Trump is ‘world’s worst cheat at golf’, new book says

first_img Trump tweet about Scottish golf course an ‘invitation to graft’ Golf Read more But by Sunday afternoon he had not yet targeted a story in the US press that might have been expected to attract his ire: a report in the New York Post that said fellow players called him “the world’s worst cheat at golf”.The Post report was taken from a book that will be published on Tuesday. Commander in Cheat: How Golf Explains Trump is by Rick Reilly, an award-winning former Sports Illustrated columnist who has played with Trump himself.Trump has been accused of cheating before, notably by Suzann Pettersen, a multiple winner on the LPGA tour. In January 2018, she told a Norwegian newspaper the president “cheats like hell”. But the Post said Reilly had spoken to a host of famous names.The PGA Tour pro Brad Faxon described some dubious drops.The actor Samuel L Jackson was quoted as saying he “clearly saw [Trump] hook a ball into a lake at Trump National” in Bedminster, New Jersey, “and his caddy told him he found it!”The boxer Oscar de la Hoya and musician Alice Cooper were also cited as celebrity witnesses to presidential fairway chicanery.Trump’s alleged lack of clubhouse etiquette and previously reported penchant for driving golf carts on greens were also mentioned. But perhaps the most startling story concerned a round with the sportscaster Mike Tirico before Trump was elected.Tirico, the Post wrote, “hit the shot of his life, a 230-yard three-wood towards an elevated green he couldn’t see. But he knew it was close. When he got to the putting green, however, Tirico’s ball was nowhere to be seen. Instead, it was 50ft left of the hole in a bunker. It made no sense – until Trump’s caddy caught up with him after the round.”Tirico was quoted as saying: “Trump’s caddy came up to me and said, ‘You know that shot you hit on the par five? It was about 10ft from the hole. Trump threw it in the bunker. I watched him do it.’”Before entering the White House, Trump was a vociferous critic of Barack Obama for the time he spent on the course. On the campaign trail, Trump famously said he would work so hard as president he would not have time to play. Inevitably, he has managed to find the time, regardless of complaints about the cost to the American taxpayer. Equally inevitably, his passion for the game has leached into his own political life.Trump has played with world leaders, political allies and golfing greats. Pool reporters attending the president regularly ask who he is playing with. Often, they are not told.Trump’s many courses are part of a property empire from which critics say he is not sufficiently removed. Earlier this month, for example, ethics experts said a tweet in praise of a course in Aberdeenshire was “an invitation to graft”. From victory to vengeance: Trump scents blood in 2020 fight The Post rehashed famous stories about Trump’s infamously cavalier relationship with the truth. For instance, at Trump Washington in Sterling, Virginia, a fairway plaque commemorates a civil war battle that never happened.But the report also went right to the heart of the president’s game: his official handicap, an impressive 2.8 which is listed on the Golf Handicap and Information Network website.The Post reported that Jack Nicklaus, winner of 18 majors and generally considered the greatest golfer of all time, is listed on the same site as having a handicap of 3.4.In Reilly’s words: “If Trump is a 2.8, Queen Elizabeth is a pole vaulter.” Share on Messenger Twitter Share on Pinterest Donald Trump Facebook In May 2017, as the Russia investigation heated up, an author claimed Trump’s son Eric had told him the family courses attracted “all the funding we need out of Russia”.Two years later, in the aftermath of special counsel Robert Mueller finding no evidence of collusion between Trump and Moscow, that story might not embarrass the president. A legally dubious attempt to slash the tax bill on a New York course, however, first reported by the Guardian, was recently cited in Congress during damaging testimony by former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen.In being accused of cheating, Trump is in good company. Bill Clinton was famed for taking “mulligans”, re-goes at shots he didn’t like. All the same, the new book will surely sting the notoriously thin-skinned president. Share on Twitter Read more … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Since you’re here…center_img In July 2018, Trump combined an official visit to the UK with teeing off at another Scottish course, Turnberry. He attracted high-profile protests. Topics No word of a lie: scientists rate the world’s biggest peddlers of bull Support The Guardian Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Donald Trump played golf on Saturday and Sunday at his course in Jupiter, Florida. According to custom, once off the fairways the president tweeted angrily on political subjects. Share on Facebook Share via Email news Read more Share on WhatsApp A plaque at the base of a flagpole between the 14th and 15th hole at Trump National in Sterling, Virginia. The battle described never happened. Photograph: Andrew Harnik/AP Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Katharine McPhee Donates 50000 To Hurricane Sandy Victims

