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first_imgWimbledon’s leading men have survived to reach the men’s quarter-finals, with Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic all in action on Wednesday.Here is a look at key talking points ahead of the last-eight clashes.Champagne super NovakRave reviews followed Novak Djokovic’s fourth-round performance against Karen Khachanov, with the sense the Serbian is back to the form that has brought him 12 grand slam titles. Djokovic has wrestled with problems including an elbow injury that abruptly curtailed his 2017 season after Wimbledon, but his statistics this tournament point to a player making rapid strides towards the top again. Maybe similar applies to his quarter-final opponent Kei Nishikori, a former world number four who has toppled Nick Kyrgios and Ernests Gulbis over the last two rounds. Djokovic starts as a firm favourite having won 13 of their previous 15 matches, and will look to push his claims for a fourth Wimbledon title.Can Kevin Anderson dethrone the king?Roger Federer dismissed his first-week opponents in clinical fashion, and then sprinted through the opening set against fourth-round rival Adrian Mannarino in a staggering 16 minutes on Monday. It became more of a contest after that against Mannarino, however, with Federer made to graft for the win. He has still yet to drop serve and remains a wonderful returner, a skill which will be put to the test against the powerful deliveries of South African Kevin Anderson. Anderson has lost his serve only six times and could well take Federer into one or more tie-breaks, but expect the Swiss to find a way through his latest test.Wimbledon’s ace-race leaders go head to headThe clash of John Isner and Milos Raonic may not be one for tennis aesthetes, given booming serves are bound to dominate. Both men have banged down more than 100 aces so far in this Wimbledon, and are the only players to have reached three figures, so expect the 6ft 10in Isner and 6ft 5in Raonic to play to their obvious strengths. Raonic has the more complete all-round game, and recent experience of a Wimbledon run after reaching the 2016 final, but if it comes down to a battle of wits in tie-breaks then this become anyone’s match.First big test for NadalRafael Nadal believes he is playing his best tennis at Wimbledon for a long time, after ending a seven-year wait to get back to this stage of the tournament. He has looked terrific so far but has yet to play an opponent ranked inside the world’s top 75, so the early wins need to be assessed in that context. Juan Martin del Potro presents a major step up in class, and the Argentinian world number four could push the Spaniard all the way.Centre Court12-Novak Djokovic (Serbia) v 24-Kei Nishikori (Japan)5-Juan Martin del Potro (Argentina) v 2-Rafael Nadal (Spain)Court One1-Roger Federer (Switzerland) v 8-Kevin Anderson (South Africa)13-Milos Raonic (Canada) v 9-John Isner (U.S.)last_img read more


first_imgThe Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha will be holding countrywide activities to commemorate the 179th anniversary of Indian Arrival in Guyana.On Saturday, May 6, the Sabha will be hosting a special concert at the Dharmic Kendra in Prashad Nagar, Greater Georgetown, featuring Ben Parag, Vishalie Sukram and the Dharmic Nirtya Sangh.Nineteen-year-old Ben Parag has been in the limelight recently for having made it to the top six in Star Plus Television’s Music and Singing Competition “Dil Hai Hindustani” in India. Parag is the first person of Guyanese origin to have enjoyed such success in any singing and television show in India.The show was judged by top personalities of the Bollywood Indian music and film industry and featured many popular guests including Shah Rukh Khan, Vidya Balan and Akshay Kumar.The talented teenager was born in New York but his parents are from Black Bush Polder, Corentyne, Berbice.Ben ParagAlso performing on May 6 are Emerging Voices Season One winner Vishalie Sukram and the Sabha’s dance troupe, Dharmic Nritya Sangh, popular for their spectacular performances at Naya Zamana. Tickets for the event cost $3000 and will include dinner. These are on sale at the Dharmic Kendra and Red Mango or can be obtained by calling 227-6181 or 219-1900. All proceeds go towards the Sabha’s Dharmic Rama Krishna School Expansion project.The Sabha will also be holding Indian Arrival Anniversary celebrations featuring marches, exhibitions and rich cultural programmes across the country.On Monday, May 1, West Coast Berbice will hold their event at the Bath Community Centre Ground beginning at 16:00h. On Friday, May 5, programmes will be held by the East Coast Demerara Praant at the Helena No 2 Cricket Ground in Mahaica at 13:00h and by the West Demerara Praant at the Oceanview Mandir Compound at 18:00h.On Sunday, May 7, the Essequibo Praant’s event will be held at Anna Regina Community Centre Ground at 13:00h while Central Corentyne Praant’s programme will be held at Tain Campus at 16:00h.The final event will be held on May 7 at Crabwood Creek Road End and will feature both Praga and Sukram.Admission to all of the events is free and they will be alcohol free.last_img read more


