Masters Moments: Phil Mickelson’s pine straw magic from 2010 win | Golf News

first_img We take a trip back to the 2010 Masters and Phil Mickelson’s incredible shot from the pine straw during his victory at Augusta National Phil Mickelson won the Green Jacket for a third time in 2010 with a three-shot victory in The Masters at Augusta National. Watch the 2020 contest live from November 12-15 on Sky Sports’ dedicated Masters channel By Sky Sports GolfLast Updated: 07/11/20 6:51am – Advertisement – Get Sky Sports Golf for £10 a month All four days of The Masters exclusively live. Get our £10 golf offer. Find out more here. Although Mickelson would run his eagle try a similar distance past the hole to the initial putt he faced, he made no mistake with the effort coming back to make birdie and extend his advantage.Mickelson added two further birdies over his final four holes to close out a bogey-free 67 and complete a convincing victory, with the win his fourth of five major titles during a distinguished career.Click on the video above to see Mickelson’s magic from the pines! Watch The Masters this November live on Sky Sports, with all four rounds exclusively live on Sky Sports’ Masters channel. Live coverage beings with Featured Groups from 12.30pm on Thursday November 12. – Advertisement – Phil Mickelson has only missed the Masters twice since his debut as an amateur in 1991 Phil Mickelson has only missed the Masters twice since his debut as an amateur in 1991

Trump admin reportedly still trying to get Chad Wolf confirmed in effort to save policies

first_imgAfter finally submitting his official nomination in August, passing that nomination through committee by a strict party line vote in September (where he again lied to senators), and then basically forgetting about it, CNN reports Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been approached about continuing to advance Unlawful Chad’s nomination to a full vote, “a move seemingly acknowledging both a forthcoming change in administrations and criticism that Wolf’s appointment was invalid,” the report said.The Trump administration officially submitted Unlawful Chad’s nomination only because his unlawful appointment risks any policy he’s signed his name to. And there have been quite a few consequential items. Just days ago, a coalition of states in fact sued Unlawful Chad over changes further decimating the popular and successful Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, saying he “lacked the legal authority to issue the memo … because he was never validly appointed to his position.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – It’s going to be work for the incoming Biden administration to reverse many of the outgoing administration’s immigration policies, but experts have noted that some of that could be eased because many of the policies have been found unlawful in court. In the case of the policy making it harder for working immigrant families to access green cards, “Biden’s attorney general could drop the appeal, letting stand the federal judge’s ruling that the Trump administration unlawfully created the public charge rule,” the American Immigration Lawyers Association said according to USA Today.“To make a long story short,” University of Texas law school professor Steve Vladeck said according to CNN, “I think the effort to have him confirmed is principally with an eye toward attempting to ratify all of the programs and policies that could be struck down by courts holding his acting appointment was unlawful.”Unlawful Chad didn’t deserve to be officially confirmed a year ago and he certainly doesn’t deserve to be confirmed now. The only reason why his name should come up in Congress is relating to investigations into his criminal behavior. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Gov. Wolf Signs First Two Law Enforcement Reform Bills

