Tiger Woods hopes he’s close to putting his game together

first_imgVolcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Woods has won at the course Jack built a record five times. The most recent victory was in 2012, when he took command from behind the 16th green by turning a potential bogey into a chip-in birdie that Nicklaus still thinks is one of the best shots he ever saw.The most recent appearance? That’s different.Woods last played the Memorial in 2015. In the last few months before a series of back surgeries, Woods shot 85 in the third round, the worst score of his career. Because an uneven number of players made the cut, Woods teed off Sunday morning as a single and shot 74.“I tried, and unfortunately on this golf course, hitting it as bad as I did, it just wasn’t good enough,” Woods said.As for playing as a single? Woods smiled.ADVERTISEMENT Nicklaus suggested on Tuesday that Woods has to learn anew how to win because it has been five years since his last victory.McIlroy understood what he meant, having gone 18 months between victories until he won the Arnold Palmer Invitational. McIlroy started this year with good chances at Abu Dhabi and Dubai, and then he broke through at Bay Hill.“As long as you put yourself in contention more and more and keep knocking on the door, sooner or later you’re going to step through,” McIlroy said. “And then with that, experience will do great things for you going forward.”Woods hasn’t been within five shots of the lead going into Sunday since Bay Hill. He never got going at the Masters or at Quail Hollow, and while he had a season-best 65 in the third round at The Players Championship, he still was 11 shots out of the lead. The idea this week is to get in range.“The last few times that I’ve had a chance, I’ve felt very comfortable,” he said. “Hopefully I can just shoot the low round when I need it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Serena Williams launches fashion collection of her own Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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McIlroy recalled his highest round at 83 in the South African Open in 2007, his seventh tournament as a pro.McIlroy climbed the steps to the stage as Woods was leaving and said to him, “Aside from your 85, you have won here five times.”Those are the memories Woods hopes to draw from when the Memorial begins Thursday on a Muirfield Village course in its usual mint condition. The tournament is two weeks before the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills, and it has the kind of field that makes it feel like a mini-major.Only two players from the top 10 in the world are missing: Jon Rahm and U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka.Justin Rose is coming off a victory at Colonial, his ninth consecutive year with a victory somewhere in the world. Justin Thomas is making his debut at No. 1 in the world, an achievement that doesn’t come with a trophy but one that meant enough to him that he stayed up later than usual when he got home after The Players Championship to see the world ranking page with his name at the top. He took a screen shot.“Seeing every golfer in the world behind my name is a pretty fun thing,” Thomas said.Dustin Johnson, who doesn’t appear to be concerned with much in life, conceded he was eager to get back the No. 1 ranking he held for 15 months. This is his first tournament since he lost the No. 1 spot to Thomas.Nicklaus was around the first and 10th tee boxes during the pro-am to greet them all, a list that includes Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler.Woods has made strides since his return from a fourth back surgery, including a runner-up finish at the Valspar Championship in March, and an exciting charge at Bay Hill that ended with a tee shot out of bounds on the 16th hole. And the tournament host had some encouraging words.Nicklaus complimented Woods on his swing, and then told him what Woods has felt for the last few months.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“He was saying that my swing is starting to look a little bit better,” Woods said. “And I said, ‘Yeah, I’m really not that far away,’ and he totally agreed. He just kept urging me to be patient with it because he could see that I’ve made some pretty big strides this year, and not far away from putting it all together.”The Memorial presents such an opportunity. LATEST STORIES Tiger Woods follows through on his swing from the rough on the tenth hole during the pro-am for the the Memorial golf tournament Wednesday, May 30, 2018, in Dublin, Ohio. (AP Photo/David Dermer)DUBLIN, Ohio — The two biggest figures at the Memorial, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods, managed to carve out some private time at the back of the 10th tee amid a mass of people Wednesday at Muirfield Village.Some of it was just catching up. The two most prolific winners of major championship had not seen each other since April at the Masters.ADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial View commentslast_img read more

