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Houston Open: Sam Burns leads as Jason Day, Dustin Johnson impress | Golf News

first_imgSam Burns holds halfway lead at the Houston Open, with Jason Day, Adam Scott and Dustin Johnson among golfers in contention in final event before The Masters. Watch live throughout the weekend on Sky Sports Golf. By Ali StaffordLast Updated: 07/11/20 12:06am Live PGA Tour Golf November 7, 2020, 2:30pmLive on Jason Day is two off the halfway lead at the Vivint Houston Open – Advertisement – – Advertisement – “I just need the reps before next week,” Johnson said. “I’m pleased with where I’m at. If I can go out and shoot a good score tomorrow I’m going to have a chance come Sunday. Obviously I’m just looking to get a little better each day and yeah, I’m happy with where I’m at.” Johnson – making his first start since testing positive for coronavirus – finished his second round with back-to-back birdies, while former major champions Francesco Molinari and Shane Lowry also head into the weekend on two under.Only 25 players are under par at the halfway stage, with Tyrrell Hatton in the group on one over and Brooks Koepka making the cut on two over after finishing his level-par 70 with two birdies over his final four holes. Day opened with five straight pars before cancelling out a bogey at the sixth by holing a five-foot birdie at the eighth, with the Australian then draining a 20-footer at the 14th and picking up a shot from 10 feet at the 16th to close out a bogey-free back nine. Jason Day remained within two strokes of the lead at the halfway stage of the Vivint Houston Open, as Dustin Johnson moved back into contention. Day followed an opening-round 67 with a two-under 68 at Memorial Park to get to five under and sit in a share of second alongside Carlos Ortiz, as Sam Burns carded a round-of-the-day 65 to jump top of the leaderboard.Overnight leader Brandt Snedeker is one of five players in tied-fourth after a one-over 73 and former Masters champion Adam Scott is in the group behind, while Johnson is within five of the lead after bouncing back from an opening-round 72 to card a four-under 66.- Advertisement –center_img  Dustin Johnson could lose his world No 1 ranking this week  Dustin Johnson could lose his world No 1 ranking this week

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Google Pay, Play Billing System Faces Antitrust Investigation in India Over Market Dominance

first_imgThe Commission is of the prima facie view that the market for apps facilitating payment through the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) appears to be a distinct relevant market for the assessment of allegations in the present matter, the order said.According to the regulator, it is of “the prima facie view that said conduct of Google amounts to imposition of unfair and discriminatory condition, denial of market access for competing apps of Google Pay and leveraging on the part of Google, in terms of different provisions of Section 4(2) of the Act.”Indian app developers have been voicing concerns over Google’s move to charge 30 per cent commission on paid apps and In-App Purchases (IAPs). Many such developers have said that Google cannot force domestic app developers/ owners to sell digital services by compulsory use of its billing system.- Advertisement – “… the Commission is of the prima facie view that the Opposite Parties have contravened various provisions of Section 4 of the Act… These aspects warrant a detailed investigation,” it said in a 39-page order.The watchdog has ordered a detailed probe by its Director General (DG), which is the investigation arm, for alleged anti-competitive practices with respect to Google Pay.Section 4 of the Competition Act pertains to abuse of dominant market position.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – “We are pleased that the CCI has rejected several claims made by the anonymous complainant,” a Google spokesperson said in a late evening statement.On the remaining concerns, the spokesperson said it was confident that the CCI will find that GPay operates in an extremely competitive environment, and owes its success to its ability to offer consumers a simple and secure payments experience.“Secondly, numerous distribution channels exist for apps on the Android platform; Play is not the only app distribution option for Android. Users choose Google Play because we ensure a safe, secure, and seamless experience.“Play’s billing system is a fundamental part of meeting this user expectation and helps ensure our continued investment in the many important things needed to make developers successful,” the spokesperson added.On the issue of mandatory use of Google Play’s payment system for paid apps and In-App Purchases (IAPs), CCI said it was of the “prima facie view that mandatory use of application store’s payment system for paid apps and in-app purchases restricts the choice available to the app developers to select a payment processing system of their choice especially considering when Google charges a commission of 30 per cent (15 per cent in certain cases) for all app purchases and IAPs.”Considering that Play is the dominant source of downloading apps in the Android OS (90 per cent of the downloads) and its condition requiring use of application store’s payment system for paid apps and IAPs, it appears that Google controls the significant volume of payments processed in this market, the order said.“The resultant market power being enjoyed by Google due to its grip over Android ecosystem apparently resulted in ”allegedly” high commission fee of 30 per cent.” it added.According to the watchdog, it appears that such allegedly high fee would increase the cost of Google’s competitors and thus might affect their competitiveness vis-s-vis Google’s own verticals.“Such a policy of the application store may disadvantage its competitors in the downstream markets, such as music streaming, e-books/ audiobooks etc. If the application developers, in response, raise their subscription fees to offset these costs or remove/ reduce premium/ paid subscription offers for users, it may affect user experience, cost and choice.“Such conditions imposed by app stores limit the ability of the app developers to offer payment processing of their choice to the users for app purchases as well as IAPs… the Commission is of prima facie view that imposition of such condition is unfair in terms of Section 4(2)(a) of the Act,” the regulator said.Various pleas of Google like offering a secured system and necessity of Play’s billing system can be appropriately examined during investigation, it added.Google Pay has been integrated with ”intent flow” methodology whereas other UPI apps can be used through ”collect flow” methodology. Both flows involve the user transitioning from Play to the UPI payment app and back again.“This transition is automated in the intent flow, whereas the same is required to be manually undertaken by users in the collect flow. Based on the above, prima facie it appears that user experience while using Google Pay would be different/ better as compared to using other UPI based apps.“This difference has the potential to shift users towards adopting Google Pay over other UPI based payment apps,” CCI said, adding that it becomes critical to examine whether such difference in the process favoured Google Pay to the disadvantage of other competing apps.The probe has been ordered against five entities, Alphabet, Google, Google Ireland, Google India, and Google India Digital Services.In 2018, CCI had penalised Google for anti-competitive practices in the Indian market for online search.Which is the best TV under Rs. 25,000? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. The Competition Commission of India (CCI) on Monday ordered a detailed probe against Internet giant Google for alleged unfair business practices with respect to Google Pay as well as Google Play’s payment system.Google Pay is a popular digital payments platform while Google Play is the app store on its Android ecosystem.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Turkish GP: Williams’ acting principal Simon Roberts tests positive for Covid-19

