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Dear Santa, all we want for Christmas is more freedom – sincerely, the economy

first_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeUndoMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryUndoZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldUndoFinancial 10NHL Player’s Wife Is Hands Down The Most Beautiful Woman In The WorldFinancial 10UndoTotal PastJohn Wick Stuntman Reveals The Truth About Keanu ReevesTotal PastUndoMoney CougarLily From The AT&T Ads Is Causing A Stir For One ReasonMoney CougarUndoGive It LoveThese Twins Were Named “Most Beautiful In The World,” Wait Until You See Them TodayGive It LoveUndoMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoNoteableyFaith Hill’s Daughter Is Probably The Prettiest Woman In The WorldNoteableyUndo whatsapp Graeme Leach What does the economy want for Christmas?The answer is what it always wants, but rarely gets: more economic freedom. whatsapp Opinion Economic freedom is actually two presents, not one. To make this Christmas one to remember, the economy wants to unwrap both public and private sector freedom.Public sector freedom comes in the form of a smaller state as measured by taxation, public spending, and regulation. Private sector freedom means increased competition, the stronger entry and exit of firms, less market concentration, and reduced monopoly power.Every year the economy asks for a smaller state, but unfortunately Santa has become a “big state” man.The queue for his grotto is full of politicians who want to sit on his knee and whisper how kind it would be to increase the size of the government. So as far as Santa is concerned, all anybody should want for Christmas is a bigger government.Exasperated, the economy has come up with a different letter to Santa this year. It doesn’t just ask for a smaller state, it also points out that there is very strong economic evidence of a negative trade-off between the size of the state and economic growth. In fact, recent research suggests that if the size of the state is reduced by 10 percentage points of GDP, the GDP growth rate is likely to accelerate by 0.5 to one percentage points.The economy hopes that this approach will appeal to Santa, but unfortunately the progressive elves who advise him on such matters have a nasty habit of tearing up any letters from the free market.But the free market shouldn’t be disheartened. Anybody who can coordinate all those reindeer – and all those presents – is not daft. And as Santa flies his sleigh across the globe, he’s noticed that the economies with the most freedom send the biggest Christmas presents. They’re also the ones most able to help those with the least resources.Santa can see with his own eyes the blessings from economic freedom, and yet the politicians still sit on his knee and tell him the opposite.All is not lost though. Santa has noticed that, as the state has got bigger, the reindeer and elves have become far less efficient in certain countries. The Singapore elves are outstanding. The French and Italian ones, not so much. Tags: Brexit Dear Santa, all we want for Christmas is more freedom – sincerely, the economy Thursday 20 December 2018 8:33 am Share Santa has also known for a while that when the reindeer turn north from South Korea, they get lost because there are no lights to guide them at night outside of Pyongyang.Even the reindeer comment that the difference between north and south of the 38th parallel must have something to do with economic freedom, and if that is such an important issue, why do western politicians not see it?The worst part of Christmas for Santa is when he’s in his grotto with politicians sitting on one knee and big business on the other. Big business hates competition and loves to be protected.But this year, Santa has had enough. To make a point, he’s going to give one country the opportunity to reduce the size of the state and increase competition. That present is called Brexit, and if Santa can sort out his “Remainer” elves, Christmas might be a tad late, but it will certainly be here by 29 March next year. City A.M.’s opinion pages are a place for thought-provoking views and debate. These views are not necessarily shared by City A.M.last_img read more

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With rehab and a jolt to the spinal cord, paralyzed patients take steps again

