Embassy decision has negative effects

first_imgThe Trump administration’s hasty and thoughtless proposal to move the U.S. embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem has already had negative repercussions. It has emboldened the Likud Party to push for annexation of West Bank territories, making a two-state solution even more implausible.The description of Israel as an apartheid state, while offensive to many, is becoming more accurate. And Congress, by not pushing back against the administration’s actions is complicit in making a bad situation worse. Instead of casting votes that limit the free speech of U.S. citizens who support the boycott divestment sanctions movement, Congress must focus on urging our ally Israel to behave in a manner that truly will bring statehood and justice to Palestinians. I urge you to educate yourself about the injustices that a 50-year occupation of the West Bank have brought about, and to acknowledge that there are both fanatics and reasonable people on both sides of the Green Line. Before blindly supporting Israeli policy — a policy designed only to annex and repress — I suggest you read the book, “Kingdom of Olives and Ash” to get a sense of the oppression that residents of the West Bank face on a daily basis.Gary GrillCanaanMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccine Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Trading suspension looms as Indonesian stocks plunge another 4%

first_imgRead also: Global shares head for worst week since 2008 financial crisis Indonesia’s benchmark stock index plunged deeper on Friday, trading down more than 4 percent during the morning session and prompting the bourse operator to call for an emergency press briefing. The latest sell-off has been mainly blamed on the coronavirus spreading rapidly outside of China.The Jakarta Composite Index (JCI) was down 4.4 percent at 5,290 at 10:55 a.m., a level unseen since December 2016. The morning session closed at 5,311.96 points at 11:30 a.m., down 4.04 percent from Thursday’s close. The market is set to reopen 2 p.m. The decline adds to a 2.69 percent plunge on Thursday, when foreign investors posted Rp 1.05 trillion (US$75.1 million) in net sells of domestic stocks, and falls in line with a global market rout over fresh fears that the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is spreading rapidly outside of China. The MSCI all country world index fell 3.3 percent on Thursday to bring its losses so far this week to 8.9 percent, on course for its biggest weekly decline since a 9.8 percent plunge in November 2008. The US’ Down Jones slumped 4.4 percent on Thursday’s close. Japan lost 2.5 percent, Australia dropped 3 percent and South Korea slipped 1.4 percent.On Friday, all of the bourse’s nine sectoral indices were in the red during the session before lunch break. The decline was led by miscellaneous industry, which plummeted by 5.65 percent. Diversified conglomerate PT Astra International, a blue chip stock, plunged 6.72 percent. Cement producer companies’ stocks such as PT Indocement Tunggal Prakasa and state-owned PT Semen Indonesia, as well as diversified petrochemical giant PT Barito Pacific declined by around 7 percent.The agriculture sector index followed the decline, down by 5.3 percent, as agribusiness company PT Salim Ivomas Pratama plummeted 12.3 percent.Despite the rout, foreign investors seemed to have used the opportunity to buy back Indonesian stocks as the IDX recorded a total of Rp 61.59 billion in net foreign buys as of 11:30 a.m.Panin Sekuritas equity analyst William Hartanto told The Jakarta Post on Friday that the JCI had entered a market crash phase in a technical manner.“The uptrend that had been created since 2009 broke when the index fell below the 5,940 level,” he said by text message.Read also: Stocks near 3-year low as foreign investors post huge sell-off amid virus fearsHe attributed the crash to the COVID-19 outbreak all over the world as investors are panicking over concerns that the virus could cause the global economy to continue to slow.According to the World Health Organization, there were 459 new cases and 44 deaths in 37 countries as of Wednesday. China reported 412 new confirmed cases.The coronavirus has infected more than 80,000 people and killed nearly 2,800, the majority in China. Cities in the world’s second-largest economy are in lockdown, with factories temporarily halting production and travel warnings for China issued by countries around the world.Aside from the virus, William also attributed the JCI’s rout to the investment mismanagement case implicating state-owned insurers PT Asuransi Jiwasraya and Asuransi Sosial Angkatan Bersenjata Republik Indonesia (Asabri), which prompted the Attorney General’s Office to freeze 800 securities accounts.“The case caused transactions in the market to quiet down since the case unravelled,” he saidWilliam continued that he expected the market to continue to decline until the COVID-19 outbreak could be contained. He projected that the JCI would dip to around 5,060 to 5,250 by the end of the first quarter of this year.He suggested that market players adapt their strategies to book profits. “The crash is not the end of the stock market,” he said. (est)Topics :center_img Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) president director Inarno Djajadi said that, if the drop in the JCI reached 5 percent, the bourse would suspend trading for a few hours but reopen within the same day.“We’ve prepared a crisis protocol [for the event that] it falls 5 percent,” Inarno told The Jakarta Post on Thursday. “We’ll monitor the situation closely.”If the stock index fell by 10 percent, stock trading would be suspended for the whole day, he added. The IDX has announced a press briefing for later today.Global share markets headed for the worst week since the darkest days of the financial crisis in 2008 as investors braced for the coronavirus to morph into a pandemic and derail world economic growth, Reuters reported.last_img read more

