Rory McIlroy’s Open Championship hopes were in tatters after a first-round horror show at Royal Portrush on Thursday ended with the home favourite carding an eight-over-par 79.All eyes were on McIlroy as the Open returned to Northern Ireland for the first time in 68 years, but his hopes all but disappeared with a sickening quadruple bogey at the first hole.The four-time major champion ended his day not only looking up at a leaderboard headed by American J.B. Holmes, but knowing he will need a stellar second round merely to make the halfway cut.Ireland’s Shane Lowry was the clubhouse leader for a couple of hours after a four-under-par 67 on a day of wind and squally showers, mixed with dazzling sunshine.A large group two back included world number one Brooks Koepka, who made an ominously good start with a tidy performance that was bogey-free until a wayward drive at the 17th.Koepka, seeking to complete one of the greatest major championship years after going second, first and second at the Masters, PGA Championship and US Open, was guided around Portrush by caddie Ricky Elliott, who hails from the area.“He just tells me where to hit it and I go from there,” Koepka said of Elliott.“The game plan’s pretty concrete. It’s actually quite easy. I really don’t have to do much thinking. I just go out there and play.”Other leading names did not enjoy their opening rounds at the last major of the year.Defending champion Francesco Molinari of Italy struggled to a three-over 74, former winner Phil Mickelson shot 76 and Masters champion Tiger Woods, among the late starters, finished seven-over as he struggled badly.McIlroy once scored 61 around Portrush as a teenager but began his challenge for the Claret Jug he won in 2014 like a Sunday morning amateur.He was cheered to the first tee but those cheers quickly turned to groans.McIlroy’s opening tee shot went out of bounds, breaking a spectator’s phone in the process. His follow-up found heavy rough and from there he struck his next shot into an unplayable lie in a bramble bush.After taking a penalty drop, McIlroy chipped on to the green and two-putted. He picked his ball out of the hole, to sympathetic applause, with an ugly eight on his card.The 30-year-old bogeyed the par-three third and although he repaired some of the damage with birdies at seven and nine, the gremlins returned. He double-bogeyed the par-three 16th and triple-bogeyed the last before trudging off.Earlier, Graeme McDowell drew loud cheers from the packed galleries as he got to three under after 14 holes on his hometown course but he leaked five shots in the last four holes.The 148th Open began with McDowell’s compatriot Darren Clarke striking the first tee shot on an historic morning on the Antrim coast. Clarke made three birdies in his first five holes before carding level-par 71One of the biggest roars greeted Emiliano Grillo’s hole-in-one on the par-three 13th. The 26-year-old Argentine’s ace was the first at the Open since Louis Oosthuizen in 2016.
As Guyana joins the rest of the world in observing World Suicide Prevention Day, another Guyanese has been recorded as taking his life by his own hand.A 47-year-old man of Dredge Creek, Upper Pomeroon River, Region Two, (Pomeroon-Supenaam) tragically ended his life by consuming a poisonous substance. Dead is Jeorol Newsum.Reports are Newsum was discovered by his wife Mordella Williams on September 5, 2017, at about 22:30h. Following the discovery, the labourer was immediately rushed to the Charity Oscar Joseph Hospital and later transferred to the Intensive Care Unit of the Suddie Public Hospital.He battled for his life for several hours before succumbing on September 6.According to information reaching this publication, Newsum was a habitual drinker and would often become abusive.His body is presently at the Suddie Mortuary awaiting a post-mortem examination. Suicide continues to plaque the Pomeroon-Supenaam region; however, several nonprofit organisations have come onboard to help curb the issues through various educational programmes in the region.
