Pharmalot, Pharmalittle: Pfizer and Allergan call off their merger

first_img Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. Alex Hogan/STAT [email protected] @Pharmalot The New England Journal of Medicine is coming under attack, ProPublica writes. Some physicians are questioning whether the publication is losing relevancy and reputation. The journal and its top editor have resisted correcting errors and lag other journals in an industry-wide push for more openness in medical research. Some have also complained that the journal dismisses dissent with a “paternalistic arrogance.”A Florida jury ruled that Tyco Integrated Systems was not liable for the theft of more than $60 million worth of prescription drugs from an Eli Lilly warehouse in Connecticut six years ago, the Associated Press reports. Lilly’s insurer, the National Union Fire Insurance, alleged Tyco failed to adequately report security weaknesses at the warehouse. The insurer said thieves obtained information from a Tyco report and used it to break into the building.advertisement About the Author Reprints Ed Silvermancenter_img A Valeant Pharmaceuticals board committee did not find additional accounting issues that would require more restatements, Bloomberg News says, adding the drug maker plans to file its annual report on or before April 29. The board examined how the drug maker accounted for revenue through the Philidor Rx Services mail-order pharmacy, which Valeant allegedly used to boost prescriptions and circumvent some insurance reimbursements.FDA medical staffers supported the use of an Intercept Pharmaceuticals drug as a monotherapy in patients with liver disease who did not respond to standard treatment, Reuters reports. The drug is being reviewed for use in patients with primary biliary cirrhosis, a rare liver disease caused by an autoimmune destruction of the bile ducts. An FDA advisory panel meets Thursday to review the medication.The FDA is being warned to regulate medical device cybersecurity more firmly, according to Regulatory Focus. The warning comes after the US Department of Homeland Security issued an advisory about more than 1,400 cybersecurity vulnerabilities that affect versions of an automated supply cabinet used in hospitals and other health facilities to dispense medicines.Johnson & Johnson is making a renewed push in Africa to boost sales of new drugs to fight HIV/AIDS and other illnesses, The Wall Street Journal writes. And J&J will invest $50 million in Tesaro and license a potential prostate cancer drug from the company, the paper adds.The US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will delay enforcement of a rule that changes the way state Medicaid agencies reimburse pharmacies for prescription medicines, Modern Healthcare reports.European regulators backed the use of an Eisai breast cancer drug called Halaven to treat liposarcoma, according to Pharma Times.The new FDA draft guidelines for labeling requirements for biosimilar medicines will become a burden for Indian generic drug makers, TwoFour Insight says.Samsung Bioepis and Biogen filed a lawsuit in the UK against AbbVie over its strategy of filing patents designed to block biosimilar versions of its Humira rheumatoid arthritis treatment, Reuters reports. Hello, everyone, and welcome to the middle of the week. And congratulations are in order for having made it this far. On that note, why not forge ahead? After all, consider the alternatives. This calls for a nice cup of stimulation and, as always, you are invited to join us. Remember, no prescription is required. And now, onward. Here are some tidbits to get you going. Hope you conquer the world and do drop us a line when you run across something fascinating …Pfizer and Allergan called off their $160 billion merger after the US Treasury Department this week issued new rules to thwart tax inversions. The deal was designed to lower their corporate tax rate from about 24 percent to 17 percent, and save roughly $35 billion in taxes. The decision is a big victory for the Obama administration, whose rules were more aggressive than many tax experts had expected. Pfizer will pay Allergan a $150 million breakup fee. The US Food and Drug Administration approved Inflectra, a biosimilar version of Johnson & Johnson’s Remicade, to treat Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, and psoriasis, Reuters writes. The new version is made by Celltrion and will be marketed by Pfizer’s Hospira unit. This is only the second biosimilar approved by the FDA. Analysts expect the drug to become available later this year.advertisement By Ed Silverman April 6, 2016 Reprints Tags AllerganJohnson & JohnsonPfizer PharmalotPharmalot, Pharmalittle: Pfizer and Allergan call off their merger last_img read more

