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Historic day as Portlaoise side Towerhill Rovers win Combined Counties Cup

first_img Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Facebook Twitter Previous articleCoronavirus: 255 more cases and one further death as Taoiseach says schools and colleges to be prioritised in new roadmapNext articleMountmellick GAA to hold drive-in bingo this Sunday, September 20 LaoisToday Reporter Electric Picnic Pinterest Home Sport Soccer Historic day as Portlaoise side Towerhill Rovers win Combined Counties Cup SportSoccer Towerhill Rovers 2 Birr AFC 0Combined Counties Cup FinalJust eight years after setting up as a club Portlaoise side Towerhill Rovers have won the Combined Counties Cup – the top knockout competition in midlands soccer.Two first-half goals from Jo Jo Salmon helped Towerhill to a 2-0 half-time lead and they kept the Offaly side at bay throughout the second half to record an historic triumph.The win brings the curtain down on a remarkable cup run, one that saw them keep a clean sheet in every single round.And it was a serious turn up for the books as they denied Birr Town a league and cup double – the Offaly side having claimed the CCFL Premier Division title a couple of weeks ago.Birr were going for a second cup success in three seasons and a fourth overall.But Towerhill never looked out of the depth and they took the lead in the 19th minute when the very impressive Jo Jo Salmon finished brilliantly after a cross into the box from James Furlong.And if Birr were stunned by that strike, they were in a worse situation just a couple of minutes later when Salmon got his second.This time the supply came from a long delivery from centre half Jack Fennell and Salmon got in behind the Birr defence and showed a great touch to flick it over the advancing Conor Hogan.It was a cushion that Towerhill would hold for the remainder of the game.“We knew we had everything to do,” said the experienced Luke O’Brien when interviewed on Midlands 103 after the game.“We knew they would come at us very, very strong. But we knew if we could get an early goal and we set in and we stayed compact. Always said if we could get an early goal we could sit in and defend and make it hard for them.“We could go out and win this three or four nil. They were leaving gaps and we could counter. We were unlucky not to go three nil and we hit the cross bar.“The goal this year was to win promotion and win a cup. The league got away from us but we sat down and said we’d go for this one.“Unlucky this year not to win the league – Covid hit and the GAA came back and we lost a few guys.”In winning this, Towerhill become the first Laois club to do so since Mountmellick won it back to back in 2002-2003 and only the fourth Laois club overall.TOWERHILL: Richie Downey, James Furlong, Mark Brennan, Jack Fennell, Aidan McGovern, Luke O’Brien, Nathan Carpenter, Martin Hilliard, Hayden Delaney, Paddy Downey, Jo Jo Salmon. Subs: Paul Sutton, Brian McCormack, Emeka, Shane Brophy, Kevin Sheehan, Gary Roe-SmithBIRR TOWN: Conor Hogan, Charlie Healy, Keith McEvoy, Ray Cordial, Declan Cahill, Paul Egan, Dean Cahill, Craig Short, Nicky Molloy, David McEvoySEE ALSO – Explained: How the knockout stages of the Laois hurling championships are looking after this weekend’s action News Historic day as Portlaoise side Towerhill Rovers win Combined Counties Cup WhatsApp Twitter WhatsApp Electric Picnic Facebook Pinterest TAGSTowerhill Rovers RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By LaoisToday Reporter – 13th September 2020 Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival datelast_img read more

