Deja vu for DJ at Pebble Beach?

first_imgPEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Dustin Johnson shares the lead going into Sunday at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, where he has already won twice. Uh-oh. That’s the reaction Johnson’s name atop a leaderboard brought to the game when he was mounting that terrific run a year ago, back before he slipped on some stairs and hurt his back at a rented home before the Masters. That hard tumble might have been all that stopped Johnson from dominating the entire year, because that’s where he looked as if he was heading. He was becoming such a complete player. He was becoming so formidably well-rounded, with his improved wedge game complementing the best driving skills in the game. Is that where Johnson is heading again? If nobody steps up and stops him Sunday at Pebble Beach, that will be the question leading into the Genesis Open at Riviera next week. Because that’s where Johnson caught fire last year. He won at Riviera, then won his next start at the WGC-Mexico Championship and then his very next start at the WGC-Dell Match Play. Johnson went to Augusta National as the overwhelming favorite to win the year’s first major. If Johnson keeps a firm grip on all the stairwell railings he encounters this year, is that where we are returning in this year’s run up to the Masters? Johnson won the PGA Tour’s first event this year, taking the Sentry Tournament of Champions last month in an eight-shot rout. Now he’s looking to win back-to-back PGA Tour starts. Uh-oh. Full-field scores from the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am: Articles, photos and videos “I’ve been working hard on the game,” Johnson said. “I definitely have a lot of confidence, and I know if I go out and play really well tomorrow, I’m going to have a really good chance to win.” With a 2-under-par 70 at Pebble Beach Golf Links, Johnson moved to 14 under overall, tied with Ted Potter Jr. (62). Jason Day, the former world No. 1, put up a 69 at Pebble Beach and sits just two shots back. He’s the most proven player in position to take overtake Johnson. Day won the Farmers Insurance Open just two weeks ago. “If it’s DJ (leading), I’ve got to play well,” Day said after his round. “Whoever is up there is playing tremendous golf, so I’ve got to try and chase him down.” Potter won The Greenbrier Classic for his first PGA Tour title six years ago, but he hasn’t been the same since returning from a broken ankle two years ago. Troy Merritt (69) is two shots back. Jon Rahm (70), Steve Stricker (70) and Patrick Rodgers (69) are all three back. Rahm won the Career Builders three weeks ago. Phil Mickelson (72) is tied for ninth, five shots back. While Johnson might have inspired that “Uh-oh” reaction last spring, he says he isn’t quite to that same level yet. In fact, he looked vulnerable on the back nine Saturday. He made three bogeys coming home before making birdie at the last. Johnson wasn’t quite as formidable upon his return from that back injury last year. He failed to protect a 54-hole lead at the HSBC Champions last fall. He has closed out only three of the last seven times he has held or shared 54-hole leads over the last three-plus years. “I’m going to be in good position going into tomorrow, but I’m still going to have to go out and play really well if I want a chance to win,” Johnson said. Johnson was asked Friday if he felt close to the top form he showed early last year. “The game’s really close,” Johnson said. “I don’t know if it’s quite as good as it was during that stretch. That was probably some of the best golf I’ve played in my career, but parts of the game are just as good. “I would say that I’m driving it well, but I’m probably not quite as good as I was when on those three wins, but everything else feels like it’s really good.” Uh-oh.last_img read more