Demand sky high for luxury Brisbane units despite COVID

first_img BRISBANE’S MOST IN DEMAND APARTMENT PROJECTS Demand is sky high for luxury Brisbane apartments. Image: AAP/Darren England.CASHED-UP locals looking to live the high life in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis are paying big money for luxury apartments in Brisbane’s inner-city suburbs.Tens of millions of dollars have changed hands in recent weeks for units in new residential developments in New Farm, Newstead, Teneriffe and Kangaroo Point, with investment in major infrastructure projects luring buyers.New research provided exclusively to the Sunday Mail reveals there has been an 85 per cent month-on-month increase in searches for apartment projects in Brisbane via property portal realestate.com.au. The Queen’s Wharf development is under construction in Brisbane’s CBD. Picture: Richard Walker.The top five most visited projects in the past three months include Queen’s Wharf Residences in the CBD and Brisbane 1 in South Brisbane, where one of the two remaining penthouses is still up for grabs for just over $2 million.While sales have slowed in most apartment projects amid the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, high-end units are selling like hotcakes.Almost all of the 128 apartments in Cavcorp’s 17-level Le Bain development in Newstead were settled during the height of COVID-19 restrictions, with the project’s eight penthouses totalling more than $21 million. The rooftop of Cavcorp’s Le Bain residential development in Newstead. Image supplied.Cavcorp managing director Damien Cavallucci said the settlement of 95 per cent of apartments in the project in the midst of a global health pandemic was an achievement.Mr Cavallucci said buyers were a mix of downsizers, first-home buyers, upsizers and local and international investors.“Le Bain’s unique features captured strong interest from current residents of Cavcorp’s earlier buildings, which resulted in an incredible phenomenon of renters turning into buyers,” Mr Cavallucci said.“Over 10 per cent of the presales at Le Bain originated from interest and inquiry from existing rental tenants in Cavcorp buildings.” The lap pool and magnesium spas on the rooftop of Le Bain in Newstead. Image supplied.In neighbouring Teneriffe, inner-city professionals have bought 60 per cent of the apartments in Visie Properties’ new submarine-inspired development, Obsidian.The collection of 13, three and four-bedroom apartments and penthouses range in price from $1.3 million to $2.5 million.The penthouses offer terraces, lofts, individual wine cellars, five-metre high ceilings and four car parks.“Coincidently three of the eight units purchased have gone to dentists,” Gap Development Sales director Grant Plummer said.“The development has struck a chord with city professionals due to its location just three kilometres down river from the CBD, artistic design and spacious living.” Designed by award-winning architects Hayes Anderson Lynch, Obsidian is a submarine-inspired apartment development in Teneriffe. Photo supplied. Inside one of the apartments in Obsidian in Teneriffe. Photo supplied.In Kangaroo Point, Simon Caulfield of Place Kangaroo Point is in negotations to sell a full-floor apartment in the new ‘Thornton’ development for $6 million.The project at 11 Thornton Street by JGL Properties will see thirteen full-floor, north-facing residences built on the peninsula.During COVID-19 restrictions, Mr Caulfield said his agency had sold nearly $15 million worth of apartments, including the $4.3 million sale of 701/21 Pixley St, Kangaroo Point and the $3.2 million sale of 1E/39 Castlebar Street in the same suburb. This apartmetn at 701/21 Pixley St, Kangaroo Point, has sold for $4.3m.In New Farm, a penthouse-style whole floor apartment in Tom Dooley’s Aquila complex has sold for $4.8 million to a local buyer.The 418 sqm residence in Moray Street attracted five written offers, including one from a Hong Kong expat.Selling agent Sarah Hackett of Place Bulimba said the apartment sold for $300,000 above the asking price. Mrs Hackett said buyers who could afford to upgrade were doing so, and wanted the assurance their investment would stand the test of time.She said the downsizer market was taking advantage of the growing number of boutique developments being constructed through Brisbane’s inner city. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus8 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market8 hours agoThis unit in the Aquila development at 3/81 Moray St , New Farm, has sold.Mrs Hackett has also sold three, four-bedroom apartments in the Seymour Group’s riverfront apartment project, The Oxlade. The apartments all sold to local buyers, totalling more than $10 million. Inside the unit in the Aquila development at 3/81 Moray St, New Farm.Over the next six years, inner Brisbane residential projects are set to benefit from the $2.1 billion redevelopment of Eagle Street Pier, the completion of the Brisbane Live entertainment precinct and Cross-River Rail.The state government has announced it will fast-track the planned Kangaroo Point pedestrian bridge to bring forward investment and drive employment.The $190 million bridge, set to link Brisbane’s eastern suburbs with the CBD, is one of five announced last year.At Breakfast Creek, a pedestrian and cycle bridge connecting Kingsford Smith Drive Riverwalk will also move ahead.Two further pedestrian bridges in West End — one from Toowong to West End and the other from St Lucia to West End — are also being considered.Work on the Kangaroo Point and Breakfast Creek green bridges is scheduled start next year and be finished in 2023 — two years ahead of the initial 2025 date. 1. Brisbane 1 South Brisbane 2. Queen’s Wharf Residences3. Halo4. Montague Markets & Residences5. Atlas South Brisbane(Source: Realestate.com.au)last_img read more

