APNU, AFC to contest LGE under one ticket

first_imgAfter months of uncertainty, the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the Alliance For Change (AFC) have finally decided to contest the Local Government Elections (LGE) under one ticket.This disclosure was made by AFC Chairman Minister Khemraj Ramjattan on Wednesday. This decision, he said, was made even as the parties are still trying to put certain mechanisms in place to ensure that they contest the elections with aPresident David Grangergood slate of candidates.“We have made a decision that we are going as a coalition. We have to trash out a number of issues preferably in relation to candidacy candidates, and number of other things,” he told the press, while noting that the AFC has noticed some unfortunate development in the Georgetown municipality.Ramjattan was referring to the attitude of APNU Councillors, including Town Clerk Royston King towards AFC members, which he claimed is “bothering us.” The AFC Chairman indicated that statements in this regard have been made and will be officially raised through communication with APNU officials.“A letter has gone to the President (David Granger) as leader of APNU and we are supposed to address that through our leaders, Raphael Trotman and him. I think there will be some development this week,” he explained. A meeting between the two could be held soon to iron out those issues.In mid-January, Trotman had announced the possibility of the party breaking awayAFC ChairmanKhemraj Ramjattanfrom the APNU for this year’s LGE. The AFC leader went as far as to reveal that there was a strong opinion of body within the party that the AFC should go alone, which may have been prompted over delays with reviewing the Cummingsburg Accord.The AFC has, of recent, come under fire for the perceived submissive role it played when it joined forces with APNU. In 2017 top leadership of the AFC had decided to revise its governing agreement with APNU.Days later, General Secretary of the People’s National Congress (PNC), the leading party in the APNU coalition, Amna Ally, said the APNU is prepared to contest the LGE without the AFC. However, the President had hinted that contesting LGE as a coalition would have been the best option.Meanwhile, despite several infightings among coalition members, especially at the level of the City Council, Ramjattan sought to defend both parties when he was asked to comment on the issue. He claimed that the relationship particularly at the Central Government level is cordial.“We have tremendously cordial relationship at that highest of level. I have a very good relationship with President Granger and his entire team and it’s not reflective of any kind of relationship at the bottom there as had happened in the municipality,” he explained to the media.The Minister admitted that the AFC’s opposition to the controversial parking meter project might have resulted in APNU controlling both the Mayor and Deputy Mayor positions. Only recently, the PNC dominated Council voted to replace AFC member Lionel Jaikarran as Deputy Mayor.Despite this move, Ramjattan said democracy must be respected. “It is a democratic decision and we have to learn to live with democratic decisions and indeed, I rather suspect that those who voted the way they did, didn’t like the principled positions of Sherod (Duncan) and Dr Jaikarran and so if they have the majority in that Council and they want the new guy – Peter – well they will have him,” he added.In trying to explain that the dynamics of Governments, whether coalition or not, he said everyone has some amount of issue. He advised therefore that decisions should never be taken on the basis on one’s emotion, and suggested that the infighting at the municipality is more of a personality issue.last_img read more

