Assante Hydrostone grows advisor team

first_img Leede Jones Gable launches capital markets business IE Staff Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Assante Hydrostone, which administers more than $1 billion in assets on behalf of clients in Atlantic Canada, will be welcoming Graham Starratt, Gary Bliss, J. Richard Johnson, Bob Mackay and Jane Smith from Beacon’s private client group. Starratt, Mackay, and Smith will move to the Hydrostone location while Bliss and Johnson will continue to operate from their existing locations in Halifax and Antigonish, respectively. “The Assante Hydrostone team is very pleased to welcome these advisors and their clients to the Assante family,” says Chris Rafuse, senior financial advisor with Assante Capital Management Ltd. in statement. “We’re looking forward to working with the new advisors to assist them in meeting their clients’ long-term financial planning, estate and investment goals.” The addition of the advisors will accelerate the next phase of growth for Assante Hydrostone, which appointed a new branch operations manager, Stephen Doane, in June. Assante has 750 advisors who oversee approximately $34 billion in assets for 300,000 clients and their families nationwide. Assante is a subsidiary of Toronto-based CI Financial Corp. (TSX: CIX). PI Financial bought by joint venture Toronto-based Assante Wealth Management (Canada) Ltd.’s Hydrostone team in Halifax will be gaining five advisors from Halifax-based Beacon Securities Ltd. effective Sept. 1 following Beacon’s announced strategic shift to move away from serving retail clients. Beacon, a full-service investment dealer serving clients across Canada and globally, announced on July 23, that it would focus on the expansion of its institutional equity and fixed-income businesses and, as a result, would no longer operate its retail private client group in Nova Scotia. Keywords Investment dealersCompanies Assante Wealth Management, Beacon Securities Ltd. Ontario task force looks to boost industry competition Related newslast_img read more

Financials give TSX a minor boost

first_img Share this article and your comments with peers on social media S&P/TSX composite hits highest close since March on strength of financials sector David Hodges Related news TSX gets lift from financials, U.S. markets rise to highest since March Toronto stock market dips on weakness in the energy and financials sectorscenter_img The country’s eight-month march of monthly growth in the economy came to an end in July after Statistics Canada reported that gross domestic product was essentially unchanged at 0% growth in July compared with June. The development could head off more rate hikes this year and put downward pressure on the Canadian dollar. The loonie was trading at an average price of US80.13¢ US, down 0.19 of a U.S. cent. Keywords Marketwatch “The Canadian dollar softened as this GDP report reduced the odds of a third rate hike by the Bank of Canada this year, especially when you combine it with governor Stephen Poloz’s recent speech which gave more of a cautionary tone to the bank’s approach going forward,” said Todd Mattina, a chief economist at Mackenzie Investments. The Bank of Canada raised rates twice over the summer following the economy’s surprisingly powerful start to the year, but Poloz said during a speech Wednesday that he has no prearranged route for further interest-rate hikes. On the corporate front, shares of Valeant Pharmaceuticals Inc. were up 79¢, or 4.62%, to $17.88 at the close of markets amid the company’s announcement that it has completed the sale of its iNova Pharmaceuticals business for $930 million in cash. Quebec-based Valeant says it will use net proceeds of about $920 million from the sale to reduce its debt, as it continues to simplify its portfolio and focus on its core businesses. The company’s shares have plunged since questions about its business model first emerged two years ago, when they traded for more than $300 per share. South of the border, U.S. stocks pushed further into record territory on Wall Street. The S&P 500 index edged up 9.30 points to 2,519.36 and the Nasdaq composite index advanced 42.51 points to 6,495.96 — new highs for both indices. Meanwhile, the Dow Jones industrial average added 23.89 points to 22,405.09. In U.S. economic news, a Commerce Department report released Friday showed consumer spending inched up 0.1% in August, and wages and salaries were unchanged. That could be a hint third-quarter economic growth will be weaker. In commodities, the November crude contract was up US11¢ to US$51.67 per barrel while the November natural gas contract lost a penny to US$3.01 per mmBTU. The December gold contract gave back US$3.90 to US$1,284.80 an ounce and the December copper contract retreated US3¢ to US$2.96 a pound. Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Crimes Against Humanity in Xinjiang: China

