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Kissoon’s apology more akin to grovelling

first_imgDear Editor,Freddie Kissoon’s recent attack on Minister of Governance Raphael Trotman, and his grovelling apology two days later tells many stories of what is taking place in Guyana.Many people know that Kissoon is a coward. His WPA colleague Tacuma Ogunseye once gave details of incidents where Freddie hid when dangerous situations arose. This is the same man who beats his chest and exaggerates his role in the fight for democracy.Well, his behaviour in the Trotman scenario demonstrates several things:1. It confirms what those close to him have known all along – that he is a coward. The grovelling was nauseating to say the least.2. It is clear that the old PNC is once more back in action. He was either seriously threatened directly that he should apologise and/or his boss was ordered to fire him if he did not comply.3. He feels safe attacking the PPP/C because he is secure in the knowledge that the PPP/C does not resort to violence and does not promote such.4. His cowardice is part of the problem we have in this country – when he behaves like this, it encourages the use of threats and violence in the society.5. It shows that this man has absolutely no convictions. He cares about his own skin because he feels he is in danger of being harmed, he quickly, not merely, apologises, but as mentioned above it could be better described as grovelling.Kissoon will not write against this regime for a long time to come (if ever).What a disgrace calling himself an intellectual and political analyst. It is clear he is none of that.He is just a huge fraud.Yours truly,Gopaul Singhlast_img read more

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Messi out for three weeks after Atletico draw

first_img0Shares0000Barcelona’s Lionel Messi sits on the ground (L) injured during their Spanish La Liga match against Atletico Madrid, at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, on September 21, 2016 © AFP / Pau BarrenaBarcelona, Spain, Sep 22 – Barcelona star Lionel Messi will be sidelined for the next three weeks due to a groin strain, dealing a huge blow to his club and country.“To lose Lionel Messi means football loses and we lose,” said Barca boss Luis Enrique. Messi limped off just before the hour mark of the Spanish champions’ 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid on Wednesday.The Argentine captain is set to miss his country’s World Cup qualifiers against Peru and Paraguay next month as well as Barca’s Champions League clash at Borussia Moenchengladbach.Messi will also sit on the Catalans’ La Liga trips to Sporting Gijon and Celta Vigo.However, Messi should be fit in time for a reunion with old boss Pep Guardiola when Manchester City visit the Camp Nou on Champions League duty on October 19.Barcelona’s Lionel Messi (R) leaves the pitch with the team’s doctor during their Spanish La Liga match against Atletico Madrid, at the Camp Nou in Barcelona, on September 21, 2016 © AFP / Josep LagoThe five-time World Player of the Year missed Argentina’s World Cup qualifier with Venezuela earlier this month due to the problem and only started Barca’s shock 2-1 defeat to Alaves 10 days ago on the bench as coach Luis Enrique bedded him back into action gently.“Now we have to look for other solutions,” added Enrique. “With Leo we are much stronger, but without him we are still a strong team.”Barca coped remarkably well with eight wins from 10 games when Messi was sidelined by a hamstring injury for two months last season.And Enrique hopes his side can show similar resilience to avoid slipping further behind Real Madrid in the title race.“Last year we had an unfortunate situation with a longer-term injury and my team played well.”Barca remain three points behind Madrid at the top of La Liga after Angel Correa’s equaliser seconds after Messi limped off handed Atletico a share of the spoils at the Camp Nou.Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic (L) fights for the ball with Atletico Madrid’s Diego Godin during their Spanish La Liga match, at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, on September 21, 2016 © AFP / Josep LagoIvan Rakitic headed Barca into the lead just before half-time, but Atletico marshalled Messi’s star strike partners Luis Suarez and Neymar well in his absence to hold out for a point.Suarez, though, insisted he and the Brazilian can step up as they did without Messi last season.“It is a difficult injury that hurts and leaves you sad,” said Suarez. “Now we have to take responsibility.”Suarez was involved in a battle of his own as he was booked for a clash with Atletico left-back Filipe Luis six minutes from time.Luis posted a photo of a stud mark piercing his bleeding foot on his official Instagram page after the match with the message: “Just as well he didn’t touch me.”However, Suarez lambasted Luis for not reacting likewise when he was sent-off for a brutal challenge on Messi when the sides clashed back in January.“This is football, it is a man’s game and what happens on the pitch stays on the pitch,” added Suarez.“You can’t make a show of things every time something happens. Last year he didn’t post a picture of Messi. I repeat, football is for men.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Walt Disney World News — Week of August 24, 2019

