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Britain ‘formally confirms’ it will not extend Brexit transition period

first_img (Getty Images) Also Read: Britain ‘formally confirms’ it will not extend Brexit transition period A virtual summit between the PM and EU chief Ursula von der Leyen to try to break the deadlock in trade negotiations is scheduled for Monday. Alex Daniel However, businesses and critics have warned of the dangers of a departure without a trade agreement in place. Making the announcement this morning, Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove said “the moment for extension has now passed,” following a video meeting of the EU Joint Committee. (Getty Images) Also Read: Britain ‘formally confirms’ it will not extend Brexit transition period Gove has reportedly accepted businesses should not have to tackle coronavirus and disruption at Britain’s borders. The announcement follows a call for an extension from the first ministers of Scotland and Wales, Nicola Sturgeon and Mark Drakeford. whatsapp The ministers wrote to Prime Minister Boris Johnson this morning, warning it would be “extraordinarily reckless” to not extend the transition period. (Getty Images) But in a tweet this afternoon, Gove said: “I formally confirmed the UK will not extend the transition period and the moment for extension has now passed. Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryUndozenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comUndoDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyUndoBleacherBreaker4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!BleacherBreakerUndoinvesting.comThe Military Spent $1 Billion On this New Vehicle, And Here’s The First Lookinvesting.comUndoBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeUndoAtlantic MirrorA Kilimanjaro Discovery Has Proved This About The BibleAtlantic MirrorUndoNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyUndoNational Penny For Seniors7 Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskNational Penny For SeniorsUndo Britain ‘formally confirms’ it will not extend Brexit transition period Share It comes after the government U-turned on its plan to implement full border checks with the EU from 1 January 2021 after Brexit. Johnson has repeatedly insisted he will not ask for a delay to the end of the transition period.  The government will opt for a temporary so-called light touch regime at Dover and other UK ports, the Financial Times reported. That would replace full import checks both under a deal scenario and a dreaded no-deal Brexit. Tags: Brexit Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Friday 12 June 2020 1:11 pm It is a sharp about-turn from the government’s position in February, when Gove said goods from the EU would face checks. Britain has “formally confirmed” to the EU that it will not extend the Brexit transition period beyond the end of this year. “On 1 January 2021 we will take back control and regain our political & economic independence.”last_img read more

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Do public health officials need to be political activists? A fight over an HIV crisis renews the question

first_img GET STARTED Do public health officials need to be political activists? A fight over an HIV crisis renews the question By Lev Facher April 30, 2021 Reprints Lev Facher Amid Covid-19, though, politics became a central element of health experts’ job descriptions. In Washington, government researcher Anthony Fauci publicly feuded with former President Trump. Susan Walsh-Pool/Getty Images Politics Log In | Learn More About the Author Reprints Unlock this article — plus daily intelligence on Capitol Hill and the life sciences industry — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED What is it?center_img Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Washington Correspondent Lev Facher covers the politics of health and life sciences. STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. What’s included? [email protected] @levfacher Most local health officials don’t accept their jobs expecting to be roped into political activism.Amid Covid-19, though, politics became a central element of health experts’ job descriptions. In Washington, government researcher Anthony Fauci publicly feuded with former President Trump. In many cities and states, local health departments were forced to square off against governors who resisted coronavirus mitigation strategies like business closures or mask mandates. Tags addictionpharmaceuticalspolicypublic healthlast_img read more

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Work on Roselle Main Road to Begin in August

first_imgRelatedWork on Roselle Main Road to Begin in August RelatedWork on Roselle Main Road to Begin in August Advertisements Work on Roselle Main Road to Begin in August UncategorizedJuly 25, 2008center_img RelatedWork on Roselle Main Road to Begin in August FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Repair work on the Roselle main road, a key access road to the commercial town of Morant Bay in St. Thomas, is expected to begin in August.This was disclosed by Communications Manager at the National Works Agency (NWA), Stephen Shaw, who told JIS News that the $100 million contract would be executed in phases.The Roselle main road has been threatened by sea surges, particularly during the hurricane season, and has suffered from constant erosion.The contract for the road works, which is for a period of six months, involves procuring and placing large stones on the seaward side of the road to act as a sea defence barrier, and securing the integrity of the roadway.Mr. Shaw pointed out that initially, the work would focus on selected areas that have suffered severe deterioration. “We can’t do all the areas, so we will be doing the most critical points initially,” he said.He explained that the focus would be on two main areas, the bridge where there has been serious erosion of the soil supporting the bridge, and by the famed street-side waterfall, where a break-away of the road had occurred last year.Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, with special responsibility for Development, James Robertson, told JIS News recently that with the new Yallahs bridge nearing completion, and work expected on the twin fords at 11 Miles (Bull Bay) and the Roselle main road, driving time to the airport would be reduced, and commercial activities in the parish would be enhanced.The improvement works would also support the proposed citing of the e-Services Group International at the old Goodyear tyre factory in the parish, he pointed out.“Once those three areas, which are our major challenges, are put in place, there is no reason why we should not have access to Kingston within 40 minutes,” the Minister said.last_img read more

