The Trump administration is starting to overhaul its guidelines for companies that make mail-order DNA

Posted On Jun 23 2021 by

first_imgExclusive Dom Smith/STAT Log In | Learn More Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED What’s included? What is it? The Trump administration is starting to overhaul its guidelines for companies that make mail-order DNA 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. WASHINGTON — The Trump administration wants to modernize the federal guidelines for companies that sell made-to-order DNA in hopes of keeping dangerous genetic material — like smallpox or the Ebola virus — out of the hands of malicious potential customers, federal officials confirmed to STAT this week.The administration’s work is still in early stages, and it’s too soon to tell whether or how the government will make the guidelines more stringent, as companies and experts in the space have called for. Right now, the Department of Health and Human Services is kicking off “a broad interagency effort to review the guidance and make any necessary changes to reflect the evolving technological landscape,” said Theresa Lawrence, a director in HHS’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. 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 Ike Swetlitz Aug. 29, 2018 Reprints GET STARTED Tags geneticspolicySTAT+White Houselast_img read more


The Successes and Failures of Trustpolitik

Posted On Jun 19 2021 by

first_imgWas President Park Geun Hye’s North Korea policy in 2013 a success or a failure? Thecontinuation of a principled policy, coupled to the fact that the North did notpresent a high-level threat to the South, would suggest success, and this has beenthe assessment of many in South Korea. It is positive that, despite events detrimental to inter-Korean relations, President Park’s Korean Peninsula trust-building(“Trustpolitik”) process of “shepherding change in North Korea throughdialogue” has continued unabated. However, the question remains:what strategy do we have for bringing about change in North Korea over thecoming year?ParkGeun Hye’s inauguration on February 25th, 2013 came after North Korea’sthird nuclear test on February 12th. The resulting shutdown of an inter-Koreans communications line through Panmunjom, UN sanctions onthe North, and U.S.–South Korea joint military exercises were all immediate sources of further tension. Then, while pushing the peninsula to crisis point, for instancevia the unilateral annulment of the Korean War Armistice Agreement, the North enforced the shutdown of the Kaesong Industrial Complex. Thereafter,from April, North Korea abruptly began to put on a conciliatory face. AfterChoe Ryong Hae’s visit to China in May, North-South dialogue began again andthe Kaesong Industrial Complex eventually reopened. North and South Korea also agreed to hold a round of separatedfamily reunions. However, at the peak of the Chuseok holiday on September 21stthe North made the sudden decision to postpone the reunions, just as it has seemed possible that even the Mt. Geumgang tourist zone, closed since 2008, would also reopen. North Korea soon focused its energies on slandering the South. Personal criticism,including diatribes targeted at Park Geun Hye personally, emerged, as well ascondemnation of the South Korean government as a “fascist regime” employing “Yushinrule,” an allusion to the legacy of former dictator Park Chung Hee. Verbal threatsagainst the South were dished out without hesitation. Nevertheless, in response to whatever was thrown at it, the Park administration stuck to its carrotand stick approach. Park did not abandon or abrogate South Korean leadership in inter-Koreanrelations, and so the North did not get the chance to drag Seoul around. The normalizationof the Kaesong Industrial Complex was achieved. Inthe process, Park took the chance to pitch her political ideas to neighboring and distant countriesalike. Embarking on five official overseastrips during her first year in office, she engaged in a total of 30 summitswith world leaders, and managed to procure agreement on the North Korean issue from all of them.Notably, President Xi Jinping of China agreed that North Korea should not beallowed to have, much less to use, nuclear weapons, and appears to share Park’sNorth Korea policy viewpoint.  A strongmessage has also been sent to North Korea itself, one that says if a provocation shouldoccur then the international community will respond.However,criticism against Park has more recently begun to mount over the perceived inability of her Trustpolitik approach to incite any real change in North Korea. Partly,this is because a fractious inter-Korean relationship means a lack of leadershipon the nuclear issue and no way to deal with Pyongyang’s general strategy of playingfor time to continue with de facto nuclearization. “Resolute and principled management” may have sent a strong message to the North, forestalling negative outcomes in the short to medium term, but no desirable positive results have followed. A flexibly principled response is the key, rather than a stubbornly principled one.Expertspoint out that any policy to incite change in North Korea through dialogue inevitablyrequires the “ball” to be thrown to the North constantly, and this is not being done actively enough. A variety of tacticsmust be employed, designed to match the prevailing circumstances.One suchNorth Korea expert explained to Daily NK, “In 2013 it was imperative for KimJong Eun, who was in his second year of rule, to produce visible results andshore up his system of monolithic rule. Due to this internal situation,the Park Geun Hye administration faced problems pressing it’s North Koreapolicy advantage. North Korea may respond better to South Korean policy changes in 2014 as it aims to improve relations with the United States and China.”“Thisyear, the South Korean government must work to deter the militaryprovocations that Kim Jong Eun could seek to execute in the process of firming up hisleadership, and cooperate with China and the United States to get North Korea to embark on the process of abandoning itsnuclear programs. [To do that] weneed to form a plan that increases levels of contact between North and South innon-political sectors, i.e. in the economic sphere,” he went on.SongDae Song of the Sejong Institute agreed, telling Daily NK by phone, “The fact that encouraging changein North Korea through dialogue is hard for the North Korean regime to dealwith was again confirmed last year, and, therefore, the South Korean government mustseek to bring about change via external forces and variables within North Korea [this year]. Giventhe belief that the internal power structure will wobble following Jang’sexecution, we must encourage changes that make use of the people’s politicaluncertainty.” By Daily NK – 2014.01.02 8:16pm Analysis & Opinion RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Analysis & Opinion Pence Cartoon: “KOR-US Karaoke” Analysis & Opinion Is Nuclear Peace with North Korea Possible? center_img Analysis & Opinion AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] Facebook Twitter SHARE The Successes and Failures of Trustpolitik Tracking the “unidentified yellow substance” being dried out near the Yongbyon Nuclear Center last_img read more