first_img Andrew Joseph About the Author Reprints Please enter a valid email address. Two research teams reported Monday that three patients paralyzed from the waist down were able to take steps again after weeks of rehabilitation and the implantation of a device that zaps the spinal cord in precise ways, fueling hopes that some sensory and motor function may be regained even when it appears they have been completely lost.“The fact that at one time, it was thought there would be no motor or sensory function in these patients — what is returning is just extraordinary,” said Peter Wilderotter, CEO of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, which has previously funded some of the researchers involved in the new studies. “It signals that the old dogma is being reversed and perhaps this isn’t as intractable as it was once believed.”Past research has shown that a combination of rehab and electrical stimulation can help some people paralyzed from spinal cord injuries intentionally move their legs while lying on their sides. But these patients — a 29-year-old man in one study out of the Mayo Clinic, and a 34-year-old man and 23-year-old woman in a study from the University of Louisville — achieved new milestones. They were able to control their legs and walk with only the help of walkers or crutches and some balance assistance.advertisement Experts noted that these were just a small number of case reports — a sign of research progress but not a demonstration that such an approach will work for all patients. Stephen Estes, a spinal cord injury researcher at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, who was not involved with the research, said he was greeting the results with “cautionary optimism.” mayo clinic main loopVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsEnabledDisabledPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9 facebook twitter Email Linkhttps://www.statnews.com/2018/09/24/patients-paralysis-take-steps-again/?jwsource=clCopied EmbedCopiedLive00:0000:2000:20  General Assignment Reporter Andrew covers a range of topics, from addiction to public health to genetics. None of the three individuals who regained some motor control saw any improvements in sensation. While the two Louisville patients had some slight sensation before the study, the Mayo patient had none.Whatever answers the studies may have provided are accompanied by at least as many questions. Researchers still haven’t determined how the pulsing of the spinal cord device enables signals from the brain to travel past the point of injury and trigger controlled leg movements. Without that understanding, they can’t be sure who else might be primed for this type of progress.“We really want to understand how that occurred, why that occurred, and, potentially going into the future, find out who we could help with this research protocol,” said Kristin Zhao, a biomedical engineer at the Mayo Clinic and one of the senior authors of that study, which was published in Nature Medicine.The researchers do have a hypothesis.It’s been thought that a severe spinal cord injury prevents signals coming from the brain from turning on nerves below the site of the lesion; those nerves are then no longer able to be activated and, say, direct the quadriceps to contract. But researchers are finding more evidence that some connections remain intact, and maybe just need a jolt.“Across neuroscience as a whole, there’s a greater understanding that the nervous system is a lot more plastic than previously thought,” Estes said.He likened the implanted stimulator to an amplifier. If there are normally, say, 100 connections that telegraph a command from the brain along the spinal cord, a serious injury might mean there are only one or two remaining. Those might not be enough to convert a signal into movement, but perhaps the stimulation boosts the signals enough to trigger movement.The neurons are able to once again “take in the information from the brain to allow for voluntary control over the legs,” said Dr. Kendall Lee, a Mayo Clinic neurosurgeon and a senior author of the study. Before they could take steps, the patients had to undergo training sessions several times a week for months, and they could only walk when the device was stimulating the spinal cord, not when it was turned off. Two patients in the Louisville study, which was published in the New England Journal of Medicine, did not regain independent walking ability, even with the stimulation and intensive rehabilitation.advertisement Leave this field empty if you’re human: For the studies, researchers implanted the electrical stimulation devices, which are normally used to treat pain, on the covering of the spinal cord, called the epidural space. In the Mayo Clinic patient, who was paralyzed in a snowmobiling accident, the device was placed below the site of the injury, at the site of the nerves that are wired to the muscles in the legs.As the patient went through rehabilitation, the researchers embarked on their own form of training. Because they controlled the electrical pulse — the voltage, the pattern, and the length of the stimulation — they had to figure out the precise instructions to send to the spinal cord.They managed to deliver a sequence of pulses that excited the nervous tissue in such a way that the man was able to swing one leg and then the other — what they called “interleaved” stimulation programs.The Mayo team has implanted a device in a second patient but has not reported results from that case yet. Among other questions is what kind of rehabilitation protocol might be best.“It’s a very rigorous and intensive protocol,” Zhao said. “Going forward, just how much rehabilitation is needed? Can we look at other strategies to streamline the rehabilitation?” Newsletters Sign up for Morning Rounds Your daily dose of news in health and medicine.center_img Trending Now: Privacy Policy @DrewQJoseph Comparing the Covid-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson Mayo Clinic By Andrew Joseph Sept. 24, 2018 Reprints In the LabWith rehab and a jolt to the spinal cord, paralyzed patients take steps again Tags neurosciencepatientsresearch [email protected] last_img read more