Deaths in Laois – Friday, February 12, 2021

first_img Facebook Pinterest Pinterest Mary Sweeney elected Cathaoirleach of Portlaoise Municipal District for next 12 months Twitter By LaoisToday Reporter – 12th February 2021 Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival WhatsApp Home Deaths Deaths in Laois – Friday, February 12, 2021 Deaths TAGSDeaths in Laois Twitter WhatsApp Below are the recent local deaths.May they rest in peace.Bridie Kavanagh (née Nolan)Windsor, Coolrain, LaoisBridie Kavanagh (neé Nolan) Windsor, Coolrain, Portlaoise, Co.Laois. Died 10th February 2021, (peacefully) at the Midlands Regional Hospital Portlaoise. Predeceased by her husband Gerard, sadly missed by her sons Gerry and Brian, daughter Peggy, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brother Frank, sister Peg, nephews, nieces, extended family, relatives, neighbours and friends.In accordance with current government / HSE guidelines and in the safety of our most vulnerable, a private family Funeral Mass will take place will take place on Friday morning in St. Fergal’s Church, Camross, at 11am (max of 10 people in church), followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. Bridie’s Funeral Mass will be live streamed on the Camross Community Pastoral Council Facebook Page.There will be an opportunity for people to remember Bridie by being present, socially distanced, on Friday morning on route from Mountrath (via Windsor – Clonohill), to St. Fergal’s Church, Camross.Sean RyanMannin, Pike of Rushall, LaoisSean Ryan, Mannin, Pike of Rushall, Portlaoise, Co. Laois. February 11. 2021 (peacefully at his residence) in the loving care of his family. Predeceased by his brother Michael, sisters Kathleen, and Mai (Gannon).Deeply regretted and will be sadly missed by his loving sisters Eileen (Durnin), Bridie (Kennedy), Anne (Hurley) and Sr. Teresa (Little Company of Mary), sister in law, brother in law, nieces, nephews, extended family, relatives, neighbours and a large circle of friends.In line with Government & HSE advice and to insure the safety of all a Private family funeral will take place (limited to 10 people), your are asked not to congregate in the church yard or the cemetery to ensure the safety of all.Sean’s family would like to thank you for your co-operation, understanding and support at this sad and difficult time.Sean’s Funeral Mass will be live streamed on Saturday the February 13 at 11am on the Pike of Rushall Church Facebook page.Terry O ConnellVicarstown, LaoisTerry passed away peacefully at his residence in his 91st year surrounded by his loving family. Predeceased by his daughter Mary Teresa, son-in-law John Kent, brother Dan and sisters Phyllis Dowling and Sr. Mary Ursula.Sadly missed by his wife Julia, Daughter Catherine, grand-daughter Julie Anne, sister Tess Marren, nephews, niece, brothers-in-laws, sisters-in-law, cousins, relatives, neighbours and friendsReposing at his residence until the removal Saturday at 1.40pm to arrive at the Church of the Assumption Vicarstown for Requiem Mass at 2 o’clock. Interment to follow in Moyanna cemetery.Terry’s Requiem Mass and interment will be live streamed on to Covid 19 restrictions a private family funeral will take place. Sympathisers are welcome to stand along the route to the church and cemetery and in the precincts of the cemetery grounds. Social distancing to be observed at all times please. The O’Connell family would like to thank you for your co-operation, understanding and support during this sensitive and difficult time.Catherine (Kitty) Hogan (née Kelly)Blackhill Oldtown, Abbeyleix, LaoisPeacefully at the Regional Hospital Portlaoise. Deeply regretted by her loving husband John, daughter Elizabeth , sons Tom, John and Dehon, daughters-in-law, son-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends.Due to Covid -19 Directive a private family funeral will take place for direct family only. Kitty’s Requiem Mass will take place in The Church Of The Most Holy Rosary, Abbeyleix on Friday at 12 noon and will be live streamed on: afterwards in the adjoining Cemetery. People are welcome to attend the graveyard while observing social distancing.Matthew LaffanBradford, England/Ballycoolan, Stradbally, LaoisMatthew Laffan, late of Bradford, England, and Ballycoolan, Stradbally, Co