IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 “It feels really good,” Park said in English. “I got close a couple of times.”The tournament was shortened to 54 holes after it took two days to play the second round after it was suspended on Friday.Yoshinori Fujimoto, who started the final round in a tie for the lead along with Park and Satoshi Tomiyama, shot an even-par 72 to finish in a tie for third. Tomiyama was 2 over and finished in seventh. SHIMA, FUKUOKA PREF. – Park Sung-joon of South Korea improved on his runnerup finish of a week ago, shooting a final-round 69 on Sunday to win the KBC Augusta by two strokes.The 27-year-old Park, the co-leader after each of the first two rounds, carded four birdies against a lone bogey for his first victory on the JGTO tour. Hwang Jung-gon was two strokes back in second and doused his compatriot with water at the completion of the round. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES
The Ravens’ offseason has hit a significant snag after their original agreement with free-agent defensive lineman Michael Brockers fell through on Friday.After agreeing to a three-year, $30 million contract including $21 million guaranteed early last week, the sides were unable to strike a modified deal after concerns rose over the high ankle sprain sustained by Brockers in the 2019 season finale. The 29-year-old will instead return to the Los Angeles Rams on a three-year contract worth a maximum of $31.5 million, according to NFL Network.Brockers’ agent, Scott Casterline, told NFL Network Wednesday that he was “very confident” a deal would be announced this week, but the Ravens’ reported interest in free agent Ndamukong Suh — who elected to re-sign with Tampa Bay — made it clear there was concern since an announcement hadn’t been made more than a week after the opening of free agency. In a tweet posted early Friday morning, the Ravens said they would not sign Brockers “after being unable to come to an agreement on terms of a contract.” It’s no secret the coronavirus pandemic has complicated the start of the new league year as training facilities have been closed and teams have been prohibited from meeting with free agents and completing their own physicals, instead relying on outside exams to be conducted. That reality didn’t prevent general manager Eric DeCosta from completing a trade for five-time Pro Bowl defensive end Calais Campbell, but the 33-year-old defender described a more complicated process from the time he received word from Jacksonville until the swap was officially announced a few days later.Those challenges make it easy to see how a concern over a physical exam could sink an agreement.“I was in Arizona when the trade went through, and I had to go to get a physical at the Mayo Clinic, which is independent,” Campbell said in a conference call on Thursday. “The process of getting the medical records to them, doing all the paperwork, it was just a little bit trickier than it normally would be. That process was very unique.”The Brockers news comes after former Ravens nose tackle Michael Pierce signed with Minnesota and the Ravens dealt fourth-year defensive end Chris Wormley and a 2021 seventh-round pick to Pittsburgh for a fifth-round selection in next year’s draft. Now dangerously thin behind Campbell and Brandon Williams on the defensive line, Baltimore could turn to another veteran on the open market such as Derek Wolfe or Shelby Harris or simply put a higher priority on strengthening the defensive line in next month’s draft.It’s quite a turn of events after the Ravens had clearly prioritized beefing up their run defense with the trade for Campbell and the expected signing of Brockers as the two are among the best run-stopping linemen in the league. According to the NFL Players Association, the Ravens have just over $16 million in salary cap space, which gives DeCosta the flexibility to make another substantial move — for the defensive line or at another position — if the right opportunity presents itself.Brockers confirmed his return to the Rams in a post from his verified Instagram account on Friday.This marks the second time in three years in which the Ravens have had a free-agent agreement fall apart due to a problem with the physical exam. Baltimore agreed to a four-year, $29 million contract with $14.5 million guaranteed for veteran wide receiver Ryan Grant in 2018 before backing out due to an ankle injury that prompted a failed physical. That situation sparked scrutiny with some even accusing the organization of negotiating in bad faith due to buyer’s remorse, but Brockers was an early target in free agency and it seems unlikely the Ravens would have dealt Wormley if they didn’t have every intention of executing their deal with a standout defensive lineman who’s missed a total of five games over his eight seasons.This was the second NFL free-agent agreement to fall apart in the last 24 hours after veteran cornerback Darqueze Dennard’s reported deal with Jacksonville fell through on Thursday.
