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Coronavirus: PM to rush emergency legislation through the Commons

Coronavirus: PM to rush emergency legislation through the Commons

first_imgSpeaking on Sunday at Number 10’s daily news conference, the PM called on people to act “responsibly” and practice social distancing. Coronavirus: PM to rush emergency legislation through the Commons Under the proposals, which would be time-limited for two years, recently retired NHS staff will return to work, court hearings will take place by phone or video, and funeral arrangements will be fast-tracked. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images) “If we can’t do that then, yup, I’m afraid we’re going to have to bring forward tougher measures,” he said. Tags: Coronavirus whatsapp Over the weekend, the death toll in the UK increased by 104 to 281 while the number of confirmed coronavirus cases rose from 3,983 to 5,684 on Sunday. Angharad Carrick Show Comments ▼ The bill will also give unprecedented powers to law enforcement agencies to detain people if they show coronavirus symptoms, and impose a £1,000 fine if they refuse to take a test. Share (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images) Also Read: Coronavirus: PM to rush emergency legislation through the Commons The emergency coronavirus bill states: “We assume the vast majority of people will comply with relevant public health advice. The policy aim of these provisions is to ensure that proportionate measures can be enforced if and when necessary.” The debate comes after Boris Johnson warned the government was “very actively” considering tougher anti-virus measures over the next 24 hours, as pictures emerged on social media of people socialising in groups in parks yesterday. The Prime Minister is hoping to rush sweeping new coronavirus legislation through the House of Commons, as the country faces the prospect of a lockdown. Get the news as it happens by following City A.M. on Twitter.  Monday 23 March 2020 7:28 am MPs will return to the Commons today to debate the government’s emergency coronavirus bill, which was set out last week. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBleacherBreaker4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!BleacherBreakerDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily Funnybonvoyaged.comTotal Jerks: These Stars Are Horrible People.bonvoyaged.comMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comDefinition24 Of The Most Hilarious Yard Signs Ever WrittenDefinitionNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyNational Penny For Seniors7 Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskNational Penny For SeniorsBeach RaiderMom Belly Keeps Growing, Doctor Sees Scan And Calls CopsBeach Raider (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images) Also Read: Coronavirus: PM to rush emergency legislation through the Commons whatsapplast_img read more

News / Box lessor Textainer sinks into the red, but insists it can ‘turn the corner’

News / Box lessor Textainer sinks into the red, but insists it can ‘turn the corner’

first_img Textainer, the world’s largest container leasing company, posted a $56m net loss in 2016, following a $110m profit the previous year, but remains positive.The box lessor, which has a fleet of some 3.1m teu, said there were “a number of positive trends” that should help it “turn the corner”.It said new container prices were about 70% higher than the low point of last July, the value of used containers had increased 15-25% since September and rental rates had “more than doubled” in the same period.The main reason for the hikes was the sharp decline in dry container production last year after manufacturers suffered significant losses in the first six months, resulting in a shift in the supply-demand balance.Textainer said the new dry container production last year of 1.8m teu, against disposal of 1.5m teu, meant the world’s container fleet “barely grew” against a backdrop of growing demand and higher utilisation levels.Meanwhile, the financial impact of the Hanjin failure on Textainer was $53.3m, including a $12.1m reduction in revenue, while container impairment values, taken into the books as at 1 July, resulted in a further hit of $66.5m.However, Textainer said it had recovered, or was in the process of recovering, some 80% of the 150,000 teu leased to Hanjin, and was “actively negotiating” the release of another 13%.But at its full-year results presentation, president and chief executive Philip Brewer said he expected the final recovery toll would be around 90%.“We will only recover where it is economically justified,” he said, explaining that each container recovery was analysed to take into account charges being demanded by the terminal or depot and the cost of restitution against the asset value. Textainer said it had insurance to cover the value of the containers it was unable to economically recover.It also has insurance cover for up to 183 days of lost lease rental from the date of Hanjin’s insolvency until the boxes are recovered.Textainer said it had managed to put 28% of the ex-Hanjin boxes back on lease “at better rates” than those agreed with the South Korean line.With supply currently “tight”, market improvements were “significant”, said Mr Brewer adding that margins had “increased dramatically”.However, he warned that the benefits would take time to work through into the company’s accounts, given that daily hire increases would only occur when leases are renewed.Furthermore, Mr Brewer said, the cost of the recovery of Hanjin containers would continue to have a negative impact, due to a lag in the insurance reimbursement.Mr Brewer said that container manufacturers were only now “getting religion”, having sold containers at below production cost for too long.“Steel prices are 80% higher that they were one year ago, which, combined with the switch to waterborne paint (in response to Chinese environmental regulations), should help support new container prices at their current level above $2,000,” said Mr Brewer.During 2016, Textainer spent $480m on more than 286,000 teu of new and used containers. By Mike Wackett 20/02/2017last_img read more

