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G20 imports and exports fall for the first time in two years

More From Our Partners Mark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.org‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.com whatsapp whatsapp The drop off in trade between G20 nations can be explained by the weakening of several currencies against the US dollar in the second quarter, the OECD said, particularly the Argentine peso, the Brazilian real and the Turkish lira, which is suffering amid strained relations between the US and Turkey over the detainment of an American evangelical pastor.However, rising oil prices partially offset the effects of the currency depreciation as benchmark Dubai Crude increased to $71.6 (£55.6) per barrel in quarter two, compared to $64 in the previous quarter.Read more: Turkish lira slumps further after banks downgraded G20 international merchandise trade has fallen for the first time in two years, figures published today show, due to the “significant depreciation” of several currencies against the dollar. Imports to the world’s major economies dropped by 0.9 per cent in the second quarter of this year, and exports fell by 0.6 per cent, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), following eight consecutive quarters of growth. Between April and May this year exports contracted by 6.9 per cent in the UK, and there was a drop of 19.9 per cent in Argentina as well as a nine per cent fall in Brazil. Read more: Worrying mood music on global free tradeExports were up by 9.7 per cent in Saudi Arabia, 5.7 per cent in India and 4.4 per cent in the US.Imports contracted in most G20 economies and only increased in India by 2.9 per cent, Canada by 1.4 per cent, Mexico by 1.4 per cent, Japan by 1.2 per cent and Indonesia by 1.2 per cent.The steepest fall in imports was recorded in Turkey, which was down 9.4 per cent, and Brazil, where they dropped by 6.5 per cent.  G20 imports and exports fall for the first time in two years Share Wednesday 29 August 2018 2:40 pm Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryUndoHouse CoastPregnant Beggar Was Asking for Help, But Then One Woman Followed HerHouse CoastUndoZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldUndoBeverly Hills MDPlastic Surgeon Explains: “Doing This Every Morning Can Snap Back Sagging Skin” (No Creams Needed)Beverly Hills MDUndoinvesting.comThe Military Spent $1 Billion On this New Vehicle, And Here’s The First Lookinvesting.comUndomoneycougar.comDiana’s Butler Reveals Why Harry Really Married Meghanmoneycougar.comUndoMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoTotal PastThis Woman’s Obituary Was So Harsh, Her Son Was Left ReelingTotal PastUndoOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout7 Minutes a Day To a Flat Stomach By Using This 1 Easy ExerciseOne-N-Done | 7-Minute WorkoutUndo Jessica Clark read more

