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Provinces opposed to federal plan for national regulator cite “fragmentation”

first_img Keywords National securities regulator Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Indeed, it reports that Alberta, Québec and Manitoba have reconfirmed their opposition to the common regulator proposal, and accompanying federal legislation. B.C. and Ontario remain the only provinces that have formally committed to the proposal, and the council notes that the other jurisdictions “continue to evaluate their options.” In the meantime, it says that the council has agreed to continue working toward, “establishing a cooperative provincial-territorial securities framework that will recognize and preserve provincial and territorial authority to regulate securities.” Once again, it is hoping to have a memorandum of agreement developed to sketch out its vision for a cooperative regulatory framework to be considered by the council at its next meeting in September. “Council believes that this alternative cooperative model provides a better framework for improving and enhancing the provincial-territorial securities regulatory system for Canada than the capital market regulator proposed by British Columbia, Ontario and the federal government, while addressing the concerns of those governments,” it says. “It is the view of the council that our alternative cooperative model will reduce market fragmentation, improve enforcement, identify and reduce systemic risks, and reduce regulatory burden.” The council indicates that it envisions a framework that will include: a common adjudicative tribunal; a common enforcement agency; and, a coordinated legislative process that would help maintain harmonized securities legislation and regulation, while preserving the flexibility to allow for regional differences. It also wants the framework to improve the efficacy of the council; establish a national systemic risk committee; and, strengthen provincial participation in international forums. At the meeting, the council also discussed recent initiatives aimed at formally recognizing financial planning as a profession; and, proposed changes to expand the exempt market. It also received an update from Bill Rice, chair of the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) and chair and CEO of the Alberta Securities Commission (ASC), on proposed enhancements to the CSA, the passport system, and the CSA’s current business plan. Budget promises funding for national regulator effort Facebook LinkedIn Twitter James Langton National regulator effort effectively dead Morisset’s term as CSA chair extended While advocates of a national securities regulator remain hopeful that the latest proposal for a cooperative regulator will gain traction with most of the provinces, the current scorecard remains two in favour, three against. According to a new statement from the Provincial-Territorial Council of Ministers of Securities Regulation (which excludes Ontario and British Columbia), following a meeting on June 22 and 23, in Charlottetown, PEI, the council, “is concerned about further fragmentation of the securities regulatory system if the Common Market Regulator proposal developed by the federal, British Columbia and Ontario governments is implemented.” last_img read more

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TSX, New York markets climb

first_img Keywords Marketwatch Linda Nguyen S&P/TSX composite hits highest close since March on strength of financials sector Related news “It’s a fairly healthy day,” said Colum McKinley, a portfolio manager and vice-president of Canadian equities at CIBC Asset Management. The Toronto stock market was lifted by gains across most sectors, particularly an almost 9% bump in metals and mining stocks, but dragged down by gold issues. McKinley said recent big ups and downs in the market have become the new norm. “We’re definitely going to have volatility in the short term, and we’re seeing that across all markets,” he said In New York, enthusiasm was even stronger as the Dow Jones industrial average shot up 222.57 points to 16,196.41, while the broader S&P 500 composite rose 30.80 points to 1,895.58 and the tech-heavy Nasdaq composite jumped 98.45 points to 4,435.96. The TSX was closed Monday for Ontario’s Family Day and American markets were shut down for Presidents’ Day. The commodity-sensitive Canadian dollar slipped as oil and precious metals prices weakened, easing 0.10 of a U.S. cent to 72.04 cents US. “The biggest driver in the near term for the Canadian dollar is going to be price of oil, and stability in the price of oil is eventually going to lead to stronger currency,” said McKinley. The March contract for benchmark North American crude oil fell 40 cents to US$29.04 a barrel after a big run-up on Friday. The retreat came despite word of an agreement between Russia and Saudi Arabia to freeze their oil output, but only if other OPEC countries agree to do the same. Analysts believe Iran is unlikely to go along because it wants to ramp up production now that economic sanctions have been removed. McKinley said markets may start seeing early signs of a bounce back in crude prices as the number of active oil rigs decrease and the current market oversupply lessens. “It’s going to be uneconomical for companies to drill,” he added. Last Friday, oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. reported that the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by 30 to 541, down from 1,358 rigs a year ago. Meanwhile, March natural gas shed six cents to US$1.90 per mmBtu, while April gold plunged $31.20 to US$1,208.20 a troy ounce and March copper added two cents to US$2.05 a pound. Investors kicked off holiday-shortened trading weeks in both the U.S. and Canada in buying moods Tuesday, sending indexes in New York and Toronto sharply higher. The S&P/TSX composite index climbed 173.74 points or more than 1% cent to 12,554.98 at the close, adding to a nearly 300-point gain on Friday. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter TSX gets lift from financials, U.S. markets rise to highest since March Toronto stock market dips on weakness in the energy and financials sectors Share this article and your comments with peers on social medialast_img read more

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Hotel Bookings Bounce Back Following New Visa Regime