Younger North Koreans turn to technology to share information

first_img News A dictionary of IT terminology installed in the North Korean smartphone ‘Arirang 151’ is said to be popular among younger North Koreans. Image: Daily NK News Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NewsTechnology AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] Facebook Twitter Younger North Koreans turn to technology to share information Unification Media Group (UMG): The lifestyles of ordinary North Koreans are changing in tandem with the increasing availability of the latest electronic devices. Younger North Koreans born in the 1980s and 1990s are leading the trend. Reporter Seol Song Ah is here to tell us more.Reporter Seol Song Ah (Seol): North Korea is rapidly turning into a capitalist society, as the younger generation turns to technology to share information.Although most younger North Koreans know little about semiconductor devices, they are very adept at using modern electronic devices like mobile phones and becoming savvy at dealing with state regulations.UMG: It’s surprising to see North Korea change rapidly, because it was a late starter in terms of using electronic devices. It wasn’t until after 2010 that mobile phones began to spread in the country.Seol: When the first compact mobile phones were released in the North Korean markets, the locals were shocked. Talking to someone far away while walking on the street with a mobile phone was an eye-opening experience.Until the middle of the 2000s, people had to visit each other’s houses if they had urgent business. The front doors of houses in North Korea are usually made of thick iron to deter thieves, so the rattling sound of knocking on a door was always loud. But this is a rare occurrence these days.It seems similar to the times when humans first discovered electricity. The introduction of mobile phones has completely changed North Korean culture from the bottom upwards. Handwritten letters have all but disappeared, along with the mailman. With mobile text messages, communication has stepped into the 21st century.UMG: It seems that North Korean society might open up more if people can communicate freely. How are things progressing in North Korea?Seol: Smartphones have enabled new ways of sharing information and cultural entertainment like TV series. With compact mobile phones, people could only share information via calls or text messages, but now with smartphones they can share all sorts of multimedia content.Interestingly, the North Korean authorities have played a role in accelerating this trend. The authorities fervently sold smartphones to earn ruling funds, and developed apps for the Rodong Sinmun (state-run newspaper), science and technology, and classic novels (etc.) to provide information to the residents. This seems to have whet their appetite for information.UMG: You mentioned that North Koreans share content through smartphones. How do they actually do that?Seol: With the introduction of smartphones, small and lightweight SD cards have also appeared in the markets. SD cards can hold enormous amounts of information and have changed everything.The residents used to favor USB memory sticks but now SD cards have become more popular because they can be used in various devices including TVs, notetel, laptops, and mobile phones. In addition, the fact that SD cards are smaller than a fingernail is also important, because it’s easier to hide them.  In parallel, devices that can read SD cards have also become popular. USB memory sticks that SD cards can slot into for reading are common.UMG: It’s interesting that even SD card reading devices are being sold in the North Korean markets. Can you elaborate?Seol: The younger generation rarely uses memory sticks these days. SD cards are smaller than memory sticks and so are easier to hide during crackdowns. In North Korea, people even prefer smaller LCD TVs because they can operate on the small amount of electricity provided by their solar panels.So the younger generation, especially those who were born in 1980s and 1990s, are becoming adept at sharing information through electronic devices. Older merchants buy smartphones to conduct business, but younger people buy them to obtain information. They watch South Korean TV series and other multimedia content all night with SD cards slotted into smartphones. This is how they are learning about the world.UMG: We know they are severely punished if caught during crackdowns. How are they coping with it?Seol: They have become very meticulous in avoiding the crackdowns, so the security agents have difficulty catching them in the act. It is unfortunate that I cannot share any specific details because it may endanger residents in the North. UMG: So the younger generation of North Koreans is rapidly adjusting to the information revolution. Are SD cards officially permitted for sale in the markets?Seol: Memory sticks are allowed, but SD cards are banned from public sale because the North Korean authorities regard them as a means of spreading foreign cultural content. In reality, merchants discreetly offer SD cards preloaded with South Korean TV series which are sold at higher prices.UMG: How much are they?Seol: The most popular product is the 4 gigabyte (G) SD card, while 8G SD cards are expensive and hard to get. Residents categorize SD cards according to whether they are genuine branded products or 8.3 market products, which are known to be lower in quality. Generally, SD cards produced in South Korea or Japan are regarded as genuine products, while Chinese products are called 8.3 market products.Chinese products are said to get too hot if used for a long time, for instance if a South Korean TV series is saved and deleted three times. On the other hand, South Korean products last well even after new data storage is loaded ten times. In the Pyongsong region, Chinese products are sold for 5 RMB (about US$0.75), while South Korean products are selling for 35 RMB (about US$5.20). North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest By Daily NK – 2017.08.08 12:50pm SHARElast_img read more

Gas prices jump, merchants scramble to adapt

first_img News By Kang Mi Jin – 2017.07.11 3:48pm Proposal to shift “general markets” to “specialized markets” finds little support among N. Korean leaders Gas prices jump, merchants scramble to adapt SHARE Facebook Twitter Gasoline prices in North Korea have shot through the roof recently, with the phenomenon emerging in areas near the Chinese-North Korean border. Despite the trend, we have not seen a proportionate rise in the cost to hire a servicha – North Korean-style logistics vehicles used to transport products and people. The cost of a single kilo of gasoline in areas like North Hamgyong Province and Yanggang Province is around 18,050 KPW. That represents a 3,000 KPW rise compared to last week’s price point. The sudden jump sparked fears among North Koreans that servicha services would also get much more expensive, but this has not eventuated. “Even though gasoline prices have risen, the cost of servichas, which are all over the country, has not changed dramatically,” said a North Hamgyong source in a telephone conversation with Daily NK on July 7. Another source from Ryanggang Province reported similar findings, noting, “I went to Wonsan in Kangwon Province for a business trip and the servicha fee was similar to what it has been in the past, despite the rise in gasoline costs.” Asked how the drivers are able to offer such rates, the source explained, “The drivers are restricting the amount of luggage accepted and taking on more passengers to economize.” In the past, servicha operators charged a fixed rate for either people or luggage. Now, the operators are preferring to take on more passengers with a smaller amount of luggage. This allows them to extract the greatest profit per unit of space. “Some servicha operators are shifting towards deals with state enterprises to transport large cargo boxes. This allows them to reduce the economic impact of rising gas and diesel prices,” he said.Since May, when prices began to rise, servicha companies and sole proprietors have become better at adapting and economizing in order to avoid losses. Merchants are also taking the rising costs into consideration. For instance, some are double-packaging items in order to reduce transport costs. According to the source, rumors from Chinese contacts began to swirl around two weeks ago in the marketplace that gas prices would climb. “As word caught on among Chongjin traders that gas prices would continue to rise day-by-day, some of the vendors decided to suspend sales of gas and diesel,” a North Hamgyong source said.“Considering that smuggling is suspended during the mourning period for Kim Il Sung (July 7 and 8), it is unlikely that gas prices will depreciate anytime soon. Because of this, farmers are already becoming concerned that these inflated prices will make it harder to effectively reap the autumn harvest in two month’s time, an activity that requires gasoline to fuel the machinery.” NewsEconomycenter_img North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News Kang Mi JinKang Mi JinKang Mi Jin is a North Korean defector turned journalist who fled North Korea in 2009. She has a degree in economics and writes largely on marketization and economy-related issues for Daily NK. Questions about her articles can be directed to [email protected] US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again News last_img read more

