No Cabinet decision on Harmon

first_imgNo decision has been taken as it relates to trimming some of the duties and responsibilities of Minister of State Joseph Harmon after hours of discussion at Cabinet on Tuesday.The Alliance For Change (AFC), the small partner in the coalition Government, has called for Harmon to be stripped of some of the portfolios he holds in light of recent controversy involving the Minister.A Cabinet source told <<>> late Tuesday night that the matter came up for discussion, and Minister Harmon was given the opportunity to defend himself before the Cabinet, but no decision has been taken.“Well, I can tell you that Mr Harmon has the chance to sort of defend himself before Cabinet… That’s what happen (Tuesday), I really can’t go into details, but what I know is that Cabinet will now have to examine and analyse the various submissions before any decisions can be taken,” the Cabinet Member stated.Asked whether it was indicated how soon a decision could be taken, the source said: “I won’t be able to say.”On Sunday last, Harmon broke his silence after three weeks of sensationalised articles published by the Kaieteur News in an apparent smear campaign against him. He noted that he was not concerned by the current “organised campaign to damage his reputation” as it would not affect the way in which he performed his duties.In what appears to be a move aimed at tarnishing Harmon’s political career, Kaieteur News has been publishing a series of articles about the Minister’s decision to appoint businessman Brian Tiwari as his personal Adviser on Business Development and instructions he gave to the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) to halt a seizure of several vehicles from Chinese logging company BaiShanLin. The articles were skilfully designed in a manner to portray the Minister as corrupt.President David Granger had described claims of corruption against Harmon and his Government as “outrageous”, and stated that it was difficult for him to accept a blanket criticism of the entire Administration because of one incident.Following a retreat on Sunday, the AFC released a statement in which it called for Harmon’s powers to be trimmed. The AFC had explained that the concentration of the powers of the office of the Cabinet Secretary, the Minister of State in the Ministry of the Presidency and the effective Head of the Presidential Secretariat in a single person was a matter of concern and the powers should be separated.The statement continued that the “current difficulties which the Government has encountered in the continuing revelations arising out of the appointment of the Advisor on Business Development, and the issues surrounding this, have their roots in the concentration of the powers… The responsibilities of each of the above portfolios are substantial and of critical importance to the smooth operations of the Government and would benefit from separate appointments.”However, the Head of State on Monday told reporters that he did not believe Harmon’s duties and responsibilities were at all too burdensome.“I don’t think that they are so burdensome that he cannot take all three responsibilities. I am standing by the duties which were assigned to him last May and this is what we have been working with for the last 11 months and this is what was explained to the Cabinet retreat in January,” the President said.Moreover, he posited that he was surprised that the AFC now seemed to find fault in the distribution of duties and responsibilities among Cabinet members.“We had a retreat of the Cabinet earlier this year and we put out a very clear statement on the responsibilities of all 14 Ministers and the Ministry of the Presidency. So there is a book and it is stated, and nobody made any objections to the duties which were assigned to the Minister of State then and it would be surprising that after two months, people feel that the duties are being misused or they need to be trimmed,” he explained.Minister Harmon has been one of the most proactive and competent ministers within the APNU/AFC Administration and has been a target of Kaieteur News’ vendetta because of his association with Tiwari, the cousin of Glenn Lall, Publisher of that newspaper.last_img read more

