City of London Corporation to regenerate the waterfront around Custom House

City of London Corporation to regenerate the waterfront around Custom House Share whatsapp Helen Cahill The redevelopment of the area is expected to involve the creation of new public spaces at the City’s boundary, close to the Tower of London.Read more: Australian bank Macquarie has sold its final stake in Thames WaterThe master plan will be building on an ambitious pipeline of cultural and development works that the City of London is embarking upon over the next five years.There will be building works around the current Museum of London, which is being replaced by a £278m concert hall for the London Symphony Orchestra.The City of London Corporation is providing £2.5m in funding to study the business case for the project, but currently hopes to build new offices and hotels in the vicinity of the new classical music venue.Meanwhile, the Museum of London will be moving from the Barbican complex into the disused buildings of Smithfield Market, a redevelopment which is costing £250m. The City of London Corporation is drawing up a master plan for redevelopment of Custom House and the buildings surrounding it in a bid to rejuvenate the City’s waterfront.Custom House was formerly used for the collection of tariffs on goods, and was rebuilt after the Great Fire of 1666 based on designs drawn up by Christopher Wren. Thursday 16 March 2017 7:34 pm whatsapp More From Our Partners Why people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale read more

Trust in energy companies rising as consumers see their bills fall

first_imgConcern about energy costs is falling and trust in suppliers is up, according to a new report by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). Thirty-one per cent said they were concerned about their energy bills, down from 47 per cent in December 2013, and there is less concern about prices overall.“The next Labour government is committed to making big changes in our energy market” a party spokesman said. The Tories replied “If Ed Miliband had his way through his nonsensical high price freeze, bills would have been frozen at the top of the market.”Green MP Caroline Lucas said: “With many people still distrusting their energy supplier, and switching proving unpopular, it’s clear we need policy changes.” Fracking has been high on the political agenda, and 24 per cent said they support shale gas extraction, to 23 per cent against. DECC surveyed 2000 households to compile the tracker, which it uses to help guide how it communicates with the public, and judge the success of its policies. Tuesday 3 February 2015 8:45 pm Trust in energy companies rising as consumers see their bills fall whatsapp Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofHomemade Tomato Soup: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofWhat to Know About ‘Loki’ Ahead of Disney+ Premier on June 9Family ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofBaked Sesame Salmon: Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof Express KCS Sharecenter_img Show Comments ▼ whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite Heraldzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comBeverly Hills MDPlastic Surgeon Explains: “Doing This Every Morning Can Snap Back Sagging Skin” (No Creams Needed)Beverly Hills MDNoteableyKirstie Alley Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A BarbieNoteableyEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorBeach RaiderMom Belly Keeps Growing, Doctor Sees Scan And Calls CopsBeach RaiderVikings: Free Online GameIf you’re over 50 – this game is a must!Vikings: Free Online Game Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Franklin Templeton plans changes to Franklin Bissett dividend income funds

first_img NEO, Invesco launch four index PTFs Franklin Templeton Investments Corp. on Thursday proposed changes to the investment objectives and investment strategies of Franklin Bissett Dividend Income Fund and Franklin Bissett Dividend Income Corporate Class to provide investors with pure dividend-paying equity offerings, which invest in Canada and the U.S.The proposals will be voted on at a special meeting of securityholders for each fund to be held on or about June 25 in Toronto. Franklin Templeton renames funds with new managers Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Related news IE Staff center_img Keywords Fund managers Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Change to Counsel Global Small Cap Fund The proposed investment objective change for both funds is to provide long-term capital appreciation by investing primarily in dividend-paying Canadian and U.S. common stocks. The portfolio managers propose to make the strategy pure equity, with 100% of the fund’s investments allocated to equity (60% in Canadian equities and 40% in U.S. equities).The current investment objective for both funds is to provide high current income by investing primarily in Canadian and American dividend-paying preferred and common stocks and, from time to time, bonds up to a maximum of 25% of the fund’s total assets.If securityholders approve the proposed changes to the investment objectives and investment strategies for each fund, the changes will be implemented after the close of business on or about June 29.last_img read more

