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Business secretary Sajid Javid defends “regressive” Budget on Marr

Business secretary Sajid Javid defends “regressive” Budget on Marr

first_imgSunday 12 July 2015 8:00 am whatsapp Share Lynsey Barber Business secretary Sajid Javid defends “regressive” Budget on Marr Business secretary Sajid Javid has defended criticism of the government’s Budget as regressive, following an analysis by the Institue of Fiscal Studies, concluding it was “not the Budget of a tax reforming chancellor”.”As in every Budget, there will be some losers and some winners,” said Javid, responding to questioning on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show. “This is not a regressive Budget. It’s a Budget when taken together, it will ensure the richest make the biggest contribution… and that we continue to have a growing economy that creates jobs from which everyone will benefit,” he said.This is a Budget, like the others since 2010, we’ve made sure it’s the richest in society that make the biggest contributions, One of the numbers published in this Budget, for example, the richest one per cent are going to pay 27 per cent of total income tax. I think that’s fairness. So it is a fair, well-balanced Budget which ensures that the economic recovery continues and that’s what working people want to see.Crunching the numbers after the Budget, the IFS claims 13m families will be £260 worse off each year due to the changes in tax and benefits, three million of whom will lose on average £1,000 every year because of tax credit changes.There were other things announced in the Budget such as the personal income tax allowance, a further tax cut for working people, which actually taken together with the allowance from 2010, means £900 more for the typical working family. So if you take someone who’s working today, full-time, on the national minimum wage, and you take into account all the changes we announced in this Budget they will be better off by 2020.He also said that the introduction of the living wage would come with a £4bn price tag for businesses. “By 2020 it will probably cost businesses around that amount,” said Javid.Watch the interview below. center_img whatsapp Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoInvestment GuruRemember Cote De Pablo? Take A Deep Breath Before You See Her NowInvestment GuruUndoSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictUndoMaternity 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 FunUndoForbesThese 10 Colleges Have Produced The Most Billionaire AlumniForbesUndoComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyUndoGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday NewsUndozenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comUndo More From Our Partners Astounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.com Show Comments ▼ Tags: July Budget 2015 People Sajid Javidlast_img read more

In Pictures: Night of celebration at Annanough GAA Dinner Dance

In Pictures: Night of celebration at Annanough GAA Dinner Dance

first_imgHome Lifestyle In Pictures: Night of celebration at Annanough GAA Dinner Dance LifestyleOut and About TAGS1978Annanough WhatsApp SEE ALSO – Syrian families due to be housed in Laois this year New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Council RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic year Community Facebook Facebook Pinterestcenter_img There was a real joyous atmosphere at the Annanough GAA Dinner Dance in the Midlands Park Hotel on Saturday as the club celebrated winning the Laois JFC title last year and also marked the 40th anniversary of winning the Laois intermediate championship in 1978.Over 200 people attended the function with the celebrations carrying on into the early hours.Annanough won the Laois junior title last September when they beat O’Dempsey’s in the final, ending a 40-year wait for silverware that stretched back to their 1978 intermediate win over Park.An impressive video telling the story of the club’s success – put together by current goalkeeper Sean Hennessy – was played on the big screen and set the tone for the evening.Laois manager John Sugrue was on hand to present the medals to the 2018 players while a presentation was also made to the 1978 team by Robert Miller (Rathmore) who was chairman of the club at that time.Current chairman Joe Oakley addressed the gathering and praised the massive contribution made by both groups of players and also paid special tribute to the organizers of the night, chiefly club treasurer Kathleen Donlon and secretary Clare Coleman.MC for the event was Steven Miller from LaoisToday, a former player with the club. He introduced the players from both teams while a presentation was also made to Colin Miller and Eddie Kinsella who were over last year’s team.The trainer of the 1978 team – Brother Sean Tobin – was a special guest on the evening, traveling from Dun Laoighaire to be present.A native of the Glen of Aherlow in Tipperary he was a Christian Brother in Athy when he was over Annanough and also worked in Tralee, Wexford and in inner city Dublin.Also present on the night was Oliver Deegan, a selector on the 1978 team. Tom Luttrell and John McGlynn, both now deceased, were also selectors at that time.John Sugrue addressed the crowd and recalled his first time playing for his adopted Park-Ratheniska, which was against Annanough, a game he suffered a serious facial injury following a collision with one of his team-mates!The party atmosphere carried on long into the night – but the 2019 season is just around the corner.Annanough host Barrowhouse in the opening round of ACFL Division 2 this coming Sunday.We captured a selection of image from a great night. WhatsApp Twitter Community In Pictures: Night of celebration at Annanough GAA Dinner Dance Previous articleSyrian families due to be housed in Laois this yearNext articleHeidi Higgins: ‘My advice? Enter IBYE today!’ LaoisToday Reporter Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Twitter By LaoisToday Reporter – 25th February 2019 Pinterestlast_img read more

