Title-seeking Apoel left frustrated after draw

first_imgThe crowning of this year’s Cyprus football champions has been delayed for at least another week following Apoel’s draw with AEK, while in the relegation scrap, Doxa Katokopias’ win against Karmiotissa means that the third team to be relegated will be decided on the final day of the season, with four teams now somewhat involved.The eagerly-anticipated game between Apoel and AEK was dominated by the two defences, with neither side willing to commit too many players forward. In 90 minutes of action, both sides were unable to carve out a clear goal-scoring opportunity.AEK were by far the better side in the first half, but despite their possession and good build-up play, they were always lacking in the final third of the pitch. Ivan Trisckovski looked rusty up front, after being out of competitive play for almost two months, while nippy winger Tete was more concerned with his defensive duties rather than providing strikers Florian and Triscovski with any good service.Apoel were a shambles in the opening half with their players chasing shadows for large periods. Their forward Pieros Sotiriou hardly got a kick in the opening 45 minutes, and this despite manager Thomas Christiansen’s decision to beef up his midfield and deploy three defensive midfielders. At the start of the second half Apoel brought on speedy winger Stathis Aloneftis and the balance of play changed. The home side got more of the ball and forced AEK to retreat. However Apoel’s play was predictable and the visitors’ defence, expertly marshalled by Katala and Murillo, had little problems in coping with anything that was thrown at them.The visitors hardly ventured forward in the second half and seemed (surprisingly) happy with a point.Christiansen was the happier of the two managers as the title is still in their hands, with Apoel needing one win from their final two games to be crowned champions.In the other Championship Group game, Apollon kept their slim chances of the title alive with a convincing 3-0 over much maligned Omonia who had their goalkeeper Panayi to thank for stopping an even more embarrassing scoreline.Apollon opened the score four minutes before the break through Anton Maglica and after weathering Omonia’s pressure early in the second half added two more through an Alex da Silva penalty and Vinicius.Doxa Katokopias continued their Houdini act with a memorable 2-1 away win over Karmiotissa. The two teams are now level on points but Doxa hold the advantage as they have a better head-to-head record.Gulon and Eniful gave the visitors an early two-goal lead with Karmiotissa reducing the arrears through Polianec before the break.Doxa could have wrapped up the game in the 64th minute but Fofana was unable to beat Karmiotissa keeper Kyrenios.In the final 20 minutes Karmiotissa pressed forward for the equaliser but poor finishing and some excellent saves by Doxa’s Negri denied them a goal.In other games, Ermis defeated Nea Salamina 3-0 while Ethnikos Achnas and Aris shared the points in a 1-1 draw.As things stand, Nea Salamina, Aris, Doxa and Karmiotissa can all still go down depending on the results of their final two games.In the final match of the round on Monday night, AEL beat Anorthosis 2-0 at the Tsirion stadium, with Ismail Sassi scoring both goals.HIGHLIGHTSlast_img read more

Brathwaite slapped with hefty fine

first_imgDHAKA, Bangladesh (CMC):Captain Carlos Brathwaite was fined a hefty 40 per cent of his match fee after West Indies and hosts Bangladesh were slapped with fines by the International Cricket Council for slow over-rates during the second Twenty20 International on Thursday.The Caribbean side were adjudged to be two overs short of their target while Bangladesh were found to be one over short. The fines were imposed by ICC match referee Jeff Crowe.Fine structureUnder ICC regulations, players are fined 10 per cent of their match fees for every over their team is short, while the captain is fined double. As a result, the Windies players were hit with 20 per cent fines and Brathwaite, 40 per cent. Brathwaite’s opposite, Shakib-al-Hasan, was also fined 20 per cent, with the Bangladesh squad fined half that amount. Brathwaite could also face suspension if the Windies commit another over-rate breach within the next 12 months. Bangladesh won the match by 36 runs to level the series and set up a series decider here on Saturday.last_img read more

