Time to raise red flag as Tiger skips Players

first_imgORLANDO, Fla. – It’s officially time to raise the red flag. Tiger Woods’ absence from last month’s WGC-Mexico Championship, where he played well last year in his course debut, was surprising but not earth-shattering. His decision to skip last week’s Honda Classic, held just minutes from his Florida home, didn’t register on the Richter scale.  Even his choice to pass on this week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational, where he has won eight times before, didn’t seem like reason to sound the alarm. Yes, agent Mark Steinberg’s inclusion of back stiffness as a factor in the decision seemed ominous, but Woods missed Bay Hill last year and captured a fifth green jacket a few weeks later. But his latest non-commitment, this time opting out of The Players just hours before the entry deadline because of lingering back concerns, raises an entirely new set of questions.   Since the calendar flipped to 2020, the focus has been on what Woods’ Masters prep might look like. Now there’s reason to wonder whether he’ll be ready for his Augusta National title defense at all. “Back just not ready,” Steinberg said in a statement to ESPN.com. “Not concerning long-term, just not ready.” Steinberg’s bullishness about Woods’ long-term prospects is understandable, but there is no hiding from the fact that something has seemingly gone awry. Woods himself has not spoken publicly about his health since the Genesis Invitational, where he finished last among the 68 players who made the cut. That weekend he seemed a shell of his former self, but he didn’t offer any indication that his health status would remain in jeopardy a month later. “I feel stiff, but I have weeks like that,” Woods said on Feb. 15. “Especially in the cold mornings like it was the other day. Don’t quite move as well, and that’s just kind of how it’s going to go.” When it comes to Woods, health expectations need to be calibrated appropriately. He’s now 44 years old, still essentially on borrowed time after back fusion surgery in 2017. He is not going to be able to play the ambitious schedule of a 25-year-old, nor should anyone expect him to do so. Golf Central Tiger to skip Players: ‘Back just not ready’ BY Randall Mell  — March 6, 2020 at 3:55 PM Tiger Woods is skipping the Players Championship next week. His agent, Mark Steinberg, told ESPN that Woods’ “back [is] just not ready.” But there’s a difference between playing it safe and not playing at all. Woods has spoken time and again about the importance of peaking for the Masters, having done so in such memorable fashion last year. But among the various strategies with which to approach Magnolia Lane, a two-month layoff doesn’t qualify as a recommended option. And at this point, that’s now in play for the reigning Masters champ. Last year, Woods made the quarterfinals of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play in his final start before Augusta, and the year before he was a runner-up at the Valspar Championship. While he could technically still enter either upcoming event, or both, as a Masters tune-up, it’s hard to envision that an injury that has kept him out of a series of high-profile tournaments over the last month might clear up overnight. Right now, no scenario is off the table – including the prospect that Woods may have already played his final competitive round before the Masters. “I knew he struggled a little bit in Australia on that Saturday, when he was going to play twice. And then I talked to him in L.A., and he wasn’t feeling all that great there,” said Steve Stricker, who played two rounds alongside Woods at Riviera. “But I thought a couple weeks off, especially not playing here, would get him back into a position where he could play. So yeah, it’s a bit of a shock that he’s not going to be playing next week as well.” Golf Central Begay: Tiger feels ‘ripple effect’ from busy 2019 BY Rex Hoggard  — March 5, 2020 at 11:05 AM Tiger Woods still has time to commit to next week’s Players, but Notah Begay painted a picture of continued uncertainty. Granted, Woods has been through this sort of situation before. He missed more than two months after withdrawing from Torrey Pines because of a back injury in 2015, only to return at Augusta National and finish a more-than-respectable 17th. His first start of 2010 came at the Masters, where he made his comeback from personal scandal under the brightest of spotlights and tied for fourth. But in neither of those instances was Woods returning amid the azaleas as the defending champion. After last year’s watershed victory, this year’s Masters was expected to be a celebration of both what he had accomplished and how far he had ventured to make it all happen. But now, as has so often been the case over the last decade, a cloud of injury hangs over perhaps the greatest golfer of all time. There’s still a chance that cloud could dissipate. There’s a chance that Woods’ injury isn’t serious, that there really is no reason for long-term concern. He could show up in Tampa in two weeks, or in Austin the week after, and show everyone that they had no real reason to worry. But with only scant information publicly available, his decision to skip the PGA Tour’s flagship event speaks volumes about the current state of his health. And with another Friday entry deadline in the rearview mirror, the level of concern is justifiably higher than at any point since he slipped into that green jacket 11 months ago.last_img read more