$300 COVID-19 cluster isolation payments now available

first_img$300 COVID-19 cluster isolation payments now available Eligible South Australians who have undertaken a COVID-19 test, are required to self-isolate and do not have access to paid leave or other income support can apply for a new, one-off $300 COVID-19 cluster isolation payment.Minister for Human Services Michelle Lensink said many South Australians may be eligible for this payment, including casual workers and sole traders.“Recognising that this is a particularly tough time for many South Australians, COVID-19 cluster isolation payments are now available for those eligible,” said Minister Lensink.“These targeted, one-off $300 payments are specifically for eligible South Australians who have undertaken a COVID-19 test, are required to self-isolate pending the test result, have been scheduled to work during the period of self-isolation and have no access to paid leave or other income support.“If this means people have missed a rostered shift or can’t work as a result of waiting for COVID-19 test results, they may be eligible for this payment.“We appreciate the mammoth efforts of the many thousands of South Australians who have come forward for testing.”COVID-19 cluster isolation payment eligibility criteria:have undertaken a COVID-19 testbe required to self-isolate pending the test resulthave been scheduled to work during the period of self-isolationhave no access to paid leave or other income support * be an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or a holder of necessary visa and work permits (temporary visa holders and international students)be aged 17 years or overTo find out more and to apply for the $300 COVID-19 cluster isolation payment visit: www.covid-19.sa.gov.au or call (08) 8226 2500.The Federal Government is also administering a payment of up to $1500 for eligible people who have been instructed to self-isolate or or quarantine at home by SA Health, or due to a positive COVID-19 test. Applications for the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment payment are via the Services Australia website. /Public News. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:AusPol, Australia, Australian, covid-19, disaster, Federal, federal government, Government, health, Human Services, international student, Minister, SA, SA Government, SA Health, South Australia, testing, websitelast_img read more

McGowan Government invests $160,000 to spark WA start-ups

first_imgMcGowan Government invests $160,000 to spark WA start-ups McGowan Government will partner with and invest $160,000 in leading start-up advocacy group StartupWA to further build the local start-up and technology sector Three summits to be held in 2021 designed to showcase local start-ups and provide them with access to information and networks to grow their ideas into strong WA businessesFunding to come from the $16.7 million New Industries Fund which was established to support and accelerate new and emerging businessesInnovation and ICT Minister Dave Kelly announced today at West Tech Fest that the McGowan Government would partner with peak start-up advocacy organisation StartupWA, to further build and create jobs within Western Australia’s start-up and technology sector.Working closely with StartupWA, the McGowan Government will provide $160,000 over two years to facilitate a series of summits aimed at showcasing local talent and start-ups as well as helping them access the opportunities they need to grow their business in Western Australia.The summits will be targeted at new opportunities for local early-stage businesses and start-ups, with a particular focus on female-led, Aboriginal and regional businesses.The partnership will assist StartupWA to host events that provide local start-ups and entrepreneurs with access to information and networks to help grow their ideas into strong WA-based global businesses.The funding will also enable StartupWA to engage a part-time employee to manage events and strengthen the organisation’s ability to support the local start-up ecosystem.The funding comes from the $16.7 million New Industries Fund which was established to support and accelerate new and emerging businesses to diversify the Western Australian economy and create new WA jobs.StartupWA is a non-profit organisation that advocates for WA to be recognised as a global hub for entrepreneurial and technological talent.Other supporters of the 2021 StartupWA summit series include Minderoo Generation One, City of Perth, AiGroup, MeshPoints, Curtin University, AICD WA, AgriStart, Atomic Sky, Spacecubed, Perth Angels, WiTWA (Women in Technology WA), South West Angels and Techboard.West Tech Fest, now in its ninth year, is a Western Australian week-long, technology festival featuring global founders, investors, CEOs and technology industry representatives from around the world.To learn more about the New Industries Fund, visit https://www.wa.gov.au/new-industries-fund, for more about StartupWA, visit https://www.startupwa.org or for information about West Tech Fest, visit https://www.westtechfest.comAs stated by Innovation and ICT Minister Dave Kelly:“Supporting start-ups, emerging businesses and small enterprises to scale up or become investor-ready is important for the growth and diversification of our economy and creating WA jobs.“Through this partnership with StartupWA, the McGowan Government aims to support WA start-ups by providing them with the tools they need to build a successful global business right here in the State.“Local start-up companies have the initiative and drive to grow the Western Australian economy, and we want to empower these start-ups to remain in the State.” /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. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Aboriginal, Australia, Australian, business, City of Perth, Curtin University, entrepreneurs, Government, industry, innovation, Minister, technology, the Summit, university, WA, Western Australialast_img read more

