Juventus expect Alves to arrive in Italy this week to complete deal

first_img Juve hope to follow up the transfer of Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic with the announcement of Alves’ arrival – the Brazilian has already confirmed he will leave Barcelona.  14/06/2016 at 13:12 The 33-year-old has a clause in his contract at Camp Nou, which was signed last year, which allows him to leave for free.  Alves has explained that the reason behind his switch is to remove himself from his comfort zone. With Brazil eliminated from the Copa America, the Barcelona right-back is expected in Italy to finalise the deal and be officially presented as a Juve player. CEST The Italian club are planning for Alves’ arrival in Turin this week for a medical ahead of the signing of his contract.  Dani Alves is close to completing his move to Juventus.  Sport ENlast_img read more

England vs India 2nd Test Review: Anderson and co. steer England to massive victory…

first_imgAdvertisement bxpbuNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs9nj2qWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eanak( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 23cWould you ever consider trying this?😱d83ggCan your students do this? 🌚av624Roller skating! Powered by Firework Image Courtesy: Hindustan TimesAdvertisement The contrasting display of play from both sides ultimately headed towards England’s favour at Lord’s with a victory by an innings and 159 runs to gain a 2-0 lead over the visitors.The rain gods showed no mercy as Day 1 was called off without any action. However, despite constant interruptions, play finally resumed on Day 2 which saw India bundle out for 107 with James Anderson snatching a five-wicket haul.Sunny skies paved way for England as they latched on to the hapless Indian bowling line-up to pile up 396-7, where Chris Woakes notched up his maiden test hundred with Jonny Bairstow providing company with a solid 93.With the trail being a huge margin of 289 runs, India’s second innings just happened to be an action replay of the first. The openers yet again failed as Murali Vijay was dismissed for a duck and KL Rahul following suit shortly after. A tame display by the middle order which saw no one surpassing the 20-run mark reduced the visitors to 61-6 courtesy of a brilliant spell by Stuart Broad.A lone unbeaten knock of 33 by Ravichandran Ashwin helped India cross the three-figure mark before ultimately collapsing for 130.The Men In Blue are in a heap of trouble heading into the third test at Trent Bridge. Persistent back problems for Kohli along with the numerous blows suffered by Ashwin on the fingers add to the pressure for the hosts who have been scarred by the English in the series so far.Brief Scorecard:India 107-10  1st Innings: ( R.Ashwin 29; J.Anderson5-20)England 396-7d  1st Innings: (C.Woakes 137*; M.Shami 3-96)India 130 2nd Innings: (R.Ashwin 33*; J.Anderson 4-23)Read Also:Cricket: Indian-A Team opener Mayank Agarwal starts from where he leftCricket : Anderson claims that he doesn’t feel old yet and can play as long as he wants to Advertisementlast_img read more

APOEL earn crucial away draw, despite being second best

first_imgBy Andreas VouDESPITE being second best for most of the game, APOEL scored a crucial away goal in a 1-1 draw against Aalborg in the first leg of the Champions League play-off on Wednesday night, giving them a slight advantage going into next week’s return game in Nicosia.The Danish outfit can feel aggrieved for not coming away with a comfortable win having made many more chances than the Cypriot champions but failure to bury their opportunities cost them dearly.A 16th minute strike from Nicolaj Thomsen gave Aalborg a well-merited lead but Brazilian midfielder Franco Vinicius handed APOEL an equaliser as well as an away goal which could prove decisive early into the second half.Even though APOEL lie on the brink of their third progression to the Champions League groups in six seasons, just four players from their starting eleven had previously played in a Champions League encounter and the inexperience was evident in the first half.APOEL set up very defensively with two banks of four standing in front of goalkeeper Urko Pardo, while Tomas de Vincenti roamed in behind Cillian Sheridan in attack.There was only team in it in the first half as Patrick Kristensen wreaked havoc down the right side of the field. The early warning signs were not picked up by APOEL and they were soon made to pay.After some nice approach play from Nicklas Helenius on the edge of the APOEL  box, Kristensen picked out Nicolaj Thomsen with a low cross who struck first time from the edge of the box beyond the reach of Pardo to give the Danes the lead.Aalborg players were continuously allowed to take shots at will as the APOEL players opted to stand off their opponents and it looked like a matter of time before the home side would double their lead.However, a quick break away just before the break saw Nuno Morais played through on goal, but the Portuguese midfielder was eventually caught up and had his shot blocked.In the second half, coach Donis switched Tiago Gomes to the right-hand side of midfield and Constantinos Charalambides to the left to provide more defensive cover to cope with the threat of Kristensen.On 54 minutes, Gomes swiveled on the corner of the box before feeding Vinicius who made a bursting run from midfield into the penalty box before lashing the ball beyond Nicolai Larsen to hand APOEL a key away goal.Prior to the equaliser, Aalborg had ten shots on goal compared to a solitary APOEL effort – the leveller took the sting out of Aalborg’s game and the tempo of the game slowed.Kasper Risgard saw a penalty claim turned down on 64 not long before Vinicius came agonisingly close to a second for APOEL but the game would remain 1-1 with the visitors going home the happiest.The job is half done for APOEL who need little reminding that Aalborg are more than capable away from home after the Danes reversed a 0-1 deficit against Dinamo Zagreb to win 0-2 in Croatia to reach this stage.last_img read more

