Kuchar (63) grabs share of lead at Scottish Open

first_imgNORTH BERWICK, Scotland – Matt Kuchar shot an 8-under 63 on Thursday to share the lead with three players in a low-scoring opening round at the Scottish Open. Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas, the highest-ranked players in the field, opened with 67s – a score only slightly better than the field average on a day when 118 players broke par at The Renaissance Club, which was softened by heavy early-morning rain. Kuchar, who has two previous top-four finishes at the Scottish Open, made two eagles on his first nine and ran off four birdies in five holes to reach 9 under before bogeying his last hole of the day, the par-3 ninth. “Conditions were pretty easy when we started the round. Still, 8-under on a links golf course, I didn’t see those kind of scores for myself, or even for anybody,” Kuchar said. “Wind picked up there the last two hours. It was challenging. I was awfully glad to keep the ball in play and I snuck in a couple eagles, which were awfully helpful.” Your browser does not support iframes. Full-field scores from the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open He was joined atop the leaderboard by Romain Wattel, Nino Bertasio and Edoardo Molinari. The leading three players not exempt for the British Open who finish inside the top 10 will earn spots in the field next week at Royal Portrush. Wattel, Bertasio and Molinari – whose brother Francesco is the defending champion – have yet to qualify. Lee Slattery, Erik Van Rooyen, Thomas Pieters, Andy Sullivan, Jamie Donaldson, Kalle Samooja and Thomas Aiken had 64s. Henrik Stenson and Ian Poulter were among those at 65. Rickie Fowler, who won at nearby Gullane in 2015, struggled to a 71.last_img read more

Mica Redress Scheme will not be reverted to cabinet – Minister

first_img By News Highland – October 24, 2019 Google+ WhatsApp Mica Redress Scheme will not be reverted to cabinet – Minister Twitter Google+ AudioHomepage BannerNews Pinterest Twitter Facebook Facebook Previous articleSix Donegal patients wait over an hour for ambulance this yearNext articleGAA Programme – Ulster Ladies Junior & Senior Final News Highland center_img Pinterest WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty DL Debate – 24/05/21 FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 The Housing Minister has confirmed that the Mica Redress Scheme does not have to go back to cabinet for consideration and is in the final stages.It follows an update earlier this week which indicated that the scheme was with the Attorney General for final review and sign off.In the Dail last night, Donegal Deputy Charlie McConalogue requested further clarification on the current state of play.Responding, Minister Eoghan Murphy says while some regulations need to be finalised, he anticipates that the implementation of the scheme will begin shortly:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/micghgfhgfhfghadail-2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Harps come back to win in Waterford last_img read more

Trump condemns potential explosives sent to Clinton, Obama, CNN as ‘despicable acts’