A message from Mayor Ted Winterer on pedestrian safety

first_imgHomeNewsA message from Mayor Ted Winterer on pedestrian safety Apr. 11, 2017 at 7:30 amNewsA message from Mayor Ted Winterer on pedestrian safetyGuest Author4 years agoaction plancity councildaily pressMayor Ted WintererSanta Monicasanta monica daily presssmdpwilliam short photography A message from Mayor Ted Winterer on pedestrian safetyThere have been several pedestrian-vehicle collisions in the last month and as we roll into our busy summer months, we want to remind you to be vigilant about road safety.There are many options to get around in Santa Monica, which is why so many of us love it here. Whether you’re driving, walking, biking, skating, or scooting, we all need to be aware of our surroundings and put safety first.We are all pedestrians at one point or another during the day so be alert at all times and follow the rules of the road.Driving carries with it the very serious responsibility of ensuring the safety of those around you. Santa Monica is a bustling community with many pedestrians and cyclists at all hours of the day and it is essential to remain attentive. At times, pedestrians and cyclists can be unpredictable, which is all the more reason to proceed with caution. Even if you have the right-of-way, make good choices, which may prevent a serious or fatal crash with a pedestrian.The Santa Monica I know is a community that cares. It is a community that looks out for one another. Please, drive safely and let’s all do our part to keep Santa Monica safe.In 2016, City Council adopted the Pedestrian Action Plan to focus on making walking easier in Santa Monica. For more information and to review the Pedestrian Action Plan, please visit www.smgov.net/walk.Tags :action plancity councildaily pressMayor Ted WintererSanta Monicasanta monica daily presssmdpshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentSupreme Court Tacks RightSanta Monica teen found dead in Long BeachYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall11 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

America Movil returns to profit in Q4

first_img America Movil swung back into the black in the fourth quarter of 2018, with the company also providing an update on the progress of recently announced asset buys from Telefonica in Latin America.It said it completed the acquisition of Telefonica’s assets in Guatemala, as announced in January, while a similar deal in El Salvador is awaiting regulatory approval. The cost of the deals was pegged at $333 million for 100 per cent of the former, and $315 million for 99.3 per cent of the latter.The company reported a profit for the quarter of MXN9.8 billion ($508.8 million), compared with a prior-year loss of MXN10.9 billion, benefitting from significantly lower comprehensive financing costs due to the release of provisions made in Brazil linked to a tax dispute. Foreign exchange losses were also lower.Operating profit increased 25.6 per cent year-on-year to MXP35.9 billion, partly due to reduced depreciation charges in Brazil following a revision of the useful lives of various assets.Total revenue decreased 0.7 per cent to MXP262 billion, with a 1.7 per cent decline in service revenue to MXP217.2 billion partially offset by an increase in equipment revenue. The company said that at constant exchange rates, service revenue grew 3 per cent.It ended the period with 275.8 million wireless customers, down 1.3 per cent year-on-year. The lion’s share of subscribers are in Mexico (75.4 million), followed by Brazil (56.4 million)For the full year, the company generated profit of MXP45.7 billion, up 8.4 per cent year-on-year, on revenue of MXP1 trillion, which was flat. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Luz verde a la fusión entre Telefónica y Liberty Global en el Reino Unido Related Home America Movil returns to profit in Q4 Author Steve works across all of Mobile World Live’s channels and played a lead role in the launch and ongoing success of our apps and devices services. He has been a journalist…More Read more Telefónica refuerza la seguridad de las cadenas de bloques Previous ArticleDtac facing further profit pressureNext ArticleGoogle refocuses Android Things on smart devices center_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 13 FEB 2019 Telefonica bolsters blockchain security Steve Costello America MovilLatin AmericaQ4 earningsTelefonica Tags Español last_img read more

