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By Phil CaseyENGLAND’S Danny Willett claimed the clubhouse lead in a weather-affected 144th Open Championship on Friday, a day which ended at 9:55pm with five-time champion Tom Watson bidding an emotional farewell.As play stuttered to a halt around the course following a delay of more than three hours due to torrential early rain, Watson and playing partners Ernie Els and Brandt Snedeker opted to complete their second rounds in near-darkness.The trio and their caddies – with Watson’s son Michael on his bag – paused on the Swilcan Bridge on the 18th for the traditional photograph before Watson was left alone to take the applause of the spectators who had stayed on to salute the popular 65-year-old.A closing bogey, one of five in a row for a round of 80, barely mattered and was instead greeted with a loud cheer as officials and players applauded from the clubhouse steps.In truth it was not the finish Watson deserved with the grandstands largely deserted, but the alternative was a return at 7am on Saturday to complete the round, with those players making the cut to be sent out in groups of three to make up lost time.He hugged his wife Hilary as he walks off the 18th green and said, “It’s over.”Willett had finished more than five hours earlier and is 41 under par for his last ten rounds on the Old Course, adding a 69 to his opening 66 to reach nine under par, two shots ahead of Scotland’s Marc Warren, former Masters champions Zach Johnson and Adam Scott and Robert Streb.Dustin Johnson was 10 under par with five holes remaining, with 1999 champion Paul Lawrie and Jason Day eight under with six and seven holes left respectively.Masters and US Open champion Jordan Spieth, playing alongside Johnson, was five under par after three birdies and three bogeys in 13 completed holes.Meanwhile, England’s Luke Donald was left to rue an untidy start and finish to his round but he importantly remains in contention at the Open after some impressive play in between.The 37-year-old began at four under but mis-hit his approach into the burn for a double bogey at the first before staging a recovery with six birdies between the fifth and 16th to get to eight under and within two of the lead.However, back-to-back bogeys on his final two holes in the gathering gloom at St Andrews took some of the gloss off his round of 70 but he is only four behind leader Dustin Johnson, who still has five holes remaining of a rain-delayed second round.“To finish 5-5 leaves a sad taste after such a good middle part of the round but there are a lot of positives and I am still in a good position,” he said.“I misjudged the wind a little bit (at the first) and hit it heavy and came up short.“But I played some good golf in the middle, holing some good putts.“You can take making a five at 17 but 18 my drive unfortunately finished in a divot and I probably let it bother me a little bit too much.“It was getting gloomy and that last putt was a little hard to see the read but I thought I had made it.“Other than that I was glad to get finished.“I feel like I am hitting some good shots and am confident with my putter and I am in a good position.“It is meant to be a wild day tomorrow so we will see what happens.” read more
The four-day tournament will be held at Bisini Soccer Precinct from 28-31 August.The tournament has lured interest from teams in the Rigo coastal and inland areas, including Popondetta.Host LOC Chairman and Koupa Soccer Association President, Morea Vavine, said 15 teams are men’s and six are women’s.“We welcome Popondetta Urban for sending a men’s and a women’s team to the tournament.“The competition old dogs Port Moresby Soccer Association (PMSA), Koupa Soccer Association (KSA), and National Capital District Public Servant Soccer Association (NCDPSSA) will field two men’s and a women’s team,” Vavine said.Momase and New Guinea Islands have completed their tournament with the winners already announced while the Southern and Highlands Region will be at the end of this month.The Besta FA Cup is an annual event where each member associations and associate members pick their best team to battle it out for the ultimate prize.Men’s: PMSA One, PMSA Two, Koupa One, Koupa Two, NCDPSSA One, NCDPSSA Two, EPC One, EPC Two, Rigo Coast One, Rigo Coast Two, Rigo Inland One, Rigo Inland Two, Rigo Central, Popondetta Urban and Beagle Bay.Women’s: PMSA, NCDPSSA, Koupa, EPC, Popondetta Urban and Rigo Central. read more
Raonic found out in an exam on Saturday that he tore his right quadricep in the quarterfinals.READ: Tennis: Murray at world number one — how Twitter reactedFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agent“The way that it happened today was quite strange,” Murray said. “I had always imagined, obviously, doing it on the court. Like last night, before I went to bed, I was imagining doing it, kind of thinking about it happening on the court after a match.”Murray will supplant Novak Djokovic and rise to No. 1 officially when the ATP rankings are updated on Monday. He is guaranteed to hold at least a five-point lead over Djokovic, more than seven years after he reached No. 2 for the first time. “I’m sure on Monday I’ll feel good,” Murray said. “It’s unfortunate the way that it happened today, but it’s been many years of work to get here.”In an era dominated by Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Djokovic, Murray reflected on how hard it has been to become No. 1. He has spent 76 straight weeks at No. 2.“It’s been such a difficult thing to do because of how good the guys around me have been, the guys ahead of me,” Murray said.