Tiger Woods is back, and golf is better for it

first_imgGov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal View comments Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew This time, the most telling moment came after Woods teed off at the 14th hole, which dissects the walk to the tee for No. 17.His closest challenger, Billy Horschel, was heading that way.He saw Woods coming.He stopped to let him pass.It only seemed right.Tiger Woods is back.And golf is better for it.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 23: Tiger Woods of the United States reacts during the trophy presentation ceremony after winning the TOUR Championship at East Lake Golf Club on September 23, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFPATLANTA — They had waited more than five years for this moment.No way were those frail little ropes, strung up on flimsy poles, going to hold them back.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title LATEST STORIES Despite an influx of talented young players in recent years, golf just hasn’t been the same since Woods went away, his brilliant career derailed by debilitating injuries and personal demons.As NBC analyst Roger Maltbie put it, “He doesn’t just move the needle, he is the needle.”But that needle looked broken beyond repair as days without a win grew to months, the months without a win grew to years. It had been 1,876 days since his last victory, and even Woods had moved on from the idea of ever winning another golf tournament.He was more concerned about his quality of life.“The low point was not knowing if I’d ever be able to live pain-free again,” Woods said. “Am I going to be able to sit, stand, walk, lay down without feeling the pain that I was in. I just didn’t want to live that way. Is this how the rest of my life is going to be? (If so), it’s going to be a tough rest of my life. So, I was beyond playing. I couldn’t sit. I couldn’t walk. I couldn’t lay down without feeling the pain in my back and my leg.”On April 19, 2017, he underwent surgery for the fourth time, this time to fuse his lower back. About six weeks later, he was arrested on suspicion of DUI after being found asleep behind the wheel of his car with the motor running.Woods blamed it on a bad combination of pain medications. Everyone figured he’s gotten hooked on drugs as a way of coping with a body that never stopped hurting. The idea of ever playing competitive golf again — much less winning — seemed downright ludicrous.Then, miraculously, the dark cloud lifted.Woods got himself cleaned up. The pain went away. Just four months after reporting he couldn’t hit the ball more than 60 yards, Woods rejoined the PGA Tour and made the cut in his first event at Torrey Pines.By the time the summer rolled around, he was in the mix at the major championships. The staid ol’ Tour Championship became a boisterous street party late Sunday afternoon, the fans storming down the middle of the 18th fairway like a bunch of crazed college kids laying siege to a football field after a last-second victory.“Tiger! Tiger! Tiger!” they chanted over and over, looking very much like they may storm the Tudor-style clubhouse, the roar carrying all the way to Peachtree.It was thrilling, exhilarating, even a bit frightening for those caught in the middle of the mob.Then again, it was not an unexpected reaction given what Woods has meant to the game of golf — to the entire sporting world, really.“From one goat (greatest of all time) to another I can only imagine what @TigerWoods is feeling today,” tweeted Michael Phelps, the winningest athlete in Olympic history. “Pumped to be watching this today!! Have fun out there today my man!!!”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ He earned a spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup team.He played his way into the finale of the FedEx Cup playoff.Finally, on a blistering fall day in Atlanta, he made it official.The comeback was complete.“I just didn’t know whether or when this would ever happen again,” he said. “I just didn’t know if I could ever piece together a golf swing.”Woods wasn’t fully aware of all the commotion going on behind him as he strolled down the 18th fairway, chatting and smiling with playing partner Rory McIlroy in the final group.When he got up to the green, Woods could finally survey the remarkable scene. It reminded him a bit of Jack Nicklaus winning the U.S. Open at Baltusrol in 1980, the crowds invading the course as the Golden Bear wrapped up a victory that defied those skeptics who thought he was all washed up at age 40.“Jack Is Back,” the scoreboard famously proclaimed.“I just didn’t have the tight pants and the hair,” Woods quipped. “But it was all good.There was no message on the East Lake leaderboard. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum No way were they listening to those red-shirted marshals, a bit of terror in their eyes as they pleaded futilely for everyone to come to their senses.They had to feel it, touch it, see it with their own eyes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissMaybe that was the only way to persuade themselves that this most remarkable of comebacks had actually happened.Tiger Woods. A winner again. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Mickelson salutes Woods win Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

