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County Final Memory: Graiguecullen’s last success in 1965

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Home Sport GAA County Final Memory: Graiguecullen’s last success in 1965 SportGAA Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Electric Picnic Electric Picnic Facebook The 1940s was their finest era as they won six Laois titles but the success dried up after 1949 and after they lost the 1950 final to Ballyroan, they didn’t even get to a final again until 1964.There they were beaten by a resurgent Portlaoise side, winning their first title since 1907.There was only a point between the sides though and the following year, Graigue exacted revenge in the semi-final when they knocked out the champions. They had earlier beaten Park and Rovers, a team from around Portlaoise that no longer exist.On the other side of the draw was a young and up and coming Timahoe outfit, one that had only won the intermediate title for the first time in 1962.They beat The Heath and Stradbally in the early rounds before beating the 1963 champions O’Dempsey’s in the semi-final. Their first senior final awaited.‘Graiguecullen to win Laois football final,’ was the straight assessment in the Nationalist preview.The previous year Graigue had beaten Timahoe in the semi-final and though Timahoe had turned the tables in a league game that year, the Nationalist correspondent noted that “Graigue in a league tie and Graigue in a championship final are two distinctly different sides”.He also referenced the excitement in Timahoe which he said was “ablaze with football fever” since the semi-final win over O’Dempsey’s.In a sign of a different era, the ball was thrown in by a Fr Fennell, a native of Graiguecullen but then a parish priest in Sydney, Australia.On the day itself there was little between the teams. They were level at the break with a Tom Miller goal in the tenth minute giving Timahoe a lead only for the sides to be level 1-4 to 0-7 at the interval.The crucial score arrived with ten minutes remaining when Mick Fennell capitalised on a mistake in the Timahoe defence to put Graigue 1-9 to 1-5 ahead.Timahoe refused to lie down however and two frees from Tom Joe Bradley and one from from Tommy Carroll had the gap back to one as the game entered the closing stages.Timahoe pressed hard for an equaliser but Ernie Culliton kicked a great score for Graiguecullen and they duly held on.The Leinster Express report of the 1965 Laois SFC final“The enthusiasm which kept Graiguecullen in search of re-gaining the senior title for the past 16 years was evident in every kick of Sunday’s final at O’Moore Park and truly blossomed forth in the scenes of wild jubilation that were witnessed at the close,” read the opening paragraph of the Leinster Express report. “First to congratulate the winners were the gallant losers, Timahoe, who fought every inch of the way, in a keen and as sporting a Laois senior football decider as ever played at the county grounds.”4,500 spectators were in attendance that day with the papers reporting that the gate receipts totalled £730.“Goalkeeper Peter Salter brought off some good saves for Graiguecullen while veteran, John Callinan played captain’s part at full back being ably assisted by corner men Michael Hand and Pat Tynan,” added the Leinster Express report.“George Nolan, Willie Ramsbottom and Eddie Murphy formed an ideal half line of defence.“Dinny Byrne’s long deliveries from midfield caused many anxious moments for the Timahoe defence while JJ Farrell also played his part at midfield. In the half line of attack Ollie Kearns (a Kerry man who was living in the Graigue area at the time and whose son Liam managed Laois in 2007 and 2008) was deadly accurate off frees with Seamus Nolan also very prominent in the left half position.