Serbia and Costa Rica bring contrasting styles to dogfight

first_imgSerbia and Costa Rica begin their World Cup campaigns on Sunday with the teams likely to adopt contrasting approaches to making the most of their limited resources at the tournament.Attack has proved something of a dirty word for some smaller nations in recent editions of the global showpiece with a packed defence often proving the greatest weapon for teams not blessed with the biggest talents.Costa Rica showed four years ago in reaching the quarter-finals that the ability to frustrate opponents with a far greater pedigree can take you a long way, as long as you can back up defensive organisation with Stakhanovite industry and a decent counter-punch.In Brazil, they conceded a meagre two goals in five games, beating Italy and Uruguay to top a group that also included England, before eventually falling to the Netherlands on penalties in the last eight.They have shown little in qualification for Russia or in their warmup matches to suggest they will now cast off the shackles and, given the sport’s recent history of rewarding teams who play it safe, they may feel there is little incentive to change.Tiny Iceland’s run to the quarters at Euro 2016 was the latest example of how caution has become the most reliable means of over-achieving and Costa Rica are seemingly designed according to that blueprint.They play with five at the back and pack the rest of the team with players who understand their defensive responsibilities.Yet while history has numerous examples of underdogs defying their status by defendeding en masse, there are far fewer occasions when minnows have excelled by casting caution to the wind.Serbia, however, are not built to defend and will hope their attacking talents can compensate for shortcomings at the back.Their coach Mladen Krstajic is likely to stick with the adventurous 4-2-3-1 formation, which thrashed Bolivia 5-1 in their final warm-up on Saturday when in-form striker Aleksandar Mitrovic netted a hat-trick.The good news for Serbia is that Mitrovic and influential attacking midfielder Adem Ljajic have both recovered from minor knocks and trained with the rest of the team on Wednesday.Krstajic undoubtedly has plenty of midfield and attacking talent at his disposal, but it is a different story at the back.Creaking veterans like Branislav Ivanovic, who can become Serbia’s most capped player on Sunday with 104 international appearances, and Aleksandar Kolarov will need to rediscover their heyday if Serbia are to keep opponents at bay in Russia.They are likely to be joined at the back by the inexperienced yet highly-rated 20-year-old centre half Nikola Milenkovic, who has been dubbed the ‘new Nemanja Vidic’ after impressive performances in the build-up.Brazil are overwhelming favourites to top Group E, which also includes Switzerland, so a dogfight is likely to ensue to follow them into the knockouts — and defeat would leave the losers in a precarious position.last_img read more

North Street rivals face off – KC vs St George’s at Stadium East

first_img Today’s matches Bernard is hoping KC can bring their ‘A’ game to today’s match. “It should be a treat for the spectators to see some good football from two attacking teams. St George’s are second in goals scored in the competition so they must be strong in attack. There are areas we can exploit but we have to be smart because they have quality and are very flexible. We have plans of our own and we are hoping we can come away winners,” he stated. Bernard noted that a good start was crucial at this stage of the competition. “We just have to ensure we turn up. It is important to get off to a good start as when it gets to this round you don’t want to get left behind. The team is well drilled and everybody knows their role. Kingston College’s hopes will rest on Ronaldo Robinson, Oneeko Allen, Trayvon Reid, Renato Campbell, Dwayne Atkinson and Travar Tingling. TREAT FOR SPECTATORS Kingston College’s (KC) head coach Ludlow Bernard, and St George’s College’s assistant coach Marcel Gayle, are both predicting a very competitive match when the Corporate Area neighbours meet in the latest renewal of the famed North Street football battle today. The teams will clash in the 3 p.m. feature match of an ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup quarterfinal round double-header at the Stadium East field. In the opening game, Camperdown High will face Charlie Smith High at 1p.m. In another double header at Calabar High, Wolmer’s Boys will first oppose Holy Trinity High at 1 p.m. before St Andrew Technical and defending champions Jamaica College meet in a repeat of last year’s final. According to Gayle the KC, St George’s clash is not a normal game. “It’s a derby. It’s not a regular or normal game. We are neighbours and derby games are always competitive, so all I am looking for is a competitive game and good football,” he said. He added: “I expect a very cagey one (game). KC haven’t lost a game, we haven’t lost either so it’s going to be end-to-end stuff. The team that concentrates most throughout the game and take their opportunities will prevail. “We just want to go out and play good football and do what we are supposed to do. We have a plan and hopefully we can go out and execute the plan. Confidence is high in the team and the guys are raring to go out and play.” The ‘Light Blues’ will look to players such as Chantomoi Taylor, Damani Harris, Emelio Rousseau, Tyrese Bennett, Cheva Denton and Raheem Williams to get the better of KC. – 1 p.m: Wolmer’s Boys vs Holy Trinity – Calabar – 1 p.m: Camperdown vs Charlie Smith – Stadium East – 3 p.m: STATHS vs JC – Calabar – 3 p.m: KC vs St George’s – Stadium Eastlast_img read more

