NAYMOTE Enhances Role of Youth in Political Process

first_imgNAYMOTE Partners for Democratic Development has continued to intensify its youth peace and reconciliation dialogues among young people in political parties and statutory youth organizations. The dialogue was held to develop a sense of oneness among young people from different political intuitions as well as to garner their opinions on the lessons learned during the first round of the 2017 elections and how these lessons can be used to inform decisions during the runoff and future elections to prevent electoral violence.The second regional youth peace dialogue was held at the Bomi County Community College in Tubmanburg Bomi County over the weekend and brought together 75 young people from Gbarpolu, Grand Cape Mount, Montserrado and Bomi counties, representing six political parties. The parties included the Coalition for Democratic Change, Unity Party, Liberty Party, Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction, Alternative National Congress and the All Liberian Party. Leaders from the Federation of Liberian Youth, Liberia National Student Union and the Mano River Union Youth Parliament also participated in the dialogue.This dialogue, according to a NAYMOTE press release, will be held around the country to advance peace and reconciliation efforts, build mutual relationships among young people from different political parties, increase the participation of young people in the country’s post-election governance process, ensure young people remain actively engaged with the political and democratic process after the elections, and understand best practices and lessons learned through the various legal and democratic exchanges through a lessons-learned forum.Participants at the dialogue expressed concern over the ongoing election dispute legal cases between the Liberty Party and the National Elections Commission (NEC), the rates of invalid votes during the first round, alleged incompetence of poll workers, returns of election results (Article 83 C), hearings based on complaint regulation and due process as well as mitigating the risks of electoral violence.Young political leaders at the dialogue also noted that the NEC, political parties and citizens need to take into consideration the following issues which they believe could hamper the rerun, runoff or even future elections: Constitutional crisis, voter apathy, acceptance of election results, publishing of the voter roll, recruitment and deployment of competent NEC polling staff, resolution of electoral disputes, independence of the Supreme Court to handle the election crisis.“Training and deployment of polling staff at polling centers and publishing of the voter roll are serious issues that need to be handled by the National Elections Commission in case there’s a rerun or runoff. It has caused us serious problems and we don’t want such situation to be repeated in the future. A credible election is dependent on a credible voters roll,” said James Crayton, a young political leader.“As leaders from different political parties, it’s time to drive the change we want to see. Let’s avoid violence and segregation, obey and respect the rule of law. Let’s encourage our brothers and sisters to respect the rule of law” said Olushola Kim Ekunede, a Unity Party youth leader.The participants stressed that young people need to remain law abiding, love one another, be patriotic,  become more involved in the political process, be informed and tolerant, respect the rule of law, share the message of peace, avoid smear campaigns or inflammatory messages during the campaign and political process, seek legal redress and prioritize constructive engagements.“Let’s continuously share the message of peace and love of our dear country above everything else. This is the only way we can hold together as young people. I want to challenge every one of us here to always serve as ambassadors of peace,” said Yassah David, another young political leader.The participants also recommended that parties to the election dispute should work for an outcome that will preserve the peace; that the NEC should increase its efforts to improve how the public perceives it, and hire competent people to ensure the effectiveness of the administration of the electoral process, which is key to sustaining democracy in the postwar nation.NAYMOTE believes the project is creating the platform and opportunity for young people from across the political divide to mend relationships fractured as a result of political divisions and to forge a common front in engaging a post election governance process that promotes the interest of all young people.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Community events for the weekend of May 23rd

first_imgHere is a list of community events taking place this weekend in the Energetic City.Saturday, May 23rd, 200908:00 AM – 08:00 PMCar Wash & BBQ Fundraiser09:00 AM – 04:00 PMFort St. John Farmers Market10:00 AMDrag Racing: Points Meet10:30 AM – 11:30 AMPre-School Storytime12:00 PM – 12:00 AMRelay for Life04:00 PM – 08:00 PMSpring Gathering08:00 PM – 11:00 PMThe Kyle Night BandSunday, May 24th, 200910:00 AMDrag Racing: Points Meet10:00 AMShow and Shine Spring Car Show12:00 PMPaladin Black Sox vs Rycroft For more events visit energeticcity-beta.mystagingwebsite.com/events.  Thanks to the Visitor Information Centre for providing us with this information.- Advertisement –last_img