Tom Juma ‘not afraid’ of AFC Leopards responsibility

first_img0Shares0000The former Kenyan international who has previously worked with Administration Police and Muhoroni Youth says he is optimistic the club will rise despite finding them struggling at 12th spot on the Kenyan Premier League table. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 30 – Stand-in AFC Leopards head coach Tom Juma says he is not afraid of the huge responsibility ahead of him as he takes over the job with the 13-time champions on caretaker basis until the end of the season.The former Kenyan international who has previously worked with Administration Police and Muhoroni Youth says he is optimistic the club will rise despite finding them struggling at 12th spot on the Kenyan Premier League table. “Pressure will always be there and you don’t have to be afraid of anything. It is a big challenge and as a coach, I love big challenges. I will do my best to ensure that this team performs because they have the ability to do so. I know we are not in a good position at the moment, but we will pick,” Juma said.He takes over from Dorian Marin who might go down as the shortest serving Ingwe coach ever, having led the team for only two weeks. Differences between the Romanian and fellow technical bench members as well as some players saw him leave the club barely before signing a contract.Leopards have not won in eight domestic league matches and Juma knows only too well the expectations on them when they face Kariobangi Sharks on Saturday afternoon in Nakuru.“This is a big club and a big brand and it comes with demands. The best thing is to ensure the boys play relaxed and that is the biggest thing we have worked on this week. We have tried to ease the pressure off them and insisted we have to play relaxed,” Juma added.Ingwe comes up against a high flying Sharks that has been unbeaten over the same number of matches they have been struggling to get wins in.AFC Leopards Fans try to push their team on during the 1-1 draw with Zoo Kericho at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on May 15, 2017. PHOTO/ Raymond MakhayaJuma has his own measure of respect for the Premier League new boys, but insists he will be bumping his side up for three points.“The league is very tough this time and no team should be taken for granted. Kariobangi Sharks is a good team having watched them and their run speaks as much. But we need to go out there to get a win at all costs because it is high time we start winning matches,” added the coach.AFC Leopards will be without winger Allan Katterega who is nursing an ankle injury while left back Marcus Abwao is out with a knee injury, both picked up during the Super Cup in Dar es Salaam three weeks ago.But Juma and his technical bench will have a huge field to choose from with all but one of their new signings training with the club for the entire week. Burundian Alex Kitenge arrived in the country early Friday afternoon and will join training next week.“They have shown some good competitiveness in training and I think all of them have shown that they are ready to start on Saturday. We have a very good squad and that gives me confidence that we will do great things,” added Juma.AFC re-signed midfielder Musa Mudde from Bandari while Keziron Kizito touched down from Ugandan side Vipers, Victor Majid from Chemelil Sugar, former Thika United striker Ray Odhiambo and Aziz Okaka from Ushuru.The big departures are that of midfielder Bernard Mang’oli who has joined Sofapaka while striker Mungai Kiongera did not renew his contract.Ghanaian forward Gilbert Fiamenyo will miss the remainder of the second leg with injury.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Jews, Muslims mark holy days

first_imgIn a rare occurrence, the start of two major religious holidays – Rosh Hashana and Ramadan – are being brought together this year, with the Jewish High Holy Days beginning today and Islamic officials declaring the start of their holiest time Thursday. Along with prayers at temples and synagogues, large Islamic centers and masjids, Jews and Muslims will devote the next several days to introspection, acts of generosity, forgiveness and personal renewal. With the holy days so close together, this “is a special time that comes about coincidentally,” said Amir Hussain, professor of religious studies at Loyola Marymount University. “It’s a fascinating time for people to see commonalities in each other.” Beginning at sundown today, Jews in Los Angeles will join those around the world in observing Rosh Hashana, the start of the high-holidays period that ends 10 days later with Yom Kippur. And after the new moon has been spotted by special committees in London and in the Middle East, the monthlong Ramadan observance will begin. Because the Islamic calendar is based on the lunar cycle, the start of Ramadan moves up 10 days every year. Some years it runs through summer. Ramadan is observed by abstaining from food and drink from sunrise to sunset. No cursing, lying, act of anger or other hurtful behavior is allowed. After sundown, Muslims participate in iftar, or a meal to break the fast, with family and friends. Rosh Hashana, which loosely translated means “head of the year” in Hebrew, is ushered in with the blowing of the shofar, which is made of a ram’s horn. On Yom Kippur, Jews will fast, refrain from work, attend services, atone for past sins and resolve not to repeat them, and seek forgiveness. “I’m focusing on the whole issue of dreams that are sometimes not achieved and the need to reflect back on what we thought we wanted, what we hoped to achieve when in reality, we didn’t,” said Rabbi Richard Camras of Shomrei Torah synagogue in West Hills. Camras said he is using the 60th anniversary of the state of Israel as a metaphor for what can be achieved, and for the struggles still ahead. “It’s a message of hope,” he said. “Life is not always as we imagined, but often it is beyond our control. “Rosh Hashana reminds us that the world was created for each one us. Each one of us is given this marvelous opportunity for our life. Each year gives us new hope and possibility.” Perhaps more noteworthy, the two holy times coinciding can be used to continue the dialogue between the two communities that are often at odds in the Middle East, local religious leaders said. “This is an opportunity for moderate-thinking Jews and moderate-thinking Muslims to celebrate their respective faiths and respect the paths of God that others have chosen,” said Rabbi Jim Kaufman of Temple Beth Hillel in Valley Village. “My wish for the coming year is that the people of this country will once again reassert themselves as smart, caring and assertive lovers of freedom.” That the two holiest of times for Jews and Muslims fall nearly on the same day brings a deeper, spiritual meaning, said Aref John Abedi, director of the Islamic Center of Reseda. “We must be kind and generous to all human beings regardless of race or color, and we should not keep any hatred That message of inclusion will be presented this week at services within the Jewish and Muslim communities. Rabbi Richard Flom of Burbank Temple Emanu El will speak about charity, about helping others at a time when many are suffering. “We as Jews and as Americans have become complacent, not just with charitable contributions, but in our day-to-day lives. We tend to turn away from things we don’t like to see. Sometimes it’s easier to avert our eyes.” As for the timing of the holidays, Flom wondered if there was more to it than just coincidence – if maybe God brought the two cultures together on purpose. “It’s a time for introspection,” he said, “when we should be thinking about each other.” susan.abram@dailynews.com (818) 713-3664160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

