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The Leading Ladies of North Korea

first_imgNews Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak [imText1]‘Leading Ladies of North Korea’ is the 35th cartoon drawn exclusively for Daily NK by Gregory Pence. A creative and talented cartoonist, Pence now lives in Seoul, where he is keen to keep shedding light on political, economic and human rights problems in Northeast Asia.South Korea has a long history of TV talk shows involving panels of individuals discussing life, the universe and everything. Recently, ‘On My Way to Meet You’ became the latest incarnation of this style of program, one that has since garnered great popularity for the way its panel of defector women so adeptly humanize life in North Korea in a way that books, music and even films often cannot.These North Korean women are truly becoming South Korea’s leading ladies. And who knows? One day maybe they will be joined on stage by another leading lady from Pyongyang… By Daily NK – 2012.09.12 3:58pm News There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest SHARE AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] center_img North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China The Leading Ladies of North Korea News Facebook Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News last_img read more

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Military ordered to gather its own rice

first_imgCitizens who thereafter did not contribute the required quota of rice were excluded from what was left of the state distribution system. State organizations were also mobilized to collect food for the military, and those who did not satisfy the requirements were stripped of their political status and other perks. As a result, many had no choice but to eat significantly less in order to contribute their quota to the state. US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] SHARE Sources in North Korea are reporting that the authorities are preparing another push to collect rice for the armed forces this fall. However, in contrast to previous years, this time the order has been issued to the military itself. Ordinary citizens have in the past been assigned the task of gathering these provisions, but the responsibility this year has fallen on military conscripts. But even these provisions were insufficient to feed the entire military. During the mid 2000s, the government hoped to solve the food shortage by allowing military members to cultivate small private gardens for personal consumption. The recent directive, however, seems to be an attempt by the authorities to absorb some of these stocks as well.  “Is there any other country on Earth that does not feed its own military? I thought the army was supposed to be defending our country, but instead they’re turning us into an army of farmers,” one serviceman told the source.The North Korean regime began emphasizing the importance of feeding its military as a national priority after the Great Famine of the mid 90s. Kim Jong Il introduced the concept of songun (military-first) ideology, stating that “our nation’s armed forces must never go hungry!” Facebook Twitter The source says that soldiers are complaining about the plan, especially given the government’s failure to distribute goods, even to the military in recent times.  “Military leadership handed down orders last month detailing the quotas required to be collected by the local 12th Corp. These orders include amounts covering every division and brigade in the entire 12th Corp, which must be collected and presented to division leaders in the coming season,” a source in Ryanggang Province informed Daily NK on October 18.“It is quite absurd that military personnel have to collect these provisions themselves. And such orders were handed down in all provinces, covering all military divisions across the country.” News center_img NewsEconomy News Military ordered to gather its own rice North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest By Daily NK – 2017.10.20 2:29pm News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR According to a source in North Hamgyong Province, military members are complaining that they “must begin large-scale farming from next year” in order to meet these new demands, calling the plan just another “government scheme.”last_img read more

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Canadian economy also victim of U.S. ‘super committee’ pratfall: analysts

