Moufflons ripped apart by Latvia in Paphos

first_imgBy Alexander McCowanThe Cyprus national rugby team were thrashed 31-3 by Latvia in Paphos in their European Nations Cup clash on Saturday afternoon. The Moufflons took to the field before a partisan crowd with revenge on their minds after the Latvians ended their world record 24-game winning streak last year. But things started to unravel within minutes as the visitors took a 6-3 lead. Following the sending-off of George Agathocleous, the Latvians dominated. Before the game, coach Paul Shanks had emphasised “it’s about basics,” and that’s where the Moufflons lost it as the Latvians bossed them from the start.The second half was not much better as Latvia dominated and scored at will, with four tries gaining the bonus point.last_img read more

The seeming rhetoric on noise pollution

first_imgLast week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) stated that it received a 35% increase in complaints of noise pollution, when figures for this year thus far are compared to 2018. By any stretch of the imagination, that is a substantial increase. That’s reflective of what may be deemed an ineffective approach to curbing this societal menace.Over time, there have been numerous complaints, and gauging from some who pleaded their cases in the media, this scourge continues unabated. Interestingly, the Director of the EPA is reported to have stated that many people stopped complaining, given their perception of not getting a response.For many, it is not a perception; in reality, their complaints are ignored. Despite the pain, suffering, and gross inconvenience many are forced to endure, the Director must be commended for bringing officially into the public domain that seeming lack of a response, even though branded as a perception. He has elevated, through the influence of his office, what many believe and experienced. In so doing, he may have deliberately brought some level of pressure upon those, including his officers and the Police, who are entrusted to enforce the laws.Too often, when complaints are called in to Police stations, and when the call is actually answered, the response is either permission has been granted until midnight, in some cases 2:00 am, or they will “check on it”. Very often, the latter was a means of consoling, and never really materialised.Part of the problem basically lies in the former: permission. Many have argued over the criteria used to allow a few to inconvenience residents within the village or villages. Among those affected in every instance are babies, children preparing for school or examinations, the elderly, and the sick. Medical experts have documented the serious effects of noise on people who are exposed to high decibels of sound, and especially how telling it is on an ongoing basis.The inconsiderate bombarding of others with loud music by bar operators and bar-b-que promoters has seemingly become an unfortunate fixture within many villages. Village days are often promoted without the consent of villagers. To make matters worse, there are reports of alleged collusion with the Police and the operators/ promoters, thereby facilitating this hazard.Having expended much effort for intervention, and having been unsuccessful, wary residents are naturally forced to stop complaining. Some may posit that’s how it’s designed deliberately, to allow the flow of believed benefits from the alleged collusion. How else can one explain permission being granted for bar-b-ques, street limes, and village days — which blare music — to be promoted unabated?How else can one similarly explain established and makeshift bars — that are brazenly polluting with noise — operating unhindered? How else can one explain that the approved midnight timeline is actually 3:00am or 4:00 am? How else can one explain the glaring lack of meaningful intervention in all those instances?That, in many ways, sums up the plight of the affected residents, and the magnitude of the problem.It’s worthy to note, and may be even ironic, that the EPA Director’s comments referenced were made when he addressed a noise management training for Police officers. The Public Security Minister reportedly took the opportunity at the training to highlight the prevalence of noise pollution, and alluded to victims not following through after reports are made; i.e. a reluctance to appear in court.Aside from alleged collusion, therein lies probably the biggest hindrance to curbing the endemic noise crisis.Maybe there is need to relook at the legal requirements in the context that if the Police were to independently, promptly and professionally respond to complaints, verify them, and take statements from complainants, the need for an actual presence could be obviated.While a credible argument can be made that such a proposal could encourage collusion at another level, the possibility for legal resolution could increase. This considers that the Police are equipped with testers to check the level of noise, and that the Minister reportedly said it may be better to enforce the law by taking away the equipment of those caught in the act. Any justification of the latter seemingly negates the presence of a complainant in court; same as the testers.What remains very worrying is that, despite the utterances of the EPA and the Minister, some establishments which are not soundproofed, even within the City, continue to unleash a torrent of noise pollution on residents craving for relief.Reportedly many, if not all, of these establishments, appear to have strong connections, which allow them to operate untouched. In those instances, complaints will be ignored at the expense of the health and wellbeing of the affected residents. That causes the rhetoric from the authorities to be rendered useless. It cannot be just about soundproofing. Many cases, like music carts, bar-b-ques, limes, vehicles and small village shops, are a big part of the problem, which is seemingly compounded by a reluctance to enforce the law allegedly on the grounds of self-interest. That probably explains the 35% increase in complaints, as against a decrease, which should be the primary goal.last_img read more