City grandees call for coronavirus lockdown to be eased

first_img Show Comments ▼ “The scientists themselves have said…easing up any of the measures now would be dangerous and irresponsible. London will enter tier 2 restrictions from Saturday morning (Photo: Getty) (Getty Images) Also Read: City grandees call for coronavirus lockdown to be eased whatsapp Prime Minister Boris Johnson will return to work tomorrow as Downing Street looks to formulate the next phase of its coronavirus strategy. Raab said shops and businesses would likely be forced to implement social distancing measures when they re-open. Writing in the Sunday Telegraph today, Tory backbencher Liam Fox called for a staggered lockdown to start soon to get some parts of the economy running. He said it was very unlikely that this would happen before the end of the year. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBleacherBreaker4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!BleacherBreakerMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStorybonvoyaged.comTotal Jerks: These Stars Are Horrible People.bonvoyaged.comDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily Funnyautooverload.comFunny Subway Moments Captured, Discretion Advisedautooverload.comNoteableyFaith Hill’s Daughter Is Jaw-Dropping BeautifulNoteableyPost Fun25 Worst Movies Ever, According To Rotten TomatoesPost FunBigGlobalTravel45 Pictures That Perfectly Sum Up Life In CanadaBigGlobalTravelDid U KnowUnsold 2020 SUVs Now Almost Being Given Away: See PricesDid U Know A group of City of London grandees have urged the government to ease the coronavirus lockdown amidst fears a prolonged shutdown would “do more harm to people’s health by putting them out of work”. The trio, all major Tory donors, told the Sunday Times that the Prime Minister must act to open up the economy in order to save businesses and jobs. Share Sunday 26 April 2020 12:43 pm London will enter tier 2 restrictions from Saturday morning (Photo: Getty) (Getty Images) London will enter tier 2 restrictions from Saturday morning (Photo: Getty) (Getty Images) Also Read: City grandees call for coronavirus lockdown to be eased “We should really begin to offer a narrative of how and when it’s going to stop.” “The more we get the rate of deaths down and the more we get the rate of infections down, the more flexibility we’ll have.” “The longer the government is required to open the public coffers to support a ‘sleep mode’ economy the bigger the price for future taxpayers will be,” he said. City grandees call for coronavirus lockdown to be eased Chief medical officer Chris Whitty said at Wednesday’s press conference that the government will need to enforce some form of social distancing restrictions until a vaccine or “highly effective drugs” are produced. Spencer, the billionaire founder of inter-dealer broker ICAP, said: “We should start loosening up [the lockdown] as soon as we reasonably can and allow the economy to start moving forward. Peter Hargreaves, co-founder of Hargreaves and Landsdown, added:“[An extended lockdown would] do more harm to people’s health by putting them out of work and ruining their businesses”. London will enter tier 2 restrictions from Saturday morning (Photo: Getty) (Getty Images) Also Read: City grandees call for coronavirus lockdown to be eased Fox said that studies of the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic showed that while countries that enforced lockdown earlier were able to slow the progression of the disease, the overall outcomes “were relatively similar” between countries over time.   It comes as the UK’s official Covid-19 death toll surpassed 20,000 yesterday. More From Our Partners A ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.org980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.org Foreign secretary Dominic Raab, speaking to Sky News today, said it was still too early to discuss ending the lockdown and that people will have to adapt to “a new normal” whatsapp Stefan Boscia Calls are beginning to grow louder from Conservative backbenchers and supporters for Johnson to take a more hawkish approach and to ease social distancing restrictions next month. City figures Michael Spencer, Peter Hargreaves and Sir Henry Angest lent their voices to the charge today. “It won’t going back, it will be a new normal if you like with social distancing measures adapted to areas which are currently closed off,” Raab said.last_img read more

Alaska ferry run canceled after LeConte crew member tests positive for COVID-19

first_imgCoronavirus | Juneau | Southeast | TransportationAlaska ferry run canceled after LeConte crew member tests positive for COVID-19August 10, 2020 by Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska Share:Ferry LeConte docks in Haines in winter 2018. (Photo by Berett Wilber/KHNS)The Alaska Marine Highway System ferry LeConte’s run up Lynn Canal was canceled Sunday after a crew member tested positive for COVID-19. State transportation officials say the unnamed individual had finished a two-week shift on Aug. 1st and began feeling ill after returning home to Juneau.It’s not clear when the crew member went in for a test. But ferries spokesman Sam Dapcevich says state transportation officials were notified on Saturday that a ferry worker had the coronavirus.“We tested the entire crew aboard the LeConte, 23 crew members, and all the test results came back negative,” he said. “We also are testing the next crew that is supposed to start their rotation Aug. 14th. They will all be required to have a negative test result before reporting to duty.”The LeConte’s crew wasn’t cleared until the early morning hours of Sunday. That led to the decision to postpone the sailing to Haines and Skagway until Wednesday.“With the amount of time it took to test everybody and, and keeping people up late into the night we didn’t want to run the boat the next morning with a tired crew,” Dapcevich said.The LeConte is expected to resume sailings this week. It includes runs between Juneau, Pelican, Angoon, Kane and Lynn Canal communities later this week.State public health officials say no close contacts were identified in Juneau or on the vessel. There are no specific testing or quarantine recommendations for passengers or crew at this time.This story has been corrected to reflect that the LeConte’s sailings up Lynn Canal have been postponed until Wednesday.Share this story:last_img read more

