John Lewis Partnership hit by multi-million pound burden of new holiday pay ruling

first_img Show Comments ▼ Friday 16 January 2015 6:59 am whatsapp Lawyers warned us that changes to holiday pay would be an expensive ruling, and lo, it came to pass. The John Lewis Partnership, which includes the eponymous department store and Waitrose, will have to stump up an additional £12m each year to cover costs relating to pension, bonuses and National Insurance. “The majority of these costs will be incurred in Waitrose where paid overtime is more usual than in John Lewis,” JLP said. It will also have to shell out a one-off £10m for the current financial year, of which £7m covers pension liabilities, with the back payment for holidays taken since November 1 totalling £3m. Director of personnel Tracey Killen said: “The John Lewis Partnership has acted promptly to change its pay practices in response to the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) ruling. We believe our approach is a fair and practical outcome for our partners in light of this decision.” At the time of the ruling, business groups warned it could have serious repercussions for industry, particularly smaller firms, which could be liable for “billions”. Simon Walker, director general of the Institute of Directors, said:The holiday pay time-bomb could have a hugely detrimental impact on businesses up and down the country. It is not an exaggeration to say that some small businesses could end up being wiped out if employers who have acted compliantly and in good faith face underpayment claims backdated as far as 1998. whatsapp Sharecenter_img John Lewis Partnership hit by multi-million pound burden of new holiday pay ruling by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite HeraldGive It LoveRemember These Rare Sisters? See Them NowGive It Lovezenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorBeverly Hills MDPlastic Surgeon Explains: “Doing This Every Morning Can Snap Back Sagging Skin” (No Creams Needed)Beverly Hills MDNoteableyKirstie Alley Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A BarbieNoteableyVikings: Free Online GameIf you’re over 50 – this game is a must!Vikings: Free Online Game Catherine Neilan More From Our Partners Brave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes Tags: John Lewislast_img read more

Rising oil prices boost UK shares – London Report

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Transparency on quality and price will transform medicine