first_imgGov. Wolf Signs First Two Law Enforcement Reform Bills Bill Signing,  Criminal Justice Reform,  Press Release,  Public Safety Calling them ‘new laws that make progress in keeping every Pennsylvanian safe,’ Governor Tom Wolf today signed House bills 1841 and 1910, which both passed unanimously in the House and Senate. The bills are the first two pieces of legislation from the governor’s comprehensive police reform executive actions announced in early June in the wake of the death of George Floyd when in Minneapolis police custody and subsequent protests in Pennsylvania and across the country.“A little over a month ago I met with leaders of Black communities in Philadelphia and Harrisburg to discuss ways we can improve law enforcement to make our commonwealth safer for every Pennsylvanian,” Gov Wolf said. “Today, I am signing two bills that will take steps toward achieving this goal.”Gov. Wolf was joined at the bill signing at the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) by Attorney General Josh Shapiro, members of the legislature and the Pennsylvania State Police, and Keir Bradford-Grey of the Defender Association of Philadelphia.PCCD Executive Director Mike Pennington welcomed the governor and provided an overview of the commission’s role in police reform.“As an agency, we answered the call the governor made last month to address reform,” Pennington said. “We’ve created a Racial and Ethnic Disparities Subcommittee under the Criminal Justice Advisory Committee here at PCCD. Keir Bradford-Grey of the Defender Association of Philadelphia will serve as our chair, and we look to have that subcommittee formed and convened within the next month or so.”I commend Governor Wolf and the General Assembly for establishing a mandatory, statewide database of police misconduct — a key change sought by reform advocates and a down payment on the improvements we still need to make. Today, Pennsylvania becomes one of the only states in the country to change its laws in the aftermath of George Floyd’s killing. I heard the community in October, and worked to bring a breakthrough coalition of law enforcement leaders forward to get this done,” said Attorney General Josh Shapiro. “This legislation will make all Pennsylvanians safer by preventing departments from unknowingly hiring officers with past records of misconduct, and it shows we can make meaningful improvements in our criminal justice system. We won’t stop pushing for change until inappropriate police-community interactions, like what we saw that day in Minneapolis, are as rare as they are unacceptable.”The governor signed at the event:House Bill 1841, sponsored by Rep. Harry Readshaw, which requires a thorough background check for law enforcement applicants prior to being employed and requires a law enforcement agency to disclose employment information. The bill also establishes an electronic database housed and maintained by the Municipal Police Officers’ Training and Education Training Commission (MPOTEC) that contains separation records of law enforcement officers.A hiring report that indicates the prospective law enforcement agency’s reason and rationale must be completed if a hiring law enforcement agency hires an individual whose separation record includes any of the following:Excessive forceHarassmentTheftDiscriminationSexual abuse or misconductDomestic violenceCoercion of a false confessionFiling a false reportA judicial finding of dishonestyHouse Bill 1910, sponsored by Rep. Dan Williams, which requires mental health evaluations with a focus on PTSD of law enforcement officers as a condition of continued employment. The evaluation may be upon request of a law enforcement officer or a police chief or within 30 days of an incident of the use of lethal force.The bill also requires training for police officers on trauma-informed care, use of deadly force, de-escalation and harm reduction techniques, community and cultural awareness, implicit bias, procedural justice and reconciliation techniques. Under the bill, magisterial district judges are required to complete, as part of their annual continuing education requirement, one course on the identification and reporting of suspected child abuse and court proceedings involving children.“A resounding cry for justice for all citizens has risen up throughout our commonwealth and our nation,” Rep. Dan Williams said. “The General Assembly has responded to this impassioned demand to protect the vulnerable by passing these two police reform bills unanimously and the governor by signing them into law.“I’m proud that my bill will enhance the training the police receive so they can better serve the public and expand the reporting system to protect children from child abuse. The swift passage of these bills and their enactment into law is a sign that police reform and child protection are not partisan issues.”“Just 36 days after a handful of Black legislators commandeered the Speaker’s rostrum on the House floor, a handful of police accountability bills were enacted in the wake of mass protests statewide that have inspired urgent and substantive legislative action when justice has demanded these measures for far too long,” said Rep. Chris Rabb.“I am so happy to have participated in the efforts that will lead to real reforms in policing throughout Pennsylvania,” Rep. Jason Dawkins said. “None of this would be possible without a coordinated group effort. I would like to thank my partners in the General Assembly, the Governor and everyone who has demanded change for helping to make that happen. There is more work to do and we are not backing down.”“I am so proud to have been part of this bipartisan, bicameral process to bring legislation to the Governor’s desk,” Sen. Jay Costa said. “Every corner of this state and in every one of our districts, citizens have called for reform. We’ve heard them, and we’re still listening. These bills are a step in the right direction for better outcomes in our criminal justice system, but they are just the first step. Our work continues. By enacting comprehensive reforms, I believe we can prevent the next tragedy.”“We are proud to advance legislation in a bipartisan effort that enacts essential reforms to policing in PA,” said Sen. Sharif Street. “The stressful nature of law enforcement mandates we assess and ensure the mental health and wellness of our men and women in uniform. Additionally, ensuring elevated standards of hiring for officers who have exhibited behavior egregious enough to amount to termination is an important measure in salvaging the integrity of law enforcement and restoring the public’s faith. This indeed would have saved the life of Antwon Rose who would have turned 19 years old on July 12. These are seminal policy initiatives that must be met with other comprehensive measures. We still have work to do.”Gov. Wolf also signed into law today:House Bill 1860, which amends the Urban Redevelopment Law to permit any municipality to establish a redevelopment authority. Specifically, this bill removes the definition of “city” from the law and replaces the references to a “city” with “municipality.” Further, the bill adds the term “incorporated town” to the existing definition of municipality.House Bill 2045, which authorizes the granting and conveyance of certain lands in Ohiopyle Borough, Fayette County in exchange for different lands in Ohiopyle Borough.Senate Bill 352, which establishes the Tax Exemption and Mixed-Use Incentive Program Act. Specifically, the bill authorizes local taxing authorities to provide for tax abatement incentives for certain deteriorated industrial, commercial, business and residential properties.Senate Bill 934, which amends the Human Services Code to require that all child care centers and family child care homes have an operable and properly maintained fire detection device or system within their facility that is regularly inspected and tested.Also, today Gov. Wolf vetoed House Resolution 836, which called for an end to his disaster declaration for the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a legal dispute to the resolution’s passage, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court sided with Gov. Wolf, calling the resolution “a legal nullity.” View the governor’s veto message here.Ver esta página en español. July 14, 2020center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Draghi: QE an ‘inducement’ to boost savings, does not damage pensions

