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first_img Express KCS Monday 21 September 2015 9:15 pm Show Comments ▼ whatsapp whatsapp Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe Wrap’Drake & Josh’ Star Drake Bell Arrested in Ohio on Attempted ChildThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapWatch President Biden Do Battle With a Cicada: ‘It Got Me’ (Video)The WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrapcenter_img Balfour Beatty and Carillion win roads contract worth up to £292m Share A JOINT venture between construction groups Balfour Beatty and Carillion has won a Highways England contract to upgrade part of the A14.The companies expect the deal to generate around £292m in revenue for the joint venture.The construction package is part of the wider A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme, to which the government has pledged a £1.5bn investment.The initial contract, won by the 50:50 Balfour Beatty Carillion firm, is valued at almost £500,000, with the full contract award subject to statutory approval of the project.Construction work is expected to start in late 2016, with the upgraded A14 open to traffic in 2020. last_img read more

first_imgBy Alessandro Pasetti 09/06/2020 In what is effectively a continuous search for value in the transport and logistics vacuum, you may remember my 28 April column headed: “CH Robinson, UPS & DSV face judgement day“.Ever since, things have played out according to plan it seems.Risk reward “The most troubled, CH Robinson (CHRW), could well be the most rewarding,” I wrote at the time, leaving fairly open to the imagination/interpretation, I reckon, whether that would apply to its Q1 ’20 performance or stock market appreciation, or … New Premium subscriber REGISTER Password* Email* Please Login Please either REGISTER or login below to continue << Go back Premium subscriber LOGIN Subscription required for Premium stories In order to view the entire article please login with a valid subscription below or register an account and subscribe to Premium LOGIN Forgotten your password? Please click here Reset Your Password Email* Resetlast_img read more

first_imgIn the LabMichigan tops STAT Madness voting with a potential treatment for tinnitus Susan Shore (right) of the University of Michigan with Adam Hockley, a postdoctoral fellow in her lab. Bryan McCullough/Michigan Medicine/University of Michigan STAT+: It all came down to two tantalizing discoveries. One, from the University of Michigan, promises a potential treatment for the phantom noises that plague people with tinnitus, grounded in basic science tested in guinea pigs. Another, from the University of Utah, plumbs the genomes of wildly different animals for genes with human counterparts that might offer opportunities for cancer resistance, better metabolism, or longevity.These were two of a record 160 inventions or discoveries entered into STAT Madness, a competition for scientific superstardom modeled on college basketball’s March contests to pick a men’s and women’s national champion. STAT editors whittled down the entries to 64 contenders for bracket-style voting by the public.  Now the people have spoken: The popular winner is Michigan Medicine’s experimental device for treating tinnitus. In the final round, it prevailed over University of Utah Health — with 65 percent of the vote. advertisement For two decades, Susan Shore, a professor in Michigan Medicine’s department of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, has been studying how different cells in the brain’s auditory system process sounds, including how these cells interact and what happens to that circuitry after noise damages the part of the brain that gets input from the ear. About 15% of Americans experience some form of tinnitus, sometimes called ringing in the ears, and it’s disabling for about 2 million people. advertisement Leave this field empty if you’re human: Next, they tested the device in two groups of 10 people with tinnitus. In one group, the device generated a sound akin to their phantom noise as well as a mild electrical pulse to the face or neck for 30 minutes a day for four weeks. The other group received a sham treatment. After a four-week break, the 10 people in each group then switched from real to sham or sham to real treatment.Those who received the electrical stimulation said their tinnitus was reduced, lessening with each week the trial went on. Their psychological distress was relieved for even longer, after the trial was over.