FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah-Monday, Utah State junior forward Justin Bean was named the Mountain West Conference’s men’s college basketball player of the week.Bean, who averages 11.3 points and 7.8 rebounds per game for the 18-7 (15-4 in MWC play) Aggies, avereaged 17 points and 11 rebounds per game this past week in wins over Wyoming (72-59) and Fresno State (57-51).Bean also averaged 2.5 steals and 1.5 assists per game against the Cowboys and Bulldogs while shooting just under 52 percent from the field (6-11) in the wins.Bean has helped the Aggies secure the No. 2 seed in this week’s Mountain West Conference tournament at Las Vegas.Utah State plays the winner of No. 7 UNLV/No. 10 Air Force in Thursday’s quarterfinals at 7:00 pm MST. March 8, 2021 /Sports News – Local Utah State’s Justin Bean Named Mountain West Conference Player of the Week Written by Brad James
Student shot outside Jersey City schoolA spokesperson for Jersey City confirmed that a 10th grade student from Lincoln High School was shot on Jan. 18 as classes let out.The shooting occurred on Astor Place about a block away from Lincoln High, which was locked down along with a nearby elementary school.The student was shot in the left foot, officials said, but has not cooperated with police as of yet in the investigation as to who did the shooting. The suspect fled after the shooting, officials said.Pedestrian killed near Grand StreetA pedestrian struck near Grand Street and Johnstone Avenue at about 6:30 a.m. on Jan. 17 was pronounced dead at Jersey City Medical Center two hours later.City officials, who issued no information about who struck the deceased, said the pedestrian was apparently trying to cross the street when struckGrand Street has been the subject of intensive lobbying by bicycle groups and others and has been listed by local officials as one of the most dangerous streets in Jersey City.The case is being reviewed by the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office. County’s homeless hotline AGAIN doesn’t pick up when Reporter calls – days after homeless man freezes to death in portable pottyEight days after construction workers in Union City found a homeless man’s body in a local port-o-potty, the county’s homeless hotline again was not working. Two reporters called the number for several hours on Wednesday afternoon — a cold, snowy day — and listened to the phone ring more than eight times with each call.This is the third time in two years that the Hudson Reporter – in the course of routine reporting on the homeless situation – tried the 24-hour emergency line and got no answer.Each time, county officials gave apologetic responses and promises to fix the line, which homeless people are supposed to call in winter if they need shelter and the three local shelters are backed up. The county runs an overflow shelter in Kearny.The hotline is 800-624-0287.Stories by The Reporter (hudsonreporter.com) back to 2016 showed problems with the line, with various county officials saying it was another department’s responsibility.On Friday, county spokesman James Kennelly said the line was working again and that the county would try to find out why it was not working on Wednesday afternoon.On Jan. 9, local workers discovered a homeless man’s body in a port-o-potty at a construction site near a church in Union City, according to Police Chief Richard Molinari. The construction site is the location for the Sts. Joseph and Michael Church, severely damaged in a fire last March.A company is currently performing repairs to the church, located at 1314 Central Ave.According to Molinari, the man was Hispanic and in his late 20s. The chief believes that he used the port-o-potty to escape the freezing temperatures.“The weather was certainly a factor in causing his death,” Molinari said. “If someone’s going to seek refuge in a port-o-john, that does not protect you from the low temperatures.”Police sergeant charged for allegedly hitting man with car last AugustAn August incident caught on a security camera tape has led to charges against a Jersey City police sergeant for assault with an auto.Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said that on Jan. 12, the Internal Affairs Unit of the Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor arrested Jersey City Police Sgt. John Ransom for his alleged involvement in an incident in Audubon Park in Jersey City in August.Security camera footage – aired by Univision in August – that appeared to show the driver of a car intentionally hitting a man led to the investigation.Ransom has been charged with assault by auto.Ransom is scheduled to make his First Appearance on this charge at 10 a.m. on Feb. 2.