By Tony JimenezZach Johnson’s putter was as red-hot as the weather at Muirfield on Thursday, the 2007 U.S. Masters champion scorching his way to a five-under-par 66 to set a blistering pace in the British Open first round.While the American was making an electric start to the third major of the year, world number two Rory McIlroy crashed to an eight-over 79 and European Ryder Cup team mate Luke Donald ballooned to an 80.Tiger Woods has developed something of a penchant for errant first-hole tee shots and the world number one did it again on the east coast of Scotland, snap-hooking his three-wood deep into the rough to open with a bogey.The 14-times major champion bounced back, however, with four birdies on the back nine leaving him lurking ominously on 69.Mark O’Meara flew a surprise flag for the ‘golden oldies’, the 56-year-old American tucking into joint second place with Spaniard Rafael Cabrera-Bello on 67.One stroke further adrift were Americans Dustin Johnson, Brandt Snedeker and Tom Lehman, Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain and India’s Shiv Kapur.Most of the players found the knee-high rough difficult to cope with and scores were high on the banks of the Firth of Forth.The parched and dry links course also made it tough for the 156-strong field to control the ball on the fairways and the greens but most of the complaints were about the fiendish pin positions laid out by the Royal & Ancient organisers.Zach Johnson proved to be the best of the bunch, waving his putter like a magic wand to birdie the third, sixth and seventh and eagle the long fifth.The 37-year-old made further inroads on par at the 12th before dropping his only stroke of the day at the 14th.“Any time you shoot under par in an Open or a major, for that matter, you have to be putting at least decent and I putted great,” Johnson told reporters as temperatures rose to a balmy 80 degrees in East Lothian.“This is the Open and you expect difficult conditions but a couple of the pin positions were pretty tough.”SUNDAY AGONYJohnson was pipped for the John Deere Classic title in Illinois on Sunday when he lost in a playoff to 19-year-old compatriot Jordan Speith.“I felt great about last week, I’ll be honest with you,” he said. “What I’ve embraced is the fact I’m playing great and I can put that into play and I’m certainly confident in what I’m doing.”O’Meara matched Johnson’s start with a barnstorming run of four birdies in six holes. Another birdie at the ninth took him to the turn in 31 before he faltered with a bogey at the 10th.The veteran criticised the way some of his fellow competitors complained about the flag positions.“I’m not a big fan of guys who whine a lot,” said 1998 British Open champion O’Meara. “I don’t see any reason for it.“Especially today’s generation, they’re so talented. The greens got pretty quick for an Open championship but I didn’t see it being unfair.”Early starter Ian Poulter led the carping after his 72.“Unfortunately the guys this afternoon will struggle with a few pin positions,” the Briton said on his Twitter feed. “8th hole is a joke, 18th needs a windmill & clown face.”The first round was no laughing matter for McIlroy who said he suffered a “brain dead” moment when he putted the ball into a bunker at the 15th and felt he was generally “unconscious” all the way round.The Northern Irishman, whose form has deserted him since he changed clubs at the start of the year after signing a mega-bucks deal with Nike, sported a look of sad resignation when he walked off the 18th green.“Sometimes I feel like I’m walking around out there and I’m unconscious,” said McIlroy. “It’s nothing to do with technique, it’s all mental.“I feel like I’ve been walking around out there like that for the last couple of months. It’s a very alien feeling, something I’ve never felt before.”U.S. Open champion Justin Rose slipped to a 75 and title holder Ernie Els could only manage a 74 that included a double-bogey six at the 16th where he needed three strokes to get out of a greenside bunker.Woods, bidding to end a five-year wait for a major triumph, also said conditions were testing.“There wasn’t a lot of talking out there because we’re trying to grind it out. It’s one of those courses where it just got so difficult,” said the American.“Some of these putts today, I mean, I putted the ball off the green and it really wasn’t that bad a putt. Anything that goes four feet by, it was gone.”
