Deputies need help identifying Lehigh Acres burglars

first_imgAdvertisement Two suspects were caught on camera in the Parkwood community early in the morning, officials said. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-8477. RELATEDTOPICS AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Lehigh Elementary preschool teacher accused of child abuse won’t renew contract June 16, 2021 Lehigh Acres man gains attention for riding bike backwards June 16, 2021 AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 commentscenter_img AdvertisementTags: burglarsLehigh Acres Suspect breaks into Lehigh Acres Popeyes June 11, 2021 LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. – There were multiple burglaries in a Lehigh Acres community on April 11, according SWFL Crime Stoppers. Security camera captures moment 2 Charlotte County burglars realized they were on tape June 16, 2021 Advertisementlast_img read more

Loophole allows residents to buy SK-made product

first_img News NewsEconomy By Kang Mi Jin – 2015.09.14 4:41pm Red pepper paste (known as gochujang)produced by South Korea’s CJ Corporation is gaining popularity in North Korea,according to inside sources. Goods from South Korea are ordinarily strictlyforbidden from being sold in North Korea, but since the gochujang is considereda food, authorities are regulating it lightly, affording vendors and consumersalike the chance to get their hands on the sweet and tangy sauce that is socharacteristic of Korean cuisine. “Crackdowns on South Korean cosmetics andelectronic goods are constant and severe, but food products like gochujang havefound a bit more leeway,” said a Yanggang Province source in a telephoneconversation with the Daily NK on September 11th. “Ever since residents startedmixing North Korea’s flat tasting gochujang with the sweeter variant from theSouth, the South Korean product really started to take off.” An additional source in the same provinceverified this news. A source in South Pyongan Province also reported the sametrend in her region, specifically citing the product’s concentration in the Pyongsong area.“In the jangmadang (marketplace), we canchoose between gochujang made by Chinese, North Korea, and South Koreanmanufacturers. The South Korean product is the most popular. Right now, inYanggang Province’s Hyesan Market, 2kg goes for KPW 12,000 (about USD 1.44),”she added. “At first, the sweet tasting South Koreangochujang wasn’t selling well. But that all changed when residents realized howdelicious it was when mixed with North Korean gochujang. North Korean gochujangisn’t glutinous, so if it is left out for too long it can get crumbly. And whenit ferments, it gets runny. But if we mix a little of the South Korean productin there, it becomes glutinous, which gives it a longer shelf life, a smoothertexture, and the taste is pretty good too.” The gochujang is sold in 500g and 2kgpackages, according to the source, who added that the smaller 500g package is“perfect for when you’re eating on the go or using a lunchbox for school orwork.” The 2kg package is usually used for mixing into fermented soybeanpaste-based stews or mixing with North Korean gochujang. “Residents who have been too busy and tiredto make their own gochujang are now once again enjoying the taste of one oftheir favorite ingredients,” she explained. She added that vendors who sell SouthKorean shampoo or makeup aren’t able to put their products on their displaytables at the jangmadang, for fear of the market’s regulators. But gochujang istechnically a food so vendors can take advantage of a legal loophole and sellthe red sauce right out in the open. With word spreading about the absence ofcrackdowns on foodstuffs, other areas are also getting in on the game. “Residents are accustomed to authoritiescracking down on all types of products from the South because they allegedlyspread impure thoughts. But looking at the example of gochujang there appearsto be some exceptions. Nowadays, those who are craving some gochujang arelikely to purchase a South Korean product,” the source concluded. North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) Facebook Twitter News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img News Loophole allows residents to buy SK-made product SHARE Kang Mi JinKang Mi JinKang Mi Jin is a North Korean defector turned journalist who fled North Korea in 2009. She has a degree in economics and writes largely on marketization and economy-related issues for Daily NK. Questions about her articles can be directed to [email protected] US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again Proposal to shift “general markets” to “specialized markets” finds little support among N. Korean leaderslast_img read more

