Donald Trump confirms son of Osama Bin Laden killed in US operation

first_img Michael Searles Read more: Donald Trump lashes out at ECB over euros fall The son of al-Qaeda founder Osama Bin Laden has been killed in a US counter-terrorism operation, US President Donald Trump confirmed. Saturday 14 September 2019 4:16 pm Share “The loss of Hamza Bin Laden not only deprives al-Qaeda of important leadership skills and the symbolic connection to his father, but undermines important operational activities of the group.”  Read more: China to exclude pork and soybeans from additional US tariffs The US government had offered a $1m reward for any information leading to his capture as late as February this year. whatsapp It was first reported last month in US media that Hamza Bin Laden had been killed in an air strike. There was no reference to when the operation was undertaken despite reports he had been killed within the last two years.center_img The US officially labelled him as a global terrorist in 2017. Donald Trump confirms son of Osama Bin Laden killed in US operation “Hamza Bin Laden, the high-ranking al-Qaeda member and son of Osama Bin Laden, was killed in a United States counter-terrorism operation in the Afghanistan/Pakistan region,” Trump said in a statement issued by the White House. AFGHANISTAN:Saudi-born alleged terror mastermind Osama bin Laden is seen in this video footage recorded “very recently” at an undisclosed location in Afghanistan aired by the Qatar-based satelite TV station al-Jazeera 07 October 2001. Retaliatory strikes against Afghanistan began 07 October with US and British forces bombing terrorist camps, air bases and air defense installations in the first stage of its campaign against the Taliban regime for sheltering bin Laden, who is the “prime suspect” in the 11 September attacks in the US. Al-Jazeera reported that the video was shot to be broadcast after the first US bombings. AFP PHOTO/AL-JAZEERA (Photo credit should read AFP/Getty Images) whatsapp Thought to be around 30 years old, Hamza Bin Laden was widely considered a potential successor to his father and had previously issued calls for attacks on US and other western countries. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyFinanceChatterViewers Had To Look Away When This Happened On Live TVFinanceChatterNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past Factoryzenherald.comDolly Finally Took Off Her Wig, Fans Gaspedzenherald.comMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryYourDailyLamaHe Used To Be Handsome In 80s Now It’s Hard To Look At HimYourDailyLamabonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comPost Fun25 Worst Movies Ever, According To Rotten TomatoesPost Fun More From Our Partners Police Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comLA news reporter doesn’t seem to recognize actor Mark Currythegrio.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgPorsha Williams engaged to ex-husband of ‘RHOA’ co-star Falynn Guobadiathegrio.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgKansas coach fired for using N-word toward Black playerthegrio.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comFort Bragg soldier accused of killing another servicewoman over exthegrio.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comFans call out hypocrisy as Tebow returns to NFL while Kaepernick is still outthegrio.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comMan on bail for murder arrested after pet tiger escapes Houston homethegrio.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comColin Kaepernick to publish book on abolishing the policethegrio.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comlast_img read more

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SSE reveals new chairman as it posts profit dip

first_img whatsapp Share Wednesday 12 November 2014 9:33 pm SSE reveals new chairman as it posts profit dip ENERGY firm SSE saw its shares fall by 2.78 per cent yesterday after reporting that profit before tax had dropped by 6.2 per cent in the six months to 30 September 2014, to £316.6m.The group stated that due to a combination of a “challenging business environment and persistently low production and consumption of energy”, its adjusted earnings per share for 2014-15 would be about the same as it was in 2013, at 29.4p.Lord Smith of Kelvin, chairman of SSE, said: “Electricity market reform, the electricity distribution price control review and the energy market investigation are all taking place at the same time as the run up to the UK general election. SSE is taking a constructive approach to each of these issues, with the objective of meeting the needs of customers while safeguarding the interests of investors.”SSE also announced yesterday that it had completed the sale of its street lighting projects to Equitix Infra­structure 3. The firm had 100 per cent equity interest in the projects, and said that the sale, worth £97.5m, would have the immediate effect of reducing SSE’s net debt by £326.4m.The energy firm also appointed Richard Gillingwater as deputy chairman, with effect from 1 January. Gillingwater will then be appointed as Smith’s successor, subject to re-election to the board, when the incumb­ent chairman steps down in January 2016. Show Comments ▼ Caitlin Morrison whatsapp More From Our Partners Police Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comPuffer fish snaps a selfie with lucky divernypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.com Tags: NULLlast_img read more

