Quite some show

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Lukaku double sends Man United into quarter-finals

first_imgRomelu Lukaku extended his impressive FA Cup scoring record by netting twice in Manchester United’s 2-0 win at Huddersfield Town to send Jose Mourinho’s side through to the quarter-finals.The Belgian has scored in each of the three rounds United have played of this year’s competition and now has 11 goals from his past 10 FA Cup appearances.Lukaku’s first came after three minutes, and the striker scored again in the second half after United mounted a quick counter-attack against a side who beat them at the John Smith’s Stadium in the Premier League last October.Saturday’s fifth-round late kick-off also featured English football’s latest video-assisted referee (VAR) decision when United’s Juan Mata had a goal disallowed after being ruled fractionally offside before the interval.United’s midfielder Paul Pogba missed the game due to illness.West Bromwich Albion’s tumultuous week took a final turn for the worse as they were knocked out by Southampton, whose 2-1 victory at the Hawthorns secured the visitors a quarter-final berth for the first time since 2005.Defeat always seemed likely for West Brom, who are bottom of the Premier League and sacked their chairman and chief-executive on Tuesday.They then had four senior players interviewed by Spanish police over the alleged theft of a taxi from outside a fast-food restaurant in Barcelona.Two of those involved in the incident, Jonny Evans and Gareth Barry, both started against Southampton after issuing a public apology, although Evans was stripped of the captaincy by Albion manager Alan Pardew.“I felt I needed to make a little bit of a statement about the events,” Pardew said. “I was far from happy over them.”Evans could do nothing to stop Southampton taking the lead through Wesley Hoedt on 11 minutes, with Dusan Tadic adding the second after the interval.Salomon Rondon quickly countered for West Brom but Southampton held on to record their second win at Albion in two weeks.Brighton’s Jurgen Locadia scored on his debut in the 3-1 win over Coventry City who, after knocking out Stoke City in the third round, failed in their attempt to make FA Cup history by becoming the first fourth-tier side to beat two top-flight teams in the same season.There was never much chance of that with Brighton’s record signing Locadia scoring with his first shot on target after 15 minutes and Leicester City loanee Leonardo Ulloa, who is in his second spell with the Seagulls, rounding off the win after Connor Goldson netted his first goal in almost two years. Jonson Clarke-Harris scored Coventry’s consolation.The last time Brighton were a top-flight team they reached the FA Cup final in 1983 and might fancy their chances of a repeat this season although manager Chris Hughton’s decision to make nine changes in his starting lineup suggests the competition which he twice won as a player is not a priority.At Hillsborough, both managers bemoaned the replay after second tier Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea City shared a goalless draw, with Swansea’s Carlos Carvalhal suggesting everyone would have been happy to play on to penalties.“It’s a score nobody wants. I also believe (that’s the case) for Sheffield Wednesday – the same one more game. Maybe in the future we can think that if the managers and referee agree after the first game we can go to penalties and we can finish the game today,” said Carvalhal who was given a warm reception on his return to the club he managed for two and a half years.The replay is Swansea’s third in succession as they continue to juggle cup commitments with a Premier League survival battle that has become more difficult after impressive defender Alfie Mawson injured himself before kickoff and was subsequently seen wearing a knee brace. FA Cup quarter-final draw:Sheffield Wednesday or Swansea City v Rochdale or Tottenham HotspurManchester United v Brighton and Hove AlbionLeicester City v ChelseaWigan Athletic or Manchester City v SouthamptonTies to be played Mar. 16-19last_img read more

