Tiger Woods posts video to rebut rumors of his demise

first_imgIn this Aug. 23, 2015, file photo, Tiger Woods watches his tee shot on the second hole during the final round of the Wyndham Championship golf tournament at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C.  (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) _ Tiger Woods posted a video of him swinging a 9-iron in a golf simulator on Wednesday to shoot down rumors on social media that suggested his recovery from back surgeries had worsened to the point he could not even sit in a chair.The 13-second video Woods posted on Twitter shows him dressed in shorts and golf shoes, and he takes a smooth swing on a golf simulator.“Progressing nicely,” Woods wrote.The video (http://bit.ly/1oHi2If ) had a time stamp of Wednesday.If nothing else, it provided the first update on Woods since he spoke at the Hero World Challenge the first week of December. This was intended primarily, however, because of the social media storm that began over the weekend with a Twitter account called “Secret Tour Pro.”Mark Steinberg, Woods’ agent at Excel Sports Management, released a statement Feb. 21 that said the rumors were “ridiculous and absolutely false.”“With everything that went on last weekend with Twitter exploding and the ridiculous and erroneous discussions _ I don’t even want to call it reporting _ we were inundated with fans saying: `Wow. How can this be true?’ Clearly, it wasn’t true,” Steinberg said Wednesday.“If I picked up the phone and called you and said he’s doing some chipping and putting and making some swings up to a 9-iron _ and that’s what the club was _ is that impactful or a visual evidence of that?” he said. “We felt that was a more appropriate way to go.”Woods first had a microdiscectomy a week before the 2014 Masters, which kept him out nearly three months. He took off another three months to get stronger, but then announced another back surgery in September, and a third one at the end of October.He has not played since August. He has not won since August 2013.The tweet Sunday from “Secret Tour Pro” _ who claims to be a tour player, though it has never been verified _ said that Woods’ condition had worsened since Christmas and that he has to ride in a car with the seat full reclined. The tweet also said Woods has to lay down for the majority of the time and sitting in chair is no longer possible.Robert Lusetich, who wrote a book about Woods’ 2009 season after returning from knee surgery, tweeted similar information the next day that he attributed to his sources, and talked about it on a national radio show.Steinberg could not say if Woods would have posted the video without the rumors.“He does want to keep people in the loop to some degree,” he said.Missing from the update was anything beyond “progressing nicely.” Woods said in December that he misses competing and wants to return, though he does not appear to be in any rush this time. He has said he tried to come back too early from the first back surgery.“He’s going to learn from the past,” Steinberg said. “We don’t want to put a timetable on it. He’ll come back when he’s ready.”last_img

Panthers put the heat on

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Berwick Show results

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PNG Hunters coach expecting big improvement

first_imgThe Hunters suffered just their second defeat of the season last weekend away to the Burleigh Bears to slip to third in the overall standings.Michael Marum said the team just didn’t turn up and have worked hard on addressing their errors at training.He’s asking for one more big performance at home against the second-placed Dolphins before the team gets a week off.”We try to get everyone to just focus on each game at a time. We really have just a short-week turnaround: there’s more focus this week on recovery – we should have all our injuries (sorted) before we take the field on Sunday.””There’s a few boys that probably didn’t play last weekend that are free to come back in so that’s going to be good for the side.””The players that are playing the test match (next weekend against Fiji) have also been told not to think about the test match too much – they need to be really focused on Dolphins here,” he said.Michael Marum is also coaching the PNG Kumuls team in next week’s Pacific Test and said he would finalise his squad after the weekend.last_img read more

Serena Williams cheered by netizens after answering John McEnroe’s backhanded compliment