Risk mounts for Canada housing: Fitch

Posted On Jun 18 2021 by

first_imgRisk mounts for Canada housing: Fitch Share this article and your comments with peers on social media The Canadian housing market is facing rising risks of a correction, but a full-blown U.S.-style crisis is still not in the cards, says Fitch Ratings. High debt levels threaten banks’ strong results: Fitch Related news James Langton Unsustainable home prices and record high household leverage, “render the Toronto and Vancouver housing markets increasingly vulnerable to a steep price correction,” the rating agency says in a report published on Thursday. Home prices in Toronto and Vancouver are up 45% and 36%, respectively, since January 2015, the report notes. At the same time, household debt is sitting at 167% of disposable income, which is the highest level among the G7 sovereigns. Nonetheless, key features of the Canadian sector will protect it from suffering a repeat of the U.S. housing crisis, the report says. “Canada is unlikely to mirror the declines and fallout experienced during the U.S. housing crisis due to major differences in the housing and mortgage finance systems,” says Kate Lin, director at Fitch, in a statement. “Canadian banks are subject to rigorous oversight and regulations requiring prudent mortgage lending and underwriting standards.” Additionally, credit quality for Canadian mortgage loans, “remains strong unlike the drift towards weak borrower and loan quality that we saw a decade ago in the U.S,” Lin adds. Subprime loans only make up approximately 10% of new mortgage volume, compared to 50% in the U.S. during the peak, the Fitch report says. As well, the Canadian government has been, “proactive in managing the risk of the nation’s housing market by taking unprecedented steps to tighten credit and limit speculation,” the report says. Photo copyright: vintom/123RF Keywords Banking industry,  Housing G7 tax pledge may be upstaged by CBDC work GTA home sales down 13% between April and May: TRREB Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more