News / Carriers have weathered the Covid storm, suggests OOCL trading update

first_img OOCL carried fewer boxes but improved its revenue in the second quarter, providing the industry with some hard evidence that ocean carriers successfully managed the demand turbulence of the pandemic.The Cosco subsidiary saw liftings decline 4.6% in the quarter, compared with the same period of the previous year, to 1,688,055 teu. However, turnover was up 1.1% to $1.58bn.The operational data released by OOIL is a useful bellwether for the upcoming carrier results season and suggests that, despite the impact of Covid-19 on demand, liner profitability for Q2 and first half is likely to be considerably better than expected.On OOCL’s biggest trading region by volume, intra-Asia/Australasia, the teu count was down 6.4% to 726,303, while revenue was up 0.7% to $484m.The transpacific, the carrier’s second-biggest sector, saw liftings fall 2.2%, to 491,526 teu, and revenue ahead slightly, by 0.2% to $623m.However, the biggest improvement in tradelane profitability came on Asia-Europe, where a 6.2% fall in liftings in the quarter to 343,982 teu was set against an impressive 8.8% gain in revenue to $336m.The only blot on OOCL’s copybook was on the hitherto robust transatlantic tradelane, which was hit by simultaneous consumer lockdowns in Europe and the US during the quarter.Although the carrier somehow managed to transport 2.2% more containers than in Q2 19, at 126,244 teu, earnings during the quarter slumped a worrying 9.2% to $140m, as discounting ensued.Overall OOCL saw its average revenue per teu improve quarter on quarter by 5.9% to $938 per teu.Blank sailings reduced OOCL’s loadable capacity by 6.4%, however the vessels that sailed achieved a 1.6% higher utilisation level than in the year before.At the half-year stage, OOCL carried 2.6% fewer containers than in the first half of 2019, at 3,286,477 teu, but the carrier’s revenue improved by 3.2% to $3.12bn.Last year, OOIL reported a net profit of $195m, after excluding the one-off $1.15bn book profit from the sale of its Long Beach Container Terminal – a regulatory condition from the US of the Hong Kong-based shipping group’s takeover by Cosco.However, at the time of the publication of its annual results in March, it described the outlook for its liner business as becoming “more pessimistic” as coronavirus continued to spread around the world, impacting consumer demand.Indeed, pessimism was rife throughout the industry and, against an anticipated reduction in demand of up to 20% year on year, analysts predicted very heavy full-year losses for shipping lines.Subsequently however, the aggressive capacity reductions by carriers kept supply tight, and not only supported freight rates but drove them higher. And unlike previous recessions carriers resisted the urge to discount prices on all lanes and start a rates war.For instance, the widely followed Shanghai Containerized Freight Index (SCFI) cumulative index of the main tradelanes from China is currently riding 30% higher than 12 months ago.Both Maersk and Hapag-Lloyd have upgraded their earnings guidance for the quarter and half-year, with the latter advising a preliminary first-half ebit of €500m, compared with €389m for the same period in 2019. ID 112434524 © Péter Gudella | Dreamstime.com By Mike Wackett 27/07/2020last_img read more

