Rounding Third

first_imgHOYLAKE, England – Who said these words? “My game is suited for basically every golf course and most conditions, but these conditions I just don’t enjoy playing in really. That’s the bottom line. I’d rather play when it’s 80 degrees and sunny and not much wind.” Three years ago at rainy, windy Royal St. George’s Rory McIlroy, just a month after his first major win at the U.S. Open, did not love his beloved Open Championship. It’s the championship McIlroy grew up dreaming of winning, but there he stood on that undesirable day and admitted he wasn’t mentally strong enough to battle the elements that this style of golf often presents. “Just wait for a year when the weather is nice,” he said. Well, the weather was mostly ideal for four days at Royal Liverpool and McIlroy won. The 25-year-old captured the 143rd edition of the game’s grandest championship to grasp his third major and the third leg of the career Grand Slam, something only Jack Nicklaus (23) and Tiger Woods (24) have done at a younger age. He’s the first European player, and 16th player overall, to win three different majors. This one, however, wasn’t easy. Not by any means. Open Championship full-field scores Open Championship: Articles, videos and photos It wasn’t an eight-shot romp like the record-setting performance three years ago at the U.S. Open at Congressional. It didn’t mirror the eight-shot dominance McIlroy displayed two years ago at Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course. Sure, for three days it seemed this victory would be similar. McIlroy eagled two of the last three holes on Saturday to sleep on a six-shot lead but held off hard-charging Sergio Garcia (66) and Rickie Fowler (67) on Sunday to shoot 71, good for a 17-under-par 271 total and two-shot victory. McIlroy is the youngest player in history to win two majors wire-to-wire without any ties. “I’m immensely proud of myself,” McIlroy said, jug in hand. “To sit here 25 years of age and win my third major championship and be three-quarters of the way to the career Grand Slam, yeah, I never dreamed of being at this point in my career so quickly.” Don’t let the final-round 71 get in the way of the bigger picture. While the likes of Garcia, Fowler, Jim Furyk, Marc Leishman, Adam Scott and Shane Lowry were throwing darts into greens and collecting birdies like it was a weekend scramble, McIlroy did what he needed to do in the final round even though it wasn’t picture perfect. The beautiful part was the first 54 holes, where McIlroy opened with a flawless 66, slayed the demons of recent poor Friday performances in Round 2 and closed with that eagle flurry in the third round. The common theme during that stretch was that he launched booming drive after booming drive, sent laser-like iron shots into greens at will and made every crucial putt. That deadly trifecta allowed McIlroy to build the massive lead and give him wiggle room on a Sunday with the revered claret jug on the line. “Just envious and respectful and appreciative of the curly-haired kid,” McIlroy’s compatriot Graeme McDowell said. Tiger Woods, who finished 23 shots behind McIlroy, said, “When he gets it going, he gets it going.” For most of the week McIlroy teased media by saying he had two simple words that he kept repeating to himself that had him insanely focused. Some predicted it would be words like “claret” and “jug” but ultimately McIlroy confessed that it was “process” and “spot.” His goal was to focus on the process, no matter the result, and putt to a spot on the greens that would allow him to make putts. “It’s going to be a big letdown for everyone,” he said before the big reveal. “That was it.” True, it was a letdown, but no one particularly cares. Point is, McIlroy has won another major, and many more seem in the offing. In the past 18 months McIlroy has gone through an equipment change, a change in representation and an end to a high-profile relationship that seemed headed for marriage, among other snafus. He didn’t play his best golf during that span, but he’s back on top now with a renewed vigor for his craft. It’s good for the game that Rory’s got his groove back. “I’ve really found my passion again for golf,” he said. “Not that it ever dwindled, but it’s what I think about when I get up in the morning, it’s what I think about when I go to bed. I just want to be the best golfer that I can be. And I know if I can do that, then trophies like this are within my capability.” About those trophies, now we look ahead. McIlroy’s length and precision – or process and spot, I guess we should say – could prove handy on a massive Valhalla track that will host the PGA Championship in three weeks just east of Louisville, Ky. No one is going to hand him the Wanamaker Trophy but he’ll be the heavy favorite and it’d be a surprise if he’s not in the hunt at the very least. “I want to be the guy that goes on and wins majors and wins majors regularly,” McIlroy said emphatically. At the risk of getting way ahead of ourselves, there will be suffocating hype for McIlroy heading into the Masters next April as he looks for the final piece of the career Grand Slam. He’s had a chance to win there but crashed and burned for the whole world to see. Everyone remembers the 2011 debacle where he led after 63 holes but butchered the back nine with a 43 to shoot 80 and tie for 15th place. He tied for eighth-place this year. Augusta National suits McIlroy’s game as much, if not more, than any other major venue. Five men have captured the career Grand Slam in the modern era, but the only man to earn the final piece of the puzzle at the Masters is Gene Sarazen in 1935. Hysteria awaits. “That’s a pretty impressive thing for him to do, especially given that the one that he’s missing is the Masters,” Phil Mickelson said. “And you know with his length and the way he plays and how well he plays that golf course, that that definitely will happen and probably soon. And that just shows that he’s such a complete player at such a young age.” Much like Mickelson wasn’t afraid to face career Grand Slam talk after last year’s Open win at Muirfield, McIlroy stepped up to the plate and didn’t duck similar questioning. “I’ve always been comfortable from tee to green at Augusta,” he said. “It’s just taken me a few years to figure out the greens and figure out where you need to miss it and some different little shots that you might need that week. I’ll be going into Augusta next year pretty confident.” And he’s leaving Hoylake as confident as ever before. Scary.last_img read more

