Campaign ActionThe state Supreme Court, as we’ve written before, could also play a major role in the upcoming round of redistricting. In 2018, Michigan voters passed a ballot measure that takes the power to draw new lines out of the hands of the legislature and gives it to a new independent redistricting commission. However, the members of the commission could deadlock, which would require judges to step in and craft new boundaries. And anyone who has a grievance against the new lines could wind up suing in state court.- Advertisement – There’s also the possibility that the U.S. Supreme Court’s conservative supermajority could overturn its 2015 decision that upheld a similar commission in Arizona. Should that happen, Michigan will need its own supreme court to serve as a backstop and ensure the state’s next set of maps are fairly drawn.Georgia Runoffs● GA-Sen-B: Democrat Raphael Warnock is out with the first of what will be many, many, many TV commercials for the Jan. 5 runoff, and he uses it to satirize the inevitable Republican attack ads that are heading his way. “Raphael Warnock eats pizza with a fork and knife,” says a narrator, “Raphael Warnock once stepped on a crack on the sidewalk. Raphael Warnock even hates puppies.”Warnock then comes in and tells the audience, “Get ready Georgia. The negative ads against us are coming.” He continues by saying of the appointed Republican incumbent, “Kelly Loeffler doesn’t want to talk about why she’s for getting rid of healthcare in the middle of a pandemic, so she’s going to try and scare you with lies about me.” After Warnock concludes that he’s “staying focused on what Washington could do for you,” he reassures the viewer, “Oh by the way, I love puppies.”Called Races- Advertisement – Below we’re recapping a host of lesser-known but important elections that took place Tuesday, as well as a number of races that were called after election night. Quite a few contests remain uncalled, but we’re tracking all of them on our continually updated cheat-sheet, and of course we’ll cover each of them in the Digest once they’re resolved.House● IL-17: Democratic Rep. Cheri Bustos, the chair of the DCCC, has defeated Republican challenger Esther Joy King.● MI-11: Freshman Democratic Rep. Haley Stevens has defeated Republican challenger Eric Esshaki.- Advertisement – ● MN-01: Freshman Republican Rep. Jim Hagedorn has defeated Democratic challenger Dan Feehan in a rematch of their 2018 race.● MN-02: Freshman Democratic Rep. Angie Craig has defeated Republican challenger Tyler Kistner.● PA-10: GOP Rep. Scott Perry has defeated Democratic challenger Eugene DePasquale.Statewide Office● IN-AG: Former Republican Rep. Todd Rokita held this office for Team Red by defeating Democrat Jonathan Weinzapfel 59-41.● MT-AG: Republican Austin Knudsen held this office for his party by beating Democrat Raph Graybill 58-42.● MT Auditor: Republicans kept this office after Troy Downing defeated Democrat Shane Morigeau 55-39.● MT-SoS: Republican Christi Jacobsen beat Democrat Bryce Bennett 60-40 in a hold for his party.● NC-LG: Republican Mark Robinson held this seat for his party by defeating Democrat Yvonne Holley 52-48.● OR-SoS: Democrat Shemia Fagan flipped this office by winning 51-43 against Republican Kim Thatcher.● WA-LG: Rep. Denny Heck defeated a fellow Democrat, state Sen. Marko Liias, 47-33 to win a post that Team Blue has held since the 1996 election. Republican Joshua Freed hoped to secure a plurality of the vote by waging a write-in campaign; ultimately, 20% of the vote went to a write-in candidate.State Supreme Courts● KY Supreme Court: Arch-conservative Bob Conley defeated Democratic state Rep. Chris Harris 56-44 in an officially nonpartisan race that will move the Kentucky Supreme Court to the right. The ideological makeup of the membership of this officially nonpartisan body is somewhat difficult to assess, but Conley is considerably further to the right than incumbent Justice Sam Wright, who narrowly failed to advance out of the June primary.● OH Supreme Court: Each party won one of the two officially nonpartisan races on the ballot, a result that reduces the GOP majority to 4-3. Democrat Jennifer Brunner, a former secretary of state who unsuccessfully ran for the Senate in 2010, ousted Republican incumbent Judi French 55-45. Republican Justice Sharon Kennedy, though, prevailed by the same margin against Democrat John O’Donnell.Legislative● LA State House: Independent state Rep. Joe Marino only took third place in his bid for a judgeship in Jefferson Parish, so there will not be a high-stakes special election for his House seat. Republicans outnumber Democrats 68-35 in the state House, and Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards needs the support of either Marino or the chamber’s other independent, Roy Daryl Adams, to prevent the GOP from overriding his vetoes. The entire Louisiana legislature will next be up again in 2023.Ballot Measures● CA Ballot: Voters supported Proposition 17, a constitutional amendment to end felony disenfranchisement for citizens on parole, by a 59-41 margin.