Cyprus has won two gold medals and four silvers at a European Muay Thai competition held in Marina Di Carrara, Italy.According to Cyprus’ national team coach Master Kyriakos Christophi, Andronikos Evripidou beat his Maltese opponent in the final of the 75kg category, and Panagiotis Stavrou beat his Spanish opponent in the final of the 60kg category. Christophi said he is satisfied with the results and expressed certainty that there would be more gold medals to follow for Cyprus in the future.
…bread and circusNowadays, the IMF tends to be a tad more diplomatic than back in the day when that entity could just come into a country and take over its treasury, like the US did with Haiti back in the 19th century. Maybe it has to do with the fact that when the IMF was done with imposing its “conditionalities” on its loans, the countries all resembled Haiti!! Case in point, of course, being Guyana and its ERP.But today, the IMF’s become “kinder and gentler”, since it had to intervene in Europe in the last decade. Its officials couldn’t very well treat Europeans like they did Third World natives, could they? And it’d be too obvious for the IMF to go back to its old ways now that China has a toe on its Board. Be that as it may, the IMF team that closed its eyes to gold propping up GDP purely nominally, without doing squat for the people of Guyana, at least had the grace to rap Guyana (and the rest of the Caribbean) for wasting its money on frivolities.Team members cautioned these countries to spend “better”, not “more” — more specifically on infrastructure, and not on boondoggles. But why should the PNC-led APNU/AFC government need a bevy of third-rate economists from the IMF (you think they send down fellas like Joseph Stiglitz down here??!) to tell them that? Hadn’t the World Bank pointed a decade ago to the need for countries that wanted to pull themselves out of poverty to “band their bellies” and develop infrastructure??Hadn’t the World Bank given “chapter and verse” to illustrate its recommendation with the success of the Far East?? But why even go that far? Right here in Guyana, the PPP government had succeeded in fostering consistent, balanced growth rates by focusing on infrastructure. And the PPP had left a flurry of projects in the pipelines — the CJIA expansion, the West Demerara Highway, the Brazil-Berbice Highway, etc, etc.But what did this government do the moment it came in?? Why?? Bread and Circuses, of course!! If you can’t beat them in performance, dazzle them with BS!! Big Independence bash followed by a bigger Jubilee bash complete with a billion-dollar circus stadium that’s already half-eaten by wood ants! Then a big Mash Bash! The biggest infrastructural project of all – Amaila Falls Hydro – was dropped faster than a hot potato. Why? Well, the Govt said it was because GPL would’ve had to pay US0 million annually for the electricity. They forgot to mention that in any case GPL pays this amount for oil for its generators — which it wouldn’t have to run!!But not to worry. When the country is bankrupt again by the PNC, the PPP will have to bail it out again!…hogwashIf your Eyewitness wanted proof of the length the Government would go to mamaguy their supporters, it was delivered by the banner headline in their edition of yesterday: “GOLDFIELDS EXPANDING …scores of jobs to be created”. Imagine boasting about “scores” of jobs!! Whatever happened to the 100,000 jobs that they would’ve created when they staunched the “siphoning of billions and billions” by the dastardly PPP?? Oh how low have the mighty (job creation) fallen!! Or has the “siphoning” intensified?But it gets worse. The goldfield “expansion” is by Aurora Mines – the expatriate company that siphons off 95% of the foreign exchange it earns on its gold production. At this time, that amounts to 150,000 ozs, so we’re talking about more than US$150,000,000 “repatriated” to foreign climes. And what do we get? A measly 5% in royalties and “scores” of jobs!!And yet this Government would boast about the economy “growing” from gold!!What actually grew was the BS!!…alternative factsOn the announcement in the Chronic mentioned above, your Eyewitness would like the PM’s shill to pronounce on whether Bulkan vetted it.The shill reports to the PM, but Bulkan reports to Pressie himself! Stand down, water boy!!
