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The National Insurance Board of Trinidad and
Tobago (NIBTT) remains committed to the delivery
of meaningful social insurance services to our
E ective 3rd March 2014
Sickness, Maternity Allowance, Survivor's, Invalidity
and Employment Injury bene ts rates will be
increased by approximately 20% as we continue to
ensure that the bene ts provided under the
National Insurance System remain relevant.
PALM BEACH GARDENS---Rory
McIlroy recovered from a sloppy start
yesterday with six birdies in a 10-hole
stretch for a 4-under 66 to build a
three-shot lead among early starters
at the Honda Classic.
A growing gallery in warm sunshine
at PGA National saw a familiar game
--- the McIlroy who won the Honda
Classic two years ago to reach No 1 in
the world for the first time, not the
guy who walked off the course last year
at the height of his frustrations.
Swinging freely and putting beauti-
fully, McIlroy hit his stride on his back
nine with four birdies in five holes,
including the par-five No 3 when he
smashed a drive some 35 yards behind
Adam Scott and had only a 6-iron into
the green on the 539-yard hole.
At 11-under 129, he was three shots
clear of Russell Henley, who had a 69.
Lee Westwood (65) and Russell Knox
(63) were four shots behind.
Phil Mickelson, playing PGA National
for the first since he was an amateur,
had a short week. He made only four
birdies over two rounds, went bunker-
to-bunker around the 16th green for
double bogey and had a 71. Mickelson
was virtually certain to miss the cut.
Tiger Woods was among the late
starters. He began his round at one
over, outside the cut line and 12 shots
After a 63 in Dubai, he said he was
pressing too much in the final round
and wound up in a tie for ninth.
Yesterday was another step in the
right direction, despite two errant tee
shots on the 11th and 12th holes that
led to bogeys. His round changed with
a tee shot into 6 feet on the 16th hole
for a birdie, and then a 12-foot birdie
on the 18th to wrap up his front nine
and earn back the two shots he had
After a 45-foot birdie attempt on the
second hole rimmed all the way around
and out of the cup, Boy Wonder took
off. He two-putted the par-five third.
He hit a wedge into four feet on the
next hole. He rolled in a 30-foot birdie
putt down the hill at the par-five fifth.
Then, after a tough par save on the
sixth, he sank another 30-foot birdie
putt that McIlroy made look routine.
The gallery is kept 100 yards from
the green, so the only applause came
from a few marshals. It sounded like
a tap-in for par. McIlroy reacted that
The Masters champ put shots in the
water on the 16th and 17th holes, both
times making double bogey, and it
looked as though his return to golf after
a six-week break would be a short one.
But the Australian ran off four birdies
on the front nine for a 70.
The soft conditions didn t hurt after
rain earlier in the week. McIlroy won
the U.S. Open at Congressional by eight
shots in 2011 on such course condi-
Henley won as rookie at the Sony
Open, but he has had only two top 10s
since then, and he has failed to crack
the top 25 this season.
Mickelson was pleased with how he
was driving the ball, but couldn t figure
out why he didn t make many birdies.
McIlroy hitting his
stride at Honda Classic
Ben Duckett proved the deciding
factor for England as his maiden Youth
ODI century cinched a thrilling one-
wicket win over Australia to claim the
third place in the Under-19 World Cup,
Chasing 247, England bled three
wickets in five balls between the ninth
and tenth overs. However, Duckett s
stability kept Australia at bay as he
spearheaded vital half-century stands
with Will Rhodes for the fifth wicket
and Rob Jones for the seventh.
Duckett unleashed nine fours in his
109-ball effort and was seventh man
out in the 45th over. Australia scented
an opening and pushed with a further
two wickets in as many overs.
England were teetering at 213 for 9,
still 34 away. But a gutsy final-wicket
partnership of 34 in 21 balls between
Josh Shaw and Matthew Fisher sealed
victory in the final over.
Australia s trend of rallying began
early in the game when two mini-col-
lapses followed a half-century part-
nership by the openers Matthew Short
and Kelvin Smith.
They slipped from 63 for 0 to 83 for
three by the end of the 15th over. The
second stutter happened in the 34th
over when medium-pacer Ed Barnard
claimed two in four balls and Australia
were 150 for 6.
Ben McDermott struck a valiant half-
century and, with No8 Thomas
Andrews giving able company, led Aus-
tralia s rearguard. The duo struck a
rapid 78-run stand that ushered Aus-
tralia towards a fighting total to set up
a nail-biting match.
Today, Pakistan meets South Africa
in the final.
Scores: England Under-19s 247 for
9 (Duckett 100, Ashkenazi 3-32) vs
Australia Under-19s 246 for 7
(McDermott 56*, Barnard 3-22).
England won by one wicket. (AP)
Duckett ton seals narrow win
Golfer Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland
chips onto the 10th green during the
second round of the Honda Classic golf
tournament, yesterday in Palm Beach
Gardens, Florida. AP PHOTO
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