News / Q4 revival and NOL buy helps loss-making CMA CGM stay positive

News / Q4 revival and NOL buy helps loss-making CMA CGM stay positive

first_img By Mike Wackett 13/03/2017 CMA CGM moved back into the black in the fourth quarter of 2016, recording a net profit of $45m, but that could not prevent the French carrier posting a full-year loss of $452m against a profit of $567m in 2015.However the figures are distorted by the outlay to purchase NOL.Chief executive, Rodolphe Saade said 2016 had been a “landmark year” for the carrier, with its acquisition of NOL and the subsequent creation of the Ocean Alliance vessel sharing agreement with Cosco, Evergreen and OOCL.CMA CGM will be the lead line when the alliance commences operations next month.Mr Saade attributed the positive performance in the fourth quarter not only to improving freight rates, but also to the carrier’s focus on the “volumes generating the highest contributions”.However, excluding the NOL business, CMA CGM’s liftings were actually down 1.3% on 2015, at 12.8m teu – in stark contrast with the 9.4% organic volume growth at rival Maersk Line. Including NOL, carryings increased 20.4% on 2015, to 15.6m teu.Total turnover, including NOL, was up 1.9% on the previous year, at $16bn, but if the NOL revenue is stripped out, CMA CGM turnover slumps 14.7%.NOL’s overall net contribution for the year was negative, dragging down the full-year result by $127m.Lars Jensen, chief executive and partner at SeaIntelligence Consulting, commenting on the result, said: “It is also clear that the French carrier joins the group of Zim and Hapag Lloyd where overall volume growth has been below market growth, and hence they have chosen a path of yield management rather than market share.”Mr Jensen noted that CMA CGM did not appear to have benefited in terms of volume growth from the collapse of Hanjin Shipping, which had resulted in around 1m teu being “up for grabs”.Although it did not release an exact figure, CMA CGM said its average rate per teu last year fell 13.6% year-on-year, but improved by 2.9% between the third and the fourth quarters.This was significantly better than Maersk Line, which recorded an average rate decline of 19% for 2016, versus the previous year, to $897 per teu, as it opted for a strategy of market share growth.Mr Saade said he was optimistic about the prospects for 2017 and noted that “the market is expected to continue its recovery”.“CMA CGM will pursue its strategy of development and innovation, in order to consistently offer its customers more high value-added services and thereby differentiating ourselves from the competition,” added Mr Saade.CMA CGM’s combined vessel fleet stands at 453 vessels for 2.2m teu, making it the third-largest carrier in the world, behind Maersk and MSC, comfortably ahead of Cosco’s some 1.7m teu of capacity.The carrier said “it does not anticipate any new ship orders on a short-term basis in order to maintain the still delicate balance between supply and demand”.Furthermore, CMA CGM advised it had postponed the delivery of three newbuild vessels this year until 2018. © Vladimir Serebryanskiy last_img read more