“The exciting part of this work is that whatever we did in the human was taken from very solid, rigorous basic science work in animals,” Shore said about her team’s 2018 paper in Science Translational Medicine. “I think that is a big strength because not many treatments for tinnitus are actually developed directly out of the basic science by the same researcher.”Another larger clinical trial will yield results next year, Shore said. She holds a patent on the device. “It’s always hard to predict how long commercialization can take, but I would say if we get as encouraging results in the next trial that we will work very hard to get this to people.” Newsletters Sign up for Morning Rounds Your daily dose of news in health and medicine. Exclusive analysis of biopharma, health policy, and the life sciences. Shore began testing a model of tinnitus in guinea pigs to see what goes wrong. In normal hearing, neurons that fire in response to sound synchronize with other, touch-sensitive neurons in the face and neck. Specialized cells code the information from both sensory systems together, helping localize sounds when the head or face moves, for example. But in tinnitus, neurons are hyperactive, firing spontaneously and synchronizing with each other when there is no sound to be heard. That information is conveyed to higher centers in the brain, where perception occurs.Shore and her team learned that how auditory and touch-sensitive stimulation are paired is important. They figured out how to combine the two sensory systems in such a way that they could change how neurons fired, and in the process turn tinnitus down. In the guinea pigs, when sounds and weak electrical pulses were alternated, these cells fired less, changing both how the animals behaved and how particular signals fired in the animals’ brains — both signs of reduced tinnitus. Please enter a valid email address. Michigan’s triumph didn’t come without drama: It first had to survive a recount of sorts in the previous round. After spotting an irregular voting pattern in the final minutes of the semifinal round last week, STAT rejected a large number of votes that were cast in violation of STAT Madness rules. That resulted in Michigan Medicine prevailing over Baylor College of Medicine. STAT’s inquiry found no evidence that Baylor had anything to do with the improper votes. Elizabeth Cooneycenter_img Related: General Assignment Reporter Liz focuses on cancer, biomedical engineering, and how patients feel the effects of Covid-19. Pulses of light restored hearing in gerbils. Could that lead to higher-tech cochlear implants? By Elizabeth Cooney April 8, 2019 Reprints @cooney_liz If guinea pigs were important to tinnitus research, elephants, bats, ground squirrels, orcas, dolphins, and naked mole rats were the focus of University of Utah researchers puzzling out the rapid evolution of some remarkable traits in mammals with biomedical relevance to humans.The elephant, for example, is huge. That kind of size requires extraordinary amounts of cell divisions, which invite the accumulation of genetic mutations. But elephants have extremely low rates of cancer, owing to powerful genes that regulate DNA repair that are clustered in the same genomic region where this “superpower” rapidly evolved. In the same way, hibernating 13-lined ground squirrels offer lessons in how their bodies recover from insulin resistance, obesity, and other metabolic problems once they emerge in spring from their wintertime torpor.Targeting those genes, which don’t encode proteins but orchestrate how other genes act, could be helpful in engineering treatments in people, the scientists believe. “I think learning how the noncoding part of the genome works is going to change how we think about disease risk, opportunities for therapeutic intervention, and coming up with better preclinical strategies,” said Christopher Gregg, assistant professor of neurobiology and anatomy at the University of Utah. “It’s a hard problem, but comparing genomes between different species can help reveal the important elements in how it works.”Elliott Ferris, first author of the 2018 Cell Reports paper about these animals and their superpowers, put it more simply. “We’re interested in cancer resistance or longevity or insulin resistance,” he said. “Nature has already performed the experiments.” Tags geneticshearingmedical devicesneuroscienceresearch [email protected] Privacy Policy About the Author Reprintslast_img read more

