Newsmaker: No. 9, Rules of Golf

first_imgIt wouldn’t be a full list of Newsmakers without including the Rules of Golf, which once again became the focal point of several key tournaments and now, it seems, may be simplified in the near future. The rule book took center stage at the ANA Inspiration, where a ball-marking gaffe of inches led to a critical four-shot penalty for Lexi Thompson. It became a hotly-debated topic, as a viewer call-in essentially determined the outcome of a major championship, and weeks later the USGA and R&A implemented a “reasonable judgment” standard to limit the power of video replay reviews. That action came months after the governing bodies announced a plan to simplify the rule book beginning in 2019. The proposed changes would eliminate penalties for tapping down spike marks, removing loose impediments in a hazard or hitting the flagstick while on the green. The dozens of new changes also included limiting the time for a lost ball search and allowing players to crouch near ground level when dropping out of a hazard. Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year While the new changes received ample discussion, the rules in their current form still grabbed plenty of headlines over the summer. Jon Rahm was embroiled in not one but two rules controversies, first during his win at the Irish Open and again over moving a loose impediment at The Open. The PGA Tour curiously picked the Zurich Classic team event to hand out its first slow-play penalty in more than 20 years, while Bryson DeChambeau’s attempt to bring side-saddled putting back into style was hampered by the USGA. But perhaps the biggest rules storyline gained traction near the end of the year, as a chorus of voices continued to call for the ever-advancing golf ball to be rolled back. Players from Tiger Woods to Dustin Johnson threw their support behind the notion of using a reduced-distance tournament ball for professionals, while USGA chief executive Mike Davis seemed open to just such a possibility when citing the increased costs associated with maintaining bigger and longer courses. Whether 400-yard drives soon become a thing of the past or a shorter list of decisions leads to more enjoyable rounds, one thing remains clear: the impact of the Rules of Golf won’t be rolled back anytime soon. USGA and R&A propose significant changes to simplify Rules of Golf Article: USGA, R&A reveal proposed changes to Rules of Golf Article: Full list of proposed changes to the Rules of Golf Article: Reactions from Tiger, others on proposed rules changes USGA: New rules easier to read and apply Player reaction to new rules ‘largely positive’ Lexi Thompson loses in ANA Inspiration playoff after controversial four-stroke penalty Article: Weeks later, Lexi ruling still a heated topic Article: Lexi breaks down discussing ANA penalty Thompson assessed four-stroke penalty a day later Lexi breaks down in tears discussing ANA penalty Jon Rahm embroiled in two rules controversies Article: Rahm stands by ball mark mechanics after Irish Open controversy Article: Rahm skirts another rules infraction at Open Watch the Jon Rahm ball-placement controversy at Irish Open Rules official McFee: Rahm was off by ‘millimeters’ Debate rages over distance of golf ball, courses Article: USGA’s Davis calls impact of course expansion ‘horrible’ Article: USGA’s Davis considers ‘variable distance golf ball’ Tiger, DJ in favor of limiting golf ball distance Titleist CEO fires back at Davis over golf ball distance Bryson DeChambeau spars with USGA over non-conforming putter Article: One of DeChambeau’s side-saddle putters deemed non-conforming Article: DeChambeau blames USGA amid putting style switch Article: DeChambeau tweets apology for USGA remarks PGA Tour hands out first slow-play penalty in 22 yearslast_img read more

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Morgan Stanley to pay $1.25B to resolve mortgage lawsuit

first_imgMorgan Stanley (MS) said it would pay $1.25 billion to the U.S. regulator for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to settle a lawsuit related to the sale of mortgage-backed securities.The Wall Street bank will add $150 million to its legal reserves as a result of the settlement with the Federal Housing Finance Agency, Morgan Stanley disclosed in a regulatory filing on Tuesday.Several large U.S. banks have set aside extra money to pay for potential legal costs in the aftermath of JPMorgan Chase & Co’s massive $13 billion settlement with U.S. authorities over bad mortgages.Morgan Stanley added $1.2 billion in the fourth quarter to its litigation reserves, and cited investigations “related to residential mortgage-backed securities and the credit crisis” as the motivation for doing so.Chief Executive James Gorman had said the legal charges were a “significant progress” towards resolution of matters. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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NDINM Announces New Dance Barns Artistic Director

