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Q and A: Labour’s non-dom changes

first_img whatsapp Share More From Our Partners Fans call out hypocrisy as Tebow returns to NFL while Kaepernick is still outthegrio.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comColin Kaepernick to publish book on abolishing the policethegrio.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgMan on bail for murder arrested after pet tiger escapes Houston homethegrio.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgPorsha Williams engaged to ex-husband of ‘RHOA’ co-star Falynn Guobadiathegrio.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.org Wednesday 8 April 2015 9:33 pm Q What is the situation now?A Currently, non-domiciled UK residents only pay UK tax on their UK income. Anything earned abroad is taxed in that country, unless it is brought to the UK.Q That does not sound unreasonable. Why is it being changed?A The problem is that most British citizens living here do pay UK tax on their overseas income. There are some offsets to make sure they do not pay tax twice on the same income, but the effect of non-dom rules is that some foreigners pay less than Brits, living in the same place. Q What do the different parties want to do about it?A In 2008 Labour looked at scrapping the non-dom rules, but kept it for fear of driving rich foreigners away. Instead, a levy was introduced to charge non-doms resident in the UK for more than seven years £30,000 per year. The Tories looked at this and came to the same conclusion, hiking the rate of the levy.Q What has changed now?A In short, the election. Labour is fighting on grounds of living standards and fairness. Telling rich foreigners to pay more tax chimes with that. Instead of paying a levy, they will have to pay more tax. If the Conservatives oppose the change, it makes them look like they are on the side of the global rich.Q So what effect will these changes have?A Ed Miliband hopes it will raise hundreds of millions of pounds from a few thousand rich folk. However, they might just move to another country, which could reduce the government’s tax take. Show Comments ▼ Tags: NULLcenter_img whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday NewsNoteableyKirstie Alley Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A BarbieNoteableyEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorBridesBlushThis Is Why The Royal Family Kept Quiet About Prince Harry’s Sister BridesBlushOpulent ExpressHer Quadruplets Were Born Without A Hitch. Then Doctors Realized SomethingOpulent Express Express KCS Q and A: Labour’s non-dom changes last_img read more

Next finance boss David Keens joins Sainsbury’s board

first_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday NewsEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorOpulent ExpressHer Quadruplets Were Born Without A Hitch. Then Doctors Realized SomethingOpulent ExpressTotal PastAfter Céline Dion’s Major Weight Loss, She Confirms What We Suspected All AlongTotal Past Catherine Neilan Next finance boss David Keens joins Sainsbury’s board whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Monday 27 April 2015 4:31 amcenter_img Share whatsapp Next’s former finance boss David Keens is joining the Sainsbury’s board this week.  Keens will take up the non-executive directorship from Wednesday (April 29). He is replacing Gary Hughes, who will retire at the supermarket’s annual general meeting on July 8.  As part of his responsibilities on the board, Keens will join Sainsbury’s audit committee from this week, and will become its chairman when Hughes steps down.  Sainsbury chairman David Tyler said, “First, I would like to thank Gary very much for everything he has done for Sainsbury’s over the last ten years.  He has been a highly effective chairman of the audit committee and made a very valuable contribution to the board. “We are delighted to welcome David Keens as a non-executive director. His deep retail experience and his knowledge of fast-moving consumer business are particularly relevant at a time when we are growing our own successful non-food ranges. This, together with his considerable skills in finance, makes him an ideal addition to our board.” Keens was group finance director of Next for nearly 25 years, from 1991 until last month.  Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofHomemade Tomato Soup: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofWhat is ‘Ranked-Choice Voting,’ the New System for New York’s MayoralFamily ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily Proof Tags: Company Sainsbury (J)last_img read more