“After a rather tame opening half at centre half forward, Mick Fennell came into his own in the second half when moved to full forward where he played a blinder.“John Egan made no mistakes between the posts for Timahoe and made a good save from Ollie Kearns’s penalty shot. Michael Carroll, Jim Foyle and Mark Ramsbottom were a reliable full line of defence.“At centre half back, Paddy Bergin stood head and shoulders above all others and along with Mark Delaney and Pat Scully rounded off a good half line of defence.“Both at midfield and at centre half forward, John Miller had an outstanding game while Tom Miller also played his part and shared in the scoring.“Tommy Carroll, both at right half forward and at midfield, gave a first class performance while Sean Ramsbottom and Dick Miller also tried very hard in attack, while last, but by no means least, TJ Bradley, who was deadly accurate from frees, contributed more than half of the Timahoe total.”Timahoe would go on to lose the final again in 1968 to Portlaoise before claiming their first and only title in 1969 when they denied Portlaoise a four-in-a-row. Timahoe also lost finals in 1973, 1978, 1988 and 2008.After that 1965 success, Graiguecullen wouldn’t appear in the final again until 1975, when they lost to St Joseph’s. They later lost finals in 1976, 1980, 1981 and 2011.They are one of the four remaining teams left in the 2020 Laois championship which is hoped can be concluded by the summer of this year before the 2021 competitions get underway.SCORERS – Graiguecullen: Ollie Kearns 0-5, Mick Fennell 1-2, Ernie Culliton 0-1, Seamus Nolan 0-1, Dinny Byrne 0-1. Timahoe: TJ Bradley 0-6, Tom Miller 1-0, Tommy Carroll 0-1, Dick Miller 0-1.GRAIGUECULLEN: Peter Salter; Michael Hand, John Callinan (captain), Pat Tynan; George Nolan, Willie Ramsbottom, Eddie Murphy; John Joe Farrell, Dinny Byrne; Ollie Kearns, Mick Fennell, Seamus Nolan; Ernie Culliton, Gerry Gordon, Martin Harte. Subs: Mick Bolton, Eddie Harte, Joe Bolger, Liam Ryan, Joe Hennessy, Paddy Kelly, Jim Nolan, Frank Kelly, Andy Fennell, Dinny NolanTIMAHOE: John Egan; Jim Foyle, Michael Carroll, Mark Ramsbottom; Mark Delaney, Paddy Bergin, Pat Scully; Tom Miller, John Miller; Tommy Carroll, Sean Ramsbottom, Pat Scully; Pat Mangan, Dick Miller, TJ Bradley. Subs: Joe Whelan, Bobby MillerREFEREE: Donal Dunne (O’Dempsey’s)SEE ALSO – Check out more from our County Final Memory series here TAGS1965County Final MemoryGraiguecullenGraiguecullen v TimahoeTimahoe Graiguecullen – 1965 Laois SFC champions Graiguecullen 1-10 Timahoe 1-81965 Laois SFC FinalFor a club with such tradition and one that is invariably competing in the latter stages of the Laois senior football championship, it’s hard to believe that you have to go back to 1965 for Graiguecullen’s last title success.They have won the Laois senior championship on 12 occasions and sit third in the roll of honour behind only Stradbally and Portlaoise. They also have the distinction of having won 13 championships in Carlow between 1908 and 1925 before switching to Laois in 1926 following a dispute in Carlow.They duly made an instant impression in Laois, winning the 1927 title and supplying a large number of players to the great Laois team of the 1930s that won three Leinster titles in succession, including the great Tommy ‘Boy Wonder’ Murphy. County Final Memory: Graiguecullen’s last success in 1965center_img Twitter Previous articleDeaths in Laois – Sunday, January 17, 2020Next articleAll the recent job vacancies as advertised on LaoisToday Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of LaoisToday.ie. From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point. Pinterest Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Pinterest WhatsApp Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Electric Picnic By Steven Miller – 17th January 2021 last_img read more