RRMC prepared for the worst that never came

first_imgBruce Edwards is a freelance writer from Southern Vermont. Thsi story first appeared in the june issue of Vermont Business MAgazine. Rutland Regional Medical Center,Photo: The Star of Hope atop Rutland Regional Medical Center during the Covid-19 pandemic. Courtesy Bruce Edwards, Vermont Business Magazine Rutland Regional Medical Center was prepared for the worst – a surge in patients infected with the Covid-19 virus.It was a surge that for now hasn’t materialized but the hospital was ready just the same, closing one of its specialty procedure suites and converting it into a 10-bed, negative pressure COVID ward.“We did have some sick COVID patients but nowhere near the amount of patients we feared,” said RRMC President Claudio Fort.Photo: Claudio Fort is president and CEO of Rutland Regional Medical Center. Courtesy photo.The hospital is slowly returning to normal but to prepare for an influx of patients required the hospital to take some painful steps.Those steps included suspending elective surgeries, which resulted in a substantial loss of revenue. In turn that forced the hospital to furlough dozens of employees.“Our (patient) volumes were down for the month of April by 60 percent and our revenues were down by $19 million for the month(s) of March and April,” Fort said.The losses were offset by federal grants totaling $13 million for a net loss of $6 million, Fort said.He said there is another $75 billion in the pipeline for health care providers but how that money will be distributed is an unknown.To cut costs, the hospital furloughed 150 of its approximately 1,763 employees. The effected employees were support and administrative staff as well as medical assistants.Fort said as the hospital began rescheduling elective surgeries all but 50 workers had been recalled (as of mid-May) with additional employees being brought back on a daily basis. Asked whether all furloughed workers would be brought back, Fort said, “We would like to but I don’t know for sure whether will be able to.” With hospitals across the state in an unenviable financial position because of the pandemic, Fort said a rate increase to cover losses won’t solve the problem. He said those rate increases wind up being paid by employers and their employees. “We can’t put all of this on local businesses who are already struggling,” Fort said. “There’s going to be very little that I see at this point will be able to recoup through rates,” he said.He said what’s likely is a nominal rate increase to account for inflation. “But I don’t see us pass on a double-digit rate increase this year,” he said. “We can’t put that burden on our local business community who is already struggling.” Fort said that means the hospital has to find other ways to “balance the books and to serve our community.”Like other community leaders, Fort praised the Scott administration for its handling of the pandemic.He also gave high marks to the hospital and staff which he called its “finest hour.”“I’m really, really proud that here at Rutland Regional we did that very well,” Fort said. “I think we were well prepared. I think we were as prepared as any hospital in the country for this.”The pandemic closed many businesses in the state, including construction, which are now slowly starting to reopen. As a result, completion of the hospital’s $24 million, 3,700-square-foot, two-story, Thomas W. Huebner Medical Office Building has been delayed.It’s now scheduled for completion in the fall. It will be the home of the ears, nose and throat practice and audiology clinic; the medical staff for physical medicine and rehabilitation; and the Vermont Orthopedic Clinic.HP Cummings is the general contractor. last_img read more

CEDIA Announces APAC Award Winners

first_imgDuring Integrate 2019 in Melbourne, CEDIA unveiled the winners of the 2019 CEDIA Awards Home Technology Professional competition for the Asia Pacific region. Winning projects were recognized in 12 categories and four subcategories at a cocktail reception at Melbourne Public in South Wharf. The celebration, sponsored by Control4, ran in conjunction with Integrate, Australia’s premier annual AV and integration trade show.“The competition in the Asia Pacific region was fierce, but these award-winning projects are genuine standouts,” said CEDIA Vice President Global Development Wendy Griffiths. “This year’s honorees are prime examples of the exceptionally high level of innovative work CEDIA member integrators are capable of producing. Integrate 2019 provided a great backdrop for toasting this year’s winners and we would like to thank Control4 for their partnership to help us celebrate these great achievements.”Best Auto, Marine or Aircraft Argus Technologies Mulgrave, VIC – AustraliaBest Innovative System or Solution Smart Home Solutions Alexandria, NSW – AustraliaBest Home Cinema, Level I Wavetrain Cinemas Taren Point, NSW – AustraliaBest Media Room, Level I Glance Iwade, Wakayama – JapanBest Home Cinema, Level II The Digital Picture Brisbane, QLD – AustraliaBest Media Room, Level II Wavetrain Cinemas Taren Point, NSW – AustraliaBest Home Cinema, Level III Wavetrain Cinemas Taren Point, NSW – AustraliaBest Showroom Shanghai AV Style Shanghai – ChinaBest Integrated Home, Level I Electronic Living Virginia, QLD – AustraliaBest Documentation Liquid Automation Rosedale, AUK – New ZealandBest Integrated Home, Level II Electronic Living Virginia, QLD – AustraliaBest Dressed Rack Integrated Technologies Australia Kilsyth, VIC – AustraliaBest Integrated Home, Level III Len Wallis Audio Lane Cove, NSW – AustraliaLife Best Lived at Home Argus Technologies Mulgrave, VIC – AustraliaBest Integrated Home, Level IV Integrated Technologies Australia Kilsyth, VIC – AustraliaTechnology Meets Design Wavetrain Cinemas Taren Point, NSW – AustraliaHome technology industry experts with global connections chose winners and finalists during a detailed selection process earlier this year. Americas region winners were revealed in July during the inaugural CEDIA Awards Celebration & Leadership Conference in Chicago. EMEA region and Global Award winners will be announced September 26 at a sold-out celebration in the V&A in London.Connect with more about the CEDIA Home Technology Professional Awards competition and the Awards event.last_img read more

