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Fraud squad lawyer tells court two ex-Barclays traders accused of Libor rigging treated honesty as if it were expendable

Tuesday 28 February 2017 2:11 pm Fraud squad lawyer tells court two ex-Barclays traders accused of Libor rigging treated honesty as if it were expendable “Essentially, it’s cheating,” she said of the bankers’ alleged actions to nudge the rates in their favour.She added that, had those on the other side of Barclays’ trading activities known what was going on, “they would, you might think, have hardly traded with Barclays on that basis”.The court was told two former Libor submitters for the bank, Peter Johnson and Jonathan Mathew, have already been convicted for Libor manipulation.However, Deacon noted it was not the fraud squad’s argument that Libor rigging was the only way in which the pair standing trial made profits, “or that they weren’t otherwise perfectly good at their jobs”.The case, which is expected to run for around six weeks and is being heard in Southwark Crown Court, is ongoing. More From Our Partners ‘The Love Boat’ captain Gavin MacLeod dies at 90nypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org Both men have pleaded not guilty to one charge each of conspiracy to defraud.Emma Deacon, lawyer for the SFO, told the court the two men were, in their actions, “driven by money”.”Their singular goal was to make more profit on their trading; and, as you will see, insofar as they stood in the way, honesty and integrity were matters which were entirely expendable,” she added.Libor, described as Deacon as being “at the heart of this fraud”, is a benchmark rate and, the lawyer added, “represents the interest rate at which major banks could money from each other”.During the time period the case is concerned with, US Dollar Libor was set using a trimmed average of submissions from 16 panel banks, with Deacon remarking there was “considerable kudos attached” to being one of these banks. Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikePopular Science10 extraordinary volcanic eruptions that changed the worldPopular ScienceUndoQuizotoTake the Friends Quiz! Let’s See How Much You Really Know About Friends!QuizotoUndoHealth.recetasgetHeart Attack Early Warning Signs and SymptomsHealth.recetasgetUndoWeniixTop 5 Best Affordable Sports Cars 2021 – WENIIXWeniixUndoThe Extraordinary ChrisGet your HoroscopeThe Extraordinary ChrisUndoAll Day Home Warning! 10 Subtle Signs of Kidney Diseases that Should Never Be IgnoredAll Day Home UndoAnyMuscle9 early warning signs and symptoms of diabetesAnyMuscleUndoAuto carLook: Top 5 best pick-up trucks 2021 | AutocarAuto carUndoRV Insurance | Search AdsSearch Latest Recreational Vehicle Insurance Prices TodayRV Insurance | Search AdsUndo Hayley Kirton Share A lawyer acting for the fraud squad told a court today that two ex-Barclays traders accused of Libor rigging treated honesty as if it were expendable.The Serious Fraud Office (SFO), which is prosecuting the case, has claimed Stylianos Contogoulas, 45, and Ryan Reich, 35, played roles in a conspiracy to fix the benchmark rate between 1 June 2005 and 1 September 2007. whatsapp whatsapp read more

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Douglas Highway construction suspended over July Fourth weekend, resumes Monday

first_imgCommunity | Juneau | Local Government | SoutheastDouglas Highway construction suspended over July Fourth weekend, resumes MondayJuly 3, 2019 by Adelyn Baxter, KTOO Share:Juneau Urgent and Family Care at the Douglas Fourth of July parade in 2015. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins/KTOO)Construction along Douglas Highway caused traffic delays this week, but the city says work has been suspended for the holiday weekend. Crews from Admiralty Construction have been replacing the water main along a section of the road since the first week of June. The work will resume Monday and is expected to last into early September. Project manager Paul Beck said the city will work to better notify the public of project updates going forward. “We’re going to meet with the consultant, the contractor and (Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities) personnel to try to mitigate any future delays that may pop up and try to make sure that we try to keep the project flowing smoothly,” Beck said.  Beck said the contractor was pushing to open both lanes of the road ahead of the holiday weekend. That led to delays that backed up traffic across the Douglas Bridge this week. The construction is Phase 1 of the project.Beck said they’re trying to get the water main replaced before DOT starts a major resurfacing project in 2021.Fourth of July festivities will continue as usual in Douglas Wednesday and Thursday. Share this story:last_img read more

