Odds & Ends: Mark Strong & Hope Davis Set for David Hare Play & More

first_img Star Files Mark Strong(Photo: Pete Jones/ArenaPal) Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed from today. Mark Strong & Hope Davis Set for New David Hare PlayTony nominees Mark Strong (A View From the Bridge) and Hope Davis (God of Carnage) will lead the previously reported world premiere of David Hare’s The Red Barn at London’s National Theatre, writes U.K. journalist Baz Bamigboye. Directed by Robert Icke, the play is set in Connecticut and follows two couples whose car breaks down in a blizzard. The production is scheduled to begin previews on October 6 and officially open on October 17 at the Lyttelton Theatre. We’re keeping a close eye on this one—it’s being produced in association with Broadway and Hollywood heavyweight Scott Rudin.Harry Potter Star Slated for UnfaithfulMatthew Lewis, who appeared as Neville Longbottom in all of the Harry Potter films, has been tapped to star in the London premiere of Unfaithful. The blackly comic new play, also featuring Sean Campion (The Borgias), Niamh Cusack (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time) and Ruta Gedmintas (The Tudors), questions what it means to be lovers, partners and people. Directed by by Adam Penford and penned by Owen McCafferty, Unfaithful is set to run for a limited engagement August 25 through October 8 at Found111. Opening night is scheduled for August 31.Victoria Clark & More Tapped for Madame SousatzkaAn update on the Broadway-aimed Madame Sousatzka, from the notorious producer Garth Drabinsky. Main Stem favorites Victoria Clark, Montego Glover and Tsidii Le Loka (the original Rafiki in The Lion King) are currently involved in a workshop of the stage adaptation of the 1988 Shirley MacLaine movie. Penned by Richard Maltby Jr. and David Shire, the New York Post reports that tuner plans to open in Toronto this fall, before possibly heading to New York next spring.Josh Groban Drops Great Comet TasterJosh Groban has just released for digital download “Dust and Ashes” from the new musical Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812. Featuring music and lyrics by Dave Malloy, the track will be distributed by Reprise Records; the new musical will blaze into Broadway’s Imperial Theatre on October 18. And, just because it’s Friday, check out below Groban’s rendition of “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from Rodgers and Hammerstein ‘s Carousel. You’re welcome. View Comments Mark Stronglast_img read more

Secretary of State says seven candidates filed petitions for Vermont’s presidential primaries

first_imgThis year, as a result of a Constitutional Amendment passed in November 2010, 17 year olds who will turn 18 by the November 6th general election, are eligible to register and vote in Vermont’s Presidential Primary. Secretary of State, January 9, 2012 The Republicans filing petitions in Vermont are:Newt Gingrich of VirginiaJon Huntsman of UtahRon Paul of TexasRick Perry of TexasMitt Romney of MassachusettsRick Santorum of Virginia Vermont law requires any candidate seeking to have his or her name printed on the ballot of a major party presidential primary must file petitions signed by no fewer than 1,000 Vermont voters, along with a $2,000 filing fee.   17 V.S.A. §§2701-2702center_img Secretary of State Jim Condos announced yesterday that seven candidates have filed petitions to be placed on the ballot in Vermont’s Presidential Primary. The deadlinie was January 9 at 5 pm.  Six candidates filed petitions for the Republican ballot and one candidate for the Democratic ballot. Barack Obama of Illinois was the lone Democrat filing for the March 6, 2012, Presidential Primary.last_img read more

India plans new transmission infrastructure to support renewable energy generation

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Clean Technica:India has shared details of large power transmission projects dedicated for renewable energy projects in the western parts of the country. The transmission projects are part of the Green Energy Corridors program that was envisaged to support the massive renewable energy capacity addition targets announced by the Indian government.India’s largest power transmission company, the state-owned Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL), recently shared proposals to set up transmission projects worth $1.8 billion in the western states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Rajasthan. The transmission projects will support wind and solar power projects with a combined installed capacity of 25.4 gigawatts across the three states.The current proposal is part of a much larger plan to set up transmission projects dedicated to solar and wind energy farms spread across seven renewable energy-rich states in the country. As part of this plan, transmission projects to support 50 gigawatts of solar and 16.5 gigawatts of wind energy capacity shall be set up. This larger plan is divided into two phases — under phase I, transmission projects for 20 gigawatts of solar and 9 gigawatts of wind energy capacity shall be set up by December 2020, while under phase II, projects for 30 gigawatts of solar and 7.5 gigawatts of wind energy capacity shall be set up by December 2021.The states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Madhya Pradesh will have transmission projects to support 28 gigawatts of solar and wind energy capacity by the end of 2021.These transmission projects are critical for India to achieve, or even get close to, the ambitious target to have 100 gigawatts of solar power and 60 gigawatts of wind energy capacity operational by March 2022. The lack of adequate transmission network has been an issue that kept project developers from bidding in large-scale renewable energy projects.More: India plans $1.8 billion transmission projects for renewable energy projects India plans new transmission infrastructure to support renewable energy generationlast_img read more