LADIES GAA: ST EUNAN’S GIRLS UNDER-12s IN ACTION ON WEDNESDAY

first_imgST Eunan’s will play this Wednesday 15th June @ 6pm in their third competitive Blitz for St.Eunan’s u-12 ‘s. We are going to Fanad so all girls must be at Mr. Chippy no later than 4.45pm. Bring €3 for bus.The tournament is between Glenswilly, Fanad Gaels, Milford and Letterkenny Gaels and St Eunan’s. LADIES GAA: ST EUNAN’S GIRLS UNDER-12s IN ACTION ON WEDNESDAY was last modified: June 13th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:St Eunan’s GAA clubunder-12 girlslast_img read more

TASK FORCE TO CREATE NEW BROADBAND SERVICE WILL FAST-TRACK DONEGAL’S RECOVERY – SENATOR HARTE

first_imgSenator Jimmy Harte has said Minister’s Pat Rabbitte’s announcement of a task force to ensure high speed broadband is delivered across rural Ireland is a major platform on which Donegal can build for the future.The Letterkenny-based Senator said many rural areas just a couple of miles outside urban centres in Donegal have been left behind because of the lack of broadband service.“The announcement by Minister Rabbitte of the setting up of a taskforce to extend next generation broadband across the country is a welcome development. “The commitment to ensure broadband connections to all rural properties that can not access broadband at present is particularly welcome for areas more than three or four miles outside urban areas in my constituency.“Minister Rabbitte, through a combination of public and private investment, aims to ensure that Ireland reaches an EU target for ubiquitous basic broadband access a year ahead of the 2013 deadline,” he said.He said the arrival of next generation broadband will not only create jobs but speed up economic recovery across the region.“Next generation broadband is an essential component of our economic recovery. The availability of high speed broadband is crucial for business and job creation, as well as being crucial to attracting outside investment. “I would also welcome Minister Rabbitte’s commitment that the provision of coverage for the one per cent of premises nationally that cannot currently receive broadband, would be completed by 2012 at the latest.“The failure of successive Fianna Fáil Governments over the past decade to roll out adequate connectivity has left Ireland well behind our international competitors in the broadband stakes.“The commitment from the FG/Labour Government to maximise the potential in full broadband coverage, as well as the move to next generation broadband will have benefits in terms of job creation as well as associated social benefits.And he added “It is time for Ireland to be brought into the 21st century. Labour in Government will deliver for Ireland and is committed to next generation broadband across the country.”Ends TASK FORCE TO CREATE NEW BROADBAND SERVICE WILL FAST-TRACK DONEGAL’S RECOVERY – SENATOR HARTE was last modified: May 9th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:broadbandSenator Jimmy Hartelast_img read more