Independence was Earned with Blood, Sweat and Tears – Ambassador Shirley

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedIndependence was Earned with Blood, Sweat and Tears – Ambassador Shirley Independence was Earned with Blood, Sweat and Tears – Ambassador Shirley UncategorizedAugust 8, 2006 RelatedIndependence was Earned with Blood, Sweat and Tears – Ambassador Shirleycenter_img RelatedIndependence was Earned with Blood, Sweat and Tears – Ambassador Shirley FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Professor Gordon Shirley has reminded Jamaicans living in the United States that, “the freedom of Independence we celebrate, was bought with the blood, sweat and tears of our fore-parents”.“We should contemplate, as in 1962, this journey of self determination on which we have embarked, and our fore-parents resolve to make Jamaica a place where every person can attain his full potential,” he said.The Ambassador was bringing greetings at the Jamaican Nationals Association’s Independence Evening of Elegance, held at the Renaissance Hotel, downtown Washington, D.C., on Saturday, August 5.“Independence, perhaps more-so than on any other occasion, is a time for reflection on where we are, where we have been and where we are going. Jamaicans at home and in the Diaspora can be proud of their achievements. We have proven time and time again that given the right conditions, we are an unstoppable force. This unique quality was aptly demonstrated at the recently held Diaspora Conference in Kingston, where over 500 delegates resolved to harness the power and prestige of Jamaicans in the Diaspora for the betterment of Jamaica,” the Ambassador said.Professor Shirley pointed out that there were many positive developments of the past year, such as the smooth transition at the highest level of government, the exploits of athletes Asafa Powell, Veronica Campbell and others.“As Jamaicans, we should however, be mindful of the many challenges which have the potential to derail our efforts at enhancing the socio-economic well-being of our people, and as such should actively seek appropriate solutions,” he said.Ambassador Shirley noted that Jamaicans in the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, and indeed the entire United States, at this point in time, have been given a unique opportunity to contribute their expertise and assets to the development of the country. “This is even now more crucial as we witness the effects of globalization on our developmental aspirations. More and more of our access to preferential markets is being eroded and in time will become but a distant memory,” he added.The Ambassador explained that the government has undertaken to work even more closely with Jamaicans in the Diaspora to ensure that they are given the necessary opportunities to contribute their knowledge and skills towards the development of the country.The establishment of the Diaspora Foundation as well as the Government’s intention to establish a Joint Select Committee of Parliament to address issues related to the Diaspora, are but two of the initiatives that will serve to better co-ordinate and implement the efforts of those willing to serve.In her remarks, President of the Jamaican Nationals Association, Moreen Wallace, said that, “as we celebrate over 40 years of Jamaica’s Independence, it is timely for us to stop and reflect on those qualities we possess as people of Jamaican Heritage.We must not only reflect on them, but continue to build on those qualities to help us promote Independence and self-sufficiency, while preserving our Jamaican culture and heritage”.The Marcus Garvey Award was presented to Dr. Jacqueline A. Mothersille-Payne, a lecturer at Bowie State University.Among the special guests were Miss Jamaica World 2005, Terri-Karelle Griffiths and Beverly Anderson-Manley.last_img read more