Natick Develops Holster for M320 Grenade Launcher

first_img “It was a one-point sling, so (the weapon) was kind of bouncing around,” Bean said. “If you went down to the ground, you were dragging it through the dirt. Most people felt that protection was needed at some level because they were just getting dragged in the dirt and pounded on.” The detachable M320, named one of the U.S. Army’s top 10 inventions of 2009, comes equipped with a sling to carry it when not mounted to the M4 carbine or M16 rifle, according to Bean. An equipment specialist with Product Manager Soldier Clothing and Individual Equipment, or PM SCIE, is trying to answer that question. Darren Bean has been working at the Natick Soldier Systems Center since November 2012 on the M320GL Holster Soldier Enhancement Program, or SEP. The SEP allowed the purchase of enough holsters to equip a brigade combat team. He said the “buy-try-decide” concept allows the Army to test the functionality of equipment without spending a lot of time on research and development. Some Soldiers began looking for a better solution than the sling for the M320, which weighs seven pounds with the butt stock. Bean found three commercial vendors who make M320 holsters, so PM SCIE acquired 167 of each. “Now we can actually test them with an entire brigade,” he added. The testing was to make sure it was realistic to go forward, Bean said. There was one question, however. How would he or she best carry it? Soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) from Fort Drum, New York, the 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team of the Vermont National Guard, and Soldiers in Afghanistan are currently evaluating the holsters. The Consumer Research Team at the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center will collect data. PM SCIE officials will then make a recommendation to the Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning by the beginning of fiscal year 2014. Each one of the holsters has had small issues, according to Bean. One model includes pockets for grenades but is bulky. Another is more streamlined but offers less protection for the weapon. The third is a cross between the other two. Bean put the holsters in the hands of a dozen Soldiers from the 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning, Ga., who went through a set of standardized tests in mid May. The Soldiers filled out surveys after the testing. “The need is there, for sure,” Bean said. “I think the end state of this will be that they will say, ‘Yes, we need a grenade launcher holster for this when we use it in the stand-alone mode.’” “They decided they wanted to be able to put it in a holster rather than just shove it in their ruck sack,” Bean said. “They’re of varying design,” Bean said. “All three of them were very different from each other.” By Dialogo August 12, 2013 “None of them have performed necessarily any better than the other ones,” Bean said. “They all have some small things that need to be tweaked.” When the M320 40 mm grenade launcher began replacing the M203 in 2009, it put a new and more lethal weapon into the hands of the Soldier. last_img read more

Social distancing and the need for self-serve banking

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Every American citizen, along with the rest of the world, has been impacted by COVID-19, better known as the coronavirus disease. In these uncertain times, businesses are moving to work-from-home operations, events have been postponed or canceled, and school districts across the country have closed their doors. While there are many unknowns and the long-term impact is yet to be determined, financial institutions have the opportunity to leverage technology and self-serve channels to empower their account holders and borrowers to manage their banking needs, while minimizing their trips away from home.During times like these, we often hear about the importance of diversifying investment and loan portfolio assets in order to protect your overall business; however, diversifying your payment channels can not only give you a strategic advantage, but it can also offer your members convenient ways to make their loan payments and access their accounts in a time when travel is being limited.Self-service trendsIn today’s age of social distancing, self-servicing, online purchasing, and curbside pick-up have become a part of our new “normal.” Account holders not only are looking for a more convenient way to pay, but a safer one. With branch lobbies being closed, employees and members working from the comforts on their home, and entire cities being mandated not to leave their house, financial institutions are forced to evolve and adapt. Self-service payment channels are no longer a convenience; they have become a necessity. continue reading »last_img read more

