Scott finally off to good start at Aussie PGA

first_imgGOLD COAST, Australia – After slow starts in his past two tournaments, Adam Scott wanted to play the first round of the Australian PGA Championship like it was his last. For the first time on this trip Down Under, he’s in the red after the first round. The 2013 champion closed with three birdies for a 4-under 68 at Royal Pines Resort on Thursday and was three shots behind early leader Andrew Dodt, who opened with a 65. “It’s the last week of the year. There’s no ‘I’ll get them next week’ – (I) just have to make it count,” Scott said. “It didn’t look pretty at the start but somehow I was 2-under after 3 and then hung in there and finished well. Maybe that momentum off the last three holes is something to carry over for the rest of the week.” Half the groups hadn’t completed their first rounds when play was suspended because of lightning during the afternoon. Heavy rain prevented any further play, with the first round expected to be completed Friday. American player Julian Suri, who missed out by one stroke on getting a full card on the European Tour last month, and Ryan Fox of New Zealand had a share of second at 5 under after opening with 67s. Scott has had his frustrations on this trip back to Australia, where he’s planning on taking a vacation from next week. He opened with a 73 at the Australian Open in Sydney last month and finished the tournament six shots behind Jordan Spieth, who won in a playoff. Full-field scores from the Australian PGA Championship At the World Cup of Golf last weekend in Melbourne, Scott and Australian teammate Marc Leishman carded a 74 in an opening round that contained just one birdie. On Thursday, Scott eagled the par-5 12th – his third hole – followed by a bogey at the 18th, before he turned and then finished with the three birdies. “A quick start and a quick finish adds up to a good score,” said Scott, who won the Australian PGA Championship in 2013 and was runner-up the following year after a marathon playoff with Greg Chalmers. “I was just treading water for a while … cautious of going over the green in between clubs. “You just have to be patient and it paid off, because I birdied the last three.” Joining Scott at 4 under were Paul Waring of England, who was leading early before bogeys on two of his last five holes, and Natipong Srithong of Thailand. Jarrod Lyle produced the shot of the day with a hole-in-one on the par-3 fifth. He was 3 under through 13 holes before play was suspended. “I wouldn’t say it was the perfect shot,” Lyle told the host broadcaster. “It was a little bit thin but it worked out all right.”last_img read more

Hansom: A life less ordinary

first_imgThe doctor’s tonicAs “snap election” news dominated the headlines, key elements of the government’s post-Brexit trade strategy were trailed by Liam Fox but slipped somewhat under the radar. Fortunately my hacks spotted an official announcement from the international trade secretary – timed to coincide with St George’s Day – promoting strawberries and cream, cheddar cheese and gin as “quintessential” British commodities ripe with global business potential. Perhaps the Conservative Party’s election manifesto will also include copious references to the nation’s design and construction prowess. Meantime, “mother’s ruin” it is; Dr Fox’s orders.As time goes byFollowing last week’s revelation that there is somebody out there whose job title is Job Captain, comes news from a digital outreach executive. I’m as baffled by that job title as I was by last week’s. But let’s see what this person has to say. It’s news that by 2018 there will be 1.3 million industrial robots working in factories around the world. The blurb adds: “That’s less than two years away!” Well, I never …Dutch courageLast week, I was told, millions of Dutch people worldwide celebrated their monarch’s birthday clad in the national colours – which, judging by my visit to the Dutch House at Alexandra Palace for the 2012 Olympics, seems to consist of nothing but orange. I was invited to the Dutch Centre in the City to join in the revelry where I could have heard the wonderfully named 1980s band Toontje Lager rip through their best known song – well, to the Dutch anyway – called Ik heb stiekem met je gedanst. This roughly translates as “I’ve been dancing with you secretly”. May I suggest it be the soundtrack for Jeremy Corbyn and Brexit?Teaming upTo Huddersfield and the opening of the university’s Oastler Building. Designed by AHR Architects, it will house the university’s law school and part of the school of music, humanities and media. But I must admit I was rather interested in the fact that it was opened by Prince Andrew. I wonder if anyone was brave enough to ask whether these recent rumours romantically linking him with pint-sized pop siren Kylie Minogue were true. Even better, if he was asked, that he had then replied: “I should be so lucky.”Good FridayOne of my hacks popped down to an event Heathrow Airport was hosting about its expansion plans last week and heard Matt Oakley, a former Treasury economist, now head of WPI Economics, tell the audience that if the construction industry was 20% more productive, then everyone in it could take the Friday off. What better incentive to get efficient than that?Garden enthusiastsBy ruling out his support for the Garden Bridge, Sadiq Khan last week effectively put the mockers on the project. This was noted by the Evening Standard, which had frequently written in support of the bridge and went so far as to suggest last week that the project might in fact yet see the light of day. This enthusiasm has nothing to do, of course, with the newspaper’s new editor, former chancellor George Osborne, who has long been a Garden Bridge enthusiast. Or the fact that the newspaper’s owner, Evgeny Lebedev, is a governor of the scheme. Nothing at all.Floral tributeAccording to architect Foster + Partners, the new Apple store (pictured) it just designed for the UAE’s Dubai Mall has “reinvented the traditional introverted idea of mall-based retail”. I’m all for innovation but some of the development’s press blurb was more than a bit flowery. Its solar panels move like “a falcon spreading its wings”, apparently, while their opening and closing “is analogous to a delicate ballet recital – but on a monumental scale”. The release goes on in a similarly colourful vein: “In some ways it is a very spiritual experience, with the sun streaming through them and creating the most delicate and beautiful patterns of light and shade – a seamless blend of technology and culture.” Groovy.Send any juicy industry gossip to [email protected]last_img read more

