Ontario, B.C. regulators warn about unregistered commodities seller

first_img“UFCG claims to be a commodity trading consultancy firm, offering investment opportunities in various commodities through options contracts, and through an online trading platform that includes foreign exchange investments and cryptocurrencies,” the OSC said in a release.The company is not registered to sell securities and clients approached by UFCG should contact the regulator, the release said. Fraud in Canada continues to climb: StatsCan California fraudsman gets 10 years for $147M global investment scam Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social media A company claiming to be a commodity trading consultancy firm is not registered to solicit investments, securities regulators in Ontario and B.C. warn.The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) and the British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC) issued a warning Friday about the United Financial Commodity Group (UFCG), which is soliciting investments in commodity options by telephone. Hedge fund founders face OSC charges Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Keywords Fraud red warning flag on a stormy beach kmiragaya/123RF IE Staff last_img read more

Regional Governments Urged to Act Now Against Drug Trafficking and Abuse

first_imgRegional Governments Urged to Act Now Against Drug Trafficking and Abuse National SecurityJune 25, 2009 RelatedRegional Governments Urged to Act Now Against Drug Trafficking and Abuse FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Programme Manager for Sustainable Development at the CARICOM Secretariat, Beverly Reynolds, has called on Caribbean governments and stakeholders to “act now” to tackle drug trafficking and abuse in the region.She was addressing a Think Tank at the Half Way Tree Road headquarters of the JIS on Wednesday (June 24).Speaking against the background of the observance of International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on Friday, June 26, Mrs. Reynolds said governments, non-governmental organisations (NGO) and international partners, must come together to develop a far-reaching and long-term approach to the issue of substance abuse, which has become a development problem across all sectors.“The manifestations might be in the health sector as it is now with drug addiction, but the problem cuts across all sectors. It’s a social problem and an economic problem, and so we have to tackle it from that angle,” she stated.She advised persons using illicit drugs to seek support and treatment, noting that the longer people stay in treatment the better the outcome.Executive Director of the National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA), Michael Tucker, in his address, said that the Council has been actively educating young people against taking illicit drugs and how to use legal substances such as alcohol, responsibly.He informed that recent access to funding from the European Union through the CARICOM Secretariat, has facilitated several priority initiatives including public education, treatment and rehabilitation of at-risk groups, and research to inform programmes and capacity building of staff involved in drug abuse prevention and treatment.The NCDA, he said, continues to work in communities through clinics, supported by the National Health Fund (NHF), and has partnered with 10 NGOs in targeted areas to deliver counselling for substance abusers and persons affected by HIV or trauma, as a result of violence.A 2006 survey conducted by the Council, shows that alcohol use among young people was 70 per cent; 26 per cent smoked cigarettes or tobacco; 25 per cent used marijuana/ganja; and 14 per cent used beadie, which is a tobacco-based product.The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is leading the international campaign against drug abuse and drug trafficking, with the aim of raising awareness, especially among young people. Among the major goals is to inspire people and mobilise support for drug control. RelatedRegional Governments Urged to Act Now Against Drug Trafficking and Abusecenter_img RelatedRegional Governments Urged to Act Now Against Drug Trafficking and Abuse Advertisementslast_img read more