‘Angry’ Poulter in search of a needed turnaround

first_imgSHANGHAI – Ian Poulter temporarily stopped a slide that had him pointed in a direction he has not been in nearly a decade. He has not been out of the top 50 in the world since Sept. 10, 2006. Poulter lost ground on the leaders with a 72-71 weekend in the HSBC Champions, though it still was good enough to tie for sixth. That allowed him to move up four spots in the world ranking to No. 40 going into the Turkish Airlines Open this week. Even so, it was only his third top-10 finish of the year. He tied for fifth in the China Open and tied for sixth in the St. Jude Classic. And while his chip-in on the 15th hole in the Ryder Cup was the turning point in earning a halve with Rory McIlroy in fourballs, it was his first Ryder Cup without winning a match (0-1-2). And, yes, he’s aware of all this. ”I’ve had three injuries this year and I’m angry,” Poulter said last week. ”I’m angry at the position I’ve put myself in. I’m annoyed that I wasn’t able to take the time off I needed playing two schedules.” The upside is that he is happy with his switch to Titleist clubs, he feels fit and he is ”fresh in the mind.” Poulter made news for reasons he wasn’t expecting when he published his book, ”No Limits,” and excerpts led to former PGA of America President Ted Bishop referring to him as a ”Lil Girl” for his candid comments about Nick Faldo and Tom Watson. Bishop wound up losing his job. ”The book wasn’t a distraction,” Poulter said. ”It was just an unfortunate circumstance, which was stressful.” Poulter plans to do a formal launch in London after the European Tour season ends in Dubai. But there won’t be much of an offseason. Depending on how he fares the next two weeks, Poulter said he might start his season in Hawaii at the Sony Open, which he hasn’t played in 10 years. MEDAL OF FREEDOM: Charlie Sifford spent a lifetime breaking color barriers in golf. His next stop is a place he never would have imagined. Sifford is going to the White House to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom The first black member of the PGA Tour was among 19 people chosen to receive the highest honor granted to U.S. civilians. Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus are the only other golfers so honored. The ceremony is Nov. 24. Sifford, 92, broke through the Caucasian-only clause on the PGA, which was rescinded in 1961 when he became the first black on tour. Sifford won twice on the PGA Tour. He also won the 1975 Senior PGA Championship. Tiger Woods congratulated him with a tweet Monday night that said, ”You’re the grandpa I never had. Your past sacrifices allow me to play golf today. I’m so happy for you Charlie.” Sifford became the first black inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2004. He said during his induction that he only had five goals in golf – to become a PGA member, win a PGA event, playing in the U.S. Open, play in the Masters and get inducted into the Hall of Fame. He never made it to the Masters, which did not start inviting PGA Tour winners until a few years after his victories in the 1967 Greater Hartford Open and 1969 Los Angeles Open. President Barack Obama saluted the President Medal of Freedom honorees as citizens who have made ”extraordinary contributions to our country and the world.” ISLAND MAN: Justin Rose of England has returned to living under the realm of Queen Elizabeth II. Only the weather is a lot nicer. Rose has moved his family from Florida to the Bahamas, where he has owned property at Albany the last few years. They moved right after the British Open and have made that their permanent residence. At least for now. ”We’re having a great time,” Rose said. ”We had a place there for two or three years, and obviously over time we developed a lot of friendships. With the facilities they’ve created for us, I have the opportunity to practice and be the best player I want to be and spend time with my family. There are a few more natural hobbies than I had in Orlando, fun things to do to get away from golf. I thought it would be good to have a nice, healthy place to be and spend time with the kids.” His oldest child, Leo, has already started kindergarten. How long this lasts is still to be determined. Rose said he has not sold his home at Lake Nona until he is certain this is the right move. ”We’ve taken a leap of faith, but we’re not all in. We’re kind of hedging,” he said. Rose said travel is not an issue. He flies private about 80 percent of the time, and there are enough direct flights out of the Bahamas to the right cities to make travel easy. And he won’t have to travel far to play in the Hero World Challenge that Tiger Woods hosts. Woods also has a place in Albany, and his December tournament is expected to move there in 2015. ”Are you kidding? It’s right on my door step,” Rose said. ”Sign me up now.” OCHOA’S TIME: Perhaps one of the few good things that came out of the World Hall of Fame revamping its process is that it clears a path for Lorena Ochoa. The Mexican star stunned the golf world in April 2010 when she announced her retirement at age 28. Ochoa had more than the required 27 points to qualify for the Hall of Fame, but she was lacking the minimum 10 years on the LPGA Tour. Ochoa walked away from golf after eight years. Now that’s no longer necessary. Under the new criteria, female candidates must be at least 40 years old at the start of the year she is elected or at least five years removed from the game. LPGA Tour Commissioner Mike Whan said in an email that Ochoa will be eligible for the 2017 class. Then it would be up to a subcommittee to nominate her, and for 12 of the 16 people on the selection committee to vote for her. DIVOTS: Rickie Fowler, who has been a member at Medalist, recently joined the Bear’s Club, both in Jupiter, Florida. ”Just to be able to play both places,” he said. ”There are good games at both places. The Bear’s Club has a little better practice facilities.”… Aberdeen Asset Management and the Scottish government have agreed to extend their sponsorship and support of the Scottish Open through 2020. It is being held next year at Gullane. … Daric Ashford has been appointed president of Nike Golf, replacing Cindy Davis. Daric has been at Nike for 21 years, most recently as vice president and general manager of Jordan Brand for North America. … John Daly will host a six-part series on SiriusXM PGA Tour radio this December called, ”Hit It Hard with John Daly.” STAT OF THE WEEK: Tim Clark has had at least one runner-up finish every season since 2004. FINAL WORD: ”No. Me? Are you kidding? No. That is not happening. Because … that’s not happening. It would not be good.” – Ian Poulter, on whether he would ever agree to wear a microphone on the golf course.last_img read more