Dear Editor,The other day the media kindly published a letter from me in which I underscored the need for a review of the criteria and system used to identify national honourees.In the letter, in addition to suggesting that the total annual numbers should be reduced, I also identified some factors that might be considered and some that need not be, because there are other means available to take care of them. There was no iota of racial or political consideration, overtly nor implicitly, in any of my critique or suggestions.I was, therefore, flabbergasted to see that practically all the “commentators” imported and assigned their own racial/political biases into my letter; they used their standard cowardly pseudonyms to hide their own disgusting and dangerous fixation. Of course, they were liberal in their ‘personal attacks’ on me, which do not bother me in the least, but which unfortunately serve as additional fuel for the dangerous societal fires that are already engulfing this sadly depressing territory called Guyana.When, oh when, my dear compatriots, will we break out of our obsession with race and politics so that we can start realising the true potential of our ‘dear land of Guyana’ for the benefit of all Guyanese?Sincerely,Nowrang Persaud
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry reacts after teammate Klay Thompson was injured during the second half against the Toronto Raptors in Game 6 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Thursday, June 13, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)OAKLAND, Calif. — Steve Kerr still considers Golden State an ideal fit for Kevin Durant.Whether Durant sees it that way going into free agency next month, Kerr isn’t about to guess. Especially now that the two-time NBA Finals MVP is headed for what could be a yearlong recovery from surgery for a ruptured right Achilles tendon.ADVERTISEMENT Thompson’s knee surgery has not yet been set. Kerr doesn’t expect to ever see two injuries this severe in consecutive Finals games again.He was still stunned a day later, and Myers, too. Now the GM must immediately turn his focus toward next week’s draft and then free agency. Both expressed their tremendous pride in how the Warriors fought despite being denied a three-peat.“You’re talking about two career-altering injuries to two of your best players in back-to-back Finals games. Unheard of. It will probably never happen again,” Kerr said. “We’re in new territory now and you just have to keep moving forward.” Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay Nick Nurse’s nomadic coaching path takes him to an NBA title Rio’s unsafe Olympic Park ordered closed by Brazilian judge Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing LATEST STORIES MOST READ Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Read Next Asked how optimistic he is about bringing back Durant, an emotionally exhausted Myers said, simply, “I don’t know” while noting of free agency “it’s never what you think.”“He’s a guy who’s been, like I said, what more can we ask for from him?” Myers said. “He’s been everything to us, the guy has been everything that we could have ever dreamed. He’s been an awesome member of this organization. There’s so much he does in the community that probably doesn’t get as many headlines, things he’s done in D.C., his foundation, how he kind of lives his life. We’re lucky to have been around him. Hopefully we’ll keep doing that.”All season, the Warriors were determined to cherish this ride together knowing the roster could look far different once training camp rolls around in September — along with the venue as Golden State moves across the bay to the new Chase Center in San Francisco. Golden State’s players also insist they have never taken for granted the special five-year run featuring three championships and five consecutive Finals berths.“In the history of this NBA you could highlight every team that was supposed to win or had the best team and all the different story lines. And 82 games and a full playoff run, a lot can happen,” Stephen Curry said. “It’s just a matter of how much you fight and just leave it all out there on the floor. I think the way that we have talked and described this journey and whatnot, I don’t think there’s ever been a situation where we have taken anything for granted. And that’s something I can look back and just hold.“We all can hold our head high that we gave it everything we got. … Two guys who go down and the game’s kind of taken away from them in those moments, it’s not a good feeling at all. And it’s kind of a helpless feeling in terms of two freak plays that send these guys back to the locker room. So it’s tough, but it’s part of basketball, it’s part of the game. Again, I just hope their recoveries are strong and they come back better than they were before.”ADVERTISEMENT “Well, the injury kind of throws everything for a loop, so I have no idea what Kevin’s going to do,” Kerr said Friday. “I know that we all want him back, and we think this is a great situation for him and vice versa. So, hopefully we get him back and keep this thing going with the understanding that he’s a free agent and we want what’s best for him, and he’s free to make any choice he wants. Hopefully he’s back, and we will all give him any advice, any counsel that he needs. And ultimately he’s going to make his own decision. He’s earned that.”A day after losing Game 6 of the Finals to the champion Toronto Raptors, Kerr and general manager Bob Myers braced for an uncertain summer while still trying to cope with the heartbreak of seeing Durant go down in Game 5. Then Klay Thompson tore the ACL in his left knee during the third quarter of Thursday night’s 114-110 loss in the final game at Oracle Arena. Durant was injured in Game 5 on Monday night in Toronto, then underwent surgery Wednesday in New York.