Jose Mourinho dismissed speculation linking him with a return to Real Madrid on Monday, saying he wants to stay on as Manchester United manager beyond his current contract.Current Real coach Julen Lopetegui is under pressure following a string of results that has left his side seventh in La Liga and Spanish media have reported that Mourinho is favourite for the job if Lopetegui is sacked.Mourinho’s United contract ends in 2020 and the club have the option to extend it for another year, but the Portuguese is under pressure himself with United 10th in the Premier League table after nine games.“My future is here,” Mourinho told a news conference ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League meeting with Juventus. “I have a contract and until the final days of my contract I only think about Manchester United.“I would like to stay after my contract runs out as well.”He also confirmed that United would be without six players for Tuesday’s match at Old Trafford, with Alexis Sanchez, Marouane Fellaini, Jesse Lingard, Diogo Dalot, Scott McTominay and Phil Jones all ruled out.“The players you saw (in training) are the players that are available,” Mourinho added. “There is nothing to hide and Alexis is out.”The Portuguese also attempted to draw a line under the unsavoury scenes at the end of his team’s 2-2 draw with Chelsea at the weekend, asking Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri to give his assistant Marco Ianni “a second chance”.Ianni sparked a row by exuberantly celebrating a late Chelsea equaliser in front of the United bench, but apologised for his behaviour after the game.Former United midfielder Phil Neville had called for Ianni to be sacked by Chelsea because of his unsporting conduct, but Mourinho disagreed.“I’m not happy that it is going too far with the young boy, I don’t think he deserves more than what he got,” Mourinho said.“Ianni apologised to me, I accept his apologies, I think he deserves a second chance, I don’t think he deserves to be sacked… It was end of the story with me in the minute he apologised.”
As Guyana moves closer to its 50th Independence anniversary celebrations, corporate Guyana is coming on board in a massive way. Over the past weeks, several entertainment groups and companies have revealed their plans for the jubilee celebrations with several high-level concerts ranging from “50 Shades of Reggae” to “Soca on the Beach” among others.Joining in the big celebrations however is beverage giant, Banks DIH Limited with its concert titled ‘Banks Beer Fest’ at the Guyana National Stadium, Prvidence, East Bank Demerara billed for Saturday, May 28. The concert is being held in collaboration with the Department of Culture, Youth and Sport and will feature some of the best local and internationally acclaimed artistes.The line-up includes Busy Signal, Konshens, Vanessa Bling, Cecile, Benjai, Ravi B and the Karma Band, Michelle Big Red King, Kwasi “Ace” Edmondson, Adrian Dutchin and First Born. The event is expected to be mad vibes. While ticket prices have not been released, Guyana Times Entertainment understands that there will be several promotions by the beverage company, whereby members of the public can win tickets.The event is exclusive sponsored by Banks DIH as its contribution towards Guyana’s 50th Independence celebrations.
Authorities of the Liberia National Police (LNP) yesterday confirmed the continued detention of Archie Sarnor, a rights activist, and half a dozen others, who were arrested during the Monday, Feb. 29 riot on Capitol Hill, Monrovia on multiple charges ranging from “incitement leading to disturbing public peace.” While Vandalark Patricks, for whose cause the protest was held, was released on bail from further detention on Tuesday, March 1, some of his associates including Sarnor have remained in police custody.Police spokesman Sam Collins told the Daily Observer late yesterday via mobile phone that police will “properly process, charge and forward to court for prosecution Sarnor and all those arrested in connection to the riot,” adding that “this country is a country of laws, not men.” Today makes two nights since police arrested and detained Sarnor and colleagues on Monday. Patricks’ ReleaseMeanwhile, following a week of detention at the Monrovia Central Prison (MCP), Vandalark Patricks was yesterday released after his legal team secured a US$3,000 criminal appearance bond to allow him wait his sedition and criminal libel charges levied against him by government. Though unconfirmed, the Daily Observer learned yesterday that businessman and opposition political figure, Benoni Urey, made the cash available to secure the bond for Patricks’ temporary release as he prepares for trial. Though Mr. Urey could not be reached to confirm his involvement, Cllr. Gongloe did say that the politician had contacted him concerning Patricks’ case. However, Gongloe told the Daily Observer via phone yesterday that Woods Nyanton of Voice FM brought the US$3,000 cash to him and that he (Gongloe) did not know whether the money originated from Mr. Urey. At the central prison yesterday Patricks’ supporters were jubilating when his lawyer, Cllr. Tiawan Gongloe escorted him outside his cell.Immediately after release, Cllr. Gongloe drove Mr. Patricks to the Gongloe and Associates Law Firm on Ashmun Street, where a brief welcome ceremony was held for the defendant.Cllr. Gongloe used that occasion to inform the gathering that his client was wrongfully detained.