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IT business Nostra – which has strong Laois links and an office in Mountmellick – set to create 120 new jobs over the next two years

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first_img Pinterest Pinterest Previous articleMeet the amazing Laois mam in the running for a prestigious annual awardNext article€250,000 Lotto winner in Laois as €12.7 million jackpot won in Kilkenny Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of LaoisToday.ie. From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point. IT business Nostra – which has strong Laois links and an office in Mountmellick – set to create 120 new jobs over the next two years By Steven Miller – 15th April 2021 Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date WhatsApp Electric Picnic WhatsApp TAGSBarry O’LoughlinKevin O’LoughlinNostraRosenallis Facebook Mary Sweeney elected Cathaoirleach of Portlaoise Municipal District for next 12 monthscenter_img Twitter Nostra, one of Ireland’s leading Managed IT Service Providers, founded by Laois man Kevin O’Loughlin and with an office in Mountmellick, have announced they will create 120 new jobs over the next two years.The announcement was made at Government buildings this morning with the news welcomed by Taoiseach Micheal Martin.Nostra, which was set up in 2006 and are headquartered in Lucan in Dublin, have a satellite office in Mountmellick. They also have a Dublin city centre office in Smithfield as well as another office in Athenry in Galway.The jobs being created are highly skilled positions are in Engineering, IT Support, Cybersecurity and Sales and Marketing and will bring Nostra’s total employee number to 270.Nostra provides end-to-end managed IT solutions to a number of world-leading brands and multinationals across multiple industries including manufacturing, pharma, education, healthcare and fintech. Council RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR They’ve clients in the manufacturing industries, aircraft leasing and numerous Credit Unions around the country. The Dawn Farm Food group, Boyle Sports and Image Magazine are among some of their clients.It’s quite the success story for Kevin who set up the company with Senan Finucane, Gary Byrne and his brother Barry.Nostra is looking for Systems and Professional Services Engineers, Cybersecurity Specialists, Tech Sales Executives, Marketing Executives and Customer Relationship Managers.Some of the new hires will be remote roles while others will be offered the option of hybrid working where they can combine working from home with working from one of the Nostra offices in Dublin, Laois or Galway.Due to new contract wins, a growing international client base and recent competitor acquisitions, Nostra has experienced rapid growth in recent years and reported a turnover of €18 million in 2020 (up from €11 million in 2019). They are forecasting a €25 million turnover by 2026.Last year they bought Brandon Global and are say they are currently looking to acquire further Managed Service Providers.O’Loughlin, who grew up in Rosenallis before the family moved to Carlow, is the company’s CEO while his brother Barry is Managing Director. The two are past students of Rosenallis and Knockbeg College and their late father Tom was well known in business and farming circles. He was also heavily involved in Laois GAA at county board level.Kevin was a finalist in the 2017 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.Plans are currently in place to expand the existing office accommodation in order to facilitate the increased workforce. The company is also undergoing a complete rebrand and digital makeover and will invest over €500,000 in both the new premises and branding project.“I am delighted that Nostra, an Irish owned and based company with offices around the country, has today announced the creation of 120 new jobs over the next two years,” said An Taoiseach Michael Martin.“Nostra’s continued success speaks to the innovation and dynamism of Irish companies. Today’s announcement is a strong vote of confidence in our talented and skilled workforce and is a welcome boost as we look to get people back to work in sustainable and high-quality jobs and rebuild our economy.”“Our business is performing extremely well, and we have experienced exponential growth across all services and sectors,” said Kevin.“This is due to our attention to detail, technical expertise, and innovative approach to Managed IT Services.“Technology changes rapidly and a company must have the ability to pivot, especially now in uncertain times.“Our customers are predominantly business owners who are focused on ensuring their day-to-day operations perform as they should.“IT networks, systems and cybersecurity are generally not something they have time to consider and that is where we step in. We manage all of the IT requirements so that people don’t have to worry about whether their systems are protected and operating as they should.”“Nostra is an innovation-focused company with ambitious plans for scaling and growing its business in international markets,” said Kevin Sherry, Executive Director, Global Business Development of Enterprise Ireland.“The company’s story demonstrates resilience and the importance of ambition and expertise in responding to challenges and evolving market demands. We look forward to continuing to work with Nostra and wish the team well in their future endeavours.”The news was also warmly welcomed by Laois TD, Minister Sean Fleming, and heralded as “a tremendous opportunity for Mountmellick”.“This is a tremendous opportunity for Mountmellick where the company already operates from the Webmill Digital Hub,” said Minister Fleming.“Hopefully many of the people who apply for a job with NOSTRA will be interested in a working in Mountmellick as the opportunity is now there for people to work in a leading IT company with their employment based in Laois.“This company is now well placed to provide a full range of services for their clients both internationally and in Ireland.“Enterprise Ireland has been very supportive of this innovation focused company with ambitious plans for scaling and growing its business in international markets.“Finally, I want to congratulate Kevin O’Loughlin and his team for their outstanding success to date.  I wish them every success into the future.”SEE ALSO – Strong Laois connection to winning Grand National horse Minella Times Home News Business IT business Nostra – which has strong Laois links and an office… NewsBusiness Electric Picnic Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