Powerful Youth Demographic Dividends not to be taken for Granted

first_imgYoung Liberian entertainers were instrumental in galvanizing young voters during the 2017 electionsBy Jimmy Suah Shilue Recent presidential election in Liberia confirms the powerful role of youth, particularly in post conflict democratization. The youth remain critical stakeholders in Statebuilding and Peacebuilding and it would be naive to think that decades of rhetorics, manipulations and systematic lack of commitments by out- going and previous governments in addressing critical issues confronting the youths could go free. Indeed, the youths are ‘powerful in number but vulnerable by position’ yet capable of engendering change.Liberia is extremely endowed with enormous resources with a high proportion of youths that can be harnessed to exploit the resources and drive the country’s development. But successive leaders in Liberia do not prioritize activities that are capable of training, preparing and transforming youths to become productive. Services that are supposed to improve the well-being of youths are not given adequate national priority. Example, in the 2016/2017 budget (US$555.9 million), social services received relatively better chuck compared to previous years with health getting US$ 77million while US$83 million was allocated to education. However the recent go slow by teachers at MVTC, one of Liberia’s biggest vocational training centers, which is providing professional technical services to help transform some of our vulnerable youths to become productive citizens, shows that these allocations are made but are eventually not utilized for the intended beneficiaries resulting to low human capital in the citizens with attendant low productivity.Prolong neglect or underfunding of Liberia’s ‘messy educational system’ — by the Ellen-led government, a government that prides itself as having the country’s most educated minds, was capitalized on by President elect Weah in his campaign message when he said “ a CDC Government would consider paying exam fees and using a sector-wide review to bolster Liberia’s weak education system”.What an irony for somebody who is considered less educated and therefore not equipped to lead the country. The importance of youth demographic dividends, understood as real or potential window of opportunity that can be harnessed as a result of boost in economic productivity that occurs when there are growing numbers of people in the workforce compared to the number of dependents during period of demographic transition, continues to attract attention around the world because demographic dividend lens offers a strategic basis for focusing and prioritizing investments in people in general and youth in particular, in order to achieve sustainable development, inclusive economic growth and to build “an integrated, prosperous and peaceful nation” driven mainly by its own citizens. However, if identified dividends are not effectively harnessed and utilized, they can lead to chaos, upheavals and radical change of governments as we have seen around the world. Example, the popular Arab spring that caused radical changes of several governments and leaderships in the Middle East. Until the Arab Spring outburst, nobody could easily predict the change of political leadership in such a Conservative Arab world. But suddenly youth demographic dividends turned to demographic time bombs as expressed through widespread discontent over youth unemployment, low living standards, rampant corruption, aging dictatorships, etc. What is more fascinating about the Arab political upheaval was the role of the social media in mobilizing and sending out mass appeal to jobless and marginalized citizens to take back their country away from the corrupt elites, a perfect mixture of patriotism and social message.Throughout Liberia’s political history, the political elites often use the youth as the means to achieving political power and loyalty but abandon their electoral commitments to these electorates after elections and comfortably view them while sitting behind tinted S.U.V. windows. Different surveys show that Liberian youths really do not demand much but simply wish for a normal life- basically  the kind of life that comes with access to food, shelter, education, health care and the prospect of someday earning an income, even a modest one. In fact one USAID study noted that many youth expressed their frustrations with activities that lead to certificates but not jobs; with meetings that sensitize them or counsel them but do not give them a way to feed themselves and with well-meaning people, who enter their lives, ask questions, sympathize and then disappear. Indeed, Liberian youths resent unfair and exploitative treatments from all angles. The youthful population want to earn for themselves but are often hindered by ‘structural impediments’ designed and entrenched by unpatriotic leaders. There is a growing perception amongst the youths that traditional Liberian politicians only need them to ascend to power. The recent election of Ambassador George M. Weah indicates that the young people are tired of being used by the same people. Senator Weah who comes from a marginalized background as football player from one of Monrovia slums (Gibraltar) and vociferously opposed by the educated elites is seen as the best choice and alternative to the corrupt educated elites evident in their iconic slogan ” your leave us oo da Weah we want”.In what is gradually seen as a protest vote and a knee-jerk reaction to decades of failed elites rule in Liberia, the youths of Liberia overwhelming demonstrated that they have the power to provoke violent or peacefully change any regime, if they are not satisfied with its policy and performance. Like the Arab spring, Liberian youths action demonstrates that they are agents of change, if those that they elect fail to deliver their promises. President elect George Weah never availed himself to any national debate to argue or ‘speak big book’ but the youth electorates nevertheless massively elected him to change the country political leadership. Even though Senator Weah himself never did anything remarkable for the youths of this country, like building sport academy, establishing businesses to employ young people, helping talented young people to achieve their dreams in and outside Liberia, yet compared to other presidential candidates, his campaign naturally appealed to the sentiments and plights of the underclass and marginalized population who are in the majority. This is the first time in the history of Liberia that youths were not used through the brushes and barriers of the guns to bring about regime change. They instead used their voting rights to peacefully vote out the ‘rascals’. Does this mean that President elect, Ambassador George Weah, will have an easy task? Certainly not as he is expected to have even much complicated and challenging work.According to the World Bank 2013 Liberia Vulnerable Youth Profile; youth