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An open letter from LaoisToday: Think local, support local and #LoveLaois as businesses open their doors again

first_img News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Pinterest Electric Picnic Home We Are Laois An open letter from LaoisToday: Think local, support local and #LoveLaois as… We Are Laois Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date And now more than ever they need our support. There has never been a greater choice for consumers. And in that context, businesses have to meet the demands and offer a quality of service and value to match their many competitors, both locally, nationally and internationally. Over the last couple of months, businesses all over Laois have introduced many new ways of embracing technology and trading online. Physically re-opening the doors of their business will be a big step too. Over the next couple of months they’ll face challenges like never before. It will be difficult for traders and customers alike. But be patient, be supportive and as a county we can rise again. From our very inception in LaoisToday we aimed to do as much of our business within Laois and with Laois people as possible. We are extremely proud that we are the only locally-owned and family run media outlet in Laois and one of only a handful of family run media outlets in the country. We are also the only ones without a large corporate body behind us. But despite that we have considerably the biggest audience. And we are urging our readers, viewers, listeners and social media following to get behind the businesses in Laois. We may not have any sport this year but we must summon the spirit that has helped give our county some of our great days in Croke Park and O’Moore Park over the years. ‘Laois, Laois, Laois,’ goes the crowd at the big moments in those big matches. ‘Laois, Laois, Laois,’ is how we must think and act now. Let’s support each other – and think local, support local and #LoveLaois. We’ll be all the better for it.  Twitter Facebook WhatsApp TAGSCoronavirusLaoisToday center_img Pinterest Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role An open letter from LaoisToday: Think local, support local and #LoveLaois as businesses open their doors again Facebook Electric Picnic WhatsApp Slowly but surely, the country is opening back up. Following the unprecedented health crisis that forced the world into lockdown, thankfully there are signs that society and the economy is beginning to move once more. It’ll be a long road before things are ‘back to normal’ but any step in the right direction is to be warmly welcomed. For the many businesses that were forced to close their doors over the past couple of months, they are now working hard to implement and adapt to a new regime. All going well, the government will move to Phase 2 of their roadmap to re-opening the country next Monday, June 8. A key element of this phase is that small retail outlets will be able to open again.The message from LaoisToday to our audience at this time is quite simple: think local, support local and #LoveLaois. We are urging you to support all types of Laois businesses – motors, hospitality, property, retail, health and beauty etc – and, when safe to do so, to enjoy the many brilliant tourism facilities on our doorstep. Local businesses – ones that are genuinely embedded in and supportive of their local communities in so many ways – deserve to be considered when you go to spend your money. Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival By Steven Miller – 1st June 2020 Previous articlePopular local amenity closes as hundreds gather over the weekendNext article‘Share the Sunshine’ – and support this year’s Hospice Sunflower Days Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of LaoisToday.ie. From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point.last_img read more

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Ensuring justice and accountability are delivered across Sudan

first_imgEnsuring justice and accountability are delivered across Sudan Thank you, Mr President.I would like to start by thanking the Prosecutor for her 32nd report on the situation in Darfur pursuant to Security Council resolution 1593 (2005). The continued work of the Prosecutor and her team is an important part of the efforts towards ensuring accountability for the most serious of crimes committed in Darfur. The International Criminal Court also has an important role to play in global efforts to end impunity for these crimes of international concern, and the United Kingdom fully supports its efforts to hold perpetrators to account and achieve justice for victims in Darfur.Mr President, since this Council was last briefed on the situation in Darfur pursuant to Security Council resolution 1593 we have continued to see the Government of Sudan make welcome progress in implementing key reforms to ensure justice and accountability is delivered across Sudan. These include the repeal of criminal law provisions that prevented cooperation with the ICC as well as legal reforms on women’s and children’s rights.Here, I would like to draw particular attention to the first visit of the ICC Chief Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, to Khartoum, a historic moment for the new Sudan. The cooperation between the Court and the Sudanese authorities is a clear demonstration of the importance that the transitional government has placed on the pursuit of justice for victims of atrocity crimes in Darfur. As is the recent Juba Peace Agreement, which pledges the signatories’ preparedness for full and unlimited cooperation with the ICC concerning persons for whom arrest warrants have been issued.Mr President, whilst it is right that we recognise and applaud the progress that has been made, the UK acknowledges that this is one of many steps in the process of ensuring justice and accountability are served – and that issues of concern remain. As the Prosecutor details in her report the security situation in Darfur has deteriorated during this period, with spikes in violence resulting in the deaths, injury and further displacements of civilians. The continued persistence of human rights violations and incidence of sexual violence, particularly against children, is concerning and unacceptable.Here, I echo the statement to the Council of my country’s Permanent Representative on Tuesday and call on the Government of Sudan to build on the progress already made and intensify their efforts to improve judicial systems and rule of law institutions as part of the implementation of their National Plan for Civilian Protection (S/2020/429).Finally, I would like to thank the Prosecutor and her team for their continued dedication and work on this situation during this reporting period. The United Kingdom welcomes the work of the Office of the Prosecutor since the surrender of Ali Kushayb to continue their investigative activities to strengthen and reinforce this case. We urge the Government of Sudan to continue their work with the ICC and facilitate, swiftly, the Office’s request for support on these efforts including access to Darfur.In closing, Mr President, let me reiterate the United Kingdom’s support for the welcome commitments that the Government of Sudan has made on ensuring justice and accountability not only for historic crimes committed in Darfur, but across Sudan. We urge Sudan to build upon this progress as they continue to implement the goals of the transition. We stand ready to assist as part of our wider commitment to support the people of Sudan. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. 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Make Pension Contributions Mandatory