Ex-President Jimmy Carter has black eye, stitches after fall

first_imgFormer President Jimmy Carter speaks next to his wife and former first lady Rosalynn Carter during the Habitat for Humanity Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project opening ceremony at the Ryman Auditorium, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. Carter had a black eye and stitches after falling at his Georgia home on Sunday, but made it to the evening program in Nashville. (Courtney Pedroza/The Tennessean via AP)NASHVILLE, Tenn.  | Former President Jimmy Carter had a black eye and 14 stitches after falling Sunday at his Georgia home, but made it to an evening concert in Tennessee to rally volunteers ahead of his 36th home building project for Habitat for Humanity.The 39th president fell earlier in the day at his home in Plains, Georgia, and required the stitches above his brow. By Sunday evening, Carter was on stage at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville with his wife Rosalynn, 92, to talk to volunteers and supporters of the building project that runs through Friday.Carter turned 95 last Tuesday, becoming the first U.S. president to reach that milestone.He told the crowd Sunday evening that he had to go to the hospital and get 14 stitches, “but I had a No. 1 priority and that was to come to Nashville and build houses.”Carter wore an Atlanta Braves baseball cap, but his left eye was swollen and bruised and he had a white bandage above his eye. The Carters were introduced by country stars Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, who called the Carters the hardest working volunteers, and sang some duets during the concert and ceremony.Rosalynn Carter praised the country music couple for volunteering at previous Habitat for Humanity building projects, saying she once saw Yearwood way up in the rafters of a home working hard during construction.Former President Carter then joked, “While Garth just watched her,” drawing laughs from the crowd and from Yearwood. Carter seemed to be in good spirits and came out a short time later on stage to point to his baseball cap and mention that the Braves beat the St. Louis Cardinals that day as well.Twenty-one homes are scheduled to be built in a neighborhood in Nashville. The concert also featured performances by Melinda Doolittle, the Fisk Jubilee Singers and members of the Nashville Symphony Quartet.Carter survived a dire cancer diagnosis in 2015 and surpassed George H.W. Bush as the longest-lived U.S. president in history this spring. He has had some trouble walking after a hip replacement in May, but regularly teaches Sunday School.Meanwhile, he has continued with his humanitarian work. And he also has occasionally weighed in on politics and policy, recently expressing hopes that his Carter Center will become a more forceful advocate against armed conflicts in the future, including “wars by the United States.”“I just want to keep the whole world at peace,” Carter had said as he presented his annual Carter Center report last month. “We have been at war more than 226 years. We have been at peace for about 16 years” since the Declaration of Independence in 1776, he said, adding that every U.S. military conflict from the Korean War onward has been a war of “choice.”Carter also has been accepting visits from several 2020 presidential candidates of late, but he’s held back on endorsing any of his fellow Democrats, offering few clues about his thoughts of the campaign.___Associated Press writer Kate Brumback in Atlanta contributed to this report.last_img read more

Jobs for greenies

first_imgBy Kyra Gillespie Applications are now open for 28 Forest and Fire Operations Officer roles across Victoria to join the…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

