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Notes: Playoff changes for Champions Tour?

first_imgLOS ANGELES – The problem with a postseason bonus program in golf is making the system volatile enough to come down to the final tournament while rewarding the player with the best season. The PGA Tour Champions might have a solution for the Charles Schwab Cup. The tour is considering a proposal that would eliminate the reset going into the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, according to two people with knowledge of the plan. They spoke on condition of anonymity because it is still in the process of being approved. Bernhard Langer last year won seven times, including two majors and the first two playoff events. Kevin Sutherland won the final tournament, which enabled him to capture the Schwab Cup and the $1 million bonus. It was Sutherland’s first victory on the PGA Tour Champions. Much like the FedEx Cup on the PGA Tour, points are reset going into the last event so that all 36 players in the field have a mathematical chance to win the Cup, and the top five only have to win the tournament to claim the big bonus. But this wasn’t a response to Sutherland winning. What made officials rethink the playoff points system was that two players, Paul Goydos and Lee Janzen, had a reasonable chance on the last day to win the Schwab Cup even though they were outside the top 20 in the standings. That would have looked even more awkward in light of Langer’s big season. Tour officials pored through various models and proposed a system that would put greater emphasis on the playoffs and still keep the finale in doubt. The proposal is for points (each point is worth $1 in earnings) to be double for the first two playoff events, and points would be triple the value in the Charles Schwab Cup Championship. Langer, who tied for 12th in the final event last year, would have won the cup under that proposal. Langer’s season was so stellar that he would have won in just about any model that was considered. Under the proposal, it’s still possible that a player can wrap up the Schwab Cup before the final event. But looking over the last 10 years, it would be rare. The plan still has to be discussed among the players and go before the Player Advisory Council. The hope is to have the full board vote on it as early as next month. STRICKER’S SCHEDULE: Steve Stricker played in the penultimate group at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, three shots out of the lead until he was done in by consecutive double bogeys on the front nine. He closed with a 76 and finished 10 shots behind. He still can contend at age 50. He is a past champion at Riviera. And he has gone to Florida for the week to make his debut on the PGA Tour Champions. But he’ll be back. Stricker hopes to play as many as 15 times on the PGA Tour this year provided he can get into a major or two, even if he has to qualify. So much for that semi-retirement he talked about in 2013. ”The challenge is age more than anything,” he said. ”I still feel like I’m getting it out there. Some of the scoring clubs, I’m not as good as I used to be. I feel good. The body feels good. The back feels good.” Stricker said one reason he cut back was that his older daughter, Bobbi Maria, was in her final years of high school. It was the right time for him to be home. Plus, he didn’t want to burn out on golf before turning 50 and becoming eligible for the PGA Tour Champions. So it worked. Bobbi Maria is a sophomore at Wisconsin. His younger daughter and wife are traveling more. And he’s excited to play. ”The biggest thing is I want to be out here,” he said. ”I didn’t want to be like, ‘I’ve got to go play again’ and have it be a downer to be on the road. I wanted to be excited each and every time. And I am. When you’re excited to play, it shows up in your game.” CANTLAY’S PROGRESS: Patrick Cantlay returned to golf last year at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am after being gone for three years with a back injury. He tied for 48th and finished 16 shots out of the lead. One year later, he is a PGA Tour winner and among the top 40 players in the world rankings. But that’s not how he measures progress. ”It’s just feeling healthy all the time,” Cantlay said. ”In the last year, I can still see an upward tick in how I feel all the time, how strong I feel. I don’t get tired in the middle of rounds anymore. I feel good all the time. I didn’t know if I was going to get back to a spot like that.” Cantlay said it took him until last summer to get through a tournament where he wasn’t losing energy and a little focus. The back was fine, but the routine of tournament golf required some adjustments. ”I just wasn’t used to being engaged for six hours, walking, the whole deal,” he said. ”It’s something that you can get out of touch with if you’re taking as much time off as I did.” Any surprises? Winning in Vegas wasn’t one. Confidence has never been an issue with Cantlay. ”It’s just nice to wake up every day and feel like I can go out and do my best,” he said. DIVOTS: Ted Potter Jr. is nowhere to be found in the Ryder Cup standings, even though he earned 1,332 points for his victory at Pebble Beach. That should place him 10th in the standings. The reason? He is not a PGA of America member. Potter was out of golf for two years with a broken ankle and was on the Web.com Tour last year. It’s not unusual for PGA Tour players to forget to rejoin the PGA of America, and Potter’s points will be given retroactively when he joins. … Abraham Ancer had his best finish (tie for 9th) at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba, and now he can bank on another return to his native country. Ancer is No. 253 in the world, making him the highest-ranked player from Mexico. That will get him a spot in Mexico Championship next month. It will be his first World Golf Championship. … Tiger Woods still doesn’t know if he’s playing the Honda Classic next week. Woods said his feet were sore after Torrey Pines, and he wants to be sure if he can go at it as hard as he wants after only three days off between the Genesis Open and Honda Classic. STAT OF THE WEEK: Dustin Johnson and Jason Day each played their first full year on the PGA Tour in 2008. Last week at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, Johnson became the fifth player to surpass $50 million in career earnings. Day became the 15th player to go over $40 million. FINAL WORD: ”I love the golf course. I love the layout. It fits my eye. And I play awful. It’s very simple.” – Tiger Woods on Riviera, the course he has played the most times on the PGA Tour without winning.last_img read more

