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Trump angry as golf tournament is moved to Mexico

first_imgWhy has Trump caught Clinton in the polls?PGA Tour commissioner Timothy Finchem said Mr Trump’s current profile had made it “difficult” to attract sponsors.”It’s fundamentally a sponsorship issue,” said Mr Finchem.Luxury car maker Cadillac has reportedly not renewed its sponsorship deal.”Donald Trump is a brand, a big brand, and when you’re asking a company to invest millions of dollars in branding a tournament and they’re going to share that brand with the host, it’s a difficult decision,” he said.However, Mr Finchem insisted the decision to move the event to Mexico City from Florida, where it has been held for the past 55 years, was not political.”From a golf standpoint we have no issues with Donald Trump. From a political standpoint we are neutral. PGA Tour has never been involved or cares to be involved in presidential politics,” he added.The PGA Tour has signed new seven-year sponsorship deal with Grupo Salinas, and the first WGC-Mexico Championship will held in March next year.Mr Trump said the decision marked a “sad day for Miami, the US and the game of golf”.”This decision only further embodies the very reason I am running for president of the United States,” he said.The venue for the event has not been officially confirmed, but media reports say it will take place at the Club de Golf Chapultapec outside Mexico City.”I hope they have kidnapping insurance,” Mr Trump told Fox News.Mr Finchem said that a member of his staff had already confirmed that this was in place.”I haven’t inquired about the detail,” he said. “But I made the point that maybe that’s something we don’t want to advertise.” Mr Trump said the PGA had “put profit ahead of thousands of American jobs”.On the campaign trail, Mr Trump has portrayed Mexico as undermining the US economy.last_img read more

RHL teams move on in playoffs

first_imgAll four Rio Hondo League boys basketball teams won first-round games in the CIF-Southern Section Division III-AA playoffs, and all five Almont League teams were shown the exit door Friday. Monrovia, a Rio Hondo League at-large team, stunned Almont League champion Schurr, 64-63. Temple City, a 62-46 winner over Montebello, will be on the road Tuesday against No. 7 Savanna, a 51-48 winner over Lompoc Cabrillo. No. 3 La Ca ada advanced with a 47-31 victory over Alhambra and will be on the road against No. 10 Crossroads. Pasadena (25-2), Division II-AA’s top-ranked team, opened the playoffs with a 70-39 victory over Golden Valley and will face Chaffey (14-14) on the road. No. 2 Renaissance Academy (26-1) advanced to the Division III-A quarterfinals against host Santa Fe (22-7), a 48-46 winner over Santa Ana Calvary Chapel. The Wildcats (13-12) will host Tri-Valley League champion Oak Park (21-6), a 66-57 first-round winner over Morro Bay, in the second round Tuesday. South Pasadena (18-9) knocked off No. 8 Carpinteria 70-61 and will host No. 9 Windward (20-7), an 81-77 overtime winner over Animo Leadership. center_img fred.robledo@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 4485 160Want 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

NEAT looking to go to Cleveland for major conference

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – NEAT (Northern Environmental Action Team) has started a gofundme page in hopes of raising enough funds to go to Cleveland for the American Community Gardening Association’s National Conference. They have been invited to present, but don’t currently have the money in the budget to go.“We have developed a food security program called Food Secure Kids that has worked with more than 1000 K-6 students since its inception. These students learn about their food system, where food comes from, what you need to grow it and how to eat healthy meals by eating a rainbow.  And they all get to plant a garden with their class to reinforce what they’re learning.”The goal is to send 2 people to Cleveland but they need funds to feed and get them there.“Being able to attend this conference is a big goal for us and would be a fantastic opportunity to spread the word about this program. We would be eternally grateful for the helping hand!”You can click here to visit the gofundme page.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Galatasaray star offered lucrative deal in China as Premier League trio face missing out

first_img Burak Yilmaz 1 Guangzhou Evergrande are lining up a bumper offer to take Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea target Burak Yilmaz to China.All three Premier League clubs have held a long-term interest in the free-scoring Galatasaray star, who has hit 47 league goals in 74 appearances since arriving from Trabzonspor in 2011 – as well as 10 goals in 21 Champions League outings.But now, according to Turkish newspaper Fotospor, Evergrande have made him their priority target and could be willing to double his current salary to tempt him to the far east.Former Italy captain Fabio Cannavaro is currently the manager of the Chinese side and it has been reported that he has earmarked Yilmaz as the man he wants to lead the line.That could encourage Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea to reignite their interest in time for the January transfer window despite the forward having four years left on his contract.last_img read more