SEC shuts down alleged US$125 million trading scheme

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first_img Keywords EnforcementCompanies Securities and Exchange Commission Related news Law concept - Law book with a wooden judges gavel on table in a courtroom or law enforcement office 123RF U.S. regulators have shuttered an offshore algorithmic trading scheme that allegedly took in at least US$125 million from investors.The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that a U.S. federal court imposed a temporary restraining order and asset freeze against three firms — Mediatrix Capital Inc., Blue Isle Markets Inc. and Blue Isle Markets Ltd. — and the three people who ran the firms amid allegations that they operated a fraudulent international trading program. James Langton The SEC alleged that, starting in 2016, Bahamas-based Mediatrix raised more than US$125 million from investors, claiming that their money would be invested in a highly profitable trading strategy that purportedly never had a down month.“In truth, the complaint alleges, the defendants’ trading strategy consistently lost money — losing more than US$18 million from its trading in 2018 alone,” the regulator said.Additionally, the SEC alleged that the defendants “misled investors by falsifying account statements and making Ponzi-like payments, all while misappropriating more than US$35 million of investor money for defendants’ personal use, including to purchase luxury properties and vehicles.”The allegations have not been proven.The SEC’s complaint, which was filed in federal district court in Colorado, charges all defendants with various securities law violations, and it has charged 20 relief defendants who allegedly received profits from the fraud. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social media PwC alleges deleted emails, unusual transactions in Bridging Finance case BFI investors plead for firm’s sale Mouth mechanic turned market manipulatorlast_img read more


CU-Boulder Finalizes New Alcohol Initiatives

Posted On Jun 14 2021 by

first_img Published: April 7, 2004 Chancellor Richard L. Byyny of the University of Colorado at Boulder today announced several new initiatives designed to supplement on-going campus efforts aimed at reducing high-risk alcohol use by students. The new initiatives will add more intensified research on alcohol issues on college campuses, expand CU-Boulder’s education and intervention programs, and strengthen campus sanctions for violations of alcohol rules and laws, Byyny said. The new initiatives will be implemented by fall 2004, he said. Over the past few years, the Boulder campus has implemented a number of actions intended to address alcohol issues. For example, the campus instituted a “three strikes” policy in sanctioning violators of alcohol policies. Under the current policy, a student is suspended if he or she accumulates three alcohol violations while enrolled at CU-Boulder. The announcement follows several months of work by a committee created last fall to consider and recommend new actions that may help the campus address alcohol issues among students. Led by Ron Stump, vice chancellor for student affairs, the group included representatives from the campus health service, student housing, judicial affairs, campus police and the university’s Standing Committee on Substance Abuse (SCOSA). “High-risk alcohol use continues to be one of the most challenging issues of our schools, colleges and society at large,” said Stump. “There is no single or easy answer to the issues we are facing. However, we must continue to work on building a safer and healthier environment for all members of our campus community.” Stump said that, despite the challenges, the CU-Boulder committee concluded that additional actions could have positive impacts on the problem. Also, the group felt that a number of current programs should be continued and enhanced. Specific initiatives include: * Clarifying high behavioral and academic expectations for prospective and entering students * Requiring a Web-based alcohol education program for all entering freshmen * Initiating a social norms campaign, led by students, to reinforce the positive values and behaviors that already exist among a majority of CU-Boulder students * Establishing parental notification on the first and any subsequent alcohol offense by a student and placing the student on probation * Instituting, within the “three strikes” policy, a “2nd strike” response that includes suspension for second-time violators already on probation for a first alcohol offense * Strengthening collaboration between the university campus and other communities * Referring second-time student offenders to the City of Boulder 2nd Offender Program, an educational workshop that focuses on smart decision-making regarding alcohol * Creating a total of 17 on-site student conduct boards for the campus’s residence halls, each serving a specific hall * Developing an assessment and research program to evaluate effectiveness of alcohol programs, including the new initiatives * Organizing and hosting conferences on alcohol awareness and intervention efforts * Petitioning national agencies, foundations and other organizations, such as the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), for support of campus alcohol initiatives The committee also strongly supported continuation and enhancement of several existing programs and efforts. For example, the group suggested the campus continue its ongoing research on alcohol issues, including work with the U.S. Department of Education’s Higher Education Center and CU-Boulder’s nationally recognized research centers in behavioral genetics, behavioral science and psychology. Also, the group endorsed continuing support for late-night social and recreational programs, peer educator programs, student health education and intervention programs, and substance-free living areas in residence halls. Members of the group recommended that CU-Boulder continue to include educational programming about alcohol issues, utilizing such tools as interactive theater presentations during orientation programs for entering students. The campus should continue its multi-media and other campaigns to communicate behavioral expectations for all students, the group said. The committee also recommended continued participation in campus-community coalitions and community-building programs and continuing such alcohol sanctions as suspension for any major alcohol violation that endangers the health and safety of another person. Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more