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CDC advises keeping unexpired H1N1 vaccine until fall

first_imgMar 25, 2010 (CIDRAP News) – States and vaccination providers should hang on to unexpired supplies of pandemic H1N1 influenza vaccine until the 2010-11 seasonal flu vaccine is available, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says.Much of the remaining vaccine supply expires in the next few months, but Sanofi Pasteur’s vaccine packaged in multi-dose vials is good until 2011, the CDC noted in a question-and-answer statement released yesterday afternoon.”Viable 2009 H1N1 Sanofi Pasteur MDV [multi-dose vial vaccine] should not be destroyed until 2010-11 seasonal vaccine (which will contain 2009 H1N1 strain) is widely available,” the CDC said. “It should be stored in the event there is a resurgence of disease before the 2010-11 vaccine is available.”The H1N1 vaccine will not be considered a substitute for the new seasonal vaccine, since the latter will contain H3N2 and influenza B strains along with the 2009 H1N1, the agency said.Concerning vaccine storage, the CDC advised, “Because providers may want to free up their refrigerator storage, states may choose to accept vaccine back from providers if vaccine viability and cold chain integrity can be assured.” It added that federal Public Health Emergency Response funds can be used to pay for storage until Jul 30.Expired or unused vaccine should not be sent back to McKesson Corp., which has served as the central distributor of H1N1 vaccine under a government contract, the notice said.The agency also recommended that state health departments specifically ask vaccination providers to keep their unexpired H1N1 doses as a reserve in case demand for the vaccine increases before the seasonal vaccine arrives. Providers should also be encouraged to keep vaccinating people who have conditions that put them at risk for severe H1N1 illness, officials said.See also: Mar 24 CDC noticehttp://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/vaccination/qa_longdated_vaccine.htmMar 24 CIDRAP News story “As H1N1 vaccinations taper, CDC lists changes in distribution”last_img read more

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A prayer for Bontas

first_imgSoraya Salie, chairperson of the Bonteheuwel Walking LadiesThis is our first small step towards peace in Bonteheuwel, and we pray that it will soon have a ripple effect in and around Bonteheuwel, Cape Town, South Africa and the entire world. World peace and peaceful change starts with me. We, the mothers of Bonteheuwel together with the mothers of the IWPG, as well as all mothers of the world, via our unconditional love and compassionate hearts, can bring about world peace, leaving behind a legacy of peace for our future generations.Lord, we pray that you ease our tasks for us, take care of all our affairs, shower us with your mercy, lead us towards righteousness and grant us to experience and to witness peace in our lifetime. If not in our lifetime, then at least in the lifetime of our future generations. Our Lord, you are the healer, acceptor and grantor of prayers. Please answer our prayers, Ameen.last_img read more

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Lawyers predict extension of bribery curbs to other economic crime

first_imgThe ‘failure to prevent’ offence created by the Bribery Act 2010 is likely to be extended to other forms of economic crime by any review of the act, lawyers predicted after peers described the act as an ‘exemplary piece of legislation’. However, in a post-legislative scrutiny report published last week, the House of Lords Bribery Act 2010 Committee recommended that ways should be found to speed up prosecutions under the act. It said the power to initiate prosecutions should not solely rest with heads of the Serious Fraud Office and Crown Prosecution Service. Louise Hodges, head of criminal litigation at criminal firm Kingsley Napley, said increased use of technology is likely to be part of the plans to speed up investigations but that a change in corporate criminal liability will ‘inevitably be identified’ as another method. Ann-Marie Ottaway, a solicitor at international firm Greenberg Traurig and specialist adviser to the committee, said: ‘While they didn’t make a recommendation the committee were clearly in favour of an extension [of the failure to prevent offence].’ She added that speeding up investigations is already on [SFO director] Lisa Osofsky’s ‘to do list’ and that requiring the SFO and CPS to publish plans should ensure ‘momentum is not lost’.Jonathan Pickworth, partner at international firm White & Case, said an extension is not necessarily a good thing, but the tide of opinion is such that the introduction of this new offence is almost inevitable.‘Everyone seems to have forgotten that the “failure to prevent bribery” offence was introduced because bribery was seen as a unique crime in the sense that the company benefited from the bribe,’ he said. ‘Now the opposite argument is being run – namely that if we have the offence for bribery, why not for other crimes too?’ The report follows nine months of evidence-gathering in which the committee interviewed lawyers, MPs and prosecuting agency officials.last_img read more

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