“In the first place, he should not have been jailed for speeches he made under our law. Government action is an idea of repression,” Cllr. Gongloe added.“The President signed the Table Mountain Declaration regarding freedom of speech. Why will she now arrest people because of that?” Cllr. Gongloe wondered.After Cllr. Gongloe’s remarks, Mr. Patricks expressed gratitude to his supporters, but advised them to remain violence-free.While in my cell, Patricks claimed that the LNP physically and psychologically tortured him.“These are the scars on my body, but we need to be non-violent in our approach for peace sake,” Patricks said as his supporters greeted his statement with rounds of applause.“We are people of peace and yielding to see a free society, because yesterday those generation went into the bushes and brought untold suffering on our people,” he said, adding, “we should not allow ourselves to repeat those same mistakes; we should use the pen, our intellect and the microphones to champion the cause of justice, this is the message of freedom.”‘Misplaced aggression’Patricks was arrested after he read a communiqué on behalf of a consortium of political parties and civil society organizations on February 21 calling for a mass citizen action on March 11.He also accused the government of hiring assassins to murder the former managing director of the Liberia Petroleum Refinery Company (LPRC), Harry A. Greaves Jr., and eliminate other political opponents of the government. Mr. Greaves’ body was discovered January 31 on a beach near Monrovia. He went missing two days later.Mulbah Morlu, vice chairman for operations and mobilization for opposition Congress for Democratic Change party (CDC), told reporters at a press conference on Monday, following the riot, that Patricks must be released “immediately or else the government of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will have no peace.”“We believe Mr. Patricks’ arrest is a misplaced aggression of judicial authority, because he was a representative of the different political groupings and civil society actors that came together to issue that statement. So, we hold that his arrest is arbitrary; his arrest is unwarranted. And so, we will stage a very pro-protest on the premises of the Temple of Justice to insist that government has no business holding Mr. Patricks at the Monrovia Central Prison (MCP),” Morlu said.He said the consortium of political parties and civil society groups issued their statement, because they had been concerned about the number of recent “politically motivated” mysterious deaths, which reminded the people of the dark days of the past.“You remember there was a murder on the Congo Town back road of standard bearer of the Free Democratic Party, Ciapha Gbolee. No arrest was made. There was the murder of human rights activist and anti-corruption whistleblower, Michael Allison. No arrest was made. And now the latest is the murder of Harry Greaves. Mr. Patricks was simply reading a document that was making a documentary that was authorized by different political institutions,” Ralph Brown, a representative of Media United to Enhance Democracy, interjected.What started as a peaceful sit-in protest advocating the release of jailed youth political activist Vandalark Patricks escalated into a violent confrontation between protesters and police at the Temple of Justice, involving hurling of stones and teargas, from respective sides. Monday’s altercation quickly worsened after some individuals in the vicinity of the University of Liberia violently engaged the Police by pelting them with more stones. Several vehicles were damaged from flying rocks, according to eyewitnesses on the scene. The demonstration was intended to force government to release detained rights Patricks, who was arrested by the government last Wednesday and charged with sedition and criminal libel. The demonstration turned violent when police denied the protesters from forcing their way onto the grounds of the Temple of Justice, where they had earlier prevented the convoy of Chief Justice Francis Saye Korpkor from accessing the premises.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
United have yet to be beaten at home by a Dutch side and defender Chris Smalling, set to return to the starting 11 after sitting on the bench at the Amsterdam ArenA, says the players are committed to winning the competition.“Obviously we’d still like to be in the Champions League but we’re looking at the Europa League as a second chance,” Smalling told www.manutd.com.“We’re going to go out there and show Europe we can still perform and we can still win trophies.“We want to reach the final, although we know it won’t be easy. All of the players will be going out on the pitch and giving our all to reach the final.”United, however, could find the going tougher in the latter stages of the competition.Atletico Madrid, who beat Fulham to the trophy in 2010, have been one of the tournament’s form sides and seem to have found fresh impetus since former Argentina international Diego Simeone took over as coach.Atletico will be missing Brazilian midfielder Diego, due to a torn right thigh muscle, for their home game against Lazio.But despite sitting in the comfort zone following a 3-1 first-leg win in Rome last week, they are taking nothing for granted against a team that striker Falcao, who scored goals in either half last week, describes as “highly dangerous”.