The Nightshift: 26 June 2017

Press Clippings:

Good Morning, it’s Wednesday 26 July 2017 and this is the morning  edition of The Nightshift, the world’s overnight news feed.

The Senate overnight passed a bill to proceed with their efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare, but the first vote on actually doing so failed. It’s a bit like putting new curtains up on a window that’s full of broken panes–it might look better, but nothing of substance has been accomplished.

There is a debate about the appropriateness of Donald Trump’s speech to the annual Boy Scout Jamboree. He gave a partisan, political speech to the annual gathering of Scouts, and many Scout leaders, parents, and supporters thought it was totally inappropriate for the event.

Today is National Aunt and Uncle Day. Stay in touch with them.

Catch up with what’s going on in the world by reading the front pages of the World’s Greatest Newspapers.

The International Headlines are all at your fingertips, below.

The Times (London

Financial Times (UK)

The Irish Times (Dublin, Ireland)

The Wall Street Journal (European edition)

Washington Post (Washington, D.C.)

New York Times (New York)

The Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles)

Daily News Egypt (Cairo)

South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)

The Moscow Times (Moscow)

Le Figaro (Paris)

Bloomberg.com (New York)

The Jerusalem Post (Jerusalem)

The Japanese Times (Tokyo)

Sputnik (Moscow)

The Buenas Aires Herald (Buenas Aires)

The Sidney Morning Herald (Sidney)

Deadline Hollywood (Hollywood)

FiveThirtyEight (New York City)

Politico (Washington, DC)

Lawfareblog (Washington, DC)

Wired (San Francisco, CA)

The Fine Print:  Embed courtesy of our friends at Getty Images, who have the photographic history of the 20th and 21st Century on file. The image has not been altered in any way. We thank them for sharing.  The Nightshift is a production of Perception Engineering and The Media Bunker. This post is number 1287  for this site. The Nightshift is a continually experiment in news communications. This month, comments on the world’s news have been (severely) limited and a photo of one important story of the day is included. It’s all in rapid iteration. Thanks for reading. Now–catch up on the world. 


The Nightshift: 25 July 2017

Press Clippings:

Good Morning, it’s Tuesday, 25 July 2017 and this is the morning  edition of The Nightshift, the world’s overnight news feed.

This week, the Senate will have to vote on a bill to repeal, replace, or repeal and replace (no one knows what’s in the latest bill, because few people have seen it) the Affordable Care Act. The desperation, insecurity, and ineptness of makes this legislation initiative seem more and more like a “dog ate my homework” scenario for Congress.

Jared Kushner testified behind closed doors yesterday and, later, asserted that he did not collude  with the Russians, in a carefully worded statement delivered after his morning sessions and also in a written statement released early yesterday morning. He’ll be back to talk some more with Congress today.

Today is National Hire A Veteran Day.

Catch up with what’s going on in the world by reading the front pages of the World’s Greatest Newspapers.

The International Headlines are all at your fingertips, below.

The Times (London

Financial Times (UK)

The Irish Times (Dublin, Ireland)

The Wall Street Journal (European edition)

Washington Post (Washington, D.C.)

New York Times (New York)

The Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles)

Daily News Egypt (Cairo)

South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)

The Moscow Times (Moscow)

Le Figaro (Paris)

Bloomberg.com (New York)

The Jerusalem Post (Jerusalem)

The Japanese Times (Tokyo)

Sputnik (Moscow)

The Buenas Aires Herald (Buenas Aires)

The Sidney Morning Herald (Sidney)

Deadline Hollywood (Hollywood)

FiveThirtyEight (New York City)

Politico (Washington, DC)

Lawfareblog (Washington, DC)

Wired (San Francisco, CA)

The Fine Print:  Embed courtesy of our friends at Getty Images, who have the photographic history of the 20th and 21st Century on file. The image has not been altered in any way. We thank them for sharing.  The Nightshift is a production of Perception Engineering and The Media Bunker. This post is number 1286  for this site. The Nightshift is a continually experiment in news communications. This month, comments on the world’s news have been (severely) limited and a photo of one important story of the day is included. It’s all in rapid iteration. Thanks for reading. Now–catch up on the world. 


The Nightshift: 24 July 2017

Press Clippings:

Good Morning, it’s Monday, 24 July 2017 and this is the morning  edition of The Nightshift, the world’s overnight news feed.

