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McGirt tops Curran in Memorial playoff for first win

McGirt tops Curran in Memorial playoff for first win

first_imgDUBLIN, Ohio – William McGirt thought he hit it big when he won the Cabarrus Classic and pocketed $16,000, the second-largest prize on the Tar Heel Tour. That was in 2007, and it felt like a lifetime ago compared with the perks from winning the Memorial on Sunday. The victory was worth $1.53 million and a three-year exemption for a guy who once dreamed of simply having a PGA Tour card. Waiting to congratulate him was tournament host Jack Nicklaus, who raved about the bunker shot on the 18th hole that kept McGirt in the playoff at Muirfield Village, and the flop shot from behind the 18th green that led to a 6-foot putt and his first PGA Tour victory in his 165th try. U.S. Open qualifying? Take the day off. McGirt moves up to No. 43 in the world and was assured a spot in his first national championship. ”It will all sink in at some point,” McGirt said. This was a long time coming. McGirt couldn’t count all the mini-tours he played and the self-doubts he ignored, including a four-month stretch in which he saw his wife for only four days. But on Sunday against the strongest field of the year for a regular PGA Tour event, McGirt made his first victory one to remember. Memorial Tournament: Articles, photos and videos He played the final 22 holes at Muirfield Village without a bogey. His final par in regulation was the most important, a two-putt from 65 feet for a 1-under 71 that allowed him to join Jon Curran (70) in a playoff at 15-under 273. McGirt won the way Nicklaus said he captured so many of his 73 times on the PGA Tour. ”I won half of my golf tournaments watching everyone else self-destruct,” Nicklaus said. ”And that’s the way you win. I saw him coming down the stretch. I saw Jon coming down the stretch. The two of them played great. I felt that either one of them could have won.” Dustin Johnson dropped three shots in four holes to start the back nine, and a fourth bogey on the 16th ended it for him. Matt Kuchar was tied for the lead when he returned from a 90-minute rain delay and promptly hit the lip of a fairway bunker and made double bogey. He never recovered. Emiliano Grillo had a share of the lead until starting the back nine with four straight bogeys. Gary Woodland couldn’t get up and down behind the 17th green and made bogey. Curran, who knows Nicklaus from being a member at his Bear’s Club in South Florida, looked like a winner when he hit 7-iron out of a fairway bunker on the 17th hole to 7 feet for birdie to join McGirt at 15 under. McGirt was battling his swing and trying to hang on. He saved par from a bunker on the 17th. He had the long two-putt for par on the 18th hole. And he was in trouble on the 18th in a playoff, facing a deep bunker shot to a back pin. He expertly used the slope behind the hole and watched his shot roll back to a few feet to stay alive. ”That was a long bunker shot,” Nicklaus said. ”I don’t want to hit it again,” McGirt replied. Playing the 18th for the third time, Curran misjudged the strong wind at his back and went into the gallery above the green, and his pitch ran down the slope well past the hole, leading to bogey. McGirt also went long and played a perfect flop shot to 6 feet for the winner. ”Surprisingly, I felt no nerves standing over that putt and poured it right in the middle,” McGirt said. Johnson finished alone in third – his fifth finish in the top 5 this season – while Rory McIlroy (68) tied for fourth with Kuchar (73), Woodland (73) and J.B. Holmes (69). Jason Day, a Muirfield Village member and No. 1 in the world, got to within two shots of the lead until he tumbled to a 74 and tied for 27th, matching his best result at the Memorial. Jordan Spieth shot 73 and finished 12 shots behind in a tie for 57th. McGirt became the third straight Memorial champion to become a first-time PGA Tour winner, and it was the third straight playoff at Muirfield Village. In his 12 years as a pro, he has played only one major, the 2012 PGA Championship. That was meaningful, even though he missed the cut, because he was coming off a close call at the Canadian Open in which he didn’t look at the leaderboard the final round. He ran into Tiger Woods, told him what he did, and he said Woods told him he was foolish for not looking. McGirt didn’t make that mistake twice. And when it was over, his name was at the top. The U.S. Open is now on his schedule. So is the PGA Championship at the end of July, and the Masters next April. ”I wondered for years if I would ever get to the PGA Tour,” McGirt said. ”And then once you get out here, OK, you’ve played 160 events. Are you ever going to win? But I think you have to get your nose bloodied some to learn how to handle it, and I definitely had my nose bloodied a few times.”last_img read more