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Tourism, Entertainment and Culture, Hon. Aloun Ndombet Assamba, has said that hotel bookings have picked up steadily since last week, following a slowdown after the implementation of the CARICOM Special Visa on February 1.Mrs. Assamba, who was speaking at the launch of Irish-fest yesterday (Feb. 20) at the Courtleigh Hotel in New Kingston, said the turnaround indicated that “it makes very little sense to cry foul when a new innovation comes on board”.“As with any change, it takes a while to catch on and we are very happy that this reality has proven true for the CARICOM Visa,” she stated.The Minister again fiercely defended the implementation of the visa regime, stating that the region could not compromise security in the interest of convenience. “I must admit I would have hoped that we would have had a longer time to prepare for it but we did not and we have had to make accommodations as necessary,” she pointed out.Minister Assamba also praised all partners, who worked to ensure that the transition process was as smooth as possible. “I am pleased to say we worked one on one with tour operators and with travel agents. We worked one on one with visitors to make sure that this went as smoothly as possible,” she added.Under the new visa regime, persons are allowed free movement within the region, which commenced operating as a single domestic space on February 1 as part of preparations for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007.With the exception of the United Kingdom, United States, Italy, Germany, France, Ireland, Spain, Netherlands, South Africa and Canada, in addition to all member states of the Caribbean Community, except Haiti, all other countries will require a visa for entry during the period February 1 to May 15.Some hotel operators had raised objection to the implementation of the visa, noting that it would result in losses through cancelled bookings. Advertisements RelatedHotel Bookings Bounce Back Following New Visa Regime RelatedHotel Bookings Bounce Back Following New Visa Regimecenter_img Hotel Bookings Bounce Back Following New Visa Regime UncategorizedFebruary 21, 2007 RelatedHotel Bookings Bounce Back Following New Visa Regimelast_img read more

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Support for Burnett River Catchment landholders

first_imgSupport for Burnett River Catchment landholders The Hon Sussan Ley MPMinister for the EnvironmentMore than 16,000 tonnes of fine sediment will be stopped from entering the Great Barrier Reef thanks to a $6.1 million investment by the Morrison Government to improve water quality flowing from the Burnett River Catchment to the Great Barrier Reef.Minister for the Environment Sussan Ley said the funding from the Morrison Government’s Reef Trust would support practical on-ground action led by the Burnett Mary Regional Group natural resource management organisation through the National Landcare Regional Land Partnerships Program.“The project design and delivery will involve local landowners working closely with local communities and Traditional Owners, to improve land management practices and deliver win-win outcomes for landholders and the Reef,” Minister Ley said.“It will support large scale restoration of riparian areas to reduce streambank erosion and fine sediment loads, improved landholder management of cattle access to waterways, the implementation of weed management plans, and a feral animal control strategy.“The project will be delivered by people who understand their region and who have a proven track record of achieving environmental results.“It will generate approximately 44 new jobs over three years, with approximately a third of these involving Indigenous employment.”The Burnett Water Quality Consortium will include Central Queensland University’s Coastal Marine Ecosystems Research Centre (CMERC) and Gidarjil Development Corporation, blending the latest ecological science with the knowledge and experience of Traditional Owners.Chief Executive of the Burnett Mary Regional Group, Sheila Charlesworth said that approximately twenty per cent of the Reef 2050 Water Quality Improvement Plan sediment reduction target for the Burnett Catchment will be achieved through this project over 3 years.“BMRG’s use of Drone Technology is world class,” Ms Charlesworth said.“For this particular project we will be adding new aircraft to our existing fleet to deliver on-ground monitoring and reporting requirements.”This funding builds on a $3.857 million Reef Trust investment announced earlier in 2020, for coastal habitat restoration and threatened species protection in the Burnett Mary region. That work is focused on habitat restoration of the Discovery Coast, with sea rangers working with local communities to protect marine turtles by relocating nests, using cages to deter predators and helping to prevent shoreline erosion to improve water quality.This funding is part of the Australian Government’s more than $1.9 billion investment to support protection and management of the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef. This includes $425 million towards improving water quality.Vision available on: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/med9imxyzfkeeq4/AAAaQnMPRcE9kwP6L49YT3KHa?d /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:Agriculture, Australia, Australian, Australian Government, Discovery, employment, environment, Government, Great Barrier Reef, Indigenous, Investment, Morrison Government, outcomes, Queensland, technology, university, water qualitylast_img read more

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Mission Automotive Harnessing military talent for UK automotive industry