Cutting its nose…

first_img…to spite drugs storageSo we finally have action on the “Bondgate” scam. Or do we? We were told in a carefully parsed release that the bond contract for Albouystown that’s still a “work in progress” was “undesirable”. That’s it? This deal which was more crooked than barbed wire (to coin a phrase!! Ah…those were the days!) and all the Cabinet-level investigators can say is “undesirable”. A Minister lied to Parliament thrice before the cock crowed and this is just “undesirable”?Twenty five million was advanced to purchase the building without explanation and this is just “undesirable”. Larry Singh has no experience in storing drugs – just in running airlines into the ground: Tropical and Guyana Airways – and this is just “undesirable? The warehouse is rented at more than three times the rate the one from which the government was offered – after getting it for free for over a decade – and this is just “undesirable”??It’s a bloody crime and a crying shame and disgrace is what it is. Someone shoulda been fired. If this was in Japan that someone would’ve literally fallen on his sword. And imagine these fellas were given a massive salary increase right after they became Ministers so that they wouldn’t dip their grubby little paws into the cookie jar! Seems the salary increase only whetted their appetite for more moolah!So we come to the alleged “action”. Read the fine print, dear readers. All we got were “recommendations”. The lease MIGHT just be shortened. That is, Larry Singh gets to keep the building he bought with the money advanced and also the warehouse for which the government will pay most of the operational expenses. And even if the lease IS shortened …it’s more cock! They know the short attention span of the Guyanese public. Quick now…how much did we spend on the raw-wooden Jubilee Park? Like Freddie Krueger, Larry Singh will be back!!So there’s the SUGGESTION to build a government-owned bond near the wharf. So someone is still serious about Ruimveldt being too far to store drugs? Too far from where? Georgetown Hospital might be the largest user…but it’s only ONE facility in Guyana! It’ll be more difficult shipping to the rest of Guyana from a bond near the wharf than from Ruimveldt – which is on the Highway to East, South and West.The tip-off to the warehouse cock is the fact that there’s still no statement as to why the US-funded and built Billion Dollar Diamond Pharma warehouse isn’t being used.Why isn’t a warehouse in the hand not worth more than several (expensive) ones in the urban bushes? Cock, that’s why!…to pander for votesThere’s this evidently well-meaning fella from the diaspora – a Mike Persaud. Like most Guyanese from “foreign” who still look back homewards, Mike has THE solution to Guyana’s political problem. Like Christopher of yore, he also made a discovery.His being that Guyana’s problem was the parties are ethnic. Imagine no one had thought of that before!! But then they say, “out of the mouths of babes, sucklings and drunks….!” Anyhow, a few years ago, his solution to the ethnic conundrum was for the PPP to place an African at its helm and the PNC to place an Indian at its. He actually once went up to Congress Place and tried to convince Robert Corbin to implement his proposal.After picking himself up from the dust, he whinged about being given a bum’s rush!! He didn’t visit the PPP. His new solution is for the two parties to “pander” to their non-traditional supporters.That right. As in “give in to the target’s baser instincts”!! The mind boggles!…but tanking businessesWhile the government might be playing cat and mouse with the GPSU, does the business community realise that 10% will now become the new base line when their bargaining comes around?!!last_img read more