“Officers who abuse their power and break the law will be held accountable for their actions,” said Suarez. “The Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor will continue to vigorously investigate and root out police misconduct and wrongdoing.”Shortly after 7 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017, Jersey City police officers were investigating an incident involving suspected controlled dangerous substances, the prosecutor said. They attempted to stop a suspect, later identified as Shiron Cooper, who fled the scene. Cooper ran into Audubon Park. Sgt. Ransom followed in his patrol car and then allegedly struck Cooper twice while driving his vehicle. The incident was recorded with surveillance cameras. Cooper sustained abrasions, contusions, and lacerations to his torso and head, as well as a fracture to his face. He was transported by Emergency Medical Services to Jersey City Medical Center for treatment of his injuries.Cooper was arrested and later pleaded guilty on possession of CDS. Cooper was sentenced to two years of probation on Sept. 29, 2017.The Audubon Park incident came two months after other Jersey City cops were also caught on video allegedly kicking an innocent bystander after a high speed pursuit – an incident also under investigation by the prosecutor’s office.JC top attorney to head JCMUAJersey City Corporation Counsel Jeremy Farrell was hired by the Jersey City Municipal Utility Authority (MUA) on Jan. 18 to also serve as its attorney. Farrell had been serving at the post part time since early 2017.Farrell will be paid $195,000 annually, and is expected to step down from his current $130,000 annual post with the city shortly.The MUA, which manages the city’s water and sewer systems, is in the midst of a large upgrade that includes work with residents replacing home meters.Black Panther challenge set for Feb. 24In celebration of Black History Month, Jersey City educators Jawharah Muhammad and Andre Johnson, in conjunction with Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., have joined the Black Panther Challenge to take some very deserving students to see Marvel’s “Black Panther” movie.On Saturday, Feb. 24, the students and their chaperones will travel to Newport Center’s AMC Theater in downtown Jersey City for an 11:30 a.m. private screening. Students will meet outside of PS17, 600 Bergen Ave. at 10 a.m.The Black Panther Challenge was started by Frederick Joseph and has received much attention because of the historic nature of this Marvel release. This is the first Marvel adventure that highlights an African-American in the lead role and features a majority African-American cast. Muhammad, Johnson, and the men of Omega Psi Phi, Incorporated said they feel strongly that it is only fitting to honor the contributions of African Americans through this incentive.Donations are needed and a gofundme page has been created.Visit https://www.gofundme.com/blackpantherchallenge-jc-nj to read about the campaign.For more information, contact M. Muhammad, at email [email protected] (best method of contact) or phone (201) 912 Fulop will seek a third term as mayorEven some people close to Mayor Steven Fulop said this week they were surprised at a Saturday night tweet on Jan. 13 by him, saying he’d seek a third term.During the campaign leading up to his second-term victory, Fulop had claimed he would not seek a third term.“Nobody really knows when he changed his mind,” said one source, formerly an insider in the Fulop camp.Another observer said, “If you look at what he said during the campaign, he didn’t completely rule out a third term.”Reacting to a column by a statewide daily newspaper that mentioned this self-imposed term limit, Fulop wrote in a tweet, “I assure u I’m running for mayor for another term to fight for Jersey City if others want to try to stop progress for political gain. #JerseyCity mayor has no term limits. I’m thankful for 78 percent in the last election. I’m in good shape.”Some others relatively close to the mayor suggest that the change of heart came after a mistrial was declared in the federal case against U.S. Senator Robert Menendez for alleged corruption.“Everybody – including Fulop – believed Fulop would be getting Menendez’s seat,” said another source. “But once that didn’t pan out, Fulop had nowhere to go but remain as mayor or give up his political future entirely.”The announcement that he will seek a third term came almost as big a surprise to some as his announcement in late 2016 that he would not seek the Democratic primary nomination for governor. In a dramatic and unexpected announcement in October 2016, Fulop withdrew from the governor’s race and endorsed Phil Murphy, who won both the nomination in June 2017, and later, the governorship last November.Although there was some tension between Murphy and Fulop for a time, the governor appeared in Jersey City this week singing local officials’ praises, including Fulop’s, and said he needed Hudson County and Jersey City to be part of his future plans.Fulop has endorsed Menendez’s reelection bid for 2018, but some believe Menendez’s post trial comments about remembering those who sought to get his seat bodes ill for any higher office for Fulop.Also in question is whether or not Fulop will face opposition from people aligned with him who might have had plans to run in 2021.Fulop’s announcement came at a time when he was also boasting about Jersey City reaching the pinnacle as the most populace city in the state.“Well, look at this…. I think the data is pretty clear here that #JerseyCity will certainly be formally recognized as the largest city in #NewJersey at the next census and based on the data here coupled w/2010 census we already probably are larger than Newark,” he tweeted.
