Shinnecock Hills is a wonderfully tough, old-school US Open test. How tough? Here are just a few of the players who have missed the cut: Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, Bubba Watson, Jason Day, Charl Schwartzel, Adam Scott, Sergio Garcia, Jon Rahm, Keegan Bradley, Martin Kaymer, Si Woo Kim, Ernie Els, Graeme McDowell. It’s been carnage.
Then again, Tommy Fleetwood and Brooks Koepka shot 66s yesterday. Dustin Johnson, the leader, has posted 69-67. Keep it in the fairway, bring your A-game to the greens, show a bit of patience, rein it in when you need to, and the scores are there. It’s a US Open. Nobody said it had to be easy.
And the top of the leader board is still packed with some of the world’s top talent. Look!
-4: D Johnson
E: Piercy, Hoffman
+1: Fleetwood, Stenson, Rose, Koepka, Poulter
+2: Henley, Fowler
+3: Leishman, Fitzpatrick, Howell
+4: Cabrera Bello, Noren, Furyk, Perez, Thomas, Dufner, Duncan, Harman, Rodgers, Knox, DeMorat, Hill
Moving Day could be a blast. Especially if 2010 Dustin turns up, rather than the 2016-2018 variety. Or it could turn into a DJ procession, of course. But only time will tell. It’s on! Here’s when they tee off…
9.07am EDT (2.07pm BST) Tim Wilkinson
9.18am (2.18pm) Bill Haas, Jhonattan Vegas
9.29am (2.29pm) Matthieu Pavon, Cameron Wilson
9.40am (2.40pm) Brandt Snedeker, Kiradech Aphibarnrat
9.51am (2.51pm) Steve Stricker, Gary Woodland
10.02am (3.02pm) Dean Burmester, Luis Gagne (a)
10.13am (3.13pm) Daniel Berger, Kevin Chappell
10.24am (3.24pm) Matt Parziale (a), Byeong Hun An
10.35am (3.35pm) Haotong Li, Ross Fisher
10.46am (3.46pm) Francesco Molinari, Webb Simpson
10.57am (3.57pm) Tony Finau, Peter Uihlein
11.08am (4.08pm) Brian Gay, Sam Burns
11.19am (4.19pm) Chris Naegel, Dylan Meyer
11.30am (4.30pm) Andrew Johnston, Phil Mickelson
11.41am (4.41pm) Zach Johnson, Paul Casey
11.52am (4.52pm) Louis Oosthuizen, Patrick Cantlay
12.03pm (5.03pm) Aaron Baddeley, Xander Schauffele
12.14pm (5.14pm) Bryson DeChambeau, Hideki Matsuyama
12.25pm (5.25pm) Tyrrell Hatton, Patrick Reed
12.36pm (5.36pm) Branden Grace, Jimmy Walker
12.47pm (5.47pm) Brendan Steele, Will Grimmer (a)
12.58pm (5.58pm) Ryan Fox, Calum Hill
1.09pm (6.09pm) Mickey DeMorat, Russell Knox
1.20pm (6.20pm) Patrick Rodgers, Brian Harman
1.31pm (6.31pm) Tyler Duncan, Jason Dufner
1.42pm (6.42pm) Justin Thomas, Pat Perez
1.53pm (6.53pm) Jim Furyk, Alex Noren
2.04pm (7.04pm) Rafa Cabrera Bello, Charles Howell
2.15pm (7.15pm) Matthew Fitzpatrick, Marc Leishman
2.26pm (7.26pm) Rickie Fowler, Russell Henley
2.37pm (7.37pm) Ian Poulter, Brooks Koepka
2.48pm (7.48pm) Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson
2.59pm (7.59pm) Tommy Fleetwood, Charley Hoffman
3.10pm (8.10pm) Scott Piercy, Dustin Johnson
BEIJING (AP) — China fired back Saturday in a spiraling trade dispute with President Donald Trump by raising import duties on a $34 billion list of American goods including soybeans, electric cars and whiskey.
The government said it was responding in “equal scale” to Trump’s tariff hike on Chinese goods in a conflict over Beijing’s trade surplus and technology policy that companies worry could quickly escalate and chill global economic growth.
China “doesn’t want a trade war” but has to “fight back strongly,” said a Commerce Ministry statement. It said Beijing also was scrapping agreements to narrow its multibillion-dollar trade surplus with the United States by purchasing more American farm goods, natural gas and other products.