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Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith announces bid to run for London mayor

first_img Share Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith announces bid to run for London mayor ashley.kirk by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikePost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekInvestment GuruRemember Cote De Pablo? Take A Deep Breath Before You See Her NowInvestment Guruzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorTele Health DaveRemember Pierce Brosnan’s Wife? Take A Deep Breath Before You See What She Looks Like NowTele Health DaveLivestlyThe Best Redhead Actresses, RankedLivestlyTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island FarmNovelodgePierce Brosnan’s Wife Lost 120 Pounds – This Is Her NowNovelodge Zac Goldsmith has joined the race to become the next London mayor, boosting Conservative hopes of holding onto power at City Hall.He becomes the fifth Tory in the race to succeed Boris Johnson as London mayor, after the Johnson won a seat in Parliament in last month’s General Election.  The young Tory MP has gained a strong reputation as a charismatic environmentalist and a rising star in the party.Read more: Who will be the next Boris Johnson? Runners, riders and potential candidatesHis announcement comes after months of speculation and repetitive denials from Goldsmith. In October last year, he said: “I’m not looking to run as mayor”. Now, speaking to the Evening Standard, he said stopping a third runway at Heathrow and cleaning up London’s environment would be among his main priorities as mayor.He also said he would work towards boosting high streets, improving transport and mending politics. He told the Standard: London needs a mayor who can work with government to get the resources that London needs to deal with massive pressures on housing, transport and policing but is also strong enough to stand up to the government when it gets things wrong.The Tory MP is planning on giving his Richmond Park constituents the final say on his candidacy, spending £41,000 on a postal ballot. Having just been re-elected to serve the constituency, he said “it’s important to know whether or not my constituents are happy for me to run for mayor”. Show Comments ▼center_img More From Our Partners Native American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.org‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.com Tags: London mayoral election 2016 People Zac Goldsmith Tuesday 9 June 2015 5:48 am whatsapp whatsapplast_img read more

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News / Tech solutions are plugging in to help ease widening congestion at global ports

first_imgBy Sam Whelan 23/03/2021 As shipping’s port congestion crisis widens, tech-players are hoping to capitalise on calls for improved visibility across container supply chains.SeaIntelligence’s Lars Jensen noted the lack of any real-time overview of global bottlenecks, as pockets of congestion spring up from Auckland to Singapore to Los Angeles.“Instead, it is drip-wise in terms of each individual port,” he explained. “Sometimes you can only get the info from a carrier calling at the port/terminal, whereas the port provides no info. Other times it is the reverse, and at times it is neither.”Indeed, last week The Loadstar reported on Drewry’s analysis of the congestion. This suggested better visibility of port capacity and productivity would allow for earlier cargo re-routing and schedule adjustments. And the consultant said it was developing a port efficiency monitoring service which would provide early indication of potential yard congestion.Likewise, visibility platform Project44 noted how the industry’s congestion woes were making headlines in the financial press, for example, when Nike reported its North America revenues were down 11%, due to shipment delays of over three weeks.Project44 said its recent acquisition of data-provider Ocean Insights would allow it to to help importers manage intermodal connectivity at congested gateways, and the company recently launched Port Intel, an online service that provides subscribers with summaries of congestion at specific ports.Other tech-players are tackling the gridlock with improved communication and planning tools for carriers and terminal operators. Portchain, for example, provides AI-powered cloud-based solutions for berth utilisation and fleet planning.Thor Thorup, Portchain’s CCO, told The Loadstar increased information on berthing capacity enabled carriers to increase their planning horizon and identify schedule disruptions earlier, which gives time to make proactive decisions.“Conversely, when carriers share more accurate arrival times and move counts to terminals, terminals are able to optimise their berth and crane utilisation better, so they don’t need to make last-minute adjustments,” he added.Portchain already boasts Hapag-Lloyd and the port of Tanjung Pelepas as customers, and recently added Russia’s Global Ports.“Using Portchain, Global Ports’ customers will be able to track information about schedules, vessel arrivals and handling, including berth numbers and the start and end of cargo operations, all in real time,” Mr Thorup explained.Furthermore, he said, as well as providing visibility on berth capacity and arrival times, predicting missing or inaccurate information through machine learning, and better planning decisions through AI optimisation could also help to reduce congestion.“It is surprisingly quick to implement these three areas in operations, and we are able to bring a terminal fully live with Portchain in four to six weeks,” he added.last_img read more