Praise Jxnes

first_imgreleases new singleTwenty-five-year-old US-based Guyanese Praise Jxnes is in Guyana and has excitedly launched his newest single, “Hallelujah” – one that was recorded at Mercy Sound Studio in Manhattan, NY. The young artiste, who is in Guyana to celebrate his birthday, explained that the song is about a girl he found and as soon as he found her, he was lit up and shouted “Hallelujah”.The song was released on BOOM FM and has since been creating some vibes. The music video is expected to be released shortly. The talented artiste ,who also goes by the name “Jay Anderson”, has several tunes under that name and is pushing for a new identity with Praise Jxnes.He travels to the land of his birth on a yearly basis to spend time with his family on the Essequibo Coast. He is excited about the release of his new song, noting that he will continue to record new music.The song can be found on Sound cloud and will be available soon on Apple.He can be followed on his Facebook page, twitter and instagram as Praise Jxnes.last_img read more

Mother and Daughter Pageant set for Saturday at NCC

first_imgAs the world prepares to pamper their mothers on Sunday, organisers of the 26th annual Mother and Daughter Pageant is set to host the show in fine style at the National Cultural Centre on Saturday evening.The winners of the 2017 Mother and Daughter PageantThe pageant will be hosted under the theme ‘Love’s Kaleidoscope’ and will see 22 pairs competing in the junior, middle and senior categories.The contestants are making sure that all final touches are in place to impress the judges and the audience as a whole. The highly anticipated contest is billed to commence at 20:00h. This year’s programme will be packed with lots of entertainment by some of our best artistes and of course the audience will be dazzled by the creativity of the mothers and daughters as they compete.The pageant will also focus on the scourge of domestic violence in Guyana and as such, a special tribute will be paid to Reona Payne who was killed in April.Reona is a past contestant of the Mother and Daughter Pageant, so the tragedy of her demise has left the organisers heartbroken, but strong to continue to raise awareness of the problem.The pageant is organised by Supa Stylistics Promotions, which is headed by Dr Sulan Fung-Browne and her mother, Mrs Ingrid Fung.last_img read more

Consistency key for PH Azkals, says Cooper

first_imgLATEST STORIES Kickoff is set at 4 p.m. (7 p.m. in Manila) at the national stadium in Male, where the Azkals hope to make a jubilant return to the venue where they suffered a heartbreaking loss to Palestine in the AFC Challenge Cup finals in 2014.The Azkals, who will be led by captain Stephan Schrock and goalkeeper Neil Etheridge, are third in the group with four points from three matches, with the hosts just a point behind. Both teams have one away win to show at the expense of Guam.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4The last match between the two sides ended with the Azkals barely beating Maldives, 3-2, in extra time. Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee Andray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai Sotto Mangrobang eyes first PH gold No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw ‘People evacuated on their own’ Philippines coach Scott Cooper hopes the Azkals maintain a level of consistency after coming up with one of their finest defensive performances in years in the goalless draw against powerhouse China last month in the World Cup Qualifiers.“We can’t have that result [against China] as a flash in the pan,” Cooper stressed on the eve of the Azkals’ clash with Maldives on Thursday as the national team continues its quest for a place in the sport’s showpiece event in Qatar in 2022.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

PPP/C Member of Parliament’s response to KN (Part 1)

