UK would ‘say no’ to EU request for extension of Brexit trade talks

first_img“An extension of the transition would prolong negotiations, delay uncertainty and delay our own control of our borders. Thursday 16 April 2020 1:39 pm Stefan Boscia European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier (R) and the British Prime Minister’s Europe adviser David Frost pose for a photograph at start of the first round of post-Brexit trade deal talks (POOL/AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: UK would ‘say no’ to EU request for extension of Brexit trade talks “If the EU asks for an extension, we will say no,” he said. It is understood that the EU would potentially be open to an extension, but it has not asked for one. Speaking to the BBC today, she said: “I really hope that all policymakers everywhere would be thinking about [reducing uncertainty]. It is tough as it is. Let’s not make it any tougher. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBleacherBreaker4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!BleacherBreakerFinanceChatterViewers Had To Look Away When This Happened On Live TVFinanceChatterDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStorybonvoyaged.comTotal Jerks: These Stars Are Horrible People.bonvoyaged.comzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comGloriousaDrone Captures What No One Was Supposed to SeeGloriousaNational Penny For Seniors7 Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskNational Penny For SeniorsDefinition24 Of The Most Hilarious Yard Signs Ever WrittenDefinition Show Comments ▼ “My advice would be to seek ways in which this element of uncertainty is reduced in the interests of everybody, of the UK, of the EU, the whole world.” The UK is currently in a transition period, where it is still operating by EU rules and regulations. Barnier also contracted coronavirus and was out of action for some weeks, while Boris Johnson was also hospitalised with the virus. whatsapp “It would keep us bound by EU legislation when we need flexibility to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.” UK chief negotiator David Frost and his EU counterpart Michel Barnier confirmed yesterday that trade talks will re-commence next week. On a call to journalists today, the spokesman reiterated the governmnt’s position, saying that an extension to the 31 December deadline would hamper the UK’s longterm response to the coronavirus crisis.center_img If no deal is struck by 31 December then new taxes and trade barriers will immediately be implemented on World Trade Organisation (WTO) terms. Georgieva said today that an extension must be sought to maintain global stability. The pair, and their teams, will hold three week-long negotiation rounds via video conference over the next six weeks. whatsapp The trade negotiations have been plagued by coronavirus-related delays, with a meeting between Barnier and Frost cancelled in mid-March over fears of contagion. European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier (R) and the British Prime Minister’s Europe adviser David Frost pose for a photograph at start of the first round of post-Brexit trade deal talks (POOL/AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: UK would ‘say no’ to EU request for extension of Brexit trade talks European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier (R) and the British Prime Minister’s Europe adviser David Frost pose for a photograph at start of the first round of post-Brexit trade deal talks (POOL/AFP via Getty Images) Boris Johnson’s spokesman responded by rejecting Georgieva’s plea. An extension to the trade negotiations deadline would need to be approved by July, according to the terms of the withdrawal agreement. The UK will refuse any request for a Brexit trade deal extension by the EU, according to the Prime Minister’s official spokesman. Share International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief IMF chair Kristalina Georgieva today urged the government to extend the deadline to reduce uncertainty during the Covid-19 crisis. UK would ‘say no’ to EU request for extension of Brexit trade talks last_img read more

Q&A: Figuring out how songbirds sing may lead to better understanding of how humans learn

first_img Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED Q&A: Figuring out how songbirds sing may lead to better understanding of how humans learn What is it? Scientists have long suspected songbirds might hold the secrets to better understanding how human learn to talk. Now several Florida-based researchers believe understanding how some birds sing could someday lead to answers about some human developmental learning disabilities.A team of Florida State University scientists — led by psychologist Rick Hyson, statistician Wei Wu, biomathematician Richard Bertram, and neuroanatomist Frank Johnson — have received an $800,000 National Science Foundation grant to study the brains of male zebra finches and how they learn to sing. Florida State University scientists are studying how male zebra finches learn to sing. Mohammad Abdullah/Creative Commons Log In | Learn More GET STARTED STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. By Max Blau Aug. 14, 2017 Reprints Tags neuroscienceresearchSTAT+ Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. In the Lab What’s included?last_img read more

