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  • Sweeping budget lowers spending on schools, university, Medicaid, ferries

    first_imgNorth Slope | Politics | Southwest | State GovernmentSweeping budget lowers spending on schools, university, Medicaid, ferriesFebruary 14, 2019 by Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO and Alaska Public Media Share:Office of Management and Budget Director Donna Arduin helps Gov. Michael Dunleavy explain various aspects of his proposed state budget at a press availability in the Capitol on Wednesday. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)KTOO and Alaska Public Media’s Andrew Kitchenman spoke with Alaska Public Media’s Casey Grove about this story:Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2019/02/14sweepingbudget.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Gov. Michael Dunleavy’s amended budget proposal would cut spending across many state-funded programs. Public schools, the university, Medicaid and the ferry system are among the areas hardest hit.Dunleavy said at the budget announcement Wednesday that the changes are needed to stabilize the state’s future. He said his budget makes sure the money the state spends matches the money it brings in — without drawing down savings, raising new taxes or making cuts to PFDs.“We have to have a robust discussion, which I am looking forward to, as to what are our needs versus our wants,” he said. “What are the needs that impact the majority of Alaskans? And how do we want to pay for this going forward?”The budget stability would come at a big cost — a $1.15 billion reduction in how much the state spends on the portion of the budget controlled by the Legislature. In addition, municipalities with oil infrastructure would receive $400 million less in property tax. That money would instead go to the state.The amount public schools receive for each student would drop by $300 million, or more than a quarter. Many smaller school programs aimed at supplementing classroom learning would be eliminated.Rep. Josh Revak watches Gov. Michael Dunleavy unveil his latest budget proposal on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, in Juneau, Alaska. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/Alaska’s Energy Desk)The state’s portion of the university budget would fall by $155 million, which would fall on the three main parts of the university: the various campuses of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, University of Alaska Anchorage and University of Alaska Southeast. That cuts nearly half of state funds. There actually would be an increase to the separate, local community campuses.Medicaid would see a $271 million reduction, about a 40 percent state funding cut. The state is negotiating with the federal government how that would happen, with a focus on cutting payments to hospitals, doctors and other health care providers, and paying less for medical care to the roughly 48,000 Alaskans who receive health care from the Medicaid expansion that former Gov. Bill Walker implemented.The Alaska Marine Highway System funding would be cut by $96 million, with funding ending at the end of the summer.Dunleavy said he focused on funding services that affect most Alaskans. But certain services that benefit rural and coastal Alaska would see steep cuts.The budget “is going to touch all Alaskans, no matter where they live, and no matter what they do,” Dunleavy said. “It’s going to be a different way of budgeting, and all Alaskans are going to have to pull together to make sure that we get through this process.”Rural and coastal lawmakers — as well as education advocates — are already pushing back on it.“It deepens the divide between the haves and the have-nots,” says Sen. Donny Olson, a Golovin Democrat, in a written statement. “It strikes rural Alaskans more acutely, forcing them to leave their communities and head to the metropolitan center. Many of these Alaskans will become homeless in Anchorage, adding to that socially marginalized population.”Budget director Donna Arduin highlighted a series of moves to increase efficiency in state government, including consolidating procurement, human resources and investigations.State funding for the Alaska State Council on the Arts — as well as all money for public radio and public television — would be eliminated.Arnold Liebelt, a staffer in Rep. Sara Hannan’s office, looks over a newly-released budget from Alaska Gov. Michael Dunleavy’s administration with Ken Alper, former state tax division director and staff for Rep. Chris Tuck on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, in Juneau, Alaska. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/Alaska’s Energy Desk)The budget could be problematic for the state’s economy in the short term, according to economist Mouhcine Guettabi of the Institute of Social and Economic Research at the University of Alaska Anchorage, or ISER. ISER has studied the effect of various plans, and Guettabi said a $1.15 billion budget cut could reduce the number of jobs in Alaska by more than 10,000. That wouldn’t include the cut to municipal revenue through the oil property tax change.The negative effects could be partially offset by about a 3,000-job increase from Alaskans having more money to spend from PFDs. Dunleavy has proposed a $920 million increase in PFDs, which Dunleavy considers to be separate from the budget. Dividends would be roughly $3,000, about $1,000 more than in any of the previous 37 years. On top of that, Dunleavy has proposed another $1,000 dividend payment to pay residents the amount vetoed by Walker three years ago.The combined impact of the changes could eliminate 3 to 4 percent of the jobs in the state, Guettabi said.Dunleavy said stabilizing the budget would help investment and grow the economy.Guettabi agrees there will be benefits, but perhaps not on the scale as the losses. And while the Legislature works on the budget, he expects problems for the economy.“It’s going to freeze it,” Guettabi said of the economy. “A lot of players that matter are going to sit on the sidelines, meaning there’s not going to be any hiring. Households are not going to be spending money. And so, because people are going to be waiting for that final (budget) number, and who’s going to actually feel the brunt of the pain.”The Senate will start its work on the budget Thursday. The House still isn’t organized, but having the budget may put more pressure for that to happen. The governor’s office is unveiling a wide variety of bills and administrative orders to make structural changes to state government, to accompany the budget.Watch the latest legislative coverage from Gavel Alaska:Share this story:last_img read more