● MA Ballot: Voters rejected Measure 2, which would have implemented instant-runoff voting for congressional and state elections, by a 55-45 margin.County Government● East Baton Rouge Parish, LA Mayor-President: Democratic incumbent Sharon Weston Broome earned 48% of the vote in the all-party primary, which was just short of the majority she needed to avoid a Dec. 5 runoff. Former state Rep. Steve Carter secured the second spot by beating a fellow Republican 20-13; altogether, Broome and another Democratic candidate won a combined 55% of the vote, while 43% went to one of the four Republicans on the ballot.● Maricopa County, AZ Sheriff: Democratic incumbent Paul Penzone won a second term as the top lawman in America’s fourth-largest county by defeating Republican Jerry Sheridan 57-43.● Oakland County, MI Executive: Appointed Democratic incumbent Dave Coulter won a full term by beating former Republican state Sen. Mike Kowall 55-44. Last year, Coulter became the first Democrat to hold this office since it was created in 1974 after the County Board of Commissioners chose him to succeed the late Republican L. Brooks Patterson; Coulter is also the first gay person to lead this large suburban Detroit county.● San Diego County, CA Board of Supervisors: Democrats gained control of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors for the first time in over 30 years thanks to Terra Lawson-Remer’s 60-40 victory over Republican incumbent Kristin Gaspar in District 3. Team Blue had already flipped a seat in the March primary, so the body will go from a 4-1 Republican majority to a 3-2 Democratic edge.Mayors● El Paso, TX Mayor: Former Democratic Mayor Oscar Leeser took first place in this officially nonpartisan race with 42%, while Republican incumbent Dee Margo only beat progressive attorney Veronica Carbajal 25-22 for the second runoff spot. Leeser and Margo will face off again on Dec. 12.● Honolulu, HI Mayor: Independent Rick Blangiardi defeated Democrat Keith Amemiya 60-40 in the officially nonpartisan race to succeed termed-out Democratic incumbent Kirk Caldwell.● Portland, OR Mayor: Democratic incumbent Ted Wheeler became the first mayor of Portland to win re-election in 20 years by beating urban policy consultant Sarah Iannarone 46-41 in an officially nonpartisan contest. A hefty 13% selected a write-in option, with the vast majority of this bloc likely going to Don’t Shoot Portland founder Teressa Raiford.Prosecutors● Adams and Broomfield Counties, CO District Attorney: Democrat Brian Mason held this post by beating Republican Tim McCormack 56-44.● Honolulu, HI Prosecuting Attorney: Former Judge Steve Alm won this officially nonpartisan office by beating defense attorney Megan Kau 56-44. Alm, who served as U.S. attorney during the Clinton administration, supported reform goals for lower-level offenses, while Kau notably responded “no” when asked if she believed that the state incarcerated too many people.● Jefferson and Gilpin Counties, CO District Attorney: Democrat Alexis King flipped this office by defeating Matthew Durkin 55-45.● Orleans Parish, LA District Attorney: Former Judge Keva Landrum took first place in the all-Democratic contest with 35%, while New Orleans City Councilman Jason Williams earned the second spot in the Dec. 5 runoff with 29%. (Disclaimer: Jeff Singer performed work for a consulting firm employed by Jason Williams in 2014.)Williams has adopted more reform stances than Landrum, who served as interim DA from 2007 to 2008. Williams, though, was indicted by federal prosecutors in June for alleged tax fraud, charges he’s pleaded not guilty to. – Advertisement –
LONDON — The European Commission said Tuesday that Amazon breached European antitrust rules by using independent sellers’ data for its own benefit.It has also announced a second formal investigation into the company’s e-commerce processes.- Advertisement – The commission’s second antitrust investigation will look at how the company choses which sellers offer products via Amazon Prime, its paid-for premium service. It will investigate the possible preferential treatment of Amazon’s own retail business and those that use its logistics and delivery services (known as “fulfilment by Amazon” sellers) over other sellers.It will also look into the Amazon’s “buy box” function, which offers customers a one-click button to add a product to their shopping cart. U.S. regulators and third-party sellers have previously questioned Amazon over which products get placed in the all-important buy box. Amazon maintains that the buy-box features the offer it thinks customers will prefer overall, while factoring in things like price, delivery speed and Prime.Vestager said that, while going through 80 million transactions and 100 million products listed on Amazon marketplace, “it became increasingly clear that there might something that we should look into further on the buy box.”The company will have now the chance to examine the commission’s conclusions and reply in writing or via an oral hearing.Clarification: The European Commissions has confirmed that its Statement of Objections, published Tuesday, does not constitute legal charges against Amazon.