Gardai ‘running away’ from issues surrounding travellers in Portarlington

first_img Facebook Gardai ‘running away’ from issues surrounding travellers in Portarlington Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Rugby “I am talking about misbehaviour, threats being made to locals and members of the council.“This is a major problem and is particularly serious in Portarlington where it has been going on for years. The community are inflamed over what has been allowed to develop.“This is not anti-traveller. Everyone has the right to have their housing needs looked at and dealt with without discrimination.“I put in this motion to deal with where these dwellings are parked illegally in any public space and even on private property.“These actions are alienating the entire community, they are causing bad feelings and resentment. The local Tidy Towns didn’t put an entry in last year, this is one of the reasons.“I’m not targeting all the travellers. I have made representations here on behalf of them before. We have settled travellers in Portarlington and they are brilliant.“But I am talking about the ones who are coming in with temporary dwellings and are holding the community to ransom.”Cllr Mullins’ motion called on Laois County Council, in conjunction with the Gardai, to agree a common strategy and procedure to deal with temporary dwellings in Portarlington and other areas.Last week, three caravans were removed from the site along the Canal Road, where they had been parked for over two years, because they were obstructing the construction of the new school.Cllr Mullins told the meeting that tonnes of rubbish were left behind which had to be removed by a contractor. He also said that only for the new school, he doesn’t think the temporary dwellings would have been removed at all.He also told of the problems that Portarlington GAA club are experiencing.He said: “I think there are now four caravans in total on the GAA property. They have complained to the council, to the gardai and nothing has been done about it.“There is a shed erected at the main entrance to the GAA entrance and it is better than anything I have at home. The GAA club are now looking at having to get a court order which is very costly and they can’t afford it.“If I or anyone else did these things, I would be arrested. So I can’t understand why it is one rule for some and another for the rest.“The Housing Miscellaneous Act allows the owner of a property to complain the the Gardai about trespass. The Gardai have the power to go along and demand that they move and if they refuse, they can impound those temporary dwellings.“They have the power but it is never used. It cannot be tolerated.“I dealt with a case last year where someone moved a caravan onto a private site beside where their parents owned and the council were onto them in a flash that they had no planning permission and they had to move.”Cllr Mullins said no agency wants to deal with this problem.He said: “Some of these people in these dwellings are burning rubbish in their gardens and nobody ever does anything about it.“I thought long and hard about bringing this up here but it is the elephant in the room and nobody wants to address it.“So I am calling for a meeting with the relevant sections of the council and the Gardai. Because the Gardai are running away from this as well.”Cllr Tom Mulhall revealed that he wrote to and spoke with the Gardai in the station and says that the superintendent will meet with the Council and other officials.He said: “I support Cllr Mullins fully with this. There are temporary dwellings parked in very inappropriate positions.“These are temporary dwellings parked in a very inappropriate place, they have made it their own with portable toilets, sheds, animals, ducks, chickens. There is a road safety issue because their children are very close to the road.“This is not discrimination, but an ideal location needs to be found. They are parking at Odlums, the GAA grounds, close to residential houses. They have a place in the middle of the town for horses and sulkies going around the town. This is not good for Portarlington.“I’d be afraid that this would get out of hand, that members of the public would take the law into their own hands“We have requested a meeting with the relevant persons in Laois County Council and Portarlington Garda Station say they are only too willing to discuss this issue over here.The reply from Ms Daly, Senior Social Worker with the council, is that “the parking of temporary dwellings will be dealt with on a case-by case basis, in accordance with the relevant legislation. each case will have its own individual set of circumstances in relation to accommodation needs, location, road safety and possible environment issues”.A meeting with all relevant Council Sections and the Gardaí is being arranged.SEE ALSO – Breaking: Portlaoise St Patrick’s Day parade is cancelled Twitter Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Pinterest Gardai in Portarlington have been accused of ‘running away’ from problems that the community in Portarlington is experiencing with travellers.The claim was made at this afternoon’s Municiple District meeting of the Portarlington-Graguecullen area by Sinn Fein Cllr Aidan Mullins.He said: “I am bombarded with complaints from the people of Portarlington about the travellers. It is not discriminatory for me to say this. TAGSCllr Aidan MullinsPortarlingtontravellers RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twittercenter_img WhatsApp Pinterest WhatsApp Home News Gardai ‘running away’ from issues surrounding travellers in Portarlington News Previous articleTwo Mountrath CS entries for Junk Kouture vying for gloryNext articleIn Pictures: Valves draw great crowd to Kavanagh’s Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Community Facebook Community By Alan Hartnett – 21st February 2018 last_img read more

Assumption Life appoints new president and CEO

Losier will smooth the transition by assisting the board and the new president and CEO until September. “The wealth of his experience and professional background have prepared Mr. Vincent to tackle this major challenge,” says Gilles LeBlanc, chairman of the board. “His leadership will keep Assumption Life on the road to success.” Vincent has over 25 years of experience in the insurance and financial services industry. Before taking over the management of Assumption Life, he was vice president of group insurance for Quebec at Medavie Blue Cross beginning in 2008, where he was responsible for financial performance, sales, underwriting and disability management. He has also worked for Desjardins Financial Security and Great-West Life in strategic roles, managing large teams of over 500 people. Vincent holds an MBA from Concordia University. He obtained the chartered life underwriter (CLU) designation at the beginning of his career. He is chairman of the board for the Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal (ECM+) and sits on the board for L’Arche Foundation of Canada. Assumption Life offers products that include life insurance, group insurance, investments and mortgage loans. PenderFund names new SVP for investments IE Staff TD getting new head of private wealth, financial planning Related news CETFA elects new board leader Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Keywords AppointmentsCompanies Assumption Life Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Moncton, N.B.-based Assumption Life Friday announced the appointment of André Vincent as the company’s president and CEO. Vincent will be assuming his duties on April 1. He succeeds Denis Losier, who announced his retirement in October after 19 years at Assumption Life’s helm. read more