first_imgCrimes Against Humanity in Xinjiang: China Human Rights WatchThe Chinese government is committing crimes against humanity against Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims in the northwest region of Xinjiang, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The Chinese leadership is responsible for widespread and systematic policies of mass detention, torture, and cultural persecution, among other offenses. Coordinated international action is needed to sanction those responsible, advance accountability, and press the Chinese government to reverse course.The 53-page report, “‘Break Their Lineage, Break Their Roots’: China’s Crimes against Humanity Targeting Uyghurs and Other Turkic Muslims,” authored with assistance from Stanford Law School’s Human Rights & Conflict Resolution Clinic, draws on newly available information from Chinese government documents, human rights groups, the media, and scholars to assess Chinese government actions in Xinjiang within the international legal framework. The report identified a range of abuses against Turkic Muslims that amount to offenses committed as part of a widespread and systematic attack directed against a population: mass arbitrary detention, torture, enforced disappearances, mass surveillance, cultural and religious erasure, separation of families, forced returns to China, forced labor, and sexual violence and violations of reproductive rights.“Chinese authorities have systematically persecuted Turkic Muslims – their lives, their religion, their culture,” said Sophie Richardson, China director at Human Rights Watch. “Beijing has said it’s providing ‘vocational training’ and ‘deradicalization,’ but that rhetoric can’t obscure a grim reality of crimes against humanity.”Crimes against humanity are considered among the gravest human rights abuses under international law. The Chinese government’s oppression of Turkic Muslims is not a new phenomenon, but in recent years it has reached unprecedented levels. In addition to mass detention and pervasive restrictions on practicing Islam, there is increasing evidence of forced labor, broad surveillance, and unlawful separation of children from their families.“It’s increasingly clear that Chinese government policies and practices against the Turkic Muslim population in Xinjiang meet the standard for crimes against humanity under international criminal law,” said Beth Van Schaack, faculty affiliate, Stanford Center for Human Rights & International Justice. “The government’s failure to stop these crimes, let alone punish those responsible, shows the need for strong and coordinated international action.”Human Rights Watch and the Stanford Human Rights Clinic urged the United Nations Human Rights Council to adopt a resolution to create a commission of inquiry with authority to investigate allegations of crimes against humanity, identify officials responsible for abuses, and provide a road map for holding them accountable. The UN high commissioner for human rights should also monitor and report on the human rights situation in Xinjiang and keep the Human Rights Council regularly informed.Concerned governments should impose coordinated visa bans, travel bans, and targeted individual sanctions on authorities responsible for criminal acts. They should also pursue domestic criminal cases under the concept of “universal jurisdiction,” which allows prosecution of grave crimes committed abroad. And they should adopt trade restrictions and other measures to end the use of forced labor in China.“It is increasingly clear that a coordinated global response is needed to end China’s crimes against humanity against Turkic Muslims,” Richardson said. “That China is a powerful state makes it all the more important for holding it accountable for its unrelenting abuses.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Beijing, China, chinese, Commissioner, Government, Human Rights, Human Rights Watch, leadership, prosecution, resolution, surveillance, travel ban, UN, un high commissioner, United Nations, Xinjianglast_img read more

Marking 12 Months Since Eastern Freeway Tragedy

first_imgMarking 12 Months Since Eastern Freeway Tragedy VIC PremierLandmark buildings across our city will this evening be lit up to honour the four Victoria Police officers whose lives were tragically taken on the Eastern Freeway, one year ago.With today marking the 12-month anniversary of the deaths of Leading Senior Constable Lynette Taylor, Senior Constable Kevin King, Constable Josh Prestney and Constable Glen Humphris, tonight’s tribute recognises Victorians’ collective and continued grief at their loss.Flinders Street Station, the Bolte Bridge and the MCG will be among the locations lit up in Victoria Police’s traditional blue.A date for the State Memorial Service, dedicated to honouring the lives and service of these officers, has also been confirmed and will be held on National Police Remembrance Day, 29 September 2021.A private service to commemorate the one-year anniversary will be held today at the Victorian Police Academy chapel.Family members and invited guests will be in attendance, with the service also made available online for Victoria Police employees via the staff intranet.Planning for the State Memorial Service later this year is currently underway and will be organised in consultation with the officers’ families.Details of this service will be shared in due course.As stated by the Acting Premier James Merlino“Twelve months ago, four families were permanently broken. I know I speak for all Victorians when I say our hearts are with them now, just as they were then.”“In lighting up our city’s most famous landmarks, we continue to honour the legacy of those four officers – and the service of every member of Victoria Police.”As stated by Acting Minister for Police and Emergency Services Danny Pearson“The Eastern Freeway tragedy was felt by all of us – but I understand just how deeply it was felt by the Victoria Police family.”“The State Memorial Service will serve as a fitting tribute to these officers and as an opportunity for all of us to pay our respects to these fallen heroes.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:anniversary, AusPol, Australia, Eastern, Emergency, Emergency Services, Employees, Family, family members, Flinders, Government, Minister, online, planning, police, Premier, Victoria, Victoria Police, Victorian Policelast_img read more