Poll: Trump approval remains stable, Republicans unmoved after Capitol violence

first_imgEnglewood man arrested for role in Capitol Riots February 21, 2021 Prosecutors in Georgia open criminal investigation into Trump’s attempt to influence election results February 11, 2021 Attorneys for accused Capitol rioters given tours of US Capitol building May 10, 2021 AdvertisementTags: CapitolPollsPresident Trump AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments AdvertisementWhile a record 10 Republican members of the House broke ranks to vote for the president’s impeachment last week after a pro-Trump mob invaded the Capitol, Trump’s approval rating among Republicans in the recent poll shows few signs that GOP voters are widely disillusioned with the president.Almost nine-in-ten Republicans — 87 percent — give Trump a thumbs up, compared with 89 percent who said the same before the November election, according to NBC News.And even for the half of Republicans who say they prioritize the GOP generally over allegiance to Trump, his high approval remains unmoved by recent events. Advertisement Charlotte County bail bondsman arrested for Capitol riots February 12, 2021 RELATEDTOPICS Among Republicans who said their primary loyalty is to Trump over the party, 98 percent approve of his performance. For those who said they prioritize the party over the president, his approval still stands at 81 percent — virtually unchanged from October 2020.(Those findings, however, contrast with a recent Pew poll showing Trump’s job rating declining among Republicans.)In the NBC survey, more than a quarter of GOP voters surveyed — 28 percent — said that Trump’s words and actions related to the violence at the Capitol on January 6 actually reinforced their vote for Trump.Just 5 percent said they now regretted their support for him, and fully two-thirds — 66 percent — said their feelings about Trump had not changed.While 52 percent of voters overall said that Trump is solely or mainly responsible for the protests that led to rioters overtaking the Capitol, including 91 percent of Democrats and 44 percent of independents, just 11 percent of Republicans agree. (About half of Republicans, though, place responsibility on “social media companies” and “Antifa.”)“While a few Republican elected officials have broken with Trump, Republican voters are sticking with him for now,” said Democratic pollster Jeff Horwitt of Hart Research, who conducted the poll along with Republican pollster Bill McInturff of Public Opinion Strategies. “As we’ve seen over the course of his term, major event after major event does little to shake Trump’s standing with Republicans.”Trump’s standing among those outside the GOP remains similarly unchanged, NBC News confirms. He gets a positive job assessment from 44 percent of independents and just 5 percent of Democrats in the latest poll, shares that are also nearly identical to pre-election surveys.Previous NBC polling has indeed found Trump’s approval among voters to be remarkably stable despite his tumultuous presidency, fluctuating only between a high of 47 percent and a low of 38 percent.The latter rating came in late 2017, after Trump was widely criticized for his response to violence after a gathering of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Va.Half of voters call Trump “worst than most” presidentsAbout half of the electorate — 49 percent of voters — ranks Trump as “definitely worse than most” presidents, a share recently rivaled only by the 48 percent who said the same of departing President George W. Bush in late 2008.An additional nine percent say Trump is “not as good as most.”Forty percent of voters rank Trump as either “one of the very best” presidents (19 percent) or “better than most” (21 percent). That’s significantly lower than majorities who gave above-average reviews for Bill Clinton (56 percent) or Barack Obama (55 percent) when they left office.But Trump’s lukewarm review still doubles the mere 20 percent of voters who gave Bush an above-average ranking when he departed the White HouseThe current outgoing president’s legacy — like views of his performance throughout his presidency — is one viewed in hard partisan lines, according to NBC News.Those viewing Trump’s presidency as “better than most” or “one of the best” include 82 percent of Republicans, but just 40 percent of independents and just 4 percent of Democrats.When former presidents Obama and Clinton exited office while enjoying relatively high approval ratings, a higher share of those in the opposite party— 20 percent and 27 percent of Republicans, respectively — ranked their presidencies as above average.Biden, Harris best Trump on favorability scaleWhile the poll finds Trump’s personal favorability ratings underwater, the Democrats heading to the White House fare better.President-elect Biden has a net favorability rating of +4 (44 percent positive, 40 percent negative), while Vice President-elect Kamala Harris has a net rating of +0 (41 percent positive, 41 percent negative.)That’s compared with Trump’s net personal rating of -13 (40 percent positive, 53 percent negative.)Joe Biden’s wife, Jill Biden, has a personal favorability rating of +14 (40 percent positive, 26 percent negative.) Notably, though, a majority of Republicans — 59 percent — give her a negative rating, a particularly high marker of antipathy for an incoming first lady from members of the opposing party.Before Obama’s inauguration, 33 percent of Republicans gave Michelle Obama a negative personal rating. And before Trump’s inauguration, 44 percent of Democrats gave Melania Trump a similarly poor grade.The poll of 1000 registered voters was conducted January 10-13, 2021, by Republican firm Public Opinion Strategies and Democratic firm Hart Research. The margin of error for registered voters is +/- 3.1 percentage points. WASHINGTON (NBC News) — Donald Trump may have just become the only president in U.S. history to be impeached twice — this time after a deadly assault on the Capitol by his supporters — but he is still poised to leave office with a job approval rating that is fairly typical of the entirety of his time in office.A new NBC News poll finds that 43 percent of voters give Trump a positive job approval rating, just barely down from 45 percent who said the same before the November election and 44 percent who approved of his performance shortly after he took office in 2017.The same poll finds that 35 percent of voters — including 74 percent of Republicans but just 30 percent of independents and 3 percent of Democrats — believe that president-elect Joe Biden did not win the 2020 election legitimately.Sixty-one percent of all voters — but just 21 percent of Republicans — said Biden did win legitimately, NBC News reports. Advertisementlast_img read more

