Japan’s Uehara takes lead in NW Ark. Championship

first_imgROGERS, Ark. – One of Ayako Uehara’s best memories in her four full-time LPGA seasons is a hole-in-one she made in her first appearance at the NW Arkansas Championship in 2013. Uehara added to her growing list of memorable moments at Pinnacle Country Club by shooting a career-best 62 in the opening round Friday. The 9-under round matched the course record and gave the Japanese player a two-stroke lead, a remarkable position for a player who entered the week ranked 214th in the world after struggling with her game for much of the year. Uehara needed only 25 putts and made nine birdies in her bogey-free round, a score that bested her previous career low of 63 she posted in Malaysia in 2014. That was a year after her first appearance in northwest Arkansas, where she holed out on the par-3 17th on her way to a 25th-place finish. It’s a moment she’s relived countless times since, especially in the days leading to the start of this week’s tournament. ”Since I got here this year, I’ve been watching this video of this hole-in-one many times,” Uehara said. ”Also, I show my caddie.” Taiwan’s Candie Kung had a 64, and 13 players shot 65. Uehara will tee off Saturday afternoon in pursuit of her first career victory, and at the very least looking to earn only her fourth career top-10 finish in 76 tournaments. ”The course conditions will be different, so we have to make good judgment decisions and we’ll go from there,” Uehara said. Playing in muggy conditions after overnight rain, Uehara took advantage of the soft greens during the morning to match the course record of 62 set by Angela Park and Jane Park in 2008. Uehara, whose best finish in an LPGA event is third in Japan in the 2012 Mizuno Classic, missed the cut in eight of her first nine tournaments to begin this year. However, she entered this weekend having finished 39th or better in five of her last six events – an improvement in play she carried over to Friday. After a pair of birdies on her opening nine, Uehara birdied four of the first five holes after the turn, including three straight to reach 7 under. She then reached 9 under with a closing birdie on the par-4 ninth, capping a round in which she hit 11 of 13 fairways and 16 of 18 greens in regulation. Uehara finished 4 under at the NW Arkansas Championship during her rookie season in 2013, tying for 25th. However, she missed the cut at the event in each of the last two seasons before putting together her career-best round on Friday. Top-ranked Lydia Ko opened the tournament with a 5-under 66, while local favorite Stacy Lewis shot a 4-under 67. Ko and Lewis were paired together with Minjee Lee – who finished with a 65 – and the trio attracted the largest gallery of the morning at the 6,330-yard Pinnacle Country Club. Lewis, the former world No. 1 who played collegiately at nearby Arkansas, hasn’t won since her victory in the event two years ago. However, she continued to draw large cheers of ”Woo Pig Sooie” from the Razorbacks fans and finished with the 67. She had 31 putts, missing an 8-foot birdie attempt on her final hole of the day. Ko, meanwhile, closed her round with a flurry while in search of her third victory of the year. The New Zealander, after opening on the back nine, eagled the par-5 seventh with a 35-foot putt, and she recovered from a poor chip and bogey on No. 8 with a short birdie putt on the ninth. Second-ranked Brooke Henderson shot a 69. She beat Ko in a playoff two weeks ago in the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship outside Seattle. Michelle Wie had a 71, and defending champion Na Yeon Choi shot 75.last_img read more

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Xavier Bettel asked to form next Luxembourg government

first_imgLuxembourg’s Grand Duke Henri asked Prime Minister Xavier Bettel on Tuesday to try to form the next government after his liberal-led coalition won enough votes to stay in power in Sunday’s election.Bettel’s Democratic Party and its allies — the Greens and the Luxembourg Socialist Workers’ Party — together clung to their majority by winning 31 out of 60 seats. Polls ahead of the vote had suggested Bettel’s time could be up, and the Christian Social People’s Party (CSV) — which has dominated Luxembourg politics since the war — could return to power.The grand duke said in a statement that all three coalition parties had expressed a desire to start negotiations on a new government. Bettel first took on the country’s top job in 2013 after a spying scandal involving the secret service toppled the government led by Jean-Claude Juncker, now the European Commission president.last_img read more