Fair Pricing Forum ends with good intentions and new undertakings from WHO

first_imgFair Pricing Forum ends with good intentions and new undertakings from WHO The third WHO Fair Pricing Forum on reaching fairer prices of medicines and health tools ended on Thursday 22 April after six days of intense conversations held virtually with over 700 participants.The Forum this year was supported by the Government of Argentina and attended by the main stakeholders in the access to health products area, chief among them governments, civil society and the pharmaceutical industry.Three main themes emerged from discussionsTransparency of pricing and markets for health products dominated most of the sessions as an over-arching issue. Transparency was seen as critical for informing effective government policy- and decision-making to increase access. When governments know and understand the cost of research and development and have visibility of the production and supply chain processes, they are better equipped to put a value on health products and to negotiate fairer prices.The need for a stronger government role was also emphasized by many participants. Governments have a stake in setting the innovation agenda and should therefore engage more closely with all stakeholders, including the private sector, to align incentives for access at fairer prices throughout the full innovation cycle. This need became acutely relevant during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the lesson learned more broadly is that continued collaboration is needed to ensure innovation addresses public health needs and is made accessible at fairer prices.Government pricing policies, or regulatory controls, and inter-country or regional collaborations will continue to be important for achieving fair and affordable pricing and create thriving, competitive markets, especially for multisource health products.More work is needed to accelerate access to safe and effective health products and ensure prices are affordable to health systems and patients. This includes making better use of the collective power of countries, determining the true value of health technologies, and effective regulation and legal tools to improve affordability and curb excessive pricing practices.WHO actionsWHO plans to intensify actions in the area of health technologies pricing and will keep the conversation going until the next Forum in 2023 through virtual discussions and a knowledge hub that any stakeholder can join and use to reach experts and partners, and share views and information.Later this year, WHO will launch its updated electronic tool, MEDMON, designed to monitor availability and prices of health products in countries. The tool will be open access and available to all.WHO will continue supporting countries in the development of national or regional price monitoring systems and hosting further webinars and trainings to strengthen policy-makers’ capacity.WHO will also continue to advocate for more affordable prices of health technologies by advising on policies and approaches to transform markets and improve health systems to provide better access to essential health products and achieve health for all. /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:affordability, Argentina, covid-19, Government, Government policy, healthcare, industry, innovation, open access, pandemic, participants, production, public health, regulation, research, supply chain, WHO, World Health Organizationlast_img read more

Australians support mandatory COVID-19 vaccine: survey

first_imgAustralians support mandatory COVID-19 vaccine: survey Three-quarters of Australians would support a government requirement to be vaccinated in order to work, travel or study. This number is higher than the number of Australians who would agree to the vaccine voluntarily, a survey has found.A study by The University of Sydney and The University of Western Australia has found three-quarters of Australians would support a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for work, study and travel. It’s the first data on public attitudes towards a mandate.Australians would support a government vaccine mandate. Photo: FlickrKey points73 percent of Australians agree the gov should require a COVID-19 vaccine for work, travel and studyVoters for major political parties were more likely to say yes to a vaccine than minor party votersGov mandate measures could include vaccine passports, taxes and incentives, forced and unfunded hotel quarantine for travellersThe central political finding is that minor party voters are more sceptical about the vaccine than major party voters.Mandatory vaccination is where vaccination is required if people choose to partake in particular activities or access specific entitlements, as opposed to compulsory vaccination which would require everyone to be vaccinated.The study, published in Politics, coincides with a decline in the uptake of the AstraZeneca vaccine in recent weeks and the reset of the vaccine rollout in Australia.The online survey of 1200 Australians found:73 percent of Australians agree the government should require a COVID-19 vaccine for work, travel and study66 percent of Australians will take a COVID-19 vaccine voluntarily25 percent of Australians are unsure about taking it; of those 70 percent expressed safety concerns around the vaccines being developed so quickly9 percent of Australians will not take a COVID-19 vaccineVoters for major political parties (the Liberal, National and Labor parties) were significantly more likely to say yes to a vaccine than voters for minor partiesThe elderly and more affluent were also more likely to say yes to a vaccineAssociate Professor David SmithPolitical scientist Associate Professor David Smith from the University of Sydney’s Department of Government and International Relations Associate is an expert in politics and public opinion.He said it was surprising that more Australians approve of a government mandate for travel, work or study (73 percent) than would feel comfortable taking the vaccine voluntarily (66 percent).“It’s a surprising finding,” said Associate Professor Smith, who is the lead author of the study. A lot of people who are hesitant would approve of the government making a vaccine a requirement to go to work or study. There would be wide political support for a mandate with some small pockets of opposition based on broader dissatisfaction with government.Associate Professor David Smith, Government and International RelationsHe said the research supports the unusually high acceptance of tough measures we have seen in Australia, such as snap lock-downs, QR codes and curfews. “You don’t see this acceptance in other countries, especially the US,” said Associate Professor Smith. “The compliance with strict rules is one of the reasons Australia hasn’t suffered as much.”The study, which was co-authored by Dr Katie Attwell and Dr Uwana Evers from the University of Western Australian, was conducted in June 2020, before the change in advice for the AstraZeneca vaccine in Australia. However, a Roy Morgan study conducted two days after the advice change showed very similar figures, with 69 percent of Australians still willing to take a COVID-19 vaccine. Another recent poll confirmed the study’s findings that Australians would support a mandate.“Since we conducted our study, other countries have introduced or announced policies that require vaccination in order to participate in certain activities,” said Dr Attwell. “A seemingly useful strategy to protect public health has been to require those who are not vaccinated to present very recent negative results of a COVID-19 test.” Mandatory vaccinations Government mandate measures could include vaccine passports, taxes and incentives, denial of access to public or private institutions, border entry or re-entry or forced and unfunded hotel quarantine for travellers as a way of motivating vaccine uptake.“Our research suggests there will be fairly widespread – though far from universal -acceptance of those measures in Australia, and probably less political contention than we are seeing in the US,” said Associate Professor Smith.Mandatory vaccinations are already an established practice in the childhood setting at both State and Commonwealth levels. The No Jab No Pay and No Jab No Play were both widely accepted by Australians, said Associate Professor Smith. Vaccine uptake by political preference Until now, less has been known about how attitudes towards COVID-19 vaccines and mandates link to political preferences. The study found voters for major political parties, the Liberal, National and Labor parties, were significantly more likely to say yes to a vaccine than voters for minor parties, and the elderly and those more affluent were also more likely to say yes to a vaccine.“It’s clear from the study that there is wide political support for mandatory vaccination, with the exception of some small pockets against it, and these would appear to link to dissatisfaction with the parties that form government,” Associate Professor Smith said.“People seem to understand the risks associated with particular activities, and the potential usefulness of mandates to continue to keep spread rates of COVID in Australia low.”Declaration: No existing academic studies in the Australian or global context have examined population attitudes towards making the COVID-19 vaccination mandatory, nor have they followed the changing attitudes towards vaccination (and mandates) of a panel of respondents before and after the commencement of the pandemic. This research received no funding. The survey data for this project was collected and provided by Pureprofile. /University 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). 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G7 to Announce Joint Actions to End Public Support for Overseas Unabated Coal Generation by End of 2021