Jackson glad to see dress code

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The dress code mandates players wear collared shirts and slacks or dress jeans to games. Inactive players on the bench will have to wear sports coats in addition. Players also can’t wear baseball caps or oversized jewelry when engaged in team-related activities. “To a majority of these young men,” Jackson said, “the rap stars, hip-hop guys are really kind of like heroes or colleagues … We even have some that are owners in the league. And it’s not the same audience. Our audience is corporate businessmen and businesswomen and kids. So it’s a different audience that you’re dealing with and these players should be aware of that.” Jackson acknowledged that enforcing the code will be difficult and there will be many fines issued. The biggest loser out of the whole thing might be the Yankees, with at least one Lakers player showing up each day wearing a New York cap. “It’s just too bad that we couldn’t do a better job at representing ourselves,” forward Lamar Odom said, “that they feel like they’ve got to enforce a dress code.” – Kwame Brown and Gilbert Arenas, former teammates turned antagonists, got through Monday’s game without incident as the Lakers beat the Washington Wizards 111-108 in overtime at Rabobank Arena. BAKERSFIELD — On the issue of the NBA’s new dress code, which covers sports coats but not soul patches on the bench, Allen Iverson and Phil Jackson apparently are going to have to agree to disagree. Jackson hadn’t even read the full memorandum sent to teams but has emerged as an outspoken supporter of the dress code, referring multiple times in recent days to the attire of some players as “prison garb.’ – Wizards forward Caron Butler came off the bench and played against his former team. Before he was traded to Washington, Butler worked out several times over the summer with Kobe Bryant. They still talk regularly to this day. “He was just on it,” Butler said. “I think he was ready for change, obviously, whether it was Phil or whoever was coming in, he was prepared for it.” – Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said the team’s roster would not be fixed until the February trade deadline but admitted how difficult it would be for a player from outside to pick up Jackson’s triangle offense. “It’s not an ideal situation,” Kupchak said, “and that’s a factor if we decide to do anything.” The Lakers waived guard Will Conroy and learned that forward Corie Blount has a sprained left foot. Blount will be re-evaluated in a week and did not make the trip for Monday’s game. — Ross Siler can be reached at (818) 713-3607. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img “The players have been dressing in prison garb the last five or six years,” Jackson said before Monday’s exhibition game. “All the stuff that goes on, it’s like gangster, thuggery stuff. It’s time. It’s been time to do that. “But one must remember where one came from. I was wearing bib overalls when I was a player one time. But I wasn’t going to the games or events in them.’ last_img read more

Top-ranked Humboldt State softball team stays perfect with pair of wins over Stanislaus State

first_imgLengthy winning streaks aren’t rare occurrences when it comes to the Humboldt State softball team.On Friday afternoon, as the Jacks continued their lengthy schedule with games away from Arcata, they only tacked on another two games onto what has become another impressive winning streak.With 4-1 and 7-2 wins over Stanislaus State in Turlock, No. 1-nationally ranked Humboldt State extended its winning streak in the California Collegiate Athletic Association to 18 games, a stretch that dates …last_img