All set for Bell West Big Night and Vehicle Sound Off” this Saturday

first_imgAll preparations are in place for the highly anticipated second annual “Bell West Big Night and Vehicle Sound Off” this Saturday evening at the Bell West Community Centre ground, West Bank Demerara. Thus far, several music systems are tuning their basses and ranges for the clash which is expected to be off the hook. Those ready for the showdown are Big Life Sound, Power Sonic and others.In addition, several vehicles that are known for their high quality sounds have already registered and promise patrons will get their money’s worth. The vehicle sound off will be judged in four categories – Mini Extreme Car, Extreme Car, Mini Extreme Bus and Canal Number Two Sound Off.The event is expected to be sizzling hot and also tasty since there will be the juiciest Bar-B-Que on sale. Also, there will be lots for the entire family, especially children, who can participate in several attractions including bouncy castle, merry-go-round and others such as face painting.Admission to the event is 0 with Bar-B-Que being sold for 00. Bell West Big Night and Vehicle Sound Off is promoted by Hype Entertainment.last_img read more

Indian indentured historiography reveals discontinuity

first_imgI will, in the next few weeks, return to my analysis of Indian indentured historiography as we approach 100 years since indentured immigration to Guyana ceased. March 12, 2017 will mark 100 years since the British and Indian governments stopped indentured immigration to indentured colonies worldwide.One disappointment with Indian indentured historiography is the insular approach or the analysis of discontinuity from India to the Indo-phone Caribbean (Guyana, Trinidad and Suriname) and from the Indo-phone Caribbean to India. Except for a few studies, most published studies on indentureship from India tend to concentrate on the emigration of Indians from that region, and places little emphasis on the experience of Indian indentures in the Indo-phone Caribbean.Likewise, the focus of most studies on indentureship from the Indo-phone Caribbean has overwhelmingly been on the Caribbean aspects of indentureship, namely the plantation experience. When studies from the Indo-phone Caribbean do include India, the content is restricted to recruitment and emigration of Indian indenture. We are left with not too many convincing reasons as to what transpired before the emigrants left their homeland to labour overseas. Are we to believe that a majority of them left their homeland unwillingly? Recent findings have challenged this view.Similarly, studies on the return migration of the ex-indentured Indians from the Indo-phone Caribbean to their homeland tend to cease after the return ships arrived in India. Few studies have concentrated on the re-integration of ex-indentured Indians to their former communities and even the second migration of Indians to the Indo-phone Caribbean.We are left again with unanswered questions. Whatever happened to the returnees? Did their Caribbean experience allow them to challenge their long established social institutions? Were they successful in re-integrating themselves with village life in 19th century India? Or was their new expressive experience suppressed because it was inconsistent with their village customs?Certainly, the great distance and poor communication networks, coupled with language and cultural barriers between the two locations are some reasons why there is a discontinuity and disconnection in the study of indentureship from India and the Indo-phone Caribbean. From the Indo-phone Caribbean, only a handful of scholars can speak the official language of India, namely Hindi. From India, not many scholars can speak the dialects of Indians in the Caribbean. Moreover, the culture of Indians in the Caribbean has evolved immensely from their original homeland. To some extent, new Indian communities have been formed overseas that would shock an average Indian who never visited the Indo-phone Caribbean.The discontinuity in the study of indentureship from India to the Caribbean has produced a contradiction between there (India) and here (the Caribbean), and as a consequence, there has been a desperate need to connect the roots and routes of Indian indentured experience. What is needed, and to which I will address in the next column, is an interdisciplinary, as well as trans-disciplinary approach towards the study of indentureship. Unfortunately, this will have to happen outside of Guyana since there seems to be little motivation and resources to pursue this initiative.Speaking of Guyana, it is here that the first shipload of Indians landed in 1838 and, coincidently, it is here that one problem with Indian indentured historiography started. We are not sure if 396 or 439 Indians arrived in 1838. Actually, inconsistent and inaccurate numerical statistics are replete in Caribbean-Indian indentured historiography.Scholars studying indentureship seem to accept that 500,000 Indians were brought from India to the Caribbean from 1838–1917 to work as indentured servants. Of this total, one-third returned to their homeland, while two-thirds stayed in the Caribbean, due largely to an induced policy of land acceptance/settlement in lieu of their entitled return passage. However, there seems to be no study to justify the accuracy of these statistics. Where these statistics came from and who actually started to use them as facts remain a mystery. Yet, the above figures have been regularly cited for the total number of Indians brought to the Caribbean.Repeated information is acceptable insofar as it is based on further analyses to ensure transparency and appropriate interpretation of results. But this has not been the case with Indian indentureship and numerical statistics.(lomarsh.roopnarine@jsums.edu).last_img read more