first_imgMission Automotive Harnessing military talent for UK automotive industry Launched in 2019, it is delivered by Mission Motorsport, the Forces’ Motorsport Charity in partnership with the Royal Foundation and the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), with the support of the Ministry of Defence.Since its launch, the Mission Automotive initiative has paved the way for forces friendly engagement within the automotive industry. Fostering mutually beneficial relationships between industry leaders and Defence, collaboration is the life blood of the initiative. The partner structure including SMMT, MOD and the Royal Foundation is vital to the Mission Automotive objectives:to help companies to harness the expertise and support of their industry bodyto tap into support from peer organisationsto source and retain mission critical skills and extraordinary people in second careers after they have left the armed forcesAdvocacy from the industry’s leading bodyThe recent Armed Forces Covenant (AFC) signing by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders highlights the positive impact that veterans and service leavers bring to the industry. The pledge demonstrates SMMT’s commitment to promoting best practice, fostering a culture and ethos of inclusivity, and making the commercial case for automotive companies to also sign up to the Covenant, making informed pledges that reflect their company values.James Cameron, Mission Motorsport CEO, said:“The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise – a commitment – to ensure that those who have served in the Armed Forces, and their families, should not be disadvantaged by their service to the country. Service leavers and veterans are a national resource, and SMMT has been innovative in helping its members to share best practices, to support each other, and harness that human potential. By helping to make the commercial case for companies, SMMT’s engagement and advocacy through its Mission Automotive initiative is encouraging not only members, but other industry bodies to follow suit and this should be celebrated.”Mission Automotive is committed to facilitating pathways into employment. Through collaboration with Defence Relationship Management and the Career Transition Partnership (the MODs official provider of Armed Forces Resettlement), Mission Automotive works with employers to foster new behaviours to attract and retain service leaver talent, as well as access to the UK’s highly skilled veteran community and their families, who are at times overlooked.Sourcing extraordinary peopleFollowing 5 years of service as an Aircraftsman in the Royal Air Force, Jo Parker left the armed forces. Having worked in a variety of roles, Jo found it difficult to settle and lacked job satisfaction. Signposted to Mission Motorsport, Jo was introduced to the Mission Automotive initiative and enrolled in Toyota GB’s first Armed Forces Engagement Programme, developed with the help of Mission Automotive and Jaguar Land Rover. He completed his Toyota Level 2 Technician’s course held at the Toyota Academy in Burnstanton, Derbyshire securing fulltime employment with a dealership in his home town of Birmingham.Speaking about the initiative Jo said: “Being able to be part of the Mission Automotive initiative has changed my life. I am now in secure full-time employment with an employer who recognises the talent that ex-service personnel can bring to a team”.Able to combine his passion for cars and setting out on a new, successful career pathway, within four months of starting his new role, Jo was promoted to Workshop Foreman where he now manages the dealership’s workshop, a small team of technicians and reports directly to senior management.Industry leaders setting the gold standardThrough Mission Automotive’s advocacy of the AFC and MOD Employer Recognition Scheme, the initiative has supported a growth in industry leaders who are mentoring other organisations on the benefits of signing the Armed Forces Covenant and partnering with Defence. Jaguar Land Rover signed the Armed Forces Covenant in April 2014 and established an active Armed Forces Engagement Programme resulting in an Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award in 2015. Since October 2014 they have employed over 1,000 veterans and service leavers globally, including over 40 wounded, injured and sick and over 50 into the UK retailer network. JLR are proud to have been the Presenting Partner for Invictus Games since the inaugural games in London in 2014.In November 2019, Jaguar Land Rover formerly launched their Armed Forces Community Network, bringing together veterans, reservists, military spouses and partners, Cadet Force Adult Volunteers and military parents employed by the company within the UK. During the Covid-19 pandemic, JLR supported 5 reservist employees mobilised as part of Op RESCRIPT, the MOD’s support to the fight against Covid-19 in the UK. In July 2020, the company successfully revalidated their ERS Gold Award and in February 2021 the newly appointed Chief Executive Officer, Thierry Bolloré and Executive Director, HR Dave Williams re-signed the Armed Forces Covenant, reaffirming JLR’s commitment with updated pledges.Jaguar Land Rover continues to play a leading role within the UK in advocacy for the Armed Forces Covenant as a founding member of the Mission Automotive Initiative and active member of the ERS Gold Award Association at both regional and national levels.Success pathwaysIn two years and in spite of a global pandemic, the Mission Automotive initiative has grown and diversified. By listening to the needs of businesses, in the first two years the initiative has worked alongside more than 80 companies of all sizes helping them to recognise the benefits that Service Leavers, Veterans and their families can bring to their business. By fostering positive new behaviours, and helping employers to navigate culture, ethos, brand and HR areas; companies have found new talent, orchestrating Armed Forces Covenant signings and supporting those advancing on the Employment Recognition Scheme, the Mission Automotive initiative is helping the industry to create new supported pathways to employment, and making Automotive an industry of choice for service leavers, veterans and family members.Next stepsFor the UK automotive industry, now is the time to access service-leaver talent.As the UK automotive industry looks to the future, it’s more important than ever for companies within the sector to recognise the transferable skill set of ex-military personnel. /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:air force, Automotive, community, Defence, disadvantaged, Employees, employment, family members, full-time, Government, Invictus Games, London, Toyota, UK, UK Government, veterans, Williamslast_img read more

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2021 Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra may hold off on interior upgrades

first_img We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. When GM’s new-for-2019 Silverado and Sierra pickup trucks appeared on the scene, they were lauded in several categories except for one — the interior. Ram offers a Jumbotron infotainment system and sumptuous interior trappings, while Ford just dropped the 2021 F-150 with a few cabin tricks all of its own. GM’s accommodations, while perfectly serviceable, are definitely the most familiar of the bunch.Taking a peek at the company’s fleet order book for the 2021 model year seems to indicate those hoping for a Silverado/Sierra reno job may have to wait until 2022. According to the information, the truck’s infotainment systems remain capped at 8 inches, even on the snazziest High Country and Denali trims. This strongly suggests the 2021 trucks will not receive the 2021 Tahoe/Yukon refit until next year, since drivers of those machines enjoy a 10.2-inch display.There is some good infotainment news, however, with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay being available on all but the most basic models. In Canada, there will also be a variety of minor interior trim shuffles, with bucket seats popping up as options where they were previously unavailable and some colour combinations vanishing from the options list. PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca Expect to see these rigs on dealer lots later this autumn. Trending Videos ‹ Previous Next › Trending in Canada Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 2019 GMC Sierra  Handout / GMC Also new is a Safety Essential Package that pops up as an option on even the most basic Chevy Work Truck, endowing the pickup with the likes of forward collision alert, automatic emergency braking, and front pedestrian braking.The new model year will also see the usual smattering of changes to the truck’s paint palette, such as Red Quartz being swapped out for Cayenne Red at GMC and Cajun Red being ditched in favour of Cherry Red at Chevrolet. Unless your knowledge of GM trucks approaches Rain Man levels, you’re unlikely to notice.Engine selection and power ratings appear to remain the same, ranging from a base 4.3L V6 making 285 hp; to the hand-of-god 6.2L V8 making a rumbly 420 ponies. It does seem the inline-six turbodiesel, while remaining available on the same trim levels, no longer requires the selection of fiddly little option packages. Whether this is thanks to broader availability or slightly different levels of standard equipment is unclear. See More Videos RELATED TAGSChevroletGMCSierraSilveradoPickup TruckNon-LuxuryNew VehiclesChevroletGeneral MotorsGMCNon-LuxurySierraSilverado COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” advertisementlast_img read more