Shard wars

Shard wars

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State of the Dairy 2020: Northeast: Embracing innovation, with a sense of relief

State of the Dairy 2020: Northeast: Embracing innovation, with a sense of relief

first_imgDave NatzkeEditorProgressive DairyEmail Dave [email protected] The improved outlook for milk prices in 2020 is providing some degree of optimism for producers, mixed with a sense of relief, according to Chris Laughton, Farm Credit East’s director of Knowledge Exchange. The better prices in 2019 and 2020, however, may say more about how low they were in 2018.advertisementadvertisement“The last few years haven’t been easy ones for most dairy producers in our region, so I think they are noticing the rising milk prices with some relief and hoping they will be sustained,” he said. Even as cash flow improves, many are still dealing with deferred maintenance and debt obligations incurred over the last few years.Milk production increased 1.9% in New York in 2019 but declined in Vermont and probably in other New England states as well, Laughton said. The number of farms has declined across the region somewhat, although the number of cows has remained relatively flat. Expansion has been limited because producers are generally wary after the last few years of economic struggles, and several co-ops have instituted supply management plans.Despite stronger prices, Northeast dairy productivity will be challenged by a number of factors in the year ahead. Last year’s difficult growing season made forage quality difficult to maintain.Labor costs and availability are significant issues, and concerns will only increase after the passage of a number of new labor regulations in several Northeast states. In New York, the implementation of the Farmworker Fair Labor Practices Act builds on minimum wage increases and an already limited supply of workers, making labor more expensive. Many farmers are looking at ways to increase efficiency, including technology.The silver lining is: Constraints on milk production growth will help bring supply and demand in balance, relieving pressure on processing facilities that have had difficulty handling the volumes in recent years.advertisementHowever, there’s uncertainty regarding processing capacity, as well. “The bankruptcy of Dean Foods involves several processing facilities in the Northeast, so people are watching to see what will happen with that capacity,” Laughton said.Is dairy’s demise in the Northeast imminent?“Certainly, the high-profile bankruptcies of Dean and Borden got a lot of attention, and we’ve seen a number of dairy farms exit the industry. Fluid milk consumption continues to decline. Those are not positive developments,” Laughton said. “It’s worth noting, however, that overall per-capita dairy consumption has grown. Yogurt is off its peak, but consumption remains strong. Butter and cheese continue to grow. So the industry isn’t going anywhere, but things are changing.”From a marketer’s perspective, the tradition, diversity and value connected with Northeast dairy farming and processing mean the industry is ready to evolve.“In a decade shaped by a constantly changing marketplace, U.S. dairy is well positioned to expand its growth through innovation designed to meet the changing tastes and needs of today’s consumers,” said Laura Hardie, farmer relations and communications manager with New England Dairy, a checkoff-funded organization conducting promotion programs in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.Innovation is occurring at all levels. “It’s encouraging to see farmers using their ingenuity to find new ways to continue the tradition of dairy farming with the addition of value-added dairy products like cheesemaking,” she said.advertisementInnovation in dairy product development is helping diversify consumer choices. And there’s innovation in getting products to young consumers. In 2019, New England Dairy funded 65 schools with equipment grants to start hot chocolate milk programs. The program takes advantage of the USDA flexibility that allows schools to serve 1% flavored milk and the trendiness of café-style beverages sought by youth. Preliminary data from 21 of the granted schools shows the program leads to a 15% increase in milk sales.There’s also innovation in finding ways to provide financial benefits as farmers seek to balance farm profitability with investments in the environment. Last year in Vermont, a Payment for Ecosystem Services working group was created to recommend financial incentives that would encourage farmers to implement agricultural practices that reduce agricultural runoff, improve soil health, enhance crop resilience, increase carbon storage and storm water storage capacity.