Wijnaldum scores four as Newcastle get league win at last

first_imgDutchman Giorginio Wijnaldum scored four times as Newcastle United won their first Premier League match of the season at the ninth attempt by beating Norwich City 6-2 to climb off the bottom of the table on Sunday.Newcastle scored more goals in 90 minutes at St James’ Park than they had managed in their previous four league matches with Ayoze Perez and Aleksandar Mitrovic also finding the net.The victory lifted them on to six points and 18th place leaving Aston Villa (4 points) and Sunderland (3) below them. Norwich, promoted this season, slipped back from 15th to 16th.The first five goals came in a 20-minute first-half spell with Newcastle taking the lead through Wijnaldum in the 14th minute before Mbokani Bezua equalised six minutes later.Wijnaldum headed Newcastle 2-1 ahead after 26 minutes with Perez making it 3-1 in the 33rd before Norwich came right back to make it 3-2 through a Nathan Redmond volley a minute later.Norwich continually threatened for an equaliser after the break before Newcastle wrapped up their long-awaited victory with another two goals a minute apart,Mitrovic chested down and volleyed home to make it 4-2 after 64 minutes. Wijnaldum headed home to complete his hat-trick a minute later before scoring his fourth with a thunderous long-range strike after 85 minutes.last_img read more

Wimbledon order of play on Monday

first_imgWimbledon order of play on show courts on Monday. Prefix denotes seeding. All times GMT.CENTRE COURT (1200)3-Roger Federer (Switzerland) v Steve Johnson (U.S.)1-Serena Williams (U.S.) v 13-Svetlana Kuznetsova (Russia)15-Nick Kyrgios (Australia) v 2-Andy Murray (Britain)COURT ONE (1200)5-Simona Halep (Romania) v 9-Madison Keys (U.S.)8-Venus Williams (U.S.) v 12-Carla Suarez Navarro (Spain)7-Richard Gasquet (France) v 12-Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France)COURT TWO (1030)Misaki Doi (Japan) v 4-Angelique Kerber (Germany)9-Marin Cilic (Croatia) v 5-Kei Nishikori (Japan)11-David Goffin (Belgium) v 6-Milos Raonic (Canada)last_img

Eagerly-awaited cricket final postponed due to rain

first_imgThe eagerly-awaited final of the Cyprus T20 competition between Moufflons and Nicosia Tigers fell victim to the heavy rain which made the Ypsonas ground unplayable. The match will now be played a week later on December 22 at 10am. A women’s cricket competition will follow in the afternoon.The enforced delay allows time to reflect on some highlights of the season so far. Two new teams – Nicosia XI Fighters and CTL Euro College – took part and acquitted themselves well, especially CTL whose strong bowling attack and enthusiastic fielding helped them win their first four matches and reach the semi-final stage, where they lost to a Moufflons team enjoying their best-ever form under long-serving captain Muhammad Husain, whose runs and catches have been vital.Perhaps the most surprising aspect of the season has been the success of Nicosia Tigers, who achieved unexpected wins over Sri Lankans in the group stage, and over the formidable Punjab Lions in the semi-final. Their captain Faysal Mia has benefitted from the reliable bowling of Abdul Manan, and important contributions with the bat by Yasir Khan and Iftekhar Jaman.The demise of Riyaan and Sri Lankans came as a surprise, but they both have too many good players to remain in the doldrums for long.On an individual level, there have been three centuries – by Gurdeep Sharma (Moufflons), Ranimekala Manikanta (CTL) and Kulwinder Singh (Punjab Lions) who is the leading runscorer with 320 at an average of 106.67, narrowly ahead of Sri Lankans’ consistent Mangala Pradeep who hit three half-centuries in his five innings.The leading bowler is Moufflons’ slow left-armer Ravi Kumar with 19 wickets at an average of 5.4 and an economy rate of 4.4 – quite exceptional figures in 20-over cricket. Abdul Manan (Tigers), Neeraj Tiwary (Punjab Lions) and Murtaza Yamin (Moufflons) all have wicket tallies in double figures. The top fielders are Muhammad Husain (Moufflons) and WCP Wallage of Riyaan.The stage is set now for what promises to be a closely fought final on Sunday – weather permitting!last_img read more