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More than 20 new street lights being installed at Mount Louisa

first_imgMore than 20 new street lights being installed at Mount Louisa Townsville City Council is installing new street lights on a high-traffic Mount Louisa road to help pedestrians feel safer on the street.The lighting upgrades on Bayswater Rd and Weston St will include more than 20 street lights and are funded as part of the Queensland Government’s Works For Queensland Round 3 (W4Q3) program.Infrastructure Services Committee chairperson Kurt Rehbein said the new lights would be hugely beneficial to pedestrians and motorists.“Council is committed to updating infrastructure across the city. Adding new lights will help increase visibility in the area and help discourage crime,” Cr Rehbein said.“Council will be installing lights along Bayswater Rd and Weston St, between the eastern roundabout at Crestbrook Dr and Woolcock St. This is about a kilometre of high-traffic road that will be safer for people walking in the area thanks to the addition of new lights.”Cr Rehbein, who is also the representative for Division 7, said the new lights would put the finishing touches on that area of Mount Louisa.“This is a very busy section of road, especially now that the Mount Louisa Walking Track has opened up to the public,” he said.“Council has been working to unlock Mount Louisa’s potential as our city grows towards the north, and adding better lighting to this area is a fantastic way to make this part of the suburb feel safer for residents and visitors to the neighbourhood.”Member for Townsville Scott Stewart said the works were funded by the Queensland Government’s Works for Queensland program.“I am thrilled that Mount Louisa is going to benefit from the Queensland Government’s Works for Queensland Round 3, which has allocated $200 million in funding to support regional councils undertaking job-creating maintenance and infrastructure projects,” Mr Stewart said.“Townsville has been fortunate enough to benefit from close to $70 million of infrastructure investment across the three rounds of works for Queensland, which is a great result for our region.”Cr Rehbein said the installation of the lights started this month.“Council’s construction crews are delivering the installation, which helps keeps costs low, while Downer Engineering Electrical is contracted to do the electrical work. The project will cost $410,000,” he said.“Works are expected to last for about six weeks, weather permitting.“During the next couple of months Council will also be starting work on a footpath project on Bayswater Rd between St Lucia Drive and IGA, as well as a widening and resurfacing project near Woolcock St. I’m looking forward to seeing these improvements made to Mount Louisa this year.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Bayswater, council, crime, Engineering, Government, IGA, infrastructure, Investment, project, QLD, Queensland, Townsville, Townsville City Council, weather, Westonlast_img read more

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Kenya Receives $750 million Boost for COVID-19 Recovery Efforts