North Korea Resists Sanctions – Official Nukes in 1~2 Years

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first_img North Korea Resists Sanctions – Official Nukes in 1~2 Years AvatarYang Jung A There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest News News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By Yang Jung A – 2007.01.11 1:49pm SHAREcenter_img Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak Facebook Twitter News News [imText1]The Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security (IFANS, Chancellor Lee Ju Heum) forecasted that in 1~2 years time when North Korea endures international sanctions and another “march of suffering,” North Korea will attempt to strategically use its official nuclear armaments.,”A report by the Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security “2007 Prospects for International Relations” released on the 8th claimed “In comparison to the past, North Korea’s society is notably relaxed and the peoples loyalty to the system deteriorating” and “For the protection of its regime, North Korea may block the deteriorating loyalty of its people and power, by seeking a second ‘march of suffering’ to enforce greater control.”The report contended “Compared to the first ‘march of suffering’ 10 years ago, North Korea’s society and economic situation is more fragile today” and “If North Korea persists with a nuclear armaments policy, international pressure towards the North will only intensify and ultimately end in increased regime instability.”◆ Issue of North Korea’s nukes = “North Korea is resisting international pressure by pursuing a ‘march of suffering,’ hence it is likely that nuclear armaments as an accomplished fact will have to be accepted.” The report forecasted “It appears that North Korea will attempt to make a political agreement as it claims that it will not threaten the U.S. with the prepared nuclear armaments it possesses (excluding the weapons used on the Korean Peninsula).” Regarding the six party talks, the report predicted “The international community will open another 1~2 talks to confirm North Korea’s intentions and in the case North Korea tries to gain more time, greater pressure will be implemented and an attempt made to redirect North Korea’s attitude.”However, in the case North Korea erroneously responds by taking a risk such as pursuing an additional nuclear experiment, it was analyzed that “the atmosphere around the negotiations on the North’s nuclear issue will cool and while the demand of greater sanctions will be initiated, a robust Security Council sanctions resolution will probably be passed.”Further, the report predicted that North Korea will make efforts to break the anti-North Korea resistance created amongst the international society following the nuclear experiment.“North Korea will stress national assistance toward South Korea while trying to break a collaboration of South Korea-U.S.-Japan mutual assistance. North Korea will try to make China and Russia act as North Korea’s spokesperson by provoking their competition to advocate the reinforcement of N. Korea’s position.”◆ Issue of successor = The report also suggested that discussions on the next successor will continue to surface in 2007 “Looking back, Kim Il Song was 62 years old when Kim Jong Il was nominated as the next successor in 1974. Undoubtedly today, Kim Jong Il at 64 years will be considering his next successor” and revealed “Similarly, 30 years back, we observed movements within North Korea such as the reorganization of power, strengthening of ideology and a shift in generation. “Though common sense assumes that one of Kim Jong Il’s three sons will inherit his power, these three candidates are still only in their 20’s and 30’s and unlike Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, they lack individual leadership and charisma, and are not being recognized as strong leaders” the report claimed Furthermore, the report stated “A great amount of time will be required to educate the sons on outshining authorities and military officials and building a firm foundation that demonstrates that they can integrate a society” and predicted “Since the next successor has yet to be decided, for the time being it is likely that the successor will not be made official.”On the other hand “In Kim Il Song’s situation, there was a time his brother Kim Yoyng Joo acted as the tentative successor until Kim Jong Il’s position was made official” the report stated and further analyzed “Until Kim Jong Il’s successor is made official, there is a possibility that a tentative successor will be nominated.”◆ Economic issue = On the position of economics the report surmised that “though economic development measures include the element, market economy, it will still be difficult to restore North Korea’s economy” indicating that North Korea’s overall declining economic situation would continue. The report analyzed “With the destruction of industrial foundations, the industrial structure is backwardly modeling an underdeveloped country and though the nation recently showed increased development with foreign support, it can be deemed that the nation will not be able to continue to develop its power.”In addition, the report claimed “As wages do not increase in accordance to inflation, the gap between the wealthy and poor will only worsen. In particular, feelings of deprivation will increase amongst the middle class, and discontent amongst the people regarding economic development will also rise.” The report continued to say that amidst these times of economic turmoil and spread of corruption, social issues such as defecting will surface resulting in increased control of society. In particular, the report forecasted that efforts would be made for a defector nonproliferation treaty. “Considerations have to be made that the defector issue may severely influence the society as a whole and that through measures such as relieving punishment against defectors, North Korea may lean towards pushing for a defector issue nonproliferation treaty” the report stated and added “Accordingly, each people’s mobilization movement and news reports, will continue to strengthen its education through propaganda, schools and social organizations. ※ The full report is available on the database (in Korean) North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more