Epsom-based EPP, has just brought out its sixth-generation MIWE ovens, recently seen on the company’s stand at IBA.Fuel consumption is fine-tuned by an energy saving heating element, a well-balanced circulator fan, and precision nozzles, which distribute the exact amount of heat into the baking chamber.The ovens can be heated with gas, electricity or oil and are available in a number of variations with baking areas ranging from 4sq m to 24sq m.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 68-year-old man who may have suffered a medical emergency died in a car crash in his hometown of Oakdale on Tuesday evening, Suffolk County police said.Matthew Traub was driving his Prius eastbound on Montauk Highway when it crossed into the opposite lane of traffic and struck an unoccupied parked vehicle in a strip mall parking lot at 6:45 p.m., police said. The first parked vehicle flipped over and struck a second parked vehicle that had two people inside.The victim was taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, where he was pronounced dead. The Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office will perform an autopsy to determine his cause of death.A woman struck in the third vehicle refused medical attention, and her passenger was not hurt.Fifth Squad detectives impounded the victim’s vehicle, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information about this crash to call them at 631-854-8552.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Timothy Bolger, Rashed Mian & Christopher TwarowskiNassau County Executive Ed Mangano, his wife Linda, and Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto were indicted on federal corruption charges for an alleged bribery scheme, fraud, extortion and lying to investigators.Prosecutors unsealed the 13-count indictment shortly before the trio was scheduled to be arraigned Thursday at Central Islip federal court. Authorities allege Ed Mangano and Venditto conspired between 2010 and last year to use their power to back loans for and award contracts to a businessman, who in turn gave them kickbacks and a $450,000 no-show job for Linda. All three have pleaded not guilty.“Sady, we’re again confronted with public officials who have allegedly abused their positions of trust, in this case, the highest-ranking elected official in Nassau County, and in the Town of Oyster Bay, for their own corrupt benefit,” Robert Capers, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, told reporters during a news conference.Prosecutors did not identify the businessman—described in court documents as a co-conspirator—whose bribes were allegedly solicited, but he was widely reported to be Harendra Singh, the Syosset-based restaurateur charged last year with fraud and bribing an Oyster Bay official.The county executive and town supervisor helped the co-conspirator have Oyster Bay back four loans worth a combined $20 million used to perform capital improvements to his restaurants—money used to renovate both eateries that the co-conspirator was contracted to run in town parks and his own private businesses, Capers said. The co-conspirator defaulted on the last two loans, prosecutors said.In a separate alleged scheme, the county executive awarded the co-conspirator a $200,000 contract to provide food for the Office of Emergency Management in the two months after Sandy, authorities said.In exchange for the loans and contract, the co-conspirator gave Linda a “no-show” job from ’10 to ’14 at one of his restaurants, paid for various hotel and travel expenses as well as a new wood floor in his bedroom, and gave him free meal, a massage chair and a Panerai Luminor watch worth $7,304, prosecutors said. The co-conspirator also gave Venditto free limousine rides, discounted catering service for campaign fundraisers and use of a conference room at one of his restaurants, authorities said.Later, the Manganos and Venditto all made false statements to investigators looking into the scheme, prosecutors said. All three face up to 20 years in prison, if convicted. Earlier Thursday, Long Island Republican state Senators Jack Martins, Carl Marcellino and Kemp Hannon, outside the Nassau County Legislature in Mineola, called for Mangano and Venditto’s resignation, urging legislators and the Oyster Bay Town Board to immediately begin the process to replace them. Martins, who’s currently running for U.S. Congress, said he didn’t speak with local GOP leadership prior to the senators’ impromptu press conference, stressing that it was important government work continue “undistracted.” Nassau Republican Party boss Joe Mondello did not return a request for comment as of press time. His counterpart, Democratic Committee Chair Jay Jacobs, issued a statement characterizing Thursday as “a sad day for Nassau County and a sad day for Ed Mangano, John Venditto and their families,” adding that if true, the allegations “represent a great widespread betrayal of the voters’ trust. Regardless of the legal outcome, there can no longer be any doubt that ‘business as usual’ in Nassau County politics and government must come to an end. The public’s demand for honest, credible and effective government requires it.”Nassau District Attorney Madeline Singas, whose office began investigating the county’s contract awarding system after disgraced ex-State Sen. Dean Skelos, a Republican, was arrested on corruption charges, said in a statement that reform throughout the current county administration has been a long time coming.