— Union condemns action, other protests to followFollowing the impasse of negotiations between Demerara Timbers Limited (DTL) and Guyana AgriculturalA section of the protesting workers on Mondayand General Workers Union (GAWU) over a pay rise dispute that has led to protests, eight workers attached to DTL were on Tuesday dismissed, a move which has been condemned by the Union.According to GAWU, the decision the company has taken, prompted the majority of the DTL workforce at its Mabura Hill, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) operations to engage in industrial action on Wednesday.GAWU through a media release noted that after the workers took part in protesting outside DTL’s Head Office on Monday, with some other employees, eight workers of the DTL, who are members of GAWU, were on Tuesday handed dismissal letters.“Our Union recalls this is the first time in history that an entity, private or public, has taken such a decision of such an incredulous nature,” the Union noted, adding that it can be seen as “yet another anti-worker and anti-Union act” that is a “flagrant violation of Section 8 of the Termination of Employment and Severance Pay Act” which prohibits the dismissal of workers for their participation in industrial action.According to the Union, the company’s high-handed and “ominous act” represents a decision which must be roundly condemned by all right-thinking Guyanese. “It is a clear attempt to intimidate the workers and use extra-legal measures to deny workers their just claims for pay increase. GAWU calls on the Government and more so, the Ministry of Social Protection, to ensure that the Company observes the laws, conventions and norms of our country and that the dismissed workers are reinstated in their jobs forthwith,” the Union explained.It was earlier this week that calls were being made for the Labour Department of the Social Protection Ministry to take legal actions against DTL over the labour violations.Disgruntled workers along with its Union representative staged a picketing exercise on Monday outside of the company’s headquarters in Kingston, Georgetown, in an attempt to compel management to adhere to their demands for pay increases.GAWU General Secretary, Seepaul Narine, who was present at the protest, told Guyana Times that the timber company must be prosecuted by Government over its continued disrespect to Guyanese employees.“What we believe needs to be done now is the Ministry needs to prosecute them because they are in clear violation of the law and not only violating the law to the detriment of the employees but a flagrant disrespect to the Ministry. I don’t think that the Ministry should continue to accept such a situation,” he had stated.A handful of workers had journeyed from Mabura Hill in Region 10 to call on the DTL company to engage with its Union to conclude its 2015 pay increase negotiations and commence talks for 2016.The workers called for the removal of the company’s General Manager Martin Ting whom they said has done absolutely nothing to protect the interest of employees. They are calling on the company to return to the bargaining table and favourably resolve the matter. They also expressed that they were committed to continue protest actions until their demands are met and concerns addressed.GAWU had noted that though a few meetings were held, the company remains unwilling to divulge its financial statements for scrutiny by stakeholders.Bilateral negotiations between the Union and the company reached a stalemate on November 17, 2015 after the company did not approve any pay rise but offered a Christmas bonus of $5000 to each worker. DTL informed that its financial state precluded it from offering a pay rise. Following the impasse, the dispute was next subjected to conciliatory services by the Social Protection Ministry, through the Department of Labour.
You’ve heard it and it’s catchy: “Sitting Is The New Smoking” (this seems overly unkind to sitting but the idea is clear). And for freelancers, especially writers, designers, artists and the rest of us who are chained to our computers, that means a great deal of sitting.And no doubt you’ve seen commercials for stand-up desks. Indeed right here on Freelancers Union was a great link to Ikea-hack about how to build your own stand-up desk. I was so impressed I went right out and did this last year.However, instead of just having back problems now—rather, in addition to back-problems—I now have neck problems. I mentioned this to my PMR (Pain Management Rehabilitation) doctor, who sent me to an orthopedist for an MRI. The orthopedist then sent me to an eye-doctor: turns out I need glasses, too.When I mentioned to my physical therapist (who works with the PMR doctor) that I now, proudly, had a stand-up desk, dammit, they said, “but you are still spending time sitting, right? You can’t just stand all day long.”This seems like the most obvious thing in the world: however, I’ve found that once I’m really into a project, I just don’t realize that I have been standing for hours. When I would just sit at a desk, it was more obvious that, “Well, I need to get up out of this chair and stretch.” With standing—and maybe it’s just me and Donald Rumsfeld (who felt that making Gitmo detainees stand all day wasn’t “torture” since, “I myself stand all day long” at work)—I find that I don’t take as many breaks from my work when standing.However, it was my massage therapist who flat out said “The human body is not meant to be in ANY one position for more than twenty minutes—or an hour tops.” I don’t know if medical science backs this up, but I brought this “advice” to my orthopedist and optometrist and PMR doctor and they all agreed that the “anecdotal” evidence bears this out: don’t sit or stand (or if you are working in the mode a la Proust) lie down for more than an hour at most.Set a timer. Turn on a reminder. But whatever you do—and take it from my ever-increasing number of physicians—take frequent breaks from sitting AND standing. Also:Have your eyes checked: staring at a screen too long without glasses—or even with an outdated prescription—can cause terrible neck strain.Have your feet checked: this was an insidious one—I have flat feet, so I wear prescription insoles aka “arch-supports” from my podiatrist. However, during the summer months, I jettison these for sandals…which have no arch-support. The result: bad for your back, neck, AND feet—especially with a stand-up desk. Since arch-supports often are not covered—and can cost upwards of $800—one podiatrist I spoke to said that Dr. Scholls makes an excellent OTC version that will give some relief and support.Have your legs measured: another weird one. Almost everyone has one leg slightly longer than the other: this is normal. However, the difference should be only a few centimeters or so at the very most. Anything more than that and you are almost certain to exhibit “poor posture” when standing for any extended period of time. This, too, will lead to back/neck health issues.Do use a back support when sitting: OPTP makes the best (and most expensive) back and (for sleeping) neck-supports. No matter how “ergonomically”-sound your high-end office-chair may be, you can probably still benefit from additional back-support.I thought that building my own stand-up desk would spare me the back-pain so many years of sitting at a desk had delivered. However, not using common sense (frequent breaks, alternating sitting and standing) and not having all of my physicians on the same proverbial, clichéd page instead brought out neck issues I’d never had before. I hope this advice helps you avoid this pitfall.This is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here.