first_imgDear Editor,I write in response to the Kaieteur News editorial of September 14, “A Broken Party.”The editorial of a newspaper is meant to reflect the opinion of that medium on the issue. I do not believe this article was written by the Editor-in-Chief, Adam Harris, nor does it reflect the views of its publisher, Glenn Lall. Neither is so naive as to believe that the People’s Progressive Party is “a broken party”.This editorial reflects such biased views and arrogant contempt for the PPP that it is most likely written by someone with the mindset of a Freddie Kissoon, although Freddie is not that naive either.The editorial begins, “History has shown that the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has descended into an abyss of a mere vote-getting machine based on race politics bent on dividing the country.” Surely, this “editor” is ignorant of the political history of the country, and should have done some research before putting his pen into gear. With all the irregularities that took place during the 2015 General Election, the PPP/C secured 202,694 votes to the APNU/AFC’s 207,200 votes, a difference of 4506 votes. In 2011, the APNU and the AFC contested separately, but secured a total of 175,011 votes, compared to 166,340 for the PPP/C (source: GECOM).Then at the Local Government Elections in March 2016, the PPP/C won 24,894 MORE VOTES than the governing APNU+AFC, securing 48 NDCs in the 70 Local Authority Areas contested. These results clearly demonstrate that the PPP is still the largest political party in the country. This, Dear Editor, is our history as documented by GECOM, and no rational person would describe this as a “broken party”.But it gets even more absurd. This Kaieteur News “editor” propagates, “The PPP is distinctive from other political parties in Guyana because it is corrupt and crooked. It does not have a vision and the challenge its members face today is new leadership. The party is at a critical crossroad, it is a broken party, and its members are asking serious questions about its future, its leadership and what role it can exercise in the future governance of the country.” Well now, this diatribe is beginning to sound more like an Abel Seetaram on pethidine.So before I respond to the nonsense spewed in this so-called “editorial”, let me once again for transparency and self-disclosure, admit that I was once a fierce critic of former President Bharrat Jagdeo and his PPP Administration. While living in New York, my hunger for news out of Guyana caused me to be negatively influenced by the onslaught of news critical of the PPP/C Government, propagated by the local online press and Mark Benschop on his hate radio. Without facts or evidence, I too joined the misinformation campaign, and maliciously accused the Jagdeo Administration of corruption in much the same way as this Administration is doing now. But then, after returning regularly on vacations, I was able to see first-hand the metamorphosis that had taken place from the hopelessness I had left behind when I migrated during the reign of the PNC. For despite the allegations of corruption, prosperity was evident everywhere. Guyanese owned more cars and beautiful homes than ever before. There were new schools and hospitals and a network of beautifully paved roads. Guyanese had jobs and money in their pockets. Blackouts were rapidly diminishing. The crime rate was still too high and there were pockets of problems of course, but, in general, people were mostly happy.Sincerely,Harry GillPPP/C Member of Parliamentlast_img read more

Linden commercial business vehicles to pay biennial cost

first_imgReturn of Kara Kara toll boothVehicles carrying commercial goods attached to businesses registered in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) may have to pay an agreed biennial cost to the municipality of the Linden Mayor and Town Council (LM&TC) when the Kara Kara toll booth at Mackenzie becomes operational again. This was discussed during deliberations at an extraordinary meeting of the Council which was recently held.The extraordinary meeting that was recently heldWhile a cost has not yet been set, a majority of Councillors at the meeting voted in favour of the decision to have the necessary vehicles, such as those carrying lumber, pay twice a year at a reduced cost.Linden Mayor Carwyn Holland indicated that a cost is expected to be arrived at following consultations with the Linden Chamber of Industry Commerce and Development (LCICD) and businesses within the community. Some categories of vehicles subjected to toll are timber trucks, haulers with machinery, trailers with logs and vehicles with goods for sale, among others.Another aspect which was discussed by the Council recently was the penalties for assaulting a toll collector which carries a $10,000 fine or an alternative of three months in prison.The Kara Kara toll booth had been the centre of controversy in the past due to the Council’s by-laws which were govern it, not being in force. A move to have it up and running again by the previous Council, after years, resulted in its abrupt closure by the previous Government in 2013. However, recently, the present Council succeeded in having the toll booth gazetted, with a claims and objections period being put in place for citizens.Just last week, the Mayor sought to clear up some misconceptions being peddled around the community, where some residents were reportedly of the belief that all vehicles traversing the route would be subjected to pay tolls. He noted that businesses which are coming from out of town would be subjected to the toll, while stating that it creates for a level playing field. Holland said however that there’s no cost for private vehicles and taxis.He added that there has been some changes, however, as it relates to costs as he outlined that the previous costs were age old. This, he said, had been discussed during a meeting with the LCICD and was agreed to by the parties involved.last_img read more