  • Up and down the ladder: The latest comings and goings

    first_imgPharmalot What is it? Log In | Learn More Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED By Ed Silverman Jan. 20, 2017 Reprints Ed Silverman What’s included? STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. About the Author Reprintscenter_img Alex Hogan/STAT GET STARTED Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. @Pharmalot Hired someone new and exciting? Promoted a rising star? Finally solved that hard-to-fill spot?Share the news with us, and we’ll share it with others. That’s right. Send us your changes, and we’ll find a home for them. Don’t be shy. Everyone wants to know who is coming and going, especially with all the ongoing layoffs. Despite the downsizing, there is movement. Here are some of the latest comings and goings. Recognize anyone? Tags jobspharmaceuticalsSTAT+ [email protected] Up and down the ladder: The latest comings and goings last_img read more

  • Northumberland river overtops bank during heavy rain

    first_imgNorthumberland river overtops bank during heavy rain The natural phenomenon, which had been expected and prepared for by the Environment Agency and its partners, has seen part of the river merge into adjacent Caistron Lakes near Rothbury.Around half of the river is now flowing from the main River Coquet into the lakes area, which is currently holding anywhere between 100,000 and 500,000 cubic metres of water.The impounded water is currently being held in place by the lake’s raised aggregate bank, which has since experienced erosion due to the overflow of water from the lakes returning to the River Coquet. This bank is now at risk of failure.The Environment Agency is working with partners including Northumberland County Council, Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service and Northumbria Police to reduce the risk to the local area.Water will be released downstreamShould the bank fail, it will release water from the lakes area downstream, and while the extent of the floodplain means this additional water won’t create a sudden impact, it does have the potential to raise river levels more quickly than normal and flood agricultural and low lying land and some recreational areas including low lying public rights of way, public roads and the Cow Haugh car park at Rothbury riverside.Northumberland County Council is working to address any public safety concerns through the temporary closure of footpaths, car parks, and play areas in low lying areas and the flood plain, when river levels dictate.Partners are working together with the landowner to find a solution to the lake bank erosion.A meeting in 2019 involving agencies including the Environment Agency, Northumberland Rivers Trust, Natural England, and landowner, fisheries and council representatives, discussed the potential issues with the River Coquet and the likely future overtopping or breach.River has been closely monitoredAndrew Turner, Area Duty Manager at the Environment Agency in the North East, said:We’ve been closely monitoring the River Coquet over recent years and since our meeting in 2019 we have developed a robust incident response plan to minimise the impact on the community and environment.The overtopping into Caistron Lakes – a set of man-made ponds – took place last weekend (6 Feb) during heavy rain and high river levels. We’re assessing the current situation and looking at options to ensure a gradual release of the stored water.Our priority is the safety of the public and we will keep people informed of our activities and the latest information.Caistron Lakes were created many years ago when the River Coquet overtopped into a sand and gravel extraction site. The new breach will ultimately create a new channel for the River Coquet. Andrew added:Longer term, we will be working with Natural England to monitor the impact this has on the main River Coquet and the environment. The Coquet is a naturally wandering river and erosion, switching channels or the formation of new channels is an entirely normal occurrence.For the latest flood risk information and to sign up for flood warnings, visit https://www.gov.uk/flood /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:bank, community, council, environment, failure, fire, future, Government, Impact, incident, police, rescue, Rothbury, Safety, the Lakes, UK, UK Government, visit, Waterlast_img read more