constitute nearly half of the total labor force in Liberia and of the urban labor force. The labor force participation rate for the 15-24 youth cohort is 35.1%, substantially lower than the national average of 63.5%. This may in part be explained by the prevalence of over-age students enrolled in school coupled with a strong informal job market. The participation rate for the 25-34 age-groups is 72.3%, much higher than the national average though issues of decent employment come into play with known facts that majority of these are under employed as pen pen riders, wheel barrow traders etc, and they have no access to health, better standard of living and human security. President elect Weah is indeed taking over a government that is broke, he is presently accommodating most of the very actors that are responsible for the failure of current and previous governments to address the needs of Liberian youth; he will also be paying back those financial giants who assisted him, providing jobs for friends and sympathizers both local and from the diaspora and obviously some, if not most of the JJCs, have parochial mindset to enrich themselves in the soonest possible time.In addition, the country is currently struggling with what one human rights advocate referred to as the “New youth”. These are individuals who are either above the recognized youth age group or those who consider themselves youths because they have missed out on important aspects of their youthful life due to war, example the ‘zogoes’. The term also refers to youth who have their own household but unable to provide basic services for their family, drug addicts, street children, youthful sex workers, etc. It is important to point out that President Weah presidency will be taking place in an environment characterized by social and political polarization, learning curve for the President elect, UNMIL final drawdown and most importantly during a difficult economic period.These perplexing scenarios imply that we are not completely out of the demographic town bomb and this provoke more questions than the ostensible remedies that the traditional change of political leaders often offer. President elect Weah administration will therefore be grappling with a plethora of deep-seated and multi-layered problems that could potentially cause him to overshadow some of the major social problems, including high levels of unemployment, lack of skill training, poverty, GBV, drug abuse, crime, illiteracy, violence, and HIV/AIDS that are confronting our youthful population. Our elites and politicians often deliberately downplay these problems in order to put the youths in a subaltern and vulnerable position, which these politicians ultimately exploit and misuse to entrench their power, authority and status quo.While President elect had convincingly benefited from the positive aspect of youthful dividends, it should not be forgotten that these dividends are like pendulum and therefore should not be taken for granted. Reaping the dividends depends on several aspects such as the capacity to sincerely reach out and reconcile the country, invest and build vibrant youth projects with measurable impacts, encourage sound economic, institutional conditions of state, engage in transparent operation of the financial sector and involve Civil Society institutions in the decision making processes, among others. The 2018 Presidential election results demonstrate that when young people collectively engage, any regime, even authoritarian ones, will fall and the country’s’ political trajectories can shift.Liberia’s political landscape is replete with issues that influence political and even violence change and these vices are still widespread. Local and national politicians in Liberia often use economic drivers like unemployment and ethnic identities to entice youths in perpetrating violence. Furthermore, the exuberance and adventurist pathogen in youth DNA can even lead to perceptions of exclusion thus resulting to young people seeking alternative ways to engender change. In such a fragile state as projected earlier, when frustration reaches high levels, especially in a transitional environment, it is possible that these exuberant youth that give President Weah the mandate to rule could turn to civil disobedience and violence.Therefore, rather than taking things for granted, it is important for the new government to hit the ground running by investing and prioritizing the youthful population and including them in the political process, if Liberia is to enjoy long term peace and stability. One of the key drivers to reaping the dividend through employment is the ability to unleash the potential and power of women. When you invest in changing the status quo of girls and our adolescents, you can expect positive trigger down effect in the households and the communities. Just like many African countries, gender inequality is still prevalent in Liberia. Hence inequality and GBV issues should claim urgent attention in the new development agenda. Changing leaders and constitutions do not necessarily lead to stable and effective governments but the ability for elected government to deliver basic social and economic services as well as policies that are put in place to protect and promote the rights of its citizenry both at the social, political and at the economic level.Compounding some of the challenges of the new leadership is the visible presence of political gurus and kleptomaniac business individuals who evade state taxes, mismanage resources given by the international community to improve the conditions of young people, skillfully align themselves with every regime to protect their ill- gotten wealth and the presence of so many opportunists who are barriers to any good plan because they have one motive- ‘wealth accumulation’. This obviously has tremendous implication for national development because these pseudo political loyalists mentality is about ‘me and only me’ and demographic dividends is not automatic, but contingent on specific actions that takes into consideration the collective interest of the whole nation.But with wealth seeking individuals on board that are notoriously responsible for plundering Liberia’s resources, even if the newly elected president has a good team of technocrats, these ‘money eaters’ will unleash what they know best, ie, take lucrative positions to help them sustain their status quo and continue to mismanage and misallocate the nation’s natural resources, for their own benefits. Thus, as Liberian often say, ‘cassava leafs is not for goat along’. Today the tide has turned without a single death. Thanks for the peaceful revolt by CDC and let me join the choir to say MUYAM, MUYAM. Yet let me hasten to eagerly remind our new leader that dividends are the result of your investments and if you invest well, you get good results but if you do not, the result is anybody guess.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Sorenstam hopes to Trump competition