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Google Fiber contractors beginning utility pole work in Prairie Village

first_imgGood news for those of you who have been waiting with bated breath for news of Google Fiber’s entry into the Prairie Village market: residents in a handful of Prairie Village neighborhoods this week began receiving notice that PAR Electrical, a contractor working on Fiber installation in northeast Johnson County, is preparing to do “make-ready” work on utility poles in the city.The “make-ready” work, which prepares utility poles for the hanging of new utility cables, can be completed without the approval of the city. Before Google begins installing actual Fiber cables in the city, it will be required to inform the Prairie Village city council. PAR crews are conducting similar work in Mission.In Merriam, Roeland Park and Westwood, Google has sent letters to the city informing them it intends to provide service to the cities on or after Feb. 21.Prairie Village City Administrator Quinn Bennion said Tuesday that the city had not yet received work permits from PAR, but that they had been “getting hints” that installation might be getting closer. PAR filed work permits with the city Wednesday morning.AT&T announced the rollout of a competing high-speed Internet service in the Kansas City area it’s calling Gigapower this week, but aside from Leawood, no northeast Johnson County municipalities will be among the first wave of recipients.last_img read more

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Mitsuka holds on for first win

first_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES RIFU, Miyagi Pref. – Tour rookie Yuko Mitsuka hung on to her overnight lead by shooting a 71 to win her first career title with a one-shot victory at the Miyagi TV Dunlop Ladies Open on Sunday. Mitsuka, who stormed into the lead after a second-round 66, carded two birdies and a bogey while fighting off a late charge by Tomoko Kusakabe for a winning total of 8-under-par 208 on the Rifu Golf Club course. Mitsuka kept herself in front with birdies on both of the front-nine par-5s — at Nos. 2 and 8 — before dropping a shot at the ninth. “I have been too nervous to sleep and eat well since last night and I can’t even remember how I played all day,” Mitsuka said.last_img read more

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Talent shines for Doveton

first_imgBy Nick Creely Doveton has an abundance of experience and class on its list, but it took the energy and talent of some…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Galway boxers in action tonight in National Stadium

first_imgFriday May 13thPrelims (5pm)Girl 242kg Aaligah Butler (Monivea) V Kathleen Martin (Carndonagh)Girl 666kg Ciara Mellett (Connemara) V Shannon Just (Arklow)Girl 348kg Deirdre Hughes (Corrib) W/OMen’s U18 Finals64kg Jason Harty (Rathkeale) V Kieran Molloy (Oughterard)Saturday May 14thS/Finals and Prelims (9am)Girl 142kg Jessica Leahy (Urlingford) V Laoise Griffin (Connemara)S/Finals (4pm)Girl 350kg Nicole Butler (Monivea) V Winner66kg Ceire Hickey (Connemara) V Leanne Doyle (Arklow)Girl 554kg Mia O’Connor (Cabra) V Emer Hannon (Corrib)print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Girl 1 to 6 Championships National Stadium Dublin Kieran Molloy from the Oughterard Club will go in search of a 9th Irish title this evening when he takes on Jason Harty from Rathkeale in the Irish U18 64kg final in the National Stadium. On a busy night of action, the preliminary rounds of the Girls Championships will feature Galway boxers Aaligah Butler from Monivea and Ciara Mellett from Connemara, while through to the semi finals tomorrow night are Deirdre Hughes and Emer Hannon from Corrib, Laoise Griffin and Ceire Hickey from Connemara and Nicole Butler from Monivea.last_img read more