Rearview Mirror: Evolution of the crumple zone

first_img Safety in early cars was an issue, and for several reasons. Many technologies were still in the future or not yet in widespread use across the industry, such as seatbelts, stronger door and hood latches, and safety glass. Automakers did rudimentary crash testing – in some early tests, by aiming the car at a wall while the driver jumped out just before impact – but developing better designs from the information gained was a slow and painstaking process.Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Bèla Barènyi ‹ Previous Next › COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever advertisement RELATED TAGSNewsAB VolvoAustriaAutomobile ManufacturingAutomotive SafetyAutomotive TechnologyCentral EuropeConsumer CyclicalsConsumer Products and ServicesEuropeIndustriesManufacturing SectorMercedes-Benz International Inc.Motor Vehicle ManufacturingNils BohlinPreston TuckerScience and TechnologyTechnologyVienna (Austria) Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 A Mercedes-Benz 220 crash-tested at 138 km/h in 1960. And beyond that, there was the buying public. Many automakers didn’t want to publicize protective technologies because it would imply that driving was dangerous. Even the famous 1948 Tucker, advertised as a “safety car,” ultimately went into production without its planned seatbelts when an executive convinced founder Preston Tucker that people wouldn’t think the car really was designed for safety if they had to be strapped into it.But Barényi put safety above public perception, and he focused on the dangers of vehicle rigidity. In a collision, a rigid car body structure transmits crash energy to the occupants, who in early cars would be slammed against solid metal dashes or sharp, protruding control knobs. From there, occupants are in danger of what’s called the third or internal collision, which can be deadly. The body hits a solid object like a door or windshield, but internal organs continue to move forward until they strike bone, such as the brain hitting against the skull.Barényi realized that occupants were safest in a vehicle that dissipated most of the energy before it could reach the cabin. His answer was the “crumple zone,” for which he received a patent in 1951. His design consisted of a rigid passenger compartment with more flexible structures at the front and rear.Even today, more than six decades later, his invention is still the basis for passenger vehicle safety. It’s also very specialized engineering, because it isn’t enough just for the front or rear to crumple. The outer edges must fold up first, with the inner structures crumpling progressively within the span of milliseconds, dissipating the crash energy as it gets closer to the cabin.Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Bèla Barènyi, second from left, and colleagues mulling over plans and car models. Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” I own a couple of 1940s vehicles, and whenever I take one anywhere, I guarantee someone will come up, rap on the heavy fender, and say approvingly, “They don’t make ’em like that anymore.”And I always reply, “Don’t ever think that’s a bad thing.” A lot of people think new cars are flimsy because they crumple in a crash, but they’re meant to do that, and it can help save your life. And it’s thanks to a Mercedes-Benz engineer who patented the system in 1951.His name was Béla Barényi, and he was born near Vienna in 1907. Cars were rare and expensive, but Barényi’s family was wealthy and they owned one, and he grew up familiar with them. He studied mechanical engineering and graduated in 1926, the same year that independent automakers Daimler and Benz merged. Working for a few other companies, he had already racked up more than 150 patents when, in 1939, he joined Mercedes-Benz. Trending in Canada Béla Barényi retired in 1972 with some 2,500 patents to his name, most of them for safety development, and died in 1997. Thanks to him, your vehicle may require extensive repair or replacement after a crash, but as tests prove over and over, modern cars do a much better job of protecting their occupants than old ones did. You can replace a car, but you can’t replace the person inside it. See More Videos PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | It’s also become a balancing game of safety, weight and cost, as manufacturers use more high-strength steel for its relative light weight, but must offset it with other grades of steel to preserve the all-important crumple. Engineers must also provide protection in side impacts, where beams in the roof and under the floor help to disperse the energy, and in SUVs and vans, which lack the extra rear crumple space provided by a trunk and which have to be designed with beams to handle the impact.The first production car to use Barényi’s body design was the 1959 Mercedes-Benz 220 sedan, but that wasn’t all. Since being thrown from a vehicle in a crash is a major factor in death or serious injury, the car was the first production model with safety door latches that helped keep them closed in a collision. Barényi had also designed a steering column hub that wouldn’t impale the driver, and added a padded dash, mounted low to reduce the risk of someone falling forward against it.That said, seatbelts had been first offered by Mercedes-Benz as an option in 1958, and customers could still turn them down in Barényi’s new 1959 model. However, that same year, Volvo became the first manufacturer to offer a production car with the modern-style three-point seatbelt, an innovation created by company engineer Nils Bohlin. Volvo felt the invention was so important for public safety that it took out an open patent on it, meaning that any automaker who wanted to use the design could do so without having to pay a license on it. 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Restructure Rather Than Limit Executive Pay to Benefit Shareholders, CU-Boulder Prof Says