Napa Valley Vintners Forecast More Than $13.4 Million for Annual Auction…

Posted On Jun 13 2021 by

first_imgShare Home Industry News Releases Napa Valley Vintners Forecast More Than $13.4 Million for Annual Auction Napa…Industry News ReleasesWine BusinessNapa Valley Vintners Forecast More Than $13.4 Million for Annual Auction Napa Valley FundraiserBy Press Release – June 2, 2018 32 0 TAGSAuction Napa ValleyNapa Valley Vintners Twitter Facebook ReddIt Linkedin AdvertisementAuction proceeds help Napa County community health and children’s education nonprofits build resilience for both ordinary and extraordinary times6/2/2018 – St. Helena, CA – The Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) is projecting more than $13.4 million in fundraising for its 38th annual Auction Napa Valley fundraiser when the online E-Auction closes tomorrow at noon PDT. Proceeds from this weekend’s events support the NVV’s more than two dozen community health and children’s education nonprofit partners.“The world has been incredibly generous to our community the past nine months and that amazing spirit continued this weekend,” commented NVV Board of Directors Chair David Pearson of Opus One Winery. Pearson was referring to the more than 20,000 individuals and organizations that have collectively contributed more than $15 million to the Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund since the October 2017 wildfires.Since 1981, the NVV has invested $180 million in Napa County nonprofit organizations from Auction Napa Valley proceeds, including $68 million in the past five years alone. Auction funding touches the lives of more than 100,000 clients of the NVV’s community health and children’s education nonprofit partners.NVV will release additional results, including top Live, Barrel and E-Auction lots on Sunday afternoon. Photos and a social media gallery of more than 2,500 posts of the weekend’s highlights are available at auctionnapavalley.org.About Auction Napa ValleySince 1981, Auction Napa Valley, the Napa Valley Vintners’ (NVV) annual community fundraiser, has utilized the worldwide reputation of Napa Valley wines and the scenic beauty of the region to enhance the health and wellbeing of the Napa County community. To date, the NVV has invested $180 million from Auction Napa Valley proceeds in local nonprofit organizations. Learn more at auctionnapavalley.org.About the Napa Valley VintnersThe Napa Valley Vintners nonprofit trade association has been cultivating excellence since 1944 by inspiring its 550 members to consistently produce wines of the highest quality, to provide environmental leadership and to care for the extraordinary place they call home. Learn more at napavintners.com.Advertisement Pinterest Email Previous articleAfternoon Brief, June 1Next articleAbundant Generosity and Unexpected Moments Delight Guests at 38th Auction Napa Valley Press Releaselast_img read more