Boosting Business and Services: Jabiru Jumps On Board NBN

first_imgBoosting Business and Services: Jabiru Jumps On Board NBN NT GovernmentResidents in Jabiru can look forward to fast and reliable fibre connectivity, with the Northern Territory Government today announcing it has partnered with the NBN Co. to rollout the National Broadband Network in the township.The $4.5 million project will be pivotal in positioning Jabiru as a central tourism hub in the heart of Kakadu National Park. The increased connectivity will not only create more jobs for Territorians throughout the installation process, but it will also put more businesses on the map, with new opportunities for increased reach and markets.The rollout will also improve the amenities at established tourist accommodations in Jabiru, with visitors able to access high quality WiFi, to stay connected and share their travel experiences faster.In addition to local businesses, the broadband fibre-to-the-premises will reach more than 700 homes, as well as education services. Health providers will also benefit from the rollout, with faster connectivity improving and expanding the delivery of telehealth services.It’s expected the roll-out will be complete by the end of 2021.Today’s announcement supports the Northern Territory’s Government commitment to the ongoing delivery of essential services in Jabiru, under the Memorandum of Understanding on the Future of Jabiru Township.The Government is investing $135.5 million to help the township establish itself as the centre for tourism and culture in Kakadu and the West Arnhem region.As noted by Corporate and Digital Development Minister, Paul Kirby:“No matter where they live, Territorians deserve to have access to the same telecommunications services as other Australians.”“The rollout of the NBN in Jabiru will not only improve health and education services, but it will be dynamic in boosting the town’s economic development, and creating new and sustainable jobs for locals along the way.”“Connecting Territory communities is a key direction in our Digital Territory Strategy, to ensure reliable and sustainable internet and phone access to remote communities across the Territory.”Statement Gavin Williams, NBN Co Chief Development Officer Regional and Remote“We are delighted to be partnering with the NT Government on a project which will be transformational for Jabiru.“The high speed nbn™ Fibre To The Premises (FTTP) network will underpin plans to make Jabiru an all year round tourism destination and significantly improve its digital capability in areas like health, business, education and the arts.”“It will also enrich the lifestyles of the people of Jabiru. We look forward to delivering this project in 2021 with NT Government and the Mirrar People.”“nbn recently established a Regional Development and Engagement team to focus on the needs of regional Australia and now have a dedicated presence in the NT. We are excited to be partnering and collaborating with community, business and industry to lift the digital capability of the community and empowering the social and economic benefits that broadband can deliver.” /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:AusPol, Australia, broadband, business, community, corporate, education, Government, Internet, Minister, NBN, Northern Territory, regional development, remote communities, sustainable, telehealth, Williamslast_img read more

First Look: 2021 Toyota Sienna

first_img We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS The reworked cabin mirrors the exterior styling in that it is much sharper. Accessing the seating is now easier with the both power sliding side doors and tailgate being available with hands-free opening — wave a foot at the designated point and the portal glides open. Once inside, the horizontal dash layout gives the infotainment’s smart nine-inch screen the pride of place. It works with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. All models come with heated front seats and steering wheel along with all the desirable power options and a tri-zone climate control system. Other niceties include seven USB ports and up to 18 cupholders.Move up through the model range and the level of equipment rises — the top Platinum features everything including a 10-inch colour head-up display that shows speed, navigation and hybrid system status.Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22021 Toyota Sienna Trending Videos BMW has unveiled new all-electric vehicles in its i brand stable advertisement The hybrid system, regardless of whether front- or all-wheel-drive, produces a net system output of 243 horsepower when the electric motor and 186-hp gas engine are working together. Remarkably, the hybrid delivers a tow capacity of 1,588 kilograms, so the loss of the V6 will have less impact. While the Sienna presentation was a static display, driving the 2020 Highlander with the same AWD hybrid powertrain for the previous week proved it to be up to snuff when purring about town or out cruising the highway. The early entry of the electric torque gave the Highlander a surprisingly crisp launch off the line and a sustained mid-range. If more urgency is needed, Highlander’s Sport mode not only sharpened the response to input but also saw the continuously variable transmission shift more like a regular automatic under hard acceleration.The Sienna has the same Sport mode to go along with Eco, Normal and EV modes. In the Highlander’s case, there was a minor fuel economy penalty for using Sport mode and the same will be true of doing so with Sienna. However, with the Sienna getting an expected combined average fuel economy of 7.1 L/100 km, the increase is not going to be an issue. 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With a new platform and sharper styling with crisp front and rear fascia that wear standard LED lighting, it is a looker, and the XSE model puts a sporty spin on things. You’ll also find some interesting add-ons and the big news — out goes the V6 engine, in comes Toyota’s Hybrid System II as the standard and sole powertrain.While some will lament the loss of the V6, the fact is most will be hard pressed to notice the difference under most driving conditions. The hybrid system, which is the same as the one used in the 2020 Highlander, uses a 2.5L four-cylinder and two or three electric motors. The front-drive versions have two electric motors — one assists the drive with both being used to harvest otherwise wasted energy and keep the 1.8 kilowatt/hour battery topped up. As the battery sits beneath the front seats it does not impinge on Sienna’s space or flexibility.RELATED Shopping for a large SUV? Allow us to do some van-splaining Xb_je464″>PlayBMW has unveiled new all-electric vehicles in its i brand stablePlay2022 McLaren Artura | First Look | Driving.caPlay2021 Ford Explorer Timberline | First Look | Driving.caPlay2022 Honda Civic | First Look | Driving.caPlay2022 Hyundai Kona N | First Look | Driving.caPlayShanghai 2021 auto show sees raft of new EVsPlayAudi A6 e-tron | First Look | Driving.caPlay2022 Santa Cruz | First Look | Driving.caPlayFirst Look | 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS | DrivingPlay2021 Genesis GV70 | First Look | Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” The centre console has been completely rethought. Between the front seats sits a bridge-like structure that leaves a large storage area beneath it. At the back end of the console there is an available cooler box and vacuum cleaner. The cooler box has both fridge and freezer functions and enough space for six cans of one’s favourite beverage. Other interesting options include a JBL sound system with 12 speakers and a 1,200-watt amp, a large high-definition screen for the rear entertainment system and a 110-volt outlet. Unlike many, which only support light use, the Sienna’s outlet is rated at 1,500 watts, which is enough to support most camping plugins.As for the rest of the cabin, the available second-row captain-chair seat runners have been extended — if the third row is not occupied sliding the middle row fully rearward opens up more legroom than you’ll find in a limo. The third row is readily accessed and large enough to accommodate two adults for a short jaunt. When the third row is upright there is a large well in the trunk area, which improves the space — four sets of golf clubs standing upright should easily fit into the space. The third row folds down into the well when not needed and opens up a flat floor. If more space is needed, the optional captain seats slide forward and collapse up against the back of the front seats. While Toyota did not give any cargo numbers, they will be generous when released. See More Videos Minivan Comparison: 2020 Honda Odyssey vs. 2020 Chrysler PacificaThe all-wheel-drive (AWD) models get the same powertrain up front along with a third electric motor. It powers the rear wheels to deliver on-demand AWD when it’s needed. The system is available on all models and standard on the range-topping Platinum. Trending in Canada Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 2021 Toyota Sienna Finally, kudos to Toyota for making a full suite of safety technology standard on all models. Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert sits alongside Toyota’s Safety Sense 2.0 with automatic emergency braking. The latter includes everything from adaptive cruise control to auto high beams. last_img read more