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Grayson Murry: Social media to social anxiety

first_imgA QUICK GOOGLE SEARCH confirms that no PGA Tour rookie has generated more headlines this season than Grayson Murray, and maybe soon they’ll even be about his play. With apologies to Steve Elkington, Murray has become golf’s most irreverent tweeter, tapping out controversial 140-character riffs on his peers, a Playboy model, the world-ranking system, the physical appearance of a high school student, a mid-round split with his caddie, internet trolls, police shootings … the hits keep coming. In a sport celebrated for its decorum, Murray, 23, has emerged as a polarizing antihero: He is either crude or complex, selfish or generous, ill-informed or misunderstood. Sure, those closest to him wish he’d just put down the damn phone. But the fact that a newbie with one career top-10 has gained more than 12,000 followers and some level of social-media fame (infamy?) suggests there’s an audience for his incendiary commentary on a Tour that often takes itself too seriously. “He’s a rookie, and I know how that goes,” says Tour pro John Peterson, who has had his own share of Twitter run-ins. “Four years ago, I had no clue what I was doing out here. The more people I pissed off, the funnier I thought it was. I think Grayson is almost right there. He needs to tone it down a little bit, but he’s doing great in the sense that people know who he is and know his beliefs.” Maybe so, but Murray’s various blunders epitomize his complicated journey to the big leagues. Each step has been marked by conflict. There was conflict as the phenom bounced around three colleges in four semesters. There was conflict as he grappled with anxiety and depression. And there is conflict now as he fights to keep his card, as he navigates the potential landmines of social media and the competing desires to be connected and honest while also staying true to himself. The proper balance still eludes him – for now. “As a parent, I’m wishing and telling him my thoughts, but you have to live your own life and your own experiences,” says Grayson’s father, Eric. “With my older two kids, it was like a light came on when they hit 25 and they became an adult. That’s what I’m waiting for with Grayson.” *** “NO ONE WILL OUT WORK ME. I WILL BECOME THE GREATEST EVER.” – Murray, on Twitter, Aug. 26, 2011 *** GRAYSON STUMBLED UPON golf accidentally. When he was 7, he tagged along with his dad and older brother, Cameron, at the Triangle Golf Complex, just down the road from their home in Raleigh, N.C. Using his mother’s clubs, Grayson took a few swings and struck high, crisp iron shots. The rest of his family looked on in disbelief. “Where’d you learn to do that?” Eric asked. Grayson shrugged. “I saw it on TV once,” he said. Within a year, Grayson was winning local tournaments and begging his parents to let him quit soccer and baseball. At age 10, he met Arnold Palmer, who had attended a banquet in the nearby town of Wake Forest. After returning to the car, Grayson tapped his dad on the shoulder and asked, “Would Wake Forest be a good school to go to? Because that’s what I think I want to do. I want to go to Wake and be a golfer.” The pieces were already in place, as he had begun working with Ted Kiegiel, the longtime director of golf at Carolina Country Club and the man responsible for helping mold Webb Simpson into a major champion. “I’ve coached hundreds of elite-level players,” Kiegiel says, “and I truly never thought I’d see another talent like Webb. But I knew right away that Grayson was going to be that special talent again.” Others saw similar promise. Wake Forest coach Jerry Haas was speaking to a hundred parents and juniors about how the recruiting process works when a 12-year-old in the back raised his hand. “How do you get the Arnold Palmer Scholarship?” Grayson asked. Haas was stunned. Well, you’ve gotta be a good player, he explained. A good student. A good person. Later, Haas asked someone about the young questioner. “He said, ‘That’s Grayson Murray,’” Haas recalls. “‘That’s the kid who’s so good.’” Everyone who followed junior golf soon learned about Murray. Not only did he grow into the perfect golf build, at 6-foot-1 with long arms and a powerful base, but he also possessed remarkable hand-eye coordination at an early age; at 13, his sidespin rate compared favorably to Tour players when tested at the Callaway Performance Center. Murray smoked his competition, joining Tiger Woods as a three-time Junior World champion (2006-08) and at one point rising to No. 2 in the high school class of 2012. “He was a guy that you didn’t want to play against growing up,” says Alberto Sanchez, a former teammate who has known Murray since they were 8. “He was going to dominate. He had that attitude, a lot of confidence. He had an intimidating, very aggressive look to him and how he would play the game.” And yet, as ruthless as Murray appeared on the course, he also displayed a compassionate side. There was the time he made his friend’s mom turn the car around so he could hand a homeless man his last $5. And when he carried his buddy’s broken golf bag for the final five holes of an event because the kid was too despondent over a tongue-lashing he’d received from a parent. And when, years later, he wrote a four-figure check to a family with mounting bills at a Nashville children’s hospital. By the time Haas finally watched Murray play, in 2010, as a high school sophomore, he saw the total package. “I was like, Oh my, he looked like a Tour pro at that age,” Haas says. “Selfishly, I like kids who look like they have a chance to go to the next level, and it’s just a bonus if they play well in college. Grayson had that look about him.” The same weekend that an apple-cheeked Texan named Jordan Spieth dazzled crowds at the Nelson, Murray, also 16, became the second-youngest player to make the cut at a Web.com Tour event, at his hometown Rex Hospital Open in Raleigh. Later that year, Golf Magazine ran a photo spread of both Spieth and Murray. The buzz was building, and they were seemingly on the same path for success – the publication declared theirs the “swings of the future.” There was little mystery about Murray’s college intentions. Eight years after he met the King, and six years after he asked Haas, Murray received the Arnold Palmer Scholarship and a full ride to Wake Forest, his dream school. His career there lasted all of three events. *** “I feel like this might be the best year of my life on the course and in the class. #workhard” – Murray, on Twitter, Aug. 29, 2012 *** IT WAS APPARENT ALMOST immediately that Murray’s time at Wake Forest would be short.   