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Singer Halsey is pregnant with 1st child

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first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — Halsey has something new to sing about. The pop star announced on Instagram on Wednesday that she is expecting her first child. The 26-year-old posted photos of her baby bump with the caption: “surprise!” A representative for the singer didn’t immediately reply to an email seeking comment or additional information. Halsey has released three platinum albums and is known for hits like “Without Me,” “Bad at Love” and “Closer” with the Chainsmokers.last_img

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Top 10 Tick Facts

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first_imgIf you’ve paid attention to the news in recent months, you probably know what we are currently in the midst of what most experts would call a banner tick season. Because these blood sucking parasites are well-known carriers of lyme and other disease causing pathogens, it’s important for every outdoor enthusiast to arm themselves with knowledge about how to avoid and cope with tick encounters in the wild.Reference this handy tick fact sheet next time you set out into the great outdoors. 1. Ticks crawl up. Ticks don’t jump, fly, or drop from trees onto your head and back. If you find one attached there, it most likely latched onto your foot or leg and crawled up over your entire body.2. All ticks (including deer ticks) come in small, medium and large sizes3. Ticks can be active even in the winter. Deer Ticks in particular are not killed by freezing temperatures, and will be active any winter day that the ground is not snow-covered or frozen.4. Ticks carry disease-causing microbes: Tick-transmitted infections are more common now than in past decades. With increases in deer populations, extending even into semi-urban areas in the eastern and western U.S., the trend is for increasing abundance and geographic spread of deer ticks and Lone Star ticks; and scientists are finding an ever-increasing list of disease-causing microbes transmitted by these ticks (Lyme disease bacteria, Babesia protozoa, Anaplasma, Ehrlichia, and other rickettsia, even encephalitis-causing viruses, and possibly Bartonella bacteria).5. The only way to get Lyme disease is by being bitten by a deer tick or one of its “cousins” found around the world.6. For most tick-borne diseases, you have 24 hours to find and remove a feeding tick before it transmits an infection. Even a quick daily tick check at bath or shower time can be helpful in finding and removing attached ticks before they can transmit an infection. Lyme disease bacteria take at least 24 hours to invade the tick’s saliva.7. Deer tick nymphs look like a poppy seed on your skin. And with about one-in-four nymphal deer ticks carrying the Lyme disease spirochete and other germs in the northeastern, mid-Atlantic, and upper mid-western U.S., it’s important to know what you’re really looking for. They’re easy to miss, their bites are generally painless, and they have a habit of climbing up (under clothing) and biting in hard-to-see places.8. The easiest and safest way to remove a tick is with a pointy tweezer. Using really pointy tweezers, it’s possible to grab even the poppy-seed sized nymphs right down next to the skin. The next step is to simply pull the tick out like a splinter.9. Clothing with built-in tick repellent is great for preventing tick bites. An easy way to avoid tick bites and disease is to wear clothing (shoes, socks, shorts or pants, and shirt) with Insect Shield tick repellent built-in.10. There’s really only one way you get a tick-transmitted disease, and that’s from a tick bite. Reducing tick abundance in your yard, wearing tick repellent clothing every day, treating pets every month and getting into a habit of doing a quick body scan are all great actions for preventing tick bites.–Tips courtesy of tickencounter.org.last_img read more

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Panel tweaks MJP rules to accommodate arbitrations

