Spieth hopes to gain ground on McIlroy

first_imgPONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – This looks like perfect terrain for Jordan Spieth to up the ante against Rory McIlroy. TPC Sawgrass levels the ground for Spieth at The Players Championship. Spieth wants to be McIlroy’s rival. He wants to be No. 1 in the world. He wants to tower over the game, but he knows he has to prove he’s McIlroy’s equal before he can be anything more. With his Masters victory last month, Spieth moved to No. 2 in the world behind McIlroy, but he still feels far removed from the top, especially with McIlroy winning the WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship last weekend. “As far as a rivalry goes, he moved even further away from it really being what I would consider a budding rivalry,” Spieth said Wednesday. “I could certainly appreciate if I could get to where he’s at, but, right now, I don’t see myself there. There’s a lot of hard work that needs to be had to get there.” McIlroy and Spieth will be grouped together along with Jason Day in the first two rounds this week. McIlroy dismissed Spieth when asked if he paid much attention to media hyping Spieth as his next rival. “Not really,” McIlroy said. “Last year it was Rickie, this year it’s Jordan, might be someone else, too, could have been Tiger. There have been four or five rivalries over the past year. So, it doesn’t really do anything for me.” Spieth knows he has to win more big events to distinguish himself from McIlroy’s wannabe rivals. “It’s certainly a huge goal of mine to make it interesting with him and possibly take over No. 1, but I know that he is as far ahead of me as I am with the next nine guys,” Spieth said. “So with that being said, it’s kind of anybody’s game to get up there and make it interesting. I just happen to be the one that occupies No. 2 right now.” That’s why the TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course feels like the perfect terrain for Spieth to make it interesting. Architect Pete Dye’s design levels the ground for two completely different kinds of players. The Players Championship: Articles, videos and photos “I heard something that it tests everyone and favors no one,” McIlroy said. Just listening to McIlroy and Spieth Wednesday, you couldn’t help concluding the Stadium Course favors Spieth. McIlroy missed the cut the first three years he teed it up in The Players Championship. He didn’t even break par, but he’s figuring out how to play the Stadium Course. He tied for eighth in 2014 and tied for sixth last year. Still, when asked to pick one word to describe Dye’s design, McIlroy didn’t need much time to come up with it. “Frustrating,” he said. McIlroy, though, did call it his favorite Dye course. What that means is hard to know. His favorite form of torture? “This golf course, it magnifies your weaknesses,” McIlroy said. “If your game is off just a little bit in any department, it really magnifies that during this week. You don’t have to hit it that long off the tee, but you have to be really precise.” Spieth tied for fourth in his first Players Championship last year. He was tied for the lead with Martin Kaymer going into the final round with Kaymer ultimately winning. Even with that, Spieth fell in love with the place. “Incredible golf course,” Spieth said. “One of the best in the world, one of my favorites in the world.” At 21, Spieth isn’t a power player. He plays tactically, maneuvering his way to the best angles. His short game and putting stroke are the envy of most players, including McIlroy. Asked what part of Spieth’s game he would most like to have, McIlroy chose Spieth’s putting. “He’s obviously been putting phenomenally well over the past few months,” McIlroy said. “I think that’s been a big thing for him. You look at the putts holed and the putts that he’s holed when he needed to. That’s been a big reason why he’s done so well.” At 26, McIlroy’s a power player. He’s one of the longest drivers on tour and still hits a lot of fairways. He’s 11th in driving distance and still impressively 58th in driving accuracy. Asked what part of McIlroy’s game he would most like to have, Spieth’s answer surprised nobody. “I would like to hit it as far as he does,” Spieth said. At the Stadium Course, Spieth doesn’t have to hit it as far as McIlroy, who learned missing those cuts here that he can’t hit a lot of drivers. “It’s always hard for me when I can’t get driver in my hand, because I feel like when I get driver in my hand I can give myself an advantage over the rest of the field,” McIlroy said. “It’s just about being very patient and approaching it a different way, winning a different way.” That McIlroy has to play differently here makes this perfect terrain for Spieth to make this rivalry talk more interesting to McIlroy.last_img read more

