Nordqvist takes Founders Cup lead with 61

first_imgPHOENIX – Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist picks a strange place to call her second home, but she loves it in the desert. Nordqvist, who was born and raised in Eskilstuna, Sweden, couldn’t have been more comfortable in the record 95-degree heat Saturday at Wildfire Golf Club. She shot a tournament record 11-under-par 61 to bolt to the top of the leaderboard at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup. Nordqvist was a star at Arizona State. “They always say that home is where the heart is, and my heart is definitely still here,” Nordqvist said. At 21-under 195, Nordqvist broke the 54-hole Founders Cup record by two shots. That’s also how many shots she’s ahead of a pair of very familiar pursuers, Ariya Jutanugarn (66) and Stacy Lewis (66). Nordqvist played in the shadow of Jutanugarn and Lewis in the first two rounds but hung close enough to catapult past them with her torrid run in the third round. “I think we were 36 under par as a group for the first two days,” Nordqvist said. “Someone seemed to be birdieing almost every hole.” Nordqvist will be back with Jutanugarn again in Sunday’s final round. Lewis will be paired with So Yeon Ryu, who shot 64 on Saturday to move three shots back. A hot putter helped Nordqvist climb over 12 players in the third round. She’s bogey free this week and needs a 65 Sunday to get to 28 under and break the LPGA’s 72-hole scoring record. A six-time LPGA winner with a major championship to her credit, Nordqvist didn’t have to look far for comfort Saturday. She was followed by a half dozen Scandinavians, one wearing a Viking helmet. Terje Erga, a Norwegian, wore the helmet with a pair of horns protruding from it. He is hosting a group of fellow Norwegians and a Swedish pro who have adopted Nordqvist as one of their own. “We’re big fans,” Erga said. They let out a noisy howl at the 18th when Nordqvist putted out for her record 61. Nordqvist is surrounded by supporters this week. She is staying with friends she met in college. “I have friends here who seem like family,” Nordqvist said. “I just always feel special coming back here.” So does Lewis, who has a victory, two seconds and a T-4 finish in her last four starts at Wildfire Golf Club. This feels like a comfortable place for Lewis to break through and win her 12th LPGA title, her first in 33 months. She’s a large supporter of both the LPGA founders and LPGA-USGA Girls Golf, the two entities celebrated this week. Lewis helped fund a documentary about the 13 women who founded the LPGA and is listed as one of its executive producers. She also has been a Girls Golf ambassador. “I love this week,” Lewis said. “I love not only the founders here, but the kids with Girls Golf. I’ve had two girls follow me around all week.” Jutanugarn is seeking her sixth LPGA title in a little more than 10 months. Like Nordqvist, she hasn’t made a bogey all week. “I really like this course,” Jutanugarn said. “I’m just going to try to have some fun tomorrow.”last_img read more

News / Telephones and emails the main hurdles as shipping steams towards digitisation

first_img By Alexander Whiteman 27/04/2018 © Phakorn Kasikij Manual processes like emailing and telephoning are the biggest challenge to Inttra’s plans to digitise the container shipping sector.The digital booking platform’s chief executive, John Fay, said this week: “We face no great competitor, other than phone and email in terms of critical mass.“There are smaller systems providers, but the real challenge is manual processing.”Mr Fay said the past year represented something of “a tipping point” for the industry, with just over half of all shipments now being digitally processed. And Inttra handles more than half of these, around 26% of digitally processed movements.center_img He added: “In 2017, we handled some 43m containers, up 12.6% on 2016 – which matches the level of growth we have seen over the past four years. We also offer booking for around 80% of global container capacity and track close to 40% of all movements.”The challenges the industry still faces in its migration to digitisation were relayed to delegates at a summit held in Hamburg, organised by Inttra.Delegates, who represented ports, carriers and forwarders, cited data sharing, analytics, and dealing with no-shows as areas technology needed to address.Chief operating officer Inna Kuznetsova said another issue was bringing digitisation to the “many” points that required it.“We see the industry rapidly digitising, but there are multiple points that need to undergo this process,” she said. “Doing it one piece at a time can be costly, but bringing it all under one roof can be easier, cheaper, and can better optimise business processes.”However, some forwarders have criticised Inttra’s pricing, telling The Loadstar the company’s platform and services are “too expensive”.Mr Fay disagreed. He told The Loadstar the market set the price and pointed to the company’s growth levels as indicative of its affordability.“Price negotiations are normal and part of the industry, and forwarders also need to consider the cost of manual processing, which itself is high,” he added.Mr Fay also challenged a suggestion that consolidation could be bad for business. Over the past 12 months, there has been significant M&A activity among ocean liners, but, he said, this had not had a negative impact on Inttra.“There is still significant choice in the industry, and while the top 10 providers make up 82% of our volumes, before this period of consolidation they represented 70%,” he continued.“So, yes there’s consolidation at the top end, but even before this the numbers show that volumes at the top end were high.”last_img read more