first_imgWABC/NEW YORK talk-show host Geraldo Rivera hosted a live show November 12th at a The Salvation Army disaster relief site at Island Park, Long Island to raise money for Hurricane Sandy victims.Rivera was joined by the star of “SMASH” and former American Idol singer Katharine McPhee, who donated $50,000 through her McPhee Outreach charitable foundation.Stewart Rahr, the self-made pharmaceutical billionaire, called in live on the air and donated $50,000 to directly benefit Hurricane Sandy victims in the Rockaways section of Queens. Mr. Rahr is listed as #298 on the Forbes 400 according to Forbes Magazine. Rahr sold his pharmaceutical distribution company for $1.3 billion, and set aside $100 million to establish the Rahr Foundation with which he donates to many charitable causes.“I was born and raised in Queens and the devastation is just awful. I am pleased to be blessed to help some of the people who have been harmed by Hurricane Sandy and want – and need – to do more to help people,” said Stewart Rahr.“Too often, successful people forget the struggles of others, but not Stewart Rahr the philanthropist. Stewart is someone I am happy to call a friend – he is thoughtful, enormously generous, and deeply compassionate. Everyone involved in raising money for victims of Hurricane Sandy deeply appreciates the one and only Stewart Rahr,” said Geraldo Rivera.last_img read more

Montréal rallies around shelter to try and keep its doors open

first_imgTom Fennario APTN National NewsPeople in Montréal are rallying behind a day shelter that serves many of the city’s Indigenous homeless.The shelter Open Door must find a new home, or close.tfennario@aptn.calast_img

After decades of living without Samson Cree Nation one step closer to

first_imgChris StewartAPTN NewsUnlike tens of millions of other Canadians, members of the Samson Cree Nation never enjoyed reliable, fresh drinking water.But that soon may come to an end.The community broke ground on a $32.5 million upgrade to its wastewater facility.cstewart@aptn.ca@aptnchrislast_img

Marketing Solutions Provider Madison Logic Buys B2B Ad Platform BBN

first_img The transaction gives Madison Logic, known for its demand generation and data services, the ability to offer “top of funnel,” or display, advertising options for B2B marketers. And by acquiring BBN, Madison Logic doesn’t just add to its service offerings. The company now has direct access to 1,600 publisher brands to pitch its lead-gen services to. On top of that, the deal brings the company closer to agencies and trading desks doing programmatic buys with BBN. “Everyone is getting into everyone else’s business,” says Madison Logic CEO Tom O’Regan. “And even though they all need to generate sales, what’s still important is repositioning, generating awareness and differentiating their products.” In a gap-closing deal, marketing solutions firm Madison Logic has acquired B2B media advertising platform BBN. “Of course, we’ll work with brands and agencies directly, but we did see an opportunity to work with larger trading desks that are working with BBN,” O’Regan says. “The revenue is not just from direct sources, but from programmatic and trading desk relationships.” In other words, as important as audience segmentation and lead-gen has become, marketers still need to make buyers aware of their products in the first place. “The same customers who were using us for demand generation were not using us for top-of-the-funnel awareness,” adds O’Regan.center_img O’Regan declined to offer sale terms, but says the deal is projected to almost double the company’s revenue in 2015. Marrying data to lead nurturing and generation, along with branding opportunities, is a valuable position to be in. LinkedIn bought marketing technology and lead-gen platform Bizo for $175 million in July 2014. That deal lets LinkedIn more closely target and measure B2B marketing campaigns across its network. Ironically, all four of those companies have since divested their B2B media assets, but the ad network has since grown to include a who’s who of 1,600 publisher brand URLs reaching a global audience of 120 million, says O’Regan. Cue BBN, a digital ad platform launched in 2008 with just four publishers: Cygnus Business Media, Nielsen Business Media, Reed Business Information and McGraw-Hill.last_img read more