Prime Minister Pashinian Stages Own Coup Against Armenia’s Military

first_imgArmenia’s military top brass has demanded that Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian’s government resign “for having brought the country to disaster.” Blaming Pashinian for overall incompetence and the recent lost war, the generals have nevertheless stopped short of attempting a coup d’état (see EDM, February 25, 26). Nor have they indulged in acts of military disobedience to the government. While sharing the civilian opposition’s views and goals, the generals have refrained from joining the protest movement thus far.Pashinian, however, has lost no time in staging a political and personnel “coup” of his own against the military’s high command.On March 10, Pashinian unilaterally dismissed the Armed Forces’ chief of the General Staff, Colonel General Onik Gasparian, notwithstanding President Armen Sarkissian’s refusal to co-sign the dismissal decree. The president referred the matter to the constitutional court on the same day.Also on March 10, Pashinian brought his former protégé, Lieutenant General Artak Davtian, back from retirement to nominate him as chief of the General Staff. Davtian can legally be installed subject to President Sarkissian’s consent. Sarkissian has promptly objected, however (Arminfo, March 11). Lieutenant General Stepan Galstian is, therefore, tasked to be acting chief of the General Staff by order of Defense Minister Vagarshak Harutiunan. The latter is a recent Pashinian appointee, at odds with the active-duty generals (see below).The position of first deputy chief of staff is also vacant since Pashinian dismissed Gasparian’s first deputy, Lieutenant General Tiran Khachatrian, on February 24. President Sarkissian, a hesitant personality, co-signed Khachatrian’s ouster before vacillating back to decline Gasparian’s removal. Both Gasparian and Khachatrian are moving to contest their dismissal by Pashinian in the Administrative Court. Their defense holds that they legally hold the positions of chief and first deputy chief of the General Staff pending a court decision (News.am, March 10, 11).In a public statement on the same day, Gasparian contested Pashinian’s dismissal order as „anti-constitutional, yet another proof that the government’s resignation and pre-term parliamentary elections are the only way to overcome this crisis.” In an accompanying collective statement, “The Armed Forces’ high command adheres to General Gasparian’s declaration and confirms his assessment of the situation in the country” (Arminfo, March 10).Notwithstanding their resentment, however, the generals remain thus far compliant with the principle of civilian control. Pashinian, safe in this knowledge and counting on this, staged a meeting at the Ministry of Defense on March 10 to present his controversial personnel changes to the assembled General Staff. The videotape immediately released by Pashinian’s office showed the top brass compactly standing at attention in front of the prime minister and listening to his presentation of the personnel changes without murmur. He added some perfunctory compliments to the military and even to Gasparian, who was absent. This scene was a successful public relations move typical of Pashinian. The public was led to believe that Pashinian had subdued his most redoubtable critics and was back in control (Armenpress, March 10).Pashinian’s capricious manner of governing has wrought havoc on the military and security services’ commands during his almost three years as prime minister. His latest choice for chief of the General Staff, Davtian (see above), had already served in this post from May 2018 to June 2020. Pashinian picked him for that position at that time because Davtian was only a one-star general with relatively little authority and beholden to his benefactor. Davtian, however, had to resign after hosting a party with more than 100 guests in violation of coronavirus restrictions (Aravot, June 8, 2020). Davtian then headed Armenia’s Committee on Military Industry for only four months, until Pashinian released him without public explanation (ARKA, November 16, 2020). On March 9, 2021, Defense Minister Vagharshak Harutiunian appointed Davtian to a new position created for him as “senior officer for special assignments”; and one day later, Pashinian nominated Davtian as chief of the General Staff (see above).Pashinian appointed the respected Gasparian as chief of the General Staff in June 2020 in the run-up to the war and promoted him from two-star to three-star general during the war. Pashinian overlooked Gasparian’s pre-war advice to do everything possible to avoid war or at least postpone it. Once the war started, Pashinian disregarded Gasparian’s recommendations (from the fourth day of the war onward) to avoid defeat by stopping the hostilities or to fire Iskander missiles in desperation. Gasparian deemed the armistice terms not as Pashinian’s “treason” (which most opposition parties pin on the prime minister) but as a lesser evil: the utter destruction of Armenia’s forces (Aravot, November 17, 2020).Retaliating to the General Staff’s demand for Pashinian to resign, the latter dismissed Gasparian on February 25, nominated Davtian as replacement on March 10, and temporarily designated Galstian as acting chief of the General Staff on the same day (see above), Galstian being the fourth holder of this post during Pashinian’s prime-ministership thus far. He might become chief of staff instead of Davtian, given President Sarkissian’s resistance to Davtian’s nomination.Pashinian appointed Lieutenant General (ret.) Vagharshak Harutiunian (see above) as senior military advisor to the prime minister in August 2020 (one month before the war’s start) and as defense minister on November 20, 2020 (ten days after the armistice). Harutiunian is alien in many ways to the General Staff’s personnel and therefore a potential lever on it for Pashinian. A Soviet-schooled officer, born in 1956 and a graduate of two naval academies before serving in the Ground Forces, Harutiunian represented Armenia in the headquarters of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) Joint (Collective) Forces from 1992 to 1999, receiving his first and second star during that tenure without any known battlefield exploits. Harutiunian served as defense minister of Armenia for less than one year (1999–2000), falling politically out of favor with then-president Robert Kocharian, who stripped Harutiunian of his military rank. Harutiunian was out of the military until 2019, when he had his military rank restored in the context of Pashinian’s vendetta against Kocharian. Following the 44-day war, Harutiunian is liaising on a regular basis with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Shoigu, to plan a rebuilding of Armenia’s Armed Forces (see EDM, March 1).Pashinian has also appointed and dismissed the heads of the National Security Service with dizzying frequency. The Service has had five chiefs one after the other during his premiership (May 2018 to date), including three consecutive chiefs during the 44-day war (September 27–November 19, 2020); the third of these, Armen Abazian, is the current incumbent.Armenia’s current constitution makes it possible for Pashinian to play these personnel games. The constitution, amended in 2015, shifted major powers from the president to the prime minister’s office, tailor-made for then-president Serge Sarkissian to become prime minister when his second presidential term expired in 2018. Pashinian led his “velvet revolution” in 2018 to prevent Sarkissian’s move and has inherited those constitutional powers as prime minister. Under these provisions, Pashinian initiates the appointment and dismissal of key defense and security officials, requiring pro forma the state president’s co-signature. The cautious President Armen Sarkissian has acted compliantly thus far, but Pashinian’s mismanagement of the war has prompted the head of state to call for the prime minister’s resignation and seems to have changed their relationship fundamentally.last_img read more