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Romania sympathetic to CARICOM’s blacklisting concerns

first_img Caribbean Leaders to Participate in OACPS Inter-Sessional… Some CARICOM Member States have been blacklisted by EU despite having fulfilled the criteria set out by the relevant global regulatory authorities for financial services. Secretary-General LaRocque in a statement during the ceremony at the CARICOM Secretariat’s headquarters in Georgetown, Guyana, said the depth of the friendly relationship between the Region and the EU “should have allowed for dialogue prior to the institution of such harmful measures which negatively affect our Community.” He called on Romania in its capacity as the current President of the Council of the European Union, to influence the initiation of a dialogue on this issue. He pointed out that blacklisted jurisdictions faced major reputational damage and disruptive controls on their financial transactions. “Blacklisting influences the strategies of international banks resulting in de-risking and their withdrawal of crucial correspondent banking relationships,” he added. CARICOM and Romania are working on a draft Memorandum of Understanding to implement and execute specific technical and scientific programmes and projects. Romania has offered 46 scholarships to Community nationals in various areas beneficial to Member States. The Secretary-General urged Romania to support the Community’s advocacy for international actions that allowed for a balanced approach to accessing concessional development financing. He said a fundamental reconsideration was required of the current criteria that governed access to such funding which gave inordinate weight to GDP per capita. “Revised criteria must take into account vulnerability and not rely solely on per capita income which has resulted in many of our countries being graduated out of access to such funding,” Ambassador LaRocque said. “As we seek to build our resilience, concessional development financing is needed to assist us,” he added. “Studies have shown that for every dollar spent on building resilience prior to disasters, four dollars are saved on reconstruction costs,” the Secretary-General stated. “Financing resilience to combat disasters and other effects of climate change is a good investment,” Ambassador LaRocque said. The Romanian diplomat said his country had established diplomatic relations with all Caribbean countries and had signed MOUs with Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Guyana and Jamaica. Ambassador Mera, based in Brazil, invited the Secretary-General to attend an International Conference on Resilience to Disasters, in Bucharest on March 12, 2019. CARICOM Foreign Ministers have also been invited. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… The Government of Romania is sympathetic to the concerns of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) with respect to the blacklisting of some of its Member States by the European Union (EU). The sentiment was conveyed by His Excellency Stefan Mera as he presented his credentials on Thursday to CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque as his country’s first Ambassador to CARICOM.   His Excellency Stefan Mera (L) as he delivered remarks at his credentials ceremony on Thursday. CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque (R) listens intently. His Excellency Stefan Mera, first Ambassador of Romania to CARICOM signs the Secretary-General’s Guest Book CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque greets His Excellency Stefan Mera as he arrives to present his credentials on 24 January, 2019 From left, Ambassador Colin Granderson, ASG Foreign and Community Relations; first Ambassador of Romania to CARICOM, His Excellency Stefan Mera; CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque Feb 24, 2020 Mar 10, 2020 OECD warns COVID-19 could halve global growth –… center_img Related Posts Jun 1, 2020 Trinidad removed from “grey list” – CARICOM Business… CARICOM’s advocacy for resilience financing intensifies; optimism in Finland’s support(CARICOM Secretariat, 12 September 2019) The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has reiterated its call for international financial institutions to accept that the vulnerability of Small Island and low-lying coastal Developing States (SIDS), should be the main criterion for eligibility for concessional development financing, instead of GDP per capita. As yet another…September 12, 2019In “Event”CARICOM voices strong objection to new EU blacklist(CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)     The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) strongly objects to the recent labelling of some of its Member States by the European Union as Non-cooperative tax jurisdictions, CARICOM Secretary-General said Wednesday, 12 December, 2017. He was at the time accrediting a new Ambassador of France to CARICOM,…December 15, 2017In “General”Finland signals interest in CARICOM’s bio-energyThe Government of Finland, through its newly accredited envoy to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), has expressed strong interest in exploring the bio-energy potential in mainland territories of CARICOM. Speaking at the ceremony at the CARICOM Secretariat for the presentation of his Letter of Credence to CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque,…March 17, 2017In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