Missing in Action…

first_img…Security MinisterQuick now…when was the last time you heard the Vice President Khemraj Ramjattan in his role of Minister of Public Security say something to the people of Guyana who are reeling from crimes that are seemingly committed at will? Aha! Go to the head of the class, dear reader. You’re right – it was that time he regaled us with statistics to assure us that he and his Police Force had everything under control.Serious crimes are decreasing he insisted again and he pulled a number of stats from his folder. The ordinary citizen could be excused for thinking he was pulling the said numbers from a hat – because they had as much contact with their reality as the rabbits that are usually pulled out by “magicians”!!What Ramjattan must answer is if his police are so efficient in CATCHING criminals – why have the attacks become ever more brazen? One answer has to be that the police aren’t proving to be a strong deterrent.But the loss of confidence in Ramjattan was brought out rather starkly when the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) most recently invited the just departed Chief of Staff of the Army, Phillips, to discuss the crime situation. And the latter explained the discrepancy between the statistics and the reality:“Every day our citizens are exposed to more and more violent robberies at their places of business – be it shops, factories, delivery vehicles, rice fields, night clubs, churches and other places of worship and even in the sanctity of their homes. No one is safe from violent crimes and criminal activities in our urban and rural areas today. It’s just a matter of time when the criminals will attack any one of us.” It’s the UBIQUITY of the crimes – not their OCCURRENCE that’s frightening.Now no citizen expects Ramjattan to rush into some phone booth, rip off his clothes and glasses (the mind boggles!!!) and flying “up, up and away”, nab all the bad guys. But surely he has at least to become more of a presence with his police in the public’’ eye that they’re not just seen as a bunch of panhandlers always on the lookout for a fry-rice or money.Ramjattan should’ve been in the audience listening to Phillips, who pointed out: “Notwithstanding the statistics that speak to a reduction in crime – and here I am not hitting at the police force – it is my firm belief, as a citizen of Guyana, that the high incidence of gun-related crimes is today the most pressing problem in our Guyanese society.”So how did that gun amnesty work, Ramjattan? Apart from denying some Indigenous Peoples their protein!…climate change in US debateWas it only your Eyewitness who noticed that in every one of the three debates between Trump and Clinton, the moderator NEVER brought up climate change?!! That’s right…while Clinton might’ve mumbled a few non-sequiturs about pollution, the ticking time bombing that’s under us all wasn’t important enough to an American audience to discuss for five minutes!! Your Eyewitness won’t even touch with a ten foot pole the topics that were deemed “earth shattering” enough to discuss.And it wasn’t as if there wasn’t a reminder that Climate Change’s already kicking in. Even if the candidates or the moderators hadn’t been listening to newscasts announcing ad nauseum that September was THE HOTTEST SEPTEMBER recorded ever since mankind started recording temperatures, didn’t they feel it?!Well, ummm…no, they didn’t feel – not in their air-conditioned jets and cars! Their elision of Climate Change shows the arrogance of the developed north.We’ll soak up the emissions for them, no?…the sugarCould CY Thomas explain why they’ve stopped that second centrifugal extraction of sugar crystals from molasses in at least one factory?Apart from giving DDL a windfall in enriched molasses, aren’t the farmers being screwed on their POL extraction percentages?last_img read more

“Georgetown on the Move”

first_imgDear Editor,Each Thursday evening, television viewers in Guyana are subjected to a most insipid programme aired locally on one of the channels called ‘Georgetown on the Move’ – a production that is apparently supposed to highlight the ‘good’ works of the Mayor and Councillors of the City of Georgetown.This programme – beginning with its sardonic name – could have been considered a weekly satirical production had it not been for the very serious and sore issues it is so woefully attempting to address. A better name for this production is ‘Georgetown on the verge of collapse’.‘Georgetown on the move’ – where is Georgetown on the move to? More decay, more corruption, more neglect and more frustration for the citizens? On the move with increased general rates, the pending return of the burdensome parking meters, the Container Tax, etc?A look at the cemetery and the only movement one can see is increasing bushes and overgrowth, blocked passageways and cracked tombs; at the Municipal Abattoir, the cows stop breathing by being clubbed to death by some inhuman slaughterers. Just look at the pavement outside of the Georgetown Public Hospital where the water has not receded, making it unusable by pedestrians for months and worse, making it a breeding ground for mosquitoes that help to transmit malaria, filarial, dengue, zika etc.Really, the only movement for Georgetown is the Mayor and Town Clerk flying around the world in luxury and when in the city driving around aimlessly in some expensive sport utility vehicles with a retinue of bodyguards like they are heads of state or celebrities.In fact, the movement to which they speak must be of the money they demand from poor property owners that they lavishly spend on contracts without adherence to tender procedures and allowances that are given to a bloated staff structure, on toilet rentals that continue to be provided to the residences of the Mayor and Town Clerk in spite of the public outcry and street sweeping of potholed roads, on retreats at luxury resorts etc.But in dealing with the programme itself, one would have expected the Council to have at least engaged the services of a professional broadcaster to function as the host of the programme. Someone who has a good knowledge base: An understanding of issues, names, Georgetown’s geography, history and the ability to put all of these in perspective for viewers. Command of the English language: Dead-on grammar, syntax, pronunciation, tone and storytelling. Interviewing finesse: An instinct for what people need and want to know, and the ability to draw information by skilful, informed questioning and by listening. The current host is severely lacking in all of these areas.Georgetown is currently on the move towards becoming one big garbage pile.Sincerely,Modi Sankarlast_img read more