IOSCO slims down

IOSCO slims down

The new board will hold its inaugural meeting on May 17, and at that time, the 32 members of the new board are expected to appoint a new chair and vice-chairs for the duration of the two-year transitional period. Additionally, during the conference, IOSCO members have been discussing the need for alternative sources of financing, including the possible creation of a foundation. It says that new funding would go towards expanding services to its members, including technical assistance, education and training, and research on global securities market issues. A substantial portion of that funding would be earmarked for capacity building in emerging markets, it adds. And, a task force has therefore been formed to define the role of the emerging markets committee within the new IOSCO architecture. The public sessions at the conference focus on financial market infrastructures and market integrity, capital markets development in emerging markets, and regulation of commodity futures and financial derivatives. The next IOSCO annual conference is slated for Luxembourg in September 2013. James Langton The umbrella group of global securities regulators, the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO), is streamlining its structure. At its annual conference in Beijing Wednesday, IOSCO announced that a transitional board was created to absorb the functions of its executive committee; its key policymaking body, known as the Technical Committee; and its emerging markets committee. The group said that the merger of these committees streamlines its governance structure and decision-making process. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Companies International Organization of Securities Commissions read more

“No predetermined path” for interest rates: Poloz

“No predetermined path” for interest rates: Poloz

first_img Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Related news Keywords Interest ratesCompanies Bank of Canada Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Fed warns U.S. financial system remains vulnerable There is no prearranged route for further interest-rate hikes from the Bank of Canada, governor Stephen Poloz insisted Wednesday as he signalled the bank would be taking a more cautious approach to any future increases. The central bank raised rates twice over the summer following the economy’s surprisingly powerful start to the year. center_img BoE predicts best economic year for the U.K. since 1941 Andy Blatchford Moving forward, however, Poloz said bank officials will carefully assess a long list of lingering unknowns and external risks to their outlook. The goal is to update their understanding of the economy “in real time,” he said. “There is no predetermined path for interest rates from here,” Poloz said in a speech to the local board of trade in St. John’s. “Although we are confident that the economy has made significant progress, we simply can’t be certain of exactly how far there is left to go.” Poloz’s speech comes after the sizzling Canadian economy spurred the bank to raise the rate twice — first in July and then again earlier this month. Poloz shared several “unusual” unknowns now under close watch by the bank as it considers future moves. They include elevated levels of household debt, downward pressure of technological breakthroughs on inflation and slower-than-expected wage growth. He also noted how the period since the financial crisis has brought in a protracted period of slow economic growth and extremely low interest rates. “The fact is, nobody really knows,” Poloz said in response to a question about where rates could go from here. “We’re in uncharted territory.” In his address, Poloz warned that more surprises could lie ahead — in “either direction.” The speech pointed out that the bank’s decisions have become “particularly” data-dependent due to uncertainties such as geopolitical developments and protectionist sentiments in some parts of the world. He also offered details about the bank’s decision to raise the rate a second time following a run of unexpectedly strong economic numbers. Poloz noted, however, that he doesn’t expect the economy to maintain the torrid pace it set in the first half of 2017. The speech marked the first public comments by Poloz since the bank drew criticism for its communications approach ahead of the September hike, which caught many forecasters off guard. Some analysts took issue with the fact the bank did not provide any public remarks for them to scrutinize for hints during the eight-week period between the July and September rate decisions. A few days after the second hike, the bank publicly defended its communications strategy, saying about half the market had priced it in. “I think we’ve spilled enough ink on that earlier issue already,” Poloz said in response to a question on the bank’s messaging style. “And I’d just point out that an awful lot of people were not surprised by that interest-rate decision — how’d that happen?” Communications, and thinking about new ways to go about them, are always the subject of an “active discussion” at the bank, he added. The bank’s next scheduled rate announcement is scheduled for Oct. 25. Before his speech, most analysts had been expecting the central bank to raise the benchmark rate a few more times over the coming year. Poloz’s message led some to reconsider their projections on the timing of the bank’s next rate move. “It seems like these are really going to be last-minute decisions,” said Desjardins senior economist Jimmy Jean, who had been expecting the bank to hike rates again at next month’s meeting. Jean now expects a lot of uncertainty and volatility in the marketplace ahead of rate decisions unless there’s more direction from the bank about the approach it plans to take. Benjamin Reitzes, a strategist with BMO Capital Markets, wrote in a research note to clients that the speech showed Poloz is in no hurry to raise the rate. “The (Bank of Canada’s) bias is, of course, to push rates higher, but the data will determine how quickly they move.” Rising interest rates could dampen stimulus impact: PBOlast_img read more

