Money is money, but players now respect the FedExCup

first_imgATLANTA – Pat Perez, never one to mince words or sugarcoat a $10 million elephant in a room, was asked on Wednesday about his chances this week at the traveling circus’ big finish. “You know, for me to win the FedExCup, there’s got to be a million things that have to go right and the biggest one happens to be me winning,” the eclectic veteran figured. “For me it’s like winning the Powerball, because all the top guys would have to play bad, which they haven’t done all year. So for them to all do it at once and me win, it’s about the same odds as Powerball.” And does Perez play Powerball? “No, no chance. I bought a can of chew instead. Got more enjoyment out of that,” he answered. East Lake understandably to some qualifies as “fantasy land” – Perez’s words, not mine – but the elusive jackpot at the end of this week’s rainbow has a much more tangible meaning to others in the field. After a decade, winning the FedExCup has fully evolved into an accomplishment that transcends even the most lofty expectations the PGA Tour had when it introduced its unique version of a playoff in 2007. Players may have initially embraced the concept in ’07, if not the overly complicated math, but the cup’s place among the game’s most coveted achievements was very much in flux. Tiger Woods skipped the postseason opener in the New York area in ’07, the year he won the inaugural FedExCup, and Sergio Garcia hasn’t played the playoff lid-lifter four times in 11 years. The $10 million was always attractive, and players by and large appreciated what the playoffs did for golf – creating meaningful competition during a time of year when the game had largely been a sporting afterthought – but the FedExCup wasn’t necessarily high on players’ priority lists. That notion has changed, slowly but surely, as evidenced by this week’s field at East Lake and the level of play so far this postseason. That evolving reality has never been as obvious as it was on Tuesday when Jordan Spieth, the points leader entering the finale, was asked what was more important to players this week, assuming they would have to choose – a victory at East Lake or the FedExCup? “I think players are probably more focused on the FedExCup than the Tour Championship,” he said. Tour Championship: Articles, video and photos Current FedExCup Playoff points standings That doesn’t mean Spieth or the other 29 guys in the field completely understand the convoluted points and permutations that go into the winning equation, but with history has come a general understanding of what needs to happen to claim the cup. Just twice in the playoff era has the winner at East Lake not gone on to win the FedExCup, and both of those victors came before the circuit reworked the points structure to help tilt the competition toward those who play the best in the postseason. Although he said he isn’t aware of every possible scenario, Spieth fully grasps the concept that – for the top five points leaders – one win (the Tour Championship) will beget another (the FedExCup) on Sunday. “There are a lot of scenarios where I can still win the FedExCup and not win, and I can finish seventh like last week and probably still win depending on how it shapes up,” he explained. “But the likelihood is the guys that have been playing really well, the guys that are hot, you’re likely to see toward the top of the leaderboard again.” Spieth’s wait-and-see scenario came to fruition for last year’s points leader Dustin Johnson, when Rory McIlroy went into a playoff with Kevin Chappell and Ryan Moore late Sunday. McIlroy needed to win the OT bout to claim the $10 million, while Johnson waited in the clubhouse for an alternative, as a Chappell or Moore victory would have assured him the cup instead. “I still give [Chappell] crap, because he’s a buddy of mine, so I still jab at him every once in a while about how much he cost me,” joked Johnson, who begins this week third on the points list. Johnson can joke about his $7 million shortfall, the difference between finishing first and second in the FedExCup standings, because even though the check gets people’s attention, it’s the meaning and depth of the competition that motivates players – at least players at this level. “In terms of this week, it’s definitely not about the money. It’s definitely not about being better than anybody else. I just like to win, and I like trophies,” said Justin Thomas, who enters the week behind only Spieth. “Not only the Tour Championship, but anytime you can win a year-long race and be known as a champion of an entire year, it’s a big deal.” The FedExCup means vastly different things to different people, but the biggest difference now is that it’s truly meaningful to the players.last_img read more