Culture of Indo-Guyanese

first_imgDear Editor,I have been asked many times by Indian nationals as to the reasons Indo-Guyanese still sing, play, enjoy Indian music and its attendant cultural traditions almost 180 years after they were brought here and lived in slave-like conditions for many of those years.Music originates and emanates from that most primitive aspect – the base channel – of the human soul where lurks the ecstatic condition of wonder and terror – it is the souls’ primitive and primary speech:  a “speech” of rhyme without reason.  Plato said that in order to take the spiritual temperature of an individual or a society, one must “mark the music.”To the philosophers of old, the history of music is a series of attempts to “give form and beauty to the dark, chaotic, psychic forces in the soul – to make them serve a higher purpose, an ideal, to give man’s duties a fullness”.  Music then plays an integral part in influencing our individual and then – as a shared cultural inventory resonating as a vibrating string through the community – our collective identity.The majority of Indo-Guyanese came from the Bhojpuri region of India where the local Bhojpuri culture of music, songs and dances played a seminal role in everyday life.It was the Bhojpuri region’s folk-music culture that would make up the core of the legacy brought to the West Indies. The Bhojpuri music culture imported was typically a simple rural folk-song genres but heavily oral-narrative based. It’s widespread use, even today, of the dholak and dental, in addition to the fact that great emphasis was placed on Bhojpuri words/lyrics to these early performances (contrastingly, the meaning and words of Indo-Guyanese Indian singing today is almost irrelevant!).Even today, we are familiar with the various Bhojpuri genre that were imported, but morphed and coalesced into something uniquely Guyanese.Many of these genres persisted and were maintained almost defensively by the cultural and religious structures that gradually solidified over the decades in the secluded and culturally isolated confines of the sugar plantations. For example, key festivals such as Divali and Phagwa supplanted older “lesser ones” and became prominent; and domestic events like bhagvats (nine-day ritual sessions), pujas (formal prayer sessions), and neighbourhood song sessions called satsangs became prevalent.Today although some of these genre have slowly disappeared (but counter intuitively and fortunately, have sprung up in Guyanese/TT immigrant communities in cosmopolitan NY, Toronto and London), they have given way to Bollywood music, and the locally Indo-Caribbean derived Chutney-Soca. But the singing and performance of Bhajans, Bollywood Geets and Ghazals still enjoy privileged status at concerts and Mandirs wherever Indo-Guyanese reside. Virtuoso drummers, like my close friend “Biscuit”, are still prevalent.Amid the deculturating effects of the slave plantations and the larger colonial environment, we have managed to recreate those old strands to weave an almost new repertoire and adjusted forms of the Bhojpuri compositions.Naipaul says, “The Indians endured and prospered. The India they re-created was allowed to survive. It was an India in which a revolution had occurred. It was an India in isolation, unsupported; an India without caste or the overwhelming pressures toward caste. Effort had a meaning, and soon India could be seen to be no more than a habit, a self-imposed psychological restraint, wearing thinner with the years.”Yours sincerely,Dev Prakashlast_img read more

Woods launches comeback with even par round at Torrey Pines

first_img0Shares0000Tiger Woods putts on the fourth green during the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines on January 25, 2018 in San Diego, California © Getty/AFP / Sean M. HaffeyLA JOLLA, United States, Jan 26 – Tiger Woods launched his latest return to the US PGA Tour with an even par 72 in the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open here Thursday.On the South Course at Torrey Pines, scene of his 14th and most recent championship at the 2008 US Open, Woods had three birdies and three bogeys and was seven shots behind first-round leader Tony Finau. Woods, 42, is playing is first US PGA Tour tournament since missing the cut at Torrey Pines last year, when his bid to come back from more than a year on the sideline foundered.After back fusion surgery in April Woods says he’s playing without pain, but not surprisingly showed some rust on a course where he has won eight times.He’ll try to gain ground on Friday, when he tackles the North Course, traditionally the more forgiving of the two layouts used in the first two rounds of the tournament.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Chelsea, United spared as City get fiendish draw