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first_img Panel tweaks MJP rules to accommodate arbitrations Senior EditorA possible hindrance to an international business arbitration group locating its headquarters in Florida has been cleared up with a change to the proposed Florida Bar rules on multijurisdictional practices.The Multijurisdictional Practice Commission 2002 approved amendments to its rule package, which is pending before the Bar Board of Governors, when it met September 4 at the Bar’s General Meeting in Tampa.The Free Trade Association of the Americas has been looking to locate its secretariat in Miami, which would handle international business arbitration matters. But representatives of the Bar’s International Law and Business Law sections said provisions in the proposed MJP rules could unwittingly put up barriers to international arbitration in the state.Those rules would require lawyers licensed in other jurisdictions who come into the state to represent clients to register with the Supreme Court, pay a fee, be subject to Bar discipline, and handle no more than three cases in a 365-day period.Bar President Miles McGrane told the commission he found out about the problem just before the Bar’s Annual Meeting in June, and decided to pull the rules from board consideration to address the issues.“The Bar will do anything in its power to get any barriers out of the way to bring the secretariat of the FTAA to Miami,” McGrane said. “We will do whatever we can that meets with the core values of the Bar. If there are any barriers, we can get rid of them today.”He said the Governor’s Office had reviewed the suggested amendments and approved them, and that he wants the Bar to actively support bringing the FTAA to the state.Commission member Ruth Kinsolving headed the subcommittee that came up with the amendments to accommodate international arbitrations.“Basically, what our subcommittee recommends to the commission is that there be an additional niche carved out that followed for the most part the ABA [MJP] model rules,” she said.“The person who would be conducting the international arbitration needs to be a lawyer, or recognized as like a lawyer, from the jurisdiction where they come from. If that person is a licensed lawyer or the equivalent,. . . then that’s fine.”Those representatives would not be required to register with the Bar or pay a fee, she said.Commission members noted the changes fit with the spirit of the MJP rules since international arbitrations would not involve Florida law.“The point is this arbitration would take place anywhere. It’s kind of like having a little United Nations in Miami,” Kinsolving said. “It really isn’t Florida law; it isn’t Florida court jurisdiction; it isn’t things that would involve a Florida lawyer practicing in Florida on things that The Florida Bar regulates.”“With that amendment, the International Law Section would approve and join in the modification of the rule,” said Ed Davis, a member of that section’s executive council who has been monitoring the issue.“That cures the issue and really paves the way for international arbitration and the FTAA in Florida.”The commission also approved one other change that affects arbitrations in general, which would protect information from a confidential arbitration when filing a verification statement. That alteration had been sought by the Business Law Section.Lou Conti, representing the section, also asked the commission to review rules affecting national arbitrations. But commission Chair John Yanchunis said those had been discussed and settled by the commission in earlier meetings.The Board of Governors is expected to take up the changes on first reading at its October 3 meeting, and then give final approval at its December meeting. October 1, 2003 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Panel tweaks MJP rules to accommodate arbitrationslast_img read more

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State attorneys, PDs need money to reduce turnover

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first_img State attorneys, PDs need money to reduce turnover Jan Pudlow Senior Editor A half dozen years ago, the legislature boosted the starting salaries of rookie prosecutors and public defenders to lure them in the door. Now it’s time for the second phase of trying to keep mid-level attorneys with three to six years experience, the group with the highest turnover rate.That was the message 19th Circuit State Attorney Bruce Colton, president of the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association, delivered to the Senate Justice Appropriations Committee on January 26.Ditto for public defenders, says Eighth Circuit Public Defender Richard Parker, who made his case for additional staff, as well as increased pay, when he asked for $15 million for workload, an 8.3 percent increase over last year’s trial operating budget.“We can’t stop the turnover,” Parker said. Over an eight-year period, he said, the turnover rate has been nearly 22 percent. That means each year, about one in five attorneys quits the public defenders’ office. Experienced assistant public defenders, he said, are “only making $10,000 more than brand new lawyers coming through the door.”The minimum starting salary for assistant public defenders, Parker said, is $38,317. Yet the minimum starting salary for lawyers in the executive branch after two years is $50,616.The same turnover crisis is also happening on the other side of the courtroom.“We can’t keep experienced lawyers, and we have a problem sending people into court with very little experience on very important cases,” Colton said. “Every day, people apologize for leaving a job they love, because they can’t afford to pay student loans and raise a family.”The prosecutors are asking for $6.9 million.State attorneys are not trying to compete with law firm salaries, just other government agencies, Colton said. He gave the example of the lowest salary of an assistant county attorney in Miami-Dade County is more than 35 percent greater than the average salary of prosecutors in the 11th circuit.Every time the legislature funds a new judge, Colton said, the state attorneys need seven employees, including attorneys, support staff, and a victims’ advocate.In “virtually every case where someone goes to prison,” he said, there are 3.850 motions filed on ineffective assistance of counsel.“These are killing us,” Colton said. “There are four people handling just those motions in our office.”Speaking for the public defenders, Parker agreed: “You can add as many new judges as you want, but if you don’t add corresponding staff it won’t be efficient.”Even without new judges, he said, “We are still facing pressures.”The ineffective assistance of counsel motions are a “tremendous drain” on the public defenders, as well, he said, because they are defending some and prosecuting others.Committee Chair Sen. Victor Crist, R-Tampa, said: “We recognize what your needs are. It’s more than hiring attorneys. It’s staff support.”This year, Crist said, he hopes to fund 66 new judgeships (64 trial and two appellate), 55 Supreme Court certified last year, plus 11 new ones the court has requested.“Whatever we do, we will do in a balanced holistic approach so all parties are equally stroked and no one is penalized,” Crist said. February 15, 2006 Regular News State attorneys, PDs need money to reduce turnoverlast_img read more

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Addressing the gender gap in credit unions

