Tiger Woods, Ernie Els named captains of Presidents Cup in Australia

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments Woods and Els are forever linked in the Presidents Cup. The matches ended 17-all in 2003 in South Africa, and the rules then required captains Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player to put one name in an envelope for a sudden-death playoff in case of a tie.Both made par on the 18th hole in the playoff. Els had to make a 12-footer to stay alive on the second hole. As darkness fell, Woods had to make a double-breaking putt from 15 feet for par. Els followed with a 6-foot par putt. Nicklaus and Player agreed the cup should end in a tie.“We couldn’t believe the amount of pressure we felt, and we both had won major championships,” Woods said. “But nothing felt like that.”The International team has won only one time, in 1998 at Royal Melbourne, when the matches were played Dec. 10-13. The American team had most of their fun in the casinos or Christmas shopping online. The second time at Royal Melbourne was Nov. 17-20 in 2011, and Woods holed the clinching putt in a 19-15 victory.Next year’s matches will present a few changes in qualifying and format.Both teams will get four captain’s picks instead of two, and qualifying will end after the Tour Championship, which is expected to be early September. The picks will be closer to the matches. Also, teams must use players at least once (previously it was twice) before the singles matches.Woods also was an assistant captain at the Ryder Cup in 2016, and he will be an assistant for this year’s Ryder Cup in France.“It was just a natural progression to one day become a captain,” Woods said.He will be 43 when the matches are played, making him the youngest captain in Presidents Cup history. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “But then after a little bit of thought I said, ‘You know what? That sounds like something I really want to do,’” Woods said. “I called Jay up and said, ‘Might you be interested in me possibly being the captain in 2019?’ Silence. And he said, ‘Yeah, we might be able to work that out.’ So here I am.”Still to be determined is whether Woods plays.Coming off his fourth back surgery, Woods took a big step in his comeback last week when he finished one shot behind at the Valspar Championship.“I would like to get to a point where I would have to make that decision, get to where I’m playing well enough where I could make the team on points,” Woods said. “But I wouldn’t want to have the conversation and go, ‘Self.’ And so let’s just see how it progresses.”Hale Irwin was the only player-captain in the Presidents Cup in 1994, the first event, and he had Paul Azinger handle the captaincy when Irwin was playing.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award That changed a couple of months ago when Woods asked PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan about the U.S. captain for next year’s matches in Australia, and the usual suspects were mentioned. Monahan asked if anyone had been left out, and Woods added another name to the short list.“Me.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkWoods and Els, who both played eight times in the Presidents Cup and were involved in a high-stakes playoff that ended in a tie, were introduced as captains on Tuesday. The 2019 matches will be Dec. 12-15 at Royal Melbourne, the latest the event has been held.Woods was an assistant captain when the American won for the seventh straight time, 19-11, last year at Liberty National. In early discussions about the next one, Woods said he was more comfortable serving as an assistant. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recoverycenter_img Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters LATEST STORIES FILE – In this Feb. 16, 2018, file photo, Tiger Woods talks to reporters following his second round of the Genesis Open golf tournament at Riviera Country Club in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles. Tiger Woods and Ernie Els will duel in the Presidents Cup again, this time as captains. Woods and Els have agreed to be captains for the 2019 matches in Melbourne, Australia, according to two people involved in the Presidents Cup. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the captain selections have not been announced. (AP Photo/Ryan Kang, File)ORLANDO, Fla. — Ernie Els was always the logical choice to be the International team’s next captain in the Presidents Cup.Tiger Woods at first thought it might be soon for him.ADVERTISEMENT Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Man United pays price for timidity in limp Champions League exit Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Stephen Curry set for Manila return in September