Alab, Cuan look to bounce back vs Saigon Heat

first_imgBulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ Only Ray Parks Jr. found his stride on offense the last time out with 23 points for Alab, which is hoping to squeeze better outings from World imports James Hughes and Sampson Carter. The 6-foot-9 Carter has yet to score in twin digits after debuting with 23 points in the 86-77 win over the Kaohsiung Truth last Jan. 8. But Alab can restore order to its campaign with a win over the Vietnamese club, which is coming off a 67-82 defeat to the Westsports Malaysia Dragons last Friday. It will be the first of four meetings between Alab and Heat this season. ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal For a coach getting his first big coaching break, Cuan is finding out the hard way how tough getting all his players locked in for the task at hand. But the former De La Salle guard gets another crack to put Alab Pilipinas back on track as the Filipinos host the Saigon Heat on Friday night in Paranaque City. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“I still have confidence in this team,” said Cuan, whose team beat Kaohsiung Truth, 93-87, the last time it played a home game in Olivarez Gym. “The next time we play we will be ready.”Alab absorbed its worst defeat of the season in Hong Kong after getting overwhelmed by the Long Lions, who shot the lights out from beyond the arc in the middle quarters. Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Crucial showdown up MOST READ Photo from ASEAN Basketball League Facebook/Onvisa ThewphaingarmMore than anyone else, Alab Pilipinas coach Mac Cuan was hard on himself as he watched his squad get humbled by the Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions last Sunday. “I’ll take the blame on this one and prepare better the next game,” said Cuan, after Alab’s 80-93 away defeat in the Asean Basketball League.ADVERTISEMENT DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taallast_img read more

Take me out…

first_img…to the ball game!Your Eyewitness is pretty excited his home team Amazon Warriors is opening up their season tonight at home!! With Exxon now their official sponsor, he’s reminded of the century-old classic American kid’s song that summarised the excitement of their “ball game” – and ours!! Your Eyewitness, of course, has paraphrased it appropriately for “local conditions”!!“Take me out to the ball game,Take me out with the crowd;Buy me some fried rice and fry chicken,I don’t care if I never get back home.Let me scream, scream, scream for the Warriors,If they don’t win, it’s a shame.‘Cause I’ll be bowlin’ and battin’ for my team,At the old ball game.”There’s nothing like cricket that defines us as a Caribbean people. And that’s why your Eyewitness thinks even though we just celebrated “Emancipation”, we’ve got to admit there are some things we don’t need to be emancipated from! Cricket being foremost among them!! Those who believe otherwise probably prompted the venerable Marxist cricket writer (and revolutionary theorist!!) CLR James to ask, “What do they know of cricket who only cricket know?”When your Eyewitness went out to the “ball game” as a kid, he saw people who looked like him, spoke like him and WERE like him, grab the game of cricket by the scruff of its neck from the Englishmen who’d invented it! They imbued it with a love of life – nay, a LUST for life – that hadn’t only SURVIVED the plantation horrors but had actually blossomed and bloomed!! He saw heroes like Garfield Sobers excelling in every aspect of the game – bowling, batting and fielding – even as he retained the West Indian swagger with his raised shirt collar!!He saw Rohan Kanhai inventing cricketing “shots” – such as the “falling on his behind hook” – that was nothing short of genius rivalling anything that Shakespeare had conjured up! He saw Hall and Griffith take “fast bowling” to its zenith, forcing the English who’d invented “bodyline bowling” to intimidate Bradman, now whining and whingeing at “pace like fire”!!But the crowning glory of West Indian cricket is the  T-20 format – which adopted wholesale the way we’ve always played our “ball game”. Screaming crowds that let the players know their feelings; feasting and drinking in the stands; players vying to hit the ball out of the ground and bowlers intimidating the batters with every trick in the book – with force or guile!!And that’s why your Eyewitness will be downing tools early in the game to make sure he gets to Providence in time to fortify his “spirits” before the first ball is bowled!!Play ball, Warriors!! All the way this year!!…to remember sugar and cricketAmong the most fanatical cricketing fans in Guyana are those from the sugar belt. As CLR James pointed out, it was “bitter sugar” that inspired the West Indian to enter the cricket fields to “fight back” against their oppressors – and eventually to achieve dominance. Interestingly, after those sugar workers protested, the sugar planters created cricketing grounds in every sugar estate –probably to take their minds off the horrid conditions. But as an irony of history, it was from those sugar estates – particularly  in Berbice – that some of Guyana’s greatest cricketers emerged – Kanhai, Butcher, Kallicharan, Solomon, etc, etc.It’s a bitter irony, however, that in firing over 5700 sugar workers in the last year, the Government has effectively denied those families – over 50,000 persons – from enjoying their beloved game in person. Choosing between food for their children and cricket – even a diehard cricketing fan from the sugar belt has to choose food!Sadly, their children’s cry to “take me out to the ballgame” goes unanswered.…to nepotismLess than a week after the President continued with his unilateralism to appoint an energy csar, the Agri Minister and Cabinet did the same for a new GuySuCo CEO.So who cares if this is a function of a sugar board??last_img read more