The United States and China have the world’s biggest trading relationship but official ties are increasingly strained over complaints Beijing’s industry development tactics violate its free-trade pledges and hurt American companies. Europe, Japan and other trading partners raise similar complaints, but Trump has been unusually direct about challenging Beijing and threatening to disrupt such a large volume of exports.
“In this trade war, it’s the U.S. who is playing the role of provocateur, while China plays defense,” said the Global Times, a newspaper published by the ruling Communist Party. “China is a powerful guardian and has enough ammunition to defend existing trade rules and fairness.”
Beijing will impose an additional 25 percent tariff starting July 6 on 545 products from the United States including soybeans, electric cars, orange juice, whiskey, lobsters, salmon and cigars, according to the Ministry of Finance.
Most are food and other farm goods, hitting Trump’s rural supporters hardest.
Beijing appeared to be trying to minimize the impact on its own economy by picking U.S. products that can be replaced by imports from other suppliers such as Brazil or Australia.
Chinese regulators also are considering a tariff hike on an additional 114 products including medical equipment and energy products, the Finance Ministry said. It said a decision would be announced later.
That mirrored the Trump administration’s announcement Friday of a tariff hike on $34 billion of Chinese goods, also due to take effect July 6, and plans to consider widening it to an additional $16 billion of other products.
China’s heavily regulated economy also gives the ruling Communist Party additional options for retaliation by withholding approval for business activity.
Anti-monopoly regulators are believed to have delayed announcing a decision on U.S. tech giant Qualcomm’s proposed acquisition of semiconductor maker NXP in part due to the tariff conflict. Other companies say the approval process for licenses has slowed down.
“China’s retaliation will remain calibrated and largely reciprocal, with President Xi Jinping ready to counter any move by Trump,” said Eurasia Group in a report. “Beijing has a freer hand for informal retaliation, which will now start to increase.”
The American Chamber of Commerce had appealed to Washington to avoid a tariff hike but said Trump’s threat has prompted Beijing to engage in more intensive negotiations than it had in recent years.
Companies also are watching the fate of ZTE Corp., a Chinese maker of telecoms gear that ran afoul of U.S. regulators after it violated restrictions on exports of American technology to Iran and North Korea.
Washington rescinded a ban on sales of U.S. technology to ZTE after the company agreed to pay a $1 billion fine and hire American-picked compliance managers. The agreement allows Washington to impose an additional $400 million fine or other penalties if ZTE violates the deal.
Trump is pressing Beijing to narrow its trade surplus with the United States and roll back its plans for state-led development of Chinese global competitors in technology fields including electric cars, renewable energy, artificial intelligence and biotech.
The U.S., Europe, Japan and other trading partners complain Beijing’s tactics including outright theft of foreign technology and subsidies and protection from competition for fledgling Chinese industries. They say those violate Chinese market-opening commitments under the World Trade Organization.
Tensions eased temporarily after Chinese negotiators agreed at talks in Washington in May to buy more American farm goods, natural gas and other products. American officials said they would suspend threatened tariff increases on up to $150 billion of Chinese goods.
The dispute revived after the White House renewed its plan for a tariff hike on $50 billion of Chinese goods as part of the technology dispute. The Chinese government warned after another round of talks June 3 that it would discard those deals if the tariffs went ahead.
Businesspeople and economists say Chinese leaders are less likely to compromise on technology. They view plans for state-led development of companies capable of competing globally in fields including electric cars, renewable energy and biotech as a route to prosperity and to restore China to its rightful role as a world leader.
“There isn’t one country who would give up their rights to advance technology and make industrial upgrades,” said the Global Times editorial.
Beijing also has announced plans to cut import duties on autos and some consumer goods and to ease limits on foreign ownership in auto manufacturing, insurance and some other industries, though those don’t directly address U.S. complaints.
On Thursday, a Commerce Ministry spokesman said some exporters were rushing to fill orders due to concern trade conditions might change, but said they were “not the mainstream.”
Ministry of Finance of China (in Chinese): http://gss.mof.gov.cn
An endorsement by Bernie Sanders is one of the most coveted gifts in Democratic politics. But the Vermont senator and liberal darling is notoriously reluctant to back many politicians, including, it turns out, his own son.