Thousands of Breadfruit Trees to be Planted in Schools

first_imgAdvertisements Thousands of Breadfruit Trees to be Planted in Schools AgricultureSeptember 21, 2014Written by: Bryan Miller Photo: JIS PhotographerRegional Director, Ministry of Education Region 3, Maxine Headlam (right), receives a Ma’afala breadfruit plant from Director of the Trees That Feed Foundation, Cathy Lyn (left). Occasion was the national launch of the Trees That Feed in Schools programme on Friday (September 19), at the Ocho Rios High School, St. Ann. RelatedSt. Elizabeth Farmers Trained to Combat Beet Armyworm Related$27.8 Million Sorrel Processing Plant Opens in Bethel Town Thousands of Breadfruit Trees to be Planted in SchoolsJIS 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 fullscreenPlaycenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Story HighlightsThousands of breadfruit trees are to be planted at schools across the island under a project aimed at boosting the school feeding programme, while aiding in reforestation.The project dubbed: ‘Trees That Feed in Schools,’ was officially launched on Friday (September 19) at the Ocho Rios High School, where a number of trees were handed over for plantingApproximately 5,000 breadfruit plants will be distributed to schools island-wide over the next six months. RelatedJamaica Embarks On Commercial Bamboo Production Thousands of breadfruit trees are to be planted at schools across the island under a project aimed at boosting the school feeding programme, while aiding in reforestation.The project dubbed: ‘Trees That Feed in Schools,’ was officially launched on Friday (September 19) at the Ocho Rios High School, where a number of trees were handed over for planting.Approximately 5,000 breadfruit plants will be distributed to schools island-wide over the next six months.Education Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, in a speech delivered by Custos of St. Ann, Hon. Norma Walters, hailed the project, noting that it provides a good example of sustainable development.“Planting trees is healthy for the environment and is a positive contribution to future generations.  In addition, the planting of breadfruit trees, in particular, has the benefit of increasing food supplies for the Jamaican population while promoting national food security,” he noted.He said that the launch of the project is “very timely,” as it coincides with the Ministry’s revamped school feeding programme, and its mandate to increase school attendance and enrollment.Under the programme, over 200,000 students in the early childhood age group began receiving breakfast and lunch free or at a subsidised price, at the start of the new school year. This is expected to assist in increasing the ability of children to concentrate, learn, and perform specific tasks.Stating that the Government has allocated $4 billion toward the school feeding programme during this financial year, Minister Thwaites said local farmers and commodity suppliers will benefit from the expenditure, while providing scope for employment. “Through the programme, we want to help to stimulate the rural economy,” he added.Regional Director, Ministry of Education Region 3, Maxine Headlam, told JIS News that to date, some 60 schools in St. Ann have been presented with breadfruit plants, and all the other schools in the parish will receive by the end of the year.“I love this project, because it’s a vision that will outlast even the persons, who thought of it, initiated it.  For us (at the Ministry of Education) it means food supply for the school feeding programme,” she said.She said the project also represents economic solutions for small communities, as the schools will not be able to absorb all the produce from the trees planted and as such, persons, from nearby communities, will benefit.Trees That Feed in Schools involves collaboration among the Ministries of  Education, and Agriculture and Fisheries; Trees That Feed Foundation; Rotary Club of St. Catherines South in Ontario, Canada; and the Rotary Club of Ocho Rios East.The variety of breadfruit that is being planted under the project is the Ma’afala, which is very high in nutrition. The trees are smaller than other varieties, which makes the fruit easier to reap, and leads to less waste.last_img read more