GAA NOTES: NAOMH MHUIRE

first_imgNaomh MhuireComhghairdeachas le foireann sinsear Naomh Muire a rinne cinnte den ardú céime go roinn 2 den tsraith. Congratulations to the senior team on their promotion to division 2 of the league as Divison 3 Champions which became formalised last weekend. They will play Burt at home in the Banks this Sunday where win the team will be presented with the league trophy. Throw in is at midday, so please come out and show your appreciation for the lads after what has been a long, tough and drawn out season. Well done to Danny, John, Johnny and all involved. Maith sibh uilig.Training for all Seniors and Reserves will take place on Satruday at 4pm at the Banks with a meeting afterwards for all players. The Gaeltacht is scheduled for reserved for February 19th at 2pm away to Termon. The under 8s and under 10s continue training this Saturday at the Sportshall at the RCS. Training will be outdoors this Saturday morning training on the Astro-pitch as the hall is unavailable. The under 8s will train from 11am – 12pm with the under 10s training from 12pm – 1pm.Under 12 training continues every Tuesday at the RCS from 7pm – 8pm. This is for children born in 2000 and 2001.Official Jigs n Reels announcement: Tickets for Jigs n Reels will be on sale in the Cope Annagry next Saturday morning at 10am. Tickets will be limited to two per person. Tickets will be sold at a special box office at the Cope porch and queuing should occur from the door outside and along the wall. Tickets are priced at €20 and the amount of tickets is limited and will be sold on a first come basis. Committee members and dancers will not be selling tickets and the Public sale of tickets will only be sold here at the Cope. It is expected that all tickets will sell out on the day and no pre-ordering of tickets either through the Cope, through the dancers or by committee members will be permitted.If anyone has or knows where the electric pump for inflating the football is, could they return it to any member of the Committee or simply leave it in the clubhouse. This is a much needed part of equipment for club coaching staff. Ladies and Girls training continues in Aishlann at 7.30pm on Wednesday nights. Please make an effort to get to training as the Junior league starting date is 8th April and u14 starting date is 27th March. All teams are training together while we are indoors – let’s put a big push on.Scór Sinsear dates yet to be finalised and still looking for competitors so if anyone is interested in representing the club, please make contact with Seamus Mac Ruairí.The Healthy Living program is going very well. Every Wednesday at 7pm at the Mullaghderg Banks.Lotto details for week 1st February. Jackpot 980 euro. No jackpot winner. There were one match 3 winner – Jimmy Boyle – Rann na Feirste. Numbers were 4-9-10-12.100 Club January draw details – E4OO; Joe Sharkey – Anagaire. E200; Patrick Sharkey – Mullachdubh. E100each; John Gallagher – Rann na feirste, Shaun Rodgers – Coilcheim. Ciaran McGinley – Coilcheim agus Breedagh Rodgers – Mullachdubh. Check out our club website www.naomhmhuire.ieGAA NOTES: NAOMH MHUIRE was last modified: February 7th, 2012 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:NAOMH MHUIRE GAA NOTESlast_img read more

