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first_img Labour to launch inquiry into ‘shadow banking’ that funds anti-environment industries Labour is launching an inquiry into “shadow banking” in a bid to crack down on investment that fuels industries contributing to climate change. Share Tags: John McDonnell McDonnell said the review would cover commercial banks, investment banks, pension funds, hedge funds, private equity, asset managers, derivatives and securities traders and exchanges, and any other aspect of the finance sector of relevance. LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 01: Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell talks with journalists in Trafalgar Square after speaking to Union members as they take part in the Labour Day March on May 1, 2019 in London, England. The Labour Day March through central London coincides with International Workers Day and campaigns for workers rights and the introduction of a public holiday on May 1. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images) McDonnell praised the actions of the Extinction Rebellion protestors who brought parts of London to a standstill in April as they sought to highlight the impact of climate change. In his speech, McDonnell said a Labour government would intervene in the financial sector to stop institutions from “actively contributing to planetary heating or exposing our economy to financial instability.” whatsapp He added: “Today I am launching an independent inquiry into the role and activities of shadow banking in our economy to examine what state intervention may be required to increase the transparency and accountability of this sector to ensure it plays its full role in addressing the climate change emergency that we face.” Shadow chancellor John McDonnell announced the the investigation in a speech to UK Finance on Monday as he talked up Labour’s green credentials. Monday 24 June 2019 11:58 am whatsapp Owen Bennett last_img read more

first_img Tags: NULL Delays to Kings Cross train services after London Fire Brigade investigates reports of smoke – as Bank Holiday getaway begins Show Comments ▼ There were delays of up to 30 minutes to trains in and out of Kings Cross Station, after the station was re-opened after it was evacuated just as the evening rush hour began.Earlier this afternoon, the London Fire Brigade said it was investigating reports of smoke coming from the building, but crews left shortly after their arrival. However, National Rail said disruption to First Hull, Grand Central, Great Northern and Virgin East Coast trains were likely to continue until “at least” 5pm – just as the great Bank Holiday getaway began.”There is no firm estimate of how long disruption will last,” it added. Twitter users posted pictures of hundreds of passengers lingering outside the station.The news came hours after hundreds of passengers were evacuated from Victoria Station this morning, thanks to another fire alert.  Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekUndoPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunUndoEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorUndoTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island FarmUndoTotal PastThis Was Found Hiding In An Oil Painting – Take A Closer LookTotal PastUndoCompressaWhy Physical Therapists Are Recommending This Knee SleeveCompressaUndoautooverload.comTotally Uncool Kitchen Ideas Boomers Still Loveautooverload.comUndoMortgage FanaticHe Was The Smartest Man Who Ever Lived – But He Led A Miserable LifeMortgage FanaticUndoRest WowCouple Makes A Bet: No Eating Out, No Alcohol, No Cheat Meals. A Year…Rest WowUndo Friday 22 May 2015 11:20 am Emma Haslett whatsapp Share whatsapplast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments AdvertisementSchnellenberger brought Miami into the national spotlight, turning around a program that finished the 1979 season at 5-6 to a powerhouse that finished the 1983 season at 11-1 and a national championship, CNN reports.“The loss of Coach Schnellenberger is immeasurable in so many ways for the University of Miami family,” Blake James, director of athletics at the University of Miami, said in a statement. “He helped our University grow during a critical period of time and established a foundation for future success, on the football field and off. He will be remembered as so much more than a coach. Our thoughts are with his family, friends, former colleagues and players. He will forever be a Hurricane.”Schnellenberger left Miami after the 1983 championship season with a 41-16 record. The Hurricanes would go on to win four more national titles — in 1987, 1989, 1991 and 2001. In this Dec. 23, 2014 photo, former Florida Atlantic and Miami head coach, Howard Schnellenberger holds the game balls prior to the start of the Boca Raton Bowl NCAA college football game between Marshall and Northern Illinois at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Fla. Schnellenberger, who coached Miami to the 1983 national championship