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first_imgNew wink from Mbappé to Real Madrid. The PSG striker spoke Monday at the presentation of his Foundation, called Inspired by KM, and among other things he said who were his two childhood idols in the world of football. Coincidentally, one is the current Real Madrid coach and the other is the top gunner in the history of the white team: “I’ve gone through phases, As a child my idol was Zidane. If you are a child and French, he has to be your idol. Then it was Christian, which I have been lucky to face. And Brazilians, how they play. “ The PSG player explained the reason for this project, focused on supporting almost a hundred children between 9 and 16 years old from unstructured environments. “Since childhood, I have always dreamed of doing what I do now. And now that I’m in that place, I want to give it back to the younger ones. We are not going to sell them dreams, but to support them and help them build them. We will do everything possible so they can get there. “ Real Madrid closely follows the steps that Mbappé takes, something that has already produced friction between the directives and high-sounding words by the PSG, such as those that Leonardo starred weeks ago after Zidane’s statements regarding the Argentine forward. The white plan is being fulfilled: Mbappé has not renewed yet with the PSG and ends contract in 2022; the idea is to attack his signing next summer, hoping that the player’s pressure on his club will take effect.last_img read more


first_imgAs part of improving infrastructure in mining communities, management of interior roads is returning to the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC).Minister within the Ministry of Natural Resources, Simona Broomes, has said the GGMC Project Unit will this year be responsible for construction and maintenance of interior roads. She noted that last year the Public Infrastructure Ministry had assumed the responsibility.She made this disclosure at a press conference held on Thursday in the ministry’sOne of the impassable roads, and deplorable conditions that obtain, in hinterland communitiesboardroom at Brickdam Georgetown.The GGMC will now work in conjunction with the MoPI to ensure miners have access to their lands. Minister Broomes noted that the decision to return management of interior roads to the GGMC is part of efforts to ensure gold declarations meet their 2018 target.“We’re looking this year at areas that are highly populated with mining. (We want) to examine some of those roads, and even internally (look at) how can we open up some more roads to give access, because we’re looking at the increase in production,” Minister Broomes said.Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman has said the Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA), Guyana Women Miners Association (GWMA), and the mining syndicates have been working with the GGMC and Public Infrastructure Ministry to develop a list of interior roads that need to be upgraded.“They would put up lists, both in terms of what needs to be repaired and maintained and where perhaps you can open new roads to get to lands that have been allocated, so that production could be increased.”Two billion dollars were allocated to the GGMC in the 2018 National Budget to be used for construction and maintenance of roads, among other projects.last_img read more


first_imgOne person is now dead and three others injured following a two-car smash-up at Parfaite Harmonie New Road, West Bank Demerara (WBD), on Sunday evening. The accident occurred around 22:00h.Up to press time, the identity of the deceased, who was driving a silver grey Toyota Premio, bearing registration number PSS 7212, was not known. However, Guyana Times was reliably informed that the car was registered to a Clarence Beaton of Vigilance, East Coast Demerara. This newspaper could not, however, confirm whether the man who died was the owner.The lifeless body of the unidentified driver of a silver Toyota Premio motor car on the Parfaite Harmonie New Road, where the two-vehicle smash-up occurredMeanwhile, the second car involved in the accident, a white Toyota Premio, bearing registration number PRR 8983, had only one occupant – the driver, Jermaine Gray of Patentia, WBD.According to information reaching this publication, the silver grey motor vehicle was heading out of Parfaite Harmonie along the new road, reportedly at a fast pace, when the driver lost control and collided with the oncoming white car.When Guyana Times arrived at the scene, the silver car was toppled on the roadway and the lifeless body of the driver was lying nearby.He was pulled from the wreckage by public-spirited persons. The white car, on the other hand, was stuck head-on in a nearby drain.This newspaper was told that the occupants of the silver vehicle had just left a birthday celebration in Parfaite Harmonie and were heading home to the East Coast of Demerara.Guinness bottles were found inside and next to the silver car along with food boxes.This newspaper was told that the two other occupants of that vehicle, along with Gray, the driver of the white car, were taken to the West Demerara Regional Hospital for treatment.Gray reportedly took a transfer to a private city hospital, while the two other persons were treated and sent away. At the hospital, a relative of Gray related that he was heading to her house in Parfaite Harmonie, when the accident happened.“I was waiting on him at home when somebody called and tell me that there was an accident and I asked what the licence number was and when she tell me, I knew it was him,” the woman told this newspaper.The body of the unidentified man is at the WDRH Mortuary awaiting identification.last_img read more


