Hazard inspires Belgium to 4-0 defeat of Hungary

first_imgCaptain Eden Hazard inspired Belgium to a resounding 4-0 victory over Hungary at Euro 2016 on Sunday, setting up a quarter-final clash with Wales.Hazard set up one goal and scored another as Toby Alderweireld, Michy Batshuayi and Yannick Carrasco completed a comfortable victory.Belgium dominated the opening stages and took the lead after 10 minutes when Kevin De Bruyne swung an inviting cross into the box where centre back Alderweireld rose at the far post to power his header past Hungary keeper Gabor Kiraly.Substitute Batshuayi tapped home Hazard’s low cross with 12 minutes remaining shortly after coming on. The Chelsea player cut inside the Hungary box and then rifled home a superb finish for the third before Carrasco grabbed a late goal.last_img read more

Federer pulls off great escape to reach Wimbledon semis

first_imgRoger Federer put his global army of “Fed-Head” fans through the wringer for four nerve-shredding sets before he kept alive his pursuit of a record eighth Wimbledon title with a 6-7(4) 4-6 6-3 7-6(9) 6-3 win over Marin Cilic the quarter-finals on Wednesday.Novak Djokovic’s shock third round exit had raised hopes that this could be the week when the Swiss finally ends his four-year hunt for an 18th grand slam title, as the Serb had been the only man to beat him at the majors over the past year.However, all those expectations appeared to be heading for the dustbin as Cilic stood one point away from victory — not once, not twice but three times in a pulsating fourth set that had everyone on the edge of their seats.Three huge serves kept Federer alive — just — and he then produced the kind of form, and outrageous shots, that has made him the most successful man in tennis by stealing the tiebreak 11-9.An ace on his first match point finished off the job after three hours, 17 minutes of high drama and carried him into an 11th Wimbledon semi-final, and 40th overall in the majors.“I knew I was in so much trouble in the third and again in the fourth,” Federer said after walking off Centre Court to a standing ovation.“It wasn’t going well for me. So for me it was about staying in the match and somehow hope for his level to drop … and maybe get a bit lucky. That’s exactly what happened at 3-3, 0-40 (in the third set),” added Federer about the game where he saved three break points.“Obviously the breaker was crazy. It was an incredible match. Marin is one of the nicest guys on the tour so I feel sorry for him but for me the dream continues.”The win also made him the most successful player, man or woman, at the majors as he chalked up a record 307th singles win.“I cannot believe Roger Federer won that match. How did he get out of that?” gushed American great John McEnroe.“You’ve got to love the courage that he is able to find a way to do that, that is a killer loss.”Having missed last month’s French Open with a back injury, the five set thriller also delivered a knockout punch to those thinking the Swiss third seed did not have the stamina to last the distance.“It’s really encouraging for me to see that I am improving. As the match goes on, I was able to sustain a really high level of play,” added the 34-year-old, who came back from two-sets down for the 10th time in his career.“My legs were there, my back was there, serving was key. Plus mentally this is going to give me a hell of a boost. I am ecstatic that I was able to come through somehow.”He will face another big-server, Canadian Milos Raonic, for a place in Sunday’s final.last_img read more

