World champion teenager Mbappe is game’s new global star

first_imgTeenager Kylian Mbappe confirmed his status as the new star of international football with a superb goal and impressive display in France’s 4-2 World Cup final triumph over Croatia on Sunday.At the end of a World Cup in which Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi headed home after the first knockout round and Brazilian Neymar failed to deliver, the game perhaps needed a new talent to excite the global public.The 19-year-old from Bondy, on the gritty north-east outskirts of Paris, has provided it with his terrifying pace, superb touch and clinical finishing in ample evidence.With his goal, Mbappe became the first teenager since the great Brazilian Pele in 1958 to score in a World Cup final.Mbappe, who netted four goals in Russia, was also voted the young player of the tournament, recognition of his excellent performances, particularly in the knockout stages.Former Germany World Cup player and coach Juergen Klinsmann, working as a BBC pundit at the tournament, believes the Paris St Germain forward can become one of the greats of the game.“There is so much to come down the road. He is shaking up the market. With Ronaldo moving (to Juventus) and (Paris St Germain’s) Neymar being linked with other clubs, where is it finishing with this kid?”The striker, who joined PSG from Monaco in a multi-million dollar deal among the biggest the game has seen, showed his finishing ability on the biggest stage of all with a low drive in the 65th minute for his team’s fourth goal.He ended the game dancing around the field in delight with his team mates as he celebrated becoming a world champion“I’m very happy. The road was long but it was worth it. We are proud to make the French happy. We had this role to help them forget all their problems. We play for that kind of thing,” said the forward.“I do not just want to be in football but rather to be world champion. I want to do even better, but world champion is already good. We’re going to celebrate, we’ve been working all season and now it’s time to celebrate this summer.”last_img read more

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Selfishness cannot be tolerated

first_imgDear Editor,I am happy that Attorney General Basil Williams is moving to root out the institutions that “reek of selfishness” in Guyana and has set his sights on Red House which houses the Cheddi Jagan Research Centre, and which he says should be a museum for all of Guyana’s presidents.I expect that he will be swooping down on the African Museum and shutting it down forthwith since it is exclusive to only the African race. The property in Bel Air that houses the museum was bought with state funds in 1985 from well-known Pan Africanist, Hubert Nicholson, and the African Museum with an African art collection and artefacts officially opened to the public in 1994.Its personnel, programmes and acquisitions are all state funded and I am sure Williams recognises how selfish it is that this museum is not inclusive of the other five race groups of Guyana.In fact, Williams would also want to shut down the Walter Roth Museum which houses artefacts and records of the country’s First Nations and move to establish a Guyanese Museum where every race and ethnic group will be represented under one roof.Selfishness cannot be tolerated here, never mind that the world over leading politicians, artists, writers and other personalities have museums, libraries, and monuments that are exclusive to them, recognise their singular contributions and provide research facilities into their life and work.Red House has always been associated with President Cheddi Jagan ever since he resided there as the first ever Premier of British Guiana when the country attained self-government. That is a notable historical point in itself and that the property should now house a Research Centre on this outstanding Guyanese far from being selfish is most warranted and absolutely proper.Other leaders should also be afforded such facilities and one for President Burnham could be established at Castellani House which was his official residence during his Prime Ministership and Presidency.I notice that some people are asking, quite rightly, that Martin Carter’s home on Lamaha Street be preserved as a national heritage site to honour our Poet Laureate. Martin Carter would have had a good guffaw over the Granger Government’s view that it would reek of selfishness for his home to be a memorial and research centre for only him and his poetry and that it should be shared with other late Guyanese poets.The poet is not around to write a couple of succinct lines to sum up the preposterousness of the idea but these, from “Bastille Day – Georgetown”, written in 1970s at the height of the PNC dictatorship will suffice:“I have at last startedto understand the originof our vileness, and beingunable to deny it, I suggestits nativity.In the shame of knowledgeof our vileness, we shall fight.”Yours truly,Shanie Jagessarlast_img read more