first_imgG7 to Announce Joint Actions to End Public Support for Overseas Unabated Coal Generation by End of 2021 The White HouseThe United States is rallying the world’s democracies to deliver for our people, meet the world’s biggest challenges, and demonstrate our shared valuesToday, President Biden and fellow G7 Leaders agreed to a set of concrete actions to accelerate the global transition away from coal generation as part of our efforts to combat the climate crisis.Accelerating Decarbonization and Transition from Unabated Coal: Confronting the climate crisis presents a historic opportunity to drive our economic recovery, create millions of good-paying union jobs, and build back better as we invest in a more resilient, prosperous, equitable, and secure future. Recognizing that unabated coal power generation is the single biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions globally, and consistent with President Biden’s domestic leadership, G7 Leaders will commit to an end to new direct government support for unabated international thermal coal power generation by the end of this year. To support key developing countries in their transitions away from unabated coal, Canada, Germany, the UK, and the United States will also include a new collective commitment to provide up to $2 billion to support the work of the Climate Investments Funds focused on accelerating the transition from coal for key developing countries while investing in technology, job training, and infrastructure to enable the transition to a more reliable and prosperous clean energy economy.Hard-to-abate heavy industrial sectors like cement and steel will play a key role in this transition. Therefore, Leaders are launching the G7 Industrial Decarbonization Agenda, a first-of-its-kind platform to accelerate innovation, deploy decarbonization technology, and harmonize standards. The Leaders also will emphasize sectoral decarbonization in power, transport, agriculture, and buildings.Aligning to Confront the Climate Crisis: Additionally, for the first time in history, all G7 Leaders will align their long-term and short-term climate goals in a manner consistent with keeping the 1.5 degrees Celsius global warming threshold within reach. Leaders will also resolve to strengthen adaptation and resilience to protect people from the impacts of climate change and to halt and reverse biodiversity loss, as well as to mobilize finance and leverage innovation to reach these goals.To fully address the climate crisis, we also must recognize and focus on the role of conservation. This is why the United States supports the G7 goal of conserving or protecting at least 30 percent of global land and marine areas by 2030 – a commitment grounded in scientific evidence that has shown increasing conservation is critical for maintaining the health and productivity of our ecosystems for generations to come.Domestically, President Biden is advancing policies that will achieve carbon-pollution free energy in electricity generation by 2035. These policies will support scale up of technology that captures carbon and then permanently sequesters or utilizes that captured carbon, which includes lowering the cost of carbon capture retrofits for existing power plants – all while ensuring that overburdened communities are protected from increases in cumulative pollution. /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:Agriculture, biodiversity, Canada, carbon capture, clean energy, climate change, climate crisis, conservation, G7, Germany, global warming, Government, greenhouse gas emissions, infrastructure, UK, United States, White Houselast_img read more