New Director General for Homeland Security announced

first_imgNew Director General for Homeland Security announced Chloe Squires has been appointed as the new Director General for Homeland Security at the Home Office and Senior Responsible Officer for Counter Terrorism, replacing Tom Hurd who stepped down last month.Chloe Squires, who took up the role on 1 April, has been with the Home Office since 2019 and has spent over a decade working across the national security community. Before joining the Home Office, she was Director of Strategy at the National Cyber Security Centre.Home Secretary Priti Patel said:The number one priority of government is to keep people safe, and Chloe’s wealth of experience working in national security will be invaluable to this mission.I look forward to continuing to work closely with her to tackle terrorism and safeguard our country from hostile threats and I want to thank Tom for his excellent work leading OSCT since 2016.Permanent Secretary Matthew Rycroft said:Chloe is a fantastic addition to the top team and is absolutely the right person to lead on this critical part of the Home Office’s work. I very much look forward to continuing to work with her.A huge thank you to Tom Hurd for being an excellent Director General for the Office for Security and Counter Terrorism since 2016. We wish him all the best for his new chapter.Commenting on her appointment, Chloe Squires said:I’m thrilled to have been offered the role at this exciting time for the mission. I look forward to working with my brilliant colleagues across the Home Office and its partners to help deliver the government’s vital agenda in this area. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:community, cyber, cyber security, director, Government, Secretary, security, terrorism, UK, UK Governmentlast_img read more

As U.S. lowers auto emissions standards, Canada is at a fuel efficiency crossroads