“They are three of the best players that have ever played the game … some of the years that they have had in that period, as well, have been, I mean, ridiculous, really. Like three slams and double slams … So, you know, it’s taken a great year to get there.”A turning point in Murray’s career came when he hired eight-time grand slam champion Ivan Lendl as a coach in 2011. During their first stint, Lendl managed to turn Murray from a four-time Grand Slam runner-up into a two-time major champion.In an era dominated by Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Djokovic, Murray reflected on how hard it has been to become No. 1. He has spent 76 straight weeks at No. 2.Murray won Olympic gold in London in 2012 and the U.S. Open the same year. In 2013, he became the first British man to triumph at Wimbledon in 77 years.When Lendl left, Murray hired Amelie Mauresmo in 2014. She helped him climb the rankings following back surgery, but their partnership ended in May without any new major titles. Lendl rejoined Murray before Wimbledon, a week after the Scot lost to Djokovic in the French Open final, to work alongside Murray’s full-time coach Jamie Delgado.The move paid off immediately: Murray claimed a second title at the All England Club and a second gold medal at the Rio Olympics. He won his third straight tournament last week in Vienna, and has lost only 3 matches since the French Open.“Ivan has helped me a lot in the periods we have spent with each other,” Murray said. “The first time, I have the best period of time in my career, and since Wimbledon it’s been a great run.”“Ivan has helped me a lot in the periods we have spent with each other,” Murray said. “The first time, I have the best period of time in my career, and since Wimbledon it’s been a great run.”Djokovic held the top spot for 122 consecutive weeks, and 223 weeks overall. But after winning the French Open for the first time in June, his form has dipped. Since then, he’s won only one of his six tournaments.One person was quick to congratulate Murray on Saturday — his mother Judy. Their fight for supremacy will resume at the ATP Finals in London from next weekend.“The way that it happened today was quite strange,” Murray said. “I had always imagined, obviously, doing it on the court.”“I’m sure on Monday I’ll feel good,” Murray said. “It’s unfortunate the way that it happened today, but it’s been many years of work to get here.”After Raonic’s walkover, Murray gave the Paris fans something to cheer. He took to the court for practice, and hit a few shots with the ball boys and girls.Following Djokovic’s loss in the quarterfinals on Friday, Murray needed to make the final to take top spot off the Serb. Murray will face John Isner, who hit 18 aces to defeat Marin Cilic 6-4, 6-3.No matter the result of the final, the 29-year-old Murray will become the first Briton to hold the top spot since the rankings began in 1973, and the oldest first-time No. 1 since John Newcombe at 30 in 1974.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH EDITORS’ PICK Murray at world number one — how Twitter reacted Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Where did they go? 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APPARIS, France — After such a long wait, reaching the summit of men’s tennis was an anticlimax for Andy Murray.Without playing a point, the Scot ended a seven-year wait to secure the world No. 1 spot when he advanced to the Paris Masters final after Milos Raonic withdrew from their semifinal on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise read more
Dear Editor,I have previously written on reports about the processes used for the selection of the Deputy Chief Elections Officer. Among these processes was the use of the performance appraisal system.There is no doubt that a good performance appraisal system could make significant inputs in the processes of staff selection and promotion. However, the difficulties, constraints, human frailties and foibles which almost ‘naturally’ impinge upon the ‘reliability’ of any performance appraisal system must not be overlooked.There is general merit, at least conceptually, in the proposition that “past performance is a good indicator of future performance”; but that depends largely on the relevance, similarity and transferability of the relevant skills/competencies/other demands of the respective jobs. And these are not always on all fours.Would you, for example, promote to become a supervisor John, an employee who is an excellent, experienced accounting clerk but who is taciturn, prefers to be left alone to do his work, and does not relate well with peers; as opposed to Tom who, while not necessarily as good a clerk, is empathetic and has good interpersonal skills?There is also the variability of the competence and ‘motivation’ of the ‘appraisers’ to do a good job of conducting and reporting on the staff appraisal.Performance appraisal is retrospective, while staff selection is prospective and anticipative. Although it can be helpful in staff selection, performance appraisal is essentially intended to support a number of other management processes, including:• Formal ‘motivational feedback’ between supervisors and supervisees.• A formal record of the level of performance and demonstrated potential of the employee during the appraisal period• Formal counselling and merit increments in organisations that award performance-related salary increases.The foregoing are some of the reasons for my indicating as strongly as I did in my recent letter in the media on the subject: “Effective Staff Selection involves more than Qualifications & Experience eg: oral and written communication, interpersonal skills, motivation, supervision and management”; these must be formally assessed and tested through appropriate selection exercises.Leaders, managers, administrators, CEOs are all urged to be mindful of these universal management advice and practices.Sincerely,Nowrang Persaud read more