Kawhi Leonard’s sister charged with murder—report

first_imgLOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist ADVERTISEMENT Teen dead, another hurt in vehicular collision in Santiago City Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Canada yet to decide if it will pay Harry and Meghan security costs The Riverside Press-Enterprise reported Saturday that the 35-year-old Williams is the older sister of NBA superstar Leonard.Williams and 39-year-old Candace Tai Townsel are being held without bail and are scheduled to appear in court on September 19.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4California police said the incident took place the morning of August 31 when Afaf Anis Assad was attacked by two people in the bathroom of the casino. Police said Assad, who had her purse stolen, suffered a broken skull.Assad died Wednesday at a hospital, according to the Press-Enterprise. LOOK: Kryz Uy, Slater Young expecting first son Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers01:52Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study01:04Daybreak 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 ash Robredo to visit Batangas families displaced by Taal erruption LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 13: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Toronto Raptors takes the court prior to Game Six of the 2019 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena on June 13, 2019 in Oakland, California. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFPThe older sister of Los Angeles Clippers player Kawhi Leonard has been charged with the alleged murder of an elderly California woman at a resort casino, the US media reported on Saturday.Kimesha Monae Williams was one of two people arrested and charged with robbing and killing the 84-year-old woman at the Pechanga Resort Casino in Temecula, California, located 120 kilometres (75 miles) southeast of Los Angeles.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Residents rescue horses, farm animals left on volcano island Heart Evangelista, Kim Chiu, more celebs appeal for animal rescue after Taal eruption Riverside homicide police asked the judge to hold Williams without bail, saying she might flee and that she “has family that are well-off and could post her bail.”Leonard, who grew up in the Riverside area, recently signed a three-year, $103 million contract with the Los Angeles Clippers.The 28-year-old led the Toronto Raptors to the NBA title this past season, winning NBA finals MVP for the second time in his career. He also won the award with the San Antonio Spurs in 2014. Bianca Andreescu’s 1st Grand Slam title at US Open prevents Serena Williams’ 24thlast_img read more

Neighbour hurt confronting Dawson Creek break and enter suspect

first_img“Please only intervene if someone’s life is actually in danger and only following a suspect if necessary but do it at a safe distance and in a safe manner,” he pleads. “You can assist the police and your community without putting yourself in harm’s way. So be safe and call 911.”- Advertisement – RCMP say one neighbour confronted the man and was assaulted and threatened by the suspect. He has since been released from hospital. Other neighbours followed the suspect at a safe distance, and he was arrested while hiding in another yard.Dawson RCMP warns the public against confronting people committing crimes, as these encounters are often dangerous. Sergeant Scott West says it would have been a tragedy had the intervening neighbour been seriously injured or killed trying to apprehend the criminal. Instead, he says people who witness crimes can help by taking photos or videos, recording the licence plate of a vehicle, and providing information and a statement to police.center_img “The persons committing the offences of break and enter and in the recent robberies are people who are substance abusers and addicts,” he explains. “This makes their behaviour erratic and their actions desperate.”last_img read more