Rio Tinto prices $1.2bn of 10-year notes and redeems $1.2bn of 2016 notes

first_img CEO Jean-Sébastien Jacques and other senior executives, Chris Salisbury, Simone Niven and Simon Thompson, have all stepped down following the “inexcusable” actions which led to the controversy. Friday 12 June 2015 2:37 am ashley.kirk whatsapp Rio Tinto prices $1.2bn of 10-year notes and redeems $1.2bn of 2016 notes Tags: Company Rio Tinto center_img Rio Tinto has said it would issue $1.2bn of 10-year bonds, allowing the Anglo-Australian mining company to repay debts due next year. It said it had priced the 10-year fixed rate debt securities with a 3.75 per cent coupon.  They will be issued by Rio Tinto Finance and will mature on 15 June 2025.Citigroup Global Markets, Deutsche Bank Securities, SG Americas Securities, HSBC Securities, Mitsubishi UFJ Securities and RBC Capital Markets acted as joint bookrunners.Rio Tinto also issued a notice of redemption for its 2.5 per cent notes due 20 May 2016 and 2.25 per cent notes due 20 September 2016. It said that $1.2bn of this was still outstanding, and that the redemption date is 11 July 2015. Share Show Comments ▼ Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofBest Wine Gifts & Wine Accessories at Every PriceGayotHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofHomemade Tomato Soup: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofWhat is ‘Ranked-Choice Voting,’ the New System for New York’s MayoralFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily Proof whatsapplast_img read more

News / Yang Ming reports $27m loss for first quarter, as volumes decline

first_img Yang Ming recorded a $27m net loss for the first three months of this year. And that followed a loss of $144m for full-year 2019.The Taiwanese carrier attributed the first-quarter loss to “weaker than expected” container volumes and an $11m loss by its dry bulk business.Yang Ming’s Q1 liftings were down 4% on the same period last year, to 1.24m teu.However, there was just a 1% decrease in group revenue, to $1.15bn, as freight rates increased to mitigate the impact of IMO 2020 low-sulphur regulations.Yang Ming also warned that its revenue would fall further in the second quarter, “due to the large-scale capacity withdrawal”. But, it added, this would also result in a reduction of its costs.In order to shore up the carrier’s balance sheet, Yang Ming’s board has approved a private placement for 300 million preferred shares in the company. The Taiwanese government already holds a 48% equity stake and it is expected to fund most, if not all, the new share offering.Prior to the share placement, credit rating agency Taiwan Ratings downgraded Yang Ming’s debt rating from “stable” to “negative”, but subsequently said it considered “Yang Ming’s role and link to the government will remain intact” .It added that the company would continue to benefit from favourable borrowing costs and sufficient liquidity support from banks in Taiwan.Yang Ming is the eighth-ranked global container carrier in the world, with a capacity of around 600,000 teu, of which 70% is represented by chartered-in tonnage.It also has an aggressive orderbook, which after the final delivery in 2021 will increase its fleet capacity by a third. © Jason Row By Mike Wackett 15/05/2020last_img read more

Butter doesn’t increase risk of heart disease after all

first_imgQuick TakeButter doesn’t increase risk of heart disease after all By Lindzi Wessel June 29, 2016 Reprints Please enter a valid email address. Butter, that beloved fatty staple, has been slowly welcomed back into Americans’ diets — and a new study finds it isn’t as bad for our arteries as once believed.Why it matters:Americans are eating more butter than they have in a generation. And the latest diet evidence indicates that saturated fats aren’t as bad for heart health as previously believed. Guidelines shunning saturated fats (found in animal products like red meat and dairy) arose largely out of the 1970 Seven Countries Study, which found that populations consuming high levels of saturated fats had high levels of heart disease. But studies since then have painted a more nuanced picture, with many questioning the demonization of saturated fats.Nowadays scientists are increasingly looking not at broad categories like “saturated fat” but rather at the healthfulness of specific foods, such as butter. But there hasn’t yet been a review of the science focusing specifically on butter.advertisement APStock The nitty gritty:Researchers combined the data from nine studies looking at the relationship of butter consumption with various health outcomes. They found that eating butter didn’t significantly change people’s incidence of cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease, or stroke. The study did find a small link between butter and overall mortality — each daily tablespoon of butter was linked to a 1 percent increase in mortality risk. On the other hand, the same amount of butter was associated with a 4 percent lower risk of diabetes.“This is neither a health food that should be sought out, and on the other hand it’s not a food that should be avoided at all costs,” said Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, an epidemiologist at Tufts University and one of the study’s senior authors. The findings were published Wednesday in PLOS ONE.advertisement Newsletters Sign up for Daily Recap A roundup of STAT’s top stories of the day. You should know:Recent studies have found that other dairy foods, including cheese and yogurts, are also associated with decreased risk of diabetes. And specifically, there’s some evidence that some fats in dairy foods are protective.“This study adds to a growing understanding that saturated fats are not public health enemy number one,” said Dr. David Ludwig, an endocrinologist and a professor of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health.But keep in mind:Butter consumption tends to correlate with less healthy general lifestyles, and Mozaffarian speculated that this may explain the link between butter consumption and overall mortality.Since most people in the studies only ate a few daily servings of butter, Mozaffarian also emphasized that the findings shouldn’t be extrapolated to very high levels of consumption.The bottom line:Butter has a relatively neutral impact on health, in line with the wider rehabilitation of saturated fats in our diets. Privacy Policy The growing diet divide between rich and poor in America Leave this field empty if you’re human: Related: Tags foodnutritionsaturated fatlast_img read more