But the failure is also a fresh indication that political dysfunction, both in Europe and the U.S., is becoming a major, contributing factor to the global economic malaise. “The big challenge is all the big risks to the economic outlook right now have a political dimension, and you do not know how politics will unfold,” said TD Bank Craig Alexander. “What we worry about is the possibility of a feedback loop where you go from the political crisis to the economic and financial crisis.” U.S. economist Peter Morici of the University of Maryland, who has followed Washington politics for years both on the outside and inside at the Trade Department, said a deal could still be cobbled together, but he is not hopeful. “Genuine progress is not possible,” he said in a paper, “because the principals (politicians) won’t accept the facts.” In Europe, Germany again threw cold water on calls — including from Canada — for a big one-time fix to the sovereign debt crisis, with one official declaring there is no “bazooka” to pull out of the bag and overwhelm the problem. While Europe remains the world’s — and Canada’s — biggest risk factor, Alexander believes the current gridlock in Washington also has the potential to derail the U.S. economy all on its own. The first shock could come as early as January unless the deeply divided Congress agrees to renew billions of dollars in payroll tax cuts and emergency unemployment benefits. The next shock is set to strike in 2013 when if by then there is no budget deal, it will trigger automatic deep cuts to military and discretionary spending. Economists have calculated the hit to U.S. economic growth could be as large as two percentage points in 2012, and three percentage points after 2013. On Tuesday, the U.S. downgraded its third-quarter growth by half a point to two per cent. According to the Bank of Canada, the U.S. economy is entering a precarious period in which any shock would likely tip it back into recession. “Certainly that will have an impact on Canada,” said Avery Shenfeld, chief economist with CIBC World Markets. “One reason why the Bank of Canada was so concerned about growth (next year) is its working assumption is that those measures (U.S. stimulus) will come to an end.” Lower growth in the U.S. hits directly at Canadian exports of autos, machinery, aerospace and lumber because of reduced consumer demand. As well, a recession in the world’s largest economy would lead to increased volatility in global equity markets, depressing the net worth of Canadians’ investments and pension funds. Already, the prospects of reduced military spending south of the border is rippling through Canada’s export oriented aerospace and defence sector. CIBC analyst Michael Willemse reported Tuesday that Montreal-based CAE Inc., which provides modeling, simulation and training products with military and civilian applications, has about $28 million in sales at risk from U.S. defence cutbacks. That’s a small share of revenues, but just the threat of upcoming cuts has played a role CAE losing about one quarter its market value since June, the analyst said. While the situation looks bleak, Alexander noted there is a considerable upside if politicians on both sides of the Atlantic deal decisively with their respective problems. “If Europe and the U.S. can show decisive leadership there is a huge upside potential,” he said, noting that it would boost consumer and business confidence, and might lead corporations sitting on record levels of cash to invest. “If these idle funds were put to work, they could create investment and jobs,” he noted. “They would also fuel a strong rally in equities and lead to higher bond yields.” Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Stagflation is U.S. economists’ biggest fear, SIFMA says Keywords Economic forecasts,  Financial crisis Related news Economy lost 68,000 jobs in May OECD raises outlook for Canadian economic growth this year Julian Beltrame Canada’s economy and jobs performance could become a victim of U.S. politics, analysts say. Just how much Canadian impact the so-called super committee’s failure to find up to US$1.5 trillion over 10 years in government spending cuts will have is difficult to quantify, since the process can still be rescued and it is not known whether the fallout has doomed other measures before Congress. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more

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Smith – Labor cuts local communities out of development approvals

first_imgSmith – Labor cuts local communities out of development approvals Liberal Party VictoriaLabor cuts local communities out of development approvalsThe Andrews Labor Government will arrogantly exempt itself from planning approvals, exclude community consultation, appeals to VCAT, and community objections for any of its new public and social housing works.Labor has scrapped all due public planning processes for these developments.The community will have no say of what gets built over their back fence.How is this fair?The proposed change by Labor will mean local communities will have no opportunity to object to any part of public housing buildings including design or location. It would also mean Victorians would not be able to challenge Labor’s proposals at VCAT.In a buried notice yesterday, VC190 amended the Victorian Planning Provisions and all planning schemes in Victoria by introducing Clause 52.20.Clause 52.20 removes the need for a planning permit for housing projects funded specifically for Victoria’s Big Housing Build program and supported by the Director of Housing – a bureaucrat.Clause 72.01, which was also secretly amended, appoints the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change to be the responsible authority.With respect, this Minister, has little to no knowledge of her own portfolio, let alone Dick Wynne’s.As stated by Shadow Minister for Planning, Tim Smith:“This is just more arrogance by Daniel Andrews who will stop at nothing to make sure he gets what he wants, even if it means silencing Victorians.“It is outrageous that an unelected bureaucrat has more say than the local community on planning matters.“Andrews is of the opinion that there is one rule for him and another rule for every other Victorian, who has to go through appropriate planning approvals.“Victorians must have a right to have their say in any proposals that will impact their local communities, but Andrews is stripping that away from them.” /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:Andrews, Australia, climate, climate change, community, energy, environment, Government, housing, Impact, Liberal Party, Liberal Victoria, Minister, planning, VIC, Victorialast_img read more