PNC and Praetorianism

first_imgAt a media event at Congress to launch activities to mark the 60th Anniversary of the formation of the People’s National Congress (PNC), its General Secretary Mr Oscar Clarke, emphasised that Guyanese, particularly the youths should learn about the history of the party, and more importantly about the ideology of its Founder Leader, Forbes Burnham. He insisted, “Our present leader (Brigadier (rtd) David Granger) has taken that mantle and is carrying forward the ideas of Burnham today because they are so relevant to what is happening in this country, even now.” This might be the enunciation of “The Declaration of Sophia II”.In 1989, to save the bankrupted economy, the PNC Government of Desmond Hoyte accepted as part of the IMF “stabilisation” package, the neoliberal premise that the State must be a “night watchman” – that is, play a minimal role in the economy and other societal affairs. This was a complete refutation of the Burnhamite ideology which saw the state and its institutions – especially the Disciplines Forces – as playing the pivotal role in “modernising” all aspects of the nation’s life, not just the economy.If President Granger is going to reintroduce the “ideas” of Burnham in the present, then indeed, our youths need to know what is in store for them. The President, as the present leader of the PNC, is uniquely situated to perform the role described by his General Secretary. Within the broad sweep of the ‘decolonisation” imperative Burnham had embarked on, his assessment was that Guyanese society was not disciplined enough to accomplish the far reaching changes that were to be initiated and executed in all the institutions of the state and society. Oscar Clark referred to the collection of Burnham’s speeches, which was given the revealing title, “A Destiny to Mould”. If the Guyanese people were to be “moulded”, what exactly would form the “mould”?Burnham envisaged the military and military-patterned institutions as inculcating that “discipline” into the Guyanese people. Immediately on inheriting the state through the CIA-midwifed “electoral coup” of the PPP, Burnham dispatched some young Cadets – including the 19-year old David Granger – to army schools such as Mons in the UK. He then disbanded the ethnically balanced Special Services Unit (SSU) upon the return of these young officers, and launched the Guyana Defence Force, with a number of British officers to bring them up to speed.By 1970, however, Burnham revealed he did not want a hands-off “British-style”, professional army: the GDF was to the very tip of the vanguard spear that would re-orient the nation in the new path. Young David Granger was made head of the unit that would re-orient the army for its vanguard role. Young Elvin McDavid played the same role in another other key state institution – the Public Service. When the army by 1979 was being influenced by Walter Rodney, the British-trained officers of the GDF were shunted aside to allow a very junior, but ideologically trusted David Granger to become its Commandant.Now that the ideology of Burnham has been declared as once again guiding our national affairs, the superabundance of ex-military types and the programmes launched to resuscitate military organisations like the Peoples’ Militia and the Cadet Corps, since the PNC-led APNU/AFC government assumed office, now make sense. Just as in 1969, the intrusion by Venezuelan troops into our territory offered a rationale for massively expanding our militarised manpower, it is quite likely that the (fortuitous?) present meltdown of Venezuela might see a repetition of that policy.But Guyanese must be wary of history repeating itself if the government insists on using the army as a vehicle for “modernisation” once again. There is the danger of what was called “praetorianism”: the tendency of the military to intervene in political life in one of three forms: moderator, guardian, or ruler. In whatever form it takes, praetorianism undermines democracy and in a divided polity like Guyana will inevitably lead to authoritarian dictatorship.last_img read more

