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Lee Leads the Way at Lytham

Australia’s Minjee Lee carded a superb seven under par 65 to claim a slender one-shot lead after the first round of the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Royal Lytham & St Annes.

The 22-year-old from Perth raced to the turn in three under par 32 and then fired three birdies and an eagle coming home to go into the second round one shot in front of Japan’s Mamiko Higa and two ahead of England’s Georgia Hall, Koreans Sung Hyun Park and Mi Hyang Lee, Thailand’s Pornanong Phatlum and Teresa Lu from Chinese Taipei.

Germany’s Sandra Gal, America’s Mina Harigae and former World No. 1 Lydia Ko all shot four under par 68s to share eighth place while the large group in a tie for eleventh place on 69 included Spain’s Carlota Ciganda, Canada’s Brooke Henderson, Thailand’s Moriya Jutanugarn, China’s Yu Liu, England’s Florentyna Parker, Korea’s So Yeon Ryu, Sweden’s Madeline Sangstrom, Germany’s Karolin Lampert, American Angel Yin and Welsh qualifier Lydia Hall.

Lee arrived at Lytham fresh from finishing second at last week’s Aberdeen Standard Investment Scottish Ladies Open and with wins at this year’s Women’s Victoria Open and the LPGA Volvik Championship already under her belt. She is currently in third place behind Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn and Japan’s Nasa Hataoka on the LPGA Tour’s official money list and could go higher if she maintains her current run of form.

“I’ve probably played more events at this point of the season than I have ever done before and I’ve been pretty consistent,” she said.

“I think I only went in one fairway bunker all day so that was probably the key. I kept it in play and holed a couple of long putts. I think playing Scotland last week really helped me coming into this week.

“I definitely love the links,” she added. “We don’t get many chances to do it but I think everybody enjoys it when we do.”

Higa has won four times on the Japan LPGA Tour and finished tied-seventh on her debut at the Ricoh Women’s British Open at the Old Course, St Andrews, back in 2013. She carded four birdies over her first seven holes, before dropped her sole shot of the day on the 8th but then bounced back with birdies on the 9th, 12th and 14th to claim second place all on her own.

“It’s an honour to play in a major like this and it’s something I have always dreamt about. My rhythm was good all day so I could relax and enjoy the 18 holes.”

Hall finished top of the 2017 Ladies European Tour money list with the help of a share of last year’s Ricoh Women’s British Open at Kingsbarns and the 22-year-old from Bournmouth is in a prime spot to mount another challenge after a 67 highlighted by three consecutive birdies from the 13th.

The English woman recently met American, Tom Lehman, who won The Open at Lytham back in 1996 and his advice to her was to stay out of the bunkers at all costs. “I did that today,” she said. “I was very good off the tee and I holed some good putts as well. To be five-under par is cool.

“I have a lot of confidence from last year,” she added. “It’s just the first round but I’ve started really well and hopefully I can start good again tomorrow.”

Michelle Wie, who led last year’s championship at Kingsbarns after a first round eight-under par 64, withdrew after 12 holes suffering from a hand injury. “I have been doing everything possible (besides giving it a proper rest) this past couple of weeks to get my hand healthy to play in this year’s event but, unfortunately, it wasn’t enough,” the former US Women’s Open champion wrote on Instagram.

The shot of the day came from Parker whose three under par 69 included a hole-in-one with an 8-iron on the 140-yard par-3 8th hole and it resulted in Ricoh donated £2,000 to Alzheimer’s Research UK. The title sponsor is giving the charity a contribution for every birdie, eagle and albatross scored at this year’s championship. They are donating £10 per birdie and £20 for every eagle as well as a bonus £2,000 for a hole-in-one.

“I was two-over par at the time, so I told myself just to hit the green because I wasn’t playing great. It landed, bounced a few times and then disappeared,” said Parker. “It was amazing. I can’t really believe it.”

Parker went on to make the most of her good fortune by racing home in three-under par 34 to post her 69 and consolidate her place just outside the top-ten.