  • Pre-Budget Attitudes on Tax

    first_imgPre-Budget Attitudes on Tax Australia InstituteNew research undertaken in the lead-up to the Budget shows Australians have a more sophisticated approach to taxation than is often understood.The Australia Institute surveyed a nationally representative sample of 1,000 Australians between 5th-7th May 2021 about their attitudes towards tax and budget priorities.The results show that most Australians agree with positive statements about taxation, and would prefer additional government spending to tax cuts or deficit reduction.Seven in ten Australians (69%) agree with Oliver Wendell Holmes’ quote that ‘taxes are what we pay for a civilised society.’More than six in ten (61%) agree with the broader statement that ‘tax is good.’Spending on government services like health and education was the single most popular priority, chosen by more than one in three Australians (36%).Decreasing the deficit and repaying debt was the least popular, chosen by just 9% of Australians.“The research shows Australians have a more sophisticated approach to taxation than is often understood,” said Ben Oquist, Executive Director of the Australia Institute.“Australia is a low taxing country. The evidence globally is that in general countries with higher levels of taxation have higher average incomes and higher quality government services and infrastructure.”“Internationally the debate on tax has changed. US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has, for example, warned about a global race to the bottom on company tax.“As Australia comes out of recession we will need a better and bigger debate about taxation. This should include addressing the level and distribution of various tax concessions which overwhelmingly benefit wealthier Australians, can often be of minimal economic benefit and produce poor social and environmental outcomes.”Background: Australia is a low taxing countryFACT: Australia is the 5th lowest taxing country out of 35 OECD countries, above Switzerland, the US, Ireland, and Mexico.[i]The federal tax to GDP ratio was 23% (28.4% all levels of govt) for 2019-20. The average tax to GDP ratio under Howard was 23.4% with the final budget 23.8%.[ii]If the OECD average (33.8%) applied, revenue would be higher by $105 billion.[iii](This is based on comparing all levels of government in Australia and the OECD.)Higher levels of taxation are correlated with higher average income.[iv]Higher taxing countries have higher welfare measures.[v][i] OECD (2020) Revenue Statistics 2020 – Australia, https://www.oecd.org/tax/revenue-statistics-australia.pdf; OECD (2021) General government revenue (indictor), https://data.oecd.org/gga/general-government-revenue.htm#indicator-chart[ii] ABS (2020) 5204.0 Australian System of National Accounts, 2019-20 financial year, Table 1, https://www.abs.gov.au/statistics/economy/national-accounts/australian-system-national-accounts/2019-20; ABS (2020) Government Finance Statistics, Australia, Dec 2020, https://www.abs.gov.au/statistics/economy/government/government-finance-statistics-australia/dec-2020[iii] OECD (2020) Revenue Statistics 2020 – Australia[iv] Nordic Policy Centre (2020) Tax and wellbeing: the impact of taxation on economic wellbeing, https://australiainstitute.org.au/report/tax-and-wellbeing-the-impact-of-taxation-on-economic-wellbeing/[v] Nordic Policy Centre (2020) Tax and wellbeing: the impact of taxation on economic wellbeing /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:ABS, Australia, Australia Institute, Australian, education, GDP, Government, Howard, infrastructure, Ireland, Mexico, OECD, recession, Secretary, statistics, Switzerlandlast_img read more