World Cup Funds Could not be Directed Elsewhere – Finance Minister

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first_imgRelatedWorld Cup Funds Could not be Directed Elsewhere – Finance Minister Advertisements RelatedWorld Cup Funds Could not be Directed Elsewhere – Finance Minister World Cup Funds Could not be Directed Elsewhere – Finance Minister UncategorizedMay 3, 2007center_img RelatedWorld Cup Funds Could not be Directed Elsewhere – Finance Minister FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr. Omar Davies has dismissed claims that the $9 billion incurred as part of the country’s preparation for the hosting of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 could have been better directed at interventions in the social sector.Dr. Davis, who closed the 2007/08 Budget Debate in the House yesterday (May 2), explained that a portion of the funds was in the form of in-kind donation and hence could not be used for any other purpose.“The fact is, expenditure on the two stadiums was approximately US$67 million and roughly 50 per cent of that money came by way of a very concessional loan from the Chinese. This loan was not in the form of cash and hence would not have been available to renovate [for example] basic schools,” he pointed out.According to the Minister, “the country should not be fooled that $9 billion had been spent to host the seven cricket matches.”“A large percentage of the expenditure was on capital works, which will remain with us. and will benefit the society in the medium and long term,” he explained, adding that “we now have a set of sporting facilities consistent with our tradition and presence on the world stage.”Acknowledging that there would be the usual challenge of maintaining the facilities, the Minister called on all stakeholders to “join in identifying ways in which these national assets can be maintained, consistent with Jamaica’s pride of place internationally as a centre of sporting excellence.”Continuing, he noted that improvements to the health system, equipment and motor cars for the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), additional buses for the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC), and improvements to the road infrastructure are included in the $9 billion.In the meantime, the Minister expressed satisfaction with the country’s hosting of the matches for the World Cup. “I cannot think of one Jamaican who was not proud of the manner in which we conducted ourselves on show to the world during the period. The thousands who attended the opening ceremony and the matches came from all strata of society. It was a refreshing reminder of what we are capable of doing when we are united,” the Minister said.last_img read more