Sprott Q1 earnings tumble

Net income was $2.1 million, or $0.01 per share, for the three months ended March 31, a decrease of 87.7% from $16.9 million, or $0.10 per share, in the three months ended March 31, 2012/ “The first quarter and subsequent month have continued to be challenging for Sprott and our strategies concentrated on investments in precious metals and their related equities,” said Peter Grosskopf, CEO of Sprott. “While we remain confident that this positioning will be rewarded with much better performance once markets become less comfortable with the results of quantitative easing, we also continue to build other areas of our firm to incorporate a broader range of investment strategies. Total revenue for the first quarter decreased by 37.9% to $27.6 million from $44.4 million for the three months ended March 31, 2012. Net redemptions for the first quarter were $0.3 billion. Assets under management (AUM) dropped to $9.1 billion, compared to $9.7 billion as at March 31, 2012 and $9.9 billion as at Dec. 31, 2012. Management fees fell to $26.0 million, a decrease of 21.3% compared with the three months ended March 31, 2012. During the quarter the company named John Wilson and Scott Colbourne co-chief investment officers of subsidiary Sprott Asset Management LP. “One of our priorities is to make our products more attractive to institutional investors,” continued Grosskopf. “During the first quarter, we took an important step in this process with the launch of our first institutionally-focused hedge fund, which will draw on the combined strengths of our organization.” Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Laurentian Bank reports $53.1M profit in Q2, beats expectations Canaccord reports record revenues, drops proposal to acquire RF Capital Keywords EarningsCompanies Sprott Inc. IE Staff Related news Canadian banks to focus on growth, spending and buybacks after strong second quarter Toronto-based asset manager Sprott Inc. (TSX: SII) Wednesday reported a sharp drop in first quarter earnings as gold prices struggled. The price of gold has declined since the beginning of the year, hitting a low of about $1,320 an ounce last month. Gold is currently trading around $1,460 an ounce. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more

Toronto stock market has worst day of the year

first_img Toronto stock market dips on weakness in the energy and financials sectors In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 286.14 points at 25,490.47. The S&P 500 index was down 34.03 points at 2,822.24, while the Nasdaq composite was down 122.56 points at 7,628.28.The Canadian dollar traded at an average of US74.19¢ compared with an average of US74.57¢ on Wednesday.The July crude contract was down US$3.51 at US$57.91 per barrel and the July natural gas contract was up 3.3¢ at US$2.59 per mmBTU.The June gold contract was up US$11.20 at US$1,285.40 an ounce and the July copper contract was up 0.25¢ at US$2.68 a pound. Business chart with glowing arrows and world map peshkov/123RF Canada’s main stock index had its worst day of the year as trade uncertainty and a big drop in oil prices weighed on the energy sector.The S&P/TSX composite index closed down 162.74 points to 16,164.61. Canadian Press Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Related news S&P/TSX composite hits highest close since March on strength of financials sector Keywords Marketwatch Facebook LinkedIn Twitter TSX gets lift from financials, U.S. markets rise to highest since Marchlast_img read more