Ticky Ticky Road Opens After Extensive Rehabilitation

first_imgRelatedTicky Ticky Road Opens After Extensive Rehabilitation RelatedTicky Ticky Road Opens After Extensive Rehabilitation FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Ticky Ticky road in Manchester was opened on Tuesday (May 5) after extensive rehabilitation work at a cost of more than $19 million.Under the project, which was undertaken by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) through funding from the World Bank, some 2.52 kilometres of roadway was asphalted, with concrete cross drains and retaining walls constructed.It will directly benefit more than 500 residents in the community and surrounding areas.Minister of Finance and the Public Service and Member of Parliament for North Eastern Manchester Hon. Audley Shaw, in addressing the opening ceremony, urged the residents to take care of the roadway.“This road has come at a great cost; let’s take care of it. This is a vital infrastructure for the farmers and other users, and I will be very upset with anyone who seeks to destroy it,” he stated.Managing Director of JSIF, Scarlette Gillings, said the rehabilitation of the road will improve access by farmers to markets and enable the community to benefit from development projects. She commended the co-operative partnership between citizens and the funding organisations in undertaking the project.World Bank Vice President for Latin America and the Caribbean Region, Pamela Cox, in her remarks, said she was pleased to be in the community as “we are interested in development.”“The money that we spend reaches the people in meaningful ways,” she added.Community member, Loraine Gayle, in expressing gratitude on behalf of the community, said that “for many years we suffered with taxis not wanting to drive in this area because of the condition of the road. Now that it is fixed, we will do our best so that it can be in a good condition for a long time.” RelatedTicky Ticky Road Opens After Extensive Rehabilitationcenter_img Ticky Ticky Road Opens After Extensive Rehabilitation TransportMay 7, 2009 Advertisementslast_img read more

Unregulated immigration advice earns Directors £17,000 fine

first_imgUnregulated immigration advice earns Directors £17,000 fine Directors from two law firms which generated £2.5 million in fees by providing unregulated immigration advice have been fined nearly £17,000 and ordered to pay over £28,000 in compensation.Dan Romulus Dandes and Babbar Ali Jamil (Directors at DDR Legal Services LLP) and Ms Zia Bi (Director of Burlow & Spencer Ltd) were sentenced yesterday, (Tuesday 5 January 2021) at the Old Bailey where they were given the following sentences:Mr Dandes received a £20,000 compensation order and fined £750.Mr Jamil, who is currently believed to be out of the country was fined £10,000 in his absence.Ms Bi was given a fine of £6,000 and an £8,745 compensation order.The trio were originally found guilty of providing unqualified immigration advice and/or services at the Old Bailey in April 2020 following a two-year investigation by the OISC which revealed fees in excess of £2.5m was generated.Sentencing, Judge Munro said:“The consequential loss and the impact on the complainants is far-reaching and in some cases devastating.”Referring to the defendants the Judge stated:“All of the defendants were of previous good character. The mitigation in all cases is a genuine lack of knowledge that the criminal behaviour was in fact criminal. Both Ms Bi and Mr Dandes now accept that they were negligent and innocent people suffered as a result.”Among the complainants there were a number of consequences. One had to leave the UK permanently; another paid £7000 in expenses to contest a failed application; others had to travel to Shanghai or Bangkok to submit applications which were bound to be rejected; and a couple who travelled for work were unable to leave the UK for two years while their documentation was sorted out.John Tuckett, Immigration Services Commissioner remarked:“We are pleased with the Judge’s decision today to impose these fines on these individuals, who acted outside the law by providing immigration advice illegally and putting the lives of many vulnerable people at risk. As the Judge stated, these financial penalties will not be able to fully or properly compensate victims for the ‘severe consequences’ of the defendants’ actions, but we hope it will emphasise the importance of using a regulated immigration advisers”.Mr Dandes began the supervision scheme for DDR Legal Services LLP, (a UK registered company) claiming qualification as an EU registered lawyer.This meant law firms could circumvent regulation by the OISC or any other appropriate regulatory body as they were under Mr Dandes’ supervision.However, Mr Dandes did not have the necessary UK qualifications to act in a supervisory role, so he was unqualified to supervise, and any advice given by an individual or firm under this scheme was unregulated and illegal.Burlow and Spencer Ltd, one of the law firms he allegedly supervised, were investigated after an unprecedented 95 complaints were received about the quality of its immigration advice.Burlow and Spencer Ltd subsequently ceased trading in 2019. /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:Bangkok, Commissioner, Criminal, EU, Europe, Government, immigration, Impact, investigation, law, Loss, penalty, quality, regulation, travel, UK, UK Governmentlast_img read more