  • Nominations sought for Disability Services recognition

    first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Oct. 19, 2016 Categories:Getting InvolvedCampus Communitycenter_img Disability Services at the University of Colorado Boulder will be hosting its first annual awards ceremony in recognition of students, alumni, faculty members and staff who have exhibited exceptional qualities in supporting students with disabilities and fostering outreach and involvement in the disability community. Disability Services is seeking nominations for achievement and excellence in these areas:Outstanding Faculty Member: CU Boulder faculty member who has worked well with students and Disability Services; contributes to disability-related research, etc.Outstanding Staff Member: CU Boulder staff member who has worked well with students and Disability Services; contributes to disability-related research, etc.Outstanding Alumni: CU Boulder alumnus who is involved in disability issues, advocacy, research, general awareness, activities; formally registered with Disability Services while enrolled at CU and doing well in his or her careerDisability Community Involvement: CU Boulder student who is involved in disability issues, advocacy, research, general awareness, activities; currently registered with Disability Services Nomination InformationNominations are due by end of day Friday, Nov. 18. To nominate individuals, please visit Disability Services.last_img read more

  • Orbit Exhibitions to organise Meditec Clinika – Expo on Emerging Medical Technologies & equipments on July 18, 2020

    first_img consumablesDisposablesElectro Medical Equipment Facility Management & Support ServicesExhibitionmedical devicesmedical equipmentmedical industryMeditec Clinika – Expo on Emerging Medical Technologies & equipmentsOrbit Exhibitions Rs. 10,000 +18 per cent GST The expo is clubbed with high end conference as well wherein top keynote speakers from India, Israel would be speaking on varied topics covering recent trends in medical industryOrbit Exhibitions is organising Meditec Clinika – Expo on Emerging Medical Technologies & equipments to strengthen the fight against COVID -19 on July 18, 2020 from 1100-1800 hrs.This is its 10th edition and second virtual show in this series which will attract 75-100 exhibitors & 1500+ visitors across the globe.This is the need of the hour in current times where social distancing is utmost importance for all of us. The expo is clubbed with a high end conference as well wherein top keynote speakers from India and Israel would be speaking on varied topics covering recent trends in medical industry. This virtual platform provides excellent business and networking opportunities for all the stakeholders.Exhibitor Profile*Medical Equipment / Devices / Disposables / Consumables • Electro Medical Equipment Facility Management & Support Services• Diagnostic Equipment / Therapeutic Equipment • Surgical Equipment & Accessories (Including Implants)• Diagnostic Kits / Chemicals & Reagents • Hospital Furniture• Hospital Services / Planners • Bio Medical Equipment Manufacturers• Nursing Suppliers & Superintendents • Ward Management – Equipment Management         • Health Insurance • IT Providers for Healthcare Industry Exhibitors gain the following advantages :-* Access to buyers and visitors across the globe from the comfort of your office / home.* Individual Virtual booth to interact with registered buyers* Prefixed appointments* Visitor access only through registration & approval from Organisers* Will provide Confirmed Online Exhibitors & Visitors Database booked for July 18 for you to follow-up for your further business.Participation Charges: – Share Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Exhibitors with exclusive virtual room By EH News Bureau on July 2, 2020 Related Posts News Uncategorized Comments (0)center_img For more details of the exhibition please contact Mahender Singh Thakur, Associate Vice President – Sales. Cell +91 9990674333 E-mail :- [email protected] Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Add Comment Orbit Exhibitions to organise Meditec Clinika – Expo on Emerging Medical Technologies & equipments on July 18, 2020 WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Exhibitors with 10 minutes slot for product presentation to all online visitors and with an exclusive virtual room Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Read Article Rs15,000 +18 per cent GSTlast_img read more