Academically, socially, “I didn’t fit in there,” he says. “It was a little preppy. It wasn’t what I grew up with.” That realization crushed him. Before his first tournament, he met with his parents and Haas in a hotel room and said that he was so uncomfortable at school that he wanted to leave. Instead of the Freshman 15, he lost 25 pounds because of stress and was briefly hospitalized. The scholarship he’d always dreamed about became a burden. “He always felt that there was a price to pay for that,” Eric says, “and that price was that you needed to carry your team as a freshman. It got to him.” Murray tied for eighth in one of the events but his short-lived Wake career came to an end after the U.S. Collegiate Championship. Following a second-round 82, he exploded in front of his parents, barking, “This was your dream and not my dream!” After a few days, he changed his mind about quitting the team, only to reverse his decision a month later. Eric Murray described that time as “the hardest thing ever” for Grayson. “He literally cried like a baby,” he says. “He felt like a failure.” As Haas says now, “I fully expected it to be a long-term deal. I thought he needed it. I thought he needed to become a leader and a teammate you could count on. I thought his social skills could use a little work. I get the fact they’re competing against each other, and on the course you should want to beat each other’s ass. But off the course you have to have a little respect for each other.” Though he finished out the semester academically, Murray had a heart-to-heart with Haas before they parted ways. Says Haas: “I told him: ‘Young man, I’m worried about your health. I’m not worried about your golf – that’ll always be there. But I’m worried about you as a person.’” Murray wasn’t granted a full release, limiting his options for the spring semester. He transferred to East Carolina, which should have been a perfect fit: It was an hour and a half from home, he was more comfortable academically, and a family friend, Jacob Hicks, was already on the golf team. But Murray’s stint at ECU was even shorter – only eight weeks, after a series of disagreements with coach Press McPhaul. The coach tried to create behavioral expectations and an atmosphere of accountability, but after one tense meeting, Murray left the team and moved out of the dorms. He finished the semester driving 70 miles each way to class.  “I wanted to do my own thing,” Murray says. “I was stubborn in a sense. I thought my own thing was good enough to get me there. So why try and change me and tell me what to do? If you’re not motivated, you’re not going to be a pro anyway, right?” That summer Murray committed to play at a third school, UNC-Greensboro, but later backtracked and took off the entire fall semester. Facing a one-year benching under the NCAA transfer rules, he contemplated turning pro. “I was trying to deter him,” Kiegiel says. “Selfishly, I wanted him to have a few more years of maturing and growing as a player and also as a young man. There were some life skills that he was growing into and managing, and it needed some more time to develop.” What Murray wanted most was a fresh start. So in 2014 he moved across the country and signed with Arizona State, where he joined a star-laden team headlined by Jon Rahm. In retrospect, Eric Murray concedes that decision was a mistake. “If I had to do it all over again, I hate to say it, but for someone who had the talent that Grayson had in the beginning, maybe we were the ones who held him back by talking him into staying in school so long,” he says. “He could have done a one-and-done sort of thing and been better off that way, getting out there and competing.” *** “I feel like Im the only student at ASU that doesn’t have a bicycle. I’ll start taking donations from anyone for the Grayson Murray bike fund” – Murray, on Twitter, Aug. 26, 2014 *** AS MURRAY LEFT AN early-morning workout that fall, his jacket got caught in the front wheel of his new bike and he flew over the handlebars, smacking his head. He was admitted to a local hospital for evaluation, but Eric could tell something was still amiss a few months later, when his son came home for Christmas break. He was moody and couldn’t focus. His head throbbed and vision was blurred. He slept all day and had no motivation. Grayson didn’t want to return to school, but that spring he was finally eligible to compete after sitting out nearly a year and a half. He played only one tournament, finishing 32nd, and the phone conversations home grew even more alarming. Eric flew to Tempe and stayed for six weeks, searching for answers. There was already cause for concern, with Grayson experiencing minor issues with anxiety in the past. The turning point came at the 2014 Southern Amateur, when he walked off the course despite sitting only a few shots off the lead. His arms had locked up and he couldn’t pull back the club, so he bailed, unable to control his anxiety. Players and parents gossiped about the latest sign of distress from the former junior prodigy. That night, Murray tweeted: “When you reach a low point in your life, you find out quickly who truly cares about you. Keep that circle very tight and don’t let go…” A few days later, he added: “You guys have no clue what’s going on in my life so stop judging me….” Only recently had Murray gotten clarity himself. After the tournament, he was diagnosed with social anxiety, which, according to the institute that studies the disorder, “is the fear of being judged and evaluated negatively by other people, leading to feelings of inadequacy, inferiority, embarrassment, humiliation and depression.” Those troubling years now had context. “He was not only playing the top golfers in the world, but he was also battling himself, and that was the toughest battle of all,” Eric says. “He was already in trouble – the concussion just pushed him over the edge. The combination was overwhelming.” And so, with his son’s depression deepening, Eric called an anxiety specialist in Raleigh and told him about Grayson’s dire state, about the dark thoughts and the concussion the previous fall. “Oh my God, that’s the issue,” the doctor told him. “He needs to come back here now.” Grayson spent 10 days at the University of North Carolina’s Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center, where