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Little room for interest rate cut: Marcus

first_img9 May 2012 There is currently little room for a cut in interest rates, with South Africa’s inflation at the upper end of its target range, says Reserve Bank Governor Gill Marcus. “The current monetary policy stance is accommodative because of the persistence of the negative output gap,” Marcus told the the Swiss Chamber Southern Africa in Zurich on Monday. “However, the expected inflation trajectory suggests that there is limited, if any, room for further monetary accommodation at this stage.” At 5.5% for the past 16 months, the Reserve Bank’s key repo rate is at its lowest in over 30 years. South Africa’s inflation target range is between 3% and 6%.Global concerns always a factor “It is important to bear in mind, however, that this view is conditional on no significant adverse changes in the other factors that the MPC [the Reserve Bank’s monetary policy committee] takes into consideration when determining the stance of monetary policy,” Marcus said. “These include the domestic growth outlook and the continuing global fragility.” In March 2012, South African consumer inflation eased to 6%. The central bank expects it to return to within the 3-6% range by the end of 2012 on a “sustainable basis”, after which inflation is expected to remain close to the upper end of the range “for some time”. Marcus noted that capital inflows had caused greater volatility in currencies in emerging markets such South Africa than before, noting that extreme volatility brought about by excessive capital flows created problems for macroeconomic management.Reserve Bank ‘does not target a level for the rand’ On the issue of the exchange rate, Marcus said the Reserve Bank did not target a level for the rand. “There is an incorrect perception that the Reserve Bank attempts to keep the exchange rate strong in order to help with inflation. There is no doubt that an appreciating currency would have a moderating impact on inflation,” Marcus said. “But in order to sustain this moderating impact, the exchange rate would have to have a continuously appreciating trend, which is clearly undesirable and not feasible.” The Reserve Bank’s next decision on interest rates is expected following its monetary policy committee meeting on 24 May. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Taipei’s EVA puts the premium in premium class

first_imghe new Carmona Red Rimowa will find its way into many a carry-on. Photo: EVA Air Taipei-based EVA Air has long been a quiet leader in the most premium of premium business classes.An early adopter of the Zodiac (now Safran) Cirrus outward-facing herringbone seat in its long-haul business class, branded as Royal Laurel, EVA’s soft product has matched this investment — and not just in its famous Hello Kitty planes either.The airline has long featured well above-average Champagne for business class passengers, well above the quality that many other airlines provide for first class. Depending on the route, either Krug or Veuve Clicquot’s vintage prestige cuvée La Grande Dame are offered.Read our ratings for Eva Air.Its amenity kits, too, are first class-level, with a new deep burgundy kit that replicates the iconic Rimowa suitcase.“Those departing from Taiwan receive overnight kits in Rimowa’s popular new ‘Carmona Red,’” says the airline. “Contents include a color-coordinated eye mask, cozy socks, a hairbrush, a microfiber cloth for cleaning glasses and screens on personal devices, earplugs, a toothbrush and toothpaste and skincare essentials from Clarins.”On inbound flights, it’s Ferragamo, “inspired by ancient Taiwanese majolica tiles, the case is a harmonious blend of contemporary fashion and Taiwanese culture stocked with Salvatore Ferragamo lotion, hand cream and lip balm elegantly scented with the brand’s new Bianco di Carrara fragrance.”Hearty portions of skincare, a proper-sized toothbrush, grip-soled socks and a microfibre cloth for cleaning glasses or electronic devices are included in both kits.EVA is also raising the airline pajama game with a new set from celebrity designer Jason Wu, featuring the usual stretch cotton but also a funky yet practical side-buttoning neck.Eva premiumThe pajama top collars are funky yet practical. All Photos: EVA AirThat kind of detail allows passengers who feel a draught around their necks to button up warmly, while those who tend to overheat can unbutton to the shoulder to allow for extra airflow.New food from Huang Ching-biao, a master chef specializing in the Tan aristocratic family style cuisine from China’s dynastic era, will be served departing Taipei to Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco in Royal Laurel (long haul) business class.It is, says EVA,  “prepared with slow, painstaking, traditional cooking techniques and nothing but the best ingredients, the inflight dining experience begins with a pork shoulder slice wrapped with cucumber and Thai-style shrimp followed by golden chicken soup with seafood in a rich, golden broth.“The main course is braised abalone in oyster sauce served with stir-fried rice with caramel olive while dessert is an elegant concoction of Tan’s mashed taro and sweet potato in water chestnut sauce.”Eva premiumCelebrating Tan-style cuisine is a bang-on brand idea.Meanwhile, passengers heading from Taipei to Brisbane, Paris and Vienna in business will enjoy seasonal desserts from Andrea Bonaffini, the Italian patissier behind Taipei’s Yellow Lemon dessert bar.There’s a new welcome beverage when you settle into your seat, too, “a cold-pressed mango and mixed fruit juice made from a blend of Taiwan’s exceptionally flavorful Irwin mangoes, pleasingly tart and aromatic passion fruit, tangy oranges and garden-fresh carrots”.This sort of signature drink is growing in popularity as airlines seek to make a positive and distinctive first impression on passengers. There’s also a little extra treat with coffee and tea: Eclat de Valrhona, a 61 percent premium cocoa dark chocolate from chocolatier Valrhona near Lyon in France.eva premiumEVA’s new fruit juice will be a refreshing start to the flight.The whole effect is to bring quite cost-effective changes that — to steal a phrase from the very zeitgeisty Marie Kondo — spark joy among passengers who might be stressed, tired or simply not expecting any magic from the airline experience.A stonking bottle of champers, an amenity kit you might actually like to keep, a really tasty bite to eat: this is the sort of surprise and delight that airlines need to be creating.last_img read more