  • Support for ‘I Believe’ Initiative

    first_imgSupport for ‘I Believe’ Initiative Governor GeneralNovember 9, 2012 RelatedSupport for ‘I Believe’ Initiative RelatedSupport for ‘I Believe’ Initiative Story HighlightsGovernor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, says the ‘I Believe’ Youth Initiative, now in its second year, has received positive comments from participants, and  tremendous support from resource persons.“One of the welcome results is the decision of several of the presenters and facilitators to become ‘I Believe’ Ambassadors. This means that they have declared their commitment to mentoring youth, especially budding entrepreneurs, and they will help to diffuse the positive messages,” he said.The Governor-General was addressing a Youth Consultative County Conference for Cornwall, held on November 8, at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, in St. James. Advertisementscenter_img RelatedSupport for ‘I Believe’ Initiative Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, says the ‘I Believe’ Youth Initiative, now in its second year, has received positive comments from participants, and  tremendous support from resource persons.“One of the welcome results is the decision of several of the presenters and facilitators to become ‘I Believe’ Ambassadors. This means that they have declared their commitment to mentoring youth, especially budding entrepreneurs, and they will help to diffuse the positive messages,” he said.The Governor-General was addressing a Youth Consultative County Conference for Cornwall, held on November 8, at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, in St. James.Encouraging the young people to play their part in the building of a “strong productive country,”   he noted that across the globe there are serious economic challenges, but positives exist in Jamaica, where the challenges can be overcome.The Governor-General told them that they have the power to make meaningful changes in their lives, and to consolidate gains already made in the society.“I believe in the potential of Jamaicans to perform at the highest level and to move our country towards developed nation status. We have what it takes to make Vision 2030 a reality. You, the youth, have the ability to power the change which will take Jamaica through the next 50 years of the nation building process and beyond,” he said.Vision 2030 Jamaica is the country’s first long-term national development plan, which aims at enabling Jamaica to achieve developed country status by 2030.  It is based on a comprehensive vision: “Jamaica, the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business.”The ‘I Believe’ initiative has as its mission, through strategic partnerships, programmes and the support of Jamaicans, to lead a campaign to inspire and motivate Jamaicans to believe in their innate potential and to contribute to building a prosperous and peaceful nation.The Governor-General told the gathering that there are many initiatives in the private and public sectors and in civil society, aimed at youth empowerment, so “there can be no redundancy in the actions to support youth as they strive to carve out a future for themselves and this country.”“It is important that they understand and believe in their potential for success; that they explore ways of using their God-given talents to achieve personal development; and that they become aware of their role in the advancement of their families, their communities and their country,” he added.The Governor-General said it is also important that the youth learn from, and be motivated by young successful entrepreneurs. “This is why I am so pleased that several young entrepreneurs have signed on to become ‘I Believe’ Ambassadors,” he noted.“Young Jamaicans, our country’s future is in your hands. Do not be satisfied with mediocre achievements. Aim for the stars, remember the sky is the limit,” the Governor-General urged. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail last_img read more

