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US PGA Championship called off amid coronavirus pandemicUS PGA Championship called off amid coronavirus pandemic

first_img‘Meaningful conclusion’ The US Golf Association on Tuesday announced cancellation of its first two amateur championships of 2020, the US Women’s Amateur Four-Ball and the US Amateur Four-Ball.In addition, the USGA has cancelled the first stage of qualifying for the US Open and qualifying for the US Women’s Open.Both of those major championships remain scheduled for June. The US Women’s Open is set to be held at Champions Golf Club in Houston June 4-7 and the US Open, the third men’s major on the calendar, is set for June 18-21 at Winged Foot.The US PGA Tour said it would work with its own tournament organizers as well as other governing bodies to sort out a schedule for 2020 once play resumes.”As we receive more clarity in the coming weeks, the tour will be working with our tournament organizations and title sponsors, in collaboration with golf’s governing bodies, to build a PGA tour schedule for 2020 that ensures the health and safety for all associated with our sport and a meaningful conclusion to the season,” the PGA Tour said. “We are also in dialogue with Mayor [London] Breed and her team at the City of San Francisco and look forward to hopefully bringing the 2020 PGA Championship to TPC Harding Park at a date this summer when it is once again safe and responsible to do so.”The postponement means a delay for Brooks Koepka’s bid for a title three-peat. The American lifted the Wanamaker Trophy in 2018 and again last year.Only one man has won three consecutive PGAs, when Walter Hagen captured four straight in a match-play format from 1924-27.Shortly after the PGA Championship was postponed, the US PGA Tour announced it was extending its own tournament moratorium.The US tour had announced on March 12 it was cancelling or postponing four weeks’ worth of events on all six of its tours through April 5 — the last Sunday before the Masters.Now it will be on hiatus at least up to the May 10.”With the most recent recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization and the Office of the President of the United States, the PGA Tour will now cancel four additional events: RBC Heritage (April 13-19); Zurich Classic of New Orleans (April 20-26); Wells Fargo Championship (April 27-May 3); and AT&T Byron Nelson (May 4-10),” the tour said. Topics : The US PGA Championship, scheduled for May 14-17 at Harding Park in San Francisco, has been postponed, the second 2020 major golf championship to be derailed by the coronavirus pandemic.The PGA of America said Tuesday they hoped to reschedule the event at Harding Park later in the year.The news came after Augusta National Golf Club announced that the Masters would not be held April 9-12. The decision by the PGA of America to postpone the PGA Championship comes as millions of San Francisco residents have been ordered to stay home in a bid to slow the spread of the deadly coronavirus.Six counties in the San Francisco Bay Area and the city of Berkeley were part of a lockdown effort after data showed 258 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with four deaths as of Monday.”Throughout our evaluation process, we have been committed to following the guidance of public health authorities and given the coronavirus shelter-in-place order in effect in San Francisco, postponement is the best decision for all involved,” said PGA of America chief executive Seth Waugh.”This is a reflection of a thoughtful process,” Waugh added. “We are and have been working in concert with Commissioner Jay Monahan and our partners and friends at the PGA Tour to find an alternative date that works for all. We are all very hopeful for a great outcome.last_img read more

Fed-up Dutch employers no longer waiting for new FTKFed-up Dutch employers no longer waiting for new FTK

first_imgAn increasing number of Dutch employers is no longer waiting for the final draft of the new financial assessment framework, the FTK, and is now actively seeking alternative pension arrangements for their staff. Speaking during the Euroforum congress for employers in Amersfoort, Fokko Covers, director of the €750m pension fund of Elsevier, said many employers were currently busy making other choices.“To them, the new legislation has become less relevant,” he said.The Ministry of Social Affairs has delayed the presentation of the final draft of the FTK legislation several times, and the pensions sector has grown increasingly sceptical about the planned introduction date of 1 January 2015. According to Covers, after several years of waiting, companies in the publishing sector are now heading towards individual defined contribution plans.He noted that younger participants in particular were likely to accrue a lower pension under such arrangements.Frans Lemkes, secretary of the €5bn pension fund of employee insurance provider UWV, said: “We are not waiting for the new FTK legislation, and are currently looking for solutions.“Already in 2011, we established that, even our maximum contribution wasn’t sufficient for financing our pensions and indexation.”Lemkes also advocated replacing the average premium with a variable pensions accrual, which, he said, would be more beneficial for younger participants.Also during the employers congress, Arjan Nollen, director of corporate clients at insurer Nationale Nederlanden, said that both employers and pension providers wanted a more flexible approach for the purchase of pension annuities with accrued DC capital.Currently, these annuities must be bought in a one-off transaction at the official retirement age.In Nollen’s opinion, such a rigid approach is not sensible, as the future benefits would be determined by the interest level at the moment of purchase.A low rate could lead to a substantially lower annuity, he argued.Nollen suggested the option of converting a part of the available assets ahead of the retirement date into a guaranteed pension, and allowing continued saving with the remaining assets after retirement.last_img read more