Inflation just over 2% for the whole year: It’s fine, says bank governor

Inflation just over 2% for the whole year: It’s fine, says bank governor

first_img Canada’s central bank governor says inflation will likely hover just above the historic target of 2% for this entire year, but he’s comfortable with that because the longer-term trendline is steady.Stephen Poloz challenged the notion that 2% represents some unbreachable barrier, and said that what really matters is that inflation averages out over a multi-year period around that benchmark. Alexander Panetta Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Stagflation is U.S. economists’ biggest fear, SIFMA says Related news Another jump in prices tightens the squeeze on U.S. consumers Keywords InflationCompanies Bank of Canada U.S. economy is warming up, but unlikely to overheat: Moody’s He made the remarks days after revealing that he was holding interest rates steady for the second straight policy announcement, despite the projected consumer price index creeping up to 2.3% for 2018.It’s Canada’s highest inflation level in several years, following a period of lower numbers after the oil-price collapse. Now that energy prices are rising again, he says it’s natural for the long-term trendline to balance itself out.“This year inflation’s going to be above (2%), probably for the whole year. Temporarily, but for a year… That’s actually a positive thing,” Poloz said Saturday, before leaving Washington.“What I don’t want is for people to spend this entire year asking what I’m up to because inflation is above target… You need every once in a while to remind people there’s a range, and that’s okay. The policy allows for this. We’re not violating our target in some way.”Historical data from the bank does show the inflation number hitting the current level in nearly two-dozen fiscal quarters since the early 1990s — but it hasn’t happened in six years.Poloz said he understands why some people might view 2% as a magic number, given that he and his peers emphasize its importance, but he says it’s a misconception to view it as something to be avoided at any cost: “That’s not the way it works .. Over time there will be pluses and minuses and the average will be really close to two.”Poloz identified headwinds facing the Canadian economy as another reason for holding the line on rates.When asked how he ranked trade uncertainty, U.S. tax cuts, and oil infrastructure snarls in terms of their impact on the broader economy, he didn’t hesitate to identify one.“For sure we put the trade uncertainty as our headline risk,’’ Poloz said.He noted that last week’s bank monetary policy report even put numbers on a comparison between some of the challenges. It projected that business investment in Canada would be reduced by 3% by 2020 — and trade uncertainty accounted for two-thirds of that decline, more than twice the effect of U.S. tax cuts.“It’s got a whole paragraph (in our report) before we even list the regular forecast risks,” Poloz said of trade.“So it’s given the chapeau place. It is our No. 1.”The bank projects that Canada’s economy will continue to grow this year, but at a more sluggish pace. Even if Canada, the U.S., and Mexico arrive at a new NAFTA deal within weeks, as they’re aiming for, Poloz said the investment damage won’t be immediately undone.Firms have decided to hold off investments in Canada or expand plants outside the country out of fear of U.S. tariffs and punitive actions, and he said those operations won’t come back tomorrow.“Those effects don’t go away. Those aren’t decisions you make on a daily basis,” he said.But he added that greater certainty on trade would remove a cloud over business investment going forward: “Clearing up NAFTA should clear that up. A lot of people would go back to first principles, and make up their minds again.” Financial business chart and economic development pedrosek/123RF Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

New fund to attract doctors to North and North-West Tasmania

New fund to attract doctors to North and North-West Tasmania

first_imgNew fund to attract doctors to North and North-West Tasmania A new $2 million incentive fund to attract doctors to Launceston and across northern Tasmanian communities is being created to help address longstanding GP shortages in northern and north-western Tasmania. The Coalition Government will establish the General Practice Incentive Fund Tasmania (GPIFT) to attract and retain doctors in Tasmania’s north and north-west by providing a suite of incentives for doctors who relocate to the region.Improving access to primary care services and addressing workforce issues in rural communities, such as Lilydale in the state’s north east, is a priority for the Australian Government.Data from the last decade shows GP numbers in Australia have increased at triple the rate of the population. The bulk of this growth has unfortunately been in capital cities.Addressing the maldistribution of GPs and health professionals in Australia is complex and requires a mix of short, medium and long-term solutions.There are many rewarding lifestyle and career opportunities across northern Tasmania and a dedicated fund will support current and future doctors with accommodation, training and workforce support.Building on the investment in the 2020-21 Federal Budget, the new fund will include support for the local health sector to develop a collaborative primary care model to better integrate services and create a more sustainable workforce for the region, including building IT capability to support telehealth and other technologies to improve patient access.A strong rural health workforce is central to improving the health of people living in rural, regional and remote Australia.The Coalition Government understands that no two rural communities are the same, which is why we are supporting local communities to develop their own flexible, innovative and integrated primary care models.The incentive fund will enable our local health professionals in Launceston and across northern Tasmania to look at new approaches to workforce and training models to meet the needs of our rural communities.Finding local health care solutions will help address the distribution of doctors across Australia and deliver improved access to services for rural communities.The GPIFT will be managed by the Tasmania Primary Health Network in collaboration with the local Rural Workforce Agency. /Media 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:AusPol, Australia, Australian, Australian Government, building, career, Department of Health, Federal, future, general practice, Government, health, healthcare, Investment, Launceston, primary care, sustainable, Tasmania, telehealthlast_img read more

