Second round play of the Masters at Augusta National
Golf – Masters – Augusta National Golf Club – Augusta, Georgia, U.S. – April 12, 2019 – During second round play. Francesco Molinari of Italy hits on the 12th tee. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

April 12, 2019

By Frank Pingue

AUGUSTA Ga. (Reuters) – The first time Francesco Molinari walked the Augusta National course he wore a caddie’s white boiler suit but on Friday the Italian put himself in prime position to leave the Masters wearing a Green Jacket.

The British Open champion, who served as caddie for his brother at the 2006 Masters, fired a five-under-par 67 that was his best-ever round at Augusta National and gave him a share of the second-round clubhouse lead.

After getting himself in a solid position heading into the weekend of the year’s first major, world number seven Molinari could not help but reflect on his remarkable journey from caddie to Masters contender.

“It was a great motivation to see how good the guys were and, at the same time, how much I needed to improve to hopefully one day get here,” said Molinari, who in 2006 was in his second year on the European Tour.

“But I mean at the time, to be honest, the goal was to maybe only be once in my career at Augusta, (that) already would have been an achievement for me.”

The Italian came into the Masters with three victories in a span of 12 PGA Tour starts yet was mostly overlooked as a contender since he has missed the cut here twice and also never finished better than his share of 19th in 2012.

But Molinari, 36, was full of confidence given his victory at Carnoustie last year where he became the first Italian to win a major. Last September he became the first European player to win all five of his matches at a Ryder Cup.

That sense of belief helped Molinari, who began the day four strokes behind overnight co-leaders Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau, follow his opening two-under-par 70 with a bogey-free trip around Augusta National.

Molinari, who last month shot a final-round 64 to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational, showcased a solid day off the tee, hit some quality irons and holed some nice putts.

While the Italian said his chance to caddie at Augusta National gave him motivation to improve his game he added it was also hard not getting a chance to swing a club that week.

“I have lots of memories,” Molinari said about tending to the bag as his brother missed the Masters cut in 2006. “Mostly the fact that I didn’t really enjoy caddying.

“I love being here and I love caddying for my brother, but it was just so hard to give him clubs, and it seemed a bit of a nightmare, you know, standing with the bag, waiting for him to hit the shots.”

(Reporting by Frank Pingue; editing by Ken Ferris)

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has accused China and Russia of “helping destroy” Venezuela by continuing to support Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, who Washington has called illegitimate. Pompeo also called the presence of Russian troops in the country an “obvious provocation.”

“China and others are being hypocritical in calling for ‘non-intervention’ in Venezuela’s affairs,” Pompeo said in a speech in Santiago, Chile, on Friday. “Their own financial interventions have helped destroy the country.”

“China is an important economic partner of the United States. The problem, though, is that when China does business in places like Latin America, it often injects corrosive capital into the economic bloodstream, giving life to corruption, and eroding good governance,” the diplomat continued.

Pompeo blasted Russian cooperation with Venezuela and Nicaragua, saying Russian investments in police training with Caracas and a satellite compound in the latter country, “to put it mildly, aren’t good.”

“Russia also has long-standing ties to authoritarian leaders in Cuba and Nicaragua. It sells arms and disseminates propaganda in those places,” Pompeo said. “We shouldn’t stand for Russia escalating an already precarious situation in these ways.”

Since January 23, the US has been a vocal and material supporter of Juan Guaido, a parliamentarian who proclaimed himself Venezuela’s interim president, denouncing Maduro’s administration as undemocratic and calling for Maduro’s ouster. However, lacking any substantial mass support in the country, where 80 percent of the population had never heard of him at the time of the declaration, Guaido’s attempted coup has fizzled amid steady popular support for Maduro, who was reelected last May by a wide margin in elections hailed internationally as free and fair.

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FILE PHOTO: Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy Brouillette attends a meeting of the
FILE PHOTO: Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy Dan Brouillette attends a meeting of the “Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas” (III ECPA) in Vina del Mar, Chile, September 7, 2017 REUTERS/Rodrigo Garrido/File Photo

April 12, 2019

MERIDA, Mexico (Reuters) – Mexico’s new government has indicated it does not wish to roll back an energy overhaul passed by the previous administration which opened up oil production and exploration to private capital, a senior U.S. government official said on Friday.

Speaking on the sidelines of meetings between Mexican and U.S. officials in the eastern city of Merida, U.S. Deputy Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette said Mexico’s Energy Minister Rocio Nahle had said her government did not wish to repeal the reform.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador had been a staunch critic of the energy overhaul prior to winning election in July 2018. However, he has since said he will give private companies some time to show they can increase oil production.

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Indonesian President Joko Widodo is utilizing holograms depicting his likeness in his rallies to give his campaign a competitive edge for the coming general election.

The tactic has been successful in reaching voters in the rural far-corners of the world’s 4th most populous country.

“This is really helpful in the campaign,” said a Widodo campaign organizer.

Logistically, using the technology is the right choice as the Muslim-majority nation houses over 17,000 islands sprawling at a length greater than that of the U.S.

Widodo’s main rival, ex-general Prabowo Subianto, has so far not used holograms for his campaign.

The April 17th election will be the first time in the country’s history the president, vice president, and legislative branch (People’s Consultative Assembly) will be elected on the same day.