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Japanese airbag maker Takata launches biggest car recall in US history

first_img Japanese airbag maker Takata launches biggest car recall in US history Emma Haslett whatsapp The Japanese manufacturer behind millions of airbags has recalled 34m vehicles, making it the largest car recall in US history.Takata, which makes airbags for Toyta, Nissan and Honda vehicles, said a problem with airbags on the driver’s side affects cars from 11 manufacturers, although today’s announcement only mentioned certain models of Honda Accords and Honda Civics.  The company has previously recalled 16.6m vehicles, after six deaths and more than 100 injuries were linked to the defective airbags.Although no cause for the defects have been found, the US’ National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has said airbags “may rupture from exposure to persistent conditions of high absolute humidity due to manufacturing variability”. Analysis of tests “points to moisture infiltrating the defective inflators over extended periods of time as a factor”, it added.US transportation secretary Anthony Foxx said the recall was a “proactive step necessary to ensure that defective inflators are replaced with safe ones as quickly as possible”.”Today is a major step forward for public safety,” he added.Nissan, Toyota, Daihatsu and Honda have all previously made recalls over the defective airbags.  Show Comments ▼ whatsappcenter_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunInvestment GuruRemember Cote De Pablo? Take A Deep Breath Before You See Her NowInvestment GuruEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorTele Health DaveRemember Pierce Brosnan’s Wife? Take A Deep Breath Before You See What She Looks Like NowTele Health DaveLivestlyThe Best Redhead Actresses, RankedLivestlyTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island FarmNovelodgePierce Brosnan’s Wife Lost 120 Pounds – This Is Her NowNovelodgeTotal PastThis Was Found Hiding In An Oil Painting – Take A Closer LookTotal Past Tuesday 19 May 2015 5:50 pm More From Our Partners Institutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.com Share Tags: NULLlast_img read more

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News / ICAO backs new air cargo rules on lithium batteries and other dangerous goods

first_img“From this, the debate evolved, eventually leading to the decision to prevent lithium batteries and other dangerous goods being carried in the same ULDs or cargo compartments.”Mr Brennan said work was also underway on the development of new lithium battery classifications and a packaging standard that may see their carriage once more permitted on passenger aircraft. He said it would likely involve a test that would allow shippers to asses their risk in so far as carriage by air was concerned.“As it stands, I expect it to take somewhere in the region of four years before these new classifications could be implemented,” said Mr Brennan. “But I must stress, the hazards of lithium batteries are not on air transport, they are a government problem whether transported by air or sea.”Despite the efforts being undertaken by IATA, there have been claims of “push backs” from manufacturers against increasing safety standards.Mr Brennan said IATA was engaging with the industry at improving this, and was working in particular with ecommerce sites.“We have continued running global outreach with workshops and safety campaigns – last week we did six workshops across Asia, including in Jakarta, Dhaka, and Colombo,” he said.“These are product safety issues and the problems faced by carriers are the same as those leading to people’s houses burning down.” © Ragsac19 ICAO has backed IATA proposals to segregate shipments containing lithium batteries and those containing class-one dangerous goods in ULDs and cargo compartments.The proposals will come into voluntary force from the start of 2018, with ICAO implementing mandatory regulations the following year.Assistant director of cargo safety and standards at IATA Dave Brennan said the move followed Korean officials’ investigation into 2011’s Asiana 991 crash that fuelled debate over lithium battery carriage.“Following the crash, aviation officials recommended that lithium batteries and flammable liquids not be carried in close proximity,” said Mr Brennan.center_img By Alexander Whiteman in Geneva 06/12/2017last_img read more