first_imgAuthorities are investigating potential explosives sent to CNN and liberal political figures, including former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the billionaire donor George Soros, as the White House on Wednesday denounced the “terrorizing acts.”The FBI, in a statement late Wednesday afternoon, said that the packages, which were mailed in manila envelopes with a return address of “DEBBIE WASSERMAN SHULTZ,” were sent to Soros, Clinton, Obama, former CIA Director John Brennan at CNN’s offices, and former Attorney General Eric Holder. The package to Holder was returned to Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s office in Sunrise, Florida, which was evacuated on Wednesday.All envelopes contained “potentially destructive devices“ and are being analyzed at the FBI Laboratory in Quantico, Virginia., according to the bureau, which warned that additional packages could have been mailed to other locations. The president has recently called out a number of people targeted this week.Earlier this month, Trump accused Soros of paying people to protest against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The president has also bashed Representative Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), at times calling her “unhinged.“ The congresswoman was also a target of a suspicious package that was sent to her office in Washington.The White House has at times singled out CNN among the news media, with Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders engaging in heated exchanges with the network’s White House correspondent Jim Acosta, as well as reporters with other outlets. In addition, CNN White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins was once blocked from attending an open-press event and the president has skipped over Acosta at a news conference.White House officials sent out various statements decrying the suspected bombs on Wednesday, with Sanders saying the administration condemns “the attempted violent attacks recently made against President Obama, President Clinton, Secretary Clinton, and other public figures.““These terrorizing acts are despicable, and anyone responsible will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law,“ she said. “The United States Secret Service and other law enforcement agencies are investigating and will take all appropriate actions to protect anyone threatened by these cowards.“She later added to her statement as more details emerged about the suspicious device sent to CNN’s New York offices. “Our condemnation of these dispicable [sic] acts certainly includes threats made to CNN as well as current or former public servants,” she said on Twitter. “These cowardly acts are unacceptable and wont be tolerated.”Attorney General Jeff Sessions was scheduled to attend an annual award ceremony for Justice Department employees Wednesday but did not show up early in the event to make remarks.Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein relayed an assurance from Sessions that Justice Department leaders are responding promptly to the series of suspected bombs.“We condemn those actions and the person or persons who sent those devices in the strongest possible terms and we are determined that justice will be done,” Rosenstein said, reading a statement from Sessions. “In the meantime, as we proceed to carry out our duties, we will not be intimidated by any threats.”The Secret Service on Wednesday morning released a statement that it had intercepted two packages, one addressed to Clinton and another to Obama.It said that the package addressed to Clinton at her Westchester County home in New York was intercepted late Tuesday. On Wednesday, a second package was intercepted that was addressed to Obama at his residence in Washington. In addition, a white substance was found with the package that was delivered to CNN’s New York offices. The Time Warner Center, where CNN’s New York bureau is located, was evacuated. The network’s president, Jeff Zucker, said in a statement released at noon that the package had been removed from the building.Later Wednesday afternoon, Zucker condemned Trump and his administration’s relationship with the news media. The president often refers to the press as “fake news” after reports about his administration that he disagrees with, and has in the past dubbed journalists “the enemy of the people.““There is a total and complete lack of understanding at the White House about the seriousness of their continued attacks on the media,” Zucker said in a statement. “The President, and especially the White House Press Secretary, should understand their words matter. Thus far, they have shown no comprehension of that.”The series of packages were condemned widely by politicians on both sides of the aisle, and Democrats also took the president to task over his past rhetoric.Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), the House minority leader, and Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), the Senate minority leader, said in a joint statement that they “listened with great interest to the president’s remarks,“ but added that those words “ring hollow until he reverses his statements that condone acts of violence.““Time and time again,“ they said, “the president has condoned physical violence and divided Americans with his words and his actions: expressing support for the congressman who body-slammed a reporter, the neo-Nazis who killed a young woman in Charlottesville, his supporters at rallies who get violent with protesters, dictators around the world who murder their own citizens, and referring to the free press as the enemy of the people.” The rash of packages to some of President Donald Trump’s avowed rivals has injected a tense new dimension into the final stretch before the midterm elections.Trump said at the White House on Wednesday afternoon that a major federal investigation is underway and that the government would “bring those responsible for these despicable acts to justice.”“I just want to tell you that in these times, we have to unify, we have to come together, and send one very clear, strong, unmistakable message that acts or threats of political violence of any kind have no place in the United States of America,” the president said, despite his own track record of engaging in divisive and, at times, violent rhetoric, including a recent reference to Democrats as an “angry, ruthless, unhinged mob.”Trump said that investigators “will spare no resources or expense in this effort.”“We’re extremely angry, upset, unhappy about what we witnessed this morning and we will get to the bottom of it,” the president concluded.John Miller, deputy commissioner of intelligence and counterterrorism for the New York Police Department, said during a news conference in New York earlier in the day that all the devices in that region, including the one sent to Clinton’s home, are being described as “pipe bombs.”center_img Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) called the suspicious packages “attempted acts of domestic terrorism.““As we continue to learn more, Americans are united in gratitude for the first responders — the Secret Service, the Postal Service, and other law enforcement — who protect our leaders and public figures from such unconscionable acts,” he said in a statement.Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) tweeted that the “targeted acts of terror are despicable cowardice,” and Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), tweeted that he hopes “this terrorist is caught & punished to full extent of the law.”Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), meanwhile, warned against engaging in heated rhetoric.“Some already giving in to temptation to react to this terror attack by either assigning blame for or rationalizing it,“ Rubio tweeted. “No sane or well intentioned person,no matter how partisan,would do this. It’s either the work of a demented person or terror aimed at further dividing America.“The attacks come as Trump has recently received fresh scrutiny for appearing to incite violence. The president last week told a Montana rally that Representative Greg Gianforte (R-Mont.), who body slammed a reporter in 2017, is “my kind of guy.” He has also frequently encouraged his crowds to chant “Lock her up!“ about Clinton and to physically remove protesters from his rallies. The Secret Service said that “the protectees did not receive the packages nor were they at risk of receiving them.“ The packages were identified during routine mail screening procedures.“The Secret Service has initiated a full scope criminal investigation that will leverage all available federal, state, and local resources to determine the source of the packages and identify those responsible,“ the agency said in the statement.Clinton said during an event on Wednesday the she and former President Bill Clinton “are fine, thanks to the men and women of the Secret Service who intercepted the package addressed to us long before it made its way to our home.““Every day we are grateful for their service and commitment and obviously never more than today,“ Clinton said. “But it is a troubling time, isn’t it? And it’s a time of deep divisions, and we have to do everything we can to bring our country together.“The Associated Press reported that the explosive device found at the Clintons’ home in Chappaqua was believed to be linked to one that was found in a mailbox on Monday at the residence of Soros, who was not there at the time.Waters, the California lawmaker, thanked the U.S. Capitol Police for intercepting the suspicious package sent to her. “I am appreciative of the law enforcement entities who intercepted the package and are investigating this matter,” she said in a statement. “I unequivocally condemn any and all acts of violence and terror.”The series of packages also sparked several false alarms. Cuomo initially said he, too, had received a suspicious package. Rich Azzopardi, the governor’s senior deputy communications director, later tweeted that a preliminary investigation showed it was actually “computer files on the hate group, The Proud Boys, who recently appeared in New York.”A building in San Diego was also briefly evacuated because of a stack of suspicious packages. The building houses The San Diego Union-Tribune and the office of Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.). Police later determined that the boxes were filled with miscellaneous items, including children‘s books, according to The Union-Tribune.Josh Gerstein, Gloria Pazmino, Matthew Choi and Caitlin Oprysko contributed reporting.last_img read more