Police state that the driver of a van travelling north on the highway lost control of the vehicle and collided with a truck travelling south. The female driver of the van was taken to hospital in Dawson Creek with significant but unspecified injuries, while a male passenger in the truck was taken to hospital in Fort St. John after suffering a broken leg.Police believe road conditions were a factor in the crash.The Braden Road is now open to single-lane, alternating traffic with delays. – Advertisement –
1 Adam Lallana has set himself a target of ten or more goals this season after opening his account for Liverpool.The midfielder did not have the ideal start to his Anfield career after his £25million arrival from Southampton, with a knee injury delaying his debut.But he is fully fit now and scored his first goal for the the Reds in the 2-1 victory over West Brom on Saturday.“I think a lot of my feelings were represented in my celebration,” said the 26-year-old, who ran half the length of the pitch after netting the opening goal of the game.“It was a proud moment with a bit of relief as it’s always nice to get off the mark.“I got nine in the league last season so it would be nice to get double figures, especially when Studge (Daniel Sturridge) is out injured we have to chip in and get goals.”The narrow victory over West Brom earned Liverpool their first three points in the Premier League since August 31.And Lallana admits the Reds, beaten by Basel in the Champions League in midweek, could ill-afford to go into the international break without a win after their recent poor run of form.“It is huge because it is two weeks and if you get an indifferent result and are dwelling on it it can last forever,” said the England international.“We know it was a poor team result in Basel but three days later we got another game and we used that to our advantage, took it and got three points.” Adam Lallana celebrates scoring his first goal for Liverpool
Eighteen Republicans in the Senate lined up with Democrats in voting 67-29 to increase spending on the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, or SCHIP, from about $5 billion to $12 billion annually for the next five years. The vote was enough to override a promised Bush veto. But supporters in the House, which passed the bill Tuesday, are about two dozen votes shy of an override. Both chambers would have to muster two-thirds majorities to win a veto showdown. Overall, spending for SCHIP would increase to $60 billion over five years in the unlikely prospect the bill becomes law – double what President Bush recommended. Analysts projected the legislation would allow about 4 million of the estimated 9million uninsured children in the United States to gain coverage. Bush and most GOP lawmakers say the spending increase is too large and would expand the program beyond its original intent. That intent was to help families with incomes too large to qualify for Medicaid but too small to afford private insurance. In a statement after the Senate vote, the White House said Bush “will veto this bill because it directs scarce funding to higher incomes at the expense of poor families.” Opponents said they support SCHIP, which was enacted a decade ago, and want to renew it before it is set to expire Saturday. However, they said they could not go along with such a large spending increase. Republicans braced for criticism that they were being insensitive to low-income children who are uninsured through no fault of their own. They said the legislation was an effort to score political points and another step toward universal health care paid for by the government. Democrats said there was strong public support for expanding the children’s health-care program. They portrayed the president as isolated in his view that the legislation would be a mistake. Some Republicans joined in that criticism. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! POLITICS: An expected Bush veto of adding about 4 million children sets up election point. By Kevin Freking THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – Congress approved legislation Thursday that would potentially add 4 million children to a popular health-care program, setting up a veto fight that President Bush probably will win but handing Democrats a campaign issue for next year’s elections.
DETROIT – Ford’s hourly work force is shrinking to half its current size, following the announcement Wednesday that 38,000 hourly workers have agreed to accept early retirement or buyout packages this year. That still might not be enough to revive the nation’s second-largest automaker, however, which is contracting in the face of multibillion-dollar losses and fierce competition. Now, say analysts, Ford Motor Co. needs to rekindle interest in its cars and reclaim some market share lost to Asian rivals. “They’ve got to learn how to build a product that is acceptable in the market at a good price,” turnaround specialist Jim McTevia, of McTevia & Associates in Bingham Farms, said. “They’ve got to build it economically and they’ve got to sell it economically.” But McTevia said Ford faces stiff competition from companies on much stronger financial footing. Ford’s share of the domestic market has declined from around 26 percent in the early 1990s to 17.6 percent at the end of October. In July, Ford sold fewer vehicles in the U.S. than Toyota Motor Corp. for the first time, but Ford’s U.S. sales have surpassed the Japanese company since then. Pete Hastings, vice president of corporate fixed income at Morgan Keegan in Memphis, Tenn., said the buyout announcement “represents one step among many on a long road” to Ford’s turnaround. He said the automaker still must address its lost market share and structural costs when it renegotiates with the United Auto Workers next fall. “They’ll probably need another round of restructuring to adjust to the lower capacity from falling market share,” Hastings said. “They face tremendous challenges. It’s going to be tough for them to achieve the turnaround. It’s certainly a multiyear process, and I’m sure we’ll see plenty of changes in the upcoming months.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Ford had expected 25,000 to 30,000 workers to sign up during an open enrollment period that expired Monday. The new reduction figure would amount to nearly 46 percent of the 83,000 unionized employees that Ford had at the start of the year. That will eventually save Ford about $5 billion a year, but it still has a long way to go and more painful measures to take before it’s financially sound. Ford lost $7 billion in the first nine months of the year. And it is losing money on a daily basis. The Dearborn-based automaker said Wednesday it expects to burn through $17 billion in cash from 2007 to 2009. On Monday, it announced plans to mortgage its assets and raise about $18 billion in financing to pay for its restructuring. McTevia said that move and the buyout figures signal that the automaker believes it will be able to operate profitably in the future. Ford has said it expects to return to profitability by 2009.