“A farmer’s milk check doesn’t currently provide a way to pay farmers for the tons of carbon they are sequestering through cover crops they plant, for example,” Hardie said. “These programs are a way to provide farmers with compensation for the benefits they provide us as a society – beyond making food.”Zach Myers, risk education program manager with Pennsylvania’s Center for Dairy Excellence, said Pennsylvania dairy farmers are approaching 2020 similar to 2019, with cautious optimism. Stronger milk prices in 2019 helped relieve some of the economic pressures of a multiyear downturn, although it wasn’t enough to provide full recovery. There’s hope 2020 will build on 2019, with prices moving into more profitable ranges.The new year also looks better from a feed cost standpoint. A poor cropping year in 2018 had forced dairy farmers to buy additional commodity feeds to offset poor-quality forages, increasing feed costs and tightening income margins. The subpar forage quality also reduced milk production, further constricting cash flow.The 2019 cropping season was much better, resulting in higher-quality forages that should feed a stabilizing dairy herd and improve production per cow. “A lot of Pennsylvania dairy farmers saw increased production once they started feeding 2019 forages,” Myers said.Consolidation of farms continued in 2019. After losing 370 dairy farms in 2018, another 470 exited in 2019. With a better milk price outlook for 2020, the number of dairy farm losses should slow as cash flow improves.With the loss of farms and lower milk output per cow last year, the milk supply in Pennsylvania is actually tight, Myers said.“National production increased at a much slower rate in 2019 than in previous years,” Myers said. “There is not as much milk around now than previous years. Right now, the Pennsylvania processing market is undersupplied and there is capacity for increased processing if the milk becomes available.”Pennsylvania dairy farmers share another challenge with counterparts around the country: affordable labor. The location of population centers and a good interstate highway system add labor competition from warehouses and factories, and dairy farmers who have had to increase pay rates recently to attract and keep employees.While Pennsylvania has no Borden plants, four Dean Foods’ plants process more than 50% of the commonwealth’s fluid milk. Farmers, industry and government officials are watching the company’s bankruptcy proceedings closely to be prepared if there is any fluid milk processing consolidation.Pennsylvania’s government and dairy industry are working diligently to make sure there is a consistently profitable future for dairy farming and processing, Myers said.The departments of Agriculture and Community and Economic Development are into a second year of providing grant money through the Pennsylvania Dairy Investment Program (PDIP). The grant program is intended to support the dairy industry through research and development, value-added processing, organic transition and marketing. In 2020, 49 different projects totaling $5 million have been approved.In 2019, the Department of Agriculture also put together a 34-member commission, charged with helping develop a path forward for the dairy industry. A report from the commission is due out later this year.While many focus on declining fluid milk consumption, Myers points to overall per-capita dairy consumption hitting a 60-year high, at 646 pounds. And the fluid market news isn’t all bad. Sales of whole milk, flavored whole milk and lactose-free milk are on the rise.“There is tremendous innovation occurring in the dairy industry around fluid milk,” he said. “There are numerous new fluid milk products available across the country today that were not available three years ago. The industry has been innovating around recent research that shows how beneficial the nutrient density of milk is to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and this includes milkfat.”There’s also been innovation among producers. More farmers are looking to generate alternative sources of income through agritourism, on-farm processing and retail sales, Myers said.“Consumers are looking to buy ‘local’ now more than ever,” Myers said. “There is plenty of opportunity for local dairy product branding. Several farms are looking into capitalizing on this sector of consumer demand and are looking into local branding and private label dairy products to increase the value of their operation and be able to succeed into the future.”One area where Pennsylvania dairy producers have been slower to innovate is in the area of risk management, although Myers is seeing a change necessitated by tight dairy margins and volatile milk prices.As a former North Carolina dairy farmer who has started his second year at the CDE’s risk education program manager, Myers is seeing increased participation in the USDA’s Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) and Dairy Revenue Protection (Dairy-RP) programs. Under DMC, Pennsylvania producers covered nearly 1 billion pounds more milk than under its predecessor, the Margin Protection Program.“There are excellent herd managers here with excellent cows but, unfortunately, the days of ‘If I put in an honest day of hard work, I’ll be OK’ are in the past,” Myers said. “Operating a dairy as a business will not threaten the family farm identity. It will help it to survive for the next generation.” Also read: Midwest: Feed a concernSoutheast: at a crossroadsCentral: Staying focused on the positivesSouthwest: positioning for the futureNorthwest: Apprehension, but a commitment to innovateILLUSTRATION: Illustration by Kristen Phillips.last_img read more