Jared Kushner will talk with Congress this morning in closed testimony. Presumably, he will discuss issues with his meetings with Russian officials and multiple inaccurate renditions of his security clearance form.

Jordan Spieth won the 146th British Open (“The Open”) when he went five under par for the last 5 holes to beat Matt Kuchar for the title. It was Spieth’s 3rd major golf title–all before the age of 24. Only one other golfer has had such success at an early age: Jack Nicklaus.

Chris Froome won the Tour de France; it was his fourth overall win in the French bicycle racing classic.

Today is National Tequila Day. Celebrate.

Catch up with what’s going on in the world by reading the front pages of the World’s Greatest Newspapers.

The International Headlines are all at your fingertips, below.

The Times (London

Financial Times (UK)

The Irish Times (Dublin, Ireland)

The Wall Street Journal (European edition)

Washington Post (Washington, D.C.)

New York Times (New York)

The Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles)

Daily News Egypt (Cairo)

South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)

The Moscow Times (Moscow)

Le Figaro (Paris)

Bloomberg.com (New York)

The Jerusalem Post (Jerusalem)

The Japanese Times (Tokyo)

Sputnik (Moscow)

The Buenas Aires Herald (Buenas Aires)

The Sidney Morning Herald (Sidney)

Deadline Hollywood (Hollywood)

FiveThirtyEight (New York City)

Politico (Washington, DC)

Lawfareblog (Washington, DC)

Wired (San Francisco, CA)

The Fine Print:  Embed courtesy of our friends at Getty Images, who have the photographic history of the 20th and 21st Century on file. The image has not been altered in any way. We thank them for sharing.  The Nightshift is a production of Perception Engineering and The Media Bunker. This post is number 1285 for this site. The Nightshift is a continually experiment in news communications. This month, comments on the world’s news have been (severely) limited and a photo of one important story of the day is included. It’s all in rapid iteration. Thanks for reading. Now–catch up on the world. 


The British Open: Round 4

Nightshift Sports: 

Jordan Spieth was one of the leaders on Day 1.

He was one of the leaders on Day 2.

He was one of the leaders on Day 3.

And he was the Champion, on Day 4.

How it all came about, the analysis and news and photos of a history making Championship for Jordan, can be found via our direct link to the official website of The Open. 

It was, as last year, a fight to the finish. Spieth stumbled at the start, picking up two bogeys on the first three holes and eventually falling behind playing partner Matt Kuchar, until he found his game and then his destiny, by going five under par for the last five holes and finishing the tournament twelve under par  to Kuchar’s very game but not-quite-enough 9 under par. It was a great tournament, full of drama, record setting performances, and a final day that was yet another classic at a tournament that seems to insist on such things.

Spieth is now the second person to win three majors before his 24th birthday; the other is a guy named Jack Nicklaus, who went on to win 18 majors. The memory of The Masters loss in 2016 now gone, expect Spieth to accelerate his game even more. He is that good.

Take advantage of the great reporting that’s available on The Open website (by using our direct link), in particular the hole-by-hole coverage of the final round of Jordan Spieth and Matt Kuchar. Certainly, the 146th edition of The Open was another classic.

Savor it.

 

The Fine Print: Image embed courtesy of our friends at Getty Images, who have the photographic history of the 20th and 21st century on file. This image has not been altered in any way. We thank them for sharing.

 

 


The Tour de France: Stage 21 (The Final Stage)

Nightshift Sports: 

The 2017 edition of the Tour de France is over, the results in the record books, the legends made now ready to be passed on and down to the next group of riders who attempt the most grueling bicycle race in the world.

When the final stage (Stage 21) was complete, England’s Christopher Froome was the overall winner, winning his fourth Tour de France, and, if you been following our coverage, leading for most of the way. Froome was followed by Rigoberto Uran and Romain Bardet in second and third positions. It is appropriate to think of them as future contenders for a Tour win–they rode well and finished strong.

The final stage of the race, Stage 21, was won by Dylan Groenewegen, who lead the riders into the classic final ride down the Champs Elysees.  Get all of the news, the best photos, analysis, and a complete recount of the race and the racers by using our direct link to the official Tour de France website. 

There were six jerseys awarded at the close of the tour, and each winner represents a supreme accomplishment delivered over the entire length of the race. Media and social media coverage of the Tour this year was great and you can expect it to be even better next year. Hope that you enjoyed one of the great classic sporting events in the world. Nightshift Sports and the Media Bunker enjoyed the chance to relay–efficiently and effectively–each day’s results. See you next year, where we’ll cover the race from France.