and built programs at Louisville and Florida Atlantic, died Saturday, March 27, 2021, at the age of 87, Florida Atlantic announced. (AP Photo/Joel Auerbach) Advertisement NCAA recruiting dead period expires June 7, 2021 Gov. DeSantis signs bill barring transgender females from women’s sports June 2, 2021 RELATEDTOPICScenter_img “Without him, there is no Miami Football. Howard Schnellenberger leaves behind a legacy more impactful than he’ll ever know. Our thoughts are with his family and friends,” the school’s football program tweeted Saturday.Schnellenberger went on to coach the Louisville Cardinals, Oklahoma Sooners and Florida Atlantic Owls.The University of Louisville football program wrote on Twitter Saturday, “The impact he had as a coach at Louisville & on the game of football is immeasurable.”The Oklahoma Sooners added, “The OU family joins in mourning the loss of former head coach Howard Schellenberger.”Florida Atlantic said just one word: “Legend.”Schnellenberger retired from coaching in 2011 with a career record of 158-151-3 and 6-0 in bowl games. He coached seven National Football Playoffs games. He also served as offensive coordinator under head coach Don Shula for the 1973 Super Bowl champion Miami Dolphins.In January, he received Bear Bryant Lifetime Achievement Award, which “recognizes the career accomplishments of college’s finest football coaches.”The-CNN-Wire™ & © 2021 Cable News Network, Inc., a WarnerMedia Company. All rights reserved. AdvertisementTags: footballsportsUniversity of Miami Everblades sign Naples native for playoff run May 24, 2021 Advertisement Howard Schnellenberger, the legendary football coach who led the University of Miami Hurricanes to national prominence after winning the school’s first national title, has died.Schnellenberger passed away on Saturday at age 87, his family announced through Florida Atlantic University.“Howard always allowed me to be a part of his football life,” Beverlee Schnellenberger, who was married to the coach for 61 years, said in the release. “Watching him on the sidelines was an opportunity that gave us a special closeness — win or lose — that not many wives get. Even though he never smiled, he was always smiling in his heart. We loved all the moves and challenges.”“I will miss his warm heart, his warm hands and soft kisses. Howard always treated me special, like a queen, and was truly a husband that every Canadian girl dreams of,” she added. “You will always be my love, now and forever. I’m proud to be your wife. You were a great leader of men and the leader of our lives.” Inaugural Zach Martin memorial game held at Dunbar June 1, 2021last_img read more

first_img Keywords Life insurance Megan Harman Share this article and your comments with peers on social media BMO Insurance offers new option on whole life plans Under the changes, clients who have had non-aggressive cancers such as thyroid cancer, bone cancer, liver cancer, bladder cancer, kidney cancer or colon cancer can now qualify for up to $500,000 in coverage in cases in which it has been more than one year since all treatment has been completed and clients are deemed to be in remission. In addition, clients aged 55 or older who have had coronary artery disease, such as heart attack, bypass surgery or stent insertion, can qualify for up to $500,000 in coverage in cases in which it has been more than two years since they’ve been diagnosed, received treatment or had surgery. Clients with multiple sclerosis can also now qualify for coverage up to $500,000, with a better rate class. CPP also announced that cigar smokers will now be classified as non-smokers, as well as marijuana users who light up to four times a week. The changes will result in “the ability to cover more health conditions,” as well as “lower rates and higher coverage amounts,” says Michael Aziz, senior vice president of sales at CPP, in a statement. Photo copyright: flytnt/123RF Related news Equitable Bank expands CSV line of credit suite Toronto-based Canada Protection Plan Inc. (CPP) has changed the qualification parameters on its simplified issue life insurance products to enable clients with certain health problems to get more coverage. CPP, which specializes in life insurance for clients who are difficult to insure, has announced changes to the eligibility criteria on its suite of no medical and simplified issue products. The products provide coverage for clients with serious conditions such as diabetes, cancer, epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease, and are typically underwritten on the basis of a few medical questions. Insurers experiencing big drop in sales this year Coverage increases for 2 Canada Protection Plan life insurance policies Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgHighways England new non-executive director appointed Lawrence will take up his post on 1 April and brings with him a wealth of leadership experience from a career centred on asset management, capital delivery and operations, primarily in the utilities