first_imgShare This!Sponsored by Small World Vacations.In case Iger forgets to say it, regarding Galaxy’s Edge, later this week: “It’s open.”NewsDisney’s Riviera Resort is continuing to move towards its opening day. Would you want to stay here?Keep an eye on the blog for more coverage of Galaxy’s Edge leading up to its opening day.And if that’s not enough, remember that Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival is starting August 29.Last night, concept art started to be revealed for some of the amazing changes that are coming to Walt Disney World as shown at the D23 convention. We’ll have more coverage throughout the weekend, but some of the early amazing reveals include a new Moana attraction and the Halcyon, the ship that will take you to Batuu and back (aka the Star Wars Hotel).WeatherFor the most current weather conditions, click here. Note: The summertime rainy season is here. Don’t let those precipitation numbers fool you: it won’t rain everywhere or every day, but always be prepared for a sudden downburst of sometimes severe weather. Also heat can be dangerous–stay hydrated, take breaks, and wear your sunscreen.Crowd LevelsPark Hours Discount TypeRoom-Only DetailsSave up to 25% on room reservationsNot available for all resorts or room typesFor arrivals May 28 to June 30, 2019, receive Disney gift card:Disney Value Resorts: $10 per room per nightDisney Moderate Resorts: $15 per room per nightDisney Deluxe Resorts: $20 per room per nightDisney Deluxe Villa Resorts: $25 per room per nightFull details from Small World Vacations. Attractions Closed For RefurbishmentsMagic KingdomWalt Disney World Railroad – FantasylandWalt Disney World Railroad – FrontierlandWalt Disney World Railroad – Main Street, U.S.A.Astro OrbiterEpcotO Canada!Disney’s Animal KingdomPrimeval WhirlDiscount information is courtesy of Small World Vacations DetailsDisney Visa must be used at time of bookingAvailable at select rooms at Art of Animation, All-Star Sports, Port Orleans Riverside, Coronado Springs, Animal Kingdom Lodge, and Saratoga SpringsFull details from Small World Vacations. Book ByAugust 28, 2019 Book BySeptember 28, 2019 DiscountFree, Delicious Offer (aka Free Dining) Discount TypeFree dining with purchase of package Book BySeptember 29, 2019 Book BySeptember 29, 2019 (fall) or December 24, 2019 (holiday) DetailsValid military ID required at check-inSave up to 35% on room reservationsFor stays of 1 to 14 nightsNot available for all resorts or room typesFull details from Small World Vacations. Discount TypeRoom-Only DetailsProof of Residency required at check-inFor stays of 1 to 14 nightsNot available for all resorts or room typesFull details from Small World Vacations. Travel DatesSelect dates in September, November, and December Discount TypeRoom-Only DetailsSave up to 20%. Length of stay requirements may apply.Available at select resortsFull details from Small World Vacations. DiscountUltimate Christmas Package Discount TypeRoom-Only DiscountFall and Holiday Room Offer Discount TypePackage DetailsProof of Florida residency required at check-inFor stays of 1 to 14 nightsNot available for all resorts or room typesFull details from Small World Vacations. DetailsValid only on purchase of package (room + theme park tickets with Park Hopper)Available at select rooms; type of dining package included varies based on type of hotel bookedFull details from Small World Vacations. Travel DatesMost nights:May 28 to August 28, 2019 DiscountFlorida Resident Fall and Holiday Room offer Travel DatesMost nights July 1 to August 28, 2019 Book ByAugust 28, 2019 Discount TypeRoom-Only Travel DatesSeptember 1-28, 2019 (most nights), September 29-November 14, 2019 (Sunday through Thursday nights) and November 10-December 24, 2019 (most nights) DiscountFlorida Resident Summer 2019 Room Offercenter_img Book ByDecember 24, 2019 Discount TypeRoom-Only Discount TypeRoom-Only Travel DatesMost nights September 1 through December 24, 2019 DetailsNot available for all resorts or room typesFor arrivals in June, receive Disney gift card:Disney Value Resorts: $10 per room per nightDisney Moderate Resorts: $15 per room per nightDisney Deluxe Resorts: $20 per room per nightDisney Deluxe Villa Resorts: $25 per room per nightFull details from Small World Vacations. Book ByAugust 26, 2019 DiscountFall Annual Passholder Discount Travel DatesMost Sundays through TuesdaysJune 2 – June 25 and July 7 – August 26, 2019 Contact Small World Vacations to book any of these discounts today. Details5-night stay at a select Disney Resort hotel and a 4-day theme park ticket with Park Hopper option, along with the following “Yuletide offerings”Saturday, December 21, 2019: EXCLUSIVE nighttime access to ride Avatar Flight of Passage, Na’vi River Journey, and Expedition Everest at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park. Plus, catch an EXCLUSIVE showing of the park’s new Rivers of Light: We Are One show.Sunday, December 22, 2019: Tickets to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom park.Monday, December 23, 2019 or Tuesday, December 24, 2019 (one night per reservation): Access to an EXCLUSIVE reserved viewing area to watch Epcot Forever, an all-new nighttime spectacular. Plus, each Guest (ages 3 and up) will receive a digital $50 Epcot Theme Park Dine Promo Card to use at participating Epcot locations.Wednesday, December 25, 2019: An Ultimate Disney Christmas gift delivered to your hotel room. Book ByDecember 24, 2019 Travel DatesMost nights July 1 to August 28, 2019 DiscountKid Size Summer Vacation Package Book ByDecember 19, 2019 DetailsAnnual pass required at check-inSave up to 35% on room reservationsFor stays of 1 to 14 nightsNot available for all resorts or room typesFull details from Small World Vacations. Discount2019 Military Offer Discount TypePackage DiscountSummer Annual Passholder Discount DiscountSummer Room Offer DetailsAnnual pass required at check-inSave up to 35% on room reservationsFor stays of 1 to 14 nightsNot available for all resorts or room typesFull details from Small World Vacations. Travel DatesMost nights:January 1 to April 13, 2019April 26 to December 19, 2019 Discount TypeRoom-Only, Package, or Ticketless Package with Dining Book ByAugust 28, 2019 DiscountDisney Visa Cardholder Offer Book ByOctober 26, 2019 Travel DatesDecember 21-26, 2019 Travel DatesMost nights July 15 to September 28, 2019 Travel DatesMost nights September 1 to December 24, 2019last_img read more