first_imgRodney Rivera, a renowned choreographer, educator and performer from Puerto Rico, will be joining the NDI New Mexico team as the Dance Barns Artistic Director in Santa Fe. NDINM News: New Dance Barns Artistic Director Rodney Rivera “When I first saw Rodney teach, I was totally inspired and knew that he was an artist and educator completely in alignment with our mission and philosophy,” said Liz Salganek, artistic director for NDI New Mexico. “As a teacher and choreographer, he brings passion, intelligence, and humor, and he balances high standards and expectations with a joyful and caring approach. He has a depth of experience as both a school and company director, master teacher, choreographer, and before that had many years of experience as a performer. His expertise blends with his down-to-earth nature. He is driven by the power that the arts have to connect communities and to connect young people to their potential. I am so excited for our students and families to get to work with him!” Rivera’s first class at the Dance Barns will be “Boys Ballet Boot Camp,” designed to get boys excited about the athleticism of and power of dance. He also is creating a piece on the most advanced dancers inspired by the passion of the great Argentinian composer, Astor Piazzolla. ALBUQUERQUE ― NDI New Mexico has added a new team member to enhance the educational experience for New Mexico students. “I am totally moved by this organization,” Rivera said. “Words are not enough to describe the quality and the social and artistic commitment of this incomparable institution. NDI New Mexico has achieved its mission and positively impacts the lives of thousands of young dancers. I congratulate all its founders and staff and am so excited to join this team, who have managed to create a diamond here in New Mexico.”last_img read more

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Brought to account

first_imgObiter, who blushes to reclaim a receipted taxi fare, has watched with awed fascination the Daily Telegraph’s exposure of how MPs have worked parliament’s expenses regime. Justice ministers are among those in the spotlight. Justice secretary Jack Straw, who receives an annual salary of £141,866, repaid the council tax for which he had wrongly claimed, but over the years received thousands of taxpayers’ pounds for improvements to a house in his Blackburn constituency, listed, under the rules, as his second home. According to the Telegraph, improvements included new garage doors, kitchen, central heating system, beds, bathroom and LCD television. Solicitor general Vera Baird, meanwhile, whose annual salary is £125,602, had her £250 claim for Christmas decorations rejected by the Commons’ fees office. However according to the Telegraph, and again entirely within the rules, we should stress, she claimed for mortgage interest payments, repairs, decorations and furnishings to a four-bedroom house in her Redcar, Cleveland constituency. Obiter suspects we will be hearing less from ministers about overpaid legal aid lawyers ‘moderating their expectations of earnings’. For the time being, anyway.last_img read more

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Double for Yining at Japan Open

first_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 KOBE – China’s Zhang Yining, who won both the women’s singles and the doubles at the Athens Olympics, captured her first singles title of the Ogimura Cup Japan Open table tennis tournament on Sunday.The 22-year-old Zhang, ranked No. 1 in the world, brushed aside fellow Chinese Niu Jianfeng 4-0 in the final at Kobe City Central Gymnasium for her 16th singles title on the International Table Tennis Federation pro tour.last_img read more

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2015 MLS kit tracker

first_img 2015 MLS kit tracker Someone put together an impressive data set logging which MLS jersey (or “kit” if you prefer) was worn in each game and the statistics derived. Winner: Portland’s throwback third, which seems to have become their primary anyway. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1sGXpj5Xu3-6vIQeGP48bxRGXutQRq9wZpiXh8oLkHzg 0 6,949 0 Go To Topic Listing Sign in to follow this   Posted October 26, 2015 22,644 By Digby, October 26, 2015 in Sports Logo News Posted October 26, 2015 Share this post Digby 22,644 Digby Share this post Sports Logos 53,285 posts Link to post Share on other sites Followers 0 Sports Logo News ^ I believe when the catalog leaks came out which showed which kits each team would be getting next season, it showed Portland retaining this season’s home kit and getting a new road kit, with the spot for a third kit left blank. If they were to keep the third kit around for another year, I would have expected it to have been shown in the catalog. Followers 0 6,949 SportsLogos.Net Link to post 4,873 posts As a Timbers fan, I’m gonna be awfully sad to see those beautiful third kits go at the conclusion of this season. Hopefully they continue to wear them in the playoffs, and that is what I expect them to do for atleast the home match this Thursday. Jonah Henderson Forums Home 5,935 posts Sports Logo News upperV03 upperV03 Recommended Posts Members upperV03 SportsLogos.Net Sign in to follow this  center_img Gothamite Location:Salem, OR Posted October 26, 2015 Is it confirmed they’re dropping those? Would be a shame. Members All Activity Share on other sites Forums Home Members 0 Link to post Share on other sites All Activity 6,949 Share this post Members 6,949 5,270 Jonah Henderson 6,949 5,270 Location:Salem, OR Posted October 27, 2015 Link to post five boroughs, one City. 2015 MLS kit tracker 22,644 upperV03 Gothamite Share on other sites Share this post Sports Logos This topic is now closed to further replies. 0 5,935 posts 5,270 6,949 2015 MLS kit trackerlast_img read more