first_imgFirst OpinionTransparency on quality and price will transform medicine Leave this field empty if you’re human: Open communication may also lead to fewer tests and less invasive therapies by giving clinicians an incentive to guide their patients toward more value-based decisions, including referrals to both primary care clinicians and subspecialists known for higher-quality and more efficient care. As patients and clinicians take the price of care into consideration, we expect that clinicians will soon be paid specifically for addressing a range of options with their patients.We also believe that everyone’s medical records will soon reside in the cloud, combining data from wherever care is delivered as well as from patients themselves on an individual, dynamic, constantly evolving personal dashboard that renders obsolete both the traditional medical record and today’s institution-based electronic patient portals.In the late 1960s, the original ”Star Trek” series envisioned the “medical tricorder” that could instantly read an individual’s vitals; a working prototype was recently unveiled. In the film “2001: A Space Odyssey,” people used tablets to help them keep up with the news, much like they do now with iPads. Mr. J’s experience may seem like science fiction today, but in remarkably short order we expect it will become everyday reality.Suzanne Delbanco, Ph.D., is the executive director of Catalyst for Payment Reform in Berkeley, Calif. Tom Delbanco, M.D., is professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and a cofounder of OpenNotes. Transparency is becoming a fashionable buzzword in many walks of life. In health care, it is rearranging the relationships between patients and those who care for them. Looking at health care from different vantage points, we believe that transparent interactions among patients, clinicians, and payers hold considerable promise for improving the quality of health care and containing costs. Here’s our vision for how health care may soon evolve.Mr. J is 64 years old. The arthritic pain in his knees, and the limitations it is causing, is becoming unbearable. On his laptop, he reviews his personal health record. It contains the notes and plans that he and his primary care doctor developed during and after his recent visits. Turning to his smartphone, he dictates into his Health app a brief update on his medical history, focusing on his current symptoms. Along with his most pressing questions, he forwards the report to his doctor. At their next appointment, she examines him and they discuss his options. The next day, Mr. J opens his Health app and looks over his doctor’s draft of the visit note. It combines the narrative that he had sent her earlier with her assessment and suggested plan. He and his doctor agree that knee replacement is probably his best option.After reviewing patient-generated ratings of orthopedic surgeons on his insurer’s website, Mr. J evaluates the health care value rankings (six quality measures and estimated out-of-pocket costs) for the two orthopedic surgeons he decided to consult. He examines their track records for quality and cost, their teams, and the settings in which they operate. He examines their relationships with device companies and the various facilities in which they operate, searching for financial incentives that may influence their practices.advertisement @myopennotes Health care is headed in that direction, but it has a lot of catching up to do. Just 20 years ago, practically no information about the quality of health care providers was available, and just seven years ago it was almost impossible to find prices for something like knee replacement surgery before seeking care.Here are a few indicators that greater transparency is on the horizon:Six U.S. senators have announced a bipartisan effort to increase the transparency of health care information and prices.The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have launched the MyHealthEData initiative to diminish “information blocking” and broaden patients’ access to their electronic health records.The commonwealth of Massachusetts has once again signaled the imminent arrival of one-stop shopping for consumers who want to know the price of a common medical test or procedure.Health insurance companies, employers, and entrepreneurs are also working aggressively to make health information transparent. All in all, we expect medical consumers will soon be far better equipped to figure out their own “best buys.”Internet-based portals already enable millions of people to review their test and laboratory results and send secure email messages to their health care teams. Spurred on by the rapidly spreading OpenNotes movement, all across the country doctors, nurses, and a growing number of psychotherapists are now inviting more than 20 million patients to review and even contribute to what they write in their patients’ medical records. Patients and families helped by such fully transparent electronic records describe improved communication, a greater sense of control, better adherence to treatment plans, and shared decisions that lead to more trust. Some will say this scenario is far-fetched. But as we wrote recently in the Annals of Internal Medicine, we think it is on the verge of becoming reality. Mr. J’s experiences mirror how people go online and make decisions today. They seek, review, and evaluate information aggregated from multiple sources; retail and service industries live or die by their judgments.advertisement Privacy Policy The original ”Star Trek” series envisioned the “medical tricorder,” like the one above, that could instantly read an individual’s vitals; a working prototype was recently unveiled. Bruno Vincent/Getty Images By Suzanne Delbanco and Tom Delbanco May 9, 2018 Reprints Newsletters Sign up for First Opinion A weekly digest of our opinion column, with insight from industry experts. Please enter a valid email address. He decides on one of the teams and, after his surgery, chronicles in his secure medical record both his care and his evolving functional status, information that automatically populates patient-reported outcomes metrics that hold the surgeon and the hospital accountable. About the Authors Reprints Tom Delbanco Suzanne Delbanco Patients would like their data, please. 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Talking Sport Podcast: What now after latest Laois football loss?

first_img Electric Picnic Pinterest By LaoisToday Reporter – 31st May 2021 WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival The return of GAA action hasn’t been a positive one for Laois football and hurling supporters.Both adult county teams have played three National League games each and have lost every one of them. Relegation remains a distinct possibility for both.On Sunday in O’Moore Park the footballers lost to Kildare by 2-18 to 1-8, their third loss on successive weekends and a result that confirmed their place at the bottom of Division 2 South.In our latest Talking Sport Podcast we hear the thoughts of Laois football manager Mike Quirke after the game as well as reaction from former Laois player Chris Conway and LaoisToday’s Alan Hartnett and Steven Miller.This week’s podcast was recorded in O’Moore Park after the game – the first of the year not to be conducted via Zoom!You can listen to it in full below or by subscribing on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.The LaoisToday Podcast · What now after latest Laois football loss? Previous articleDeaths in Laois – Monday, May 31, 2021Next articleLaois mental health advocate launches second ‘wipe your worries away’ teddy bear walk LaoisToday Reporter Facebook Electric Picnic TAGSLaois v KildareTalking SportTalking Sport Podcast RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Council Talking Sport Podcast: What now after latest Laois football loss? Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Home Sport GAA Talking Sport Podcast: What now after latest Laois football loss? SportGAAGaelic Football Twitter WhatsApp Mary Sweeney elected Cathaoirleach of Portlaoise Municipal District for next 12 monthslast_img read more

