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Supreme Court Appoints Two Special Courts To Try Coal Block Allocation Cases, Arun Bhardwaj, Sanjay Bansal Appointed As Special Judges

first_imgTop StoriesSupreme Court Appoints Two Special Courts To Try Coal Block Allocation Cases, Arun Bhardwaj, Sanjay Bansal Appointed As Special Judges Srishti Ojha5 April 2021 12:43 AMShare This – xSupreme Court has on Monday decided to appoint two Special Courts to deal with and exclusively try the offences pertaining to coal block allocation matters.A three-judge Bench of CJI Bobde, Justice Bopanna and Justice Ramasubramanian has appointed Mr. Arun Bhardwaj and Mr Sanjay Bansal as Special Judges for Special Courts 1 and 2 in order of their seniority.The decision to appoint two…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginSupreme Court has on Monday decided to appoint two Special Courts to deal with and exclusively try the offences pertaining to coal block allocation matters.A three-judge Bench of CJI Bobde, Justice Bopanna and Justice Ramasubramanian has appointed Mr. Arun Bhardwaj and Mr Sanjay Bansal as Special Judges for Special Courts 1 and 2 in order of their seniority.The decision to appoint two Special Courts has been taken by the Court in consideration of suggestion made by Sr Adv RS Cheema Previously there was only one Special Court which was appointed by the the Apex Court in 2014 with Mr Bharat Parashar as the Special Judge.The appointment of the two Special Judges has been made by the Court to replace Mr Bharat Parashar who was appointed to deal and exclusively try the offences pertaining to coal block allocation matters.The Court had requested Chief Justice, Delhi High Court to provide a panel of names of about five judges of a high caliber and absolute integrity to enable the top Court to suggest an appropriate replacement for Mr. Bharat Parashar, Special Judge.The Court today considered letters of Delhi High Court’s Registrar General dated 3rd Feb and 22nd March.During the hearing today, the Bench observed that 5 names have been suggested by the Delhi High Court’s Registrar General. While the Court didn’t have their ACRs, it was sure that they must all be good as the Registrar General must have examined before sending their names.Senior Advocate RS Cheema submitted before the Court that as the number of pending cases are 40, the Court can appoint 2 special Courts.”That’s fine we can appoint 2 special courts.” CJI ObservedThe Bench noted that Sr Adv RS Cheema has suggested that it would be appropriate to appoint two Special Courts and SG Mehta has agreed to the suggestion. Out of the names suggested by Delhi High Court’s Registrar General, the Court found it appropriate to appoint Arun Bhardwaj and Sanjay Bansal for Special Courts 1 and 2 in order of their seniority.SG Mehta sought listing of another interim application filed by Sr Adv Cheema seeking to be relieved from PMLA and Coal matters.Supreme Court has in 2014 appointed Senior Advocate Senior Advocate R.S. Cheema, as the Special Public Prosecutor by the Government of India to conduct the prosecution of the offences pertaining to coal block allocation matters on behalf of CBI and Enforcement Directorate.Senior Counsel Cheema submitted that the Court had accepted his request and through its order on 14th Feb 2020 had asked him to continue till june.”You realise how valuable you are for us.” CJI remarked.The Court observed that it would be willing if to relieve Mr Cheema if he suggests an appropriate substitute.SG Mehta and Sr Adv Cheema have discussed inter se and come to a conclusion. The Bench observed that the final decision will however be theirs.Supreme Court had on 15th March 2021, asked the Delhi High Court’s Chief Justice to panel of names of about five judges of a high caliber and absolute integrity to replace Mr Bharat Parashar who in 2014 was appointed by Supreme Court as Special Judge to hear coal block allocation matters.The Court had observed that Mr. Bharat Parashar who has acted as a Special Judge (PC Act), (CBI) Patiala House Court, New Delhi, needs to be replaced, as he has now completed more than 6 years in the same post after having been posted as Special Judge by the Supreme Court in 2014. The direction had been issued by the Court in response to letter of Registrar General of Delhi High Court seeking permission to nominate another suitable officer as Special Judge.The Registrar General of Delhi High Court had written a letter seeking permission of the Apex Court to nominate/post another suitable Officer as Special Judge in place of Mr. Bharat Parashar, Special Judge, in the matter which is pending for about six years when the law contemplates the disposal of the such matters in two years which may be extended upto 4 times by periods of six months each.Supreme Court through its order on 27th July 2014 had appointed Mr. Bharat Prashar, an officer of Delhi Higher Judicial Service for being posted as Special Judge to deal and exclusively try the offences pertaining to coal block allocation matters under the Indian Penal Code, 1860, Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, Prevention of Money-Laundering Act, 2002 and other allied offences.It was directed that all cases pending before different courts in Delhi pertaining to coal block allocation matters would stand transferred to the court of Special Judge.Supreme Court had in August 2014 quashed 214 coal block allocations that the central government had allocated between 1993 and 2010. A three-judge Bench headed by Chief Justice of India R.M. Lodha had cancelled all but 4 of 218 allocations calling them arbitrary, illegal and amounting to unfair distribution of national wealth The decision had come in response to plea filed by NGO Common Cause and others challenging the legality of allocation of coal blocks to private companies from 1993 onwards.Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