Hard charger Wauge pockets $1,500 for Haudenshild Tribute win

first_imgBy Don Martin IIWHITE CITY, Ore. (May 28) – With a $1,500 top prize and a berth on the ballot for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational on the line, Mark Wauge impressed with his charge to the front of the pack for the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified victory at Southern Oregon Speedway’s Roger Haudenshild Tribute Race.Wauge started in the last row in a 30-lapper that ran with just one caution flag and a complete restart. He took the lead from long tow Darrell Hughes II on lap 20.  Once in front, Wauge was not to be denied as he pulled away for the win.After a multi-car crash resulted in a complete restart, Brian Poppa shot into the lead on the open­ing lap. What proved to be the last caution of the contest flew on the next circuit.Hughes pressured Poppa hard for the lead before using an inside pass on lap five to gain the lead. Wauge was already sixth by then and raced his way into the top four two laps later.He caught Duane Cleveland and Poppa before an inside move in on the 20th lap gained Wauge the lead.  He set a blistering pace from that point that saw him lap several cars down the stretch.Wauge was the winner ahead of Hughes – the Crack The Whip Challenge winner – Jesse Bailey, Poppa and Randy McDaniel.Brothers Todd Cooper and Brian Cooper ran 1-2 in the $1,000 to win Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature.Patti Ryland and Todd Cooper swapped the lead before Cooper settled into the front spot with his brother running second.Jorddon Braaten gained third and then Fred Ryland got by his wife for fourth.  The rest of the race was caution-free with Todd Cooper winning by most of a straightaway. Phillip Shelby rounded out the top five.Extra money in the respective purses was made possible thanks to sponsorship from the Haud­enshild family and Dusty’s Transmissions of Central Point.Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Mark Wauge; 2. Darrell Hughes II; 3. Jesse Bailey; 4. Brian Poppa; 5. Randy McDan­iel; 6. Duane Cleveland; 7. Mark Carrell; 8. Nick Trenchard; 9. Ryan McDaniel; 10. Albert Gill; 11. Scott Crumm; 12. Mike Evans; 13. Kevin Pendergrass; 14. Duane Orsburn; 15. Zach Fettinger; 16. B.J. Wild; 17. Kyle Casson; 18. Lloyd Speer; 19. Shane Mills; 20. Curt Coggins.Northern SportMods – 1. Todd Cooper; 2. Brian Cooper; 3. Jorddon Braaten; 4. Fred Ryland; 5. Phillip Shelby; 6. Bob Nelson; 7. Patti Ryland; 8. Dwayne Melvin; 9. Jimmy Lipke; 10. Mike Medel; 11. Chris Frisbie; 12. A.J. Parker; 13. Randy Fernandes; 14. David Marble; 15. Tony Bartell; 16. Glen Severson; 17. Ken Frisbie; 18. David Henshaw.last_img read more

Former Manchester United striker Bebe likens himself to Cristiano Ronaldo

first_img Ronaldo is also a Portuguese ex-United forward – and the parallels between the two men would appear to end there. Bebe’s stint with the club began in the summer of 2010 – a year on from Ronaldo having departed as one of their greatest ever players – and he went on to make only seven appearances for the Red Devils, scoring two goals, before leaving in 2014. Former Manchester United striker Bebe has raised some eyebrows after suggesting his game has similarities with that of Cristiano Ronaldo. The 25-year-old cost a reported £7million from Vitoria de Guimaraes, spent time on loan from United at Besiktas, Rio Ave and Pacos de Ferreira and is widely regarded as one of the worst signings in the Old Trafford outfit’s history. His next stop was Benfica, from whom he is now on loan at Rayo Vallecano. And in an interview with Spanish newspaper AS, Bebe said when asked who his idol was: “(Didier) Drogba, but also Cristiano because he’s Portuguese. “I have the same way of running, and the same shooting style, he’s definitely a favourite.” Bebe admits he initially thought it was a “joke” when he heard United wanted to sign him and that it was “insane” being one of their players – but insists he enjoyed the experience. “It all happened very quickly, a total surprise,” he said. “One day I’m training and the next they’re telling me that I’m going to sign a five-year contract with Manchester United. I thought it was a joke. I wasn’t there long, but I enjoyed it. “It was insane. I was playing with the best in the world. It wasn’t easy, the first week I had to take a deep breath, but I got used to it. I adapted and tried to fit in.” He added: “I came there without much of a football education, just what I was born with: talent, speed, strength… but you needed more. If a big club signed me now it’d be different.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Senator resigns from USG before presidential election

first_imgUndergraduate Student Government Senator and presidential candidate Daniel Million resigned from the Senate on Tuesday, citing what he said was a lack of inclusivity from the organization as well as unfair hiring practices and judicial processes.Million was not present at the USG Senate meeting on Tuesday, though he had not announced his resignation publicly at the time. He explained that the biggest problem that he had with USG was the organization’s inability to make him feel welcome, especially as a student of color.“In a meeting with some heads of USG, I stated that as one of the two black males of the organization, I sometimes felt like no one cares about the problems I’m facing,” Million said. “I’ve talked about the Black Lives Matter movement and unarmed black people being shot and how that impacts me. No one has listened, I don’t think anyone has cared.”USG Vice President Austin Dunn, who oversees Senate meetings and has worked with Million in the past year, said that he made efforts to reach out to all senators by scheduling one-on-one meetings with them throughout the year. However, he said that Million never expressed any of the concerns he had about not feeling included in USG to him.“That’s really hard to hear because there are many people at this organization that are fighting for people of all backgrounds and communities,” Dunn said. “Edwin and I can only control so much, and when people don’t bring issues forward and have a discussion with us, then there’s no way we can help. We can’t be in the minds of other students — all we can do is serve the people who are willing to speak up and have an open dialogue with us about the problems that are being had.”Furthermore, Million said that he believed the hiring process in USG was tilted in the favor of people who had personal connections to current USG leaders, and that he no longer wanted to be part of an organization that chose its members in this way. If elected president, Million explained that inclusion and a non-biased hiring process would be a primary concern.“I don’t want anybody to feel the way I did,” Million said. “As a delegate, I felt like I didn’t know people within the organization that were higher up and that I didn’t have a chance. I want every person on this campus to feel like they have an equal opportunity to get positions these positions.”Dunn, however, explained that for USG appointments, the heads of most branches — communications, funding and program board — are chosen by the previous year’s leaders, a system that he emphasized was based on merit and not personal connections.“As the vice president, I oversee the advocacy branch and the Senate, and I only directly hire the director of the advocacy branch,” Dunn said. “Experience within the organization, ideas for moving forward and passion are three things that I look for personally.”While Million said he does “wholeheartedly respect” the work that USG does, especially that of the cultural assemblies, advocacy branch and program board, he explained that his participation in the election has led to his loss of faith in the organization’s ability to uphold rules. His ticket, Million-Vorhoff, filed a complaint against the Austin-Morgan campaign last week, accusing them of beginning their campaign the day before the start of the official campaign period. The Austin-Morgan ticket received four strikes — out of nine that would lead to disqualification — and was stripped of $1,000 out of its $1,500 campaign reimbursement. Million said that this punishment is not adequate and negatively impacts USG’s accountability and integrity.“I feel like this sets a precedent that students in the future that have the resources to fund their own campaigns might as well seek this unfair advantage,” Million said. “People are going to take advantage of this ability. The members of the organization need to be held to a higher standard.”However, Dunn said that he agreed with Million’s point, and had actually tried to address the problem himself.“I was worried about a precedent being set where having money would allow you to break the rules,” Dunn said. “It’s really offensive to apply that to myself and Morgan’s campaign, because the moment I heard about the ruling, I went to the professional staff and asked if I could appeal. I did that because we were honest about the mistake that we made and wanted to be clear that it would never happen again.”Million explained that despite his resignation, he wants to remain involved with USG by serving as its president, through which he hopes to make a lasting impact on the USC community.“At the end of the day, what I want to be remembered for, regardless of if we win or lose this election, is that we’re fighting for the students,” Million said. “We want to make sure all the students know what’s going on this campus. We want to give students the opportunity to make an impact.”last_img read more