JADCO Head Says Partnership is Vital to Anti-Doping Programme

Posted On Jun 12 2021 by

first_imgStory HighlightsExecutive Director of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO), Carey Brown, says that partnership is crucial to the continued growth of Jamaica’s anti-doping programme.Citing JADCO’s joint agreement with the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES), Mr. Brown said the venture has yielded great results and has enhanced the capacity of the local anti-doping agency.Speaking at a recent JIS ‘Think Tank’, Mr. Brown noted that CCES has also learnt a lot from the agreement. Photo: JIS PhotographerExecutive Director of Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO), Carey Brown (left) and Manager of Anti-Doping Initiatives, Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES), Kerine Henrie (right), respond to a question at a recent JIS ‘Think Tank’. JADCO Head Says Partnership is Vital to Anti-Doping ProgrammeJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedSummit to Discuss Importance of Social Enterprise JADCO Head Says Partnership is Vital to Anti-Doping Programme JIS Think TankFebruary 3, 2015Written by: Shari-Ann Palmer center_img Executive Director of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO), Carey Brown, says that partnership is crucial to the continued growth of Jamaica’s anti-doping programme.Citing JADCO’s joint agreement with the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES), Mr. Brown said the venture has yielded great results and has enhanced the capacity of the local anti-doping agency.“We get the benefit of working with an anti-doping agency that has over 20 years experience. We have access to their intellectual property which helps us a lot in terms of developing systems and internal guidelines. They have helped us with our training for sample collection personnel, educational material, and website development,” he said.Speaking at a recent JIS ‘Think Tank’, Mr. Brown noted that CCES has also learnt a lot from the agreement.The Executive Director said there are also ongoing partnerships with local bodies, including the Pharmaceutical Society of Jamaica (PSJ) and the Jamaica Medical Doctors’ Association (JMDA) as well as plans to collaborate with other anti-doping agencies, all of which are to ensure a “robust testing programme.”“As it relates to testing, we are looking at cooperation with other anti-doping organizations, because quite a few of our athletes do not live on Jamaican soil [but] they are in our registered testing pool and we are required to test them,” he pointed out.Meanwhile, Manager of Doping Initiatives at the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport, Kerline Henrie, commended JADCO for its work in protecting the integrity of sports.“We feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with JADCO. The staff and Board should be commended for their dedication to athletes and sports…and for protecting the integrity of sports in Jamaica,” she said.Ms. Henrie argued that anti-doping bodies should not be viewed as enforcers, but rather as protectors, stressing that it cannot be done without the help of key stakeholders.“Doping can be a big threat to sports and in order to achieve our goal of eliminating doping…we cannot do it alone; we need everyone’s involvement, especially sporting federations and athlete support personnel.JADCO signed a technical support agreement with CCES in May of last year through which the Canadian entity has provided guidance and technical expertise to help JADCO consolidate its operations. The agreement will end this August. RelatedNLA Reports Significant Reduction in Complaints RelatedSocial Enterprises Empowering Communities Advertisementslast_img read more


