The three-year-old campaign leading up to the season’s first classic continues at Caymanas Park today, with the Mercury Sprint for native bred maiden three-year-old colts and geldings over the straight taking the spotlight. The race, which has been divided into two sections, follows on the heels of the Eight Thirty Sprint for the fillies last Saturday, which saw the highly-fancied debutante DANCING QUEEN and odds on favourite POISON GAS winning their respective divisions in contrasting fashion. Division one of the Mercury Sprint has attracted 12 starters and indications are that first-time runners MEGATRON and BOLD SYMPHONY, to be ridden by champion jockey Shane Ellis and Orlando Foster, respectively, will fight out the finish. Both have looked well forward at exercise in preparation for the race, especially the Anthony ‘Baba’ Nunes-trained MEGATRON. The roan colt by Seeking The Gold out of the Slick Trick mare Chikiney looked real sharp at exercise last Saturday morning, galloping from the gates in 1:00.0, the last three in 46.1, beating stable-companion LITTLEMISSEMMY, who is no slouch, quite easily. A week before that he clocked 1;00.1 and with his preparation complete, gets the nod over the Philip Feanny-trained BOLD SYMPHONY, a bay colt by Image Maker out of Tejano Symphony, who galloped from the gates in 1:00.4 last Saturday morning as well, the last three in 46.1. So it’s MEGATRON to win from BOLD SYMPHONY and the Wayne DaCosta-trained LITTLE BIG HORN, who has shown promise in two of his three starts to date. Division two looks tailored for the Feanny-trained newcomer DR BANNER, with Oneil Mullings aboard. The chestnut colt by Adore The Gold out of the Schism mare Deja Vu caught the eye at exercise recently when clocking 1:01.0 out of the straight. Having secured a favourable high number draw in another 12-horse field, DR BANNER should lead home Gary Subratie’s NOLAN HILL, who ran well on his recent debut over the round course when chasing home CRUISING MOTION, and returns with Lasix administered. Other firm fancies on the 10-race card are SOUTHERN CRUISE in the opening race over 1400 metres, NUCLEAR AFFAIR in the third, EL CLIENTE in the fourth, TURBO MACHINE CAT in the fifth and STORMING in the ninth.
Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Bradley Beal’s scoring barrage propels Wizards past 76ers Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Marcus Morris had 22 points and eight rebounds, Jaylen Brown also scored 22 points and Jayson Tatum had 20 for the Celtics, who have won five of six.Gordon Hayward had 14 points, Daniel Theis added 12 points and six rebounds off the bench, and Terry Rozier had 12 points and five assists.Domantas Sabonis had 20 points and seven rebounds for the Pacers (27-14), who had won seven of eight. Thaddeus Young had 10 points and eight rebounds, and Victor Oladipo scored 17 points.The Pacers never led and fell to 5-2 in the second of back-to-back games this season. They wilted in the second half after beating Cleveland 123-115 the previous night.“They just beat us in every category today,” Oladipo said. “Everything you can imagine, they beat us in.”ADVERTISEMENT Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) drives to the basket past Indiana Pacers forward Bojan Bogdanovic (44) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)BOSTON — There’s no secret to the Boston Celtics recent roll.The Celtics continued to share the offensive load, and the results showed again in a 135-113 rout of the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night for their fourth straight win.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “It’s not too often that we’re going to put up 135 points, but I feel like consistently over the last few games, we’ve done a great job of making shots,” said Kyrie Irving, who had 12 points in 24 minutes before getting to rest the entire fourth quarter.“We’re making shots. We’re continuing to make each other better and make those plays that we weren’t making at the beginning of the season.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe Celtics had 32 assists — their fifth straight game with 30 or more — and put together their highest scoring game this season. Boston (25-15) also ended a three-game skid against the Pacers, who entered the night third in the Eastern Conference having won seven of eight.“It just looked like we were gassed tonight,” Indiana coach Nate McMillan said. “We knew they could come out fast and they did. They came out very aggressive, attacking us and just we weren’t able to establish anything defensively against this group.” Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Boston led 68-53 at halftime after shooting 56.5 percent (26 for 46) in the first half.Indiana used a 10-2 run early in the third and cut the margin to 79-67 on Sabonis’ hook shot with 5:31 left in the period, but Boston took off again and topped 100 points before the quarter was over.Theis converted a three-point play to start the Celtics on a 12-3 run, and Boston closed out the period with another surge, getting back-to-back 3-pointers by Rozier for a 100-74 lead with 1:27 left.KEEP SHARINGThe Celtics’ string of 30-plus assist games is their longest since a six-game run in March and April of 1987.“We’re all understanding that we’re trying to play faster and the ball movement has been working for us,” said Al Horford, who led Boston with eight assists. “It keeps the defense on their toes, really makes the other team work. It’s kind of contagious.”OUT-PACEDBoston’s point total was also the most allowed by Indiana this season — eight more points than Charlotte scored on the Pacers on Nov. 27.