Guardiola Challenges Man City ahead of M’gladbach Clash

first_imgIt has raised hope among City’s fans that Guardiola is already on course for glory, but he says his team must raise their level if they are to finish the season with silverware.“We are first after four games in the Premier League, but the way we have played until now will not be enough to win the Premier League,” he said.“We have to improve to win the Premier League. Of course we are so happy for the results, for the numbers, for the way we are playing after two months.“But it is not enough to win the Premier League or to achieve big targets in the Champions League.”Guardiola is a two-time Champions League winner and has never failed to reach the semifinals in his seven seasons coaching in the tournament with Barcelona and Bayern Munich.City broke new ground in the competition last season under Guardiola’s predecessor Manuel Pellegrini, reaching the last four for the first time before losing 1-0 on aggregate to eventual winners Real Madrid.Once again they find themselves in an arduous pool, with Barcelona and Scottish giants Celtic completing Group C.City beat Gladbach twice in last season’s group phase, but needed a 90th-minute Sergio Aguero penalty to win in Germany and a late salvo of goals from Raheem Sterling and Wilfried Bony to prevail at home.With a trip to Celtic to follow, and then an emotional double-header against his former club Barcelona, Guardiola knows City cannot afford to make a sluggish start at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday.“They are a brave team, (with a) brave coach – one of the best teams in Europe,” Guardiola told his pre-match press conference at the City Football Academy training complex.“They have a lot of quality. The draw was difficult for us. Barcelona was there, especially with Gladbach.”Aguero is available for City despite currently serving a three-game domestic suspension and has shaken off a calf problem that forced him to withdraw from international duty with Argentina.Close-season signing Ilkay Gundogan, the Germany midfielder, could make his debut after overcoming a knee problem, while captain Vincent Kompany is close to a return after thigh surgery.After 37 years during which they did not play a single game in Europe’s top club competition, Gladbach are appearing in the Champions’ League group phase for the second season running.Fourth in the Bundesliga last season, 33 points below Guardiola’s Bayern, they reached the group stage in impressive fashion by crushing Swiss side Young Boys 9-2 on aggregate in the play-off round.Andre Schubert’s men face a battle to avoid a second successive group-stage elimination, but American midfielder Fabian Johnson believes they can pull off an upset against City.“I don’t think there is a team in the world that cannot be got at,” he told the Bundesliga website.“Obviously City have an outstanding squad with many world-class players. They’ve also made an impressive start to the season.“So we respect them, but we don’t fear them. We know what we are capable of and showed that last season – against Man City, too.”Gladbach opened their league campaign by beating Bayer Leverkusen 2-1, but went down 3-1 at Freiburg on Saturday.Alvaro Dominguez and Josip Drmic are long-term absentees for the Foals, while Marvin Schulz and Mamadou Doucoure are yet to feature this season due to groin and muscular injuries respectively.TUESDAYBarcelona v CelticBenfica v BesiktasDynamo Kyiv v NapoliBasel v LudogoretsBayern v FC RostovMan City v M’gladbachPSV v AtleticoPSG v ArsenalWEDNESDAYLeverkusenvCSKAClub BruggevLeicesterFC PortovKøbenhavnJuventusvSevillaLegia WarsawvDortmundLyonvD’ZagrebReal MadridvS’LisbonTottenhamvMonacoShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUEManchester City manager Pep Guardiola warned monday that his players have not yet met his expectations ahead of their opening UEFA Champions’ League group game at home to Borussia Moenchengladbach today.City have won all six of their matches in all competitions this season and moved clear at the top of the Premier League with a slick 2-1 derby win at Manchester United on Saturday.last_img read more