Judith Ann Horton Wilke, 76Judith Ann Horton Wilke, 76

first_imgJudith Ann Horton Wilke of Greensburg, IN passed away on November 29, 2019.  She was born in New Castle, IN on October 17, 1943 to F. Walter Horton and Thelma Harrold Horton.  She graduated from Greensburg High School in 1963 and married Warren Michael Wilke in 1965.Judy received her RN degree from Methodist Hospital School of Nursing in Indianapolis, IN in 1964.  She was employed by Methodist Hospital as a surgical nurse, and later employed as a surgical nurse for a private surgeon.  She was the Decatur County Public Health Nurse for 20 years, retiring in December 2006.Judy was a member of the Greensburg United Methodist Church.  She served as piano accompanist for the church choir for over 20 years, a member of the bell choir, director of the children’s choir, and member of Suzanna Circle.She was a past member of Tri Kappa Sorority and Friends of The Library.  She is survived by her husband, daughter Susan (Robert) Steiner of Goldsboro, North Carolina, son Michael A. Wilke of Fishers, IN, Grandchildren Jacob, Hannah, and Abigail Wiser, Jack, Cooper, and Clayton Wilke, Ricky, Cole and Lance Steiner, and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents and infant sister, Barbara.Visitation will be held from 2pm – 7pm on Friday, December 6 at Gilliland-Howe Funeral Home in Greensburg.  A funeral service will be held at 10:30am on Saturday, December 7 at the Greensburg United Methodist Church. Memorial contributions can be made to the Greensburg United Methodist Church.  Online condolences may be made to the family at read more

State Rep Emily Slosberg was Baker Acted Last MonthState Rep Emily Slosberg was Baker Acted Last Month

first_imgDemocratic State Representative and Boca Raton resident Emily Slosberg was involuntarily hospitalized under the Baker Act last month, her father said on Wednesday.Irving Slosberg, Emily’s father, explains that his daughter suffers from PTSD as a result of the death of her twin sister in a 1996 car accident. Emily was hospitalized on October 7 and was released a few weeks later.She is now under partial hospitalization as she recovers, according to her father. He adds that she attended her legislative meetings in Tallahassee last week, and she filed legislation.At about 7:35 a.m. on October 7, a deputy was dispatched to Powerline Road just south of Glades Road after receiving reports of a “suicidal female,” according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. When the deputy arrived on the scene, Emily Slosberg told them she was not taking her medications and that she suffers from depression.The deputy then told Slosberg that he received a report that she was acting erratically and that she may have endangered herself.The sheriff’s report adds that the deputy responded to a nearby Shell gas station earlier that morning, where Slosberg told him that her hands were “on fire” and that she needed medical help, despite the lack of visible injuries to her hands.That is when deputies contacted Irving Slosberg, who told them that Emily showed up at his home that morning unannounced at around 6 a.m., let the dog out, and then left. He also told the deputies that his daughter never recovered from her sister’s death, and “her behavior has deteriorated ever since.”Irving Slosberg says his daughter’s episodes began about a year ago, around the time of her birthday.Earlier this year, Emily Slosberg was arrested and charged with petty theft, trespassing of a structure, and criminal mischief at a home in the Estada community.County property records show that she had sold the home last December. The new owners reported the burglary, according to the incident report released by the Boca Raton Police Department.Irving Slosberg says his daughter does not plan to resign.last_img read more

Top lawyers dissect the Supreme Court’s docketTop lawyers dissect the Supreme Court’s docket

