Monty gets second Champs win in 5 weeks

CARY, N.C. – Colin Montgomerie earned his second PGA Tour Champions victory in five weeks on Sunday, a three-stroke win at the SAS Championship. Montgomerie shot a bogey-free, 8-under 64 in his final round at Prestonwood Country Club. He earned $315,000 for his sixth career victory on the 50-and-over tour, and improved two spots to No. 7 in the Charles Schwab Cup standings in the tour’s regular-season finale. The 54-year-old Scot finished at 16-under 200. He won the tour’s first-ever event in Japan – the Japan Airlines Championship – last month. The Hall-of-Famer won 31 times on the European Tour and topped the tour’s money list a record eight times – seven in a row from 1993-99 and the last in 2005. Vijah Singh and Doug Garwood each shot 66 and tied for second at 13-under 203. Corey Pavin was one stroke behind them after a 67. Montgomerie began the final round sharing the lead with Phillip Price and Jerry Kelly. He had three birdies on the front nine before pulling away with five birdies on the back nine – including on the 14th, 15th and 17th holes – before closing with a par on the par-4 18th. Montgomerie has said he hopes to be on form entering the Schwab Cup playoffs – which begin next week in Richmond, Virginia, for the top 72 players – after he started the season slowly because of injuries. He was sidelined for more than two months in the spring with torn ligaments in his left ankle. read more

Culturalist Challenge! Rank the Top 10 Broadway Stars You’d Love to See on Big Brother

first_img View Comments The staff is crazy for Culturalist, the website that lets you choose and create your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank.It’s Friday, Broadway fans, and we are beyond ready for a weekend of bingeing deliciously delirious reality television. Speaking of which, Marissa Jaret Winokur recently won the latest edition of Celebrity Big Brother. Watching the Hairspray Tony winner be locked in a house with famous strangers for two and a half weeks got us thinking: which other Broadway stars would you love to see in a Broadway edition of the ultra-addicting series? Editorial Assistant Eric King got this challenge started with his picks. Go ahead: rank the Broadway faves you’d like to see stuck in a house together.STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites.STEP 2—RANK & PUBLISH: Click “rearrange list” to order your selections. Click the “publish” button.Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list.Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results next week on!last_img read more