first_img 1:35 Go on board with 2010 polesitter Mark Webber for a lap of the fast and very challenging Istanbul Park ahead of the Turkish Grand Prix – Advertisement – “Simon is feeling otherwise well but will now isolate for the required 10-day period as per UK national guidelines whilst supporting trackside operations remotely this weekend,” the team said.“Dave Redding, Team Manager, and Chief Engineer of Vehicle Design, Adam Carter, will assume his responsibilities on the ground in Turkey.”Roberts has been acting principal since September after the British team were sold to US-based Dorilton Capital and the founding family departed.- Advertisement – Simon Roberts will be unable to be in Turkey this weekend for the big race Williams’ acting principal Simon Roberts tested positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday and will miss this weekend’s Turkish Grand Prix.Williams, last in the championship with four races remaining, said Roberts had not travelled to Istanbul or been in close contact with any other members of the race team.He had been negative on Monday but tested again after showing minor symptoms.- Advertisement – Go on board with 2010 polesitter Mark Webber for a lap of the fast and very challenging Istanbul Park ahead of the Turkish Grand Prix They said then that several members of the trackside team were isolating after being identified as close contacts of those who tested positive.An unidentified number of factory-based team members were drafted in to fill the roles in Turkey of those undergoing quarantine.Racing Point — with both of their drivers Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll as well as team owner Lawrence Stroll — and Mercedes are other teams to have had positive tests this season.A McLaren employee tested positive at the Australian Grand Prix which was then cancelled in March.Formula One personnel cannot access the paddock without a negative result and are tested every five days. Teams also do their own tests.How to watch F1 with Sky SportsWhether watching on the big or small screen, Sky Sports F1 has you covered.In addition to the coverage of every track session from each weekend on our TV channel, subscribers can also watch live coverage and in-race clips on the Sky Sports App.The App features Race Control – giving you access to on-board driver feeds, a mix feed, driver tracker and live timings. Race Control is also available via the Red Button on Sky Q and HD boxes.Sky Q is also the home of advanced features, including an interactive track map, plus the latest video clips of action, features and interviews. – Advertisement – Simon Roberts will be unable to be in Turkey this weekend for the big race
Simon Roberts will be unable to be in Turkey this weekend for the big race

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As the Pandemic Surges, C.D.C. Issues Increasingly Assertive Advice

first_img“While their role has been diminished during this current crisis, they play a very important role in all this,” she said. The new administration will rebuild public health and data infrastructure, restore C.D.C. staffing in its overseas outposts and give “control back to the C.D.C.”Within the C.D.C., there is a palpable sense of relief and a determination to return to an apolitical identity, according to four senior scientists who spoke on condition of anonymity because they feared for their jobs.- Advertisement – The turnabout began after the Trump administration meddled in the C.D.C.’s vaunted weekly bulletins, the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports, according to Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, who led the agency under President Barack Obama.Political appointees tried to revise, delay or even halt publication of the reports, sparking public outcry and condemnation at a congressional hearing. The dust-up precipitated the swift exit of Michael Caputo, a political appointee who had accused C.D.C. scientists of sedition, and Dr. Paul Alexander, a science adviser hired to help Mr. Caputo. – Advertisement –center_img “We couldn’t allow ourselves to be politicized at this moment in time,” said one of the scientists, who is involved in the agency’s pandemic response. “We weren’t going to spend time licking wounds and worrying about what had gone wrong in the past.”Another senior C.D.C. scientist said, “Sometimes you just feel compelled to say, ‘I don’t care what happens, I’ve got to do this.’”Until the pandemic, the C.D.C. was widely regarded as the world’s leading public health agency. But the muzzling of its scientists by the Trump administration and the politicization of some of its advice crippled its efforts to answer critical questions, experts say, including how schools, churches and businesses should reopen, and how Americans could best protect themselves and their families.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Pentagon to resume mandatory anthrax shots for some