first_imgDirector of the Mona Ageing and Wellness Centre, Dr. Denise Eldemire Shearer, has called for pension contributions by Jamaicans to be made compulsory.She made the call in light of statistics, which indicate that while Jamaicans are living longer, most persons have made no plans for their financial security during their retirement years.“Today’s older person has changed and will live at least 20 to 25 years after retirement and will need the financial assistance that a pension provides,” she said.Dr. Eldemire Shearer was addressing the National Council for Senior Citizens’ (NCSC) Ageing Conference on June 25, at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston under the theme: ‘Ageing and Development – Ensuring an Enabling and Supportive Environment’.In presenting the findings of a 2012 study entitled: ‘Solid Start Ageing in Jamaica’, Dr. Eldemire Shearer noted that 60 per cent of the persons surveyed did not have pensions and never contributed to the National Insurance Scheme (NIS).The findings, she said, are in keeping with a 1995 study done by the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ).“Only a third of the 2,800 persons that we interviewed said they had thought about pension as part of their retirement plan and other 38 per cent did not answer. Nothing has changed. The same thing is happening for the 40-60 years age group and unless we do something about pension contribution, your grandchildren will be having the same discussion,” she argued. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedRecruitment for Canada Farm Work Programme August 10 to 28 Photo: Mark BillMinister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier (left), shares a light moment with Director of the Mona Ageing and Wellness Centre, Dr. Denise Eldemire Shearer, at the National Council for Senior Citizens’ (NCSC) Ageing Conference held on Thursday (June 25), at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston. The survey also found that largest increase in the ageing group was among females over 80, most of whom had no pension, were single and had poor housing and poor health.“We are exploding in terms of the numbers of older people at a time when the younger people are decreasing…which means those of us who could bank on having five, six children to look after us, that luxury is not there for coming generations,”Dr. Eldemire Shearer pointed out.She stressed the need for discussion surrounding a possible increase of the age of retirement, as social security systems are no longer able to sustain persons living well beyond retirement when they could have still been working and contributing to national development.She further called for an inter-ministerial approach to ageing as “the issues, the challenges and the opportunities around ageing are no longer just in social security.”Labour and Social Security Minister, Hon. Derrick Kellier, in his remarks, said the conference provides an opportunity to strategise to make the best use of the talents, knowledge and expertise of members of the older population.He noted that national and local government, civil society, and other interest groups and direct service providers can do more to develop scaled interventions targeted specially at their needs.“Surely, there is scope for the development of a skills bank of those who have separated from the labour market but have years of textured expertise in varying fields to offer the country,” he said.“And how about exploring the possibility of building an entire business model based on the structural demographic of the aged in the society around the provision of services like grocery shopping, money management, and  bill payment for those citizens in old age, and who maybe experiencing physical loneliness, emotional loneliness, partnership bereavement, and so on?” he suggested.Minister Kellier also welcomed partnerships with various stakeholders of the NCSC in implementing some of the strategies and recommendations designed to further the integration of seniors for national development.Data from the 2011 ‘Population and Housing Census’ showed that over the last decade (2001-2011), the number of persons in the 45-64 age group grew by 127,379; there were over 1.26 million persons in the 30-64 age range; while 217,606 persons were in the 65 and over age range.In  2011, there were approximately 305,163 senior citizens in the age group 60-95, with the parish of St. Andrew having the highest number (61,953) followed bySt. Catherine (52,770) and Clarendon (28,375).The United Nations has projected that the world population will grow by an average of 70 million each year up to 2025, after which it will increase by 40 million yearly until the middle of the century, when the population will reach just over 8.9 billion.The number of persons age 65 and over is expected to double from the current seven per cent or 450 million, to 16 per cent or 1.4 billion persons by 2050. RelatedAdditional Funds for Poverty Intervention Project Story HighlightsDirector of the Mona Ageing and Wellness Centre, Dr. Denise Eldemire Shearer, has called for pension contributions by Jamaicans to be made compulsory.She made the call in light of statistics, which indicate that while Jamaicans are living longer, most persons have made no plans for their financial security during their retirement years. RelatedJamaicans Urged To Protect Children from Child Labour Make Pension Contributions MandatoryJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay Advertisements Make Pension Contributions Mandatory LabourJune 29, 2015Written by: Shari-Ann Palmerlast_img read more