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AMF warns investors about A&L Royal Finance

first_img U.S. court wants to hear from Madoff’s victims “Neither A&L Royal Finance Inc. nor [its] alleged directors and representatives are registered with the AMF or hold a right to practice [as] issued by the AMF,” states the regulator’s announcement. “They do not rely on any exemption, which would allow them to solicit Quebec consumers of financial products and services.” The AMF’s investigation into the matter revealed that A&L Royal Finance is using the website content of Canadian financial market participants that are registered with the regulator illegally. This content includes the photographs and biographical information of officers or professionals within those companies. The regulator has contacted the individuals and companies concerned. The AMF is encouraging investors to check whether their financial advisor or financial services firm is registered with the regulator through its website. It is also asking that anyone who has detected or been the victim of a scam contact its information centre. The B.C. Securities Commission (BCSC) also issued a warning about A&L Royal Finance in May, saying that the firm had not filed a prospectus or an exempt distribution report in B.C., and was not registered to trade in, or advise on, securities or exchange contracts in the province. The BCSC informed the public that it became aware of A&L Royal Finance through the company’s advertisement promising an investment that guaranteed a 10% monthly return and a 100% return after 10 months of maturity. Standard Chartered pays US$1.1 billion for sanctions violations Related news B.C. shines a light on corporate secrecy Tessie Sanci center_img Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords Financial crime The Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF) is the latest provincial regulator warning investors about the financial products and services of A&L Royal Finance Inc., a foreign company that’s claiming it operates in the province legitimately. In particular, the Quebec regulator’s cybersurveillance team could not confirm the company’s existence. Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

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Yvon Charest appointed to the Order of Canada

first_img Yvon Charest, president and CEO of Quebec City-based Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc. (IA) has been named an officer to the Order of Canada, the firm announced on Monday. The Governor General of Canada, David Johnston, appointed Charest into the Order of Canada in a ceremony held at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on Aug. 25. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Related news Charest was recognized for his leadership skills and helping IA achieve “remarkable growth” and make significant contributions to Canada’s economy, the firm says in a statement. Charest is also a notable philanthropist and is actively involved with several of charitable organizations. Charest has been named “Financial Personality of the Year” in Finance et Investissement‘s (FI) Top 25 ranking of Quebec’s financial services sector in 2004, 2008 and 2015. (FI is Investment Executive’s French language sister publication.) Photo: Finance et Investissement Keywords AppointmentsCompanies Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services PenderFund names new SVP for investments CETFA elects new board leader Leah Golob TD getting new head of private wealth, financial planning Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

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JSIF Signs Road Rehabilitation Contracts

first_imgJSIF Signs Road Rehabilitation Contracts UncategorizedNovember 18, 2006 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Two contracts were signed by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), on November 16, for the rehabilitation of the Kilmarnock road in North West St. Elizabeth/Eastern Westmoreland and Trenail to Maggotty road in North West St. Elizabeth.Signing ceremonies for the projects were held at Kilmarnock Primary School, and at the Trenail Outreach Church of God.In her address at the Trenail ceremony, Legal Officer of JSIF, Andrea Garcia, said the importance of rehabilitating the Trenail to Maggotty agricultural feeder road “cannot be over-emphasized”. “The residents are confronted with the problem, which hinders transportation and impacts negatively on other areas of their lives. What makes it even more difficult, is that farming is the main source of economic activity for the community,” she added.She pointed out that 1.6 kilometres of the road would be rehabilitated at a cost of $11.5 million, and that work should begin within two weeks.Mrs. Garcia explained that JSIF would be providing $9.6 million, while the community would provide the remaining $1.9 million.The contract has been awarded to St. Thomas Construction Company Limited. In relation to the Kilmarnock road, Mrs. Garcia said that approximately $15 million was approved for rehabilitation works, to be undertaken by Contraxx Enterprises Limited. She added that this project should be completed within four months. More than 1,300 residents from Kilmarnock and Trenail are expected to benefit from the rehabilitation projects. Among the guests at the signing ceremonies were Member of Parliament for Eastern Westmoreland, Luther Buchanan and Member of Parliament for North West St. Elizabeth, J.C. Hutchinson. RelatedJSIF Signs Road Rehabilitation Contracts RelatedJSIF Signs Road Rehabilitation Contractscenter_img RelatedJSIF Signs Road Rehabilitation Contracts Advertisementslast_img read more