first_img…GECOM Chair reviewing ToRs from UNDP; Carter Center on boardIt seems the Government really has little excuse for not dissolving Parliament as the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) itself has confirmed that it has enough funds for the holding of General and Regional Elections next year.Opposition-nominated Commissioner Sase GunrajThis was related by Commissioners from both the Government and the Opposition side on Tuesday and comes following claims by the Government that it has not dissolved Parliament yet, just in case GECOM needs additional funds.Following the conclusion of the weekly statutory meeting, Opposition-nominated GECOM Commissioner Sase Gunraj was asked whether the Secretariat had enough funds for the holding of elections scheduled for March 2, 2020.“As far as I am aware, yes. GECOM has $8 billion at its disposal,” Gunraj said, though he could not say whether all the money has been released to them. Government-nominated Commissioner Vincent Alexander also echoed his colleague, noting that the monies allocated for GECOM are enough to ensure it conducts elections.Government-nominated Commissioner Vincent Alexander“We do not have a problem with funding, as far as I know… If perchance we don’t have enough funds, I think we still have some time to approach Parliament,” Alexander informed the media. Meanwhile, Alexander also noted that GECOM has decided to grant an indefinite extension for the thousands of persons who have not picked up their identification cards, to do so. According to Alexander, only approximately 800 persons have collected their cards.In September, President David Granger announced March 2, 2020, as the date for the hosting of the constitutionally-mandated General and Regional Elections; however, with time creeping up, he is yet to issue a proclamation to dissolve Parliament.If elections are to be held on March 2, 2020, as announced, then President Granger would have had to dissolve Parliament by December 3, 2019. This is in keeping with Article 61 of the Constitution, which states that election of members of the National Assembly should be done within three months after every dissolution of Parliament.Despite the Constitution stipulating that Parliament must be dissolved three months before elections, President David Granger has failed to actIt has been almost one year after the successful passage of a motion of no-confidence against the A Partnership for National Unity /Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC) coalition government and the constitutionally-mandated General and Regional Elections are yet to be held.This is despite the Constitution clearly outlining that elections were supposed to be held no later than 90 days after the motion was passed.On Thursday last, Director General of the Ministry of the Presidency, Joseph Harmon, when asked about the dissolution of Parliament, said that would solely depend on the needs of GECOM.“In fact, we have said it is important that GECOM gets all of the resources it needs to ensure that we have credible elections in March of 2020. So what I am saying is those issues will have to be dealt with before the Parliament is dissolved. I can’t say that Parliament is going to meet today, the next day or whatever but these are the matters that are under active consideration in the Cabinet and so that the dissolution of the National Assembly will be determined in principle measure by the need for GECOM to get the additional resources which it says it wants,” Harmon told the media, adding that there have been attempts to carry on committee business at Parliament.Last month, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo told reporters that the People’s Progressive Party/ Civic (PPP/C) will resume protest action if President David Granger does not dissolve Parliament come this month.“When the time comes, he will have to dissolve. I’m just making sure that he understands one thing that December 2 is the day… He has to dissolve Parliament; he has to issue a proclamation. Let him delay that and we’ll resume protest because that’s part of the holding of elections – the dissolution of Parliament,” Jagdeo had noted.Meanwhile, Gunraj also revealed that they met with representatives from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Carter Center, the latter of whom he said is looking to provide assistance with electoral monitoring.It had previously been said that GECOM had turned away offers of assistance from the UNDP. According to Gunraj, however, Chairperson of GECOM, Retired Justice Claudette Singh, is now reviewing the Terms of Reference (ToR) submitted by the programme.And while this help was reportedly in the field of Information Technology (IT), Gunraj noted that as far as he is aware, GECOM’s IT systems are operating at full capacity. He was hopeful that GECOM will indeed accept the help it is being offered, wherever necessary.last_img read more