“The fourth game of a five-game road trip and you’re playing Boston on a back-to-back,” McMillan said. “In a situation like that, you knew they were going to try to be aggressive, run us out of the building right from the start. And we just never could keep up with them.”TIP-INS LATEST STORIES Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Pacers: Tyreke Evans scored 15 points and Kyle O’Quinn had 11. … Bojan Bogdanovic was called for a technical foul with 8:43 left in the first quarter. … Young was called for another technical for saying something from the Pacers’ bench with two minutes left in the third quarter, and coach Nate McMillan got one with 16 seconds left in the period. … C Myles Turner was out with a sore right shoulder.Celtics: Scored 68 in the first half, one point shy of their season-high for points in a half. … Topped their previous high of 133 points scored against Chicago on Dec. 6. … Tatum scored nine of Boston’s first 11 points and had 11 in the first quarter, going 5 for 6.UP NEXTPacers: At New York on Friday night.Celtics: Open up a three-game road trip Thursday night at Miami.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
MOST READ Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief MANILA, Philippines–Che’Lu made quick work of Batangas-Emilio Aguinaldo College, 89-63, in the 2019 PBA D-League Tuesday at Paco Arena in Manila.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kyle Carlos had 13 points for the Generals, who slipped to 1-2.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next UAAP commended for helping promote 3×3 basketball Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil The Revellers raced to an 11-1 lead and never wavered en route to its second win in three outings.Sean Manganti scored 20 points while Jessie Collado notched a double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds for Che’Lu.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe Revellers were relentless from the opening tip and led by as much as 34 points.Che’Lu broke the game wide open in the middle quarters where they outscored EAC, 48-25, to take a 71-42 advantage heading into the final frame. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View comments
National Media and Publishing Company (Kaieteur News) senior crime journalist Dale Andrews died early Saturday morning at a city hospital after he reportedly suffered a heart attack.Dale AndrewsAndrews, 45, of Ann’s Grove, East Coast Demerara, was reportedly on a three-day sick leave at the time of his demise. Andrews, who worked with the Kaieteur News for more than 12 years was described as a stalwart in the media fraternity. He started his journalistic career at the Guyana Broadcasting Corporation and then joined Kaieteur News in early 2000’s. While there he excelled in the way he reported crime and security matters.Editor-in-Chief of Kaieteur News Adam Harris, when contacted on Saturday told Guyana Times that the entire staff is in a state of shock and disbelief. He also confirmed that Andrews suffered from a heart complication and was on sick leave.On Friday evening, Andrews reportedly took in and upon checking for his medication, his wife realised there was none. He was taken to the hospital where he succumbed.Harris noted that Andrew’s death will definitely leave a hole in the editorial team at the entity.“Dale was a dedicated worker. Even though he was on medical sick leave he sent in stories to be published… We have lost a gem, a void that cannot be filled”, Harris added.Guyana Times/TVG/ Radio Guyana extends sympathy to the family, relative and friends of Dale Andrews.
Reporter Yates: “The thugs were pressing my body. They collected my phone, the money in my pocket and other contents.”— Robbers make away with his gadgets, cashBarley two weeks after suspected marauding gang burglarized the home of Daily Observer news editor C.Y. Kwanue, hooligans at the intersection of Broad and Johnson streets on Wednesday, June 26, 2019, attacked the newspaper’s business reporter, David A. Yates.The incident occurred about 10:45 p.m. while reporter Yates was on his way home from work.Wednesday’s incident marked the fourth time that Yates has suffered an incidence of robbery in recent times.The robbers made away with his voice recorder, smartphone, his working identification card and L$5,000.According to eyewitnesses, the attack by the thugs on reporter Yates lasted for several minutes. Although there were some bystanders during the robbery, none of them intervened, with the robbers brandishing cutlasses and threatening to hurt anyone who would try to rescue Reporter Yates.The thugs, wielding stones and cutlasses, forced the journalist to hand over his working gadgets and cash.Police officers assigned on the Gabriel Tucker bridge did not intervene either.Recounting his ordeal, Yates said he observed that seven of the thugs tailed him as he was disembarking from a taxi cab down Crown Hill. The robbers seized all valuables they could find on him, fleeing the scene while the victim cried for help.“The thugs were pressing my body. They collected my phone, the money in my pocket and other contents,” Yates said.The most painful aspect is the encounter, which has left Yates traumatized. The robbers reportedly boasted of being members of the ruling class and that the police were in their pocket.It can be recalled that a suspected armed gang, a fortnight ago, burgled the Lynch Street apartment of the newspaper’s editor C.Y. Kwanue, making away with some of his personal effects, including cash.There are growing public concerns that Monrovia has become a place where people need to be on their guard almost everywhere. According to Police sources (unnamed) it gets much worse at night, even on Sundays, with evening churchgoers being victimized by robbers. Areas occupied and frequented by foreigners are regarded as unsafe, even though they are reportedly more secure than other places.Meanwhile, Yates’ nightmare has been reported to the Liberia National Police (LNP) at Slipway Depot in Monrovia.Up to press time last night, police had made no arrests, neither have they informed reporter Yates of progress regarding his ordeal.