WASHINGTON (AP) — The services sector, where most Americans work, operated in January at the highest level in almost two years. The Institute for Supply Management reported Wednesday that activity in the services sector climbed to a reading of 58.7% in January on a seasonally adjusted basis, up a full percentage point from the December reading of 57.7%. This was the highest reading since February 2019 when the index was at 58.8%. The January performance represented the eighth straight month of growth after sharp declines last spring when the economy was leveled by a global pandemic.
The R&A and the USGA have unveiled the new Rules of Golf which will come into force on 1 January 2019.They were finalised this month after an extensive review that included asking for feedback from the global golf community on the proposed changes.Most of proposed Rules remain intact in the final version, but there have been several important changes. These include:• Dropping procedure: When taking relief (from an abnormal course condition or penalty area, for example), golfers will now drop from knee height. This will ensure consistency and simplicity in the dropping process while also preserving the randomness of the drop. (Key change: the proposed Rules released in 2017 suggested dropping from any height).• Measuring in taking relief: The golfer’s relief area will be measured by using the longest club in his/her bag (other than a putter) to measure one club-length or two club-lengths, depending on the situation, providing a consistent process for golfers to establish his/her relief area. (Key change: the proposed Rules released in 2017 suggested a 20-inch or 80-inch standard measurement).• Removing the penalty for a double hit: The penalty stroke for accidentally striking the ball more than once in the course of a stroke has been removed. Golfers will simply count the one stroke they made to strike the ball. (Key change: the proposed Rules released in 2017 included the existing one-stroke penalty).• Balls Lost or Out of Bounds: Alternative to Stroke and Distance: A new Local Rule will now be available in January 2019, permitting committees to allow golfers the option to drop the ball in the vicinity of where the ball is lost or out of bounds (including the nearest fairway area), under a two-stroke penalty. It addresses concerns raised at the club level about the negative impact on pace of play when a player is required to go back under stroke and distance. The Local Rule is not intended for higher levels of play, such as professional or elite level competitions. (Key change: this is a new addition to support pace of play)David Rickman, Executive Director – Governance at The R&A, said, “We believe that the new Rules are more in tune with what golfers would like and are easier to understand and apply for everyone who enjoys playing this great game.”“We’re thankful for the golfers, administrators and everyone in the game who took the time to provide us with great insight and thoughtful feedback,” said USGA Senior Director of Rules & Amateur Status, Thomas Pagel. “We couldn’t be more excited to introduce the new Rules ahead of their education and implementation.”Major proposals introduced in 2017 that have been incorporated into the modernised Rules include:• Elimination or reduction of “ball moved” penalties: There will be no penalty for accidentally moving a ball on the putting green or in searching for a ball; and a player is not responsible for causing a ball to move unless it is “virtually certain” that he or she did so.• Relaxed putting green rules: There will be no penalty if a ball played from the putting green hits an unattended flagstick in the hole; players may putt without having the flagstick attended or removed. Players may repair spike marks and other damage made by shoes, animal damage and other damage on the putting green and there is no penalty for merely touching the line of putt.• Relaxed rules for “penalty areas” (currently called “water hazards”): Red and yellow-marked penalty areas may cover areas of desert, jungle, lava rock, etc., in addition to areas of water; expanded use of red penalty areas where lateral relief is allowed; and there will be no penalty for moving loose impediments or touching the ground or water in a penalty area.• Relaxed bunker rules: There will be no penalty for moving loose impediments in a bunker or for generally touching the sand with a hand or club. A limited set of restrictions (such as not grounding the club right next to the ball) is kept to preserve the challenge of playing from the sand; however, an extra relief option is added for an unplayable ball in a bunker, allowing the ball to be played from outside the bunker with a two-stroke penalty.• Relying on player integrity: A player’s “reasonable judgment” when estimating or measuring a spot, point, line, area or distance will be upheld, even if video evidence later shows it to be wrong; and elimination of announcement procedures when lifting a ball to identify it or to see if it is damaged.