— CNBC’s Anne Palmer contributed to this report. – Advertisement – The commission, the executive arm of the European Union, launched a probe into the online retailer in July 2019 on concerns over anti-competitive behavior.Amazon said it disagreed with the commission’s assertions and “will continue to make every effort to ensure it has an accurate understanding of the facts.” It said that it represents less than 1% of the global retail market.“No company cares more about small businesses or has done more to support them over the past two decades than Amazon,” the e-commerce giant said.- Advertisement – In a statement, the commission said Amazon was using the data of third-party sellers — such as order numbers, revenues and number of visitors — to inform its strategic business decisions, like reducing the price of products.The issue arises because of Amazon’s dual role in selling products itself, and acting as a platform for independent — sometimes rival — sellers.“Data on the activity of third-party sellers should not be used to the benefit of Amazon when it acts as a competitor to these sellers,” Margrethe Vestager, the EU’s competition chief, said in the statement.- Advertisement –
Australia has eliminated the novel coronavirus in many parts of the country, its chief medical officer said on Friday, clearing the way for sports fans to soon return to stadiums and for foreign students to prepare to fly back to classes.Australia recorded just 38 cases of the coronavirus over the past week, with travellers returning from overseas and already in quarantine accounting for more than half of them, said Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy.”We have effectively achieved elimination at this time in many parts of the country,” Murphy told reporters. The prospect of allowing international students back also reinforces Morrison’s call for Australian states and territories to reopen internal borders.He has grown frustrated by the reluctance of several states to open borders and he said if it continued the restart of international education would be delayed.”If someone can’t come to your state from Sydney, then someone can’t come to your state from Singapore,” he said.But the path out of lockdown has been complicated by rallies to support the Black Lives Matter movement. Morrison said gatherings last weekend that attracted tens of thousands had delayed the process.A rally is scheduled in Sydney on Friday despite warnings of on-the-spot fines and arrest and more are planned.Australia has had about 7,300 cases of the coronavirus and 102 deaths. Prime Minister Scott Morrison last month announced a three-step plan to remove most lockdown measures by July.But with case numbers falling significantly, Morrison said restrictions on indoor gatherings would be loosened in July with crowds of up 10,000 people allowed in seated stadiums and a trial scheme to allow foreign students to return.Details for students were being finalized but they would require quarantine, he said.The return of international students would be a boost for universities facing big financial losses with the border closed. International education is Australia’s fourth-largest foreign exchange earner, worth A$38 billion ($26 billion) annually. Topics :
Australia: Railway Services Authority of New South Wales has called tenders for the supply and installation of help point equipment at 63 stations on the Sydney suburban network.Canada: Canadian National and General Electric have opened a Locomotive Reliability Centre at Symington Yard in Winnipeg, augmenting similar depots in Edmonton and Toronto. CN staff will maintain and service 118 Dash-8 and Dash-9 diesel locos under GE supervision.China: Hong Kong MTR Corp has started the procurement of rolling stock and electrical and mechanical work on the planned extension to Tseung Kwan O. Prequalification bids are due by January 12, and tenders for the 17 contracts are to be issued over the following 12 months.GEC Hong Kong has selected Cegelec Projects’ Transportation & Industrial Power Supplies Division to commission the power supply equipment for MTR Corp’s Airport Railway, being supplied by Cegelec under a contract awarded in March 1995. The 13 substations for the 1.5 kV DC traction supply and the local feeds to the seven passenger stations have a total installed capacity of over 180MW.Denmark: Ansaldo Trasporti has ordered DC substation equipment worth ?“5.2m from PMES Ltd of Rugeley, Great Britain, for installation at 15 substation and depot locations on the K?