Sanders has come under scrutiny in recent weeks for not publicly endorsing his son, Levi, in his race for a New Hampshire congressional seat. But people who know him say Sanders, a potential top-tier contender for the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee, has always been stingy with endorsements and that parsimoniousness is extending to his own family.
Going back to the mid-1980s, when Sanders declined to do more to help what has evolved into Vermont’s Progressive Party, to last winter when Sanders declined to help his step-daughter run for the mayor’s office he once held, Sanders has frustrated many by his refusal to help.
But that took on additional weight when it was noticed that, despite his crisscrossing the country endorsing liberal candidates, Sanders has declined to get actively involved in his 49-year-old son’s race. Levi Sanders, a legal services analyst, is now one of 10 seeking the Democratic nomination to fill the seat held by retiring U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter.
It’s hard to square the non-endorsement, especially for the political movement he helped create in Vermont, said University of Vermont political science professor emeritus Garrison Nelson, who has watched Sanders’ political career for decades.
“This is a fancy dance that Bernie has done, but it’s not recommended for anyone else,” said Nelson. “This is a testament to Bernie’s uniqueness as a political actor.”
When asked about his son’s run for Congress, Sanders has said he doesn’t like “dynastic politics,” and although he’s proud of the work Levi Sanders has done, “he’s on his own.”
Sanders’ 2018 senate re-election campaign declined to answer further questions about the issue.
For his part, Levi Sanders has joked that rather than being Bernie Sanders’ son, he is the son of the fourth cousin of Larry David, creator of “Seinfeld” and Bernie Sanders’ portrayer on “SNL.” But since attention was focused on his political relationship with his father, Levi Sanders has also gone quiet.
Levi Sanders is portraying himself as a progressive campaigning for tuition-free college, health care for all and sensible gun legislation. The first two issues were central to his father’s latest presidential campaign.
But his campaign has struggled to gain traction, partly due to a crowded field for the Sept. 11 primary. Levi Sanders has only raised about $11,500 through March, according to the latest campaign finance reports.
Many have said he has done little to build support among the grassroots progressives who supported his father. Several analysts questioned whether an endorsement from his father would make all that much difference.
“Levi’s candidacy has been a bit of curiosity,” said Dean Spiliotes, a longtime New Hampshire political observer and a civic scholar at Southern New Hampshire University.
There is precedent for Bernie Sanders not doing more to help relatives. Last winter, Bernie Sanders’ stepdaughter, Carina Driscoll, ran unsuccessfully for mayor of Burlington, the office Sanders used to launch his political career.
When Driscoll announced her candidacy for mayor, Sanders said he and his wife wanted to be respectful of her desire to run on her own.
Vermont’s Progressive Party Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman said Sanders has always wanted people to step up on their own.
“I think the Progressive Party is much stronger for it because we have built an organization that is not dependent on any one person,” he said.
AP Reporter Michael Casey in Concord, New Hampshire, contributed to this report.
This newspaper has argued for years that the treatment by successive Australian governments of people seeking asylum will come to be seen as one of the most shameful chapters in our history. Our resolve to advocate for the end of needlessly punitive, even inhuman, treatment of desperate and vulnerable people has been reinforced by fresh evidence of neglect and cruelty.
A report by the Public Interest Advocacy Centre – a mainly government-funded organisation that seeks to improve community access to justice, ameliorate social problems and reduce disadvantage – says there has been ‘‘routine denial’’ of antiviral treatment to people in immigration detention in Australia.
People with hepatitis C have been blocked from readily available and effective treatment of this life-threatening virus. That is a disgrace, and is utterly unworthy of a nation that claims to value fairness and decency.
The report, In Poor Health: Health Care in Australian Immigration Detention, also admonishes the federal government for dishonouring its common-law duty of care. It records ‘‘failure to properly physically and psychologically treat suicidal asylum seekers’’. It decries the overuse of handcuffs and mechanical constraints, particularly on mentally unwell people. It describes a ‘‘legislative vacuum’’; in contrast to laws governing state prisons, the federal Migration Act fails to mandate the right to reasonable medical care in immigration detention.
Insufficient medical care for people seeking asylum is but the latest in a litany of shabby behaviour of governments of both hues. It was an ALP prime minister, Paul Keating, who established mandatory detention. It was Liberal prime minister John Howard who did the deal to dump desperate people in sub-standard offshore camps. It was an ALP prime minister, Kevin Rudd, who instigated the policy that those who arrive by boat will be held in mandatory detention and will never be allowed to settle in Australia.