“More than a year ago, I said that Nassau’s archaic financial and oversight practices were a recipe for corruption and I proposed comprehensive reforms that the Legislature and County Executive have stonewalled,” she said. “Today’s charges and our investigations underscore the importance of passing strict ethics and oversight reforms to protect taxpayers, and I renew my call for immediate action to drain this cesspool of corruption and restore confidence in the integrity of our government.” Nassau Presiding Officer Norma L. Gonsalves, a Republican, in a statement, said she and the legislature were “alarmed by the allegations, but must allow the legal process to play out. In the meantime, it is our mission to ensure that the operations of County government are unaffected and that we continue to provide the services our residents expect and deserve.” Main Art: Not Smiling Anymore: Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto (L), Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano (R), and his wife Linda (Not Pictured) were arrested Thursday, October 20, 2016 and indicted on federal corrupution charges including a bribery scheme, obstruction of justice and extortion. (Long Island Press / Christopher Twarowski)
Since many dengue infections are asymptomatic or do not prompt the person to seek medical care, health investigators also conducted serologic surveys in Brownsville and Matamoros, the report says. No deaths were reported, but 16 of the 25 Cameron County cases and 34 of the 104 Matamoros cases met the WHO criteria for DHF. (More thorough lab testing of the US cases may have accounted for the higher proportion of DHF found there, the report notes.) Eleven of the 50 DHF cases were classified as WHO grade III, or dengue shock syndrome, with “early or mild evidence of hypotension or shock,” and the rest were listed as grade II. A dengue outbreak in the Brownsville, Tex., area in 2005 involved 25 hospital cases, 16 of which were classified as DHF, the CDC reports in the Aug 10 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Health officials on both sides of the border subsequently increased their surveillance for dengue cases, the report says. In December, officials reviewed the medical records of 129 patients who had been hospitalized with evidence of dengue fever, including 25 patients in Cameron County, Tex., and 104 treated in Matamoros, Mexico. Aug 9, 2007 (CIDRAP News) Dengue fever is gaining a firmer foothold in southern Texas, putting residents at risk for the most dangerous form of the disease, dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today. About 2 months after the Brownsville woman’s case, in late August of 2005, Mexican health officials in Tamaulipas state, across the border from Brownsville, told their Texas counterparts that a dengue fever outbreak in the state had grown to 1,251 cases. Those included 223 cases (17.8%) classified as DHF. In the previous 5 years, 541 dengue cases, including just 20 DHF cases, had been reported in the state. The CDC says the woman’s illness marked the first DHF case in a Texas resident native to the Texas-Mexico border area. A locally acquired DHF case in the area was reported in 2004, but the patient was originally from Southeast Asia and probably had acquired her first dengue infection there, the report says. The 2005 outbreak in the Brownsville area was heralded by a DHF case in a Brownsville woman who fell ill in late June. When she was hospitalized there, doctors missed the dengue diagnosis, even though her clinical characteristics met World Health Organization (WHO) criteria for DHF. Eventually the diagnosis was made through serum testing by the Texas Border Infectious Disease Surveillance project. In Matamoros, 101 of 131 people tested had IgG antibodies to dengue, signaling a weighted prevalence of 76.6%. In Brownsville the investigators found IgG antibodies in 47 of 141 people tested, for a weighted prevalence of 38.2%. The report adds, “The finding that 38% of surveyed Brownsville residents have IgG antibodies to dengue indicates that a substantial proportion of the city population has been infected with the dengue virus and might be more susceptible to DHF if they receive a second infection” with a different serotype. Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne viral disease found in most tropical and subtropical regions of the world. The virus occurs in four serotypes, and infection with any one of these induces immunity only to that serotype, according to the CDC. A second infection with a different serotype increases a person’s risk for DHF, which involves bleeding and the possibility of life-threatening shock. “Entomologic, serologic and virologic conditions are now such that locally acquired DHF can occur in south Texas,” the CDC asserts. Two mosquito species that spread the virus, Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopticus, are well established there. Clinicians and the public in southern Texas should be aware of the risk of dengue and DHF, the CDC advises. “Early recognition and diagnosis of DHF and careful fluid management can reduce the case-fatality rate in cases with shock to less than 1%,” the report states. CDC. Dengue hemorrhagic feverU.S.-Mexico border, 2005. MMWR 2007 Aug 10;56(31):785-9 [Full text]