Lybrate witnesses 60 per cent jump in online doctor consultations

first_img The platform experienced jump in video consultation over last two weeks when situation pertaining to coronavirus began to turn grimThe platform, which allows consultation on its platform via text, audio and video, has particularly experienced a jump in video consultation over the last two weeks when situation pertaining to coronavirus began to turn grim, and with announcement of total lockdown in the country, such consultations increased sharply.“It is highly appreciable that people are staying indoors and turning to online doctor consultation platforms for their healthcare needs. It is the need of the hour to contain the spread of the virus. The healthcare burden on the country is gigantic around this time and platforms like ours can definitely help share it. People can consult doctors on Lybrate across specialties and so on other platforms, letting hospitals tend to more serious patients,” said Saurabh Arora, Founder & CEO, Lybrate.On the Lybrate platform, people are consulting doctors about a range of health issues ranging from cold, cough, flu, fever, claustrophobia to joint pain, back ache, healthy diet, headache, meditation, yoga and stress and immunity, among others. “Because of the lockdown, the physical activity of people has come almost to a halt while screen time has risen. Owing to that, queries relating to wellness issues have risen significantly,” added Arora.Apart from metros, the platform has also witnessed a noticeable jump in queries from Tier-II cities.  WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals By EH News Bureau on April 8, 2020 Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app COVID-19lockdownLybrateonline doctor consultationsvideo consultation Share Read Article Related Posts Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Add Comment The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story News Lybrate witnesses 60 per cent jump in online doctor consultations Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Comments (0) MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre”last_img read more

Henry shuts down Boscobel Aerodrome project

first_imgHenry shuts down Boscobel Aerodrome project TransportMay 3, 2010 RelatedHenry shuts down Boscobel Aerodrome project RelatedHenry shuts down Boscobel Aerodrome project RelatedHenry shuts down Boscobel Aerodrome projectcenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Transport and Works Minister, Mike Henry, has ordered a temporary shutdown of the expansion project at the Boscobel Aerodrome in St. Mary amid allegations of sexual abuse of personnel on the site, which was said to have precipitated a work stoppage and demonstration there earlier this week.The minister has also ordered the chairman and president of the Airports Authority of Jamaica (AAJ) to prepare and submit to him comprehensive reports on the recent developments. These will form the basis for the Minister’s examination of the matter in search of a resolution.Mr. Henry noted that the very serious allegations that were raised at the demonstrations had not been corresponded to him prior to the work stoppage, hence his decision to directly seek to resolve the situation.He said out of the meetings to be held, if there was any appearance of any substantiation of the allegations, he would be treating the matter as a legal one, with the law being expected to take its course.The minister said once normality and general confidence are restored among the personnel on the site, the project would be restarted. Advertisementslast_img read more