JSLC Reports Low Poverty Rate

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first_imgRelatedJSLC Reports Low Poverty Rate Advertisements JSLC Reports Low Poverty Rate UncategorizedFebruary 24, 2008 RelatedJSLC Reports Low Poverty Ratecenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail According to the 2006 Survey of Living Conditions (JSLC), the country’s poverty rate declined from 14.8 per cent in 2005 to 14.3 per cent the following year.Speaking at the launch of the report, at the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) Grenada Way office on February 20, Director General of the Institute, Dr. Wesley Hughes pointed out that, “no indicator has garnered more attention than this indicator, which is the lowest it has been in all the years of this publication.” The JSLC, a joint publication of the PIOJ and the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN), also indicated a number of other positive trends for the standard of living in Jamaica, in the areas of housing improvement, education and income. According to the document, there was an advancement of universal enrolment of children up to 11 years, with the daily average attendance of 72.1 per cent in primary schools and 73.6 per cent in secondary institutions.There was a narrowing of the gap in per capita expenditure of female-headed and male-headed households. In addition, there was an increase in mean per capita consumption; a decline in the age-dependency ratio, from 72.7 per cent in 2005 to 69.5 in 2006; and smaller household sizes, with 46.7 per cent of households headed by women.Improvement in the Housing Quality Index stood at 67.3 per cent, with 60.5 per cent of households owning the units in which they live, and 67.8 per cent receiving piped water.For the review period, 12.2 per cent of the population reported some form of illness, with 46.6 pr cent of these being a chronic disease. Immunization coverage for the 0-59 months old remained at more than 90 per cent, except for the recently introduced Hepatitis B and Hib vaccines.Dr. Hughes noted that while the report outlines the achievements relative to the previous year, it also acknowledges that there are challenges that the nation still faces. These, he said, are in the category of the most vulnerable segments of the population, such as the poor, the rural, females, and the elderly.This segment of the population, he said, continues to exhibit certain tendencies relative to the general population, such as higher age-dependency ratios, larger household sizes; lower levels of enrolment at the upper levels of education; lower levels of school attendance at both the primary and secondary levels; and lower levels of seeking health care.“These areas suggest that interventions need to be more effectively targeted, so as to address these perennial, year-to-year concerns,” Dr. Hughes said. RelatedJSLC Reports Low Poverty Ratelast_img read more

GG Tours Trelawny

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first_imgRelatedGG Tours Trelawny GG Tours Trelawny Governor GeneralSeptember 23, 2009 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Governor General, His Excellency the Most Hon Sir Patrick Allen, and Lady Allen, toured sections of Trelawny Tuesday (September 22), as part of the islandwide visits he had promised at his installation in February.The visit to Trelawny brings to 10 the number of parishes the Governor-General and Lady Allen have toured since his installation.In an address to a special sitting of the Trelawny Parish Council, the Governor-General referred to the number of international athletes who originated in Trelawny, adding that there must be something special about the parish.He said that it could not just be as a result of the water and types of food available in the parish. He expressed his view that discipline and hard work had a lot to do with it.President of the Trelawny Chamber of Commerce, Dennis Seivwright (left) introducing the Governor General, His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen (centre) and Lady Allen (right) to the Albert George Shopping Centre in Falmouth, Trelawny, during their tour of the parish on Tuesday (September 22).“The yam and the water alone cannot do it, there is a discipline component to being a great athlete,” he observed. He noted that to be a professional athlete requires a great deal of commitment and discipline.“What that is saying to me, is that the people of Trelawny instill discipline in their children, and that discipline is what drives them and motivates them and helps them to aspire and achieve greatness,” he stated.He called on adults islandwide, to take responsibility for mentoring and encouraging the youth.Following his address to the Council, the Governor-General and Lady Allen visited the Albert George Shopping Centre in Falmouth, and toured the port expansion project taking place in the town.He also visited Westwood High School for Girls and addressed the teachers and students, before visiting the “Outameni Experience” cultural tour. RelatedGG Tours Trelawnycenter_img Advertisements RelatedGG Tours Trelawnylast_img read more