Priiit..! Dilarang Selfie di Tempat-Tempat Berikut Ini

Priiit..! Dilarang Selfie di Tempat-Tempat Berikut Ini

first_imgSumber: istimewa Dimana bumi dipijak, disitu langit dijunjung. Itulah peribahasa yang tepat untuk menggambarkan situasi hukum di suatu negara. Tidak semua peraturan yang berlaku di Indonesia, juga berlaku di Malaysia atau Singapura contohnya. Jika peraturan merokok di jalan belum sepenuhnya diterapkan di Indonesia, maka berbeda dengan di kedua negara tetangga tersebut, dimana setiap orang yang merokok tidak pada tempatnya akan dikenakan denda atau sanksi tegas.Baca juga: Miris! Selfie Berujung Maut Pada Moda TransportasiSama halnya dengan swafoto atau yang lebih dikenal dengan selfie. Ada beberapa negara yang tidak mengijinkan warganya untuk selfie, baik menggunakan tongkat narsis (tongsis) atau tidak, bahkan peraturan tersebut juga berlaku bagi para pelancong. Wah, kira-kira di negara mana saja ya yang mengeluarkan peraturan seperti itu? Berikut KabarPenumpang.com sarikan beberapa negara yang melarang penduduknya untuk melakukan selfie, dilansir dari laman bravotv.com. Milan, ItaliaLarangan tentang selfie ini baru saja dikeluarkan, bersamaan dengan larangan membeli minuman  kaleng, minuman dalam botol kaca, hingga mengadakan warung makan berkonsep food truck. Khusus untuk selfie, laman berita The Local menyebutkan larangan tersebut dimaksudkan untuk menindak perilaku anti-sosial yang kian mencuat di sana.Disney ParksMemang terdengar cukup aneh ketika taman bermain seperti Disney Park melarang pengunjungnya untuk melakukan selfie. Namun, pihak Disney sendiri memiliki pembelaannya tersendiri. “Tongkat Selfie (tongsis) telah menjadi perhatian keselamatan yang berkembang, baik untuk tamu dan petugas kami,” ungkap salah satu juru bicara Disney. Larangan ini berlaku di seluruh Disney Parks di dunia, termasuk di Paris dan Hong Kong.VatikanLain halnya dengan salah satu kota suci umat Katolik ini, dimana kota ini melarang Anda untuk selfie dengan alasan keamanan.Colosseum dan Palace of VersaillesTersebar rumor bahwa pemerintah setempat melarang pengunjung untuk selfie setelah mereka mendapati dua pelancong yang menuliskan nama mereka di salah satu tembok Colosseum dan mengabadikannya dengan cara selfie menggunakan tongkat. Begitu pun dengan Palace of Versailles yang melarang pengunjung untuk selfie dengan alasan keamanan. Kalau di Indonesia, menuliskan nama di dinding seperti sudah menjadi ‘tradisi’ anak muda, ya?Museum Van Gogh, BelandaJika kasus di Colosseum didasari oleh keisengan pengunjung, maka yang terjadi di Museum Van Gogh merupakan kebalikannya. Dimana seorang pengunjung tidak sengaja merusak salah satu koleksi museum saat sedang selfie. Sejak saat itu, beberapa museum serempak mengeluarkan peraturan pelarangan selfie.Lollapalooza dan Coachella, Amerika SerikatLollapalooza merupakan salah satu ajang musik besar yang pertama kali menelurkan peraturan tentang pelarangan penggunaan tongsis untuk selfie. Majalah musik kenamaan dunia, The Rolliing Stones menyebutkan bahwa keberadaan tongsis tidak hanya mengganggu penonton lain, tapi juga pelarangan ini merupakan bentuk usaha untuk meminimalisir penonton yang merekam konser tersebut secara ilegal.Baca Juga: Duh! Orang-orang ini Tewas Karena Selfie di Rel KeretaKorea SelatanMenurut laman CN Traveller, teknologi Bluetooth yang digunakan oleh beberapa tongkat selfie merupakan celah yang dapat dimanfaatkan oleh para hacker untuk mengulik data pribadi orang yang bersangkutan.MekkahKota suci umat Muslim di dunia ini melarang para pengunjung untuk melakukan selfie, karena tujuan mereka datang ke tempat tersebut adalah murni untuk beribadah. Alih-alih mengabadikan momen dengan selfie menggunakan tongsis, ada baiknya waktu tersebut kita manfaatkan buat beribadah bukan?Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… Related10 Peraturan Lalu Lintas Unik Ini Siap Membuat Anda Kernyitkan Dahi06/09/2017In “Bus dalam kota”Selfie Menantang Maut, Kiwirail Tutup Gerbong Tanpa Pintu24/05/2019In “Destinasi”Wajib Selfie, Jadi Syarat Naik Grab di Malaysia16/04/2019In “Basis Aplikasi”last_img read more