first_imgNews SHARE News By Kim So Yeol – 2009.11.06 4:49pm Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak Sugary Words Leave North Korea Unchanged There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest News center_img South Korea’s Vice-Minister of Unification believes that North Korea, despite its conciliatory rhetoric, has not shown any signs of changing its fundamental position on nuclear weapons, and that the international community must therefore be vigilant regarding Pyongyang’s ambitions.Vice-Minister Hong Yang Ho was speaking at “A seminar for advancing unification policy: now is the time for unification,” sponsored by the Hansun Foundation for Freedom and Prosperity on the 5th. Hong explained his concerns in more detail; that while North Korea has been showing signs of change in the latter half of this year, such as by being willing to engage in dialogue, it has been “difficult to detect any shift in the North’s position on the nuclear issue.”“Merely two days ago, they announced they had reprocessed 8,000 spent fuel rods,” Hong reminded the audience, “The North has not stopped posing a nuclear threat to the international community.” He also expressed his wariness, noting, “North Korea has attached complex conditions to its return to the Six-Party Talks, resulting in increased skepticism in the international community as to the sincerity of its proposal. We have experienced such a negotiating strategy from the North time and time again since its first nuclear threat in 1993.” Hong added, “Now, the South Korean government and the international community are observing the North very carefully, so that it cannot be repeated.” Commenting on the “Grand Bargain,” which was proposed by the Lee Myung Bak administration as a prescription for the nuclear issue, Hong explained, “It is a comprehensive and fundamental plan for settlement which sets nuclear abandonment as the ultimate goal and attempts to resolve it under the larger framework of North Korean issues.”Hong then emphasized, “Although North Korea continues to claim that the nuclear issue is a U.S.-North Korean one, the nuclear issue really concerns South Korea’s survival and is thus a security issue of the utmost importance. Discussing the issue of South Korea’s survival through inter-Korean dialogue is only natural, so the North should step forward and engage in genuine dialogue with us.” Minister Hong concluded with his belief that unification on the Korean peninsula should go beyond the simple restoration of the nation; instead it should prepare the stepping stones for Korea to become a top-ranked country in the world. To achieve this, he said, “right unification” which upholds the universal human values and public order of freedom, human dignity, democracy and the market economy is needed. News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR AvatarKim So Yeol Facebook Twitter North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more

first_imgNatural immunity to malaria provides clues to potential therapies WEHI researchers have identified how natural human antibodies can block malaria parasites from entering red blood cells, potentially indicating how new protective therapies could be developed against this globally significant disease.Dr Melanie Dietrich, Li Jin Chan and Associate ProfessorWai-Hong ThamThe research provides greater insight into how antibodies block the entry of Plasmodium vivax malaria parasites into young red blood cells called reticulocytes. It builds on an earlier discovery that the P. vivax latches onto the transferrin receptor 1 (TfR1) to enter cells.The research, led by Associate Professor Wai-Hong Tham and PhD student Li-Jin Chan from WEHI, alongside Professor Christopher King from Case Western University, US, was published in Nature Communications.At a glanceBy examining antibodies from people with a history of malaria infection, researchers observed that naturally occurring antibodies can block Plasmodium vivax from latching onto transferrin receptor 1 on reticulocytes.One way the antibodies work is by preventing parasite proteins from getting close enough to the cell to allow parasite entryThe discovery opens up new avenues for developing antibody-based therapies for malaria.Shedding light on pathogen-blocking antibodiesPlasmodium vivax is the most widespread malaria parasite in the world, and the predominant cause of malaria in the vast majority of countries outside Africa. It is also the main parasite responsible for recurrent malaria infections.The malaria parasite is a complex single-celled organism, with diverse proteins that help it to invade red blood cells, reproduce and spread. Adhesins on the surface of the parasite are key-like proteins that ‘unlock’ cells, allowing the parasite to enter.Previous research studies in Papua New Guinea, Thailand and Brazil showed antibodies against P. vivax adhesins were correlated with protection against infection and disease, Associate Professor Tham said.