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings: Album Stream and Tour Dates

first_imgSeven months ago, R&B singer Sharon Jones was forced to cancel several performances and postpone the release of her new album, Give The People What They Want, due to health complications. The singer was battling cancer, which was fortunately caught in the early stages and immediately treated.Now, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings are back with a passionate fury. Having fully recovered, Jones is thoroughly excited for the band’s sixth studio album. The general aim of Jones’s music is to capture the soul/funk sound of the 60′s and 70′s, using older recording techniques and equipment towards this goal. The effect is something out of this world, lively and authentic all the while. They have played at several prominent festivals, including Bonnaroo and South by Southwest.You can stream the full album here, courtesy of NPR First Listen.Furthermore, the band has rescheduled a full winter/spring 2014 tour, which starts in our very own New York City at the Beacon Theatre next month. The full tour schedule is listed below:Feb 6 New York, NY – Beacon TheatreFeb 11 Washington, DC – Lincoln TheatreFeb 13 Durham, NC – Carolina TheatreFeb 14 Asheville, NC – Orange PeelFeb 15 Atlanta, GA – Variety PlayhouseFeb 17 Charleston, NC – Music FarmFeb 18 Orlando, FL – Beacham TheaterFeb 20 St. Petersburg, FL – The State TheatreFeb 21 Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music HallFeb 22 New Orleans, LA – House of BluesFeb 25 Houston, TX – House of BluesFeb 26 Austin, TX – ACL Live at the Moody TheaterFeb 27 Dallas, TX – Granada TheaterMar 1 Memphis, TN – Minglewood HallMar 2 St. Louis, MO – The PageantMar 4 Indianapolis, IN – The VogueMar 5 Iowa City, IA – The Englert TheatreMar 6 Milwaukee, WI – Pabst TheaterMar 8 Lawrence, KS – Liberty HallMar 17 Denver, CO – Gothic TheatreMar 18 Santa Fe, NM – The Lensic Performing Arts CenterMar 20 Tucson, AZ – Rialto TheatreMar 21 Phoenix, AZ – Heritage Square (Pavilion)Mar 22 San Diego, CA – House of BluesMar 25 Los Angeles, CA – The WilternMar 27 San Francisco, CA – The FillmoreMar 28 San Francisco, CA – The FillmoreMar 29 San Francisco, CA – The FillmoreApr 1 Portland, OR – Crystal BallroomApr 2 Seattle, WA – The ShowboxApr 3 Seattle, WA – The ShowboxApr 4 Victoria, BC – Alix Goolden HallApr 5 Vancouver, BC – The Commodore BallroomApr 9 Minneapolis, MN – State TheatreApr 11 Chicago, IL – Vic TheatreApr 15 Detroit, MI – Majestic TheaterFollowing these dates, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings will be touring throughout Europe as well. Not too shabby, Ms. Jones… not too shabby at all.-David Melamed (@DMelamz)last_img read more

Bus, Semi-, Cars Collide In NYC Crash

first_imgNEW YORK – Six people are injured after a tractor-trailer careened onto a New York City sidewalk, pinning a minivan between a bus and a storefront.Five people have been taken to hospitals following the accident Friday in Queens. A sixth person refused medical attentionNone of the injuries are believed to be life-threatening.The fire department says it received the call of a crash at the intersection of Hillside Avenue and Hollis Court Boulevard at about 1:45 p.m.Aerial photographs showed the van pinned between the bus and tractor-trailer, which careened onto the sidewalk and into the front of a grocery store.There was no immediate information on whether the injured were bus passengers or occupants of the other vehicles.last_img read more