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NMS to lose control of local properties

first_imgHomeNewsNMS to lose control of local properties Dec. 06, 2016 at 8:15 amNewsNMS to lose control of local propertiesGuest Author5 years agoAEWdaily pressJudge Suzanne BrugueraNeil ShekhterNewsNMSSanta Monicasanta monica daily pressQuonset at 829 Broadway is a property involved in NMS’s litigation. BY KATE CAGLEA Southern California developer recently found to have committed of fraud and forgery will potentially face the scrutiny of City Hall concerning current and future projects in Santa Monica.On Friday, a Los Angeles Superior Court Judge ruled local developer Neil Shekhter, founder and CEO of NMS Properties, committed a “broad variety” of fraud and forgeries, including providing a fabricated contract to the court, as well as destroyed evidence. The case surrounded a joint venture between NMS and hedge fund AEW and concerns seven properties in Santa Monica, one in Los Angeles and one in West Hollywood.Because of the ruling, Shekhter will cede control of the nine properties. Judge Suzanne Bruguera also ruled NMS misappropriated funds when dealing with AEW and ordered NMS to pay AEW’s attorneys’ fees in the amount of $5,249,643 and suit costs totaling $784,284.NMS currently manages more than 50 properties in Southern California with more scheduled for development.In the wake of the ruling, Santa Monica City Councilmembers Kevin McKeown and Sue Himmelrich are urging city staff to look into all existing and pending agreements with Shekhter, NMS, and associated entities.“The situation is very volatile and fast moving, and we do not have all the facts,” Himmelrich said.Because of the ruling, residents living in the seven Santa Monica NMS buildings involved in the case now find themselves under new ownership.“We need to know the actual facts involving many existing buildings as well as many pending developments to understand our situation with respect to NMS and Mr. Shekhter,” Himmelrich said.Shekhter’s attorney, Skip Miller of Miller Barondess, LLP in Los Angeles, has already filed an appeal to the ruling. He defended his client in a statement to the Daily Press:“Neil Shekhter didn’t forge anything. The order is wrong. All he did was discard his personal home computer to protect his and his family’s privacy,” Miller said.“Mr. Shekhter has spent ten years of his life and millions from his own pocket developing these properties, and we’re not going to allow this East Coast hedge fund to take it all away based on this order.”Attorneys for AEW did not respond to our request for comment.In September of 2015, a judge ordered NMS to freeze all electronic documents and submit computers and devices to the court for forensic examination. Evidentiary hearings took place over eight days in October of this year. During the hearing, an expert from the National Institute of Justice examined a contract Shekhter claimed he received in 2010, but found it had actually been printed three years later.The ruling raises questions for affordable living advocates, including the Santa Monica Coalition for a Livable City. The group claims there are currently 18 NMS projects pending in Santa Monica that have not yet been approved. The coalition is urging the city to immediately drop all projects and negotiations concerning those projects.Discussion items are scheduled for the end of the regular calendar. Council will meet on Dec. 6 beginning at 4:30 p.m. in City Hall, 1685 Main [email protected] :AEWdaily pressJudge Suzanne BrugueraNeil ShekhterNewsNMSSanta Monicasanta monica daily pressshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentLocal entrepreneur supporting immigrant workersResistance results in citationYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall12 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson22 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter22 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor22 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press22 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press22 hours agolast_img read more