first_imgKenya Receives $750 million Boost for COVID-19 Recovery Efforts WASHINGTON, June 10, 2021-To reinforce Kenya’s resilient, inclusive and green economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis, the World Bank approved $750 million in development policy financing to support policy reforms that will strengthen transparency and accountability in public procurement and promote efficient public investment spending.This development policy operation supports measures to improve medium-term fiscal and debt sustainability through greater transparency and efficiency in government spending, building on ongoing World Bank support to enhance public finance management systems. The operation provides for the establishment of an electronic procurement platform for the public sector that seeks to make government purchases of goods and services transparent. This will help increase accountability in public spending and reduce opportunities for corruption. The support also strengthens public investment management by seeking cost-savings and applying rigorous selection and monitoring and evaluation criteria to all projects. Both measures are expected to yield fiscal savings of up to $2.6 billion.“The operation prioritizes reforms in hard hit sectors, such as healthcare, education, and energy, which have been made urgent by the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis,” said Keith Hansen, World Bank Country Director for Kenya. “In recognition of the severity of the crisis and need for a comprehensive response, we are supporting the government’s post-COVID-19 Economic Recovery Strategy, which is designed to mitigate the adverse socioeconomic effects of the pandemic and accelerate economic recovery and attain higher and sustained economic growth.”The policy operation also prioritizes energy sector reforms to improve electricity access and ensure that Kenyans benefit from least-cost, clean energy sources. Further, the new policy framework will help strengthen Kenya Power and Lighting Company’s (KPLC’s) finances with a new competitive pricing regime.Kenyans will also benefit from better healthcare and disease prevention, especially for the poorest and most vulnerable households, through National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) governance reforms and the establishment of the Kenya Center for Disease Control (KCDC) to strengthen disease prevention, detection, and response. Reforms will further seek to provide Kenyans with more equitable access to higher education, through a performance-based funding method to reduce the imbalances and inefficiencies created by the existing funding model for universities.“Stabilizing the debt trajectory and reducing high debt costs is a top priority,” said Alex Sienaert, Senior Economist and Task Team Leader, World Bank Kenya. “This policy operation supports measures to reduce the budget deficit over time, such as by making public spending more efficient, whilst minimizing debt costs by helping to meet the government’s current financing requirements on concessional terms.”DPOs are used by the World Bank to support a country’s policy and institutional reform agenda to help to accelerate inclusive growth and poverty reduction. The negative impacts of the COVID-19 crisis have made reforms that improve governance and service delivery, including those covered by this operation for Kenya, even more critical because they create better conditions for Kenya to inclusively and sustainably recover from it. Financing provided by the World Bank is offered on concessional terms, making it significantly lower than commercial loans. The total annual interest and service cost of the Kenya DPO is 3.1%.* The World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA), established in 1960, helps the world’s poorest countries by providing grants and low to zero-interest loans for projects and programs that boost economic growth, reduce poverty, and improve poor people’s lives. IDA is one of the largest sources of assistance for the world’s 76 poorest countries, 39 of which are in Africa. Resources from IDA bring positive change to the 1.6 billion people who live in IDA countries. Since 1960, IDA has supported development work in 113 countries. Annual commitments have averaged about $21 billion over the last three years, with about 61 percent going to Africa. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Africa, budget deficit, clean energy, corruption, disease prevention, efficiency, electricity, Government, healthcare, Investment, Keith, Kenya, operation, prevention, sustainability, World Banklast_img read more

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Florida man drives Ferrari off ‘Egyptian’ dock because ‘Jesus told me to’

first_img See More Videos ‹ Previous Next › The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever There are some mysteries in life that may never be solved, but hopefully the reason this Florida man drove this Ferrari, seemingly unprompted, off the end of this dock isn’t one of them.UPDATE 01/21/19: The mystery has, um, sort of been solved. Since our first report, the driver of the Ferrari, Mr. Mucciaccio, offered police his official statement. Apparently he drove off the dock because “Jesus told me to drive through a small gate and into a six-foot window.” “Jesus made me the smartest man on Earth and it’s so hard to have this responsibility. Money is going to be irrelevant in two days, remember to smile.” This was, of course, after he had calmed down and collected himself. Directly after the incident, a still-shaken Mucciaccio explained to a witness who had helped pull him from the water that he sunk the Ferrari because the “dock was Egyptian and he did not believe in Jesus.”“He also stated that Mucciaccio told him that he was in a high-speed chase with Highland police and they let him go because he was Christian,” reports CBS12News. So there’s that. The rest of our original story continues below.On December 26th, surveillance footage from a dash camera shows a local police officer having a discussion with a man identified as James Mucciaccio Jr. on the Palm Beach Inlet, which is about 10 minutes north of Palm Beach proper.The video, shared by WPTV, shows the officer approaching Mucciaccio’s Ferrari 360. He gets out and the pair have some kind of a discussion—there’s no audio in the video, but based on body language, both people look relatively calm and collected with no sign of an altercation.Mucciaccio then gets back into the driver’s seat and starts to back up off the pier, which you can see from the tail lights. But then the car stops and suddenly speeds forward towards the Atlantic Ocean.Then the camera catches a big splash as the sports car plunges into the ocean and proceeds to sink 30 feet. https://www.facebook.com/code3divers/posts/772762423057109According to reports, a witness jumped into the water to rescue Mucciaccio from the water. There’s no word on why exactly the 48-year-old sent his car into the ocean or if he suffered any injuries.Code 3 Divers Inc, an underwater search and rescue team, was called to the scene of the event where they used inflatables and a winch to retrieve the car from the depths of the ocean. Trending Videos PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca Some jokers on social media suggested the Ferrari be put in rice like an iPhone, but based on these photos, no amount of absorbent grain is going to revive this machine.   center_img We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” Trending in Canada advertisement COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS RELATED TAGSFerrariLuxuryLuxury VehiclesNew Vehicleslast_img read more