Early morning joggers report slew of silent attacks from above by Great Horned Owls

Photo credit Jim Kennedy. Used under a Creative Commons license.Prairie Village resident Joel Vogel was out for a jog near Cedar Drive and 86th Street in Prairie Village Monday morning around 6:30 a.m. when he felt a sharp pain.The attack had come out of no where. But as he looked up, he saw the wings of an owl flapping away.“I thought I was dying until I realized what had happened,” Vogel said. “You have no warning; they are completely silent.”Vogel said he had another close call with what he believes to be the same owl in the same neighborhood a few months ago. And he is not the only one to have felt the sting of an owl’s talons in recent days. One woman who lives in the neighborhood on the border between Mission and Overland Park said she’s been hit on the back of the head by an owl three times in the last month during her early morning runs in the vicinity of 67th Street and Nall.“Each time, the owl comes back and tries to hit again,” she said.It’s not the first time joggers in the area have reported the phenomenon. In 2016, a number of residents reported being struck from above by owls during early morning runs in Mission Hills and Prairie Village.Andrea Joslin, an outdoor education specialist at the Ernie Miller Park and Nature Center, said that such encounters are fairly common this time of year and are likely carried out by Great Horned Owls, the largest owl species in Johnson County.“Right now is prime mating season for the owls in our area,” Joslin said. “Our best guess is that it has to do with them being territorial during mating season.”She said some naturalists also theorize that joggers’ heads can look like prey to owls.“It could also be that joggers, especially women with hair in pony tails, could look like prey animals from above, like a squirrel,” she said.The owls are much more active during mating season than at other times of the year, so people will see and hear them in the early morning hours and the evening — not just at night. Moreover, because owls do not have many natural predators, they don’t have much fear of larger creatures.“Because they don’t have a lot of predators themselves, we will see them attack larger animals,” Joslin said. read more

Red Mass set for Tallahassee

first_img R ed Mass set for Tallahassee The Catholic Bishops of Florida will celebrate The Red Mass of the Holy Spirit at the Co-Cathedral of St. Thomas More on West Tennessee Street in Tallahassee on March 11 at 6 p.m.Mass participants will pray during the 2009 Legislative Session for divine inspiration and guidance for all those who serve in the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government and for members of the legal profession.Bishop Frank J. Dewane will deliver the homily. In past years, several hundred congregants, Catholic and non-Catholic, including leaders from all three branches of Florida state government, have been in attendance. The Mass is open to the public at no charge. A reception immediately follows at the Co-Cathedral Center.In Tallahassee, the Red Mass is scheduled annually during Catholic Days at the Capitol. Additional Red Masses are held throughout Florida and the U.S. at various times during the year. Red Mass set for Tallahassee March 1, 2009 Regular Newslast_img read more