first_img “It is clear nobody likes getting shots if they don’t have to,” Winkenwerder said, as quoted in an Oct 17 Los Angeles Times story. “We have been sending a signal that it is not as important as we believe it is.” In January 2005, the FDA granted a Pentagon request for emergency authority to restart the vaccination program, but said the shots had to be voluntary. DoD has been giving the shots on a voluntary basis since April 2005. Dec 19, 2005 CIDRAP News story: “FDA reaffirms worth of DoD anthrax vaccine” Zaid said, according to the AP, that he would file a new lawsuit “as soon as needles start going into arms.” Oct 16 DoD news releasehttp://www.defenselink.mil/Releases/Release.aspx?ReleaseID=10083 Under the voluntary policy, about 50% of the affected service members have accepted anthrax vaccination, Winkenwerder reported in the DoD news release. He commented, “This rate of vaccination not only put the service members at risk, but also jeopardized unit effectiveness and degraded medical readiness.” In December 2005, the FDA completed a final investigation of the vaccine and reaffirmed its earlier finding that it was safe and effective. An Oct 16 Department of Defense (DoD) news release said that “military personnel, emergency-essential DoD civilians, and contractors” in those areas will be required to receive the vaccine. The program also will include units involved in “homeland bioterrorism defense,” the statement said. The mandatory vaccination program has been the subject of a long legal battle. Soldiers concerned about the vaccine’s side effects sued to stop the program several years ago, arguing that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had never specifically approved the vaccine for preventing inhalational anthrax. In December 2003 a federal judge in Washington, DC, ordered the program stopped. Winkenwerder said “several hundreds of thousands” of troops will receive the vaccine, according to an Oct 17 United Press International story. The story said that about 140,000 troops are stationed in Iraq, 30,000 in Korea, and tens of thousands in Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, and other Middle Eastern countries. An Oct 17 Reuters report put the number of troops in Afghanistan at 21,000. Another vaccine critic is the National Vaccine Information Center, a nonprofit advocacy group. Its president, Barbara Loe Fisher, told the AP, “The [DoD] has a moral duty to fully disclose anthrax vaccine risks, as well as benefits, to soldiers and allow them to make an informed, voluntary vaccination decision.”center_img “This is a vaccine that is unproven, unnecessary and has the potential to jeopardize the health of a service member where little benefit will be derived,” said Mark S. Zaid, an attorney who first challenged the vaccination program, as quoted by the Associated Press (AP) yesterday. “It’s always been a public relations program and nothing more,” he added. The announcement of the program’s resumption is generating renewed resistance. The FDA quickly responded with an affirmation that the vaccine was safe and effective for all forms of anthrax disease, and the judge then lifted his injunction. But in October 2004 he stopped the program again, ruling that the FDA had not followed proper procedures in issuing the new approval. “The vaccine has been thoroughly reviewed by several independent outside groups” and the FDA, Winkenwerder said in the Times story. “In all the studies we have performed, looking very, very thoroughly at the vaccine, there is no increase in mortality, there is no increase in morbidity, there is no increase in hospitalizations.” “The anthrax vaccine will protect our troops from another threat—a disease that will kill, caused by a bacteria that already has been used as a weapon in America, and that terrorists openly discuss,” said Dr. William Winkenwerder Jr., assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, in the DoD release. Critics of the program have said the vaccine—Anthrax Vaccine Adsorbed—can cause problems like infertility and autoimmune disorders, such as multiple sclerosis and lupus, according to the Los Angeles Times story. The article also said some soldiers died after being vaccinated, but the Pentagon said that no causal link to the vaccine was established. Oct 19, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The Pentagon announced this week that it will resume, after a 2-year hiatus, mandatory anthrax vaccination for troops and other personnel stationed in the Middle East and South Korea. See also: The mandatory vaccination program should restart in 30 to 60 days, according to the DoD release.last_img read more