Westwood edges Kaymer, wins second Thailand title

first_imgCHONBURI, Thailand – Englishman Lee Westwood won his second Thailand Golf Championship with a one-stroke victory over Australian Marcus Fraser and Martin Kaymer of Germany at the Amata Spring Country Club on Sunday. The 2011 champion was in a three-way lead with Fraser and Kaymer on 8 under with two holes to go but the German bogeyed the 17th while the Australian missed an easy par putt on the 18th, giving Westwood, who was watching in the clubhouse, the victory. Westwood came back from two straight bogeys at the start of his final round to fire seven birdies for a 67 and an 8-under 280 total. ”I didn’t start well and I knew I needed to shoot good scores,” Westwood said. ”I played some really good shots and made a couple of safe putts, hit a lot of fairways. ”This win is more special than in 2011 as then I was having a big lead,” added Westwood, who has won eight Asian Tour titles. Overnight leader Fraser, who started the day with a two-stroke cushion, carded five birdies against two bogeys for a 281 to finish joint-second along with U.S. Open champion Kaymer. The result assures Fraser of an entry into the British Open as one of the four leading players at the Thailand Golf Championship who had not already qualified. ”That’s why I came up here to try and do – get one of those spots at the (British) Open at St Andrews next year so it’s great, I’m excited. I played there in 2005, the first major I ever played, and was jumping out of my skin on the first tee. But hopefully I will be a bit calmer next year,” said Fraser, who has not won an Asian Tour title since victory in Korea four years ago. Apart from Fraser, Australian Scott Hend, who finished fifth with a 284, American Jonathan Moore and India’s Anirban Lahiri, both in joint-sixth with 285s, took the remaining three berths. Despite finishing at 6 over 294, American David Lipsky finished the year as the top player on the Asian Tour with total prize money of $713,901.last_img read more