IIROC debt market regulation fee model takes effect Nov. 1

first_img Fed to weigh further options for aiding U.S. economy in peril Related news Keywords Bond,  Trading feesCompanies Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada Securities regulators have given the green light to new fees that will fund stepped up oversight of Canada’s debt markets. The Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) announced on Thursday it has received approval from the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) for its proposed fee model, which will finance its new debt market oversight efforts. Starting Nov. 1, IIROC’s new rule for debt transaction reporting will take effect, and the new fee model will kick in then, too. Fund managers invited into BoC backstop Share this article and your comments with peers on social mediacenter_img James Langton The fees charged under the new model aim to recover the costs of IIROC’s oversight, including the operation of a new system to collect and analyze detailed debt trade reports. It imposes fees for all transaction types, which, IIROC notes, results in a low per-unit cost. IIROC will review the fee model after one or two years to ensure it continues to adhere to its guiding principles of fairness, transparency and industry competitiveness, the regulator says in a statement. Retail trading surge on regulators’ radar, Vingoe says Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Former CIBC rep fined and banned for misconduct

first_img A Mutual Funds Dealers Association of Canada (MFDA) hearing panel has fined Deborah Louise Bartolini, a former dealing representative with CIBC Securities Inc., $50,000 and banned her permanently from conducting securities-related business in any capacity while employed by, or associated with, an MFDA member firm for infractions related to the theft and borrowing of client funds. Bartolini was also ordered to pay costs of $5,000 for misconduct connected to the three allegations that occurred while she was employed by the mutual fund arm of Toronto-based Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) in Welland, Ont., according to the MFDA’s decision and reasons, released Thursday. Keywords EnforcementCompanies Mutual Fund Dealers Association BFI investors plead for firm’s sale PwC alleges deleted emails, unusual transactions in Bridging Finance case Mouth mechanic turned market manipulator Tessie Sanci center_img The MFDA hearing panel determined that the full penalty is equal to the seriousness of the allegations, as it states in the decision: “In the securities industry, few allegations can be more serious than theft from a client. …Borrowing from a client is also a serious matter.” Bartolini admitted to unauthorized discretionary trading and theft of client funds in August 2013 when she processed a redemption of $25,000 from the investment account of an 88-year-old client without that individual’s knowledge. Bartolini then arranged to have those funds moved to another bank and deposited in a joint account belonging to herself, her aunt and her son. CIBC reimbursed that client $25,000 and any interest connected to that amount in March 2014. The second allegation involves personal financial dealings Bartolini had with two clients who were a couple. Bartolini admitted to borrowing $13,000 from the couple in 2013 and promising to pay interest on that loan. That loan was made possible because the couple obtained the funds from their line of credit at CIBC. Bartolini then asked for a second loan of $50,000, which the couple denied. CIBC was unaware of the situation at the time it occurred. Bartolini repaid $2,940 to the couple between June and December 2013. CIBC reimbursed $10,060, the remaining unpaid portion, to the couple in March 2015. In late 2013, Bartolini also attempted to borrow $5,000 from an 86-year-old client but the client denied the request. The MFDA hearing panel, in explaining its decision, makes it clear that the penalty is appropriate, but that there were factors that worked in Bartolini’s favour. Specifically, the panel decided against setting a higher fine because Bartolini had not been the subject of past MFDA disciplinary proceedings; she co-operated with the MFDA in this matter and accepted responsibility; and she has shown remorse for her conduct. The fact that CIBC had reimbursed the clients involved in the illegitimate transactions was also a consideration that was taken into account. Although the MFDA hearing panel also notes in its decision that Bartolini is unlikely to pay the fine because of a lack of funds, the decision still sends a message to those in mutual fund industry regarding the seriousness of these infractions. An additional deterrent comes from the fact Bartolini is the subject of criminal charges based on this conduct, according to the hearing panel’s decision. Bartolini was a dealing representative with CIBC Securities between August 1994 and December 2013. She was also registered as a branch manager with CIBC between May 2002 and May 2010. She is not currently employed in the securities industry in any capacity. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