first_imgAnnika Sorenstam, who has had no shortage of success in Los Angeles-area LPGA Tour stops, begins her bid for Southland tour win No. 4 next month, playing on her third course in five years. The Office Depot Championship, which Sorenstam won in 2001 at Wilshire Country Club in Los Angeles and the past two years at El Caballero Country Club in Tarzana, will be played this year at Trump National Golf Club on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “I have not had a chance to play Mr. Trump’s course in L.A., but I am sure it is going to be fabulous,” said Sorenstam, who will lead a field that includes 96 of the top 100 players on the season’s money list. “I am excited to have the opportunity to win this tournament for the third time in a row. It is going to be a historical moment for me.” History and Sorenstam have become old acquaintances on the LPGA Tour, on which the 34-year-old Swede has demonstrated with an ability to play as well as anyone since Babe Zaharias, Patty Berg, Louise Suggs and 10 others founded the organization in 1950. Among her recent accomplishments, the seven-time LPGA Player of the Year has set the tour single-round record (59), overcome a 10-shot final round deficit to win the 2001 Office Depot Championship at Wilshire, become the first woman since Zaharias to play in a PGA Tour event, and made a strong run in 2002 at Mickey Wright’s LPGA single-season record of 13 wins. Sorenstam’s 11 wins that year fell short of Wright’s record, but they were the second-highest total in tour history. She was the 1994 LPGA Rookie of the Year, won back-to-back U.S. Open titles in her first three years on the tour, claimed her 50th tour win at LAST year’s Office Depot tournament, and went on to win six of her first eight LPGA starts of 2005, including the first two majors. Consistency always has been her strength. The newest Office Depot venue, which offers spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean from all 18 holes, stands in stark contrast to the tree-lined fairways of Wilshire and El Caballero. Sorenstam said she can’t wait to defend her titles against one of the season’s top fields on the 215-acre oceanfront course owned by Donald Trump. center_img “I have a swing that is very repeatable,” Sorenstam said. “There is not much to it. I am very consistent with my short game. I am a conservative player. Long term, over 72 holes, it works very well.” With Sorenstam, consistency is a direct reflection of her commitment to be the best player on tour. “There is obviously hard work behind it,” she said. “I practiced a lot this winter to work a little bit more on my swing and short game. I am always trying to find some improvements to be more consistent.” She returns to LPGA play Friday, in the Wendy’s Championship for Children at Dublin, Ohio, and will be facing most of the tour’s best players in the Sept. 30-Oct. 2 Office Depot event, which is expected to feature every winner to that point in the 2005 LPGA season. The field is scheduled to include top 2005 U.S. players Paula Creamer and Cristie Kerr, U.S. Women’s Open champion Birdie Kim and Weetabix Women’s British Open champion Jeong Jang, and U.S. Solheim Cup team contenders Natalie Gulbis, Rosie Jones, Julie Inkster and Meg Mallon. Big area contingent: U.S. Open qualifier and fan favorite Jason Gore, of Valencia, will be at this week’s Buick Championship after the six-time Nationwide Tour career winner earned his third trip to the PGA Tour. Thursday’s Buick Championship starting field also has eight other players with area ties, including Occidental College graduate Olin Browne, a two-time PGA Tour winner who lost full-time playing privileges on the Tour last year by finishing 127th in earnings. Browne rivaled Gore for early heroics at the U.S. Open after getting into the event on the merits of a second-round 59 in his 36-hole qualifying tournament. He shot 67 to share the first-round lead at Pinehurst and also shared the midway lead before finishing tied for 23rd. Browne enters the Buick Championship ranked 116th in tour earnings after tying for 23rd in last week’s PGA Tour Reno-Tahoe Open. He needs to finish in the top 125 for the year to regain full playing privileges for 2006. Other area entries at the Buick Championship are former UCLA players Cory Pavin, Duffy Waldorf and Tom Pernice Jr., Kevin Stadler (USC), Brent Geiberger (Pepperdine) and Westlake High graduate Charlie Wi, the 1990 State Amateur champion, who finished 26th in PGA Tour qualifying school last December. Dave Shelburne covers golf for the Daily News. His column appears Wednesdays. He can be reached at (818) 713-3609 or [email protected] ON THE GREEN PGA TOUR Buick Championship at Cromwell, Conn. Course: TPC at River Highlands (6,820 yards, par-70). Schedule: Thursday-Sunday. Purse: $4.4 million, $792,000 to winner. TV: USA (Thursday-Friday, 4-6 p.m.), Ch. 2 (Saturday-Sunday, noon-3 p.m.). LPGA TOUR Wendy’s Championship for Children at Dublin, Ohio Course: Tartan Fields Golf Club (6,515 yards, par-72). Schedule: Friday-Sunday. Purse: $1.1 million, $165,000 to winner. TV: ESPN2 (Friday, 1-3 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-noon) CHAMPIONS Jeld-Wen Tradition at Aloha, Ore. Course: The Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club, South Course (7,120 yards, par-72). Schedule: Thursday-Sunday. Purse: $1.6 million, $240,500 to winner. TV: The Golf Channel (Thursday-Sunday, 3-6 and 7:30-10 p.m.). TOP SCORERS PGA Tiger Woods 68.59 Vijay Singh 69.01 Phil Mickelson 69.23 Jim Furyk 69.24 LPGA Annika Sorenstam 69.48 Jennifer Rosales 70.35 Grace Park 70.57 Cristie Kerr 71.04 CHAMPIONS Dana Quigley 69.55 Craig Stadler 69.69 Mark McNulty 69.70 D.A. Weibring 69.73 SPOTLIGHT TIGER WOODS The 10-time major champion took a big step toward winning PGA Tour Player of the Year honors for the seventh time in nine years, capturing the NEC Invitational at Firestone Country Club in Arkon, Ohio. Woods, who includes the Masters and British Open among five victories this year, shot 66-70-67-71_274 to win his ninth title in 18 World Golf Championship events. Woods, who has four victories in six years at Firestone, finished a stroke ahead of Chris DiMarco, who shot a final-round 68 and held a share of the lead until Woods made an 18-foot birdie putt on the 16th hole. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