first_imgTwo former solicitors general and a professor from the Gould School of Law came together Thursday to discuss the U.S. Supreme Court’s last term and what to expect in the Court’s current session, which began Monday.Arguments · Paul Clement, a solicitor general under President George W. Bush, and Walter Dellinger, a solicitor general under President Bill Clinton, participate in a panel about the Supreme Court’s recent and upcoming cases. – Joseph Chen | Daily TrojanPanelists for Gould’s fifth annual “U.S. Supreme Court: A Preview” included former U.S. Solicitor General Paul Clement, former acting U.S. Solicitor General Walter Dellinger and USC Newton Professor of Constitutional Law Rebecca Brown. The discussion was moderated by USC Provost Professor and Rader Family Trustee Chair Lee Epstein.Epstein opened the discussion with a look at what the Court accomplished in its last term.“We, and especially I, would love to hear the panelists’ views on the future of the courts against the backdrop of the upcoming presidential election,” Epstein said.The first portion of the panel began with highlights from the Supreme Court’s last term, including the recent Supreme Court case decision on the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama’s signature legislation. The Court upheld the law 5-4, with the deciding vote cast by Chief Justice John Roberts, who wrote that the president’s individual mandate was constitutional as a tax.All three panelists broke down the complex decision, which centered on the two major components of the law — the mandate and the Medicare expansion. Brown began with an overview of the individual mandate, noting three important ramifications of the decision: what the court did, what the implication for the state of the law is and what can be learned from the court’s decision.Clement voiced concern regarding the law as a tax as opposed to a mandate.“I’m not sure the law will be as effective,” Clement said. “Most people are law-abiding, so when you tell them they have a federal obligation to get insurance, they go do it. But if you tell them there is a tax for not having insurance, they’re going to ask how much the tax is and how much the insurance premium is and compare.”Clement and Dellinger are both firsthand authorities in the Affordable Care Act debate. The two lawyers played roles in arguing the case before the Supreme Court. Dellinger filed a brief on behalf of the law and Clement represented the states challenging the act. The panelists, however, shared doubt over the effectiveness of the tax.Janille Chambers-Corbett, a first-year student at the USC Gould School of Law, thought the event brought about a thoughtful discussion.“The panel was really diverse,” Chambers-Corbett said. “They took the points of the health care bill and broke them down in a way that I could understand and gave me background that I had no knowledge of.”The panelists also discussed the future of pivotal cases that might appear in the Supreme Court’s docket, including a case that challenges the Defense of Marriage Act, which Clement is defending.“I think it’s going to be very difficult for the court not to take the DOMA case,” Clement said. “When the Court of Appeals strikes down an act of Congress as unconstitutional, the court will generally take that case up.”Clement, who is actively involved in defending DOMA before the Supreme Court, predicts that the court will be hearing the case.“The court is quite likely to take the DOMA case,” Clement said.The discussion also spent time discussing an affirmative action case in the court’s docket, Fisher v. The University of Texas at Austin. The case was brought by Abigail Fisher, an undergraduate student at the University of Texas at Austin in 2008, who challenged UT Austin’s affirmative action policy. The policy allows that factors of race, religion and gender be considered in admission decisions.The panel discussed how the court will have to determine whether its interpretation of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment and its 2003 decision in the case of Grutter v. Bollinger allows for UT Austin to use race as factor in its undergraduate admission decisions. Dellinger said the court’s decision to take the case is an indication that the university’s affirmative action might be overruled.“The Texas program seems so molded after the University of Michigan,” Dellinger said. “I think the only reason the conservatives of the court would take this case is if they were prepared to overrule the University of Michigan Law School case in either one step or two.”Clement said the fact that the court will be hearing Fisher v. The University of Texas at Austin should make affirmative action supporters at uneasy.“For those that were fans of the diversity of affirmative action, I think it’s time to be nervous again,” Clement said. “This was not a case that the Supreme Court had to take. This was a case that they went out of their way to take.”last_img read more