Climate impact on economic development of fishing industry underscored during activities

first_imgThe adverse effect climate change has been posing on the livelihood of the fisheries industry was among the concerns raised by Agriculture Minister Noel Holder during Fisher folk Day 2017 activities. This year’s event, held under the theme “Climate Change Adaptation to the Fisheries Sector”, was held at the Lusignan Community Centre Ground on the East Coast of Demerara.“Our oceans and aquatic ecosystems are key to regulating our world’s climate, as (they are) the largest natural carbon sink. However, the ocean is currently absorbing carbon at an alarming rate, and the result leads to its acidification, which in turn transforms the aquatic ecosystem,” Minister Holder said.A section of the gathering at the Fisherfolk Day activitiesThis, according to the Agriculture Minister, can have a negative impact on the industry. He echoed a called for all the players to work together in the best interest of the industry.By 2050, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates, the catch of main fish species would decline by some 40 per cent.“As a result, the fisheries sector can be impacted by a decline in the production and ecology of our fish stock, which will negatively affect production and yield,” the Minister stated.To address this, the Fisheries Department is currently looking to introduce a new line of fingerlings which can withstand the projected changes in local waters. Once successful, this will be a significant boost to the fishing industry.The Minister proposed a number of measures which can be implemented working in tandem with the local fishing industry. Among those are the establishment of marine and coastal protected areas through management and planning for the protection of breeding grounds for fish stock, and increased access for fishers to technical, financial and material resources to assist where necessary.“These are some of the initiatives we will be embarking on to ensure that not only is there more responsible fishing, but also a guarantee that marine resources will be accessible for a long time,” the Minister added.The issue of piracy was also addressed by the subject minister, who lauded the efforts of fisher folks in plying their trade despite the dangers which may exist. The Agriculture Minister, in underscoring the importance of the industry, said the efforts of fisher folks must be recognized, as they continue to make a meaningful contribution to the GDP.Guyana has recently signed on to the IUU, a global response to eliminating illegal fishing. This has seen a number of measures being taken by the Fisheries Department to ensure that illegal fishing becomes a thing of the past. The Agriculture Minister spoke of the Port State Measure Agreement (PSMA) to which Guyana recently signed on. This PSMA aims to prevent, deter, and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.last_img read more