Laois. In his 95th year. Deeply regretted by his his family in Ireland and the UK.Brendan (Benny) McHaleAshgrove, Ballybrittas, Laois/Monasterevin, KildareFormerly of St Evin’s Park, Monasterevin, County Kildare. Suddenly. Sadly missed by his loving parents Colm and Christina, brothers Brian, Colm (jnr), David and Thomas, sister Jennifer, brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.The family would like to thank you for your help and understanding at this sad and difficult time.Due to the Covid 19 restrictions A Private Family Funeral will take place. Removal from his residence on Saturday at 11:20am arriving St John’s Church, Killenard for Requiem Mass at 12 noon. Interment afterwards in the adjoining Cemetery. People are welcome to stand along the route to the Church, in the Churchyard and in the Cemetery with Social Distancing being observed at all times.The family would like to thank you for your help and understanding at this sad and difficult time.Brendan’s Requiem Mass will be streamed live on: Chetty (née Rice)Terenure, Dublin / Abbeyleix, LaoisCHETTY (nee Rice), Pauline, 9th February, 2021, Terenure, D.6W formerly of Abbeyleix, Co. Laois and Intimate Lingerie, Tara St. Peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family following an illness bravely borne. Beloved wife and best friend of Joe and much loved mother of Sarisha and Tara. Pauline will be forever loved and dearly missed by her husband, daughters, sons-in-law David Kelly and John O’Connor, her adored grandchildren Ben Josh, Layla, Pearl, Frank and expected arrival in June PG, special friend and comrade Marian, extended family, relatives and her many friends.Due to the current Government guidelines regarding public gatherings, a private Funeral will take place for immediate family only. Pauline’s Funeral Mass will be streamed live from St. St. Joseph’s Church, Terenure on: at 10 am on Friday morning. Family flowers only please, donations, if desired, to ARC Cancer Support: RyanFactory Street, Mountrath, LaoisNoel Ryan, Factory Street, Mountrath, Co.Laois. Died 16th January 2021, (unexpectedly), in Bedford, England. Beloved son of Noel and Helen, and dear brother to Donal and Kelly, deeply regretted by his heartbroken parents, brother and sister, nephew Thomas, niece and godfather to Fayé, uncles, aunts, extended family, relatives and a large circle of friends.Due to government advice regarding public gatherings, a private funeral Mass will take place for family (maximum 10 persons). On Sunday morning in St. Fintan’s Church Mountrath, at 11.30am, followed by Burial in St. Fintan’s Cemetery Mountrath, Noel’s Funeral Mass can be viewed on the Parish Website :- www.mountrathparish.ieTeresa Cahill (née Creagh)Mooreville, Rathdowney, LaoisTeresa Cahill (nee Creagh), Moíniseal, Mooreville, Rathdowney, Co. Laois. February 9th 2021. Predeceased by her husband Jackie. Sadly missed by her loving family Annemarie, Paula, John and Brian, son-in-law Johnny, daughter-in-law Marian, her beloved grandchildren Max, Kate, Tara, Jack, Claire, Clodagh, Jack, Cora, Rory, Erin and Darby, her brother Sean, her sisters-in-law Anne and Breda, her sisters Kathleen (Morgan), and Sr. Margaret, nephews, nieces, neighbours and friends.As per the COVID-19 Directive a private funeral has been arranged.The funeral Mass will be live streamed from The Church Of The Holy Trinity, Rathdowney on Friday at 11am ( Due to the increased risk of infection and in compliance with current guidelines and in the interest of public safety you are asked not to attend the funeral and not to congregate in the church yard or the cemetery.Removal will take place on Friday morning from Teresa’s residence at 10.30. The cortege will proceed to her native Ballybuggy en route to the Church via Errill Road and Harristown Cross and back to Rathdowney via Daly Terrace.SEE ALSO – Deaths in Laois – Thursday, February 11, 2021 Previous articleLarge secondary school teacher’s union pulls out of talks on Leaving Cert 2021Next articleSadness in Vicarstown at death of ‘gentle soul’ Jim Maloney LaoisToday Reporter Electric Picnic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Council Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Facebook Deaths in Laois – Friday, February 12, 2021 Electric Picnic last_img read more