he was put through a battery of tests. Doctors told the family that after the concussion, Grayson had been using only 20 percent of his brain on the right side, and that he had just 20 percent of his eyesight in one eye. “Bad shape,” Eric says. Grayson was prescribed mild anxiety medication and anti-depressants, which he still takes today, and he must stay mindful of his breathing, diet and workouts. “It’s such an easy thing to hide from at that age because you don’t want to be judged,” he says. “But now I can use my past experiences to help others. I’m not ashamed of it. It’s just what I had to go through to get where I’m at. “I hated every second being in that hospital, but it saved my life.” *** “Lots of positives to take away from my first pro event. Looking forward to getting out there and doing it again soon.” – Murray, on Twitter, May 31, 2015 *** MURRAY NEVER RETURNED TO school. Crashing at his parents’ house while on the mend, he turned pro that spring, caddied at Old Chatham for a little cash and played the mini-tour circuit. His energy levels remained low, but he didn’t need to look far for motivation. When he was 10, his mom, Terry, was crushed by an SUV after a freak accident in the parking lot of a Bed Bath & Beyond. She nearly lost her life and endured a 30-day hospital stay, about a dozen surgeries on her legs and a lengthy recovery in which she could only lie on her back for months. “That taught him early on that you just have to fight,” Eric says. Though he couldn’t beat balls for hours like he used to, or fine-tune his game after rounds, Grayson found that his form returned quicker than anticipated – even with his vision impaired for the next year. “There were times when I kept thinking, How is he putting?” Eric says. “He would lose his focus to the point where he couldn’t see enough of the line on the green. He was sort of winging it, I guess.” Eric, who worked in the auto parts industry, loaned Grayson the entry fees for the first two tournaments – about $2,600 total – and he never looked back. No longer multitasking, Grayson played in anything and everything, sometimes driving 200 miles for a 20-man event. “As soon as he cleared his mind and golf was his only responsibility, the sky was the limit,” says Sanchez, his former ASU teammate. “He’s super talented and always has been.” Murray headed into the fall brimming with confidence, and he placed 74th in the final stage of Web.com Tour Q-School, which gave him conditional status but not a concrete plan for 2016. Another home game in Raleigh helped put his career on track, as he parlayed a top-10 off a sponsor exemption into another good finish a week later. He racked up five more top-10s before winning last September at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship – a well-timed breakthrough, for it guaranteed him fully exempt status on the PGA Tour for this season. “I’m telling you,” Eric says, “Grayson is my hero because I have seen first-hand how hard it’s been. Most people would have given up. Said it was too hard. Gone and gotten a real job. But here’s a kid who had a problem, everyone is telling him there’s no issue, and yet he just kept digging his heels in and finding a way to do what he always wanted to do in life.” Except the light still didn’t turn on. *** “First tweet. #Confusing” – Murray, on Twitter, July 5, 2011 *** AND SO BEGAN GRAYSON MURRAY’S love-hate relationship with Twitter. Over the next few years, he tried to find his voice, frequently updating his handful of followers with mundane details of his practice routine and his travel schedule and his girl problems. Sure, there was the occasional inflammatory tweet, but nothing outrageous for a college-aged kid. It wasn’t until he earned his PGA Tour card last fall that anybody began to notice. Murray first stood out because of his dental work. One of his front teeth got knocked out when he was 12, causing nerve damage, and last May he bit into a piece of Bojangles’ chicken that jarred the tooth loose. Annoyed, he simply yanked it out. With no time to get fitted for an implant, he went toothless for months, and a few of his hillbilly photos – including from the formal Web.com Tour graduation ceremony, where he also wore a T-shirt – began to circulate on social media. For athletes, one of the main benefits of Twitter is also its biggest drawback: Yes, they’re more connected to their fans than ever before, able to reach them directly, without an agent intervening. But they’re also more exposed to the keyboard heroes, to the angry and the anonymous. It’s why many of the world’s top athletes use the site to promote their sponsors and little else. For Murray, it was a perfect storm. He had tweeted prolifically for years, with no consequence. He was adjusting to the rhythms of Tour life, with all of the downtime. And he’s combative by nature, unwilling to let any troll get in the last word, consequences be damned. His first controversy of the year came in February, when he called out a fellow Tour pro (Bryson DeChambeau) for withdrawing from Riviera after receiving a sponsor exemption. That personal attack was one of the few tweets he regrets – he apologized to DeChambeau the following week – but fans initially revered Murray, the rare player who was willing to opine about the sanitized world of pro golf. The instant gratification was intoxicating. “I went from a nobody,” he says, “to a little bit of a somebody just through a few tweets.” Emboldened, the next few months were a whirlwind. He lamented that so many of his peers were “boring” on social media. He asked Playboy model Lindsey Pelas if she would caddie for him in the Par 3 Contest if he qualified for the Masters. (Pelas agreed, but Murray didn’t earn a spot.) And he started a Twitter war with some European Tour players after suggesting that playing overseas would boost his world ranking faster. After those tweets nearly caused an international incident, Murray texted his agent, Kevin Canning, and told him to change his password so he couldn’t access his account. “But I cracked back in again,” he said with a mischievous smile. Not for long, because in April, Murray sent a creepy tweet to a high school student that got picked up worldwide. (“Idk but I hate the fact you are in high school. You are pretty.”) He finally had enough of Twitter in May, deactivating his account following a heated, mid-round confrontation with his caddie and close family friend, Mike Hicks, at the Wells Fargo Championship. Hicks