In earning a 2-0 home win over Dundee on Saturday, Robbie Neilson marked his 100th competitive match in charge of Hearts by becoming the first boss in their history to win 60% of their maiden century of games.The achievement in maintaining such a strong win record is underlined by the calibre of manager (and the eras in which they were in the dugout) who come close to Neilson’s overall record.In the last 20 years only George Burley, with his expensively assembled side of 2005, has a better win record (75%) but over far fewer games (only 12).Valdas Ivanauskas managed a 50% win record over his time in charge after Graham Rix departed in 2006. The Lithuanian took charge of a total of 42 games, including the 2006 Scottish Cup final. Remove the stats from 2014/15 and Neilson still sits on an admirable 49% win ratio in the Premiership. Apart from the aforementioned Burley and Ivanauskas, that’s a better percentage of victory over a period of more than one season since the great Tommy Walker, who brought two league championships, one Scottish Cup and four League Cups back to Gorgie between 1951 and 1966.Over 695 games in charge, Walker won 55% of them.Neilson is still very much in the early days of his career – he is 36 and has only managed in the top tier for 15 months.It took him time to work out how to play the big matches against Aberdeen but since being on the receiving end of a 3-1 thumping at home to Derek McInnes’ men, Neilson has clocked up three wins and a draw to the Dons’ one win.Neilson is chasing a first victory over Celtic, having conceded 17 goals to them in just seven encounters.His record in Edinburgh derbies is poor since claiming victory in his first managerial encounter with Hibernian – three draws and two defeats in matches with the Easter Road men threaten to cloud what is an otherwise healthy relationship with the Tynecastle support.The last two derbies came in the Scottish Cup, when Hearts suffered a late collapse from 2-0 up to draw 2-2 then were defeated in the replay as Hibs went on to claim their first Scottish Cup win in 114 years. The cup competitions should be a big target for Neilson in seeking to further improve his record.In the League Cup, Hearts have made it to the quarter final once but fell to Celtic in 2014 and 2015, and were eliminated at the first time of asking by St Johnstone in 2016.Neilson has not fared much better in the Scottish Cup, losing to Celtic in the fourth round in 2014 and to Hibs in the fifth round last year.The overall numbers look very healthy indeed for the Hearts head coach. His aim for the next 100 games in charge should be to make significant progress in the cup competitions and to start to apply more pressure on Celtic.This will show he is building on the great foundations he has laid in his first job in first team management. [JB]Life under Brendan Rodgers has been plain sailing for Celtic but the one issue he was keen to address was defensive solidity.Back-to-back clean sheets for the first time since February suggests the Northern Irishman may well be on the road to achieving that mission with Wednesday’s clash against Borussia Moenchengladbach set to provide a stern test of their ability at the back.Celtic’s attacking flair largely meant goals conceded earlier in the campaign were glossed over until Barcelona’s lethal MSN attack unleashed fury upon the Scottish champions in September. While Rodgers’ men naturally don’t face that kind of quality on a weekly basis, the subsequent 2-2 draw with Inverness led the manager to express the need to improve concentration and tighten up.The battle for the goalkeeper’s jersey has played a part in some of the defensive uncertainty as did injuries to key central defenders. With Efe Ambrose long since discarded as a viable possibility, Jozo Simunovic’s return has given Rodgers increased options and the Croatian’s domestic partnership with Erik Sviatchenko has proved fruitful in recent matches, restricting their opponents to five shots on target. The Dane posted some impressive numbers against City and with Kolo Toure brought to the club for Champions League nights, it seems Rodgers has a decision to make at the heart of his backline.Celtic’s ability to remain disciplined against a Moenchengladbach team built to play on the counter will test Rodgers’ full-backs to the full. While Kieran Tierney has the ability to roam forward and play as a secondary winger with Scott Sinclair in the Premiership, he will have to show lessons have been learned from the entertaining roller coaster that was the 3-3 thriller with Man City.However as most managers always preach, defending starts from the front and is not merely the responsibility of the back four. Moussa Dembele’s willingness to chase lost causes was evident in the penalty which led to his second goal against Motherwell and the energy of the Brown-Bitton axis was critical in unsettling City’s star names at a raucous Celtic Park.It