How relief efforts, new mortgage rules will affect households

first_imgWorried Young Couple Lying On Carpet Calculating Their savings, planning future, retirement fund andreypopov/123RF Keywords Economy,  Debt,  Income,  Coronavirus “This means that since the beginning of the crisis, personal income in Canada has at least remained stable,” the report said.Another positive for households’ financial positions is decreased credit use. Data from Equifax show that households recently reduced their use of credit across most major products.Since mid-March, overall credit fell by almost 1%, the report said, and outstanding balances on credit cards fell by more than 10% since the crisis began.With CERB offsetting income losses and debt outstanding falling, the debt-to-income ratio is likely to be stable or lower than it was before the crisis, the report said — “a totally different experience than was seen in the 2008 recession, when the debt-to-income ratio rose from 140% to 150%.” (A debt-to-income ratio of 150% means there was $1.50 in credit market debt for every dollar of household disposable income).StatsCan’s latest data show that the ratio rose slightly in the first quarter to 176.9% from 175.6% in the fourth quarter of last year.The CIBC report also considered the risk of mortgage holders being in arrears this fall, with just over 15% having deferred mortgage payments. Analyzing credit scores, it found that borrowers with the lowest scores accounted for less than 1% of mortgages.Overall, CIBC expects that stable incomes, mortgage deferrals during the pandemic and lower interest rates will likely lead to a temporary decline in the debt service ratio (credit payments as a proportion of income).“While such an improvement was seen in all other recessions, the current one will probably be more notable given the large scale of the income and debt payment assistance available to households,” the report said.For the first quarter, the debt service ratio fell to 14.67% from 14.81%, StatsCan said.In the medium term, will households continue to hold up?CIBC said the trajectory of financial health will be “a function of how quickly and in what fashion the assistance programs are removed, and to what extent labour income can replace them.”That’s where things get iffy. Much economic uncertainty lies ahead, and, for businesses and governments, debt levels are rising considerably.For non-financial corporations, for example, the debt-to-equity ratio rose to 212.3% in the first quarter — the highest level since the first quarter of 2009, StatsCan said — from 188.6% in the fourth quarter.Rising debt levels may not be concerning in the short term with low rates, but they do pose a risk in the medium to long term.A Desjardins Economics Studies report released on Friday said higher debt could “weaken the Canadian economy’s situation should interest rates suddenly and unexpectedly increase.”Impact of new CMHC mortgage rulesCIBC Economics said it doesn’t expect the latest tightening rules from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) to have a significant impact on the mortgage market.Last week, CMHC increased its lending standards, which included upping the required credit score to obtain an insured mortgage, and limiting the thresholds for the gross and total debt servicing ratios.The new rules are aimed at restraining borrowers who may be accumulating too much debt, given low interest rates, the CIBC report said.However, its analysis found that the impact of the new rules on homebuyers will be marginal.For example, the raised credit score will affect only about 5% of CMHC’s mortgage originations. It also noted that CMHC accounts for only 15% of total originations, and private insurers aren’t implementing similar rules.“The bottom line is that this is not a game changer for the market,” the report said.Still, a segment of homebuyers will be affected — likely first-time buyers, considering that the rules apply to insured mortgages.As such, the rules represent “another barrier to entering the housing market after years of unaffordability in some major cities,” the report said.For full details, read the reports from CIBC Economics and Desjardins. Household debt-to-income ratio fell in first quarter: Statscan Related news Michelle Schriver Ontario unlikely to balance budget by 2030: FAO In the midst of the Covid-19 crisis, Canadian households appear to be holding on to their financial positions, based on an economic analysis released on Friday by CIBC Economics.For example, government support has offset lost income. Using StatsCan data, the CIBC Economics report found that total income assistance from the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) roughly matched total income lost for recipients — $43.5 billion. Alberta’s economic outlook on the rise: ATB Financial Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social medialast_img read more

Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry Engages European Allies on Climate Ambition

first_imgSpecial Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry Engages European Allies on Climate Ambition Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry will travel to London, Brussels, and Paris March 8-10, 2021, to work with European allies to strengthen global climate ambition heading into President Biden’s Leaders Summit on Climate April 22-23 and the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change later this year.In London, Secretary Kerry will meet with representatives from the British government who are hosting COP26 this November in Glasgow. In Brussels, Secretary Kerry will meet with representatives of the European Commission. In Paris, he will meet with French government officials. /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:British, Brussels, climate, climate change, Commission, conference, Department of State, european, French, Government, Kerry, London, Paris, President, Secretary, travel, United Nationslast_img read more

Samuda Pledges Increased Support for Business Sector

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedSamuda Pledges Increased Support for Business Sector RelatedSamuda Pledges Increased Support for Business Sector Samuda Pledges Increased Support for Business Sector CommerceSeptember 20, 2010center_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Karl Samuda, has pledged his Ministry’s full support for the country’s productive sector in the effort to boost productivity and job creation.Speaking to JIS News following a tour of three locations in the parish of Hanover on Thursday (Sept. 16), Minister Samuda told JIS News that he plans to pay “a lot more” visits to business entities, to interact with owners and encourage them in their operations.The Minister visited the Grand Palladium/Fiesta Hotel site where more than 800 new hotel rooms are being constructed; the Dolphin Cove attraction; and Sandy Bay Sweets, which is a confectionery factory.The tour followed his address at an exporters’ forum in Montego Bay earlier in the day, to discuss pertinent issues affecting the export sector.Minister Samuda told JIS News that the visits provide clear indication “of all the effort being put into growing the economy by small and conscientious business owners, who are determined to invest their money in Jamaica and play their part in building the country”.“We are going to do a lot more of this, to encourage the exporting and productive community to do all they can to work with us so that we can earn the foreign exchange that we need, create the jobs and grow our economy,” he stated.The Montego Bay meeting with exporters was the second in a series organised by JAMPRO under the theme: ‘Let’s Talk Exports’. RelatedSamuda Pledges Increased Support for Business Sectorlast_img read more

Work on Constant Spring Water Treatment 70 Per Cent Complete

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail KINGSTON — Significant progress is being made on the Constant Spring Water Treatment Plant in Stony Hill, which is being refurbished under the Jamaica Water Supply Improvement Project (JWSIP) at a cost of US$10 million. The project, which is about 70 per cent complete, includes the construction of new basins and reagents, addition systems for pre-treatment, and refurbishing intakes such as values, flow metres. It is expected to be completed in March 2012. During a tour of the facility on Friday (November 18), Minister of Housing, Environment, Water and Local Government, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, said that the plant, which was designed to have a capacity of 20 million gallons per day, had deteriorated to about 12 million gallons per day. “The refurbishing work will restore it to 20 million gallons per day which will ensure more reliable and constant supply of water basically for all of the Corporate Area,” Dr. Chang said. The JWSIP, which is divided into segments A and B, is the single largest project ever undertaken by the National Water Commission (NWC). It has a total cost of $17 billion (US$211 million) and, on completion, will bring an additional 20 million gallons of water to residents in Kingston and St. Andrew, St. Catherine and other areas of Jamaica. “It is part of the Government’s programme not only to recapitalise the water company but to ensure that the south eastern region, extending from central St. Catherine through south St. Catherine to the Corporate Area as far as Harbour View, will have a reliable modern efficient water system within the next 24 months. The Corporate Area is our largest city and it demands a modern system at this time and that is what we intend to do,” Dr. Chang stated. Under phase two of JWSIP, a new treatment plant will be constructed in Angels, St. Catherine, which will bring into the system, another 15 million gallons of water per day. “We will finish replacing the pipeline, which extends from Tulloch Spring into the Corporate Area. Those asbestos pipes are losing water like a sieve, just replacing the pipes alone not only makes it more reliable, but saves us about two million gallons of water per day…so it is part of rehabilitating the whole process,” the Minister stated. He further informed that more than 21 wells in the Corporate Area will be rehabilitated under the programme, while there will be an increase in supply to the rural areas from 47 per cent to about 60 per cent of the population. In his remarks, Member of Parliament for West Rural St. Andrew, Hon. Andrew Gallimore commented that the JWSIP was significantly enhancing the quality of life of thousands of residents in the area. “It’s a major plus,” he said, noting that many residents are now getting regular water supply, while others will benefit from improvement works that are underway or to come on stream. JWSIP is intended to eliminate or eradicate water lock-offs in many affected areas. The additional water will mean that housing and other developments can take place in areas, which previously had no dependable water supplies. RelatedWork on Constant Spring Water Treatment 70 Per Cent Complete RelatedWork on Constant Spring Water Treatment 70 Per Cent Complete Work on Constant Spring Water Treatment 70 Per Cent Complete EnvironmentNovember 21, 2011 RelatedWork on Constant Spring Water Treatment 70 Per Cent Complete By Latonya Linton, JIS Reporter Advertisementslast_img read more