first_img Philippe Coutinho 1 Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho has travelled with the squad for their final Europa League group game against Sion in Switzerland.The Brazil international has missed the last four matches with a hamstring injury but trained with the rest of the squad at Melwood before the team departed.Lucas Leiva, Joe Allen and Alberto Moreno also trained but have not made the trip, with Jordon Ibe not taking part or travelling because of illness while striker Daniel Sturridge has already been ruled out for a number of weeks with a hamstring strain sustained in Sunday’s defeat at Newcastle.LIVERPOOL PLAYERS PICTURED TRAINING AFTER LATEST INJURY BLOWMoreno’s absence could mean a start for 21-year-old left-back Brad Smith, whose future at the club looked to be over after he rejected a new contract in the summer.The club stood firm in their stance, holding on to his registration, and Smith and his representatives relented and agreed a new deal in November.Manager Jurgen Klopp’s other alternative is to play right-back Nathaniel Clyne on the opposite flank and play Connor Randall on the right as he has done in the past.As the team were preparing to fly out from Liverpool John Lennon Airport the club announced Randall – and third-choice goalkeeper Ryan Fulton – have signed new contracts which extend their stays until the summer of 2019.last_img read more


first_imgTeen defender Matty Foulds has completed his move from Bury to Everton after the transfer window opened on Saturday.The two clubs agreed an undisclosed fee for the Shakers’ academy graduate back in November and Foulds is now officially a Toffees player.Foulds signed his first professional contract with League One side Bury in February and made two first-team appearances for David Flitcroft’s side, in the Capital One Cup clash with Leicester and the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy game against Accrington.Since the move was agreed, Foulds has appeared on a trial basis for Everton’s Under-18 and Under-21 sides. Matty Foulds in action for Everton’s Under-21s 1last_img


first_img1 Sam Winnall celebrates scoring against Walsall Sam Winnall’s double helped keep Barnsley on course for a return trip to Wembley as a 3-0 first-leg win against Walsall gave them a big advantage in their Sky Bet League One play-off semi-final.Barnsley lifted the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy in the capital at the start of April and are big favourites to head back there on May 28 after Jason Demetriou’s first-half own goal and two from Winnall in the second period left Walsall with it all to do.Both sides were unchanged from the last day of the regular season when Barnsley won 4-1 at champions Wigan to secure the final play-off place and Walsall missed out on automatic promotion by a single point, despite beating Port Vale 5-0.Barnsley’s Lloyd Isgrove had the game’s first chance after a cagey opening when his thumping 14th-minute drive from outside the penalty area was tipped over by Walsall goalkeeper Neil Etheridge.Walsall striker Tom Bradshaw fired straight at Barnsley keeper Adam Davies at the other end soon after as a high-tempo first half gathered momentum.Barnsley dangerman Adam Hammill then clipped a fine ball into the penalty area for Isgrove to steer home in the 22nd minute, only for his effort to be ruled out for offside. Television replays showed this was clearly the wrong decision with Adam O’Connor playing the midfielder onside.Walsall full-back Demteriou’s low effort was gathered by Davies after a lung-busting run into the area before Bradshaw spurned a golden chance from former Barnsley winger Milan Lalkovic’s low cross and the visitors were made to pay on the stroke of half-time.Winnall burst into the box and pulled the ball back for Adam Hammill, whose right-footed shot was heading wide until a significant deflection off Demetriou.Linesman Mark Duncan, whose flag had ruled out Isgrove’s first-half effort, was spared further abuse from home fans after being replaced at the interval by fourth official Jeremy Simpson due to a calf injury.Simpson was soon in action down his line as Barnsley tore forward after the restart. Isgrove wasted a clear chance when opting to shoot straight at Etheridge, who was outnumbered three to one but two goals inside a minute saw the home side seize control of the tie.Winnall let fly from 25 yards in the 54th minute and his shot deflected off James O’Connor before nestling in the top corner.Less than 60 seconds later the former Wolves trainee took his tally for the season to 24, taking Josh Brownhill’s fine pass in his stride and sliding the ball home from eight yards.Walsall, all at sea, gathered themselves and chased a way back into the tie, but were left to rue Anthony Forde’s low cross-shot, which flew inches wide, and substitute Sam Mantom’s glaring miss.last_img read more