Still reeling, Democrats begin battling for future

first_imgStill reeling, Democrats begin battling for future SHARE WASHINGTON (AP) – Still reeling from a devastating defeat in last week’s election, Democrats are beginning the process of charting the direction of their party in the Donald Trump era.With Hillary Clinton and her team staying out of the public eye, liberal politicians have begun jockeying for control of the party’s future. While they all backed Clinton, they’re now pushing for a serious shift in the party’s policy positions, financial resources and grassroots organizing to focus more on motivating their base and winning back the white working class voters who went for Trump.“We have to do a lot of rethinking,” said Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who mounted a fierce challenge to Clinton in the primary.“Democrats are focused too much with a liberal elite, which is raising incredible sums of money from wealthy people,” Sanders said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”The Democratic National Committee, the last bastion of party power in Washington, is quickly emerging as ground zero for the fight.After losing the White House and Congress – and likely the ideological tilt of the Supreme Court – the Democrats’ new chief likely will be one of the party’s most visible faces in politics, making the role a far more influential post than it was during the Obama administration.Already, around a dozen Democrats’ names have been publicly floated to succeed interim chairwoman Donna Brazile, who replaced Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz in July after she was caught up in a hacking scandal.Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, a prominent progressive and the first Muslim elected to Congress, has emerged as an early contender, backed by much of the party’s liberal wing.He’s also picked up support from several key Democratic leaders, including outgoing Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid and Reid’s likely replacement, New York Sen. Chuck Schumer. Ellison was expected to officially announce his bid on Monday. His supporters argue that Ellison’s faith would send an important signal about the party’s commitment to inclusivity during the Trump administration.“My friend Keith Ellison is a terrific leader and a strong progressive who knows how to get things done. Now is the time for new thinking and a fresh start at the DNC. Now is the time for Keith,” Reid said in a statement on Sunday.In interviews on Sunday talk shows, Ellison pushed back on concerns that he’d be unable to balance party responsibilities with the politics of his day job in Congress – a problem some Democrats believe hampered Wasserman Schultz.“There’re a lot of places that I can serve,” he said, in an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” ”I’m looking for a place to be of use and benefit. And every single Democrat in this country better be thinking the exact same way.”Ellison is far from the only contender for the job. Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean announced his intention Thursday to reclaim a post he held during the Bush administration. Former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley, DNC National Finance Chairman Henry Muñoz III, and South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Jaime Harrison have also said they’re considering bids.Others are pushing for a Latino leader, arguing that the growing demographic group is crucial to the party’s future and should be represented at the highest levels of its leadership. Outgoing Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, Arizona Rep. Ruben Gallego and California Rep. Xavier Becerra are said to be weighing a bid. Jason Kander, an Army veteran who lost the Senate race in Missouri to Roy Blunt on Tuesday, is also said to be considering a run.The contest comes at a time of deep unrest for the party – and the country. Anti-Trump protests continued this weekend with thousands of demonstrators turning out in cities across the country. And post-election polls showed a significant minority of Clinton backers question the legitimacy of Trump’s win.Top party leaders are urging Democrats not to despair.“It’s time to brush ourselves off, get back in the arena, and get ready to fight,” President Barack Obama said in an email to supporters inviting them to join a call with him on Monday evening about moving forward.Clinton, meanwhile, has offered little advice to supporters after her concession speech on Wednesday. On a weekend call with top donors, she blamed her loss largely on the FBI’s decision to revive its examination of her email accounts.She made nearly no mention of the other factors driving Trump’s victory, including flaws within her own message, and offered her backers little guidance on moving forward, according to donors on the call. Published: November 14, 2016 4:48 AM EST center_img Author: AP Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know.last_img read more