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Mini hydro, road projects among proposals to IsDB

first_img– bank working with Guyana to set up development agendaTo access funds from the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), Guyana has placed several proposals before the bank to consider, including the development of mini hydro stations and improvements to technical and vocational training programmes.Finance Minister Winston Jordan (third from left), with several attendees at the meetingThis position was articulated by Finance Minister Winston Jordan, who was addressing attendees at the 44th meeting of the Islamic Bank group, in Morocco, over the course of last week. According to the Minister, the Government wants to use a portion of the money to develop three mini hydro power stations.“I am pleased to say that the IsDB has commenced working with Guyana to develop an appropriate development agenda as well as a plan of action and implementation,” Jordan said. “To this end, Guyana has placed for consideration the following investment initiatives with the IsDB.”“The development and construction of three mini-hydropower systems and road links in our vast hinterland communities, the construction of several potable water and sanitation systems,” he outlined. “A reverse linkage programme in halal ecosystems and a reverse linkage programme in technical and vocational training with emphasis on addressing the critical needs of our emerging oil and gas sector.”The Minister explained that Government has plans for highway construction projects that will improve access to thousands of hectares of agricultural land while linking communities and markets.In addition, he mentioned plans for marine port development to improve shipping and competitiveness and opportunities for investment programmes to support elder care initiatives.UpdatesCalling the IsDB’s support for Guyana unique in the way programmes are formulated an projects approved, Minister Jordan also provided updates on what has been coming out of this partnership.“In 2018, three operations were approved, enabling Guyana to benefit from a grant of ID200,000 for the upgrade and modernisation of a geriatric facility; a US$20 million instalment sale operation to expand and upgrade the electricity transmission and distribution system.”According to Jordan, this led to the improvement in the quality and reliability of the energy supply received by customers. He also spoke of the reverse linkage programme which was funded from contributions from Malaysia (US$0.3 million), the IsDB (US$0.28 million) and Guyana (a matching amount). This money was to make the rice industry more resilient, productive and competitive.“Additionally, in 2018, we received a programming mission to begin preparation for several new projects. These operations are an appropriate response to the current challenges faced by Guyana, which are rooted in insufficient national resources and a diminishing pool of multilateral and bilateral support to provide the social and economic infrastructure necessary for giving ‘the good life’ to all Guyanese,” Jordan said.Last year, Government had drawn down US$20 million from the sum allotted to them by the IsDB from its US$900 million resource envelope which it was allowed access to on the condition that projects are proposed.last_img read more

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Dynamic Airways to suspend all flights to Guyana from Oct 2

first_imgAlthough local representative of Dynamic International Airways, Captain Gerry Gouveia is of the belief that a meeting in the new week with the executives of the airline will determine the way forward, the airline’s last flight to Guyana will be Monday, October 2, 2017. This was not only related to staff members but also passengers who have already booked with the airline to travel.Local representative of Dynamic Airways, Captain Gerry GouveiaPassengers who are booked with Dynamic Airways beyond October 2 will be shuttled to their destinations by other airlines based on an agreement. Guyana Times understands that hundreds of passengers are booked to travel with the airline in the upcoming Christmas season, but those passengers are asked to contact their travel agents to make the necessary adjustments.As a result of the decision to pull the plug on the service provided by the airline, a number of staff will be laid off. Presently, more than 300 employees at various ports have already been given letters of dismissal.In Guyana’s case, this publication was told that those employees who were hired to work primarily with the airline could be affected in some way. This, however, will not in any way affect those workers who are employed with Roraima Airways, since the company will still operate its handling service at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA).In addition, the company operates its executive lounge, but it is not quite sure if those employees will be affected.Dynamic’s pullout from the Guyanese market is a direct result of the airline filing for bankruptcy. In July, the charter company filed a voluntary Chapter 11 petition with the United States Bankruptcy Court in the Middle District of North Carolina. In this case, Chapter 11 allows a debtor to propose a plan of reorganisation to keep its business alive and pay creditors over time.Dynamic Airways initially stated that the decision to seek protection from the court against its creditors was as a result of it being riddled with litigation.These include the lawsuits relating to Hajj flights that Dynamic operated in 2014 for Air India and the recent arbitration award against Dynamic International by the Canadian Arbitration Association in April 2017, which determined that the US-based airline was in breach of contract by failing to pay commissions to BKP Enterprises in connection with the Hajj flights.Dynamic added that while it has filed a notice of appeal and intends to challenge the judgment and award, it has no immediate recourse to stay the judgment, but has determined the commencement of the Chapter 11 case is necessary.In its three years of operations in Guyana, Dynamic Airways has been faced with heavy criticisms, given a long list of disruptions in flights which left passengers stranded for hours both at the CJIA and John F Kennedy (JFK) Airport as a result of delays.last_img read more