PM, Scheer blame one another for blocking emergency disability benefit

first_img Digital shift cushioned blow to post-pandemic growth outlook, BoC deputy says Covid vaccine-sharing discussions to dominate G7 summit talks Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Canadian Parliament Building at Dusk PaulMcKinnon/iStock Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer angrily traded accusations Thursday over who is to blame for blocking an emergency benefit to help Canadians with disabilities weather the Covid-19 pandemic.Trudeau used his daily news conference to lambaste the Conservatives for refusing to give the unanimous consent necessary to swiftly pass a bill Wednesday that would have delivered on his promise of a one-time, tax-free benefit of up to $600 for people with disabilities. The bill included a number of other measures — including controversial penalties for Canadians who fraudulently claim the Canada Emergency Response Benefit and an expansion of the wage subsidy program to cover more seasonal workers.For a variety of reasons, some of them unrelated to the content of the legislation, no opposition party was prepared to give the unanimous consent needed to debate and approve the bill within a matter of hours.The government then proposed splitting the bill to deal quickly with the disability benefit separately. The other opposition parties agreed but the Conservatives nixed that idea, holding out instead for a full resumption of business as usual in the House of Commons.“Politics got in the way of actually helping Canadians,” Trudeau said Thursday.He said the government remains committed to getting the benefit to Canadians with disabilities “but it’s going to be harder because opposition parties chose to play politics instead of working together.”Trudeau was particularly incensed with the Conservatives, whom he accused of holding up the benefit in a fit a pique over their failure to win enough support for their push to have the House of Commons resume normal operations. Instead, the Liberals, supported by the New Democrats, decided last month to continue with an expanded special Covid-19 committee that has served as a stand-in for the Commons.“So, because they didn’t get their way two weeks ago they continue to complain and play politics and they blocked help to Canadians with disabilities because they’re still trying to argue something that they lost the debate on two weeks ago,” Trudeau said of the Conservatives.Scheer shot back later during a meeting of the special committee, accusing Trudeau of “shamefully misleading Canadians, trying to shirk responsibility for his failures in providing help for people with disabilities.“He is the one who waited months before bringing proposals forward to help people with disabilities; and then yesterday, when Conservatives proposed a motion to have Parliament meet to debate this legislation, it was Liberals who said no,” Scheer said.The Conservative motion called for the Commons resume normal sittings.Trudeau was not in the Commons to respond but Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland suggested the Conservatives may have mistakenly blocked the disability benefit.“The mistake yesterday was Liberals’ shamefully saying no to allow Parliament to deal with that legislation and then disgustingly today trying to play petty politics on the backs of people with disabilities,” Scheer retorted. “That’s shameful, and Canadians won’t forget it.”Freeland shot back: “What is shameful is to allow partisan politics and procedural manoeuvring to stop Canadians with disabilities who are truly facing additional challenges because of coronavirus. What is shameful and, indeed, disgusting, is to prevent those Canadians from getting that $600.”The finger pointing escalated despite a call from the chair of the Council of Canadians with Disabilities for all federal politicians to work together to help disabled Canadians weather the Covid-19 crisis.“We are absolutely concerned that partisan politics reared just (as) some people living with disabilities might have seen relief during this pandemic,” Jewelles Smith said in an email.“We hope the parties realize that citizens with disabilities are struggling and seeking support from their government. There is a great deal of despair from those at the furthest margins right now.”Smith said she hopes the government will reconsider the parameters of the proposed benefit, which critics have said will cover just 40% of Canadians with disabilities.The benefit, along with other measures in the bill, are now in limbo.Government House leader Pablo Rodriguez has vowed to continue negotiating with the opposition parties to try to find a resolution.Most likely, that will involve introducing a separate bill for the disability benefit, which could be passed relatively quickly if at least one opposition party is prepared to support it and agree to limit the amount of time for debate.The NDP has indicated it would not block the proposed benefit if it was dealt with in a stand-alone bill, even though New Democrats maintain the benefit is inadequate.Gaining support for other measures in the bill could prove to be more difficult. The NDP is adamantly opposed to imposing fines or jail time on Canadians who fraudulently claim the CERB — despite Trudeau’s assurances that the penalties are intended only for the small number who deliberately defraud the government. Canadian Press Economy grew at 5.6% annual rate in first quarter of year, Statistics Canada says Keywords Economy,  Coronavirus Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Providers urged to apply for a share in record infrastructure funding

first_imgProviders urged to apply for a share in record infrastructure funding Aged care providers are being reminded applications for a share of funding in the Australian Government’s largest ever investment in residential aged care infrastructure will soon close.Funding totalling $150 million is available to providers for capital grants and additional beds as the Morrison Government continues to strengthen the sector and ensure the wellbeing of older Australians.Two thousand residential care places and 1028 short-term restorative care (STRC) places will be made available as part of the 2020 Aged Care Approvals Round.Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Services, Richard Colbeck, said it was another step forward to help providers deliver quality residential services where it’s needed most.“The Australian Government is absolutely committed to ensuring our senior Australians are provided with the best quality residential aged care possible,” Minister Colbeck said.“That’s why we’re making the biggest investment in residential aged care infrastructure in Australia’s history.“This investment will not only improve the quality of residential care services in areas across the country, it will also offer a boost to local economies through job creation in the aged care and construction sectors.”The residential care places in this ACAR are targeted to providers that can commence delivering care within 18 months, Minister Colbeck said.Priorities for the $150 million in grant funding include:Upgrades to create more spacious rooms, increase privacy and decrease the need for shared living quarters;A focus on dementia-friendly services aimed at allowing those diagnosed with dementia living in the bush to remain in their communities;Improved infection prevention and control measures, andHelp for providers in financial stress to bring their allocations of residential care places online, including those impacted by bushfires and COVID-19.Application forms, guidance materials and other resources can be found here.All applications for the 2020 ACAR must be received electronically on or before 11:59pm (AEST) 18 March 2021. /Media 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:aged care, AusPol, Australia, Australian, Australian Government, bushfires, Department of Health, Government, health, healthcare, infection, infection prevention, infrastructure, Investment, Morrison, Morrison Government, prevention, residential aged care, resources, wellbeinglast_img read more