PH absorbs first loss in men’s water polo

first_imgMOST READ PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village LATEST STORIES Alamara Mumar tried to knot the score anew for the Philippines, but his goal wasn’t counted.The Filipinos defeated Thailand, 9-7, last Tuesday to get the ball rolling for the PH delegation.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThey need to beat Singapore on Thursday at 11 a.m. to keep their gold medal hopes alive. Celest Flores-Colina Molina hopes for positive end to PH’s AVC stint ahead of SEA Games Read Next LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Photo from Kuala Lumpur SEA Games Website.After a blazing start in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games, the Philippines yielded to host Malaysia 7-8, in day 2 of the men’s water polo Wednesday in Kuala Lumpur.The Filipinos turned a 1-4 deficit into a tied game at 7 in the fourth period on goal by skipper Roy Canete Jr., but the Malaysians got the last laugh as Tan Xi Yun scored the go-ahead with a little under two minutes left.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Accurately Counting NBA Tattoos Isnt Easy Even If Youre Up Close

Ethan Swan’s database of NBA players’ tattoos is the most complete such record I’m aware of, but it’s not the only one. (Swan, whom I wrote about Friday, gave us permission to publish his data on GitHub; you can see it here.)The Sports Geeks have collected some information, but their page on NBA tattoos is out of date; many players currently in the league aren’t listed. The Tumblr Basketball Player Tattoos aggregates photos — including some really striking ones — but it hasn’t been updated in almost a year. (Let me know if you’ve seen other data sets.)Harvey Pollack, the 92-year-old director of statistical information for the Philadelphia 76ers, produces the only list I’ve seen that approaches the completeness of Swan’s. (My colleague Carl Bialik, who conducted the data analysis in the Swan piece, profiled Pollack last month.) Each year, Pollack dedicates a page of the Sixers’ printed statistical guide to tattoo data. The only one I could find that he put online was from 2010, the year before Swan got started.Unlike Swan, who simply Googles “NBA tattoo” and follows players on Twitter, Pollack and his staff get their information firsthand. They log the tattoos they see on visiting players and quiz team trainers about body art that may lurk beneath the players’ uniforms.But looking guys over as they dribble by doesn’t seem to be as effective as Googling. Swan counted 230 tattooed players in 2010-11, while Pollack found 198. The next year, they both came up with 237. Last year, Swan’s total was 250 and Pollack’s was just 157. (Pollack hasn’t released his total for this year.)So whom, specifically, did Pollack miss in 2012-13? Let’s take the Atlanta Hawks as an example. He counted tattoos on six Hawks but missed them on five others — John Jenkins, Shelvin Mack, Johan Petro, Mike Scott and Louis Williams. The design on Jenkins’s chest may have been hard to see through his jersey, but it should have been easy to see the tattoo on Mack’s arm — especially since he briefly played for the Sixers that season. read more