When new parents become unhappy, brothers and sisters become less likely

first_imgEmail Share on Facebook Pinterest LinkedIn “Parents’ experience with and after the first birth help predict how large the family will be eventually,” says Mikko Myrskylä. “Politicians concerned about low birthrates should pay attention to the well-being of new parents around and after the birth of their first child.”Well-being after first birth matters: The percentage of parents who get another child after the first one grows larger for couples who experienced less loss in well-being in the year after their first child. Self-reported happiness has been measured in units from zero to ten (maximum happiness)In order to explore how the birth of the first child influenced parental happiness, the researchers made use of mother’s and father’s self-reported life satisfaction in the German Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP). Every year 20,000 participants assessed their contentedness with life on a scale from zero to ten (maximum well-being).After the first child mothers and fathers reported a loss of well-being that averaged to 1.4 units on the happiness scale. They felt this decline during the first year of parenthood compared to the two years before the birth. Only just under 30 percent of the participants did not feel any decline in well-being. And more than one third experienced a decline of two or more units of happiness.This is notable compared to what international studies find for unemployment or the death of the partner (both with an average loss of one happiness-unit) or for divorce (minus 0.6 units) on the same scale.Calculations done by Myrskylä and Margolis now show how strongly experiences made with the first child affect chances for a second. Only 58 out of one hundred couples who reported a drop in well-being of three units or more had a second child within ten years. But among parents who did not feel a reduction in happiness, 66 out of one hundred couples had another baby. Thus, the share of families with at least four members was almost 14 percent larger if happiness did not decline. These results are independent of income, place of birth, or marital status of the couples.center_img Share on Twitter Share Couples who perceive a drop in happiness in the first year after they became parents, have a lower probability of having a second child. A study by the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Rostock, Germany, has shown that the larger the loss in well-being, the smaller the probability of a second baby. The effect is especially strong for mothers and fathers who are well educated and older.The investigation deals with a taboo subject. It is rarely discussed that parents often experience a considerable loss of happiness after the birth of a first child. The new study shows that for mothers and fathers in Germany the drop in life satisfaction during the year following the first birth is even larger than that caused by unemployment, divorce or the death of a partner.These findings have now been published by Mikko Myrskylä, demographer and new director at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, and Rachel Margolis from the Sociology Department at the University of Western Ontario in the Journal Demography.last_img read more

Forty years on

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China continues to hit world shares

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Compressed Gas Association hosts Japanese delegation

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Swire orders second windfarm installation vessel

first_imgThe new vessel, Pacific Osprey, will be the same specification as Pacific Orca, currently under construction atSamsung and delivering in 2012. Pacific Osprey is scheduled to arrive in Europe in early 2013 and will be used for the installation of wind turbine generators for Dan Tysk Offshore Wind in the German North Sea. Pacific Orca, which was originally contracted by the Dan Tysk project, will be committed to another European project. The re-allocation of Pacific Orca and Pacific Osprey between projects provides the parties with a better alignment between the delivery dates of the vessels and the commencement of their initial contracts, says Swire.The Swire Blue Ocean windfarm installation vessel design focuses on safety, efficiency and reliability and will provide customers with a significantly improved operating weather window, claims swire. The advanced specification features a usable deck area in excess of 4,000 sq m, DP 2 station keeping, a 1200 tonne capacity crane, a total jackable weight of 8,400 tonnes and a transit speed of 13 knots. The vessel is well suited for the installation of both wind turbines and foundations.”Exercising the option to build our second Windfarm Installation Vessel is an important milestone for the company and underlines our commitment to the offshore wind industry”, Lars Blicher, general manager and director of Swire Blue Ocean, commented. “The industry, quite rightly, has high expectations of the levels of safety, efficiency and operating performance required from vessel owners as it moves towards increasingly challenging projects. We are fully focused on ensuring these objectives are met.” For more information, please contact Swire Blue Ocean A/S in Denmark, tel +45 7026 3133 – attention Ms Rikke V. Stoltz, Business Development Manager & Director, email [email protected] or visitwww.swireblueocean.comlast_img read more