McDonough seeks Bar reinstatement

first_imgMcDonough seeks Bar reinstatement McDonough seeks Bar reinstatement Pursuant to Bar Rule 3-7.10, Michael David McDonough has petitioned the Supreme Court of Florida for Bar reinstatement.On December 27, 2004, McDonough received a 91-day suspension with conditions: evaluation by Florida Lawyer’s Assistance, Inc., and LOMAS review prior to reinstatement.Any person having knowledge bearing upon McDonough’s fitness or qualifications to resume the practice of law should contact Alan Anthony Pascal, Bar Counsel, The Florida Bar, 5900 North Andrews Ave., Suite 900, Ft. Lauderdale 33309, telephone (954) 772-2245, ext. 2224. November 15, 2005 Regular Newslast_img read more

Women and Girls’ Golf Week: WPGA Chairman Tracey Loveys is giving lessons at the Ricoh Women’s British Open today to encourage new players. Here is her story.

first_img5 Aug 2018 Women and Girls’ Golf Week: WPGA Chairman Tracey Loveys is giving lessons at the Ricoh Women’s British Open today to encourage new players. Here is her story. WPGA Chairman Tracey Loveys is one of the women professionals offering free lessons today in the swingzone at the Ricoh Women’s British Open. Tracey, from Bigbury Golf Club, tells how she encourages women and girls to get into golf.What’s your golfing background?I started to learn how to play at the age of 13. My father was a keen golfer and he encouraged me to ‘have a go’, even though my initial thoughts were that ladies didn’t play golf!How long have you been a PGA pro?I turned professional in 1992How often do you work with women and girls?Almost on a daily basis, more so with women rather than girls as our location doesn’t lend itself to many juniors as we off the beaten track! However, our current junior captain is a girl.I run group coaching sessions for our ladies’ section at the start of the year to help brush off some winter rustiness and we also have a group of higher handicap ladies that ‘roll up’ once a week and I organise a few group sessions specifically for them too throughout the year.How do you encourage them to play golf?I have a Get into Golf banner at the golf club main entrance which attracts quite a few people. I also advertise these sessions on my village’s Facebook page. This too has proved successful.The number of ladies taking up these lessons outweighs the gent beginner by about 8:2. I do believe that the fact I am a female pro has a big influence on this figure. They are learning together, they then go on to form lifelong friendships, their golf grows together and then, hopefully, join our club and become part of a ‘bigger family’.How supportive is your club?I have been at Bigbury for 10years now and the club have always been very supportive. It is renowned as being one of the friendliest clubs in the area.Your star pupil … not necessarily your best player?Two years ago at my club I held a ‘bring a non-golfing friend along’ session for the lady members. This was aimed at inviting a friend along to walk the back seven holes with the golfing member and to do the putting. The idea was to give them a taster for the game, taking in the stunning views from our course and to sample the warm welcome within the clubhouse afterwards.From this initiative I got a few ladies to make up a beginners group. One lady in particular stood out. She is now a full playing member of the ladies’ section, representing them in matches and is now playing off a handicap of 24. Not bad in under two years!What’s your advice for women and girls interested in getting started?Don’t be scared! Have a go! Golf is a game for life. So many new friendships are made and it can take you to courses all over the world.Why do you want to work at the RicohWBO?It’s a great opportunity to meet people and give them a few hints and tips to help grow their enjoyment of the game. They are there to watch the best players in the world and to be inspired.I haven’t been involved in the Ricoh WBO before but I was involved in providing tuition at the ISPS Handa Classic at The Buckinghamshire a few years ago and thoroughly enjoyed the experience, hence my application to get involved in the biggest event in the calendar!Personal golfing goals?As a player? I still feel that I am able to be competitive and like to think I can give the ‘younger ones’ a run for their money! Deep down inside I know there’s another WPGA Club Pro’s title in me and, as long as my body lets me, I will keep trying!As a coach? To continue to help golfers reach their personal goals and to introduce as many people as possible to our wonderful game.Inspired by Tracey to Get into Golf? Visit www.getintogolf.org to find free or low cost beginner activities across the country Tags: Bigbury golf club, Get into golflast_img read more