first_imgI’ve never played anyone ranked “there” nor do I have time. Respect me and my privacy as I’m trying to have a baby. Good day sir— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) June 26, 2017Netizens have since taken to Twitter to get behind the G.O.A.T. (Greatest of All Time):ADVERTISEMENT New Queen: Hallasgo dethrones Tabal in Milo Marathon But any male pro would crush her. You may not like it, but it’s still true. There are differences between the genders.— Jason Faris (@quantummechbook) June 26, 2017Image: Screen grab via Twitter/@serenawilliamsImage: Screen grab via Twitter/@serenawilliamsBattle-of-the-sexes or none, it doesn’t detract that some athletes’ achievements tend to be downplayed because they are women. For instance, when a BBC reporter told Andy Murray last 2016 that he was the first person to win two consecutive Olympic gold medals in tennis, he mentioned that Williams and her sister Venus already had four each.After a Wimbledon match last 2016, Williams was asked in a press conference what she thought about being called “one of the greatest female athletes of all time.”Her response: “I prefer… ‘one of the greatest athletes of all time.’” JBRELATED STORIES:Serena Williams asks McEnroe for respect after comparison to menTennis: McEnroe ranks Serena 700th on men’s tour He apparently can’t generate this kind of press on his own or by positive, uplifting means. He doesn’t deserve an ounce of Serena’s shine.— Fiyah💜Angelou (@SweetKixx) June 27, 2017 Dear John, I adore and respect you but please please keep me out of your statements that are not factually based.— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) June 26, 2017 Image: Screen grab via Instagram/@serenawilliamsRetired tennis player John McEnroe, considered one of the best ever to play the game, singled out Serena Williams as the greatest female player of all time.But against professional male tennis players, he claimed she wouldn’t stand a chance, and would place “like 700 in the world.”ADVERTISEMENT Marck Espejo shines in triumphant Thailand debut Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Interesting to see where he would have been today in the ladies’ ranking, considering his second serve…— Stefan Georgiev (@SteffiGeorgiev) June 26, 2017Canadian rugby player Jen Kish also spoke up:I can’t get over how insulting this quote is to not only @serenawilliams but to every female athlete. Strongly disagree #GFY 😠🖕😠 pic.twitter.com/sqFltLjrj9— Jen kish (@jen_kish) June 26, 2017There were heated debates as well, with some defending McEnroe’s statements and pointing out that there are reasons why men and women are divided in sports: LATEST STORIES Fact: Serena Williams is the greatest tennis player of all time. Yes, she’s greater than Roger and Rafa. Accepting that won’t kill you. pic.twitter.com/MmO6o4DIJG— King Quenchi (@MrQuenchiAdams) June 26, 2017 8 injured in foot bridge collapse in Negros Occidental Let John McEnroe win a major while he is literally creating new human life inside his evil body and then he can talk about Serena Williams. https://t.co/kRVjMYJee8— 💜 ♿️✡️ Amadi (@amaditalks) June 26, 2017 Magnitude 4.2 earthquake jolts Batangas View comments End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet WATCH: LaVar Ball shows up at WWE Raw Australian Open: A look at Serena, other things to know LOOK, SERENA WILLIAMS IS THE GOAT. SHE’S THE FACE OF TENNIS FOR BOTH SEXES. DEAL WITH IT pic.twitter.com/guMcHgWe52 Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite — Cthulhu’s Prodigy (@CthulhusProdigy) June 26, 2017 MOST READ McEnroe gave the statement to NPR, in an interview in line with the release of his memoir “You Cannot Be Serious”.Williams lobbed back with a gracious response on Twitter:FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’last_img read more