A closer look: The Grand Slam men

Posted On May 31 2021 by

first_imgCHARLOTTE, N.C. – Three majors down, one to go, and Jordan Spieth is now on the verge of joining the most exclusive club in golf. Of the 13 men who have been in this position before Spieth, only five have gone on to complete the career Grand Slam: Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Ben Hogan and Gene Sarazen. What does that group have in common? They all required no more than three attempts to capture the final leg, which suggests that, for everybody else, there were (and are) physical and psychological hurdles to clear. The longer the drought, the greater the pressure, and none of those legends dealt with what Spieth, Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson now face – social media, increasingly brazen fans and a 900-person press corps asking the same question: So, is THIS the year? Sure, there is a sense of inevitability to this quest, because no recent player has taken an eraser to the record books as often as Spieth. But some of the game’s greats surely felt similarly, only to go their entire careers without that final piece. Spieth’s first shot at immortality, and his only chance at becoming the youngest to win all four majors, begins this week at Quail Hollow. Here’s what he can learn from his predecessors: WHAT PRESSURE? When Woods arrived at St. Andrews in July 2000, the Grand Slam buzz had built for only a few weeks. After all, a month earlier, he had demoralized his competition at the U.S. Open, winning by a record 15 shots. That type of form doesn’t disappear over the Atlantic, so another major romp just 36 days later seemed inevitable. Sure enough, Woods turned the Home of Golf into his personal playground, storming to an eight-shot victory, the largest in 87 years at The Open. Not only was Woods, at 24, the youngest to win the career Grand Slam, but he was the fastest, too – needing only 93 starts, compared with Nicklaus’ 125. “They’ve been the elite players to ever play the game,” Woods said that day. “And to be in the same breath as those guys, it makes it very special.” Besides Woods, the only other players to complete the career Grand Slam in their first attempts were Gene Sarazen (age 33) and Ben Hogan (40). Sarazen won the third leg at the 1933 PGA, but he skipped the inaugural Masters (then known as the Augusta National Invitation Tournament) the following spring because he had previously committed to an exhibition in South America. When he finally debuted in 1935, Sarazen made an albatross on the par-5 15th – the shot heard ’round the world – and eventually won in a 36-hole playoff the next day. Hogan, meanwhile, earned his British Open title in 1953 – the only time he played the event. Nicklaus and Player needed only three attempts to finish the Slam, though each posted a top-10 in their first try, including Nicklaus’ runner-up finish in the 1964 Open. After Nicklaus broke through in 1966 at Muirfield, he was so overcome with emotion that he could barely speak during the trophy presentation. “Finally, I asked the people to excuse me and let me just stand there and enjoy myself for a moment,” he wrote in his autobiography. “It’s a moment I still enjoy recalling as much as any in my career.” NEARLY MEN Not everyone experienced that euphoria, however. For those who believe it’s simply a matter of when, not if, 20-somethings Spieth and McIlroy claim the final piece of the Slam puzzle, consider the careers of Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson, Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Lee Trevino and Raymond Floyd. All fell one major shy. No one came closer in his first attempt at the modern Grand Slam than Snead, who tied for second at the 1949 U.S. Open at Medinah. That followed excruciating near-misses in 1939, when he made triple bogey on the final hole, and in 1947, when his opponent, Lew Worsham, interrupted play on the 18th green and asked for a ruling to determine who was away. An official ruled that Snead was indeed further from the hole, by about a half inch. “But I was so mad then,” Snead recalled, “that I couldn’t see straight.” He missed the putt and lost, his second of four runners-up in the event. Said Snead, “That’s the only regret I have, ever, is not winning the U.S. Open.” Palmer played the PGA 34 times after winning the third leg and finished runner-up three times; Watson went 0-for-24. One Masters title away, Trevino failed to win in any of his 16 attempts at Augusta. Floyd didn’t even finish in the top 10 in nine tries at The Open. Here is how those notables fared in their first attempts: • Palmer: T-5, 1961 PGA • Trevino: T-10, 1975 Masters • Watson: T-9, 1982 PGA • Floyd: T-16, 1986 Open Lamented Palmer, in a 2014 interview: “I don’t think I’ll ever totally get over the fact that I didn’t win the PGA Championship.” RECENT HISTORY For Mickelson, the Grand Slam seemed like a pipe dream midway through his career. A U.S. Open title appeared certain – because, really, how many times could the guy finish second? – but Mickelson had shown no signs of mastering links golf. That all changed in 2013, when he put together one of the best rounds of his life to steal The Open at Muirfield. Suddenly, at age 43, all that remained between him and the Slam was that elusive U.S. Open, which was returning in 2014 to Pinehurst, where all of his major heartbreak began 15 years earlier. The storybook ending didn’t materialize and Mickelson tied for 28th, but that week didn’t dampen his enthusiasm. “I believe in the next five years I’m going to have three or four really good chances, and I do believe I will get it,” he said then. Except Lefty tied for 64th in 2015, missed the cut in ’16 and didn’t even show up at Erin Hills in June, choosing instead to attend his daughter’s high school graduation. His window might be closed; now 47, Mickelson would be the oldest U.S. Open winner in history. McIlroy is 28, and in the prime of his career, but he too has scar tissue at the major he covets most. In 2011, he held a four-shot lead heading into the final round of the Masters but imploded with a Sunday 80, his various embarrassments now replayed each spring. Augusta remains an ideal fit for his booming draws and towering iron shots, but every year since his collapse (and particularly since he won the 2014 Open to move to the brink of history) has created more pressure, more expectation, more doubt. It’s a vicious cycle: He admitted that he wouldn’t be “fulfilled” without a green jacket, but that burden affects his play each spring. Earlier this year he told Golf Digest: “I am – ask anyone who knows me – a complete prick in the week leading up to Augusta. But they understand and know that. It’s a stressful situation.” In 2015, in his first attempt to complete the Slam, McIlroy finished a career-best fourth but never factored – through two rounds he trailed Spieth by 12 shots. Though he has added top-10s the past two years (and will head into 2018 with four in a row), he often has lacked the distance control and course management necessary to succeed. By Sunday night, he appears relieved that the Grand Slam talk is suspended for another nine months. “It’s another year and another missed opportunity,” he said in April, “but I’ll move on.” Spieth is taking the long view, too, if only to quiet the noise heading into the final major of the year. Already this PGA feels similar to what he encountered two years ago at St. Andrews, where he was vying to join Hogan (1953) as the only players in the modern era to win the first three majors of the year. Unfazed by the enormity of the moment, Spieth surged into a share of the lead with two holes to play, only to fall one shot short of the playoff, a result that devastated his caddie, Michael Greller, who knew just how rare the feat was. That experience should serve them well this week at Quail Hollow, because this opportunity is even more historic – it’s Spieth’s one and only chance to become the youngest to complete the career Grand Slam. “I felt so free [at St. Andrews],” he said. “There wasn’t a care in the world. And that’s how I feel right now. I feel like I’m free-rolling.”  Indeed, the way Spieth views it, this is his first of probably 30 tries to achieve the feat. “If it’s this year and it happens, that’s great – that’s another lifelong goal that we’ve achieved,” he said. “But I believe that I’ll do it someday, so if it happens next week, then fantastic, and if it doesn’t, then it’s not going to be a big-time bummer whatsoever, because I know I have plenty of opportunities.” One a year, in fact … for however long it takes.last_img read more