Cryptocurrency market rebounds on Biden tax hurdle

Cryptocurrency market rebounds on Biden tax hurdle

first_imgCryptocurrency market rebounds on Biden tax hurdle The cryptocurrency market has rebounded from the weekend’s losses as Asian markets are finding love again on Monday but it is hard to say whether the rebound is sustainable given the extensive market wide losses and negative constellation of risks last week. Almost all major coins were in the red territory early in the morning due to persistent subdued activity.The renewed optimism in the market likely comes from the mounting skepticism whether US President Joe Biden’s capital gains tax hike can clear the US Congress hurdle.  More on this below.Bitcoin (BTC) is consolidating around US $52,000 and building momentum towards US $54,000 which has been a key support and resistance level over the past 7 days.  There are chances of a fresh increase above USD 54,000 if it manages to clear the major resistance. In the past ten day period, this territory has been tested multiple times.  Its price action has been mostly hovering within this range except the steep dip up to US $47,000 level at one point on Friday, while open interest in bitcoin futures also remain consistent. If the downtrend is back, US $50,000 also appears to be a key short-term resistance level based on the blockchain data metric In/out of the money.Ethereum (ETC) has surged almost 13% since the morning low and appears relatively stable between $2,400 and $2,500. Dogecoin (DOGE) is the only one significantly under-performing compared to the percentage gains in the other peers and  struggling to get any support.Bitcoin (BTC) is changing hands at US $52,100 now.  Among the other 9 variable-priced digital currencies in the Big 10, Ether (ETH) just under US $2,460 (up from Sunday’s US $2,2,00 level), ripple (XRP) US $1.13, Binance Coin (BNB) US $530, cardano (ADA) near US $1.20, Dogecoin (DOGE) US $0.26, ChainLink (Link) US $34,  Stellar (XLM) $0.44, Litecoin (LTC) US $240 and Vechain (VET) US $0.18.With the market filled to the brim with froth, the recent market volatility shows how those who ran with their emotions and moved out of the market have been blindsided by how fast it has recovered.At the same time, the risk of further decline and downtrend remains likely. There has been a lot of talk about how the wealthy will be affected by US President Joe Biden’s doubling the top capital gains tax rate in the country from its current rate of 20% to almost 40%.It would mean New York and California residents who make more than US $1 million in capital gains would cough up over 52% in tax.However, it appears there is mounting skepticism whether these changes can actually pass the US Congress or what will ultimately pass Congress. Some Democrats, let alone most Republicans, are likely to oppose the proposed steep increase.However, uncertainty is uncertainty and it won’t be over until it is over, keeping the market at unease over the coming weeks.   Risk Warning: Cryptocurrency is a unregulated virtual notoriously volatile asset with a high level of risk.  Any news, opinions, research, data, or other information contained within this website is provided for news reporting purposes as general market commentary and does not constitute investment or trading advice.  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:bitcoin, capital gains tax, cardano, Congress, crude oil, cryptocurrency, dogecoin, ethereum, Government, Joe Biden, stablecoin, stock marketlast_img read more