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Cabinet wants Legislation to Deal with Sexual Offences Fast Tracked

first_imgRelatedPrime Minister Golding Announces Cabinet Changes Cabinet wants Legislation to Deal with Sexual Offences Fast Tracked ParliamentOctober 4, 2012 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Cabinet has instructed the Ministry of Justice to ensure that priority is given to the passage of legislation such as the DNA Bill and regulations to accompany the Sexual Offences Act. This follows extensive discussions on the recent spate of sexual offences against women and children. Speaking at the Jamaica House press briefing on October 3, 2012, Minister with responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, said the additional legislative support will assist with the successful apprehension and punishment of offenders. The Information Minister disclosed that Cabinet also discussed the abolition of preliminary enquiries to ensure that cases are dealt with more speedily in the courts, “and of course for the reduction of the trauma on victims.” She informed that a public education programme is also to be developed in an effort to bring awareness about issues relating to sexual abuse and sexual violence. Senator Falconer said that discussions were held with the Media Association of Jamaica and the Press Association of Jamaica on the need for more sensitive reporting of issues relating to sexual offences. As it relates to children, she informed that an inter-ministerial and interagency committee, headed by the Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, has been meeting to develop a plan of action to deal with the welfare of children, who come in contact with the law. “Ministers Peter Bunting and Mark Golding are also members of that committee. Minister Hanna has been instructed to return to Cabinet with recommendations and proposals for an action plan after stakeholder consultation,” Ms. Falconer said. “The Parenting Act, which was tabled both in the House of Representatives and in the Senate, is to be fast tracked and as well as the setting up of the Parenting Commission,” she informed. RelatedCabinet wants Legislation to Deal with Sexual Offences Fast Trackedcenter_img RelatedCabinet wants Legislation to Deal with Sexual Offences Fast Tracked Advertisementslast_img read more

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Cabinet Approves Payment for Land

first_imgRelatedPublic Invited to Comment on Terms of Reference for West Kingston Enquiry By Athaliah Reynolds-Baker, JIS Reporter Cabinet Approves Payment for Land InformationJune 14, 2013Written by: Athaliah Reynolds-Baker RelatedAgreement Signed to Improve Lives of Persons with Disabilities RelatedJIS and BCJ Take Part in Jones Town Primary Career Day FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Cabinet has approved the payment of $13 million to the Port Henderson Development Company, for 0.97 acres of land.The land was used for the construction of the old Portmore Causeway in St. Catherine, which has now been incorporated into Highway 2000.Minister with responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, gave details at a Jamaica House press briefing, held at the Office of the Prime Minister on June 13.She informed that the land, which was owned by the Port Henderson Development Company, was mistakenly assumed to be vested in the Commissioner of Lands and under the control of the National Works Agency (NWA).The Minister pointed out that the land was handed over to the National Road Operating and Constructing Company (NROCC) by the NWA to be incorporated into Highway 2000. Advertisementslast_img read more

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GSMA chief heralds booming India mobile market

first_img WhatsApp takes more heat in India LIVE FROM GSMA MOBILE 360 INDIA: India is one of the world’s most exciting and fastest-growing mobile markets and by 2020 will account for about a third of the one billion new mobile subscribers that will be added worldwide in that timeframe, noted Mats Granryd, GSMA’s director general, in his keynote this morning.Granryd started his presentation with an update on the “state of mobile” in India, the second largest mobile market globally after China, and explained how mobile is facilitating innovation across the country and contributing to its vision of a “Digital India”.He noted that mobile is a major contributor to social and economic development, generating 6.5 per cent of GDP in the region last year, or more than $140 billion. That figure is expected to grow to $210 billion in 2020.“With a gradual reduction in data tariffs and growing availability of affordable smartphones, the number of 3G/4G connections will jump about 55 per cent to more than 670 million by 2020, when mobile broadband will account for almost half of the total connections,” he said.A rapid rollout of 4G networks is expected to drive 4G connections from just three million at the end of 2015 to 280 million by 2020.“We also see a strong local mobile ecosystem contributing to the economy in India. Through the ‘Make in India’ campaign, more than 25 vendors are now manufacturing cost-effective smartphones locally in India. In fact, over two-thirds of the smartphones shipped in the first quarter of 2016 were assembled within the country,” he said.He said that India is now the world’s second largest smartphone market, overtaking the US in the first half of the year, with an installed base of 275 million smartphone connections as of June.The country’s mobile penetration is forecast to expand from about 50 per cent to 68 per cent in just over three years.Single loginGranryd noted that India is taking a leadership in driving the adoption of technologies such as digital identity. In July, six of India’s leading operators – Aircel, Bharti Airtel, Idea, Tata Teleservices, Telenor and Vodafone India – launched the GSMA’s Mobile Connect authentication solution to more than 800 million consumers across the country.The Indian operators’ launch of Mobile Connect adds to the global momentum behind the solution, he said, with 42 operators in 22 countries implementing Mobile Connect, making
it available to nearly three billion customers. HomeAsiaNews GSMA chief heralds booming India mobile market India adds detail on network equipment restrictions Author India to shun China vendors in 5G trials GSMAIndiaMats Granrydmobile broadband Joseph Waring center_img Previous ArticleIndia telcos keen on digital payments despite slow ROINext ArticleApple promises return to growth next quarter after iPhone Q4 sales fall AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 26 OCT 2016 Joseph Waring joins Mobile World Live as the Asia editor for its new Asia channel. Before joining the GSMA, Joseph was group editor for Telecom Asia for more than ten years. In addition to writing features, news and blogs, he… Read more Asia Tags Relatedlast_img read more