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West MOST READ Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Mindanao riders shine in MMF Supercross Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio namescenter_img The two-time MVP and three-time champion with the Warriors will visit Manila for a second time in September. As per Under Armour News Twitter, Curry will make stops in Manila, Wuhan in China, and Tokyo in Japan for his September tour.When Curry first met his Manila fans, he had just won his first title, first MVP, and got his first signature shoe with Under Armour.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding 4 years. 3 World Championships. 2 MVPs. @StephenCurry30 continues to work hard each day to prepare for next season. And on September 5, @UABasketball will bring him, his mindset and his will to win to the Philippines, China and Japan. Manila, Wuhan and Tokyo – get ready! pic.twitter.com/x0DBGMW8yr— Under Armour News (@UAnews) July 11, 2018It was way back in 2015 when Golden State superstar Steph Curry first made a visit to Manila.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’And after one more MVP award, two more NBA titles, and four more shoes, Curry is set for a return.ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Minister Abu Kamara Praised for ‘Dedicated Services’

first_imgColleagues at Liberia’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations have commended former Minister Counselor for Press and Public Affairs, Mr. Abu Kamara, for his “dedicated services” to the Mission and the country at a farewell ceremony last weekend. According to a dispatch from New York, his colleagues described Mr. Kamara as “hardworking and friendly with proven ability to discharge his duties with commitment and efficiency, while showing great appreciation for ethics, professionalism and the spirit of teamwork.”Ambassador Lewis Brown, in his remarks, said that the Mission was proud to identify with Mr. Kamara, who had shown dedication to his job. He added that it was pleasing to identify with his staff in recognition of their dedicated services and promised to keep the tradition alive. Ambassador Brown admonished Mr. Kamara to remain committed to his new assignment and ensure that he justifies the confidence reposed in him by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Presenting a plaque on behalf of the Mission, Counselor at Permanent Mission Ms. Gail Farngalo said they were pleased to have known and worked with Mr. Kamara and that they were confident he would serve in his new post with dedication and determination.Responding, Mr. Kamara expressed gratitude to his colleagues for the honor and promised to remain in close contact with them. He said that he cherished the gesture and the cordiality which existed among the Mission’s staff. He, however, asked for forgiveness from those he might have offended during his tenure there, and assured his forgiveness to those that might have offended him as well.Meanwile the Consul General of the Liberian Consulate in New York, Mr. Rudolph Sherman, accompanied by his deputy Mr. Jimmy Barchue paid a courtesy call on Mr. Kamara to bid him farewell. Mr. Sherman said that their visit was based on the friendly relations they established with Mr. Kamara and the rest of the staff over the years and wished him the best in his new assignment.Mr. Kamara thanked the two diplomats for the courtesy call and expressed the hope that the bond of friendship which they developed over the years would continue.Mr. Kamara departed the United States on Monday, October 31, to take up his new assignment as Minister Counselor and Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Liberia near Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Before his new assignment, Mr. Kamara served as Minister Counselor for Press and Public Affairs at the Permanent Mission of Liberia to the United Nations from February 2010 to August 2016. He also served as the Mission’s expert at the UN’s First Committee on Disarmament and International Peace and Security Affairs. He previously served as Assistant Minister for Information Services at the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Local Govt will no longer be “stifled” – Minister Bulkan