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Sept. 30, 2009 When it comes to paying America’s corporate executives, the problem isn’t that they are paid too much but rather how they are paid that helped lead to some of the spectacular corporate implosions in recent years, according to a University of Colorado at Boulder finance professor.Sanjai Bhagat of the Leeds School of Business says restricting the stock and stock options in incentive compensation plans for corporate executives would go a long way to help correct the problem of executives being rewarded for short-term growth at the expense of the long-term health of their companies.”Executive compensation plans should lead to policies that are simple, transparent and focused on creating and sustaining long-term shareholder value,” Bhagat said. “The problems thought to have been generated from equity incentive compensation in the past decade, including earnings manipulation and taking on unwarranted risk, are a function of structure, not the level of the incentive payments.”In an essay published in the Yale Journal of Regulation’s summer edition, Bhagat and co-author Professor Roberta Romano of Yale University suggest that incentive compensation plans should be more transparent and simplified, but most importantly, executives should be restricted from selling their stock or stock options for at least two to four years after their last day in office.Paying executives in this way will provide an incentive for them to manage corporations in investors’ longer-term interest, and diminish their incentive to make public statements, manage earnings or accept undue levels of risk for the sake of short-term price appreciation, he said.”The concern today is many executives have done very well with their compensation, but their shareholders have done very poorly,” Bhagat said. “So how could it happen that a compensation arrangement whose whole motivation is to increase shareholder value has done quite the opposite?”Most executive compensation plans primarily consist of two parts. One is cash compensation and the other is incentive compensation consisting of stocks, stock options and a few other types of securities, according to Bhagat.”The reason for incentive compensation plans, as the name suggests, is to provide incentives to these executives and to create value for the shareholder,” Bhagat said. “When the company’s value goes up, the value of the shares goes up for the executives and the shareholders.”Prior to the spate of accounting scandals that began with Enron, incentive compensation from stock and stock options was often emphasized as a key to improved corporate performance, and such compensation has been the most substantial component of executive pay for well over a decade, according to Bhagat.Congress implicitly supported the incentive function of executive compensation when it eliminated the corporate income tax deduction for executive salaries over $1 million, since the elimination was applied only to non-incentive-based compensation, he said.But the recent accounting scandals revived executive compensation as an issue because the executives of some scandal-ridden firms reported gains in the range of tens to hundreds of millions of dollars from exercising stock options before their firms imploded.”Our proposal will diminish the perverse incentives to manipulate or emphasize short-term stock prices over long-term value, yet retain the benefits of equity-based incentive compensation plans,” Bhagat said. “Managers with longer horizons will be less likely to engage in imprudent business or financial strategies or short-term earnings manipulations when the ability to exit before problems come to light is greatly diminished.”He says the idea of using restrictive stock for executive incentive compensation is not new, but rather an approach that has been lost in the current populist call to reduce, rather than restructure, incentive compensation.In fact, many firms already have restricted stock plans, Bhagat said. But most plans allow executives to sell these shares a few years after they are awarded while Bhagat and Romano would require executives to hold these shares two to four years after their last day in office.Even though the proposal would benefit investors and CEOs in the long term, Bhagat says it may be a tough sell.”Our proposal is not directed at garnering CEO support, our proposal is geared toward looking out for the interests of the investors in this country who are investing their hard-earned dollars in these U.S. corporations,” Bhagat said. “By looking out for the investors in the long run, you are also looking out for the CEOs.”To hear to a podcast featuring Bhagat visit To view a short video of Bhagat discussing executive compensation visit read more

New Research Shows Sunset Magazine Consumers are Big Wine Lovers

first_img TAGSfeaturedSunset Magazine Pinterest Home Industry News Releases New Research Shows Sunset Magazine Consumers are Big Wine LoversIndustry News ReleasesWine BusinessNew Research Shows Sunset Magazine Consumers are Big Wine LoversBy Press Release – March 18, 2015 46 1 Email AdvertisementMenlo Park, CA and Miami, FL – Sunset Magazine has set a new and dynamic course towards the world of wine, based on major new research about the publications’ powerful role with its readers and their wine buying habits. The magazine claims that its readers purchase more than 160,000 cases of wine per week, or more than 8 million cases per year.“Sunset readers buy and drink more than ten million glasses of wine a week,” says Sara Schneider, wine editor for Sunset Magazine, “and we are committed to developing a more interactive relationship with this huge audience. Now that the wine competition is blossoming, we are looking to add new activities and coverage. Our readers rely on Sunset to give them good advice about wine, 86% of them consult use our recommendations when they buy wine, and we are working to build that part of our business every year—from the Sunset International Wine Competition to events around the Western US, and now the world.”The Sunset International Wine Competition attracts thousands of entries from around the world, and is judged by an all-star panel of judges selected from among the top winemakers, wine writers, retailers, restaurateurs, and academics from round the West. “It’s a remarkable group of judges,” says Schneider, “And the medal winning wines give me great material for the magazine every issue.”Sunset Magazine has launched a new cruise for consumers, featuring a tasting of gold medal wines from the competition as well as top flight wine and food dinners, classes, and visits to European wine regions. The cruise sets sail from Barcelona to Monte Carlo August 5-12. Sunset Wine Editor Sara Schneider and Food Editor Margo True host will Sunset enthusiasts and wine lovers for an exclusive onboard lifestyle paired with gold medal-winning selections from the 2014 Sunset International Wine Competition and a wide range of food and wine-themed activities.This seven-day cruise will explore food, wine, history and culture while visiting Spain, France, Italy and Monaco, and is presented by Sunset magazine, the leading lifestyle brand in the West produced by Time Inc., Expedia CruiseShipCenters Northbay, an award winning travel agency specializing in wine cruises, and Oceania Cruises, an award-winning cruise line offering the finest cuisine at sea.For more information about the Sunset International Wine Competition, go to: more information about the Sunset Wine Cruise Mediterranean 2015 and to make reservations go to Linkedin Twitter Share Facebook ReddIt Previous articleAfternoon Brief, March 18Next articleMichael Kasper Selected To Lead Southeast Division For Hess Family Wine Estates Press Releaselast_img read more