More Cane Roads to be Repaired

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first_imgRelatedGovernment Provides $7.5M to Assist Agro Park Farmers in St. Thomas Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Roger Clarke, says the Government, through the Ministry, hopes to allocate another $600 million under the Cane Roads Rehabilitation Project, to repair more roads serving cane producing and dependent communities.This provision would serve to further boost rehabilitation work, currently being carried out at a cost of $404 million, on more than 44 kilometres of cane roads in St. Thomas, St. Catherine, Clarendon, Westmoreland, and Trelawny, which commenced in 2013.Speaking at the official opening of the newly renovated Toll Gate community centre and sports complex in Clarendon recently, Mr. Clarke underscored the importance of implementing the cane road rehabilitation project in order to improve the conditions under which cane is transported to the sugar factories.The repairs are being financed through grant funding provided by the European Union (EU) Accompanying Measures for Sugar (AMS) Protocol, and implemented by the Ministry’s Sugar Transformation Unit (STU).The protocol seeks, among other things, to provide significant benefits to stakeholders in sugar producing communities.Notable among these is the barracks relocation project, which targets the relocation of over 800 sugar workers from their current dwellings on the estates, deemed less than ideal for habitation, and resettling them in some 400 housing solutions. This development is being undertaken at a cost of over $1 billion.Work is also being carried out on basic schools, health and sports facilities, and water supply systems serving sugar-dependent communities.Renovation of the Toll Gate community centre and sports complex was undertaken at a cost of approximately $22 million, provided  by the EU.The project, which was also implemented by the STU, was executed by the Sports Development Foundation (SDF) and entailed construction and improvement of a multi-purpose court, playfield, and community centre, installation of perimeter fencing, and acquisition of equipment for property maintenance.The Water Well sports complex at Race Course, in Clarendon, is also slated for renovation at a cost of approximately $17.9 million, to be financed by the EU. Story HighlightsGovernment hopes to allocate another $600 million under the Cane Roads Rehabilitation Project.This provision would serve to further boost rehabilitation work, currently being carried out at a cost of $404 million, on more than 44 kilometres of cane roads.The repairs are being financed through grant funding provided by the European Union (EU) Accompanying Measures for Sugar (AMS) Protocol. RelatedRefurbished Community Centre and Sports Complex Handed Over at Toll Gate More Cane Roads to be Repaired AgricultureJanuary 14, 2014Written by: Douglas McIntoshcenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedBig Boost for Cassava Production Advertisementslast_img read more

Main Street project narrows street to widen retail options

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first_imgHomeBusinessMain Street project narrows street to widen retail options Jun. 19, 2020 at 6:00 amBusinessFeaturedNewsMain Street project narrows street to widen retail optionseditor12 months agobusinessesCity HallMain Street projecMain Street will have a pedestrian friendly makeover next week to help businesses. Courtesy image. Main street is getting slimmer so that businesses can hopefully fatten their wallets.City Hall has approved a plan to remove the center and parking lanes from the street and use the available space to expand retail and dining.Starting next week, workers will grind out the existing lane markings and repaint the street to include one traffic lane in each direction with a corresponding bike lane. Concrete barriers will be installed along the edge of the current bike lane and the area between the barriers and existing sidewalk will be available for business use.The approximately 13 feet of usable space will encourage outdoor dining and retail options that will allow businesses to make up for the coronavirus imposed restrictions on indoor spaces.County health rules restrict the number of people that can be inside a store at any given time. The outdoor experiment on Main Street is an attempt to keep local businesses profitable. While the change isn’t considered permanent, it’s not a short term project either.“This is focused on the situation we’re in and it’s driven by the requests from the neighborhood association and the businesses,” said Francie Stefan, Santa Monica’s Chief Mobility Officer. “We’re being responsive to the urgent need to create recovery for businesses. We will monitor it, see how it goes, make some adjustments over time and we will also see how well the street functions and if people think it’s a better way, we’re open to future talks.”While parking will be removed from the street, some delivery spaces will be available for businesses that need them. The repainted area will run from Hollister to city limits. There will be some changes to the streetscape north of the new zone where appropriate.“North of Hollister there are a few areas where businesses expressed interest,” said Stephan. “We’re not going to move the bike lanes, but we are putting in (barriers) in some places but it will be more sporadic and instead of providing the 13 feet that is south of Hollister, it’s just taking the parking lane.”The repainting will begin next week and the entire project is expected to be complete by July [email protected] :businessesCity HallMain Street projecshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a comment‘Adapt or die’ – Restaurants find ways to evolve amid virusTrump says he will renew effort to end DACA protectionsYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall6 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson17 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter17 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor17 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press17 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press17 hours agolast_img read more