Boston preps for possible World Series celebration

first_imgBoston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, right, is greeted in the dugout after being pulled from the game during the eighth inning of Game 5 of baseball’s World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, in St. Louis. The Red Sox won 3-1 to take a 3-2 lead in the series. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)  by Jay LindsayAssociated Press WriterBOSTON (AP) — Sports championships aren’t rare in Boston anymore, and security officials are drawing on what went right — and wrong — during recent victory celebrations as the Red Sox look to claim another title.The Red Sox return to Fenway Park on Wednesday needing one win in the next two games against the St. Louis Cardinals to win their third World Series since 2004. Meanwhile, police are also dealing with a visit by President Obama, who’s stopping in town hours earlier Wednesday to discuss his health care reform.City officials on Tuesday said they’re confident both events will go off smoothly. But they’re tightening parking restrictions, increasing police presence and asking the public to help unclog streets and keep any Red Sox victory celebrations safe.“We’ve had a lot of great success. … We’ve had some challenges and some tragedies,” said Boston Police Superintendent-in-chief Daniel Linsky. “We’re hoping that fans have grown and got accustomed to the championships, and we’re hoping that they realize that there’s no reason to destroy property to celebrate a sports victory.”The Red Sox’s 2004 title was its first since 1918. But there have been plenty of reasons to celebrate Boston sports success since. The Sox won again in 2007, while the Patriots (2005), Celtics (2008) and Bruins (2011) have also won championships.The postgame street partying after the wins has been generally been uneventful, but not always. In 2004, a 21-year-old college student was killed by a pepper pellet fired by Boston police during crowd control efforts following the Red Sox win in the American League Championship Series.In 2008, a 22-year-old man stopped breathing and later died after police took him into custody during street celebrations of the Celtics title.Linsky said some changes since aim to take down the crowd’s temperature. For instance, officers will be mixing in the crowd wearing regular uniforms, not riot gear.“We used to put our hard gear on to kind of let people know we’re ready for trouble,” he said. “But we’ve found if we do that, people come looking for trouble.”Police also now limit crowds near the park, he said. After the seventh inning, people won’t be allowed into Fenway or the surrounding streets, and if people already there decide to leave, they can’t come back.“Instead of having a crowd of 800,000 in one area, we’ve got eight smaller crowds of 50,000 or so in different areas, and we’re able to manage this better,” Linsky said.The April bombings at the Boston Marathon have police deploying extra bomb sniffing dogs to the Fenway area, as well as more undercover officers and officers trained to spot suspicious behavior, said Police Commissioner Ed Davis.“A lot of the stuff will be transparent, you won’t be able to see it,” he said.Parking restrictions aim to thin out of the number of cars on streets around Fenway starting at 4 p.m., and officials warned people parking in local lots that they’ll be stuck there for a while after the game.“We just ask everyone that comes to use public transportation,” said Mayor Tom Menino.The mayor said he’ll be asking businesses in downtown Boston to relieve congestion by letting workers go home by 4 p.m. City staff has asked local bar owners to pull outside displays by the fifth inning and cover windows so crowds don’t gather outside to watch their TVs.Menino said President Obama is planning to be out of Boston about an hour or so before the first pitch, and city officials have been in touch with the White House to try to ensure everything runs cleanly. All told, he said, a good plan is in place.“The city is ready,” Menino said.last_img read more