B.C. court orders regulators to turn over documents to banned rep

first_img Closet indexing class action gets the go-ahead James Langton Facebook LinkedIn Twitter IIROC banned Lower in 2009 and fined him $50,000 after a hearing panel found he refused to cooperate with a regulatory investigation by failing to attend a mandatory interview with IIROC investigators.According to the Court, in 2018 he commenced a legal action seeking to clear his name, arguing that he refused to attend the interview based on concerns about the investigation’s fairness.The Court’s decision says Lower alleged that IIROC “failed to provide notice of the specific matters under investigation, breached its disclosure obligations, selectively collected and withheld important documents including exculpatory information, pressured [him] into providing information at the voluntary interview, misrepresented the nature of the voluntary interview, improperly cooperated with the RCMP to try to obtain information in a voluntary interview which could be used in the police investigation after Mr. Lower asserted his right to remain silent, and in general acted unfairly and in bad faith.”The Court says in its decision that IIROC denied the allegations, arguing that it operated fairly, that Lower was disciplined for failing to cooperate with an investigation, and that his opportunities to appeal that finding had expired. “IIROC also alleges this action is an abuse of process and a collateral attack on the disciplinary decision,” it says.The allegations haven’t been proven. The Court has ordered IIROC to provide Lower with documents relating to its investigation, as well as responses to certain questions that it declined to answer during discovery.“The scope of and steps taken, and information available to investigators during the investigation may be relevant to whether there was procedural fairness,” the Court said in its decision.The Court denied Lower’s request to cross-examine an IIROC litigator, saying that he didn’t prove it was necessary.Says the decision: “There is no material evidence that has been identified as in dispute, it has not been established how the cross-examination may be relevant to the outcome of the summary trial application, or how the cross-examination will serve a useful purpose in terms of eliciting evidence that would assist in determining the issue.” Keywords Lawsuits Court dismisses suit against BCSC Investor sues advisor for not taking enough risk agreement, attorney, auction, authority, balance, barrister, beam, scale, book, bookcase, books, brass, brown, business, colourconcept, contract, counsel, court, courthouse, courtroom, crime, criminal, decision, defendant, divorce, enforcement, financefreedom, gavel, government, guilt, guilty, hammer, horizontal, innocence, judge, judgement, judgment, judicial, justice, lawlawyer, legal, legislation, liberty, libra, litigation, mallet, prosecution, punishment, rights, scale, scales, scales, of, justice, sentencesymbol, symbolic, system, tax, trial, tribunal, truth, verdict, weight, will, wood, wooden andreypopov/123RF A court in British Columbia has ordered securities regulators to produce documents and answer questions from a former registered rep who was banned from the industry in 2009 and is seeking to clear his name.The Supreme Court of B.C. has partially granted an application from Scott Lower, a former rep with Global Securities Corp., ordering the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) to provide him with the documents and answers he seeks as part of an ongoing legal action commenced last year and set for a summary trial in May. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Related newslast_img read more