first_img The federal government has started to give away money to encourage people to buy electric cars, but before long it will have to decide how far it will go to force the market towards lower-emission vehicles.The electric vehicle rebate program launched May 1, giving up to $5,000 back to buyers to help them afford zero-emission vehicles which have higher up-front costs but long-term financial and environmental benefits.Ottawa, however, is still thinking about whether it will stick with ambitious future emission standards, which would potentially add up-front costs to all vehicles sold in Canada with the promise of lower emissions and long-term savings. Trending in Canada Trending Videos A decision is needed because the U.S. Trump Administration has said the requirements are too stringent and will be lowering them.Canada has matched U.S. standards since 2011, and will have to decide whether to match new U.S. requirements expected to be announced in late spring or early summer, or to align itself with California and other states that have vowed to maintain the current standards.Canada’s auto industry has urged the government not to create separate emission standards for Canada and the U.S., while environmental groups say maintaining the current regime is crucial to meeting climate change targets.The federal government is still in consultations, but it says it is open to following California in maintaining the current standards.“Canada is looking at following the actions of California and other like-minded U.S. states as we move forward on Canada’s mid-term evaluation,” Environment and Climate Change spokesman Mark Johnson wrote in an email.“Clean cars are a key part of Canada’s climate plan to fight climate change,” he said.A decision on whether to maintain the standards, which call for making cars about five per cent more efficient per year, and light trucks 3.5 per cent and later five per cent per year, will come as Canadians increasingly buy larger, heavier vehicles.The trend towards SUVs, crossovers and pickups that make up the light truck category has helped make Canada’s 2017 vehicle fleet the most fuel-hungry per kilometre in the world, according to the International Energy Agency.It found Canadian vehicles sold in 2017 consumed an average of 8.9 litres for every hundred kilometres, ahead of the 8.6 litres per kilometre in the U.S., 7.9 in Australia, and about 5.4 in France, Turkey, and India.Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2In this Sept. 30, 2015, photo, John Swanton, spokesman with the California Air Resources Board, explains how a 2013 Volkswagen Passat with a diesel engine is evaluated at the emissions test lab in El Monte, Calif. Canadian gov’t outlines EV incentive details, list of 27 eligible models and trims See More Videos California blasts Trump proposal to freeze fuel-efficiency standardsBut unlike California, Canada has an auto manufacturing base it must also consider.If the higher standards are maintained, industry has said that companies may have to stop selling some less-efficient vehicles in Canada to meet the averaged standard.Reducing options for manufacturers could affect production decisions, said Flavio Volpe, president of the Automotive Parts Manufacturer’s Association.“If you undercut the build where you sell proposition, maybe they don’t build here.” He said the association advocates to go with the critical mass that best aligns with the product mix manufactured in Canada.It’s not yet clear which way Canada will go on the standards, but with such a complicated file and wide-reaching implications, Volpe said he appreciates that the government is committed to thorough consultations. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. advertisement RELATED TAGSNewscenter_img Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 In this Oct. 13, 2015, file photo, a Volkswagen Touareg diesel is tested in the Environmental Protection Agency’s cold temperature test facility in Ann Arbor, Michigan ‹ Previous Next › COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS “I think they’re being cautious, rightfully so.” Buy It! 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He said member companies, which includes Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, believe the higher up-front costs of lower-emission vehicles would actually slow uptake of new vehicles that are already more efficient.“The single-most cost effective and greatest way to reduce GHG emissions is actually to accelerate fleet turnover,” said Nantais.But as vehicles become more durable, which allow people to hold on to them longer, it’s especially important to ensure significant improvements are maintained, said Berube.“Unless that regulation is there to ensure that the next model year is even more fuel efficient, we’re going to be missing in terms of big emissions gains from the fleet turnover that happens naturally as people replace their older vehicles.”RELATEDlast_img read more