sector. He is currently Director of Strategy and Asset Management at Southern Water.He has a wide range of experience in managing large scale infrastructure and complex transformation programmes, creating alliances and shaping multi-billion capital investment programmes.Announcing his appointment, Highways England Chairman Dipesh J Shah said:I am delighted to welcome Lawrence to the Board. Now, more than ever, our infrastructure schemes have an important and perhaps unique role to play in helping our economy to recover. Lawrence’s extensive experience will help us on our journey to transform how we work with our supply chain, how we deliver our net zero carbon and how we realise our digitalisation ambitions. His commitment to diversity and championing women in engineering and construction, will help us continue to build an inclusive and diverse business.Speaking of his appointment, Lawrence said:I am delighted to be joining the Board at such an exciting time. Highways England has an important role to play in helping the economy to recover in a post-Covid and Brexit environment. We have an opportunity to engage with our customers about all our exciting future plans. I am looking forward to seeing how we can connect our customers with the great things we do including how digital technology will improve our road networks. I am also looking forward to helping the Board and the business work with our supply chain to meet these exciting challenges.General enquiriesMembers of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000. /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:asset management, Brexit, business, career, digital, director, Economy, Engineering, environment, Government, infrastructure, Investment, Lawrence, leadership, southern, supply chain, technology, UK, UK Governmentlast_img read more

first_img Published: May 17, 2021 • By Kelsey Simpkins Whether it’s plankton exposed to parasites or people exposed to pathogens, a host’s initial immune response plays an integral role in determining whether infection occurs and to what degree it spreads within a population, new CU Boulder research suggests.The findings, published May 13 in The American Naturalist, provide valuable insight for understanding and preventing the transmission of disease within and between animal species. From parasitic flatworms transmitted by snails into humans in developing nations, to zoonotic spillover events from mammals and insects to humans—which have caused global pandemics like COVID-19 and West Nile virus—an infected creature’s immune response is a vital variable to consider in calculating what happens next.    “One of the biggest patterns that we’re seeing in disease ecology and epidemiology is the fact that not all hosts are equal,” said Tara Stewart Merrill, lead author of the paper and a postdoctoral fellow in ecology. “In infectious disease research, we want to build host immunity into our understanding of how disease spreads.”  Invertebrates are common vectors for disease, which means they can transmit infectious pathogens between humans or from animals to humans. Vector-borne diseases, like malaria, account for almost 20% of all infectious diseases worldwide and are responsible for more than 700,000 deaths each year.Yet epidemiological studies have rarely considered invertebrate immunity and recovery in creatures that are vectors for human disease. They assume that once exposed to a pathogen, the invertebrate host will become infected. But what if it was possible for invertebrates to fight off these diseases, and break the link in the chain that passes them on to humans?While observing a tiny species of zooplankton (Daphnia dentifera) throughout its lifecycle and exposure to a fungal parasite (Metschnikowia bicuspidata), the researchers saw this potential in action. Some of the plankton were good at stopping fungal spores from entering their bodies, and others cleared the infection within a limited window of time after ingesting the spores.“Our results show that there are several defenses that invertebrates can use to reduce the likelihood of infection, and that we really need to understand those immune defenses to understand infection patterns,” said Stewart Merrill. Unexpected recovery  Daphnia. (Credit: Tara Stewart Merrill)  Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mailcenter_img Stewart Merrill started this work in her first year as a doctoral student at the University of Illinois, studying this little plankton and its collection of defenses. It’s a gruesome process if the plankton fails to ward off the parasite: Its fungal spores attack the plankton’s gut, fill its body and grow until they are released when the host finally dies. But she noticed something that had not been recorded before: Some of the doomed plankton recovered. Several years later, she has found that when faced with identical levels of exposure, the success or failure of these infections depends on the strength of the host’s internal defenses during this early limited window of opportunity. Based on their observations of these individual outcomes, the researchers developed a simple probabilistic model for measuring host immunity that can be applied across wildlife systems, with important applications for diseases transmitted to humans by invertebrates.  “When immune responses are good, they act as a filter that reduces transmission,” said Stewart Merrill. “But any environmental change that degrades immunity can actually amplify transmission, because it will let all of that exposure go through and ultimately become infectious.” It’s a model that can also apply to COVID-19, as research from CU Boulder has shown that not all hosts are the same in transmitting the coronavirus, and exposure does not directly determine infection.  COVID-19 is also believed to be the result of a zoonotic spillover, an infection that moved from animals into people, and similar probabilistic models could be advantageous in predicting the occurrence and spread of future spillover events, said Stewart Merrill. Understanding prevention of infection Stewart Merrill hopes that a better understanding of infections in a simple animal like plankton can be applied more broadly to invertebrates that matter for human health. In Africa, Southeast Asia, as well as South and Central America, 200 million people suffer from infections caused by schistosomes—invertebrates more commonly known as parasitic flatworms. They cause illness and death, and significant economic and public health consequences, so much so that the World Health Organization considers them the second-most socioeconomically devastating parasitic disease after malaria. They’re just one of many neglected tropical diseases transmitted to people by invertebrate hosts such as snails, mosquitoes and biting flies. These diseases infect a large portion of a population but occur in areas with low levels of sanitation that don’t have the economic resources to address those diseases, said Stewart Merrill. Schistosomes live in freshwater environments that people use for their drinking water, laundry and bathing. So even though there are treatments, the next day a person can easily get reinfected just by accessing the water they need. By better understanding how the flatworms themselves succumb to or fight off infection, scientists like Stewart Merrill help us get closer to stopping the chain of transmission into humans. “We really need to work on understanding prevention of infection, and what that risk is in those aquatic systems, rather than just cures for infection,” she said. The good news is we can learn from the same invertebrates which infect us. In invertebrate hosts that suffer or die from their infections, there is a good incentive to learn how to build an immune response and fight it off. Some snails have even shown the ability to retain an immunological memory: If they get infected once and survive, then they might never get infected again. “If we can better understand how the environment shapes those defenses, we could predict into the future how environmental changes might amplify or suppress risk of transmission to people,” said Stewart Merrill. Additional authors on this paper include Zoi Rapti and Carla Cáceres at the University of Illinois. Categories:Health & SocietyEnvironmentNews Headlines Tara Stewart Merrill. (Credit: Loren Merrill) last_img read more

first_img TAGSAuction Napa ValleyNapaNapa Valley Vintners Pinterest Email Previous article2018 Winesong Announces Dan Duckhorn as Honored Vintner & Tom Rodrigues as Artist of the YearNext article3 Badge Beverage Corporation Adds Unoaked Chardonnay to Plungerhead Line of Wines Press Release AdvertisementIn times both ordinary and extraordinary, Auction proceeds provide critical support for community health, children’s education and disaster relief3/15/2018 – Tickets are now available for the 38th annual Auction Napa Valley, the American Wine Classic. Hosted by the Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) nonprofit association to raise funds for community health and children’s education, this year’s Auction Napa Valley takes place May 31-June 2, 2018. Details, including ticket package options, can be found at Napa Valley offers unparalleled wine and food experiences, including:Thursday evening: Vintner Welcome Parties showcasing Napa Valley’s relaxed, down-to-earth side.Friday: The Napa Valley Barrel Auction to be held at the historic Charles Krug estate, where guests have the unique experience of tasting and bidding on 100 different wines—directly from the barrel— with the winemakers who’ve made them. Outside on the tree-shaded grounds, guests will stroll a food and wine pathway depicting the charming villages of Napa Valley.Friday evening: Vintner-Hosted Dinners in intimate settings with noted Napa Valley winery owners opening their homes and private cellars for elegant dinners crafted by some of the country’s most regarded chefs.Saturday afternoon and evening: The crescendo of the weekend, the Live Auction Celebration at