Toughness is key for TrojansToughness is key for Trojans

first_imgHigh-profile athletes take a lot of barbs during their careers — both warranted and unwarranted. But perhaps no insult gets tossed about more recklessly by armchair fans than the “soft” label. And, unfortunately for the players, when the label gains momentum, it often sticks.We’ve all seen it: the receiver who alligator-arms a pass in fear of an oncoming collision with a head-hunting safety, the running back who scampers out of bounds instead of burying his head for an all-important first down and the player who languishes on the bench for half of the game because of a tweaked hamstring.Of course, I would never call any players in Division I college football soft. Heck, most of the players I’ve interviewed here have biceps bigger than my torso. It’s impossible for a player to progress to this stage without a tolerance for debilitating pain and without the courage to run full speed into brick walls.That said, few people at the moment would categorize USC as the nastiest, grittiest football team, even in the city of Los Angeles. Far too many times last season, USC came up short on what I term “pure” football plays: not plays with any frills or misdirection, just those involving strong athletes trying to outmuscle one another when everyone in the stadium knows what’s coming.In addition to Notre Dame’s energy-sapping, fourth-quarter goal-line stand in the Coliseum, there were plenty of other examples of USC’s failure in these situations. Oregon running back Kenjon Barner — thankfully ticketed for the NFL this offseason — ran for 321 yards at USC in 2012. Of those 321 yards, a whopping 272 came before contact.What does that mean? USC’s defensive front seven got absolutely manhandled at the point of attack by Oregon’s blocking scheme. A svelte Oregon starting offensive line that averaged a mere 299.2 pounds steamrolled four-lane highways through which Barner waltzed.To remedy this lack of toughness and to return to power football heading into next season, USC head coach Lane Kiffin has restructured his practices this spring, integrating more full-contact sessions. To win games consistently in 2013, USC will need to manage the clock with a proficient run game and improve tackling technique, both of which can only be enhanced and cultivated through physical practice. Of course, Kiffin has recognized this for a while but still will not commit to a similar approach in the fall because of limited numbers imposed by sanctions.Thus far, the roster attrition as a result of player injury has been startling. Seventeen players, the vast majority of whom are on scholarship, sat out of Saturday’s scrimmage with an array of injuries; at this time, there are only 62 scholarship players in the entire program.The list of injuries to this point includes junior wide receiver and Biletnikoff winner Marqise Lee, presumptive senior starting running back Silas Redd and half of the two-headed tight end monster in junior Xavier Grimble. That’s a tremendous amount of all-star talent on the training table.But despite the growing injured reserve list, Kiffin must continue to forge ahead this spring in his efforts to exact more tenacity out of his players.For the time being, defenders need repetitions tackling at full speed so that when the 2013 season begins, they are not constantly getting dragged five yards before hauling the opposing ball carrier down to the ground. Similarly, the offensive line — perhaps the most underachieving position group on the team — needs to cultivate a willingness to play for the entire snap and to knock down anything in its way.Kiffin can always scale back once fall camp rolls around. For example, he might force Lee to wear a yellow “no-contact” jersey during the fall — much like he did with former wide receiver Robert Woods — to limit his defenders from laying punishing hits on Lee, considering the junior sensation already sustains far too many blows on Saturdays. Unfortunately, USC will not have the luxury of conducting full-contact practices in the fall, simply because the roster contains several holes and too many players who are absolutely indispensable.It’s unrealistic to expect players to simply flip the switch come game day and summon the necessary technique and mentality needed to win these individual battles, which is why this spring practice experiment is so important. Of course, only time will tell if this black-and-blue spring will pay dividends in the fall by helping to produce the hard-nosed Trojan football that fans have cheered for in past generations. “Leveling the Playing Field” runs Mondays. To comment on this story, email Sean at or visit read more

Tipp celebrate 42nd Munster TitleTipp celebrate 42nd Munster Title

first_imgMichael Ryan’s side proved much too good for Waterford in yesterday’s provincial final, running out winners by 5-19 to 0-13.The win means that the Premier County go straight through to next month’s All-Ireland semi-finals.Michael was very pleased with his side’s display describing the prize as “huge”. He said the lads put in a “massive effort” and that his boys were absolutely trying to “attack, attack attack and when you put “pressure on a backline long enough something gives” John McGrath scored 3-2 in his first ever Munster senior final.The Loughmore-Castleiney man says he had plenty of help from his teammates…Tipp’s win now means Waterford will now play Wexford in the All-Ireland Quarter-Final on Sunday July 23rd. Clare will play Galway in the other Quarter-Final on the same day.Antrim are Ulster Hurling Champions again.They beat Armagh 6-21 to 4-14 in the final in Owenbeg yesterday.last_img read more

Tipp ladies looking forward to Munster football finalTipp ladies looking forward to Munster football final

first_imgTheir manager Shane Ronayne says he thinks the girls will be ready for the challenge. Tipp ladies footballers are looking ahead to their Munster final meeting with Clare, following an impressive win over Limerick.They defeated the Treaty county on a huge scoreline – it finished up 8-16 to 1-3 – to continue their unbeaten run this year.The squad won’t dwell on the win, however, and are already looking ahead to the Munster final. Photo © Ladies Football Facebook last_img

Dunne enjoying brilliant end to French OpenDunne enjoying brilliant end to French Open

first_imgPhoto © – Tipp FM Paul Dunne is enjoying a brilliant end to his French Open in Paris.The Wicklow native is 4 under for the day and 2 under for the tournament with three holes of his final round remaining.That’s put him up into a tie for 22nd place. American Peter Uihlein and Sweden’s Alexander Bjork are the joint leaders on 8 under.last_img