Will The PGA Championship Be Jordan Spieths Great White Whale

* With a career grand slam on the line (i.e., after winning the other three majors, but not counting any cuts made after a slam was collected). Nine of Snead’s cuts at the U.S. Open were made before 1958.Source: ESPN Rory McIlroyThe Masters3 PLAYERMISSING MAJORCUTS MADE*SUCCESS? Tiger WoodsBritish Open1✓ Phil MickelsonU.S. Open2 Raymond FloydBritish Open7 Winning that last major is hard, especially when it’s the PGAGolf’s career grand slam candidates since 1958 Tom WatsonPGA Championship17 When modern-era golfers have needed either the U.S. or British Open to cap off the slam, they’ve had at least some success — three wins against 35 cuts made after winning his first three majors.3This includes the nine pre-1958 cuts Snead made at the U.S. Open after he’d picked up the other three majors; we grandfathered him into the data because he also made 10 cuts at the U.S. Open after the modern era began. And the two players who’ve needed only the Masters as their coup de grace, Lee Trevino and Rory McIlroy, are only oh-for-16 in terms of wins versus cuts made. But between Palmer and Watson, slam-seekers are winless in their 38 cuts at the PGA, a record of futility Spieth will try to chip away at.Watson got close at the PGA before the career grand slam was on the line — he finished in a tie for second at Oakmont Country Club in 1978, though he hadn’t yet won the U.S. Open at that stage of his career. He’d get his first chance at the career slam in the summer of 1982 at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma — and he put forth a solid effort, finishing in a tie for ninth on the leaderboard. But in his subsequent 23 starts at the PGA Championship, Watson would never get closer than fifth.Palmer, meanwhile, got his first shot at career-slam glory at the 1964 PGA Championship in Columbus, Ohio. He hit it well all week but ended up three strokes back of winner Bobby Nichols, in a tie for second with Nicklaus. It was a tough pill to swallow for sure, but Palmer would get many more whacks at his slam; Nichols would never win another major.But the PGA disappointments kept piling up. At the 1968 PGA Championship in San Antonio, Texas, Palmer entered Sunday two strokes back of leader Frank Beard and saw an opening when Beard blew up in the final round. But 48-year-old (!) Julius Boros played a little better, edging Palmer by a single stroke with a final-round 69.Palmer’s window was closing, but ’68 wouldn’t be his last near-miss. That would come at the 1970 PGA Championship — also played at Southern Hills — where he, for the third time in seven seasons, finished in a tie for second. That meant one of the greatest golfers ever came within a few shots of reaching the sport’s zenith on three separate occasions, only to fall short because of a bad chip here or a poor read there.Now Jordan Spieth — a 24 year-old who celebrated his first birthday two weeks before Palmer was cut from the final PGA Championship in which he appeared — has a chance to do what Palmer couldn’t.Spieth’s path won’t be easy, though — he’ll have to contend with McIlroy, a two-time PGA Championship winner who holds the course record at Quail Hollow4He shot 61 there at the 2015 Wells Fargo Championship. and who — oh, by the way — is also just one major shy of the career grand slam. (He only needs to check off a Masters victory.) Spieth may be golf’s wunderkind du jour, but it wasn’t long ago that McIlroy was the player everyone believed might challenge Jack and Tiger for GOAT status. And despite Spieth’s bid to make history this weekend, McIlroy is the tournament favorite.So it should be a fun duel: Spieth and McIlroy are two of the best golfers in the world and have been for a while. For the 2017 PGA season, Spieth ranks first in strokes gained approaching the green, fourth in total strokes gained on average, seventh in strokes gained from tee to green, 18th in strokes gained around the green, and 47th in strokes gained from putting. (Strokes gained is a statistic that measures how golfers pick up and lose strokes compared to the rest of the field. Spieth leading the PGA tour in strokes gained approaching the green means that, because his approach shots are so good, he is improving his score at a better clip than anyone else in the field. It also confirms what everyone is saying: Spieth is an excellent iron player.)What about McIlroy? He’s battled injury for much of the season, but when he has played, he’s been good. McIlroy hasn’t made enough starts in 2017 for his stats to qualify for the PGA leaderboards, but let’s have a look at them anyway. If he were ranked against the rest of the tour, McIlroy would be first in strokes gained from tee to green and in strokes gained off the tee. And McIlroy’s total strokes gained average would rank third on the tour. His play around and on the green hasn’t been great — he would be tied for 79th in strokes gained around the green and rank 96th in strokes gained from putting, if qualified — but then again, McIlroy’s strength has never been his putter. He’s a tee-to-green kind of player, and that part of his game is firing on all cylinders entering the PGA Championship. The field — and especially Spieth — should be very afraid.Whatever the outcome this Sunday, golf fans should be feeling pretty lucky right now — it’s possible Spieth and McIlroy could both achieve career grand slams by trading wins in the next two majors. But there are no guarantees in golf, especially when it comes to checking off the career slam at the PGA — just ask Palmer and Watson. Lee TrevinoThe Masters13 Gary PlayerU.S. Open3✓ Jack NicklausBritish Open3✓ Arnold PalmerPGA Championship21 Winning three of the four major championships in men’s professional golf is no easy feat. Only 18 golfers have ever done it,1And as we’ll see in the table below, only 11 have had a chance to cap off the career slam after 1958, when the PGA Championship switched to stroke play and thus began what’s generally regarded as the modern era of major championships. and of those, only five — Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Ben Hogan, Gary Player and Gene Sarazen — have gone on to win the fourth and complete the career grand slam.2The tournaments that constitute a grand slam have changed over the years, so we’re only considering the definition in use since 1958: The Masters, U.S. Open, British Open and PGA Championship.One of the 13 golfers stuck on three majors (poor guy, I know) is Jordan Spieth, who joined the club with his win at the British Open in July. And luckily for Spieth, the last major he needs to check off is the PGA Championship, which begins Thursday at the Quail Hollow Club in North Carolina. If Spieth wins, he’ll become the group’s sixth member — and the youngest at the time of his accession. Spieth is OK at golf, gang.But although the PGA is often regarded as the game’s weakest major, even the greatest golfers can get hung up trying to add it to their collection. Of the seven modern-era golfers who weren’t able to secure that elusive fourth major (not counting Spieth, who still has much of his career in front of him), two counted the PGA Championship as their white whale. One of those golfers was some guy named Arnold Palmer, and the other was Tom Watson — owners of 15 total majors between them. But for all their many accomplishments, the duo were never able to capture the Wanamaker Trophy. Sam SneadU.S. Open19 read more