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Going Home after Hurricane Dean: The American Friends of Jamaica Creates

first_imgRelatedGoing Home after Hurricane Dean: The American Friends of Jamaica Creates FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail In the wake of Hurricane Dean, which made landfall in Jamaica on Sunday, August 19, 2007, The American Friends of Jamaica (AFJ), a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting Jamaican charitable and social initiatives, responds to the needs of Jamaican citizens with the A Thousand Roofs of Love in partnership with Missionaries of the Poor, led by Father Richard Ho Lung. The roof project initiated by Ambassadors Sue and Chuck Cobb has gained the support of United States Ambassador to Jamaica, Brenda Johnson and husband J. Howard Johnson along with AFJ President Ambassador Glen and Gloria Holden, each personally pledging $20,000 USD to support roof rebuilding and repairing of 1,000 homes.Many children and families in southern parishes remain in shelters since they have lost homes and personal belongings due to the significant flooding and storm surges dumped by the Category 4 hurricane. “The American Friends of Jamaica sends our sympathy to our friends, brothers and sisters in Jamaica,” commented Ambassador Glen Holden, AFJ President. “We are responding by providing materials to many individuals who had damage to their roof. Our goal is to reach 1,000 homes and we have raised almost 40% of that goal at this time.”Father Ho Lung adds, ‘It is building a beautiful sense of care and hope”. Since the Hurricane hit, the Missionaries of the Poor have been engaged in providing immediately needed packages of food as well as setting up soup kitchens for many without food.Amb. Sue Cobb further explains, “A Thousand Roofs of Love Project will bring tremendous comfort to these suffering communities. This is a massive task and the Missionaries of the Poor deserve all the help we can give them in their remarkable and selfless service for the welfare of those less fortunate than themselves.”An assessment revealed there is tremendous need for roofing material to repair the damage. The goal is to provide materials for 1,000 homes at $250 USD per home, ($200 for materials and $50 for food). Amb. Holden continues, “A contribution of $250 USD will provide basic food and shelter for families who are in desperate need of a helping hand. Let’s work together and start rebuilding homes with love.”Each dwelling will be provided with four pieces of zinc and four pieces of plywood. With an additional pledge from the Plymouth Congregational Church in Coconut Grove, Florida and others, the fund currently totals over US $80,000. The support of individuals and organizations willing and able to participate in this 1000 Roofs Project will help achieve the set target of $250,000 USD.All contributions are tax-deductible. For more information or to make a contribution, please use one of the following methods:CHECKPlease send check payable to The American Friends of JamaicaIn memo line, write: Hurricane Dean Relief and mail to:The American Friends of JamaicaATTN: Keisha Phipps, Executive Director1120 Avenue of the Americas, Fourth FloorNew York, NY 10036Tel: 212-626-6883CREDIT CARDVisit the American Friends of Jamaica Website at www.theAFJ.org/HurricaneDean to make a contribution or call the office at 212-626-6883 to provide credit card information.About the American Friends of JamaicaThe American Friends of Jamaica is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to supporting Jamaican charitable organizations and social initiatives targeted at improving the lives of Jamaicans through systemic development in the areas of education, healthcare and economic development. Its history dates back 25 years. Founded in 1982, the American Friends of Jamaica was established to strategically connect resources from North America to charities in Jamaica. The American Friends of Jamaica (AFJ), a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting Jamaican charitable and social initiatives For more information, visit www.theafj.orgAbout Missionaries of the PoorThe Missionaries of the Poor (MOP), is an international catholic organization that serves the poorest of the poor. It operates homes for the sick and destitute. The backbone of the mission of MOP is the brothers and priests of this religious community. For more information, visit www.missionariesofthepoor.org. RelatedGoing Home after Hurricane Dean: The American Friends of Jamaica Creates Going Home after Hurricane Dean: The American Friends of Jamaica Creates UncategorizedAugust 24, 2007center_img Advertisements RelatedGoing Home after Hurricane Dean: The American Friends of Jamaica Createslast_img read more