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Leonard’s hole-out eagle on No. 1 sparks 68 in Rd. 1

first_imgPONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Justin Leonard wasted no time in getting his round started Thursday at The Players Championship. Leonard holed his approach shot for an eagle on the first hole, a shot that propelled the veteran to a 4-under 68 in the opening round. He took dead aim with an 8-iron from 147 yards and found his target, holing the shot on the fly and damaging the cup in the process. “Fun way to start the day,” Leonard said. “It made some noise, so we knew it hit the pin at some point, but didn’t know until we got up there that it had just blown the front of the hole out.” The Players Championship: Articles, videos and photos Leonard won at TPC Sawgrass in 1998 and has made the cut each of the last five years on the Stadium Course. The 41-year-old explained that he enjoys the annual trip to the Stadium Course, where his disadvantage off the tee can often be mitigated. “I feel like this golf course doesn’t suit any particular style of play,” he said. “There’s some holes where length is an advantage, and there are some holes where it’s not as much of an advantage. “I feel like I’m kind of on more level ground with a lot of guys here than I am at some other places.”last_img read more

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Baek wins three-way playoff for HanaBank title

first_imgINCHEON, South Korea – Kyu Jung Baek of South Korea won a three-way playoff Sunday to claim the LPGA’s KEB-HanaBank Championship. Baek, making the first LPGA start of her career, shot a final-round 67 to finish tied at 10-under 278 with Brittany Lincicome of the United States and compatriot In Gee Chun, then birdied the first playoff hole on the Ocean Course at the Sky72 Golf Club to take the title. In the playoff, Lincicome and Baek hit third shots to four feet on the par-5 18th. Lincicome missed her birdie putt while Baek calmly made hers for the win. Chun’s hopes for the title were dashed when her approach shot went into the greenside water. ”Even before the playoff, I was in a similar situation for a similar shot with a similar break. When I played the KLPGA Championship,” Baek said. ”I focused and was aggressive.” The 19-year old Baek has three victories this year on the Korean tour. She became the fourth teenager to win on the LPGA Tour this season joining Lexi Thompson, Lydia Ko and Hyo Joo Kim. Baek started the day with a share of the lead but fell back after playing the first 10 holes even-par. She rattled off five-consecutive birdies on Nos. 11-15 to get her back in the share of the lead. ”So going into the final nine, my goal was to come into the top 5 and so I really concentrated on every hole and I started making birdies,” said Baek. ”It all started to kind of work for me from then on.” No. 2-ranked Inbee Park of South Korea shot a 67 to finish one stroke behind the leaders. U.S. Women’s Open champion Michelle Wie finished two strokes back after a 67 that included three birdies and an eagle on the par-5 No. 5. Wie was playing in her first tournament since withdrawing during the first round of the Evian Championship in September after reinjuring a stress fracture in her right hand. Suzanne Pettersen of Norway, who was bidding for a third title here after winning the tournament in 2007 and 2012, shot a 71 to finish tied for 12th at 5-under 283. Defending champion Amy Yang of South Korea struggled with a 76 that left her tied for 46th place.last_img read more

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Open should restore sense of order