Coalition governments have continued to make the false claim that boat arrivals, which account for a small fraction of people seeking asylum, are illegal. It is legal, under international rules of which Australia was a founding signatory, for people to seek protection, no matter how they arrive. As many as nine in 10 of the relatively small number of people who arrive by boat are found to be genuine refugees.
RABBLE-ROUSING is not a term often used to describe historians. But teachers of Advanced Placement (AP) World History—a course taken by clever high-school pupils to bank college credit and impress universities—have organised themselves into an uprising of sorts. It was prompted by an announcement by the College Board, the non-profit organisation that administers the AP programme, that it was revising the world history course so that it only assessed knowledge of world events after the year 1450. Currently, the course examines human history from 10,000 BC to the present day.
At a recent meeting, high-school history teachers challenged Trevor Packer, the College Board’s senior vice president for AP, over that decision. One aim of the course should be “showing our black and brown and native students that their histories matter—that their histories don’t start at slavery,” said Amanda DoAmaral, who taught the course in Oakland, California. With the switch, “you’re just another person in authority telling my students that their histories don’t matter.” That suggestion offended Mr Packer. “How dare you claim that I do not care about that?” he said.
It is just not a few teachers that are upset. Students have organised a petition with 8,000 signatures and protest tweets. In a letter, the founders of the course wrote that they “are dismayed” at the decision to start the course in 1450, which “will steer teachers into a Eurocentric narrative”. They said they might lobby colleges to stop offering credit for the course.
Discussions about teaching history often arouse fury. Arguably, American pupils already receive an incomplete history—one that portrays race relations as an inexorable move toward justice, concentrates too heavily on the triumph of the Civil Rights Era and avoids focusing on the setbacks along the way. Pupils often learn more about the potted histories of Pocahontas and Sacagawea than they do about the Trail of Tears, for example. For decades, instruction of world history faced a similar conundrum, operating more as a class on Western civilisations or European politics. Starting the AP course in 1450 risks a return to that. It would skip over, among other things, early American civilisations, the golden age of Islam, and the rise of the Mongols.
Teachers also complain that the new course would be less welcoming to minority students. Under the new curriculum, black students might never learn about Mansa Musa (pictured), the sultan of Mali who was among the richest men in history, instead beginning their course with the transatlantic slave trade. Ms DoAmaral says students should learn about heroes “who were known for their achievements” as well as those who battle oppressors, and athletes. She notes that the inspiration her students drew from “Black Panther”—a blockbuster film set in the fictional and fabulously wealthy country of Wakanda—can also be unearthed by studying Mansa Musa.
The College Board has cited several reasons for the change. The course is too broad, it says: surveys suggest that teachers felt 10,000 years of human history was simply too much for them to cover in a single year. Pupils were performing poorly in the end-of-year exams. And it argues that colleges tend to teach world history in several courses instead of a single, semester-long survey.
The board proposes to lighten the load by splitting the course in half. While only the second half would be tested, the first half would be converted into a newly launched “pre-AP” course, for which the College Board would charge schools. For schools with more than 1,500 students, the cost for the new course would be $6,500. Sceptical teachers have suggested that the board is doing this to maximise revenues. The board disputes this. “Financial considerations played zero role in these changes, nor will the College Board benefit financially from them,” it said in a statement. For many protesting teachers, the problem is not so much splitting the course, which is indeed broad, but its cut-off point. Many teachers want to start the course at 600CE, in time to cover the rise of Islam, China’s Ming dynasty and the Mongols.
The board has taken note of the complaints. Mr Packer said in a statement that the “dialogue has illuminated a next step” involving “a coherent inclusion of essential concepts from period 3 [from 600 to 1450]“. This vague suggestion seems unlikely to satisfy furious teachers.
A second sheriff’s deputy who was shot Friday near a courthouse in Kansas City died from her injuries early Saturday morning, officials said.
Deputy Theresa King, 44, served the department for 13 years, the Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office said. Deputy Patrick Rohrer, 35, died Friday. Rohrer had been on the force for seven years.
The incident occurred when they were both “overcome by an inmate being transferred from jail to the courthouse” on Friday morning, police said. The suspect was also shot and underwent surgery, but his condition was unkown.