Long overdue ‘cash for cans’ scheme will help tackle Victoria’s waste crisis

first_imgLong overdue ‘cash for cans’ scheme will help tackle Victoria’s waste crisis Australian GreensThe Victorian Greens have welcomed the state government’s cash for containers scheme and say it will help to significantly clean up our recycling and reduce stockpiling.The introduction of a 10c refund on bottles and cans is a direct result of Greens in Parliament, who drafted and introduced legislation for a scheme and also initiated the Parliamentary inquiry which recommended the policy.In 2019 more than 50 industry experts, environmental groups and councils unanimously supported a Victorian scheme through their submissions to the Greens-established waste and recycling inquiry.Deputy Leader of the Victorian Greens, Ellen Sandell, said the Greens were happy with the final design of the scheme and hoped to work with the government to ensure the scheme’s success.She added that while the Greens had spent nearly a decade campaigning for a cash for containers scheme in Victoria and introduced legislation that was knocked back by Labor several times, it was good to see the government finally overcome their inertia and take important steps towards tackling the waste crisis.We also need to create a market for the recycled materials by mandating minimum recycled content in packaging, starting with 70 per cent recycled plastic in single-use PET bottles.The Premier can end this crisis now, he just needs to prioritise our environment, our rivers, ocean and wildlife.As stated by Deputy Leader of the Victorian Greens, Ellen Sandell MP:“This scheme will help to reduce the massive levels of waste being dumped in landfill and protect our precious environment. And it’s a direct result of having Greens in Parliament.“When the waste crisis erupted the Victorian Government was slow to act, but the Greens started a Parliamentary Inquiry into the crisis which recommended a ‘cash for containers’ policy in Victoria. Now the Government will adopt this recommendation.“This will be an important first step.” /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:AusPol, Australia, Australian Greens, cash, crisis, environment, Government, industry, legislation, market, ocean, parliament, pet, Premier, recycling, Victoria, waste crisis, wildlifelast_img read more

CU-Boulder College Of Engineering Receives Gift Of Equipment, Fellowships From Agilent Technologies

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail The University of Colorado at Boulder announced today it has received a donation of $250,000 worth of advanced equipment and five $30,000 graduate student fellowships from Agilent Technologies. The gift supports education and research in several engineering departments and programs related to Agilent’s strategic interest areas of communications, electronics and life sciences, and further establishes the company as one of the College of Engineering and Applied Science’s key corporate partners. “We are very grateful to Agilent for this support,” said engineering Dean Robert H. Davis. “The graduate fellowships have allowed us to recruit and support some of the best Ph.D students in the country, and the equipment has helped keep our teaching and research laboratories at the forefront of modern technologies. Agilent continues to be a key corporate partner with the University of Colorado as we provide the highest levels of training for our students.” A worldwide technology leader with a major presence in Colorado, Agilent has donated more than $1 million in funding and equipment to CU since 2000. More than 110 CU graduates are currently employed at the company. “The University of Colorado’s engineering and applied sciences program exemplifies the type of innovation and excellence that Agilent pursues in strategic, long-term university partnerships,” said Jack Trautman, Agilent senior vice president and CU executive liaison. “This is a relationship that yields both technology and top talent for our company.” Agilent donated new equipment to the Integrated Teaching and Learning Laboratory (ITLL), the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program and the departments of computer science, electrical and computer engineering and mechanical engineering. Agilent’s gift also supports three fellowships in electrical and computer engineering and two fellowships in chemical and biological engineering. The Integrated Teaching and Learning Laboratory will use the new equipment to expand the capabilities of its 62 data acquisition and analysis lab stations and to ensure that its computer network-probably the largest and fastest on campus-continues to run at full capacity. The ITLL supports 50 to 60 courses and about 2,800 students a year, along with a variety of summer programs for K-12 students and teachers. Equipment provided to the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program will be used to enhance student exposure to wireless, optical and voice over IP technology. Students in the departments of electrical and computer engineering and mechanical engineering will be able to use more advanced equipment in designing and testing digital electronics and electro-mechanical systems. Research on wireless sensor networks involving undergraduate and graduate students from computer science and electrical and computer engineering also will benefit from the use of Agilent equipment, which will allow students to test and verify their wireless communication designs. The College of Engineering and Applied Science at CU-Boulder is a tier-one engineering school enrolling more than 2,600 undergraduate and 1,100 graduate students. U.S. News and World Report ranks the college’s undergraduate program 29th and the graduate program 33rd among engineering schools with doctoral programs nationwide. Published: July 21, 2004 last_img read more