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Painting your Social Media House

first_img“Son, paint’s the last thing you do when you’re painting a house.”My father’s words of many years ago as his naive son attempted to dive into a Victorian house reclamation that needed much more than paint. In many ways it was a parable for life- and my first real lesson in social media- a decade before social media even existed.I remember my father telling me to put down my yellow paint as he walked me around my newly-purchased labor of love. He pointed out dry-rot window sills, faulty gutters, and awnings that needed to be scraped down to bare wood if I was to expect this paint job to last. Needless to say I was deflated- I just wanted to take my new brushes, my hand-selected paint and- well- paint! Right that moment. I didn’t want to do all that prep work, invest all that time doing the thankless, toil-laden steps that I now realized needed to be done in order to achieve my goal of a painting my house. This, my fellow social media enthusiasts, is the same challenge we all face in today’s social media landscape.Prep work- no one wants to do it- it’s time consuming and slows down progress, right? Wrong! It stops us from making mistakes and ending up with a social media house that’s in need of an expensive new paint job time and again! Remember, paint is not just eyewash- it protects and promotes our houses- and in this analogy our “brand-houses.” But, it has to be done right!I’ve worked with corporate clients big and small, and have been charged with running social media for DoD and now with SHRM. And, I’ve always started by asking: what are our strategic objectives, who’s our audience, how do we create a sustainable team, and where does our content come from? These are the wood replacing, scraping, caulking, and priming steps individuals and organizations must roll their sleeves up and do before applying any paint to our social media houses. Social media is no different than any other communications medium- there must be an objective, an audience, and a strategy in place before we post one update on Facebook or tweet one tweet.My dad doesn’t know Twitter from Instagram and uses neither- but when I talk to him today I remind him that he was my first social media mentor- telling me to set my paint down and lay the foundation for painting long before I start. Thanks dad!last_img read more

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Records Management: NARA Warns Agencies About Cloud Computing

first_imgNARA has issued federal agencies guidelines and warnings about the use of cloud computing for managing their record keeping.  The Obama administration has encouraged agencies to consider adoption of cloud-computing.  In response, NARA has presented their perspective of how agencies should approach cloud computing.While the FAQ recognizes many of the benefits that can be achieved by moving to a cloud-based computing model, such as:“Pay-as-you-go” can offer cost advantagesAbility to easily scale up or down computing resources, as neededBut NARA also points out a number of other considerations that should cause agencies to pause before adopting cloud-based services.  The issues that NARA brings up include:Cloud vendors need to be able to demonstrate security and privacy of dataThe agency may lose control of data residing on remote infrastructurePotential problems integrating cloud-based data with data residing on other systemsCloud vendors need to be able to guarantee 24/7 access to the data and servicesVendors needs to be able to comply with Federal regulationsVendors need to be able to comply with federal records management requirements foudn in 36 CFR 1236.1ffVendors must retain links between records and metadataCloud software must be able to transfer archival records to NARA or delete records according to NARA retention schedulesLong-term trustworthiness and sustainability of data should be carefully consideredPortability standards should be considered to ensure that records could be easily transitioned elsewhere, if neededSo while the Federal CIO and the Obama Administration is advocating cloud computing, it seems clear that NARA has concerns that cloud computing may still be a bit premature for handing federal records of importance.last_img read more

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