He also noted that Bubba Watson won last year at 25-under par, and it probably will take something around that to win.“I know that’s a tall order since I’ve been away from the game for so long and I’ve made a lot of different changes in my game,” he said. “Physically and also equipment, practice schedules, training, all that has evolved. The mindset of competing hasn’t. That is to go out there and try to beat these guys.”He still is working with swing coach Chris Como, whom he brought on two years ago. Now that Nike is out of the equipment business, Woods is using a TaylorMade driver and fairway metals, a Bridgestone golf ball and his old Scotty Cameron putter that he used to win all but one of his 14 majors.But it starts with playing.“Put it this way: It’s a lot better situation this year than last,” Woods said. “I just couldn’t get out of bed. I needed help. It was a tough, tough time. You asked me then, ‘Could I play?’ No. I can’t even get out of bed. How am I supposed to swing a club at 120 miles an hour? That’s just two different worlds.”ADVERTISEMENT PH among economies most vulnerable to virus EDITORS’ PICK Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town “Right now, I haven’t even competed yet, so I’m at the beginning stages of that,” he said.Jack Nicklaus spoke Tuesday morning at the HSBC Business Forum in Florida and talked about how golf wasn’t nearly as important to him as competing. That’s something to which Woods can relate. What he said he missed was the competition, whether on tour or at home with friends.“But the bigger the stage,” Woods said, “the more fun for me.” TVJSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Senators to proceed with review of VFA Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND WATCH: Vince Carter super-fan travels from China to meet idol Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. We are young Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 There were times during his 15 months away from golf that Woods wasn’t entirely sure that would be the case. He said that when he was at the Hero World Challenge last year, he needed help just to climb out of bed. At an outdoor party at Albany Golf Club, he would mingle for a few minutes and then sit on a stone bench.He spent more time looking back than looking forward, saying at one point that anything else he achieved in golf would be “gravy.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliAnd now he can’t wait to get started on Thursday.The 15-month break to heal following back surgeries is the longest he has been away from golf. Woods was a mixture of optimism and reality about his return. He talked about having all the shots he needs to compete against a field that includes 17 players from the top 40 and Woods, the tournament host who is at a career-low No. 898. He is playing, so he said he wants to win. The outlook is no different. The Hero World Challenge, which he started in 1999 to benefit the Tiger Woods Foundation, is effectively a holiday tournament for golf’s elite that has no cut and pays $1 million to the winner. It feels so much bigger this year because of Woods.Over the last year, he played five holes to open his new golf course, Bluejack National, outside Houston. And he took three swings with a wedge on the par-3 10th hole at Congressional during a day to promote the Quicken Loans National. All three went in the water.Everyone is curious to see how he plays. That includes Woods.His biggest concern is how far his shots will go because he hasn’t played with any adrenaline since the final round of the Wyndham Championship on Aug. 23, 2015. He doesn’t know how his game will stack up against players he watched at Hazeltine when he was an assistant captain at the Ryder Cup.His previous long break from golf was eight months when he had reconstructive surgery on his left knee after winning the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, the last of his 14 major titles. He won his opening match in the Match Play Championship and won two tournaments later at Bay Hill.That was a knee. This is a back.He was 33, not a month away from turning 41. And that was long before any chaos in his personal life.Asked what he would expect to feel Thursday at Albany Golf Club, Woods said, “I’ll let you know then, because I don’t know right now.”“Yeah, there’s nerves, of course, because I care. I care about what I do out there,” he said. “I want to win, and I want to place the ball in the correct spots, give myself the best angles and bury these putts. Trying to figure that out, yeah, there’s nerves.”Woods often talks about the “process” when he’s changing his swing. This was a different kind of process. It starts with hitting golf balls at home, then playing a practice round at home, and then bringing that game out to a tournament, competing and eventually getting into contention. Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Tiger Woods speaks at a press conference for the Hero World Challenge golf tournament in Nassau, Bahamas, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. APNASSAU, Bahamas — This might be one time that Tiger Woods doesn’t measure success on the golf course by the score on his card.He measured it with three words Tuesday: “I’m playing again.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments
The Play Your Part TV series will feature 13 episodes of 48 minutes each, and will be hosted by Kabelo Mabalane (pictured in the centre)South Africans who are doing the country proud with their positive work will be highlighted in a television programme created by Brand South Africa and SABC 2, which launched the Play Your Part TV Series at the Market Theatre in Newtown on 11 June.As the nation celebrates 20 years of freedom, the show aims to inspire the people of the country to do the smallest of things that will affect another person, to make South Africa a better place. The show will air from Sunday, 15 June on SABC 2 at 9pm. The series will feature 13 episodes of 48 minutes each, and will be hosted by Kabelo Mabalane, a kwaito star, Comrades Marathon runner and recovering addict. Mabalane has been playing his part by highlighting addiction and doing various charity work.Mpumi Mabuza, the stakeholder programme manager at Brand South Africa, said: “We are happy to be launching this inspiring TV series at the newly named John Kani auditorium at the Market Theatre. How fitting for us to launch such a programme in our 20th year of freedom on a stage named after a South African theatre and television legend.”Play Your Part is a nationwide campaign created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa. It aims to lift the spirit of the nation by inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change. “There are amazing people doing amazing things every day, in every part of our country, and the Play Your Part platform is perfect for you to share your stories, and to celebrate each other as citizens of our wonderful country,” said Sithembile Ntombela, Brand South Africa’s brand manager.The TV series at the newly named John Kani auditorium at the Market TheatreVISION 2030The chief executive, Miller Matola, recalled how South Africans rejoiced four years ago when the country hosted the football World Cup. “We are launching this programme on a day that brings much joy to me. It was this time four years ago that I was filled with pride to be South African,” he said.Matola spoke about how everywhere he went he could tell who was South African by how proudly they stood. “South Africans everywhere were walking upright as a sign of pride for hosting the World Cup with no major glitches and showing the world how good they are at being hosts.”He also told the audience how Brand South Africa was the custodian of the image of the country and that Vision 2030 was the next World Cup for South Africa. Every citizen should help to bring it to fruition.The National Development Plan, or Vision 2030, is a plan to eliminate poverty and reduce inequality by 2030.LET’S ALL BE CHANGE AGENTSMabalane, who rose to fame in the late 1990s as part of the trio TKZee, a kwaito group, said he believed the good in South Africa outweighed the bad – and that was why he agreed to be part of the show. “My epitome of active citizenship is the youth of 1976, who I believe showed what a group of ordinary people could do if they put their heads together.”He had fun recording the TV series and gaining insight into events like choosing South Africa’s flag after the first democratic election. “After seeing some of the entries of the designs for the flag, I thank God some were not chosen,” he said, to much laughter.Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola with Play Your Part TV series host Kabelo Mabalane. Matola said that all South Africans had a role to play in bringing the country’s Vision 2030 strategy to fruitionPLAY YOUR PART STORIESSome of the inspiring stories featured on Play Your Part are:● Mercy Senyatsi, a life orientation teacher at Dr AMS Makunyane Secondary School in Polokwane, Limpopo. “Originally, I was inspired by my late parents who raised and tutored many children, irrespective of their family background,” she says. Throughout her career, Senyatsi says she has been touched by the plight of orphaned and vulnerable children. She is living up to her name, bringing mercy and hope into the lives of those who most desperately need it.● Emmanuel Khumalo, founder of Numbers Foundation in KwaMashu, Durban. “In November 2013, I launched Numbers Foundation, a non-profit organisation with the main objective of providing extra lesson tuition, fighting bullying and discrimination, and aimed at getting kids off the streets and into homes and back to school. We believe that education, shelter and love are important. My name is Emmanuel Khumalo, I am 18 years old and I live in KwaMashu, Durban and my story is of educational change. I am the founder and the president of Numbers Foundation, a foundation aimed at improving and changing our country.”● Trevor Knowlden, founder of Freewheelers Cycling Club in Steenberg, Cape Town. “[We use] the bicycle as a lure to keep youth away from drugs, substance abuse, and teenage pregnancy and growing the numbers of gangs… In 2004, I founded Freewheelers Cycling Club to provide a healthy alternative to youth of Steenberg in the Western Cape. We take youth from various surrounding communities on mountain biking and road cycling outings.”
Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#A-team#start Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts This is the first in a weekly series of interviews with venture capitalists. We chose True Ventures to kick off the series because it closed a Series A deal for Syncplicity in the dark days of October 2008, earning it a spot on our A-Team. When it closed a second Series A with Loopfuse in February 2009, it joined a very small contingent of VCs that have done two Series A deals since the financial meltdown.Listen to the InterviewDownload the MP3.True Ventures is a VC startup. It is small, scrappy, and willing to take on the big guys and question the status quo. You can listen below to the whole 24-minute interview with Phil Black (Partner) or just read the abstract here. If you plan on meeting with True Ventures (or indeed pitch to any VC), listening to the whole interview may be a good investment. Most of his points are well known; what is different is how True Ventures is acting on them.The Changing VC ModelQuestion: As the VC model changes — more singles, less out-of-the-park home runs — does that mean earlier profitability and that VCs must fund all the way to profitability?Phil pointed out that 85% to 90% of exits are trade sales, which has always been the case, and that the majority of companies exit between a range of $25 and $75 million. The outliers get all the press, but the bell curve is pretty standard. Exiting between $25 and $75 million is decent as long as you have not invested $40 million to do it. So the right formula is to invest less money in more capital-efficient ventures. Doing this is possible because of the lower costs of startups today, as a result of better platforms, outsourcing, and a capital-efficient mindset and management toolkit.As Phil put it, “It is possible that the VC model is geared towards the big, big wins, and that’s not the mainstream of what most entrepreneurs want today”. He stressed that entrepreneurs need to find a VC that will enable them to “raise the amount that he or she wants to raise based on the needs of their business, not on what the VC’s needs are”.Question: What is the exit for a smaller but profitable venture?Phil described two different types of exit valuations:Type A, based on a financial metric, such as a multiple of revenue or profit, where the acquisition can be accretive to earnings.Type B, based on the price at which the acquirer “does not want to lose the company” for some strategic reason. Current profit is neither necessary nor a primary consideration in this type of valuation.Type B valuations are higher, but buyers are scarcer, whereas Type A valuations always attract plenty of buyers. So it depends on your appetite for risk, which makes the answer to our next question interesting.Question: For a long time, there has been a difference in risk tolerance between the entrepreneur, who has only a few shots at success, and the VC, which has many shots. The entrepreneur probably has had to borrow money to get Series A funding, while the VC typically has less of its own money at stake. So the VC may have a higher appetite for risk than the entrepreneur. Do you see this changing, and how?True Ventures has clearly thought about this carefully. As Phil put it, “Alignment of interest is critical.” The VC does not want an early strong performer to exit too soon just because the entrepreneur needs some cash and security. The really big returns still come from the outliers and not the middle of the bell curve. But for the entrepreneur who has struggled for years and is not financially secure, a “few million dollars” is life-changing.When an entrepreneur is faced with an opportunity to exit, the decision is often between certainty (an acquisition offer) and uncertainty (the possibility of building a bigger business over time and getting more money later). Phil said that True Ventures’ aim is to offer both certainty and the opportunity to build a bigger business over time.“We have countered every acquisition offer with a term sheet for that entrepreneur, so that they have a firm alternative,” said Phil, adding, “By no means is it a requirement that they take it.”Scale First, Monetize LaterWe also asked Phil for his opinion of “scale first, monetize later” ventures such as Twitter. He pointed out that that model was “all the rage 10 years ago and had disastrous effects for a lot of the companies,” but that the model is okay as long as you “have some kind of framework with which you are going to monetize.”He quoted Toni Schneider, a Partner at True Ventures and CEO of Automaticc, “You have to be able to exercise that muscle.” Getting revenue early will lead you to more revenue opportunities, and you will get better at it.The example of forgoing early revenue that everybody cites nowadays is of Google resisting the temptation to put advertising on its home page. The lesson from that is not to delay revenue, but rather to choose the optimal revenue model for your business.Talking Their BookVCs have to hustle like the rest of us, and we want to give them a chance to promote one or two of their portfolio companies at the end of our interviews. The two that Phil chose to highlight are:TextDigger: feed your site into TextDigger and it will highlight the words you should be using to better promote your business online.LoopFuse: marketing automation using open source, from a team that includes both former JBoss and BEA executives.Listen to the InterviewDownload the MP3. bernard lunn 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