Researchers devise a new way to plot circadian clock

first_img Citation: Researchers devise a new way to plot circadian clock (2012, August 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-08-plot-circadian-clock.html Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Explore further Manipulating plants’ circadian clock may make all-season crops possible © 2012 Phys.org (Phys.org)—Everyone has an internal clock, that mysterious process which controls sleeping and hunger patterns, but now researchers are finding out that because the internal clock also controls metabolism, it would be helpful to be able to easily chart out a person’s personal rhythm because it appears many drugs work better or worse at certain stages of their cycle. Until now, charting out a person’s clock has involved taking blood samples every twenty minutes or so over a twenty four hour period and measuring melatonin levels. Now new research by a team in Japan has found what appears to be an easier way. They measure, as they describe in their paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, certain metabolites using just two blood samples over a 12 hour period to prduce an accurate clock. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The team based their research on an idea by botanist Carolus Linnaeus, who suggested that a bio or flower clock could be made by observing the opening and closing times of different types of flowers and planting them amongst one another. A person could theoretically use the flowers to discern the correct time by noting which were open.Instead of flowers opening and closing, the researchers focused on metabolite (substances that take part in metabolism) levels which tend to rise and fall throughout the day. To find out which ones could be used to chart a circadian clock, the researchers enlisted six volunteers to live in a controlled environment for two weeks where their metabolites could be closely monitored. In so doing they identified several metabolites they believed would allow for plotting out a person’s circadian clock with just a few samples taken.To test their idea, they next took just two blood samples from three different male volunteers over a thirty six hour period, and found that in measuring the metabolites they had singled out previously, that they were able to chart out their internal clocks as accurately as could be done using the melatonin level test.Of course tests with much larger groups of subjects will have to be undertaken before the metabolite method of plotting a person’s circadian clock can be proven to be useful, but this study does suggest that there are better and easier ways to get it done with the hope that one day, it will become a routine part of a patient’s health care, leading to better results when taking medications and perhaps a better night’s sleep. More information: Human blood metabolite timetable indicates internal body time, PNAS, Published online before print August 27, 2012, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1207768109AbstractA convenient way to estimate internal body time (BT) is essential for chronotherapy and time-restricted feeding, both of which use body-time information to maximize potency and minimize toxicity during drug administration and feeding, respectively. Previously, we proposed a molecular timetable based on circadian-oscillating substances in multiple mouse organs or blood to estimate internal body time from samples taken at only a few time points. Here we applied this molecular-timetable concept to estimate and evaluate internal body time in humans. We constructed a 1.5-d reference timetable of oscillating metabolites in human blood samples with 2-h sampling frequency while simultaneously controlling for the confounding effects of activity level, light, temperature, sleep, and food intake. By using this metabolite timetable as a reference, we accurately determined internal body time within 3 h from just two anti-phase blood samples. Our minimally invasive, molecular-timetable method with human blood enables highly optimized and personalized medicine.last_img read more

Indulge in king of cheeses this weekend

first_imgSorrento at Shangri La’s – Eros Hotel, presets an exclusive tribute to parmigiano reggiano till September 26. Parmesan cheese is a hard, granular cheese and Parmigiano is the Italian adjective for Parma and Reggiano is for Reggio Emilia province. It has also been called the ‘King of Cheeses’.The festival is a tribute to the legendary cheese that originates from the Parma region of Italy featuring 12, 24 and 36 months aged Parmesan showcased in a menu specially crafted by Italian maestro Chef Luigi Ferraro and Executive Chef Neeraj Tyagi. ‘Parmigiano Reggiano’ offers an exclusive a la carte menu of Italian specialties during lunch and dinner with special emphasis on Parmesan as the core ingredient paired with a selection of Italian wines.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelfGuests will be able to savour various Italian flavors such as Culatello from Zibello with aged parmesan cheese served with chili jam and mustard from Cremona city, Risotto from Sibari with stewed duck leg, breast confit, alba truffle pate and gelato of Parmesan stravecchio- 36 months to a homemade fettuccine with forest wild mushrooms and 12 months aged Parmesan cheese sauce. The menu also offers Sous vide and wood fired oven cooked free range chicken, spinach, 24 month aged Parmesan with sauce Saracena Moscato and Sfoglia of vegetables with 12 months aged Parmesan, toy box tomatoes and basil pesto.One may choose to end one’s meal on a sweet note at Sorrento, with a Parmesan cheese cake and Parmesan gelato and spicy chocolate sauce or a Pizzo calabro tartufo.last_img read more

Happy concert for underprivileged children

first_imgWhile everyone is busy with Diwali preparation, there are many less fortunate children who are deprived of celebrating and sharing the joy of the festival. And even though there are myriad organisations working towards their well-being, food and shelter, only a few go beyond their way for the underprivileged children’s happiness. Music can be a vessel for good as it creates happiness in everyone’s lives. It is like a stress buster and increases the happiness quotient in a person’s life. Keeping this in mind, this Diwali, The Artiste Foundation (TAF) and Musical Dreams have started an initiative to spread the festive cheer and happiness amongst the underprivileged with a “Happy Concert”. Team TAF and young artists of Musical Dreams Shruti Dhasmana (singer) and Ram Nepali (Guitarist) visited a school for underprivileged children, Naya Prayas at Bhatti Mines where the artists performed for children on various Bollywood songs. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfMeeta Nagpal, founder of TAF said, “Entertainment and music is everyone’s need. We perform for people of all walks of life. We realized that the less privileged people have limited options for entertainment due to scarce resources. With Diwali round the corner, we thought it as the best time to spread joy and happiness to these kids. Our motive to do these concerts is solely to spread happiness. Their claps, smiling faces and dancing moves encourage us to spread happiness in whatever way we can. This is our little contribution towards the society.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSinger Shruti Dhasmana who along with Ram Nepali performed at the occasion shared, “I have performed at various national and international concerts in front of different sets of audience. This was my first time when I was performing in front of underprivileged kids and I must say this is amongst my most memorable performances so far. After performing here I have realized that money can’t buy you happiness and the love which I have received”.last_img read more