Voters to decide fate of the Constitution Revision Commission

first_img Capping a two-year effort, the Legislature has signed off on a ballot measure that will ask voters in 2022 to abolish the Constitution Revision Commission.The House voted 86-28 on April 27 to approve SJR 204 by Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg. Rep. Mike Beltran, R-Valrico, sponsored the companion, HJR 1179. Joint resolutions must be approved by a three-fifths majority of both chambers, but do not require a governor’s signature.“Please join me in protecting our Constitution and vote up on this bill,” Beltran said.The 37-member, mostly appointed Constitution Revision Commission meets every 20 years and has the power to put measures directly on the ballot. The commission has met just three times since 1968.Lawmakers began calling for its abolition after 2018, when the last CRC “bundled” a series of unrelated proposals into seven ballot questions, including one that asked voters to ban offshore drilling and indoor vaping. Voters approved it by a nearly 69% margin.Some of the proposals were worthy, Beltran said, but most should have gone through the legislative process.Beltran said that a “proliferation” of amendments over the past 50 years has “doubled” the size of the Constitution.“The result is that our constitution is being diluted,” Beltran said. “Unfortunately, this is being contributed to by the CRC, which added seven amendments.”Brandes and other critics argue that the commission wields too much power for an unelected body, and risks being captive of special interests.“It’s rediscovered every 20yrs, has no rules, players have no experience, once it starts it can’t stop, crazy things pop out, and you never know how damaging they will be,” Brandes tweeted earlier this year. “Election night, you yell ‘Jumanji.’”Critics of abolishing the CRC point out that the majority of the 150 amendments that were added to the Florida Constitution in the past 50 years originated with the Legislature.Sen. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, who served on the 2017-2018 CRC, argued that the commission should be reformed, not abolished.“We should improve, not reprove” the Constitution Revision Commission, Rouson said.Democrats accused Republicans of trying to limit direct democracy to consolidate their power.The day before, the Legislature approved a measure that would impose a $3,000 cap on contributions to political committees that support citizen initiatives. Another Republican proposal calls for raising the 60% voter threshold for approving ballot measures to a two-thirds majority, but the measure was put on hold in Senate Rules on April 20 and appears dead for this year.Brandes and other CRC critics argue that with five avenues for amending the Constitution, Florida has the most direct democracy in the nation. In addition to legislative proposals, citizen initiatives, and the Constitution Revision Commission, there is a constitutional convention and the Taxation and Budget Reform Commission. All require voter approval. Apr 28, 2021 By Jim Ash Senior Editor Top Stories Voters to decide fate of the Constitution Revision Commissionlast_img read more