Things to know about NBA on Christmas

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist MOST READ View comments LATEST STORIES That’s 15 players.None of them are still with the Clippers, just three years later.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 28,500 Union Berlin fans gather to sing Christmas carols Miserable Christmas Day: ‘Ursula’ pummels Visayas; 10 dead PLAY LIST 01:05Miserable Christmas Day: ‘Ursula’ pummels Visayas; 10 dead00:50Trending 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 Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee It’s not a rule, but the NBA champion routinely gets a home Christmas game and this year is no exception — with Toronto playing on the holiday for only the second time. The Raptors played at New York in 2001 in their debut Christmas game and haven’t played on Dec. 25 since.The Raptors become the sixth consecutive reigning champion to get a home Christmas game (last one not to was Miami in 2013), and the 12th consecutive champion to play on the holiday. The last champ that got Dec. 25 off was San Antonio in 2007.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Part of the reason why Toronto hasn’t featured in past Christmas lineups is because Canadian television viewers don’t factor into U.S. ratings since they aren’t measured by Nielsen. That was also the primary factor why ratings for some games in last season’s NBA Finals were down from past years.With the Raptors getting a home game, the only two active franchises yet to play at home on Dec. 25 are Minnesota and New Orleans. And with the Raptors playing again, Sacramento — not part of NBA Christmas since 2003 — now has the second-longest active drought on the holiday. The longest is Atlanta’s, since the Hawks haven’t played on Dec. 25 since 1989. NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areascenter_img Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China BIRTHDAY BOYSHouston’s Eric Gordon — who has been out with a knee injury but is nearing a return — is one of only two players in a most unique club.The group: Those born on Dec. 25, who played on Dec. 25.The first was Leo Kubiak, who turned 22 on Dec. 25, 1949 and scored 15 points in the Waterloo Hawks’ 97-93 win over the Indianapolis Olympians. That was Kubiak’s lone NBA season.Gordon has played on his birthday four times — finally getting a win last year. He was with the Clippers when they lost to Phoenix in 2009, with the Pelicans when they lost to Miami in 2015, with the Rockets when they lost to Oklahoma City in 2017, and scored 17 points in Houston’s win over the Thunder last season.CHRISTMAS TURNOVERThe Clippers haven’t been off the Christmas schedule for very long. Their most recent appearance before this year was only in 2016.A few things have changed since.The Clippers used 10 players on Dec. 25, 2016, in a 111-102 loss to the Lakers — Raymond Felton, DeAndre Jordan, JJ Redick, Luc Mbah a Moute and Paul Pierce started, while Jamal Crawford, Austin Rivers, Wesley Johnson, Marreese Speights and Brandon Bass came off the bench.Alan Anderson and Diamond Stone were available but did not play. Chris Paul had a strained hamstring, and Blake Griffin and Brice Johnson were inactive. The Christmas record for career 3-pointers is also likely to fall on Wednesday. Kevin Durant has the mark with 22, with New Orleans’ JJ Redick (21), James (20) and Houston’s James Harden (17) all within striking distance and all set to appear on Wednesday’s schedule.SURPRISE STUMBLEThe NBA schedule is done over the summer, and the people putting the 1,230-game slate together know the importance of picking the right matchups for Christmas.It’s not a foolproof process.Back in July, it was known that Golden State wasn’t going to have Durant (now in Brooklyn) or Klay Thompson (ACL tear) for Christmas this year. But the Warriors were still going to have Stephen Curry, among others, and five straight NBA Finals trips made them seem like a very strong Christmas pick.Same goes for New Orleans, which got the Christmas nod in large part because it had the No. 1 draft pick in Zion Williamson.You know the rest. Curry got hurt, Williamson hasn’t played yet and the Pelicans and Warriors are the two worst teams in the Western Conference.But this isn’t that uncommon.This is seventh consecutive year that multiple teams with losing records have been on the Christmas schedule. There was only one in 2012 — the Lakers were 13-14 going into their win over the Knicks — and none in 2011 because that was the first day of the lockout-shortened season.The Pelicans and Warriors do have about the worst records seen by a Christmas team in recent years, though. The Lakers were 5-24 going into their Christmas 2015 game, and the Knicks were 5-25 going into their Dec. 25 game the previous year. When Pops met Martin’s son Santino ‘People evacuated on their own’ LONG TIME COMINGPhiladelphia is hosting a Christmas game for the first time in 31 years, and Denver is hosting for the first time in 25 years.Among the All-Stars who’ll be playing on the holiday for the first time: Denver’s Nikola Jokic, Boston’s Kemba Walker and Toronto’s Kyle Lowry — who had clamored for the Raptors to be part of the Christmas lineup for years.RECORD WATCHIf he plays and the Lakers win, LeBron James would be part of a 10th win on Christmas — tying the now-retired Dwyane Wade for the all-time lead among players.ADVERTISEMENT Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) and teammate forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (4) celebrate after defeating the Dallas Mavericks in NBA basketball game action in Toronto, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)A six-pack of Christmas nuggets to know going into this year’s slate of showcase NBA games on the holiday: Boston at Toronto, Milwaukee at Philadelphia, Houston at Golden State, the Los Angeles Clippers at the Los Angeles Lakers and New Orleans at Denver.HELLO, TORONTOADVERTISEMENT Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominationslast_img read more