first_imgOnly Guyanese with very short memories or absolutely no knowledge of our post-Independence history would be surprised at the intimidation of journalists at the press conference ostensibly arranged by the APNU (but only PNC officials in attendance) and the AFC at Congress Place last Friday. And this intimidation had to have been planned beforehand, since APNU supporters who thronged the occasion to deliver their insults and heckling had to have been invited and seated by the organisers.They were in full view and earshot of the bevy of the highest officials of the PNC and the AFC – including Moses Nagamootoo (PM and Acting President); PNC Chair Volda Lawrence; and VP and Acting PM, Carl Greenidge – who were seated at the head table, since they were given priority seating over the invited journalists. While the party partisans’ cheers and applause — which made the occasion appear to be one of those taped game shows, with canned “audience response” — might have been excused in light of the need for the leaders to bolster their ego after their humiliating rejection at the LGE, the supporters’ raucous behaviour was frightening in light of the PNC’s sordid history with the press.Forbes Burnham explicitly declared that the role of the media was to, first and foremost, operationalise the paramountcy of the PNC over all other institutions – and indeed the state — and to insist his word was law. But even more insidiously, he envisaged the media as acting to create a “vacuum of information”. The absence of factual information serves to prevent the PNC line from being challenged, or a competing discourse from being formed. Burnham explained his control over the Guyanese media by a “development-support communication theory”, which postulated that only information supportive of the Government’s – read PNC’s — development programme should be transmitted to the populace. And this is why the present iteration of the PNC is afraid of journalists seeking to report on “all the news that’s fit to print”.But the PNC went even further to control the media. In 1970, Burnham acquired the national newspapers, the “Daily and Sunday Chronicle”; and the “Daily and Sunday Guyana Graphic” in 1973, and merged them as the “Guyana Chronicle” in 1976. During that year, “Radio Demerara” was purchased and merged with the already state-owned “Guyana Broadcasting Corporation”. In conjunction with the sycophantic treatment of Burnham, the P.N.C. and its ideology, the media were used to viciously attack the opposition. The racist line that Burnham and the P.N.C. could not overtly espouse (being protective of their “progressive” Third World reputation) was delegated to the House of Israel. This group fanned the ethnic fears of the PNC supporters of being dominated by the traditional supporters of the PPP by violently attacking them while predicting an imminent racial “Armageddon” in Guyana.The independent media became vestigial: a weekly four-page tabloid (P.P.P.’s Mirror) and three “eight by seventeen” mimeographed newsletters (two — W.P.A.’s ‘Open Word’ and ‘Dayclean’ — together with “Catholic Standard” of the Catholic Church). Even these vestiges were harassed continuously by libel suits, intimidation of journalists, and non-delivery of newsprint. The last was explained as due to a “lack of foreign newsprint”, yet gifts from aboard were refused entry in the country.While the Guyana Press Association (GPA) has condemned the actions of the APNU/AFC leaders in condoning the hooliganistic behaviour of their supporters, and APNU has belatedly “apologised”, all Guyana must be on guard for the continuation of press intimidation, and even further repression through putatively regulatory governmental institutions over the media. Now that the Government’s support has been exposed as very soft in the LGE, they will revert to what has “worked” for them in the past: bullyism and intimidation to secure 2020.They want to create the “vacuum of information” coupled with the constant bombardment of the population with the “big lie” from the state media to foster, even in the minds of the Opposition followers, a sense of omnipotence concerning their rule and impotence concerning the latter.last_img read more