COVID-19: Otsego County reports 4 additional recoveries

first_imgThe health department has confirmed one additional case since Friday, bringing the total to 58 cases in the county. They have also reported four new recoveries from the virus, bringing the total to 45. The health department says the number of deaths and hospitalizations has remained the same since Friday at four and three respectively. They also say the number of individuals in mandatory and precautionary quarantine has dropped from 23 to 15 since the previous report.  Go to the CDC website or the Otsego County Health Department’s website for more information. The county health department reports 209 individuals released from quarantine to date.center_img OTSEGO COUNTY, N.Y. (WBNG) — The Otsego County Health Department gave an update regarding the coronavirus on Sunday. For more coronavirus coverage, click here.last_img read more

The Biden Bump – The New York Times

first_imgTHE LATEST NEWSThe Transition Tropical Storm Eta made landfall on the central part of the Florida Keys yesterday, bringing strong winds and heavy rains. – Advertisement – Republicans have a different set of problems. They have lost the popular vote in seven of the last eight presidential elections. They now appear headed toward a messy struggle over who their new national leaders will be — or whether Trump himself will continue to dominate the party.For more: Congressional Democrats are arguing over the party’s next steps, Michael Shear and Maggie Astor of The Times report. And Ross Douthat, an Op-Ed columnist, looks at how Republicans can become a majority party after Trump. If Democrats had nominated any candidate other than Joe Biden, President Trump may well have won re-election.It’s impossible to know for sure, of course. But Biden won the states that decided the election narrowly — by two percentage points or less in Arizona, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, current vote counts suggest. And there is good reason to believe other Democrats might have lost these states. Consider: But there is also a large dose of bad news for Democrats. Despite Trump’s defeat, the Republican Party has retained its popularity in much of the country. A small but crucial segment of Americans chose to vote for both Mr. Biden and Republican congressional candidates.This combination means that neither party has an obvious path forward. Democrats are almost certainly fooling themselves if they conclude that America has turned into a left-leaning country that’s ready to get rid of private health insurance, defund the police, abolish immigration enforcement and vote out Republicans because they are filling the courts with anti-abortion judges. Many working-class voters — white, Hispanic, Black and Asian-American — disagree with progressive activists on several of those issues.But the notion that Democrats should simply move to the center on every issue also seems wrong. A big increase in the minimum wage passed in Florida last week with 61 percent of the vote. Several drug-decriminalization measures also passed. Expansions of Medicaid, a health-insurance program mostly for low-income people, have also passed in red states.- Advertisement – A ‘Jeopardy!’ iconAlex Trebek began hosting “Jeopardy!” in 1984, sporting a thick mustache and a pale pink pocket square on his first episode. He got the job partly because Lucille Ball, of “I Love Lucy” fame, had encouraged the show’s producer to hire him. He went on to host more than 8,000 episodes, breaking a record set by Bob Barker of “The Price is Right” for hosting the most episodes of a single game show.On Sunday, Trebek died at 80, more than a year after announcing he had Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. His death led to an outpouring of tributes from fans who saw him as a steady — and witty — presence in their homes. – Advertisement – Fighting continued between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the weekend in the disputed border region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Azerbaijan — wanting to reclaim the region that is controlled by Armenian forces and mostly populated by Armenians — said its military captured a