Ohio State hires former Michigan soccer assistant coach Ian Gordona

Men’s soccer assistant coach Ian Gordona.Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsThe Ohio State men’s soccer team has hired a former rival coach to try and kick start the program.The Buckeyes announced the hiring of former Michigan assistant Ian Gordona Monday, appointing him to the same position in Columbus. According to an OSU press release, he will also assume the role of recruiting director.Gordona, who spent the last two seasons at Michigan, helped guide the Wolverines to back-to-back winning seasons after a dismal 2011 season when the Wolverines finished 5-14-1 overall.Regardless of his recent affiliation with a heated rival, Gordona earned his bachelor’s degree from Ohio State in June of 2003 in history. Since then, he has coached 113 All-Americans, 66 Youth National Team players, 51 professionals and six National Players of the Year on top of four national championship teams.Gordona’s recent success has  coach John Bluem excited for his return to Columbus.“We are delighted to have Ian join the staff,” Bluem said in the press release. “He is an excellent young coach, tremendous motivator and fantastic recruiter. He is a remarkable evaluator of young talent and will lead the way in our future recruiting efforts. He has incredible work ethic and will provide a strong role model for our student athletes.”Gordona is set to replace Taly Goode, who spent four seasons with the Buckeyes. Goode “left the program to move on to other opportunities,” OSU spokesman Alex Morando said in an email.According to Morando, Gordona’s salary is $47,000, while Goode’s was $40,609. Outside of football and men’s basketball, Morando said OSU does not have contracts for assistant coaches.Gordona, who was not immediately made available for comment, released the following statement in the press release.“It’s an honor and privilege to have the opportunity to be a part of The Ohio State University and the athletic department,” Gordona said. “I feel fortunate and humbled to have the opportunity to work with the men’s soccer program under the direction of coach Bluem and coach (Frank) Speth, as well as learn from the minds of the other great coaches this university has within its athletic department. My desire is to help build this program back to national prominence.”The Buckeyes finished the 2013 season with a 5-8-4 record – and won just one Big Ten game.OSU is scheduled to kick off its 2014 fall season Aug. 17 against West Virginia in an exhibition game at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