declined to be interviewed for this story. “Twitter was fun and games when I first started,” Murray says, “but it became this thing where people are taking me too seriously. If I defend myself, then it looks like I’ve done something wrong. If I stay quiet, all they’re going to do is lie and make up their own stories. So it’s a tough situation for me.” At The Players, Murray made a bet with his performance coach, Josh Gregory, that if he got through the Memorial without social media – a span of five weeks – then Gregory would have to take him out to dinner. Murray lasted four weeks and asked Gregory if he could send a tweet reminiscing about the Web.com event in Raleigh, the tournament that kick-started his run to the Tour. Gregory agreed. “Unfortunately, he didn’t just stick to that,” Gregory sighed. After ranting about police shootings – “Obey by the law and I promise you will live” – Murray protected his account, which means that only confirmed followers can view his tweets. He has tweeted only once in the past three weeks. “With guys with anxiety, it’s easy to fall into an addictive pattern,” Gregory says. “It’s hard for him, because when somebody bad-mouths him or trolls him, he wants to lash out. But they want you to do that. That makes their day – they  got a PGA Tour player going back at them. They can go to their buddies and say, ‘Hey, I got in Grayson’s grill today.’”   Indeed, whatever good comes from Murray’s social-media interactions – giving a family $10,000 for a down payment on a car, doling out tickets to a tournament, hosting Q&A sessions – often is lost amid an avalanche of unfiltered, unvarnished tweets. Inaccurate media reports, about his caddie breakup and then a fan altercation at the Memorial, only fueled his bad-boy image. “A lot of guys have to be politically correct or a sponsor will drop you, and it’s a shame,” Murray says. “So they shy away from it. They toe the line. “I am not one to care how much money I make if I’m not being myself. I don’t want to be a double person out here on Tour. I don’t want to be a person on social media and inside the ropes, and then another guy with my buddies. Who I am on social media is who I am with my buddies and who I am on the course.” *** “How come when I mess up everyone hates me. #NotFair” – Murray, on Twitter, June 2, 2017 *** ERIC MURRAY CAN’T EVEN LOG IN to his Twitter and Facebook accounts, and yet somehow he always becomes aware of his son’s social-media exploits. Someone will send him a screenshot. Or he’ll see a headline on a website. Heck, one day, he was listening to PGA Tour Radio in his car when the hosts started discussing the incident in Wilmington. “It’s very painful,” says Eric, 66, “and I wish he would get off the social-media thing. It may help with his anxiety issues, and it may be therapeutic for him in a roundabout way, because he can converse with other people. But with some of the things I’ve seen, I’d have more anxiety if people were talking about me the way that they were.” And that was the biggest fallout from Murray’s Twitter travails: It affected his performance. Of that there seems to be little doubt. “Early on, absolutely, 100 percent,” Gregory says. “He was almost setting himself up for failure. He was putting all this pressure on himself and putting himself in a position where you get people pulling against you and wanting to see you fail. You don’t need that when you’re 23 and a PGA Tour rookie. You want to keep it positive and only be in the limelight because of the way you’re playing.” Gregory began working with Murray in March, after walking a nine-hole practice round with him at Bay Hill. They immediately hit it off, for a couple of reasons. “He’s my kind of guy,” says Gregory, who also coaches Patrick Reed. “I’ve always had success with guys who were a little on the edge, who were not afraid to speak their minds. Grayson needed coaching more than he needed instruction.” But Gregory also could relate to Murray’s inner battle – he, too, takes anxiety medication (and has for the past 13 years). Consistency in a daily routine helped Gregory, and now he passes along that same message to his enigmatic pupil, who hadn’t reported any recent episodes … until last week’s Greenbrier Classic, when he withdrew after two holes, shaky and anxious. Murray met with his doctor last week to sort out his medication, and the hope is that it was just bad timing, a minor setback, a product of burnout, nothing more. He had been rolling. Under Gregory’s tutelage, Murray has eliminated the left side of the course with a release fade; added an array of short-game shots to his arsenal; and purchased a TrackMan to dial in his carry distances with his wedges, an attempt, like Dustin Johnson, to take advantage of his awesome power, as Murray ranks ninth on Tour in driving distance, at 307 yards a pop. Though he’s still looking for one big week to move off the FedExCup bubble – he is No. 117 in the standings, the reason he can’t take a few weeks off to regroup – Murray had survived 10 consecutive cuts, prior to Greenbrier. That’s no small achievement considering he’s seeing many of these courses for the first time. After a tie for 18th in Memphis, he sent Gregory a heartfelt text message: Thank you for believing in me. I know we’re heading in the right direction. Great things are coming. We make a great team. “I think he’s terribly misunderstood,” Gregory says. “Like a lot of young players that come out, they want to fit in so badly and they want to be funny and be cool and they realize, let’s just slow down and let our clubs do the talking. This isn’t about being the coolest – it’s about being a true pro.” And so there’s optimism that it’s not too late for Murray to repair his image, or to manage his issues. That it’s not too late for him to develop into the star he could be, or was supposed to be. That it’s not too late for him to become a well-adjusted adult – once the light flicks on at 25. “I think I’ll always be concerned, because no parent wants to have a physical or mental obstacle put in their kids’ way,” Eric says. “I’m concerned because I know how hard it is for him. I would love to see Grayson play golf without these issues and see how good he could have been. Oh my gosh, just unbelievable. But this is what he was dealt with, and he’s dealing with it, and he’s always going to be dealing with it. “At the end of 20 years, I think he’s going to look back and say that he’s had a good career. But only he’s in control of that.”last_img read more