$100 hotel vouchers a welcome boost for Sydney CBD economy

first_img$100 hotel vouchers a welcome boost for Sydney CBD economy Thursday 25 March 2021The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) has welcomed the NSW Government’s $51.5 million economic support package, which includes up to 200,000 accommodation vouchers worth $100 each.ARA CEO Paul Zahra said the vouchers for hotel stays in the CBD will also provide a boost for retailers, who can look forward to increased foot-traffic around their businesses.“Our CBDs are not the thriving places they once were pre-Covid and we need innovative ways to get people back supporting these hard-hit businesses,” Mr Zahra said.“The NSW Government’s economic support package is an important first step towards revitalising the Sydney CBD. SMB retailers in the city are in deep pain with office attendance down, international borders still closed and JobKeeper about to end, so they need all the support they can get.“The office occupancy rate in the Sydney CBD is less than 50% – it means there aren’t as many people doing the things they would be normally, like grabbing a coffee from a nearby café, shopping during their lunch break or having dinner and drinks in the city after work.“The hotel vouchers are a great way to encourage people back into the city, and it will have flow on benefits for retailers, with more people out and about enjoying the best of what Sydney has to offer.“We thank the NSW Government for their leadership and focused support for businesses. We need to ensure all levels of government work together with industry and business to support the sectors still struggling with the after effects of Covid.” /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:Ara, Australia, Australian, Australian Retailers Association, business, coffee, Government, hotel, industry, JobKeeper, leadership, NSW, retail sector, Sydneylast_img read more

National Library Hosts Workshop on Preservation of Historical Documents

first_imgRelatedNational Library Hosts Workshop on Preservation of Historical Documents FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The National Library of Jamaica (NLJ) will be hosting a training workshop to sensitise key stakeholders about the proper methods to be used in preserving historical documents.Personnel from libraries, churches and the National Gallery of Jamaica have been selected for the one-day workshop, which will be held at the NLJ’s offices at 12 East Street, Kingston on Wednesday, April 21 starting at 9:00 a.m.Consultant Conservator, Ms. Dianna Clise, will be the main presenter at the training session, which will focus on the theoretical and practical aspects of conservation. There will also be a demonstration on book-binding.Public Relations and Marketing Officer at the NLJ, Ms. Denise Harvey-Walker, told JIS News that the workshop was geared towards educating persons about how they could properly preserve the historical materials in their possession.“It is hoped that from now on, these persons will be educated on the best practices of how to store and preserve paper,” she said.She noted that some of the preservation methods being practised in the Caribbean were below world standard. “So, if we could get knowledge on how it should be done, then it would be easier moving forward. We would have a better understanding of how to do it,” she added.Ms. Clise, who works at the Midwest Arts Conservation Centre in Minneapolis, United States of America, is engaged in the restoration of the Nuttall Collection at the NLJ, which is in urgent need of repair.The collection comprises letters and papers of the late Enos Nuttall, Bishop of Jamaica and Archbishop of the West Indies, dating back to the 19th and early 20th Centuries.Additionally, a template will be developed for the NLJ’s conservation staff to follow in their future restoration efforts.Mrs. Walker informed that a grant of just under $3 million (US$33,000.00) was awarded to the NLJ last year by the United States Embassy’s Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation, to finance the restoration project. RelatedNational Library Hosts Workshop on Preservation of Historical Documents National Library Hosts Workshop on Preservation of Historical Documents EducationApril 19, 2010center_img Advertisements RelatedNational Library Hosts Workshop on Preservation of Historical Documentslast_img read more