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Marshfield’s Emma Haugen qualifies for state gymnastics meet in vault

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterEAU CLAIRE – Marshfield freshman Emma Haugen tied for third in the vault to earn a spot at next week’s state tournament on Saturday at the WIAA Division 1 gymnastics sectional at Memorial High School.Haugen had a score of 9.1 to tie Stevens Point’s Olivia Clemens and Hudson’s Eryn Crump for third place to earn a spot at the 2016 WIAA State Gymnastics Meet on March 5 at Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln High School. Gale-Ettrick-Trempeleau teammates Isabelle Kick (9.35) and Maya Budin (9.2) finished first and second in the event.The top five in each event and the all-around earn spots in the individual tournament, which will be held next Saturday.Stevens Point and G-E-T earned the top two team spots to qualify for the team state event on Friday.Haugen had Marshfield’s top all-around finish, taking ninth with a score of 33.95. Megan Smith was 12th (32.45) and Isabelle Jensen (30.825) took 17th. Haugen was also seventh in the floor exercise (9.025) and 12th in the uneven bars (7.925).Brooke McGrath tied for seventh in the vault (8.8) for the Tigers’ other top-10 finish.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)2016 WIAA Division 1 Gymnastics SectionalFeb. 27 at Eau Claire Memorial High School(Top 2 teams, top five in each event advance to state meet)Team scores: 1. Stevens Point 137.5; 2. Gale-Ettrick-Trempeleau 135.825; 3. Eau Claire North/Memorial 135.1; 4. Hudson 130.875; 5. Marshfield 129.55; 6. Chippewa Falls 127.575; 7. Superior 121.825; 8. Wisconsin Rapids 118.275.State qualifiers (top five) and Marshfield finishersBalance beam: 1. Ele Higley (EC) 9.25; 2. Tia Dorshorst (WR) and Olivia Clemens (SP) 8.975; 4. Addy Bengtson (CF) 8.85; 5. Lacie Ligman (SP) 8.8; 15. Megan Smith (MAR) 7.925; 16. Emma Haugen (MAR) 7.9; 23. Ally Bakke (MAR) 7.3; 34. Ciera Neufeld (MAR) 6.725; 36. Isabelle Jensen (MAR) 6.575.Floor exercise: 1. Higley (EC) 9.55; 2. Isabelle Kick (GET) 9.375; 3. Eryn Crump (HUD) 9.25; 4. Clemens (SP) and Ligman (SP) 9.2; 7. Haugen (MAR) 9.025; 20. Bailey Schmitt (MAR) 8.525; 23. Jensen (MAR) 8.35; 25. Brooke McGrath (MAR) 8.275; 26. Me. Smith (MAR) 8.25.Uneven bars: 1. Dorshorst (WR) 9.075; 2. Clemens (SP) 8.675; 3. Higley (EC) 8.6; 4. Isabelle Spooner (CF) 8.45; 5. Kick (GET) 8.275; 12. Haugen (MAR) 7.925; 18. Me. Smith (MAR) 7.725; 21. Macey Smith (MAR) 7.525; 26. Jensen (MAR) 7.3.Vault: 1. Kick (GET) 9.35; 2. Maya Budin (GET) 9.2; 3. Clemens (SP), Crump (HUD) and Haugen (MAR) 9.1; 7. McGrath (MAR) 8.8; 17. Jensen (MAR) 8.6; 20. Me. Smith (MAR) 8.55; 26. Merrissa Immerfall (MAR) 8.25.All-around: 1. Higley (EC) 36.125; 2. Clemens (SP) 35.95; 3. Kick (GET) 35.65; 4. Ligman (SP) 34.525; 5. Addy Bengston (CF) 34.5; 9. Haugen (MAR) 33.95; 13. Me. Smith (MAR) 32.45; 17. Jensen (MAR) 30.825.last_img read more