Off the Shelf: Conversations with Authors of Children’s Books

first_imgUsed with permission, J. MarlerThe Family Development Early Intervention team is always on the look-out for quality children’s books that help address some of the unique needs of military children.The following is an interview with Jerilyn Marler, the author of Lily Hates Goodbyes.  Jerilyn can be reached through her website.  This interview has been edited for length and clarity.What, if any, experiences do you and/or your book’s illustrator have with the military?I have been a military child, wife, and mother. My father was a Navy physician when I was a child. My first husband was in the Army during the first few years of our marriage and my current husband was in the Navy before we met. Also, my son was in the Navy for 12 years. After my father left the military, we moved to India where my parents worked at a hospital for 8 years. My sisters and I attended boarding school and would go for months—sometimes 8 or 9 months—without seeing our parents. I experienced separations of one sort or another throughout much of my childhood.My illustrator, Nathan Stoltenberg, has had no military experience but he has incredible artistic talent. Prior to us collaborating, he had never illustrated a children’s book and I had never published a children’s book.  We both, however, wanted to do so. We got along famously. Hanging on the wall over my computer is his original concept drawing of “Book Lily,” as I call her. I asked him to change the color of her hair and eyes, otherwise it was perfect.What made you decide to write this book? Was there some incident or experience that inspired you?I wrote Lily Hates Goodbyes for Lily, my 4-year-old granddaughter who was distraught by her daddy’s deployment aboard the USS MOMSEN. She was acting out and clearly hurting, yet she could not talk about her feelings or the experience of her daddy being gone. I wrote the text in Word with personal photos as illustrations. It was intended just for Lily. She really related to “Book Lily.” We talked about what “Book Lily” was feeling, what she did to feel better, and how it was okay to feel all of those things, even though they are sometimes scary. As I read pages from the book, my Lily would say, “Me too!” and not feel so alone. One night she asked me to sing the book to her. She drew pictures of her feelings. Her picture of sadness was particularly poignant. “Book Lily” helped my Lily trust that her daddy would come home and that they would have a happy hello. She even practiced how she would greet him by jumping from the bed into my arms. The book helped Lily so much that I decided to publish it for all young children who suffer through long separations from a loved one.Since my son was in the Navy, “Book Dad” wears a Navy uniform in the first version (the Navy version) of the book. I heard from parents who wanted a version of “Book Dad” in their branch’s uniform. It was not feasible to cover each branch of the military, so the illustrator created an All Military version with “Book Dad” wearing a generic battle dress uniform with no specific reference to any branch. That has been very successful.Following the publication of Lily Hates Goodbyes, parents asked for more suggestions of how to help, so I wrote Helping Your Young Child Cope with a Parent’s Deployment. I included many of the ways that Lily’s mom and I helped her feel connected to her daddy even though he was about a billion miles away. For example, Lily sometimes sat on my lap while I was at my computer writing an email to my son. She banged away on the keys “writing” to daddy. Then below what she wrote, I typed the translation as she dictated to me what she had written. Her daddy loved those emails.What message(s) do you hope that children and families receive as a result of reading your book?As a result of reading my book I hope children and families discover that whatever they feel is okay to feel, and that talking about feelings and how one copes with those feelings all matter. Children need a steadfast and loving adult to help them through the turbulence.  Children also need to trust that there will be a happy hello at the end of the separation.Have you received any feedback from military families after they read your book, and if so, what have they said?I love hearing from readers. Sometimes I receive personal messages through my website and sometimes they arrive as a result of reviews on Amazon. Lily Hates Goodbyes has been embraced by children all around the world because separations are not limited to the US military. Parents share how their children love “Book Lily” and how the book has helped them.  One mother shared, “The difference you are making in our lives and others in the same situation is just not measurable. I truly believe that your book is going to help us survive this deployment.” Family Readiness Groups have purchased the book in bulk for their personnel. I do not do any advertising; sales are entirely by word of mouth. With every purchase I rejoice that another child will find a friend in “Book Lily.”Do you have plans to write another book? If so, what is the focus of that book and when might we expect to see it?My 30+ years of writing, editing, and publishing are in nonfiction and technical material. I did not even realize that I had written a children’s book until I assembled the first version in a three-ring binder to read to my granddaughter Lily. I remember thinking, “Huh! Look at that! I wrote a children’s book!” The two versions of Lily Hates Goodbyes and the parent handbook were born out my passionate desire to help my granddaughter. I have kicked around the idea of other children’s books, but nothing has taken root…yet.Are there any other books that might be relevant for young military children that you would suggest?Oh gosh, yes. Night Catch by Brenda Ehrmantraut is sweet. Sandra Miller Linhart wrote Daddy’s Boots and Momma’s Boots. Kudos to her for covering both genders! I recommend searching for “military children books” on Amazon. The books I mentioned, and Lily Hates Goodbyes, will be on the list.This post was edited by Robyn DiPietro-Wells & Michaelene Ostrosky, PhD, members of the MFLN FD Early Intervention team, which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, onTwitter, and YouTube.last_img read more