Dare to Dream

first_imgThe USGA found the right LPGA commissioner to risk its grand experiment with this season. For all the good feelings attached to Mike Whan’s release of the 2014 LPGA schedule, it’s noteworthy that the oldest event on the schedule comes with the riskiest proposition as the women get ready to begin their new season next week in the Bahamas. The U.S. Women’s Open isn’t until June, but it promises to be the most scrutinized test of women’s skill in the 69-year history of the championship. That’s because, for the first time, the U.S. Women’s Open (June 19-22) will be played the week after the U.S. Open (June 12-15), on the same golf course, at Pinehurst No. 2. The back-to-back major championship tests offer an intriguing juxtaposition, a chance for the curious to compare how the men and women will fare against Pinehurst No. 2s formidable defenses. With that intrigue, however, there’s daunting questions. Will the women ride the wave of attention the men will create the week before? Or will they crumple and crash beneath it? With the men’s and women’s games so different, the event’s potentially fraught with logistical and political nightmares. How fast will the USGA set up Pinehurst No. 2’s greens? Will officials push them to the brink for speed the way they normally do knowing the women will be coming in the following week? How will the width of fairways be configured? What about the rough? Will the men beat up landing areas and pin placements in a week of play and practice? How will the crosswalks for fans configure for the men vs. the women? What about the availability of hotel rooms for women coming in the weekend the men are finishing? What if the men need an 18-hole Monday playoff? Whan’s team asked all these questions when his executive staff met with the USGA’s staff in a meeting in Orlando last month. “Of course, 90 percent of our questions, the USGA already thought of,” Whan told While there’s big risk in this year’s U.S. Women’s Open, Whan believes the time is right for the women to do this. With Whan steering the LPGA back on to a solid foundation, with 33 events on the schedule this year, up from 23 just three years ago, the time is right to seize the attention this venue can bring his women. “I think we’re finally in a spot where we can dream big,” Whan said. “A few years ago, we had to dream about recovery. We aren’t talking about recovery anymore. We’re talking about: `How high is up?’ That’s when it really gets fun.” Now that the LPGA schedule is rebuilt, Whan said his attention turns to creating more interest in his tour, in growing the fan base. “Doubling the fan base,” Whan said. “I think doubling it is more than realistic.” That’s where Whan sees the upside in the big risks this U.S. Women’s Open offers. Back-to-back championships weren’t his idea. They were the USGA’s, but he likes the bravado in it. “I say this to our players a lot, that you can’t dream big and be afraid of making mistakes,” Whan said. “They are not mutually exclusive.” This is a commissioner who has proven he has the guts to push the envelope with a radical idea if he believes the upside is worth it. This is the guy who created a tournament to honor the LPGA’s founders and then asked his pros to play in it for free to fund its charity that first year. Whan risked a revolt asking players to make a great financial sacrifice to play in the inaugural RR Donnelley Founders Cup in 2011. It took some nerve with the tour’s playing opportunities down to an anemic 23 events. Whan’s risk, though, paid a large reward, with RR Donnelley so enamored with the concept that it stepped up the next year to fully fund the purse and charity. This is a commissioner who infuriated traditionalists declaring the Evian Championship to be the tour’s fifth major last year. This is a commissioner who took advantage of the LPGA’s Asian and international ties, even trumpeted them, when critics were pounding the tour for its domestic failures. With all the handwringing taking place over this year’s U.S. Women’s Open, Whan has his concerns, too. But, he’s focusing on what’s possible. “People talk about the concerns, the course setup, and I get that, but there’s an opportunity here,” Whan said Tuesday in his Golf Channel appearance on Morning Drive. “We get to follow a typical 6-point rating for the U.S. Open, where the whole world really engages in the men’s open.” Whan is working with the USGA to give his players opportunities to be injected into coverage of the U.S. Open, to talk about how the U.S. Women’s Open will unfold a week later. He also has invited USGA Executive Director Mike Davis to host a forum with his LPGA pros in their first players meeting of the year at the Founders Cup in March. “We’ve talked about how to make the most out of this unique opportunity, in terms of exposure for the women worldwide,” Whan said. “I think we have an opportunity to have more people watch the U.S. Women’s Open than have ever watched it before. I’m really looking forward to seeing how many people we can carry over into week two.” Maybe this won’t work. Maybe U.S. Women’s Open week will begin with the LPGA feeling like players in one of those pairings stuck behind Tiger Woods in a PGA Tour event, where everyone’s leaving the tee box just as they’re arriving. Though back-to-back championships weren’t Whan’s idea, he’s grateful the USGA is thinking a little bit like he does.  “I’ve said many times, I promise you I’ll be the commissioner with the most failures in my time, but it won’t be because I wasn’t willing to think bigger.” Whan said. “I’m trying to encourage a team and a player body that says, `Hey, let’s take some bigger swings so the upside for the next generation is bigger.’ So, whether it’s playing a fifth major, or playing a tournament without a purse, or playing back-to-back major championships, I can’t be sure how things will work out, but they’re done for all the right reasons. “Some of them won’t work, but you’ve got to be able to take chances. You have to be willing to fail.” It’s the price of dreaming big.last_img