Fowler detours to Wyndham with Ryder Cup in doubt

first_imgGREENSBORO, N.C. – The annual bubble watch has taken on a different tone this year at the Wyndham Championship. Sure, there will still be steadfast checking of projected FedEx Cup standings in the final week of the regular season, as players endure one last 72-hole crucible to determine playing privileges for next season. But thanks to a malleable summer schedule, there’s another race nearing its conclusion that has brought some high-profile names to Greensboro. The Ryder Cup is now just six weeks away, and while typically the teams are largely set by this stage, this year there are still two events remaining for players on both teams to earn automatic qualifying berths. There are eight such spots available on the American side, and the 11th-hour competition to secure a roster spot is fierce. Less than $50,000 separates No. 8 Patrick Reed from No. 9 Brandt Snedeker. Both are in the field this week, meaning a top-25 finish could be enough to flip the pecking order heading into The Barclays. It’s an incentive that has led No. 13 Scott Piercy to make a rare appearance at Sedgefield Country Club, and it resulted in No. 18 Jim Furyk choosing to return for the first time since 2011. But the player likely under the most pressure to perform is Wyndham debutant Rickie Fowler – a scenario that seemed implausible a few months ago. After all, Fowler was one of the hottest players in the world to start the year, backing up a three-win 2015 campaign with a convincing victory over a strong field in Abu Dhabi. That was followed by a playoff loss to Hideki Matsuyama in Phoenix, when Fowler surrendered a two-shot lead over the final two holes. Wyndham Championship: Articles, photos and videos A bittersweet result, sure. But it was also further evidence that Fowler was likely to cruise through the balance of a busy summer schedule that would end with him donning the stars and stripes at Hazeltine. Needless to say, things haven’t exactly worked out that way. Since the Masters, Fowler has posted more missed cuts (four) than top-25 finishes (three). His best result in that stretch, a T-4 finish at Quail Hollow, was tinged with disappointment after he failed to convert a 54-hole lead, closing with a 74. Even last week’s performance at the Olympics was a microcosm for Fowler’s season: a third-round burst, just enough to reinforce his vast potential, but not enough to compensate for 54 other mediocre holes. As a result, Fowler has gone from a virtual Ryder Cup lock to a very precarious position: 12th in points and perhaps competing with the likes of Snedeker, Furyk, Matt Kuchar and Bubba Watson for one of captain Davis Love III’s four selections. Keenly aware of the situation, Fowler decided to book a last-minute ticket from Rio to Greensboro in the hopes of turning things around with the deadline looming. “With where I was on Ryder Cup points and knowing that the points, with Bethpage coming up, this was a good addition to the schedule,” Fowler said Wednesday. “It wasn’t something we planned on earlier in the year, but the Ryder Cup is something that means a lot to me. It’s something where I’ve been a part of two teams, and I don’t want to miss out on another one.” Fowler is in danger of doing just that, and after a sluggish summer the culprit is clear. Fowler is sixth this season on Tour in strokes gained tee-to-green and seventh in total strokes gained, but he sits just 56th in strokes gained putting. “It’s been a struggle ever since Abu Dhabi, not making any putts,” he said. “When putts don’t go in, you don’t have that complete confidence in the putter. It kind of can start bleeding into the rest of the game.” Fowler’s putting woes contributed in part to missed cuts at Augusta National and Oakmont, and his bid for an Olympic medal was derailed on the very first green last week in Rio when he opened with a four-putt. With the self-doubt continuing to mount, Fowler has started to tinker with his putting with increasing frequency. He has gone back and forth between conventional and cross-handed grips since the Quicken Loans National in June, including attempts with both grips last week in Brazil. While he was putting cross-handed under the midday sun Wednesday on the Sedgefield putting green, Fowler admits his mechanics remain a work in progress. “Just been something I’ve done every year or two. It’s almost like the cross-handed is a little, I guess, an aid in a way,” he said. “It actually puts me in a better position at setup. Sometimes I get a little off (with) conventional, and just a way of getting it back to where I want it to be.” That last bit could also apply to Fowler’s overall game, which hasn’t been where he wants it to be for several months now. While it’s hard to imagine a Ryder Cup team without him – especially at a domestic venue where his popularity with partisan crowds could have a tangible impact on the outcome – it is now a very plausible scenario. Fowler could still earn a pick, even without a late burst of form. But while his play has remained stagnant, his competition has picked up significantly – first Furyk’s 58 at the Travelers Championship, then Kuchar’s bronze medal performance at the Olympics. Fowler now has two more chances to nab an automatic bid, a high-stakes fortnight that begins this week with an unexpected detour to the Tar Heel State. It’s a circumstance that few could have predicted earlier this year, but it’s one that means the FedEx Cup bubble boys won’t be the only ones sweating this week at Sedgefield.last_img read more