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Chamoli Disaster Could Happen Again

first_imgChamoli Disaster Could Happen Again Some four months ago, a devastating flood ravaged the Chamoli district in the Indian Himalayas, killing over 200 people. The flood was caused by a massive landslide, which also involved a glacier. Researchers at the University of Zurich, the WSL and ETH Zurich have now analyzed the causes, scope and impact of the disaster as part of an international collaboration.Destroyed Tapovan Vishnugad hydroelectric plant after devastating debris flow of Feb 7, 2021. (Irfan Rashid, Department of Geoinformatics, University of Kashmir) On 7 February 2021, a massive wall of rock and ice collapsed and formed a debris flow that barreled down the Rishiganga and Dhauliganga river valleys, leaving a trail of devastation. The flood took more than 200 lives and destroyed two hydropower plants as well as several roads and bridges. A large international team including researchers from the University of Zurich (UZH), the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL) and the ETH Zurich came together immediately after the disaster and began to investigate the cause and scope of the flood and landslide. Their study used satellite imagery, digital models of the terrain, seismic data and video footage to reconstruct the event with the help of computer models.Avalanche of rock and iceTwenty million cubic meters of rock had broken off from Ronti peak in Chamoli district in Uttarkhand at about 5,500 meters above sea level, including a steep hanging glacier with about 5.5 million cubic meters of ice. The massive avalanche, made up of rock (80%) and ice (20%), hurtled down the valley and the narrow gorge. Resulting energy from the friction melted almost all of the ice and led to a devastating mudflow.The international cooperation analyzing the extreme event was coordinated by GAPHAZ, a scientific group of leading experts on glacier and permafrost hazards in mountains. Holger Frey from UZH’s Department of Geography and GAPHAZ board member says: “The speed and breadth with which we analyzed the disaster is unprecedented. Only five years ago, having such extensive and high-resolution satellite imagery available so quickly was almost unthinkable.”Research work started immediatelyThe UZH researchers have been working in the Indian Himalayas for several years and were contacted by the Indian government’s National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) only hours after the event. In the days that followed, they were able to provide the Indian authorities with initial insights on how the disaster unfolded and the processes involved. “Among other things, our reports and assessments were used to plan the on-site investigation,” says Frey.Hazardous hydropower projectsThe deaths of more than 200 people, most of whom were non-local workers, and the destruction of the two hydropower plants added fuel to the ongoing debate about power plant projects in fragile alpine ecosystems. Following the devastating floods in Uttarakhand back in 2013, the hydropower industry was accused by the Supreme Court of India of having exacerbated the consequences of such floods with its practices. “The Chamoli disaster sadly confirms that many hydropower companies operating in the Himalayas are not doing enough to survey and monitor the increasingly unstable alpine environment,” says co-author Christian Huggel from the UZH Department of Geography.Impacts of climate changeThe effects of climate change can also be felt below the surface. Temperatures inside mountains are rising in permafrost regions, increasing the likelihood of rockslides in alpine zones. Given the growing energy requirements in the Himalayan states, this problem is expected to get worse. “The Chamoli disaster was a rare extreme event,” says Holger Frey. “But it’s only a matter of time before the next such massive event will happen somewhere in the Himalayas.” With several additional hydropower plants in planning, fast and sustainable solutions are needed – as well as close collaboration with scientists. “We must take advantage of the most advanced technologies and knowledge to better protect human lives and assets in the future,” Christian Huggel says. Such rare disastrous events cannot be ruled out for other mountain regions either, and they can have disastrous effects, especially in regions with relative dense infrastructure such as the Alps.Literature:Shugar Daniel et al. A massive rock and ice avalanche caused the 2021 disaster at Chamoli, Indian Himalaya. Science. June 10, 2021. DOI: 10.1126/science.abh4455 /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:avalanche, climate change, environment, ETH Zurich, Federal, Government, India, infrastructure, investigation, power plant, satellite, Scientists, Supreme Court, sustainable, university, University of Zurichlast_img read more

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City of Washougal announces new interactive website

first_imgCity of Washougal announces new interactive websitePosted by ClarkCountyToday.comDate: Wednesday, November 6, 2019in: Community Newsshare 0 Citizens and their local government will be able to communicate, monitor and report through some of the new featured modules WASHOUGAL — The city of Washougal recently announced that it is launching a new website.    The city website, https://cityofwashougal.us, just underwent a six month redesign process by CivicPlus, the leading government website provider. The website now has several new functions as well as a cleaner, easier layout to navigate.  Citizens and their local government will be able to communicate, monitor and report through some of the new featured modules: A mobile optimized design that ensures citizens can easily navigate and interact with content from any desktop computer, smartphone, or tablet, anytime and anywhere.Alert Center functionality that allows website administrators to alert citizens with time-sensitive information and instructions using multiple channels, including the website homepage, social media and email.Personalized logins allow citizens to create an account associated with the website so that it becomes a personalized tool to download forms, submit applications and permits, submit and track inquiries, comment on stories and topics of interest and further engage in public dialog.With the new website the city of Washougal will be able to increase its community engagement and enhance the communication between residents and local government.Information provided by city of Washougal.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark CountyWashougalshare 0 Previous : Lions Club vision screenings make sure children see clearly Next : City of Washougal announces next chief of policeAdvertisementThis is placeholder text guestLabel Subscribe Connect with LoginI allow to create an accountWhen you login first time using a Social Login button, we collect your account public profile information shared by Social Login provider, based on your privacy settings. We also get your email address to automatically create an account for you in our website. Once your account is created, you’ll be logged-in to this account.DisagreeAgreeNotify of new follow-up comments new replies to my comments I allow to use my email address and send notification about new comments and replies (you can unsubscribe at any time). I allow to create an accountWhen you login first time using a Social Login button, we collect your account public profile information shared by Social Login provider, based on your privacy settings. We also get your email address to automatically create an account for you in our website. Once your account is created, you’ll be logged-in to this account.DisagreeAgree Name*Email*Websitecenter_img Name*Email*Website 0 Comments Inline FeedbacksView all comments guestLabellast_img read more