73 Receive Sagicor Scholarships

first_imgRelated73 Receive Sagicor Scholarships 73 Receive Sagicor Scholarships EducationAugust 9, 2010 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail A total of 73 students were recognised for their exceptional academic performance under Sagicor Life Jamaica Limited’s Corporate Scholarship Programme at an awards ceremony held on August 5 at the company’s headquarters in New Kingston.The students were selected from 79 applicants, of which 50 were at the primary level and 23 at the secondary level.Now in its 19th year, the scholarship programme was established to provide support to children of Sagicor employees who have demonstrated academic excellence, as part of ongoing efforts to expand the range of benefits to employees and to promote academic excellence.Members of the Portmore Dance Theatre Company, perform during the awards ceremony for Sagicor Life Jamaica Limited’s Corporate Scholarship Programme, held at its headquarters in New Kingston on Thursday (August 5).Sagicor’s Assistant Vice President for Human Resources, Jacqueline Cook, noted that the programme is open to children of all permanent employees of Sagicor who have attained at least a B plus average; demonstrated character and integrity in school; and have shown leadership potential and involvement in the wider society through extra-curricular activities.Wife of the Governor-General, Her Excellency the Most Hon. Patricia Allen, who was guest speaker at the event, praised the awardees for “a job well done” in achieving and maintaining high averages during the last school year.“Your success is also an indication of the commitment and support of your parents and teachers who gave of their time and efforts and shared their knowledge and understanding of various subjects with you,” she said.She further noted that it was commendable that the scholarship programme supports learning by requiring that students not only maintain a high record of academic excellence, but also demonstrate good character and integrity, leadership potential, and active interest in the wider society.“I commend Sagicor for the sustained way in which the company has contributed to the education of the children of employees, preparing them to be masters of their own destinies on a platform of integrity, respect, performance communication and team work (which) represents a significant building block in the development of Jamaica,” she said.President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Sagicor, Mr. Richard Byles, said the programme helped the company in fulfilling its corporate responsibility, and that it assists staff who face increasing costs of sending their children to school. He added that it was most noteworthy that the programme serves to reinforce the value of studying and achieving excellence.“In nurturing these high performers, what we are doing is creating the material that is going to build and run and be responsible for our society later on,” he said.Under the programme, special awards are given at the primary level to first time male and female awardees, as at the secondary level for sustained excellence at.Recipients of these awards must attain an average of A to qualify. Scholarships are awarded for five years at the primary level and at the secondary level on condition that the recipient maintains a B plus average.Jada-Rae Taffe, of the Mona Preparatory School and Najean Poyser Hosanna Preparatory School were this year’s first time awardees at the primary level. Gabrielle Chin, a First Form student of Campion College, and Third Form student also of Campion College, Mikhail Campbell, were this year’s recipients for sustained excellence at the secondary level.Another special awardee, Dana Virtue, a graduate of the Immaculate Conception High School, walked away with this year’s Sagicorian award for all-round sustained excellence.The scholarship programme is financed through staff contributions ranging from $250 to $5,000 per month, is match by the company. Related73 Receive Sagicor Scholarshipscenter_img Related73 Receive Sagicor Scholarships Advertisementslast_img read more

AT&T offloads Caribbean assets

first_img US chip funding tipped to top $150B Related Amazon reels in MGM Author AT&T Tags Diana is Mobile World Live’s US Editor, reporting on infrastructure and spectrum rollouts, regulatory issues, and other carrier news from the US market. Diana came to GSMA from her former role as Editor of Wireless Week and CED Magazine, digital-only… Read more AT&T revealed plans to sell its mobile and fixed assets in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands to broadband provider Liberty Latin America for nearly $2 billion, as it continues to shed outlying businesses to cut debt.The $1.95 billion deal includes the handover of AT&T’s network assets; spectrum; real estate and related leases; contracts; and customers, including 1.1 million mobile subscribers.Some 1,300 AT&T employees will also transfer to Liberty Latin America once the transaction is finalised.Liberty Latin America CEO Balan Nair said in a statement the addition of AT&T’s assets to its own broadband and TV portfolio “will create a strong and competitive integrated communications player”.AT&T noted the deal will not affect its commitment to build a dedicated network for emergency responders (known as FirstNet) in either location.Closing is subject to review by both the US Federal Communications Commission and Department of Justice, but is expected within nine months.John Stephens, AT&T CFO, noted the transaction stemmed from the operator’s “ongoing strategic review of our balance sheet and assets,” which aims to identify opportunities to raise funds to pay down billions in debt.Earlier this year, the operator sold its stake in Hulu along with property in New York City. Executives also revealed plans to sell tower assets in the US and Mexico.Including the Liberty Latin America deal, AT&T said it had completed or announced sales totalling more than $11 billion. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Home AT&T offloads Caribbean assets Diana Goovaerts AT&T pushes cybersecurity to public sector Previous ArticleRealme continues EU push with X2Next ArticleUS operators come back for more mmWave AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 09 OCT 2019 last_img read more