first_img… Opposition MP says regional tender boards filled with “political hacks”By Samuel SukhnandanThe return of Local Government Elections to Guyana and initiatives being undertaken to strengthen the system have been touted as major achievements of the coalition Government.PPP/C Member of Parliament Colin CroalDelivering his contribution to Budget 2018 debate, Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan said that the Government was moving to return to local organs the right to manage their own affairs.Bulkan accused the previous Government of stifling the local Government system and depriving it of resources, asserting that this would not be allowed to continue.“Local Government will no longer be stifled in this country,” Bulkan stated while receiving loud applause from his colleagues on the Government side of the National Assembly on Tuesday.Communities Minister Ronald BulkanHe said Budget 2018 made substantial provision ($1.6 billion) to advance the work towards empowering and equipping local democratic organs to be effective and meaningful partners in the development of Guyana.According to him, the Budget also caters for both the vision of Local Government being a critical partner in development and the continued strategic direction of rebuilding the institutions.Responding to assertions made by the Opposition that the Local Government system was in total chaos, the Minister said that some of its members showed total disregard for the Local Government system.“A party that treated a Local Government system as if it only had cosmetic value and organs and councillors to never be heard, the question of valuation will be resisted,” he opined.Bulkan went on to state that the Opposition was wedded to the centralised system of governance, so much so that it was not interested in the restoration and functionality of the local governance system.The Minister emphasised that the aim was to reject ‘winner takes it all’ policies, and encourage people to embrace local democracy, especially since it was in keeping with constitutional provisions.Bulkan also spoke of the highly-anticipated Local Government Elections next year for which he said Budget 2018 catered.“This budget lays the foundation for a country that is more inclusive, cohesive and hence more sustainable. This budget provides for the working man, the business man, the young, the pensioner.”Meanwhile, Opposition Member of Parliament (MP) Collin Croal spoke passionately about what he dubbed a corrupt local government system that did not recognise the elected leaders. He said this was started under the coalition Government based on its approach to issues.While noting that most of the local democratic organs are controlled and dominated by the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP) owing to its election victories produced in that area for 2015, Croal said that the Government must learn to accept that these senior functionaries were put there by the people.The MP also highlighted some of the dismal performances of the local authorities as stated in the Finance Ministry’s Mid-Year Report. “The average for Regions 1-10, their performance was 29.5 per cent…average implementation within the last half of the year of 63.92 per cent,” he pointed out.Croal questioned the rationale behind the valuation exercise that was announced by Government during the 2018 Budget presentation, querying why there has not been an increase in the subvention when Bulkan has claimed that the exercise was not aimed at raising taxation in the local authority areas. However, he did point out that Bulkan has repeatedly declared that the system was deprived of revenue streams.“Having had over 200 increase taxation measures in 2017, they couldn’t find any more to put it on the national level. So, therefore, they are now moving to the local authorities. There is a motive probably in moving in this direction,” the Opposition MP told the National Assembly on Tuesday.Speaking about the recent renewal of the regional tender boards which saw several new members being appointed and old ones replaced, Croal claimed that most of these new appointees were known supporters of the current Government, which lacked transparency.last_img read more

GRDB, Agriculture Ministry to formally respond; as millers, farmers still owed