  • Hard Rocks

    first_imgNick Faldo made a curious remark last weekend at Congressional.  “It’s too much,” he said during the CBS broadcast as he watched the tournament leader’s score drift closer and closer to even par. Too much? The final-round scoring average at the Quicken Loans National was 73.720, nearly 1 ½ strokes higher than during the other three rounds, but players faced a triple whammy of toughness on Sunday: a sun-baked, dried-out course; thick, gnarly rough; and a major-championship venue. Of course scores were going to be higher. Justin Rose finished at 4-under 280 and won in a playoff. It was the highest winning score in relation to par on the PGA Tour since Patrick Reed – coincidentally, the 54-hole leader at Congressional – won at Doral with a 4-under total. So far, seven regular-season tournaments (nine, if you include both majors) have featured a winner who was single digits under par. Not surprisingly, many of those events were played on some of the Tour’s best courses – places like Torrey Pines and PGA National, Doral and Innisbrook, Colonial and Congressional. You know, tracks that present championship tests, where players arrive expecting nothing less. On the other hand, 15 tournaments this season have had a winning score of at least 15 under par. Five of those were more than 20 under. Track meets. Tough conditions often don’t translate to compelling television – save for those who enjoy schadenfreude – and that may, in fact, have been Faldo’s main gripe.  But too much? No way. These occasional grind-fests are a nice change of pace to the week-in, week-out birdie binges that so often come down to which player is putting the best. Congressional demanded strong play throughout the entire bag, especially with the long clubs. Sorry, Sir Nick, but major-caliber tests needn’t be reserved solely for majors.  Now, the holiday edition of the #AskLav mailbag: World Rankings and Reed’s comment aside, who are your current top 5 players in the world? #AskLav— Denis (@gc_denis) June 30, 2014 This man’s top 5: 1. Adam Scott 2. Henrik Stenson 3. Rory McIlroy 4. Martin Kaymer 5. Bubba Watson/Matt Kuchar Look, it’s hard to find fault in what the OWGR has produced at the top of the world order. Scott has won four times since the 2013 Masters and Stenson has six top-7 finishes in his last seven starts. Despite his maddening inconsistency, Rory still belongs at the No. 3 spot. Before his MC at the Irish Open, he hadn’t finished outside the top 25 in a worldwide event since October (!). Kaymer has to be on everyone’s top-5 list based on what he’s done in the past two months, while, for me, it’s a coin flip between Bubba and Kooch for the No. 5 spot. Not listed: Patrick Reed, though it’s undeniable that he can play like a top-5 player, occasionally.  @RyanLavnerGC What is the most $ won in one LPGA season? Will Stacy Lewis pass it this season?— Jentry Jones (@jkjones21) June 30, 2014 The record is held by Lorena Ochoa, who earned more than $4.36 million in 2007 – incredibly, that was over $2.5 million more than No. 2 Suzann Pettersen. Don’t remember 2007? That was the year Ochoa won eight times, including the season-ending ADT Championship, a prize worth $1 million. Stacy Lewis has already won three times this season, and she has $1.881 million in earnings with three more majors to play. More than that, though, this is the first year of the Race to the CME Globe, which will award $1 million to the season-long champion. The CME Group Tour Championship will also have a $500,000 first-place prize. Not even halfway to Lorena’s record total, however, Stacy will need to be even more dominant in the second half of the season. Don’t put it past her.  @RyanLavnerGC @GolfChannel how do you do so well at fantasy golf?— Scott (@golfer17059) July 2, 2014 Well, believe it or not, it does require some research – recent performances, trends, track records, horses for courses, calculated risks for Groups 3 and 4, etc. Other times, it’s one or two hunches per year that really pay off. (After all, how else could Gary Williams justify taking Shawn Stefani last week in Group 4, after he had finished inside the top 40 only once in his last seven events?) After finishing second among Golf Channel experts a year ago, I’m not taking my $1.1 million lead lightly, though. There is a lot of golf left to be played. @RyanLavnerGC #AskLev how crucial is it for players to play links courses in the weeks leading up to The Open?— lemon (@lemondrop156) July 2, 2014 It’s worth noting that each of the past four Open champions have played the week before at the Scottish Open, though each with varying degrees of success. Phil Mickelson went back-to-back, of course, but before him Ernie Els finished 32nd, Darren Clarke finished 66th and Louis Oosthuizen missed the cut. Those players would probably tell you that it’s crucial to play there, not just to get in some last-minute reps but also to get used to the time change, the conditions, the weather, the style of golf, everything. To be sure, playing the Scottish Open – this year it’s at Royal Aberdeen – is a far more productive way to spend the week before than playing, say, the John Deere. In recent years, at least, it’s been a winning formula. @RyanLavnerGC whose your sleeper pick @The_Open??— Dan Jones (@djbjones07) June 30, 2014 Earlier this week on Twitter, I threw out that my pick for the Open was Henrik Stenson. The dude has six top-7s in his last seven starts, and few guys strike it as purely. After sending that tweet, Golf Channel colleague Ryan Burr replied that he was going further “outside the box” … and instead took the No. 10 player in the world, Jordan Spieth. Some sleeper!  Anyway, here are a few of my guys to keep an eye on: Memorial winner Hideki Matsuyama will be dangerous, because, uh, he just does everything well; Brandt Snedeker has finished T-11 and T-3 in his last two Opens, and he’s finally back to playing the type of golf that we expect (21st or better in each of his last three starts); and, finally, going even deeper thanks to @MajorAlsPicks: Mikko Ilonen, who recently won the Irish Open, captured the British Amateur at Hoylake in 2000 and also finished 16th when the Open was last held there in ’06.   @RyanLavnerGC On a scale of 1-10, how bold would it be to predict that Jordan Spieth will win a major or The Players in 2015? #asklav— Aaron Paulk (@Nemo0694) July 2, 2014 On a boldness scale? About a 2. The kid – he turns 21 this month – is the 10th-ranked player in the world. Nothing he does surprises me anymore. Whether it will actually happen is another matter entirely. The competition is so much deeper now, and you’re talking about only a five-event window. That said, what excites me about Spieth and the upcoming Open is that he’s always been a terrific links player and a guy who thrives in the wind. He can rely on his creativity and his smarts at a major that doesn’t demand perfection on and around the greens. I’d look for him to force his way into contention at Hoylake, which is good, because he probably needs another in-the-hunt major experience before he’s ready to actually take one home. @RyanLavnerGC @GolfChannel do you think Tom Watson has one last special week in him at the British Open? #AskLav— Andrew Ebner (@Tha_Govna) July 2, 2014 As cool as it would be … um … no. His close call in 2009 not only crushed our major spirit but his as well. His final Open next year at St. Andrews will be yet another can’t-miss moment in an arena that has given us so many.last_img read more