ElderAid Wellness secures angel funding from Hong Kong-based Investor

first_img Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” By salil sule on November 15, 2017 Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Share News Read Article ElderAid Wellness secures angel funding from Hong Kong-based Investor MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre”center_img The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Related Posts Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Founded in 2015, ElderAid helps improve quality of life for senior citizens through its range of servicesElderAid Wellness has secured an undisclosed sum as angel investment from Rugmini Menon, a Hong Kong-based entrepreneur, to bolster its operations in Bangalore. This investment will enable augmentation of operations, investment in critical customer management technology, marketing and brand building efforts.ElderAid is a unique end-to-end, ‘proxy child’ service set up by Dr Vandana Nadig Nair and Santosh Abraham in 2015 to serve elders in Bangalore. The company provides a range of at-home services including caretaker support, emergency assistance, accompanying the elder to the hospital, social events, supporting volunteering interests and hobbies, bill payments, property management, Doctor home visits, and so on.ElderAid addresses a critical need by focusing on seniors and their needs. It is projected that the proportion of Indians aged 60 and older will rise from 7.5 per cent in 2010 to 11.1 per cent in 2025. In 2010, India had more than 91.6 million elderly and the number of elderly in India is projected to reach 158.7 million in 2025.Santosh Abraham, Co-Founder – ElderAid, speaking of the organisation’s growth and future plans said, “Elder support is an evolving space which will come into its own in the next three to five years. Our current focus is to stabilize and grow operations in Bangalore before we set up in other cities across India.”Speaking about the investment, Menon said, “Often, even if one lives in the same city as their elders, the realities of our day to day lives don’t allow us to be there for our elders. ElderAid helps bridge this gap. Their professional, from-the-heart support to their clients ensures peace of mind for all concerned. This is a space I am deeply committed to and look forward to seeing ElderAid grow from strength to strength.” Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025last_img read more

Ground Broken for Belvedere Community Centre

first_imgRelatedHouse Approves Amendments to Smoking Regulations RelatedHouse Approves Anti-Gang Legislation Ground was broken in Belvedere, Westmoreland on Thursday (Feb. 20), for construction of a community centre at a cost of $10 million.The project, which will be undertaken through the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP), is scheduled to be completed within six months and will serve approximately 5,000 residents.The community centre is being built on more than two acres of property donated by community member, Gladstone Spence.Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister and Member of Parliament for Eastern Westmoreland, Hon. Luther Buchanan, who addressed the ground breaking ceremony, said that the project “is a clear indication that this Government is serious about rural development”.In addition to serving as a facility for community meetings and activities, Mr. Buchanan said the centre will be used as a shelter in the event of hurricane or other natural disaster.“This centre will serve as one such shelter of refuge for the entire area. I am therefore saying to you as citizens of Belvedere, take very, very good care of this community centre,” he implored.“As soon as I see how you are taking care of it, I will make a commitment for there to be a hard court established here for netball, basketball and other sporting activities for the youth,” he told the residents.Mr. Buchanan informed that the project will be carried out on a work-rotation basis and that the fullest co-operation is expected from all the residents. He also urged the contractor to ensure that the project is completed within time and budget.Residents of Belvedere and surrounding communities will benefit from employment opportunities during the execution of the project.“The JEEP programme has been designed to create employment and this is what the organisation is really about,” said Chairman and Manager of the JEEP programme, Lucille Brodber.“This project will help to improve the community of Belvedere as well as surrounding communities.  Under the JEEP programme, we have employed in excess of 40,000 persons and worked on various projects island-wide such as drain rehabilitation, agricultural projects, and community facilities such as this (one), as well as in the education sector,” Mrs. Brodber informed. Ground Broken for Belvedere Community Centre ParliamentFebruary 22, 2014Written by: Glenis A. Rose Photo: JIS PhotographerMinister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister and Member of Parliament for Eastern Westmoreland, Hon. Luther Buchanan, and Chairman/Manager of the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP), Lucille Brodber, break ground for construction of the Belvedere Community Centre on Thursday (Feb.20). Looking on are community members. Advertisementscenter_img Ground Broken for Belvedere Community CentreJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Story HighlightsConstruction of the community centre will cost $10 million.The centre will be used as a shelter in the event of hurricane or other natural disaster.Residents of Belvedere and surrounding communities will benefit from employment opportunities during the execution of the project. RelatedSenate Adopts Proposed Cybercrimes Act Amendmentslast_img read more

