’s Vause Cancer claims Stetson’s Vause Gary Vause, dean and vice president of Stetson University College of Law and a renowned legal scholar, died of cancer May 9 at his Gulfport home.Vause was 60. In late April, Dean Vause told a campus-wide gathering he would retire July 31 due to his illness..“Since his appointment as a faculty member at the college in 1975, Dr. Vause provided exemplary service as teacher, scholar, administrator, vice president, and dean,” said Stetson President Doug Lee. “He literally had a hand in virtually every major initiative at the college since his arrival, and we are truly grateful. His work on dispute resolution and international programs is world-renowned. And, his leadership in establishing the Tampa law school program provided one of the most important strategic initiatives for Stetson University in the 21st century.”Lee said Vause was respected by all, “and was a dear colleague and friend.”Vause first joined the law school 28 years ago as assistant dean and was named dean four years ago. He spearheaded Stetson’s new Tampa Law Center and Campus, which is currently under construction in downtown Tampa. Vause also worked to advance academic excellence, increase diversity, and expand a global focus at the college of law.Dean Vause also either established or contributed greatly to a number of other Stetson programs, including its Master of Laws (LL.M.) program in international law and business; the Center for Excellence in Dispute Resolution; the joint J.D./M.B.A. degree program with Stetson’s School of Business Administration; and summer abroad programs in Granada, Spain and Tallinn, Estonia. He also expanded Stetson’s curriculum in health and elder law.A Tallahassee native and the first member of his family to attend college, Dean Vause earned B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of Connecticut, LL.M. and S.J.D. (Doctor of juridical science) degrees from the University of Virginia, and a certificate in Mandarin Chinese from Yale University. He served as a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar in China and was elected a member of the American Law Institute. In addition to Mandarin, he also spoke Portuguese and Spanish. He served in the Air Force during the early 1960s.Before coming to Stetson, Vause managed his own law firm in Hartford, Conn., specializing in labor and employment law.Dean Vause leaves behind his wife Maria Celia Vause, a brother Robert Vause, a sister Suzanne Long, their spouses, and nephews David Chad Strickland and John Daniel Long III.The Vause family requests that donations be made to the Stetson University College of Law Scholarship Fund for international LL.M students. Donations can be sent to Stetson University College of Law, 1401 61st St. S., Gulfport 33707. June 1, 2003 Regular News
The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated many businesses, including the mortgage lending industry. One of the significant obstacles faced within the mortgage industry was the change in approach to completing an inspection of the borrower’s home by a third party. In most scenarios, the appraiser is considered to be the third party, however, as the traditional real-estate transaction is completed there may be additional third parties who become involved. Depending on the scenario, this can include a third-party inspection by a home inspector, FHA inspector, city building inspector, etc. In the face of the pandemic, many appraisers, myself included, have come across borrowers who are hesitant to allow an inspection of their home. In some cases, borrowers would simply not allow a third party into their home, even with all precautions against the spread of the virus being taken, including using a mask and gloves.As the pandemic grew in the US, many major cities put in place stay at home orders and deemed certain professions non-essential. This created significant delays in the completion of an appraisal report. In response, the GSE’s were quick to offer some temporary guidance on how an appraisal can be completed without the interior of the subject being inspected. This was dependent on the loan type, LTV ratio, and type of transaction. (Lender Letter 2020-04) These guidelines allowed certain loans to qualify for a desktop only or drive-by appraisal to avoid any persons entering the borrower’s home.Speaking with many lenders, credit unions, and servicers, some groups have tried to create a way to allow the borrower to send interior property data to their valuations team to allow the information to be transmitted to the appraiser to complete a more credible report. We have seen lenders create their own DropBox or Google Drive enabling the homeowner to send photos to these platforms. This works in limited capacity but ultimately, proves too complicated. Another proposed workaround is having the borrower submit photos via email. However, with most inboxes at a 10MB limit, this only allows for 2-5 photos to be sent. Additionally, having multiple emails from thousands of different borrowers sent to a lender, becomes disorganized and messy very quickly. On top of these obvious issues, lenders are also faced with questions regarding the authenticity of the photos, including questions of when they were taken, where they were taken, etc. Without a method of verifying this information it is a big risk for the lender and the appraiser to take. It became apparent, a more secure method of transferring interior subject data is a must have for the current industry and we have seen many different technologies develop to help with this.Some companies have developed smart-phone applications