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Global regulators seek greater harmonization of OTC derivatives

first_imgJames Langton Global banking and securities regulators issued a report on Tuesday that boosts efforts to increase international harmonization of over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives data. The International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) and the Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures (CPMI) published a joint consultation paper today on harmonizing the reporting of critical OTC derivatives data. CSA seeks changes to derivatives rules The report solicits comment on the definition, format and allowable values of critical data elements, including collateral, prices and quantities, among other elements. The goal is to help global authorities develop guidance for local regulators. The initiative follows from post- financial crisis reform efforts to improve oversight of the global OTC derivatives markets by requiring reporting of derivatives contracts to trade repositories to improve market transparency, mitigate systemic risk, and prevent market abuse. “Aggregation of the data reported across [trade repositories] will help ensure that authorities can obtain a comprehensive view of the OTC derivatives market and its activity,” the regulators note. The deadline for feedback is Aug. 30. Global policymakers aim to issue final technical guidance in early 2018. Derivatives markets grow, ESMA reports Facebook LinkedIn Twittercenter_img CSA delays margin requirements for OTC derivatives Related news Keywords Over-the-counter securities and derivativesCompanies International Organization of Securities Commissions Share this article and your comments with peers on social medialast_img read more

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Internationally-Renowned Artist Tom Rodrigues Creates Award-Winning & Boutique Wines Under the…

first_imgHome Industry News Releases Internationally-Renowned Artist Tom Rodrigues Creates Award-Winning & Boutique Wines Under the Artevino…Industry News ReleasesWine BusinessInternationally-Renowned Artist Tom Rodrigues Creates Award-Winning & Boutique Wines Under the Artevino LabelBy Press Release – April 3, 2019 409 0 Facebook Previous articleWine Industry Veteran Partners with Family of Leading Italian Food Company for Acquisition of Renowned Boutique Italian Wine ImporterNext articleDavis Estates Named 2019 Winery of the Year by LuxeSF Press Release Share AdvertisementMaple Creek Winery in Mendocino County, Northern California is the Home Base of Portuguese Glass Artist, Painter, Baseball Aficionado & WinemakerMENDOCINO COUNTY, CA – (April 3, 2019) – When Tom Rodrigues was growing up as the son of fruit farmers in the Santa Clara Valley, he never imagined that his grandfathers’ hobby of making wine in the basement would become a passion and vocation for him later in life. Today, his Maple Creek Winery boasts a selection of premium, sustainable, and award-winning wines, including Estate Chardonnay, Estate Pinot Noir, Estate Merlot, Largo Ridge Zinfandel, Flora and Symphony, as well as Bordeaux Blends and late harvest varietals. Maple Creek’s wines, all of which are released under the Artevino label, are made in small lots, handcrafted with passion, and approachable enough to please every palate.The label’s name, Artevino – a combination of the words “arte” (art) and “vino” (wine) – was inspired by Tom’s background as an artist. His storied, five decade career has included launching his own stained glass studio when barely out of his teens, being the Designer and Production Manager for the stained glass studio at George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch, painting in acrylic and oil (including the “Legends at the Stick” baseball series, which was featured in Sports Illustrated and eventually saw one of the paintings being permanently installed in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY), and designing wine labels for a variety of winemakers, including those in the Far Niente family — Dolce, Nickel & Nickel, EnRoute and Bella Union. This last venture brought Tom in intimate contact with an industry that would inspire him and ultimately lead to the purchase of Maple Creek Ranch, Vineyard and Winery, in the Yorkville Highlands appellation of Mendocino County.“I was on a motorcycle ride through the Anderson Valley and fell in love with the area,” states Tom. “Then I found the ranch and vineyard in Yorkville in 2000. My daughter was all grown up and I was ready to leave Marin County for a slower pace of life. Little did I know that becoming a grape farmer and winemaker would be anything but! I was lucky enough to hire Kerry Damsky to mentor me and teach me the chemistry of wine making in the French style using California fruit. A long friendship with Kerry and wine has brought me to where I am now, nineteen seasons later.”Maple Creek Winery has 13 acres of estate varietals, including Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Flora and Symphony. These grapes thrive in the hot days and cool nights of the Yorkville Highland AVA, growing in hillside clay, loam, and rocky soils. Estate grapes are complimented with Mendocino County Zinfandel from long standing relationships with other local vineyards. These varietals burst with flavor as a result of the right varietal growing conditions, including the vineyards sustainable practices. The proximity of their vineyards to their onsite processing and storage facility ensure they control the process from when to harvest to final bottling. This is how Tom creates the wonderfully rich and complex flavors of his boutique, low production, wines.Maple Creek has garnered many recent awards under the Artevino label, including a gold medal for the 2017 Estate Pinot Noir at the 2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition and another gold for the 2017 Estate Chardonnay at the 2019 American Fine Wine Competition. Other popular wines under the Artevino label include Symphony, a slightly sweet wine that’s perfect for picnics; Largo Ridge Zinfandel, made with grapes grown in Anderson Valley; Cowboy Red, a very approachable table wine made with Merlot, Zinfandel and Carignane; and variety of dessert wines, including “Nectar of the Goddess,” a heavenly late harvest wine made with a  blend of Estate Flora and Symphony grapes.Maple Creek Ranch spans 165 acres total (13 planted with grapes), 7 springs, natural gardens and fruit orchards. It is home to many types of edible mushrooms, wild boar and a plethora of wildlife. The property is sustainable, as well as herbicide- and pesticide-free.All are invited to experience Artevino wines at Maple Creek’s friendly tasting room in Yorkville, California, where you will find Tom’s artwork on the walls, and Australian Shepherds Buster and Posey on hand to greet visitors. The tasting room is open year-round and their motto is “Enter as strangers, leave as friends.Maple Creek will be pouring Artevino wines at the upcoming Taste Mendocino event at San Francisco’s Fort Mason on April 27, 2019.More on Maple Creek Winery and the Artevino label here: https://maplecreekwine.com/.More on Tom’s art here: https://www.tomrodriguesstudio.com.Advertisement Pinterest Linkedin TAGSMaple Creek WineryTom Rodrigues Twitter ReddIt Emaillast_img read more