Coachella Postponed Due To Coronavirus

first_img[Originally published Monday, 3/9/20] According to numerous reports, Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and Stagecoach Music Festival are both eyeing a move from April to October in hopes of avoiding the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. The two-weekend Coachella Festival is currently scheduled to take place from April 10th–12th and April 17th–19th in Indio, California, with each weekend featuring the same artist lineup. Stagecoach Music Festival is scheduled to take place the following weekend, from April 24th–26th.A report by Variety cites “multiple sources” in noting that “both weekends of the Coachella Festival as well as the Stagecoach Music Festival that follows have been postponed due to concerns over the coronavirus outbreak. Goldenvoice is informing agents currently and deducing who is available on consecutive weekends in October—starting with Oct. 9.”Related: Pearl Jam Postpones Upcoming Tour Due To CoronavirusRolling Stone also cites “multiple sources” in noting that “Several artist managers have been in talks with Goldenvoice for the last week discussing postponement of the festival” and that “the cancelation of SXSW and the recent outbreak of cases in California’s Riverside County ‘really changed everyone’s tune.’ Another source said Coachella ‘confirmed’ postponement with their agency on Monday night, but did not provide further details. A third source close to the situation said the talks are ongoing and not finalized yet.”Billboard adds, “Fearing that Riverside County officials will have to pull the 20-year-old event’s permit to bring 250,000 fans over two weekends to Indio, California, conversations with city officials and talent agents began late Sunday as the hope for staging the festival in April began to diminish. Earlier Monday (March 9) three more cases of coronavirus were confirmed in Riverside County where the festival takes place.Coachella/Stagecoach organizer Goldenvoice has yet to officially comment on the reports, though an official announcement is expected to come as early as Tuesday morning.Coachella and Stagecoach would be the latest in a slew of events to be canceled and postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak including South By Southwest, Tomorrowland Winter (France), Pearl Jam‘s North American tour, and Miami’s Ultra Music Festival.This story is developing. [UPDATE 3/11/20]: Goldenvoice, the organizer for both Coachella Valley Musc and Arts Festival and Stagecoach Music Festival, has confirmed that both events have been postponed due to COVID-19 (coronavirus). Weekend one of Coachella will now take place on October 9th–11th with weekend two on October 16th-18th. Stagecoach has been moved to October 23rd–25th.In a Twitter post on Tuesday, Goldenvoice noted that all festival tickets will be honored when the festivals take place later this year. The statement did not comment on how much of the original lineups will be retained when the festivals move to October.Read the full statement below:last_img read more