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Jokic hits late jumper, Nuggets stun Sixers with big rally

first_img400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Instead, the Denver Nuggets big man sent the fans home with a game they won’t soon forget.Jokic hit a 20-foot jumper on a broken play with 1.2 seconds remaining, helping the Nuggets rally from a 21-point, fourth-quarter deficit to stun the Philadelphia 76ers 100-97 on Friday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4It’s the largest fourth-quarter comeback in their history, the team said.Jokic scored 16 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, none bigger than his jumper from the left side of the court that he saw go in from the floor. Before his shot, Jokic was trying to get the ball to Paul Millsap, who couldn’t get off an attempt. He passed it back to Jokic. 76ers: G/F Shake Milton remained out with a left knee bone bruise/sprain. … Simmons will be evaluated again before Sunday’s game against Charlotte. … G Trey Burke picked up a technical in the second quarter. … The Philly bench combined for 37 points, while the Nuggets’ reserves had 12.Nuggets: Millsap played with 11 stitches above his right eye after a collision on a fast-break last game. Wearing a headband, he finished with 15 points.SENSE OF HUMORMalone got to know Embiid through the “Basketball Without Borders” program a few years back. Malone was a coach of the African squad.“I won’t get into the stories,” Malone cracked. “Joel has a great personality. He has a great sense of humor. I did enjoy my time being around him in a short period of time during that camp.”UP NEXT76ers: Host Charlotte on Sunday.Nuggets: In Minnesota on Sunday. On the next possession, Jokic drew an offensive foul on Joel Embiid by fronting him near the basket. It was the sixth foul on a frustrated Embiid.“I’m kind of heavy. He needs to push a lot just to push me out,” Jokic cracked. “I felt he pushed me too strong.”Embiid saw things different after watching the replay.“If you want to call that foul, especially at that time of the game, it’s kind of (expletive), especially because he was hooking me before that foul actually happened,” Embiid said.A similar feeling for Sixers coach Brett Brown.ADVERTISEMENT Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas PLAY LIST 01:05Poor 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 ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption LATEST STORIES Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee “I’ve just seen the foul that was called on Joel and I have no words,” Brown said. “When you see that particular play, I have no words. We give them credit. We weren’t able to find a way to win on the road.”Denver hung in there with defense until the offense picked up. Will Barton hit two free throws to seal the win.“Says a lot about this team, the heart,” Paul Millsap said. “We want to have the heart of a champion. That’s what champions do, they continue to fight. We were able to get some stops.”Jamal Murray, bloody nose and all, had 22 points for the Nuggets, who’ve won three straight games since coach Michael Malone called out his team for their energy level.No questioning their energy in this one. Philly hit the first shot of the final quarter to go up 21 and then it was all Denver. The Nuggets didn’t take their first lead of the fourth until Jokic’s jumper. His 16 points in the final period outscored the Sixers’ 13 total points.The matchup in the middle between two of the top centers in the NBA proved highly entertaining. For once, Jokic got the better of Embiid in the stat that mattered most — wins. Jokic is 1-3 against Embiid when they both play, according to Basketball-Reference. Jokic was first team All-NBA last season, and Embiid second team.A breakdown of the numbers: Jokic had 11 rebounds and six assists. Embiid finished with 19 points, 15 rebounds and two assists.Tobias Harris and Raul Neto each had 13 points for the Sixers, who finished 1-3 on their four-game Western swing. They were without Ben Simmons after he sprained the AC joint in his right shoulder Wednesday in Utah. Neto started in his place.The 7-foot Jokic lost his cool late in the first quarter after not getting a call when he was grabbed while going up for a shot. Jokic held out his hands in exasperation toward official Scott Wall, who ignored him at first and then issued a technical.TIP-INScenter_img Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, left, is congratulated by guard Will Barton III after hitting the winning basket in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER— Nikola Jokic lofted the winning shot and then pleaded for it to fall as he tumbled to the floor.“I was hoping,” he said. “I mean, you’re happy that you didn’t miss, because then everybody will be mad at you. The whole arena is going to be disappointed.”ADVERTISEMENT Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Nurmagomedov says McGregor needs 10 fights for rematch No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study ‘People evacuated on their own’ View comments 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bustlast_img read more

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Are parking meters a higher priority than municipal markets?

first_imgDear Editor,Something does not seem to make sense about the Georgetown City Constabulary. For years we have heard them cry out that they are extremely short of staff, and that they are constrained in carrying out their duties as a result of this, and that they are unable to attract new recruits, etc.However, just like that, all of a sudden, they are quite comfortably able to reassign 50 Constables armed to the teeth, far more than one-third of their staff strength if we are to be guided by the numbers they put out, to be the enforcers of this parking meter project.Maybe these are the “house slaves” Ifa Cush is talking about, trying to control the motorists who they see as the field slaves.Do they consider this Parking Meter Project to be of higher priority than the municipal markets where shoppers and vendors conduct business each day? Do they consider it a higher priority than their municipal locations where large sums of monies are collected? Do they consider it a higher priority than the enforcement of the City’s By-laws? Or do they consider it a higher priority than stopping persons from being mugged on the streets?I believe the City Constabulary needs to create a list of its priorities and then number them, as I doubt whether there has been a surge in recruitment leading to full staff strength. They are there to protect and to serve, not to be henchmen to contractors and enforcers of special interests.People are molested and robbed in and around our markets on a daily basis and there is hardly ever a Constable in sight, yet when the many booting exercises are being done, they are right there menacing and even arresting motorists as though they are criminals.So will they use this as an excuse to once again re-engage without bidding, the private guard service that is affiliated to a serving Councillor from their Municipality?Sincerely,Anu Biharilast_img read more