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Victoria Falls rising

first_imgThe Victoria Falls – “the smoke thatthunders” – on the Zambezi River, on theborder of Zimbabwe and Zambia. The flag of Zimbabwe, showing thecountry’s ubiquitous bird motif.(Images: Wikipedia) RELATED ARTICLES• Return to Zimbabwe• A holiday – in Zimbabwe?• To Zim, with love, Jenny• Zim schooling gets $70m boost• The Tour de Kruger – a wild rideMEDIA CONTACTS• Zimbabwe Tourism+263 4 752570 / 758730-34info@ztazim.co.zwChris ThurmanAs we passed through the entrance to the Victoria Falls, it was there to greet us again: the ubiquitous, mysterious bird that appears on Zimbabwe’s national flag and coat of arms, as well as in countless sculptures and statuettes across the country.There was some disagreement among our group as to the bird’s provenance. Two Zimbabweans were at loggerheads. One insisted that it was a purely mythical creature, based on soapstone renderings found at the ruins of the Dzimba dza mabwe, or Great Zimbabwe. The other felt that it depicted a real bird species – but couldn’t remember which one. So the South Africans offered some (admittedly unhelpful) suggestions: a fisheagle? A francolin? A griffin-like composite of different species?Conversation was abruptly ended by our first, breathtaking view of the falls. It was towards the end of a rainy summer, with the mighty Zambezi River at its fullest and most powerful and the sheer volume of water producing the famous “smoke that thunders”, such a thick mist that the lower half of the dizzying 100-metre drop was obscured.Purists prefer the dry winter months, when the sense of vertigo is greater, but during a summer visit you not only see and hear the falls, you feel them too. It’s a curious but invigorating sensation – standing in the rain under a clear blue sky. And the rainbows are spectacular.We forgot all about the puzzle of Zimbabwe’s avian emblem as we admired the vistas across the world’s biggest waterfall. In the days that followed, our minds were occupied by other concerns. A three-iron or a driver off the first tee at the Elephant Hills golf course? A vertical bungee jump off the bridge that connects Zimbabwe and Zambia, or an equally terrifying gorge-swing? A helicopter flip or a walk with lions?And, the most difficult decision of all, which is the superior local beer – Zambezi or Bohlingers?But let’s not be too trivial: there are serious questions to address when it comes to travelling in Zimbabwe. The ethics of tourism in a country with such profound social, political and economic problems have been a worry to potential visitors. Is it right to stay in luxury accommodation and enjoy the delights on offer at Vic Falls when millions of Zimbabweans are starving and oppressed?Even before the 2009 formation of the unity government, however, locals gave an unequivocal response: yes. Tourist revenue, limited though it was – especially as more and more travellers preferred to see the Falls from the Zambian side – provided a lifeline for many Zimbabweans during the worst years. Thousands are employed in the service industry at Vic Falls, with families in Harare, Bulawayo and elsewhere dependent on their income. And despite government tariffs and “unofficial” charges, the portion of each tourist dollar that went to President Robert Mugabe’s coffers was comparatively small.A measure of stability has been achieved since “unity”, although petty rivalries and megalomaniacal egos continue to obfuscate rather than facilitate the rebuilding of the country. At least new appointees from both the Zanu-PF and Movement for Democratic Change political parties seem more sympathetic to the difficulties faced by businesspeople at Vic Falls – partly because, in a dollarised economy, the foreign currency generated by tourism is vital. But at the same time, a new problem has arisen: the global recession, and with it a slump in the number of people in the US, Europe and Asia who can afford to travel.Still, they’re a resolute bunch at Vic Falls. They managed to find fuel and food, mostly from frequent trips to neighbouring Zambia and Botswana, when the Zimbabwe crisis was at its worst. In the 2008 and 2009 cholera outbreak they managed to keep the disease at bay.And now they’re looking to make the Victoria Falls a regional hub for both southern African and international travellers. The map doesn’t lie: the national parks of Chobe (Botswana) and Hwange (Zimbabwe) are within a two-hour drive from the falls. It’s quicker to fly from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls than it is to Cape Town. And, with airport upgrades in the offing and the possibility of airlines like Qatar and Emirates – and perhaps even some of the cheaper South African carriers – establishing routes to Vic Falls, the prospects are good.The ambitious Santonga Bio-Park project, a combination of wildlife and educational theme park, is due to open in 2010. The popular Victoria Falls Marathon and the Zambezi Rafting Challenge returned in August 2009. If this all sounds a little exhausting, fear not; Vic Falls remains a decidedly laid-back corner of the world. There’s plenty to keep adrenalin junkies busy, but equally popular activities are sundowners on the patio of the venerable Victoria Falls Hotel or lazy sunset river cruises.Indeed, it was while drifting on the Zambezi on the final evening of our visit that we solved the mystery of Zimbabwe’s emblem. The bird is, someone suggested – and despite the ongoing social, political and economic problems by which the country is beset, at that moment it was hard to disagree – a phoenix rising from the ashes. Chris Thurman was hosted by African Sun Limited, Shearwater Adventures and the www.gotovictoriafalls.com campaign.last_img read more