10 months agoBournemouth pair Hyndman and Worthington conclude loans

10 months agoBournemouth pair Hyndman and Worthington conclude loans

first_imgBournemouth pair Hyndman and Worthington conclude loansby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth pair Emerson Hyndman and Matt Worthington have completed their respective loan deals.American midfielder Hyndman made a total of 17 appearances for Scottish Premiership side Hibernian, scoring a single goal.Fellow midfielder Worthington featured 14 times for League Two side Forest Green Rovers, scoring in an away win against Cambridge in October.Both players have now returned to the club and are now available for selection ahead of the Cherries’ upcoming fixtures. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

a month agoNewcastle see lowest Premier League attendance for nine years

a month agoNewcastle see lowest Premier League attendance for nine years

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle see lowest Premier League attendance for nine yearsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United fans continue to stay away from St James’ Park.Toon fans continued their protest against owner Mike Ashley as the club had their lowest Premier League attendance for nine years for their 0-0 draw with Brighton.There were rows and rows of empty seats at St James’ Park, fans still wanting Ashley out but many not impressed with Steve Bruce’s start as boss.The attendance was given as 43,316. last_img

a month agoWerder Bremen midfielder Davy Klaasen: One positive from Everton flop

a month agoWerder Bremen midfielder Davy Klaasen: One positive from Everton flop

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Werder Bremen midfielder Davy Klaasen: One positive from Everton flopby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWerder Bremen midfielder Davy Klaasen says there was one positive to draw from his time with Everton.The former Ajax captain had a year at Goodison Park before leaving for Werder.He told Spox: “It also had something positive, because otherwise I would not be with Werder Bremen now. Moreover, I had no clear plan, because I had already fulfilled my dream: playing at Ajax. “Everything went wrong from the start, it just didn’t fit. I had a good year, got to know nice people. But it wasn’t good on the sporting field. “For a long time I had the hope that it would work out. After my first season, a new manager arrived with Marco Silva. I thought I might get a chance under him, but I was soon told that there were too many players and he didn’t trust me. That was good, because it allowed me to think about the next step.” last_img read more

Nick Saban Announces That Alabama’s Injured 5-Star Freshman RB Bo Scarbrough Is Suspended For First 4 Games