LA’s only children’s museum moving to Santa Monica Place

first_imgHomeNewsLA’s only children’s museum moving to Santa Monica Place Jan. 24, 2018 at 9:10 amNewsLA’s only children’s museum moving to Santa Monica PlaceKate Cagle3 years agoNo tags The Zimmer Children’s Museum announced plans Tuesday to leave Museum Row in Los Angeles for Downtown Santa Monica. When it opens late 2018, the museum is expected to attract 250,000 visitors a year to the third floor of Santa Monica Place, according to a press release from Macerich, which owns the mall.“We’re just delighted that the Zimmer found a place that will work in Santa Monica for their long-term vision,” said Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. CEO Kathleen Rawson. “They’re going to be here a long time.”Rawson said leadership at Los Angeles’s only children’s museum was initially in talks to join the city-owned development called The Plaza at 4th and Arizona but needed to leave their current location faster than the private/public project is moving forward. They will move into the former market space on the northeast corner of Santa Monica Place and the current tenant, The Gourmandise School of Sweets and Savories, will move to a new location in the mall.“Children’s museums are fabulous places for the community to take advantage of,” Rawson said. “This one in particular has a really important mandate that they are really trying to shape young minds into being part of the broader community.”The Zimmer offers classes and public programs in arts, music and movement, cross-cultural exchange, school readiness, early childhood education and languages. The museum’s new location will feature a new, expanded experience and a curated museum shop, according to Macerich.The museum will be neighbors with some of Santa Monica’s most expensive stores: Tiffany and Co., Louis Vuitton, Tory Burch, Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom and Barneys New York, among others.“This innovative use of space at our high-performing, award-winning Santa Monica Place is part of how we are redefining what a sophisticated retail property brings to the community,” said Art Coppola, Chairman and CEO of Macerich.The museum is contracting new designers and architects to draw up plans for the new space, which is double the size of the current museum on Wilshire Boulevard, promising to release renderings in the coming months. The Zimmer began as a 600 square foot play space inside the Westside Jewish Community Center more than a decade ago. It became an independent nonprofit organization in 2006, redefining its mission to serve all children in Los Angeles through on-site programs an its outreach program, youTHink.“Partnering with Macerich is a step forward for our children’s museum as a cultural institution,” said the museum’s CEO Esther Netter.About 50,000 people visit the Zimmer on Museum Row. YouThink reaches about 3,000 students in Los Angeles area public schools, providing art, leadership and community opportunities for middle and high school students.Rawson says it will become an important anchor to the mall that balances shopping, The Pier and restaurants.“It adds a richness to the overall variety of experiences downtown that I feel is very complimentary.”Admission to the current location is $8 for adults and $5 for children ages two through 17. Grandparents visit for free on Tuesdays. A glance at this week’s calendar shows toddler classes in Farsi, French and Spanish, a ‘Sensational Splash!’ class for babies under 18 months and preschool prep. Membership costs $109 and allows unlimited admission for two adults and their children a year, plus discounts on classes and camps. share on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentKate CagleSenior ReporterSenior reporter for the Santa Monica Daily Pressview all postsTime Is UpComcast hopes for a TV windfall from Super Bowl, OlympicsYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall10 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press21 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press21 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson21 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter21 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor21 hours ago [email protected]last_img read more