Kaymer inspired by video of last major win 6 years ago

first_img Written By Associated Press Television News COMMENT First Published: 7th August, 2020 07:09 IST Last Updated: 7th August, 2020 07:09 IST Kaymer Inspired By Video Of Last Major Win 6 Years Ago Martin Kaymer hasn’t won since the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2, and while he thought he was playing decent coming into the PGA Championship, he knew decent wouldn’t cut it at a major championship WATCH US LIVEcenter_img Martin Kaymer hasn’t won since the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2, and while he thought he was playing decent coming into the PGA Championship, he knew decent wouldn’t cut it at a major championship.So for his final piece of preparation, he watched highlights of his last major win on Wednesday night.It seemed to have worked.“That video from last night of me winning the U.S. Open, that helped me to believe that my putting was good enough, that my ball-striking was good enough. Even though it’s a few years back, it’s always nice to remember those moments and feel the same that you felt that day.”He found the video on YouTube, just under two hours of him playing the back nine in his eight-shot victory.“There’s not much to do right now other than hanging out in your hotel room by yourself,” he said.He had seen the video briefly while golf was shut down for three months during the pandemic. He also watched the conclusion of the 2010 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, which he won in a playoff against Bubba Watson.How long he can keep these good vibes is the question.Kaymer explained his drought on not playing well enough, not feeling motivatated and his priorities not what they used to be. But he was eager to resume playing after the pandemic, particularly because Germany only allowed golf a few months ago. He got a bonus when the White House lifted the 14-day quarantine for international travelers if they were athletes, so he played the Barracuda Championship. He missed the cut, but it was competition he needed.“Coming out here, it’s a huge motivation again, seeing the guys, the way they play golf,” he said. “The type of golf has changed so much, and it takes a little bit of time to get used to that and getting into a similar groove without losing your own game, and that is something that takes a little bit of adjustment.”INNOCENT BYSTANDEROne of the few people wandering outside the ropes Thursday to watch the action kept to himself, his mask obscuring his identity. It was PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan, who rarely has time to get a look at the product — in this case, his players.What had he seen?“We have a lot of good players out here,” Monahan said, smiling at his understatement.What did he feel? Well, that’s different.Turns out Monahan, with a deep history in golf, experienced a first at Harding Park. He was hit by an errant tee shot by Matt Fitzpatrick.“One hop off the shoulder,” he said.FAMILIAR TERRITORYZach Johnson is one of three players who have played at every big event at Harding Park since it was refurbished.He was in his second year on the PGA Tour when he tied for 43rd in the American Express Championship, which Tiger Woods won in a playoff. He went 2-3, losing to Tim Clark in singles, at the 2009 Presidents Cup that the United States won. He went 2-1 in his matches at the Cadillac Match Play in 2015, but failed to advance to single elimination when Branden Grace won the group in a playoff.And now he’s at the PGA Championship, with no complaints about the start. Johnson opened with a 66.Johnson played nine holes Monday in warm weather and thought he could handle the course. And then on Tuesday, when the chill and the fog and the wind took over, he thought it was one of the hardest golf courses he had ever played.“But it was gettable today,” he said. “With minimal winds and obviously decent temperatures, this is what I remember this course playing the three other times I competed here. It’s a little longer, but this is how I remember it.”TIGER’S STARTTiger Woods opened with a 2-under 68, which is worth noting because of his history in the majors. He has won 15 of them, more than anyone but Jack Nicklaus.But rarely does Woods get off to great starts. He has three wire-to-wire wins — at the 2000 U.S. Open and 2002 U.S. Open, and the 2005 British Open — and only once has he rallied in the final round to win (2019 Masters).Of his 15 majors, he started with a round in the 60s seven times. In his five Masters victories, he has never started with a round lower than 70.Some context is required, but his 68 was his lowest start in a major since the 2012 British Open at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, and his lowest in the PGA Championship since a 67 at Hazeltine in 2009.Of course, Woods was coping with injuries in 2011, and his series of back surgeries began in 2014. He missed 10 majors from 2014 through 2017. Still, it was a solid start for someone playing for only the second time in six months.“I made some good putts,” he said. “For the most part of the day, I missed the ball on the correct sides. This golf course, you have to hit the ball in the fairway. … I felt like I did a decent job of doing that, and the golf course is only going to get more difficult as the week goes on.”SANITIZERS ON DISPLAYThe PGA Championship features hand sanitizers on every tee box.But is anyone using them? Not Shane Lowry.“Personally, I wouldn’t feel that comfortable sanitizing my hand before I put my hands on my grip,” Lowry said with a grin. “So no, I certainly didn’t use it.”He wasn’t alone. Lowry says they mostly are there for workers filling coolers with water, or caddies opening the lids. But it’s not like he was paying attention.Image credits: AP LIVE TV SUBSCRIBE TO US FOLLOW USlast_img read more

#BundesligaOnCiti: Kai Havertz shines for Bayer Leverkusen, Dortmund continues winning run