first_imgPayments from 2014 Panama rice deal Almost four years after Guyana had inked a deal with the Government of Panama for 5000 tonnes of rice to be shipped there on a monthly basis, many millers are still encountering extensive delays in receiving payments.This, in turn, is adversely affecting farmers across the country, who have said that their ability to sustain their livelihood as rice producers is under threat.GRDB Head Nizam HassanFor well over a year, many millers have been calling on the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) to ensure that they are paid, given that the Agriculture Ministry’s sub-agency facilitates the payment process. While the state body is not disclosing its official position on the matter, GRDB’s head, Nizam Hassan, has been quoted as saying that it is the Panamanian buyers who owe the millers.Guyana Times could not get an update on these matters, since Hassan has not been entertaining calls from this paper. Millers allege that Hassan has been reportedly telling them that he has to check with Agriculture Minister Noel Holder about their payments.Efforts to contact subject minister Noel Holder on Sunday afternoon were unsuccessful, with all calls being forwarded to a voicemail service.However, Guyana Times was able to contact those directly affected by the industry’s challenges. They related that the situation remains unchanged. Speaking on condition of anonymity, one miller told this newspaper that he recently received 5 percent of the monies that were owed to him, and he is hoping the GRDB can ensure that he is paid in full.Other millers, in updated this publication, disclosed that they also are awaiting their funds. They note that non-payment is affecting their business operations.Agriculture Minister Noel HolderAside from the prevailing economic challenges, another underlying issue is the social impact non-payment is having, as many of the millers’ paddy suppliers are their neighbours, friends and relatives.“When you meet up with these people — some of them you family and all — you hiding from them. Millers don’t want owe the farmers, we want to pay the people,” a popular Essequibo miller disclosed on Sunday.Guyana Times understands that many of the industry’s members have abandoned the 2014 Panama-Guyana arrangement after the GRDB began demurring with payments. Sources indicate that millers have secured private deals through the Mexican market; and according to reports, one ship recently sailed to that North American country with rice, and another is reportedly on its way.However, it is from these very deals that many farmers felt they could be paid, thus questioning why millers are reluctant to hand over payments.In fact, an Essequibo source explained that smaller vessels are currently transporting rice products to a ship destined for Mexico.Meanwhile, millers have observed that they are constantly probing GRDB on their Panama payments. Guyana Times had in February reported that millers were owed since 2015. At the time of signing the five-year agreement with Panama in 2014, the Agriculture Ministry had said that through the Private Sector agreement between the two Governments, Panamanians would be assured of having access to rice at an affordable price.Guyana Rice Millers Association (GRMA) Head, Leekha Rambrich, observed earlier this year that GRDB is accessing the money from buyers, thus it has an obligation to pay millers.“GRDB signed a contract with Panama to supply this rice, and not the millers. And GRDB is responsible for paying the millers. So that question has to be referred right back to him (Hassan),” Rambrich made this statement in February 2018. However, at that time, the GRDB head was not taking calls from Guyana Times, despite the Agriculture Minister saying on numerous occasions that the various sub-agencies have “instructions” to respond to queries.The Rice Producers Associations’ latest estimate is that GRDB owes millers in excess of $2 billion dating back to 2017.Guyana exported some 540,000 tonnes of rice for 2017, which saw it highest numbers since 2015, when 535,000 tonnes were recorded. However, farmers have seen reduced earnings for their paddy with the loss of the PetroCaribe rice deal, which was cancelled by Venezuela in 2015. (Shemuel Fanfair)last_img read more