key town, which Armenian officials denied. This gratin is a fresh way to use roasted cauliflower. Tossed with tomato sauce, sautéed red onions and goat cheese, it’s delicious.Go SightseeingEvery year, millions of pilgrims descend on the central Iraqi city of Karbala to commemorate the religious holiday of Arbaeen. Take a tour of the festivities last year. In living rooms across the country, five nights a week, viewers could count on “an honest, no-frills test of knowledge” guided by Trebek, as a 2002 Times article put it. “We’re comfortable, like an old pair of shoes,” Trebek said. “We don’t come on with a splash.” Pre-pandemic, Trebek would host five episodes a day, two days a week, from July to April. He would go over the 305 clues for that day’s shows at 7:30 a.m., making notes. If a clue seemed too difficult, he would tell the writers to remove it.Part of his appeal was his honesty, which extended to his fight with cancer. He spoke about it publicly, saying his pain would sometimes shoot “from a three to an 11” during tapings.“With his cerebral bearing and aura of quiet, impartial authority, he embodies ideals that feel endangered: the pursuit of knowledge, and the inherent value of facts,” Alexandra Alter wrote in a profile this year. And his honesty included flashes of restrained disappointment when contestants missed an easy question. His tone, he once told New York magazine, tried to convey: “How can you not get this? This is not rocket science.”Still, many contestants adored him. Some were moved to tears upon meeting him. In one episode that aired last week, a contestant — an Indian immigrant named Burt Thakur — said that he had learned to speak English by watching Trebek as a child, sitting on his grandfather’s lap.Episodes of the show hosted by Trebek will air through Dec. 25.PLAY, WATCH, EAT, LISTENWhat to Cook The Supreme Court will hear arguments tomorrow in a case that seeks to eliminate the Affordable Care Act. If the law is struck down, millions of people would lose health insurance and people with pre-existing conditions would struggle to buy insurance. – Advertisement – Morning ReadsThe Media Equation: For the past four years, The Times’s Maggie Haberman has been the source of much of what we know about Trump’s White House. The end of his presidency means the end of her wild ride, Ben Smith writes.Lives Lived: Marguerite Littman, a honey-voiced Louisianian and literary muse, taught Hollywood to speak Southern. But her most enduring legacy was as an early force in the fight against AIDS. She died at 90.Subscribers make our reporting possible, so we can help you make sense of the moment. If you’re not a subscriber, please consider becoming one today.ARTS AND IDEAS Why does this matter? For the past four years, Trump has dominated American politics. At times, he has seemed to possess magical political powers, winning the presidency despite rejecting the usual rules of politics and maintaining a roughly steady approval rating even as he was impeached and presided over a terrible pandemic.In the end, though, Trump didn’t have magical powers. He instead became only the fourth elected president in the past century to lose re-election, after Herbert Hoover, Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush. That’s the good news for Democrats. In Nebraska’s Second Congressional District, the Democrats nominated a Bernie Sanders-style candidate — Kara Eastman, who backs “Medicare for all” and was endorsed by progressive groups like the Justice Democrats — for a House seat. She lost her race by almost five percentage points, while Biden won the district by almost seven points. The pangram from Friday’s Spelling Bee was conditioning. Today’s puzzle is above — or you can play online if you have a Games subscription.Here’s today’s Mini Crossword, and a clue: Browser window (three letters).Thanks for spending part of your morning with The Times. See you tomorrow. — DavidA correction: Friday’s newsletter incorrectly stated that the number of votes cast in Georgia was three million; it was nearly five million.P.S. From The Onion: “Media Condemns Biden For Baseless Claim That Nation Will Come Together Once Election Over.”last_img read more