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Double Edge

first_imgGeorge O’Grady is out as the European Tour’s chief executive, Freddie Couples may be in as the Ryder Cup captain and Patrick Reed goes out of bounds in this week’s edition of Cut Line. Made Cut Bye George. It likely wasn’t the way George O’Grady wanted to step down, via a hasty press release in the middle of a four-event finals run, but the European Tour chief executive has made a career out of rolling with the changing times. Severe economic headwinds in Europe and increased competition with the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup – a $10 million carrot many of the Continent’s best and brightest found impossible to ignore – made the CEO gig particularly demanding for O’Grady. Still, O’Grady, who took over the post in January 2005, secured a lucrative deal for the creation of the Race to Dubai, established the Final Series and inked new TV deals last year. Some will say O’Grady wasn’t aggressive enough at keeping Europe’s top players at home for more than just the occasional cameo and that the circuit has become too fragmented, but much like the news this week that he would be stepping down he was a pragmatist to the very end. Freddie for ’16. It was a blunt and telling admission, “You know, I’m not a PGA of America guy,” Fred Couples told Golf Channel insider Tim Rosaforte last week. While it’s true golf’s most interesting man wasn’t the PGA’s brand of vodka – what else would explain the association’s decision to bypass the undefeated Presidents Cup captain for a turn in the Ryder Cup chair? – that was the old PGA. The new PGA, armed with a task force and a mandate to stop the U.S. team’s Ryder Cup slide, seems more inclined to outside of the box thinking, and Couples would be a popular change of course. “When they all got home, they said, ‘We need you to do this,’” Couples said of the U.S. Ryder Cup team’s early lobbying. Giving the U.S. side a popular captain is only part of the overhaul that will be needed to end Europe’s dominance in the biennial event, but it’s a good start. Made Cut-Did Not Finish (MDF) Down the rabbit hole. When Dustin Johnson announced on July 31 that he was taking a leave of absence from golf because of “personal reasons,” there was plenty of speculation. A day later when Golf.com reported Johnson had been suspended by the PGA Tour for failing his third drug test the speculation went into overdrive. Now, however, we have learned that not all of Johnson’s “personal reasons” were self-inflicted. Last week the eight time Tour winner filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Atlanta claiming 17 counts of possible racketeering, wire fraud and negligence violations against a former adviser and his former partners. The most damaging part of the suit involved allegations that Mark and Rod Wittstadt, who are partners with the Morris Firm who were named in the lawsuit, “threatened to disclose private and confidential information about Johnson … should he commence a lawsuit to seek repayment of the money,” for a loan of $3 million. Seems there was more to DJ’s “personal problems” then anyone could have ever speculated. Tweet of the week: The highs and lows of #MyGolfJourney, I’ll let you decide which is which! #TAOpen @T_A_Golf pic.twitter.com/8E4Acrq80u— Henrik Stenson (@henrikstenson) November 7, 2014 Say this about the Iceman, he’s not without a healthy amount of perspective. Missed Cut An uneasy Reed. Earlier this year at the WGC-Cadillac Championship Patrick Reed caused a stir when he declared himself a top-5 player. At the Ryder Cup, he angered some European fans when he “shhh’ed” the crowd. On Day 1 at the WGC-HSBC Champions Reed reacted to a three-putt at his first hole with an expletive and a gay slur that was picked up by television microphones. “I’m sorry for using offensive language today in China. My passion to play well got the best of me and my word choice was unacceptable,” Reed tweeted. The same passion that made Reed one of the American team’s few bright spots at September’s Ryder Cup is also to blame for his outburst in China. There is no doubt Reed has the potential to be star, as well as the petulance to be his own worst nightmare. The (Tour’s) golden rule. You know the deal, if you don’t have anything nice to say … Or so the Tour figures when it comes to its members’ missteps, a truth that was hammered home this week with a pair of high-profile miscues. With surprising speed, the Tour sent out a release following Reed’s slur at the WGC-HSBC Champions. Not surprising, the release was short on details. “The PGA Tour ‘conduct unbecoming regulations’ prohibit the use of obscene language on the golf course. The Tour will deal with this matter internally in accordance with its regulations,” a Tour statement read. Earlier in the week, the circuit’s decision to not speak ill of its members reached new levels when news emerged from the PGA Tour China that Xin-Jun Zhang had been suspended for six months for signing incorrect scorecards. Zhang, the China circuit’s leading money winner, is a lock to earn a 2015 Web.com Tour, which is sure to test the Tour’s silence is golden rule. Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., may be able to sidestep media scrutiny by clinging to an outdated concept of smoke and mirrors, but questions from its own membership over issues of competitive integrity may prove more difficult to avoid.last_img read more