Phagwah or Holi: My favourite festival

first_imgIn a few days, Hindus across the globe will celebrate Phagwah, or Holi. This festival is celebrated on the day after the full moon in early March (12th in Guyana) every year. Initially, Holi was a festival to celebrate good harvests and fertility of the land. Holi is now a symbolic commemoration of a legend from Hindu mythology. The story revolves around a king who resented his son, Prahlada, for worshipping Lord Vishnu. He attempted to kill his son, but failed each time. Finally, the king’s sister, Holika, who was said to be immune from burning, sat with Prahlada in a huge fire. However, the Prahlada emerged unscathed while his aunt was burned to death.Holi is a festival that expresses good over evil and eventual triumph of faith in God. Holi is spread over sixteen days. The mental side of Holi stresses giving up past grudges, repairing bad relationships, and showering and sharing love and happiness. The physical side encourages people to meet and mingle; hug and huddle; spray abeer (a red-coloured water), water and powder – and in some parts of the world mud – on friends, foes, strangers and anyone around you.Groups of singers and dancers would go from house to house to perform and sometimes engage in competition with nearby villages. Food and sweets, and in Guyana lots of alcohol, are consumed.Holi was brought to Guyana from India by indentured Indians in the nineteenth century. Remarkably, unlike the caste system, Holi survived the indentureship, but has evolved to form a unique Caribbean-Indian cultural identity. Amongst the myriad of characteristics in Holi, I am particularly fascinated with the Hindu folk music/songs Chowtal, and the music instrument Dhantal, during the elaborated celebration. What interests me so much about Chowtal and Dhantal is not necessarily how they sound – that is appealing in and by itself – but rather how these Indian music songs and instruments have evolved in tandem with oral traditions.Indians in the Caribbean might be surprised to know that the Chowtal songs that are usually played at the Holi festivals in Guyana do not display the same characteristics as those played in India. Like so many Indian customs, Chowtal has also taken Guyanese creole cultural elements. The ethno-musicologist Peter Manuel makes this point in his book, Tales, Tunes and Tassa Drums: Retention and Invention in Indo-Caribbean Music, but he has also cautioned that the geographical distance between India and the Caribbean does not mean that Indo-Caribbean music has become totally Western or creole-oriented. Instead, and in spite of the fact that a majority of Caribbean Indians have lost meaningful contacts with India since indentured emancipation in 1920, Caribbean-Indian music has evolved uniquely into a Caribbean-Indian musical sensibility and identity. This identity is neither like India nor other ethno-musical groups in the Caribbean. I agree with Manuel’s assertion.I am, however, concerned with the following question I posed in my review of Manuel’s book, which was published in the reputable British Ethnomusicology Forum.  I enquired about this: “The question to ask is: How have Caribbean-Indian people managed to continue some semblance of their homeland music while also developing their own musical forms, especially when they were “forced” to assimilate to creolization – a mix of Euro-Afro sensibilities, values, and norms that are more associated with Western than Eastern Hindu and Muslim accruement?”For the sake of this column, I combed through Manuel’s book once more, and I think he answered my question partially.  He writes that: “In the new conditions in the Diaspora, its constitutive elements have taken a variety of trajectories, including decline, consolidation, compartmentalized persistence (including as marginal survivals), creolization, extensive growth, extensive growth and development, and elaboration along neo-traditional Indian lines of evolution” (p. 224).I do not believe the above is sophistry, but the “musicalization” of Caribbean-Indian experience, which obviously can be seen in Holi.I am also moved in no small way wherever and whenever someone plays the Dhantal, a long iron rod and a horseshoe instrument played by striking them together to produce a rhythmical beat. The sound of Dhantal is inescapable if you are from the villages, former indentured yards, during the weekends and during various Indian celebrations. It is the experience of growing up, a rite of passage.What is also inescapable are some village conversations, and even arguments amongst older folks, as to the origins of Dhantal. The pendulum of arguments generally sway from the thought that Dhantal never existed in India to that it was developed in the Indo-phone Caribbean. These are arguments not to lament over but be excited about, because they generate a sense of amusement and even ridicule amongst the speakers and listeners. To date, no one, including Manuel, knows where Dhantal has come from. We know, however, that as long as Holi survives the trials and tribulations of modernization, so will Dhantal.There is no doubt that Holi breaks down walls of ethnic separation and brings us closer. I have witnessed all ethnic groups celebrating Holi in ways that would shock people from the Sub-continent, where ethnic and religion division is the norm rather than the exception. I wish my Guyana would feel like Holi every day, but this might be only a dream. (lomarsh.roopnarine@jsums.edu)last_img read more

Truck driver slapped with causing death charge

first_imgEssequibo motorcyclist accidentThirty-year-old Balwant Mohabeer, a truck driver of Lot 52, Zorg, Essequibo Coast was on Thursday slapped with a causing death by dangerous driving charge, after he appeared before Magistrate Sunil Scarce at the Suddie Magistrate’s Court.He pleaded not guilty to the charge which stated that on February 5, 2017 he drove motor lorry GNN 6695 in a dangerous manner on the Airy Hall Public RoadDead: Iftikar Ishmaelcausing the death of 17-year-old Iftikar Ishmael.At the time of the accident, Ishmael was riding motorcycle CC 2962 when he collided with the motor lorry.The prosecution stated that the motor lorry was proceeding west out of Man-Man Gas Station, located on the eastern side of the road, while the motorcyclist was said to be proceeding north along the western side of the road. He was said to be going at a fast pace when he lost control and rode onto the eastern carriageway, colliding with the front of the motor lorry’s left side.The teenager fell off the motorcycle, and received injuries about his body. He was picked up in an unconscious state by public-spirited citizens and rushed to the Suddie Hospital, where he later was pronounced dead by doctors.The truck driver was granted $600,000 bail on the condition that he report to theDead: Ashuk DassSuddie Police Station every Monday. The case will be called again on March 3.Meanwhile, the autopsies conducted on Iftikar Ishmael and pedestrian Askuk Dass, 56, of Adventure Village, who lost his life on February 6, around 19:30h when the driver of motor car PVV 4390 ran over him, revealed that they both died as a result of multiple injuries. The autopsies were conducted by Government pathologist, Dr Nehaul Singh on Thursday at the Suddie Mortuary.last_img read more