ESG roundup: PLSA urges shareholder action over climate change policies

first_imgThe research found that, over the longer term, levels of shareholder dissent had fallen since a peak in the aftermath of the financial crisis and the subsequent focus on governance that this entailed.Executive pay awards continued to be the most controversial aspect of corporate governance, although there were signs that shareholders were also voting against the chair of the remuneration committee if they voted against the remuneration policy.Luke Hildyard, stewardship and corporate governance policy lead at the PLSA, said there was still “considerable room for shareholder scrutiny of pay practices to improve”.‘Concerted action’ call for better stewardshipPension funds and other asset owners should make stewardship central to the design and assessment of asset manager mandates, a think tank has suggested.“There is a troubling disconnect between our system of wealth creation and the society which it serves.”Tomorrow’s CompanyThe suggestion was one of several made by Tomorrow’s Company in a discussion paper that set out concrete actions that every agent in the investment chain should take to help improve stewardship.Another proposal was that the UK’s Stewardship Code should apply not just to asset managers but also to asset owners, investment consultants, research analysts and other relevant service providers and advisers.The think tank also said stewardship should be central to the terms of reference of the Financial Conduct Authority, which regulates asset managers.The Financial Reporting Council, which looks after the Stewardship Code, is gearing up to launch a formal consultation on changes to the code later this year.Tomorrow’s Company’s report draws on the work of a group of institutional investors – the Stewardship Alliance – which comprises representatives of UK pension funds RPMI Railpen and USS, as well as asset managers Aviva Investors, BlackRock, HSBC Global Asset Management, Hermes and Legal & General Investment Management.Anita Skipper, corporate governance adviser at Aviva Investors, said: “We need to encourage a better shared understanding right along the investment chain, from individual investors and pension scheme members to boards and companies, about what good stewardship looks like.”The think tank said there was a “troubling disconnect between our system of wealth creation and the society which it serves”.Mark Goyder, founder of Tomorrow’s Company and author of the report, said: “Better stewardship is the key to better pensions, better productivity, and greater public confidence in the whole system of wealth creation.”Tomorrow Company is inviting feedback to its ideas, which can be found here. Antimicrobial benchmark firstWhat is said to be the first antimicrobial resistance benchmark was presented in Davos last week. Developed by the Access to Medicine Foundation, a Dutch non-profit organisation, the benchmark evaluates how the pharmaceutical industry is responding to the phenomenon of bacteria developing resistance to antibiotics, which threatens their effectiveness.The benchmark, funded by the UK and Dutch governments, assesses 30 pharmaceutical companies, showing where pharmaceutical companies are taking action against AMR, which ones are leading, and where faster progress is needed.The goal of the benchmark is to incentivise pharmaceutical companies to implement effective actions for tackling the problem of antimicrobial resistance. The methodology for the benchmark was presented last year.Antimicrobial resistance is on investors’ agendas, with some calling for an end to the routine use of antibiotics in farming. Brunel director on green finance committeeMike Clark, a non-executive director of the £28bn (€32bn) Brunel Pension Partnership, has been appointed specialist adviser to a UK parliamentary committee for an inquiry into green finance. Mike Clark will advise a House of Commons committee on green finance questionsThe Environmental Audit Committee of the House of Commons will be examining what the main drivers are behind institutional investors’ decisions on the type of investments they include in their portfolios, and what relative weights they give to possible financial return, environmental/carbon impact, energy security, or other factors, when considering financing energy or environmental projects.It will also examine how effective the financial markets are in matching available finance to the required investment in renewable energy and other green projects.Dawn Turner, CEO at Brunel Pension Partnership, said: “As responsible investors, these are all questions that interest Brunel enormously, and we are really pleased that one of our own board members is directly involved in this capacity.”Clark set up a responsible investment advisory firm after having worked at Russell Investments for 21 years. He has contributed to public policy over many years, including working on the UN Principles for Responsible Investment and the UK Stewardship Code. The UK’s pension fund association is encouraging its members to vote against the chair of a company if they feel the company is not doing enough to ensure its business model is compatible with efforts to limit global temperature increases.Pension funds should first engage with companies, the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) said, and withhold support for the re-election of the chair if the company did not provide a detailed risk assessment and response to the effect of climate change on their business. Withholding support suggests shareholders could also abstain.The stance was set out by the PLSA in a new section of its corporate governance policy and voting guidelines, focusing on sustainability.Separately, the association reviewed the results and causes of shareholder dissent in 2017 for the 350 largest UK-listed companies and found that, overall, levels of dissent at annual meetings had not changed much over the past two years. Roughly one fifth of FTSE350 companies experienced “significant dissent” over at least one resolution at their AGM last year, according to the PLSA.last_img read more

Traffic assists Blurton in season-opening URSS victory at Salina

first_imgChapman earned the features Keizer Aluminum Wheels hard-charger award. Zach Blurton picked up where he left off at the end of last season, topping Saturday’s 2020 United Rebel Sprint Series opener at Salina Speedway. (Photo by Jeff Quinn) By David Smith, Jr., OKTidbits Feature results – 1. Zach Blurton; 2. J.D. Johnson; 3. Jason Danley; 4. Ty Williams; 5. Toby Chap­man; 6. Brian Herbert; 8. Steven Richardson; 9. Cale Cozad; 9. Kyler Johnson; 10. Koby Walters; 11. Kaden Taylor; 12. Jack Potter; 13. Howard Van Dyke; 14. Tyler Knight; 15. Buddy Tubbs; 16. Shane Sundquist; 17. Jeremy Huish; 18. Tyler Drueke; 19. Taylor Velasquez; 20. Jor­dan Knight. J.D. Johnson and Blurton started on the front row for the 25-lap IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car fea­ture with Johnson taking the lead as the green flag fell. Johnson kept Ty Williams behind him for the first several laps before Blurton passed Williams for second on lap five.center_img Blurton had Johnson glued to his rear bumper before putting another slower car between himself and Johnson on lap 20. Johnson settled for second while Danley came home third and Williams held on for fourth.       Blurton stayed glued to Johnson’s rear bumper and at the race’s midway point on lap 13 it was still Johnson, Blurton, Williams, Jason Danley and 16th starting Toby Chapman the top five. The leaders approached slower cars on lap 17 and that’s when Johnson picked the wrong line to lap Howard Van Dyke. Blurton took advantage and got around both the lapped car and Johnson to take the lead.  SALINA, Kan. (May 23) – Two-time and defending tour champion Zach Blurton picked up right where he left off last season, taking advantage of late-race lapped traffic to capture the exciting season opener for the Lucas Oil POWRi United Rebel Sprint Series presented by Mel Hambelton Ford Racing opened their 2020 race season in front of a near-capacity crowd at Salina Speedway on Saturday night. last_img read more