first_imgTROON, Scotland – By comparison, this week’s Open promises to deliver a measure of competitive clarity to a season defined by distractions and dissension. After weeks of waiting, the Olympic torch has been doused, rather than lit, by those who chose not to make the trip to Rio. The surreal spectacle of last month’s U.S. Open has quietly faded into the background. And the wildly premature declarations of a Big 3 have at least been tempered by parity and a party crasher. If Jason Day is the byproduct of Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy having a baby, as the Australian joked last year, Dustin Johnson has evolved into a freakish hybrid of all three in recent weeks. Johnson overcame the demons of past major misses at Oakmont last month, with or without a one-stroke penalty, and added a World Golf Championship to his resume in his follow-up start. That Johnson seems just as adept on the links of Scotland as he is on the fields of Oakmont only makes his status as a potential game-changer that much more imposing. Last year at St. Andrews, Spieth was paired with Johnson for two deflating days and watched as DJ took a one-stroke lead after opening with rounds of 65-69. “I played with Dustin the first two rounds and thought, ‘Man, there’s nobody beating him this week,’” Spieth said. “He was just absolutely tearing it up.” Imagine what the bomber can do now, without the weight of so many near-misses heavy across his broad shoulders. But as impressive as Johnson’s run has been, the other members of golf’s foursome de jour could just as easily be considered the favorite, including McIlory, the 2014 champ who was dubbed the Ringo Starr of the game’s Fab Four by some in the U.K. media this week. “Those guys are having a great run at the minute,” McIlroy said. “I’m pretty confident that if I go out and play my best golf, I’m going to win more times than not. I’ve got four major championships, and I’d love to add to that tally, just as those guys would love to add to their one or two majors that they have and just keep going.” The Open: Full-field tee times | Photo gallery Full coverage from the 145th Open Lost in the Dustin hype are Day’s three victories this season, including his triumph at The Players. Day’s seven-win, year-long run was sparked last year at St. Andrews when his birdie bid to join the impending playoff came up inches short. He’s been a different player ever since, and his close call last year would suggest the Australian has found an answer to his links questions. “It was just a strange feeling that I felt so calm about things, and no matter what happened, it was going to be OK. I think subconsciously I just finally got over the hurdle that, it’s your time to start winning and play well,” Day said when asked to describe last year’s loss at St. Andrews. Spieth, separately, rebounded from a spring swoon with his second victory of the season at Colonial. He finally seems to have worked his way through a two-way miss that cost him a second green jacket in April. And even McIlroy, who has now played five majors since last he overpowered a major field, has flashed signs of his familiar form, with a victory at the Irish Open in May and top-5 showings at The Memorial and French Open. For those who have waited patiently, the stars seem to have properly aligned for the new wave of young … well, stars. This Open appears to have providence after weeks of chatter about Olympic no-shows and condensed schedules. And while the Big 4 will dominate the dialogue, Royal Troon’s penchant for identifying otherwise obscure champions – Todd Hamilton, for example – makes it unwise to dismiss the other 152 players in the field. When Justin Leonard won The Open in 1997, he’d been on the PGA Tour for just three years. He wasn’t exactly a household name. The same could certainly be said for the aformentioned Hamilton. Although the club’s pedigree includes plenty of heavy-hitting champions, most notably Tom Watson in 1982 and Arnold Palmer in ’62, the strength of Royal Troon is in its competitive simplicity. “I don’t think it’s a bomber’s course, as such. I think our motto here, “tam arte quam marte,” which [in Latin] means ‘as much with skill as by strength,’” said Colin Montgomerie, who grew up playing Troon. “This course demands both, strength and skill.” Royal Troon is widely considered the Open’s fairest test, and perhaps the greatest compliment one can pay to the layout is that it’s adept as a venue, not as a talking point. Royal Troon will stand as a stage and not a distraction, unlike some other major championship venues. It also seems certain there will be no rules snafus or blunders like those that marred last month’s U.S. Open or the 2010 PGA Championship. “The referees that we have here are highly experienced referees. A lot of them work on the major tours and the major amateur events all year around,” said Martin Slumbers, the chief executive of the R&A. “Our feeling is that the standard of the refereeing that will be out there this weekend is second to none.” In other words, there will be no rules entanglements, no golf course set up issues, no distractions – just a sense of order that only the chaos of a Scottish summer can cause.last_img read more

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Councillors meet today to consider material alterations to Draft County Development Plan

first_img By News Highland – May 9, 2018 Harps come back to win in Waterford Pinterest Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Twitter Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Donegal County Councillors are meeting today to consider the proposed material alterations to the Draft County Donegal Development Plan for 2018-2024.Councillors accepted a number of recommendations outlined in the Chief Executive’s report today but objections were made to recommendations put forward, proposing not to extend the settlement boundaries in the Bunbeg, Derrybeg, Glenties and Dunfanaghy areas.It was agreed that proposals would pass without the recommendations.Councillor John Sheamuis O’Fearraigh welcomed this decision and says given the housing problem in Ghaoth Dobhair it is important that boundaries are extended to allow for development:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/ofearraighweb.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24thcenter_img AudioHomepage BannerNews Pinterest Councillors meet today to consider material alterations to Draft County Development Plan Previous articleWorld Cafe Research event to examine needs of young peopleNext articleOver €4700 granted for two projects in Donegal News Highland Facebook FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 WhatsApp Google+ DL Debate – 24/05/21 Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction last_img read more