St. Catherine Parish Council Prepares for Hurricane Season

first_imgSt. Catherine Parish Council Prepares for Hurricane Season UncategorizedMay 31, 2006 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The St. Catherine Parish Council is undertaking drain cleaning works in preparation for the 2006 hurricane season, which begins tomorrow (June 1).“To date, the St. Catherine Parish council has begun its drain cleaning programme with what funds we have from the Parochial Revenue Fund,” said Mayor of St. Catherine, Dr. Andrew Wheatly.He told JIS News, that the parish disaster committee has been very active, noting that, “shelter managers are in place and there is collaboration with agencies such as the Fire Brigade, Food for the Poor, National Works Agency (NWA) and others.”Dr. Wheatly noted however, that more money was needed to carry out preparedness activities and “we have written to the Ministry of Local Government and Environment for additional funds to assist us with our drain cleaning and other programmes and make us more prepared for whatever disasters the hurricane season might bring.” RelatedSt. Catherine Parish Council Prepares for Hurricane Season RelatedSt. Catherine Parish Council Prepares for Hurricane Seasoncenter_img RelatedSt. Catherine Parish Council Prepares for Hurricane Season Advertisementslast_img read more

RSNA 2019 receives13,419 abstract submissions

first_imgRSNA 2019 receives13,419 abstract submissions MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Read Article By EH News Bureau on April 25, 2019 ChicagoradiologyRSNA 2019 Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Add Comment News Radiology Comments (0) The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Attendees can expect new research in all aspects of radiology during RSNA 2019, to be held in Chicago from December 1-6Abstract submissions for RSNA 2019 hit an all-time high with 13,419 submissions received.According to RSNA website, the large number of abstract submissions will provide RSNA 2019 meeting attendees with wide-ranging opportunities to learn at the world’s largest radiology conference, to be held December 1-6, 2019 at McCormick Place, Chicago.RSNA is the premier meeting to present the best science and education in medical imaging. Each year, more than 50,000 participants attend the annual meeting to learn the latest in radiologic education, research and technologic innovation. WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Related Posts Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Sharelast_img read more

Ready to give DJ the green jacket? You never know what can happen Sunday at Augusta

first_imgAUGUSTA, Ga. – Internally it’s called “inside the bamboo,” which is shorthand for the sprawling property that includes Augusta National’s iconic course and clubhouse, where time seems to stand still. Scoreboards at the Masters are still manually operated and egg-salad sandwiches will set you back $1.50. “Inside the bamboo” is a window back to simpler times. Outside of the bamboo. nothing feels right – not in 2020 – but within the manicured walls of the outsized hedges that ring the property, there is order. Not complete, unquestioned order, that’s not happening at a November Masters. But there are bedrocks that neither a pandemic nor politics can shake. That the golf world even made it to Augusta National this year is a testament to the tournament’s enduring agelessness. Unlike other sports, the only consideration when it came to playing the 2020 Masters was the competition – not TV contracts or revenue streams or anything else. And it’s that competition that ultimately separates life inside and outside the bamboo. 84th Masters Tournament: Full-field scores | Full coverage With an alarmingly few exceptions, the Masters produces compelling finishes and although Dustin Johnson appears determined to be a ginormous exception, the course will have the final say. The world No. 1 will take a four-shot advantage into the final round thanks to a brilliant 65 on Saturday to separate himself from the field. The 72-hole scoring record at the Masters is 18 under par, set by Tiger Woods in 1997 and matched by Jordan Spieth in ’15. DJ is at 16 under – tying the 54-hole Masters record (Spieth, ’15) – and doesn’t appear to be in protect mode with 18 holes to play. But even if DJ runs away from the field on his way to Butler Cabin – it’s worth noting that he’s held at least a share of the 54-hole lead 21 times in his PGA Tour career with a 10-11 record – there’s still a measure of normalcy in his domination. In Johnson’s last six starts he’s finished T-2 (Houston Open), T-6 (U.S. Open), first (Tour Championship), second (BMW Championship), first (The Northern Trust) and T-2 (PGA Championship). Mixed in amid that ruthless dominance was a bout with COVID-19 and an extended trip to the IR. DJ: ‘I’m very comfortable standing over the golf ball right now’ DJ hasn’t won a green jacket, but most agree he’d look good in one. His distance, towering ball flight and this week’s putting performance has turned the soft layout into a par 67, with apologies to Bryson DeChambeau. “I would say the game is in really, really good form right now. Very similar to what it was back in 2017,” said Johnson, who is the first player with two rounds of 65 or better at the same Masters. “It’s just very consistent. I feel like I’ve got a lot of control of what I’m doing, controlling my distance well with my flight and my shape. I’m very comfortable standing over the golf ball right now, and obviously that’s a really good feeling.” That’s not to say there aren’t variations on this isolated norm and some of those differences can be jarring, like the utter lack of atmosphere at a place that’s been built on buzz. Late Saturday, as Johnson’s group rounded Amen Corner, the only backdrop was a smattering of applause from a handful of volunteers and club members and the hum of an overhead drone. There will be a hole in Sunday’s canvas. “It’s a different challenge. It’s still a brilliant challenge, it’s just a different challenge to April, which is what this whole week has really been about. But it’s still the Masters,” Paul Casey said. Chamblee: DJ’s third round closest ever to statistical perfection This week’s low scoring, which includes Johnson’s record pace and featured the lowest cut (even par) in Masters’ history, is also a standard deviation. Thursday’s storm that forced officials into catchup mode opened the door for aggressive play and the vast majority of players were more than happy to walk through. “It got a little bit faster, yes. But the putts just still aren’t quite breaking,” said Tiger Woods, who drifted 11 shots off the lead with a third-round 72 and will tee off In the last round of his title defense at 8:12 a.m. ET on Sunday. For all the differences a November Masters has created, it’s the tournament and this course that’s pulled golf back to something so intimately familiar with the club welcoming some of those imperfections like never before. In recent years, the PGA Tour reinvented its schedule to avoid conflicts with football. This week, Augusta National embraced the conflict, hosting ESPN’s “College GameDay” on the adjacent par-3 course. An afternoon of Masters viewing, followed by an evening of college football. How’s that for a tradition? This Masters is DJ’s to win and yet Augusta National’s second nine routinely plays spoiler. It was just last year when Francesco Molinari took a two-stroke lead into the final nine holes on Sunday and finished tied for fifth. There’s also Johnson’s tortured status as a forlorn front-runner. The 2010 U.S. Open seems like ancient history and there’s no reason to rehash the ’15 U.S. Open, but it was just three months ago when he lost the PGA Championship after taking a one-shot lead into the final round. But if DJ is haunted by his near-misses it doesn’t show. “The only thing you can do out here as a player is give yourself as many chances to win as possible and that’s what he’s done,” said Johnson’s swing coach, Claude Harmon III. “I can tell you the 54-hole leads he has not converted he does not think about.” Without patrons it will be eerie around Amen Corner early Sunday afternoon (we’re looking at a 3 p.m. ET finish) and the way DJ is playing it might be too much to hope for some 11th-hour theatrics, but you just never know with golf inside the bamboo.last_img read more