• Pace-of-play support: Reduced time for searching for a lost ball (from five minutes to three); affirmative encouragement of “ready golf” in stroke play; recommending that players take no more than 40 seconds to play a stroke and other changes intended to help with pace of play.Golfers can now access the official 2019 Rules of Golf by visiting RandA.org Three publications, to be distributed in September, will help players as well as officials and provide interpretation and guidance in how the Rules are applied:The Player’s Edition of the Rules of Golf: An abridged, user-friendly set of the Rules with shorter sentences, commonly used phrases, and diagrams. Written in the “second person,” The Player’s Edition is intended to be the primary publication for golfers.The Rules of Golf: The full edition of the Rules will be written in the third person and include illustrations. It is intended to be a more thorough version of the revised Rules.The Official Guide to the Rules of Golf: This “guidebook” replaces the Decisions book and will contain information to best support committees and officials. It includes interpretations on the Rules, committee procedures (available local rules and information on establishing the terms of the competition), and the Modified Rules of Golf for Players with Disabilities. It is a comprehensive resource document intended as a supplementary publication.More than 30 “how-to apply” videos and a summary of the principal changes are now available by clicking here. Additional education tools will be released in September.Players are reminded that the current edition of the Rules of Golf (2016) must be applied when playing, posting scores or competing for the remainder of 2018. The Rules of Amateur Status and the Rules of Equipment Standards were not part of this review process. 12 Mar 2018 New Rules of Golf are unveiled Tags: R&A, Rules, USGA
Image Courtesy: AP/Twitter(@iamdresomes)Advertisement lrxNBA Finals | Brooklyn VswnywoWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ekot( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) iupWould you ever consider trying this?😱fktCan your students do this? 🌚cRoller skating! Powered by Firework Atlético Madrid’s 2-0 away victory against Lokomotiv Moscow last night saw probably one of the greatest track backs ever in the game- as seven of Diego Simeone’s boys picked up the pace to defend against Lokomotiv’s counter. Absolute brilliance.Advertisement Image Courtesy: AP/Twitter(@iamdresomes)In the Champions League Group D face off against the Parovozy at the Lokomotiv Stadium, the crowd rallied up their voices as seven Atlético men caught up to the home team’s break in a counter attack.Watch the amazing defensive tactic by Simeone’s side below, courtesy of Twitter user @iamdresomes.Advertisement As you can see, the Russians attempted to catch their opponents off guard in a counter, just seconds before seven Rojiblancos outfield players surrounded the opposition attacker. A result of top level work rate.The players and Simeone himself were bundled with praise on social media, as several tweets were emerging on the amazing defensive tactics of the 49 year old Argentine gaffer.The first half of the game ended goalless, before the Portuguese attacker João Félix opened up the scoreline for the away side in the 48th minute. Midfielder Thomas Partey netted in the second one 10 minutes later, securing the victory for the La Liga giants at Moscow.Atlético are now in second position in Group D, behind leaders Juventus in goal difference. They are facing Bayer Leverkusen in their next Champions League match at the Wanda Metropolitano on 22nd October. Advertisement
Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro celebrates after victory against John Isner of the US during their men’s singles fourth round match on day nine of The Roland Garros 2018 French Open tennis tournament in Paris on June 4, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMONFifth seed Juan Martin del Potro brushed aside John Isner 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 to reach the French Open quarterfinals for the first time since 2012 on Monday.The Argentinian produced an impressive display on Court Suzanne Lenglen, firing 25 winners and making just 14 unforced errors against the American ninth seed.ADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations MOST READ LATEST STORIES Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The 29-year-old Del Potro was knocked out in the third round at Roland Garros last year after missing the previous four tournaments in Paris through injury.He will face either fellow former US Open champion and third seed Marin Cilic or fiery Italian Fabio Fognini in the last eight.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Kerber into second French Open quarterfinal View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew
Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Disaster is a word with strong connotations, conjuring images of fire, flood, storms, earthquakes and… spilled cups of coffee.That latter category might not strike you as the kind of disaster that will bring the 24-hour news vans to your door, but to a business that depends on the uptime of its systems, a jostled cup of joe or a faulty hard drive can be just as much of a disaster as the Biblical stuff.According to a new survey of small to medium-sized businesses, it isn’t flooding, tornadoes or hurricanes that are mostly responsible for IT downtime, but rather hardware failures – a full 55% of downtime incidents, in fact. IT recovery vendor Quorum tracked the trouble tickets of customers who used their service in the first quarter of 2013 to derive the data.Disk failures were the number one hardware failure, says Quorum CEO Larry Lang. “More often than you think, it’s a SAN failure,” he adds, referring to “storage area networks” that are designed to keep data available even when a disk – or disks – crash.Power supply problems are another big hardware issue. At times, they’re complicated by cooling system malfunctions that in turn overheat power supplies and bring them down in a giant cascade of fail.Or you can face something completely unexpected. A Quorum customer once had a problem when a neighbor’s renovation work spewed gypsum dust onto server heat sinks, causing them to lose efficiency and overheat the system.Delete All? OK…Next on the list was human error, which made up 22% of incidents that caused downtime. But Lang suspects that this figure is actually on the low side. “Human nature being what it is, the actual human mistakes tend to be under-reported,” he said. Accidental deletions, are common mistakes that don’t get reported.Software failures ranked next, coming in at 18% of downtime causes. These include updates that don’t go well, many of which were probably untested before deployment. (That could also put these back in the human error column, too.)The last category is the flashier stuff. But natural disasters only accounted for 5% of IT downtime incidents.The Cost Of GoofsEstimating the damage caused by IT downtime isn’t always easy. Ball-parking the financial cost is straightforward – just take your company’s annual revenue, divide that by number of business hours in a year (2080 in the U.S.), then multiply that number by the number of hours your systems are down.But some times in the year are worse for downtime than others. If your accounting firm’s servers go down in mid-June, it’s likely not as stressful or painful to the bottom line as a similar failure the week before the April 15 tax deadline in the U.S.Then there’s the reputational effect. When an actual natural disaster strikes and you are offline, customers are more likely to cut you some slack until you get things up and running. But if they tune in on any given day and your computers are dark for what to them seems no apparent reason, they might be… unsatisfied. Some might take to Twitter, Yelp and other social outlets to broadcast their frustration, too.Back Up And PrepareIT managers need to prepare for the worst, but also must understand that the worst might not happen when Mother Nature drops by.To be prepared for the disasters that occur in the chaos of our daily lives, Lang recommended that, at the very least, businesses need to back up as much as they can. It may take longer to restore than expected, but when the worst happens, your data will still be there and you can start the recovery process.Lang also recommends testing and retesting backup and restore processes as often as possible. Software and hardware configurations can change often, so you need to make sure your recovery operations won’t fail.“In business, the longest distance in IT is the distance between ought to work and known to work,” Lang said.Image courtesy of Shutterstock Tags:#Disaster Recovery brian proffitt How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo…
Chronology of events of the UK phone hacking scandalNovember 2005: News of the World royal reporter Clive Goodman writes story saying Prince William has a knee injury. Buckingham Palace complaint prompts police inquiry.August 2006: Goodman arrested along with private investigator Glenn Mulcaire for suspected hacking into voice mails of royal household.January 2007: Goodman jailed for four months; Mulcaire given six-month sentence. News of the World editor Andy Coulson resigns.May 2007: Conservative Party leader David Cameron taps Coulson to be his media adviser.July 2009: Coulson tells parliamentary committee he never “condoned use of phone hacking.”September 2009: Rebekah Brooks, former editor of the News of the World and its sister paper The Sun, named chief executive of News International, News Corp’s British arm.February 2010: Parliamentary committee finds no evidence that Coulson knew about phone-hacking but states it’s “inconceivable” that only Goodman knew about it.May 2010: Conservative David Cameron becomes prime minister; Coulson named his communications chief.January 2011: British police reopen investigation into phone hacking. Coulson resigns Downing Street post.May: News of the World agrees to pay actress Sienna Miller 100,000 pounds ($161,000) to settle claim her phone had been hacked.June: News of the World pays another settlement, this time with former football player and Sky Sports pundit Andy Gray.July 4: The Guardian newspaper publishes report saying phone of 13-year-old murder victim Milly Dowler was hacked by News of the World when Brooks was its editor. Brooks refuses to resign, says she knew nothing about the hacking.July 5: News of the World