The working group, led by the Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour, is working to improve the design of individual DC, including the possibility of remaining invested after retirement.At present, participants are obliged to buy annuities – a restriction that has led to lower pension outcomes, some experts have argued.In addition to PFZW, the working group consists of five undisclosed pension funds, including corporate schemes and industry-wide schemes.Borgdorff said that, while the topic of the study was “interesting”, the working group had yet to produce any concrete results.He also stressed that PFZW would not opt for individual DC going forward.“To us, the pension outcome takes precedence over all else,” he said.“We opt for the arrangement that yields the best pension outcome.” Individual defined contribution (DC) pensions could be of interest to industry-wide pension funds in the Netherlands, provided DC arrangements were upgraded to include risk sharing, according to Peter Borgdorff, director at healthcare scheme PFZW.Borgdorff said many within the pensions industry found it hard to consider individual pensions saving schemes, “as we are used to thinking in terms of a collective pot of money producing individual pension benefits”.PFZW’s director – also a member of a working group looking into the feasibility of various improvements to the DC market – said DC pensions required a “different mindset” but also presented “undeniable advantages”.He said these included clarity of ownership and the fact there was no transfer of capital between groups or generations, as trustee boards did not have discretionary authority over the content of individual savings.
23 Skywatch Circuit, Reedy Creek. 23 Skywatch Circuit, Reedy Creek. 23 Skywatch Circuit, Reedy Creek. 23 Skywatch Circuit, Reedy Creek.It wasn’t uncommon for properties in the suburb to fetch more than $1 million but Mr Willatt said they often had multiple levels and sweeping views of the Gold Coast.He noticed demand for single level homes in the area had surged recently.“I think people are over the bigger homes,” he said.Mr Willatt said it was for this reason the property at 23 Skywatch Circuit had attracted strong interest from the moment it hit the market in early December.“We came on the market two weeks before Christmas,” he said.“We generated quite a lot of interest even in the Christmas period.”MORE NEWS: Big sales push suburbs into Coast’s elite million-dollar club More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa12 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoMORE NEWS: The mansion dreams are made of 23 Skywatch Circuit, Reedy Creek. 23 Skywatch Circuit, Reedy Creek. 23 Skywatch Circuit, Reedy Creek.THE million-dollar sale of a Reedy Creek house has broken multiple suburb records, setting the bar high for future sales in the area. The Skywatch Circuit property is the first on its street to break the million-dollar threshold after fetching $1.075 million last week.Ray White Robina agent Josh Willatt, who marketed the property, said it was also the highest price ever paid for a single level home in Reedy Creek. He said a mix of local and interstate buyers from young couples to retirees were interested in the property.“(One) flew from Sydney for the day just to see that property,” he said.“I had five written offers throughout the campaign.”There were three main contenders vying for the property.Local buyers who had sold their home in the area weeks earlier were the ones who snapped it up. 23 Skywatch Circuit, Reedy Creek.“They actually came through in week one then went overseas for a holiday for six weeks,” Mr Willatt said. The home, which was built in 2013, is on a 709sq m block and has four bedrooms and two bathrooms. It has an open floorplan that flows seamlessly outside onto an alfresco area.Neutral tones, hardwood timber floors and floor-to-ceiling windows are featured throughout while modern fixtures and fittings give it a contemporary edge.A salt-water swimming pool, media room with surround sound and stone display walls inside and out are among its standout features.Mr Willatt said the seller designed and built the home to suit her style but her attention to its finer details was what appealed to house hunters most.“The attention to detail is really what drew the buyers,” he said.According to property records, the highest sale on Skywatch Circuit was previously set by the house at no. 15 when it sold for $915,000 in December 2017. CoreLogic data showed the median house price in Reedy Creek was $789,500.It had increased five per cent in the past year, 18.6 per cent in the past three years and 30 per cent in the past five years. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51