first_imgPaleoanthropologists have a major conundrum on their hands, or feet.  EurekAlert reported about controversial footprints found in Mexico ash deposits that had been thought to be 44,000 years old.  Even that was too old for many to swallow, but new argon-argon dates show them to be 1.3 million years old – far older than those in Africa, where the first modern humans were supposed to come from.  Either the dates are not trustworthy, or these are not footprints.  No resolution to this anomaly seems satisfactory at the moment.  Pictures and additional information can be found at BBC News, National Geographic News, and News@Nature.  A reader found web pages of the discoverers at MexicanFootprints.com and Bournemouth University, UK.  Renne et al. in Nature1 are taking the view they are not footprints, even though toes and heelprints appear in some of them.1Renne et al., “Geochronology: Age of Mexican ash with alleged ‘footprints’, Nature 438, E7-E8 (1 December 2005) | doi:10.1038/nature04425.This will be a good test of the scientific values of the Darwinists.  They always claim to be skeptical of any finding, never taking anything on “faith” like those religious-right fundies.  OK, Darwinists, you’ve got a problem.  Show us some rationality and objectivity.  We seem to recall that creationists quickly withdrew claims of Paluxy human tracks on the first hint of a problem with the data, and have been very cautious ever since.  In their case, however, the find was not a necessary piece of evidence, just a tantalizing one.  In this case, if humans or advanced hominids were in Mexico over a million years before the famed “out of Africa” story, there is a lot of Darwinian storytelling at risk of unraveling.  Either evolutionists cannot trust their fossil skills, or their dating methods (see 11/05/2005), or both.  What would it take to falsify human evolution?  If nothing – no amount of contrary evidence or logic – could ever dislodge the idea that humans slowly emerged from primitive ancestors, then your critics are going to stick a note on the seat of your pants: “Kick me; I’m a fighting fundamentalist.”(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


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first_imgDavid Kibuuka’s dry wit has made him a firm favourite on the comedy scene. Eugene Khoza is known for his boldness and quick- thinking comebacks. With over 10 years experience under his belt, Kagiso Lediga is one of South Africa’s leading funny men. Trevor Noah’s is fast becoming South Africa’s favourite comedian having already done several high profile shows. Loyiso “Loyiso for President” Gola uses his unique formula of comedy to shock and amuse audiences. Images: Podium Entertainment Khanyi MagubaneThe Cape Town International Comedy Festival taking place from 7 to 21 September is billed as the biggest gathering of comedians in South Africa.Now in its 12th year, the event attracts hundreds of comedy lovers each year and the 2008 edition of the festival has been beefed up even more.International comedians set to perform this year include, Mario Joyner from the United States, who opened for comedy legend Chris Rock’s No Apologies world tour, which also toured South Africa in June. He is also famous for his portrayal as the “pimped-out” lawyer in several episodes of US sitcom Seinfeld, as well as his guest appearances in Everybody Hates Chris.He returns to South Africa as host of the Main Arena venue at the festival. Fresh from Chris Rock’s world tour, he also opened for Jerry Seinfeld during his recent nationwide tour of the US.Sugar Sammy, a Canadian comedian of Punjabi descent, is also a firm favourite set to have festival goers rolling with laughter. Sammy has enjoyed quite a lot of success around the world, with his one-man show and his unique brand of stand-up comeday setting attendance records in the US, Europe, South Africa, and Asia.As with every year, there will be a platform for established as well as up-and-coming comedians. The “comedy showdown” programme consists of new and unknown comedians competing for the number one position. Over the course of the 14-day festival, the newbies will compete against each other, until the final few are awarded a chance to perform at the finale.South African comedians, who have recently been making international news, will also showcase their skills at the festival.Internationally acclaimed business and finance newspaper The Wall Street Journal recently featured a group of South African comedians who have been fearless in tackling social issues.The group of young, black comedians recently made the cover of the newspaper’s entertainment section, for their fearless comedic routines which joke about apartheid, from which many South Africans still carry scars.But if there is any therapy in humour, then these comedians Loyiso Gola, David Kibuuka, Kagiso Lediga, Trevor Noah, part of South Africa’s growing stand-up comedy fraternity, are proving that there could be some truth to the cliché “laughter is the best medicine”.Interviewed by author and Journalist Rian Malan for the Wall Street Journal, the comedians were not shy to talk about being part of a fraternity of comedians who break boundaries and who tackle issues that many South Africans still won’t dare to discuss, even at the dinner table.All based in Johannesburg and working regular gigs on the underground scene, the comedians gained much of their popularity after their hit TV show The Pure Monate Show literally meaning The Pure Delicious Show in Tswana, one of South Africa’s 11 official languages.The show consisted of satiric