Health Minister welcomes foundation to combat HIV/AIDS

first_imgHealth Minister welcomes foundation to combat HIV/AIDS Health & WellnessJuly 8, 2011 RelatedHealth Minister welcomes foundation to combat HIV/AIDS Advertisements RelatedHealth Minister welcomes foundation to combat HIV/AIDS RelatedHealth Minister welcomes foundation to combat HIV/AIDS By ALECIA SMITH, JIS Reporter FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail KINGSTON — Minister of Health, Hon. Rudyard Spencer, has welcomed the newly launched Jamaica Business Council on HIV/AIDS (JaBCHA) National Foundation, which he says is crucial to the Government’s efforts to effectively combat HIV/AIDS. “HIV/AIDS is not just a health problem; it is a developmental problem and it’s an issue that requires support from every sector,” he stated at the launch of the Foundation on July 6, 2011 at the Wyndham Kingston hotel. A private sector initiative established with support from the United States (US) Government, the foundation will assist national efforts to increase access to health care and garner financial resources to sustain the response to HIV/AIDS. Its main objective is to raise funds to provide universal access to treatment, care and support for the persons living with the disease, and prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS. JABCHA has been partnering with the Ministry of Health through the National HIV/STI Programme, to address the disease. The Minister emphasised that the establishment of the Foundation was critical as the response to HIV/AIDS is multifaceted and costly, and “we are operating in an environment of declining budgets and our donors do not have an unlimited source of funding”. He said that Jamaica has had “tremendous success” in the slowing down of the epidemic, reducing mother-to-child transmission from 25 per cent in 2004 to under five per cent, and there has been an increase in testing, with 1,167 persons screened across the island on HIV Regional Testing Day on June 24. He noted however that despite the gains made, efforts need to be redoubled to reduce stigma and discrimination, increase awareness and promote tolerance of persons living with HIV and AIDS especially in the workplace. Leader of the Opposition, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, in her remarks read by Opposition Spokesperson on Health, Dr. Fenton Ferguson, also commended JaBCHA for taking “the bold and appropriate step to establish a fund that would, among other things, seek to address the sustainability aspect of the work that we all do and must continue to do in the fight against the spread of HIV/AIDS and the stigma and discrimination that increase…vulnerability to the epidemic”. US Global AIDS Co-ordinator, Ambassador Eric Goosby, for his part, said the establishment of the Foundation has been “strategic at this time and I think commendable”. He noted that it is a country-owned effort that promises to increase the engagement of private sector, civil society and the government through partnership. “Creative partnerships and revenue generators like this are becoming a critical contributor to the overall response in virtually every country we are in, including the United States,” he said. Founded in 2006, JaBCHA was established to facilitate a structured and coordinated response by the leadership of Jamaican businesses, to mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS, eradicate stigma and discrimination associated with the disease in the workplace, and contribute to the eradication of HIV/ AIDS in Jamaica.last_img read more