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Pochettino vows to stick by under-fire Tottenham man for Sheffield United cup clash

first_img Michel Vorm 1 Mauricio Pochettino is backing under-fire keeper Michel Vorm and is set to keep faith with him for the crucial Capital One Cup semi-final against Sheffield United on Wednesday night.Vorm was heavily criticised for his calamitous mistake against Leicester in the final minutes which allowed Jeffrey Schlupp’s volley to bobble over him and gift the Midlands club a victory in the FA Cup fourth round.Reports had suggested that the Dutch keeper would be replaced by first-choice Hugo Lloris for the second leg at Bramall Lane following his error.But Pochettino says Vorm has the strength of character to bounce straight back and says he will show his loyalty to the 31-year-old by starting him once again against the League One side.Pochettino, whose side hold a 1-0 lead from the first leg, said: “I think it should be normal to play Michel. This is football. All games are important and when we started to play against Brighton and Nottingham Forest [in the early rounds] he had good performances. I am not worried by what happened in the final minutes against Leicester.“He made two big saves in the first half. His attitude is fantastic and nothing has changed. In one action he conceded a goal. He made a mistake and it was unlucky. Every player can make a mistake, but we have full confidence in him.”last_img read more

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‘Felipe Anderson to make £47million Man United move in summer’ – Lazio president

first_img Lazio star Felipe Anderson 1 Manchester United will sign Brazilian starlet Felipe Anderson in the summer for £47million, according to Lazio president Claudio Lotito.The 22-year-old attacking midfielder was strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford during the January transfer window, but he ultimately remained in Rome as a deal failed to materialise.The Serie A side’s sporting director Igli Tare recently claimed they rejected a €50m approach from United last summer, insisting they wanted more money for the rising star.“We turned down a €50m (£37.6m) offer from Manchester United on August 27 and nothing has changed since then,” he said. “He’s worth much more.”And it appears the Red Devils upped their bid, with Lazio president Lotito revealing the clubs have agreed a deal for around £46.9m.“Felipe Anderson will move to Manchester United next season, for €60 million,” he told Italian football news outlet Calciomercato.“I bought Felipe Anderson for €8million, and I’ve already sold him on for €60 million.”Anderson is tipped for a big future and made his debut for the Brazil national team last year.The winger has scored seven goals for Lazio so far this season, having found the net 11 times last term.last_img read more

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Justice marches on

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event More than 130 dancers wearing feathers and clutching incense pots, shakers, conches and mandolins led the marchers through the streets, as homeowners on their porches watched the procession. As they approached Cesar E. Chavez Park in San Fernando, the marchers passed by a statue of Chavez and a mural dedicated to him. Artist Ignacio Gomez and his wife, Imelda, created the memorial, and on Sunday he recalled meeting Chavez years ago and being struck by his charisma. “He was soft-spoken and gentle, but when he got up there you just couldn’t help … (listening) to him,” Gomez said. Chavez founded the United Farm Workers union and led boycotts to win better pay and working conditions for his members. Mushroom picker Rogelio Lona, 57, of Gilroy, Calif., was with Chavez at the bargaining table and spoke to the crowd before the start of the march. “I am an immigrant to this country, I came here when I was between 15 and 16 years old,” Lona said in Spanish. “At that time there was a lot of discrimination. If you think there’s discrimination now, you should have lived back then.” Students in the march held banners and chanted, Miss San Fernando 2006 wore a tiara as she walked in front of a giant Mexican flag and a Northridge couple wearing Mexican wrestling masks followed behind. After the march, Marcos Higuera, 30, of San Fernando lingered by the Chavez mural and learned from the panoramic art piece that the union leader had served in the military. “When we think of Cesar Chavez immediately we think of a Mexican instead of an American hero,” Higuera said. “It’s kind of interesting how he has that duality. Yes he’s Mexican but actually he’s an American hero.” Alex Dobuzinskis, (818) 546-3304 alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FERNANDO – Led by dancers dressed in elaborate Aztec garb, thousands of marchers on Sunday paraded past a mural of the late labor activist and civil rights leader Cesar Chavez, whose legacy has been honored over the last week in a number of events. Participants in the 13th annual March for Justice, which started the year after Chavez died, listened to speeches and a Spanish performance of “We Shall Overcome” at Brand Park in Mission Hills before starting the walk. “(Chavez) believed in nonviolence, and he lived it,” said Los Angeles City Councilman Tony Cardenas. “He believed that one man, one person together with his family, with his friends and with his community can change the world. And he did.” An estimated 2,300 participants joined the event, said Fire Inspector Dennis Clemons of the Fire Department. last_img read more