TSX calls for cap on trading rebates

first_img40556994 - close up image of stock market data on a computer monitor. 123RF Trading fees capped on Lynx ATS Keywords Trading feesCompanies TSX Group Inc. James Langton It proposes rolling back those recent increases and capping rebates at their prior levels.Specifically, it proposes capping active rebates within the range of 10 cents to 17 cents per share.“Setting a cap on active rebates at this level would help to better balance between the cost reduction benefits of active rebates and the costs for natural liquidity providing orders to participate against that flow,” it said.“It would also continue to allow marketplaces a reasonable degree of room to compete and continue to provide differentiated offerings to their diverse client base,” the exchange added.The exchange said that, if regulators can’t impose a cap “within a reasonable timeframe,” it plans to try and get a voluntary agreement in place among the various markets.The move to cap rebates comes amid growing industry concerns about “the potential for the increased segmentation of cost-sensitive retail active order flow (which receives a rebate) away from natural resting orders that might also be sensitive to paying fees to post.”Given the competitive environment, the exchange noted that, without some action to address the recent run up in rebates, more increases are possible, “further exacerbating the concerns about segmentation.” U.S. discount brokerage manipulates inexperienced investors, regulators say Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Citing concerns about market fragmentation, the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) says it’s time to consider imposing a cap on trading fee rebates.In a notice published on May 31, the exchange said that a recent price war among marketplaces has led to an increase in the rebates that trading venues pay for active retail order flow. Related news Pilot to study trading-fee rebates scrapped Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

OECD upgrades Australia’s economic growth outlook 3 December

first_imgOECD upgrades Australia’s economic growth outlook 3 December In its latest Economic Outlook Report, the OECD has upgraded Australia’s economic growth outlook for 2020 while noting that “the COVID-19 pandemic continues to exert a substantial toll on economies and societies”.According to the OECD, global GDP will contract by 4.2 per cent in 2020, before picking up by 4 ¼ per cent in 2021. The OECD says there is “now hope for a brighter future” with vaccines in sight however “the recovery will be uneven across countries, potentially leading to lasting changes in the world economy”.The OECD has upgraded its outlook for the Australian economy by 0.3 percentage points following the Federal Budget released on 6 October. The OECD now expects Australia’s economy to contract by 3.8 per cent in 2020 (previously 4.1 per cent). This compares favourably to an average fall of 5.5 per cent across all advanced economies.These figures are despite Victoria’s “strict state-wide” lockdown measures which the OECD recognised led to an “interstate divergence in consumer sentiment and labour market outcomes”.The OECD also emphasised the Morrison Government’s economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic, pointing to JobKeeper as having “covered nearly one million employers and one-third of all employment, containing the rise in the measured unemployment rate so far”.This finding was recently confirmed by research from the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) which found that the temporary payment helped to reduce “total employment losses by at least 700,000”.In addition to the effectiveness of JobKeeper, the OECD notes the importance of the Government’s Economic Recovery Plan, in particular personal income tax cuts, the JobMaker Hiring Credit and planned insolvency reforms which it describes as “key”.These changes are the most significant to Australia’s insolvency framework in 30 years, drawing on features of the Chapter 11 bankruptcy model in the United States, ultimately keeping businesses in business and Australians in jobs.Our Economic Recovery Plan outlined in the 2020-21 Budget is working to help to create more jobs, boost our economic recovery and secure Australia’s future. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:AusPol, Australia, Australian, Australian Treasury, business, covid-19, employment, Federal, GDP, Government, Morrison, Morrison Government, OECD, outcomes, research, Reserve Bank of Australia, United States, Victorialast_img read more