JIS Honoured for Positive Portrayal of Disabled Persons

first_imgJIS Honoured for Positive Portrayal of Disabled Persons InformationNovember 23, 2012 Story HighlightsThe Jamaica Information Service (JIS) is the recipient of the Positive Images in the Media Award, presented by the Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities (JCPD), for the agency’s positive representation of disabled persons. The award was presented at the Inaugural Disability Friendly Awards Gala and Dinner held on Monday (November 19) at the Wyndham Kingston Hotel.  The agency was honoured for “demonstrating extraordinary commitment to promoting the elimination of stereotypes by portraying persons with disabilities and their lives accurately with recognition of the complexities of being human”.Chief Executive Officer of the JIS, Donna-Marie Rowe, said the agency has committed to assisting the disabled community over the years and so is proud of the achievement. RelatedArchives Critical to Jamaica’s History RelatedJIS Honoured for Positive Portrayal of Disabled Persons RelatedJIS Honoured for Positive Portrayal of Disabled Personscenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Advertisements The Jamaica Information Service (JIS) is the recipient of the Positive Images in the Media Award, presented by the Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities (JCPD), for the agency’s positive representation of disabled persons.The award was presented at the Inaugural Disability Friendly Awards Gala and Dinner held on Monday (November 19) at the Wyndham Kingston Hotel.  The agency was honoured for “demonstrating extraordinary commitment to promoting the elimination of stereotypes by portraying persons with disabilities and their lives accurately with recognition of the complexities of being human”.Chief Executive Officer of the JIS, Donna-Marie Rowe, said the agency has committed to assisting the disabled community over the years and so is proud of the achievement.“We’ve been very consistent in ensuring that all our stakeholders, and that includes those persons who have to live with some form of disability, that they understand and know how to access the services of Government as well as to ensure that they know about the initiatives that are available to benefit persons with disabilities and so we’re very pleased for this recognition,” Mrs. Rowe said.The citation presented to the agency noted that “for the last fifty years, its sensitive, well researched and detailed coverage of stories that most affect persons with disabilities has played a pivotal role in enlightening and uplifting people throughout the society”.It further stated that the JIS’ relationship with influential groups such as the JCPD, the Abilities Foundation and the Jamaica Association for Intellectual Disabilities, is ongoing and reciprocal.The JIS was among eight other outstanding awardees on the night for service to the disabled community.Senator the Hon. Floyd Morris copped the night’s highest honour, the Prime Minister Award for Excellence in Disability Reform, in recognition of his significant work in influencing the disability reform agenda.The Senator, who accepted the award from Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, is credited for using his position as the country’s first blind Senator, to drive policies and initiatives at many levels locally and internationally.These include amendments to the Road traffic Regulations in 2005, which paved the way for deaf persons to drive on Jamaican roads; institution of the Margaret Moodie Scholarship for tertiary education; and initiatives to increase accessibility for the disabled at airports, schools and other public places.Another outstanding awardee was the Very Rev. Monsignor Gregory Ramkissoon, who received the Minister of Labour and Social Security Lifetime Achievement Award for his unending commitment to serving persons with disabilities and the most vulnerable in society, through his Mustard Seed Communities. The charity, founded in 1978, serves abandoned children with disabilities and orphaned children living with HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean and Central America. It now has 15 local centres that aid the elderly, teenage and unwed mothers, and the disposed.The Faith D. Innerarity Accessibility Award, named in honour of the late outstanding civil servant, went to the Ministry of Health, for ensuring that its products and services are accessible to persons with disability.The Distinguished Parenting Award went to Greer-Ann Saulter for her outstanding dedication to her child Astro, and for making a difference in his life. Astro, who is 34, has severe cerebral palsy, leaving him unable to speak, stand or use his hands. He, however, has control of his head, which he has leant to manipulate to create wonderful works of art, some of which were on display at the gala.Other awardees were: Supreme Venture Limited, which copped the Disability Friendly Business Award; Wyndham Kingston Hotel received the Disability Friendly Hotel Award; Liberty Academy at the Priory, which received  the Excellence in Special Education Award for its demonstrated commitment to educate, and/advocate for children with disabilities and their families; while the Vision 2030 Jamaica Award went to Community-Based Rehabilitation Jamaica, for its role in serving persons with disabilities.The awards gala was held in collaboration with the Consul General of Jamaica in  Toronto.last_img read more

SA ministry starts legal fight over spectrum sale

first_img AT&T scores $14.7B loan for spectrum Kavit Majithia Related Tags Author Home SA ministry starts legal fight over spectrum sale Kavit joined Mobile World Live in May 2015 as Content Editor. He started his journalism career at the Press Association before joining Euromoney’s graduate scheme in April 2010. Read More >> Read more Cohere targets spectral efficiency gains South Africa auction on ice after court order ICASASouth Africaspectrum South Africa’s telecoms ministry filed a legal suit against the country’s industry regulator in an attempt to block the proposed sale of more than $1 billion worth of spectrum, reports Bloomberg.After threatening legal action at the end of last month, the government has now started proceedings against the spectrum auction proposed by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), with the regulator, along with operators MTN, Vodacom, Telkom SA and Cell C, named as respondents.The parties now have until 26 August to show why the order shouldn’t be granted by a high court in South Africa.According to documents seen by Bloomberg, the telecoms ministry said halting the sale process “has become necessary in order to prevent irreparable harm which unsuspecting interested parties may suffer in the licencing process which this court could ultimately find unlawful”.ICASA invited interested parties to apply for spectrum, set at a reserve price of ZAR3 billion ($210 million) each last month, with the process coming after a reported five year delay caused by government deliberations over policy.However, after studying the proposal, the country’s telecoms minister Siyanbonga Cwele released a statement stating ICASA had acted hastily given the spectrum would not be available immediately, and there was no policy direction on the spectrum that has been issued.ICASA had hoped to hold the auction in January next year.According to these latest developments, ICASA’s auction would also prevent new players from entering the country, said the telecoms ministry, and the process should not begin until the policy document is approved, due at the end of the year. Previous ArticleHTC and Alibaba strike VR dealNext ArticleOrange reveals 2018 revenue target for money service AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 09 AUG 2016 last_img read more