July 15, 2012 Letters

first_imgJuly 15, 2012 Letters July 15, 2012 Letters Letters Service by Email On June 27, I received an email from The Florida Bar sending a copy of the Supreme Court’s latest rule changes. The most troubling change is a requirement that, effective September 1, all court papers must be served by email, in lieu of other methods such as fax and mail.As most of us know, email is not 100 percent reliable. If your server is down due to a power outage, virus, etc., you will never know that you did not receive that motion for summary judgment, proposal for settlement, or notice of hearing from your opponent. If your opponent makes an error in entering your email address, you will never know that you did not receive these things.The Internet is a great thing, and none of us can probably live without it at this point. However, its reliability has not yet evolved to the point where it should become our exclusive means of service. I hope that the court will reconsider this rule change.Kirk M. Gibbons Tampa Court-appointed Counsel Fees Senate Bill 1060, which sets the payment of fees for court-appointed counsel in criminal cases, is unconscionable, and all members of The Florida Bar should be shocked at the maximum fees set for this thankless work.The recent legislatively set fee schedule provides for $2,500 for nonlife felonies, $3,000 for life felonies and $15,000 for death penalty cases, and requires attorneys who accept these cases to agree not to seek higher fees.The Innocence Commission recently concluded such fee limitation increases the likelihood of error by trial counsel, thereby increasing the post-conviction caseload.Former Bar President Hank Coxe noted that “it would be hard to pass a bill that would more effectively guarantee ineffective assistance of counsel.”All Florida Bar members should be shocked by this legislative action and should stand up to ensure the right to assistance of effective counsel to impoverished defendants. I trust the Bar will lead the fight against this irresponsible measure.Teresa J. Sopp Yulee Civility Oath I am delighted that the Oath of Admission to be an attorney licensed in Florida now includes a pledge of civility. It is, of course, sad that such a pledge is now required, that for whatever reason there has been a marked decline in civility within our profession as well as with society at large.Such a pledge should be made mandatory even for licensed attorneys in Florida and for newly licensed attorneys across the country. Indeed, it is a pledge which everyone in our country should take.Civility or manners or etiquette, you choose the name, is the very grease which makes the machinery of human relations run smoothly. “Please” opens more doors than an order barked at someone. “Thank you” shows gratitude for favors, which may then be more likely to be repeated.Perhaps the decline in civility in our profession is due to the practice of law becoming more a business than a profession. That the bottom line becomes the primary consideration. That the increasingly tense competition for legal work causes action which is not so benign. That electronic communication requires less personal contact by which we learn what is right and what is wrong behavior. That the very adversarial system encourages winning at all costs.This pledge of civility will have positive effects. Negotiations may no longer be bogged down or stopped because of ill-mannered lawyer conduct. Poorly mannered lawyers may begin to show more respect for judges and for other court personnel. The public may gain greater confidence in the legal profession when it sees lawyers behaving properly in public.I hope the day will come when a pledge of civility is not required for new attorneys. How much sweeter our world would be if only people acted nicely toward each other whatever the dispute or disagreement.Stephen Schoeman Westfield, NJ Merit Retention I agree with the opinions expressed by Mr. Davidson and Mr. Cuervo in their June 1 letters to the News. I understand the concern that a vocal section of the population with a one-issue position may force a qualified judge off the bench.To my knowledge this has only ever occurred twice in any state in the Union — once in California some years ago and more recently in Iowa. Hundreds, if not thousands, of judges serving under merit retention systems have kept their positions for a number of years. While those few instances may be unfortunate, it is not the end of the world for a judge who can still practice law.I have always been opposed to merit retention on the grounds that some of our appointed judges have not been the most qualified. Instead, they have been popular or politically active lawyers who are well known by the Bar committees that have selected them for appointment. This leaves qualified, but less popular, lawyers with public election as their only route to a judgeship.Unlike some of the Bar’s officers and committee members, I believe that selection and/or retention of our judges should be something that the people have a say about.Wallace W. Hardy Pensacola___________________Having read the various articles and letters in the News regarding the program to educate the public about merit retention, I have a (hopefully not too simplistic) suggestion.Have all candidates for a contested future position on the Board of Governors (as well as all candidates for Bar president) tell us how they did (or would) vote on this issue, and then we cast our votes on the basis of how we feel about that issue.Claudos G. Spears Young Harris, GAlast_img read more

Spoiling The Ending Makes For A Better Story

first_imgScientific American: Old Yeller dies, Darth Vader​ is Luke’s dad, Little Red Riding Hood lives. Did I spoil it? Yes I did. But maybe I did you a favor.Spoilers enhance the enjoyment of a story, according to findings to be published in the journal Psychological Science.Researchers presented three versions of classic stories to 30 subjects. Each story had an ironic twist, or a solved-mystery, or a dramatic end. One version was the original—no spoiler–another had the spoiler woven into the story and the third gave the spoiler right off the bat.Turned out the subjects significantly preferred a spoiled version of the ironic twist stories best. The literary stories were the least preferred. But subjects enjoyed the spoiled version more than the original.Read the whole story: Scientific Americanlast_img read more