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first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Women are underrepresented in credit union leadership roles around the globe with males predominating chief executive roles. This is especially the case in smaller credit unions, where numbers in the United States show that most female leaders serve at credit unions smaller than $50m. These figures, published in a report by the Filene Research Institute and World Council of Credit Unions, revealed five key challenges in enhancing women’s leadership in the sector.The research shows that women tend to work in lower-level positions and in roles that do not lead to executive positions. Women also perceive themselves as having less power and influence than men. Other challenges include the existing leadership climate and the fact that mentors and mentees tend to group towards their own gender. The report demonstrated that there is still significant opportunity for credit unions to realise the promise of female leadership.The World Council’s Global Women’s Leadership Network was set up for this purpose – striving to connect credit union women globally and engage them in professional and personal development through online and in-person educational platforms. Members are encouraged to become more active in their credit unions, share ideas and experiences, and explore international perspectives on the common challenges that face the industry. Over 900 women from 53 countries have joined the network to cultivate their leadership potential since it started in 2009. Members can attend the Networking Breakfast at CUNA’s Governmental Affairs Conference and the Annual Leadership Forum, take part in local chapter meetings, called Sister Societies, and vote and participate in the Network’s Scholarship/Empowerment Grant programmes. continue reading »last_img read more

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3.3 billion ways to showcase the credit union difference

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first_imgOct. 18 marks the 70th anniversary of International Credit Union Day. By many accounts, it’s a great time to be a credit union.  It’s also a great time to be a credit union member.The third cooperative value encourages credit unions to reward members for their participation. Indeed, credit unions do that every day in the form of better rates and lower fees.  But many credit unions go above and beyond that.The industry made $3.3 billion in dividend payouts in the first six months of 2018. That’s 8.5% of the industry’s income and a 22.1% increase over this time last year.Returning value in the form of a patronage dividend is a powerful tool to reward loyalty.  Of course, whether and when a credit union chooses to offer a patronage dividend varies across organizations. As does how they calculate the return and communicate the occasion. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

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Federal officials link E coli outbreak to raw cookie dough

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first_img The FDA statement didn’tspecify the states that are reporting illnesses, but some states—includingColorado, Minnesota, Texas, and Washington—have confirmed they have sickpatients and are involved in the outbreak investigation. “In looking at the ingredients, there are not any obvioussources of potential O157 contamination, but as we saw with PCA [PeanutCorporation of America], this may be difficult to rule out,” he said. The recall applies to all varieties of its Toll houserefrigerated cookie, brownie, and bar dough that is packaged in rectangularpackages, tubes, and tubs. Medus told CIDRAP News thatthe US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the state of Washingtonwere the first groups to pick up on the connection between sick patients andthe exposure many of them had to the Nestle raw cookie dough. As more statesbecame involved in the investigation, the connection to the dough became evenmore striking, she said. Nestle didn’t specify in its recall notice where it makesthe cookie dough products. However, the Virginia-based Danville Register Bee quoted a company spokeswoman who said Nestle makesthe majority of its refrigerated cookie dough at a plant in Danville, whichalso makes refrigerated pasta. She said Nestle has stopped production of thedough, but not the pasta products. See also: Hedberg said investigators are also likely to weigh otherpossibilities such as potentially contaminated flour, untreated groundwaterentering the plant, or dust from a cattle facility that can serve as a transfermechanism for E coli O157:H7. Medus added that E coli O157:H7 can sometimes survive in dry environments such as flour, orperhaps there was a breakdown in pasteurizing the milk fat used to make thedough. Jun 18 CDPHE press release Two other states havereported cases, according to media reports. Washington reported 5, and Texasreported 3. Carlota Medus, PhD, MPH, anepidemiologist in the MDH foodborne illness unit, said in the statement thatthe outbreak illustrates the risk of eating any raw cookie dough. “Cookiedough, whether purchased in a tub from the store, or made at home from scratch,should not be eaten raw,” she said. “There are so many possibilities; it’s just too earlyto know,” she said. “But something went really wrong, whether it wasintentional or not.” Because the infectious agent and food product combinationis so unusual, FDA investigators might consider the possibility of intentionalcontamination, Hedberg said. “Whether it were a disgruntled employee or anattack on an iconic American product, the potential needs to beconsidered,” he said. Patients tend to be youngOfficials from the ColoradoDepartment of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) released a statementyesterday saying five cases from three counties have been linked to theoutbreak. Two patients were hospitalized, and one developed HUS. Four of thepatients interviewed so far by Colorado authorities reported eating the rawcookie dough the week before they got sick.center_img Craig Hedberg, PhD, afoodborne disease expert at the University of Minnesota, told CIDRAP News thatpublic health officials are puzzled how E coli O157:H7 could contaminate refrigerated cookie dough. Though FDA officials haven’t revealed many details abouttheir investigation, Hedberg said they will probably explore if the processingplant or plants are located near dairy or beef feedlots that could present arisk of contamination through water, dust, flies, infected workers, orcross-contamination from hands and clothes. Jun 19 Nestlerecall notice A few hours before the FDAwarning, Nestle issued a voluntary recall of its Toll House refrigerated doughproducts. Company officials said that, though the E coli outbreak strain has not been detected in any of itsproducts, it recalled the dough out of an abundance of caution. E coli O157:H7 outbreaks are most often associated withground beef and, in recent years, fresh produce. The strain produces a toxinthat causes diarrhea—often bloody—and abdominal cramps but typically no fever.The illness usually resolves in 5 to 10 days, but it can cause hemolytic uremicsyndrome (HUS), a potentially fatal kidney condition, in 2% to 7% of patients. The Minnesota Department ofHealth (MDH) said today in a press release that it is investigating sixillnesses, all caused by E coliO157:H7 with the same genetic fingerprint that it identified during routinemonitoring. The patients range from 2 to 18 years old and became ill betweenMay 3 and Jun 11. All reported eating raw Nestle Toll House cookie dough. Onepatient was hospitalized, and all recovered. The FDA, in a statement,advised consumers that cooking the dough could still present across-contamination risk and that they should throw away any prepackaged Nestledough they have in their homes. Jun 19, 2009 (CIDRAP News) –The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned consumers today not to eatNestle Toll House refrigerated raw cookie dough, as state and federal officialsinvestigate 66 Escherichia coliO157:H7 illnesses, many of them children, across 28 states that they suspectare linked to the product. Contamination sourceunknownMinnesota officials saidinvestigators haven’t determined how E coli contaminated the cookie dough, but the FDA is workingwith Nestle to identify the source. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture istesting Nestle dough collected from stores and the homes of sick patients. Jun 19 FDApress release The FDA said that, of the 66illnesses reported, 25 people were hospitalized and 7 developed HUS. Nofatalities have been reported. The younger age of thepatients also stood out as an unusual outbreak feature, she said. However, sheadded that age range nationally is a little broader and more skewed towardfemale patients.last_img read more