Randall’s Rant: Sad Blue Monster no longer around

first_imgI’m going to miss you, Old Blue. Growing up in the north, Doral’s Blue Monster was more than a golf tournament. It was a symbol, with its shimmering beauty beamed into my living room from overhead blimp shots. Its stirring images were a hopeful sign I would soon be seeing that first robin returning home in the spring. Doral’s arrival on our family TV set was a reminder that the last patches of winter snow were about to disappear and we would soon be thrusting open our windows to let the warmth of spring’s invigorating thaw inside. Doral was a ritualistic experience. The Florida “swing” arrives this week, and for the first time in 55 years, it won’t include Doral. It’s gone, unceremoniously swept off the tour schedule last summer. It was cut loose three months after last year’s event was played, with no farewell sendoff. It was like somebody just flushed the toilet on all that rich history. That’s sad for more than South Florida golf fans. It’s sad for a generation of North Americans who once thought of Doral as the real start of the golf season, as the real start of the journey toward Magnolia Lane and the Masters. Doral was the oldest tour stop in the Sunshine State, the first stop in the Florida swing for the longest time. With Mexico wedged between the Honda Classic and the Valspar Championship, is it really still a swing? When Billy Casper won the inaugural event in 1962, John F. Kennedy was president, the Beatles were working on their first hit in the United Kingdom (“Love Me Do”) and astronaut John Glenn was being celebrated as the first American to orbit the Earth. I hate the way Doral was written off and discarded. When Casper won that first year, he beat Paul Bondeson by one shot, Jack Nicklaus by two and Ben Hogan by three. No, I didn’t see that, but I watched that unforgettable Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson duel around the Blue Monster in ’05, an epic struggle that breathed new life into the old property. Nicklaus, Trevino, Floyd, Weiskopf, Crenshaw, Norman, Faldo, Els, Woods and Mickelson all won there. The 18th hole might have been the most exciting finishing hole in all of golf, the work of Dick Wilson, a tortured genius who designed the original layout. Doral pro Frank Strafaci, however, is actually credited with giving Doral’s Blue Course its “Blue Monster” moniker. That’s what Strafaci called it after watching the 18th hole devour the hopes of so many tour pros that first year. “This is a monster,” Strafaci told reporters. “A Blue Monster.” And by the way, there’s history in the name Doral. It’s a combination of the first names of the resort’s original owners, Doris and Al Kaskel. Yes, Doral’s Blue Monster got old, another victim of golf’s power surge, another casualty that got carved up with a facelift that altered its identity after Donald Trump bought it. Trump put the teeth back into the Blue Monster, with Gil Hanse his architect, but the nature of the test changed, with forced carries and all that extended water taking away some of the genius Wilson built into the design’s playability in high winds. Who really knows why the PGA Tour cut its ties with Doral and moved its event to Mexico, whether it was solely a sponsorship issue or a Trump issue or some combination of both? It’s just a shame all the memories the PGA Tour’s greats built there are “lost in time, like tears in rain,” as director Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner said in the SciFi flick. It’s a shame we didn’t get to remember the best of times at Doral with a proper goodbye.last_img read more

