By Tom HaywardLiverpool were left frustrated by Championship side Blackburn Rovers who defended heroically to draw 0-0 at Anfield on Sunday and force a replay in their FA Cup quarter-final.After an even first half Liverpool dominated after the break but wave after wave of attack was thwarted by a Blackburn side who had already accounted for Premier League sides Swansea City and Stoke city in the two previous rounds.Kolo Toure headed against a post, while Daniel Sturridge, Philippe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling failed to break down their second tier visitors despite relentless pressure.Aston Villa – who beat West Bromwich Albion 2-0 on Saturday – are the only side to seal a semi-final spot so far while Manchester United host holders Arsenal on Monday.Giant-killers Bradford City travel to Reading on March 16 for a replay after their 0-0 draw.
Essequibians are in for a treat this weekend as the most popular theatrical production, “Nothing to Laugh About 10” heads their way. The show is billed for the Anna Regina Multilateral Community Centre Ground on Saturday evening.Signature productions will once again give Guyanese their yearly dose of laughter. This year, the show has an all-star cast, including Michael Ignatius, Lyndon “Jumbie” Jones, Kirwyn Mars, Leza “Radika” Singh, Clemencio Goddette, Chris Gopaul, Mark “Chinee Man” Kazim, Leon Cummings, Johann David, Simone Persaud, Gerard Gilkes, Mark Luke-Edwards, Brian Goodman, Zoya Moore.Tickets cost $1000 for adults and $300 for children. Advance tickets are available at Timo Vulcanising, Maku Vulcanising, Lall’s General Store, G&P Jaigobin Supermarket, Original Juice Centre and Morris and Jenny B Snackette.The show has never disappointed its audience and promises to stay true to that reputation. As usual the show will straddle all the divides; be it politics, race or religion.It is a show that is not afraid to push the boundaries and that is probably why it is the most anticipated show every single year.Patrons are advised to be on time as the show will begin at 20:00h sharp.
Dear Editor,As a young journalist working for the Barbados Nation newspaper in the 80s, I was sent to cover the aftermath of the very devastating Hurricane Hugo, which wreaked havoc in Montserrat in the summer of 1989.It was the morning after when we got there. When we landed at the main John A. Osborne Airport, after riding in the belly of a British C110 aircraft out of Barbados, we were dumbfounded.I tried to hold ‘my own,’ but it came gushing out in torrents of tears after my editor (a tall hulk of a man) Timothy Slinger began crying. It was a horrifying sight; the island was in a mess. It looked like there had been an island-wide fire; everything was brown. There were no leaves on any tree. Nothing was in place. Cars and household furnishings were scattered in the valleys. People walked the roads aimlessly. I immediately began shooting pictures.When I returned to Barbados with my pictures, the front page picture in our newspaper was with a little boy – maybe 10 years old – sitting on a three-threaded concrete stair with nothing behind him. He was digging, with his hands, hard coconut jelly from a coconut that had blown off a tree during the storm. That was his breakfast. He told us that where he was sitting was his home. There was nothing but the concrete steps remaining. The blue horizon framed his background.We drove from the airport into the capital of Plymouth behind a frontend loader that was lifted by helicopter off a British ship. The machine was pushing the boulders out of the way to make the roads accessible. That was my first trip to Montserrat.Then, in 1995, the previously dormant Soufrière Hills volcano, in the southern part of the island, came alive. Because of my previous affinity with the island, I was assigned to cover that story. I would visit that island several times between 1995 and 2000.I was there when the initial major eruption happened and claimed its first victims – some farmers who had ventured beyond the safe zone to take care of their cattle. The constant belching of plumes of ash and sulfur would eventually make the southern parts of the island uninhabitable. I saw two-thirds of the island’s population being forced to flee, some to surroundings islands, but most to the UK. The United Kingdom lays claim to the island.There were fewer than 1,200 people left on the island. Today the numbers are slowly creeping up. No doubt, the recent spate of hurricanes will retard that momentum.I have lived in Barbados and have been a witness to several hurricanes and tropical depressions. And with the latest uptick in these destructive weather patterns, I am wondering if life in the Caribbean will not make a formidable turn.Could it be that if the globe continues to warm – which is a catalyst for the most deadly and destructive storms – the islands will (like Montserrat) become sparsely populated? The Bible speaks of an eventual disappearance of islands; could this be a foretaste?Guyana – if only because of our sizable land mass and English language – can well become a saviour to the Caribbean residents. We need to begin to think in these terms. We were long the laughing stock of the Caribbean. However, our new-found brush with oil wealth and the prevailing and predicted weather patterns might very well position us as a proverbial “rejected stone” that becomes the “head of the corner”.Of course we can benefit from the mental acumen and the entrepreneurial skills of our fellow Caribbean sisters and brothers. We can benefit from their assistance, particularly in the areas of tourism and offshore investments. Maybe there should be a nonpartisan committee established to begin to explore ways of offering Islanders terms and packages that will lure them to Guyana as financial investors. I think that we need to strike the nail while it is hot. There is a proverb which says, “He is wise who does now what he will eventually be asked to do.”Pastor W. P. Jeffrey