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University Libraries Changes Late Book And Other Fees In Response To Budget Needs

first_img Published: June 2, 2005 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail The University Libraries at the University of Colorado at Boulder is changing its book fine procedure in order to minimize the number of library books that are declared “lost” by the Libraries and billed by state collections as part of a larger response to overall budget constraints. As a result, most books checked out from the University Libraries after July 1 will no longer be subject to overdue fines if they are returned within 90 days of the due date. However, circulating items that are recalled and returned after the new due date will accrue fines. Items more than 90 days overdue may be billed. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to renew all books after July 1st to become entered into the new system. The length of time between the first day overdue and the time when a bill is generated will be extended from 28 days to 90 days. This will apply to all material except reserves and items that are checked out for short periods of time, such as bound journals. During this 90-day period, emails from the Libraries will encourage borrowers to return or renew the overdue material. If a billed book is returned before collections procedures are initiated, a $10 charge will be assessed per book to recoup the Libraries’ billing costs. Accounts sent to collections will still be assessed a 20 percent service fee to cover state collections costs. If a billed book is not returned, a replacement fee will be assessed. The current replacement fee structure has not changed. In lieu of the replacement fee, the Libraries will accept a replacement copy of the book. However, the processing fee for this transaction will be increased to $50 to cover costs. In addition, public patrons who apply for a new account or renew an existing account after July 1 will be charged a fee of $75 per year or $65 for residents 65 and older. Each patron will be issued a library card to check out items, and the new fines structure will eliminate most overdue (but not lost or late recalled book) fees for public patrons as well. The changes will save the Libraries money by minimizing the number of items that are billed each month. The University Libraries have been compelled to take a number of revenue management actions, including additional cancellations to serial subscriptions, in order to offset ongoing budget reductions.last_img read more

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SMPD uses new Bike Index to fight theft