skits, which took a swipe at the nation’s obsession with crime, race, social standing and also the ever popular Zimbabwe jokes.No laughing matterAlthough the aim of stand-up comedy is to make audiences laugh at themselves in a non-degrading manner, the new breed of stand-up comedians are addressing serious issues, using humour as a medium.This young breed of comedians also find themselves in a favourable position where they are able to make comedy a full-time career, enabling them to constantly hone their craft.Trevor Noah for instance, although the 24 year-old has been performing for a little over two years, his sharp wit and bravado have already made him a firm favourite in South Africa.His career highlights include opening for internationally acclaimed comedian Russell Peters on his South African Tour, and being chosen to represent his country as the only local act at the Jozi International Comedy Festival that included six other headlining acts from six countries around the world.His achievements also include performing at the 2008 Cape Town International Comedy Festival. Comedians from around the world, including Canadian Sugar Sammy, are billed to perform at the festival.Leading the pack is Kagiso Lediga, with over 10 years’ experience under his belt. He started performing while he was still studying at the University of Cape Town.Besides performing at all the major comedy events in South Africa, Lediga has also travelled the world extensively, performing at comedy events including the Edinburgh Comedy Festival. He has also performed in New York, Toronto, London and Mauritius.Often described as crass; Lediga was the creator of the Pure Monate Show, which has in the past, been nominated for eight South African Film and Television Awards.As a writer, and one of the lead actors in the South African cult movie, Bunny Chow, he has also enjoyed success as a filmmaker. Bunny Chow scooped awards at the Toronto, Los Angeles, Sydney and Melbourne Film Festivals.In South Africa, Lediga won the Best Actor Award at the Cape Town Film Festival. His award also includes winning People’s Choice Award at the biggest comedy festival in South Africa – the Cape Town International Comedy Festival.One of the new leading faces of comedy in South Africa is Eugene Khoza. Described as an all-rounder comedian, he’s said to challenge prejudices and inverts stereotypes, tear down barriers and build up bridges. Undaunted by working in his native African language and in English, his razor sharp performances are littered with vernacular references and vivid characterisations.Khoza uses his life growing up in South Africa’s black townships as his source of humour, but cleverly include current affairs into his routine.From humble beginnings, which began when he won a comedy competition, he has grown from a relatively unknown name, to performing at all the major comedy events including the Blacks Only, Just Because comedy festivals as well as Heavyweight Comedy Jam. He is now the TV host of a programme keeping South Africans abreast on the developments leading up to the Fifa 2010 World Cup entitled, Build Up to 2010.Ugandan-born David Kibuuka’s popularity in South Africa has been on a steady growth path since he entered the comedy scene about three years ago. An honours graduate in finance at Wits University “Dave” as he is popularly known, has a unique brand of humour that combines wit and intellect without losing touch with his audiences.2008 has been a particularly good year for the finance-guru turned comedian. This year he opened for one of the top comedians in the world, Australia’s Carl Barron during his South African Tour.Apart from stand-up comedy, David also has a keen interest in movies, having also been a part of the critically acclaimed Bunny Chow film. He continues to grow his brand of comedy, which not only includes jabs at South Africans, but Africans as a whole, having lived in other parts of the continent.Award winning comedian Loyiso Gola, is notoriously known for keeping his audiences on the edge of their seats with slacked jaws and wide eyes thanks to his “shock tactic” humour.Having started his career from his hometown, Cape Town, while he was still in high school, his big break came when he was a runner-up in the prestigious Freshest Five comedy competition in 2003. Gola was only 19 at the time.With a successful one-man show Loyiso Gola for President and a TV show which he co-hosted with South African satire legend Pieter Dirk Uys, Loyiso is a versatile comedian, equally comfortable on stage an in front of the camera.His credits include opening for international superstars Russell Peters and Sugar Sammy on their South African tours, as well as his performances in London, Dubai and New York.Immensely popular amongst South Africans, Gola performs regularly at corporate functions and popular comedy clubs.The comedy fraternity was first made aware of his talents when he won the Sprite Soul Comedy competition and was the runner-up in the professional category of the Freshest Five Comedy Competition literally upon his arrival in Johannesburg in 2003.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at khanyim@mediaclubsouthafrica.comUseful linksWall Street JournalCape Town international Comedy FestivalPodium Entertainmentlast_img read more