Willett stakes Open claim

first_img After greenkeepers cleared the waterlogged course so play could restart at 10am, Willett carded birdies on the second, fifth and ninth to reach the turn in 33, before another birdie on the 10th gave him a three-shot lead as Zach Johnson dropped shots on the 11th and 12th. Three-putt bogeys on the 15th and 17th cut the gap to a single shot, but Willett took advantage of the downwind 18th to drive to the edge of the green and pitched to eight feet for a closing birdie. “I looked at the leaderboard on 11 and knew we were three in front,” added vicar’s son Willett, whose best finish in a major is a share of 15th at Muirfield in 2013. “It’s a childhood dream and looking up there it’s still a little bit surreal, but something I’m going to have to get used to, otherwise no point in being up there. “It’s something you need to embrace, otherwise you’re going to have a pretty tough weekend if you don’t like being there. “You can’t really put it out of your mind but it’s pretty cool. Leading the Open is what you dream about. For Brits especially it’s the major you want to win and here at the Home of Golf it’s a little bit more special.” Willett, 27, won the English Amateur title in 2007 and defeated Rory McIlroy in the first round of the Amateur Championship the same year, racing five up after six holes before eventually sealing victory on the 17th. And later that year he and McIlroy were on the same team in the Walker Cup as Great Britain and Ireland lost out at Royal County Down to an American side featuring Rickie Fowler, Billy Horschel, Dustin Johnson and Webb Simpson. Warren matched Willett’s 69 to boost Scottish hopes of a first home winner since Lawrie’s victory at Carnoustie 16 years ago. “I’m delighted with that,” said Warren, who carded a closing 64 to finish fourth in the Scottish Open at Gullane on Sunday. “It was a long morning. “I had just started my warm up in the rain and the good news came in it was going to be delayed. When we did tee off it was certainly much drier and it was just the wind we had to battle. “The weekend of the Open at St Andrews does not get much better. The game is in good shape, I’ll give it my best and see what happens.” South Africa’s Jaco van Zyl had hit the opening tee shot of the day at 6:32am and had a three-foot putt for birdie before play was suspended. “They tried to squeegee the green but water was rising quicker than they could get it away,” Van Zyl said. “We had the option to putt out but we all stopped, the hole was literally full with water.” England’s Danny Willett claimed the clubhouse lead in a weather-affected 144th Open Championship on Friday, a day which ended at 9:55pm with five-time champion Tom Watson bidding an emotional farewell. A closing bogey, one of five in a row for a round of 80, barely mattered and was instead greeted with a loud cheer as officials and players applauded from the clubhouse steps. In truth it was not the finish Watson deserved with the grandstands largely deserted, but the alternative was a return at 7am on Saturday to complete the round, with those players making the cut to be sent out in groups of three to make up lost time. Willett had finished more than five hours earlier and is 41 under par for his last 10 rounds on the Old Course, adding a 69 to his opening 66 to reach nine under par, two shots ahead of Scotland’s Marc Warren, former Masters champions Zach Johnson and Adam Scott and Robert Streb. Dustin Johnson was 10 under par with five holes remaining, with 1999 champion Paul Lawrie and Jason Day eight under with six and seven holes left respectively. Masters and US Open champion Jordan Spieth, playing alongside Johnson, was five under par after three birdies and three bogeys in 13 completed holes. Former world number one Tiger Woods was five over par after 11 holes and in need of a brilliant finish to avoid missing consecutive cuts in major championships for the first time in his career, the cut predicted to fall at level par. At the other end of the leaderboard Willett was entertaining thoughts of becoming the first English winner of the Open since Nick Faldo in 1992, although his mother Elisabet kept Willett’s feet planted firmly on the ground. “I just had a text message off my mum saying well done, you’ve made the cut,” Willett joked in his post-round press conference. “I’m sure there will be a few messages, I can feel my phone buzzing a little bit right now. But it might be a case tonight of turning the phone off and having a little bit of quiet time.” Press Association As play stuttered to a halt around the course following a delay of more than three hours due to torrential early rain, Watson and playing partners Ernie Els and Brandt Snedeker opted to complete their second rounds in near-darkness. The trio and their caddies – with Watson’s son Michael on his bag – paused on the Swilcan Bridge on the 18th for the traditional photograph before Watson was left alone to take the applause of the spectators who had stayed on to salute the popular 65-year-old. last_img read more