  • July Attendance Shatters All-Time Record in Glacier National Park

    first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Glacier National Park experienced its busiest month on record in July, according to the latest statistics released by the National Park Service.Nearly 818,500 people visited the park last month, almost 113,000, or 19 percent, more than last July, according to the NPS. The previous all-time single-month attendance record was 699,650 in July 2014.With the full opening of Going-to-the-Sun Road and favorable weather conditions, July became the third month in a row with record crowds this year. A total of 178,200 people visited Glacier in May, a new all-time record for the month, while nearly 430,000 people visited the park last month, 15,000 more than last year.Overall visitation is up 13.8 percent in 2016. More than 1.5 million people have toured Glacier Park so far this year, compared to 1.3 million at this point in 2015.To put the figures into perspective, about 11,400 people went through the west entrance of Glacier Park every day in July 2016, about a thousand shy of the total number of visitors to the park in 1916.Visitors to St. Mary spiked more than 50 percent in July compared to the previous year. A total of 196,781 people entered the park through that section.Visitation at the West Entrance spiked 13 percent with 354,660 people, compared to 313,784 last year. The Walton/Goat Lick area saw an 8.1 percent increase in visitors with 41,582 people, while Polebridge drew 22,132 visitors, up 15.2 percent from last year.The number of overnight lodgings at park concessions grew 9.2 percent last month with 33,092 stays compared to 36,447 in July 2015. The number of RV overnight stays jumped nearly 10 percent to 36,177 and the tent overnight stays increased 10.3 percent to 43,496. The backcountry overnight stays jumped 3.8 percent to 11,143.Glacier is in the midst of its busiest time of year. The months of June, July and August are historically the most crowded by wide margins. Last year, July saw more than 689,000 visitors. August numbers dipped due to wildfires but still reached 579,000 people. There were 675,000 visitors in August 2014.Glacier Park has broken annual visitation records the last two years. Emaillast_img read more

  • Derry man who wanted to go to jail gets his wish

    first_img Pinterest Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Derry man who wanted to go to jail gets his wish Consultation launched on proposal to limit HGV traffic in Clady Google+ WhatsApp Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Previous articleCounty Council given 271 thousand euro for improvements to social housingNext articleCouncillor says fall in those ‘signing on’ in Donegal is not good news admin Twitter Google+center_img Pinterest Community Enhancement Programme open for applications A solicitor told Derry Magistrate’s Court that his client wanted to go to jail to see if he could abstain from drugs.Before the court was Joseph McCallion (18) of 103 Glenowen Park in Derry who admitted assaulting police and possessing drugs on December 1.The court was told that a foot patrol stopped McCallion under the Misuse of Drugs Act and searched him.In his wallet they found two plastic envelopes with a white powder in them.He was arrested and then tried to escape from custody but was restrained. As he was being led to a vehicle he spat on an officers shoulder and head.He later told police he had been given the envelopes by a friend and he had sniffed some of it and it had made him ‘hyper’ he admitted he didn’t know what the substance was.Defence solicitor Mr.Maoliosa Barr said his client knew he was going to jail. He said he wanted custody to see if he could abstain from drugs.The solicitor said McCallion had been using cannabis since he was 14 and was addicted to the drug.he said on the night in question he was so intoxicated with drink and drugs that police had to hold him up while they were speaking to him.District Judge Barney McElholm said that ‘people never cease to amaze me, this man sniffed this stuff and he had no idea what it was.’ He described the spitting as ‘nasty and vile and sentenced McCallion to 6 months in prison. Facebook News By admin – September 6, 2014 WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more