Cauley back on Tour after accident

first_imgOnce he regained consciousness, the first thing Bud Cauley noticed was that it was difficult to breathe. At 11:04 p.m. on June 1, after missing the cut at The Memorial, Cauley was one of three passengers in a BMW M6 that Dublin, Ohio, police say lost control, flew off the right side of the road, hit a culvert and went airborne before slamming into a large tree, flipping onto its right side, plowing over several smaller trees, crossing a driveway and eventually landing in a ditch. The 20 minutes after the horrifying crash are hazy, but Cauley soon learned of his injuries: collapsed lung, six broken ribs, fractured leg. At the hospital he watched helplessly as doctors tied his arm to the back of the bed, sliced open his chest and inserted a tube to re-inflate his lung. “Waking up outside of the car confused and in pain, having a hard time breathing, not knowing how badly I was hurt and knowing what quality of life I’d have, that was a pretty scary thing,” Cauley said. “It was the scariest night of my life.” Four months later, he is playing this week’s season-opening Safeway Open, his first start since the accident. During a phone interview this week, the 28-year-old said that, above all, he feels fortunate – not only that he survived, but that he can even approach this season with a new perspective, after the game he’s played his entire life was nearly taken from him without warning. Full-field scores from Safeway Open Safeway Open: Articles, photos and videos News of Cauley’s serious condition spread throughout the locker room that week at Muirfield Village. Justin Thomas, one of Cauley’s closest friends, was shaken up and said that he thought about him on “every shot.” Jack and Barbara Nicklaus visited Cauley at the hospital, where he stayed for six days. Cauley couldn’t fly home to South Florida because the cabin pressure in the plane could deflate his lung again. So he drove with his parents to their home outside Nashville, Tenn. He crashed there for a few weeks, spending most of his day icing his leg and blowing into a breathing machine. He took short walks around the neighborhood, helped put together a thousand-piece puzzle, and watched movies and TV shows, though he stayed away from comedies, because it hurt to laugh. After a month, Cauley began physical therapy in Jacksonville, Fla., where he rode a bike to strengthen his leg, completed core exercises to support his midsection and did light cardio to build up his stamina. He had endured a lengthy rehabilitation process before – he tore the labrum in his shoulder in 2014 – but these injuries created more unknowns. “The whole thing sucked,” he said, “and some days were better than others. It was mostly me just worrying about it and wondering if I’d ever get back.” Cauley’s side was so swollen – four of his six broken ribs now had a metal plate – that he could feel it rubbing against his arm when he bent over to address a putt. It was painful to swing a club, and he wondered if he’d have to manage that discomfort forever. Under the supervision of swing coach Matt Killen, he began hitting balls about two months after the accident – first with 30 balls up to a pitching wedge, then with 60 balls up to a 7-iron. Bracing for the possibility of having to change his swing, to move away from pain, he surprised himself with his range of motion and speed. “It went about as well as I could have hoped for,” he said. And so Cauley targeted the Safeway for his return to competition. Unlike most who suffered an injury during the season, he didn’t have to take a major medical extension because he still was able to remain inside the top 125 in FedExCup points, enough to keep a full card. He’ll play in Napa, take a few weeks off, then close out the year with three starts in a row, in Vegas, Mexico and Sea Island. “I couldn’t be more pumped for him,” Thomas said. “He’s worked so hard to be ready for this event, so to have him there is great. Safe to say I’ll be his biggest fan this week.” After rehabbing his collapsed lung and cracked ribs and fractured lower leg, Cauley said that he feels 100 percent healthy. His main concerns now are managing his excitement and stringing together scores – and he realizes those are good problems to have, after his life-threatening accident four months ago. “You never think anything bad is going to happen to you until it does,” he said. “It changed my perspective on a lot of things, on just how fragile life can be. One minute everything is fine, and the next you’re worrying about the rest of your life and not being able to do something that I’ve always loved and assumed I’d be doing forever. I definitely don’t take that for granted.”last_img read more