Put brake on dropout rate

first_imgLos Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, one of the study’s endorsers, contends that prevention and education are the keys to safer communities. State and local officials who are serious about lowering the dropout rate should consider the report’s conclusions as a guide to future education reforms.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe study also estimates the statewide costs associated with high dropout rates to be $22.4billion in reduced earning power; $9.5 billion to crime victims; $6.4 billion in lost revenue to local and state government; and an $8.3 billion loss in economic growth. The report also offers some relatively simple solutions that the state and school districts should embrace. These include: More smaller learning communities within high schools that include student and family advisors. High-quality preschool programs that studies have shown increase high school graduation rates by as much as 44 percent. Targeted dropout-prevention programs, such as Check & Connect, that provide needed services to high-risk students. Educators, parents and business leaders frequently lament the high dropout rate among the state’s high school students, but a study released this week quantifies the problem in terms of stark social costs, particularly with respect to public safety. The study titled “School or the Streets: Crime and California’s Dropout Crisis” concludes that there is a direct correlation between the dropout rate and violent crimes such as homicide and aggravated assault. A bipartisan group of police chiefs, sheriffs, district attorneys and violence survivors released the report. Among the study’s conclusions are that high school dropouts are 3 1/2 times more likely than graduates to be arrested. Dropouts are also more than eight times as likely to be in jail or prison. The study pegs the dropout rate in the Los Angeles Unified School District at about 55 percent, though other studies have estimated the dropout rate to be as low as 23percent. According to the study released by law enforcement officials this week, if the graduation rate rose by 10percentage points, 214 murders and 7,200 aggravated assaults could be prevented in Los Angeles County each year. last_img read more

Cyclist killed in crash with big-rig

first_imgCANOGA PARK _ A 52-year-old motorcyclist was killed at dawn today in a collision with a big-rig at Vanowen and Variel streets, officials said. Witnesses told police the unidentified motorcylist, who was wearing a helmet, was eastbound on Vanowen Street about 5:50 a.m. when he collided with a westbound semi tractor-trailer that was turning left onto Variel, said Brian Humphrey, spokesman for the Los Angeles City Fire Department. The motorcyclist suffered massive head and facial trauma and was pronounced dead at the scene, Humphrey said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Green buildings sprouting in South Africa