NTN wins 6th annual duck curry competition

first_imgAfter a perfect mix of spices and well cooked duck meat, Bramha Persaud of National Television Network (NTN) walked away with the top prize of the 6th annual Digicel Duck Curry competition at  Number 63 Beach, Corentyne, Berbice, on Sunday last.Outshining 19 other competitors, the NTN crew, lead by its owner, walked away with 5,000 as the first prize, while Devesh Darpat who came in second place bagged 5,000 and Looknauth Durbiji who came in third took away 5,000. Coming in fourth was Robert Singh and his team winning 0,000.Upon receiving his award from Director of Marketing, Jacqueline James, Persaud explained that in the past, his team “Bombay Massala” created quite a stir but of recent, they made a decision to change the name while nothing that his mother who is an excellent cook would have prepared the mixture to cook and marinate the duck meat.However, he was thankful to his team for the hard work they put in to make preparations for the big day. A member of his team afterwards thanked Digicel for hosting the competition, nothing that they had lots of fun; although reluctant to release the recipe that gave them the top spot. This year’s competition took on a different dimension since those who participated had the opportunity to show off their cutlery skills.Digicel’s Public Relations Officer Vidya Sanichara explained that the company received an overwhelming response with respect to registration, adding that the company even received two registrations after the cut-off date – they had already received the quota to participate.However, due to the amount of registration forms received, the company is hoping that the next competition caters for more participants. “We want as much people to participate and next year we are going bigger and better,” Sanichara noted.As the sun set on the day’s competition, the crowd was entertained by Trinidad’s Chutney Sensation, Nishard M and Guyana’s own, Jumo “Rubber Waist” Primo who definitely put on a show.last_img read more

Musings…

first_img…on Christmas and ScroogeYour Eyewitness takes his hat off to Charles Dickens, who – even though he wrote his novels in the mid-nineteenth century –  still speak to us in Guyana with immediacy. It’s not coincidental that Karl Marx was writing about the same phenomena of poor and the powerless – in somewhat less riveting prose! Every year around this time of the year, your Eyewitness returns to the Dickensian classic, “A Christmas Carol”.And no, you young whippersnappers, it’s not about belting out “Deck the halls with boughs of holly!!” It was a time when the grungy English Industrial Revolution was at its apex, and making money (and more money!) was the mantra of the day. In other words, not much different from today; in the developed countries at least – where the top one per cent own 90 per cent of the wealth!Here in Guyana, there isn’t really enough wealth in our top one per cent to appreciate what real income equality’s all about. Let’s just remind you that Jeff Bezos, the owner of Amazon, saw his wealth increase by US$27.6 billion between 2016 to 2017 to over US$100 billion!! To give you an idea of what that means, Guyana’s ENTIRE GDP in 2016 was US$3.5 billion!! That’s right – he earned in one year more than eight times what the entire Guyana produced that year!! But since everything’s relative – especially deprivation – our disparities are still as stark, aren’t they?So, back to Scrooge and his still-relevant story. Even if you don’t know the story, dear reader, surely you recognise the name “Scrooge” being synonymous with “mean and selfish” from the movie that’s been gracing your TV screen all week! The money-lender Scrooge, was so tight-fisted on those rare occasions when he took a five pound note out of his wallet, the Queen blinked!! To make you understand, he was so mean he wouldn’t have minded throwing five thousand workers into the streets if it meant making a few bucks more profits. “Profits over people” was his mantra!!Anyhow, he had a dream one night on Christmas and is visited by his dead partner, who’d been as mean as he was and who tells him he’d be visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. “Christmas Past” takes Scrooge to see his young self – suffering and lonely at the hands of a cruel father and the death of his beloved sister. Christmas Present shows folks all over London having a good time with their families, even under the most dire circumstances. Christmas Future shows him dying a miserably, unmourned and lonely death.Scrooge, wakes up, wises up and changes his ways. Will our Scrooges, piss poor only yesterday, change their ways?…on Christmas giftsYour Eyewitness isn’t too big on all this gift giving and all that jazz. It’s not that he’s a Scrooge or anything like that (he hopes!!) but he just has this thing about the over commercialisation of what he sees as ought to be a close family affair. It’s just TOO over the top for him. Christmas has joined all the other manufactured “Days” – “Mother’s Day”, “Father’s Day”, “Valentine’s Day”, “Teachers’ Appreciation Day” etc…etc…etc when you’re forced to PROVE your love by buying a gift!Your Eyewitness prefers to show his appreciation of significant others by sitting down with them and breaking bread. What can beat enjoying a meal together, with good conversation and possibly some good Vino or beer? It doesn’t matter what the food is…It doesn’t have to be a suckling pig or a fatted calf. The warmth and joy of being together with those you love will make even thin gruel, taste like New England Clam chowder!Salute to all this Christmas!!…on what might’ve beenYour Eyewitness promised himself he wouldn’t haul the usual suspects over the coals this Christmas Day – even the leaders of the AFC.“De mortuis nil, nisi bonnum” – of the dead one should only speak good!!last_img read more