Driverless tech startup Aurora adds Volvo to trucking partners

Driverless tech startup Aurora adds Volvo to trucking partners

first_img advertisement We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Aurora’s technology relies on innovations in lidar, which uses lasers to build a three-dimensional image of the surrounding landscape and help plot routes around obstacles in the road. The startup is a big fan of what’s known as FMCW, or frequency-modulated, continuous-wave lidar, which is designed to allow vehicles to “see” further and faster and is critical at highway speeds. COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS First Look: 2022 Lexus NX The sport-cute’s looks have been softened, but its powertrains and infotainment offerings have been sharpened Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 Volvo Truck  Volvo Trending Videos RELATED x663-1.jpg?w=400&h=260′);”> Canadian Tire launching two automated trucks in the GTA x1200_R1_Autonom.jpg?w=400&h=260′);”> Driving into the Future: When will autonomous cars be ready for Canada? The startup now boasts relationships with two of the three largest truck manufacturers. Volvo joins Paccar Inc., which partnered with Aurora in January for a similar development deal. Daimler AG’s truck business entered into a partnership last year with rival Waymo, the autonomous-driving unit of Google parent Alphabet Inc.Aurora and Waymo are two of several contenders in the race to commercialize self-driving technology along with Amazon.com Inc.-owned Zoox Inc. and General Motors Co.’s Cruise LLC investment. Aurora Chief Executive Officer Chris Urmson led the autonomous team at an earlier iteration of Waymo, and Anderson previously directed Tesla Inc.’s Autopilot driver-assistance efforts.Staggered DevelopmentThe partnerships with Volvo and Paccar are part of the Mountain View, California-based startup’s staggered approach to self-driving. Aurora plans to first focus on highway trucking, then follow up with last-mile commercial goods delivery applications and ultimately deploy robotaxi passenger cars.It inked a deal last month with Toyota Motor Corp. and its supplier Denso Corp. toward mass producing autonomous vehicles and launching them on ride-hailing networks, including Uber Technologies Inc.’s, over the next few years.Last week Toyota announced it will join forces with Isuzu Motors Ltd. and subsidiary Hino Motors Ltd. to develop electric and driverless trucks and buses. It’s unclear if that will involve Aurora’s technology. The Japanese automaker has invested in Nuro, a competitor of Aurora, in an apparent bid to spread its bets on self-driving know-how. RELATED TAGSVolvoCommercial VehicleFlexIndustry newsNew VehiclesTechnologyautonomous drivingFlexSustainable DesignSustainable Design VolvoTechnologyTrucks ‹ Previous Next › Trending in Canada The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Aurora Innovation Inc., a Silicon Valley-based driverless technology startup, is adding another big name to its list of partners to develop self-driving trucks: Volvo Group.Volvo’s autonomous solutions unit has agreed to a work with Aurora toward deploying trucks without drivers on highways. The two companies envision trucks operating in a hub-to-hub model with full self-driving engaged on expressways between transfer hubs.“We’re excited that Volvo has selected us to be their autonomy partner,” Sterling Anderson, Aurora’s chief product officer, said in an interview. PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca See More Videoslast_img read more

Be ready for Buff Portal’s launch

Be ready for Buff Portal’s launch

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: July 25, 2019 Buff Portal to launch to students in the fall. Are you ready?The Unified Student Experience project is nearing the launch of the new Buff Portal for students, which will replace the student tab in MyCUInfo. Buff Portal, as part of the Unified Student Experience (USE) project, is a campus-wide effort to transform today’s fragmented digital and physical student support landscape to create a seamless online experience for students.How this may affect youThe initial focus is on changing content. There are approximately 12,000 references to MyCUInfo on colorado.edu websites and more in print materials. Before Buff Portal’s official launch, content owners across campus will need to update their web pages, online resources and print materials that reference the MyCUInfo student tab.Available to you:Toolkit for owners of campus content (includes language updates, a style guide and more)Workshops for Web Express site owners to receive hands-on help making updates or to ask questionsBuff Portal demos: If you and your team would like to see a demonstration of Buff Portal, whether a general overview or a more specific “how does this affect me” presentation, please let us know. The Buff Portal team is available to provide a walkthrough of the new portal and answer your questions.Categories:Deadlines & AnnouncementsCampus Communitylast_img read more