“Lazio are highly dangerous and we cannot go out there thinking we are safely through,” said Falcao, who scored a record 17 goals on the way to victory with FC Porto last season.Sporting Lisbon, losing finalists in 2005 when the Portuguese fell 3-1 to CSKA Moscow, can take a step towards a last-16 encounter against Manchester City or Porto — who play on Wednesday — if they come through their tie against Legia Warsaw.The Portuguese side twice fought back from a goal down in Poland last week to claim a precious 2-2 draw and will be demanding the same kind of commitment at the Jose Alvalade stadium.FC Twente, meanwhile, hope their visit to Bucharest’s National Arena is a taster of things to come.The Dutch team remain undefeated after a total of five games against Romanian sides and, with Bucharest hosting the final, Steve McClaren’s side will be looking to build on their 1-0 first-leg lead against the hosts.Fellow Dutch outfit PSV Eindhoven, meanwhile, are at home to Trabzonspor and, after a 2-1 away win last week, they can book a last-16 clash against either Valencia or Stoke City if they prevail over two legs against the Turkish side.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000PARIS, France, February 22 – Manchester United’s march towards the latter stages of the Europa League looks set to continue on Thursday when they line up against Ajax at Old Trafford leading 2-0 from the first leg in the round of 32.United’s exit from the Champions League following a 2-1 defeat at FC Basel in December was a huge shock to the club’s fans and came barely seven months after defeat by Barcelona in the final of Europe’s premier club competition.To their credit, Sir Alex Ferguson’s side have put their full weight behind the Champions League’s poorer relation and, at this stage, must be considered among the favourites to reach the May 9 final.
UPDATE: School buses serving the Dokie, Bear Mountain, East Pine, Boucher Lake, WestMoberly, and Lakeshore routes in Chetwynd have been cancelled.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Heavy snow through the overnight hours has made roads incredibly slick this morning.Though no snowfall warning has been issued by Environment Canada, School District 59 has cancelled all school buses serving Dawson Creek area schools as of 5:55 a.m. today. Buses serving Chetwynd were also initially cancelled, but are now running on schedule. No word yet on the status of school buses serving schools in the Peace River North School District.- Advertisement -This is a developing story, and we will provide updated information as soon as it becomes available.
Feist lives in one of two neighborhoods targeted for hundreds of millions of dollars in rebuilding money, the latest of a half-dozen plans to redevelop the city since Katrina. Six months after that city-backed plan was introduced it is behind schedule and has secured little funding. There are too many ground zeros to count in New Orleans. Scattered, disorganized repopulation has been driven more by residents than politicians and planners. And while the territory is thousands of times larger and funding more scarce, its early planning process mirrors New York City’s efforts to redevelop the World Trade Center site and surrounding neighborhood after the Sept. 11 attacks. Loosely defined organizations are bickering about who controls what, while everyone debates about what to build, when to build it and how to pay for it. New Orleans was still in chaos when Stefan Pryor flew to Louisiana to help rebuild. Pryor, then the president of the Lower Manhattan Development Corp., knew disaster recovery. He helped write the executive order that created the Louisiana Recovery Authority, providing the model he and others hoped would duplicate New York’s rebuilding process, with the power to receive federal community development block grants for rebuilding purposes. Pryor provided advice for cutting red tape to get federal community development grants and for building momentum. He touted New York City’s success in streetscape programs, incentives for people to move near the World Trade Center site and early reopening of critical subway lines. Despite the advice, experts say New Orleans suffered one of its biggest setbacks during this period: abandoning the first plan, Bring Back New Orleans. “The amount of positive citizen energy that the city of New Orleans frittered away in the first six months is appalling,” said Reed Kroloff, of Tulane University’s architecture school, who quit the Bring New Orleans Back commission after seeing little political support for it. New planners were hired, this time funded largely by private foundations. The Unified New Orleans Plan came out in January with plans for every neighborhood, flooded or not, and with a $14.3 billion price tag, although none of the money was secured. Two months later, the city’s new recovery czar, Ed Blakely, unveiled a plan he called a pared-down version of the $14.3billion one. The $1.1 billion plan would spend more than half its money on 17 neighborhoods, most of it on the Lower Ninth Ward and New Orleans East, ignored in the first plan. Blakely, an urban planner from California, has spoken with more confidence about the city’s future than any other official. He said in a recent interview that he might have liked to start while the city was still being stabilized. “I do feel I am trying to catch up,” he said. However, he added: “I don’t think it would have been done any different.