Recap M6 closed due to trailer detaching from lorry

first_imgPunter found hiding in bushes UPDATE: Highways England have confirmed all lanes have reopened (as of 00.24am on Monday December 3). The M6 motorway is closed due to a lorry’s load becoming unsecured in North Staffordshire tonight (Sunday December 2). The main carriageway is closed due to a broken down lorry on the M6 Northbound at J15 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent). Traffic is being diverted via the exit and entry slip roads and the Hanchurch roundabout. A lorry’s trailer has become unsecured and lifting equipment is required to re-secure it, according to traffic data company Inrix. The issue was first reported shortly after 9.30pm – with Traffic England and Inrix confirming the closure remained in place as of 11pm. Officers from the Central Motorway Police Group say the carriageway will reopen by 1.30am on Monday morning (December 3). A spokesman said: “All lanes closed from junction 15 while vehicle recovered. Estimated time to reopen 01.30am. “Driver has been reported for having a dangerous load and a vehicle in a dangerous condition.” Delays of 30 minutes are currently reported – with Highways England there are queues almost two miles long. A Highways England spokesman said: “M6 is closed northbound within J15 Stoke-on-Trent due to broken down HGV requiring specialist recovery. Traffic is being diverted via the exit and entry slip roads at J15. Read MoreEmergency services called to incident on rail line between Stoke-on-Trent and Macclesfield “Delays building on the approach to the closure point. Please allow for extra journey time. “Approximately 1¾ miles of queuing traffic on the M6 northbound, approaching J15 near Stoke-on-Trent. We’re diverting traffic off and around J15 while we deal with a stranded HGV that needs to have it’s load removed and then re-positioned. ” We will bring you updates as we get them. Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.stokeontrentlive.co.uk Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Driver named following fatal collisioncenter_img Police search for missing woman Follow us on Twitter @SOTLive – the official account – real news in real time. We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive .00:23Carriageway reopensThe carriageway has now reopened,“A Highways England spokesman said: “#Staffordshire On the #M6 northbound, approaching J15 near #Stoke, our recovery and clean-up crews have worked hard to resolve the problems with the stranded HGV. Junction has now re-opened. Thanks for your patience!”23:34What we know as of 11.30pmThe M6 Northbound is blocked at junction 15 due to a lorry’s load becoming unsafeTraffic is being diverted using the slip roads – with almost miles of congestion reportedSpecialist recovery equipment is being used to recover the loadPolice say the driver has been reported for having a dangerous loadThe motorway is expected to reopen by 1.30am23:23Another photo from the sceneCMPG have posted this photo from the scene (Image: CMPG)23:20Police say the road will reopen by 1.30amA Central Motorway Police Group spokesman said: All lanes closed from junction 15 while vehicle recovered. Estimated time to reopen 0130 hrs. Driver has been reported for having a dangerous load and a vehicle in a dangerous condition. “22:58Almost two miles of queues on M6A Highways England spokesman said:Approximately 1¾ miles of queuing traffic on the M6 northbound, approaching J15 near Stoke-on-Trent. We’re diverting traffic off and around J15 while we deal with a stranded HGV that needs to have it’s load removed and then re-positioned. “22:57Another photo from the sceneAnother photo Highways England have released of the recovery operation tonight (Image: Highways England)22:56Highways England photo from the sceneHighways England have released this photo from the scene (Image: Highways England)22:37Delays of 40 minutes now reportedDelays of 40 minutes are now reporting on the M6 northbound at junction 1522:31Another lane closed due to a broken down vehicle on the southbound carriagewayOne lane closed due to broken down vehicle on M6 Southbound from J13 A449 (Stafford South) to J12 A5 (Gailey).Lane one (of two). (Image: Inrix)22:30Location of the trailerThe closure is near junction 15 itself on the northbound carriageway.Location of the closure (Image: Inrix)last_img read more