Story Links For 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 or Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Print Friendly Version The University of Toronto Varsity Blues women’s squash team posted a number of come from behind wins in the final round to take home the 2018 Jester’s League title on Saturday, February 3 at Mayfair Club in Toronto. In the semifinals against the Western Mustangs, the Blues completed the 7-0 sweep to advance to the championship match-up against their rival Queen’s. The team confidently took down the Gaels 5-2 to capture their first Jester’s title since 2014.Toronto found themselves in a 1-2 hole earl against Queen’s, but never gave in. Junana Chaves and Rhea both rallied off come-from-behind victories in their respected matches to regain the lead at 3-2.The biggest momentum swing came when No. 5 seed Thandi Myers took to the court. Down 6-10 in the fifth and final set with four match balls, the first-year Engineering student did the unthinkable. She recorded the next six points to take the match and clinch the league title for the team.The both the men and women now prepare for the 2018 OUA championship, February 9-11, hosted by the Gaels in Kingston, Ont.
As no others officially ran against him, he has won the nomination by acclamation. He says he is excited to run for the party, and should he be elected, he looks forward to working with Premier Christy Clark. “I’m going to be working hard to make sure that Peace River South has a BC Liberal MLA again after the next election,” he says. “Premier Christy Clark is the right leader to protect and build B.C.’s economy in these uncertain economic times.”- Advertisement – The official candidate selection meeting will take place in Dawson Creek on December 11th.
Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Friday’s newspapers…Manchester United are on the trail of striker Abdul Majeed Waris, according to the Ghana international’s club Trabzonspor. (Daily Mail)Manchester United could turn to Atletico Madrid’s Joao Miranda in January with an £18million bid in the pipeline. (Daily Express)Manchester United keeper Anders Lindegaard wants to stay at the club despite the imminent arrival of Victor Valdes. (Daily Mail)Roberto Martinez is planning for another season with Samuel Eto’o as the striker edges towards triggering an appearance clause that will extend his stay with Everton. (Daily Mail)Arsenal are eyeing a swoop for Fenerbahce starlet Batuhan Yayikci – a player dubbed ‘the Turkish Gareth Bale’. (Daily Mail)Napoli have refuted suggestions that they will make a move for Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli in January. (Daily Mirror)Tottenham are struggling to offload Benoit Assou-Ekotto. The Cameroon defender had attracted interest from QPR – who had him on loan last season – and Crystal Palace, but his wage demands are scuppering any potential deal. (Daily Mirror)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Transfer boost for Liverpool? Reds target hits out at Inter Milan fansLiverpool, Man United and Man City target set to sign new Benfica dealWright-Phillips rejects loan moves to fight for QPR placeItaly goalkeeper unlikely to join Liverpool in JanuaryPSG star shoots down rumours of Manchester United or Arsenal switchArsenal in great position to land Juventus starItaly international hints at possible Chelsea or Tottenham moveExclusive – Man City legend warns Pellegrini: You’re heading for the sack!Exclusive – Silva’s injury could be a blessing for Man City, claims MurphyExclusive – Harper calls on Hull board to offer Bruce a new deal
Arsenal stars Tomas Rosicky and Danny Welbeck celebrate 1 Arsenal survived a late scare to a claim a 2-1 over Queens Park Rangers on Boxing Day.Olivier Giroud’s red card for a headbutt and a Charlie Austin penalty had put pressure on the Gunners at the Emirates as they looked to claim all three points.But, in the end, goals from Alexis Sanchez and Tomas Rosicky were enough to get Arsene Wenger’s men over the line and put them back above rivals Tottenham, who had won earlier in the day, into sixth spot.Sanchez had a spot-kick saved by Rob Green with just nine minutes on the clock after Armand Traore had foolishly fouled the crafty Chilean, who was running away from goal.But Arsenal’s man of the moment made amends before the break as he headed home Keiran Gibbs’ superb centre.The Gunners’ task got trickier eight minutes into the second period as an enraged Giroud headbutted QPR defender Nedum Onuoha, who he felt had pushed him over as he ran towards goal.Being a man down didn’t seem to halt the red tide engulfing Green’s goal though and, not long after, Rosicky thumped a low strike home to double the hosts’ tally.Arsenal couldn’t keep a clean sheet though as, with nine minutes to go, Mathieu Debuchy clumsily brought down Junior Hoilett and in-form Austin was able to convert from 12 yards out.