‘Queen of Mean’ dead at 87

first_imgEarlier this year, Forbes magazine ranked her as the 369th richest person in the world, with an estimated net worth of $2.5 billion. She was 51, with the good looks of a former model and already a successful seller of residential real estate in a hot New York market, when she married Harry Helmsley in 1972. He was 63 and one of the richest men in America. In 1980 he made her president of Helmsley Hotels, a subsidiary which at the time operated more than two dozen hotels in 10 states, including the Park Lane, St. Moritz and Palace in New York and the Harley Hotels. Harley was a contraction of Harry and Leona. For the better part of a decade, a glamorous Leona Helmsley smiled out of magazine ads dressed in luxurious gowns and tiara, advertising that the Palace was the only hotel in the world “where the Queen stands guard.” The press portrayed them as an adoring couple, with Leona calling Harry “gorgeous one” and “pussycat.” Friends and acquaintances described her as generous, charming, playful and having a good sense of humor. She threw parties on his birthdays at which guests wore buttons that said “I’m Just Wild About Harry” and he wore a button that said “I’m Harry.” The couple would dance until dawn. On July 4, 1976, Harry Helmsley lit the Empire State Building in red, white and blue – a tribute not to the Bicentennial, but to his wife’s birthday. It cost $100,000 – “less than a necklace,” he said. But the Helmsleys’ charmed life ended in 1988 when they were hit with tax-evasion charges. Harry’s health and memory were so poor that he was judged incompetent to stand trial. His wife, after an eight-week trial, was convicted of evading $1.2 million in federal taxes by billing Helmsley businesses for personal expenses ranging from her underwear to $3 million worth of renovations to the Dunellen Hall estate in Connecticut. Sentenced to four years in prison, she tried to avoid jail by pleading that Harry might die without her at his side. Her doctor said that prison might kill her because of high blood pressure and other problems. (At a March 1992 hearing, the judge rejected that argument and even ordered her to surrender on April 15 – tax day.) Helmsley served a total of 21 months and was released in January 1994. She had 150 hours added to her 750 hours of community service because employees had done some of the chores for her. Several top executives at Helmsley companies said their firings coincided with her release. She maintained she couldn’t have fired them because she had given up her management post – as a convicted felon she was barred from running enterprises with liquor licenses, such as hotels. The State Liquor Authority said it had no evidence that she was still in charge. In 1996, two longtime partners of Harry Helmsley’s accused his wife of scheming to loot the main corporation, Helmsley-Spear Inc. They said she was stripping away company assets to avoid paying $11.4 million owed them and to make the company worthless, because Harry Helmsley had given them an option to buy Helmsley-Spear at a bargain price upon his death. After he died a few months later, the dispute with the partners was eventually settled and control of Helmsley-Spear was turned over to them. The settlement freed Leona Helmsley to sell off other assets. The Helmsleys’ charitable gifts may have run to the tens of millions, but people who dealt with them spoke bitterly of being stiffed. One of them, a painting contractor, said Leona Helmsley wouldn’t pay an $88,000 bill for work on Dunellen Hall because she was entitled to a “commission” for the $800,000 worth of other jobs he got in Helmsley buildings. After making a sales clerk rewrite a bill for earrings to save $4 in sales tax, she reportedly said: “That’s how the rich get richer.” Her lawyers suggested that the government came after her to make an example of someone with high visibility. Helmsley was born Leona Mindy Rosenthal on July 4, 1920, the daughter of a Manhattan hat maker. She left college after two years to become a model. She married a lawyer, Leo Panzirer, whom she divorced in 1959. Their only child, Jay Panzirer, later ran a Florida-based building supplies company that did extensive business with Helmsley properties. She later was briefly married to a garment industry executive, Joe Lubin. Before her son’s death of a heart attack in 1982, she told interviewers she would not talk about him “because terrible things can happen to people these days.” She evidently was referring to being knifed by robbers at her Palm Beach home in 1973. She was stabbed in the chest and suffered a collapsed lung, and Harry was wounded in the arm. After her son died, she sued the estate for money and property she said her son had borrowed, and an eviction notice was served on her son’s widow, Mimi. Mimi Panzirer said afterward that the legal costs wiped her out and “to this day I don’t know why they did it.” Helmsley is survived by her brother and his wife, four grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Leona Helmsley, the hotelier who went to prison as a tax cheat and was reviled as the “queen of mean,” died today at age 87. Helmsley died of heart failure at her summer home in Greenwich, Conn., said her publicist, Howard Rubenstein. Already experienced in real estate before her marriage, Helmsley helped her husband run a $5 billion empire that included managing the Empire State Building. She became a household name in 1989 when she was tried for tax evasion. The sensational trial included testimony from disgruntled employees who said she terrorized both the menial and the executive help at her homes and hotels. That image of Helmsley as the “queen of mean” was sealed when a former housekeeper testified that she heard Helmsley say: “We don’t pay taxes. Only the little people pay taxes.” She denied having said it, but the words followed her for the rest of her life. Helmsley clearly enjoyed the luxury of their private fortune, flying the globe in the couple’s 100-seat jet with a bedroom suite. The couple’s residences included a nine-room penthouse with a swimming pool overlooking Central Park atop their own Park Lane Hotel; an $8 million estate in Connecticut; a condo in Palm Beach; and a mountaintop hideaway near Phoenix. Their money supported charities, including NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and its affiliated Weill Cornell Medical College, which received tens of millions of dollars, including a $25 million gift in 2006 to improve its treatment of digestive diseases. Yet Helmsley nickel-and-dimed merchants on her personal purchases, stiffed contractors who worked on her Connecticut home and terrorized both menial and executive help at her homes and hotels, detractors say. When her husband died in 1997 at age 87, Helmsley said in a statement: “My fairy tale is over. I lived a magical life with Harry.” last_img read more