Hadaroy, Fjord 1’s first of the Havyard 936-design electric ferries, has entered service.On January 2, 2019, the newbuilding made its first voyage on the Sulesund-Hareid route. Two more ships are scheduled to be delivered for this route this winter.NB59 Hadaroy was launched at Cembre II shipyard in Turkey in June 2018. Following its completion, the ship was towed to Norway for fitting out.The 700 dwt ship is Havyard’s first of a series of 12 ferry designs for Fjord1. Featuring a length of 111 meters and a width of 17 meters, the ship is able to reach the speed of 10 knots.The ferry is able to carry around 400 passengers and 120 cars across the fjord in an efficient manner, and minimal energy consumption has been a key focus in the development of the design.Hadaroy is part of the green shift taking place in Norwegian ferry operations and is expected to make a strong contribution to improving the environment with its battery power.
The smoking rate in Southeastern Indiana remains higher than the national average.According to the Greater Cincinnati Community Health Status Survey, 33.7% of adults in the Ripley, Dearborn, Franklin, Ohio and Switzerland counties are current smokers. The figures are nearly unchanged since 2010.The report revealed the Tri-State smoking rate of 25% is higher than the national average of 20%.Rural areas in the region generally have higher smoking rates than urban areas. The past three years have shown some improvement, as the Tri-State rate remains double the number from the Healthy People 2020 goal of 12%.Healthy Choices about Substance Use, Interact for Health Senior Program Officer Ann Barnum says the numbers show the region is moving in the right direction but not as steady as preferred.“What we have seen in our communities in Indiana, is that Indiana has dropped significantly,” Barnum said. “One of the reasons, is because they have put a lot of effort into countering the advertising that goes on for tobacco and countering it with messages about health promotion.”The smoking rate in the Tri-State has been steadily decreasing over the past 14 years, down from 35% in 1999.
Just as he had done in the semi-final triumph over South China, Dzeko scored the only goal to give the Blues a deserved victory. It was not quite a trouble-free victory for City as key defender Matija Nastastic was stretchered off in the second half, but they were the better side and only two goal-line clearances from Craig Gardner kept the score down. Edin Dzeko was Manchester City’s hero once more as Manuel Pellegrini’s men overcame Sunderland to lift the Barclays Asia Trophy. It has been a productive few days for Dzeko. Expected to be on his way out of the Etihad Stadium this summer, the Bosnian remains and until reinforcements are brought in to compensate for the departure of Carlos Tevez and, last season, Mario Balotelli, so he is destined to remain. On Saturday the former Wolfsburg man struck early. Yaya Toure created the opportunity with a flick-on intended for Pablo Zabaleta. Wes Brown got there first, but the former Manchester United man could only turn the ball into the path of Dzeko, who duly rammed home a brilliant half-volley which flew in off a post. Alvaro Negredo should have made it two after being played in by David Silva but the Spaniard blasted disappointingly over. Negredo did no better when he was picked out by Dzeko later on, this time ballooning the ball over from a central position. City keeper Costel Pantilimon did not have much to do and even when Emanuele Giaccherini had a chance, his shot went straight at the Romanian. Sunderland had a lucky escape just before the break when Gardner headed Silva’s free-kick against his own post, then clattered into the upright himself as the Black Cats scrambled clear. With heavy rain falling on an already saturated surface, an area of approximately 50 yards either side of the halfway line resembled a bog. Press Association Dzeko was certainly looking suspiciously at it when he skied a penalty high over the bar midway through the second half. On this occasion, though, the surface did not seem to be any more responsible than Dzeko’s poor finishing. City suffered a blow 17 minutes from the end when Nastastic was stretchered off following an innocuous-looking incident involving Giaccherini. Following his earlier heroics, Gardner went one better after Samir Nasri had presented Jesus Navas with a shooting chance, sliding back to make a brilliant goal-line clearance. Pantimilon’s save from Sebastian Larsson’s free-kick ensured there was no late reprieve for Sunderland.