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW ORLEANS – Charlesetta Feist’s first home smells like fresh paint and polished wood – a glimmer of life only blocks from the river that destroyed the neighborhood two years ago. Encouraged by news that New Orleans was rebuilding itself, or at least planning to, she and her 18-month-old son returned from Houston a few months ago for the first time since Hurricane Katrina destroyed most of her hometown. She settled into her dream house with central air and granite countertops, relishing the peace, quiet and open parking spaces. But there’s no school, no grocery store and hardly any neighbors near her home in the still-desolate Lower Ninth Ward, where broken windows and spray-painted “X” markers on vacant houses far outnumber optimistic “We’re Home!” signs. The aspiring film director wants to leave again. “All my friends, they’re regretting coming back,” said Feist, 24. “There’s no foundation.” AFTERMATH: Two years after Katrina, city can’t agree on how, where, when to rebuild. By Amy Westfeldt THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Tuesday’s newspapers…Carlo Ancelotti and Claude Makelele have emerged as a possible Chelsea dream ticket if they decide to sack Jose Mourinho. Ancelotti and Makelele worked together for two years at Paris Saint-Germain before going their separate ways in 2013 and could be reunited at Stamford Bridge. (Daily Mail)Real Madrid fear Chelsea will demand a world-record transfer fee for Eden Hazard. The Spanish giants have started the groundwork towards a mega-money move, likely to be next summer, for the Belgium international. But concerns are growing at the Bernabeu that they will have to surpass the £85million fee they paid Tottenham for Gareth Bale in 2013 to prise Hazard away from Stamford Bridge. (Daily Mail)Watford are among the clubs weighing up the risk of offering Emmanuel Adebayor a route back into football. Adebayor has been without a club since Tottenham cancelled the final year of his contract in September and he is keen to re-launch his career in the Barclays Premier League. (Daily Mail)Manchester City are lining up an £8million bid for Atletico Madrid forward Angel Correa. The Spanish club say they have already turned down an enquiry from City but are expecting them to come back in for the 20-year-old, who has already played for Argentina and is regarded as one of their biggest prospects. (Daily Mirror)Paul Pogba has NOT agreed to join Barcelona, according to his agent Mino Raiola, offering Chelsea and Manchester City hope in the battle to land the Juventus midfielder. (Daily Express)Liverpool have placed Barcelona forward Cristian Tello on their list of transfer targets as it looks like he wants out of the Nou Camp on a permanent basis. The 24-year-old is on loan at Porto after struggling to become a regular in the Barca line-up and Liverpool are considering making a move. (Metro)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Manchester United and West Ham target Alexandre Pato hints at possible Premier League move‘You never know…’ – Cristiano Ronaldo refuses to rule out Real Madrid exitWorld Cup winning-manager Marcello Lippi ‘not ready’ to replace Jose Mourinho if Chelsea decide to sack under-pressure boss‘Jose Mourinho has earned the right to have a bad spell’ – Danny Murphy says Chelsea must back under-fire bossChelsea would consider former Man City boss Roberto Mancini as potential Jose Mourinho replacementTransfer report: Manchester United lining up January move for Leicester sensation Riyad Mahrez
Jurgen Klopp has admitted that Liverpool’s loss to Swansea was not ‘completely senseless’, as he can learn from the performance ahead of the Europa League clash with Villarreal.Andre Ayew scored twice and Jack Cork bagged one as the Swans eased to three points, aided by a catastrophic performance from the Reds.Klopp fielded a relatively young and inexperienced team, so as to rest his key players ahead of the semi-final second leg clash against the La Liga outfit, which is to be played on Thursday.It remains to be seen whether the decision is paid off, but the manager has explained how losing on Sunday will actually aid him in selecting his team for the Villarreal game.Klopp said: “Usually a game like today is completely senseless, because you lose it 3-1. But if you take the information from this game – what influenced the performance, and why we played like this – then we will use this as information for the squad for the Villarreal second leg.”Liverpool lost the first leg of the semi-final, conceding in injury time at El Madrigal last week, and the Merseyside club had to fly back to England in time for the game against Swansea.While Klopp is not ready to blame the hectic fixture list for the dreadful performance, he wants to make aware that his players did not have a long time to rest between games.He continued: “I’m not in the mood to find excuses, but it’s the truth. We came back at Friday morning, and then we play now! I think we could have played better today, and with a better performance, it is a completely different game.“It’s not my first defeat, and it won’t be my last.”