Keisuke Honda 1 AC Milan CEO Adriano Galliani has rubbished claims Keisuke Honda asked to leave the club – amid reported interest from Southampton.The 29-year-old has been in and out of the team at the San Siro this season and there was talk he wanted to leave in January.Southampton had expressed an interest as they explored the possibility of using Honda as a replacement for fellow playmaker Gaston Ramirez.However, Galliani has now moved to dismiss claims that Honda wants to leave and instead insists the attacking midfielder is happy in Italy.“He’s a very intelligent lad,” Galliani told Milan News.“He has a different mentality to us Italians, because he’s Japanese. I wanted him at all costs, because he’s a great player and he’s showing it.“He always states his opinions politely. He wants to stay at Milan, and we want to keep him, he’s never been for sale and he’s never asked for a transfer.“We’re very happy with what he’s doing now. He’s doing very well, he works very hard and sacrifices himself so much for the team.”
“There were 4,500 fans there who hadn’t seen their team win an away game for 15 months. That was only Villa’s fifth win in something like 56 games, so to have a travelling support of nearly 5,000 people, it absolutely goes to show what this club is all about.“It’s a fantastic football club, one of the big, great clubs of our country, and it’s been going in the wrong direction for too long.“Of course it’s a challenge, but we’ve got to try and turn it around… halt the slide and turn it the other way.“We’ve got to have hope, of course we have. We’re only six points off sixth place and who knows, if you get a big club like this into the play-offs you’ll give yourself a chance.”Listen to Steve Bruce speaking to talkSPORT IN FULL above! 1 New Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has told talkSPORT the club are aiming for the play-offs after quickly getting the side back to winning ways.The Championship team claimed their first away win in over a year with a 2-1 victory at Reading on Tuesday night, in Bruce’s only second game in charge.Their previous triumph on the road came against Bournemouth in August 2015 – the opening day of the last Premier League season.Being something of a promotion specialist, Bruce was seen as the perfect man to turn around Villa’s fortunes when he was appointed last week.He inherited a team shot of confidence and in desperate need of a good result, and having already taken four points from his first two games in charge, Bruce is confident the gloom is beginning to lift at Villa Park.Speaking to talkSPORT host Jim White following Tuesday’s win, the manager said: “When you get relegated there’s a doom and gloom and that surrounds everybody and Aston Villa are not used to it, they haven’t been relegated for 30 or 40 years.“It’s all about giving the players back that confidence, that belief, that they’re still good players. For too long they’ve been hit with a stick, if you like.“So the first thing was to just try and lift confidence levels and blow a bit of belief back into them.
MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — Mel Gibson was arrested early Friday for suspicion of driving under the influence, a Sheriff’s Department spokesman said. Gibson’s vehicle was speeding eastbound on the Pacific Coast Highway when officers stopped him at 2:36 a.m., Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said. Gibson, 50, was booked at the Lost Hills Sheriff’s station at 4:06 a.m., according to department records. The actor-director was cited and released, Whitmore said. Bail was set at $5,000. “The investigation is ongoing,” Whitmore said. “As we would do with anyone, we don’t want to release any more since the information is fragmentary.” Gibson’s spokesman, Alan Nierob, said he was looking into the matter. Gibson won a best-director Oscar for 1995’s “Braveheart.” Like his 2004 religious blockbuster, “The Passion of the Christ,” which was shot in Aramaic and Latin, his new film, “Apocalypto,” was done in an ancient tongue, Yucatec Maya. Gibson has starred in the “Lethal Weapon” and “Mad Max” films, “What Women Want” and “The Man Without a Face,” among other movies. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!