The Fine Print: Image embed courtesy of our friends at Getty Images, who have the photographic history of the 20th and 21st century on file. This image has not been altered in any way. We thank them for sharing.

 


The Nightshift: 23 July 2017

Press Clippings:

Good Morning, it’s Sunday, 23 July 2017 and this is the morning  edition of The Nightshift, the world’s overnight news feed.

Congress has a passed a tough sanctions bill against Russia for their meddling in the American presidential elections in 2016. The punishing legislation will make it very difficult for President Trump to “go easy” on Russia.

Today is National Vanilla Ice Cream Day…are you going to add some butterscotch to your serving?

The final round of the British Open is in progress. Jordan Spieth is the leader at eleven under par.

And, today is the final day for the Tour de France, with the riders finishing with the traditional sprint down the Champs Elysees. Christopher Froome of England is the current leader; he is expected to win his fourth Tour de France.

Catch up with what’s going on in the world by reading the front pages of the World’s Greatest Newspapers.

The International Headlines are all at your fingertips, below.

The Times (London

Financial Times (UK)

The Irish Times (Dublin, Ireland)

The Wall Street Journal (European edition)

Washington Post (Washington, D.C.)

New York Times (New York)

The Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles)

Daily News Egypt (Cairo)

South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)

The Moscow Times (Moscow)

Le Figaro (Paris)

Bloomberg.com (New York)

The Jerusalem Post (Jerusalem)

The Japanese Times (Tokyo)

Sputnik (Moscow)

The Buenas Aires Herald (Buenas Aires)

The Sidney Morning Herald (Sidney)

Deadline Hollywood (Hollywood)

FiveThirtyEight (New York City)

Politico (Washington, DC)

Lawfareblog (Washington, DC)

Wired (San Francisco, CA)

The Fine Print:  Embed courtesy of our friends at Getty Images, who have the photographic history of the 20th and 21st Century on file. The image has not been altered in any way. We thank them for sharing.  The Nightshift is a production of Perception Engineering and The Media Bunker. This post is number 1282 for this site. The Nightshift is a continually experiment in news communications. This month, comments on the world’s news have been (severely) limited and a photo of one important story of the day is included. It’s all in rapid iteration. Thanks for reading. Now–catch up on the world. 


The 2017 British Open: Round 3

Nightshift Sports: 

Round Three of the British Open (or as they call it in the U.K. ..”The Open”) is over. One name remains constant at the very top of the leader board: American Jordan Spieth. Spieth shot a 5 under par 65 to finish round 3 with an overall score of 11 under par and a 3 shot lead over fellow American Matt Kuchar. Spieth played like Spieth can play,  all day,  and continued to extend his lead. He is the favorite going into Sunday’s finish.

The day was ideal for scoring–the exact opposite of yesterday’s trial by wind and rain–and all the players took advantage of the conditions, but no one did a more impressive job than Branden Grace of South Africa, who shot the first 62 ever recorded in Major tournament golf play. That score was good enough to move Grace into a tie for fifth.

Use our direct link to the Official website for The Open to get all the news, analysis, and background on the 2017 edition of golf’s oldest major. The link will take you directly to the leaderboard and will also show you highlight clips of most of the top players.

The final round for The Open is tomorrow. The six hour time difference means you need to get up early to enjoy the finish in real time. There are not many sports spectating events as good as watching the final round of The Open early on a Sunday morning, so enjoy.

 

The Fine Print: Image embed courtesy of our friends at Getty Images, who have the photographic history of the 20th and 21st century on file. This image has not been altered in any way. We thank them for sharing.

 


The Tour de France: Stage 20

Nightshift Sports:

The Tour de France is winding down now and with today’s race–Stage 20 out of 21–the Tour only has the grand finale of tomorrow’s run down the Champs Elysees and the 2017 edition of the world’s greatest bicycle race will be over.

Maciej Bodnar of Poland won Stage 20, and in the overall classifications, Chris Froome remains in 1st place, followed by Rigoberto Uran and Romain Bardet. Unless Froome has a disasterous outing tomorrow–and the odds say he will not–he will win his fourth Tour de France.

Catch up on all the news, photos, analysis and behind the scenes features of this years Tour de France using our direct link to the Official Tour De France website.