NEWS SCAN: E coli strain in outbreak named, foot-and-mouth battle in South Korea, H5N1 in Indonesia

first_imgMay 3, 2010E coli strain in three-state outbreak identified, source notThe strain of non-O157 Escherichia coli that has caused recent illnesses in Ohio, Michigan, and New York has been identified, but the food source remains unknown, according to health officials. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified the strain as O145, which, like O157, produces Shiga toxin, according to Jennifer House, spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Health. A CDC team arrived in Ohio yesterday to assist in the investigation, House told CIDRAP News. About 15 cases have been confirmed in the outbreak so far. House said Ohio has 6 confirmed, 2 probable, and 5 suspected cases, all in the Columbus area. In Ann Arbor, Mich., Washtenaw County Public Health has reported 8 confirmed cases, with 13 more awaiting confirmation. One case has been reported in New York. College students, including some from Ohio State and the University of Michigan, have been among the patients in all three states, according to press reports.South Korea battles foot-and-mouth diseaseSouth Korea is stepping up quarantine efforts after foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) struck a state livestock research institute and forced the culling of all the animals there, Agence France-Presse reported today. The highly contagious disease hit the Livestock and Veterinary Science Institute, 96 miles south of Seoul, leading to the destruction of 1,549 beef cattle and hogs. The outbreak there—the 10th FMD eruption in South Korea since Apr 9—prompted the establishment of more roadblocks and quarantine posts, the report said. The institute is close to areas that have major cattle farms. On a visit to the institute yesterday, Agriculture Minister Chang Tae-Pyong called for “all-out efforts” to contain the outbreak. About 49,000 animals have already been killed to contain the disease, and the government has paid farmers about $49 million in compensation so far this year. In 2001 a major FMD outbreak in Britain led to the destruction of 7 million cattle, crippling the nation’s livestock industry.Indonesian girl dies of H5N1 infectionA hospital official said a 4-year-old Indonesian girl has died from an H5N1 avian influenza infection, Reuters reported today. The girl, from Pekanbaru, Sumatra, died on Apr 28, Azizman Saad, head of the avian flu unit at Pekanbaru’s Arifin Achmad Hospital, told Reuters. If her illness is confirmed by the World Health Organization, she will be listed as Indonesia’s 164th H5N1 case-patient and 136th fatality. Saad said three other people from an area northeast of Pekanbaru have been hospitalized with suspected H5N1 infections. The patients did not have contact with the girl who died, but came down with high fevers after they touched dead chickens. He said mass poultry deaths had been reported in the area. The suspected cases are in a mother, her 7-year-old child, and a 5-year-old girl from the same district. They were hospitalized on Apr 30, and hospital officials are awaiting the results of H5N1 tests, Saad said.last_img read more

McCloud: SMEs need more support from government

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BBC helps rescue Syrian refugees

first_imgAs it was in close proximity to the scene, the BBC Iceland received orders from the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) in Rome, to remain on standby and assist the operation if needed.All of the refugees could not be taken onboard coast guard vessels and 134 Syrian men were transferred onto BBC Iceland, proceeding to the port of Pozzalo, Sicily, where the refugees were safely transferred to a tugboat, Citta di it was in close proximity to the scene, the BBC Iceland received orders from the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) in Rome, to remain on standby and assist the operation if needed.All of the refugees could not be taken onboard coast guard vessels and 134 Syrian men were transferred onto BBC Iceland, proceeding to the port of Pozzalo, Sicily, where the refugees were safely transferred to a tugboat, Citta di read more

Money Ball theme song?

first_imgI get this song stuck in my head every time I see the Money Ball trailer. Great song. Please follow and like us:last_img

Atletico’s Filipe Luis: says in Spain Lionel Messi is ‘the protected one’

first_img The Brazilian received a red card for his challenge and a one match ban, while, luckily, Messi was not injured. It’s been a few weeks since the incident, but Luis has now given his opinion on what happened.  07/03/2016 “[In Spain] he is ‘the protected one’ by the press and La Liga. Obviously nobody wants one of the best players of all time to be out and miss the opportunity to see him playing, that’s where all of this came from. “It was an error, but they’ve crucified me for it and it’s been a little excessive.” “I didn’t arrive late, I went for the ball, but I admit it was a red,” he said. “But this was with Messi, even though this tackle happens in every game. Upd. at 15:10 Barcelona fans held their breath in the 44th minute of the recent game between the Catalan side and Atletico Madrid when Filipe Luis clattered into Lionel Messi’s knee.  CET In quotes to Brazilian TV’s Esporte Interactivo he admits he deserved a red card, but also said he’s convinced there’s a campaign to protect the Barça star.  “I felt really down. I didn’t want to read the press, but in the end it reaches you: ‘the press are calling you a murderer, a criminal.’ But my conscience is clear because I never wanted to do any damage. Sport ENlast_img read more