Gender parity in senior partner roles ’20 years away’

first_imgIt will take another 20 years until women reach gender parity with men in senior partner positions, even though they already account for over half of law graduates, academic research suggests.BPP University Law School analysed more than 25 years worth of Law Society data for its report, Law Firm of the Future, published today. Currently 47% of lawyers are women. This will rise to 71% in 20 years’ time, according to the law school’s ‘statistical modelling’ projections.If current trends continue, law firms will also be more ethnically diverse. The percentage of practising solicitors who are White European will fall from the current 84% to 72%, while the proportion of Asian solicitors will double to 16%. The percentage of African/Afro-Caribbean solicitors will rise from 2.5% to 4%, and double to 3% for Chinese solicitors.Jo-Anne Pugh, the law school’s director of LPC programmes, said law firms’ efforts to diversify their intake were ‘bearing fruit’. However, she warned, ‘there is some way to go, and the picture at senior level is less promising’.The study was unable to make future projections on educational background due to insufficient data. However, thinking about diversity solely in demographic terms ‘is only part of the picture’, Pugh said. ‘We need to move away from a crude approximation of diversity and look at how the profession will develop.’There is also a mismatch between student aspirations, and the attitude and qualities employers increasingly demand, Pugh observed. ‘Too many youngsters derive their perception of the law from popular legal dramas like Suits. They don’t understand that law firms will want recruits who can add value in very different ways and don’t just want the Harvey Specter “rain makers” and deal brokers who have been traditionally feted,’ she said.Future conversation about diversity will also need to cover roles, not just the workforce. Pugh said: ‘There is a rise in online and contract and consultancy work, and the number of roles you will have during your career is likely to increase. The holy grail of equity partnership will be achieved by fewer people but other roles like legal engineer, legal technologist and project management will be increasingly valued.’last_img read more

