Thomas fires 63, takes early lead at CJ Cup in South Korea

JEJU, Korea, Republic Of — Justin Thomas had two eagles on his front nine and finished with a 9-under 63 to take a three-stroke lead Thursday after the first round of the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges, the first official PGA Tour tournament staged in South Korea.

Thomas started with a bogey at 10 but made amends with eagles on the par-5 12th and 18th holes around four straight birdies from No. 14-17 to turn in 29. He added three more birdies and a bogey to hold his margin.

“It was kind of a weird day,” Thomas said. “It started off with a really, really bad bogey. And then I had a seven-hole stretch there where I basically kind of went unconscious. That was pretty much most of my round.”

Thomas has won the CIMB Classic in Malaysia twice — in 2015 and 2016 — and says he is comfortable playing overseas.

“It’s still golf,” Thomas said. “It doesn’t matter where you are and I know that it is very cliche and easier said than done but you just have to take advantage of the rest and time you have off the course.”

Chez Reavie, Gavin Kyle Green, Scott Brown, Patrick Reed and Marc Leishman all opened with 66s and were in a five-way share of second at 6 under.

Jhonattan Vegas and Charles Howell III were among five players a shot further back at 5 under.

Jason Day and fellow Australian Rod Pampling were at 4 under, one stroke ahead of Pat Perez, who was coming off a victory at last week’s CIMB Classic in Malaysia. Adam Scott had a 72 in opening round containing four birdies and …read more

Source:: Sportsnet.ca

4 signs that Trump’s furious efforts to save coal are futile

Coal is losing in Texas, in the US, in the world.

The Trump administration may be internally divided about many things, but it is absolutely united around one goal: supporting the US coal industry.

It is a goal the administration has pursued with uncharacteristic focus and discipline. On this policy — maybe only on this policy — there is a consistent message and a consistent plan of action, across departments and agencies.

At the Department of Energy, Rick Perry is trying to engineer a ham-handed intervention into energy markets to boost coal and nuclear. At the Department of Interior, Ryan Zinke is currently trying to allow coal mines closer to national monuments. At the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt is repealing the Clean Power Plan (Obama’s carbon regulations on power plants) and seeking the weakest possible replacement. The list goes on.

(On this theme, read Mike Grunwald’s great story in Politico Magazine about Trump’s love affair with coal.)

The irony is that this goal — the one goal around which this otherwise feckless administration is actually able to organize — is deeply and irrevocably futile. If you can look past all the venality and mendacity involved, it’s almost poignant.

All the momentum is in the other direction. To wit: A new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists finds that “the share of US electricity coming from coal fell from 51 percent in 2008 to 31 percent in 2016 — an unprecedented change.”

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There are still hundreds of plants in operation in the US, producing roughly a third of US power, but one in four of those plants is slated to retire or shift to natural gas, and another 17 percent beyond that are uneconomic, running only by virtue of being …read more

Source:: Vox – All

Why Princess Charlotte’s Future Children Won’t Inherit Royal Titles — But Prince George’s Will

Princess Charlotte’s future children are unlikely to have titles of their own, but her brother Prince George’s will.

“Her children will not have titles because the royal titles go down the male line,” Joe Little, managing editor of Majesty, tells PEOPLE. Charlotte inherited her title because she was born as Prince William‘s daughter.

But that doesn’t mean there aren’t exceptions to the rule. Queen Elizabeth has offered new titles other royal offspring in the past, including the children of her daughter, Princess Anne.

“The same applied to Princess Anne when she had her children,” Little continues. “When she married Mark Phillips and they had children, they were given the option of a peerage for Mark. But they chose not to and Peter and Zara were brought up without titles.

“So history could repeat itself with Charlotte.”

Princess Margaret‘s children would not have titles either had it not been for a special change made by her sister the Queen. Since Margaret married photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones, their children would have been Mr. or Miss., but just before their son was born, “the Queen made Tony an earl (of Snowdon), so that Margaret’s children would have a title,” says Little.

“We were in a transitional period between the traditional times and the modern one and I think it would have felt inappropriate for the nephew and niece of the Queen to be Mr. and Miss.”

And when it comes to Prince Harry’s future children, they will not be given the title of prince or princess either. They will likely be given the title of Lord or Lady Mountbatten-Windsor — the family name — because Harry’s offspring would be great-grandchildren of the Sovereign. They will only be upgraded to prince and princess when they are grandchildren of the Sovereign — which will occur …read more

Source:: People.com – Royal News

Ben Simmons ‘Felt Like I Was Playing 2K’ in NBA Debut

Ben Simmons made his long-awaited NBA regular season debut Wednesday night, and said he felt like he was playing in a video game.

My latest @ESPNAusNZ from Washington: @BenSimmons25 says his regular season debut “felt like I was playing 2K.” https://t.co/UauBpP3fiF

— Nick Metallinos (@NickMetallinos) October 19, 2017

Despite Simmons’ big night—18 points, 10 rebounds and five assists—the Philadelphia Sixers fell 120-115 on the road against Washington.

John Wall led the Wizards with 28 points on 10-of-28 shooting, and added eight assists.

Per ESPN:

“It felt like I was playing 2K, honestly,” Simmons said postgame.

“Just looking at Joel Embiid out there with the lights on his jersey. I was like, ‘man, I’m actually here.’”

Sixers coach Brett Brown was thoroughly impressed with Simmons’ debut effort, pointing out that the Aussie had just one turnover in 35 minutes of playing time.

“How about Ben Simmons’ first game in the NBA?” Brown said.”Really, there were times he could have finished even more. I feel that his first game was really exceptional. Really, really exceptional. Physically, we all see what he is as an athlete, and I think that his growth path, his improvement scale, can be off the charts.”

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