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Ever since the closure of the Wales Sugar Estate in December of 2016, some 1700 workers have been directly affected, and thousands of persons in the Wales and surrounding communities have been indirectly affected. Almost 10 months after the shutdown of the Estate, many workers claim that they are having difficulty gaining consistent employment even as they continue to cope without receiving their termination benefits.Struggling Wales residents along with GAWU officials on MondayThese issues were reiterated on Tuesday when sugar workers and housewives gathered at the headquarters of the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) in Kingston, Georgetown where they complained of not having enough funds to meet their basic needs or to cover the educational needs of their children.“If you [are] willing to do a business, nobody won’t support the business, because the finance not coming and people don’t even want to shop because of the children and the expense in the home. I have a son who writing CXC and everyday he got SBA, use the Internet, ink but we can’t get it because me ain’t working, the husband ain’t working so we glad if we could get we severance,” a mother living in the area pointed out.Another aggrieved housewife and mother of five, Salima Bacchus shared similar sentiments, saying that her husband, Haseer, a former cane cutter, is only finding work in carpentry sometimes for one or two days a week. She further lamented her difficulties in being able to pay her bills.Gordon Thomas, an ex-tug captain at the Estate, was one of the few who secured his severance package, but he felt that it was necessary to support his fellow workers. At the GAWU gathering, he noted that the community of Wales was a far cry from the prosperous area which was seen in the past.“It pains us that communities and people that were once so vibrant, happy and joyful are now forced to contend with greater unemployment, crime, destitution, misery, staring poverty and other anti-social behaviour,” Thomas lamented. He noted that workers who used their severance to purchase cars were contending with saturation of the market, coupled with fewer passengers travelling on the roads.He highlighted that many of his colleagues who were able to secure jobs in the wake of the closure are confronting issues of “lesser wages” and “reduced work opportunities”.Father of six, Romeo Charles had worked with the Estate for 20 years before being retrenched. He said that many residents were going hungry but were afraid to admit their plight.“It ain’t easy for people right now in Wales and all what we asking the Government to do is ensure that we get we severance because we deserve it. It’s not something that we begging for. We work we whole life with GuySuCo tirelessly and it not we fault that the estate close, is they close it,” Charles observed.After several months, the High Court is still to list the severance matter before a judge. (Shemuel Fanfair)
…says there is scope to revise targetOfficials are admitting that developments since Guyana embarked on the path of ‘greening the economy’ may make a revision of its 100 per cent renewable energy target by the year 2025 necessary.This came out of a meeting between the Office of Climate Change (OCC); Guyana Energy Agency (GEA); Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) and the Parliamentary Sectoral Committee on Foreign Affairs. It will be a different view to that usually expressed by the politicians.Committee Chairperson Gail Teixeira noted that Guyana’s commitment of 100 per cent renewable energy by 2025 was a huge commitment even with the Amaila Falls Hydropower Project (AFHP) then on the cards, much less now considering that Government was no longer pushing the project but smaller hydropower facilities.While the Committee heard a number of initiatives aimed at reducing emissionsOCC Head Janelle Christianand switching to the green state, like outfitting Government departments and setting up small hydropower stations, Teixeira demanded to know what specific targets have been met and the impact these targets had on the overall goal.“I believe, given the extent of research done over the last three years, it is clear that we cannot reach to the goal of 100 per cent by 2025,” OCC Head Janelle Christian, who has a master’s degree in Natural Resource Management, told the Committee. In response to this admission, Teixeira urged her to inform the requisite policy-makers.“You should advise the advisers and politicians, because in Parliament, it is said (that the target is achievable). It’s only because we are asking you to come before us, we are hearing there is a consideration for a review,” she observed.When asked by Committee member Nigel Dharamlall whether there was an exit strategy for the agreement in light of this information, Christian ruled out an exit. According to the environment specialist, there is room for revision of targets.Renewable energyIt was only recently that Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson provided updates on a number of multimillion-dollar hydro and solar power projects that had seemingly been gathering dust…Patterson also spoke of a US$3.8 million solar farm, funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), which would be constructed at Bartica. According to the Minister, this will be completed by the end of 2018.Meanwhile, the update on the Tumatumari hydro project is that the privateMembers of the Committee on Fridaydeveloper has been given a deadline to reach financial closure with investors; that is, when all agreements have been signed and conditions met, in order to allow the dispensing of funds.Patterson noted that if the