Man United target Vlaar one of world’s best, says former Villa teammate

first_imgDarren Bent believes Manchester United target Ron Vlaar is one of the best centre-backs in the world.Vlaar is out of contract at Villa Park and looks unlikely to sign a new deal after claiming he has the ability to “go a step higher”.Bent believes that statement is disrespectful to the Midlands club, but admits the 30-year-old Netherlands international has the talent to play for a European giant so long as he can remain fully fit.The former Villa striker told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “He has had a frustrating year with injures, picking up little niggles here and there, but as people saw at the [2014] World Cup, when he is on top form he is one of the best defenders in the world.“He is solid, he is quick, he has got everything to be a top defender.“It is a bit disrespectful to say he is bigger than Villa, because Villa is a big club, but it his decision and he has got all the attributes to be one of the best centre-backs in the world.”last_img read more

Tottenham set sights on £40m-rated strike starlet

first_img1 Tottenham are hot on the trail of Monaco striker Anthony Martial.The teenage attacker, who is tipped as one of France’s brightest prospects, was watched by Spurs’ scouting network throughout last season.Chelsea and Aston Villa have also shown an interest in the 19-year-old and the French outfit have slapped a stunning £40m price tag on him.But according to Spanish newspaper AS, Mauricio Pochettino’s men are ready to test their resolve to keep the forward by tabling a bid.Whilst Monaco want to keep their star man, failure to turn around a two-goal deficit against Valencia in the second-leg of their Champions League qualifying match next week could mean the club are forced to sell.Martial exploded onto the scene two seasons ago and hit 11 goals in all appearances last term. Anthony Martial last_img read more

Social Security recipients to get 2.3% more

first_imgThe Senior Citizens League said a study it has done showed that in eight spending areas, people over age 65 have lost 40 percent of their purchasing power since 2000. This finding reflects factors such as big increases for gasoline, home heating oil and prescription drugs. Shannon Benton, the group’s executive director, said it supports legislation that would base the adjustment on a special gauge of the Consumer Price Index, the most closely followed inflation barometer. It would be weighted to better reflect the goods and services that older people are buying. David Sloane, director of government relations for AARP, which represents people 50 and older, said the cost-of-living adjustment is critical because so many depend on Social Security for most of their retirement income. “Just under one in three older Americans count on Social Security for nearly all of their income and almost two-thirds of beneficiaries count on Social Security for at least half of their income,” he said. Part of the Social Security increase will be eaten up by a rise in the cost of Medicare, the health care program that covers the elderly and disabled. The government said this month that Medicare premiums will rise 3.1 percent next year, which comes to $2.50 to $96.40 per month. That is the lowest Medicare premium increase in six years. Next year’s cost-of-living increase will go to more than 54 million people. Nearly 50 million receive Social Security benefits; the rest get Supplemental Security Income payments for the poor. The average retired worker will see the monthly benefit check rise from $1,055 to $1,079. A couple, both receiving Social Security benefits, will see their monthly check go from $1,722 to $1,761, an increase of $39. The standard SSI payment for an individual will go from $623 per month to $637. The average monthly check for a disabled worker will go from $981 to $1,004. The government said nearly 12 million wage earners will pay higher taxes next year because the maximum amount of Social Security earnings subject to the payroll tax will rise from $97,500 currently to $102,000. The Social Security Administration on Monday had a ceremony to highlight the opening wave of baby boomer retirements, a generation of 78 million people born from 1946 to 1964. The first of those boomers will turn 62 next year, making them eligible for Social Security benefits. An estimated 10,000 people per day will become eligible for Social Security benefits over the two decades, putting a severe strain on the pension program. If no changes are made, the Social Security trust fund is projected to deplete its reserves in 2041 and will begin paying out more in benefits that it collects in payroll taxes in 2017. Medicare is facing even greater problems because of the rapidly rising cost of health care. President George W. Bush pledged to make changes to Social Security the top priority of his second term. But his plan to provide private accounts for younger workers went nowhere in Congress and Republicans and Democrats remain deadlocked.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – With essentials like food, gasoline and medical care all rising at a faster clip, an extra $24 a month likely won’t go very far. But that is the boost the typical retiree will see in Social Security checks come January. The 2.3 percent increase in the cost-of-living adjustment that will go to 50 million Social Security recipients is the smallest in four years even though many prices are rising more quickly this year than last year. Blame it on the vagaries of how the government computes the annual COLA. The price change is based on the amount the Consumer Price Index increases from July through September from one year to the next. In the past two years, using the third quarter as a benchmark boosted the inflation adjustment, especially the 2006 increase, because it reflected the fact that gasoline and other energy products soared in September 2005 after Gulf Coast refineries shut down in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.But this year, energy costs, which were up in the spring, have been falling in the summer, a fact that lowered the COLA change. However, analysts are expecting energy prices to resume rising in coming months given a recent run-up in global oil markets that has seen crude oil prices at record highs, close to $90 per barrel. Big increases in food costs and medical care this year have been offset to a certain extent by moderation in categories of goods that older people tend to buy less of, such as computers and consumer electronics. “Retirees are going to feel a disconnect this year between the COLA increase and the reality of the inflation they face,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Economy.com. “If this calculation were done in another three months, it would be measurably higher.” The new cost-of-living figure announced Wednesday by the Social Security Administration is the smallest increase since a 2.1 percent boost in 2004. It is a full percentage point lower than the 3.3 percent adjustment for 2007. In 2006, the COLA increase was 4.1 percent, the largest in 15 years. Advocates for the elderly said the small increase highlighted the need to revamp the cost-of-living adjustment to better reflect prices paid by retired people, including the money they spend on health care. last_img read more