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Notify parents when children are bullied

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first_imgAccording to the comptroller’s audit, some schools “underreported incidents or failed to report them at all, including one case in which a school failed to report cyberbullying, despite the fact that the police were involved.”Meanwhile, and most disturbingly, in many instances, parents and guardians are being left in the dark by school districts when their children are being bullied or involved in an incident of bullying. Although schools are required to report incidents to the state Education Department, the Dignity for All Students Act does not require schools to alert parents when their child has been bullied or is believed to be the perpetrator of bullying. The law currently leaves it up to each school district to develop its own policy for parental notification. Sadly, this serious gap in state law has led to fatal consequences. In April 2015, 13-year-old Jacobe Taras of Fort Edward tragically took his own life as a result of bullying. Jacobe’s parents, Christine and Richard Taras, say they were not notified by Jacobe’s school of the extent of bullying he faced.  That’s why I am sponsoring legislation, “Jacobe’s Law,” to require that schools notify parents when a child is being threatened by a bully. “Jacobe’s Law” (S.1355B/A.8114B) requires that school employees charged with receiving reports of harassment, bullying or discrimination make a reasonable and good-faith effort to contact the parents or guardians of the students involved – both the bully and the victim — in an incident of bullying or harassment. Bullying is defined based on what’s listed in the Dignity for All Students Act under Article 2 of the state’s Education Law, and it outlines what incidences schools are currently required to report to the state Education Department. Categories: Editorial, OpinionNo child should have to experience bullying in or out of school.  While bullying has existed within the bricks and mortar of our schools for years, the prevalence of new communications technologies like smart phones and social media have compounded the problem by giving bullies a thermonuclear weapon to harass and torment their victims exponentially.It used to be that once children left school grounds and got off the school bus, they were largely free from bullying. But with the internet and social media applications like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Snapchat and Instagram, there is no escape and no sanctuary from the emotional trauma inflicted by bullies.Besides the physical abuse, every child’s step or misstep can now be videoed, photographed and tweeted for the whole world to see and potentially ridicule. In 2012, the Dignity for All Students Act became law as a means to address bullying in our schools. Unfortunately, over the past five years, we have seen an alarming number of gaps in the law.A new audit by the state comptroller’s office found that over this period, 31 percent of schools did not report incidents of bullying and harassment to the state Education Department as required by law.  “Jacobe’s Law” is a nonpartisan bill which unanimously passed the Senate earlier this year. Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy (D-Albany) is sponsoring the bill in the Assembly. Schools should make parents aware of threats of violence to their children so that a parent or guardian can take action they deem appropriate and have input on decisions of how best to protect their child’s safety and emotional well-being.Our educational system continues to ask and urge parents to be more involved in their children’s education through the PTA and volunteering at our schools. Yet we don’t require schools to notify them of incidents of emotional and physical bullying. That just doesn’t make sense!If the statistics and incidences of bullying are important enough to report to the administrators at State Ed, then they are important enough to make parents aware of to intervene and potentially help avert a tragedy.My heart goes out to the Taras family and all the families that have faced this devastating tragedy related to bullying. I can only hope that through “Jacobe’s Law,” we can bring about a positive change that can involve parents in helping to stop bullying and save lives.State Sen. Jim Tedisco (R,C,I-REF-Glenville) represents the 49th Senate District, which includes parts of Saratoga, Schenectady and Herkimer counties and all of Fulton and Hamilton counties.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