CMA warns package travel firms over refunds ahead of summer trips

CMA warns package travel firms over refunds ahead of summer trips

first_imgCMA warns package travel firms over refunds ahead of summer trips TUI UK formally commits to giving clearer information about refunds upfront following CMA actionthe CMA sets out its view on consumers’ rights when the Foreign Office advises against travelThe CMA has warned package holiday companies to respect the refund rights of holidaymakers ahead of the summer period.The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published a further open letter to the sector and has also sent it directly to the 100 package travel firms with the most complaints about them. The letter reminds the firms of their legal obligations and of the need to ensure refund options are clear and accessible.As a result of CMA action, TUI UK has now given a formal commitment – known as ‘undertakings’ – to provide clearer information on refunds upfront to customers whose holidays have been cancelled due to coronavirus (COVID-19). The company had already taken steps to meet concerns raised by the CMA, by improving the information it provides to customers and making it easier for people to get their money back.Since March 2020, the CMA has received over 23,000 complaints from consumers about refund issues relating to package holidays that could not go ahead due to the pandemic. In acknowledgement of this, today’s letter to the package travel sector sets out what businesses should provide and what customers can expect, including:holidays cancelled by package holiday companies must be refunded within 14 days under the Package Travel Regulations (PTRs).any offer of a refund credit note must be accompanied by the option of a full refund. Customers should be able to exchange their credit note for a refund at any time.people have a right to a full refund where they decide to cancel their package because unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances at the destination significantly affect the holiday they have booked or their travel there.if the FCDO (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) is advising against travel to the package holiday destination when the consumer is due to leave, that is, in the CMA’s view, strong evidence that these unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances are likely to apply. If the consumer is refused a full refund, the package holiday company should fully explain why it disagrees that the holiday or travel is significantly affected.Andrea Coscelli, Chief Executive of the CMA, said:International travel is set to resume soon and lots of people will be considering a long-awaited trip abroad. With that in mind, we want to make sure people are fully aware of their refund rights, so they can make informed choices about booking a holiday.We’ve secured millions in refunds for people who couldn’t go on their hard-earned trips over the past year and now we’re calling on package holiday companies to make the refund process less hassle in the future. We expect all firms to give clear cancellation options and will consider appropriate steps if we see companies breaking the law by refusing or delaying refunds this summer.Today’s letter and the commitments from TUI follow action the CMA has already taken against 5 major package travel companies, which have provided more than £200 million in refunds for customers. /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:commonwealth, coronavirus, covid-19, future, Government, Holiday, law, meet, money, pandemic, travel, UK, UK Governmentlast_img read more

Jan Whitt And Mark W. Williams Named Faculty Co-Directors Of CU-Boulder Undergraduate Academy

Jan Whitt And Mark W. Williams Named Faculty Co-Directors Of CU-Boulder Undergraduate Academy

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Sept. 4, 2001 Jan Whitt, associate professor of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and Mark W. Williams, associate professor of the department of geography, the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research and the environmental studies program, have been appointed as faculty co-directors for the Undergraduate Academy at the University of Colorado at Boulder. The appointments were announced by Michael Grant, associate vice chancellor for undergraduate education and are subject to approval by Chancellor Richard Byyny. Whitt and Williams will share the director’s position, previously held by Distinguished Professor of History Marjorie McIntosh, who led the effort to establish and direct the program during the past two years. McIntosh chose to step aside this summer to concentrate on her scholarly work. “Jan’s professional strengths in the social sciences and arts and humanities will nicely complement Mark’s areas of expertise in the sciences to provide a broad range of faculty experiences upon which the UA students can draw,” Grant said. Whitt, a former newspaper reporter and editor, earned her doctorate in English at the University of Denver in 1985 and joined the faculty of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication in 1988. Her research interests include media history, literary journalism, women’s studies and the literature and culture of the South. She is currently writing a book about women in American journalism for Westview Press. Whitt also lectures on a range of topics about teaching, including working with large classes, motivating students to write and encouraging diversity in the classroom. Williams, a first-generation college graduate and Hispanic faculty member, earned his doctorate in biological sciences from the University of California, Santa Barbara. His special interests include utilizing his active research program in hydrology and biogeochemistry to enrich and enhance the experiences of undergraduate students and coupling modern technology with undergraduate education. He has been active in developing such programs in the geography department with support from the Alliance for Technology, Learning and Society program and the CU president’s office. Williams’ highly successful career as a geographer is well supported by the National Science Foundation, the Environmental Protection Agency and many other entities. The Undergraduate Academy currently is comprised of approximately 200 undergraduate students from all majors across the campus and offers a lively intellectual community, targeted advising and a range of enrichment activities for unusually talented and committed students. For more information, call Whitt at (303) 492-0461 or Williams at (303) 492-8830, or see the Web: www.colorado.edu/AcademicAffairs/UndergraduateEducation/UA.last_img read more