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – Two Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday urged Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to stand by his previous statements of support for California’s high-speed rail project and spare its funding when he trims $700 million from the new state budget. “We want to make sure the governor knows we’re watching, that Californians are watching, and that we expect the governor to be futuristic, to be optimistic and to keep a project on line that makes a lot of sense in terms of getting people out of their cars,” said Sen. Dean Florez, D-Shafter. The state’s high-speed rail board has recommended that California build a 700-mile system linking its biggest cities with trains running at top speeds of more than 200 mph. The overdue state budget that lawmakers approved Tuesday includes $20.7 million to continue engineering and environmental work on that project. But Florez and Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, D-San Francisco, said they were concerned Schwarzenegger might veto the money before he signs the budget into law. read more
LA MIRADA — Nearly two years after an airplane collided into KFI-AM’s radio antenna and sent it tumbling to the ground, the station is seeking to rebuild the tower.However, KFI officials are meeting with fierce opposition from the aviation community, which believes the tower could pose a hazard to planes flying out of nearby Fullerton Municipal Airport.In the middle of the dispute is the city of La Mirada, which must grant a permit before any new antenna tower can be built.The proposal was scheduled to go to the city Planning Commission Thursday, but the hearing was postponed to give officials from the two cities and KFI time to meet. Further meetings are scheduled, but so far there has been no resolution. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsKFI wants to rebuild the 58-year-old former 760-foot tower at a reduced height of 684 feet. The station still has a 204-square-foot tower, but that antenna’s signal reaches only Los Angeles and Orange counties and it is spotty in places, said Greg Ashlock, general manager of KFI. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! read more
The Swifty gas station at the corner of Main and Hackberry Street in Salem joins locations in Sellersburg, Connersville, Corydon and Bedford that have been closed this year.Yellow tape went up this afternoon and pumps have been shut off most of the day.Personnel were removing point of sale equipment from the office this afternoon and would not make any official comments.Corporate officials from the company’s Seymour headquarters did not comment on the closing. Several WSLM listeners and social media followers began reporting closings in Sellersburg, Corydon and Connersville.Earlier this year, at least five Swifty’s gas stations in Louisville abruptly closed, with no word from the corporation of its plans at the properties.According to some unofficial reports, Marathon has taken over some Swifty locations. Rumors have already circulated that Walgreens might be buying the corner to develop a store to compete with CVS Pharmacy. They had looked at locating in Salem before but the property they wanted to buy was not available for sale either time. The company operates roughly 180 combination gas stations and convenience stores under the Swifty Food Mart banner in five states in the Midwest and the South. Swifty Oil Co. was founded in the 1960s by the Myers family and was owned and run by its chairman, Don Myers Sr.The Columbuzz reports, it started with 2 stations and one tanker getting the Myer family into the oil business, but it was Don Myer who bought 7 stations and formed Swifty Oil Co.. The station started and continues to be the only service station which still has an attendant pump your gas.Swifty Gas Stations expanded to 181 gasoline stations and convenience marts multiplying in a number of states since it was opened in 1963. Before that venture, Don Meyers helped his mother open Kocolene, a company now owned by it’s employees. Kocolene owns Fast Max, Smokers Host Tobacco, Ranger enterprising which is warehousing and logistics along with an environmental company Komac.However 92-year-old Myers passed away in July two months after his death several locations closed in the Louisville area.The current president is William R. Klinger who took this position in October 2011 and in Aug 2013 filed a Change of Registered office with the State of Indiana. One month after Don Myer’s death.Since the family no longer wants to be part of the Swifty Oil Company it is reported “the owner passed away and the family is selling out.” read more
Bus Éireann are introducing a series of cuts in an effort to save €8 million to allow the bus service to avoid insolvency, which may affect routes 32 from Letterkenny to Dublin, and route 30 from Donegal Town to Dublin.The state-owned company has banned recruitment, job losses, route cuts, and restrictions have been put in place with regard to hiring buses from external companies.Fears that the service could run out of funds in just eighteen months were highlighted to Minister for Transport Shane Ross on Thursday. The Irish Times have reported that external consultants Grant Thornton have advised Bus Éireann officials that closing down the Expressway intercity service is a viable next step in an effort to save funds.Nationally, up to 500 jobs will be lost if the Expressway intercity service is axed.The expressway buses to Dublin from Letterkenny and Donegal Town could possibly be impacted, although details are yet to emerge.Routes 32 and 30 run several times a day, connecting Donegal with the capital. Bus Éireann employs 255 people in the North West, and contributed €33m to the economy of the North West in 2016.Dermot O’Leary, the general secretary of the National Bus and Rail Union told the Irish Independent that the the Government and the National Transport Authority must protect services to rural Ireland.“While there are issues in Irish Rail I would say the issues in Bus Eireann probably outstrip them in relation to rural Ireland losing its bus service.“Those journeys across rural Ireland are every bit as important to customers as the enhanced Dart service will be to its users. The NTA has been very dismissive of that portion of people who use those vital services. There are no train or Dart services into Donegal for example.”Bus Éireann cuts could impact Donegal buses to Dublin was last modified: January 15th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:busbus eireanndonegalexpressway intercity read more