Govt promises better weather reports

first_imgGuyanese citizens are expected to receive more accurate, timely weather reports from the Hydro-meteorological Services Department of the Agriculture Ministry, as it has now been boosted with 21 Automatic Weather Stations (AWSs) to enhance its existing framework. These weather stations, together with site preparation and installation costs totalling US7,000, were donated under the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Climate Change Adaptation Programme (CCAP) and was facilitated by the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC).The US$26 million USAID CCAP is designed to strengthen an integrated system for the implementation and financing of sustainable adaptation approaches in the Eastern and Southern Caribbean region. This initiative builds on both the USAID/ESC’s Caribbean Regional Development Cooperative Strategy and the Caribbean Community (Caricom) Regional Framework for Achieving Development Resilient to a Changing Climate.In keeping with the investments planned under the programme, one such activity is the provision of the AWSs to enhance the existing network within Guyana and the wider region. Under a CCCCC commissioner study conducted by the Caribbean Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) in early 2017, Guyana became the beneficiary of the weather stations. The total cost of the stations is US$215,000, with site preparation and installation costs amounting to approximately US$42,000, a total investment of US$257,000.Maxine Nestor, Procurement Officer of the CCCCC, is quoted by the Department of Public Information as saying that weather stations will see greater benefits for the country, particularly for fisher folk, farmers and other persons who are dependent on accurate weather information.last_img read more

Celebrating Fort St. John’s heritage buildings

first_img– Advertisement – Regular admission fees apply for the rest of the week. For more information contact the museum at 250-787-0430. This year’s Heritage Week theme is Good Neighbours: Heritage Homes and Neighbourhoods, and residents will be able to test their knowledge with quizzes, as well as learn more about the buildings of Fort St. John with a self-guided tour. Among other activities, you can make a craft trapper’s log cabin, using special materials.last_img

MLB notes: Bonds’ deal not yet done

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Steroid policy update: Congress is monitoring George Mitchell’s investigation of steroids in baseball and could intervene if he doesn’t get more cooperation, two lawmakers told the former Senate Majority Leader. “We sincerely hope that all relevant parties will work constructively to facilitate the completion of your investigation and your ongoing efforts to clean up the sport,” wrote Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) and ranking Republican Cliff Stearns of Florida. Also: New York Mets pitcher Dave Williams had surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck and it’s unclear how long he could be sidelined. … Right-hander Mark Prior (USC) and the Chicago Cubs agreed on a one-year deal and avoided salary arbitration. Prior will get $3,575,000 and would earn an additional $150,000 each for making 27 and 30 starts. “At this time, Barry is not signing the new documents,” Borris said Wednesday. Borris did not detail the provisions in dispute, but a baseball executive, speaking on condition of anonymity because these details had not been made public, said they dealt with personal appearances. center_img Barry Bonds’ contract with the San Francisco Giants isn’t final just yet. After the commissioner’s office rejected Bonds’ $15.8million, one-year deal because it contained a personal-appearance provision, the team sent revised documents to his agent, Jeff Borris. last_img read more

Grande Prairie RCMP execute search warrant finding large quantity of illegal items

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – On January 8, 2019, Grande Prairie RCMP executed a search warrant on an apartment on the west side of the city after receiving information from the public about a possible drug house.RCMP searched the apartment and located approximately $600,000 worth of illegal drugs. Canadian currency and firearms were also located during the search. The following items were seized as a result of the investigation;Approximately 4 kilograms of Crystal MethamphetamineApproximately 2.2 kilograms of CocaineApproximately 200 grams of heroineApproximately 5500 Oxycodone tabletsApproximately 950 Fentanyl tablets$93,880.00 in Canadian currency2 hand gunsThe investigation is ongoing and no further details are available at this time.- Advertisement -Grande Prairie RCMP would like to thank the public for their assistance.If you wish to report a drug house in your neighbourhood,  please call the confidential tip line at 780-830-7444. If need to report a crime, please call the Grande Prairie RCMP at 780-830-5701 or call your local police detachment. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.last_img read more