Teets Family Fellowship Awarded To CU-Boulder Engineering Student

Teets Family Fellowship Awarded To CU-Boulder Engineering Student

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Engineering doctoral student Michael Neylon has been selected as the first recipient of the Teets Family Doctoral Fellowship, a new endowment supporting student research in microsystems and nanosystems at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Neylon is a second-year graduate student in aerospace engineering sciences, working on research in microfluid mechanics with Professor Kamran Mohseni. His work focuses on developing and modeling microfans for microscale mixing in channels, particle separation and microprocessor cooling. The Teets Family Doctoral Fellowship was established in memory of David E. Teets, a Denver microelectronics engineer and CU graduate who died in an accident in December 2001. The fellowship is part of a $500,000 gift designated for a nanotechnology initiative at CU-Boulder’s College of Engineering and Applied Science. The fellowship provides $14,000 per year for two years of study leading to a Ph.D. The fellowship is the third new fellowship established this year to support CU-Boulder doctoral students working on microsystems and nanosystems. Two previously awarded fellowships created by Sandia National Laboratories also will begin this fall. Published: Aug. 26, 2002 last_img read more

JCF Gets 86 New Vehicles

JCF Gets 86 New Vehicles

first_imgJCF Gets 86 New Vehicles National SecurityNovember 23, 2011 By Garfield Angus, JIS Reporter FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail KINGSTON — Minister of National Security, Senator the Hon. Dwight Nelson, handed over 86 vehicles to the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) on Tuesday (November 22), to increase its mobility. Speaking at the handing over ceremony at the Police Commissioner’s office in Kingston, Senator Nelson said that the mobility of the security forces is a paramount objective of the Government. The Government is spending over $250 million to purchase 111 vehicles, of which 25 will be handed to the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), and Senator Nelson said the commitment is to ensure that the security forces are suitably equipped to carry out their public safety roles. “I have made sure that we have spent money and repaired some 97 police stations, and built three new ones. My mission is to ensure that the police officer, when he goes on the road, he is mobile,” he added. The purchase of the vehicles by the Ministry followed requests from both the Commissioner of Police and the Chief of Defence Staff. The vehicles, which include Suzuki Jimnys, Grand Vitaras and VW Amoraks, bring to nearly 700 the number of vehicles provided for the JCF over the last four years. Commissioner of Police, Owen Ellington, said the JCF is putting great emphasis on responsible and disciplined use of the vehicles in their control. He also cautioned that they are for official police work, and that the current purchases also ensures that there are spare parts to keep the vehicles on the road for at least three months after their commissioning. He added that there is a programme of taking old equipment, repairing them, keeping them in safe storage and putting them back onto new vehicles, which has saved the Government millions of dollars. “The Government and people have the assurance that these vehicles are going to be used for enhancement of the quality of service that we deliver to communities. We will take care of them, as best as we can. We will constantly remind our members to operate them with due care and caution, so that they can last us for a long time,” Mr. Ellington said. RelatedJCF Gets 86 New Vehicles RelatedJCF Gets 86 New Vehicles Advertisements RelatedJCF Gets 86 New Vehicleslast_img read more