MEN’S CURLING GOES 2-4 AT OUA CHAMPIONSHIPS

first_img“Sadly our men will not advance to the playoffs despite playing better than at any time during the season,” said head coach John Rudd. “This young, inexperienced team has come so far this season.  They have so much.”Full ResultsFor more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics.   Print Friendly Version The University of Toronto Varsity Blues men’s curling team wrapped up the 2018 OUA championships with a 2-4 record through pool play. The Blues opened the championships with a 10-5 victory over the Laurentian Voyageurs, before dropping a 7-3 decision to the McMaster Marauders and falling 7-4 to the Laurier Golden Hawks. Toronto then improved to 2-2 with a 4-3 victory over the UOIT Ridgebacks, but ended the pool play with a 7-3 loss to Ryerson and 9-2 loss to the undefeated Western Mustangs. Story Linkslast_img read more

Top ref Clattenburg axed for concert dash

first_img0Shares0000LONDON, October 29- Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg has been temporarily sidelined for breaking protocol in order to attend an Ed Sheeran pop concert, according to a British newspaper report on Wednesday.The Sun claimed that Clattenburg contravened regulations by driving home alone after refereeing West Bromwich Albion’s 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace on Saturday so he could watch British singer Sheeran perform in Newcastle. The rules of the Premier League’s refereeing body, Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL), state that officials must travel to and from matches together in the interests of their integrity and security.Clattenburg, 39, is also reported to have broken another rule by speaking to Palace manager Neil Warnock on the phone after the game at The Hawthorns.Premier League referees are only allowed to speak to managers after games if their assistants are also present.Britain’s Press Association reported that Clattenburg will not officiate in the Premier League this weekend, with Stuart Attwell due to fill in for him in Leicester City’s home game against West Brom.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Bayern in KSH 8.3b raids for Hummels, Sanches