As IPCC chair exits, focus moves to who comes next

first_imgThe resignation of Rajendra Pachauri, the chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), has focused new attention on the question of who will become the next head of the global body. Pachauri stepped down today amid allegations of sexual harassment by a female colleague, The Guardian reports. Pachauri, who had led the IPCC since 2002, had announced plans to step down this fall, The Daily Climate notes, after the group’s annual meeting in October. A new IPCC chair will be elected at that meeting by the panel’s 195 member nations, which nominate candidates.Among the already declared candidates for the job are Swiss climate scientist Thomas Stocker of the University of Bern and Belgian researcher Jean-Pascal van Ypersele of the Catholic University of Louvain. Potential candidates, The Guardian reports, include Stanford University climate scientist Christopher Field, economist Hoesung Lee of the Korea University Graduate School of Energy and Environment in Seoul, energy economist Nebojsa Nakicenovic of the Vienna University of Technology, and economist Ottmar Edenhofer of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany. Vice Chair Ismail El Gizouli will be acting IPCC chair until Pachauri’s replacement is elected.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Any new chair will take over IPCC as it considers whether to change its traditional operating style, which involves churning out massive reports written by hundreds of scientists every few years. Some have called for moving to a more nimble, less onerous process.last_img read more

Johnson hopes timing is right for another US Open title

first_imgWorld’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide MOST READ “I sit down when I go down the stairs now,” Johnson said with a smile. “I slide down on my butt.”Stairs were the only thing that could stop him earlier this year. A winner of three straight tournaments — against the strongest fields of the year — Johnson slipped in his socks going downstairs to move his car in the rain on the eve of the Masters and bruised his back so badly that he had to withdraw the next day.He hasn’t won in four starts since then, and his game hasn’t looked as sharp as it once did. He concedes he lost some momentum.Even so, he is the betting favorite at the 117th U.S. Open on a course that would appear to suit his game perfectly, especially with more rain Wednesday afternoon and a forecast for occasional storms on Friday and Saturday. The greens are soft enough that Johnson is getting yardages to the hole, knowing his shots won’t bounce away too far.“I hope they play it all the way back on every hole,” he said. “Why not? It’s going to be soft. I hope it’s windy. I hope it’s long, but it doesn’t matter.”ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games USGA pledges no repeat of rules gaffe from last US Open LATEST STORIES What ‘missteps’? Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickencenter_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage As much as he hates missing cuts, the Memorial two weeks ago was a good time for Johnson to have a weekend off. It allowed him to spend two days in Wisconsin getting to know the longest course in U.S. Open history, realizing that he would be a late arrival to Erin Hills because of some important family matters.River Jones Johnson, his second son, was born on Monday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHe finds out Thursday whether his game is in shape for Johnson to become the first back-to-back U.S. Open champion in 28 years, but his mood couldn’t be better. About the only thing to fear, outside of the thick fescue that frames the fairways at Erin Hills, is the house where he is staying.It has a double-spiral staircase. 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire “You’ve got to be lucky, have it be the right time,” Strange said. “Dustin is more dominant than anybody who has ever done it back-to-back because of his length and the whole bit. But you still have to do it.”Johnson starts out Thursday morning with the last two U.S. Open champions, Martin Kaymer and Jordan Spieth. It’s a comfortable group, especially with Spieth, a close friend, his partner from the Presidents Cup and his regular pro partner in recent years at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.Plus, he has the personality for the U.S. Open. It’s a mental test, and Johnson’s brain is not very cluttered. Paulina Gretzky gave birth to their second child on Monday in Los Angeles. He flew to Wisconsin on Tuesday and got in 18 holes. He played nine holes Wednesday.Asked how he handled the range of emotions for such a whirlwind week, Johnson shrugged.“You just do it,” he said. “I wish I had an explanation on how I do it, but I don’t. … But now I’ve got to play golf. This is why I’m here. I’m here to play golf. I’m here to compete.” Dustin Johnson hits a drive on the 12th hole during a practice round for the U.S. Open golf tournament Wednesday at Erin Hills in Erin, Wisconsin. APERIN, Wisconsin — Dustin Johnson wrapped up his final day practice round for the U.S. Open just as the sky began to rumble and the horn sounded to stop play at Erin Hills.The timing couldn’t have been better for the world’s No. 1 player, as it has been the past two weeks.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Johnson isn’t one to feel much pressure — he doesn’t show much, anyway — even playing his first major as the No. 1 player in the world.If anything, the pressure is on the USGA in how they set up the golf course, and the meteorologist to give an accurate forecast of the wind. There are a few holes at Erin Hills where if the tees are all the way back and the wind shifts into the players, some won’t be able to reach the fairway or will face blind shots.“It’s nerve-wracking, honestly, more than most Open sites,” USGA executive director Mike Davis said.Johnson isn’t the only long hitter whom Erin Hills favors. Rory McIlroy, who crushed U.S. Open scoring records on a rain-softened course at Congressional in 2011, was delighted to feel the soft turf under his feet.Jason Day is starting to turn his game around, finally. Along with his power, Day is an expert with the short game, which should come in handy around the greens that feature shaved slopes instead of dense rough.Johnson, however, is such an intimidating figure that even Curtis Strange is a little nervous.Strange, who now works for Fox Sports as the on-course analyst, won the 1989 U.S. Open at Oak Hill to become the first player since Ben Hogan (1950-51) to win the U.S. Open in consecutive years. “Move over, Ben,” Strange famously said after his second title.“I’ve got to tell you, it’s tailor-made for Dustin Johnson,” Strange said after his first look at the course.The Masters (three times) and the PGA Championship in stroke play (twice, by Tiger Woods) have fewer back-to-back winners than the U.S. Open, but it’s the major that has gone the longest without a repeat winner.The closest call for Strange was in 2005 when defending champion Retief Goosen had a three-shot lead at Pinehurst No. 2. He shot 81 in the final round. Four-time champion Jack Nicklaus never went back-to-back. Neither did Woods.last_img read more