first_img RelatedPosts ‘I’m happy at Crystal Palace’ – Jordan Ayew says amid transfer speculation Ivory Coast FA elections: Asamoah Gyan backs Didier Drogba Havertz, 20, delivered a cheeky finish to slot the visitors in front on seven minutes, and it was his penalty which restored their lead after Marcus Thuram scored a thumping equaliser.Sven Bender ensured the visitors took all three points in the most entertaining Bundesliga clash on Saturday – which played out in front of more than 8,000 cardboard Monchengladbach fans.Elsewhere, Borussia Dortmund continued to show no sign of rust following the restart, cruising to a 2-0 victory over ten-man Wolfsburg.Raphael Guerreiro finished off a fine team move, netting his third goal since the Bundesliga’s resumption last week before Achraf Hakimi made it two.England star Jadon Sancho came off the bench and made an impression, nutmegging a defender five seconds after coming on and then setting up the second goal.Wolfsburg’s task was rendered impossible late on when Felix Klaus saw red for a nasty challenge after a VAR review.The result means Dortmund climbs to within one point of leaders Bayern Munich – who welcome Eintracht Frankfurt to an empty Allianz Arena.Bundesliga Results:Hertha Berlin 4-0 Union Berlin (Friday)Freiburg 0-1 Werder BremenPaderborn 1-1 HoffenheimWolfsburg 0-2 Borussia DortmundMonchengladbach 1-3 Bayer LeverkusenBayern vs Frankfurt (5.30 pm kick-off) Tags: Bayer LeverkusenBorussia DortmiundBorussia MonchengladbachWolfsburg That’s 14 goals for Havertz from midfield this season If Premier League clubs were interested in Kai Havertz before the Bundesliga returned, they’ll be totally infatuated now.The Manchester United and Liverpool target netted his second brace in as many games, helping Bayer Leverkusen to a 3-1 victory at high-flying Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday. ‘We want to play in big competitions’ – Jordan Ayew targets European spot with Crystal Palace Source: Talk Sportslast_img read more

Panthers owner says he wants retractable-roof stadium in next decade

first_img A.J. Green injury update: Bengals receiver (ankle) remains in walking boot “At some point, I would make a big investment if I could get the state and others on board in a new stadium that would be great for soccer and great for football,” Tepper said, via Sports Business Journal. “The economy’s big enough for a revenue tax, a hotel revenue increase that would go a long way to help pay for a new stadium.”Tepper, founder and president of global hedge fund Appaloosa Management, L.P., purchased the team from Jerry Richardson for a reported $2.2 billion in May. Richardson decided to sell the team after he was accused of workplace misconduct in December 2017. It has also been reported in recent weeks that Charlotte is “very much in play” as MLS considers expansion, though an outdated stadium that opened in 1996 is unlikely to draw interest.On the other hand, the capital city of Raleigh has a little more to offer with the Hurricanes’ PNC Arena, which opened in 1999, and N.C. State’s Carter-Finley Stadium, which opened in 1966 and was renovated in 2006. Related News Saints’ Michael Thomas gets record 5-year, $100M extension, report says Could more construction be coming to the already fast-growing city of Charlotte, North Carolina?Panthers owner David Tepper has been open about the planned renovations to Bank of America Stadium, but would like to see a new retractable-dome stadium built if he could garner some taxpayer help. Dez Bryant says he has ‘no interest in playing football right now’ As Tepper settles in with the Panthers, he also has turned his attention to the future with the hope of hosting more sporting and entertainment events. Despite being the richest single owner in the NFL with an estimated net worth of $11.6 billion, he still needs help.“People here in Charlotte have to realize: This is a really major, growing, important city, and it needs that sort of presence,” Tepper said. “Charlotte, in my mind, for these two states, should be the sports and entertainment capital. That’s what it’s meant to be.”last_img read more

Faulty Pipe May Have Been Source of Highlands Beach Pollution

first_imgHIGHLANDS – For several weeks this hot summer, two local borough beaches on Sandy Hook Bay have been closed due to high levels of pollution by raw sewage in the water.But borough officials are feeling confident they have cut off the source of the spill.A sewer inspection company conducted an inspection via cameras of the sewer lines in town on June 30, finding two breaks in piping at the Waterwitch and South Linden avenues intersection. Borough administrator Brian Geoghegan said the raw sewage had made its way to public beaches by “seeping out and finding its way into our storm sewer drains.”Borough Council President Carolyn Broullon said identifying the source was a priority for the shore town and its beachgoers. “Everybody’s concerned for the health of them and their families,” said Broullon. “As soon as we knew about this issue, we jumped on it.”High bacterial counts began showing up in late May and early at Miller Beach and at Highlands Recreation Center when results came back above the state-mandated threshold. Highlands officials shut the beaches down on June 22.Following the discovery of the pipe leak the following week, emergency declaration paper work was filed on July 3. Construction to fix the breaks was delayed by the July 4th holiday but was completed on July 6, when Broullon said crews worked throughout the day to make the repairs.The cost of the repairs is not yet known.Water testing is conducted each Monday by county health officials and results are reported to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Cooperative Coastal Monitoring Program on NJBeaches.org.The threshold between safe and unsafe water is 104 colony forming units (CFU) per 100 milliliters of sample. Any number below that level is safe to swim in, but a reading above that means a beach is put on advisory and tested on subsequent days until it reads clean again.At the Highlands Recreation Center beach, four of 11 tests showed elevated readings so far this summer. The highest was on June 5, when the test came back reporting 920 cfu/100 ml.Down a few blocks at Miller Beach, the most polluted sample was recorded on May 31, coming in at 310 cfu/100 ml. Five of 12 samples at Miller Beach to date were recorded above the threshold.“The numbers we were seeing for both the Miller and Rec beaches did stand out to us,” said Dan Kennedy, NJDEP assistant commissioner for water resource management. By Jay Cook | The Cooperative Coastal Monitoring Program supervises testing of water samples at over 200 ocean and bay stations throughout the state which are taken each Monday by respective county health officials.The state is on the lookout for enterococcus, a bacterium found in human waste, which can be harmful to humans. Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pains, respirator y issues and flu-like symptoms are all possible ailments associated with swimming in polluted water, per NJDEP.County health officials tested the two Highlands beaches on schedule bright and early on Monday, July 10, and the results provided a glimmer of hope for anxious swimmers.The Recreation Center beach tested at 50 cfu/100 ml, and Miller Beach was marked at 40 cfu/100ml, well below previous readings.“The monitoring program did its job and it has identified issues actively,” Kennedy said.Both the borough and the state noted that one normal reading doesn’t wipe the slate clean. Broullon said Highlands is looking for three consecutive clean reads before they would reconsider opening the beaches. According to the borough website, the mayor and council have requested additional sampling on Thursday. If those results, which are expected Friday, remain within acceptable limits, the beaches will reopen Saturday.The beach closures didn’t stop residents from getting some sun this past weekend. At 1 p.m. on Sunday there were about 40 people at the Recreation Center beach.“I’m disappointed,” said Peri Marando, a Highlands resident of over 20 years, from beneath her beach umbrella. “I hope they can clean up this problem as soon as possible, but I understand it’s not that easy to fix.”Despite a “Water Closed” sign straddled by a red flag and another “No Swimming” notice tied to a vacant lifeguard stand, two people were in the water – a young girl right at the foot of the shore and an older woman with her lounge chair cranked back, lounging as waves washed past her.Broullon is optimistic the borough can put this issue behind them.“We hope this is all fixed and that we can get our beaches back open,” she said.This article was first published in the July 13-20, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Premier clubs ask for five changes and play without VAR to end the season