Ducros, Malavassi earn GSC ‘Top Ten’ awards

first_img Photos by John Blackie Ducros, Malavassi earn GSC ‘Top Ten’ awards Sharecenter_img    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The University of West Florida landed two of the 10 student-athletes from across all sports on the 17th annual Gulf South Conference “Top Ten.” Representing the UWF men’s sports on the top ten list is tennis player Kevin Ducros, and soccer player Monica Malavassi represented the Argonauts women’s teams.By earning a spot in the GSC “Top Ten,” Ducros and Malavassi will be eligible for consideration for the GSC Commissioner’s Trophy, which will be announced at the GSC Annual Awards Banquet on Monday, June 24 at Hilton Birmingham Perimeter Park at 6:30 p.m. The GSC will reveal the winners of the commissioner’s trophies and recognize this year’s all-sports trophy winners at the banquet.The top ten are selected with the assistance of an advisory committee representing the ADs, SWAs, SIDs, FARs and Presidents from randomly selected GSC schools, which makes a recommendation to the commissioner, who has the final decision. Ties are not broken, so more than ten student-athletes can be honored.–GSC “Top Ten” Profiles (by Chris Elkins, UWF Athletic Communications)Kevin Ducros – Men’s Tennis – Aix-en-Provence, FranceKevin Ducros is one of the most decorated student-athletes to compete at the University of West Florida in past decade. The four-time singles All-American, three-time doubles All-American and four-time All-Gulf South Conference selection has made a name for himself on the court across the country.However, Ducros is more than just an athlete. The native of France has excelled in the classroom and made an impact in the community during his five years in Pensacola.Ducros was an immediate success on the court as a freshman, earning All-American status and being named the GSC East Division Freshman of the Year. He continued that success his sophomore year before injuring his knee in the beginning of his junior season. The Argonaut was awarded a medical redshirt, and he bounced back from the injury to be named the No. 7 player in Division II by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association and lead UWF to an NCAA Finals appearance in the spring of 2012. Ducros continued his success his senior year while continuing to battle chronic knee problems en route to finishing the season ranked No. 9 in the nation, leading UWF to an NCAA semifinals appearance and being named the ITA South Region Senior Player of the Year.Ducros graduated with a bachelor’s degree in the fall of 2012 and maintained a 3.22 cumulative GPA after a semester of graduate school during the spring of 2013. He was named a unanimous pick to the GSC All-Academic Team.Off the court and outside the classroom, Ducros has volunteered at numerous charity events including the annual Pensacola Pink Ribbon Tennis Tournament to promote breast cancer awareness, the annual Pensacola Autism Association’s community fundraiser and the Pensacola Sports Association’s annual Racquet Roundup clinic for children ages 6-12. In addition, Ducros has spent time as a volunteer soccer coach for a local children’s team. His duties included scheduling games, coordinating referees and field use, organizing trainings and running practices.Ducros exemplifies what the University of West Florida, the Gulf South Conference and NCAA Division II looks for in a student-athlete.Monica Malavassi – Women’s Soccer – San Jose, Costa RicaMonica Malavassi has not only been one of the most successful women’s soccer players at an already highly successful program, but she has been an ambassador for the University of West Florida, the Gulf South Conference and NCAA Division II.Malavassi is a model student-athlete on and off the field. From helping the Argonaut women’s soccer team win its first national championship to volunteering in her native Costa Rica, and from winning championships for the Costa Rican national team to earning numerous academic honors in the classroom on the UWF campus, Malavassi has excelled in everything she has attempted.The fall of 2012 graduate spent four seasons at UWF in which she earned numerous athletic and academic honors and helped the women’s soccer program enjoy its most successful stretch in its history. As a freshman in 2009, she appeared in 20 of 23 matches and played more than 1,000 minutes as UWF advanced to the NCAA semifinals. From 2009-12, she was named All-America once, all-region three times and all-conference three times, including two first team nods in 2010 and 2011.After being sidelined with an injury for the first six games of her senior season, Malavassi made an immediate impact upon her return, scoring four goals in her first four games back. Her biggest moment came in the NCAA semifinal when she gave UWF a 1-0 lead with a goal in the 77th minute. UWF went on to win a national championship in their next match.After being limited by an injury, she still earned second team all-conference and all-region honors. Although the injury slowed her down on the field, it never affected her in the classroom.Malavassi was named to the CoSIDA academic all-district team and the GSC all-academic team for a third consecutive year.On top of her success at UWF, during the past four years Malavassi won numerous club semi-pro championships and served as a co-captain on the Costa Rica national soccer and basketball teams. She helped lead the Costa Rican basketball team to a Central America games gold medal in March of 2013.The student-athlete was never selfish despite all of her success. During her time at UWF she spent countless hours volunteering at “Junior Argos” soccer clinics, volunteering with Futbol Consultants, a Costa Rican organization that helps student-athletes find scholarships and opportunities in American universities, and volunteering in a leadership role with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. In addition she helped spearhead an equipment drive for children in Haiti after the earthquake in 2010.Malavassi has been a standout student-athlete in all aspects of the word.–For information on all UWF athletics, visit  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Remembering Nelson Mandela

first_imgOne of humanity’s great moral and political leaders, Nelson Mandela managed to affect millions of people in very personal ways. What does he mean to you? Share your messages, thoughts, feelings, memories, condolences on his passing.last_img

Lion Air crash “black box” recovered.

first_imgSearchers sort through debris from the Lion Air crash. Photo: Seven News Indonesian divers have recovered a crucial “black box” recorder from the wreckage of the Lion Air flight that crashed in the sea off Jakarta on Monday.“We followed the device, and narrowed the area (of search) and then we dug again the location where the sensitive (ping) sound was heard and finally found the black box,” Singapore’s Straits Times quoted diver Sertu Hendra,  who found the device in the Java Sea, as saying.He added the recorder, understood to .tbe the flight data recorder,  was found in good condition and at a depth of about 30m.The recorders will be crucial to determining what went wrong on the flight which crashed shortly after take-off on Monday with the loss of 189 lives.The flight data recorder (FDR)  should be able to give a detailed snapshot of what the plane did heading into its high-speed dive into the water.Regulations require that FDRs in newly manufactured aircraft must monitor at least 88  important parameters such as time, altitude, airspeed, heading, and aircraft attitude.But some FDRs can record more than 1000 parameters.Meanwhile, Lion Air on Wednesday suspended its technical director on the instruction of the Indonesian Transport Ministry.Muhammad Asif had been in the job less than a month and it was not clear if he would be reinstated if found not to be at fault in the crash.“Today we will remove Lion Air’s technical director from his duties,” the airline said in the statement that also announced Muhammad Rusli had been appointed as acting technical director.READ Australian government backflips on Lion Air Group travel advice.Transport Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said others who had recommended that the plane was fit to fly after it experienced problems on Sunday would also be suspended.Nobody yet knows what happened to cause the recently delivered Boeing 737 MAX 8 to plunge into the sea at high speed just 13 minutes after take-off from Jakarta.It reached a maximum altitude of 5400ft before radar contact was lost.The aircraft, which had just 800 flight hour on the clock, had behaved erratically the night before the doomed flight but had been cleared to operate the next day.Passengers on the Sunday flight, JT043,  told of how a “roller coaster” ride prompted some to panic and vomit.“About three to eight minutes after it took off, I felt like the plane was losing power and unable to rise. That happened several times,” passenger Alan Soetanto told TVOne. “We felt like in a roller coaster. Some passengers began to panic and vomit.”The airline said the issues on Sunday were addressed in accordance with Boeing procedures.At this stage, the spotlight is as much focussed on the new high-tech plane as it is on the airline.There were reports the pilot asked to turn back shortly after take-off and flight tracking websites also recorded erratic speed and altitude readings.Indonesia earlier this week ordered inspections of all Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft but has not prevented them from operating.Search and rescue workers continued today to pick up wreckage and body parts as grieving relatives watched on.Representatives from manufacturer Boeing are believed to have arrived at the scene.last_img read more