PVL: PetroGazz seals semis berth after quick win over Motolite

first_imgView comments But most importantly, PetroGazz will enter the Final Four as top team and will face BanKo Perlas in the best-of-three semifinals.Creamline and PacificTown-Army will battle in the other semis duel.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“We connect on all level, so it’s easier for us to be playing together,” said Johnson. 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MANILA, Philippines—PetroGazz quickly wore down Motolite, 25-19, 25-15, 25-15, Saturday night completing the Final Four cast of the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference.The Angels didn’t give the Power Spikers a chance to get on their feet as Wilma Salas and Janisa Johnson scored at will to ensure their 9th win in as many games.ADVERTISEMENT Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia PLAY LIST 00:56Heavy 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 award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks MOST READ Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay Ukrainian prime minister resigns after recordings published Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing PBA: Magnolia shuts down Meralco for 5 straight winslast_img read more

Despite a few brilliant turns, Thailand fails to impress at SEA Games

first_imgThailand reports case of coronavirus from China Four sport teams merit praise for their successful harvest of medals in the tournament. The athletic squad won the highest number with 12 gold medals including the men’s and women’s 4×100 relay and men’s 200m.Thumbs up too to the athletes in the judo, cycling and taekwondo events, as each contributed to seven golds including the brilliant taekwondo world champion Panipak Wongpattanakit in the women’s under-49kg category.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4The boxing team featuring some big-names like Chatchai Decha Butdee in men’s bantamweight and Wuttichai Masuk in men’s welterweight hit their target of five gold medals while the Muay Thai team didn’t do badly and will return home with four golds.Also impressive were Thai sailors as they captured four gold medals while the sepak takraw teams maintained their standard by winning all three events they entered. MOST READ LATEST STORIES There’s praise for rest of Singapore’s ‘great outing’ in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down As for the new Esports, Thailand showed positive signs by winning two disciplines including the Tekken 7 event by Thai favorite and engineering student Nopparut Hempamorn.Nevertheless, there were some major flops in certain sports, for example on the football pitch where Thailand failed to win a gold for the first time in a decade.The tennis team also returned home with no gold, a critical failure for a country that once reigned supreme in this sport in the region. The bowling team also failed to shine and the golfers, seen as one of the better medal prospects for the Thais, won just one gold for the men’s team.In terms of Olympic disciplines, Thailand also won just 46 golds whereas the Philippines won 53 and Vietnam 55.ADVERTISEMENT Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areascenter_img Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee ‘People evacuated on their own’ Pratchaya Tepparak from Thailand competes in the men’s triple jump athletics event at the Southeast Asian Games in Clark, Capas, Tarlac province, north of Manila on December 10, 2019. (Photo by TED ALJIBE / AFP)Thailand fell short in its SEA Games mission, winning just 92 gold medals and will have to settle for third place behind Vietnam and overall winner Philippines as the curtain falls this evening on the 30th edition of the sporting event.The 13-time champions set a target of 121 golds when they launched their campaign 11 days ago and will almost certainly finish outside the top two for the first time in 28 years. As of Tuesday (December 10), Thailand had won 92 golds, 103 silver and 122 bronze medals. Hosts Philippines is assured of placing first with 149 golds, while Vietnam will finish second with 97 golds.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Man remanded for ganja in underwear

first_imgAn unrepresented Millington denied the charge and told the court that the Police did not find the narcotics on his person. He claimed that ranks had “picked up” the drugs from the bottom flat of another house, which did not belong to him.But Police Prosecutor Arvin Moore told the court that ranks had, on August 25, swooped down on Millington‘s residence following reports of drug trafficking ongoing there, and had found the defendant in possession of 19 grams of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking.In objecting to the defendant being placed on bail, Prosecutor Moore told the court that the illicit substance was found concealed in a transparent plastic bag hidden in the defendant’s crotch.He also advocated that Millington be remanded to prison pending the outcome of his trial, considering that he had advanced no special reasons why bail should be granted him. Moreover, he said the analyst’s report is outstanding.The matter will be called again on September 18. Griffith Millington of Tucville, Georgetown was allegedly caught three days ago hiding marijuana in his underwear, and was on Monday remanded to prison after being arraigned before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.last_img read more