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Indonesia suspects two more H5N1 cases

first_imgMar 29, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Indonesia today reported two new suspected human cases of H5N1 avian influenza, both fatal, as the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed a case in China that was reported yesterday.Indonesian officials said initial tests indicated H5N1 infection in a 14-year-old boy who died in West Sumatra province on Mar 24 and a 28-year-old woman from central Jakarta who died yesterday, according to Xinhua, China’s state news agency.Haris Subiantoro of Indonesia’s health ministry told Xinhua that chickens in the boy’s neighborhood died suspiciously 2 weeks before the boy got sick. The Associated Press listed his age as 15. Subiantoro said it was not clear if the woman had any contact with infected birds.Officials are waiting for the results of second tests to confirm the cases, Subiantoro told Xinhua.By the WHO count, Indonesia has had 81 H5N1 cases with 63 deaths. But since Jan 29, Indonesia has reported at least nine cases (besides those reported today) that have not yet been recognized by the WHO; seven of those were fatal. The nine cases include three reported Mar 27 in which further test results were awaited.Indonesia agreed 2 days ago to resume sharing its H5N1 virus samples with the WHO, under certain conditions designed to give the country control over which vaccine manufacturers get access to seed viruses made from the samples.Also today, the WHO confirmed that a 16-year-old Chinese boy from Anhui province died of H5N1 illness. The WHO report said he developed fever and pneumonia-like symptoms Mar 17, was hospitalized 3 days later, and died Mar 27. He becomes China’s 24th H5N1 case-patient and its 15th fatality from the disease.Investigators have found no indication he had contact with sick birds before he became ill, but health officials are still tying to identify the source of his infection, the WHO report said. His close contacts are being monitored and remain well.With confirmation of the Chinese case, the WHO’s global H5N1 count reached 285 cases with 170 deaths.See also:Mar 29 WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2007_03_29/en/index.htmllast_img read more

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Valamar hosted more than 70 students from Switzerland

first_imgThis year, Valamar also hosted the Project Week of internships for students of the Swiss College SSAT (Scuola superiore alberghiera e del turismo) from Bellinzona. is the third time that Valamar and Istria have chosen the destination of their international practice.During the internship, more than 70 SSAT students had the opportunity to get acquainted with the facilities and activities in the hotel under the mentorship of Valamar’s managers and directors. In addition to having the opportunity to learn about hotel business from our employees, students worked in groups on problem tasks in the field of tourism and hospitality and presented proposals for solutions to representatives and mentors from Valamar and the Tourist Board of Poreč.”It is always a special pleasure to work with young people. We are proud to have had the opportunity to present Valamar and open the door to tourism to students who are educating themselves for a career in tourism. Their engagement and creativity in solving the problem tasks we set before them are really at a high level”, said Tea Pestotnik Prebeg, Director of the Quality Sector at Valamar Riviera and a mentor at Project Week.The goal of Project Week is to prepare students for the job market and the business challenges they will face as they enter the work world. “This concept of practice develops creativity in students, while at the same time developing a sense of collaboration, teamwork and togetherness”, Said Matteo Terrani, professor at the Swiss College SSAT and project coordinator.last_img read more

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An open public hearing on the environmental impact assessment of the Matalda golf course on the island of Cres has been opened

first_imgAs it is pointed out in the public invitation, the construction of a combined golf course in five phases is planned, as well as facilities for catering and tourist facilities and other facilities on about 324 ha. Photo: Jadranka dd Also, in addition to the accompanying buildings and facilities, it is planned to build a winery with a tasting room for guests on three floors, which will offer indigenous wines. Also, in addition to the construction of roads and piers for maritime traffic, the bare playground would also have a heliport. What is important to emphasize is that the irrigation of the golf course is planned to use water from the accumulation lake, which is planned to be carried out on 3ha of area and capacity of 165 000m2. The entire preparation of the project started back in 2014, while in December 2018 the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County Assembly adopted targeted changes to the spatial plan, and the same project was included among the “Buildings and interventions of county and state interest.” The Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development has launched an environmental impact assessment procedure for the Matalda golf course on the island of Cres. The public invitation points out that it will organize a public debate on the study on the environmental impact of the Matalda golf course on the island of Cres, which must not be shorter than 30 days. Notice of the place and time of the public hearing will be published on the Ministry’s website. This is a long-awaited project for the construction of a golf course, with a total value of over 100 million euros, and whose investor is Jadranka dd from Mali Lošinj According to previous announcements, Jadranka dd intends to invest around 100 million euros in the golf course project, while the design of the course is signed by Ernie Els, a world name that attracts big and famous players to golf destinations. Thus, two golf courses with a total of 36 holes are planned, as well as two hotels, a winery, 20 villas in two zones. The hotel will have a total of 122 accommodation units with 260 beds, while the second hotel is planned 57 accommodation units with 126 beds, and both hotels would have indoor and outdoor pools. Villas in zone A will have a total of 92 beds and villas in zone B 80 bearings.last_img read more