first_img0Shares0000MONACO, France, August 30 – Fate largely smiled on Manchester United and holders Chelsea in Thursday’s Champions League draw, but Manchester City found themselves drawn into a daunting group with Real Madrid, Ajax and Borussia Dortmund.Chelsea, who beat Bayern Munich on penalties in last season’s final to claim the trophy for the first time, were drawn in Group E alongside Italian champions Juventus, Shakhtar Donetsk, and Danish debutants Nordsjaelland. Juventus will be appearing in the Champions League for the first time since the 2009-10 season and are likely to present the strongest challenge to Roberto di Matteo’s side.United found themselves in similarly benign surroundings in Group H, having been pitted against Portugal’s SC Braga, Galatasaray of Turkey and Romanians CFR-Cluj in the draw in Monaco.However, manager Sir Alex Ferguson will not need reminding that it was from a similarly straightforward group — containing Benfica, FC Basel and Cluj’s domestic rivals Otelul Gelati — that the three-time champions failed to progress last season.United, beaten 3-1 by Barcelona in the 2011 final, are appearing in the group phase for a record 18th time.As in 2011, this season’s final will also take place at London’s Wembley Stadium, to mark the 150th anniversary of the English Football Association.City’s pool, Group D, unites the reigning champions of England, Spain, Germany and the Netherlands, and is sure to be dubbed the ‘Group of Death’.Roberto Mancini’s side were drawn in a similarly taxing group last season and failed to reach the knockout phase, with Bayern Munich and Napoli finishing above them on their first appearance in the Champions League.Along with Spain, England are one of only two countries with four teams in the group phase and their fourth representatives, Arsenal, will face Schalke, Olympiacos and debutants Montpellier, the French champions, in Group B.There was one other newcomer in the draw in the shape of Malaga, who qualified by overcoming Panathinaikos in the play-off round earlier this week.The Spanish side were drawn in Group C with Zenit Saint Petersburg, Anderlecht and seven-time champions AC Milan, who will have been relieved to avoid a more difficult group after a summer in which they lost a glut of leading players.Barcelona, finalists in two of the last four seasons, landed in Group G, where they will have fellow former champions Benfica and Celtic for company, as well as Spartak Moscow.Big-spending Paris Saint-Germain, meanwhile, will fancy their chances of qualifying from a group that also includes FC Porto, Dynamo Kiev and Dinamo ZagrebLast season’s beaten finalists Bayern Munich were placed in Group F alongside Valencia, they team they beat on penalties in the 2001 final, as well as Lille of France and Belarusian outfit BATE Borisov.The opening batch of group ties are scheduled for September 18/19.GROUP PAIRINGGroup AFC Porto (POR), Dynamo Kiev (UKR), Paris Saint-Germain (FRA), Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)Group BArsenal (ENG), Schalke 04 (GER), Olympiacos (GRE), Montpellier (FRA)Group CAC Milan (ITA), Zenit Saint Petersburg (RUS), Anderlecht (BEL), Malaga (ESP)Group DReal Madrid (ESP), Manchester City (ENG), Ajax (NED), Borussia Dortmund (GER)Group EChelsea (ENG), Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR), Juventus (ITA), Nordsjaelland (DEN)Group FBayern Munich (GER), Valencia (ESP), Lille (FRA), BATE Borisov (BLR)Group GBarcelona (ESP), Benfica (POR), Spartak Moscow (RUS), Celtic (SCO)Group HManchester United (ENG), SC Braga (POR), Galatasaray (TUR), CFR-Cluj (ROM)Opening round of matches to be played on September 18/19.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Champions League round-up: Man United reject fires Real Madrid into semi-finals