“We wanted to understand how these human antibodies in natural infection block the parasite from getting in. By extracting and examining antibodies from people who have had P. vivax infections, we identified the different ways human antibodies against P. vivax work. One of these ways, is by stopping the parasite adhesins from getting too close to the reticulocyte membrane, denying the parasite entry,” she said.This discovery opens the door to potentially preventing not only P. vivax malaria, but also P. falciparum malaria, another significant cause of deaths globally.“Although this was a vivax study, we believe the implications are that a broadly neutralising antibody could be created to target both P. vivax and P. falciparum malaria infections,” Associate Professor Tham said.Improving detection of relapsing malariaProfessor Ivo Mueller said beyond understanding how antibodies can block infection, there was also a crucial need to understand the development of immunity and how this could be used to detect P. vivax infections in endemic populations.“We are currently using this information to develop diagnostic tests that will be used in the field to identify and treat people with hidden vivax infection in their livers and spleens. This is a key step towards eliminating malaria, by preventing silently infected people reinfecting their communities,” he said.This work was made possible with funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council, the European Research Council and the Victorian Government.WEHI authorsLi-Jin Chan, Melanie Dietrich, Camila França, Sebastien Menant, Ivo Mueller and Wai-Hong Tham. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). 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first_imgCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 Rows of new Range Rover SUVs sit on a dealership lot in 2015.   Submitted The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Trending in Canada Trending Videos COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS The first wave of automakers’ results reinforce the idea that the companies aren’t doing deep discounts to chase sales, the practice that helped force GM and Chrysler to restructure through bankruptcy in 2009. Even so, another batch of discounts may emerge this month to clear out inventory of the outgoing models, said Jessica Caldwell, an analyst at Edmunds.com.“It wasn’t exactly a blockbuster month in August, so that puts extra pressure on the industry to step up its game in September, especially this coming Labor Day weekend,” Caldwell said in an e-mailed statement. “We’re at a critical time where dealers need to clear out 2016 inventory to make room for 2017s.”August’s results, when complete, may show a seasonally adjusted annual sales pace of about 17.2 million cars and light trucks, according to a Bloomberg survey of analysts, down from a 17.9 million rate in July that was the highest of the year. Incentives were lower than in July, when GM offered 20 percent cash back on several Chevrolet models, according to vehicle-shopping website TrueCar. GM also projects a 17.2 million pace for August, bringing the year-to-date selling rate to 17.3 million.GM share were unchanged at 11:30 a.m. while Ford fell 1.4 percent and Fiat Chrysler declined 2 p.m. Among the results from August:Sales of Ford’s F-Series pickups, the top selling vehicle line in America, fell, as did Explorer SUV deliveries. Car sales plunged 25 percent as low fuel prices continued to steer buyers into SUVs and trucks. Overall, its sales excluding heavy trucks fell 8.8 percent, more than the predicted 8.2 percent drop.  GM sales fell 5.2 percent in August, a little steeper than the 4.9 percent drop that analysts projected. Deliveries fell for its highly profitable large pickups, the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra. Fiat Chrysler’s 3.1 percent gain — the only one among major automakers — was short of the 5 percent average estimate. Sales of its Ram pickup were little changed, a better performance that the declines GM and Ford reported for their full-size trucks. Toyota declined 5 percent as the Corolla, Camry and Prius cars all fell. The brand’s SUV sales climbed. Nissan sales fell 6.5 percent, with drops for both its namesake brand and the Infiniti premium brand. The Nissan brand set an August record for sales of crossovers, SUVs and pickups with a 19 percent gain. Sales of the Frontier midsize pickup more than doubled while Murano crossover deliveries jumped 29 percent. Honda Motor Co. also missed estimates, with a surprise 3.8 percent drop after analysts projected a 1 percent increase. Accord midsize sedan sales plunged 26 percent from a strong August last year. Volkswagen AG’s namesake and Audi brands declined a combined 4.8 percent, a better performance than analysts predicted.GM’s decline was due in part to a drop in fleet sales, which spokesman Jim Cain said were down 4.4 percent in the month, and a reduction in sales incentives. For the year, average transaction prices have increased by $2,500, it said in a statement.Better PricingFord said its sales to fleet buyers fell 10 percent last month, while retail sales to individual customers were off by 8 percent. Despite the drop, average prices continued to climb, which support profits even if industrywide sales were to fall this year for the first time in seven years.