Player reveals “negative” impact after failed West Ham transfer

first_imgThe 23-year-old’s versatility, moving back into defence to help Anderlecht, is useful for Roberto Martinez.There’s been “concrete interest” for Dendoncker from West Ham United and AS Monaco. However, Anderlecht’s asking price of €25m saw neither club agree a deal, reports Het Laatste Nieuws.Dendoncker has explained the speculation surrounding his future had a “negative” impact on his performance.Anderlecht sporting director Luc Devroe has already admitted that Dendoncker will be allowed to leave this summer. The player expressed his desire of playing in the La Liga, but also admitted he is open to the idea of moving to England or Germany because it suits his style of play.“Spain would be great, but the German and English league might be more in line with my playing style. I will try to make the best choice,” Dendoncker told Het Laatste Nieuws.Dendoncker is also willing to negotiate during the World Cup, but he stressed that he is “not 100 percent sure” he will leave Anderlecht this summer.“If there is big news, my agent may call me. I’m not working on it. What counts now is the preparation for the World Cup,” he said.West Ham links have gone quiet but it wouldn’t be a great surprise if the Hammers move back into the picture soon.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this City-Building Game is a Must-Have. No Install.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo熱門話題小心會瘦過快…網友推爆:「真的瘦的超誇張!」熱門話題UndoDash Living Hong KongServiced Apartments in Prime Districts – from HK$10,000 / MonthDash Living Hong KongUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoCNN with DBS BankWhat Banks Did To Help Businesses Mitigate Future CrisesCNN with DBS BankUndoSmart Tech TrendEveryone with Bad Vision Needs Those Revolutionary Adjustable Glasses!Smart Tech TrendUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPNUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉!睡前,空腹吃Keto减肥UndoLoans | Search AdsNeed a loan? Search hereLoans | Search AdsUndo Leander Dendoncker did not enjoy his season with Anderlecht, especially during the early part, but becoming more important as the campaign went on has seen him travel to Russia with Belgium for the 2018 World Cup.last_img read more

Women targetted in attacks

first_imgBy DANIELLE GALVIN THE hunt is on for three men after two attacks on women and one indecent exposure in…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Pakenham: all the right moves

first_imgBy ANEEKA SIMONIS PAKENHAM Secondary College surprised everyone by taking out the championship win at the Southeast Regional Chess Tournament….[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Shire’s changing faces

first_imgBy ANEEKA SIMONIS PEOPLE from Brunei, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan make up the increasingly multicultural face of Cardinia shire, with…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Neptunes take positive approach to 2016 Kootenay Summer Swim Association Season