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Outstanding Teachers to Receive PM’s Medal of Appreciation June 14

first_imgAdvertisements Outstanding Teachers to Receive PM’s Medal of Appreciation June 14 EducationJune 9, 2012 RelatedOutstanding Teachers to Receive PM’s Medal of Appreciation June 14 By Judith A. Hunter, JIS PRO RelatedOutstanding Teachers to Receive PM’s Medal of Appreciation June 14 RelatedOutstanding Teachers to Receive PM’s Medal of Appreciation June 14 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Educators who have  given outstanding service  to the sector will be honoured at the  Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation for Service to Education ceremony, which  will be held on Thursday, June 14, on the lawns of Jamaica House, starting at 7:00 p.m. Some 40 educators with combined years of over 1,500 will be recognised for their sterling contribution to education.  Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen and Lady Allen will head the list of dignitaries at the function, to include Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller and the Most. Hon. Errald Miller. The Prime Minister will give the main address. The award is given to a teacher who has served for a minimum of 15 years, who has displayed exceptional service in the teaching profession, and has shown evidence of community involvement and creativity in the service given. The Jamaica Constabulary Force band will provide fanfare and background music. There will be performances by Mona and Lannaman’s Preparatory Schools. The Ardenne High School will also perform. Radio personality, Dervan Malcolm, will guide the evening’s proceedings.  President of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA), Mr. Paul Adams, will give the closing remarks. Guests are asked to be seated by 6:30 p.m.last_img read more