3 Badge Beverage Corporation Adds 3 Members to Growing Team

3 Badge Beverage Corporation Adds 3 Members to Growing Team

first_imgEmail Linkedin Twitter AdvertisementSonoma, Calif. (August 2, 2016) – 3 Badge Beverage Corporation has added three key members to its growing team. The newest appointments include Lindsey Zehner as Associate Marketing Manager of 3 Badge Enology, Kristen Boelen as Graphic Designer and Jamison Bobo as Logistics Coordinator.Lindsey Zehner spent over three years in the marketing department at Delicato Family Vineyards prior to joining 3 Badge Beverage Corporation. She spearheaded the growth of several brands during this time, including Belle Ambiance and Loft. Her role as Associate Marketing Manager of 3 Badge Beverage Corporation’s Enology division highlights her experience in cross-functional brand management, including product positioning, packaging, programs, consumer insights, POS, events, social media and trade/consumer communications. “We’re thrilled to have Lindsey join the 3 Badge Enology team,” said August Sebastiani, president of 3 Badge Beverage Corporation. “This addition is part of our plan to focus on initiatives that are unique to brands within our wine portfolio as we continue to expand.”Kristen Boelen is coming onboard as 3 Badge Beverage Corporation’s first-ever in-house Graphic Designer. “Having a graphic designer who is completely immersed in our brands is crucial in maintaining brand integrity,” noted Sebastiani. “Kristen’s experience and creativity will help drive brand development, packaging and promotional materials.” Boelen previously freelanced for a technology start-up and marketing agency and has also worked for a 4-star hotel, restaurant and spa in France, where she was Senior Graphic Designer.Jamison Bobo is responsible for a number of operations as Logistics Coordinator, including shipping, inventory management and company event logistics. This role is essential as 3 Badge Beverage Corporation continues to expand its business both domestically and internationally. Bobo’s past experience includes assisting with production, inventory and tasting events at San Luis Valley Brewing Company in Colorado.3 Badge Beverage Corporation, formerly The Other Guys, is based in Sonoma and was founded in 2009 by August Sebastiani. The company offers a diverse collection of everyday luxury wines, and its mission is to over-deliver on quality and value. The company’s new headquarters and offices are located at 32 Patten Street, Sonoma, CA 95476. The telephone number is (707) 996-8463. Additional information is located at 3badge.com.Advertisement Facebook Previous articleDon Sebastiani & Sons Reimagines How to Market the Family’s Products, Taps Marketing Wizard Jason Edwards to Lead TeamNext articleAfternoon Brief, August 2 Press Release Home Industry News Releases 3 Badge Beverage Corporation Adds 3 Members to Growing TeamIndustry News ReleasesWine Business3 Badge Beverage Corporation Adds 3 Members to Growing TeamBy Press Release – August 2, 2016 31 0 TAGS3 Badge Beverage CorporationJamison BoboKristen BoelenLindsey Zehnerpeople ReddIt Share Pinterestlast_img read more

Google slams false claims over US network plan

Google slams false claims over US network plan

first_img Michael Carroll Previous ArticleZTE wins Best Mobile Service for Connected Living in Asia Award by virtue of its ATG Air Broadband SolutionNext ArticleEthiopia to issue new mobile licences in 2020 Related Author Mobile Mix: AI, Android and open RAN Michael doesn’t want to admit that he has been a journalist and editor for close to 20 years covering a diverse set of subjects including shipping and shipbuilding, fixed and mobile telecoms, and motorcycling…More Read more Tags Featured Content center_img Home Google slams false claims over US network plan Dish NetworkGoogleSprintT-Mobile US AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 08 JUL 2019 Amazon reels in MGM Search giant Google denied it is discussing a deal with US satellite TV company Dish Network to create a new mobile network operator in the country using assets T-Mobile US and Sprint offered as a sweetener for a planned merger.Several reports stated Alan Mulally, a director of Google parent Alphabet, had held talks with Dish Network regarding a potential move for spectrum and Sprint prepay brand Boost Mobile, which are being offered in an attempt to win clearance for the merger from the Department of Justice (DoJ).There was no ambiguity in Google’s response: “These claims are simply false. Google is not having any conversations with Dish about creating a wireless network,” a representative said.The company already has a presence in the mobile sector through MVNO Fi.Dish Network was one of three companies the DoJ identified as preferred bidders for the assets, though New York Post noted T-Mobile parent Deutsche Telekom has reservations about a deal involving the company. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back T-Mobile US chief predicts market reboundlast_img read more