Vodafone pulls out of Facebook currency play

first_img Kavit joined Mobile World Live in May 2015 as Content Editor. He started his journalism career at the Press Association before joining Euromoney’s graduate scheme in April 2010. Read More >> Read more WhatsApp payments resurfaces in Brazil Author Kavit Majithia Related 22 JAN 2020 Money Vodafone Group became the latest high-profile backer to withdraw from Facebook’s Libra Association, dealing another blow to the struggling cryptocurrency project.The operator followed Visa, Mastercard, PayPal, Stripe and eBay in pulling out of the Association, which will manage and promote Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency and mobile wallet Calibra.Vodafone and Iliad were the only two operator groups to back the association, which was unveiled in June 2019. The latter is still listed as a member on the Libra Association’s website.In a statement, Vodafone didn’t provide any explanation for its withdrawal, but maintained the company’s “desire to make a genuine contribution to extending financial inclusion”.“We remain fully committed to that goal and feel we can make the most contribution by focusing our efforts on m-Pesa.”The project, pushed by Facebook as a way to slash international remittance costs by using cryptocurrency in place of traditional money transfers, was slated for a launch in 2020.However, European Union regulators have warned digital currencies such as Libra need to fully scrutinised before they are allowed to see the light of day.Responding to Vodafone’s withdrawal, Dante Disparte, head of policy and communications for the Libra Association said: “Although the make-up of the Association members may change over time, the design of Libra’s governance and technology ensures the Libra payment system will remain resilient.” Subscribe to our daily newsletter Backcenter_img HomeMoneyNews Vodafone pulls out of Facebook currency play Facebook brings payment plays under one roof Previous ArticleEU court brought into Deutsche Tel streaming probeNext ArticleUS streaming shake-up sees Netflix lose ground Tags Facebook rebrands digital wallet to escape Libra FacebookVodafonelast_img read more

Grace wins on Tour, one month after dad’s death

first_imgRIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico – Branden Grace closed eagle-birdie Sunday to win the Puerto Rico Open, an emotional triumph following his father’s January death after a month-long fight with the coronavirus. Grace holed out from a greenside bunker for eagle on the par-4 17th and birdied the par-5 18th for a one-stroke victory over Jhonattan Vegas at windy Grand Reserve. “This morning I had a tear in the car when I was talking to my wife,” Grace said about father Peter. “It was an emotional day. I thought about him a hell of a lot out there, especially the last tee shot. I was really struggling the last hole, because I knew he was watching over me. I knew he was guiding me.” The 32-year-old South African player won for the second time on the PGA Tour and 13th worldwide, closing with a 6-under 66 to finish at 19-under 269. Full-field scores from the Puerto Rico Open “It’s been a very tough couple of years and a tough couple of months and it’s just nice to — obviously, with all the support back home with my wife and my son and my family and everybody back home,” Grace said. “And all that we have been through, there’s some light at the end of the tunnel.” Vegas, from Venezuela, birdied the 18th in a 65. Puerto Rican player Rafael Campos and Grayson Murray, tied for the third-round lead, each shot 70 to tie for third at 16 under. Grace drove into the right bunker on the 17th, the hole playing 300 yards to the front of the green with the tees moved well forward. “That was a tough bunker shot,” Grace said. “And to play it perfectly, just get it with just enough check and managed to get it to roll out and 5 or 6 feet to go, I knew it was in. So, that was obviously fortunate.” He also hit into a greenside bunker on 18, flopped out to 6 feet and made the winning putt. “The only thing you can’t do on 18 is hit it left,” Grace said. “I managed to hit a great drive, and I wasn’t going to go left. I pulled my second. And I knew if I could get it maybe front edge or in the bunker, then I’m going to give myself opportunity. And fortunately I was in the second bunker, so I could really just get it up on the slope and just get it to run out a little bit and manage to play perfectly.: The tournament was played opposite the World Golf Championship event in Florida. Grace earned a two-year PGA Tour exemption and a spot in the PGA Championship in May, but not the Masters in April. Campos had his third top-10 finish in his home event. He tied for eighth in 2016 and tied for 10th in 2017. He parred the final three after rebounding from bogeys on 10 and 11 with birdies on 12, 13 and 15. “I can seal the deal. I know I can,” Campos said. “It just didn’t happen today. I didn’t have my best game out here, but I still managed to give myself a real opportunity of winning the tournament. I think it’s just getting myself more opportunities and it will happen eventually.” Needing an eagle to catch Grace on 18 after birdieing 17, Murray hooked his drive into the trees, took an unplayable lie and made a bogey. Brice Garnett (65 ) and Andrew Putnam (69) were 15 under.last_img read more