first_imgMario Draghi has defended the European Central Bank’s (ECB) activist monetary policy, insisting it has not damaged pension funds and is, in fact, likely to lead to increased contribution and savings rates.The president of the ECB defended its policy of quantitative easing (QE) but said the institution would be wary of keeping interest rates at their current low level for too long.In a speech in Washington DC at the IMF, Draghi said he accepted that continued low interest rates could have “undesirable consequences” for economies with ageing populations, as it could not only lead to lower consumption over the lifetime of QE but over the saver and pension fund member’s lifetime.“For pensioners, and for those saving ahead of retirement, low interest rates may not be an inducement to bring consumption forward,” he said. “They may on the contrary become an inducement to save more, to compensate for a slower rate of accumulation of pension assets.”His comments contrast with warnings from industry association PensionsEurope, which recently said pension funds risked becoming “collateral damage” as QE progressed.Peter Borgdorff, director of Dutch healthcare scheme PFZW, has said his fund also raised concerns with Klaas Knot, Dutch representative on the ECB governing council, but that the council “did not listen”. Draghi argued that, even where QE was seeing savings eroded, it would not be in the “genuine interest” of savers if the ECB decided to give up on its mandate of a 2% inflation target.“On the contrary, the interest of long-term savers is that output be raised to potential without undue delay,” he said.“This is because their financial assets are always, in the final analysis, a claim on the wealth generated by the productive part of the economy.”He argued that it was in pension funds’ interest to see continued growth, as it increases the likelihood benefits can be paid in full.“At the same time, the more monetary policy is able to encourage investment, the faster interest rates will return into more normal territory,” he said.Draghi argued that a series of unconventional measures – the most recent of which was the launch of QE in March – had been required to stave off a period of low inflation.“Those measures have proven so far to be potent, more so than many observers anticipated,” he said.“But their potency is also because they have interacted with other policies that have put the economy and the financial sector in a better position to respond to our monetary impulses.”Dragi’s insistence that QE has not harmed European pension investors stands in stark contrast to rising liabilities and deficits, with both German airline Lufthansa and Bank of Ireland’s Irish defined benefit funds seeing a significant increase since the beginning of the year. Dutch actuaries have also warned that the low interest rates could see the cost of pensions rise by 10%.last_img read more