first_imgThe Santa Monica Police Department are now strongly encouraging everyone and or businesses that have a bike to register the bike at https://bikeindex.org/users/[email protected] Tags :bike attackBike IndexBryan Hancedaily pressHelen’s CyclesLAPD WestNeighborhood Resource Officer Marilyn AmiachepoliceRaleigh Bikessanta monica daily presssanta monica policeSanta Monica Police Departmentsmpdshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentMarina Andalonview all postsThree dangerous school zones in Santa Monica2017 CALIFORNIA LAWSYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall12 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson22 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter22 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor22 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press22 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press22 hours ago HomeNewsCrimeSMPD uses new Bike Index to fight theft Dec. 20, 2016 at 8:40 amCrimeNewsSMPD uses new Bike Index to fight theftMarina Andalon4 years agobike attackBike IndexBryan Hancedaily pressHelen’s CyclesLAPD WestNeighborhood Resource Officer Marilyn AmiachepoliceRaleigh Bikessanta monica daily presssanta monica policeSanta Monica Police DepartmentsmpdBicycle Diagram Marina AndalonDaily Press Staff WriterSanta Monica is the bike mecca of Southern California and with so many bikes, means more opportunities for bikes to get stolen. The Santa Monica Police Department has recently introduced the Bike Index Program help track stolen bikes.“If and when an officer encounters a potentially stolen bike, if it is not reported with the serial number then the police usually have no way of locating the bike to its rightful owner,” said Neighborhood Resource Officer Marilyn Amiache.It seems to be an on going issue for the police department. Many people do not register their bike, making it almost impossible to prove the bike was stolen and returning the bike is no longer an option.Now the department is using Bike Index, an online database cofounded by Seth Herr and Bryan Hance in 2014. It is currently the nation’s largest bicycle registration and recovery service and has 3,200 confirmed recoveries to date.“I think there are two main aspects that make us unique. One, we are nation wide, meaning if a bike is stolen in state A and found in state B, it will still show up in the database,” said Bryan Hance, cofounder of Bike Index. “ Secondly, we are a bit more modern than other bike registries. On Bike Index, you can upload a photo of your bike making it easier to identify.”A database within the department can only track down bikes by the serial number. Now with Bike Index, the system allows officers to be on scene and type in any information about the bicycle such as color, model, and serial number. If and when results appear the officer will know if the bike is in the right ownership.“What is great about Bike Index is the fact that the program is very user friendly, and it is nationally updated,” said Officer Amiache. “People should still use precautions so their bike is less likely to be stolen.”When a bike is registered with Bike Index, the information including detailed descriptions is stored into the database. This information is made available to hundreds of partners across the U.S.Some local partners include LAPD West, SMPD, Bike Attack, Helen’s Cycles, Performance Bicycle and Raleigh Bikes.At Raleigh the employees will not only inform you about the Bike Index program but also help you register your newly purchased bike.According to www.bikeindex.org , over a million bikes are stolen every year in the United States. To make sure you are not part of the statistic the best thing to do is follow a couple of tips the Bike Index has provided.Use a U-Lock, cable locks should never be used as a primary way of locking a bike in a city.Aim to have the hardest bike to steal on the rack. Two U-Locks or one U-Lock with a heavy duty cable to be the minimum required in a large city.Don’t rely on foot traffic to keep your bike safe. Thefts act under the cover of crowd activity. Don’t rely on the presence of cameras to keep your bike secure.Many bikes are stolen from garages and store rooms. Lock your bike securely to an immovable object even if in a secure place.last_img read more

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Mobile Mix: Game, set and match

first_img Play Video AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 15 MAY 2020 Previous ArticleAndroid smartphones entering post-premium eraNext ArticleUS operators tipped to go aggressive on handset promos Powered by THEOplayer 2021.1.3Close Related ContentClose ShareThis week Justin brushes up on his table tennis skills, but don’t worry, Kavit did some work. He chats with Ericsson about how the vendor is keeping the UK connected with its ‘network heroes’. Justin eventually put the bat down to get the low-down on some very cool student 5G/AI initiatives, and Manny has the rest of the news. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Related contentRelated contentShare VideoShare Video UnavailableLanguageLanguageSettingsHDSettingsFullscreenFullscreenThis is a modal window.Caption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDone UnavailableUnavailable HomeFeatured Content Mobile Mix: Game, set and match Playing onSubtitlesLanguageSettingsQualityAutomatic Automatic HDSpeedNormalQualityAutomaticSpeed0.250.5Normal1.251.52Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%PlayPlayMuteMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00LiveRemaining Time -0:00 Watch in VRWatch in VRdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionsSubtitlesSubtitlesUnavailablelast_img read more

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Willett’s life changes, again, with Masters win