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Focus shifts to Augusta as Woods continues to impress

first_imgORLANDO, Fla. – On the final question of his final meeting with the media at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Tiger Woods offered his shortest and most direct response of the week. Back when he launched this latest version of his comeback, before the Hero World Challenge in December when his world was filled with more doubt than possibility, could he have envisioned heading down Magnolia Lane carrying as much momentum as he’ll have on his fused back in a couple weeks? “No,” he said. That was it, outside of maybe the slightest hint of a grin. But there was also nothing more that needed to be said. Woods’ bid for a record ninth title at Bay Hill ended when his tee shot on No. 16 bounded over a fence and out of bounds Sunday. His title bid last week at the Valspar Championship lasted two holes longer but eventually arrived at the same conclusion: close, but not quite enough. But given where Woods stood a few months ago – even a few weeks ago – his Masters preparation has been nothing short of a success. “If you would have asked me at the beginning of the year, that I would have had a chance to win two golf tournaments, I would have taken it in a heartbeat,” Woods said. In three straight starts in the Sunshine State, Woods compiled three top-12 finishes. He nearly broke the Trackman equipment with his driver swing speed, flaunted a transformative short game and stirred memories of years gone by with each shockwave he sent through the galleries. And yes, that continued in a big way Sunday at Bay Hill as there was about a 45-minute stretch where it seemed like maybe, possibly, Woods might somehow find a way to chase down Rory McIlroy and Henrik Stenson. “It was a clinic I thought today, except for two tee balls,” said caddie Joe LaCava. “No. 9 he got away with it, but you know what I mean. It was a clinic ball-striking except for the tee balls at 9 and 16. Other than that, it was great.” This week Woods officially became the Masters betting favorite in Las Vegas, a statement that would have seemed ludicrous to type in the wake of his missed cut at the Genesis Open just four short weeks ago. At that point his ability to simply tee it up the following week at PGA National was seen as a great coup, and a sign that he might still be able to make a go of it in his latest comeback attempt after so many previous attempts were aborted or derailed by further injury. Full-field scores from the Arnold Palmer Invitational Arnold Palmer Invitational: Articles, photos and videos Now here we sit, with his last competitive shot before the Masters in the rear-view mirror, and suddenly the man seems to have all the shots necessary to make a legitimate run at a fifth green jacket. “I’m looking forward to it. I miss playing there,” Woods said. “I’ve been there for the dinner, and as great as that is, it’s frustrating knowing that I’m, I would have to say, young enough to play the event where some of the other champions are not. And I just have not been able to physically do it, which is difficult.” It’s a testament to Woods’ rapid ascent that the number of questions he faces about his health and stamina dwindle with each passing round. Seemingly overnight, the focus has shifted back to mental preparedness, shot selection and equipment tweaks he might make in order to nab his first win in nearly five years. In the span of a few weeks, performances that once seemed on the brink of extinction have become the new normal. “I don’t want to get too high or too low. We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves. But you’re seeing improvement each week,” LaCava said. “I know you hear that from him, too. But it just seems like he’s getting better and better with his swing and trusting it more, which I think is huge.” The latest effort came Sunday on a course he knows like few others. Woods realized entering the day that the odds were stacked against him, and as it turns out even his most valiant effort wouldn’t have been enough to keep pace with McIlroy. But when he buried a birdie putt on No. 13 to get within a shot of the lead, his third in the last four holes, a familiar glint returned to his eye as he trudged to the 14th tee. Realizing the moment, the ever-expanding crowd responded with a “Tiger! Tiger!” chant that enveloped the tee box and caused McIlroy to step back off his birdie putt across the lake on the 11th green. And while his title bid ended in abrupt fashion a couple holes later, it was still a snapshot from a scene that so recently seemed improbable. For a second straight Sunday, Woods donned his traditional red and black and exceeded expectations. Even, as it turns out, the ones he set for himself.last_img read more

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