Lunch Break’s Foodstock Seeks to Stock Shelves for Summer Months

first_imgBy Alison BitterlyRED BANK – Lunch Break, the borough-based soup kitchen and food pantry, will be hosting Foodstock – a food drive that will feature live entertainment, children’s activities, refreshments and more. The event will be held noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at the Red Bank Middle School, 101 Harding Road.The aim of Foodstock is to help fill the shelves at Lunch Break with food for the summer, traditionally the hardest time for food banks and pantries to gather donations from the community.Foodstock began last fall with the Swisher family of Freehold Township. The family held a Foodstock event in their backyard and collected more than 13,000 pounds of food – filling a truck from floor to ceiling with food – for Lunch Break.Event organizers hope to recreate that success on a larger scale with Foodstock 2012. In the weeks leading up to May 19, schools, churches, and other groups will collect nonperishable food items. Those items will be brought to Foodstock where they will be weighed for a running count of the donations.Lunch Break Executive Director Gwendolyn Love said individuals and families are welcome to bring items independently – any amount of nonperishable food is welcome, although healthy, low-sodium food is preferred. Love hopes that the event will help familiarize the community with Lunch Break and its mission.“We want to remind people that we’re here,” Love said, “and perhaps inspire others to get involved.”Although there are many dedicated Lunch Break volunteers and contributors, during the summer season the pantry shelves are often sparse. As Love says, “It is very expensive to keep the shelves stocked during the summer months.” She believes that, “as a community, we will be able to make a big impact.”Items that are particularly needed for the pantry include: condiments, jelly, peanut butter, tuna, pasta, canned pinto beans, baked beans, canned applesauce, canned fruit, and fruit cocktail.Foodstock 2012 will feature refreshments supplied by Super Foodtown and Sickles Market. Entertain­ment will include live music from four bands and a DJ. Aspiring musicians from Red Bank’s School of Rock will be among those on stage. There also will be a clown and face-painting for children and a demonstration of a typical Lunch Break cooking class by Roseanne Monroe.Volunteers and clients of Lunch Break are encouraged to spend the afternoon enjoying the music, food, family, and friends.Lunch Break also thanks Foodstock’s co-sponsors: The Bitterly Group at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Ocean­First Bank, Lowry’s Moving Service and Move for Hunger.Lunch Break was established in 1983 when community members began serving hot lunches in the basement of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Red Bank to combat hunger in Monmouth County. As the organization began to expand and develop, it relocated to 121 Drs. James Parker Blvd. and has remained there ever since.To this day, Lunch Break provides those in need with “life’s basic necessities,” food, clothing, and fellowship. As part of its mission statement, Lunch Break promises to “serve everyone with compassion and dignity.”Over the past few years, Lunch Break’s role in the community has grown significantly. Love notes that this is largely due to the struggling economy, which has detrimentally affected many families in the area. From 2008 to 2011, the number of hot meals served increased by 35 percent, the number of clothing pickups by 116 percent and the number of food pantry pickups by a whopping 523 percent.Lunch Break has expanded to meet this increased demand. Several programs have been added to the organization’s roster in recent years, including a weekly cooking class for clients and Saturday brunches hosted by local churches.Lunch Break can be reached at 732-747-8577, its website at www.lunchbreak.org or its Facebook page.last_img read more