Breaking News in the Industry: April 12, 2018

first_imgEmployees bought more than $26,000 in gift cards with fake couponsAuthorities have arrested two employees of a Harvey, Louisiana, Walgreens accused of buying tens of thousands of dollars in gift cards using forged coupons. Kewanta Young, 35, of Avondale, was booked Friday with theft valued over $26,000 and five counts of computer fraud, according to an arrest report. Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office investigators arrested Fanny Kelley, 40, of Harvey, on Feb. 21 and booked her with theft valued under $4,999 and five counts of computer fraud, Jefferson Parish court records said. Young and Kelley worked as shift leaders at Walgreens, where officials performed an audit at the location earlier this year and discovered an unusually large number of prepaid gift cards had been bought using Catalina coupons, according to a Sheriff’s Office incident report. Various stores use Catalina coupons, which are printed at checkout based on purchases made. The coupons can only be used for a specific product. But the coupons used at the Harvey Walgreens were forgeries that allowed the suspects to receive $15 off any item in the store, according to the incident report. Young and Kelley are accused of cooperating with a third suspect, a female customer who came into the store and conducted multiple transactions per day, handing over several coupons during each transaction.For example, Young and the third suspect are accused of buying $10,000 worth of gift cards using the coupons in a single day in February, according to the Sheriff’s Office. A Walgreens fraud investigator identified Young and Kelley as suspects because the women’s employee numbers were used to run the register during the suspicious transactions, an incident report said. The third suspect has not yet been arrested, Boyd said. On five days between Jan. 29 and Feb. 7, Young conducted 173 transactions with the third suspect, purchasing a total of $26,055 in gift cards. Kelley conducted 76 transactions on five days between Nov. 19 and Jan. 5 for a total of $3,124 in gift cards. The case is still under investigation, according to Boyd. Investigators are awaiting additional evidence from Walgreens. They’re also working to obtain a warrant for the third suspect. Young was being held Tuesday at the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center in lieu of a $78,000 bond. Kelley was released Feb. 22 on a $9,000 bond.  [Source: The Times-Picayune]Two off-duty cops make shoplift arrestTwo off-duty police officers helped capture a man who police said stole several hundred dollars worth of merchandise from a Home Depot store. Police officer Sgt. Paul Catalina was walking towards the store on Route 88 near the Lakewood border when he heard an anti-theft device alarm and saw a store employee chasing a man into the parking lot, according to Brick police Sgt. Neal Pedersen. Noticing a security device on the boxes Catalina followed the man back to a car, a 2014 Hyundai Sonata. Pederson said Catalina identified himself as a a police officer and told the man, Brian Eckardt, 41, from Manahawkin, he was under arrest. Eckardt tried to drive off but Catalina put his hand inside the car to turn the car off. Off-duty Robbinsville police officer Matthew Hill, who was also shopping at the store, assisted Catalina in restraining Eckert into custody. Eckert was later found to have a Milwaukee M18 Fuel Drill Kit, valued at $399 and a DeWalt Compact Brushless Drill/Driver Kit, valued at $199, and were recovered. He was charged for shoplifting, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a hypodermic syringe. [Source: NJ101.5 News]- Sponsor – Teen said she intended to steal hoverboards; family banned from storeOne family can’t return to the North Road Walmart in Orangeburg, South Carolina, after a teen allegedly tried to steal a hoverboard, according to a sheriff’s office incident report. The store’s loss prevention department called the sheriff’s office at 8:30 p.m. Monday. The parents told deputies they went to Walmart to return some items they received at a housewarming party, the report said. As the parents were speaking with customer service representatives, their three children wandered about the store unsupervised. A loss prevention associate followed the unsupervised children around the store and observed the three children and parents attempting to leave the store with merchandise. A loss prevention associate attempted to stop the family from exiting the store., that’s when the father advised one of the teens to leave the merchandise at the door. The teen allegedly told deputies that she intended to steal the hoverboards for her and her two siblings but that her parents didn’t know she was going to steal them. The hoverboards are valued at $894. Deputies released the children to their parents, issued a trespass notice for the children and their parents, and forwarded the case to the Department of Juvenile Justice for prosecution of shoplifting valued at less than $1,000.   [Source: The T&D]Customer suing over new returns policy never tried to return bootsThe Illinois man who in mid-February filed a lawsuit seeking class-action status against L.L. Bean for changing its lifetime return policy never tried to return his L.L. Bean boots, the company said in a series of court filings. L.L. Bean last Friday filed eight documents responding to the lawsuit and asking the Illinois Northern District Court, among other things, to dismiss the suit. The retailer claims the plaintiff, Illinois resident Victor Bondi, lacks the standing to sue on behalf of a nationwide class of people because he does not live in other states or hasn’t bought goods from L.L. Bean in other states. The retailer also noted in its filings that Bondi did not appear to try to return the boots he mentioned in his lawsuit. L.L. Bean wrote that Bondi has not suffered any injury and thus has no standing to pursue his lawsuit. “[Bondi] has never tried to return his L.L. Bean products, and has not been refused a refund. Plaintiff has not alleged a deceptive or unfair act, or any actual damage, as required by the Illinois Consumer Fraud Act,” L.L. Bean wrote in a memo to the court.In his Feb. 12 lawsuit, Bondi said he was a loyal customer who made purchases based on L.L. Bean’s unconditional satisfaction guarantee. “Among the items he has purchased from L.L. Bean are Bean boots purchased at a L.L. Bean retail location in South Barrington, Illinois, in 2017,” Bondi’s lawsuit said. “L.L. Bean’s warranty formed the basis of the bargain for all of Bondi’s purchases.” On Feb. 9, the company imposed limits on the 100 percent satisfaction guarantee on returns that it had in place for more than a century, placing a one-year limit on most returns to reduce what it called growing abuse and fraud. L.L. Bean told the Associated Press that it had lost $250 million over the past five years on returned items that were in such poor condition they had to be destroyed. L.L. Bean also asked that Bondi’s individual claim be dismissed because the retailer said he misunderstood the change in its policy. When the lawsuit was filed, L.L. Bean spokeswoman Carolyn Beem told the Bangor Daily News that, “The recently filed lawsuit misrepresents the terms of our new returns policy. L.L. Bean products bought prior to Feb. 9, 2018 will not be subject to the new one-year restriction.” Ben Barnow, an attorney at Barnow & Associates in Chicago, which is representing Bondi, said through a spokesman that, “We do not comment on pending litigation.” Anthony Anscombe, an attorney at Steptoe & Johnson in Chicago, which is representing L.L. Bean, was not immediately available for comment on the next steps in the case. [Source: Herald & Review]Good Samaritan helps stop shoplifter and gets stabbed in processA Good Samaritan helped stop a shoplifter in Hartland, Michigan, but got stabbed and hit in the process. It happened at the Rural King store off Highland Road. Caleb Ketchum, an employee at Rural King, said he was on a break, when he saw the commotion. “I look over and I see my manager is on the ground and I see this guy running away with two other employees behind him,” said Ketchum. He jumped into action, but in the process the suspect stabbed him and hit him in the face. I didn’t even know I was stabbed until after, l didn’t even know he hit me in the face or anything,” said Ketchum. Ketchum said he is feeling much better, as a matter of fact he went to work the very next day.  His hand is stitched up and he has a good shiner on his eye. He said he doesn’t know what the suspect was trying to take. “A bunch of stuff, his coat was loaded down with a bunch of merchandise,” said Ketchum.Ketchum and his mom said they’re both happy he took action, because otherwise the suspect might not have been caught, but Ketchum didn’t act alone. “A customer that saw it happen, she and her son got in the car and followed the guy, which again, I don’t recommend, but I’m glad she did, she followed him right to his driveway,” said Ketchum’s mother, Michelle Morgan. The customer called 911 and Livingston County Sheriff’s deputies arrested 39 year-old Sean Thompson of White Lake Township. Thompson is facing retail fraud and unarmed robbery charges currently, but investigators said more charges could be added. Morgan said she understands her son took a big risk. “I’ve gotten a lot of feedback from people telling him, there’s a loss prevention insurance, don’t risk your life for that, you don’t make enough for that,” said Morgan. She said she still thinks he acted the right way. “I’m proud that I raised a son that is going to jump in and do the right thing in a world where people don’t want to,” said Morgan. [Source: WXYZ News]Credit card signatures are going away because they were uselessCredit card signatures are dying. And it’s about time. Starting this month, four of the largest credit card companies—Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover—will stop requiring signatures on purchases. Major retailers, like Walmart, have already stopped using signatures. Target told The New York Times on Sunday that it will stop requiring customers to provide a signature in April. Signatures have historically been used to confirm that a consumer wants to make a purchase and agree to the amount they are being charged. It’s also an attempt to verify their identity in the event fraud occurs. While in theory that might make sense, it’s become obsolete. When signatures are required, people often scribble a few lines on a keypad or receipt and move along. And since the retailer does not verify that, it’s impossible to know whether the person who signed is really authorized to make a purchase with a chosen credit card. Worse yet, signatures have been phasing out for years. In October, MasterCard said as much when it revealed that 80% of in-store transactions it processes don’t even require a signature, according to The move to abandon signatures entirely, then, will only affect 20% of the purchases its customers make. When Visa announced that it would no longer require signatures in April, the company suggested signatures do little to improve security and make for a less appealing purchase experience. “We believe making the signature requirement optional for EMV chip-enabled merchants is the responsible next step to enhance security and convenience at the point of sale,” Visa vice president Dan Sanford said at the time. In its own announcement, American Express said that signatures, which had been used to fight fraud, are no longer the right verification method for the job. [Source: Fortune] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Former Columbia police chief charged with DWI