Biles fights through kidney stone at world championships

first_imgGov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stephens rallies to reach final vs Svitolina Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I heard rollercoasters might help kidney stones,” Biles said. “And I’m like ‘Well, I’m basically like my own little rollercoaster out there.’”One that turns each performance into a thrill ride of its own. Smiling through each twist, flip and turn, the 21-year-old Biles was nearly flawless during qualifying on Saturday, posting the highest scores on balance beam, floor exercise and vault on her way to a total of 60.965 on a day when the Americans put up a team score of 174.429, a staggering 12 points clear of second-place Japan through six of 11 qualifying groups.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“She’s Simone,” U.S. high performance coordinator Tom Forster said. “You’d expect the same out of a Michael Jordan or a Tiger Woods and that’s who she is in our sport. And she showed it.”Even though she didn’t get back to the hotel room she shares with teammate Riley McCusker until after 1 a.m. on Saturday morning. Even after skipping the early workout as a precaution. Even though she couldn’t be treated with the same pain medication typically given those dealing with kidney stones because doing so would put her in jeopardy of failing a drug test. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown No matter. Biles did what she always seems to do when the rest of her sport is watching: She dominated. Her all-around total marked the highest in the world since her gold medal-winning total at the 2016 Summer Olympics. And still she sees room for improvement.Asked what she’d give herself on a day she completed a vault in competition that will end up bearing her name the next time the code of points is updated, Biles shrugged and said “6 or 7.”Not bad considering Biles was initially concerned she had appendicitis, which would have forced her to sit out the competition entirely. Instead it’s “just” a kidney stone, albeit one Biles believes she won’t be able to pass, meaning she’s going to have to deal with it throughout a very busy week that will include team finals, the all-around final and all four event finals.Biles believes she’ll be fine. Even if she’s not quite 100 percent, the gap between herself and the rest of the world is so sizable it might not matter. She finished more than four points ahead of teammate and 2017 world champion Morgan Hurd, whose score of 56.465 edged Japan’s Mai Murakami for second halfway through qualifying and assured Hurd of a spot in the finals.The public address system played a bell akin to the start of a boxing match when the U.S. headed to uneven bars. What happened over the next 90 minutes was the gymnastics version of a technical knockout. Hurd led off with a 14.466 that seemed to send a message that while the faces with the stars-and-stripes leotards change, the expectations and results do not.ADVERTISEMENT “There’s clearly a lot of pressure there,” Hurd said. “How many world championships has the U.S. won? We have to keep the pedestal.”Looking for a way to give McCusker, Grace McCallum and Kara Eaker — each of whom is making their world championship debut — a breather before stepping onto the podium, Forster opted to have Hurd lead off in three of the four events. Forster called the move a “gut feeling,” one Hurd eagerly accepted.“It honestly makes me a little less nervous because I have less time to get even more anxious,” said Hurd, who hardly looked nervous while qualifying for event finals on floor exercise and uneven bars.McCallum competed in three of four events, and her 14.6 on vault probably earned her a berth in the event finals. Kara Eaker, who turns 16 next month, drilled a 14.466 on balance beam and McCusker overcame a stumble on beam that she admitted left her “frazzled” to finish fifth in the all-around.McCusker, however, won’t qualify for the all-around finals thanks to the rules that limit countries to two athletes per event in the individual competition. Still, she’ll be part of the team final, and extending the U.S. win streak — the Americans have won every major international competition since the 2011 world championships — has always been the focal point.“We all have different qualities that we can bring to the team,” McCusker said. “We can all shine in different places.”Or, in the case of Biles, every place.She’s intent on pushing the sport forward, and her astounding opening vault — a roundoff, half-twist onto the table, front double full off that has only previously been done in competition by men — sent a jolt through the crowd. More importantly to Biles, the vault will carry her name when it’s added to the code next month.Another remarkable step in a remarkable career that keeps rolling no matter what her body throws at her. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img LATEST STORIES MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew DOHA, Qatar — Simone Biles spent a portion of the night before her return to world championships in the emergency room. The sensation she chalked up to the usual pre-meet stress evolved into searing agony that at times left her crawling on the floor.When a CT scan revealed a kidney stone — one she nicknamed “the Doha Pearl” — the reigning Olympic gymnastics champion grabbed her stuff and discharged herself from the hospital, telling the staff she’ll deal with the pain later.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View commentslast_img read more