Taxation and fear: A recipe  for economic decline

first_imgDear Editor,It was Winston Churchill who said: “I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.” Recently, Finance Minister Winston Jordan reported that Central Government’s revenues totalled .4 billion at the end of April 2016.According to him, this represents an increase of billion compared to revenue collections during the same period last year. The minister attributes this increase in revenue collection on “tightening up at ports, new focus on the regions and a clampdown on illegal activities.”The minister reports that tax revenues increased by .1 billion when compared to the same period in 2015. According to the minister, VAT revenues, however, continued to decline.For the period under review, that is, January to April 2016, these revenues showed a decline of 6.3% compared to the levels achieved during the same period in 2015.Apart from increased revenue in the collection of rent and royalties in the gold mining sector, there is no other report from the minister regarding the productive sector.It is painfully obvious that this government places an over-reliance on taxation. In its first full budget, the 2016 Budget, it increased 140-odd public taxes, in certain instances as high as 1200%. They have removed VAT exemptions from all capital equipment in the major productive sectors which hitherto enjoyed VAT exemptions, namely, agriculture, mining, and forestry. They have imposed duties on imported raw materials for the manufacturing sector that were free from duties under the PPP/C Government.The President and several of his ministers have publicly expressed the view that the regime of tax concessions put in place by the PPP/Civic Administration to attract investments is too generous and will be reviewed with a view to downsizing them.In fact, Go-Invest and the Guyana Revenue Authority have been instructed to put these concessions “on hold.” In Regions Five and Six, employees of the GRA are doing house-to-house inspection and if it is found that there are more than two “banks” of vegetables under cultivation in any yard, the head of the household is documented as engaging in a “commercial activity”, presumably for the purpose of taxation.This same mentality has polluted their representatives at the level of the Georgetown City Council, hence the parking meter fiasco and the public announcement that there will soon be an increase in rates and taxes.Against the backdrop of this emphatic pursuit to tax the populace, one quickly realises that this government’s obsession with the GRA is not an aberration but the interference is deliberate and institutional.Lest I convey the wrong impression, I wish to make it clear that I appreciate the importance of taxation in the economic equation of a nation. However, the cold hard truth is that real economic growth comes not from taxation but from production, productivity and job creation.The economy of every great nation was built not on taxation but by production, commerce, trade and industrialisation. The taxation policy and system must be such that it encourages, facilitates and engenders the growth and expansion of these sectors. As these sectors grow and expand they will yield increased taxes but in the process they create jobs and generates all the benefits which come with job creation.In order to fully encourage these sectors to achieve their optimum potential, there are economies in the world which offer tax free regimes to the extent that even personal income tax is not payable. This government’s policy is situated at the other end of the spectrum.So while the treasury boasts of increased collection of taxes, there is a decline in production, trade, commerce, manufacturing and service-oriented industries – all of which are integral to real economic growth and job creation.This economic paralysis is exacerbated by frightening statements emanating from the head of SARU, Dr Clive Thomas, weekly about who will be charged and who will be jailed and the actions of SOCU, which conduct unconstitutional and arbitrary searches of business premises and seize therefrom large amounts of cash, jewellery, and confidential financial information.These are two rogue organisations operating from within the Ministry of Presidency, without any legal bases whatsoever, carrying out the political directions of those in government.The once powerful Private Sector Commission which was so ready to publicly pounce on the PPP/C administration at the drop of a hat, has now become mute in fear. A businessman wants to legally challenge the new imposition of a parking fee of ,000 by the City Council of Georgetown in respect of containers, which is charged even where the container is there only for a few hours to discharge cargo. However, he is afraid to use his name in the legal proceedings because of reprisals.Fear has returned to Guyana. This time it’s not generated by the bandits but by the Government.Sincerely,Mohabir Anil Nandlall,MP Attorneylast_img read more

PH shooting team hopes to sustain strong showing in SEA Games

first_imgThe Filipinos garnered a total score of 337 to finish seventh out of 14 Asian teams overall to the delight of Philippine National Shooting Association (PNSA) officials, who are upbeat about the squad’s gold medal chances in the coming SEA Games.Carag and Topacio met the minimum qualifying standard and became one of the candidates for universality place in next year’s Tokyo Olympics.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Jethro Dionisio, who was also seeking to meet the minimum quota score came one shot short as he fired only 111.Ang and Topacio, however, had already met the MQS in the Southeast Asian shooting or SEASA championships early this year in Jakarta Indonesia. Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine shooting team hopes to ride the momentum of its strong showing in the recently-concluded Asian Shooting Championships into the coming Southeast Asian Games, which will be held in the country beginning Nov. 30.The Philippines emerged as the best Southeast Asian country in the Doha meet after shotgun shooter Carlos Carag tallied a score of 114 while Hagen Topacio and Eric Ang registered 113 and 110, respectively.ADVERTISEMENT ‘People evacuated on their own’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust Alab gets back at ‘tired’ Gilas as two teams split tuneup games MOST READcenter_img View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Trap coach Fernando Mercado said the Philippine men’s trap team’s score is already equivalent to the gold medals in both the individual and team competition in the SEA Games.The eight other Filipino shooters who competed in the Asian Championships were the rifle team, led by Olympic solidarity scholars Jayson Valdez and Amparo Acuña, along with Denise Basila and Sean Jayfred Ocampo; and the pistol team of Shanin Lyn Gonzales, Juliette Rose Arellano, Marcelo Gonzales and Angelo Michael Fernandez.The team was headed by PNSA VP Irene Garcia along with rifle coach Julius Valdez, shotgun coach Fernando Mercado, pistol coach Susan Aguado and armorer Mario Dasalla.ADVERTISEMENT 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientistlast_img read more