or web applications to allow the borrower to submit interior data of their home. These applications range from simply taking photos to answering property specific questions. While this solves the problem of easy data submission for the borrower, the problem of verifying authenticity remains. There has to be a solution that will record the longitude/latitude of where the photos were taken, and a time stamp to verify when it was taken. A geo-fencing security option is most important along with a method to only allow for real-time photos to be accepted within the application. This forces the user to take the photos through the application and prohibits any uploads from a photo gallery, where the photos can be edited or taken at a previous date.An inspection solution must include the aforementioned fraud prevention tactics to be successful. Additionally, the user experience should also be taken into consideration. It is important to have an easy and user-friendly application for the typical homeowner to navigate and complete the order request. As they say, one size does not fit all, and the same solution will not apply to each credit union and lending institution. Certain customization may be required within the application, such as different photo requirements, the ability to add a questionnaire to each request, or as simple as a white labeling option. Not every application will offer this level of customization so the lending institution or credit union will have to consider these options in order to select the application which can best fulfill their requirements.As the needs of customers change along with the ever-evolving landscape of technology, these are some great starting points to consider when preparing to make these decisions. 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Luke Tomaszewski Luke Tomaszewski is the CEO of eValuation ZONE, Inc. a national AMC(Appraisal Management Company) and also CEO and founder of a newTech company called ProxyPics, Inc. located in … Web: https://proxypics.com Details
New figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have revealed overseas travellers made just 398,000 trips to the UK in the second quarter of the year.This was down a staggering 96 per cent from the same period last year.- Advertisement – “While the figures relate to the first lockdown period, since then the industry has had to deal with constantly changing travel advice and quarantine measures, as well as local lockdowns, meaning there has been very limited scope for recovery in the travel industry. “As a result tens of thousands of jobs have already been lost and many businesses have closed their doors for good. “In addition to tailored financial support for travel companies, the government needs to implement an effective testing regime and introduce a fully regionalised travel corridor approach by the time lockdown is lifted to help people feel more confident to travel. “It also needs to introduce flexibility into the furlough scheme to support businesses who need to have staff processing refunds, but won’t be generating income.” OlderFuture of Norwegian uncertain as government denies further aid UK residents made 939,000 visits abroad in over the three-month period, which was 96 per cent fewer than the corresponding period the previous year.They spent £402 million on visits abroad. The ONS said data collection by the International Passenger Survey was suspended for the period covered, so the figures are based on administrative sources and modelling. Commenting on the data, and ABTA spokesperson said: “Today’s ONS figures for overseas travel in April to June 2020 lay bare the devasting impact Covid-19 has had on the industry. – Advertisement – The ONS placed the blame for the decline squarely on the Covid-19 pandemic. In total, overseas residents spent £218 million on their visits to the UK in in the second quarter of the year.The figure was again down 97 per cent on the same period of 2019.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –
Equinor Wind US, the Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium, and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution have launched a joint project to expand the detection and monitoring of whale species found in the waters of New York Bight.The partners will deploy two acoustic buoys designed to provide near real-time monitoring of species such as the sei whale, fin whale, humpback whale, and the highly endangered North Atlantic right whale.The new buoys will help marine conservation scientists increase their understanding of whale species that spend time in and migrate through the waters off the coasts of New York and New Jersey. The data will help inform ecologically sound decisions for potential development within Equinor’s offshore wind lease site.“The offshore wind industry has a logical role to play as a partner to marine biologists and others interested in better understanding and preserving the health of our oceans. This project will also help make Equinor better stewards of this lease site by providing data that informs our operational decision-making well into the future,” said Christer af Geijerstam, President, Equinor Wind US.Equinor has submitted a bid to develop an offshore wind farm at its Empire Wind lease site located between 14 and 35 miles south of Long Island in the New York Bight. The site has a potential capacity of up to 2GW of renewable power.The company is also developing a separate project in the lease area called Boardwalk Wind geared to New Jersey, and submitted a bid in response to that state’s offshore wind solicitation in December 2018.