FOX4 Kansas City identified the suspect as Antoine Fielder, 22, who had been tried twice for the murder of a 22-year-old that both ended in hung juries. He was recently charged with the murder of a 55-year-old woman.
Both Rohrer and King were transported to the University of Kansas Medical Center, where Rohrer later died. King, who was initially listed in critical condition, died shortly after midnight on Saturday.
“We continue to pray for our brothers and sister with the Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Department as we lose our sister this morning. No words could explain the feelings and emotions you feel. Praying for Wyandotte County!!” the Kansas City Kansas Police department wrote on Facebook following King’s passing.
Major Kelli Bailiff, of the Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office, said it was possible the deputies were shot with their own weapons.
Bailiff said the investigation was now being handled by the police department in Kansas City. Police Officer Zac Blair said authorities were reviewing surveillance video.
“This incident remains under investigation by the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division, who is encouraging anyone with information to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474- TIPS (8477),” the Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office said.
Fox News’ Kathleen Joyce and Matt Richardson and the Associated Press contributed to this report.
DENVER (Reuters) – Heavy thunderstorms and widespread rains expected on Saturday in the U.S. Southwest could help douse the numerous unrelenting wildfires crews are battling in the parched region.
But they could also bring the potential for dangerous flash flooding as 1 to 3 inches (3 to 9 cm) of rain is forecast to fall in parts of the five-state region where more than 20 wildfires have left behind areas of barren earth, the National Weather Service said.
“Water can rise quickly downstream of heavy rain, even when thunderstorms and heavy rain are miles away,” the service said in an advisory. “Rock and mud slides, and high water flowing across roads, are also possible which could impact travel.”
One of the areas of particular concern is in southwestern Colorado where the largest and most threatening blaze is the 416 Fire, which has scorched nearly 33,000 acres (13,000 hectares)near the town of Durango. The fire was 20 percent contained as of Friday night, fire officials said.
“When an area has burned, soil become hydrophobic, or water resistant, which causes water to rush over soil instead of soak in,” The Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team said in an advisory, noting that crews are in place to perform water rescues.
Some 143 residences and businesses remain under evacuation orders and another 2,513 are under a pre-evacuation notice, La Plata County officials said.
The 416 Fire and a separate, smaller blaze burning nearby, the Burro Fire, prompted state parks officials to close several wildlife areas to the public. The U.S. Forest Service has closed all 1.8 million acres of the San Juan National Forest to visitors.
No one has been injured and no structures have been lost in the Colorado fires, but nine homes were destroyed in a small wildfire in Utah.
In southern Wyoming near the Colorado border, the Badger Creek Fire in the Medicine Bow National Forest is nearly 15,000 acres, according to the Inciweb online U.S. fire information service.
The Wyoming fire containment was listed as zero percent by fire officials. About 400 homes in Albany County have been ordered to evacuate, and one home and two outbuildings have been destroyed by the flames, a fire incident spokesman said.
The fire also has prompted the closure of about 50,000 acres of the 2.9 million-acre national forest, and 16,000 acres of the Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest and Pawnee National Grasslands in neighboring Colorado, the spokesman said.
Additional reporting by Brendan O’Brien in Milwaukee; Editing by Adrian Croft
Alfie’s grandmother has described the condition as “a death sentence” as the amount of steroids currently needed to treat it can eventually lead to psychosis, organ failure and death.
Last September, Alfie, from Kenilworth in Warwickshire, went to the Netherlands to take a cannabis-based medication prescribed by a paediatric neurologist, and saw his seizures reduce in number, duration and severity.
Campaign for change
There is growing pressure for the government to reform the country’s laws. Last month, members of the Royal College of Nursing voted overwhelmingly in favour of lobbying the Government to change the law around the drug.
They argued patients should be allowed to take cannabis if it helped reduce their pain or controlled symptoms of conditions like epilepsy.
Nurses argued that painkillers such as morphine and fentanyl were both legal despite being from the same family as heroin, so cannabis should be treated no differently.
“It is inhumane to have people suffering when there is something that can help,” Tracey Risebrow, a nurse from Suffolk, said. “We are making criminals out of people who only want to do what is best for their loved ones.”
In April, the Royal College of Physicians – which represents 26,000 doctors in the UK – also called for the drug to be decriminalised, claiming the threat of jail meant addicts were put off seeking help.