Facing Long Odds, Bullock Mounts Presidential Campaign

first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. When Montana Gov. Steve Bullock hit the switch on his sleek new presidential campaign machine in the early-morning hours of May 14, he joined a crowded field of Democratic candidates historic for its depth and diversity — a roiling primary pool that had been swelling for months, and which was already approaching full froth by the time Bullock made his splash.In becoming the first Montanan to run for president as a major party candidate, Bullock is big news in the Treasure State, where the two-term governor is popular among swing voters and well regarded in both progressive spheres and by moderate Republicans. Beyond Montana’s borders, however, Bullock isn’t quite so familiar, and as he jumps into the race as a late entrant it’s the ripples of his splash he hopes will propagate his message rather than the splash itself.The most obvious questions surrounding Bullock’s decision have been gestating ever since he won re-election in 2016, notching a rare Democratic victory in a Republican-leaning state that overwhelmingly supported President Donald Trump, and prompting immediate speculation about a presidential bid.Bullock laid that speculation to rest the moment he charged out of the gate last week and released a YouTube video slugged “A Fair Shot for Everyone,” in which he ticks through an impressive list of accomplishments as governor, which he achieved while working under a Republican-dominated legislature, as well as during his tenure as the state’s attorney general.“As a democratic governor of a state that Trump won by 20 points, I don’t have the luxury of just talking to people who agree with me,” Bullock says in the campaign video. “I go all across our state’s 147,000 square miles. I look for common ground to get things done. That’s how I was able to bring Democrats and Republicans together to fight dark money and pass one of the strongest campaign finance laws in the country.”It’s a simple, straightforward campaign message that Bullock and his team have been crafting for months, but it’s also a platform that Bullock appears to genuinely believe will improve the country — take the money out of politics, reprogram transparency in the federal government, reduce corruption, build unity, and improve representation for the people. That’s not a divisive message, Bullock says, and one that ought to appeal to anyone who feels left behind by the economy.In order for that message to take root, however, Bullock has begun jostling for position in a come-from-behind horse race by breaking away from a pack that includes roughly two-dozen primary candidates, a mix of household names — Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren — as well as rising stars that have already emerged as darlings in the progressive universe — Cory Booker, Beto O’Rourke, Pete Buttigieg.The candidates are all vying for money and recognition, and with a month before the first primary debates there are only so many of them who can fit on a stage. To sort through the chaos, the Democratic National Committee has put rules in place based on polling and donor criteria that cap the number of candidates at 20.Montana Gov. Steve Bullock addresses a crowd of reporters at Helena High School, his alma mater, after announcing his presidential run on Tuesday, May 14, 2019. He is the 22nd Democrat to enter the 2020 presidential race. Hunter D’Antuono | Flathead BeaconThat roster was nearly full by the time Bullock, 53, sat down in his sparse campaign headquarters near downtown Helena to field questions from Montana reporters on the morning of his announcement, and the gentle interrogation immediately turned to practical matters.“Governor, don’t take this the wrong way,” began one reporter, belying some of the punditry that has pegged Bullock as a candidate better suited for a U.S. Senate race than for President of the United States. “How much of a long shot do you think you are in this race?”Opening with a chuckle, Bullock took a crack at a question that would be asked ad nauseam as the day rolled on.“This isn’t for me a vanity project. I wouldn’t be getting into it if I didn’t think I had something really significant to offer,” he said. “And from that perspective I am the only one in the field that has done the work on the corrupting influence of outside money, which I think we do have to address. I’m the only one that has bridged some of the divides to actually make government work. I am off the Coasts, which in many respects is a good thing. I think there are 37 or 23 or however many other folks running, and all of them offer something. And I have something significant to offer.”“A lot of people are saying they wish you were running for Senate,” began another question, referring to a potential 2020 Democratic challenge to Montana’s Republican U.S. Sen. Steve Daines.“I think we are going to have a lot of good candidates to take on Sen. Daines,” Bullock said. “My experience in public office has always been on the executive side. Even two years ago I said I’m not interested in running for Senate. That is not to take anything away from them, but I think I have a lot to offer here.”“Who are you leaving in charge of state government while you campaign?” another reporter asked.“Me,” Bullock said. “This has been a job when I have never just been able to clock out. Last summer, I spent six nights on the South Fork Flathead River in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. I was on a satellite phone and email every single day. You can’t leave the daily demands of this job even if you want to. I expect to be actively daily engaged in the issues that come up in my office and all of the agencies just like I have in the last six-and-a-half years.”Those polished responses continued to serve Bullock throughout the day as he navigated a schedule brimming with interviews and appearances before gaggles of camera crews that trailed him from a scripted event inside a science classroom at Helena High School — where the governor and his wife, Lisa, attended school, and where the couple’s three children attend school — to a stop at Ten Mile Brewery on Last Chance Gulch.Montana Gov. Steve Bullock addresses a crowd of reporters and students at Helena High School, his alma mater, after announcing his presidential run on Tuesday, May 14, 2019. He is the 22nd Democrat to enter the 2020 presidential race. Hunter D’Antuono | Flathead BeaconAs the first Montanan to ever run for presidency as a mainstream candidate, there’s no tried-and-true playbook for a governor from a state whose politics have never played by the rules. Moreover, Bullock’s talents are on the most prominent display when he’s embedded in the business of enacting policies that make a difference in people’s lives, particularly when it’s a business conducted amid the clamor of a GOP-dominated Legislature. Those talents shine less brightly from within the narrow constraints of a sound byte, which is not to say that Bullock didn’t trot out a few originals during his debut on the national media stage.“I literally signed my last bill yesterday,” Bullock told a reporter from CNN when asked about the late entry. “I know I’m not the first to enter the race but I had a job to do.”The governor’s emphasis on the way in which he’s done that job grew increasingly bold as he touted a progressive record on Medicaid expansion, education spending, campaign finance reform, net neutrality, marriage equality, women’s health rights, and conservation and climate as evidence of a phenomenon that’s not a secret in Montana — a Democrat does not have to masquerade as a Republican here to be successful or appeal to voters in what is often billed as a red state, and many of his key measures have come to fruition because he joined forces with moderate Republicans in the state’s GOP-dominated legislature.But that secret isn’t necessarily out in other corners of a country that’s increasingly polarized and riven by bitter political divisions, a trend that Bullock said had him contemplating an early conclusion to his career in public service. “Candidly, going into the ‘16 election my family and I said ‘we’ll finish up as governor and then we’re done.’ A dozen years in the public eye and raising kids is not without some challenges,” Bullock said when asked about the moment he decided to run for president. “After that election, I was asked to start traveling quite a bit because I was the only Democrat to get reelected in a state that Trump won. When I would say outside Montana that, ‘yeah 25-to-30 percent of my voters voted for Donald Trump,’ far too often you would hear either, ‘what’s wrong with those voters?’ or a little skepticism, like, ‘what’s wrong with you Bullock? You wouldn’t ever hear, like, ‘how is it that people were voting their economic interests, their hopes for their kids, their hopes for health care, and they voted with a Democrat? So that got me thinking that I have something to add to this.”Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, sporting cowboy boots, announces his run for president at his campaign headquarters in downtown Helena on Tuesday, May 14, 2019. He is the 22nd Democrat to enter the 2020 presidential race. Hunter D’Antuono | Flathead BeaconIn the hierarchy of bills that Bullock has brokered along with state Republicans, none other than Medicaid expansion are as defining to him as his efforts to fight dark money in politics, a record that began during his tenure as Attorney General and culminated four years ago with the Disclose Act, a measure the 2015 Montana Legislature narrowly passed by a single Republican vote.As Attorney General, Bullock led the effort to preserve Montana’s century-old Corrupt Practices Act, taking the case for the state’s citizen democracy all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. As governor, he signed a first-of-its kind executive order requiring the recipients of major government contracts to disclose dark money spending in elections. Under the order, government contractors who have spent more than $2,500 in the past two years in elections will be required to disclose their donations.In January, the U.S. Supreme Court left intact the state’s campaign contribution limits, rejecting a challenge that would have removed those side rails, and in March he supported legislation to ban spending and contributions in state elections by foreign governments, foreign corporations and foreign nationals.Voters can expect to hear a lot about Bullock’s work to eliminate dark money in politics in the coming months, but it’s because he’s proud of the record and believes it speaks to his acuity at narrowing political gulfs in order to usher critical legislation through divided political channels.“Nobody thought getting the Disclose Act passed was possible,” Bullock said of the legislation that broadened the scope of campaign reporting and increased the transparency of outside spending groups. “Now, if you’re a state contractor, you have to disclose all the ways you have contributed money in order to influence our elections, and companies have been following that in Montana. Think if you did that in the federal government? The federal government contracts with probably dang near every company in our country. And with laws like this in place they will either have to stop those expenditures or at least we’ll know who is buying the elections. Across the country I think there’s more commonality than you might think, because that’s certainly what we saw right here.”He’s also spoken fervently about the urgency of climate change and the need to invest in energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, particularly given the Trump administration’s record of rolling back standards and withdrawing from the Paris Agreement.“We have to address climate change,” he said, telling reporters that Montana has ramped up solar energy by 400 percent and seen wind energy increase by 200 percent under his leadership. “We would be that much better if our federal government was fundamentally addressing climate change.”After a pause, he turned to face a gaggle of national news reporters — “While you’re here visit Glacier National Park. You wait four or five more years and there won’t be any glaciers. We need to invest in technology. If we decide we are not even going to play anymore by withdrawing from the Paris Agreement, we are never going to meet the targets that we need to hand off this great country and our great world to the next generation.”Gov. Steve Bullock fires up the crowd at the public lands rally at the Montana State Capitol. Organizers estimate that the raucous rally drew more than 1,000 people, twice the number of attendees who gathered during the 2015 legislative session, a testament to the growing intensity of the debate over federal land management and the groundswell of opposition to proposals that would relegate ownership of public lands to the states. Greg Lindstrom | Flathead BeaconThe day after announcing his candidacy for president, Bullock headed to Iowa for his seventh trip to the Hawkeye Stake, but it was his first as a presidential contender. He immediately nabbed an endorsement from longtime Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller, first elected to the position in 1978. As the longest-serving attorney general in the nation’s history, Miller is widely regarded as one of the state’s most influential Democrats.In making the endorsement, Miller described Bullock as having “proven character, a record of success and an ability to connect with Americans.” Bullock is also well regarded in Iowa political circles and, with Miller’s support, is making early inroads in a state that places a key role in the selection of presidential candidates.To ease his transition into the frenzied campaign season, Bullock has assembled a team of high-ticket campaign advisers and political operatives as part of his political committee, the Big Sky Values PAC, including Jenn Ridder as campaign manager; Megan Simpson as state director in Iowa; Jeremy Busch as Iowa press secretary; and Galia Slayen as communications director.Bullock said he’s optimistic that he’ll meet polling or fundraising criteria to qualify for the first round of debates, and several national news organizations already reported that he’s passed that threshold. He raised $1 million in the 24 hours following the announcement of his candidacy, a frequent metric in gauging the early success of a candidate. It’s a robust figure, but he’ll need a lot more.Montana Gov. Steve Bullock embraces his wife Lisa Bullock before addressing a crowd of reporters and students at Helena High School, his alma mater. The governor announced his run for president on Tuesday, May 14, 2019. He is the 22nd Democrat to enter the 2020 presidential race. Hunter D’Antuono | Flathead Beacon“This is going to be a marathon, not a sprint,” Bullock, an avid runner who has completed numerous marathons, has said on multiple occasions.With his sights set on the ultimate prize, Bullock said he hopes to at least gain enough purchase in the race to influence the Democratic message as the din reaches a roar in the weeks leading up to the first debates.Either way, he vowed to connect with people one way or another, be it with a handshake or from a national stage.“People are going to hear my message,” Bullock said. “I have no idea what these debates will look like. I certainly hope I qualify because I think I have a message that people need to hear. And I will be promoting that message through all kinds of different outlets.”“This is the fight of our time,” he said. Emaillast_img read more