Meadowood Napa Valley. This is the big show under the big tent where bidders vie for Napa Valley’s finest wines, far-flung adventures and treasures of the rarest kind. Once the last gavel falls, guests will enjoy an Italian-inspired dinner by one of San Francisco’s most beloved chefs, Nancy Oakes of Boulevard. Dancing under stars will follow.New this year: An After Party at three-Michelin-starred Chef Christopher Kostow and James Beard Award winner Nathaniel Dorn’s new restaurant, The Charter Oak.Auction Napa Valley tickets are limited and typically sell out. Six package options are available at VIP Auction Napa Valley ExperienceThe Complete Auction Napa Valley ExperienceSaturday Live Auction CelebrationA Taste of Auction Napa ValleyNapa Valley Barrel AuctionThe After PartyTo date, the NVV has invested $180 million in children’s education and community health in Napa County, including a $10 million lead grant toward establishing the Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund, especially critical during last fall’s wildfires. In the last year alone, proceeds from Auction Napa Valley contributed to the wellbeing of more than 100,000 clients of Napa County nonprofits receiving funding, including OLE Health serving as the primary care provider for one in six residents, every child in Napa County having access to health insurance and more children entering kindergarten ready to learn.About Auction Napa Valley Since 1981, Auction Napa Valley, the Napa Valley Vintners’ (NVV) annual community fundraiser, has utilized the worldwide reputation of Napa Valley wines and the scenic beauty of the region to enhance the health and wellbeing of the Napa County community. To date, the NVV has invested $180 million from Auction Napa Valley proceeds in local nonprofit organizations. Learn more at About the Napa Valley VintnersThe Napa Valley Vintners nonprofit association has been cultivating excellence since 1944 by inspiring its 550 members to consistently produce wines of the highest quality, to provide environmental leadership and to care for the extraordinary place they call home. Learn more at Advertisement Twitter Share Facebook Home Industry News Releases Auction Napa Valley 2018 Tickets Now on SaleIndustry News ReleasesWine BusinessAuction Napa Valley 2018 Tickets Now on SaleBy Press Release – March 15, 2018 56 0 ReddIt Linkedinlast_img read more

first_imgRelatedNBTS Gets Bus to Boost Blood Collection FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The National Council for Senior Citizens (NCSC) will be staging its 8th Regional Men’s Health Day Seminar on Thursday, June 20, at the St. Andrew Parish Church Hall, 16 Ellesmere Road, in Kingston.The event, which gets underway at 10:00 a.m., will focus on hypertension, its possible causes, preventive measures, coping mechanisms and family life.Programme Organizer for Health at the NCSC, Mrs. Cassandra Morrison, said that the objective is to encourage senior citizens to adopt a healthy lifestyle, thereby enabling longer life.She informed that additional information will be provided on proper nutrition, self- care, physical activity, diabetes, and other life threatening diseases.“Many senior citizens, especially men, often times do not pay keen attention to their inner health, so we want to seize this opportunity to educate them about the benefits of living a healthy life, which involves proper nutrition, exercising, lowering salt content in food, which reduces the risk of hypertension,” Mrs. Morrison said.She told JIS News that several specialists will also be making presentations on different health topics, as well as offering professional services to the seniors. Some of the specialists include: cardiologists, cosmetologists, nutritionists and pharmacists.“We will be placing special emphasis on self-help care practices, particularly the hair and the nails, because a lot of seniors who are hypertensive are living with diabetes, and when you have diabetes, you have to be careful about how you deal with your nails, as it relates to grooming,” she explained.Mrs. Morrison informed that the symposium will provide a forum for senior citizens, particularly men, to be more educated about measures they can use to take great care of their health, with special attention on proper nutrition.“Our aim is to change the mindset of most of our seniors to start eating in variety and moderation. We want them to make actual changes, as it relates to improving their health, so that they can enjoy their family life more meaningfully,” she said.Mrs. Morrison is urging the public to come out and participate in the day’s activity. Women are specially invited to support the males by attending the symposium, primarily because “they sometimes play an integral role in their lives, in the capacity of food preparation and grooming,” she said.Participating organisations include: Ministry of Labour and Social Security (MLSS), HEART Trust/NTA, Eyeland Eyewear, Coconut Industry Board (CIB), Seven Seas and National Health Fund (NHF).Jamaica has been celebrating Men’s Health Day since 2006.By: Jeneva Gordon Advertisements NCSC Staging Men’s Health Day Seminar June 20 Health & WellnessJune 19, 2013Written by: Jeneva Gordoncenter_img RelatedStudents Receive Scholarships to Study Medicine in Cuba RelatedECG Machines Donated to St. Ann’s Bay Hospitallast_img read more