Anilao cop in ‘hot water’ for quarantine breach

first_imgThe cop was also seen joining a drinking spree in Barangay Daja, Maasin. According to Police Regional Office 6 (PRO-6) spokesperson Police Lieutenant Colonel Joem Malong, an investigation has been launched. But before his test result was released on Aug. 20 he was spotted roaming around. ILOILO – A police officer in Anilao town is in trouble. He violated quarantine protocols. “How could we command obedience from the public if our own personnel violate health protocols? The PRO-6 recognizes the vulnerability of its personnel to COVID-19 as frontliners. This is why we always remind them to follow health safety protocols – to keep themselves and the people surrounding them safe,” said Pamuspusan./PN On Aug. 20 after Dr. Karen Anne Gonzales, municipal health officer of Anilao, announced the cop’s RT-PCR test result, Barangay Captain Noel Camacho ordered a lockdown of the policeman’s residence. Police Brigadier General Rene Pamuspusan, regional police director, said the investigation would determine the proper charges to be filed against the police officer.center_img “How could we command obedience from the public if our own personnel violate health protocols,”says Police Brigadier General Rene Pamuspusan, Region 6 police director. With the rank of Police Corporal, he underwent reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test on Aug. 15 and was found positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). “His leaving the house prior to the release of his test result was a clear violation of protocols. The memorandum from the national police headquarters is very clear – avoid going out if the test result has not yet been released,” Malong said. In the morning of Aug. 18, according Malong (citing statements from the cop’s family), the policeman went to a friend in the municipality of Maasin. The policeman has since been transferred to the quarantine facility of the Anilao municipal government.last_img read more

Report: Bristol Central Water Polo 3-4 Manchester City

first_imgThe club used the opportunity to showcase its status as a beacon club as the most talented youngsters from the south-west came together to compete in a match prior to the main event.The Beacon programme, which is supported by Bristol Sport, is open to all young players in the region and is designed to help talented young athletes progress from club water polo to the national team. The Beacon athletes train at least three times a week with many already making the national junior programmes. Two mixed teams of youngsters ranging from 14 to 16 years-old, competed on Saturday in front of more than two hundred people.A friendly high-scoring game ensued as these two teams put into practice the skills learnt in Beacon training.Central’s British Championships game against Manchester City was in contrast a low-scoring affair as both teams battled for pole position in their qualifying group.Despite two goals from Bristol in the last minute of the game the home team couldn’t overturn a strong start from their northern visitors going down 4-3. Jonny Kirk and Tom Hadley came out firing to give Manchester a two-nil lead in the opening quarter and Central found themselves immediately on the back foot.Central tried to break down Manchester’s defence in the second quarter, but to no avail, as they slipped a further two goals behind courtesy of Joe O’Regan and Tom Hadley once again, to go in trailing by four at the halfway mark.Central rallied in the second half and were unlucky not to convert a couple of excellent opportunities, denied by the woodwork and Manchester’s goalkeeper.Excellent work by Andrew Crawford in goal prevented Manchester extending their lead and finally Central’s Enrico Zanon gave the 250-strong crowd something to cheer about from an extra-man play.Going into the fourth quarter, trailing by three, Central had plenty of opportunities to pull back the deficit. However, it wasn’t to be despite three extra-man advantages Central couldn’t find the back of the net.It was only in the final minute of the game that Central scored two goals in quick succession. One from GB Olympic captain Craig Figes who fired in an outside shot with 34 seconds remaining. Moments later the Manchester keeper gave away a penalty, which Bristol’s Ashley Castle clinically converted in the final second of the game.Final score Bristol Central 3 – 4 Manchester City.Bristol Central remain second in their group and now have to win their last two games to make the finals.Central’s next game is against Portobello at Hengrove Park on Saturday, March 28th at 5:30pm.last_img read more

UK women vie to be ‘fastest in the country’