advertisers boycott the paper.advertisementJuly 7: News International announces it will close 168-year-old News of the World.July 8: Coulson arrested over phone hacking; he’s not charged. Goodman arrested again, this time for suspected illegal payments to police. Cameron announces inquiries.July 10: 168-year-old News of the World publishes final edition. Rupert Murdoch flies into London to deal with the crisis.July 11: News Corp withdraws offer to spin off Sky News in attempt to save bid for complete control of satellite broadcaster British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB).July 12: Cameron backs opposition motion urging Murdoch to back out of BSkyB bid.July 13: News Corp pulls its bid to take full control of BSkyB.July 14: Rupert Murdoch agrees to appear before a parliamentary committee; defends News Corp’s handling of scandal in interview with The Wall Street Journal. Reports emerge that FBI opens inquiry into possible phone hacking of 9/11 terror victims.July 15: Brooks resigns as CEO of News International, is replaced by Tom Mockridge, former head of News Corp’s Sky Italia television unit. Les Hinton, former News International chairman, resigns as CEO of Murdoch’s Dow Jones & Co and publisher of The Wall Street Journal. Murdoch meets with Dowler’s family to apologise.July 16: News Corp runs a full-page ad in seven British newspapers apologising for “serious wrongdoing” at the News of the World.July 17: Brooks is arrested by UK police in the hacking scandal. London police chief Paul Stephenson resigns amid criticism over his alleged links to Neil Wallis, a former News of the World executive editor arrested in the scandal. Murdoch publishes another ad in British newspapers titled “Putting right what’s gone wrong.”July 18: London police assistant commissioner John Yates resigns. He made the decision two years earlier not reopen police inquiry into phone hacking.- With AP inputs
TORONTO (AP) — LeBron James scored 35 points, Kevin Love had 16 points and 13 rebounds, and the Cleveland Cavaliers pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the Toronto Raptors 115-94 on Friday night and take a 3-0 lead in their second-round playoff series.DeMar DeRozan scored 37 points and Jonas Valanciunas had 19 for the Raptors, who were without three-time All-Star Kyle Lowry. They trailed by only two after three quarters before the Cavaliers quickly blew open the game.Game 4 is Sunday in Toronto.The Cavaliers are the first team since the Minneapolis Lakers in 1949 and 1950 to win their first seven playoff games in consecutive seasons.Cleveland won 10 straight to begin the playoffs last year. That streak ended when Toronto beat the Cavs in Games 3 and 4 of the Eastern Conference finals, but the Raptors couldn’t duplicate the feat this time around.SPURS 103, ROCKETS 92HOUSTON (AP) — Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge scored 26 points apiece to help San Antonio, now without Tony Parker, beat Houston to take a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference semifinals.Aldridge had managed just 19 points combined in the first two games, but stepped up in the wake of Parker’s season-ending leg injury, scoring nine points in the fourth quarter to help the Spurs pull away.Game 4 is Sunday night in Houston.James Harden led the Rockets with 43 points after scoring just 13 in Game 2. But he had just five assists and complained about the officiating all night.The Spurs were playing in the postseason without Parker for the first time since 2001, ending an NBA record of 221 straight playoff appearances for the Frenchman. The 34-year-old was injured in the fourth quarter of Game 2.TweetPinShare0 Shares
The National Gallery of Jamaica has received the sad news of the passing of Dr the Hon. David Boxer, O.J., one of the Caribbean region’s most eminent and influential art scholars, artists and art collectors.Dr Boxer served the National Gallery for some thirty-seven years, first as Director/Curator and from 1991 to 2013 as Chief Curator.David Wayne Boxer was born in St. Andrew in 1946. A classically trained art historian, he attended Cornell University and then the Johns Hopkins University, where he wrote his doctoral dissertation on the early work of Francis Bacon.He lectured at George Mason University before returning to Jamaica in 1975 to take up the position of Director/Curator of the recently established National Gallery of Jamaica.It was David Boxer’s curatorial and scholarly mission to ensure that Jamaica had its own documented and art history, so that Jamaican art could assert its rightful place within the broader context of world art.He started this process in the mid-1970s with several exhibitions that challenged previous understandings about Jamaican art and articulated a new, comprehensive art-historical narrative that continues to be the standard in the field today.David Boxer’s first exhibition for the National Gallery, Five Centuries of Art in Jamaica(1975) challenged the view that what could rightly be called Jamaican art started with the nationalist unrest of 1938 and argued that art in Jamaica had a much longer history, with which modern Jamaican art existed in dialogue.The second such exhibition