Slow play not an easy fix on the PGA Tour

first_imgWILMINGTON, N.C. – In a recent magazine survey of PGA Tour players, 84 percent said they believe slow play is a problem. That might suggest the 16 percent who don’t are the only ones causing the problem. And it leads to a broader question: Just how big is the problem? Bill Haas contemplated this Tuesday at the Wells Fargo Championship, and he didn’t have an answer. Haas is supremely qualified to discuss the subject because if everyone played tournament golf like Haas, no one would be talking about it. Instead, that’s all anyone does – talk. ”My dad has said it’s been talked about in player meetings since he was a rookie,” Haas said. His father, Jay Haas, was a PGA Tour rookie in 1977. ”What are we going to do about it?” Oddly enough, it took the tour doing something to get everyone talking about it again. Tour officials assessed a one-shot penalty for slow play last week at the Zurich Classic, the first one at a regular PGA Tour event since 1995. This one was peculiar because it happened at the first team event in 36 years in a format (alternate shot) that had never been used at an official tournament. Miguel Angel Carballo was given a bad time on the 12th hole at the TPC Louisiana. His partner, Brian Campbell, received a bad time on the 14th hole. Typically, it takes two bad times for a player to receive a penalty shot, but the Rules of Golf defines partners in foursomes as one player. Once the shock wore off, the dialogue shifted from ”it’s about time” to ”what took so long?” All that was missing was a solution. The problem is with the policy. The reason some of the notoriously slow players on the PGA Tour have escaped penalties for taking too long to play their shots (50 seconds for the first to play, 40 seconds for the others in the group) is because they know the system, and it’s easy to beat. Players are timed only when they are out of position, either based on the suggested time it should take or if the hole ahead of them is open. Once they are notified the group is ”on the clock,” one bad time is a warning, the next one is a penalty. Here’s what is not in the book – when players are put on the clock, that’s not their first interaction with a rules official. They first are asked to pick up the pace, a courtesy to allow for outside circumstances (such as a lost ball). Secondly, while timing is not an exact science, players are not given a bad time if they go a few seconds over the limit. A bad time generally is a really bad time. Either way, it’s a bad policy. ”If a slow player gets behind and they’re asked to pick it up, the first question they ask is, ‘Am I on the clock?’ Because if they’re not on the clock, they’re not going to change,” Haas said. ”If they are on the clock, they change. I don’t like that. Because then all they do is run down the fairway.” No one explained this better than Fulton Allem at The Players Championship way back in 2000. ”It would be like you going down the highway 100 mph,” Allem said. ”A cop says: ‘Listen, bud, you are doing 100. I am going to follow you now. I am going to measure your speed.’ You’re not going to go over the speed limit. You’re going to drive perfectly.” Maybe the answer is no mention of being on the clock, and no warning. Pat Perez suggested putting an official with every group and timing all players regardless if they’re out of position. That would work. That also would be an additional 52 officials for a 156-man field, and that’s not very practical. There are other factors that make golf at the highest level different. Total prize money this week is $7.5 million. That cannot be overlooked. Neither can the size of the field, which this week is 156 players. Because the Zurich Classic was a team event, there were 160 players. That’s the largest field on the PGA Tour played over one course. The greens are faster than ever and the pins are cut closer to edges. Putts on fast greens run 3 or 4 feet by holes when they miss. Those are marked and given as much care as the original putt. That adds to the time. ”Until the greens are slower, there’s nothing you can do,” said Brian Harman, another lightning-quick player. ”I don’t have the answer other than making the golf course easier.” Perez says he isn’t bothered by slow play because after 16 years on the PGA Tour, he’s used to it. Everyone seems slow compared with him. Perez also doesn’t expect change because of the nature of televised golf. More than a game, it’s entertainment. ”Until a tournament doesn’t finish because of slow play, that’s when it will change,” he said. ”We always finish on time, somehow.” Minus drastic measures that could do more harm than good, it’s not a simple fix. And the longer it goes without a solution raises the question of how big the problem really is.last_img read more