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East Penn Names Metzger Sales Manager Automotive Cables and Diversified Products

first_imgDeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement LYON STATION, PA — East Penn Manufacturing Company recently announced the promotion of Pharon L. Metzger from assistant sales manger to sales manager automotive cables and diversified products. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementMetzger will assume responsibility for the sales, marketing and management of East Penn’s diversified products to the company’s national account base. He will also continue to manage and promote sales through the company’s independent rep agencies. Metzger joined East Penn after graduating from Moravian College in 1987 as sales trainee. Since then he has been promoted to route salesman, city salesman, district manager and his most recent position as assistant manager automotive cables and diversified products. _______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain.last_img read more

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Gazprom to push LNG use in Bolivia

first_imgGazprom on Friday signed an agreement with the Bolivian ministry of hydrocarbons and energy and YPFB on broadening cooperation including the advocation of LNG use. The agreement was signed by Gazprom’s head Alexey Miller with Luis Alberto Sanchez Fernandez, Bolivian minister of hydrocarbons and energy, and Guillermo Acha Morales, president of Yacimientos Petroliferos Fiscales Bolivianos (YPFB), Gazprom said in its statement.The deal to advocate the use of LNG in Bolivia follows a memorandum of understanding signed in February this year when parties agreed to implement projects aimed at using natural gas as fuel in passenger, freight and river transportation in Bolivia, as well as for autonomous supply purposes.The cooperation additionally entails joint development of new projects for hydrocarbon exploration, production, and transportation in Bolivia.The parties plan to update the plans for Bolivian gas industry development until 2040.Gazprom EP International’s managing director Andrey Fick signed a separate agreement with YPFB’s president Acha Morales to explore the La Ceiba, Madidi, and Vitiacua blocks, with retrieved geological and geophysical materials to be used for feasibility studies.last_img read more

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Ban for barrister who sent 14 emails falsely claiming case progression

first_imgA barrister who sent 14 emails claiming he was progressing his client’s case when he was not has been disbarred. The Bar Tribunals and Adjudication Service said John Grahame Mitton stated that he had lodged an application to settle legal proceedings and had sought a hearing date when he had done neither.Mitton, previously a director at Newcastle firm PG Legal, was instructed to act for the client in an employment dispute with a recruitment agency in 2015. In June last year, Mitton was banned from working in the solicitors’ profession.Commenting on the order, Sara Jagger, director of professional conduct at the Bar Standards Board, said: ‘The decision to disbar reflects the accepted view that dishonesty is incompatible with membership of the bar.’The tribunal’s decision is open to appeal.last_img read more

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Opening night attracts 100-plus cars to Kossuth County

first_imgBy Greg Grabianowski While the IMCA Modified featured was a heated battle throughout, pole-sitter Cody Knecht led the whole way to earn the win. Just a caution flag on lap number five delayed the Whittemore driver trip into the win­ner’s circle. ALGONA, Iowa (May 21) – It was opening night at Kossuth County Speedway May 21 without any specta­tors in the grandstands but that did not deter a grand total of 103 cars from dotting the pits at Al­gona.  Austin Wolf and Jeremy Mills both challenged Knecht but he refused to give up the lead. Zack Smidt paced the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Jared Boumeester was the Karl Kustoms North­ern SportMod winner. Both Troy Swearington and Smith kept pressure on Larson but he went onto the win with Smith second and Swearington third. Thirty-one IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars vied for spots in their main event grid. Devin Smith grabbed the early but Jeffrey Larson pulled even at midway and took the lead on the following lap.  Kaytee DeVries topped the Mach-1 Sport Compact main. While fans were not allowed, each driver could have a maximum of 10 people in their pit area with social distancing procedures in place.last_img read more