St Gabriels Win County Junior Football Title

first_imgFollowing defeats in the last two county finals, St Gabriels overcame An Fhairce-Clonbur in the County Final by 0-12 to 0-9 to won their first Junior Crown since 1982. St Gabriels celebrate after winning their first Junior Title since 1982.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email After the game, Darren spoke to three members of the St Gabriels team. Emmet Malone, Team Captain Niall Coughlan and Sean Whyte.Audio Playerhttp://galwayfm.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/EMMET-MALONE-NIALL-COUGHLAN-AND-SEAN-WHYTE-GABRIELS.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Audio Playerhttp://galwayfm.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/GABRIELS-JUNIOR-FT-NEW.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.center_img Finally, St Gabriels Manager Lloyd Kelly spoke to DarrenAudio Playerhttp://galwayfm.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/ST-GABRIELS-MANAGER-LLOYD-KELLY.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Darren Kelly Reportslast_img read more

Next weekend’s Galway GAA club fixtures

first_imgFootballFixtures Saturday 2nd November Division 7 League North Final:At Mountbellew, Loughrea V Killererin, 3pm, Ref: M Gavin; U20 A Football Championship North:At Cregg, Annaghdown V Claregalway, 2pm, Ref: A Coyne; U20 A Football Championship West:At Westside, St Michael’s V Barna, 3pm, Ref:F Kinneen; U20 B Football Championship – North: At Milltown, Milltown/Kilconly V Caherlistrane, 12noon Ref: P Kelly; At Ballygar, St Brendan’s V St Mary’sAthenry, 2pm, Ref: M Flaherty; At Caltra, Caltra V Cortoon Shamrocks, 2pm, Ref: G Daly Sunday 3rd NovemberSenior Football Championship FinalReplay:At Tuam Stadium, Corofin V Tuam Stars, 2pm, Ref: N Dempsey; Junior B Football Championship County Final:At Duggan Park, Caltra V Oranmore-Maree,11.30am, Ref: TBC U20 A Football Championship West:At the Prairie, Salthill-Knocknacarra V Oughterard, 11.30am, Ref: K Quinn; U20 B Football Championship – West:At Killannin, Killannin V Mícheál Breathnach, 3.30pm, Ref: T Nally; HurlingFixturesSaturday 2nd November IntermediateHurling Championship Relegation Final: AtLoughrea, Kilbeacanty V Kiltormer, 3pm, Ref: A Kelly; JuniorC1 Hurling Championship Final:AtLoughrea, St Mary’s, Athenry V Mullagh, 1.30pm, Ref: S Curley; U21BHurling Championship: At Tynagh, Portumna V Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry, 2.30pm, Ref: P Murphy; U21B1Hurling Championship: At Tonabrocky, Rahoon-Newcastle V Salthill-Knocknacarra, Ref: M Ó Cualáin; Sunday 3rd November IntermediateHurling Championship Final:AtKenny Park, Kilconieron V Kinvara, 2.45pm, Ref: G Donoghue; Minor B1 Hurling Championship Semi-Final:AtKenny Park, Ahascragh/Fohenagh V Craughwell, 1pm, Ref: P Campbell; Tuesday 5th November Minor B Hurling Championship Semi-Final:AtDuggan Park, Sarsfields V Cappataggle, 7.30pm, Ref: M Conway; print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Alapag eager to learn as Sacramento Kings’ assistant in NBA Summer League

first_imgThat’s why Alapag didn’t even think twice in accepting an invitation from a good friend in Vlade Divac, the NBA legend who now serves as vice president of basketball operations and general manager of the Sacramento Kings, to join his team as an assistant in the 2019 Summer League in Las Vegas Nevada.“As a Coach, it’s important to continue to grow and learn. So thankful to Vlade Divac and the Sacramento Kings organization for the opportunity to join their Summer League staff in Vegas this year,” Alapag posted on his Instagram account Saturday.AdChoices广告Ads by TeadsFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“Looking forward to the entire experience! Always an honor to represent basketball!!! #Coach #Sacramento #Kings #NBA#PBA #ABL #Grow #Learn #Improve#SummerLeague #Vegas #Thankful.”The 2019 Summer League, where all 30 NBA teams will be participating, runs from July 5-15 at Thomas and Mac Center and Cox Pavilion inside the University of Nevada Las Vegas campus. Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN The 41-year-old Alapag started coaching in 2015 as an assistant with the national team after a celebrated professional and international basketball career.Alapg is currently the head coach of Alab Pilipinas in the Asean Basketball League and assistant coach of the San Miguel Beermen in the PBA.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay Morant, Garland, White top list of point guards in NBA draft Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES View comments SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruptioncenter_img Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Rio’s unsafe Olympic Park ordered closed by Brazilian judge 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao MOST READ Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. INQUIRER Photo/Denison DalupangMANILA, Philippines—Just four years into his coaching career, Jimmy Alapag knows he still has a lot to learn.He also believes there’s no better way to hone one’s craft than being in the company of some high level individuals in the same field.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Increasing Control and Transparency for Businesses Truly Concerned with Security Performance and Billing Accuracy…