first_imgBlock E, Upper Grayston, is the first commercial building in South Africa to receive five green stars.Bruce Kerswill of the Green Building Council of South Africa says that green is catching on in the country.(Images: Janine Erasmus)MEDIA CONTACTS • Beverley Bradley  McCann Public Relations  +27 72 272 5166 • Martin Evans  Director, Bryprop  +27 11 463 5455 or +27 82 451 2291RELATED ARTICLES • Green buildings now the law in SA • Bank’s green building looks ahead • Top green rating for SA building • No 1 Silo gets green rating • Africa’s greenest hotel for Cape TownJanine ErasmusSouth Africa’s first commercial green star-rated building has been unveiled. The cutting-edge building – the E block in Upper Grayston, a small multi-purpose development in the business district of Sandton – is the first small office building to receive five green stars from the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA).“We want to get the message out to other developers,” says Martin Evans of Upper Grayston’s developer Bryprop, “that South Africa can produce green buildings economically.”Green buildings are attractive to the property market, he says, and they offer a good return on investment.“Green buildings command a higher rental price and capital value, they have lower running costs, they let better, and they retain tenants better,” says the GBCSA’s executive chairman Bruce Kerswill. This green mindset is catching on in South Africa, he says. Five stars are not enough for Bryprop, though, and the firm is aiming for the coveted six-star rating with its newest building Upper Grayston F, which is under construction right next to the celebrated E Block. This will make it the only six star-rated commercial building in the country. Rental space should be available around the end of June 2013, according to Bryprop.Green buildings mitigate climate changeSouth Africa is following a new trend noted in a report titled Rethinking Consumption: Consumers and the Future of Sustainability, which has found that people in developing nations have a keener sense of responsibility towards the earth than those in developed nations. “Two-thirds of consumers globally say they ‘feel a sense of responsibility to society’ (65%), including 81% in emerging markets and 50% in developed markets”, notes the report. “Buildings can be a big part of the solution to mitigating the effects of climate change,” says Kerswill. “Good planning can reduce their use of power and water by up to 70%, and together with waste reduction this can have a significant impact.” Office buildings especially contribute heavily to global warming and pollution, and consume large amounts of energy and water. “But buildings are the cheapest way to make savings on carbon emissions,” says Warren Gray of Solid Green Consulting. “Overseas they use around 30% of the world’s energy. In South Africa the situation is a little different because our economy has been geared towards mining and we are still constructing the buildings that other countries already have.”Savings realised in a green building will come mainly from running costs and electricity. Although the largest part of a company’s expenses goes towards salaries, says Gray, people who work in green buildings perform better, they get discharged from hospital sooner, and they give the employer more value for the salary.“A 10% increase in productivity outperforms a 5% saving on electricity.”Bringing in the tenantsBryprop says that its tenants are becoming more and more interested in green features.In the new building, lessons learned from Upper Grayston E will be applied, with some extra features that the developers are confident will earn the six green stars.All timber used in the project comes from a sustainable forest and is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. Most of the building’s water will be reclaimed from rain and filtered and purified, and municipal water will only be used when the tanks are empty.Solar panels for both power and heating will ensure that no energy is used to heat water, and in terms of space heating, says Gray, good architectural principles and passive design means that a minimal amount of heating is needed. The building also has big glass windows which let in natural light and air, reducing the need for artificial lighting and climate control. A mixed-mode ventilation system will allow the building to use mechanical ventilation when necessary.People in the building will be able to monitor energy consumption in real time, via a screen in the entrance and a page on the web, which will supply a graph of energy consumption measured at one-minute intervals. The graph for Block E is already available online.The amount of concrete used in construction has been reduced through the addition of fly ash into the mixture. Fly ash is a residue generated during combustion, for example at coal-burning power stations.“This means that the building itself is constructed from recycled material,” Gray says.Carpets and paint used in the interior contain low levels of volatile organic compounds. Cycle parking and special cycle routes around the office park are aimed at encouraging this eco-friendly alternative means of transport.Going green and saving the planetGreen buildings, according to GBCSA, are energy and resource efficient and kind to the environment because of the practices used in their design, construction and operation. They have also been proven to be healthier for residents and workers, leading to higher productivity.For green buildings, these practices will usually include the optimal circulation of fresh air and use of natural light, resulting in a lower use of air conditioning and heating. Lighting will be energy efficient and controlled through motion detectors, and there will be greater use of renewable energy sources. The builders will make use of recycled or sustainable materials, and there will be other sources of water, such as rainwater harvesting, besides the municipal supply.Locally sourced products are essential to shrink the construction footprint, and if any existing structure is demolished to make way for the new building, as much material as possible, such as windows, doors or floors, must be re-used.When a company applies for green star certification for a building, there is a rigorous process that must be followed. Once the building has been registered – which is only the first step towards certification – the project team will prepare the necessary documentation to prove that the building complies with GBCSA standards. Assessors will not award points, says the GBCSA, unless they can see that all the requirements have been met exactly as detailed in the technical manual. By this stage the full assessment fee must have been paid. Once the fee and the documentation have been received, a panel will evaluate the submission and make their recommendations to the GBCSA, who will then contact the project team.At this point the team gets another chance to earn their green stars by including extra supporting documentation or making alterations to their designs if necessary, and resubmitting their application.The panel will again scrutinise the application and make their final pronouncement and the project team will be notified of their score.A score of 45 to 59 earns the building four green stars and is an indication of best practice locally; a score of 60 to 75 earns five green stars and signifies South African excellence; and a score of 75 to 100 earns six green stars and is indicative of world leadership.Upper Grayston E scored 67 points, which is currently the highest five-star score in the country.last_img read more