Randall’s Rant: All that we needed, and a little more

Randall’s Rant: All that we needed, and a little more

first_imgIt was exhilarating. It was medicinal. It was exactly what golf needed with so much of the start of this year mired in ugly squabbling over the new Rules of Golf. The Players Championship was a freshening, invigorating breeze. Sunday was a showcase for the world’s best players, a riveting and action-packed finish on one of the game’s most exciting stages. Tiger Woods did so much to make golf seem cool to the outside world, but his good work felt as if it was being undone this year. Golf seemed so uncool with the esoteric nature of the rules arguments making the game appear so unappealingly stodgy. So, here’s a big thanks to Jay Monahan, not only for stepping in to curb the unruly mob his players were morphing into with their unchecked disdain for the USGA, but also for his moving The Players Championship back to March. The PGA Tour commissioner gets credit for back-to-back aces this month. His fingerprints are all over this corrective turn. And here’s a big thanks to Pete Dye for his wicked architectural genius, for creating one of the few designs that so cleverly combats the modern ball and equipment. Dye didn’t invent risk-reward architecture, but he put his signature, devilish smirk on it in his masterpiece at the TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course. News & Opinion Noise cancellation: With patience, perspective, McIlroy a Players champ BY Rex Hoggard  — March 17, 2019 at 8:24 PM There were plenty of doubters as Rory McIlroy failed to win event after event. But McIlroy tuned out the negativity, following a positive path to becoming a Players champion. The layout is 7,189 yards. That’s practically a pitch-and-putt these days, without his artful ability to seduce and beguile. Sunday ultimately came down to Rory McIlroy and Jim Furyk, a study in contrast. McIlroy is the quintessential power player, ranking third on the PGA Tour this year in driving distance (304.2). Furyk is the throwback, the embodiment of the crafty navigator, ranking 212th in driving distance (266.3 yards). This was a fair, demanding and immensely fun-filled test. The Players may not be a major championship, but the USGA better up its game quick. Sunday’s finish felt more like a major than anything the U.S. Open has delivered in the last decade. Forget the major moniker, if The Players keeps delivering days like Sunday in its return to March, it’s going to vault among the four best events in the game. It’s going to rank with the Masters, Ryder Cup and Open Championship as the game’s best competitions. Full-field scores from the The Players Championship The Players Championship: Articles, photos and videos The Players Championship may already be the third most exciting event in the game, behind the Masters and Ryder Cup. Dye’s design is a factor in that, rewarding great shot making while severely punishing mistakes. McIlroy was the unquestionable star of the show, but Jon Rahm was his equal in the way you couldn’t take your eyes off either of them. Rahm couldn’t beat McIlroy, but he somehow enhanced his billing as one of the game’s most interesting new stars. The fiery 24-year-old Spaniard was mostly successful grappling with his combustible temperament, but his battle was a show unto itself. News & Opinion Rahm lost The Players but not his temper BY Ryan Lavner  — March 17, 2019 at 8:24 PM The maturation of Jon Rahm continued Sunday at TPC Sawgrass. He had plenty of opportunities to explode, but not once did he rage. With three bogeys over the first four holes, Rahm somehow still had a chance to win. He still had a chance even after rinsing his approach at the 11th with a dicey gamble trying to reach that par 5 in two. He was tied for the lead stepping to the 15th tee, before finally succumbing with a bogey there and another rinse job at the 17th island hole. Rahm’s exchange with his caddie in a bunker off the 11th fairway crystallized the tension Dye creates, with Rahm engulfed in one of architect’s seductions. Rahm flunked a Dye exam there, overruling his caddie to go for the green in two with a bold draw around trouble, from a lie in a bunker. No matter what Rahm insists, it was a bad play. He failed there, but we all won getting to see championship golf at its pressure-packed core. Sunday’s finish did more to grow the game than anything this side of Tiger. Anyone who thinks golf is slow, ponderous and boring should have tuned in. NBC golf producer Tommy Roy’s head must have been on a swivel trying to capture all the action on the monitors in the network’s production truck. It’s a wonder he didn’t need treatment for whiplash when it was over. For golf, this was a breathless pace. There were so many big moments delivered by so many players, with 11 players within two shots of the lead on the back nine. There were thrills and spills from Rahm and Tommy Fleetwood rinsing shots at the 11th, to Eddie Pepperell and Jhonattan Vegas rolling in bombs at the 17th, to Furyk’s clutch 7-iron to 3 feet at the last, to Rory’s championship finish. The championship’s defining moment was McIlroy’s long walk from the 16th green to the 17th tee, in that terrific amphitheater surrounding the famed island hole. It was such a dramatic pause, allowing us to catch our breath as we watched McIlroy march into the moment like a matador entering the Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas in Madrid. McIlroy finished like the champion he is. With help from so many of the game’s best players – and one of the game’s best venues – he gave the game just what we needed this season.last_img read more