first_img1 Manchester United reject Javier Hernandez came to the rescue for Real Madrid, as the Mexican’s 88th minute goal sent Los Blancos into the Champions League semi-finals with a 1-0 victory over ten-man derby rivals Atletico.In a tetchy encounter at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, the hosts enjoyed the better chances but, having drawn the first leg 0-0, again found the Atletico defences stubborn to break down.Real hadn’t tasted victory against their cross-town rivals since beating them in the final to lift the European crown last season and they were frustrated throughout a turgid first half which saw only one clear cut chance.That fell to Cristiano Ronaldo, but the Portugal star failed to make the most of his one-on-one effort as he sidefooted a tame shot straight at Jan Oblak, who did react well to parry at point-blank range.It’s often handbags at dawn in these heated clashes, and it didn’t take long for the unsavoury nudges and barges to begin creeping in to play, with Sergio Ramos the target – though he’s often the instigator as well – of a number of rash challenges, while Ronaldo was guilty of smashing Jesus Gamez in the face with a strong shoulder when competing for a high ball.Theatrics continued after the break, with the game predictably stop-start in nature as a result, but it was Real who carved out the better chances as they began to turn the screw.Hernandez fired wide from a good position following a great through-ball from Isco, while Raphael Varane and Ramos both had tame headers easily saved from decent openings in the box.The game opened up when Diego Simeone’s side found themselves a man down when Arda Turan was sent off with a second booking for a high challenge on Ramos, which gave Carlo Ancelloti’s men a much needed advantage.Extra-time seemed imminent as the full-time whistle crept nearer and nearer, but Atletico’s long resistance was finally ended late on.After playing a neat one-two with James Rodriguez, Ronaldo burst into the area and did well to pick out the unmarked Hernandez instead of shooting, with the Mexican slotting the ball through a crowded box and into an empty net to seal Real’s first Madrid derby win of the season and their progression to the last four.Juventus will join the Spanish giants, along with Tuesday’s victors Barcelona and Bayern Munich, will in Friday’s semi-final draw after playing out a goalless draw with Monaco, beating the French side 1-0 on aggregate thanks to Carlos Teves’ first leg goal. Javier Hernandez celebrates his winning goal against Atletico Madrid last_img read more

‘He’s too fat!’ ‘Hidden’ Hazard slated by Chelsea supporters

first_img Chelsea star Eden Hazard Eden Hazard has barely shown his face this season.The Belgian star has been well off the pace for Chelsea and, despite getting a winner for his nation last weekend, shows no sign of improving.Against Everton, in the Blues’ 3-1 defeat, he failed to have any impact on the match and his own supporters have already turned on him as he underwhelms.You can see what Chelsea fans said about the player on Twitter below… 1last_img

Olmert says fighting in Lebanon will stop when soldiers are freed and attacks end

first_imgHe spoke at length about many of those killed and said that Israel was fighting for them. “When missiles are launched at our residents and our towns, our answer will be war waged at full strength, with all determination, courage and sacrifice,” he said. Olmert also accused the Hamas militants in Gaza, where Israel has been waging an offensive for three weeks to free a soldier captured earlier, and Hezbollah in Lebanon of being agents of Iran and Syria.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! JERUSALEM – Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Monday the fighting in Lebanon would end when the two Israeli soldiers captured by Hezbollah guerrillas were freed, rocket attacks on Israel were stopped, and the Lebanese army was deployed along the border. Delivering an impassioned speech to parliament after six days of fighting with Lebanon, Olmert said Israel would have no mercy on militants who attack its cities with rockets, and he pledged to destroy terrorist infrastructure. “We shall seek out every installation, hit every terrorist helping to attack Israeli citizens, destroy all the terrorist infrastructure, in every place. We shall continue this until Hezbollah does the basic and fair things required of it by every civilized person,” he said in his first major address since the fighting in Lebanon began last week. “Israel will not agree to live in the shadow of the threat of missiles or rockets against its residents.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Israeli officials have said publicly that Israel would not stop fighting until Hezbollah, a Shiite militia that controls much of south Lebanon, is dismantled. But Olmert’s comments Monday – seeking the release of the soldiers, the end of Hezbollah attacks on Israel, and the deployment of Lebanese troops in south Lebanon – seemed to be a softening of that position. In the past six days, 24 Israelis, half of them civilians, were killed in the fighting with Lebanon, while nearly 200 Lebanese, many of them civilians, were killed on the other side. The fighting began when Hezbollah kidnapped the soldiers in a cross-border raid. Since then, Israel has pounded Lebanon with airstrikes and Hezbollah has fired barrages of rockets and missiles into Israeli towns and cities. “We are not looking for war or direct conflict, but if necessary we will not be frightened by it,” Olmert said. He also praised the Israeli people for being strong and united in the face of the rocket bombardment that has sent about a half-million Israelis into bomb shelters. He said a Jewish prayer for the soldiers and said he had pictures of the three captured soldiers in his office and he looked at them often. “We shall do everything with all our might to bring them home,” he said, but added that Israel could not make a deal that would lead to further kidnappings. last_img read more