Government to Improve Trelawny Health Centres

first_imgRelatedGovernment to Improve Trelawny Health Centres FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail MONTEGO BAY – The Government has embarked on a concerted move to improve the delivery of Health Care in the parish of Trelawny, and is slated to spend an estimated $60 Million to upgrade two facilities in the parish in the New Year. Health Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, announced that government will be spending approximately $10 million on refurbishing and infrastructural work at the Ulster Spring Health Centre, and an estimated $50 million on the Falmouth Hospital and Health Centre, the latter to be accommodated in the next financial year. The Minister toured both facilities on Friday, December 21, following which he made the announcements. Work on the Ulster Spring Health Centre, will be done in collaboration with the group “The friends of the Ulster Spring Hospital”, a philanthropic organisation, with local and overseas arms, that has already given a commitment to raise funds towards the improvement and support of the facility. “I see the possibility for private/public partnership.  I see the possibilities for your friends’ group, both locally and overseas, to partner with the Government of Jamaica, to ensure that we get this Ulster Spring Clinic back to its glory days,” Dr. Ferguson stated. He informed that there would be general refurbishing of the building; upgrading of the sewage system; reintroduction of a morgue service; provision of equipment and more medical personnel, including dentists, at the facility. “What we want to ensure is that when we begin the process of improving further, that we will be coming here to celebrate 50,000 or 60,000 visits or even more, because the facility is able to do it because we have the human resource in terms of our doctors, our nurses, our dentists,” he stated.                     Dr. Ferguson also informed that one of six Cuban dentists slated to arrive on the island through a Government to Government agreement, will be placed in Trelawny.  He stated his intention to bring back the Ulster Spring facility to being “A Centre of Excellence”. With respect to the Falmouth Hospital and Health Centre, Dr. Ferguson announced that the operating theatre has been targeted for refurbishing, among other infrastructural upgrades. “We have the pharmacy area, the waiting area to be dealt with (expanded). I have given a commitment that in the next financial year we will be working on that.  Already we have done, and are in the process of doing, a consultancy to check out the soil type and some of the environmentally related issues that we believe must be checked out before we do any meaningful quantities for that work,” Minister Ferguson stated. He explained that he was having discussions with the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries through the sugar transformation programme, with regards to sharing the cost of refurbishing the health centre. “I think the initial estimate for those works was somewhere in the region of $50 million. We are trying to see if we can get them to work with the Ministry of Health, even on a fifty-fifty basis, to have that done, and that would be projected in the next financial year,” he stated. Advertisements RelatedGovernment to Improve Trelawny Health Centrescenter_img Government to Improve Trelawny Health Centres Health & WellnessDecember 24, 2012 RelatedGovernment to Improve Trelawny Health Centreslast_img read more