“Strong sales of high-end Lincoln vehicles and Ford SUVs also helped us continue outpacing the industry in average transaction pricing, which increased $1,200 versus a year ago,” Mark LaNeve, Ford’s U.S. sales chief, said in a statement. Sales of the Lincoln MKX SUV rose 50 percent last month.While discounts have, at least on paper, crept back up to pre-recession levels, there’s more cushion than ever: Transaction prices are at a record high as buyers opt for bigger vehicles with nicer interiors, electronics and driver-assist features. With that profit protection, carmakers don’t mind if the industry snaps a record streak of sales increases.The discipline is helping the industry stay profitable while it’s still backed by strong, if weakening, underlying trends: low unemployment, available credit, high equity valuations, cheap gasoline. Consumer confidence jumped this month, the Conference Board reported this week, beating estimates and rising to the highest level in almost a year.Even so, that has failed to inspire investors, who have been preoccupied with the lack of growth in the U.S. market and potential disruption to the industry from new technology, new entrants and new concepts of personal mobility. While the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index gained 6.2 percent this year through Wednesday, GM lost 6.1 percent, Ford fell 11 percent and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV plunged 27 percent. And it’s not just the traditional U.S. automakers under pressure from investors: Toyota Motor Corp., Daimler AG and BMW AG have all dropped 17 percent or more in 2016.With the discounts eased, industrywide sales may have fallen about 3.5 percent in August, according to the average estimate in the Bloomberg survey. See More Videos advertisementcenter_img Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” Large automakers missed analysts’ estimates for U.S. vehicle sales in August, increasing the odds that industrywide sales won’t extend a streak of annual sales gains.Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Co. sold fewer discounted models to fleet buyers while pickups and sport utility vehicles — important because of their high profit margins — experienced a rare decline. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, while alone in posting a gain from a year earlier, still trailed predictions. 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first_img COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS You’d think it’s bad enough to drive one’s car at nearly double the speed limit on a rural Ontario highway, right? Well, one driver apparently upped the stakes by doing just that while watching YouTube videos.According to a post on Twitter, cops in the Waterloo area collared a driver – who clearly has a more robust data plan than this author – for allegedly watching YouTube videos while smoking through a 70 km/h zone at 121 km/h. Adding to the bingo card, the driver also apparently didn’t have insurance.RELATED We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. The car shown in an image posted to a Twitter account belonging to the Waterloo Regional Police Traffic Services unit shows, of all things, a beige Toyota Camry snookered to the side of the road in front of a cruiser. This proves it’s not all angry Dodge Challengers and black Monte Carlo coupes that reside in the crosshairs of our nation’s finest.Your author finds it difficult to believe he is typing these words in the year 2021, but please do not watch YouTube videos while driving. If you simply must watch the latest sports clips or fine-tune your recipe for peppercorn steak, wait until you get home. Distracted driving, it would seem, takes many forms. Totally Exhausted: N.B. police seize hundreds of catalytic converters Alberta driver dished a hefty fine for pizza cravingPolice say the vehicle was impounded for a week and no fewer than eight charges were laid during the traffic stop. Citations included speeding, careless driving, and the aforementioned lack of insurance. The scofflaw also lost their license for 7 days. RELATED TAGSToyotaFlexCrash, Bang, WowNew VehiclesOntarioToronto & GTADistracted DrivingFlexlocalOntarioPolicestunt drivingWaterloolast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedEarthquake awareness in St. Mary FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Displays on earthquake awareness are currently mounted at the St. Mary Parish Library and the St Mary Parish Council in Port Maria, in observance of January as Earthquake Awareness Month. The display at the library is sponsored jointly by the St. Mary Disaster Committee and the St Mary Parish Library, while that at the Parish Council’s is organised by the St Mary Disaster Committee. The exhibition involves booklets, pamphlets, flyers and other reading material, providing detailed information about earthquakes, including the factors precipitating their occurrence and preparatory measures to mitigate the effects. Speaking to the Jamaica Information Service, Yolanda Jankie, St. Mary Disaster Coordinator, said the displays will continue until the end of January, and form part of a set of events planned for Earthquake Awareness Month activities in St Mary. The activities are being held under the theme, “When an earthquake strikes be bold drop cover and hold”. Other events planned include Earthquake Awareness Day activities on Wednesday, January 12, at the Port Maria Primary School; an earthquake awareness talk, at the Emanuel Basic School in Port Maria on Thursday, January 13; and an earthquake awareness presentation and drill at Free Hill Primary School, on Friday, January 21. A special effort has been made to include as many communities as possible as venues for the activities, and Hazard Hunts are scheduled for Richmond and Gayle on Friday January 21, as part of events associated with the activities. RelatedEarthquake awareness in St. Mary Earthquake awareness in St. Mary EnvironmentJanuary 20, 2011 CONTACT: BY: ASTON BAILEY RelatedEarthquake awareness in St. Marylast_img read more

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 04 SEP 2014 ZTE readies dual-mode 5G flagship Author HomeDevicesNews ZTE targets Germany with mass-market smartphone trio LIVE FROM IFA 2014: ZTE launched a number of its devices into the German market, with its focus very much on offering devices at an “affordable” price.The ambitious Chinese vendor is offering 3G and 4G versions of its Blade Vec smartphone (pictured), which it said combines “fashionable design with modern technology”. The devices share the same design, and it also marks “the first time for ZTE to introduce glass fibre to the smartphone” – offering scratch and fingerprint resistance, and offering weight benefits over aluminium.In a presentation this morning, an executive said that while customers in many markets are driven by specifications, buyers in Europe are looking for “a beautiful design”.Both devices have 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixel) screens, while some of the other specifications vary. The 4G device is listed as having either an 8MP or 13MP rear camera and 1MP or 2MP front camera, while the 3G device has a 8MP rear camera and “significantly improved” 5MP front camera with wide-angle lens.And while the pair run Android 4.4, Blade Vec 4G has a 1.2GHz quadcore Qualcomm processor, while Blade Vec 3G has a 1.3GHz quadcore processor from MediaTek.Blade Vec 4G also has 16GB of storage with no mention of additional expansion (although this was deemed “enough for daily use”), while Blade Vec 3G has 8GB and a microSD slot.Blade Vec 3G will be available with dual-SIM support.The 3G device is available now, with a recommended price of €179. Its 4G sibling will join it by the end of this month (September 2014), at €229.Also being launched into Germany is Kis 3 Max, which ZTE describes as a “powerful and elegant beginner smartphone”.With a recommended price of €99, the Android 4.4 device has a 1.3GHz dualcore MediaTek processor, 5MP rear and 2MP front cameras, and 3G connectivity. It also has dual-Sim supportAn interesting feature of the device is the ability to customised the hard keys. In a presentation, an example given was the potential to customise the layout for a left-handed user, to make buttons fall more readily to hand.And it also offers remote control commands for phone lock and data wipe. Related Steve works across all of Mobile World Live’s channels and played a lead role in the launch and ongoing success of our apps and devices services. He has been a journalist…More Read more Devices center_img Steve Costello ZTE gains China approval for first 5G smartphone ZTE ZTE joins 5G wave with Axon 10 Pro Tags Previous ArticleSmarTone’s profit falls 36%, tiered plan uptake is ‘disappointing’Next ArticleOrange still interested in Spanish M&A last_img read more