all signals a big seven days for the champions as they end the week with a League Cup semi-final against Rangers. By the end of this stretch, we’ll know if Celtic’s defence has truly developed or if there is more work yet to do on the Lennoxtown training field. [SM]While a lot of attention will be focused on Sunday’s “box office” semi-final, Saturday’s League Cup semi-final between Aberdeen and Morton promises to be a tasty affair.Both sides underlined their attacking threat with thumping wins at the weekend and, while the Dons go into the tie as heavy favourites, Derek McInnes is wisely talking down any suggestion of complacency.Sitting second in the Premiership after five consecutive wins, the last two of which have been by four-goal margins, Aberdeen have come through a bumpy start. Eight different players have found the net in the last three games and McInnes remarked on Saturday that “the level of performance individually from a few players has certainly gone up in recent weeks”.In Greenock, the level of performance hasn’t been consistent but there’s been a clear appetite for big statements in tough games. Kilmarnock, Hamilton and Dundee United have already fallen to Jim Duffy’s side in cup competitions and Morton warmed up for their date at the national stadium by going to league leaders Queen of the South and handing out a 5-0 thrashing.Duffy has been careful to play down his side’s chances, noting he has a young squad that is facing a big occasion. However, if his young side play with freedom and confidence in the ability that has taken them this far they could contribute to a very interesting last-four tie. [AC] Craig Levein (2000-2004) won just under 44% of matches, Jim Jefferies (1995-2000) won just over 44% first time round.Even the great Alex MacDonald and Sandy Jardine (1981-1990), who took Hearts to the brink of league, cup and European glory, only gathered a 47% win ratio over their combined 418 matches in charge.The ever-reliable oracle on all stats Tynecastle-related, London Hearts, shows the closest to Neilson’s first 100 games were Frank Moss (1937-1941), Lindsay Waugh (1903-1908) and Joe Jordan (1990-1993).The common argument in mitigation around Neilson’s record-setting start to life as Hearts boss is his first year was served in the Scottish Championship, where he set a points record in gaining promotion back to the top tier.
Siklu recently announced that its MultiHaul™ auto-aligned radios were selected by the City of Wichita to provide the wireless connectivity for 72 fixed bullet, dome and PTZ cameras from Axis Communication that make up the surveillance network deployed in the city’s Old Town district.The City of Wichita deployed Siklu MultiHaul radios instead of running fiber throughout the city, which would have been cost prohibitive. Community Improvement Project funds were received to implement a security system that would provide coverage throughout the entire Old Town district, which is now a popular entertainment area. Previously, the city relied on video footage collected from private businesses. The new system is now monitored through its recently opened crime monitoring center built using the Genetec™ Security Center unified security platform.“One of the heavy burdens we uncovered during our initial data collection is that we spend a lot of police resources in Old Town,” said Denise Peters, program manager, city manager’s office, for the City of Wichita. “Our new wireless security network now enables us to use our officers more strategically and to provide better response in the event of an incident.”- Sponsor – In addition to the MultiHaul, the wireless network uses Siklu’s EtherHaul™ mmWave radios for longer-range backhaul connecting cameras to the new command and control center. Thanks to the multi-gigabit capacity of the network, the city can run multiple applications on the same wireless network simultaneously and is looking at using Siklu mmWave wireless radios for other applications, such as local area network connectivity to city buildings.By using the MultiHaul, Siklu’s newest mmWave radio technology, systems integrator Sandifer Engineering & Controls, Inc., was able to significantly reduce the amount of time it took to install and configure the wireless system. “With the MultiHaul, one of the biggest positives was obtaining complete network reliability while achieving the high throughput and speeding up installation times,” said Jeremy Long, security project manager, Sandifer Engineering & Controls, Inc.The MultiHaul uses beamforming technology within a point-to-multipoint network topology that makes installation by a single person a reality for system integrators. The solution’s 90-degree scanning antenna auto-aligns multiple terminal units from a single base unit, serving multiple locations while reducing installation times and the total cost of ownership for end users.Siklu radios leverage narrow beams in the 60, 70-80 GHz millimeter wave spectrum to transmit information across security networks, providing interference free communication infrastructure, reportedly making it ideal for mission critical and smart cities deployments that demand secured always-on connectivity.“Reliable gigabit bandwidth and the ability to share information quickly between municipal and safety departments can help make cities safer by enabling police departments to take a proactive approach with their city surveillance systems,” said Eyal Assa, chief executive officer of Siklu. “And that’s a win for everyone.” Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