Sharp siblings take national stage with their speaking skills

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jessica Walker Boehm, National FFA Convention & ExpoNot only are siblings Sara and Aaron Sharp competing at the 92nd National FFA Convention & Expo, but they’re also both taking part in public speaking Leadership Development Events — a highly unusual accomplishment the duo will likely remember for years to come.For Sara and Aaron, both members of the Amanda-Clearcreek FFA in Ohio, FFA has long been a family affair. Their father, Kyle Sharp, served as the 1991-92 Ohio FFA State Reporter, while their paternal grandfather, Don Sharp Jr., was the 1965-66 Ohio FFA State Vice President. Paul Ewing, the siblings’ maternal grandfather, was an FFA advisor at Westfall High School in Williamsport, Ohio, from 1964 to 1974, and their uncle, Scott Sharp, is one of their FFA advisors.“Joining FFA wasn’t mandatory for us, but it was definitely encouraged,” said Sara, who is currently a sophomore at Amanda-Clearcreek High School. She placed first in Ohio in the Freshman Creed Public Speaking event in the spring of 2019.Sara and Aaron’s mother, Tonya Forsythe, had a hand in encouraging the pair to compete in public speaking. The siblings say Forsythe, a lecturer in The Ohio State University’s School of Communication, has coached them along the way and helped them capitalize on their hard work.While Sara will compete in Creed Speaking at this year’s National FFA Convention & Expo, an event in which she will recite the FFA Creed and answer questions related to its meaning and purpose, Aaron is competing in Extemporaneous Public Speaking.Aaron Sharp (left), Emma Dearth, Paige Hinton, and Noah Smith from Amanda-Clearcreek FFA competed in the 2018 Ag Communications CDE, finishing 8th nationally.During Aaron’s event, he will draw from a variety of agricultural topics and choose three of interest, then select the topic of his speech. Aaron will have 30 minutes to prepare a four- to six-minute speech using five sources, and after he concludes the presentation, he will answer questions related to his speech topic.“I’ve never liked following a script, so Extemporaneous Public Speaking really appealed to me because I enjoy speaking off the cuff and the challenge of putting my knowledge and skills to the test without much time to prepare,” Aaron said.He serves as student advisor for the Amanda-Clearcreek FFA, and he won first place in the Extemporaneous Public Speaking contest at the Eastern Regional FFA Program in September of 2019.Although Sara and Aaron are focused on their upcoming competitions, they’re also taking time to appreciate their unique, once-in-a-lifetime situation.“Getting to compete with my sibling at the National FFA Convention & Expo is exciting and a true privilege,” Sara said. “Aaron and I support one another, and we’re thankful to have so many people in our corner who have pushed us to work hard and hone our skills for our respective events.”last_img read more

Resource Discovery: Shield Up! How Upstanding Bystanders Stop Bullying

first_imgThis post was written by members of the MFLN Family Development Team. The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development concentration on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.  You can also listen to our Anchored. podcast series via iTunes and our website. [3] Craver, M. M. (2014). Shield Up!: How Upstanding Bystanders Stop Bullying. Washington, DC: Magination Press. Retrieved from: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21992213-shield-up?from_search=true Return to article. Long DescriptionPixabay[Bullying Black and White by Anemone123 on May 9, 2017, CC0]Bullying is an ongoing problem that impacts children and youth on a daily basis. According to the CDC, 1 in 5 high school students reported being bullied on school property in the last year and bullying is also the most commonly reported discipline problem in public schools [1].What can we do to help turn the tide of bullying behaviors? First, we must be aware of the different types of bullying. Bullying is not always physical and includes verbal bullying like name-calling and teasing. There is social bullying that involves hurting someone’s reputation or relationships like spreading rumors and embarrassing someone in public [2]. Also, cyber-bullying falls into the realm of social bullying.Second, finding great resources can be beneficial that can provide strategies to stop bullying in its tracks. Stop Bullying.gov is fantastic resource that provides trainings and prevention techniques for service professionals, parents, and teachers. Most of their strategies focus on collaboration between mental health professionals, parents, and the school system to engage the larger community on bullying prevention.One great resource on how kids can implement change in their own schools is the book “Shield Up!: How Upstanding Bystanders Stop Bullying” by Marcella Marino Craver [3]. Illustrated as a graphic novel, this book is an example of how bullying can happen and how it effects individual kids and their peer groups. The ultimate takeaway is what to do when bullying behaviors happen and how kind actions can change those behaviors. The book also includes a reader’s note where you can learn strategies for standing up to bullying behavior and how to practice kindness.It is important to understand the impact that violence such as bullying, teen dating violence, and school shootings have on youth. Be sure to watch this archived MFLN FD webinar from last year entitled “Polishing Our Protective Shields: Exploring Ways to Protect Youth from Violence.” CEU opportunities are still available.References[1]  Center for Disease Control (2018). Preventing Bullying. Retrieved from: https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/bullying-factsheet508.pdf Pixabay[Bullying Black and White by Anemone123 on May 9, 2017, CC0]center_img By: Jason M. Jowers, MS [2] Stop Bullying.gov (2019). What is Bullying? Retrieved from: https://www.stopbullying.gov/what-is-bullying/index.htmllast_img read more