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East London IDZ woos investors

first_img24 March 2003The South African government has given the East London Development Zone Corporation a license to operate on the West bank of the Buffalo River, in the Buffalo City metropole. There are a number of other IDZ’s in South Africa, including IDZs at Coega (outside Port Elizabeth), Richards Bay, and Johannesburg International Airport. So far only the ELIDZ and Coega have received government permits to operate an IDZ.The idea behind the IDZ is to encourage export investment by providing a duty free customs secure area and associated industrial park, manned by full time customs officials, next to good quality transport infrastructure (port and airport), allowing duty free imports and VAT-free purchases of SA goods, and combine with major investment incentives.The ELIDZ comprises 1,500 hectares of prime land located next to the port, the N2, and next to the airport. 20 hectares is already serviced and 2 manufacturers are already committed to development.The next phase of the development will provide a further 300 hectares, including a 250 hectare duty free area for exporters. The customs secure area will open for business in mid 2004, paid for by R100m ($12.5m) in local government funding for the next financial year.The SA and Eastern Cape governments are committed to providing funding for major infrastructure improvements, including the creation of the office park, the building of an access road, the upgrading and complete electrification of the EL – Gauteng railway line and an extension of the port at East London. East London is the only river port in SA and already has the most sophisticated car terminal in the country. The idea is to position East London as a major automotive hub port.Funding for these infrastructure upgrades has all been agreed in principle by the South African government and will be announced in detail at the end of April 2003.Taking into consideration the long lead times for new investment projects, the East London IDZ is beginning its marketing process now with a view to moving the first major businesses into the IDZ in mid 2004.Source: EL Industrial Development Zonelast_img read more

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Free wi-fi for South Africa’s taxi commuters

first_img13 June 2014South African commuters using the country’s most popular form of public transport – the minibus taxi – will now be able to update their Facebook status, check their e-mail and surf the internet through a free wi-fi connection on their way to work.On Thursday, the South African National Taxi Association (Santaco) started rolling out a free service that, it says, will see 1 500 taxis and 50 taxi ranks across the country fitted with wi-fi access points within six months, and universal coverage in all its taxis and taxi ranks within three years.Each commuter will receive 50 MB of free wi-fi per month on 3G and 4G platforms, with the option of buying more if they run out. Once a commuter’s mobile device is connected with the wi-fi network, they will be able to use their 50 MB in any connected taxi or taxi rank.South Africa’s taxi industry transports over 15-million commuters daily with an average of 45 minutes per trip.“We want to keep our 15-million daily commuters and attract more people back to using public transport in general and taxis in particular,” Santaco president Philip Taaibosch said at the launch of the initiative in Soweto on Thursday.Sanaco is partnering with Telkom Mobile and technology company Wi-Taxi to drive the service, which was successfully piloted in Johannesburg in April and May.According to Wi-Taxi’s website, the service will have no effect on taxi fares, nor will it increase the risk of fraud or theft as “all devices are network locked and can only connect to the Wi-Taxi services”.Gauteng’s transport minister, Ismail Vadi, also speaking at Thursday’s launch, praised the “novel” initiative, saying an urban province such as Gauteng should have a high rate of internet connectivity.His remarks were echoed by independent telecoms analyst Spiwe Chireka, who told technology news website ITWeb that the taxi association’s move was “an indication of innovative ways that, as South Africa, we are able to use to drive access.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Space at a premium in Cole County Courthouse

first_imgIf you’ve ever had to do business with Cole County’s Associate Circuit Court division, you know the backlog of cases it faces.The state has okayed adding a second Associate Circuit gavel-banger to help out Judge Cotton Walker.“I know that judges would like to have a bigger courtroom so that they can have…[with] jury selection, they need to have 100 people or 200 people so they can narrow it down, and they need to have room to do it,” Cole County Commissioner Jeff Hoelscher says.Hoelscher says he’s not sure where the county will put the second courtroom. Work to add another courtroom has been on hold for years.last_img read more