UPDATE: $406,000 approved for Grand Fond Constituency projects

first_imgLocalNewsPolitics UPDATE: $406,000 approved for Grand Fond Constituency projects by: Dominica Vibes News – March 20, 2017 Share Parliamentary representative for the Grand Fond constituency, Ivor Stephenson (file photo)Four hundred and six thousand dollars ($406, 000) has been approved by government to fund a number of projects within the Grand Fond Constituency which comprises of Morne Jaune, Riviere Cyrique and Grand Fond.Member of Parliament for the Grand Fond Constituency, Ivor Stephenson, who made the announcement, indicated that these projects will include infrastructural development, road development and access and retaining walls.“In Riviere Cyrique we are looking at the continued improvement of access from the Pentecostal Church… we have an amount of money that has been budgeted for that – thirty five thousand dollars,” Stephenson informed residents during a recent town hall meeting.“Also in the Fwayal area, where we have been seeing serious flooding to some of the dwelling homes in some sections of Fwayal as a result of the lack of drainage and in some areas broken drains, we expect to do some rehabilitation on the drains and the construction of new drains to prevent the flooding of a few homes,” he added.The rehabilitation of a section of road in Morne Jaune, “the road taking you to Carol’s home, we are going to rehabilitate that section of road”.Stephenson informed that there are a series of projects to be undertaken in Grand Fond, “particularly on the new playing field, from the basketball court to the new playing field where already a hundred thousand dollars has been budgeted for that”.“We will see again the construction of a retaining wall next to the Grand Fond Health Center at the cost of a hundred and forty-seven thousand dollars and also in the upper section of Grand Fond we will see the rehabilitation of a section of the road where there has been edge failures costing over thirty-five thousand dollars,” he said.A facelift for the entrance of Grand Fond, to include proper drainage work, will also be undertaken.“So these projects will add up to four hundred and six thousand dollars. This money has been approved by the Prime Minister and we expect, within this month, to see construction work being undertaken,” Stephenson informed his constituents.A number of contractors will be engaged in the construction on these projects and he anticipates that it will lead to the “continued development of our areas”.Additionally, one hundred and sixty-seven thousand dollars has been approved for the total rehabilitation of the Fond area “where we have been seeing the serious slippage”.Stephenson noted that some areas within his constituency are vulnerable to landslides and road failures.“We see the failures, we know how dangerous it is … and when we see these things are happening, we ourselves as individuals, we have to ensure that we come together as a community and ensure that whatever is being done as a result of approval of projects by the government, we have to give our support and I’m saying so because money is scarce,” he noted. Share 268 Views   2 commentscenter_img Share Tweet Sharing is caring!last_img read more

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Sokratis opens up on future and life after Arsenal

first_imgAdvertisement g2NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs46m4Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ew82( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) eWould you ever consider trying this?😱3ul5Can your students do this? 🌚5j1d85Roller skating! Powered by Firework Arsenal defender Sokratis Papastathapoulos has openly expressed what his life after the stint at the Emirates would be like. The Greek defender has impressed heavily following his arrival in north London earlier in July this season, but has eyes already set on the future and would possibly hold for him.Advertisement Sokratis has swiftly and quickly become the new pillar of defence in Arsenal’s new, post-Wenger era despite their struggles, and newly appointed head coach Unai Emery certainly deems the centre-back as one of his first choice defenders in the backline alongside Frenchman Laurent Koscielny.While Arsenal fans hope for the forging of a fierce and firm partnership in the back between Sokratis and Koscielny, the Greek international has already dropped hints on a potential move out of north London, once his contract with the Gunners expires in 2021.Advertisement In an interview with German sports media outlet Kicker, the former Borussia Dortmund defender said:“I’ll be 31 in the summer. My contract still has two years plus an option.Advertisement “For a year or two, I could then imagine a commitment in America or Asia.“Then it will be back to Greece, to my birthplace Kalamata in the Peloponnese. Then I’m done with football.”Sokratis was hailed as the Man of the Match in Sunday’s north London Derby at neighbourhood rivals Tottenham Hotspur, while pundits lauded it as his best performance in an Arsenal shirt so far.The Gunners take on Ligue 1 side Rennes in the UEFA Europa League’s Round of 32 on Thursday night.Read also:-Tottenham claim 1-1 draw against Arsenal in Derby after late drama Advertisementlast_img read more