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Predict Ability

first_imgLast week, the PGA of America issued some propaganda that perfectly exemplified the recent struggles of the U.S. Ryder Cup team – even if it was clearly unintentional. The organization began circulating movie-type posters featuring captain Tom Watson and the names of his assistants and 12-man roster, hailing them as “The Redeem Team.” Nice thought, but just like so many other well intentioned ideas for the team over the past decade-and-half, something was destined to go wrong. And there it was, over in the bottom right corner of the poster. Continuing with the movie theme, the Ryder Cup team was rated “Extreme Drama” – and shortened to “ED.” All that was missing was a tagline: “If your match lasts longer than four hours, consult your physician.” Here’s guessing the 65-year-old Watson didn’t get too excited about that one. And here are five more bold predictions entering this year’s edition of the Ryder Cup. 1. Tiger Woods’ absence will mean the U.S. team wins – or maybe loses. Those who regularly pray at the altar of Tiger Woods Is The Worst Person Ever have readily kept this statistic handy for daily message board comments in caps lock, oozing with vitriol: Since the turn of the century, the U.S. has only won one Ryder Cup – and that was the only one that didn’t include Woods. The unsubtle points here? Tiger is a me-first guy who couldn’t care less about the team; he’d rather hang with his buddies in Europe’s team room; he chokes in big-time competitions and – quite possibly – he hates America. Just because none of those things are true doesn’t keep people from using these assumptions to back their own story. OK, so Tiger’s 13-17-3 overall record isn’t exactly the stuff of Billy Casper or Lanny Wadkins. You know who else has struggled for the U.S. side? Everybody. I suppose it’s human nature to want to place blame on a single individual for a culture of losing, but Tiger couldn’t have done this alone. This isn’t the NBA. His teammates can’t stand around setting picks and hope he puts up a ton of points and sinks the game-winner for good measure. Woods won’t play this week. If the guys in red, white and blue rekindle the magic of 2008, it will once again send the truthers scurrying to their message boards to connect some dots that shouldn’t be connected. And if they lose again, he’ll somehow be blamed for returning from injury too soon during the summer, getting hurt again, taking himself out of consideration for the Ryder Cup and – yes – screwing over his country. Talk about your lose-lose, huh? The simple fact is, the U.S. team can win with Tiger or without him, and it can lose with or without him. That might not be enough of a scolding hot take in today’s sports parlance, but it’s the truth. His absence from this year’s festivities won’t mean the team will win any more than his presence would have meant it would lose.  2. Ian Poulter’s eyes will remain inside his skull this time. First things first: I’m of the belief that even if Poulter finished DFL at the Lake Nona member-member this summer, he locked up a spot on Europe’s team two years ago. No questions asked, no looking back. BUT … I’m still having a hard time buying the narrative that just because Poulter looked like Seve Ballesteros’ spiky-haired second coming at Medinah, he’s going to replicate those magic moments at Gleneagles, too. Poulter played as if he’d sold his soul to Samuel Ryder last time, his eyes bulging further out of his skull with each birdie celebration. But that doesn’t mean he’ll do it again. That doesn’t mean every putt will drop at this one. That doesn’t mean he’s automatic for five points. It doesn’t mean anything, really. What surprises me the most is that it seems like people are fully expecting this. Everyone appears so stuck on the idea that Poulter can simply show up at the Ryder Cup and dominate that they’re forgetting his only top-10s of the year have come in China and Memphis. They’re overlooking that he’s slipped so far in the world ranking that he’s behind Kevin Na. They’re thinking with their memories instead of applying the most logistical strategy possible to analyze upcoming competitions. Past performance is rarely a predictor of future results. Just think of the pressure Poulter will be under: He’s playing some of the worst golf of his professional career and he’s being expected to win every match he plays. That’s a dangerous combination. It’s also one that is easy to see not having a happy ending. If that’s the case, expect the golf world to go into collective shock. When Poulter fails to make everything he looks at on the greens, when his previously bugged-out eyes are being rubbed in disbelief because the birdies are tougher to come by, everyone will insist they didn’t see it coming because it didn’t happen last time. That’s a poor excuse, though, for just failing to see what he’s been doing lately. 3. Patrick Reed is going to play better than everyone – except Reed – thinks People can’t stand Reed. And when I say people, I mostly mean those who don’t know much about him and couldn’t pick him out of a lineup, but remember his “top-five” comment after winning at Doral and take personal offense to a golfer believing in his own abilities. But there might be small factions of people who can’t stand Reed that also have to share a team room with him this week. It’s little secret that he isn’t exactly the most popular guy on Tour. As one player whispered recently, “The next time he eats with us in player dining will be the first time.” Now, we can sit at the local 19th hole for hours and argue whether being an individualistic guy in an individual sport should really be perceived as a negative, but it’s pretty obvious that this is a player with a major chip on his shoulder who prides himself in proving people