Claire Dowling was one of the best golfers of her generation, who won five Irish championships, a British title and was selected for four Curtis Cup teams. Now she’s at the forefront again, this time in the world of rules and refereeing. She’s Deputy Chair of The R&A Rules Committee and has been closely involved with the creation of the new rules which come into force next year. She’s also just refereed at The Open and is on duty again this week at the Ricoh Women’s British Open. Here’s her story.How did you get started?My father ran the John Jacobs Golf Centre at Leopardstown, Dublin. It was really a case of ‘if you can’t beat them, join them’. He was a very keen golfer, still playing off 12 at the age of 80. My mother worked with him and so, as an only child, I found myself spending every weekend at the golf centre doing odd jobs. Every now and again, out of complete boredom, I would pick up a club and a basket of balls and take myself off to hit them. I was anything but sporty and would far rather have had my head stuck in a book.I developed a sudden rush of enthusiasm for golf when this lovely looking chap started to practice at the golf centre, he was gorgeous. He was a keen golfer and practiced a lot so every time he appeared I would ‘casually’ go out to practice too! Sadly he was about ten years older than me, a lot when one is a young teenager, and he had a very glamorous girl-friend, but I hit a lot of golf balls that winter. We became and remained good friends until his untimely death aged 62.What do you love about golf?Tough question. It’s great fun at any level, and for those who are very competitive it is a great test of mental strength as well as skill. It is one of the few sports where players of any age and ability can play together and still have a reasonable game, because of the handicap system. I have been incredibly lucky to have played when I did, I travelled the world and made lots of friends, and in fact I still do, though through my rules involvement, rather than playing.How did your interest in the rules develop? Was it a natural progression from your playing days?Not really. When living in the Midlands I became involved in handicapping at my club and within the county due to the fact that I had worked at Wentworth as Competition and Handicap Administrator. In 2009 I was invited on to the EWGA (English Women’s Golf Association) Handicap Committee and when the committee needed another rules qualified person, I was sent to the R&A’s Referees and Rules School at St Andrews. A brilliant few days but a very daunting exam! My very first event as a rules official was the English Women’s Championship at Broadstone in 2010.What’s the appeal of the rules and refereeing?Like any volunteering in sport, you meet interesting people and make friends, you stay involved in the game, you see great golf, and occasionally you can help someone. Both Peter, my husband, and myself love doing junior events where you feel you really can help the youngsters, as opposed to senior events where the only thing we seem to do is try and deal with pace of play. It is also a mental challenge.Best refereeing moment?It wasn’t really a refereeing moment as such, but I did find it highly amusing when Simon Khan asked me if I carried a mirror while I was refereeing his game at the Open in 2011. He was having a problem with his contact lens.Worst refereeing moment?Making a mistake and getting it wrong! Happens to all of us because the rules are not simple. However we can still get the simple ones wrong! The first ruling I ever gave was relief for a ball on a sprinkler head beside a green. I made the player drop at the nearest point of relief and didn’t give her the extra club length because I got mixed up between Rule 24-2 (interference) and the local rule for intervention within two club lengths of a putting green. Fortunately it didn’t have any adverse effect as she was dropping just off the green and was able to putt. The extra club length would have made little or no difference to her line or lie.Over-riding memory of refereeing at The Open?Being so petrified on the first tee at Royal St George’s in 2011 I was incapable of speech. Once over that it is the most amazing experience walking down the fairways with the very best players in the world. Hearing the roars from the stands while walking up the 18th is quite extraordinary.Who did you referee at Carnoustie?I had an amazing week at the Open and refereed Ernie Els on Thursday, Sandy Lyle and Martin Kaymer on Friday, Rory McIlroy on Saturday and Adam Scott on Sunday. It was a nice connection having Ernie as I had refereed his nephew, Jovan Rebula, in the final of the Amateur Championship three weeks previously (Jovan became the first South African to win the title). Such a nice lad and a swing to die for. Sandy’s round was especially memorable because it was his last in the Open.What do you enjoy about refereeing at The Ricoh?Well, similarly to the Open it is marvellous to see the best players in the world close up. Women golfers now are true athletes; they are fit and strong and hit the ball superbly. I am hoping though for a better pace of play than last year. I think it is high time the women realised what a detrimental effect their slow play has on the image of the game, and that it makes very boring viewing for the paying public. Why do they take so long on the greens!!What does your role involve on the Rules Committee?The R&A Rules Committee is a large one due to the fact that there are representatives from various parts of the world: Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Asia Pacific, Canada, Europe, Japan. Also representatives from CONGU, the LET and the PGA European Tour.Our role has been primarily to review the various