Port of Indiana handles power plant cargoes

first_imgThe equipment is destined for the Indeck Niles Energy Center. The first shipment arrived onboard BBC Florida on June 29; the largest piece being shipped is a heat recovery steam generator, which weighs 613,000 pounds (268 tonnes) and measures 100 ft x 12 ft x 15 ft (30.5 m x 3.7 m x 4.6 m). “We have seen an uptick in large project cargo shipments this year for power plants and wind energy components, but the size and scope of this project makes it one of the largest shipments in our port’s 50-year history,” said port director Ian Hirt. The cargo is arriving on the vessels BBC Florida, Timgad, Freida, Calypso, BBC Mont Blanc, and BBC Greenland. Federal Marine Terminals (FMT), the port’s general cargo stevedore, will discharge the large project cargo from vessels and load the units onto 84-axle trucks. The cargo will then move to the port’s storage yard, before being transported by road to the natural gas power plant site in Niles. Construction at the power plant began in August 2019 and is expected to be in operation by March 2022. www.portsofindiana.com/burnsharbor/last_img read more

Sadarkah Selama ini Psikologi Anda Dimainkan di Bandara?

first_imgIlustrasi toko di bandara. Sumber: bbc.com Bagi sebagian orang, bandara kerap kali dinilai hanya sebagai tempat singgah sementara sebelum melanjutkan perjalanan dengan menggunakan pesawat, atau sebagai tempat kedatangan setelah mereka bepergian dari suatu kota. Kehadiran dari petugas pengamanan yang berlapis-lapis seolah tidak menjadi masalah bagi Anda mengingat tidak ada niatan lain selain mengudara, bukan? Namun bagi sebagian orang, sejatinya bandara merupakan salah satu tempat yang paling menjenuhkan karena terkesan ribet mengingat eksistensi dari petugas keamanan berlapis tadi dan skema perjalanan udara yang juga jauh lebih ribet ketimbang moda-moda lainnya.Baca Juga: Pamerkan Mock-Up 777X, Boeing Mainkan Sisi Psikologis PenumpangNamun tahukah Anda bahwa bandara dirancang sedemikian rupa untuk mempengaruhi psikologis para calon penumpang? Ya, normalnya, Anda akan menemukan beragam toko yang menjajakan penganan, hingga pernak-pernik khas daerah terkait setelah Anda melewati pos pengamanan pertama dan counter check-in. Seperti yang dilansir KabarPenumpang.com dari laman bbc.com (1/5), zona berbelanja ini disebut sebagai recomposure zone, dimana Anda bisa menyegarkan pikiran sejenak setelah berjibaku dengan ketatnya pengamanan di bandara. Tapi, kehadiran dari recomposure zone ini bukanlah momen perdana psikologis Anda ‘dimainkan’ oleh para perancang bandara.Sebelumnya juga Anda sudah ‘diarahkan’ oleh papan penunjuk yang akan mengantarkan Anda ke gerbang keberangkatan. Kehadiran dengan papan penunjuk jalan dengan ukuran yang besar dan jalan yang itu-itu saja juga ternyata diklaim memainkan psikologis penumpang, dimana seperti yang sudah disebutkan di atas, Anda seolah diarahkan oleh mereka.“Bandara yang sempurna akan menjadi tempat di mana Anda secara ‘natural’ akan dipandu oleh lingkungan,” ungkap Alejandro Puebla, perencana bandara senior di perusahaan teknik sipil Jacobs.Dengan kata lain, jika Anda salah jalan, maka besar kemungkinan Anda sempat melamun sehngga tidak memperhatikan tanda yang akan membimbing Anda semua.Baca Juga: Di Luar Regulasi, Manipulasi Psikologi Turut Campur Tangan di Perkeretaapian JepangSatu lagi permainan psikologis yang ada di bandara adalah terdapat lebih banyak jalan yang berbelok ke kanan daripada ke kiri. Ini dikarenakan populasi orang kidal tidaklah sebanyak orang normal (menggunakan tangan kanan), dan sejatinya orang akan lebih sering menengok ke kanan ketimbang ke kiri.Apakah selamaini Anda sadar bahwa psikologis Anda sudah dipermainkan oleh bandara?Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedYang Tabu Saat Anda Berada di Bandara06/04/2017In “Bandara”Duuh! Ini Dia 10 Bandara Terburuk di Dunia06/02/2017In “Bandara”Better Airport, Sistem Baru Atasi Antrean di Bandara Luton29/04/2017In “Bandara”last_img read more