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How to Create a Nonprofit Editorial Calendar

first_imgCreating an editorial calendar is an effective way to keep your organization’s newsletter, website, blog, and social media content fresh and current. Should you go with paper or something more high tech? Use whatever works best for you and your team: a wall calendar, Excel spreadsheet, Google Calendar, or even dedicated project management software. While it can contain loads of info, an editorial calendar at its most basic organizes the what, when, and who of your media outreach. Here’s a quick primer on how to create an editorial calendar that’ll keep your team on track and your online presence fresh. Next: Fill in the Blanks Now that you have the basic framework of your nonprofit’s content needs, you can start filling your calendar with detailed information about each item, such as the specific topic of a blog post or Facebook update. A typical week might look something like this: First: Answer What, When, and Who?Create a broad outline of your organization’s content needs. This process includes answering “what, when, and who?” WHAT types of media do you publish? Make a list of the different ways your nonprofit communicates with constituents. The options are endless, but here are a few ideas: Website: Message from the executive director, volunteer opportunities, upcoming events. Blog: Posts about recent events, fundraising campaigns, awards your nonprofit received, success stories, current issues affecting your cause. Email: Newsletters, campaign updates, event invitations. Facebook: Polls, success stories, links to blog posts or videos, contests, photos from the field, “volunteer of the week” profiles. Twitter: Links to blog posts, event announcements, requests for volunteers. YouTube: Videos from events, fieldwork, success stories. WHEN is the deadline? Look at your “what” list and decide how often to update each item. Maybe you’ll revamp your homepage content once a month, publish a new blog post every Monday, send an email newsletter on the 15th of each month, post to Facebook every weekday morning, and so on. WHO is the writer? Decide who on your team is responsible for creating and delivering each of the various pieces. Also, be sure to assign a team member or two to social media duties so someone is always available to interact with fans. Homepage:Joe T., 10am.Update events sidebar, volunteer opportunities Big-Picture Benefits Save your old calendars! Editorial calendars are great for more than just planning ahead. Over time, you’ll find them useful for reviewing what topics you’ve covered and when. This can help you avoid duplicating content or remind you to update your constituents on, say, a past event, contest, or campaign. You might also include data on published content like page views or click-through rates to see which pieces were most effective. When it comes right down to it, an editorial calendar is just a super-organized to-do list that encourages engagement as your supporters keep coming back to your online channels to find out what’s new and exciting at your nonprofit. Tuesday Thursday Friday Facebook:Gina K., 10am.Link to new YouTube video Facebook:Gina K., 10am.Friday Fan Giveaway: Mug Blog:Ann S., noon.Beagle Boogie gala recap (link on Twitter) YouTube:Joe T., EOD.Ribbon cutting and tour of new kennels and dog run. Fundraising Takeaways Your editorial calendar can be as simple or complex as you like, but it should at least answer the questions what, when, and who. Organizing all the elements of your media outreach into one editorial calendar helps you keep content fresh and up to date. Readers will respond by coming back more often to see what’s new at your nonprofit. Review your old editorial calendars to make sure you aren’t repeating content or that you’ve updated readers when necessary. They’re also useful for tracking which content was most successful. Facebook:Gina K., 10am.Pic from dog adoption fair Email NL (biweekly):Ann S., 10am.Dog adoption, Beagle Bingo event, request for supplies, link to donation page (post pdf on FB, link on Twitter) This is, of course, a very basic editorial calendar, but it’s an easy place to begin. Yours could include more or fewer items, more or less detail, checkboxes to indicate approvals or stages of production, and so on. Expect your calendar to evolve as your needs change. Wednesday Facebook: Gina K, 10am.Volunteer of the Week: Ellen Jones Facebook:Gina K., 10am.Meet the Staff: Joe T. Website:Mary M., EOD.Monthly message from executive director Mondaylast_img read more

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