Ko ends winless drought with playoff eagle

first_imgDALY CITY, Calif. – Lydia Ko hit a 3-wood to 3 feet for eagle to finish off Minjee Lee on the first hole of a playoff Sunday in the chilly LPGA Mediheal Championship Ko won her 15th LPGA title and first since July 2016, a 43-event stretch marked by changes in instructors, caddies and equipment and a large weight loss. ”My whole team and my family, they’ve worked really hard for this moment,” Ko said. ”I’m happy that a few of them are here and we can celebrate together.” Five days after turning 21, the New Zealander won for the third time at Lake Merced after taking the Swinging Skirts LPGA at the tree-lined layout in 2014 and 2015. ”It’s crazy because I was 3 over for the day at one stage and I said, ‘Hey, you’ve just got to focus and you never know what’s going to happen,”’ Ko said. ”I was able to kind of put my game together on the back nine. When that putt dropped, I was like, ‘Oh, my God.'” Full-field scores from the LPGA Mediheal Championship Twenty yards behind Lee in the fairway on the par-5 18th in the playoff, Ko hit a 3-wood that cleared the tree limbs on the right, landed in front of the green and rolled inches by on the right side. ”I hit some really good 3-woods today and I said, ‘Hey, you’ve got to maybe try and copy the one on the other par 5,” Ko said. ”I was able to hit a good shot again. I didn’t really know how close it was going to be.” Lee, the 21-year-old Australian who won the 2012 U.S. Girls’ Junior at Lake Merced, hit her second shot into the rough near the right greenside bunker and made a 10-foot birdie putt. Ko closed with a 1-under 71 to match Lee at 12-under 276. Lee had her second straight 68. Ko holed a flop shot for birdie on the par-4 13th, two-putted for birdie on the par-5 15th and matched Lee with an up-and-down birdie on the 18th to force the playoff. Playing in the group ahead of Ko and Jessica Korda, Lee holed out from a greenside bunker for birdie on the par-3 17th. Korda, a stroke ahead of Ko and Lee with nine holes left, finished with a 74 to drop into a tie for third at 8 under with Angel Yin (67), Shanshan Feng (68) and Charley Hull (70).last_img read more

Lough Swilly lifeboat rescue six crewmen in overnight operation

first_img Previous articleMalin Head deemed windiest weather station in 2017Next articleGoals give Fermanagh victory – Rory Gallagher Reaction News Highland Lough Swilly lifeboat rescue six crewmen in overnight operation Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Facebook WhatsApp Google+ Google+ By News Highland – January 4, 2018 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th The Lough Swilly Lifeboat was tasked overnight to assist in landing a fishing vessel at Rathmullen pier after it got into difficulty off the coast of Fanad Head.The alarm was raised at 2.50am this morning after reports of the vessel, which was carrying six crewmen, suffered mechanical failure.The lifeboat was dispatched at 3am and on arrival passed a tow and brought the fishing boat to safety at Rathmullen.Spokesperson for Lough Swilly Lifeboat Joe Joyce says thankfully conditions were favourable at the time of the rescue:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows center_img Pinterest Homepage BannerNews Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Twitter Twitter Community Enhancement Programme open for applicationslast_img read more

Richard Burke remanded in custody to appear before Letterkenny Court

first_img Richard Burke remanded in custody to appear before Letterkenny Court Jasmine McMonagleRichard Burke, the man charged with the murder of Jasmine McMonagle, appeared back in court in Roscommon on Friday were he was remanded in custody.27 year old Burke, with an address at Forest Park, Killygordon first appeared at a special sitting of Sligo District Court on Saturday last charged with the murder of the mother of two.28 year old Jasmine McMonagle’s body was found at her home in Forest Park, Killygordon in the early hours of Friday the 4th of January.He made a brief appearance before Harristown Court on Friday where he was remanded in custody to appear before Letterkenny District Court on January the 21st via video link WhatsApp Facebook Homepage BannerNews Google+ Pinterest Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Facebook Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows center_img Twitter Previous articleCrashes cause delays around Sion Mills and MountcharlesNext articleCalls for greater LIS funding as application deadline approaches News Highland WhatsApp Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Pinterest Google+ By News Highland – January 11, 2019 Renewed calls for full-time Garda in Kilmacrennanlast_img read more