first_imgThe Columbia municipal prosecutor’s office confirmed Thursday that charges have been filed against former Columbia police chief Ken Burton.Burton was arrested two weeks ago on suspicion of driving while intoxicated in the area of Broadway and McBaine Avenue in Columbia.He was released on summons.According to KMIZ, Burton is being charged for driving while intoxicated and failing to stop for a red light.Burton announced last December he was resigning as Columbia police chief, days after he was placed on administrative leave. He had run CPD since 2009.last_img

GM brings Maven carsharing startup to Toronto aims for millennial generation

first_imgTORONTO – General Motors Co. is bringing its Maven car-sharing business to Canada for the first time as part of the Detroit-based company’s broader strategy for navigating through a rapidly changing automotive world.Toronto will be the first city outside of the United States to offer GM’s Maven City app-driven service, which has grown rapidly to 17 American cities since it was launched two years ago in New York City.The app enables Maven members to reserve cars by the hour, day, week and month.“The whole premise is to make it a seamless experience, so it becomes habit-forming,” said Julia Steyn, the head of Maven and GM’s urban mobility initiative.Toronto will be home to a new “mobility campus” this year as part of GM Canada’s automotive innovation agenda.In the United States, Maven has mostly attracted the millennial generation, with 78 per cent of its customers under the age of 30.Steyn said the arrival of Maven in Toronto is part of a broader strategy for General Motors, which has been in a race to bring out more electric vehicles, eliminate crashes with automation and address urban traffic congestion.“Maven’s mission is to be the zero congestion partner,” she said.Steyn also acknowledged that it’s very difficult to own vehicles in an urban environment.“It doesn’t make a lot of sense to buy an asset that sits idle for most of its life,” she said.Maven’s Toronto fleet will initially have about 40 vehicles, including the Chevrolet Cruze, Malibu and Volt, the Cadillac ATS and XT5, and the GMC Acadia and Yukon.The service will start with about a dozen Toronto locations — mostly in the downtown core and midtown neighbourhoods with a combination of residential, office, entertainment or shopping activities.That’s far fewer locations than the city’s two largest car-sharing services, Enterprise CarShare and Zipcar, which have fleets from various manufacturers, primarily GM’s competitors.last_img read more

UK regulator says Russias RT broke broadcasting rules

first_imgLONDON — Britain’s broadcasting regulator says Russian state-owned TV channel RT broke impartiality rules seven times after the poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal.Skripal, a former Russian intelligence agent, and his daughter Yulia were left critically ill after being exposed to the nerve agent Novichok in the English city of Salisbury on March 4. They were eventually discharged from hospitalization.Britain says Russia poisoned the Skripals with a Soviet-made nerve agent. Russia denies involvement.Regulator Ofcom said Thursday that the seven breaches came in programs over a six-week period, mostly about the Skripal poisoning or the conflict in Syria. It said they “represent a serious failure of compliance with our broadcasting rules.”The regulator said it was considering a “statutory sanction,” which could range from a fine to a license suspension.The Associated Presslast_img read more