Lohan says she was sober before 2005 car crash

first_imgLindsay Lohan says she was sober before a 2005 car crash near Beverly Hills. Lohan is being sued for negligence over the accident in which her Mercedes hit a van and injured the driver, Raymundo Ortega. Ortega, a busboy, alleges Lohan had been drinking at a restaurant called The Ivy before the crash even though she was underaged. Ortega is seeking at least $200,000 in damages from the 21-year-old actress and the restaurant. But in a Dec. 15 declaration, Lohan stated: “I did not consume an alcoholic beverage or any type of medication or drug” either before or during her restaurant visit. A call to Lohan attorney David J. Ozeran was not immediately returned Wednesday. Lohan’s declaration was filed Friday in Superior Court by attorneys for The Ivy along with other documents, including a declaration by the waiter who served Lohan. The server, Adam Novicki, said Lohan did not order alcohol. Alonzo Howell, a Los Angeles police officer who was providing security for The Ivy that day, also said he did not see Lohan drinking. Lohan has countersued Ortega, citing a California Highway Patrol report that said he was at fault for the crash because he made an illegal U-turn. Lohan served 84 minutes in jail last month after pleading guilty to misdemeanor drunken driving and cocaine charges unrelated to the 2005 crash. 160Want 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

New Year’s schedules

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonBANKS: Banks and financial markets will be closed Tuesday. TRASH: Trash pickup will be delayed a day in Los Angeles and Glendale after Tuesday. Pick-up will be on a regular schedule in Burbank. STORES: Some supermarkets may be open for limited hours Monday and Tuesday. Malls will be open. GOVERNMENT: Federal, state, county and city offices, courts, libraries and animal shelters will be closed Tuesday. Some city offices may close early Monday. MAIL: The U.S. Postal Service will not deliver mail Tuesday. SCHOOLS: Schools will be closed. TRANSIT: Buses and subway services in Los Angeles will run on a Sunday schedule on Tuesday, as will Santa Clarita Transit buses. Antelope Valley and Ventura County Dial-a-Route buses will not run Tuesday. Metrolink trains will not run, except for a special schedule of the Antelope Valley Line, on Tuesday. 160Want 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

Winnetka man arrested in fatal hit-and-run crash

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’ Tracey Nelson and Samantha Nadine Schattler, both 16 and from Morongo Valley, were struck by Hernandez on Highway 62 at Rawson Road. Nelson was pronounced dead at the scene. Schattler landed on the roof of the vehicle and was carried about six miles to the Desert Hot Springs area where Hernandez abandoned the Toyota minivan. The teens, who were students at Yucca Valley High School, had been fighting in the street when they were struck, CHP officers said. The driver was questioned at the CHP s Woodland Hills office and later taken to jail, Zagorski said. Officers withheld further information on the driver, such as his reasons for not stopping for the accident or whether he might have been driving while under the influence. He was not the registered owner of the vehicle. “I can’t comment on any statements he made or any information we’ve gathered. That’s all part of the investigation,” Zagorski said. MORONGO VALLEY — A Winnetka man suspected of killing two teens in a hit-and-run car crash was arrested Thursday afternoon in Canoga Park, CHP officers said. Enrique Hernandez, 23, was booked into Central Detention Center in San Bernardino on suspicion of felony hit and run and manslaughter, said California Highway Patrol Officer Joe Zagorski. Investigative officers from the CHP’s inland and southern divisions, as well as the Indio and Morongo Basin offices, chased leads throughout the day and eventually found the man in a laundromat at 3:15 p.m. “We used every resource we could to try and locate him right away,” Zagorski said. 160Want 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