first_imgOpinions rain down today like a deluge of arrows. With so many tweets and blogs and so much talk-radio and TV blather, sometimes it seems as if we’re navigating through a fog of bombast. The world has never been noisier. So we welcome those voices incisive enough to pierce the murk. We value analysis that makes sense. We appreciate smart, unvarnished truth cutting through all the crap. And it’s a real bonus when it’s coming from athletes themselves. Who knew Pat Perez would become one of those voices as a radio talk show host? Perez’s take on Tiger Woods’ predicament withdrawing from the Genesis Open and the Honda Classic made a lot of headlines last week. While this isn’t all that Perez said about Tiger, here’s one of the stronger perspectives replayed from Perez’s SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio Show: “He knows he can’t beat anybody. But what he does, he’s got this new corporation that he’s started so he’s got to keep his name relevant to keep the corporation going. So he’s going to show up to a few events, he’s going to try to play, he’s going to show . . . the Monster bag, he’s going to show the TaylorMade driver, he’s going to get on TV. He’s got the Nike clothes. He’s got to keep that stuff relevant.” There’s insightful context in that. Yes, it is opinion, but it’s insight from a PGA Tour pro who likes and respects Tiger and has been playing against him since they were juniors. If Perez’s take is not dead on, he at least frames the external pressures Woods is likely facing, and he does so in real, practical terms. It’s not, as Brandel Chamblee wrote Sunday in another space on this website, that golf needs an infusion of honesty. It’s not that the sport needs players to be as brash and colorful as Crash Davis or that it needs athletes to be able to explain their genius. It’s just a damn delight when they aren’t Nuke LaLoosh, and it’s good for the sport when they can explain their genius. It’s a bonus. And who says it is fantasy to expect players to be able to do that? We’ve had that for a long time in Phil Mickelson. We’ve also got it now in Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day. Perez also showed up last week as a bonus. Woods’ fans acted as if Perez launched a personal assault. So much so that Perez felt the need to clarify his remarks, to explain that he’s usually the guy who defends Woods. Perez wasn’t talking about immigration policy or Russian manipulation of elections. He was talking golf. It’s sport, entertainment, and Perez’s insight adds to our understanding of what Woods may be facing. Perez broadens and deepens the context of Woods’ last chapter as a player. Perez’s words strengthen the storytelling, and that’s good for the game. Why bring athletes into the media center if the nature of their opinions don’t really matter? Why set up interviews if storytelling doesn’t fuel interest in the game? And I didn’t hear hypocrisy in Perez saying Woods may be playing to keep his brand relevant, because I never heard Perez say he wouldn’t do the same thing given the same circumstances. Anyone who thought Perez was too harsh is probably fearful of how Tiger’s reacting, and that is what made Perez’s opinion all the more admirable. There was no fear holding Perez back, and that’s why I wish Perez hadn’t bothered trying to clarify what he said. Fear stifles truth in this business. What Perez said about corporate complications is understood in the golf world as a potential issue in how Woods progresses from here, but Perez was the guy with the nerve to say it. Did Tiger withdraw in Dubai because he knew he couldn’t beat anybody after shooting 77? It’s pretty clear it was all about the pain, and also the knowing he can’t win trying to beat anyone when his back’s not right. Perez may not always hit the target with his arrows in his radio show, but here’s hoping he doesn’t put his quiver away. I like his aim.last_img read more

first_imgBILLINGS – The U.S. Postal Service plans to consolidate operations in Montana in an effort to save money by moving some mail processing duties in four cities.Officials announced Friday that Miles City mail will be processed in Billings by October, and that mail in Butte, Helena and Havre will be processed in Great Falls by January.Post Office spokesman Al J. DeSarro tells the Billings Gazette that processing mail in Billings will save $95,000 in transportation and handling.He says the Miles City sorter will be offered another job with the Postal Service.The Postal Service has seen a 20 percent drop in mail volume since 2007. Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox.last_img read more

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