first_imgImagine trying to drive your car without a speedometer, an odometer, or a gas gauge. How would you know how fast you’re driving, how much gas you have left in the tank, or when that next oil change is due?Just as you depend on the gauges in your car to drive safely and to alert you when there’s a problem, the same principle applies to your guard program. What gets measured gets managed. For too long, the loss prevention industry has been using guard services without access to measurable performance data.So when one of the world’s largest retailers started asking why it couldn’t expect the same sophistication, analytics, reporting, and transparency in its security operations that it demands in other parts of its business, it raised some eyebrows industry-wide by taking a dramatically different approach that ultimately improved its bottom line. It wanted a modern security program, and Securitime stepped up with the only right answer–a well-tested, third-party software system that improved transparency, reduced risk, streamlined workforce performance, and ultimately cut operating costs.- Sponsor – Founding SecuritimeSecuritime is a new Software as a Service (SaaS) provider in the LP industry, but is built on a proven and prestigious history. The solution was crafted over nearly ten years of high-performance, on-the-job testing as the internal proprietary software for a well-known market leader in the security industry. Securitime is now independently available for forward-thinking firms who want to raise their loss prevention standards.Securitime SaaS excels in three unique areas:Actionable real-time communication between the security workforce and your corporate loss prevention and site management teams,Increased program-wide accountability with clear benchmarking, andReal-time analytics.The lack of technology that promoted this accountability caused one of the largest retailers, who wanted a modern, third-party, time-and-attendance service, to seek out the creators of Securitime for its pilot program. Based on the overwhelming success of that implementation effort, this retailer has completed the Securitime rollout to sites across North America and is reaping the benefits and notes a significant ROI–much more than the cost of the overall program.Time and Attendance: Saving Money While Reducing CostsMany security guards still use paper timecards, which have finally started disappearing. This has helped to improve billing accuracy, but when vendors control the time-and-attendance software, verifying accuracy and authenticity is a difficult task.An independent, third-party software solution prioritizes the client’s interest and holds all parties to the same standards of effective communication and workforce accountability. Overbilling issues can be quickly identified and addressed without burdensome audit systems. Securitime helps identify ongoing tardiness issues, coverage gaps, and other accountability and business vulnerabilities in order to remove systemic risk from client operations–and Securitime can easily handle these tasks at scale.Incident Reporting: Reducing Liability with Actionable DataCommunication is a challenge for all large security programs. Securitime was built from the ground up to provide a centralized communication hub that seamlessly collects, disseminates, and archives data for actionable future application. Each officer represents a collectable data point for your company’s long-term profitability. Their observations provide valuable information for those in loss prevention and asset protection leadership roles, but only if you can collect their insights in a way that can be mined on-demand and in a meaningful way.ImplementationWhile the benefits of Securitime are readily apparent, all large-scale system rollouts require proactive change management. Vendor partners and security guards often push back against change, especially when that change doesn’t appear to be in their favor. In the pilot program cited above, established security vendors were quick to point out that they had time-and-attendance software and didn’t understand the need for an independent or client-run system like Securitime. However, after deployment, Securitime revealed long-hidden timekeeping problems that made the debate futile for all parties.Securitime’s location-based verification system uses caller ID validation, which quickly revealed notable “irregularities.” Officers who had previously clocked-in by cell phone were now unable to do so with Securitime. Site supervisors were alerted to the distressing truth–they had been paying guards who were not actually on site, and worse, their facilities had systemic coverage lapses that exposed both their inventory and staff to avoidable risk.Securitime’s communication processes also force engagement between the client and the vendor both at the local and national levels. Guard performance and invoicing conversations could be addressed and resolved quickly with clear, well-documented, and easily accessible supporting data, which resulted in an instant increase in program performance. When both the client and the vendor have access to the same accurate time-and-attendance information, issues can be resolved quickly, and long-term trusted partnerships can flourish.Unexpected BenefitsApart from the anticipated value of Securitime, there were a number of unexpected benefits realized by the security management provider:Good performance was noticed. Security vendors could now be ranked on verifiable data, and great performance could be recognized and rewarded.Administrative costs went down. Securitime’s validations, alerts, and billing systems decreased administrative overhead, reduced vendor costs opening up greater margin, and increased negotiation capacity in competitive bids.Client communication improved. By allowing incidents to be addressed quickly, vendors could more accurately evaluate and improve their staff, increase client trust, and proactively plan for long-term growth.In addition, there was a number of unexpected big wins for the client:Previously, schedule change policies had been ignored at the regional and store levels. These discrepancies created budget challenges at the end of year. Once the schedules fell into alignment, unauthorized attempts to make schedule changes could be quickly identified and dealt with appropriately.Securitime’s incident-reporting services proved to be valuable strategic data points. Security officers are great eyes and ears in the field, but if the information is not reaching key personnel in a timely manner, it loses its value, and officers begin to disengage. Securitime’s ability to disseminate incident information quickly through automated, severity-based channels gives clients quick, actionable information.Real, Measurable ROI DeliveredAfter a full two-year deployment, the client recognized an average 2 percent reduction in non-billable time reported in the weekly punch reportsÑa direct savings. An additional, non-direct savings from 1 to 3 percent are also consistently reported from greater schedule alignment, a near elimination of unauthorized schedule changes, reduced liability exposure, onsite validations to improve billing to performance actuals, reduced administrative burden, and clear, consistent key performance indicators (KPIs) to evaluate security team performance at the enterprise level. If you are interested in a conversation to determine if Securitime could work for your organization as well, contact us at 866-254-1237 or visit our site: securitimewfx.com. We’d be glad to provide a fully confidential consultation. 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Tudor: ‘Minds still in Bergamo’