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Bening makes push for arts in schools

first_img “The governor has the microphone, and it’s hard to compete with that,” she said. “So he’s (Beatty) just speaking out for a lot of people – the teachers and the firefighters and the nurses. They deserve a voice, too.” – Associated Press 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Actress Annette Bening appeared on the Capitol steps Friday and appealed for increased funding for the arts in California’s public schools. “Education and art in our culture should not be treated as a luxury for some, but as an absolute necessity for every one of us and every one of our kids,” Bening said. The two-time Oscar nominee is a member of the California Arts Council and was participating in California Arts Day. She reminisced about her grade-school trip to the San Diego Opera House and the first time she saw a Shakespeare play, on a junior high school field trip. Bening said she fears that children in public schools don’t have those opportunities today. “I’m lucky – I come from the movie business, as the governor does, and my kids, because I can afford it, go to private school,” she said. “The governor’s children have those same advantages. Many children do in this state, in private and in public schools. However, many, many, many do not.” Bening’s husband, actor and director Warren Beatty, a longtime Democratic activist, has criticized Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in recent months, fueling speculation that he might make a bid for governor next year. Bening declined to speculate after her appearance Friday on what arts and education funding might be like under a Gov. Beatty. “My husband’s not running for anything, but he certainly wants to speak out about the special election,” she said. Schwarzenegger, a Republican, has placed several ballot initiatives on the Nov. 8 ballot, including one that would change the way schools are funded. She called Schwarzenegger’s propositions “dangerous.” last_img read more

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More Reasons You Wouldn’t Want to Live on Mars

first_imgElectric charges in dust devils on Mars may generate toxic chemicals, says a report on Space.com (see also later story posted on National Geographic News).  According to two recent reports in Astrobiology journal, “Small dust devils and planet-wide storms – combined with static electricity – may lead to the formation of hydrogen peroxide and other corrosive chemicals that fall to the Martian surface as a sort of toxic snow….”  If this is the case, any nascent organisms trying to get a foothold on Mars would have been ripped apart by the highly oxidizing soil.  This may also explain the unusual results of the experiments that found highly reactive soil by the Viking landers 30 years ago last month (see story on La Canada Online).It stinks on Mars, too, remember?  And there is no protection from cosmic radiation and solar storms (12/08/2003), because there is no global magnetic field.  Recently, scientists determined that the atmosphere is so thin, no one would be able to hear you scream – even if you got a peep out before collapsing from lack of oxygen and the fierce cold.  Science sure has a way of spoiling a lot of great science fiction stories.  Better appreciate the privileged planet you have.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Scholarship opportunity for students interested in the pork industry