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AP sources: Owners approve sale of Marlins to Jeter group

first_imgMIAMI (AP) — The woebegone Miami Marlins are Derek Jeter’s problem now. In this Sept. 28, 2014, file photo, New York Yankees’ Derek Jeter speaks to the media after the last baseball game of his career, against the Boston Red Sox, at Fenway Park in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File) Major league owners on Wednesday approved the sale of the team by Jeffrey Loria to an investment group led by Jeter and Bruce Sherman, two people familiar with the vote said. The people confirmed the decision to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the approval had not been announced.One of the people said the vote was unanimous, with 75 percent approval needed.A signed $1.2 billion agreement was submitted to Major League Baseball last month to sell the Marlins to a group led by Sherman, a venture capitalist who will be the controlling owner. Jeter, the former New York Yankees captain, plans to be a limited partner in charge of the business and baseball operations.The closing on the sale is expected within a few days.The Marlins have endured another disappointing year and are assured of their eighth consecutive losing season, the longest streak in the majors. They’ll sit out the playoffs for the 14th year in a row, the longest streak in the National League.They’re also likely to finish last in the NL in attendance for the 12th time in the past 13 years, creating revenue constraints that may lead to a payroll purge in Jeter’s first offseason as an owner.Among players who might be shopped is major league home run leader Giancarlo Stanton, whose salary will nearly double next year to $25 million in the fourth season of his record $325 million, 13-year contract.The transition to new ownership has already begun, with four well-known Marlins executives told last week they won’t be retained. They were special assistant to the president Jeff Conine, who goes by the nickname Mr. Marlin, and three special assistants to the owner — Hall of Famers Andre Dawson and Tony Perez, and former manager Jack McKeon, who led the Marlins to the 2003 World Series championship.Team president David Samson is not expected to be retained. Manager Don Mattingly is a former teammate of Jeter’s and may return.Loria, 76, became widely unpopular because of his frugal ownership and the public financing that helped build the five-year-old Marlins Park. He bought the franchise for $158.5 million in 2002 from John Henry, part of the Boston Red Sox ownership group that has celebrated three World Series titles.“Part of the deal is acknowledging when it’s time to pass the baton to the next generation, and wish them well in taking things to the next level,” Loria said in a statement. “With that in mind, I can’t think of anyone better suited than Bruce Sherman and Derek Jeter. They are true baseball people, as well as true gentlemen. I have every confidence in their ability as the next stewards of the Miami Marlins to take us to new heights.”Jeter, who lives in Tampa, was a 14-time All-Star shortstop who retired in 2014 after 20 seasons with the Yankees. He has no front-office experience but has long talked of his desire to own a team.Sherman spent much of his financial career in New York and has a home in Naples, Florida. Minority owners are expected to include NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan, who will have a small stake.Loria’s decision to sell the team became public in February, and Jeter’s interest surfaced in April. The Jeter-Sherman group beat out two other groups that pursued the team in the final weeks of negotiations.___More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball___Follow Steven Wine on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Steve_Winelast_img read more

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Anthony Cunningham Steps Down as Galway Hurling Manager

first_imgAnthony Cunningham has stepped down as Galway hurling manager. In a secret ballot overseen by an independent observer last night 26 out of 32 voted ‘no’ when asked if they had confidence in the current management.In a Statement released this evening he said…..I, Anthony Cunningham incumbent Senior Hurling Manager since 2012, hereby confirm the following:- Despite the fact that I was unanimously ratified and supported by the Galway GAA Clubs, the County Hurling and Galway County Committees and having reviewed the current impasse in detail over the past month, it is with great sadness tonight that I and my Management Team announce our resignation from our positions.I do so with the best interests of Galway Hurling in mind and with the priority of best assisting Galway hurling to build on the achievement of 2015. As a Management team we have exhausted all avenues with support from the clubs, their delegates, the hurling fraternity and County Committees in the past month to bring this impasse to a conclusion and protect Galway Hurling.Despite extensive attempts at genuine dialogue including Independent Arbitration, there were no reasonable explanations offered or given as to the issues that players felt they had. I believe that the players are misguided in that they are not taking the views of their county on board. They, through their actions, have shown scant respect for, and loyalty to the goodwill shown them by supporters, clubs and County GAA Committees and Management.I contend it is unreasonable to express a lack of confidence in management – how else could we have reached a winning position in an All-Ireland Final last September? I consider this a kangaroo court decision, led by a core group of players orchestrated with the help of others outside Galway, motivated by a desire to unjustly extend their lifespan as inter-county players placing personal agendas above the greater good of Galway Hurling.This goes to the very core of what our Association stands for – there is a national danger now that the democratic and voluntary ethos of the GAA is being overrun by groups of players that wish to indulge in the selection and termination of management.Galway Hurling is bigger than any one individual and given that this current impasse shows no immediate sign of abating, I reluctantly conclude that it best that I now step aside. I hold a deep conviction that the current Galway management team is the one best positioned to deliver Galway hurling to the next level and bring All-Ireland Senior success to our county.I thank my family, my management team colleagues and their families for their support and I am very sensitive the hurt they have endured in the very recent past. I salute the county officials and officers and numerous volunteers who have given me magnificent support over the last five years.With Disappointment & Sincerity,print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email This brings to an end a long-running saga that started shortly after Galway lost the All-Ireland final to Kilkenny in September.last_img read more