Man charged for hurling expletives at sister

first_imgStephan Pollard, of Agricola, Greater Georgetown, was on Friday released on $30,000 bail by Magistrate Leron Daly when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts charged for verbally abusing his sister, Onika Pollard.Pollard pleaded not guilty to the charge.The court heard that on July 7, 2018, he used abusive language towards his sibling, with whom he shares living quarters.In addition, he was slapped with a malicious damage of property charge, since he was accused of damaging his sister’s electric fan and other items.To this charge, he also pleaded not guilty and told the court that it was his sister’s children who damaged the items.The Police Prosecutor made no objections to bail; hence, the defendant was released on $20,000 bail for the damage of property charge and $10,000 for the abusive language charge.The siblings were also placed on a bond to keep the peace pending the outcome of the matter. Pollard is expected to make his next court appearance on August 6, 2018.last_img read more

No longer winging it

first_imgThe pain was physical, as he battled hip surgery, and mental, an anguish felt from not being on the court to help his team. A year later, Shipp still experiences occasional soreness, but he can live with it. Now healthy, Shipp said he has better explosion on his first step and is better at slashing to the basket than before his surgery. He is averaging 13.4 points per game, and his innate basketball instincts often allow him to track down loose balls and errant shots and put him in position for easy baskets. Bruins junior guard Arron Afflalo said Shipp’s value was noticeable last month, when the UCLA needed Afflalo’s last-second jumper to beat USC at Galen Center. Shipp sat out with a hamstring injury, and the Bruins struggled offensively. “I think Josh is kind of our X-factor,” UCLA sophomore power forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute said. “He does everything.” Shipp’s jump shot has failed him lately, which he attributes partly to a lack of “pop” in his legs. He is shooting 29.6 percent from 3-point range, and his percentage has dropped to 17.6 in Pac-10 games. “I think it’s a little from the surgery, because I picked up bad habits just playing around, shooting, because I wasn’t able to jump for a while,” Shipp said. “I was doing a lot of set shots and picked up on the habit. I’m trying to break it right now. I’m not jumping.” Shipp is averaging 3.7rebounds per game, and his defense is lagging, although it is not costing him playing time. Shipp is averaging 29.8 minutes per game, including 29 minutes in Pac-10 play. “The one thing he’s not doing as well this year as (he did as) a freshman is rebounding, in terms of his numbers,” Bruins coach Ben Howland said. “We need him to get better in that area, but also part of it is probably we’re a better rebounding team, so there’s a few less rebounds.” The road back was not easy, particularly because Shipp can be stubborn. He injured his hip on a fall during a summer-league game in 2005, but let the injury linger for a month before getting his hip examined. Shipp had a piece of loose cartilage, which was catching in his hip socket when he walked or ran, and had a ridge on the bone. The ridge was shaved down and the tear repaired. Although his doctors told him the hip would have improved flexibility, the recovery would take a year. But Shipp tried to return in less than three months. He played four games last season before deciding the pain was too great to continue. Playing on it was bad enough, but the next day the pain was excruciating. That is where Shipp’s stubborness took over. In the months after the surgery, even as Howland and the training staff pleaded with Shipp to be diligent in his rehab and to take his medication, Shipp did not always follow through. “I try not to take medicine,” Shipp said. “It’s the natural approach. (UCLA coaches and trainers) get on me about that. It hides the pain. I don’t want to mask it. If I have the injury, I don’t want to hide the pain. I want to fix it, make it stronger. I don’t want to take pills every day of my life.” It wasn’t until the spring that Shipp took his rehab seriously, Howland said. Now, after a morning workout, Shipp spends 15 to 20 minutes being stretched out by the training staff. The same thing takes place after practices and games. “My mom kept my spirits high whenever I was down,” Shipp said. “She knew what to say. We’re Christian, so she’s really religious. She said sometimes you’re going to have to go through adversity, but I’m on God’s plan, so that’s just part of it, and never question. Because I would question it a lot, say, `Why me?”‘ He no longer has a reason to ask that question. brian.dohn@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Rather than watching the Bruins’ run through the Pacific-10 Conference and NCAA Tournament dressed in slacks and a sweater – or button-down shirt – from the end of the bench, he is the second-leading scorer for No. 2 UCLA, which plays host to No.19 USC tonight at Pauley Pavilion. “I just enjoy being out here now, more so than ever before,” said Shipp, a 6-foot-6 redshirt sophomore wing. “My freshman year, I kind of wasn’t a practice player. I was all about the games. But even last year, just sitting and watching, I couldn’t wait to get out and practice. That’s all I had.” Shipp, who redshirted last season, said he does not feel as if he missed out on last year’s run to the NCAA title game – in which the Bruins lost to Florida – because he practiced with the team late in the season and also traveled with the Bruins. His former roommate, Jordan Farmar, who is now a rookie with the Lakers, said not playing took a toll on Shipp. “His thinking was that he was going to let down the team, he was going to lose a year and fall back,” Farmar said. “(I told Shipp) just to stay confident and keep working. Everything happens for a reason. He did just that.” center_img As Debbie Shipp listened to her son on the other end of the phone, she knew things were not well. Josh Shipp was talking about the pain in his right hip, how it hurt to walk, and sometimes even move. “He’s not a complainer,” Debbie said. “For him to pick up the phone and call me and say, `Ya’ know, I’m hurting. It hurts,’ you know he’s in pain.” last_img