Azerbaijan pension project doomed to fail without ‘mandatory element’

first_imgOne of the foreign experts in the EU’s twinning project with Azerbaijan to set up funded elements in the pension system has voiced concerns over the sustainability of the exercise.Dace Brencēna, chief executive at SEB’s Latvian pension fund, told IPE the project was “on time and on track”, with a legal framework for the new pension system already being drafted.However, she also voiced concern that the funded elements introduced might “not grow very fast to begin with because they are purely voluntary”.“It will take some time – especially in Azerbaijan, where long-term savings are not that well known, where even life insurance contracts are only tax-incentivised for three years,” she said. In 2013, Azerbaijan and the European Union signed agreements for a twinning project, funded by the EU, to establish a funded non-state second pillar.Azerbaijan aims to develop a funded element within the national pension system and promote a market for private pensions through the creation of a legal framework for non-state pension funds.Latvia and Germany have been twinned with the country to “enhance capacity of the State Social Protection Fund of Azerbaijan (SSPF) to establish the regulatory, legal and administrative framework for the introduction of a funded element in the insurance-pension system and the establishment of non-state pension”, according to a 2014 mission statement.However, Brencēna argued that the Azerbaijan government was “not ready to promise any contribution matching at the moment” but would would use tax incentives to get people to make additional payments to the state pension fund.According to Brencēna, the SSPF will manage the assets in-house, which will make it the second major institutional investor in the country after the €27bn state oil fund.As for the second pillar, providers will be able to set up pension funds as soon as the legal framework is finalised, which might happen by the end of the year.Those funds will then be open to employers and employees – but again without a mandatory element.Brencēna confirmed that all EU directives on pension funds would be included in the new Azerbaijan pension laws to make the system compatible with those in EU countries.To learn more about the pension project in Azerbaijan, click herelast_img read more

Sweden Unveils Its Largest Hybrid Car Ferry

first_imgSweden’s largest hybrid-electric car ferry, Tellus, will soon begin passenger operations, technology firm Danfoss Editron said. Built and delivered by Baltic Workboats shipyard, the 100-meter-long ferry will be capable of transporting up to 297 passengers and 80 cars per journey on the 1.8km Gullmarsleden route linking Uddevalla to Lysekil.Commissioned by the Swedish Transport Administration, the Tellus ferry will mainly operate on fully-electric mode, bringing the government agency closer to achieving its target of becoming fossil-free by 2045.Tellus will operate on one of Sweden’s busiest maritime routes, with over 100,000 vehicles transported per month, the majority being heavy trucks.As part of the collaboration with Baltic Workboats, Danfoss Editron delivered the electric powerplant and propulsion system for the newbuild.The lightweight electric powerplant is connected to the 12 battery-racks provided by Corvus batteries, which have a total capacity of 949 kWh. The batteries are currently charged at night via an on-shore charging station and can also be charged by diesel engines while the ferry is in operation.As explained, this temporary solution will be replaced by automatic charging stations at the harbor once the infrastructure is ready.In addition to controlling the ferry’s propulsion, the Editron load control system automatically supervises the powerplant and ensures that fuel consumption is optimized at all times, even when the ferry is not operating on fully-electric mode only.When in hybrid-electric mode, the ferry will operate on a single genset, with the rest of the propulsion supported by battery power. The control system’s separation operation mode ensures that the ferry’s captain can easily choose the most appropriate operation mode and swiftly switch between them if necessary, Editron said.“Similar ferries are already in operation in Finland and Norway, so we are thrilled to see Sweden joining the movement. The electrification of the marine industry is a trend which will continue to grow as more countries introduce legislation related to reducing emissions in the sector,” Jani Hartikka, Project Manager at Danfoss Editron, commented.“The Tellus ferry is a technical feat and we are looking forward to seeing more of ferries of its kind enter operation on Swedish waters. We are aiming to scale-up electrification in the marine industry and we are glad to have found a reliable partner in Danfoss Editron that shares the same vision,” Marek Müürisepp, Electrical Engineer at Baltic Workboats, said.“We are delighted to add the Tellus ferry to our fleet, which demonstrates that emission-free solutions are as efficient as their diesel counterparts. Our plan is to continue to upgrade our vessels with hybrid-electric systems in order to operate the most sustainable fleet possible in a near future,” Peter Peterberg, Environmental Coordinator at the Swedish Transport Administration, added.last_img read more