Mission Hospital Nurse Busted for Stealing Fentanyl

first_imgA registered nurse from Asheville’s Mission Hospital had her first court appearance yesterday after the State Bureau of Investigation arrested her Friday on charges of stealing fentanyl from her employer.Meg Elizabeth Eisenhower, 42, of Fairview, was charged with three counts of felonious embezzlement of a controlled substance by an employee of a registrant during the months of April, May and June of 2017.Eisenhower worked in Mission Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit’s Neuro-Trauma where it is alleged she diverted liquid fentanyl. She was released from custody on a $50,000 unsecured bond.last_img

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Youth Clubs Encouraged to Develop Business Plans

first_img Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, is calling on youth clubs across the island to develop business ideas and plans that will make them sustainable. “We are going to be saying to our youth clubs, ‘How can you develop business ideas for the club that can generate income for the space and for the members?’ That is the next step that we have to take,” Mr. Green said. Story Highlights Addressing young persons at a National Youth Symposium, held at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston on Monday (August 13), Mr. Green said that youth clubs with profitable businesses are more likely to be sustainable. Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, is calling on youth clubs across the island to develop business ideas and plans that will make them sustainable.Addressing young persons at a National Youth Symposium, held at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston on Monday (August 13), Mr. Green said that youth clubs with profitable businesses are more likely to be sustainable.“We are going to be saying to our youth clubs, ‘How can you develop business ideas for the club that can generate income for the space and for the members?’ That is the next step that we have to take,” Mr. Green said.He added that business plans are forms of fundraising activities that would be ongoing for the clubs, which would assist with paying their overhead costs and their outreach activities.“Work on projects that can raise funds to sustain the entity. That’s how we have to look at it, because just the creation of a space [for youth club operations] isn’t enough if the space cannot be maintained,” he said.Mr. Green also urged youth clubs to use Government-run entities to host their meetings and save the cost of renting spaces.“Again, I am saying to the youth clubs, if you have a difficulty in finding a space to use, look to your closest Government-run school. The Ministry has said that all our Government-run schools should be provided as spaces where our youth clubs can meet,” he said.Mr. Green added that if youth club administrators and members are not allowed to use Government-run entities which they have an interest in, they should contact the Ministry for assistance.last_img read more