I did opposite to what my father said: Neymar

first_imgParis Saint-Germain’s (PSG) new recruit Neymar said he did opposite to what his father, who is also his agent, wanted and moved away from FC Barcelona.PSG ended weeks of speculation by paying Barcelona the 222 million-euro ($264 million) release fee written into Neymar’s contract with the Catalan club.The 25-year-old will be officially presented to Paris Saint-Germain’s fans at Estadio Parc des Princes on Saturday.The Brazilian will wear the No.10 shirt for the Ligue 1 outfit after Argentinian playmaker Javier Pastore volunteered to relinquish the number for his new teammate.”I did the opposite of what my dad wanted,” the Brazilian said in a farewell video that he uploaded.”The life of a sportsman moves through challenges, some to do with taxes, others are the result of our decisions.””Barcelona has been more than a challenge, playing alongside great players has been like a video game. I remember my first days in the club, sharing the dressing room with idols like Messi, Valdes, Xavi, Iniesta, Puyol, Pique, Busquets and others, with the expectation of playing for more than a club,” Neymar recollected as reported by Marca.”FC Barcelona is a nation that represents Catalonia! I had the honour of playing with the greatest athlete I have ever seen and I am sure that I will not see another better. Leo Messi became my partner, and friend on and off the pitch and I was proud to play with him.””I formed an historic attack with him and Luis Suarez and I have conquered everything an athlete can conquer. I have lived unforgettable moments! I lived in a city that is more than a city, it is a homeland. I love Barcelona and Catalunya,” the Brazilian added.advertisementNeymar said he wanted fresh challenges and thus chose to jump ship.”But an athlete needs challenges — and for the second time in my life I will do the opposite of my dad,” he said.”Papa, I understand and respect your opinion, but my decision is taken, I ask you to support me as you have always done.””FC Barcelona and Catalonia will always be in my heart but I need new challenges. I have accepted the proposal of PSG and I want to help the club to achieve the titles that the fans hope for. It’s a daring career plan and I am prepared for this challenge,” he added.Since joining Barca in 2013, Neymar scored 68 goals in four seasons — behind Cristiano Ronaldo (139), Lionel Messi (134), Luis Suarez (85), Antoine Griezmann (76) and Athletic Bilbao’s Aritz Aduriz (70).In that same period, he had the fifth most direct assists with 38 — behind teammate Messi (54), Atletico Madrid’s Koke (45), Suarez (43) and Ronaldo (42).last_img read more