Complaints pile up following Drug Foundation’s ‘vote yes’ to cannabis campaign

first_imgDr Kate Baddock, chairwoman of the New Zealand Medical Association, has called the claims “rubbish”. However, critics say the advertisement is inaccurate and possibly misleading. “It’s a completely misleading statement,” she told 1 NEWS. TVNZ One News 11 June 2020Family First Comment: The ad claims that people who could benefit from medicinal cannabis could get much better access. Dr Kate Baddock, chairwoman of the New Zealand Medical Association, has called the claims “rubbish”. “It’s a completely misleading statement,” she told 1 NEWS. Bill Hodge, an Auckland University law professor, agrees. “This new proposal on which we’re having the referendum has nothing to do with medicinal cannabis and I don’t think the ad should have that reference,” he says. That’s because medicinal cannabis is already legal and has been prescribed in New Zealand since April.Complaints are piling up over a brand new pro-cannabis campaign funded by the Drug Foundation.Launched on multiple platforms a week ago, it calls on New Zealanders to vote yes to legalising cannabis at a referendum in September. It’s the first step in a battle the Drug Foundation is desperate to win, but one of the claims in the new ad has hit a sour note with some close observers.center_img The ad claims that people who could benefit from medicinal cannabis could get much better access. “This new proposal on which we’re having the referendum has nothing to do with medicinal cannabis and I don’t think the ad should have that reference,” he says.READ MORE: Bill Hodge, an Auckland University law professor, agrees.last_img read more

South Africa moves closer to finalising nuclear power program

first_imgSouth Africa is edging closer to announcing the final details of its new nuclear power program.The government is planning to offer a $100 billion contract for the construction of up to 8 nuclear power plants, aimed at addressing the nation’s chronic power shortages. CCTV’s Angelo Coppola reports.last_img

Buy-bust nets ‘shabu’

first_imgBACOLOD City – Suspected shabu weighingabout four grams valued around P60,000 was seized in a buy-bust operation inBarangay 3. Claudine Alianza, Ged Weber, PJ Hechanova, and Gilberto Mallari were nabbed in an entrapment operation in Barangay 3, Bacolod City on Dec. 16. POLICE STATION 2/BCPO The 27-year-old Claudine Alianza,18-year-old Ged Weber, 27-year-old PJ Hechanova, and 26-year-old GilbertoMallari yielded the suspected illegal drugs, a police report showed. Police officers staged an entrapmentoperation which led to the arrest of the suspects around 6:10 p.m. on Dec. 16,the report added.center_img Aside from suspected shabu, a P200marked money and P300 cash were also recovered from them, police said.  The suspects were detained in thelockup facility of Police Station 2, facing charges for violation of RepublicAct 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PNlast_img read more

Transponders are mandatory for all Modifieds, Stock races

first_imgBOONE, Iowa – Transponders are required again for all Modified and Stock Car competitors at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.The electronic scoring devices will be used in all races for the two divisions Wednesday through Saturday, Sept. 7-10.Drivers will be able to use their own MyLaps/ABM compatible transponder at Boone Speedway or rent one for $30 for the week. Transponders will be available in the pre-tech inspection tent and a driver’s license or credit card will be held for deposit.Transponders will also be required for the Thursday, Sept. 8 Deery Brothers Summer Series Late Model main event, qualifying and last-chance features on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday for Hobby Stocks and Northern SportMods, and Saturday main events for SportMods and Hobby Stocks.The devices will be installed at no charge to those drivers.MyLaps remains the official timing and scoring system of IMCA and Super Nationals.last_img read more