Turkcell takes control in Ukraine

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first_img Turkcell pushes services focus, hatches SA 5G plan AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 29 JUN 2015 Related EuroasiaTurkcellTurkey Author Telia negotiating $530M Turkcell sale Kavit joined Mobile World Live in May 2015 as Content Editor. He started his journalism career at the Press Association before joining Euromoney’s graduate scheme in April 2010. Read More >> Read more Operator Turkcell has increased its presence in Ukraine after striking a $100 million deal to acquire a 44.96 per cent stake in Euroasia Telecommunications.Turkcell will now assume full control of Euroasia and its Ukrainian mobile subsidiary Astelit, of which it already held a majority stake.The company launched 3G services through Astelit in Ukraine earlier this month (under the life:) brand) after being awarded licences in February and claims to have since rolled out the service to 2.3 million customers.In a statement Turkcell said it had signed a share purchase agreement with SCM Holdings, which held the remaining stake.The deal represents Turkcell’s first major international acquisition since it bought mobile operator BeST in Belarus in 2008.In an exclusive interview earlier this month, Turkcell’s new CEO Kaan Terzioglu told Mobile World Live that the company was stepping up its plans for growth in Ukraine, as part of his international expansion strategy.“We believe that Ukraine will be a success story for Turkcell’s international operations and a pilot country as we transfer our experiences to the region,” Terzioglu said in a statement. “With this acquisition, we pave the way towards boosting the momentum and increasing life’s contribution to Turkcell Group as a stronger player in the market.” Previous ArticleTelefonica, Unicom ink smartphone pactNext ArticleMobily to reissue results; Etisalat earnings impacted Kavit Majithia Home Turkcell takes control in Ukraine Tags Telia reaches Turkcell sale agreementlast_img read more