first_imgThe Premier, like LaLiga, intends to end its competition this season despite the coronavirus pandemic. In this sense, the plans are to play, when possible, the remainder of the competition behind closed doors, if there is no other possibility. The English Federation works on a security protocol for when the time comes, but footballers have many doubts. The first of these is physical. If the season has to be ended by playing several games per week, there is the added risk of injury more frequently due to the break that will not allow completing a previous work phase. “Many can end up in the infirmary if we have to play every other day,” says De Bruyne, the City star. The players press and, according to the Mirror, they have put on the table requests if there is a lightning season finale to play. One would be to accept five substitutions per game to dose that overstrain due to tight dates and multiple games per week. It has been transferred to the Association of Premier Managers, who will present it to the managers of the competition tomorrow at a meeting. Another proposal is to cancel the use of the VAR, in this case to respect the distancing rules that would be dictated by the security protocol that is drawn up, starting with the people who gather in the control room.last_img read more

Rohee slams WPA members for betraying Walter Rodney

first_imgPeople’s Progressive Party (PPP) General Secretary Clement Rohee believes certain executive members of the Working People’s Alliance (WPA) such as Dr Rupert Roopnaraine, David Hinds, Dr Clive Thomas and Dr Maurice Odle have lost all right to speak glowingly about Dr Walter Rodney.In observation of the 36th anniversary of the assassination of Dr Rodney on Monday, Rohee strongly criticised those persons for betraying his legacy by now being staunch affiliates of the People’s National Congress-led A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government.“Those who shamefully pretend to be Rodney worshippers and admirers must be exposed for what they are; no more than a cabal ofDr Walter Rodneypretenders and hypocrites who have long betrayed Dr Rodney’s legacies, having sold themselves like Judases for handsome monetary rewards and perks handed to them by those who have Rodney’s blood on their hands,” Rohee declared during his weekly press conference at Freedom House.The politician discredited the messages those individuals released in memory of Dr Rodney in observance of this day. According to Rohee, their “high sounding” messages are nothing but duplicitous.In this regard, he posited that the best way to commemorate Dr Rodney’s death anniversary would be for the government to lay the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) report in the National Assembly for debate.“The PPP supports the findings in the Report and will reject any attempt to either water-down the recommendations or denigrate those who contributed to the Commission’s work,” he stated.PPP Chief Whip Gail Teixeira had signalled her intentions to lay a motion in the National Assembly for there to be a debate on the report’s findings and for the House to adapt the recommendations made in the report in an effort to prevent any future recurrence of what took place when Dr Rodney was murdered.The recent CoI report confirmed the long-held belief that the PNC government was the mastermind of the assassination of Dr Rodney.Government officials however have since contended that the findings of the report are severely flawed.President David Granger and Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams have both discredited the findings, indicating that there was some agenda to target the People’s National Congress (PNC).last_img read more

Caricom leaders hold wide-ranging discussions with US Vice President

first_imgCaribbean Community (Caricom) leaders met with United States Vice President Mike Pence on the margins of the final day of the Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru.Caricom Heads of State and delegation meeting with members of the US CongressSecond Vice President and Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge told the Department of Public Information (DPI), following the meeting, that Caribbean leaders “took advantage” of the opportunity to dialogue with Vice President Pence.“It was a good opportunity to at least exchange ideas at practically the highest level in the United States,” Minister Greenidge said. Greenidge noted Vice President Pence confirmed that the US remained interested in the Caribbean and Latin America.During the meeting, the Caricom Heads of State and delegations also had discussions with the Vice President’s team, including the new Head of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).“It was a wide-ranging discussion. The Caribbean raised many of the problems they would have raised before, but also looked at an ongoing framework of cooperation with the US and setting a scene for the types of discussions that may arise,” Minister Greenidge explained.The discussions, in relation to Guyanese concerns, were along the lines of migration and crime and security. “We share, of course, some of the other things the Caribbean would normally have,” Minister Greenidge added.These include resilience, the problem of de-risking and the disappearance of correspondent banking. The regional leaders also raised concerns over the rigid formulation and enforcement of rules without reference to the so-called collateral damage that they may pose, especially on small States, Minister Greenidge noted.The Caribbean Region is considered the “third border” for the United States. The US State Department notes that the US’s Caribbean 2020 multi-year strategy seeks to engage the Caribbean Region “in the areas of security, diplomacy, prosperity, energy, education, and health”. This will be coordinated by the State Department and USAID.Following the meeting with Vice President Pence, the Caricom leaders were also engaged by several members of the US Congress.The Caricom Heads of State and delegations were participating in the eight Summit of the Americas, which was hosted by the Organisation of the American States under the theme “Democratic Governance against Corruption”.World leaders from the Caribbean, Latin America, the US and Canada adopted the Lima Commitment in line with the theme and have pledged to do more to eradicate corruption in public office.last_img read more