Stenson was three up on a wayward Blixt with five holes to play but saw his compatriot birdie the 14th and 15th to force the match to the 18th. ” Everyone comes back at me,” Stenson said. “No one lets me have an easy finish here, which you kind of expect that but not every time. He definitely pushed an old man all the way to the last there and made it very interesting.” The second semi-final will see Holland’s Joost Luiten take on Finland’s Mikko Ilonen after the pair enjoyed contrasting wins over Pablo Larrazabal and Victor Dubuisson respectively. Luiten maintained his 100 per cent record – he was the only player to win all three of his group matches – and recorded the largest winning margin of the week by thrashing Larrazabal 6&5, while Ilonen beat an erratic Dubuisson by two holes. Luiten, who was considered for a Ryder Cup wild card by European captain Paul McGinley, was gifted the opening hole when Larrazabal found water with his approach to the par five, and then won the second, fifth, sixth and seventh to move five up. The 28-year-old moved further ahead with a birdie on the 11th and even when Larrazabal recorded just his second birdie of the day on the 12th, Luiten followed him in from 20 feet for a half before closing out the match on the next. “The course is playing soft so I think a lot of the boys out there are having a lot of birdies and you really have to make birdies to win holes,” said Luiten, who won the Wales Open last month. “A lot of times you make birdie and you only halve the hole. You have to be aggressive and stay aggressive in this format and I’ve done that well in the last couple of days.” Dubuisson recorded two eagles and five birdies but also made bogeys on three of the four par threes while Ilonen carded eight bogeys and no dropped shots. “It felt like it could have gone either way and I was lucky to come out on top in the end,” Ilonen said. “The goal was obviously to play all week and we’re there. So now we just have to keep pushing.” South Africa’s George Coetzee could turn a last-minute call-up into the Volvo World Match Play Championship into easily the biggest payday of his career after producing a brilliant display to beat Ryder Cup star Patrick Reed. “I wish I could get into every tournament as the last man if this is the golf I’m going to play,” joked Coetzee, who will face Henrik Stenson in the last four after the world number five beat fellow Swede Jonas Blixt by two holes. Coetzee finished 21st in the rain-shortened Portugal Masters on Sunday and admitted he would have flown home to South Africa if any flights were available. But when tournament organisers told him he was first reserve and that they wanted him on site, he asked his manager to check if anyone was likely to withdraw. “I told him the only guy who might was Thomas Bjorn because he was the oldest guy and he might be tired of playing golf,” Coetzee added. “He phoned me back and said the rumour was true and Bjorn had withdrawn. I told him it wasn’t a rumour, I had just made it up!” “If my flight had been Sunday night it would have been a totally different story. I t could be lucrative timing.” Reed, who was the United States’ top points scorer on his debut at Gleneagles, said: “I played well and any time you are six under you would hopefully win the match but George played extremely well. “He beat me in extra holes in the Accenture Match Play earlier this year but that was a match where we both played really poorly and it was more of a pillow fight. Today was just one of those things about match play – even if you play really well you can still get beat.” Stenson and Coetzee met in the group stages on Wednesday and finished all square, Coetzee adding: “He kind of gave me that half. He missed a putt to win the match on the 17th and three-putted the last so I won’t be going in feeling too confident.” Coetzee only got into the event on Monday as a replacement for the injured Thomas Bjorn and at 89th in the world was the lowest ranked player in the 16-man field. But the 28-year-old was eight under par in beating Reed 2&1 in their quarter-final in blustery conditions at The London Club and is just two more wins away from the first prize of 650,000 euros (£515,290). His previous biggest cheque of 206,000 euros (£163,307) came from winning his first European Tour title in the Joburg Open in February. Press Association