Reopening of ferry service not an option – Patterson

first_imgVreed-en-Hoop/Stabroek crossingThe recent incident at the Demerara Harbour Bridge led to calls for the resurgence of a ferry service between Vreed-en-Hoop and Georgetown to cater for such emergencies.People waiting to cross the Demerara River on MondayHowever, Public Infrastructure Minister, David Patterson dismissed the suggestion, admitting that the stellings are in a deplorable condition for such a service.While addressing the incident which caused a complete shutdown of the DHB on Monday, Patterson said, “I know that persons have already asked but I would want to say that it is not possible for us to put a ferry vessel back in operation. People have been asking why not reactivate the Vreed-en-Hoop/Stabroek Ferry. The conditions of the stellings on both sides cannot accommodate a restarting of a ferry vessel. That’s not possible.”A barge and tug slammed into the southern side of the DHB on Monday morning, shifting the spans, which later resulted in a shutdown to both vehicular and marine traffic.Until Tuesday afternoon, chaos ensued at the Stabroek and Vreed-en-Hoop stellings after hundreds of persons were in lines to cross the Demerara River.Due to this situation, garbage collection also ceased since Puran Brothers Waste Disposal Services was unable to provide services to the city, since they are headquartered in the West Bank of Demerara.Patterson acknowledged that a backup mechanism is essential during these unfortunate events. But this venture would be costly, he claimed. While the stellings are up for rehabilitation, it was to improve facilities for the water taxi operation without consideration for increased vehicular traffic.“It would be quite an expensive endeavour. Obviously, what you want is some sort of redundancy. That is something that we would have to look at. I would have announced earlier that I have a waterfront development project on, which is upgrade of the Stabroek and Vreed-en-Hoop Stellings…but the idea behind that was to upgrade them for more and better water taxi services. At that time, we weren’t contemplating additional vehicular traffic,” he said.Emergency systems were put in place to fix the damaged sections of the bridge but it was hindered by unfavourable tidal conditions for a few hours. Engineers had also noticed that the structure was shifted from its aligned position between the two damaged spans.During the confusion, several passengers fainted after waiting for some time to board speedboats at the Stabroek Stelling, while some complained that the movement was stagnant and complained about the toxic air. One woman was even seen hyperventilating. Elderly and sickly persons suffered the same fate.last_img read more

Multicultural Photography Contest in Fort St. John

first_imgSUCCESS, Fort St. John is asking residents to take pictures representing cultural diversity in the city for the Multicultural Photography Contest.People from all over the world make the Peace Region their home and SUCCESS would like residents to celebrate this by capturing everyday moments in the city. They want pictures of different cultures living, playing and working together.- Advertisement -The winner will be awarded a Kodak camera. Winning photos will be on display at a cultural event in Fort St. John in 2011. The winner will be announced at the Community in Colour event on Nov. 6 at Whole Wheat & Honey.There are two categories for this contest. One is for photographers aged 12-18. The other is for photographers over the age of 18. The prize for the 12-18 category is a Kodak Digital Easyshare camera. The prize for the 18 and older category is a Kodak Playsport video camera.Deadline for the contest is Nov. 3 at midnight. Those interested should email Clarice Eckford at clarice.eckford@success.bc.ca or call her at 250-785-5323.last_img read more