first_imgRANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – Lexi Thompson is smiling and having fun again at the ANA Inspiration. A year after a rules violation cost her four strokes in regulation in an eventual playoff loss, Thompson shot a 4-under 68 on Thursday to finish three strokes behind leader Pernilla Lindberg. ”I don’t know if I would say it’s a relief,” Thompson said. ”I was just really looking forward to just playing this week. I love coming here.” Thompson also again overpowered Michelle Wie on a hot afternoon at Mission Hills, four years after routing her in a final-round showdown for her first major title. Wie fought dizzy spells on the front nine in a 75 that left her in danger of missing the cut. ”I had the mad spins,” Wie said. ”I just got really dizzy. I don’t know why or how. I don’t know.” Wearing a black dress in the mid-90s heat, she birdied the second hole, then dropped five strokes in four holes with two double bogeys and a bogey. ”I fouled five balls out there on the front nine,” said Wie, the Singapore winner four weeks ago. ”One that I whiffed in the rough.” She felt much better on the back nine, but still couldn’t keep up with Thompson. The distance disparity was particularly pronounced on the par-4 12th when Thompson cracked a 348-yarder 72 yards past Wie. ”Probably my farthest,” Thompson said. ”This golf course definitely sets up for my game off the tee. I get to just aim up the right and fire away.” Full scoring from the ANA Inspiration ANA Inspiration: Articles, photos and videos That got her in trouble on the par-5 ninth – her 18th – when she drove into the left trees and made her lone bogey. Lindberg birdied her final two holes for a bogey-free 65, playing in the last group to finish the round. The 31-year-old Swede is winless on the LPGA. ”I often get the question, favorite tournament, favorite golf course, and I always say this event and this course,” Lindberg said. ”I like this place and I always feel good playing here.” Beatriz Recari and Ayako Uehara were a stroke back, and Jessica Korda, Ha Na Jang and Stanford sophomore Albane Valenzuela shot 67. In Gee Chun and Cristie Kerr were at 68 with Thompson, Chella Choi, Sung Hyun Park and Brittany Altomare. Recari had a bogey-free round , saving par on the par-3 17th with a 10-footer. The 30-year-old Spaniard has three LPGA Tour victories. ”I’ve always felt very comfortable here,” Recari said. ”I felt like if I was going to win a major, it was going to be on this course.” Uehara birdied her final two holes. The Japanese player credited instructor Ted Oh for her strong play. ”Now I have confidence,” she said. Korda birdied the 18th after bogeying 16 and 17. She birdied the first four holes and was 6 under after 11. ”A couple of weird shots there, especially on 17,” she said. The winner last month in Thailand in her return from reconstructive jaw surgery, Korda reached the par-5 ninth with a driver from the right first cut. She hit driver off the deck twice two weeks in the Founders Cup. ”I actually caught way more air than I expected,” Korda said. ”That’s kind of what I’m just trying to do is have fun out there, hit shots that normally I would probably not hit in a tournament.” She’s traveling with a mini Goldendoodle puppy named Charlie. ”It’s so nice to have a puppy with you to distract you,” Korda said. ”He’s so cute.” Playing partner Lydia Ko, the 2016 winner, had a 70. She closed with a double bogey after finding the water fronting the green from the fairway bunker. Jang birdied the final three holes for the last of her nine birdies. ”Any golf course straight ball is very important, but Mission Hills is more important,” she said. Jang left the LPGA in the middle of last season to return home to spend more time with her mother, left alone when she and her father were away. Her mother is visiting the U.S. for the first time this week. ”I’d like to play the LPGA again, but my mom’s more important than myself,” Jang said. Valenzuela topped the seven amateurs in the field. ”I love this course,” Valenzuela said. ”I feel really comfortable on it.” Valenzuela’a autistic brother Alexis is working as the Swiss Olympian’s caddie. ”I love having him on the bag,” she said. Stacy Lewis had a 72 in her return from a rib injury sustained practicing before the Thailand event. She won in 2011 at Mission Hills and lost a playoff to Brittany Lincicome in 2015. Defending champion So Yeon Ryu failed to make a birdie in a 75. DIVOTS: Laura Davies shot an 81, two weeks after tying for second in the Founders Cup at age 54. She played the first five holes in 5 over with a triple bogey on the par-4 seventh. Fighting left Achilles and calf problems, she withdrew last week Carlsbad after an opening 82. … Iceland’s Olafia Kristinsdottir had a hole-in-one on the 181-yard 17th in a 72. She used a 5-iron.last_img read more