Brian Miller Pets a Cheetah, an Icon of Intelligent Design

first_img A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to All Share Intelligent Design “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis At the 2016 Royal Society meeting, some proponents of intelligent design in attendance were amused by one speaker who thought he had scored a clever point against ID. Andy Gardner of the University of St. Andrews said that under intelligent design, a gazelle instead of running away from a cheetah should run toward it. Our contributor and informant Jonathan M. was in the crowd and reported:I am not joking. He said that, if the gazelle was designed, then its “purpose” is to provide food for the cheetah; and so we should expect it to be designed to run towards the cheetah rather than away. I think he was being slightly facetious but he really did say that.A Semi-Icon for IDEver since then the cheetah has been a semi-icon for ID — if only in a “slightly facetious” sense. Of course, the cheetah’s remarkable design for speed would qualify in itself for this distinction. Center for Science & Culture Research Coordinator Brian Miller is just back from a trip to South Africa where he had the opportunity to meet and pet a representative of this iconic ID-friendly species. For your Labor Day enjoyment, he submits the picture above in which we see Brian interacting with Annabelle, said to be a quite good-natured girl who purred for the duration of the meeting, expressing her approval of our work.Below see Andy Gardner’s slide from the 2016 conference. It indicates that Darwinism’s “process” is “natural selection,” while its “purpose”  is to “maximize fitness.” ID’s “process,” however, is said to be “God did it” while its purpose is “???” It’s remarkable how childish the “scientific” critique of intelligent design can be. Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogoscenter_img Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Life Sciences Brian Miller Pets a Cheetah, an Icon of Intelligent DesignDavid [email protected]_klinghofferSeptember 3, 2018, 3:49 AM Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share TagsAndy GardnerBrian MillercheetahsDarwinismgazellesintelligent designJonathan M.Labor DaySouth AfricaspeedUniversity of St. Andrews,Trending Recommended Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Manlast_img read more