FF HOLD PUBLIC MEETING TO ‘SAVE LOCAL SMALL SCHOOLS’ IN DONEGAL

first_imgParents, teachers and community groups are being urged to attend a public meeting in Carndonagh next week to which will address the future of local schools.Charlie McConalogue TDUnder plans by this Government, schools with less than 85 pupils are facing severe cutbacks to resources while schools with 50 pupils or less are at risk of closure or forced amalgamation, claim Fianna Fail.The party is kicking off a national campaign against the closure of small schools next Monday, 09 December in Carndonagh. The meeting takes place at 8pm upstairs in Túl Na Rí. It’s organised by local TD and Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Charlie McConalogue and Fr John Joe Duffy will be a guest speaker.Deputy McConalogue explained, “Communities across Inishowen are at serious risk of losing their local school under plans being spearheaded by the Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn.“The loss of any of our local schools in Inishowen would be felt right across the community. It’s time that we all pull together and stand up against this highly damaging policy, that will essentially amount to the loss of yet another vital local service in this region.”The Fianna Fáil Education Spokesperson will be touring the country in the new year as part of his ‘Save Our Schools’ campaign. He has described the Government’s attack on small schools as ‘the latest in a series of attacks on rural communities’.“Donegal has the highest proportion of small schools in the country. In Inishowen alone, there are 17 schools at risk of severe cuts or forced amalgamation. We also have a higher proportion of minority faith schools and gaeltacht schools, which are naturally smaller in size.“Once again, this county is being forced to bear a disproportionate level of cuts to our local services. Many of these schools are the heart of the local community and they add much more to local life than traditional teaching during school hours. The ongoing uncertainty over their future is a threat in itself, as parents feel nervous about enrolling their children in a school that may soon face closure.“The Government is going about its attack on small schools in the sneakiest way possible. A series of cuts to resources coupled by deliberate uncertainty is all adding to the threat of what is a vital local service.“I am urging parents, teachers, community groups and public representatives from all sides to come to this meeting on Monday and stand up for their local school.” FF HOLD PUBLIC MEETING TO ‘SAVE LOCAL SMALL SCHOOLS’ IN DONEGAL was last modified: December 3rd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Charlie McConaloguedonegalschoolslast_img read more

LADIES FOOTBALL: NAOMH CONAILL LAND COUNTY TITLE WITH WIN OVER GLENFIN

first_imgNAOMH Conaill Ladies Minors proved just too strong when they faced Glenfin in the County B Minor Final at Red Hughs this afternoon.The Naomh Conaill girls won 5-11 to 1-05 and did most of the damage in the first half as they led 2-06 to 0-02 at the break.This was an excellent team performance throughout with some battling performances throughout the pitch. Bronagh Gallagher had an excellent game in goals for Naomh Conaill whilst Amy Boyle Carr hit 2-02 of their total and helped set up several other scores.Glenfin however can be proud of their performance for whom Mary Martin was excellent.LADIES FOOTBALL: NAOMH CONAILL LAND COUNTY TITLE WITH WIN OVER GLENFIN was last modified: September 19th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:LadiesLadies FootballNaomh Conailllast_img read more

W Cape on track as ‘Africa’s Silicon Valley’