HEALTH & FITNESS: MICHAEL BLACK’S GUIDE TO GETTING FIT FOR SUMMER, PART 2

first_imgHopefully by now you have all started some sort of fitness programme and you are well on your way to being a fitter and healthier you!As we said in our last article commitment is the key to your own success and that means committing to other things outside of your exercise regime. Eating smarter and exercising must be major parts of your plan. Your eating plan should be about being smarter about your nutritional choices and not totally eliminating any one particular food group.If you have been a little careless during the winter months now is the time to get back on track. Your aim should be to eat smaller portions at shorter intervals throughout the day, say every three hours. This proves to be helpful in improving your metabolism and allowing your body to burn more calories even when you’re resting. You should also cut down the high fat food and keep this to a minimum. As much as we are all Spring cleaning at the minute you should look at making changes to your kitchen by stocking it with seasonal fruits, vegetables, grains  and good quality meats. Your meals should contain more of raw foods, fruits, nuts, seeds and sprouted whole grains. Fibrous fruits like blackberries, strawberry, can satisfy you cravings for sweets. They help reduce cholesterol and improve digestion. These foods can help with weight loss as they make you feel fuller faster.Dehydration can lead to lack of energy, mood changes and loss of concentration. This is made worse if you are training and working out where you are losing fluid through sweat. Aim to increase your fluid intake to 1.5-2 litres of water a day. Be careful what you select to drink. Some of the diet drinks can have a lot of hidden calories that you don’t want. Aim to drink semi skimmed milk and replace your tea with green tea.When it comes to exercising try and add as much variety into your schedule as possible. If you have a young son, daughter, niece or nephew they can be fantastic motivators to kick start your fitness regime. Plan activities with them for a weekend or a couple of evenings during the week. Swimming, playing a game of football, mountain biking are all fun ways of getting fit and the reality is they will probably have more energy than you so they will push you to your limits. They have fun and you get a great workout, everyone is a winner!Try a new fitness class or programme and add this into your weekly schedule. Take a friend with you and make a deal that you will both commit to getting each other there. There will be some days you will feel de-motivated and not want to go but if you have someone there to push you on you are more likely to succeed. Make these simple changes now and your summer fitness will be well on track and you can enjoy an active summer in the sun…….we hope!PS! Our new Pilates classes start next week. We have two classes @ week,one morning class on a Tuesday at 7:15am and one on a Thursday evening at 7:30pm.Classes are run by a fully qualified instructor and classes are kept small to ensure everyone gets the attention they need.Book your place now as places are filling up. We also have a deal if you want to attend the two classes. Each course lasts for 6 weeks and costs €60. If youwant to attend both the Tuesday and Thursday it will be €100 for the two classes.Get in touch today!! Michael BlackPersonal Trainer &Sports Coachmichael@optimalfitness.ie www.optimalfitness.ieHEALTH & FITNESS: MICHAEL BLACK’S GUIDE TO GETTING FIT FOR SUMMER, PART 2 was last modified: April 6th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:HEALTH & FITNESS: MICHAEL BLACK’S GUIDE TO GETTING FIT FOR SUMMERPART 2last_img read more