“The Beast” and Child Make For Unlikely Adorable Friends (WATCH)

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreDavid “The Beast” Douglas is a very strong guy in more ways than one, but he says his best friend, Lindsay Ratcliffe, is even stronger.Lindsay suffers from a rare genetic disorder known as progeria: it’s a disease that causes children to age 8-10 times faster than normal and leaves them with an average lifespan of 13 years.WATCH: Shelter Dog Can’t Contain Emotions, Realizing He’s Rescued However, according to Douglas, one would never think that Lindsay – already 12-years-old – is struggling because of the way she’s always smiling.Douglas, a motivational speaker, weightlifter, and former marine, has found inspiration in the little trooper he calls his “little sis”.RELATED: Lonely Elderly Pianist Places Ad, Drums Up 80 Musicians to JamThe unlikely pair met at Relentless, a weightlifting fundraiser for children with rare diseases and the two have been best friends ever since.(WATCH the video below from Inside Edition)Share The Sweetness With Your Best Friends…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Dog Adorably Jumps Double Dutch Ropes Being Turned by Two Other Dogs and a Human

first_imgClick To Share The Pawesome Video With Your Friends – Photo by Ryan YoungAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreSome dogs can play dead; other dogs can fetch toys; but what about a dog jumping double dutch rope?In a video that was uploaded by Ryan Young, a reporter for SEC country covering the Florida Gators basketball team, a dog named Scruffy takes the stage for a halftime show.WATCH: Daily Dose of Cute – Dachshund Shows Off Skills by Maneuvering Maze of Plastic Water BottlesWhile Scruffy’s human holds the ends of two jump ropes, two additional canine companions are in charge of the other ends of the ropes.Though Scruffy bungles his first attempt at double dutch, he nails the performance the second time around – and the crowd goes wild.Young posted the video with a caption reading: “They say no cheering on press row, but I was really rooting for Scruffy to nail the second attempt. Awesome.”(WATCH the video below)last_img read more

Watch with Me! Leslie Odom Jr. Revisits His Hamilton Broadway.com Vlog with Fresh Insight

first_img Star Files Tony winner Leslie Odom Jr., whose Broadway.com vlog Aaron Burr, Sir gave fans an inside look at Hamilton’s road to triumph at the 2016 Tony Awards, is revisiting that heady time. In the new Broadway.com series, Watch With Me, Odom Jr. is reviewing his favorite episodes from his vlog. if you’re excited to see the star in the upcoming Hamilton film (of course, you are!), then this nostalgia trip is for you. Prior to starring in the Broadway juggernaut, Odom Jr. appeared on the New York stage in Leap of Faith and Rent on Broadway and tick, tick… BOOM! opposite Hamilton co-star Lin-Manuel Miranda at New York City Center. His screen credits include Harriet, Murder in the Orient Express, Red Tails, Smash, Person of Interest and more. In 2018, he released his first book Failing Up: How to Take Risks, Aim Higher, and Never Stop Learning. He released his debut solo album Mr in 2019. Watch with Odom Jr. below! View Comments  Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 15:06Loaded: 0%00:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently behind liveLIVERemaining Time -15:06 1xPlayback RateChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedEnglishAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.center_img Leslie Odom Jr. Leslie Odom Jr.last_img read more

