The 84th Masters gets underway at Augusta National Golf Club from Thursday.15-time major champion Tiger Woods will look to defend his title at a behind-closed-doors Masters.Sport24 takes a look at the six South Africans who will be competing in golf's final Major of the year. The 84th Masters Tournament gets underway at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia on Thursday. This year's Masters will be played outside of April for the first time after the pandemic saw the tournament rescheduled from its traditional April slot. It will be the last Major Championship of the year with defending champion Tiger Woods looking to secure a sixth green jacket. There will be SIX South Africans in the 92-man field with Charl Schwartzel the only competing South African to win the green jacket (Read More
Bukayo Saka has told Jude Bellingham to remain fearless following the 17-year-olds first senior England call-up. Borussia Dortmund midfielder Bellingham could become the third-youngest player to represent the Three Lions if he makes an appearance in any of the upcoming fixtures. Gareth Southgates side start their triple-header with a friendly against the Republic of Ireland on Thursday night and, if he features, only Theo Walcott and Wayne Rooney would have made their England bows at a younger age than Bellingham. The former Birmingham man was promoted from the under-21 squad after injuries saw both Trent Alexander-Arnold and James Ward-Prowse pull out. Congratulations to @BellinghamJude, who has been called up to the #ThreeLions for the first time! 👏 pic.twitter.com/bWpDevg4ae— Englan...Read More
President-elect Joe Bidens campaign promise to phase out oil probably signals the end of the long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline and threatens the future of Dakota Access, another major crude conduit. Obstructing pipeline projects is one way Mr. Biden could accelerate Americas shift toward renewable energy, by making oil more difficult and expensive to move around. Other policies that require legislative signoff would be more challenging to implement unless Democrats won control of the Senate. In the absence of legislation, youre going to try to do what you can through administrative action, said Christine Tezak, managing director at energy research firm ClearView Energy Partners LLC. Mr. Bidens campaign has said he would revoke a presidential permit that Keystone XL needs to cross th...Read More
Ted Kaufman, former chief of staff to the president-elect, will have a voice in choosing financial regulators
WASHINGTONA decade ago, Ted Kaufman sought to rein in big banks. Now he will have a significant role in picking the people who supervise them. In 2010, during a brief stint in the Senate, Mr. Kaufman led a push to limit the size of U.S. lendersa move that would have led to the breakup of the biggest banks had it been successful. Mr. Kaufman is leading President-elect Joe Bidens transition team, giving him a voice in choosing appointees to fill positions across the government, including the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Securities and Exchange Commission. A longtime friend of Mr. Biden, Mr. Kaufman is seen as a bridge between moderate Democrats and more liberal members of the party, who applaud his long history of seeking tough new rules on the financial-services industry....Read More
Personnel moves and spending decisions could reshape the central bank, but near-term policy changes aren’t likely
President-elect Joe Biden could reshape the Federal Reserve over the coming years through personnel appointments and fiscal policies, though his administration is unlikely to have any immediate effect on the central banks interest-rate policy. Chief among those decisions is selecting the next Fed chair, one of the most powerful economic policy makers in the world. Mr. Biden will decide whether to offer the current leader, Jerome Powell, a second term or pick a successor to steer the central banks policies on rates, credit and financial regulation. That call is a ways off, since Mr. Powells four-year term as chairman runs to February 2022. Until then, Mr. Powell is likely to enjoy a more civil and less antagonistic relationship with Mr. Biden than he did with President Trump.Read More
The reactions across the Middle East to Joe Bidens victory revealed the strategic calculations of leaders in the region heading into a post-Trump era. Driving the news: Some leaders quickly congratulated Biden while others hesitated. Some were restrained in their statements, while others couldnt hide their joy at President Trumps defeat. The first Arab leader to congratulate Biden, minutes after CNN called the race, was Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. Egypt is one of America's primary allies in the region and is perceived as the leader of the Arab world. Sisi, who also quickly congratulated Trump in 2016, was signaling that he wants to keep it that way.Trump's lauding of Sisi as "my favorite dictator was a sharp break from Barack Obama, who responded coolly after Sisi seized poRead More
Geography, rather than race or age, paints the clearest picture of President Trump's defeat and illustrates the demographic trends that could hurt Republicans in future elections. The big picture: The rural-urban divide demonstrated President-elect Joe Biden's power in and around cities which helped him flip the states that delivered his election victory. But there's also a demographic trend that should worry Democrats: the support Trump won from some Latinos in some areas of the country.Here are four geographic and demographic trends that help explain the election outcome: 1. Suburbs have undergone a fundamental shift in favor of Democrats.Trump may have alienated some suburban voters in ways that wouldn't translate to other Republicans but suburban demographics are also rapidly changiRead More
European banks say they are doing just fine during the coronavirus pandemic. But regulators and bank executives are concerned about the elephant in the room: a wave of bad loans that could overwhelm lenders when government rescue packages end. The economies of Europe plunged this year, and fresh lockdowns in many countries are weighing on nascent recoveries. Yet the unprecedented levels of government and financial-sector support, including repayment moratoriums sometimes covering a quarter of all outstanding loans, have kept...Read More
Boris Johnson plans to promote his head of communications to a crucial role would be the "final nail for the PM" and "makes Rishi’s trajectory even quicker", Conservative MPs have said today.
Boris Johnson plans to promote his head of communications to a crucial role would be the "final nail for the PM" and "makes Rishis trajectory even quicker", Conservative MPs have said today. Plans are still under wraps, but if confirmed the promotion will see Lee Cain made chief of staff, joining senior advisers Dominic Cummings and Lord Udny-Lister, and Simon Case, who took over as Cabinet secretary in September, in the PM's closest circle of aides. But the rumours have angered backbenchers - many of whom are convinced the former Vote Leave spokesman was behind the recent lockdown leak. One former minister said it was "pathetic", adding: "I can't get beyond him being a bloody chicken, and we all know it was him who 'leaked' lockdown." Another added: "It's this Government all over - ...Read More
Dentists should help doctors during the vaccine rollout to allow cancer patients’ treatment to continue, the chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners has said.
Professor Jonathan Van-Tam set out how the timetable for developing and approving a vaccine had been condensed from the usual several years due to the coronavirus crisis. At a Downing Street briefing he said: "Everyone knows that this is a public health emergency. We are in a much more difficult position." He said he had encouraged his 78-year-old mother to be ready to take a coronavirus vaccine as soon as possible. Asked whether high-profile Government figures such as himself or the Prime Minister should take a vaccine first to prove to the public it was safe, he said he would be "at the front of the queue" if he was allowed. He said he was a 56-year-old with one medium-to-high risk condition, so there were people with greater priority. "If I could, rightly and morally, be at the ver...Read More