Istra Outdoor Experience is an informal association of companies in the municipality of Barban that offer active holidays and bring together over 10 partners. A miracle, but it also exists in Lijepa naša and in our tourism. The thing is very simple. Together, small entrepreneurs have done great miracles and contributed to the development of a quality offer for active tourism in the interior of Istria.They offer various activities such as horseback riding, adrenaline park, kayaking, cycling, cycling, quads, and as this year’s novelty attraction and novelty will offer a gyrocopter (a combination of airplane and helicopter) and much more. “Everyone is in tourism they are in favor of unification, but we in our small Municipality of Barban have succeeded in that – and now everyone is wondering and asking how we are succeeding in that. The answer is simple. First of all because we want to extend the season. We want it to last from mid-March until mid-November because we know that Istria has these opportunities. Istria can offer guests a lot all 12 months of the year. demand is growing higher and higher from year to year, and so every year we grow about 30 percent. Every year, more and more partners join us, which makes us happy, because the more of us, the better our offer, and it is the tourists who are looking for quality content. ” points out Mladen Draguzet, the initiator of the “cluster” Istra Outdoor experience, and otherwise the owner of the travel agency Istra Adventure.This is unfortunately one of the few positive examples of synergy, such as seeing an endemic Velebit degenia or Mediterranean bear, where entrepreneurs come together rather than look at themselves as a competition, which is so logical, normal and desperately needed in tourism. Together they are stronger so everyone can grow and develop well. Unfortunately, everyone in Croatia looks at themselves, they are happy with the failure of the competition, and they do not understand how they all make a tourist destination, and if one grows, the other will grow, and vice versa. Synergy and joint appearance on the market is the only right solution, because the destinations are all, not one individual.The most important thing is the final experience of touristsNo one can develop a tourist destination on their own, no matter how big and financially strong it is. The tourist destination consists of everyone, whether directly or indirectly engaged in tourism, from citizens and the culture of living, landscaping, offering content to mowed and green grass. The quality of service of the entire destination is extremely important, from the hosts, citizens, hairdressers to employees at the gas station, which must be at the level, and the imperative is above expectations to delight guests.The motive for the arrival is quality, diverse and primarily authentic content of the tourist destination. If we offer only the sun and the sea, ie we live from the rent of accommodation and the beach, which is no longer enough or productive today, the guest is bored and not satisfied with the holiday, and the overall impression will be bad and will not return. Also, because we chronically lack content in destinations, we have low tourist consumption. Ultimately, we all know that it is harder and more expensive to bring a dissatisfied guest back three times, if not more. That is why the overall impression is important, the impression that everyone influences, and the goal is for the guest to be satisfied, recommend us and come back again in 7 to 14 days of staying in our tourist destination.”Through all the years of our cooperation, we have concluded that together we are” stronger “and we have managed to raise tourism in the Barban region to a higher level and influence the extension of the tourist season, because in the pre-season and post-season it is not enough to offer only” sun and sea “. but in combination with all our activities, these seasons are ideal for such activities because Istria has an ideal climate because the winters are not too cold, so we can work practically all year round, which is a rarity in other parts. I must admit that such a performance brought us a number of positive results. One of them is that we are more interesting to agencies because they see that they can get a complete service in one place and that they are all partners who work perfectly