Woods, Thomas spending time off course and in same pairing

Woods, Thomas spending time off course and in same pairing

first_imgHomeNewsWoods, Thomas spending time off course and in same pairing Feb. 13, 2020 at 5:00 amNewsSportsWoods, Thomas spending time off course and in same pairingAssociated Press1 year agoJustin ThomasPGA TourTiger Woods DOUG FERGUSONAP Golf WriterTiger Woods and Justin Thomas are separated by about 17 years on the calendar and 70 victories on the PGA Tour, neither of which has kept them from becoming friends away from golf.Thomas first met Woods in 2015 on the range at The Players Championship his rookie year. They grew closer a year later during some of the darker moments for Woods when his back was killing him, he wasn’t playing and had days where it was tough to walk. His future was never more uncertain.Both are represented by Excel Sports, and Thomas asked agent Mark Steinberg if it was OK to reach out to Woods. Thomas and Rickie Fowler became regular visitors.“I was thinking about him and wanted to hang out,” Thomas said. “That’s when we became close. He couldn’t do much. We wanted to make sure he was still positive, not getting down on himself, that we were still believing in him.”Now they seem to spend as much time on the golf course.Woods and Thomas will be playing together the opening two rounds of the Genesis Invitational, joined this year by Steve Stricker, as Woods goes for his record 83rd victory on the PGA Tour. It’s the third straight year that Thomas and Woods have been in the weekday groups at Riviera, which probably isn’t a coincidence, especially now that Woods is the tournament host.Thomas was asked late last year why Woods likes him.“I don’t know,” he said. “To be honest, because I don’t view him as Tiger Woods. I view him as one of my buddies. I needle him. To be perfectly honest, I don’t kiss his (behind) like some people do. I absolutely respect him so much, and how much time he’s given me. But it’s just two buddies hanging out.”They seem to hang out a lot inside the ropes. Even though Thomas and Woods have played in the same event only 35 times since Thomas joined the PGA Tour in 2015, they already have played together in 14 rounds.More alarming is the record. In the early years for Woods, it was rare for anyone to have a higher percentage posting the lower score. In the 14 times Woods and Thomas have been in the same group, Thomas has a 10-1-3 advantage.The only time Woods got him was the final round in the Bahamas last year, and Thomas is still fuming about that. Looking back, he was more caught up in beating Woods than winning the tournament, and he fears it cost him.They started out two shots behind Gary Woodland, playing a few groups ahead of the leaders.“I was so wrapped up in beating him that I forgot about the tournament,” Thomas said. “”I was tied for the lead with seven holes left. All I had to do was go 2 or 3 under. I just remember getting done and I was so mad. I’ve played a lot of golf with him, but never on a Sunday where we both had a chance.”As playing captain at the Presidents Cup a week later, Woods took Thomas as his partner in two team matches, which they won. Woods said on Tuesday that he carried Thomas in those two matches, which got no argument from the youngster. Thomas replied Wednesday that if he hadn’t made a 15-foot birdie putt on the last hole of the second session, Woods would not have gone undefeated for the week.There’s the needle.Woods recalls those days when he could only play four tournaments — two at his holiday event in the Bahamas — over two years. He says Thomas and his father, Mike, would come by and ask him how to hit various short-game shots. He also learned that Thomas wasn’t there to be his lackey.“J.T. always wants to win,” Woods said. “”He’s highly motivated and extremely competitive, and we compete in everything we do together. That’s one of the things that I loved about him when I exited the game for a little bit and he was kind of coming onto the scene. He’s so interested and thirsty for knowledge”Riviera doesn’t hold the best of memories for either one.This is the one course where Woods can’t seem to win. He is 0-for-10 as a pro. Next in line for courses where Woods has played the most without winning are Sheshan International in Shanghai and the TPC Scottsdale for the Phoenix Open. He has played each four times.Thomas played Riviera in 2012 at the NCAA Championship when Alabama met Texas for the title. He lost his match against Jordan Spieth, who holed a fairway bunker shot on the 15th for eagle. What stung just as badly was losing a 5-shot lead in the final round last year to J.B. Holmes.For both, there’s plenty to keep their minds occupied this week. Riviera boasts the strongest field of the year so far, with nine of the top 10 in the world. Rory McIlroy heads the list, having returned to No. 1 in the world this week.Tags :Justin ThomasPGA TourTiger Woodsshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentCrime Watch – Stone cold theftSanta Monica prepares for mixer, Greens Festival and other Black History Month eventsYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall6 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press17 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson17 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter17 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor17 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press17 hours agolast_img read more