Pedestrian hit after running into intersection

first_imgHe was struck by the vehicle at a slow rate of speed and was transported to the Fort St. John Hospital. It’s reported he has a broken tibia and fibia resulting from the hit and subsequent fall to the ground.The pedestrian has been charged under the Motor Vehicle Act for disobeying a pedestrian control signal.No one in the vehicle was injured and the intersection is now open to traffic.- Advertisement –last_img

Dying star’s story embedded in tail

first_imgPASADENA – Astronomers using a space telescope that observes ultraviolet light have detected a cometlike tail 13 light-years long on a star first discovered more than four centuries ago. During a teleconference Wednesday, scientists from NASA and Caltech described how the Galaxy Evolution Explorer telescope allowed them to view the stunning debris trail left by the star known as Mira. “It’s truly remarkable that this star, which we’ve studied for centuries, has surprised us with this new and remarkable phenomenon,” Chris Martin, an astronomer at the California Institute of Technology. Mira, from the Latin for “wonderful,” has been studied by astronomers since its discovery in 1596. Traveling roughly 350 light-years from Earth, it appears to fade and reappear in a 332-day cycle. Though in its younger days it was much like the sun at the center of the Earth’s system, it has since become a swollen, cool star known as a red giant, shedding dust and gas as it zips through space at 80 miles per second. “We’re seeing, in a sense, the kind of processes the sun will go through in, oh, say 4 or 5 billion years,” said Mike Shara, curator of the American Museum of Natural History’s department of astrophysics in New York City. Mira’s trail of debris provides a remarkable opportunity to study the process of a star’s decay, the astronomers said. “We want to be able to read that tail like a ticker tape,” said Mark Seibert of the Carnegie Institution of Washington’s observatories in Pasadena. “We want to be able to understand exactly what (Mira’s) been doing for the last 30,000 years.” Seibert was one of the first astronomers to spot Mira’s stunning tail as he flipped through images returned from the Galax telescope’s survey of space. “It was a complete and utter surprise because it was Mira – Mira is the world’s most famous variable star. It’s been studied for 400 years, everything we were able to know about it has been studied already,” he said. But there in the corner of one image was a strange blue streak trailing the star. In front was a bowshock of glowing gas like the wave a boat makes as it pushes through the water. “We were scratching our head for the longest time,” Seibert said of quest to explain the find. The researchers now believe the tail’s glow is created when the relatively cool hydrogen sheds by the star is bombarded with electrons from heated interstellar gas. elise.kleeman@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4451160Want 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

Ivan Perisic has finally ended Manchester United’s hopes of signing him

first_img1 Reported Manchester United target Ivan Perisic has signed a new five-year contract with Inter Milan.The 28-year-old Croatia winger, the subject of a transfer tug-of-war between Inter and United over the summer, was among the best performers for the Nerazzurri last season.He opened his account for the 2017/18 campaign with a goal against Fiorentina last month and in a club statement Inter revealed they were “delighted” to secure him until June 2022.Perisic told inter.it: “It’s a special day for me, an emotional and happy one after the stress of the summer. Now we are all looking forward and I’m only thinking about Inter.“For a long time I kept my counsel, and now I can say that (head coach Luciano) Spalletti told me that I could be an even better version of myself here.“We’ve done well in the first two matches of the season and we need to continue that way.” Ivan Perisic has committed his future to Inter Milan last_img read more