No. 23/23 Women’s Basketball Holds off SIU for 71-64 Road Win

first_imgDean, who made her first three triples in the first eight minutes of the game, knocked down her final one with 57 seconds left. That three-pointer paired with two free throws by Dean on the prior possession pushed the Bulldogs’ lead to seven after the Salukis had pulled back to just two points. Drake then made five of its last six free throws to seal the road win as SIU tried to extend the game. Next Game: Story Links Preview at Missouri State 3/3/2019 – 2 p.m. SIU (13-13, 6-9 MVC), which trailed by 15 early in the third quarter after Dean’s layup, was paced by Makenzie Silvey’s 15 points. Abby Brockmeyer and Kristen Nelson chipped in 12 and 10 points, respectively, off the bench. Live Stats 1350 ESPN Des Moines ESPN+ Watch Live Hittner scored 10 points in the fourth quarter while Rhine had five. Rhine finished with seven points as her impressive streak of consecutive double-figures ended at 34. She helped the Bulldogs in other ways pulling down five rebounds and nabbing three steals, the last one led to Dean’s dagger three-pointer. SIU used a hot-shooting third quarter to make it a single digit game heading to the final period. The Saluki cut their deficit to two points five times in the fourth quarter, but the Bulldogs answered every time with a score. Bachrodt, Dean, Hittner and Rhine scored 23 of Drake’s 25 points in the fourth quarter, the other two points coming from a clutch pair of free throws by Maddie Monahan (Silver Lake, Minn.) for the Bulldogs’ final points with seven seconds left. CARBONDALE, Ill. – The No. 23/23 Drake University women’s basketball team held off a resilient Southern Illinois team Friday night for a 71-64 Missouri Valley Conference road win at SIU Arena.   Drake closes its final road trip Sunday at Missouri State (18-8, 14-1 MVC) in a battle of the MVC’s two first-place teams. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. and will be streamed on ESPN+. Print Friendly Version Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa) led Drake (22-5, 14-1 MVC) with a game-high 23 points and added seven rebounds. Maddy Dean (Jordan, Minn.) made four-three-pointers, the last one a late three-ball with just under one minute to play, and finished with 19 points. Sammie Bachrodt (Wichita, Kan.) added 14 points, four assists, four steals and three rebounds. PDF Box Score Drake led 32-19 at halftime with a strong second-quarter when it outscored SIU, 17-9. The Salukis didn’t make their first three-pointer until right before the halftime buzzer as Lauren Hartman beat the clock. Dean, Hittner and Bachrodt led the Bulldogs with nine, eight and seven points, respectively. Full Schedule Roster HTML Box Score last_img read more