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“This year more than any other tested the fabric of our team,” Myers said. “It’s hard to not value a championship as much as I value short of winning a championship, and in some ways more than winning a championship, this year I might have been the proudest of our resolve. I don’t know if that’s evident. I hear that from people in the Bay Area, the support we’ve gotten, the things people say about kind of conducting ourselves as champions. That stuff matters. Winning matters, too, obviously. It all matters. Try to continue to hang onto that culture.”In February, Durant became frustrated over all the fuss and speculation about where he might play next season, and said “I’m trying to play basketball.” He signed a two-year contract last summer that includes a player option for the 2019-20, so Durant can become a free agent to pursue a maximum five-year deal. The Warriors are expected to try to sign both Durant and Thompson to those max contracts. Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao View comments
Robredo to visit Batangas families displaced by Taal erruption Heart Evangelista, Kim Chiu, more celebs appeal for animal rescue after Taal eruption LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano PLAY LIST 01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor 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 shootdown Minkah Fitzpatrick started at safety for the Dolphins even though he has requested and received permission to seek a trade. He made six tackles.“There’s a saying: ‘I never lose, I just learn.’” Fitzpatrick said. “That’s just what we’ve got to do right now.”BAD DAYPatriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski missed two extra points and a 48-yard field-goal try. He has missed three extra points in the past two seasons, all in Miami.UP NEXTThe Patriots play host to the Jets next Sunday. New England has won the past six meetings.The Dolphins continue their race to the bottom Sunday at the Dallas Cowboys, who have won their past three meetings.“There’s not going to be anybody in this league that’s going to feel sorry for us,” Fitzpatrick said. “So we have to continue to try to get better every day.” Belichick didn’t let up against Flores, his former assistant. Brady’s passing sparked a 59-yard drive for the final touchdown with 2:10 left.“Last year it came down to 60 minutes of football,” Brady said. “We were talking about 60 minutes of football, and that’s what it took.”The defending Super Bowl champions won for only the second time in their past seven trips to Miami, and avenged a loss in 2018 on a last-second pass and double lateral.Brady tied George Blanda for the second-most regular-season wins in the NFL with 209. Adam Vinatieri began the weekend first with 215 wins.HOW DO YOU DO?Brown celebrated his touchdown by leaping into the seats, where he landed on an 18-year-old college student wearing a Brady jersey.“I was really excited,” said the spectator, Jenna Saadah, attending her first football game. “The fact that it was the Patriots team that scored a touchdown, it was mind-blowing.”INJURIESThe Patriots’ battered offensive line was dealt another blow when left tackle Isaiah Wynn left in the first half with a foot injury. Marshall Newhouse replaced him.DISGRUNTLED DEFENDER ‘People evacuated on their own’ US Open champion Bianca Andreescu feted in hometown Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Teen dead, another hurt in vehicular collision in Santiago City LOOK: Kryz Uy, Slater Young expecting first son One thing Brown didn’t do was talk to reporters after the game. The NFL allowed the four-time All-Pro receiver to play despite a civil lawsuit filed Tuesday by his former trainer accusing him of sexually assaulting her on three occasions. Brown has denied the allegations.New England’s defense outscored Miami with interception returns for touchdowns of 54 yards by Stephon Gilmore and 69 yards by Jamie Collins Sr. The Patriots totaled seven sacks and four interceptions and earned their most lopsided win in the 108-game history of the series.“The defense was spectacular,” Brady said.He threw for 264 yards and two scores for the Pats, who are 2-0 for the first time since 2016, winning by a combined score of 76-3.The Dolphins are 0-2 for only the second time since 2012, with their losses by a combined score of 102-10.“It’s never fun to be embarrassed,” Miami quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick said, “especially two weeks in a row at home.”Fitzpatrick threw for 89 yards and was intercepted three times. Josh Rosen replaced him and went seven for 18 for 97 yards and one interception.Coach Brian Flores hedged when asked if Fitzpatrick remains the starter.“We’ll evaluate things over the course of the week,” Flores said, “and as of right now, Ryan is still the starter.”NO MERCY Determined to play to the final gun after allowing a miracle comeback at Miami last year, the Patriots beat the Dolphins 43-0 Sunday.Coach Bill Belichick had Tom Brady still throwing at the end.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“We’re playing 60 minutes,” Belichick said.The Pats did that. They scored twice on interception returns in a two-minute fourth-quarter span, and registered their first shutout since Week 3 of 2016. View comments MOST READ Brown helped get them going. The Patriots were 18½-point favorites but led only 7-0 late in the first half before Brady hit his newest target for a 20-yard score.They connected four times in all.“It was a good start,” Brady said. “I was just trying to find an open guy. He was snapping off some routes and did a great job.”Brown, who signed Monday, made an 18-yard catch on his first play and finished with 56 yards receiving, all in the first half. He won raves from teammates for his debut.