Slight rise in Donegal house prices according to new report

first_img Harps come back to win in Waterford Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty By News Highland – October 1, 2018 Facebook Twitter Slight rise in Donegal house prices according to new report Facebook Twitter WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Google+center_img Pinterest House prices across the country appear to be stabilising according to the latest report. Prices in Donegal in the third quarter of 2018 were 1% higher than a year previously, compared to a rise of 2% seen a year ago.The average house price in the county is now €144,000, 27% above its lowest point.Author of the report, Ronan Lyons says factors such as Brexit continue to have an affect on the Donegal market:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsApp AudioHomepage BannerNews Consultation launched on proposal to limit HGV traffic in Clady Pinterest Google+ Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Previous articleFormal twinning between Letterkenny & Rudolstad being finalisedNext articleEves and Melly win 2018 Modified Championship News Highland DL Debate – 24/05/21last_img read more

News / MOL trumps Maersk for reliability: but does arriving on time matter any more?

first_imgBy Mike Wackett 20/08/2015 Maersk Line has been replaced at the top of the rankings of the most reliable container line by Japan’s MOL in Drewry’s latest survey of ocean carrier on-time schedule integrity.But the jury is out on the importance of this accolade in the current market conditions.According to the consultant’s July edition of its Carrier Performance Insight, covering the three main east-west tradelanes, overall liner reliability slipped four percentage points during the month, to 73.3%, due to lower scores recorded in the Asia to Europe and transpacific trades.MOL’s on-time performance in July reached 80.1% while the Danish carrier fell back 5% to 79.8%. Drewry said that it was the first time it had been able to list a carrier other than Maersk at the top of its monthly rankings, although in consultancy rival SeaIntel’s liner reliability report on the second quarter, Maersk dropped to fourth in rankings that also saw MOL at number one.In the same report, Maersk’s 2M partner MSC came in bottom for schedule reliability, albeit that this disconnect across services for which they share the same ship has more to do with the advertised dates provided by the respective carriers and on which data performance is gauged.Commenting on the SeaIntel report, Maersk said that the carrier was “pleased to be in the top quartile position – its set target – yet remains committed to improve”.Nevertheless, despite the commitment, the company confirmed that being the most reliable carrier was no longer an aspiration for Maersk Line – it is now satisfied to be in among the top performers.Maersk said it believed that after its flirtation with the ill-fated Daily Maersk product, shippers expect a ‘good’ service but are not prepared to pay extra for a ‘premium’ service.Indeed, if Maersk wanted any further evidence it only has to look at its 2M partner MSC to see that on-time performance is not the ‘be all and end all’ in container liner shipping. MSC has grown exponentially, not just due to aggressive marketing and a competitive rate structure, but because of its close relationships on the ground with its customers.Meanwhile, MOL’s container line continues to operate in the red, in contrast to its two Japanese compatriot carriers NYK and K Line. Moreover, there is no firm evidence to suggest that it is winning cargo from other carriers based on the punctuality of its ships.Drewry says it expects to see an improvement in reliability in the Asia-Europe trade due to the expansion of the Suez Canal, which is anticipated to reduce convey transit times from 18 to 11 hours, while waiting times should also reduce significantly from the current up-to-11 hours to a maximum of three hours.“Suez being turned into a two-lane maritime highway…will not only improve capacity, but will also speed transit times and reduce delays. This can only be good for operational efficiency,” said Simon Heaney, senior manager of supply chain research at Drewrylast_img read more