first_imgAUGUSTA, Ga. – Sunday was supposed to be a special day in Danny Willett’s life. If all had gone as initially scheduled, his first child would have been born. And, if that had been the case, Willett would have been in Sheffield, England with his wife Nicole when Zachariah James – their first child – arrived. But Zachariah made his first public appearance on March 30 after a C-section and, after talking it over with Nicole, Danny decided to come and play in his second Masters. Now, he’ll be coming back forever. On the day when he thought he would become a father, Willett became a Masters champion. Playing three groups in front of the week-long leader, Jordan Spieth, he shot a solid, bogey-free 67. And, like everyone else, Willett was stunned when Spieth completely collapsed going through Amen Corner, playing the 10th, 11th and 12th holes in bogey, bogey, quadruple bogey. Spieth had birdied the last four holes on the first nine to go out in 32 and had a five-shot lead as he made the turn. It seemed almost inevitable that the second nine holes would be a coronation march to Spieth’s second straight Masters title. But, as Greg Norman often said, there’s a reason why golf is a four-letter word. Until Sunday, the most memorable collapse in Masters history was Norman’s loss to Nick Faldo from six shots ahead in the final round 20 years ago. On that day, Faldo shot a bogey-free 67 (to Norman’s 78) and made the comment that he hoped people would remember that he played well, not just that Norman played poorly. Masters Tournament: Day 4 Tracker Masters Tournament: Articles, photos and videos “I hope they’ll remember that I came through with a very good day,” Faldo said that day. ”But I suppose they’ll talk more about Greg when all is said and done.” They did. And they have. But that doesn’t change the fact that Faldo did play superbly that day. The same is true of Willett, whose performance was all the more remarkable given his lack of experience in major championships. Faldo’s win in 1996 was his third at the Masters and his sixth major title, in all. Willett was playing in his 12th major and had one top-10 finish – last year’s Open Championship where he tied for sixth – on his resume. For most of the day, it looked as if he would add a second solid finish and perhaps his first top-five to that record. But a win? “I thought we had to get to 6 under or 7 under,” Willett said. “Then I looked up and Jordan was already at 7 under. After that it became a little bit surreal.” To put it mildly. Willett began the day in a tie for fifth place, three shots back of Spieth. Willett was on the 12th hole, having birdied the sixth and the eighth when Spieth rolled in a long birdie putt at the ninth. Willett was in second place, but still – as he noted – trailed Spieth by five shots. And then, while Willett was birdieing Nos. 13 and 14, Spieth was suffering one of the most stunning and inexplicable collapses in golf history – most notably at the 12th, where he mis-hit his tee shot, chunked his wedge even more dramatically and then bounced his fifth shot into the back bunker. From there, he made a very good up-and-down for 7. Suddenly, as he walked off the 15th green, Willett was leading the Masters – by one shot over the man he was paired with, Lee Westwood. “I heard the groaning or oohing or whatever the sound was,” Willett said. “I looked behind me and saw what had happened.” He smiled. “For a second I thought it was a joke and they were going to change it and put a 7 back up there.” They didn’t. If there was ever a moment for nerves to hit WIllett, it was as he stood on the 16th tee. He never blinked, hitting an 8-iron to within 8 feet and holing the putt for birdie. When Westwood three-putted from 50-feet, Willett had gone from trailing the leader by five to leading by three in less than an hour. Athletes in any sport will tell you that the most difficult thing to do when you are close to a dream is to stay in the present – in this case to not think about putting on a green jacket. Taking his time, taking deep breaths before every shot, Willett got up-and-down from just off the 17th green for par and then hit two sterling shots on 18 to set up a two-putt par. When his final putt went in, he hugged his caddie, Jonathan Smart, as if he had just won the Masters. Spieth still had a chance, having somehow calmed his shattered nerves long enough to birdie Nos. 13 and 15. But when he missed a curling 8-foot birdie putt at 16, then missed the green at 17 and made bogey, it was over. “Words can’t really describe it,” Willett said, wearing the green jacket that will be part of his life forever. “I’ve won a few times in the past, but this is a different league. It will take a while for it to sink in.” While he waited for Spieth to finish, Willett called Nicole. “The line was a bit crackly,” he said. “I think she said, ‘well done.’” That’s putting it mildly. Willett was a late bloomer as a junior golfer in England and had accepted a scholarship offer from Jacksonville State (Alabama) before he began to win more tournaments and drew more attention. He kept his commitment to coach James Hobbs and spent two years there before turning pro. His career has been on the rise for the past several years and included a third-place finish in the WGC-Dell Match Play a year ago and the sixth-place finish at St. Andrews last summer. He decided to pass on joining the PGA Tour this year because of the impending arrival of his son. “I guess he heard my prayers and knew he had to come early,” Willett said. “I’m not sure what’s been more thrilling today or last Tuesday. I’m not sure which one it’s politically correct to say.” Informed that it was the birth of his son, Willett, the son of a preacher, smiled. “Yeah, I know,” he said. “It really was amazing.” So was Sunday. Spieth’s pain was Willett’s joy; Spieth’s near-miss changed Willett’s life – at the age of 28 – in ways he could not begin to imagine, certainly not yet. On the 18th green, just before he tapped in his final putt, Willett took off the white sweater he’d been wearing all day to reveal the green shirt he was wearing. “I was warm, really,” Willett said. Then he smiled again. “And I thought the green looked a little better.” He now has the green every golfer dreams about owning. Because he stayed home until the last possible minute, Willett didn’t arrive in Augusta until Monday evening. Since he was the 89th – and last – player to register, Smart wore No. 89 on his white caddie jumpsuit. He won’t be wearing that number next year. Every player at the Masters receives his number based on when he registers. Except the previous year’s champion. He gets No. 1. Regardless of when he arrives a year from now, that will be Willett’s number. And while people will remember Spieth’s collapse, there is no doubt that Willett earned his victory.last_img read more

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