Nick Saban Announces That Alabama’s Injured 5-Star Freshman RB Bo Scarbrough Is Suspended For First 4 Games

first_imgAlabama football players at practice.Bo ScarbroughNick Saban announced this evening that five-star redshirt freshman running back Bo Scarbrough is suspended for the first four games of Alabama’s season. Scarbrough, who tore his ACL in April, has been recovering well. He’s participating in team activities but has to wear a black no-contact jersey during practice. Saban said the suspension is a result of an “NCAA thing.”It’s important to note that Scarbrough likley wouldn’t be able to play early this season, anyway, due to the injury. Saban said Bo Scarbrough is ahead of schedule but he’s facing no contact in practice. Oh, and he’s suspended for the first four games.— Charlie Potter (@Charlie_Potter) August 6, 2015Alabama RB Bo Scarbrough (knee) was on the practice field in a black, non-contact jersey. He had knee surgery in April.— Marq Burnett (@Marq_Burnett) August 6, 2015Saban says Bo Scarbrough’s 4-game suspension is an NCAA issue regarding his amateurism eligibility.— Alex Byington (@abyingtonTD) August 6, 2015Alabama opens its season Sept. 5 against Wisconsin.last_img read more

Manulife sees nearly 2 per cent bump in first quarter net income

Manulife sees nearly 2 per cent bump in first quarter net income

first_imgTORONTO – Manulife Financial Corp. says its net income attributed to shareholders increased 1.63 per cent in its first quarter of the 2018 financial year.Manulife says its income was $1.372 billion or 67 cents per share in the quarter compared to $1.35 billion or 66 cents per share in the same quarter the previous year.The company says the increase comes partly from growth in core earnings thanks to lower U.S. tax rates and strong growth in Asia and Global Wealth Asset Management, among other things.Its core earnings were $1.303 billion for the quarter or 64 cents per share, compared to $1.101 billion or 53 cents per share in the same quarter the previous year.CEO Roy Gori says in a statement that the company has made significant strides in transforming the business to be more customer centric and is encouraged by its early progress.The company also announced a quarterly divided of 22 cents per common share.last_img read more

Saputo misses expectations as Q2 profit falls despite higher revenues

Saputo misses expectations as Q2 profit falls despite higher revenues

first_imgSaputo Inc. reported a lower profit in a challenge-filled quarter, the company’s CEO said, sending the company’s shares falling.The Montreal-based company’s net income fell $22.1 million or 11.9 per cent to $163.1 million for the second quarter ending Sept. 30, 2018. That amounts to 42 cents per share compared to 48 cents per share for the same quarter the previous year.Analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters Eikon expected a net profit of about $178.6 million or 44 cents per share.The company’s shares fell $1.38 or 3.44 per cent to $38.73 in afternoon trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.The earnings “reflect the challenges we anticipated,” said Lino Saputo, chief executive officer, during a conference call with analysts Thursday.Saputo faced depressed dairy markets, increased warehousing and logistical costs, increased competition and other challenges during the quarter ending Sept. 30, 2018, he said.The company focused on initiatives to mitigate these factors, like gearing up efforts to integrate its recent acquisitions, Saputo said, highlighting the benefits of Shepherd Gourmet, which it acquired in mid-June, and Motchevere, which it acquired in late 2017.Saputo’s revenue increased mostly due to the contributions of recent acquisitions, rising about $536 million or 18.6 per cent to $3.42 billion in the quarter.The company recently announced an agreement to acquire the activities of F&A Dairy Products Inc., a manufacturer of natural cheeses, earlier this month and expects the transaction to close by the end of this year.Saputo said the manufacturer will continue to make acquisitions and act as a consolidator in the dairy market, pointing to several unnamed acquisition targets that he said would get the company into a new geographical area or give it a new platform somewhere it already operates.“We’re extremely excited about the fact that the pipeline remains full,” he said.Saputo also expressed surprise at some aspects of the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada-Agreement announced about a month ago. The deal will grant an expanded 3.6 per cent market access to the domestic dairy market and eliminate two milk price classes, including the controversial Class 7.Saputo expected the Class 7 elimination, but was surprised to see the amount of access Canada has granted the U.S. into its market through the USMCA and other trade agreements.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX: SAP)last_img read more