UnicodeSpecial agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) on Tuesday completed counting the counterfeit items seized in Laredo in June which totaled more than 181,000 items. HSI estimates the street value of the seized items at more than $42.9 million, which is HSI’s largest counterfeit seizure in Laredo, Texas.In mid-June 2018, HSI special agents conducted surveillance over a three-day period and observed boxes containing suspected counterfeit merchandise being moved. During the enforcement action, HSI discovered that all shipping labels on all the boxes depicted fictitious delivery addresses in Laredo. HSI confirmed the boxes contained counterfeit merchandise and detained the boxes. HSI eventually seized 795 boxes containing 181,615 pieces of trademark-infringed merchandise, which included many counterfeited brands, such as the following names: Adidas, Apple, Calvin Klein, Casio, Chanel, Coach, Diesel, Fendi, Gucci, Hugo Boss, LG, Luis Vuitton, Mark Kors, Nike, Rolex, Samsung, Sony, Under Armor, Yves St. Laurent; and DC and Marvel Comics.Through its investigation, HSI discovered that the Laredo-based criminal organization was the same organization that agents identified from a separate May 2018 counterfeit merchandise seizure. During the May 2018 seizure, HSI seized $16.1 million in trademark-infringed merchandise that was destined for illegal export to Mexico. Taken together, the two seizures represent $59 million in seized counterfeit merchandise, more than 260,000 pieces of garments, consumer electronics, cosmetics and jewelry. This HSI-led investigation is being assisted by U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Office of Field Operations, Mexican Customs and representatives from the trademark industry. To date, no criminal charges have been filed in this case. This investigation remains ongoing. Anyone with information about the sale of counterfeit items can submit a tip at IPRCenter.gov. Reports can also be made to the HSI tip line at 866.DHS-2-ICE. [Source: ICE Newsroom]- Sponsor – Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
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The 17th Teen Choice Awards threw its full support behind the hit series Empire, honored late Furious 7 star Paul Walker and paid homage to a respected elder: Britney Spears.The two-hour teen celebration, broadcast live Sunday night, kicked off with a victory lap for the weekend box-office hit Straight Outta Compton. Ice Cube and the young stars of the N.W.A biopic, which earned an estimated USD 56.1 million over the weekend, welcomed the young crowd to Los Angeles’ Galen Center.Michelle Rodriguez, Vin Diesel and Ludacris, of Furious 7 accept the choice movie: action/adventure award at the Teen Choice Awards. Picture courtesy: APChristopher Ludacris Bridges, the rapper and Furious 7 co-star, was one of three hosts, alongside Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez and actor Josh Peck. Bridges’ film, one of year’s biggest big-screen hits, was one of the night’s top winners, winning best action movie and best actor in an action-adventure for the late Paul Walker.”Paul Walker is here in spirit with us,” said Vin Diesel, a star in the street racing franchise. He applauded a “special, special” teen in the crowd: Walker’s daughter Meadow.The Teen Choice Awards spread awards across movies, music, TV, fashion, sports and digital media, celebrating the favorites – from Channing Tatum to Wiz Khalifa to Stephen Curry – of one of media’s most powerful demographics.Britney Spears, winner of the choice style icon award poses in the press room with her niece Lexi and her sons Sean and Jayden James at the Teen Choice Awards. Picture Courtesy: APAs a pop star, Spears was a regular at the Teen Choice Awards, collecting its trademark trophies – surfboards – many times over the years, including its version of a lifetime achievement award in 2009.advertisementOn Sunday, Spears, her blonde hair partially dyed blue and purple, was honored for being a style icon. She dedicated the award to her sons, Sean Preston and Jayden James, and niece Lexie, who were in the audience.The Teen Choice Awards’ new reigning powerhouse, One Direction, landed eight awards, bringing their “lifetime” total to 23. The British boy band, currently on tour, accepted the awards in a taped video.The hip-hop drama Empire won breakout TV show and provided one of the show’s most memorable moments. While Jussie Smollett and Yazz performed You’re So Beautiful, a song from the series, the show’s Gabourey Sidibe made a surprise cameo, exuberantly dancing among the back-up dancers.Jussie Smollett and Gabourey Sidibe of the Empire cast perform at the Teen Choice Awards. Picture courtesy: APEllen DeGeneres won for best comedian. Adding a Teen Choice Award to her People’s Choice Award, DeGeneres requested awards from other age groups: the elderly and babies.Ellen DeGeneres accepts the choice comedian award at the Teen Choice Awards. Picture courtesy: APSeveral awards went to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, including best actor in a sci-fi or fantasy for Josh Hutcherson. He reflected on the end of the franchise, with this fall’s Mockingjay, Part 2, like a coming graduation.”Hunger Games has been a huge part of my life for almost five years now. It’s coming to an end and it’s really sad,” said Hutcherson. “So if we want to cry together, we can do that because it breaks my heart.”
Despite losing the World Championships final in Jakarta on Sunday, ace Indian Saina Nehwal regained the top spot in women’s singles in the latest rankings of the Badminton World Federation (BWF) released on Thursday.BWF World Rankings – Womens Singles Top 10 pic.twitter.com/1iXivUZJ0u& Badminton Updates (@badindiaupdates) August 20, 2015 The 25-year-old Saina rose a place to overtake her conqueror in the summit clash, Carolina Marin of Spain, to once again be ranked No.1. The reigning World Champion dropped to No.2 while Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying overtook reigning Olympic champion Li Xuerui of China to be No.3.On the contrary, in spite of a quarterfinal finish last week, double World Championship bronze medallist P.V. Sindhu dropped a spot to be ranked No.14.Also read: Thought of quitting last yearAn early exit at the Worlds resulted in Kidambi Srikanth dropping a spot to No.4 in the men’s singles rankings as H.S. Prannoy retained the No.12 spot. However, 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Parupalli Kashyap jumped two places to be ranked No.8.Meanwhile, a quarterfinal finish in the Indonesian capital also helped Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa reach their career-best ranking of No.10 in women’s doubles. The 2011 World Championships bronze medallist have lately been in form, having won the Canada Open and reaching the final of the US Open.However, Manu Attri and B. Sumeeth Reddy dropped five places to be at No.22 in men’s doubles rankings.