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Investigation launched after sum of money stolen from house in L’Kenny

first_img Pinterest Investigation launched after sum of money stolen from house in L’Kenny By News Highland – April 4, 2019 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebook Previous articleSligo Airport may lose ability to host Rescue 118Next articleGardai involved in chase as two men are arrested in Derry News Highland Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th A Garda investigation has been launched after a sum of money was stolen from a house in Letterkenny last weekend.A house in the Carnamogagh Upper area of the town was broken into sometime between the hours of 7pm on Saturday and 1am on Sunday morning last.No damage was caused to the property but an known sum of cash was taken.Gardai say no arrests have been made but investigations are ongoing. Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Homepage BannerNews Google+center_img Twitter Twitter Google+ Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows DL Debate – 24/05/21 Pinterest WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Facebooklast_img read more

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Kolbe to fullback as readers boot Cullen, Robinson into touch

first_img Buzz TreatmentRemember Grace Jones? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowBuzz Treatment|SponsoredSponsoredUndo READ: What’s in our new issue?Subscribe here ‘ The ultimate back-three combination has no room for Christian Cullen or Jason Robinson, as voted for by SARugbymag.co.za‘s readers.Kolbe in greatest back three of pro era?Instead, voters clicked to move Cheslin Kolbe to fullback and reinforce the combination with Bryan Habana and Jonah Lomu on the wings in what they deem the greatest combination in the pro era.Cullen almost made the cut as a shade over 1% of the votes separated the Habana-Lomu-Kolbe combination (29.42%) from runners-up Cullen-Lomu-Kolbe (28.41%).Legendary All Blacks wing Jonah Lomu, perhaps unsurprisingly, featured in both the top-two selection combinations. His fabled power was seemingly impossible to be ignored by our readers.Habana’s out-and-out pace and deadly finishing ability, which brought him 67 tries in 124 appearances for the Boks, won out over Cullen’s magic from fullback.The ‘Paekakariki Express’, who played 60 times for the All Blacks, may feel aggrieved to have missed out with many considering him the greatest fullback to have ever played the game.There was also little love shown for England’s Jason Robinson. ‘Billy Whizz’, as he was nicknamed, was a try-scoring machine and exemplified, in many ways, the same qualities that make Kolbe so effective. Five one-cap Boks that could still represent South AfricaSA Rugby Magazine takes a look at five players who have only represented South Africa once but might do so again in the future.SA Rugby MagUndoLife Exact BrazilGrace Jones Is Now 72 Years Old, This Is Her NowLife Exact Brazil|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCNAHow is life for Cambodian boy linguist after viral fame?CNA|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAlphaCuteOprah’s New House Cost $90 Million, And This Is What It Looks LikeAlphaCute|SponsoredSponsoredUndo熱門話題不要被酵素騙了!在萬寧賣的「這個」直接針對脂肪…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndoLoans | Search AdsLooking for loan in Hong Kong? Find options hereLoans | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Jonah Lomu heads towards the try line. BuzzAura16 Cancer Causing Foods You Probably Eat Every DayBuzzAura|SponsoredSponsoredUndo  2070  79 ‘ Post by Andre-Pierre Cronje ‘ Kolbe to fullback as readers boot Cullen, Robinson into touch ‘ From the magazine: Jano Vermaak names his Perfect XVSA Rugby MagUndo 熱門話題對肚腩脂肪感到後悔!試了在萬寧賣的這個後…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndo ‘ Posted in Making Headlines, Top headlines Published on March 9, 2021 ‘ Hero WarsThis game will keep you up all night!Hero Wars|SponsoredSponsoredUndoWorld Cup-winning Bok quartet in Eddie Jones’ all-time XVSA Rugby MagUndoWatch: Kolbe makes Test players look amateur – Ugo MonyeSA Rugby MagUndoGoGoPeak10 Most Beautiful Cities You Should Visit Once In Your LifetimeGoGoPeak|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

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Poster For Tomorrow Design Competition on Healthcare

first_img LinkedIn 0 Deadline: 10 July 2015Open to:Individual, graphic design schools, universities, students, graphic designers, governmental institutions and NGOs across the worldPrizes: Poster for tomorrow will reward the best 100 designs by including them in the “Work Right!” exhibitionDescriptionPoster for tomorrow, run by the 4tomorrow organisation, is an international poster competition based on human rights issues that affect us all. As well as the annual poster contest, 4 tomorrow organises graphic design workshops and debates on civic responsibility and empowerment of the individual across the world in partnership with graphic design schools and universities, for students, graphic designers and governmental institutions and NGOs. In 2015 poster for tomorrow sent the call out to graphic designers and students to create a poster to raise awareness of the universal right to healthcare.As healthcare is such a vast issue, poster for tomorrow will tackling the issue in three areas: Universal access to healthcare now;Eradication of preventable Diseases;Access to clean water.The central theme that binds these topics is access: access to healthcare services drugs that can help treat diseases, access to clean water that prevents the spread of diseases, and access to education and services that can increase awareness of diseases.EligibilityIndividual, graphic design schools, universities, students, graphic designers, governmental institutions and NGOs across the world are eligible to apply.PrizesPoster for tomorrow will reward the best 100 designs by including them in the “Work Right!” exhibition, as part of an event called “a day for tomorrow”, that will be held in a series of cities around the world on 10th December 2014 to celebrate the anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights.How to apply?Apply by first making the free register. Once you have created your account and you’re logged into the website, a “MY ACCOUNT” link page will be available from the top menu bar. Click that link to access your own account page, where you will be able to manage your submissions. Registering is the only way to ensure your artwork will be entered into the competition.For more information, please check the official web-page or FAQ. Tweet May 29, 2015 Published by michal ← 2 PhD Candidates in The Project ‘The Politics of Big Data’ at Univ. of Amsterdam Poster For Tomorrow Design Competition on Healthcare Pocket Similar Stories Volunteer as a Web Researcher in Cosmopolitalians → Share 0 +1 Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Redditlast_img read more

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