The Formative Years: Art in Jamaica 1922-1940 (1978) examined the emergence of modern, nationalist art in Jamaica and identified Edna Manley’s Beadseller (1922) as its symbolic starting point.The third and perhaps most radical element of Boxer’s art history of Jamaica was articulated with The Intuitive Eye (1979) exhibition, in which he placed the self-taught, popular artists he designed as Intuitives at the centre of the national canon.This art- historical narrative was consolidated with the Jamaican Art 1922-1982 exhibition for the Smithsonian in 1983 and also became the basis for the National Gallery’s first permanent exhibition when the Gallery moved to the Roy West building that same year.Many other memorable exhibitions followed, with more than fifty curated by David Boxer himself. The major retrospectives he curated, such as Edna Manley: Sculptor in 1990 and BarringtonWatson: A Retrospective in 2012, stand out as landmarks in the National Gallery’s exhibition history and deepened the scholarship of Jamaican art. Recurrent exhibitions such as the Annual National, which was inaugurated in 1977, and, its successor since 2002, the National Biennial provided an important avenue for the national exposure of many artists, new and established, and contributed actively to the development of art in Jamaica.David Boxer’s vision of Jamaican art also guided the development of the National Gallery’s permanent collection, which has grown from some 230 works of art in 1974 to more than 2,000 works today, and provides an encyclopaedic overview of Jamaican art from the Taino to the present day, as well as a small international collection.He brokered several major donations to the collection that filled important gaps, such as the A.D. Scott Collection in 1989 and the Aaron and Marjorie Matalon Collection in 1999, and he also developed specialized collections within the National Gallery’s collection dedicated to the work of Mallica “Kapo” Reynolds and Edna Manley.David Boxer was one of the leading art scholars in the Caribbean region and arguably the most noted authority on Jamaican art, particularly the work of Edna Manley, Intuitive art and early Jamaican photography.His publications record is substantial and includes several books: a major Edna Manley monograph in 1990, Modern Jamaican Art in 1998, and Jamaica in Black and White in 2013, which was the first major book on early Jamaican photography and which he co-authored with Edward Lucie-Smith. Most recently, he contributed the main research essay to the catalogue of John Dunkley: Neither Day nor Night, a major survey of the paintings and sculptures of the Intuitive master John Dunkley, which opened to the public on May 26, two days before his passing, at the Perez Art Museum in Miami. He also served as curatorial advisor to this important exhibition.David Boxer’s work as a curator and scholar existed in close dialogue with his work as an artist and a private collector. He was self-taught as an artist and his artistic work was infused with art-historical, literary and visual culture references, which he used to comment on issues such as the violence of colonization and slavery, and the existential anxieties of modern life.Boxer worked in a variety of media: painting, collage, print, and assemblage, and he was one of the pioneers in the field of installation and video art in Jamaica. As a private collector, David Boxer amassed one of the most comprehensive collections of Jamaican art, photography, and furniture, as well as a fine collection of rare art books.The Board and Staff of the National offer their sincere condolences to the family and friends of Dr. the Hon. David Boxer, O.J. His contribution to the visual arts of Jamaica and the broader Caribbean is beyond measure and leaves an important, foundational legacy for the National Gallery and the Jamaican artistic community to build on in the future.A public condolence book will be available for signing at the National Gallery from Wednesday, May 30.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Minister urges TCI public to get ready for Hurricane Season Recommended for you TCI Tourism plan ready in case of Hurricane Cheque to support TCI Red Cross from Scotiabank Related Items:#magneticmedianews, hurricane season, RFA Mounts Bay, Royal Navy Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Grand Turk, TCI July 18, 2017 — The visit of the Royal Navy ship, RFA Mounts Bay, which was scheduled to dock in TCI yesterday, has been postponed indefinitely. A press release from the Governor’s office said the ship’s delay was due to unforseen circumstances. A new date for the ship’s arrival has not yet been announced.The ship was deployed to assist the United Kingdom’s Caribbean overseas territories during the 2017 hurricane season. The crew along with a Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief team have already visited the Cayman Islands and Jamaica. The Disaster Management and Emergency Services, Emergency Medical Services and Public Works Department and the TCI Royal Police Force will all be working in partnership with the crew to assess hurricane preparedness and post-hurricane relief.#MagneticMediaNews#RFAMountsBay#HurricaneSeason