Burlington School Board passes resolution on gun violence prevention

first_imgVermont Business Magazine In a special board meeting on Monday, February 26th, the Burlington School District’s Board of Commissioners unanimously passed a “Resolution Related to Action on Gun-Related Violence Prevention.”In part, the resolution reads:“Whereas, we are local elected officials charged with ensuring the education, health, and safety of students on behalf of parents and our community, and therefore cannot accept the status quo that allows virtually unfettered access to guns in our State and results in these guns being used to kill and maim children;”We, the Board of the Burlington School District, declare it resolved that our elected officials in the Vermont House and Senate must pass effective gun violence prevention legislation during the 2018 legislative session, and that Governor Scott must sign such legislation into law to take effect immediately.”The resolution relays several concerns felt by board commissioners and voices support for specific pieces of legislation currently being considered in the Vermont House and Senate, among other measures. “We urge our legislators to immediately and swiftly act to keep our children alive.”  Following the meeting, Board Chair Stephanie Seguino said, “Our city’s children, parents, and teachers deserve to attend school and live in a community free from the fear of death or injury as a result of gun-related violence. The Board’s resolution calls on our elected officials to make the needed changes to ensure their safety.”“As someone who has experienced gun violence in schools as both a student and an administrator, I know the toll that these events can take on everyone involved,” said Superintendent Yaw Obeng. “I am grateful that the board has decided to step up and use their platform and voice to support safer schools.”The full resolution is below:Source: 2.27.2018 www.bsdvt.org(link is external)last_img read more

Grilled Corn At The Shuk With Tarragon Yogurt And Harissa

first_imgWho: Ayesha Nurdjaja, Head Chef of Shuka SohoInstagram: @Ayesha_Rare + @ShukaNYCChef Nurdjaja’s Guest-Worthy Recipe: Grilled Corn at the Shuk with tarragon yogurt and harissa powderWhy?“I love corn in the summer. For me, there is no way better than to eat grilled corn off the cob. This dish is inspired by eloite, the Mexican street corn, however I’ve taken a healthier approach using yogurt instead of mayo and cheese. A real crowd pleaser at your next BBQ. If you have left over yogurt, you can use it as a spread on a sandwich or loosen with lemon juice and drizzle over a summer salad.”Ingredients:2 1/2 c yogurt1/2 c water4 Tbsp Harissa1/4 c preserved lemon purée1/4 c chopped tarragon2 Tbsp saltDirections:Mix all the yogurt ingredients together in a bowl with a whisk. Grill corn, cut into thirds. Skewer the cut side and roll the corn in the tarragon yogurt. Finish with ground sumac and aleppo chili and squeeze of lemon and picked tarragon leaves. Sharelast_img read more

Affordable Apartments

first_imgShortly after being elected Southampton Town supervisor in 2015, Jay Schneiderman announced as one of his goals the creation of more affordable apartments in those areas of town where they were most sorely needed. Now nearly three years after that election, the town board is finally talking about taking some action in that direction.Last week, the town board discussed changes that would allow a property owner with at least a half-acre lot to apply for the right to create an affordable apartment, down from the current requirement that a lot be at least three-quarters of an acre. Among other things, a homeowner wishing to convert part of his or her house into an apartment would be required to apply for a town rental permit and agree to charge no more than the amount capped by federal regulations — currently about $1500 for a one-bedroom apartment.Never mind whether $1500 is a reasonable amount to ask someone to pay for a one-bedroom rental. Rooms in share houses are already at or near those levels. And still people are having a hard time finding a place to lay their head at night. Never mind, too, the question of what has taken the town board so long to finally begin considering what the supervisor said was a top priority shortly after taking office. Like it or not, governments are designed to operate slowly and deliberately, although a little more haste would certainly be appreciated by the many people scrambling to find a place to live. According to a Suffolk County workforce housing study, Southampton Town needs to provide about 6000 more units to meet its current need for affordable housing. Allowing more affordable apartments is never going to bridge that gap. Indeed, in the 16 years the town has had a law on the books allowing accessory apartments, only about 500 property owners have taken advantage of the opportunity. But making it easier for more people to qualify and getting the word out that accessory apartments can be legal is an important first step in easing the affordable housing crisis in town. Sharelast_img read more