drafts of the new rules and to consider any issues that occur. A small group in collaboration with the USGA is responsible for drafting the rules which has been a huge job. It is a really interesting time to be on the Rules Committee. Every member of the Committee serves four years. The Chairman comes in as Chairman, and one member of the Committee is invited to be his Deputy and to support him. The Chairman, Deputy Chair, and a third member of the committee sit on a joint Rules Committee with the USGA. I was very surprised to be invited to be Deputy, and I had my first trip to the States in March, to Atlanta, as part of the JRC.What’s been your involvement in the creation of the new rules of golf?I was invited, along with another member of the committee, Roger Bathurst, to be part of a small working group dealing with the Decisions Book. First we mapped the current Decisions to the new rules, and in the process identified those Decisions that would no longer be needed because (a) they had been incorporated into the rules themselves, (b) the rules had changed or (c) the outcome would be different under the new rules. Following that the same group reviewed the drafts of the new publication which will not be called a Decisions Book but will be a new publication including the Rules, Interpretations on the Rules, draft Local Rules and Committee Procedures. It will be a one-stop shop for all committees, rules officials and competition administrators.What’s the best change in your opinion?I couldn’t pick any one rule change as being the best. However the entire process of making the rule book easier to read, in more modern language, and the rules generally simpler is great. Many outcomes will be fairer and more logical under the new rules. Also there is much greater consistency in terms of relief procedures. For example a player will be able to lift or move a loose impediment such as a leaf or twig anywhere on the golf course as long as they don’t move the ball. Many players have fallen foul of the current rule where they cannot touch or move a loose impediment in a bunker or water hazard. It can be a really harsh penalty particularly if it hasn’t improved the situation in the least for the shot they are about to play.I remember many years ago a player in the Irish Ladies’ Championship played a shot from a dry water hazard. As she walked in a small stone lodged in the sole of her shoe, so she casually picked it out and threw it away. She finished the round, signed her card and handed it in. Later someone commented on her action with the stone and it was decided that she had incurred a two stroke penalty for deliberately touching and moving it. She hadn’t realised this at the time and had therefore signed for a wrong score and was disqualified from the championship. Now that was really tough! Currently she wouldn’t be disqualified, that has already changed, but she would have the penalty added to her score. Next year there will be no penalty in such circumstances.Relief procedures will be more consistent and easier for players to understand. At present when a player is entitled to relief without penalty there are some situations when the ball must be dropped as close as possible to where it lay, eg embedded ball, or others where it is dropped within one club length of the nearest point of relief. Although this is ‘free relief’ if the player gets it wrong he will have played from a wrong place for which there is a two stroke penalty. Under the new Rules the player will always drop within a ‘relief area’ within one or two club lengths, depending on whether it is free relief or penalty relief.In terms of language too, the players’ edition will be written in the first person, so much more user friendly. A phrase such as, ‘through the green’, which people really struggled to understand, and which was impossible to translate in some languages has been put into simple language and will now be ‘general area’ The rules are translated into something like 35 different languages, so the words used need to be simple and straightforward.Golf seems to open doors! What would you say to encourage other women to play and get involved in volunteering?Primarily it is fun. Golf offers something for everyone. Whether you want to get to the top of the sport and play professionally, or whether you just want to go for a stroll and a bit of exercise and a chat with your best mate over 9 holes. Great thing about golf is that you can walk and talk. The chat only gets interrupted briefly while you hit the ball! Golf clubs are friendly places where you can make lots of new friends. It’s a fun way to get and stay fit and healthy whatever your age.Volunteering is great fun too. Golf relies on volunteers to look after juniors and beginners, to run competitions and social events at clubs, to run county competitions and look after county squads and teams, to act as rules officials, marshals, captains and so much more.My father said to me when I was young that golf would take me all over the world and I thought he was mad. He was absolutely right, and I imagine he is up there having a good laugh at where I am now.This year alone I have been to Atlanta for a JRC meeting, then to Bangkok and Melbourne doing, ‘Teach The Teachers’ rules seminars with the R&A. I am going to Korea in October to referee a women’s professional event, and I have been up to Scotland several times, not to mention all over England. It is fun!Inspired to Get into Golf? Visit www.getintogolf.org to find free or low cost beginner activities. 5 Aug 2018 Women and Girls’ Golf Week: Claire Dowling, a referee at the Ricoh Women’s British Open, was a top player and is now at the forefront in the word of golf rules. Here’s her story Tags: Get into golf, Girls, Women