Tiger a Major Champion Again, and Race to Nicklaus Back On

first_imgAUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — No comeback by Tiger Woods was ever going to be complete without a major.Now the question becomes how many more he can win.So much appeal of that red shirt beneath a green jacket involved looking back at all Woods had to overcome to reach that moment — a Masters champion once again — that so many thought would never happen.The fourth surgery to rebuild his left knee. The private affairs that became public, shattering his image. The balky back that required four more surgeries, the last one out of desperation because he could barely walk, much less play golf. And a new generation of stars he inspired who were younger, stronger and capable.That’s why Woods celebrated his 15th major like never before — fist pumps without a club in his hand, because he couldn’t help himself walking off the 18th green.“Overwhelming,” he said with a voice still hoarse from all that screaming.Tiger Woods smiles as he wears his green jacket after winning the Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 14, 2019, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)He went 28 majors over 11 years without winning, and no sooner did he stretch his arms into that familiar green jacket — “Ah, it fits,” he said in Butler Cabin — was he asked about the 18 majors Jack Nicklaus won to set the gold standard in golf.“I don’t know if he’s worried or not,” Woods said. “I’m sure he’s home just chilling and watching.”Whether the record is in play, Nicklaus can expect plenty of questions. For years, he could rarely get through any conversation without someone asking him whether he thought Woods could top his mark.“I thought for a long time that he was going to win again,” Nicklaus said Sunday night on Golf Channel. “The next two majors are at Bethpage, where he has won, and at Pebble Beach, where he has won. So, he has got me shaking in my boots, guys.”The last part was delivered in jest.The first part was factual.Woods winning his fifth Masters was not entirely out of the blue. He capped the year of his great comeback last year by winning the Tour Championship in typical Tiger fashion, by building a lead on a tough, fast course at East Lake and not giving anyone much of a chance to catch him. He also briefly led Sunday in the British Open, and was one shot behind on the back nine at the PGA Championship.“The win at East Lake was a big confidence booster for me because I had come close last year a couple times,” Woods said. “Still have to get it across the finish line, and I didn’t quite do it.”Tiger Woods wears his green jacket holding the winning trophy after the final round for the Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 14, 2019, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)So, imagine the effect of winning the Masters, especially the way this one played out. Six players had at least a share of the lead at one point on the back nine — four of them major champions — and there was a five-way tie for the lead when the final group was in the 15th fairway.It was anyone’s game until Francesco Molinari, who earlier hit 8-iron in Rae’s Creek on the 12th hole for double bogey, hit a wedge off a tree limb and into the water on the par-5 15th that led to double bogey.And then it became Woods’ game — a two-putt birdie to take the lead, an 8-iron that rolled down the slope next to the hole for a signature moment at this Masters.“Well, I can win majors now,” Woods said with a laugh.The PGA Championship is a month away at Bethpage Black, where Woods was dominant as ever in going wire-to-wire in the 2002 U.S. Open, and was right there with a chance in the 2009 U.S. Open except for a putter that refused to cooperate.And then it’s the U.S. Open in June at Pebble Beach. If the Masters is the most memorable of his 15 majors, Pebble Beach remains his greatest performance. Woods won there in 2000 by a record 15 shots, even with a triple bogey in the third round. Ten years later, he tied for fourth at the U.S. Open at Pebble, three shots behind.The courses are familiar. Woods is familiar with winning majors.Tiger Woods reacts as he wins the Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 14, 2019, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)But it’s not that simple.Woods was 24 when he won the U.S. Open at Pebble, and 26 when we won at Bethpage Black. Now he’s 43.As dynamic as this Masters was for Woods, it was hard work and he needed help — from Molinari on the 12th and 15th holes, from a couple of good bounces out of the trees. That’s not unusual. Every major champion needs a break or two.Getting to 18 is only easier because Woods is one major closer, a conversation caddie Joe LaCava said they have shared.“We’re on 14 and I said, ‘Let’s get to 15.’ You can’t be on 14 and thinking about 18,” LaCava said. “But now we can start talking about 16. So we’re getting closer.”Nicklaus can only watch and admire, which he has done all along. And part of him is cheering.Tiger Woods reacts as he wins the Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 14, 2019, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)“I don’t ever pull against anybody,” Nicklaus said. “Nobody wants their record to be broken. But I certainly wouldn’t want Tiger to be hurt and not to be able to do it. Of course, he is now pretty healthy and playing well. I wish him well, I always wish the guys well and I want them to pay their best.”That’s what Nicklaus saw at Augusta National.And that’s probably what everyone will expect from Woods the rest of the year.—By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more