first_img0Shares0000Defender Mats Hummels is joining Bayern Munich from rivals Borussia Dortmund. PHOTO/AFP.BERLIN, May 10 – German champions Bayern Munich on Tuesday splashed out a reported 73 million euros ($83 million) to launch their Champions League campaign for next season by signing Germany defender Mats Hummels and Portugal teenager Renato Sanches.Centre-back Hummels, 27, becomes the third Dortmund star to join German champions Bayern in three years after midfielder Mario Goetze in 2013, followed by striker Robert Lewandowski in 2014. Sanches and Hummels have been given five-year contracts at Bayern, who were confirmed German champions for a record fourth season in a row last Saturday.The double signings show Bayern’s intent to win the Champions League title.The Bavarians are still smarting from last week’s defeat to Atletico Madrid, their third straight exit to Spanish opposition at the semi-final stage.Neither Dortmund nor Bayern said how much the Hummels transfer cost, but German media put the fee at 38 million euros.The Bavarian giants confirmed they paid 35 million, plus bonuses, for the 18-year-old Sanches. Benfica said the fee could rise to 45 million euros.Hummels and Sanches will join the Bayern squad when Carlo Ancelotti replaces Manchester City-bound Pep Guardiola for the 2016/17 campaign.Hummels’ transfer will add extra spice to the German Cup final on May 21 in Berlin when Bayern meet Dortmund in the battle of Germany’s top clubs.“My decision has not been made easier by the last eight-and-a-half years,” said Hummels, who joined Dortmund on loan from Bayern in 2008 before the transfer was formalised a year later.– boos for Hummels –“Before I return to my hometown in the summer, we all have a great common goal: to bring the German Cup to Dortmund,” he added in a statement.Hummels was booed and jeered by Dortmund fans 10 days ago, after reports first emerged he was set to join Bayern.He can expect a similar treatment at Signal Iduna Park on Saturday for Borussia’s final home game against Cologne.“We respect his decision. I want to emphasise that he has behaved openly and fairly towards us at all time,” said Dortmund’s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke.“We wish, both for him and Borussia Dortmund, that during his final weeks in the black and yellow shirt he will get the recognition he deserves and leaves with the German Cup in Dortmund’s hands,” Watzke added hopefully.At Bayern, Hummels will pair up with his national team-mate Jerome Boateng and they were Germany’s centre-backs in the 2014 World Cup campaign.“We are delighted that Mats Hummels has opted for Bayern,” said Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.“Mats is one of the best central defenders in the world and with him, we can further increase the quality of our team.”Hummels returns to the Bavarian giants having won the German league title twice with Dortmund (in 2011 and 2012) and the German Cup (2012), as well as the 2014 World Cup.Meanwhile, Bayern beat off competition from Manchester United for talented teenager Sanches.The defensive midfielder has had a meteoric rise this season.He was first capped by Portugal this year having only made his debut for Benfica in the Portuguese league last October.“Renato Sanches has been observed over a long period of time by FC Bayern,” said Rummenigge.“We are fortunate to have signed him in spite of well-known international competition.“Renato is a dynamic, combative and technically-gifted midfielder, who will strengthen our team further.”Benfica announced on its website that “it has reached agreement with Bayern Munich for the permanent sporting rights to athlete Renato Junior Luz Sanches for the sum of 35 million euros.”It added that the accord “allows for additional sums which could take the total sum to 45 million euros depending on the achievement of specific targets. The contract runs until June 30, 2021.” 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Rigobert Song back from the brink after stroke

first_img0Shares0000Former Liverpool and West Ham defender Rigobert Song was rushed to hospital from his Yaounde home in early October after suffering a cerebral aneurysm © AFP/File / Pierre TeyssotPARIS, France, Dec 24 – Former Cameroon captain Rigobert Song is fit again after a narrow brush with death when suffering a stroke in early October, he explained in an interview published by French daily L’Equipe on Saturday.“I’m back from the brink,” the former Liverpool and West Ham defender who led Cameroon to back-to-back African Cup of Nations declared. “My blood pressure was up at like 25 and it felt like my head was exploding,” he said of his stroke, suffered at his home in Yaounde October 3.“I was lucky to fall on my side and that way when I went down my tongue came out.”“My dog started barking and the concierge came up but didn’t dare come in. But then a friend showed up and got me help,” he explained.The 40-year-old was airlifted to France for specialist treatment after suffering a cerebral aneurysm and falling into a coma.Then Cameroon defender Rigobert Song pictured during a 2010 World Cup match at Green Point Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa, on June 24, 2010 © AFP/File / Carl De SouzaUnmissable on the pitch with his flowing dreadlocks that were dyed blond later in his career, Song also played for Metz and Lens in France and won two league titles at Galatasaray in Turkey.For Cameroon he played in the same team as the veteran Roger Milla at the 1994 World Cup before the emergence of goal king Samuel Eto’o alongside whom he helped forge Cameroon’s global status.He was capped 137 times, 36 of them were at CAN finals where he captained his country to the trophy twice in 2000 and 2002 and also won Olympic gold in 2000.Perhaps the lowest point of his career came at the 2003 Confederations Cup when his friend and central defence partner Marc Vivien Foe died during a game against Colombia from a hereditary heart condition.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more