MIPCOM 2016 Canadian talent and knowhow beyond our borders

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook SOURCE Telefilm Canada Twitter Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Login/Register With: “Canadian productions are at the forefront and attract huge audiences,” said Valerie Creighton, President and CEO of the CMF. “Thanks to the reputation and know-how of Canadian producers, as well as to our country’s innovation-supporting funding ecosystem, these productions are well placed to break through into various markets. The CMF is proud to have supported the production of Cardinal, Fatale-Station and Versailles, and we are delighted that the amazing work done by the teams behind these series will be showcased at MIPCOM.”Spotlight on Canadian talentWhen combined with an original story and solid production values, on-screen talent can drive extraordinary success on the international scene. This will be demonstrated on October 18 at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès when a number of well-known personalities take part in the Talented Voices Drive International Appeal panel, organized by Telefilm and the CMF and moderated by Canadian journalist Bill Brioux.Canadian actress Karine Vanasse (Pan Am, Revenge, Blue Moon), a regular on the international film and TV scene, American actor Billy Campbell (The Killing, The Rocketeer, Bram Stoker’s Dracula), and producers Jennifer Kawaja and Julia Sereny of Sienna Films will be on hand to present the production Cardinal. Based on the prize-winning novel Forty Words for Sorrow, Cardinal follows the adventures of detective John Cardinal and his partner Lisa Delorme. The series will air in Canada on CTV and in its French version, on the Super Écran channel. eOne will handle international sales.Macha Limonchik, actress (Nouvelle adresse, En thérapie), Stéphane Bourguignon, screenwriter, and Louise Lantagne, Vice-President of Fiction, Feature Film and Documentary at Attraction Images, will also be on the panel. Long-time collaborators who have worked on such flagship projects as La vie, la vie and Tout sur moi, the three will join forces once again to present Fatale-Station, a modern-day Western set in northern Quebec. The story revolves around Sarah, a woman trying to escape her past, who moves to a small town and gets involved in the lives of its residents. Shot this past summer, Fatale-Station already has one foot on French soil given that the series marks the first time ARTE France’s fiction unit and Radio-Canada have worked together. Directed by Raphaël Ouellet (Camion) and starring, in addition to Macha Limonchik, Micheline Lanctôt (Unité 9), Claude Legault (19-2) and Denis Bernard (Feux), Fatale-Station will premiere on Tou.tv’s Extra service as well as on ARTE.Canadian actor Tygh Runyan (Motive, Snakes on a Plane, K-19) and producer Ian Whitehead, Head of Production and Development at Incendo, will present the original series from CANAL+, Versailles. The second season of this series about the world of Louis XIV and his court at the celebrated palace of Versailles, a coproduction from Capa Drama, Zodiak Fiction and Incendo, is currently in post-production. The show’s first season has already been sold in over 135 countries.The talent will meet the international media and walk the red carpet during MIPCOM’s opening night on October 17. Canadian-born actor and producer Kiefer Sutherland, attending the market as a keynote speaker with his TV series Designated Survivor, will join the Canadian delegation.Other Canadians will also speak at the market, notably Catherine Warren, Founder and President of FanTrust Entertainment Strategies and board member of the Bell Fund; James Milward, Executive Producer at Secret Location; Julie Bristow, President and CEO of Bristow Global Media; and Vanessa Case, Executive Vice-President, Content, at Blue Ant Media.The Canada Pavilion at MIPCOMThe Canada Pavilion, coordinated by Telefilm Canada, is funded this year by the Canada Media Fund, Creative BC, the Canadian Media Production Association, Manitoba Film and Music and the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC). The Pavilion will host some 70 Canadian companies. A networking reception with international guests will be held at the Pavilion on Tuesday, October 18.Follow the Canada at MIPCOM conversation and related events by using the social media hashtag #eyeoncanada (#vuesurlecanada).About Telefilm Canada—Inspired by talent. Viewed everywhere.Celebrating 50 years in 2017, Telefilm is dedicated to the cultural, commercial and industrial success of Canada’s audiovisual industry. Through funding and promotion programs, Telefilm supports dynamic companies and creative talent at home and around the world. Telefilm also makes recommendations regarding the certification of audiovisual treaty coproductions to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, and administers the programs of the Canada Media Fund. Launched in 2013, the Talent Fund accepts private donations to principally support emerging talent. Visit telefilm.ca and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/telefilm_canada and on Facebook at facebook.com/telefilmcanada.About the Canada Media FundThe Canada Media Fund (CMF) fosters, develops, finances and promotes the production of Canadian content and applications for all audiovisual media platforms. The CMF guides Canadian content towards a competitive global environment by fostering industry innovation, rewarding success, enabling a diversity of voice and promoting access to content through public and private sector partnerships. The CMF receives financial contributions from the Government of Canada and Canada’s cable, satellite and IPTV distributors. Please visit cmf-fmc.ca. Advertisement In the news release, MIPCOM 2016: Canadian talent and know-how beyond our borders, issued 13-Oct-2016 by Téléfilm Canada – we are advised by the company that the content has been completely revised and replaced. The complete, corrected release follows:MONTREAL and TORONTO – Telefilm Canada and the Canada Media Fund (CMF) are inviting the talent behind the productions Cardinal, Fatale-Station and Versailles—talent whose expertise and creativity shine on the international scene—to participate in MIPCOM 2016 from October 17 to 20 in Cannes. They will take part in the Talented Voices Drive International Appeal panel at the market and have the opportunity to discuss the various ways of reaching audiences around the world.“Talent is definitely an inexhaustible resource in Canada,” said Carolle Brabant, Executive Director of Telefilm Canada. “The Canadian delegation heading to MIPCOM, and the productions they represent, are proof of that. The series Cardinal and Fatale-Station, which have talented production teams and solid storylines behind them, are very promising. The coproduction Versailles, which has been renewed for a second season, has already shown that talent can connect with consumers everywhere and win international awards.”last_img read more