Dr. Riley explained that during the National Innovation Awards that is held biennially, there are many outstanding and impressive inventions. Story Highlights Jamaicans are being encouraged to invest in their own ideas and products by Executive Director of the Scientific Research Council (SRC), Dr. Cliff Riley.“Growth will only come from people investing in our country and ensuring that we have good products that can stand the test of time,” Dr. Riley said, while speaking at the SRC’s Opportunity-quest today (may 25), at the Council’s Hope Road Offices.He said that Jamaicans are very creative people, but there is a fear among investors and innovators in Jamaica.“We have our products, but we fear investing in them. However, if Jamaicans should let go of this fear, once you show that your idea works, persons will jump on that wagon and you will get the support,” he said.Dr. Riley explained that during the National Innovation Awards that is held biennially, there are many outstanding and impressive inventions.However, years later these persons have yet to develop on their ideas, as they are trying to mass-produce.The Executive Director encouraged persons to start small, even if it is with just one product.He said that a main thrust for the SRC is promoting an evidence-based approach to product development.“Gone are the days when we just mix a bit of aloe-vera, some of this bush or that bush and we take it to market,” he said, adding that you must have evidence to support the claim.Dr. Riley said that Jamaica is in a position where “we are able to get scientific evidence through organisations such as the SRC that can support the claims of our parents and grandparents.”The Opportunity-quest event saw presenters highlighting the opportunities within the entire value chain of production of personal care products, including the supply of the raw materials to be used in formulations, effective product formulations, packaging and marketing, which are all services that can be offered by the SRC.Dr. Riley said that if the SRC is unable to conduct any of these activities directly, they have partners who will be able to assist.The event focused on Personal Care products and other natural remedies, which he said, is one of the fastest growing industries globally. Jamaicans are being encouraged to invest in their own ideas and products by Executive Director of the Scientific Research Council (SRC), Dr. Cliff Riley. “Growth will only come from people investing in our country and ensuring that we have good products that can stand the test of time,” Dr. Riley said, while speaking at the SRC’s Opportunity-quest today (may 25), at the Council’s Hope Road Offices.
New Delhi: The Delhi police on Thursday gave a clean chit to Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar in two complaints over his alleged derogatory remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and meeting with Pakistani officials here without following protocol.The police in its separate Action Taken Reports(ATR) sought dismissal of the two complaints filed against the former union minister by advocate and politician Ajay Agrawal. It told a court that mere uttering of a derogatory word without a more “overt act” against the prime minister does not constitute an offence of sedition against Aiyar. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”Mere uttering a derogatory word, without more overt act, against PM of India did not constitute an offence under section 124A (sedition) and 153 A (promoting enmity) of Indian Penal Code,” the police told Metropolitan Magistrate Vasundhara Azad. Aiyar was suspended by the Congress in a damage control exercise hours after he called Modi a ‘neech aadmi”(lowly person) on December 7, 2017, sparkinh a political storm ahead of the Gujarat Assembly polls. His suspension was revoked on August 18, 2018. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KIn criminal law, an overt act is the one that can be clearly proved by evidence and from which criminal intent can be inferred. The police also contended that even if Aiyar broke the protocol by hosting Pakistan officials, it does not attract any penal provision under the Indian Penal Code(IPC). “As far as the allegations of conspiring against India by these persons matter, the complainant is only assuming this and no such evidence has come on record to show conspiracy till now,” it added. Agrawal had filed a plea against Aiyar in 2017 for lodging a sedition case against Aiyar for allegedly using derogatory remarks against Prime Minister Modi and hosting a meeting with Pakistani officials. He alleged that the meeting posed a threat to national security. The court has put up the matter for further hearing on December 16. Agrawal said the meeting was held at the south Delhi residence of Aiyar and attended by the then Pakistan’s high commissioner and an ex-foreign minister of the neighbouring country among others. In his plea, Agrawal claimed that “derogatory” words were also used against Modi at the meeting held on December 6, 2017 which was also attended by former prime minister Manmohan Singh and ex-vice president Hamid Ansari. The petitioner has sought the court’s direction to the Delhi Police to book Aiyar and others present under conspiracy and sedition charges, and investigate the matter.