McIlroy builds six-shot lead at Royal Liverpool

first_imgHOYLAKE, England – Rory McIlroy looks as if he has just thrown a knockout punch at the British Open, and it was only Saturday. When he rolled in a 10-foot eagle putt on the final hole for a 4-under 68, he straightened his back, stared defiantly at thousands of fans crammed into the horseshoe arena around the 18th green at Royal Liverpool and lightly pumped his fist. He went from being tied for the lead to six shots ahead of Rickie Fowler in just over an hour. And suddenly, the biggest challenge facing the 25-year-old from Northern Ireland was reminding himself that he had one more round left. McIlroy can’t afford to picture his name etched on the base of that silver claret jug. He can’t think about what it will be like next April to drive down Magnolia Lane at Augusta National with a shot at becoming the sixth player to capture the career Grand Slam. ”I’m not taking anything for granted,” McIlroy said. He knows that from experience, good and bad. He blew a four-shot lead at the Masters in 2011 and shot 80 in the final round. He had an eight-shot lead at the U.S. Open two months later and set two scoring records to win by eight. And just two months ago, McIlroy came from seven shots behind to win by seven. It looks like a lost cause for Fowler, Sergio Garcia and anyone else trying to chase down a guy who has won both his majors by eight shots. The six-shot lead was the largest at The Open since Tiger Woods led by six at St. Andrews in 2000. Even so, McIlroy was doing his best to preach caution. ”A lot can happen,” he said. ”And I’ve been on the right side of it and I’ve been on the wrong side of it. You can’t let yourself think forward. You’ve just got to completely stay in the moment, and that’s what I’m going to try to do for all 18 holes tomorrow.” History is on his side. Open Championship full-field scores Open Championship: Articles, videos and photos No one has ever lost a six-shot lead in the 121 years that The Open has been contested over 72 holes. Boy Wonder would not seem to be a candidate. ”What you have with him is he’s just so explosive,” Jim Furyk said after a 71 left him 10 shots behind. ”He won the U.S. Open by eight shots. He obviously doesn’t have any issue as the front-runner, and has no issue trying to extend that lead, much like Tiger used to.” McIlroy was at 16-under 200. ”If I’m able to go out and get off to a good start, maybe I can put a little bit of pressure on him,” Fowler said after a 68. ”Because he’s definitely in control of the golf tournament right now.” Fowler tried to do his part on a cloudy Saturday with occasional rain, but not nearly what the R&A expected when it went to a two-tee start of the first time in history. Fowler, who was six shots behind going into the third round, ran off three straight birdies to start the back nine and shared the lead when McIlroy made bogey on No. 12. It all changed so quickly. Fowler made a bogey on the 14th hole. McIlroy, playing in the group behind, drilled a 35-foot birdie putt that put his lead back to two shots. ”Rickie was just getting close to me,” McIlroy said. ”I could hear the cheers in front of me. I just wanted to get ahead. To hole a putt like that was huge.” And that’s when he turned it on. McIlroy blasted a drive on the par-5 16th hole and hit 4-iron from 252 yards over a pot bunker to the left side of the green and made a 15-foot eagle putt. That restored his lead to five shots, for Fowler had driven into a pot bunker and made a bogey. Fowler recovered with a superb shot out of the pot bunker on the 18th to tap-in range for birdie. That put the American into the final group for the second straight major, both times a long way out of the lead. He trailed Martin Kaymer by five shots going into the last day of the U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2. Fowler didn’t get closer than four shots from Kaymer in the final round. Garcia, who played in final group with Woods at Royal Liverpool in 2006, certainly had his chances. He was only three shots behind at the turn until missing a short birdie putt on No. 12 and failing to convert so many other chances. Garcia had a 69 and was seven shots behind, along with Dustin Johnson (71). ”It’s going to be difficult,” Garcia said. ”But we’ll give it a shot.” This was Rory’s show, just like it was at Congressional, just like it was at Kiawah Island when he won the 2012 PGA Championship. And yet the biggest crowd belonged to Woods, the sport’s biggest star who is playing his first major since back surgery four months ago. Woods narrowly made the cut on Friday, opened with two straight birdies and that was about all the excitement. He made another double bogey, another triple bogey and shot 73. Woods was 19 shots out of the lead. The biggest challenge for McIlroy might be to avoid looking ahead. It was hard. Asked what it would mean to be one major away from a Grand Slam at 25, McIlroy said, ”It would mean a lot of hype going into Augusta next year.” ”I’d be in pretty illustrious company,” he said.last_img read more