Community leaders trained to accept diversity

first_imgCommunity leaders in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) are being trained to work with and have an appreciation for diversity.A two-day unity and diversity workshop opened at the Chambers of the New Amsterdam Mayor and Town Council on Wednesday with the aim of fostering cohesive environments in which diverse people can have healthy and professional interactions in spite of their differences.The workshop, which was organised by the Social Cohesion Department, targeted community leaders across the region. It aims at promoting better understanding of how an appreciation of diversity can contribute to strong societies.Persons are being provided with the skills that promote healthy interaction even in the face of ethnic, cultural and other differences. It is hoped that participants will be made aware of how personal bias impacts social interactions.The lead trainer, Will Campbell, who is a lecturer at the University of Guyana and a psychologist, told this publication that the purpose is to have leaders aware of the fact that “we have inherent biases and prejudices in our community as individuals”.“We want to look at how we are different but more importantly, how are alike and how we can use those differences and that diversity as a strength than a weakness. We want to look at how we are similar and how we can use those similarities to bridge gaps, work together [in] our communities for improvement.”According to Campbell, persons are being examined as individuals.“At the end of this, we want persons to be able to go back to their communities and look past their differences and work with people who they may not have ordinary not have ordinarily worked with before because they were perceived to be different. We want persons to be able to reach across political divides, political differences and ethnic differences. We want persons to be able to have a different mindset towards diversity and at the end of this we are hoping the persons will find strength in diversity rather than continuing to see our differences as a means of dividing us,” Campbell said.According to the psychologist, in many communities, leaders separate themselves and deny themselves the opportunities to interact with persons who are different but who can still contribute.Many, he added, gravitate towards those that are similar to them in ideology and religion, thus, excluding persons that they perceive to be different and, in the process, forgetting that those persons can contribute value to what they are trying to do in our communities.“If we can bridge those gaps, then we get more people to contribute, more people to work towards community development and we will have a more united community, hence, stronger [a] nation,” Campbell related.Some of the participants at the workshoplast_img read more

Local pharmaceutical manufacturer wants Excise Tax removed

first_imgIncreased tariff on neutral spiritsLocal manufacturing companies involved in the production of pharmaceutical products are contending thatTwins Manufacturing Chemiststhe law does not require them to make an Excise Tax payment on the purchase of alcohol and are therefore demanding the removal of the burdensome tariff on their purchases.The tax should only be applied to alcohol that is consumed and is commonly known as a “sin tax”.Twins Manufacturing Chemists, which has been in existence for over 60 years, explained that the Excise Tax Act 2005 is only applicable to local manufacturers involved in the production of alcoholic beverages, tobacco products or petroleum products and not pharmaceutical products.“People who are not manufacturing spirits and other alcoholic products, the category Twins and NEW GPC falls into, they are not using these alcohols to make spirits and alcoholic beverages, we are using it to make medicine, we should not have to a pay the Excise Tax, that is our position on the whole matter,” Shafeez Ferouze of Twins Manufacturing stated.According to the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) website, Excise Tax is charged on the following items: alcoholic beverages; tobacco products; petroleum products; and motor vehicles.Ram and McRae’s Value Added Tax and Excise Tax handbook also explains that the principal classes of goods on which the Excise Tax is payable are alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, petroleum products, and new and used vehicles.Local manufacturers are now bearing the brunt of an onerous 40 to 65 per cent increase in the Excise Tax on the purchase of alcohol.Last year, several manufacturing companies expressed concerns over the alarmingly high Excise Tax charged on the alcohol they would usually purchase from Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL) and had consequently requested the Government’s intervention to alleviate the burden plaguing the local manufacturing sector.Instead of getting relief from paying the 40 per cent in Excise Tax, manufactures now have to pay an incredulous 65 per cent in Excise Tax for the neutral spirits they buy locally for use in the production of their goods and services.The alcohol purchased by manufacturers is referred to as extra-neutral alcohol or neutral spirits and is measured in Litres of Pure Alcohol (LPA). At the purchase strength of 96 per cent alcohol v/v (volume-volume percentage), it is considered only suitable for industrial use or further processing.Twins Manufacturing Chemists explained to Guyana Times that since the implementation of the Excise Tax, they have been lobbying but to no avail for relief, or at the very least, an explanation for the inconsistency with what is stipulated in the Act and what is being practiced.“Since 2007, we’ve been behind this… the issue is the Excise Tax, it ought to be removed for local manufacturers who are not producing alcoholic beverages,” Feroze said, noting that they never received a single response.With the current Administration, he lamented that instead of correcting the error, they have decided to raise the Excise Tax.“Instead of reviewing and removing, they (the Government) are increasing and imposing the Excise Tax,” he stated.He noted that if the manufacturing companies continue to pay the whopping Excise Tax on the purchase of the alcohol, then it will only be a matter of time before the costs are passed down to the consumers.Strangely, it is exceedingly cheaper to import the same product from Trinidad and Tobago because both the Excise Tax and Value Added Tax are waived by the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) under the existing tax legislation as incentives for local manufacturing. But importation has to be done in bulk and this poses another cluster of challenges to local manufacturers.Therefore, any local businesses desirous of using alcohol as a raw material will have to endure the onerous tax locally or import foreign alcohol – an alternative that is coincidentally inimical to the interests of another local manufacturer and the Guyanese economy.last_img read more