Germany deserved more, says coach Joachim Loew

first_imgGermany were the better team in their 2-0 loss to France in the Euro 2016 semi-finals on Thursday, coach Joachim Loew said as he cursed his team’s bad luck for costing them a place in the final. (Griezmann double helps France sink Germany to reach final)The world champions went into the game with three players ruled out by injuries and suspension and they lost key defender Jerome Boateng in the second half. (Full Euro 2016 Coverage)They dominated the first half, however, before an Antoine Griezmann penalty put the tournament hosts ahead on the stroke of halftime.”There weren’t too many things that went wrong,” Loew said.”We were the better team. We invested a lot and had good body language. We were powerful. It was unfortunate that we conceded the goal. It was bad luck,” he added.”We had our chances, but sadly we didn’t score. We didn’t have the luck needed today. (When we went out) in 2012 or 2010, the sides were better than us, but today that wasn’t the case,” he said.Loew felt the departure of the injured Boateng had been significant.”The side did everything I told them. There is nothing to blame them for,” he said.The penalty turned the game but Loew was reluctant to criticise Italian referee Nicola Rizzoli.”I don’t say anything about referees’ decisions. You have to accept them. I don’t know if it was a penalty. If you see how he approached the ball, it touched his hand, but it was bad luck,” he said.advertisement”There is nothing to blame him for, but the hand up there you can say it shouldn’t be there. There are movements and you can’t control them,” Loew added.After defensive errors allowed Griezmann to add a second in the 72nd minute, Germany surged forward in search of a way back into the game but it was not to be.”We tried everything in the second half. We put them under big pressure and we had chances towards the end. But this is football,” Loew said.Loew expects France to win their third European title when they face Portugal at the Stade de France on Sunday.”France succeeded in getting to the final and if you win 2-0 you deserve it. I think they will win against Portugal. I think they are a very good side and Portugal so far hasn’t shown that much,” he said.Loew said it was too soon to talk about his own future.”I can’t predict (what I will do). I’m still disappointed so I won’t think about that tonight. We didn’t discuss it beforehand, but maybe in two or three days we’ll talk about it and consider whether we need to discuss anything about this tournament,” he said.last_img read more