Gennova-HDT Biotech’s mRNA vaccine candidate gets DCGI nod for Phase 1 trials

first_imgGennova-HDT Biotech’s mRNA vaccine candidate gets DCGI nod for Phase 1 trials The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story CEPIDBTDCGIGennova-HDT BiotechmRNA COVID-19 vaccine Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Read Article COVID-19 Updates News Public Health Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Adoption of AI/ML can disrupt healthcare services MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” By Press Information Bureau on December 12, 2020 WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Related Posts Share Comments (0) HGCO19 is stable at 2-8°C for two months and is supported by DBT, with seed grant under the Ind-CEPI missionIndia’s first indigenous mRNA vaccine candidate HGCO19, developed by Gennova, Pune and supported with seed grant under the Ind-CEPI mission of Department of Biotechnology of M/o Science & Technology has got approval from Indian drug regulators to initiate Phase I/II human clinical trial.Since Gennova has completed all preliminary work, they should be initiating the Phase I/II Human clinical trial soon, as per a PIB release. Importantly, HGCO19 is stable at 2-8°C for two months.Gennova, in collaboration with HDT Biotech Corporation, Seattle, US, has worked together to develop an mRNA vaccine candidate. HGCO19 has already demonstrated safety, immunogenicity, neutralisation antibody activity in animals. The neutralising antibody response of the vaccine in mice and non-human primates was comparable with the sera from the convalescent patients of COVID-19.Gennova’s vaccine candidate uses the most prominent mutant of spike protein (D614G) and also uses the self-amplifying mRNA platform, which gives the advantage of a low dosing regimen compared with the non-replicating mRNA or traditional vaccines.HGCO19 uses the adsorption chemistry so that the mRNA is attached on the surface of the nano-lipid carrier to enhance the release kinetics of the mRNA within the cells compared to the encapsulation chemistry.The Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India is implementing the Ind-CEPI mission ‘India Centric Epidemic Preparedness through Rapid Vaccine Development: Supporting Indian Vaccine Development’ which is  aligned with the Global Initiative of CEPIand aims  to strengthen the development of vaccines and associated competencies/technologies for the diseases of epidemic potential in India. The Ind-CEPI mission of DBT is implemented by its PSU, Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council ( BIRAC).‘Establishment of such an indigenous technology platform will not only empower India to handle the COVID-19 pandemic but also ensure the preparedness for future outbreaks,’ said Dr Renu Swarup, Secretary, Department of Biotechnology and Chairperson BIRAC.mRNA vaccines carry the molecular instructions to make the protein in the body through a synthetic RNA of the virus. The host body uses this to produce the viral protein that is recognised and thereby making the body mount an immune response against the disease.As per experts, mRNA-based vaccines are scientifically the ideal choice to address a pandemic because of their rapid developmental timeline. The mRNA vaccine is considered safe as it is non-infectious, non-integrating in nature, and degraded by standard cellular mechanisms. They are expected to be highly efficacious because of their inherent capability of being translatable into the protein structure inside the cell cytoplasm.Additionally, mRNA vaccines are fully synthetic and do not require a host for growth, e.g., eggs or bacteria. Therefore, they can be quickly manufactured in an inexpensive manner under cGMP conditions to ensure their “availability” and “accessibility” for mass vaccination on a sustainable basis. Add Commentlast_img read more

India’s Airtel, Idea agree to give 4G upstart Jio additional access

first_img Asia Previous ArticleSamsung heir set to expand role in wake of recallNext ArticleVodafone to inject $3B in India unit – report Joseph Waring Related Author Joseph Waring joins Mobile World Live as the Asia editor for its new Asia channel. Before joining the GSMA, Joseph was group editor for Telecom Asia for more than ten years. In addition to writing features, news and blogs, he… Read more AirtelIdea CellularIndiainterconnectReliance jio Jio to acquire 800MHz spectrum from Airtel for $204Mcenter_img Jio profit soars on subscriber gains India to shun China vendors in 5G trials Tags India’s number one and three mobile players Bharti Airtel and Idea Cellular agreed to provide 4G upstart Reliance Jio with additional interconnection points.Airtel said in a statement it will expand interconnect access by threefold to support up to 15 million Jio customers, while Idea said it will release an additional 196 interconnection points, which is sufficient to handle calls from 6.5 million users, the Economic Times reported.The agreement comes just days after the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) told Jio and the three incumbents to work out a resolution and warned it would intervene if quality of service suffered.For more than a month Jio has accused the country’s incumbent operators of deliberately sabotaging its entry by not providing it with adequate points of interconnection, which forced it to delay its commercial launch.Jio issued a statement last night complaining that service quality had deteriorated significantly in the last few weeks, with more than 75 calls failing out of every 100 call attempts. In the last 10 days alone, it said 520 million calls have failed on the networks of the three leading incumbent operators, with 42 per cent on Airtel’s network.Both Airtel and Idea said they expect a huge imbalance in inbound and outbound traffic, but Jio said voice traffic on its network is in line with industry trends for a new operator. “When a new operator begins, its customer base is understandably low. Therefore, in the early days of any new operator, there are more outgoing calls than incoming calls. Over time, as the customer base grows, this asymmetry reduces and the traffic becomes symmetric.”Last month Jio requested 12,000 interconnection points to handle its expected 22 million customers, but the incumbents only gave it 1,400, the Times said.The newcomer started commercial 4G operation across the country’s 22 service regions on 5 September, offering subscribers free unlimited LTE data and national voice, video and messaging services until the end of the year.Its aggressive move will likely start a price war, with major rivals reportedly set to respond with packages that beef up their own data offerings. HomeAsiaNews India’s Airtel, Idea agree to give 4G upstart Jio additional access AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 14 SEP 2016 last_img read more

