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At a black tie gala on Sunday night at the Monaco Yacht Club, HSH Prince Albert II unveiled the cup at the first ever amateur Ryder Cup.
It was the nail-biting moment Team USA and Team Europe had been waiting for all day. Whichever end of the Laurence Jenkell-designed trophy was facing up, either the Star Spangled Banner or 12 yellow European Stars flag, would reveal which team won the first US-Monaco Celebrity Golf Cup.
With an official drum roll by Team USA member Adrain Young of No Doubt, Prince Albert, on stage with Chairman of Ryder Cup France 2018 Pascal Grizot, Susan Feaster, Chairman Monaco US Celebrity Golf Cup, and Rattan Chadha, owner of Royal Mougins Golf Club, the trophy revealed a Team USA win as the room erupted in cheers. Finally tally: Americans 10, Europe 5.
Two-time Super Bowl Champion Joe Theismann headed Team USA while Pascal Grizot captained Team Europe, as fifteen teams hit the greens at Royal Mougins Golf for a two-man scramble Sunday. Shane Heminway, founder of Monaco Star Events and playing for Team USA, had the bragging rights of an unprecedented hole-in-one.
Team USA included Steve John, CEO of Pebble Beach Pro-Am; Thomas Keller, American chef; Doc Rivers, Head Coach LA Clippers; Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver; Brad Lewis, Producer/Director (Pixar’s Academy Award winning “Ratatouille”); Jerry King, The Golf Whisperer; Jeremy Roenick, NHL highest scorer and Mike Powers, President of Monaco-USA.
On the star-studded European side, Nicolas Colsaerts, golf professional Member of the ET – Winner of Ryder Cup 2012; Johan Neeskens, Dutch 3 times European Football Club Champion; Ilie Năstase, Romanian former world N 1 professional tennis player; Joe Miller UK-World drive champion; Christophe Pinna, French Multi-time Karate World Champion; Marco Simone, international footballer and coach and Jerome Alonzo, French footballer – ex-goalkeepr of Paris Saint Germain Football club.
As a kick-off to Ryder Cup 2018, the event benefitted the Ryder Cup European Development Trust to promote golf development at the grassroots for beginning players and for youth, ranging from free lessons at European Tour events to disabled golf initiatives, as well as junior and educational programmes.
The black-tie dinner for over 200, which included a special presentation to Prince Albert of monogramed golf bags for Monaco’s future golfers, Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella, followed an action-packed weekend of events for players, including a cocktail hosted by Monaco Life on Saturday night at Stars’n’Bars.
Royal Mougins Golf & Resort, Prime Golf Academy, BMW North America, Taylor Made USA, Verve, Vin-X, Moni, Motor Villages, Chateau Cheval Blanc were other key sponsors of the US-Monaco Celebrity Golf Cup.
Article first published June 20, 2016.
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As the death toll continues to rise in the aftermath of the earthquake that devastated a swathe of central Italy early on Wednesday, Matteo Renzi, the Italian Prime Minister, thanked rescue workers for their efforts in recovering dozens of people from the rubble.
“At moments of trouble, Italy knows how to cope. No family, no city, no hamlet will be left alone,” he said. By Wednesday evening the death toll had risen to at almost 250 people. The 6.2 magnitude quake sent residents fleeing their homes and running into the streets. A family of four were also trapped under the rubble and showing no signs of life.
The Wednesday morning earthquake is the latest in a string of deadly seismic events to strike Italy in the past four decades. The Mediterranean nation is particularly prone to earthquakes for a mix of geographical reasons, Jennifer Weston, a seismologist with the International Seismological Centre in England, told Mashable.
Italy and its neighbouring countries sit at the spot where the Eurasia and Africa (or Nubia) tectonic plates collide. “They’re just pushing up against each other all the time,” Weston said in a phone interview.
The boot-shaped nation also sits west of the Tyrrhenian basin, a sedimentary basin in the Mediterranean Sea that is an opening. To Italy’s east, the Adria microplate is slipping beneath Eurasia and the Apennines Mountains. “All this movement leads to energy being stored up in the crust, and eventually that’s going to be released,” Weston said. “Earthquakes are just this releasing of energy that’s been built up.”
Italy’s earthquakes are particularly devastating for another reason: topography. In mountainous areas like Norcia – the epicentre of Wednesday’s earthquake – communities are built along steep slopes. Shaking from earthquakes can cause landslides, sending homes and construction tumbling into valleys, resulting in higher damages and death tolls compared with flatter parts of the world, Weston said.
In April 2009, a 6.3-magnitude earthquake near the town of L’Aquila, about 30 miles south of Wednesday’s event, killed nearly 300 people, injured more than 1,000 others and left at least 55,000 people homeless. The region’s largest earthquake recorded by scientific instruments – and its deadliest – was a 6.7-magnitude earthquake in 1915. The event killed around 32,000 people in and around the city of Avezzano.
This time, one of the villages with a few hundred residents, Pescara del Tronto, appears to have been wiped from the map, according to early images.
To learn about Monaco's earthquake risks, see Public Services.