“It was awesome,” receiver Julian Edelman said. “A lot of energy. He’s a playmaker.”ADVERTISEMENT New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown (17) smiles on the sidelines, during the second half at an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, in Miami Gardens, Fla. 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But they were trailing early on Thursday after forward Oscar Romero put the South Americans ahead after just four minutes with Malaga striker Roque Santa Cruz netting a second after 68 minutes.Mainz striker Maxim Choupo-Moting, who also scored against Macedonia, pulled one back 15 minutes from time for Cameroon who are reportedly locked in a battle with their federation over bonuses for the tournament.“We’re in the final phase of World Cup preparations. These two matches were very important,” said Finke.“A loss in a friendly warm-up match isn’t a catastrophe though.”The Africans are in a tough World Group Group A with hosts and favourites Brazil, Croatia and Mexico as they bid to qualify for the knockout stages for the first time since 1990.But with their provisional 28-man squad to be cut to 23 by June 2 they showed problems in defence with Nicolas N’Koulou and Joel Matip in a central role, supported by Allan Nyom and Gaetan Bong on either side failing to provide the necessary guarantees.“I’ve seen a lot of things which will allow me to make my final selection,” said Finke.“Every loss hurts, we don’t like it, but it’s a loss on which we can work.”The German coach said he had been particularly impressed by young Lens striker Edgar Salli, 21.“He had a game which I really liked,” he said. “Every player had a chance to show his physical and mental form.“Against Germany we’re going there for a result. I’m going to try and get an idea of who the final 11 will be.”Samuel Eto’o, who remained on the bench Thursday as planned, is expected play at least 20 minutes against Germany on Sunday.Paraguay have not qualified for the World Cup with their focus on the 2015 Copa America.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000KUFSTEIN, May 30- Cameroon’s preparations for next month’s World Cup took a knock when the Africans fell 2-1 to Paraguay in a pre-tournament friendly in Kufstein on Thursday.Volker Finke’s men had secured a 2-0 win over Macedonia in Austria earlier this week as they build towards the World Cup, which they begin against Mexico on June 13.
Last week the boss of the Premier League leaders was charged for comments regarding match officials following Chelsea’s 1-1 draw at Southampton on December 28.Portuguese manager Mourinho was adamant Chelsea were the victims of a “clear campaign” by “people, pundits, commentators and coaches from other teams” and said the decision to book Cesc Fabregas for diving against the Saints was a “scandal”.“Now I am conditions to control myself, a week ago I couldn’t,” Mourinho told reporters at Chelsea’s Cobham training ground, south of London, on Friday.“It would have put myself under bigger problems. It was a good decision. Now I can smile and control my words,” he added ahead of Chelsea’s league match away to Swansea on Saturday“We understand the job is not easy.“I’m happy to admit my mistakes, so when I spoke with (referee) Kevin Friend (after the FA Cup game against Watford) and, realised it was my mistake and not his, I apologised.“The reality is that every decision is going against us and the results were affected by that.“You could say that Eden Hazard is fouled more than any player in the Premier League. You can also say that we have the most shots and dominance, but still have the least penalties. You can say there is a discrepancy in that.“Eden Hazard is still the same naive boy who was playing at youth level and for him to go to the floor needs to be something really nasty. He is getting no protection that is the reality.”– No doubts over honesty –However, Mourinho insisted: “But I want to put any doubts about the honesty of people beyond us totally.“To be fair, I think the standard of referees is good and if people did what I did to work in three other countries, you’d realise the standard is good.“What maybe is not good is the reactions and influence that you can have on their stability to referee this team or that team.”After vowing not to be gagged Mourinho, asked whether he will appeal against the FA charge, he said: “I’m not hopeful. I’m not interested. I will do my work and forget about it.Mourinho sidestepped a question over whether he had called referee Phil Dowd ‘fat’ and said: “I went to their referees’ dressing room after the game with the captains. We can go 30 minutes after.“Sometimes the words are normal and we wish good luck for the next and other times we discuss what happened in the game like men. Sometimes they are surprised.”Meanwhile Mourinho took a swipe at title rivals Manchester City after the Premier League champions signed striker Wilfried Bony for up to a reported £28 million ($42 million, 36 million euros) from Swansea.Mourinho, who was believed to be in the running for the Ivory Coast forward, questioned whether City had complied with Financial Fair Play rules in signing Bony.“Good striker. If they (City) have the money and no problems with FFP, well done.“Rules are different for City.”Mourinho added he did not expect Swansea to be downhearted by the exit of Bony, who had scored nine goals in 22 appearances for the south Wales side this season“Swansea are a very good team and very good teams don’t depend on one player.“Losing Bony doesn’t make them less difficult.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000COBHAM, January 16 – Jose Mourinho promised to exert greater ‘self-control’ on Friday after accepting referees were under pressure in his first public comments since the Chelsea manager was hit with a Football Association misconduct charge.