Lowton expects team to overcome rough patch

first_imgBurnley defender Matt Lowton has revealed he’s confident about the team turning their poor form around.Sean Dyche’s men are currently 19th on the table after having failed to win any of their four Premier League games so far this season, with one draw and three defeats.The Clarets also suffered the disappointment of losing their UEFA Europa League playoff tie over two legs to Greek side Olympiakos.Matching last season’s finish of seventh looks a long way off at the moment but Lowton insists yearly improvement is always the target at Turf Moor, and despite the shaky start points out that fortunes can turn pretty quickly.“That’s what we’re looking to do year on year, we showed last season finishing seventh that we’re fully capable of doing it,” the full-back said, according to Lancashire Telegraph.Burnley FC v Manchester City - Premier LeagueMatch Preview: Burnley vs Liverpool Boro Tanchev – August 30, 2019 Premier League leaders Liverpool travel to Burnley for the Matchday 4 of the 2019-20 Premier League campaign.“We need to turn our fortunes round very quickly at the minute but it’s a long season and if we string a couple of wins together we’ll be right back where we want to be.”One of the biggest concerns for Burnley in the early stages of the campaign will be defensively. Having conceded just 39 times in 38 Premier League games last season, they have now shipped nine in their last three games, including three at home to Watford and four away to Fulham.Lowton was a regular part of that defensive unit that so impressed last season and he admits they are ‘very disappointed’ at the gifts being offered up in the early stages of this season.“We’re very disappointed as a team, especially the back four or five. We’ve had meetings to try and put it right, the manager’s teams notoriously don’t concede a a lot of goals,” the 29-year-old said.“We’ve spoken about, we’re giving up a lot of chances, not just goals but teams are creating a lot of chances against us so we need to get back to being hard to beat.”last_img read more

Benjamin Pavard reveals his toughest opponent in the Bundesliga

first_imgFrench defender Benjamin Pavard has faced off against countless big names in the Bundesliga and he’s now revealed the toughest of them allPavard has been playing in Germany for the last two years after completing a move to VfB Stuttgart from Lille and has recently been linked with a switch to Bayern Munich.The Bavarians’ main striker Robert Lewandowski has been in sensational form this season with 21 goals in 21 games – more than even Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.The Pole’s finished as the Bundesliga’s top scorer for three of the last five seasons.But it’s Schalke 04 hitman Franco Di Santo who gets Pavard’s vote as the most challenging striker to deal with in Germany, despite not having found the net once this term.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“Franco di Santo is exceptionally hard to keep in check. He’s always on the move and is unpredictable,” Pavard told the Bundesliga website.“There’s also Lewandowski, who is a complete player and is always so dangerous.”Pavard made a name for himself at the 2018 World Cup in the summer, where his impressive displays helped France on their way to a second world title.Although, right now, the 22-year-old is out with a thigh injury ahead of Stuttgart’s league match against Hertha Berlin today.last_img read more

Arsenal interested in Inter Milans Ivan Perisic

first_imgArsenal are reportedly interested in signing Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic with an option to buy on a permanent basis in the summer.The Croatia international, who has been linked with a move to Manchester United over the last few seasons, has always revealed his desire to play in the Premier League.Speaking ahead of Inter’s UEFA Champions League game against Tottenham Hotspur in November, the former Borussia Dortmund winger did admit that he would be open to a move to England.“I have always said that [playing in the Premier League] is my dream,” he said, according to Manchester Evening News.“In football everything is possible, we will see in the future. Now, I’m focusing on Inter.”Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.A key player for Inter since his arrival at the San Siro, Perisic’s time at the San Siro may well be coming to an end.“Perisic is a very good player, of course there’s rumours about him during the transfer window,” manager Luciano Spalletti told the press.“If a player is good, it’s obvious that every club would want him. Of course, then the figures must be adequate for things to go trough.”“He knows his job and he also knows that we expect him to keep working just like he has done so far.”last_img read more