2 LIVERPOOL FIFA 20 RATINGS In the latest edition of the football game, the creators have deemed Liverpool’s No.9 worthy of getting an 86 rating in the game.While Mane and Salah received a boost in their ratings, Firmino is still stuck at the same level as he was in last year’s game and fans are understandably upset.When you consider Jurgen Klopp told talkSPORT his side would ‘be lost without him’, it makes the decision all the more surprising.Check out what fans had to say below! The disrespect to Firmino’s rating in FIFA 20; Champions League and Super Cup winner, works his ass off as a False 9, all-around amazing player and you gave him an 86???? IF ANYTHING HE SHOULD BE AT LEAST 88 @EASPORTSFIFA 😡😡😡😡😡😡 pic.twitter.com/kNvBjA0iJW— Roronoa Harace (@habimoya) September 10, 2019 Getty Images – Getty let me know what EA were thinking when they rated Paul Pogba 88 & only rated Bobby Firmino 86🤣 deluded #FIFA20Ratings— camron🤪 (@camrrrxn) September 9, 2019 So Son and Eriksen are rated higher than Firmino in FIFA 20. Lol. #FIFA20 #FIFA20Ratings— Aditya. (@MoManeMino) September 10, 2019 Despite being a Champions League and Super Cup winner and a fully fledged Brazil international, the striker still seems to fail to get the recognition his talents deserve.Selfless in attack and tigerish in defence, the 26-year-old is arguably Liverpool’s most important attacker.He may not be as prolific as teammates Sadio Mane or Mohamed Salah, but Firmino has the technical ability and footballing IQ to create space for his rapid and ruthless colleagues.That being said, it seems as though Firmino is still yet to receive the credit many feels he deserves from EA Sports. Van Dijk 90Salah 90Alisson 89Mane 88Firmino 86Fabinho 85Robertson 85Wijnaldum 84Henderson 83Alexander-Arnold 83Shaqiri 82Matip 82Keita 82Milner 81Gomez 80Lovren 80Oxlade-Chamberlain 80Lallana 79Clyne 78Origi 78Adrian 76Van Den Berg 66 Getty Images – Getty For years, Heung-min Son was widely recognised as the most underrated player in the Premier League, with the South Korea international content to let his Tottenham Hotspur teammates take the glory.However, it seems as though his title is under threat from none other than Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino. Firmino can be regularly found putting his body on the line for Liverpool and Brazil Firmino staying at 86 is an absolute joke he won the champions league and the copa America yet he is the same rating as lacazette who is the most overrated player of all time #FIFA20Ratings— Ryan O’Hanlon (@RyanOHanlon16) September 9, 2019 2 Roberto Firmino has the intelligence and discipline to cause trouble against the world’s best defences Just seen #FIFA20Ratings… Insigne and Mertens both higher rated than Firmino? Bizarre.— Jack McAndrews (@JackMcAndrews_) September 9, 2019 Stats according to FUTWIZ… This is a disgrace from FIFA 20. Firmino deserves at least an 88 rated card. Bobby is the system for Liverpool and he still is one of the most underrated players in the world. He’s arguably the most complete number 9 in the prem atm. What rating do you think Bobby should be? pic.twitter.com/NO7ZjFv60U— LiverpoolRoyalty (@liverpoolroyal) September 9, 2019