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Ricoh Selects Juniper Networks to Modernize its Group-Wide Network Infrastructure

TOKYO, Aug. 09, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Juniper Networks (NYSE:JNPR), an industry leader in automated, scalable and secure networks, today announced that Ricoh Group has successfully implemented  Juniper Networks' high-performing solutions to modernize and simplify the operations of its core networking and security infrastructure that supports approximately 500 locations and 34,000 users in Japan.

Ricoh Group has several partner companies and branches utilizing the same network. Coupled with the increase in cloud deployments, this led to more operational complexities and a lack of scalability over time. As such, a high-performance network was required to support the rising demand for increased bandwidth and to alleviate Ricoh's existing network issues while simplifying  operations across three particular areas:  

  • Internet connectivity: Due to the increase in network usage, speed slowed significantly and cloud applications could not function at their optimal level. The network had to be managed and operated separately across various locations, leading to increased operational expenses.

  • Wide Area Network (WAN): As Ricoh's WAN services were managed externally through multiple service providers, its customers' requests were not processed quickly enough, leading to delays in response rates. Due to this, streamlining and maintaining consistency of network functions across the entire organization remained a challenge.

  • Local Area Network (LAN): With the growing demand for access to data centers and the internet, there was a drop in overall speed and connection. To mitigate, Ricoh's service providers had to troubleshoot issues individually, resulting in management inefficiencies and added costs in coordinating multiple investigations across different locations.

To resolve these challenges, Ricoh set out to reconfigure its entire network infrastructure based on a carefully developed framework that involved the simplicity of network configuration across multiple locations, automation capabilities to reduce operational complexities and operability that aligned with industry standards. After a stringent selection process, Ricoh selected Juniper Networks to undertake the modernization of its network infrastructure.

Juniper's MX480 5G Universal Routing Platform, SRX5800 Services Gateway, EX9214 Ethernet Switch and the data center fabric switch QFX5100 were deployed to address the various network issues while significantly improving operability, stability and security across the Ricoh Group's network.

At the core, the MX480 provides the agile infrastructure, pervasive security components and adaptive disaggregated software that offers the strong programmability required by the solution. Investment protection is also secured with the newly-released Juniper Penta silicon-powered MPC-10E line cards, which provides high-interface density at 1/10/100GbE, enabling 1.5 Tbps throughput per slot and inline data-plane security, eliminating complexity without any performance penalties.

Alongside the implementation of the SRX5800 firewall, Ricoh was able to streamline its network connectivity and secure its network infrastructure through advanced threat detection and prevention. The organization also deployed Junos OS to further automate and simplify its network operations.

To optimize LAN connectivity in approximately 500 locations, Ricoh centralized the group's network operations across its large-scale branches by utilizing the QFX and EX series switches leveraging Virtual Chassis technology, cutting its infrastructure footprint by 50 percent and energy consumption by 33 percent.

Additionally, with Junos OS being a common operating system, Ricoh was able to reduce its operational workloads through the unified configuration of network devices. 

In the next phase of deployment, Ricoh aims to further implement the SRX series to unify, enhance and automate its security strategy through Juniper's Software-Defined Secure Network (SDSN) framework.

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"New threats continue to emerge as technology advances. With Juniper Networks, we receive guidance and detailed advice on how best to mitigate and prevent these threats, while ensuring that our network operates seamlessly. Juniper has also been very flexible in handling issues around our network modernization. We are pleased to have Juniper Networks' continuous support, along with their high-quality technology and solutions."

- Tomotake Wakuri, Digital Transformation Division, Ricoh Company, Ltd.

"Juniper Networks is pleased to play such a crucial role in significantly transforming Ricoh Group's large-scale network into a simplified, secure and automated infrastructure. We look forward to a continued strong partnership as we create innovative solutions that can solve Ricoh's networking complexities so that they can focus on driving business growth."

- Tomohiro Furuya, Japan Country Manager, Juniper Networks

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