Monday Scramble: PGA, R&A don’t want Trump

first_imgOn a busy news week, the 2022 PGA Championship needs a new home, Harris English breaks a drought, Mike Whan leaves a massive void for the LPGA to fill, Justin Thomas apologizes and more in this 2021 debut edition of Monday Scramble: PGA of America won’t play at Bedminster in 2022 Trump has been dumped. What seemed inevitable became official late Sunday night when the PGA of America, in a one-sentence statement, announced that the 2022 PGA Championship will no longer be held at Trump National Bedminster in New Jersey. That was the only reasonable outcome after the past week, which reinforced the need for golf to once again distance itself from President Trump’s toxicity. And so the PGA has moved away from him, too, just as it did in 2015 when it canceled the Grand Slam of Golf at his course in Los Angeles following Trump’s disparaging remarks about Mexican immigrants. And just as the PGA Tour did when it shifted the World Golf Championship event to Mexico after struggling to find a title sponsor at Trump-owned Doral. And just as the R&A did when it failed to deliver the men’s Open Championship to Turnberry after Trump took over. What Trump wanted most was the validation of hosting a men’s major championship, and the PGA offered a stinging rebuke by canceling its contract one year out, acknowledging that the potential damage to its brand and reputation was too great. That embarrassment may wound Trump as much as losing the election, being banned by Twitter or, possibly, getting impeached a second time. Getty Images Harris English’s remarkable comeback is complete. The erstwhile hotshot 20-something is now 31, hardened by years of living on the edge of PGA Tour status. What hasn’t changed, at least not all that dramatically, is that sweet, powerful swing, and the only difference now is he has a team around him (led by swing coach Justin Parsons) that helped English rediscover what made him a two-time Tour winner in the first place. After being relegated to the Korn Ferry Tour Finals in 2019, English had a sensational campaign last year that included a few chances at a drought-busting title and ultimately a return trip to the Tour Championship, which is how he ended up at Kapalua for the 2021 lid-lifter. English led wire to wire on Maui, shaking off an ugly bogey on the 70th hole by hitting one of the best shots of his life – a rifled 3-iron from 271 yards that settled 10 feet away for eagle on the final hole of regulation. Though the putt slid low, he made birdie on the first extra hole to defeat Joaquin Niemann and win for the first time since fall 2013. English has risen to a career-best 17th in the world ranking, but even more importantly – he’s now No. 8 in the Ryder Cup rankings. That was his main goal at the start of the year, he said U.S. captain Steve Stricker is one of his favorite people on Tour (and, hmmm, Stricks has six wildcard picks at his disposal …), and he wants to experience an international team competition as he did while part of the stacked 2011 Walker Cup squad. Don’t put it past him. He’s all the way back. Getty Images There are myriad ways to measure Mike Whan’s impact on the LPGA, but the most telling may be the emotional reaction from some of the tour players. In a TV interview, Christina Kim said she was distraught when Whan announced that he’d step down this year, likely in the second quarter, to pursue other opportunities. So were countless others. Since arriving in 2010 he’s been a savior for the women’s tour, rescuing the circuit from the brink when it had only 24 official events and just $41 million in prize money. (In 2021, in the middle of a global pandemic, the tour is offering 34 tournaments and a record $76 million.) But more than fatter pockets for his players, Whan has also brought an infectious attitude and fighting spirit, imbuing his players with the confidence and knowledge that they should be treated not just as great women golfers but phenomenal athletes, period. Whan’s successor will be tasked with keeping sponsors happy, of course, but just as important will be maintaining the personal touch with players that he handled so adeptly.   THIS WEEK’S AWARD WINNERS … Getty Images Appropriately Contrite: Justin Thomas. Following the third round (and again after Sunday’s finale) JT apologized after a hot mic caught him using a homophobic slur following a missed putt. His full answers can be found here and here, but he totally owned it and seemed genuinely horrified that he’d made such a mistake. Needless to say, he likely will be in line for a fine from the Tour for conduct unbecoming of a professional (the Tour doesn’t disclose conduct discipline). JT will be back in action next week in Abu Dhabi on the European Tour. OK, So Now Where?: 2022 PGA. Now that Bedminster is out, we turn our attention to which venues could – or should – host the year’s second major in 2022. Southern Hills (on the books for 2030) is reportedly the frontrunner, with Liberty National also under consideration and Valhalla always an option. Selfishly, we’d love to see Riviera or Bandon Dunes get a crack at it. Bye-Bye For Now: Turnberry. On Monday morning, the R&A joined the PGA in distancing itself from Trump, announcing that it won’t return The Open to Turnberry until “we are convinced that the focus will be on the championship, the players and the course itself and we do not believe that is achievable in the current circumstances.” A shame, since Turnberry is arguably the best course in the Open rota.  Stop Trying to Make This a Thing: Permanently expanded Tournament of Champions field. Because of the pandemic-shortened 2019-20 season, the Tour decided to allow those who reached the Tour Championship to join the 26 calendar-year winners in paradise. That’s a fine idea for a one-off, and all but three of the eligible players showed up, resulting in a better-than-usual field with 29 of the top 50 in the world. But making it to Kapalua is one of the perks for winning on Tour, which is getting increasingly harder to do. Moving forward, those select few are the only players who should be there, strength of field be damned.   