as if it were one and that then they have no problems coordinating programs, activities and timing. ” Draguzet points out and emphasizes that they set a fair and correct agreement at the start, and their cooperation is quality.Invitation to cooperate with agencies and hosts in family accommodation But this great story does not end there, in fact, it grows and develops, and Istra Outdoor Experience organizes a fair in Glavana Park to present to everyone its offer and great content for an active vacation. They invite all tourist workers, travel agencies, and especially the hosts in family accommodation to cooperate in mutual interest.I keep emphasizing that hotels and hosts in family accommodation must sell the destination, not their accommodation. Also, everyone must care about the overall experience, and this is where the quality of the destination and the content it offers come to the fore. The motive for coming is not accommodation, but a tourist destination. Thus, guests will have quality content, and thus will be satisfied with the destination. And in the end, everyone benefits here, especially the hosts, because the guests, if they are satisfied with their vacation in the destination, will thus return to your accommodation facility. But not because of you, but because of the destination (I have to repeat this several times). Also, guests who return each year are the cheapest because you have no cost of commission or marketing.The fair will be held on Sunday, May 6, 2018 in Glavani Park (address: Barban, Glavani 10) at 10 am. Come and experience for yourself all the charms of active tourism, so that you can recommend quality content to your guests. Win-win for everyone. See more information hereWe offer guests unforgettable moments in a tourist destination, we provide them with a unique and authentic experience that will forever remain in their memory. This is an example of how a tourist destination develops. Even if the people responsible for our tourism would see it and hear it, I mean the Ministry of Tourism, the CNTB and the tourist board, then we could talk about year-round tourism. Precisely such stories should be declared strategic projects, not investments in hotel construction, because if we build only hotels, and we do not have content or developed destinations, then we have what we have today: a chronic problem of seasonality, low added value, low tourist consumption and most importantly low dispersion. spending on the local economy as much of tourism spending spills over to imports.Synergy, not dispersion. All, not one. These are the real ambassadors of Croatian tourism. Well done to Istra Outdoor Experience, who showed that the only right direction is strategic and sustainable development.
Those who contracted the disease had gone into self isolation, he added.Previously, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan had also asked that the House of Representatives complex be closed after dozens tested positive for the coronavirus.“If a positive [COVID-19] case is found somewhere, then activities there must be stopped for three days,” Anies said, “However, the entire complex does not need to be closed, only buildings in which positive cases were found.”The Health Ministry announced 3,267 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Monday, bringing the total number of infections nationwide to 336,716.As of Monday, 41 people working at the House complex were reported to have been infected by the coronavirus, 19 of whom were House members, though the list of names had yet to be publicly disclosed. (ami)Topics : A building within the House of Representatives compound in Central Jakarta has been on lockdown since Monday after at least 41 House lawmakers and staff members tested positive for COVID-19.The Nusantara 1 building, which houses both personal offices and meeting rooms of House members from all party factions, would be closed until the end of the recess period on Nov. 8, House of Representatives secretary-general Indra Iskandar said.“After the sitting period ended, we closed [the building] starting Monday. Every Monday we will also spray [disinfectant] to sterilize [the complex],” said Indra recently as quoted by Kompas TV.
Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri has launched construction works on Seven Seas Splendor, the second cruise ship to be built for Regent Seven Seas Cruises (RSSC), a brand of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings.The steel cutting ceremony took place at the shipyard in Ancona on March 15.Seven Seas Splendor was ordered for EUR 422 million (USD 520.8 million) in March 2016.The newbuilding is scheduled for delivery in early 2020, according to Fincantieri.With its 55,500 gross tons, Seven Seas Splendor will be 224 meters long and will be able to accommodate 754 passengers on board.The new ship, which will follow Seven Seas Explorer delivered by the shipyard in Sestri Ponente, Genoa, in June 2016, will be built using the latest in environmental protection technologies, the shipbuilder said.