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Conor McPhillips appointed Connacht Backs Coach

first_imgA former player with Connacht Rugby from 2003 – 2008, McPhillips was appointed Head Performance Analyst for the province in 2010 and was given greater responsibility within the coaching team last season in his additional capacity as Assistant Attack Coach.McPhillips had previous coaching experience with St Marys RFC as well as a Director of Rugby role with Newbridge College in Co. Kildare. He was also Head Coach of the Connacht Sevens’ side that finished 3rd in the Limerick World Club 7’s last August.Connacht Rugby can also announce the appointment of Simon Kavanagh as the new Head Performance Analyst for the coming season. Simon joins Connacht Rugby from Avenir Sports – Ireland’s leading Performance Analysis company and the Master Distributor of Sportstec Products for the 32 counties.It has also been confirmed that Eric Elwood, former Connacht Rugby player and head coach and currently Domestic Rugby Manager, will be involved with the senior setup on an advisory basis to work closely with the goal kickers.Coaching team 2016/17Pat Lam                            Head CoachJimmy Duffy                    Forwards CoachConor McPhillips            Backs CoachDave Ellis                          Skills CoachEric Elwood                      Goal KickingSimon Kavanagh             Head Performance Analyst  “I believe that any team is only as good as the quality of the management team and the coaching group in place to run the programme. By striving to improve each player to become a better rugby player and a better person, we will improve as a team and I have a lot of confidence and belief in our coaching group that we can continue to do that.” Commenting on the new appointments, head coach Pat Lam said:“I’d firstly like to thank Andre (Bell) for all his hard work and dedication to the team over the past two years. Andre spent many hours working with our young back line and gave them the confidence and skills to execute our game plan effectively. We all wish him well as he returns home to New Zealand to be with his family and we have no doubt he will add value to whatever group of players he works with in the future.“I’m delighted that Conor has agreed to step into a fulltime coaching role after doubling up as the Head Performance Analyst and Assistant Attack Coach for last season. Conor is hugely passionate about Connacht and has given many years of service – first as a player, then an analyst and now a coach. He has an impressive rugby brain with an eye for the fine detail that makes a big difference. I have every confidence that he will build on the good work that Andre has done and take it to another level necessary for next season.“I’m very pleased that Eric (Elwood) has agreed to come on board in an advisory capacity for our goal kickers. There is no one at all who comes close to having the knowledge and expertise of the intricacies of kicking at the Sportsground. Eric will be an invaluable resource for our team and all our players will benefit massively from his vast experience.“I’d also like to welcome Simon (Kavanagh) to the team. His knowledge and expertise in IT, as well as the software products we use, will undoubtedly take our detailed analysis to another level moving forward. print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Connacht Rugby have confirmed that Conor McPhillips will take over as Backs Coach for the senior team from the start of the 2016/17 season. Andre Bell, who had previously held the role as Backs & Kicking coach for the last two seasons, has returned home to New Zealand to be with his family.last_img read more

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