Race Shapes Teen Facebook and MySpace Adoption, says danah boyd

first_imgRelated Posts dana oshiro Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Analysis#start Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Two years ago, ethnographer danah boyd had the blogosphere abuzz with her look at class-based divisions between teens on MySpace and Facebook. The esteemed Microsoft researcher found that Facebook’s collegiate origins encouraged a group of slightly more educated mainstream community members. Meanwhile, MySpace encouraged self-expression and the organizing of subcultures. boyd’s latest paper entitled, “White Flight in Networked Publics? How Race and Class Shaped American Teen Engagement with MySpace and Facebook” suggests that those same origins also propel race-based divisions. She likens the mass teen migration from MySpace to Facebook to “white flight”. “White flight” refers to the 20th century exodus of Caucasian Americans from urban centers to what were believed to be the “safer”, more racially homogenous and affluent suburbs. She describes how teen language about MySpace is similar to that used to describe city dwellers in the 1980’s. The city dweller narrative is that it’s for “dysfunctional families, perverts and deviants, freaks and outcasts, thieves, and the working class. Implied in this is that no decent person could possibly have a reason to dwell in the city or on MySpace.” Considering the parallels between white flight and the move from MySpace to Facebook boyd writes, “The suburbs of Facebook signaled more mature living, complete with digital fences (privacy settings) to keep out strangers. While formal restrictions on who could move lifted in September 2006 (when the service moved from being a collegiate service to a public one), the more subtle network-based disincentives did not.” After white flight, boyd describes the urban decay that followed including a reduction in investment, reduced property values, increasing unemployment (as jobs moved to the suburbs) and a rise in crime. She likens untended MySpace profiles to an abandoned and graffiti-covered city and spammers to street gangs. boyd believes that while teens do not directly reference racial divisions in fleeing MySpace, the aesthetics of “bling” and “hip-hop culture” often criticized by new Facebook users do have racial overtones. Says boyd, “While Facebook’s minimalism is not inherently better, conscientious restraint has been one [cultural] marker of bourgeois fashion.”In other words, the text, images and videos we choose to share amongst our friends through social networks are the cultural markers that reveal our racial identities. While boyd cites a number of reasons for racial divides online, one thing is certain. She writes, “Neither social media nor its users are colorblind simply because technology is present. The internet mirrors and magnifies everyday life, making visible many of the issues we hoped would disappear including race and class-based social divisions in American society.” To download her draft paper visit danah.org/papers/2009/. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Wearable Devices’ Next Design Challenge: The Human Brain

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Wearable devices like the Nike+ FuelBand, Jawbone UP, larklife, and future products like the Misfit Shine and Google Glass have been the subject of much discussion, for good reason: They give us access to information about our physical bodies and the physical environment we inhabit, a phenomenon we call Smart Body, Smart World. (Self-proclaimed quantified self-ers have been early adopters of tracking sensors, but they’re new to most consumers.) Though at Forrester we think the market for fitness wearables is relatively small, the broader potential for wearables is huge. Body-generated data could be applied to any domain, such as relationships, productivity, gaming, shopping, personal safety and identity validation, just to name a few possibilities.I recently participated in a panel in San Francisco hosted by service design agency Fjord, along with Adam Gazzaley, Director of the Neuroscience Imaging Center at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF); Bill Geiser, CEO of MetaWatch; Sonny Vu, CEO of Misfit Wearables; and Olof Schybergson, CEO of Fjord. With perspectives from science, research, product and design all represented, we had diverse points of view but all saw the same challenges ahead for wearables: designing for the human brain. No, I’m not talking about sensors implanted in your brain (although that’s certainly possible, and already happening in research and medical settings). I’m talking about designing for the nuanced way our brains process the experience of wearing a device.In particular, we all saw a need for wearables that:Support rather than distract from goal-oriented behavior. Dr. Gazzaley’s research at UCSF explicitly focuses on this topic: how goal-oriented behavior is affected by distraction. On the panel, he joked, “I’m the guy reporters call when they want someone to say distraction is bad.”But it’s not that simple: Dr. Gazzaley noted that if devices are designed with the brain’s limitations in mind, they could be used to support rather than distract from goal-oriented behavior. For example, he said, we know that humans are not very good at staying alert while driving. If a wearable could be designed to detect when we’re falling asleep at the wheel and alert us before we do, that could literally save lives. Increase self-awareness, but not to the point of self-consciousness. As I’ve tested various wearable devices, I’ve found that wearing an activity tracker like the UP does have a positive effect on my activity during the day – I’m more aware of my sedentary behavior and more likely to walk when I can, like pacing the platform while waiting for the train instead of standing still.But I’ve found that wearing a tracker to sleep introduces an unwelcome element of self-consciousness into my bedroom: I’m paying attention (and not in a good way) to how long it takes me to fall asleep.And what about sex? Should some elements of our lives remain untracked? (I argue yes; others may disagree.)Fjord CEO Olof Schybergson predicted that we’ll need new rules of engagement when wearables like Google Glass allow us to record our surroundings invisibly. In business meetings or on dates, for example, self-consciousness could detract from trust in our relationships.Give feedback, but avoid “chart fatigue.” All the panelists agreed that feedback is an important element of why wearables work: That’s why the Misfit Shine has LEDs that light up to show your progress toward your daily activity goal. In Dr. Gazzaley’s lab experiments, he often uses gamification strategies precisely for this reason – achievements, progression, and competition are powerful and addictive incentives to keep doing something.But Schybergson noted that the novelty of data quickly wears off and erodes into “chart fatigue.” For wearables to keep our attention over the long term, they need to be “living services,” evolving as we evolve.Lead image by Dane Frederiksen, picturing Bill Geiser, Sonny Vu and Olof Schybergson (left to right). sarah rotman epps Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts center_img Tags:#Gadgets#health#internet devices#Internet of Things#wearable What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more