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Varner gets first win abroad at Aussie PGA

first_imgGOLD COAST, Australia – Harold Varner III didn’t really know the protocol, so he filled the Australian PGA Championship trophy with champagne, took a sip and then shared it around. The 26-year-old American won a title for the first time outside the U.S. mini tours when he fired nine birdies in a closing 65 on Sunday to finish at 19 under, two clear of Australian journeyman Andrew Dodt and four ahead of 2013 Masters champion Adam Scott. He finished runner-up after a playoff here last year, then had four top-10 finishes in his rookie season on the PGA Tour. “After last year, it feels good to come back and finish it off,” he said. “This is my first win since the mini tours, so this is my first win, I guess, as part of an organization such as the PGA Tour, the European Tour. It’s just a step in the right direction and I’m just super excited.” Varner had a hectic week at the event that is co-sanctioned by the Australasian and European tours. After lightning and rain stopped his first round after 14 holes, he had to set the alarm for 2:45 a.m. Friday to get up in time for an early courtesy car ride to his 5:30 a.m. tee off. He finished his first round in a share of the lead at 7 under, then went out and finished his second round before lunch on Day 2. His spare time has included black jack at the Casino where he’s staying, and where he was headed Sunday night. This being his first win abroad, Varner admitted he wasn’t fully aware the routine for a champion that included extra interviews, news conferences and photos opportunities. “I’m ready to get to the casino but no one told me about the other stuff that goes along with winning – which I’m totally cool with – I just didn’t know there was so much stuff. There might have been 1,000 pictures out there,” he told the news conference where he filled the trophy with champagne and shared it around. “Winning is cool.” Varner started the last round two shots behind Dodt. He surged into the lead with a run of four birdies at the start of an entertaining span of nine holes that contained seven birdies and two bogeys. He took a two-shot lead into the last hole and tapped in for par. Dodt held a two-shot lead before the final round but couldn’t match it with Varner’s nine birdies and closed with a 69. Scott closed with a 67, his best round of the tournament to finish in outright third at 15 under. Ashley Hall dropped from second to fourth at 14 under after a final round of 70. His fellow Australian Brett Rumford finished at 10 under, two shots ahead of a group of three that included Dutch golfer Darius van Driel, amateur Brett Coletta and John Senden. New Zealander Ryan Foxwas ninth at 7 under. Scott started the last day four shots off the pace but again was wayward off the tee. He kept in touch with three birdies in four holes from the eighth and added an eagle at the par-5 15th. “It was my best round of the week and it wasn’t good enough unfortunately,” he said. The former No. 1-ranked Scott said he planned to put the clubs away for a while and catch up on family time, surfing, and watching some cricket and tennis. The clubs “will be away for a couple of weeks and if they’re not too rusty by Christmas I might bring them back out and shake some of the rust off,” he said. “I’ll just play around for fun and then I’ll get serious once the new year starts.” Varner, who is the only player other than Tiger Woods with black heritage on the PGA Tour, is hoping this win is the launching pad for a better 2017. He’s the first American to win the Australian PGA title since Hale Irwin in 1978 at Royal Melbourne, and the first non-Australian to claim the title since 1999. “Winning is just … different,” he said. “Three years, I haven’t won, so this is special.”last_img read more

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