New Challenge

first_imgWhen Dustin Johnson returns to the PGA Tour in two weeks at the Farmers Insurance Open it will have been six months since last he plied his trade at the highest level, but for the 30-year-old it may as well have been a lifetime ago. When the eight-time Tour winner finished up his season at the Canadian Open he was, by his own admission, not happy. He was tired of underachieving – again, by his own admission – and needed to reset. Since then he’s surrounded himself with an assortment of professionals and even a “life coach,” to learn how to deal with stress and the realities of a vastly changing world, none bigger than the birth of Johnson and fiancé Paulina Gretzky’s first child, son Tatum, on Monday. “He’s awesome. Couldn’t be better. It’s been really, really cool,” Johnson told GolfChannel.com Friday in a one-one-one phone interview. But then fatherhood doesn’t seem to fully describe the transformation Johnson said he has made in the last six months. When he bolted the Tour last July “to seek professional help for personal challenges,” few could have predicted how hectic the next few months would be. Two days after announcing his leave of absence, Golf.com, citing an unnamed source, reported that Johnson had actually been suspended by the Tour for failing his third drug test. Both the Tour and Johnson denied that report. “No. I’ve already answered all these questions,” Johnson said on Friday when asked about a prior Golf.com report. He did concede, however, that there were plenty of challenges he needed to face before becoming a father or returning to professional golf. Although he said he didn’t go to a rehabilitation clinic, he did surround himself with people who could teach him how to deal with life’s unpredictability. “I had to take a look at my goals,” he said. “Finding out Paulina was pregnant I knew it was time to do some soul searching and really work on me. I want to be a great father and a great husband.” One of those people who stepped in to help was Paulina’s father, hockey legend Wayne Gretzky. Johnson sold his South Florida home, although he has purchased a new home just down the street that he plans to move into once it’s renovated, and spent much of the last six months living in a rented house near Gretzky at Sherwood Country Club outside Los Angeles. “He’s been great,” Johnson said. “Honestly, you can’t ask for a better role model as far as sports are concerned. The things he’s done in his career no one will ever do. Just having someone like that to talk to. We played golf every day. We see them every day, we have breakfast up there and dinner with them.” Gretzky taught Johnson how to engage fans and deal with the pressures that come with a high-profile marriage. But mostly Gretzky just listened to a man who has never seemed entirely comfortable in the spotlight and often resorted to self-destructive outlets to deal with his pressures. “One big thing that I learned was stress. The way I describe it is the way I am on the golf course I act like I don’t get too excited or too down on myself. I kind of transferred that over to life,” Johnson said. “I always kept things inside. I never dealt with them. When I was drinking, I’d drink too much. Dealing with all that helped a bunch.” Johnson recently worked with his swing coach, Butch Harmon, who said he’s impressed with the new and improved player, both physically and mentally. “He seems to have his head on straight and is in great shape,” Harmon said. A large part of Johnson’s transformation was prompted by the impending birth of his son, but there was also an underlying desire to turn what he says has been a good career into a great one. Reaching his full potential crystalized in September while he watched the U.S. team – a team he qualified for but didn’t play on following his announced hiatus – at the Ryder Cup. “The only thing I regret is not playing in the Ryder Cup,” he said. “Everything I have done has been to help me and help my family. Right now I couldn’t be in a better place, and I’m focused on playing as well as I can.” It will be a 146-mile drive from Los Angeles to Torrey Pines for Johnson’s first start of the year, but that doesn’t come close to the metaphorical distance he seems to have traveled in his return to the Tour.last_img read more

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