first_imgDear Editor,The Director of Public Information (DPI), Mr Imran Khan, appears to have misunderstood the purpose and objective of the New Delhi meeting of PIO (People of Indian Origin) parliamentarians (MPs), as well as the Indian High Commissioner’s role in selecting MPs for the conference.Having now been publicly informed by the High Commissioner of the goal and rationale of the meet, he should apologise to the HC. The HC is not seeking to interfere or influence Guyana politics, although many Guyanese wish he (or India) and other countries would intervene in the same manner that the ambassadors of the ABC countries do/did in Guyana’s internal affairs.The focus of the Delhi conference was on building relations between India and the countries where the PIO MPs are domiciled. The theme was on the role the MPs could play for mutual development. The parley allowed the MPs to connect with their past in India, and to build parliamentary relationships. There was no hidden agenda and no plan to interfere in any country’s internal affairs.As India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, told the gathering, India never invaded another country, but has helped other countries. And the PM made reference to India rescuing over 70,000 migrants from various countries stranded in Yemen. India also rescued many ships that were pirated off the coast of Africa. India also helps every African country.Similar gatherings were held in the past under previous governments. The Government of India covered all costs of this meeting. Ministers or speakers of parliaments were not invited. The Government of India has direct government-to-government relations with Guyana, and these are conducted at the diplomatic level by ministers. It is well known that ministers from India hold direct talks with ministers from Guyana and other countries.The PM of India met with President Granger in September 2014. The Prime Minister of Guyana, Moses Nagamootoo, was an official guest of India on several occasions. Just last December, Minister Ramjattan was in Delhi for a security meeting. So, clearly, government-to- government relations are very strong and are without friction. Foreign Minister Carl Greenidge is due to visit India soon; discussion will be centred on a visit by President Granger. There is no need for Mr Khan to introduce conflict now.The MPs I spoke with said both days’ conferences were very productive, and they expressed hope that these conferences would be annual. There was no politicking – meaning, interference in Guyana affairs — at any of the sessions.Imran Khan should tender an apology to the HC and to the Government of India for his erroneous personal belief and unsupported allegations.Yours truly,Vishnu Bisramlast_img read more


first_img0Shares0000Liverpool’s manager Jurgen Klopp (2ndL) leads his players in saluting the crowd with (L-R) Jordon Ibe, Divock Origi and Roberto Firmino after an English Premier League football match against West Bromwich Albion on December 13, 2015. PHOTO/AFPLONDON, December 17 – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was branded “a bit of an idiot” by West Bromwich Albion winger James McClean in comments reported by the BBC on Thursday.Klopp was involved in several fiery exchanges with opposition manager Tony Pulis during Liverpool’s 2-2 draw at home to West Brom on Sunday and the pair did not shake hands at the final whistle. The German also raced down the pitch to celebrate Liverpool’s stoppage-time equaliser and was confronted by a member of West Brom’s coaching staff.“I’ve got respect for the man because he’s done a great job at (Borussia) Dortmund, but I think he’s a bit of an idiot if I’m being honest,” Republic of Ireland winger McClean, 26, told BBC West Midlands.“In the game on Sunday … you can’t act that way. Win, lose or draw, you’ve got to be respectful.”Klopp made a strong start to his time at Anfield, losing only one of his first 11 games, but Liverpool are currently on a run of three games without victory in all competitions.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SOMETIMES it takes a horrific event to truly appreciate the scope of the emergency resources of a modern-day city like Los Angeles. The trench cave-in and rescue in North Hollywood on Wednesday served as a good reminder of that. When two construction workers became trapped in the 15-foot hole on a construction site, 70 firefighters responded to the call, including some from the urban rescue team and specially trained in trench rescue. Needless to say, the two trapped men were extracted from the dirt by the expertise of Los Angeles’ highly skilled emergency experts.last_img


first_imgMOTORING: There are some incredible deals available at Donegal’s No.1 car garage – as part of their March Madness campaign.Management at Highland Motors have a whole host of unbelievable deals on offer for their March Madness campaign. But don’t hang around and be left disappointed, as these deals are going fast.A spokesman for Highland Motors told Donegal Daily, “March Madness is coming early this year!“We are offering €4,000 Scrappage plus an additional 1 Year Free Road tax for every brand new Grand C4 Picasso, C4 Cactus and C4 registered before the 31st of March.“Don’t be left hanging around, these incredible deals won’t last forever. “All you have to do is to call now 074-91-27007.”Highland Motors have earned a reputation as one of the finest car dealerships in Ireland, and one of the reasons for their popularity is the fact they sell the Citroën brand.ABOUT US:It’s a very good time to get to know the Citroën family, as Citroën Ireland has announced a range of attractive offers on selected 161 orders, for a limited time.SCRAPPAGE DEALS:0% APR PCP FINANCE OR €4,000 SCRAPPAGE! The C4, C4 Cactus, C4 Picasso and Grand C4 Picasso are available to order with either 0% APR PCP finance or €4,000 scrappage.These fantastic 161 offers are available on selected new Citroën cars ordered and delivered before 31st March 2016.FIVE YEAR WARRANTY:Citroën Ireland has also extended its warranty by 2 years, with the launch of its new 5 year (or 100,000 kilometres) warranty – giving you even more peace of mind. 2015 was filled with excitement for the Citroën range – with the C4 PureTech engine voted Engine of the Year 2015, the innovative C4 Cactus picking up even more awards, bringing its award count to 36* and Ireland’s best-selling 7 seater, the Grand C4 Picasso, being named WhatCar ? Best MPV for the second year in a row.GOING, GOING GONE – AMAZING DEALS ON OFFER AT HIGHLAND MOTORS was last modified: February 25th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BusinessCitroenDealershpDealsHighland MotorsnewsOfferPRlast_img read more