The use of holograms brings into mind the controversial use of deep fakes, the emerging tech that is capable of portraying politicians inaccurately.

In January, an American news station was caught doctoring a video of President Trump to make him look ridiculous.

Correspondingly, deep fakes have caught the concern of leaders in President Trump’s intelligence community, like the Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats.

“The speed and adaptation of new technologies will continue to drive the world in ways we can’t understand,” said Coats. “It becomes a major challenge to the intelligence community to stay ahead of the game and have resources directed toward how we need to address these threats.”

Similarly, elections are also vulnerable to Big Tech interference, whether its Google controlling search results to swing 80% of undecided voters or Facebook allegedly stifling online communities under the pretense of “election integrity” efforts.

Fox Host Tucker Carlson has repeatedly voiced concerns over the power media giants have when it comes to influencing politics.

“You’re not going to get a Republican president elected ever until Google is restrained,” said Tucker. “Period.”

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FILE PHOTO: The administrative entrance at the Whirlpool plant in Clyde Ohio
FILE PHOTO: The administrative entrance at the Whirlpool plant in Clyde, Ohio, U.S. October 3, 2017. REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk/File Photo

April 12, 2019

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Commission said on Friday it had approved Japanese firm Nidec’s planned purchase of U.S. white goods maker Whirlpool Corp’s compressor subsidiary Embraco, subject to conditions.

Nidec, a Japanese electric motor manufacturer, agreed a year ago to buy Brazil-based Embraco for an enterprise value of $1.08 billion.

The Commission said that the deal as notified would have reduced competition and resulted in higher prices given that Nidec and Embraco were close competitors.

The Commission said it was satisfied with Nidec’s subsequent commitments to divest its refrigeration compressor business for both household and light commercial applications

It also committed to make available to the purchaser of this divested business significant funding for future investments in the production lines in Austria and Slovakia.

(Reporting by Philip Blenkinsop; editing by Foo Yun Chee)

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FILE PHOTO: European Central Bank (ECB) executive board member Praet speaks during an interview with Reuters in Frankfurt
FILE PHOTO: European Central Bank (ECB) executive board member Peter Praet speaks during an interview with Reuters in Frankfurt, Germany, March 14, 2018. REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski/File Photo

April 12, 2019

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The euro zone economy appears to be stabilizing in the second quarter so the European Central Bank’s projection for a rebound in the second half of the year remains on track, ECB Chief Economist Peter Praet said on Friday.

“There are good reasons to say that the economy is going to stabilize, it’s probably stabilizing somewhere in the second quarter … That’s our scenario and I still believe in that scenario,” Praet, who leaves office next month, told a financial conference.

(Reporting by Balazs Koranyi; Editing by Catherine Evans)

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FILE PHOTO: The logo of Ferrari is pictured during the first press day of the Paris auto show, in Paris, France, October 2, 2018. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier/File Photo

April 12, 2019

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – The chief executive of luxury race car maker Ferrari said on Friday he was confident about meeting the targets of a business plan through 2022 despite a backdrop of uncertainties.

Speaking at Ferrari’s annual general meeting, Louis Camilleri listed among headwinds causing uncertainty trade tensions, a slowdown in the Chinese economy, Brexit and currency volatility.

(Reporting by Giulio Piovaccari, editing by Silvia Aloisi)

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Rescue workers are seen at the site of a collapsed building in Muzema community, Rio de Janeiro
Rescue workers are seen at the site of a collapsed building in Muzema community, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil April 12, 2019. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

April 12, 2019

By Rodrigo Viga Gaier and Pedro Fonseca

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – At least two people died and two more were injured when two unlicensed buildings in a militia-controlled outer borough of Rio de Janeiro collapsed on Friday, just days after deadly rains caused chaos in Brazil’s second largest city.

It was unclear why the four-story buildings, located in the western neighborhood of Itanhangá, collapsed. Locals said at least four families were living in the buildings, which were undergoing construction. An unknown number of people were still missing, locals and officials said.

“Two people were injured and two were killed, and teams are on the scene looking for survivors who may be buried,” a fire department spokesman said.

The mayor’s office said the two buildings were irregular constructions, which had not been authorized. Brazilian cities underwent rapid and mostly unplanned urbanization in the last six decades, giving rise to vast shantytowns, erected haphazardly without adhering to building codes.

Powerful militias – originally created to defend inhabitants from drug gangs, but which now act as fearsome local crime outfits – have a strong presence in the neighborhood where the buildings collapsed. Militias often control gas and electricity services, but now make huge profits by stealing land and illegally selling it for construction projects.

“As (the region) is dominated by militias, the technicians of the municipal inspection office usually require the support of the military police to carry out inspections there,” the mayor’s office said in a statement, adding that it had shuttered several unauthorized constructions nearby last November.

A man who said he was a resident in one of the buildings told reporters that he made it out after hearing a snap.

“I managed to escape, but there were people left behind,” said the man, who declined to give his name.

The buildings collapsed just days after Rio de Janeiro was hit by record rains that caused severe damage across the city. At least 10 people died in the storm on Monday night, which led city authorities to declare a state of emergency.

(Reporting by Pedro Fonseca, Rodrigo Viga Gaier and Gabriel Stargardter in Rio de Janeiro; editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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