wrong. Well, guess what? If I was building my very own successful Ryder Cup prototype, this exact personality trait might be the first thing I downloaded into the microchip in his cerebral cortex. Reed is a fiery dude who will have absolutely no problem laughing when the European supporters cheer a poor shot and gesticulating toward them when he hits a good one. He’ll be unlike most competitors who have trouble removing the 51-weeks-a-year of “gentlemanliness” from their Ryder Cup emotions. That won’t be a problem for Reed. He doesn’t care what people think of him. The irony of that mentality? Employing that exact approach to ruffle feathers and play great golf at Gleneagles might very well endear him to American fans who months ago wrote him off as a cocky kid who needs to know his place. It will just go to prove that attitude is a wonderful thing to have – as long as it’s on your team. 4. Lance Bennett will provide the U.S. team with an inspirational rallying cry. Back in 2006, Darren Clarke served as the heart of the European side, earning three emotion-filled points in the wake of his wife’s death. Two years ago, captain Jose Maria Olazabal invoked the memory of Seve Ballesteros so often that he was in the forefront of each player’s thoughts throughout the week, both on and off the course. A team doesn’t have to overcome death in order to claim victory, but it has proven to unify players in the team room, bringing a group of individuals closer together for the good of the cause. Bennett, the longtime caddie for Matt Kuchar, will be making his return to the bag at Gleneagles. On Aug. 27, his wife, Angela, passed away suddenly. Since then, there’s been an outpouring of support – not only from his fellow loopers, but from players, as well. That support certainly hasn’t been limited to players on this team and not even just Americans, but having Bennett around should provide an extra jolt of inspiration. I know what you’re probably thinking: These guys shouldn’t need it. Competing for their country should be inspiration enough. They shouldn’t need the death of a caddie’s wife to make them hungrier to play inspired golf. The whole situation is analogous to the “Think Globally, Act Locally” campaign. Players can’t see millions of Americans huddled around their TV screens rooting them on. They can’t tangibly feel how much this would mean to a nation that couldn’t care less how many Presidents Cup titles it’s won. But they can look into Bennett’s eyes and understand what it would mean to him – and what it would mean to his family. There’s no telling the importance that type of impact that could have. Many of the team’s caddies got together a few weeks ago in Denver. When the subject of Bennett came up, they all talked about wanting to carry him around on their shoulders after a U.S. victory. There’s little doubt some of the players would be right there with them, propping up a likeable man who could use a few smiles these days. 5. If you’re expecting a blowout, go watch the Presidents Cup. Since these are bold predictions and the U.S. team is a lowly underdog and – full disclosure – I’m an American-born citizen, this is probably the part where I’m supposed to go full Lee Corso. You know, slip under the desk for a minute, and then emerge in patriotic regalia topped by an Uncle Sam chin beard and top hat while orchestrating the crowd into a hastily contrived version of “The Star Spangled Banner.” Not so fast, my friends. Despite my birthplace allegiances, when it comes to international team competitions, I’m only a fan of the law of averages. That’s why this missive from former assistant captain Paul Goydos, as part of his keynote address during the recent U.S. Senior Amateur and reported by Sports Illustrated’s Gary Van Sickle, rings so true. “The Ryder Cup is basically a coin toss,” Goydos told the crowd. “If I tossed a coin 10 times and it came up heads seven times, I wouldn’t immediately think that coin is defective.” This should come as good news to a U.S. roster which has been accused of being defective pretty frequently over the years. And really, it’s being accused of this before the first shot is even struck this week. Phil Mickelson gave up on the FedEx Cup. Jim Furyk can’t close on Sundays. Hunter Mahan and Webb Simpson are no Billy Horschel and Chris Kirk. Pessimism has reigned supreme in recent weeks. What I haven’t heard – and again, call it an American bias if you will – is similar worry over the state of the European team. Martin Kaymer has looked eminently mediocre since the U.S. Open. Lee Westwood has looked that way since the last Ryder Cup. Stephen Gallacher and Jamie Donaldson are unproven on this stage. Victor Dubuisson is a wildcard in every sense of the word. So, why is Europe considered such a heavy favorite? Beats me. I think it’s some combination of the fact that Rory McIlroy looked unbeatable for a month, Ian Poulter and Sergio Garcia have looked unbeatable in this competition before, and they’re playing a home game. But those things should hardly spell doom and gloom for their counterparts. Think about it: For years, the American side was a prohibitive favorite “on paper” and yet those plucky Europeans would look like the dominant team once it started. There are a few logical conclusions here. One is that it’s brutally difficult to play with a target on your back, especially on home turf. The other is that a coin which lands on heads seven times out of 10 is likely to come up tails at some point. This will be that point. Even though they’re not supposed to win, even though Europe is the favorite and the U.S. is without some prominent potential team members, even though pessimism has reigned throughout the 50 states, this column is about bold predictions, so here it comes: The U.S. will win the Ryder Cup. Somebody pass me that Uncle Sam top hat.last_img read more