LPGA season-long battle ends at CME

first_imgNAPLES, Fla. – Lydia Ko practically owns this week. Since she turned pro, Ko has treated the final week of the LPGA season like it’s a drive-through ATM window. She won both the CME Group Tour Championship ($500,000) and the Race to the CME Globe ($1 million) in her rookie year in 2014, claiming the richest payday in the history of women’s golf. She took home more than the CME Globe’s $1 million jackpot again last year. She also took home the Rolex Player of the Year Award, becoming its youngest winner at 18 years old. Of course, Ko is too humble to think of any event as an ATM, but she has made more in this one event than Hall of Famer Kathy Whitworth made her entire career ($1,722,760). Ko, though, isn’t arriving this week feeling the kind of momentum she enjoyed the last two years. In fact, Ko confessed she’s feeling a bit off. “Obviously, I’m not coming into this week with the greatest form,” Ko said. “But I still feel like it’s been a season where I’m really proud of it.” Ko has won four LPGA titles this year and the Olympic silver medal, but she’s in a real battle this week for the coveted year-long prizes. Ariya Jutanugarn leads Ko in the Race to the CME Globe standings, Rolex Player of the Year points and money winnings. “I’m in a bit of a different position to last year,” Ko said. “I’m not really in the driver’s seat.” Jutanugarn is. Ko has to win the CME Group Tour Championship to claim her second Rolex Player of the Year Award in as many years. Jutanugarn wins the award as long as Ko doesn’t win this tournament. With a tour-best five LPGA titles this year, Jutanugarn is looking to take her turn at the LPGA’s richest ATM. “This year has been a great year for me already,” Jutanugarn said. CME Group Tour Championship: Articles, photos and videos Earlier this week, Jutanugarn posed with Ko and Brooke Henderson over $1 million in cash encased in a glass cube. “Everybody wants that,” Jutanugarn said. Yes, but Jutanugarn wants that Rolex Player of the Year Award more. “To me, I think it’s one of the hardest to win,” she said. Ko, Jutanugarn and Henderson are grouped together in the first round. While Jutanugarn has more victories this year, Ko has the edge when they’re both contending late on Sunday for a title. Ko birdied the last hole to beat Jutanugarn in the season-opening ANA Inspiration. Ko also beat Jutanugarn head-to-head in a playoff at the Marathon Classic. But in the three rounds they’ve been paired together this year, Jutanugarn has posted the low round all three times. While Ko’s been battling a sluggish end to her year, she’s still in position for a huge finish. She can still sweep all the big prizes this week. If she wins the CME Group Tour Championship, she’ll also win the Player of the Year Award, the CME Globe jackpot, the Vare Trophy for low scoring average and the money-winning title. Mostly, Ko said, she wants to win back her best form. “For me, it’s more important to have a strong finish to the season,” she said. “That’s what I’m mainly thinking about.” Ko hasn’t had a top-10 finish in her last five starts. While that’s no cause for alarm for most players, it’s a departure for Ko. Remarkably, until now, she had not gone five LPGA starts without a top 10 since she began playing the tour as a 15-year-old amateur. “It’s the first time in her short career she’s sort of gone off form,” said David Leadbetter, her swing coach. “It’s sort of coincided with the fact that she put her heart and soul into the Olympics.” Leadbetter thinks Ko has battled fatigue in this stretch run to the finish line. “At Evian, I thought, this girl looks spent,” Leadbetter said. “She looked like she had nothing in the tank. She really hasn’t got that momentum back yet.” Jutanugarn is looking to end her breakthrough season with an exclamation point. A little more than a year removed from missing 10 consecutive cuts, seven months removed from collapsing in the final round of the year’s first major, Jutanugarn counts this week as frosting. “No matter what’s going to happen, I’m really happy about it,” Jutanugarn said. Vision 54s Pia Nilsson and Lynn Marriott began working with Jutanugarn in March, and they relish seeing how far she has come. “Her confidence was so low back in March,” Nilsson said. “She was afraid of playing, afraid of her driver. “But she had it all right there under her skin. If there are a thousand pieces of the puzzle to being a great player, she had most of the pieces already in place.” Nilsson and Marriott gave Jutanugarn a game-changing pre-shot routine. A little pre-shot smile, a “trigger” to remind her to slow down, calm down and focus when the pressure mounted, proved transforming. Swing coach Gary Gilchrist honed the loose, moving parts of Jutanugarn’s swing. “It’s already been a monster year for her,” Marriott said. “And it all happened so fast.”last_img read more