first_img6 May 2013South Africa’s Western Cape province is establishing a reputation as Africa’s version of Silicon Valley for its easy access to technology and lower business start-up costs, according to the 2012 Sanlam/Business Partners Entrepreneur of the Year winner, Stuart Forrest.Forrest is the owner of Triggerfish Animation, which produced Adventures in Zambezia, and won last year’s Entrepreneur of the Year title in the category Innovator of the Year.The Sanlam/Business Partners competition recognises entrepreneurial spirit and excellence, and was established in 2010.“Due to the city’s entrepreneurial activity, Cape Town has seen an influx of IT [information technology] and tech start-ups,” spokesperson the Entrepreneur of the Year competition, Kobus Engelbrecht, said in a statement last week.“By attracting the best entrepreneurs, technical brains and foreign direct investment, Cape Town is quickly becoming a local ‘Silicon Valley’.”Vinny Lingham and Justin Stanford’s launch of the Silicon Cape venture in 2009 also contributed to the region’s reputation as a technology hub, Engelbrecht said.Silicon Cape is a high-tech innovation hub to attract top technical entrepreneurs.“Initiatives such as this will generate seeds for a successful entrepreneurial ecosystem in Cape Town and positively contribute towards economic growth and development within South Africa,” he said.Creating a South African version of the Californian Silicon Valley will also encourage young talent to stay in the country, Engelbrecht said, citing PayPal co-founder Elon Musk as an example of a South African who left the country and established his business in Silicon Valley.Deeper investment is also necessary for the growth of the industry.“The success and growth of Silicon Valley in the United States has proven that investors need to sometimes take a calculated risk and step out of their comfort zone in order to create a globally-influential technology hub,” Forrest said.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Netbot, One Of The Great App.net Apps For iOS, Is Now Free

first_imgTapbots announced Wednesday that Netbot, their App.net client for iPhone and iPad, is now free “for an unspecified period of time.”The Tapbots App.net post announcing the Netbot sale says it’s “[I]n order to spur adoption of App.Net.” Netbot was born out of Tapbots’ beloved Twitter client, Tweetbot, and anyone who uses that app will quickly get used to Netbot. For those who haven’t used Tweetbot, just trust that Tapbots is a top-shelf iOS shop and makes apps that feel good and make sense. If you’ve wanted to try out App.net, this is the app with which to do it.In fact, it was when Tapbots announced their App.net client that much of the tech world started to take App.net seriously. App.net is betting that a paid-for social infrastructure will give rise to a vast field of great apps that have sustainable businesses. That plan needs buy-in from big-name developers.When Tapbots joined the service, things got interesting. The app caused a huge spike in attention when it first appeared for $4.99. But App.net’s adoption hasn’t been as swift as the Tapbots duo, programmer Paul Haddad and designer Mark Jardine, had hoped. As Haddad confirmed on Twitter, going free means that Tapbots stands to make more money from the App.net Developer Incentive Program, which doles out over $20,000 per month to ADN developers based on user satisfaction ratings. That must be a better deal than app sales at this point.But App.net announced this week that paid users will now get 10GB of cloud storage behind their accounts, which app developers can put to any use they can dream up. Not only does that mean more powerful applications can be built, it means that now App.net can build the same kind of freemium revenue model as services like Dropbox and Evernote use. If paying for the service gets you the storage space, App.net can give away the Twitter-like messaging features for free.Paid-only adoption of App.net hasn’t lived up to these bigtime developers’ expectations. But if the service becomes free for messaging-only users, that could easily change. jon mitchell The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts center_img Tags:#App.net#Tapbots Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Wig and sunglasses, Naomi Osaka goes in disguise

first_img“I get that I’m tan and I would stand out a little bit in Japan,” Osaka said. “I think the only way people would really care is if I’m wearing some sort of athletic (gear), like, if I was walking around with my tennis racket.“You know, other than that, I don’t think people really care too much.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I wasn’t really walking around (but) when I did, I went at night and had a wig on,” she said, smiling. “I wanted to try to do that. For me it was fun.”She got the wig from her sister and tried it for a joke, but doesn’t feel like it’s necessary.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I personally think she was making it a bigger deal than it had to be,” Osaka said. “Honestly, I feel like people don’t look at other people when they’re walking around.”Her mother is Japanese and her father is from Haiti. She was born in Japan and lived there as a child before moving to the United States. MOST READ Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Derrick Rose hits last-second shot, Timberwolves beat Suns ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town View comments US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japan’s Naomi Osaka makes a backhand return to Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova during their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)MELBOURNE, Australia—Naomi Osaka recently took up her big sister’s suggestion to wear a wig and sunglasses to conceal her identity as she walked around in Japan.The 21-year-old Osaka has become a big star in Japan since beating Serena Williams in last year’s U.S. Open final.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more