Qualcomm has just announced that it will be partnering with Google on a Project Tango handset which will be powered by a Snapdragon 810 processor. It will also feature an octa core CPU along with the Adreno 430 GPU.The device is intended for manufacturers and developers and won’t be available to the general public, at least for now.For the uninitiated, the Project Tango incorporates special sensors, cameras in smartphones and tablets. This is used to map out a 3D model of space around one. In order to do this, the hardware takes around a quarter million 3D measurements per second.Notably, the Project Tango developer tablet with an NVIDIA Tegra K1 chipset has also been launched at a price of 512 dollars (roughly Rs 32,638) and will begin selling after a week. The device was announced at the I/O event by Google. The device sports a 7-inch screen and comes with 4GB RAM, 128GB internal storage, and 4G LTE.
Arsenal 1 West Ham 0: Welbeck the difference in cagey EFL Cup quarter-final Matt Dorman 05:43 12/20/17 Getty Images Danny Welbeck scored the only goal as Arsenal edged West Ham to advance to the EFL Cup’s semi-finals. Arsenal reached the EFL Cup quarter-finals for the first time since 2010-11 thanks to a narrow 1-0 win over West Ham at Emirates Stadium on Tuesday.Danny Welbeck scrambled home the only goal late in the first half to decide a contest that was otherwise devoid of opportunities.With at least one eye clearly on Friday’s visit from Liverpool, Arsene Wenger utilised the full depth of his squad and handed the captain’s armband to Theo Walcott. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The stand-in skipper fluffed a chance to break the match open when he headed a rare sight of goal wide, although his embarrassment was soon spared as Welbeck forced a loose ball past the recalled Joe Hart in the 42nd minute.A fit-again Javier Hernandez joined Hart in the Hammers’ starting XI, but neither he nor any of his team-mates could conjure a single shot on target – Welbeck’s was the only one in the contest.And while the Gunners remain in contention for the one trophy in English football that has eluded Wenger, the Frenchman’s night was spoiled somewhat by Olivier Giroud sustaining an apparent hamstring injury late in proceedings.11 – Danny Welbeck has ended a run of 11 games without a goal in the League Cup, netting his first in the competition since October 2009 (vs Barnsley). Overdue.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 19, 2017Wenger completely shuffled his pack from the side that edged Newcastle United 1-0 on Saturday, making Moyes’ six changes seem like little more than tinkering.Both sides looked every bit the sum of unfamiliar parts over a disjointed first half-hour that failed to produce any meaningful openings.Arsenal enjoyed the vast majority of possession but, despite the experience of Walcott, Welbeck and Giroud in attack, were unable to muster a genuine attempt until Sead Kolasinac sliced harmlessly wide in the 37th minute.That moment of purpose did bring about a livelier spell from the hosts that should have resulted in the opener through Walcott, who wastefully steered his header the wrong side of the left post from Kolasinac’s perfect cross.Instead, it was left to Welbeck to open the scoring moments before the break. The forward scrappily prodded home at the second time of asking from close-range after Mathieu Debuchy nodded Francois Coquelin’s delivery back into the danger area. #DatGuy pic.twitter.com/Aq0emGYCmq— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) December 19, 2017The only change at half-time was among the officials as injured assistant Stuart Burt was replaced on the line by fourth official Chris Kavanagh.With chances remaining at a premium, Aaron Cresswell flashed a free-kick across the face of goal in the 64th minute and that rare sight of goal prompted Moyes to introduce Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho.But the visitors almost came undone at the other end when an onrushing Hart tripped Welbeck fractionally outside the penalty area, perhaps only avoiding a red card due to attacker’s path leading him away from goal.However, Arsenal ultimately did not require the cushion of a second goal as Giroud’s concerning late injury proved the final drama of the contest. read more