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Atalanta fury in Samp stalemate

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Atalanta were angry with the referee after a 0-0 draw with Sampdoria, as Ruslan Malinovskyi was sent off and Alex Ferrari avoided a red. Click here for the full match report. OR See how all today’s Serie A games unfolded on the Liveblog.last_img

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Barcelona to buy Antoine Griezmann post July 1

first_imgAntoine Griezmann is coming to BarcelonaAdvertisementFrench striker Antoine Griezmann is set to depart his former club Atletico Madrid and sign with Barcelona for the upcoming La Liga season. The deal will kick off on July when Griezmann’s release clause kicks off.Antoine Griezmann is coming to BarcelonaBarcelona, however, will have to pay a transfer fee of €120 million which is mentioned in the release clause. Griezmann was set to sign for the Catalan club last season itself but negotiations broke down in the final stages.ALSO READ: Atletico Madrid set to take legal actions against Barcelona over Griezmann transferAs a result, the Frenchman renewed his contract with Atletico which kept him till 2023. But, Barcelona is set to trigger his release clause and shorten his stay.However, this move raises doubts on Barcelona’s impending move to buy Neymar Jr. They were hell-bent on bringing back the Brazilian but they have enough budget only to spend heavily on one player.Griezmann’s impending move to Barcelona silences Neymar Jr’s move. So, either Neymar has to agree for a pay cut to stay in PSG or find another club.Advertisementlast_img read more

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9 months agoMan Utd plan mega offer for ‘devastated’ Koulibaly

first_imgMan Utd plan mega offer for ‘devastated’ Koulibalyby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are preparing a mega offer for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly.The Mirror says United will offer Koulibaly an escape route away from Italy’s racists.United have made the 27-year-old Senegal international a prime summer target after failing to land him before the start of the season. And they believe Koulibaly will this time attempt to force his departure from the Serie A club after being targeted by bigots.The issue has left Koulibaly devastated – and a move away from Italy now appears to be the most likely outcome.Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has ruled out the player’s departure during the January transfer market. He has claimed to have rejected a £95million bid from United in the summer – a declaration that has been denied at Old Trafford.But while United sources insist their interest in Koulibaly never went beyond making an enquiry about a valuation, they have made signing the France-born defender a priority. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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