Government supports 2019 Kenya Open

first_img0Shares0000Kenya Proffesional golfers Charan Thethy and Jacob Okello watch Yusuf Omari-Najib Balala-Peter Kanyago and Kirimi Kaberia putt at Karen Country Club. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 28 – The Kenya Open Golf Limited (KOGL) on Monday unveiled sponsors for the 2019 Kenya Open Golf Championship, as the event draws near, and preparations hit top gear.The Government of Kenya, through the Ministry of Tourism as well as the Ministry of Sports, Barclays Bank of Kenya, Kenya Breweries Limited and Hemingways Hotel were unveiled as some of the confirmed sponsors as conclusion on other sponsorships come to a close. While making the announcement, KOGL Chairman, Peter Kanyago, thanked the sponsors for their renewed support of the Kenya Open Golf Championship, noting that the change in sponsor categories was necessitated by the improved status of the tournament.“I note with gratitude that the journey towards the promotion of the tournament to the European Tour could not have been possible without the support accorded to us by our sponsors over the years. And for that, we remain truly grateful.”Tourism CS Najib Balala with Kenya Open Golf Limited Peter Kanyago display’s winners Trophy of the Open at Karen Country Club. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYASpeaking at the same event Tourism and Wildlife Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala expressed the Government’s belief in the potential that the Kenya Open has in growing Kenya’s Tourism.“I am delighted to announce that the Ministry of Tourism, through the Kenya Tourism Board, will be sponsoring this year’s Kenya Open Golf Championship. Through the sponsorship, we believe that the Kenya Open will prominently position Magical Kenya to the global audience through the TV broadcasting opportunities that comes with the new status,” he said.On his part, Principal Secretary at the Ministry of Sports and Heritage Amb. Kirimi Kaberia reiterated the Government’s commitment in supporting the growth of Golf in the country.“The Government remains committed towards the growth of the sport and last year’s announcement by His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta on the intention to increase the Kenya Open prize money kitty from 1.1 Million Euros to 2.2 Million, was a clear indication of this commitment.”He added: “I am delighted to note that this year’s tournament will for the first time be played under the prestigious European Tour, after the increase in prize money. The promotion to the European tour is set to further strengthen the country’s position as a global sporting giant.”Tourism CS Najib Balala with Kenya Open Golf Limited chairman Peter Kanyago-Kirimi Kaberia Sports Ps and Barclays Bank Chief Finance Officer Omari Yusuf display’s Kenya Open winners Trophy at Karen Country. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYACommenting on Barclays Bank’s commitment to this year’s Kenya Open, Barclays Bank of Kenya Chief Finance Officer, Yusuf Omari, said:“Over the past 9 years, we have worked hand in hand with KOGL to grow the profile and stature of the Kenya Open and as we look back, we are proud to have played integral role in giving the tournament a global status, now part of the main European Tour.”While commenting on the tournament preparations, Kenya Open Tournament director Patrick Obath noted that the course at the Karen Country Club will be re-arranged to cater for both players and spectators.“The course at Karen is going to be played in a different way to allow more room for spectators movement as well as the seating infrastructure that is going to be set up. The current 13th hole will be the first tee. Players will then play the 14th through the 18th holes, then go back to the 10th, 11th and the 12th for the first nine. They will then cross over to the first tee and play it the normal way,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Crystal Palace boss reveals search for Jedinak cover

first_img1 Mile Jedinak in action for Crystal Palace Crystal Palace boss Neil Warnock has revealed he is searching for a replacement to cover the absence of Asian Cup-bound star Mile Jedinak in January.The Eagles could lose their talismanic skipper for up to six matches whilst he is away on international duty with Australia and Warnock wants to bring in another midfielder during the transfer window.Jedinak, 30, who has netted five goals in his last eight matches, recently admitted his frustration at missing Palace’s run-in in the New Year.However, the south-east London side have already identified several players they could bring in to strengthen the squad, according to Warnock.“It would be nice to be able to bring somebody in on January 1st (when Jedinak leaves),” he said. “We are looking at targets but it’s not always easy. Teams that you want to get players from, want to replace the players they are selling.“Usually it always ends up as a scramble over the last few days however hard you try.”last_img read more

Lakes of methane found on Saturn’s moon Titan

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPhotos: At LA County Jail, Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrates Christmas Mass with inmatesTitan is one of two moons in the solar system known to possess a significant atmosphere similar to that of primordial Earth. But scientists have long puzzled over the source of its hazy atmosphere rich in nitrogen and methane. Scientists believe methane gas breaks up in Titan’s atmosphere and forms smog clouds that rain methane down to the surface. But the source of methane inside the moon, which releases the gas into the atmosphere, is still unknown, Lunine said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Scientists said Monday they have found the first widespread evidence of giant hydrocarbon lakes on the surface of Saturn’s planet-size moon Titan. The cluster of lakes was spotted near Titan’s frigid north pole during a weekend flyby by the international Cassini spacecraft, which flew within 590 miles of the moon. Researchers counted about a dozen lakes six to 62 miles wide. Some, which appeared as dark patches in radar images, were connected by channels, while others had tributaries flowing into them. Several were dried up, but the ones that contained liquid were most likely a mix of methane and ethane. “It was a real potpourri,” said Cassini scientist Jonathan Lunine of the University of Arizona. last_img read more