Getty Images Tone-Deaf Much?: Annika Sorenstam and Gary Player. Twenty-four hours after pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol in an insurrection that killed five people, including a Capitol Police officer, Sorenstam and Player arrived at the White House to receive their Presidential Medal of Freedom in a private event that was closed to the press. Probably for the best, since they were roundly skewered anyway for their participation given the circumstances. Good luck explaining away that one. When You Forget to Practice Your Putting: Hideki Matsuyama. According to stats guru Justin Ray, Hideki’s dreadful first three rounds at Kapalua included a -10.36 strokes gained on the greens, the second-worst total since ShotLink started tracking in 2005. We’d like to chalk this up to a bad week, but Matsuyama has never been better than 78th in putting. At this point just try something new – maybe the armlock method that’s resurrected so many careers? Beware: Hot mics! JT wasn’t the only player last week for whom the TV announcers had to apologize. Also providing some colorful, R-rated commentary was Patrick Cantlay berating himself and Jon Rahm bemoaning the number of spike marks around the hole (though they now can be tapped down without penalty, so what’s the big deal?). Without fans to provide the ambient noise, this stuff is bound to pop up – and normally, it’s just harmless fun. When You’re Not Quite Mainstream Yet: Bryson DeChambeau. Sad to say the nerds who compete on “Jeopardy!” aren’t familiar with the reigning U.S. Open champ, who might be the most-talked about player in golf (non-Tiger division) but apparently hasn’t quite garnered worldwide attention. To his credit, Big Bryson took the snub well: The Irony of Ironies: Team Tiger criticism of the “Tiger” documentary. We still haven’t watched the doc – it’s on our to-do list this week! – but before Part 1 aired, Woods’ agent, Mark Steinberg, released a statement, saying in part that it’s “just another unauthorized and salacious outsider attempt to paint an incomplete portrait of one of the greatest athletes of all time.” Incomplete, of course, because Tiger and those around him declined to participate … Drought-Busters!: The 2020-21 Tour season. That’s now five players who won this season after going six or more years since their last victories, with English joining Stewart Cink, Brian Gay, Martin Laird and Robert Streb. English said it’s easy to doubt that you’ll ever reach that pinnacle again, but when you do? It’s that much sweeter. Might Want a Do-Over: Joaquin Niemann. Rather than readying for a playoff on the range, he was spotted hanging out at a picnic table with his mentor, Sergio Garcia, and a few WAGs. Yes, hitting a slinging hook off a severe downhill lie isn’t the easiest shot to practice. And, sure, he’s plenty limber at 22. But wouldn’t you at least want to stay competitively locked in, just in (the very likely) case of overtime?    Callaway Golf No Trouble … Yet: Jon Rahm. The biggest equipment free agent of the season, Rahm (T-7) broke in his new Callaway sticks and ranked 12th out of 42 players in the strokes gained: tee to green category. Worth monitoring: He lost strokes to the field with his approach shots, which has long been one of his only areas needing improvement. It’s reasonable to expect that a player of Rahm’s stature wouldn’t make the leap without exhaustive testing, but how he plays with the new clubs will be a major storyline in 2021. #BecauseFlorida: Honda Classic fans. Despite surging COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths, the Honda, scheduled for March 18-21, became the first event in the Florida swing to announce its plans to bring back fans. Though no attendance numbers were announced, tournament officials plan to “reimagine” the Bear Trap around the 17th hole, with three sections with limited seating in socially distanced blocks of two and four seats.     5 THOUGHTS FROM WATCHING BRYSON THIS WEEK Bryson DeChambeau: ‘I learned a lot about my game’ at TOC 1.) Like usual, Bryson DeChambeau led the field off the tee, gaining more than six and a half shots on the field. The rest of his game, however, cost him 1.259 strokes to the field, resulting in a tie for seventh in his first event since the Masters. 2.) When last we saw DeChambeau, he said he hoped to soon implement a 48-inch driver, the longest allowed under the Rules of Golf. Apparently, it still wasn’t ready for the wide-open fairways at Kapalua. Even though the course checked in at nearly 7,600 yards, DeChambeau said he was hitting it “too far” off the tee and that the longer shaft “didn’t really fit the model.” If not here, then where? There aren’t THAT many courses he can let fly on Tour with reckless abandon. 3.) During his offseason speed training, Bryson said he pushed himself to the brink of blacking out, just like his workout buddy, World Long Drive champion Kyle Berkshire. DeChambeau is going harder than ever in an attempt to consistently touch 205-210 mph ball speed, a journey he said should take another year to 18 months. But to us that final stage seems unnecessary – he’s ALREADY at a huge advantage off the tee with his current distance gains. Why not maintain this edge and work on his wedge play, which can be an even greater difference-maker from where he’s hitting it?     4.) To that point: At Kapalua, Bryson’s swing speed with the driver, on the two measured holes, was in the 134-135 mph range. That’s more than TWENTY mph faster than the Tour average (113). 5.) Here’s another way to think of Bryson’s body transformation. About a year ago he told me he wore a medium shirt. This polo, when you zoom in closely, is an XL. That’s two shirt sizes in about a year. Respect.last_img read more