first_imgMistakes proved costly again when Udinese lost 4-0 to 10-man Roma on Wednesday, and Igor Tudor fears “their minds were still in Bergamo.” Only three days after the heavy 7-1 loss to Atalanta, the Friuli side suffered another hit, as they went down 4-0 to Roma at the Dacia Arena yesterday. Incredibly, the Giallorossi were down to 10 men for an hour and scored three goals after the red card for Federico Fazio. “It was a bad blow,” said Tudor after another heavy defeat. “I thought it would be better to play again straight away, after only three days, but it wasn’t like that. “It seems like the lads still suffered the effects from the match on Sunday.” Now he needs to collect his wounded troops and prepare to lift the spirits in Udine before a crucial weekend at Genoa. The late results have pulled Udinese back into the mix and they are only three points away from the relegation zone. “I still need to point out that the players went out there to perform and gave it their all. Some individual errors, which we normally don’t do, helped Roma to exploit all their quality. Obviously, the game was connected to the one in Bergamo and I fear the lads weren’t at their best psychologically,” added the 41-year-old. “When you don’t win, it’s always the fault of the coach, but I feel we played two matches against two very strong teams. I already spoke about the last match, and today we all seem to be very low. There aren’t many words in the dressing room, which is a symbol of how bad they feel. “Now we have to get up and get through this negative period. I can also say that it’s my fault, because it’s always the coach’s fault. When we get there, we will analyse, but on Sunday we’ve got another battle and we need to turn up.” Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

10 months agoSNAPPED! Arsenal boss Emery apologises to Brighton fan over bottle incident

first_imgSNAPPED! Arsenal boss Emery apologises to Brighton fan over bottle incidentby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery has apologised to a fan after kicking a water bottle into the home end for yesterday’s 1-1 draw at Brighton.The Spanish boss ended up sending a plastic bottle into the home end as the full-time whistle blew for Arsenal’s 1-1 draw at the Amex Stadium.Emery held his hand up in apology straight away before walking over to shake the hand of the man he had hit and offer his apologies in person.Emery could be seen talking with fans with a steward next to him, while other Brighton fans applauded him for his gesture.After the game he said: “I kicked the (water) bottle. It wasn’t hard but it touched one supporter.”Unai Emery apologises to Brighton fans after kicking water bottle into crowd – and hitting supporter – during Arsenal’s draw at Amex Stadium pic.twitter.com/CTwm7N7QHC— Lilian Chan (@bestgug) December 26, 2018 About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more