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Eni sells 20 pct Nour North Sinai share to Mubadala

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first_imgIllustration purposes only (Image courtesy Eni)Italian energy company Eni agreed to sell 20 percent of its participating interest in the Nour North Sinai Offshore concession, in Egypt, to Mubadala Petroleum.In the concession, which is in participation with Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS), Eni holds an 85 percent stake in partnership with Tharwa Petroleum Company, which holds a 15 percent stake of the contractor’s share where Eni & Tharwa are collectively the contractors.Nour is a block located in the prolific East Nile Delta Basin of the Mediterranean Sea, approximately 50 km offshore in the Eastern Mediterranean, in water depth ranging from 50 to 400 meters, and covers a total area of 739 square kilometers.Eni and Tharwa Petroleum Company are currently carrying out the drilling of the exploration well as foreseen in the first exploration period of the Nour concession.last_img read more

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Golf : Woods mulling approach from proposed Premier League

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first_img Loading… Its events would run from January to September with 48-player fields in a four-man, 12-team format battling for $10 million purses at 54-hole events.There would be an individual $2 million top prize at each event, as well as team prize money.“There’s a lot of information that we’re still looking at and whether it’s reality or not, but just like everybody else, we’re looking into it,” Woods said.Organizers are aiming to draw the top players from the US and European PGA Tours, but it’s not yet clear how players could compete on the new circuit and maintain their ties with the tours that made them stars.“We’ve been down this road before,” Woods noted as he spoke to reporters at Riviera Country Club prior to teeing it up on Thursday in the US Tour’s Genesis Invitational.He cited the World Golf Championships as an elite series created to bring together the world’s best golfers at events outside the four major championships and the US tour’s Players Championship – which consistently draws a strong international field.“So this is a natural evolution,” he said, while remaining non-comittal on what the venture’s actual chances for success might be.“Whether or not things like this are going to happen, ideas like this are going to happen going forward.”Woods would be 46 if the league meets its aim of starting in 2022, but there’s no doubt he would be a top draw on any star-driven circuit.But the ties of players like Woods to the established tours and their sponsors – he serves as host of this week’s event at Riviera which benefits his charitable foundation – make the matter complicated.Five-time major winner Phil Mickelson said last month that he found the proposal “intriguing.”In releasing plans for the league, the World Golf Group said it was their intention “to work with, rather than challenge, exiting tours.” Promoted Content9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseTake A Look At The Celebs Who Lost Their Money And Why7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black Holes6 Movies Where A Car Plays A Key RoleBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeThis Is Why Plus-Size Models Should Always Be An Inspiration “My team’s been aware of it and we’ve delved into the details of it and trying to figure it out just like everyone else,” Woods said of the proposed 18-event tour.center_img Tiger Woods said Tuesday he’s been approached by organizers of a proposed Premier Golf League and said he has “delved into the details” trying to understand how the new circuit would work.Advertisement Read Also: Woods still struggling to get to grips with Bryant’s deathBut Golf Channel reported that PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan had sent a letter to players saying in the tour’s opinion the proposed league schedule is in conflict with the PGA Tour.He noted that PGA Tour members are restricted to a limited number of non-tour “conflicting events” per season.PGA Tour regulations also state that a member “cannot have a financial interest in another player,” a rule that could scupper Premier Golf League team ownership by any player that wants to maintain US tour membership.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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