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest ScholarshipsThe National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) and CME Group are pleased to announce the 2016 Lois Britt Memorial Pork Industry Scholarship ProgramSponsored by CME GroupManaged and administered by the National Pork Producer CouncilWrite yourself a brighter future!The scholarship program was introduced in 1990 by CME Group and NPPC to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the CME Live Hog futures.  The scholarship was renamed in 2006 to honor the passing of NPPC Board of Director Lois Britt. Britt, a lifetime supporter of agriculture, spent 34 years with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service finishing out her carrier for 15 years with Murphy-Brown LLC doing Public and Government Relations. She was inducted into the NPPC Pork Industry Hall of Fame, the N.C. Pork Council Hall of Fame, and awarded the N.C. 4-H Lifetime Achievement Award as some of her many achievements.With the marking of the 50th anniversary of the Live Hog futures in 2015, the number of scholarships was raised from four to five awarded.  The five scholarships are awarded to students who intend to pursue a career in the pork industry with hopes that they who may emerge as industry pork industry leaders their selves someday.To be eligible you must:Be an undergraduate student in a two-year swine program or a four-year college of agricultureWrite a brief letter indicating what role you see yourself playing in the pork industry after graduationSubmit an essay of 750 works or less describing an issue you see confronting the pork industry today or in the future offering your solutionsObtain two letters of reference from current of former professors or pork producer/industry professionalsPrepare a cover sheet with your:1)     Name2)     Complete mailing address, telephone number and email address3)     School name4)     Year in school5)     Permanent mailing address and telephone numberSubmit the above items in a single envelope to:National Pork Producers CouncilAttn: Craig BoellingPO Box 10383Des Moines, IA 50306-9960 Or email to:Boellingc@nppc.org Note: All entries must be postmarked by January 8, 2016.The NPPC will administer the program, read the essays, and select the winners.  Essays will be judged on the basis of clarity and expression, persuasiveness, originality, and relevance of topic. Winners will be announced at the Pork Industry Forum in Indianapolis, Indiana March 3-5, 2016. NPPC and CME Group reserve the right to publish any or parts the essays submitted.For additional information, please contact Craig Boelling at 515-278-8012.last_img read more

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Pork demand remains steady

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Pig farmers and food production companies alike are wrapping up a successful 2017 that continues to show steady consumer demand for pork. The summer grilling season ended strongly, and signs point to a solid year-end opportunity for ham.According to Nielsen Perishables Group data for the 13 weeks ended Oct. 28, total sausage and rib volumes were up from the same time last year 3.3% and 2.6% respectively, while sales were up in those categories 4.1% and 3.2%.“Summer is always an ideal time for cooking pork outdoors,” said Patrick Fleming, National Pork Board director of market intelligence. “Whether it was brats on the grill or a few racks of ribs on the smoker, consumers made room for pork on their picnic plate in 2017.”That momentum carried over into fall, as overall retail spending on pork by U.S. consumers was up by more than 3% in dollar sales during the month of October.The Nielsen data shows that consumer spending for ham was up a slight 1% for the 13-week period ending Oct. 28. Fleming acknowledges this demonstrates strong consumer demand for a pork cut that normally shines at year end due to the holidays.“It’s encouraging to see that more consumers are spending more on ham as we head into the holiday season,” said Fleming. “We are already hearing anecdotally that some key retailers saw more hams leave the cold case heading into Thanksgiving. The volume of hams currently in storage should create favorable price points for consumers through yearend and into 2018.”According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agriculture Statistics Service, frozen ham inventories at the end of October were up 2.1%, compared to this time last year. With both strong summer and fall sales performance, pork producers are encouraged by signs that point to a strong finish to the year.“Hams are no longer saved just for Christmas,” said Terry O’Neel, president of the National Pork Board and a pig farmer from Friend, Nebraska.  “And with the kids, grandkids and other family members visiting for a few days, other cuts like bacon and sausage shine at breakfast, while prosciutto and salami are showcased in the New Year’s charcuterie tray. Pork’s value and versatility make it a go-to meal option this time of year.”Additionally, pork plays a growing role in the restaurant and foodservice industry. Since 2011, pork has been the fastest-growing protein, according to Technomic, Inc.’s 2017 Volumetric Assessment of Pork in Foodservice. During the past six years, pork use has grown on a per pound basis by more than double chicken, largely due to foodservice operators seeking higher quality cuts and cooking them to 145 degrees Fahrenheit (with a three-minute rest). During this same time period, pork represented 61% of all protein growth in the foodservice industry.last_img read more

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