Agriculture is not only about baigan, ochro and bora

first_imgDear Editor,Kudos to the Government and Ministry of Agriculture for coming up with the idea of holding the Uncapped Agricultural Expo.Agriculture expos are very dear to my heart. I have fond memories of those held years ago at Skeldon and Albion estates when I was a boy. Such events are valuable because they enable Guyanese to showcase local foodstuff and other agro-products, and also put the spotlight on new techniques and equipment and supportive business ventures.Prime Minister Forbes Burnham had included some vibrant and tangible entertainment in those expos.That said, I am extremely disappointed that the organisers of the Uncapped Agricultural Expo seem to think that only direct producers of agricultural crops qualify to participate in the exhibition. If that is the case, they should remove the word ‘uncapped.’ Do they think agricultural items are limited to things like coconut water, eschallots, bora, pumpkins and cows, goats and sheep?Back in the day, I attended agricultural expos sponsored by the Ministry of Agriculture under the auspices of the late Prime Minister and President, Forbes Burnham. He was never my favourite person when it came to certain aspects of politics that struck me as a kid in the Upper Corentyne, including during the 60s and 70s, but I had a lot of respect for his style of communication, his oratory, and his wisdom with regard to agriculture.I am writing this public complaint with much passion and drive, but with due respect for authority, because the organisers of the Uncapped Agricultural Expo denied my business the opportunity to showcase its three-wheel Trikes at the event.To me, the organisers’ refusal to allow us to showcase our Trikes by contending that they are not agricultural items or products shows the possibility that some of the middle management administrators of the nation’s agriculture are dangerously short-sighted.Let me declare openly and fearlessly that anyone who thinks an agricultural exposition is all about cows, goats, sheep, eschallot, carrots, peas and so forth is someone who has zero understanding of the sector, and lacks the vision to move it forward.Persons like that make Burnham look like a mighty man of agriculture, because he saw Guyana as the breadbasket of not only the Caribbean, but the entire Central and South America, and he knew that the fulfilment of this dream would require land, labour, capital and know-how.Burnham had the good sense to realise that it is essential that the leaders and people involved in the agricultural industry have the basic know-how to move it forward. They have to know that agriculture does not revolve around direct inputs alone. Bringing it all together requires both direct and indirect inputs.This Government is supposed to be comprised of inheritors of the Burnham philosophy. They ought to know that he was keenly aware of the importance of agriculture, and he knew that every facet of the agriculture industry is important to its success, not just crops.The three-wheelers we wanted to showcase are used internationally by agricultural vendors and food processors at all levels to access farms, move around agricultural sites, and transport and market livestock, vegetables, meat and fish.If our agricultural authorities go to Indonesia right now, they will see fish and chicken being transported and sold via three-wheelers, and in some cases slaughtered and processed on the spot. Others sell plucked chicken, fish and meat, and others yet frozen vegetables and fruits as well as fresh vegetables and fruits.They will see goats, sheep, all kinds of agricultural produce, fruits and vegetables transported on three-wheelers in Palestine, in Nigeria, in Ghana, Vietnam and Thailand. It is also famous in the hilly and flat land farming areas of Italy, and is growing in popularity in the United Kingdom. It is also taking hold in Central America, and RK’s Eco-Star Motors has been the pioneer in Guyana and the West Indies so far.Our efforts have been gaining attention, but the business has been moving very slowly as it is difficult to get Government’s input in the Caribbean in new ventures such as these.Sincerely,Roshan Khan Snr.last_img read more

‘Gutted we sold him’ – Man United fan reaction to Welbeck’s goals

first_img Danny Welbeck scores against Poland 1 After Danny Welbeck scored twice for England against Switzerland, Man United fans will have understandably been left feeling a little ‘gutted’.The 23-year-old was sold to Premier League rivals Arsenal for £16m in the transfer window and there were a few on Twitter clearly missing him.Will the club regret the decision, as former England defender Terry Butcher claimed on talkSPORT?Let us know below and check out some of the reaction the Old Trafford faithful’s reaction to Welbeck’s goals in the Euro 2016 qualifier…last_img read more

‘He’s better than Clyne!’ – Man United fans react to fresh transfer rumours

first_imgManchester United, if you believe the newspapers, are set to be busy in the transfer market this summer with another star being linked on Sunday.As rumours swirl about Bastian Schweinsteiger, Sergio Ramos, Nicolas Otamendi and Morgan Schneiderlin, there are also rumours they could be making a move for Everton star Seamus Coleman.The right-back has long been admired at Old Trafford and it appears a switch could happen with reports in various newspapers suggesting the Red Devils could bid £15-20million for his services.But Manchester United fans seem undecided on the Irishman, especially after the Toffees tough campaign last season.You can see how they’re reacting to the rumour on Twitter below… 1 Seamus Coleman last_img read more