McIlroy turned a three-shot deficit into a two-shot lead within the space of five holes in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, before Garcia battled back to leave the pair tied heading into the back nine at Firestone Country Club. Garcia had played the same back nine in just 27 shots in his second round of 61, but it was McIlroy who came out on top two days later in a tense duel, the 25-year-old carding a closing 66 to finish 15 under par. A fortnight after holding off Sergio Garcia to win the Open Championship, Rory McIlroy overhauled his Ryder Cup team-mate to claim his first World Golf Championship event on Sunday – and with it reclaimed top spot in the world rankings. With Adam Scott finishing outside the top five, that meant McIlroy reclaimed the world number one spot he last held in March 2013, just in time for the final major of the year, next week’s US PGA Championship at Valhalla. After 16 birdies in the first three rounds Garcia could only manage one in a disappointing closing 71 to finish 13 under, meaning the 34-year-old has now won just three times after holding the 54-hole lead on 16 occasions. “What I am really proud of this week is following on from the Open with a performance like this,” McIlroy, only the second European winner of the title after Darren Clarke in 2003, told CBS. “I said straight after I did not want any let down, I wanted to keep going and performing until the end of the season. “It’s great to come to one of my favourite tournaments of the year and to perform like this I am pretty satisfied.” McIlroy pulled his opening drive into the rough but had a gap through the trees and hit a superb low pitch to three feet, while Garcia had to settle for a par by two-putting from long range. Three-time major winner McIlroy then two-putted from long range on the par-five second for another birdie and also birdied the third to take over the lead as Garcia bogeyed, but that did not tell half the story of an amazing hole. Garcia’s errant drive into the crowd somehow knocked the diamond out of a female spectator’s engagement ring and after giving her a signed ball, the Spaniard asked for her contact information after hitting his second shot over the green. Thankfully, the precious stone was quickly recovered but Garcia was unable to get up and down to save par and McIlroy holed from eight feet for a third straight birdie. Press Association When McIlroy also birdied the fifth from five feet it meant a five-shot swing had taken place in the space of five holes and gave the world number two a two-shot lead. Garcia desperately needed something to go in his favour and it happened on the eighth, McIlroy driving into the rough and finding a greenside bunker with his approach, from where he failed to get up and down. Garcia then got back on level terms with a birdie from 15 feet on the ninth, McIlroy missing from just six feet. That meant the pair went into the back nine tied on 14 under par but it was McIlroy who edged back in front with a birdie on the 11th from eight feet, Garcia then missing from a few inches closer. The decisive moment then came on the par-three 15th, where Garcia’s tee-shot left of the green left him with a near-impossible pitch over a bunker and led to a bogey four. That gave McIlroy a two-shot lead with three to play and when Garcia failed to convert a birdie chance from 10 feet on the 17th his chance had gone. Low scoring had been the order of the day on the rain-softened course, five-time major winner Phil Mickelson charging through the field with an eight-under-par 62 which featured 10 birdies and two bogeys. “I don’t know what to say, it kind of came out of nowhere,” Mickelson said after finishing five under for the tournament. “The first two rounds really threw me for a loop. I have been struggling getting my short irons close and today they were right on. “I made a lot of birdies and it was nice. Today was a big day to give me a lot of confidence and momentum heading into the US PGA next week.” England’s Lee Westwood had also found some welcome form after four consecutive missed cuts, the 41-year-old carding a flawless 63 that did not go unnoticed by watching Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley. “If you look at the one pillar that has been consistent throughout the Ryder Cup success we have had since the 90s it has been Lee Westwood but you want to see Lee in form,” said McGinley on Sky Sports 4, well aware that Westwood is outside the automatic qualifying places. “He is not going to get in on his reputation alone. He needs some form, he knows that and it’s good to see him playing well today.”