And…don’t forget the time difference for tomorrow’s finish. The time difference between the East Coast and Paris is 6 hours, so get up early tomorrow morning and tune into the finish if you want to see the closing stage live.

 

 

 

 

The Fine Print: Image embed courtesy of our friends at Getty Images, who have the photographic history of the 20th and 21st century on file. This image has not been altered in any way. We thank them for sharing.

 


Who Gets Into the British Open?

Nightshift Sports: 

The British Open enters its final round tomorrow (Sunday, 23 July 2017.

The Open (known in America as “The British Open) is the oldest major golf championship and is contested on courses in England, Scotland, and Ireland.An entry position into The Open (entries are managed via the acquisition of an “excemption”..see below) is one of the toughest tickets in golf; if you don’t get an exemption through your play throughout the golf calendar year,   you can always try your hand in one of the qualifiers staged before the main event.

It’s worth taking the time to read the list of players granted entry into The Open to see just how international The Open is and how many chances there are for Amateurs and other top players all over the world to gain a spot in the world’s oldest (146 years and going strong) major golf tournament.

There are some interesting exemptions; one is the Mark H. McCormack Medal for the number one world ranked amateur. We’re going to take some time to honor Mark McCormack for his contributions to international golf, some of which–beyond the medal awarded in his name–you may not be familiar with. McCormack was a major force in shaping professional sports and, in particular, professional golf, in the late 20th century and into the 21st century. He was Arnold Palmer’s manager/representative and the two of them built the modern PGA tour in terms of popularity, prize money, and television coverage. He also created the modern sports agency business through his founding and guidance of IMG (International Management Group).  He was a friend who always returned his phone calls (at the end of the business day) and one of the most responsible people in sports.  If you haven’t read his book, “What they don’t teach you at Harvard Business School”, you are kindly advised to do so. That McCormack–a fine golfer himself–would sponsor a Medal for the world’s top amateur is just so correct and right.

One hundred and fifty -six players received exemptions for entry into The Open; after the cut, only 77 play the final two rounds on Saturday and Sunday. Here’s how the entry list for the 2017 Tournament was derived, with the name of the exemption category first,  and the number of players accepted from that category in parenthesis. Please note that some players qualify for The Open via one or more exemptions.

The Open Champions aged 60 or under on 23 July 2017.  ( 16)

The Open Champions for 2007-2016.    (9)

First 10 and anyone tying for 10th place at Royal Troon in 2016.  (10)

First 50 Players on the OWGR for Week 21, 2017.  (53)

First 30 in The Race to Dubai 2016. (30)

The BMW PGA Championship winners for 2015-2017. ( 3)

The First 5 European Tour members and any European Tour members tying for 5th place, not otherwise exempt, in the top 20 of the Race to Dubai Rankings on completion of the 2017 BMW International Open.  (5)

The US Open Champions for 2013-2017.  A Blank entry will be made on behalf of the 2017 Champion, (5)

The Masters Tournament Champions for 2013-2017. (4)

The PGA Champions for 2012-2016. (4)

The PLAYERS Champions for 2015-2017.  (3)

The Top 30 Players from the final 2016 Fedex Cup Points List (29)

First 5 PGA TOUR members and any PGA TOUR members tying for 5th place, not exempt in the top 20 of the PGA TOUR FedExCup Points List for 2017 on completion of the 2017 Travelers Championship. (4)

The 2016 Olympic Golf Gold medallist. (1)

The 111th VISA Open de Argentina 2016 Champion. (1)

The 2017 KOLON Korean Open Champion and runner-up. (2)

Playing members of the 2016 Ryder Cup Teams. (23)

First and anyone tying for 1st place on the Order of Merit of the Asian Tour for 2016. (1)

First and anyone tying for 1st place on the Order of Merit of the Tour of Australasia for 2016. (1)

First and anyone tying for 1st place on the Order of Merit of the Southern Africa PGA Sunshine Tour for 2016. (1)

The Japan Open Champion for 2016. (1)

First 2 and anyone tying for 2nd place, on the Official Money List of the Japan Golf Tour for 2016. (2)

First 2 and anyone tying for 2nd place, not exempt having applied B(6) (see page 4) in a cumulative money list taken from all official 2017 Japan Golf Tour events up to and including the 2017 Japan Tour Championship. Blank entries will be made on behalf of competitors qualifying in this category. (2)

The Senior Open Champion for 2016. (1)