Telekom Austria set for €1B acquisition drive

first_img Chris Donkin Alejandro Plater, A1 Telekom Austria Group CEO, said the company has a kitty of €1 billion to spend on acquisitions to strengthen its position in existing markets and enter new countries in Eastern Europe, Reuters reported.Plater (pictured) told the news outlet expansion was necessary for the company to remain relevant, and it is looking East for new opportunities.A1 Telekom Austria Group – a subsidiary of America Movil – already operates in Bulgaria, Croatia, Belarus, Slovenia, Serbia and Macedonia in addition to its home market. It also holds a minority stake in Telecom Lichtenstein.Across several of its larger markets it already provides converged fixed, mobile and content services.Plater’s statement on the group’s expansion plans come as analysts tip the sector in central and eastern Europe to heat up, with the entry of O2 Czech Republic owner-PPF Group into new markets across the region.PFF recently struck a deal to acquire Telenor’s assets in Montenegro, Serbia, Hungary and Bulgaria and aims to become a mid-sized European operator. Following the deal, analysts tipped the company to shake up the sector in central and eastern Europe. Chris joined the Mobile World Live team in November 2016 having previously worked at a number of UK media outlets including Trinity Mirror, The Press Association and UK telecoms publication Mobile News. After spending 10 years in journalism, he moved… Read more Author Telekom Austria Tags AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 09 APR 2018 America Movil Q1 revenue slides Previous ArticleSynchronoss chief expects 5G to boost cloud businessNext ArticleAT&T warns 3.5GHz regime will raise costs Ex-Telenor Serbia and Montenegro unit attracts bids CK Hutchison completes Austria deal, eyes enterprise Home Telekom Austria set for €1B acquisition drive Relatedlast_img read more