For Wolff and Co., Winged Foot’s punishing rep of little concern

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first_imgMAMARONECK, N.Y. – This isn’t your father’s Winged Foot. It’s not even your older brother’s Winged Foot. This is something vastly different from the slugfests that are the identity of the sprawling pitch. This is modern and mean. The clichés still apply – play from the fairway, take your medicine, pick your spots – but the game has been irrevocably changed. It’s younger and stronger and less concerned with the ancient constructs of the game. You can tell players they must dial back their games to play Winged Foot, but Matthew Wolff isn’t listening. Bryson DeChambeau isn’t even speaking your language. Nothing typifies how far the game has changed in recent years like a Wolff-DeChambeau final-round pairing … at a U.S. Open … at Winged Foot. Collectively, your two leading men hit five of 28 fairways on Saturday and are second and 15th in the field, respectively, in driving distance. Somewhere Phil Mickelson is nursing an artesian coffee and wrestling with the injustice of it all. In 2006, when Lefty famously imploded on Winged Foot’s 72nd hole, there were those who also pointed out that he’d hit just two of 14 fairways that fateful Sunday. The USGA overlords would never allow their national champion to be so wayward. Depending on how Sunday unfolds, the odds favor the quirky Wolff, who blew the doors off conventional wisdom with a third-round 65 for a two-stroke lead, and the mercurial DeChambeau, who scrambled for an even-par 70 and is alone in second place at 3 under. The day’s final twosome will be every bit a mandate for the unconventional, with DeChambeau threatening to redefine the game through shear power and Wolff blazing his own unique trail. “You’ve got to think 14 years on the game has changed a lot, guys hit it further, equipment,” reasoned Rory McIlroy, who was at 1 over. “The game has just moved on a little bit and everyone has collectively just got a little bit better.” Leonard: Two fairways?! ‘My goodness … but it’s exciting’ Wolff doesn’t care that the USGA nursed Winged Foot’s 5-inch rough through a summer drought to keep him from blasting drives over corners with impunity. At 21 years young, he’s already won on the PGA Tour, and he proved just last month at the PGA Championship that reverence for major championships – not to mentioned storied major championship venues – stops at the first tee. “I like to go out there and do what I feel comfortable with, rip dog, and see how it goes from there,” said Wolff, who tied for fourth at TPC Harding Park. “I feel comfortable with every part of my game, so I don’t like to shy away from things when I’m feeling confident, and I’m probably going to do the same tomorrow.” For the week, Wolff has connected with just 12 of 42 fairways, a line that at any other Tour event wouldn’t be worth mentioning. But this is Winged Foot. This was supposed to be the line in the distance-debate sand, where classic design and a half foot of hay put the athletes back in their place. This was where DeChambeau’s experiment would be put to the test. Sure, he could overpower the likes of Detroit Golf Club, but put him on a big ballpark like the West Course and he’d dial back his swing-for-the-fences ways or else pay the price. On a cool and breezy Saturday, DeChambeau wildly missed the fairway at the second hole and was 2 over through as many holes, but he kept swinging. He missed the fourth fairway, again wildly left, and he kept swinging. Whichever way this experiment plays out for the mad scientist, there is no questioning his resolve. “I’m going to be aggressive no matter what. If it’s the right play. If it’s the right wind, the right situation,” DeChambeau said before adding a curious, “You’ve just got to hit fairways out here.” Do you? Do you really have to hit fairways, Bryson? History tells us that U.S. Open champions can’t be found in the rough and Winged Foot may still have some tricks for this new generation of Bronx bombers. Louis Oosthuizen, who looms at 1 under and alone in third place, fits the mold of a Winged Foot winner – straight, calm, risk averse. But even after things inched closer to normal on Friday with what the club’s membership would agree was a proper scoring average (75.25), the athletes proved themselves to be bigger, stronger, faster than the previous generations. U.S. Open: Full-field scores | Full coverage The rules that applied at previous Winged Foot Opens no longer seem to be relevant. Players say all the right things about needing to hit fairways and how impossible it is to play out of the rough, but for the likes of someone such as Wolff, it doesn’t seem like it’s all that sincere. “He hits it really far. He hits it really high. He’s not afraid. And yeah, he doesn’t really care,” Xander Schauffele said of Wolff. It stands to reason that the pandemic-year majors without fans, buzz and atmosphere would be dominated by players who are fresh out of college, where every event is of the “intimate” variety. When Collin Morikawa, 23, won the PGA Championship, he celebrated in relative silence. Wolff’s never played a major with fans. Maybe, in a twisted way, it’s best that the New Yorkers aren’t here to see what this generation is doing to their beloved Winged Foot. It doesn’t appear as if Geoff Ogilvy is going to scramble around the corner of the 18th hole to save the day this time. Storied Winged Foot is on its own, and it doesn’t feel like a fair fight.last_img read more

RSA urge extra care after three separate crashes overnight

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first_img Twitter RSA urge extra care after three separate crashes overnight By News Highland – April 10, 2021 Pinterest Google+ Facebook WhatsApp Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme The Road Safety Authority is urging motorists to take extra care this weekend after three separate crashes overnight.8 people have died on the roads in the last 10 days, two of those happened last night in Wexford and Galway.Emergency services were also called to the scene of a collision in Donegal, where a woman was seriously injured.RSA Communications manager Brian Farrell says there’s a particular appeal going out to those who are driving at off peak times:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/RSA2pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA AudioHomepage BannerNews Previous articleBad decisions costing us- Declan DevineNext articleA further 14 PSNI officers injured during trouble in Belfast News Highland center_img Google+ Twitter Facebook Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsApp Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Community Enhancement Programme open for applicationslast_img read more