Brexit now a significant risk – Donohoe

Posted On May 26 2021 by

first_imgAudioHomepage BannerNews Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA By News Highland – May 22, 2020 WhatsApp WhatsApp Google+ Facebook Google+ Previous articleJohn Campbell on clubs to benefit more from player transfersNext articlePeacekeeping troops to return home next month News Highland Twitter Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows center_img Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Brexit now a significant risk – Donohoe Brexit is back as a risk that the country needs to plan for, according to the Finance Minister.Pascal Donohoe says it will have to be considered in day to day planning.He says it’ll add to the challenges faced by Irish companies this year.Speaking at the Institute of International and European Affairs, Minister Donohoe says we will know in the coming months just how challenging Brexit will be………….Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/16donohoe-brexit.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Pinterest Pinterest Twitterlast_img read more


Letterkenny Chamber survey reflects economic concerns

Posted On May 25 2021 by

first_img Google+ WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Twitter Harps come back to win in Waterford WhatsApp Facebook Google+ Donegal hoteliers enjoy morale boost as bookings increase Consultation launched on proposal to limit HGV traffic in Clady Twittercenter_img 45 new social homes to be built in Dungloe Pinterest Homepage BannerNews A recent survey conducted by Letterkenny Chamber has revealed that domestic recession and the post Brexit impact remain key concerns for businesses in the town, as well as impact of Covid 19.30% of businesses that responded to the Letterkenny Chamber survey are still closed, and 7% of those are not prepared for re-opening according to the findings.The majority of businesses that responded reported that turnover since 31st October 2020 has been reduced, with 30% reporting a reduction on turnover of between 50% & 74%.Looking ahead, many are pessimistic about their revenue forecasts with 28% expecting a 75% – 100% reduction in revenue by year’s end.There is concern too for the national economy, with Brexit still high on the agenda. 75% are worried about a domestic recession and 50% are concerned about a post brexit impact.8.9% of businesses have laid off staff permanently, with that rising to 14% and 17.7% respectively in Hospitality & Retail. Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Letterkenny Chamber survey reflects economic concerns By News Highland – April 20, 2021 Previous articleJustice Minister says 20km rule does cover NINext articleNot enforcing fisheries rules may cost Ireland €37m News Highland DL Debate – 24/05/21last_img read more