Everybody’s uncle

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Do right and take care of others was the philosophy of Luis “Louie” Montoya Sr., a retired Los Angeles County marshal. A resident of Sun Valley since 1956, Montoya died June 25 at age 77. “He was caring, fun, and he had integrity,” said son Luis Montoya Jr. “He was such a genuine person. He had a broad smile and made you feel comfortable, like a part of the family. “He adapted his life around us to give us guidance and to keep us out of trouble. I learned to have a real sense of family from him.” Luis Armando Montoya was born Nov. 2, 1927, in El Paso, Texas. He graduated from Bowie High School, where he was a track star, and attended the College of the Mines, now the University of Texas, El Paso. He married high school classmate Josefina Lucero in 1949. They moved to Sun Valley in 1956 and he went to work for the U.S. Postal Service. He became a county marshal in 1960 and retired in 1983 at the rank of sergeant. Montoya, who spoke both English and Spanish, coached Little League for eight years when his two sons were growing up. His sense of fair play was an inspiration to his teams. “When he was coaching he would play fair. If we thought other coaches were bending the rules, he would say, well, we’ll beat them anyway,” said son David Montoya. “His favorite saying was ‘Que sera, sera’ — what will be, will be. He was an advocate for helping people and that’s why he was called ‘Uncle Louie’ by so many people.” After his retirement, Montoya enjoyed being with his grandchildren, playing golf and traveling abroad and to Laughlin, Nev., and eating his wife’s chile rellenos. He was a longtime parishioner at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Church in Sun Valley. “What did I learn from him? Right from wrong. It sounds trite but ‘right’ is an absolute,” said Luis Jr. “Even if nobody else knows, you know and God knows. You do what’s right.” In addition to his sons, Montoya is survived by five grandchildren and his brother, Robert. He was preceded in death by his wife, and by his daughter, Cecilia. A funeral was held Thursday at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, followed by burial at San Fernando Mission Cemetery. Arrangements were made by Utter McKinley San Fernando Mission Mortuary. — Holly Andres, (818) 713-3708 holly.andres@dailynews.comlast_img read more

Ison Named MVC Golfer of the Week

first_imgDespite playing in freezing, rainy and windy conditions, Ison, a senior from Edmond, Okla., fired a one-over-par, 73, to finish tied for 11th-place with a team-best total score of 148 (75-73) at the par-72, 7,239-yard layout at the Hawkeye Invitational.  He helped lead Drake to a sixth-place finish at the event that featured a combined seven Big Ten and Big 12 teams. Drake put together the second-best score on the final day to move up five spots and were just four strokes back from fourth-place Michigan State and Kansas.  A total of seven Top-100 teams were at the event, and as a team, Drake finished better than two of them. ST. LOUIS – Drake University’s Drew Ison was named Missouri Valley Conference Golfer of the Week, announced by the league office on Wednesday. The Bulldogs return to the links on Monday and Tuesday for the MVC Championship at at Cape Girardeau, Mo.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Kerr promises Smailagic ‘will 100%’ leave Santa Cruz for Warriors this year

first_img Steph Curry attends Kanye West’s Sunday Service PORTLAND — Encouraged by what he’s seen from forward Alen Smailagic in the G League, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said the rookie will make his NBA debut at some point this season.“He will 100% find his way onto the floor in a game, or multiple games,” Kerr said after Wednesday morning’s shootaround. “We just don’t know when that’s going to be.”With the Warriors’ G League affiliate in Santa Cruz on Tuesday, Smailagic finished with a career-high 29 points on 12-for-18 shooting (5-for-9 from 3-point range), six rebounds, three steals and two blocks in a win over the Agua Caliente Clippers. After he landed in Portland, Kerr watched the game and was pleased with Smailagic’s progress.The No. 39 pick in June’s NBA draft, Smailagic is a long-term project with an intriguing skillset. Though he will spend most of his rookie season developing in Santa Cruz, the Warriors would eventually like to test the 19-year-old at the NBA level. NBA cuts another Warriors game from national TV schedule Flashing natural passing ability and shooting range, Smailagic is averaging 15.8 points per game in the G League this season.“Smiley’s getting in better shape, better condition,” Kerr said of Smailagic, who returned three weeks ago after being sidelined two months with a sprained ankle. “You can see he’s moving better. He’s knocking down the 3-point shot, gaining confidence. It’s good to see him finding his groove.”Smailagic has made periodic trips to San Francisco to practice with Golden State. However, with the Warriors finally healthy, it may take another injury or a rest night for one of the team’s other centers for Smailagic to get an NBA call-up.“We’ll figure out when the right time is to bring him back,” Kerr said. “We’ll just take it a step at a time.”Related Articles ‘What’s in the brief, Willie Cauley-Stein?’ New Warrior out to prove he’s all business Warriors resemble team of old, Kevon Looney isn’t ready, and other thoughts from loss to Trail Blazers Why the Warriors want to keep Damion Lee beyond this season last_img read more