Speaking to Capital Sport on Thursday, Olunga admitted that expectations are roof top at K’Ogalo, but maintains he will fit in well into the 14-time Kenyan Premier League Champions.“Of course I know it is not an easy thing playing for a club such as Gor with the pressure that comes with it. Fans are demanding and the club itself demands results. I’m ready for the challenge, I believe in myself and I know I will make it,” Olunga stated.The forward who played for Thika United last season scoring ten goals was set for a major move to the South African PSL with Supersport United, but the move could not go through as the club was non-committal on his requirement for a place in a University.“When we negotiated the deal while I was there last year, one of the most important conditions I put up was that I should be enrolled in a university because I did not want to cut short my education. However, when the final deal came through, they were not clear as to whether they would provide that,” added the Technical University student.He is seen as one of the runners to Sserunkuma’s throne and the lanky attacker is not afraid to lay siege on the crown of Gor’s best striker.“Players are different and I cannot be exactly like Sserunkuma but what I can assure Gor fans is that I will do my job as a striker and that means scoring.”He has put himself a target of playing in the European ranks in the next two years and he says playing for the defending champions will give him a stage to show exactly what he can do….. “Gor is a big team with a big following and definitely a bigger platform for you to be seen. I want to work very hard here and make a good mark. Probably in the next two years, I should be playing in Europe,” he noted.The striker has been part of the National Under-23 team training at the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani but he will be joining his club ahead of their coastal tour this weekend.Olunga joined Tusker FC in 2013 for his first premier league experience after completing his high school education at Upper Hill School before moving to Thika last season where he made a huge mark for himself.“I excelled in Thika because I got plenty of playing time. For a player, getting more time on the pitch builds your confidence and at this moment, I am very confident about myself. It was a great decision to move to Thika because as a player, I have improved a lot,” Olunga concluded.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, January 22 – Newly signed Gor Mahia forward Michael Olunga says he is ready to do duty for the champions, as he seeks to fill the large shoes left by Ugandan Dan Sserunkuma.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The fad of creepy clowns causing mayhem and inciting fear that has been happening across North America recently caused a minor panic in Prince George yesterday.School District 60 says that they would follow the same procedures that School District 57 followed should anything similar happen here. On Wednesday evening, the Prince George RCMP were made aware of a post on Instagram that depicted clowns with guns, along with the caption “every school in PG about to get hit.”Schools in Prince George were put on lockdown yesterday morning, when police also arrested two boys aged 16 and 17 at an area high school. Police continued their investigation throughout the day, eventually allowing schools to cease the lockdown by 2:20 p.m. and releasing the 17 year-old without charge. The 16 year-old was detained overnight is due to appear in court this morning facing unspecified charges.- Advertisement -School District 60’s Assistant Superintendent Stephen Petrucci says that the district has specific protocols that deal with violence and threats. “We have people in place to deal with emergency situations like these,” said Petrucci. “We practice and have laid out specific protocols for emergencies that deal with threats and violence. There are 2 possible things that can happen, a hold and secure or an actual lockdown.”He also stressed that they always stay in contact with RCMP and decide what action is appropriate in the situation. Police would be the first to be contacted and they would work together to decide what kind of hold and secure, or lockdown procedure would be needed.
Mario Balotelli and Brendan Rodgers 1 Roberto Mancini believes Brendan Rodgers should be paid double his salary for trying to manage Mario Balotelli, adding he still has a “strong affection” for the Italian striker.Mancini signed the 24-year-old for Manchester City in 2010 after the pair had worked together at Inter Milan, but the former Etihad boss believes the striker’s form has declined ever since.Balotelli joined the Reds in a £16 million deal from AC Milan in the summer, but has failed to score a single Premier League goal for the club, leaving Mancini unsure as to how he will ever fulfil his potential.“In the Inter shirt with me he was a boy, he would have done anything, even cleaning the locker rooms,” Mancini told Corriere della Sera.“At City, he was well-behaved for two-and-a-half years. With Mario it’s never easy – what you tell him goes in through one ear, and out from the next. But I owe him gratitude.“Mario used to go out with my sons and the fact that they were more or less of an age was something that helped me build a relationship with him.“As a person I feel a strong affection towards him. He is a good person, someone who acts with his heart. I think he’s doing his very best at Liverpool. It’s all up to him. He is still young, he has the strength to get back up.“As for his head, well, he does have to find that. After leaving City he became weaker in every aspect of the game.“I was convinced he could do well in Milan, but that was not the case. I have no clue what his medicine could be, but anyone coaching him should be paid double – a Balotelli indemnity.”Mancini even compared Balotelli to former Brazil and Inter striker Adriano, once one of the world’s greatest players, now playing for French Ligue 2 side Le Havre after a career dogged by doubts around his attitude, work ethic and commitment.“He risks ending up like Adriano,” Mancini claimed. “Maybe for different reasons, but that’s what he could end up like.”