No. 1 Day motivated to hold off McIlroy, Spieth

first_imgDUBLIN, Ohio – World No. 1 Jason Day took the last two weeks off to recharge after a stressful – but very satisfying – wire-to-wire win at The Players. And while Day was away, the two guys in his rearview mirror in the world rankings – Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy – took back the headlines to set up a blockbuster showdown this week at the Memorial Tournament. All three players won in their last worldwide start. Day took notice. “I extended my lead for a while, and now Jordan and Rory are both closing in on it,” Day said Tuesday at the Memorial. It can be lonely at the top – just ask Tiger Woods – but Day has found plenty of company with his two contemporaries. They have been passing around the No. 1 ranking for most of the past year, and they have combined to win five of the last nine majors. McIlroy ruled the top spot for 54 weeks, mostly thanks to his two majors and a WGC win in 2014. Spieth took over for McIlroy last August and ruled most of 2015 by nearly winning the Grand Slam, but Day was not far behind as he matched Spieth with five wins but one less major. Spieth ended the year at No. 1, but so far in 2016 Day has tightened his grip on the throne with three wins. Memorial Tournament: Articles, photos and videos Coming off a disastrous finish at Augusta and a missed cut at The Players, a grumpy Spieth admitted two weeks ago he was bothered that Day was extending his lead. “It should bother guys who are competitive and want to stay on top as well,” Day said. “There’s nothing wrong with being bothered by that.” Spieth responded Sunday with a back-nine 30 to win his first professional event in his home state of Texas. McIlroy had his “hey, don’t forget about me” moment two weeks ago at the Irish Open when he hit two brawny fairway woods down the stretch to win his “fifth major.” Again, Day took notice. “Some of the best 3-woods and 5-woods I’ve seen in a long while,” he said. Now Day has a chance to respond, and he would love nothing more than to do it at his home course. But first Day will have to improve on his self-described “horrific” record at Muirfield Village. Day is a member – his wife, Elle, is from Ohio – but he has yet to crack the top 10 in eight starts at the Memorial. The good news for Day is that he drew inspiration from his bad record at TPC Sawgrass and won The Players. He hopes a new approach will turn his fortunes around this week. “I typically play this course when I’m playing in a social rounds; I play it very aggressive,” he said. “I’m hitting drivers off most tees or taking lines that you wouldn’t take, and then I – for some reason, I’ve kind of turned that into the actual tournament, and I’m taking similar lines, and you just can’t do that.” In addition to world No. 2 Spieth and No. 3 McIlory, Day will have to contend with No. 4 Bubba Watson, No. 5 Rickie Fowler, and No. 8 Dustin Johnson, plus other big names like Phil Mickelson, Matt Kuchar and Hideki Matsuyama. It is only the fifth time this year the latest version of the “Big 3” has been in the same field. Day has won two of those events (Match Play, Players), and he knows it will take a lot of work to stay at the top and hold off Spieth and McIlroy. “It’s a lot of pressure to be in this situation we’re in, but we wouldn’t want it any other way,” he said.last_img read more

Tackling Controversy On the Stage

first_img Email Joshua Kelly said the final few days before an opening are always “organized chaos” and last week was no exception as the Flathead Valley Community College Theatre prepared for its final show of the summer season. “We’re definitely ready for an audience. It’s almost performance perfect,” said Kelly, director for “Bare: A Pop Opera.” “Bare” premiered in Los Angeles in 2000 as a musical addressing the issues faced by a group of Catholic high school students during their senior year, including teen pregnancy, drug use and homosexuality. Kelly said the church plays a central role as the play’s antagonist, forcing opposing views on the students and the issues they face. “The conflict comes from the students not wanting to be under the constant eye of the church,” Kelly said. According to Kelly, that conflict hasn’t set well with some community members, even though he said the play isn’t meant to insult. “It seems people are most upset that this play depicts the church in a negative light but that isn’t the case,” he said. “In the end it’s about personal expression.” Kelly, who has directed three other plays at FVCC, said he has gotten a few calls from people in the community though most of them hadn’t seen it. He hopes those who do attend will go with an open mind. “I know people will form their own opinions before seeing it, but I hope people might learn something when they see the show,” he said. Joe Legate, faculty advisor for the theatre, said addressing controversial topics is part of theatre and if people have a problem with the subject matter they shouldn’t attend the show. He also said he had no doubt Kelly and the rest of the group performing the show could deal with any fallout, although he wasn’t expecting any. “We have a responsibility to both our patrons and students, but first and foremost it’s to our students and that means we sometimes tell uncomfortable stories,” Legate said. Arron Clark, who plays Peter, said the play deals with very real issues and pushing those issues to the forefront is an important aspect of theatre. “I definitely believe that controversy interests people and brings people to theatre, but I think political issues are intertwined into theatre,” he said. Clark hopes people come to the show, controversy or not, because he expects it to be one of the best performances their group has ever put on. He said the play features great performers and catchy songs. In order not to overshadow those aspects, a very minimalistic set has been created. Legate echoed those statements and said the show fits in well with the variety of performances they like to offer. “I think our patrons want a variety,” he said. “They want to laugh, to think or just simply to be entertained.” “Bare” premiered last weekend and has two more showings on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. at the FVCC Theatre. Tickets are $10. Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox.last_img read more