A farm wife’s 2016 planting pointers

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Risë LabigAs I was reflecting on my “planting pointers” (http://ocj.com/2015/05/a-farm-wifes-spring-planting-pointers/) that I wrote last year for spring planting 2015, I wondered if there was anything I might have missed that I could add to my list this year. I know we are all feeling a new stress level we haven’t felt in a while, due to lower commodity prices. We all need a bountiful crop. We need it, because so many other businesses in ag rely on us to be successful.I have been a farmer’s daughter and farmer’s wife my whole life. When I was growing up on the dairy farm, life was magical. I loved bottle-feeding the dairy calves. I loved going out to the milking parlor and watching dad. He always had classical music playing (that is where the idea for my name came from. Risë Stevens was a famous opera singer and they loved her name). Who knew a love of music would come from a dairy parlor? In spite of dad being a busy dairy farmer, he still found time to play his clarinet at concerts on Friday night, or to take us all along when the band got to ride Miller’s Ferry to Put-In-Bay, playing for their fare, and then marching around the island. He never missed a concert my siblings played in. What I wasn’t able to appreciate then, as a young girl, is that sacrifice occurred to be able to have the “time” for dad to get there. And the name of that “sacrifice” was called my mother.What I know is that behind the scenes of everything was a daughter, wife and mother who worked tirelessly as a helpmate to her spouse, children and parents. This is a tribute to not only my mother, but to all my sisters involved in agriculture as we participate in another spring.I know that when the calendar flips over to March, it’s like a light flips on for our farmers, ramping up the anxiety level to “get going.” I know that if the “Pinterest” project didn’t get done over the winter that now is not that time to ask. I know because I remember my mother telling me…”Now is not the time to ask dad to do that.” She knew.I know that when the sun finally starts shining, the ground dries out and it warms up, our farmers are itching to get going. (Heaven help us when they see another farmer out first, and someone always has to be first. We all know who they are in the community. Why is he surprised they are out at it already?)I know that this is my first warning signal to get ready. I know because my mother would be getting stocked up on items so she wouldn’t have to take time to make “unnecessary trips” to town when he was planting. She learned that the minute she thought she could slip away, he would immediately need her. And that isn’t because he called. There were no cell phones then. It meant he would drive the truck home so he could tell her what part to go get, and if she wasn’t there…well, I think we have all been there.I know that when my mother would have much rather been sewing something for me or my sisters (remember those days?) and would loved to have gone to town and looked at new patterns, she didn’t dream of going. It could wait. Dad could “need” her. So if I have a few minutes to spare, even if I want to take a walk down the lane, that IS when he will need me. So I know to have my phone in the back pocket. At. All. Times.I also learned later, when I became a mother, “why” mom didn’t want us tagging along when she went to the grocery. Back then, she didn’t run into town daily. It was weekly at best. Mom wanted “alone time.” Boy, did I learn that quickly as a mother! Who knew the grocery store could be considered a retreat? But I know that those times are saved for “rainy days” during spring planting.I know that I have a mom who taught me that when life hands you lemons, and it will, you can cry for a bit, but then it’s time to “get up and get going.” We lost dad 28 years ago. Because Mom had worked by his side, she knew all about every aspect of the farming operation, the bookwork, everything. She never missed a step.And when a farmer says to a wife of 36 years that she doesn’t understand the “urgency of spring planting” when she can’t get in the truck fast enough to follow him to a field, I smile inwardly and know that, until the first field is planted, he is a grump. I know that because I saw mom shed a tear or two when my soft-spoken dad would get grumpy until he got the sugar beets planted.So it’s great to have a list of pointers to share, somewhat humorously, with my fellow sisters in ag, but, this year it’s heartfelt appreciation that I feel for not just my mother, but all the women who went before us, to show us how to “know” what to do as we approach another spring.From our farm operation to you and yours, may God keep you all safe as we work to produce another bountiful crop for the world.last_img read more