first_imgIt hasn’t been easy running a summer swim program in Nelson during the past few years.Constant upgrades to the Nelson and District Aquatic Centre has forced the Nelson Neptunes to pack their bags for alternate pools to keep the program alive.This season, the Neptunes have adopted the slogan of “Have goggles will travel” as the team builds for the upcoming 2016 Kootenay Summer Swim Association Season.”Due to the renovation closure of their home pool in Nelson for the entire competitive season, the Neptunes will be swimming around the region,” said Chad Badry of the Neptunes executive on the eve of the season opening day for the Heritage City club, May 1.Badry said the Neptunes will start the season swimming five times a week at the Castlegar Aquatic Centre for the month of May and then move their home base to the Salmo outdoor pool for June, July and August.”For the second time in history that anyone on the team can recall, a swim meet will be held in Salmo at the end of June,” Badry said. “This will bring hundreds of athletes and families to Salmo and area.”Badry said the Neptunes have dipped into his graduation list to hire Nialan Collier as team skipper.Joining Collier is long time Neptune Sage Cowan for the first part of the summer until returning head coach Cynthia Pfeiffer joins the team later in the season.Badry said the three Neptunes recently completed their level 1 National Coaching Certification which will be a great contribution to the swim coaching and succession planning for the team.This year, the Neptunes are offering a new program in Salmo for the month of June called Introduction to Competitive Swimming.Swimmers who want to give speed swimming a try can practice with the team with reduced commitment and cost.Then they can take part in the swim meet in Salmo at the end of the month. Badry said Neptunes are hopeful that the prospect of a season like no other will make a difference in the enrolment numbers.Coaching staff is planning plenty of dryland training and a few open water swims in Nelson as well to help reduce the travel.Badry said last year these events included a game of quidditch, hikes up Pulpit Rock, early morning cardio, and some carefully chaperoned open water swims from Lakeside Park.For more information or to register a swimmer, go to www.nelsonneptunes.com.last_img read more

Men’s Basketball: Feb. 22 Scoreboard

first_imgStephen F. Austin needed a steal and a dunk with 0.3 seconds to play to keep alive its Southland Conference-record 22-game win streak. Jacob Parker’s dunk gave the Lumberjacks a 70-68 victory over visiting Northwestern State. The win also was SFA’s 31st straight victory at Johnson Coliseum. It was only the team’s third conference win decided by three points or less. Despite the loss, the Demons were one of three teams Saturday to qualify for the Southland Conference Basketball Tournament. Oral Roberts beat Central Arkansas and Nicholls beat McNeese State to earn reservations for Katy. Sam Houston State and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi – both winners Saturday against Lamar and Houston Baptist, respectively – as well as first-place SFA, had already qualified for the tournament. There are just two of the eight tournament spots to be decided during the final two weeks of the season. Stephen F. Austin 70, Northwestern State 68NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Tied at 68 in the waning seconds, Jacob Parker stole a Northwestern State pass and sealed Stephen F. Austin’s 22nd consecutive win with a dunk with 0.3 seconds remaining to lift the Lumberjacks to a 70-68 victory in front of a near-capacity crowd of 7,148 at William R. Johnson Coliseum.  |  SFA Recap  |  NSU Recap Oral Roberts 63, Central Arkansas 50CONWAY, Ark. – Korey Billbury had the third double-double of his career, leading Oral Roberts to a 63-50 victory over Central Arkansas on Saturday night at the Farris Center. The 50 points given up were the fewest since holding Lamar to 50 on March 2, 2013.  |  ORU Recap  |  UCA Recap Nicholls 68, McNeese State 59THIBODAUX, La. – After a back-and-forth beginning, Nicholls claimed the lead at the 14:18 mark of the first half and never looked back, cruising to a 68-59 victory over visiting McNeese State on Saturday afternoon at Stopher Gym.  |  Nicholls Recap  |  McNeese Recap Abilene Christian 124, Southwest Adventist 57ABILENE, Texas – In one of the highest scoring games in Abilene Christian history, the Wildcats thrashed the Knights of Southwestern Adventist Saturday at Moody Coliseum, 124-57, on the strength of a school and Southland Conference-record 21 3-pointers.  |  Read More Sam Houston State 74, Lamar 71BEAUMONT, Texas – It took a last-second defensive stop, but Sam Houston State escaped Beaumont with a 74-71 win over Lamar Saturday at the Montagne Center to remain in second place in the Southland Conference.  |  SHSU Recap  |  Lamar Recap Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 66, Houston Baptist 61HOUSTON, Texas – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi fought off a hard effort from Houston Baptist to take a 66-61 victory on Saturday, improving to .500 for the first time since November with the win. Zane Knowles had a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds in the victory.  |  A&M-Corpus Christi Recap  |  HBU Recaplast_img read more