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Journalist Sam Tanenhaus Assails Conservatives on Science

first_img Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share News Media Journalist Sam Tanenhaus Assails Conservatives on ScienceDavid [email protected]_klinghofferJune 9, 2017, 2:10 AM Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Share TagsBloombergclimate changeconservatismDover trialevolutionSam TanenhausscienceScopes trailWhittaker ChambersWilliam F. Buckley Jr.,Trending I’m a big fan of the journalist and historian Sam Tanenhaus, former editor of the New York Times Book Review. He wrote an amazing biography of Whittaker Chambers and is completing the definitive work on the life of William F. Buckley Jr. The latter I absolutely can’t wait to read. But Tanenhaus stumbles in an op-ed for Bloomberg.It’s a dismissal of conservatives on science, seeking to explain “Why Conservatives Have Always Distrusted Science.” He cites the issues you’d expect, from climate change to evolution, invoking Scopes and Dover, the “Republican war on science,” and more. The language is so sweeping in some places that I was taken aback. He allows:This is not to say it is only conservatives who distrust science. Liberals sometimes do, too — on issues like nuclear power, the laboratory use of animals in medical testing, and genetically modified foods.But it is usually a conservative who will say, with a hint of defiance, “I’m not a scientist…” — and then go on to dismiss evidence of climate change, or impute sinister intentions to the American and British scientists whose emails were hacked in the “climate-gate” controversy in 2009 or, more recently, be swayed by arguments that findings on global warming are “fake science.” The reason is that for many on the right, including high-powered writers and thinkers, science is itself a kind of fakery, especially when it comes into conflict with long-held beliefs or ideologies. [Emphasis added.]Actually, the last time I heard a conservative, a prominent journalist, say “I’m not a scientist…” it was as a preamble to ignorantly dismissing skeptics of Darwinian theory. I’m not a scientist, but I do listen to the scientists, and the scientists say…And what is this? Science altogether is “a kind of fakery”? “Scientific theory is at once outlandish and dangerous,” is a view attributed by Tanenhaus to “high-level conservative doctrine” – not any particular “scientific theory,” he seems to be saying, but scientific theory as a whole. I’ve never met anyone who thinks science is “fakery,” “outlandish and dangerous.” Have you? Who does he think we are, Ted Kaczynski?Tanenhaus goes on to recount how “conservatives began to combat the scientific consensus with other ‘science’ more to their liking.” Here it comes: “There was a sweeping movement, mainly in the South, to replace ‘Darwinism’ with teachings on creationism or the divine ‘fine-tuning’ of ‘intelligent design.’” This grossly misrepresents both ID and academic freedom legislation, as readers of Evolution News know well.Tanenhaus on Dover:A highly publicized court case in Pennsylvania replayed the Scopes trial 80 years later, only in reverse. The judge ruled that intelligent design wasn’t a true alternative to evolution. There was a difference, he explained, between a creed and a theory.From this you would never know that the main institution advocating intelligent design, Discovery Institute, advised the Dover school board to cease and desist from trying to push ID into their science classrooms. You would never know that ID is no “creed” but a careful if controversial inference from mainstream scientific evidence. Omissions like that are rampant in popular coverage of anything to do with ID. This makes many of us suspicious of journalists.And anyway, how does it display a proper reverence for science to cite — as authoritative on an ultimate scientific question that has stirred debate for millennia — the opinion of some Pennsylvania judge?This is not worthy of a thoughtful man like Sam Tannenhaus, who after chronicling conservatives up close for decades should know better. Watching William Buckley debate in favor of intelligent design on an episode of Firing Line – in company with our Discovery Institute colleagues Michael Behe, David Berlinski, and Phillip Johnson – should by itself be enough to clear away a great deal of misunderstanding.No, what many conservatives distrust is not science but attempts to abuse the prestige of science and its name. We oppose efforts to bypass normal debate, skirt messy arguments, silence opponents, and enact corrosive social change, transforming institutions and worldviews, on the basis of appeals to unquestionable authority: “Science says.”We see how that prestige impresses intellectuals and policy makers who don’t take the time to investigate the relevant ideas for themselves. Our suspicion is aroused by far too easy dismissals – of, for example, a profound and complex theory like intelligent design as no more than “fine-tuning.”Good gravy. Conservatives have not “always mistrusted science,” and do not now. What they and every thoughtful person should mistrust is simplistic treatments of deep and complicated questions.Photo: Scopes trial, by Smithsonian Institution [No restrictions], via Wikimedia Commons. 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