first_imgThe University of Kentucky women’s basketball team’s up-tempo, pressing style of play is well-known at this point in coach Matthew Mitchell’s tenure, and the Wildcats’ lofty standard of execution is simple.“Our goal is to be the fastest team, the most disruptive and the toughest,” senior post Azia Bishop said.The pursuit of being the fastest team in the country was mentioned repeatedly by Mitchell and his players at UK’s media day last month, and they said they’re working hard to move, move, move toward that end once again.UK, ranked No. 11 in the preseason AP poll, boasts another deep, talented team that’s built to play the high-paced style Mitchell has made the trademark of the program in his eight years at the helm.Mitchell described UK as “the fastest team in the country and the most up‑tempo team in the country and really different than just about anybody in the country.”UK MEN: Cal’s Cats loaded, but who’s the leader?The Cats lost talented post players DeNesha Stallworth and Samarie Walker off a 26-9 squad that made the NCAA Sweet 16, but in the backcourt, they have five former McDonald’s All Americans, including leading returning scorer Jennifer O’Neill, who are back to push the pace and rattle the opposition.“We’re working on being the fastest team in the country guard-wise,” sophomore guard Makayla Epps said, repeating that familiar, you-can’t-catch-us, catch phrase.In the frontcourt, UK will complement seniors Azia Bishop and Jelleah Sidney with highly regarded freshmen Alyssa Rice and Alexis Jennings. Second-year player Kyvin Goodin-Rogers is healthy after missing all of last season.Rice (6 feet 3), Jennings (6-2) and Goodin-Rogers (6-1) aren’t the tallest post players in the country, but Mitchell doesn’t mind because they can run and are suited to play a full-court game.“What we’re trying to be is really, really tough, really disruptive on defense, and very, very fast and up‑tempo,” he said. “You need mobility and speed and athleticism more than you need height to make those things happen.”Epps said the Cats even have a segment in practice that’s called “Fastest Team in America” where the pace is the premium.“We’re just up and down, up and down, moving,” she said. “And if you’re not running, (Mitchell) is going to stop you and let you know, ‘That’s not the fastest team in America. That’s not what we’re here to do.’”UK’s up-tempo system is designed to allow opponents little time to relax, and it’s based on the premise, Epps said, that “transition buckets are the easiest ones.” After every UK defensive rebound, the ball is pushed. After every UK basket, pressure defense is applied.“If you don’t get the rebound and you ain’t got a get-back player, we’re gone,” Epps said. “That’s a bucket, and we’re back on defense already and right back in your face.”If “fast” was the No. 1 buzz word at UK media day, “disruptive” was a close second. The Cats want to deflect as many balls as possible, and if they can’t, they try to be up on their opponents as soon as they catch it.Indeed, the first drill of practice that day emphasized getting hands in the passing lanes in order to stymie the opponent’s half-court offense.It’s a mind-set that helped the Cats finish eighth in NCAA Division I in turnovers forced last season, following years UK finished first, first, third and second in that category.“We’re looking to get back to where we have been in the past with our defensive pressure,” Thompson said. “We’ve been working to be the hardest-working team in the country and play the fastest, so I’m excited for the season.”Strength• The Wildcats have talented, experienced guards in abundance. Jennifer O’Neill, Janee Thompson, Bria Goss, Linnae Harper and Makayla Epps are all former McDonald’s All Americans who give coach Matthew Mitchell multiple options as he tries to push the pace and pressure opponents.Weakness• Kentucky lost its two best interior players – DeNesha Stallworth, who averaged 12.5 points, and Samarie Walker, who led the team in rebounds (8.7 per game). Mitchell seems confident that senior Azia Bishop, redshirt freshman Kyvin Goodin-Rogers and true freshmen Alyssa Rice and Alexis Jennings can get a post bucket when UK needs one.Keys to success• Epps’ freshman year got off to a somewhat slow start by a nagging knee injury the summer before that inhibited her conditioning, and a midseason car accident left her a little mentally rattled. Now she’s healthy, in good shape and ready to step forward. A breakout season from Epps would be huge.• UK would get a boost if Goodin-Rogers, the Cats’ other former Marion County star, becomes a key frontcourt player after missing all of last season while being treated for a blood clot in a lung. She’s an athletic, skilled forward with a “bit of mean streak,” Mitchell said, and she benefited from a season of observing the team from the sideline.• Mitchell needs to break in an entirely new staff. He’s hired Kansas assistant Tamika Williams, who had a successful playing career at Connecticut and in the WNBA, Dayton assistant Adeniyi Amadou and Bucknell assistant Christian Stefanopolous. Former assistants Jeff House and Shalon Pillow were let go after last season, and Danielle Santos joined Florida State’s staff.Key newcomers• Rice was a McDonald’s All American who at 6-3 “has great size and great mobility,” Mitchell said, and she’ll be an important member of the frontcourt. The 6-2 Jennings, like Goodin-Rogers, is athletic and able to step out and be a threat on the perimeter.Steve Jones can be reached at (502) 582-7176 and followed on Twitter at @SteveJones_CJ.last_img read more