Parking lot camping continues for needy

first_imgAlbertsons will help with a special deal of $18 worth of food for $9.99, Chase said. Chase’s Thanksgiving effort started in November 1998, when he spent five days living in his van in the Albertsons parking lot and made live radio broadcasts as he tried to fill a 50-foot truck with food. In 1999, he continued his efforts, joined by sons Micah and Joshua, then 11 and 10. Abraham joined them the next year. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – Mitchell Chase and his sons will spend the weekend before Thanksgiving as he has for the past eight years – camped out in a borrowed motor home in the Albertsons parking lot. Chase and his family have made it their tradition to spend the third weekend in November collecting food and household necessities for the Antelope Valley’s most disadvantaged residents. “It’s all about giving back to those who need a helping hand,” said Chase, who will be accompanied by sons Micah, 17, Joshua, 16, and Abraham, 15. The Thanksgiving on the Mayflower food drive – named because it started out eight years ago using a Mayflower moving van to hold the donations – will provide help to four Antelope Valley charities. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’They are Grace Resource Center, a Lancaster organization that provides meals, emergency groceries and other help to the needy; Palmdale’s South Antelope Valley Emergency Services food bank; the Valley Oasis Domestic Violence Shelter; and the Lancaster Community Shelter, which provides beds, food and other help to the homeless. The collection will begin at 8a.m. Nov.17 in the Albertsons parking lot on the southwest corner of Palmdale Boulevard and 10th Street West. Donations can be dropped off until 8a.m. Nov.20, when the goods will be trucked away to the four charities. Past collections have averaged about 25,000 pounds of food, Chase said. This will be the second year a refrigerated truck will be standing by, ready for either perishable or nonperishable items. That lets the group accept turkeys, which people often drop off when purchased in supermarket promotions. A longtime Antelope Valley radio and cable television personality, Chase recently became the community and government relations manager for the local Child Care Resource Center. Eldest son Micah will take charge of the collections while Chase makes regular live broadcasts on local Clear Channel radio stations 610AM, 103.1FM and 105.5FM, and on the local Time/Warner cable television station. last_img read more

Romelu Lukaku drops huge hint on Man United future amid Inter links

first_img LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS boost “He trained with the team yesterday, but it wasn’t useful today to risk him, to be fair.”Quizzed on whether Lukaku will still be a player at the start of the season, Solskjaer added: “Well, let’s see when the season starts. We’ve not had any bids that we’re considering.“All my conversations with the players I will keep confidential. That’s between us.“That’s my privilege and I can promise them that I won’t tell (about) our discussions.” latest REVEALED LATEST punished Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions New job 1 Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January targets The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was coy about Romelu Lukaku’s Manchester United future as the Inter Milan target hinted at movement next week.Just two years after arriving from Everton in an initial £75million deal, the 26-year-old is understood to be welcoming interest from the Serie A giants. Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ deals Lukaku’s time at Old Trafford appears to be coming to an end TROPHY Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Getty JIBE Antonio Conte’s side met United in recent days for discussions, but PA understands that Inter have been struggling to fund a deal for the Belgium international.The striker missed Saturday’s 2-0 friendly win against Perth Glory due to a knock and fuelled speculation about his future as he left Optus Stadium, telling reporters: “You guys will know something next week”.Lukaku’s brief comment came as Solskjaer faced questions about the frontman’s fitness and happiness at the post-match press conference.“There’s been so many speculations but, yes, he should be fit for Wednesday (against Leeds),” the United boss said. Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January last_img read more