developer, in this case Tumatumari Hydro Inc, proved unable to meet the July month-end deadline set by the State for financial closure, Government would take over the project.The update on the Kato hydropower project is a more positive one. According to Patterson, funding has been secured for the US$2 million project and work will commence when the weather permits.He also spoke of securing funding from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) for solar – photovoltaic (PV) – farms at Port Kaituma (US$1.8 million); Kwakwani (US$2.6 million) and Matthews Ridge (US$2 million).Renewable energy targetsPatterson had also provided a breakdown of all the solar systems they have managed to install on Government buildings. He referenced President David Granger’s visit to India to attend the International Solar Alliance (ISA) Founding Conference and Solar Summit in March.He said now that Guyana was a member of this alliance, a line of credit of approximately US$15 million would be available to Guyana. While the funds have not been allocated as yet, Patterson noted that the idea was to provide funding towards utility-scale energy for Indigenous villages to the tune of four megawatts.He revealed that the Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Ministry and the Communities Ministry would identify these villages. All of this, according to Patterson, culminates in certain targets the Government is trying to meet in renewable energy installation.“So, by the end of 2018, we would have installed about five megawatts of renewable energy. And that’s a commendable feat coming from 2015, with zero,” Patterson boasted. “And then, by the end of 2020, when all these projects would have been completed, there would be 29 or 30 megawatts.”“So, we’re well on our way to achieving our target of trying to become as 100 per cent renewable energy (powered) as close as possible. So, we have made progress and we’re just about four or five per cent (completed) at the end of 2018 and we’ll triple that by the end of 2020,” Patterson had said.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has showered praise on the “electric” Danny Welbeck after his first career hat-trick in the 4-1 Champions League win over Galatasaray.The £16million deadline day signing from Manchester United terrorised the Turkish side’s defence, producing three finishes of the highest quality to leave some Gunners fans deliriously comparing the new forward to club legend and all-time top goalscorer Thierry Henry.Unsurprisingly, Wenger was keen to steer clear of such comparisons, but the Frenchman could not hide his delight with the 23-year-old, and admitted his surprise with how talented Welbeck is.“It’s good to see that slowly he is gaining confidence and finishes well,” Wenger said after Arsenal picked up their first points in Group D.“It’s nice to see the potential is there and hopefully his hat-trick will help him to gain confidence.“His link play is good as well. His team work and his work rate is at the level of the team and his attitude is positive. He’s a team player, he is not only a finisher, and he has learned that on the flank and here he wants to help the team.”Asked what he had learned since the Manchester United academy product had arrived at Emirates, Wenger added: “That he’s a good finisher. Technically he’s very sound and that was a surprise.“He’s a good passer of the ball and I did not know he was so quick. I knew he was quick, but he can be electric when he starts. He has great pace.”
Daniele Baselli 1 Arsenal target Daniele Baselli has denied agreeing a deal to join AC Milan and says he will keep his options open at the end of the season.Arsene Wenger has been linked with a bid for the Atalanta midfielder, who has been in impressive form the Serie A side.He looked to have passed the Gunners by when he opened talks over a switch to the San Siro at the start of this year.But a move did not materialise and the 22-year-old insists there have been no further talks with the Italian giants.Baselli, speaking in Corriere di Bergamo, said: “Yes, I went to Milan. There was interest, but nothing has been agreed. I know there’s interest, and nothing else.“I’m here in an Atalanta shirt, and I’m just thinking about doing well. My goal is to have consistency, to show something extra on the pitch, so far I’ve managed to play a lot.“After that other teams may come in, but I’ve never spoken to Galliani.”
HEJCE, Hungary – A Slovak military plane carrying troops back from Kosovo crashed in a mountainous region of northeastern Hungary on Thursday, killing 44 people, officials said. Only one person survived after the AN-24 aircraft went down near the Slovak border, said National Police spokesman Laszlo Garamvolgyi. Garamvolgyi said the flight was carrying 38 passengers and seven crew members from Pristina, the capital of Kosovo, to the Slovak city of Kosice when it crashed. A NATO officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media, said in Kosovo that the plane was carrying Slovakian soldiers back home after serving in the NATO-led peacekeeping force. Officials say Slovak troops help patrol the boundary between Kosovo and Serbia. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Gergely Abraham, a spokesman for the Economic and Transport Ministry, said the area where the crash occurred about 155 miles northeast of Budapest was not heavily populated, but did not provide other details. Hungarian rescuers and fire crews were at the crash site, Hungarian Interior Ministry spokesman Sandor Orodan said. The Czech news agency CTK reported Slovak Prime Minister Mikulas Dzurinda had called a late-night meeting with Cabinet ministers. The agency also said the Slovak army sent a helicopter to the crash site, but that it was unable to land because of bad weather. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!