Not what they seem

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Before more ignorant people try to claim that the current cold weather back east disproves global warming, I thought I’d try to set the record straight. If these people would put aside their National Enquirer tabloids, or whatever they consider intellectual reading, long enough to do some basic research, they would find out that cold weather in the temperate zones actually proves global warming, rather than the other way around. Things are not always as they seem. The research is easy. Simply read a few articles on global warming to the end before you put on another sports show, smug in your superior reasoning abilities. – Eric Obermeit Sun Valley Hollywood hypocrites As I watched the Oscars, it occurred to me what a privileged and wealthy crowd I saw – almost obscenely wealthy in some cases. They arrived in large, comfortable limos, from houses that are much larger than mine, requiring way more energy to power and heat. As a group they are among the most – if not the most – profligate users of private jet aircraft. Elegant, but totally ungreen. Yet there they were, standing and applauding Al Gore, nodding solemnly and seriously as he praised them for being such good disciples and spreading the word on global warming. Feeling so good about themselves, patting each other on the back. And so utterly clueless to their total and complete hypocrisy. – Mike Gorman Glendale Where are the heroes? In World War II, military heroes were publicly celebrated. Yet, just as with the dead of this war, the Bush administration silences and hides its military heroes. There is no Audie Murphy of Iraq II, even though Iraq II has lasted longer than World War II. Why? Is it that a personal perspective would raise too much penetrating discussion – asking how the mission the soldier was asked to be ready to die for has really helped democracy in the Middle East? – Martin Kotowski Sherman Oaks The privileged few Did anyone else feel a sense of outrage and frustration while watching the Oscars? I was particularly offended by the privileged few pointing their fingers at the average American as the major part of the global-warming problem. The average person does not live in a 10,000-square-foot mansion that sucks up more energy than any six or more normal homes. And if he is lucky enough to travel, the average American flies commercial and coach, not in a private jet that uses more fossil fuel than most of us will use in a lifetime. We owe it to the planet to do our part, but that means everybody – including the Hollywood elite who use this issue to promote their secular progressive agenda. – Barbara Lindemann Chatsworth One more thing … Re “trading places” (Viewpoint, Feb. 25): Jonathan Dobrer’s article was exceptionally good in pointing out the “oversimplified certainties” that fuel the “moral imperatives” of liberals and conservatives on international politics. But Dobrer should have added another paragraph noting that the “game” has now changed due to three new factors, so that situations for America (and the world) are no longer academic exercises but international threats: 1. nuclear bombs in the hands of rogue Islamic nations; 2. an abundance of suicidal Islamo-fascist killers; 3. an impotent United Nations. – Aaron L. Kolom Los Angeleslast_img read more

Parcel carriers ready for a rush

first_imgFedEx driver Vito Randazzo works long hours this time of year, but the smile never seems to stop. Working out of one of two FedEx Corp. warehouses in Brooklyn, this day is much like any other, but Randazzo, 48, is noticeably aware of the ramp up to Monday, expected to be the shipping company’s busiest day of the year. Excluding a partnership with the U.S. Postal Service, FedEx expects to haul 10.4 million packages through express and ground service on that day. The prediction represents a 6 percent increase over the 9.8 million shipped on last year’s busiest day. Analysts suggest major parcel carriers overall should expect the usual holiday rush, although revenue will be likely be muddled by the effects of a weak U.S. economy and changing consumer trends. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champJon Langenfeld, an analyst with investment firm R.W. Baird, said the overall freight market is being dragged down by weakness in the housing and automotive markets, and lower consumer spending. Higher diesel prices are also hurting parcel carriers this holiday season, although FedEx will be affected more than UPS, he said, because express services make up more of its business. National Retail Federation spokesman Scott Krugman acknowledged that while the economy and the rise of electronic gift card purchases will put pressure on shipping this year, these factors should be balanced by robust online sales growth. United Parcel Service Inc., FedEx’s chief competitor, expects to ship 22million packages on its peak day – Dec. 19. The projection represents less than 1 percent growth from last year’s busiest day, and marks the smallest growth prediction in four years. UPS will add more than 60,000 employees to help with the seasonal rush. DHL International GmbH expects to ship 14.5 million packages across the globe on Monday, its busiest day, according to a company spokesman. The company, owned by the German-based mail and shipping company Deutsche Post AG, predicts U.S. business will account for 2.4 million to 2.5 million of those shipments. The company declined to report 2006 figures. The U.S. Postal Service expects nearly 1 billion pieces – including packages and those last-minute letters to Santa – to be mailed on Monday, its busiest mailing day of the year. USPS expects 275 million cards and letters to be tossed into a mailbox that day. Wednesday is expected to be the busiest delivery day for the USPS. Randazzo began his career with FedEx 19 years ago, lured away from the family pizza business by the benefits and steady paycheck that support his wife and three children. “I don’t get tired from working,” Randazzo said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more