The Amateur Champion for 2017. Blank entry will be made on behalf of the Champion. (1)

The US Amateur Champion for 2016. (0)

The European Amateur Champions for 2016 and 2017. Blank entry will be made on behalf of the 2017 Champion. (2)

The Mark H McCormack Medal (Men’s World Amateur Golf RankingTM) winner for 2016. (1)

Open Qualifying Series Australia – Emirates Australian Open 2016. Three places to the leading three players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 10 and ties. (3)

Open Qualifying Series Singapore – SMBC Singapore Open 2017. Four places to the leading four players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 12 and ties. (4)

Open Qualifying Series South Africa – Joburg Open 2017. Three places to the leading three players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 10 and ties. (3)

Open Qualifying Series Japan – Mizuno Open 2017. Four places to the leading four players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 12 and ties. (4)

Open Qualifying Series France – Open de France 2017. Three places to the leading three players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 10 and ties. (3)

Open Qualifying Series USA – Quicken Loans National 2017. Four places to the leading four players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 12 and ties. (4)

Open Qualifying Series Ireland – Dubai Duty Free Irish Open 2017. Three places to the leading three players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 10 and ties. (3)

Open Qualifying Series USA – The Greenbrier Classic 2017. Four places to the leading four players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 12 and ties. (4)

Open Qualifying Series Scotland – Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open 2017. Three places to the leading three players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 10 and ties. (3)

Open Qualifying Series USA – John Deere Classic 2017. One place to the leading player (not otherwise exempt) who finishes in the top five and ties.  (1)

Final Qualifying Gailes Links. Three qualifying places are available into The 146th Open at Royal Birkdale from Final Qualifying at Gailes Links. (3)

Final Qualifying Hillside – Three qualifying places are available into The 146th Open at Royal Birkdale from Final Qualifying at Hillside. (3)

Final Qualifying Notts Hollinwell – Three qualifying places are available into The 146th Open at Royal Birkdale from Final Qualifying at Notts Hollinwell. (3)

Final Qualifying Royal Cinque Ports – Three qualifying places are available into The 146th Open at Royal Birkdale from Final Qualifying at Royal Cinque Ports. (3)

Final Qualifying Woburn – Three qualifying places are available into The 146th Open at Royal Birkdale from Final Qualifying at Woburn.  (3)

 

The Fine Print: Image embed courtesy of our friends at Getty Images, who have the photographic history of the 20th and 21st century on file. We thank them for sharing. The photograph has not been altered in any way. The official exemption list for 2017 Open at Royal Birkdale was sourced from the The Open’s official website and is believed to be correct as of the time of publishing of this post. 

 


The Nightshift: 22 July 2017

Press Clippings:

Good Morning, it’s Saturday, 22 July 2017 and this is the morning  edition of The Nightshift, the world’s overnight news feed.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has resigned, ending an often awkward, combative, verbally difficult period as Trump’s main spokesperson.

Today is National Hammock Day, a perfect day to just totally relax.

The third round of the British Open is in progress. Jordan Spieth remains the leader at six under.

Catch up with what’s going on in the world by reading the front pages of the World’s Greatest Newspapers.

The International Headlines are all at your fingertips, below.

The Times (London

Financial Times (UK)

The Irish Times (Dublin, Ireland)

The Wall Street Journal (European edition)

Washington Post (Washington, D.C.)

New York Times (New York)

The Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles)

Daily News Egypt (Cairo)

South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)

The Moscow Times (Moscow)

Le Figaro (Paris)

Bloomberg.com (New York)

The Jerusalem Post (Jerusalem)

The Japanese Times (Tokyo)

Sputnik (Moscow)

The Buenas Aires Herald (Buenas Aires)

The Sidney Morning Herald (Sidney)

Deadline Hollywood (Hollywood)

FiveThirtyEight (New York City)

Politico (Washington, DC)

Lawfareblog (Washington, DC)

Wired (San Francisco, CA)

The Fine Print:  Embed courtesy of our friends at Getty Images, who have the photographic history of the 20th and 21st Century on file. The image has not been altered in any way. We thank them for sharing.  The Nightshift is a production of Perception Engineering and The Media Bunker. This post is number 1278 for this site. The Nightshift is a continually experiment in news communications. This month, comments on the world’s news have been (severely) limited and a photo of one important story of the day is included. It’s all in rapid iteration. Thanks for reading. Now–catch up on the world.