first_img1 Everton targets Joe Hart and Salvatore Sirigu Everton are locked in a four-way battle to sign Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu after giving up on landing Joe Hart from Manchester City.Hull, Napoli and Sevilla are also chasing 29-year-old Sirigu, who has asked to leave the French champions this summer after losing his number one spot to Kevin Trapp.That news, according to reports in French newspaper Le Parisien, has sparked interest from a number of sides who want to sign Sirigu before next week’s transfer deadline.Napoli want to bring the Italian back to Serie A, while Sevilla are hopeful that the prospect of Champions League football could lure him to Spain.However, there is also strong interest from the Premier League with both Everton and Hull keen on the former Palermo man.Injury-hit Hull are in desperate need of players, while Everton have turned their attention to Sirigu after reportedly being rebuffed by Manchester City outcast Joe Hart.The England number one has been told by pep Guardiola that he can leave the Etihad Stadium, with Everton thought to be leading the race to snap him up.However, it is claimed the £7million cost of Hart’s wages and loan fee has proved too much for the Toffees for just one season of service, and they have now turned their attention to the Italy international Sirigu instead.last_img read more


first_img deals While no formal talks have been opened, the Gunners will be wary of their striker becoming unsettled by the interest, especially as both Barcelona and Atletico can guarantee Champions League football next season.The 27-year-old has become a crucial member of Unai Emery’s squad, notching up 13 goals and eight assists this season to be named the Gunners’ Player of the Year.However, Atletico have also shown interest in PSG marksman Edinson Cavani, which will come as a relief to Emirates deal-makers.Last weekend, Lacazette admitted he was ‘flattered’ with the reports linking him to Barcelona. 1 Griezmann announced he would be leaving Los Colchoneros at the end of the season and Barcelona were immediately installed as frontrunners for his signature.However, Paris Saint-Germain have also shown interest in the Frenchman and Atletico deal-makers are looking to get as much money as possible for their talisman.According to French outlet Le 10 Sport, Arsenal have reportedly had an approach from the LaLiga club over a deal for Lacazette. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City REVEALED REPLY Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ gameday cracker no dice huge blow Atletico Madrid have identified Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette as their prime target to replace Antoine Griezmann, according to reports.Barcelona were linked with the forward earlier this week but the Madrid outfit are considering a bid to prise the forward away from London.center_img Lacazette was voted Arsenal’s Player of the Year Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January ADVICE Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury shining tense Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS LATEST Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars last_img read more


first_imgInvestigators credit the collaborative effort of all of the assisting agencies involved which included the Indiana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, the Whitley County Sheriff Department, the Whitley County Prosecutor’s Office and the Division of Child Services, in this complex and highly technical criminal investigation.The public is encouraged to report information regarding possible child exploitation to their local law enforcement agency or to the nearest State Police Post.  Information can also be reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s Cyber Tipline http://www.missingkids.com/CyberTipline or by calling them toll free at (800) 843-5678.All Suspects Are Presumed Innocent Until Proven Guilty in a Court of Law. A 44 year old Whitley County man was arrested on felony charges yesterday afternoon following an almost four month long investigation into various crimes against children allegations.An undercover investigation into peer-to-peer file sharing conducted by the Indiana State Police uncovered a large cache of child pornography yesterday during the execution of a search warrant at the man’s rural Columbia City residence.Forensic investigators were able to identify more than 150 images and more than two dozen videos of alleged child pornography on multiple electronic devices. The investigation was initiated in late March of this year as a result of multiple tips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).Investigators arrested 44 year old Christopher Aaron Davidsen without incident and he has been preliminarily charged by the Whitley County Prosecutor’s Office with the following:One count of Child Exploitation, Level 5 FelonyOne count of Possession of Child Pornography, Level 6 Felonylast_img read more