Tiger Woods hopeful a 5th Masters leads to more majors

first_imgDuterte wants probe of SEA Games mess “The only thing I can promise you is this, that I will be prepared,” Woods said in his first extensive comments since leaving Augusta National with a fifth green jacket.“Now whether or not it all comes together … because you need to have mind, body and soul come together for those four days. That doesn’t always happen,” Woods said. “If you think about it, I’ve been out here what, 23 years or so? It’s only come together 15 times.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsWoods spoke to Discovery-owned GOLFTV in a 27-minute interview Thursday as part of his endorsement role to provide exclusive content to the global video streaming service.Nicklaus set the gold standard in golf with 18 professional majors. Woods won his 14th major in 2008 in the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines when he was 32, and breaking the record seemed inevitable until a fourth surgery on his left knee, and then four surgeries on his back in a three-year span. View comments Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles He also gave credit to his caddie, Joe LaCava, for persuading him to arrive at Augusta National on the Sunday afternoon before instead of Monday. Woods said he was working so hard on his game that he wasn’t about to play, so instead he took a wedge and a putter for nine holes.“That nine-hole session on Sunday set the tone for my mind being opened up to see the amount of break,” Woods said.Woods said he had been thinking about the Masters for six months. Now he faces a quick turnaround — the PGA Championship starts in three weeks at Bethpage Black, where Woods won the U.S. Open in 2002. He last played it in 2012 during the FedEx Cup playoffs, which is when he first complained of a sore back.He says he will lean on experience of past preparations, such as his three straight majors in 2000 that he won in a span of 66 days.For now, he has done very little. Woods compares this Masters to his first one in 1997 because it took time for the magnitude to sink it.“I haven’t got to the point where I’m willing to put in the hours yet and do the dirty stuff to get the body ready, to put in all the hours of hitting golf balls and putting,” Woods said. “I’m doing all the visual stuff, but I haven’t put in the physical work yet. But it’s probably coming this weekend.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tiger Woods reacts as he wins the Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 14, 2019, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)WEST PALM BEACH, Florida— Tiger Woods hopes winning the Masters to end 11 years without a major will be a spark in his renewed pursuit of the record held by Jack Nicklaus.Even so, Woods tells GOLFTV it will take “special moments” like his one-shot victory at Augusta National.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid LATEST STORIES “I always thought it was possible, if I had everything go my way,” Woods said in the interview. “It took him an entire career to get to 18, so now that I’ve had another extension to my career — one that I didn’t think I had a couple of years ago — if I do things correctly and everything falls my way, yeah, it’s a possibility.”Woods believes his Masters victory — his first major when he was trailing going into the final round — began last summer when he briefly held the lead Sunday at the British Open, and then pushed Brooks Koepka to the end in a runner-up finish at the PGA Championship.“Those two major championships allowed me to have this one,” Woods said. “And hopefully, this one will allow me to have a few more.”He attributed a big part of his Masters victory to a swing key leading up to the week that allowed him to hit draws with his driver. Woods conceded he no longer has the length that allowed him to hit 3-wood off several tees, which he could hit right-to-left more easily.“I’ve lost a little bit off my fastball, so I’ve got to rely on the driver,” Woods said. “And so I found something in my game when I start feeling comfortable turning it.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img ‘Kid was depressed’: Naomi Osaka in first clay quarterfinal after ‘rough months’ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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