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Battle for RWC quarters takes shape

first_img0Shares0000Wales’ flanker and captain Sam Warburton (C) celebrates with teammates after winning the Rugby World Cup Pool A match against England at Twickenham stadium on September 26, 2015. PHOTO/AFPLONDON, September 30- As the 20 Rugby World Cup nations reach the halfway stage in their struggle for quarter-final places, here is the state of play in the four pools:POOL A Dan Biggar brought the so-called ‘Pool of Death’ and the whole World Cup alive with 23 points from the boot that anchored the brilliant Welsh team effort to beat England 28-25 at Twickenham.That has kept them level with Australia who made a big-scoring start, picking up 96 points from matches against Fiji and Uruguay. But now comes the crunch. Australia play England on Saturday and Wales on October 10.England are sore after their defeat by Wales, who have lost three players injured since the start of the tournament. Australia have sent home key forwards Wycliff Palu and Will Skelton after they were injured. The last bruising games in Pool A could deal huge blows to World Cup hopes and even careers.Standings (played, won, drawn, lost, points for, against, bonus points, total points)Australia      2 2 0 0 93 16 1 9Wales          2 2 0 0 82 34 1 9England        2 1 0 1 60 39 2 6Fiji           2 0 0 2 24 63 0 0Uruguay        2 0 0 2  9 54 0 0POOL BThe group has already produced the greatest shock in Rugby World Cup history, with Japan beating South Africa 34-32 in a match where 24-point star Ayumu Goromaru was their hero. But Scotland are one of only two teams to have the maximum tally of 10 points, including bonuses, from two games courtesy of wins over Japan (45-10) and the United States (39-16).South Africa, now looking for a new captain after Jean de Villiers left with a broken jaw, can overtake again if they beat Scotland in the key Pool B match at Newcastle on Saturday. Japan still have games against Samoa and the United States to come in a tricky finish to this pool.Scotland       2 2 0 0 84 26 2 10South Africa   2 1 0 1 78 40 3  7Samoa          2 1 0 1 31 62 0  4Japan          2 1 0 1 44 77 0  4USA            2 0 0 2 32 64 0  0POOL CWho can stop Dan Carter, Richie McCaw and the rest of the All Blacks looking for back-to-back World Cup wins? Probably no-one in Pool C. Argentina had a good go leading 13-12 at half time in their match. McCaw said he had a “dumb” moment when sin-binned against the Pumas.But no side has exposed a serious flaw in New Zealand’s defences. The main interest in Pool C may now be the battle for second between Argentina and Tonga. Having lost 17-10 to Georgia, the Tongans got back on track with a 35-21 win over Namibia on Tuesday. If they can beat the odds and Argentina on Sunday an upset could be achieved. “We played a final today (against Namibia) and we will play another final on Sunday,” said Tonga captain Siale Piutau.New Zealand    2 2 0 0 84 30 1 9Tonga          2 1 0 1 45 38 2 6Argentina      2 1 0 1 70 35 1 5Georgia        2 1 0 1 26 64 0 4Namibia        2 0 0 2 35 93 0 0POOL DFrench fly half Frederic Michalak (R) is tackled by Italy’s Enrico Bacchin during their Rugby World Cup Pool D match at Twickenham stadium on September 19, 2015. PHOTO/AFPThis is a straight fight for first place between Joe Schmidt’s Ireland and Philippe Saint-Andre’s France. The Irish are the other team with maximum points so far, but France are just one behind. It will be a brilliantly prepared Ireland against a France capable of the best and worst when they meet on the last day of the pool matches, October 11. The loser will almost certainly play New Zealand in the quarter-finals.Italy in third have looked disappointing without captain Sergio Parisse and have a tough run-in against Ireland and then a stubborn Romania.Canada were unlucky to lose 23-18 to Italy and also to have to play France on Thursday which restricts their hopes of overtaking the Azzurri. Teams that finish third in their pool will qualify automatically for the 2019 World Cup in Japan.Ireland        2 2 0 0 94 17 2 10France         2 2 0 0 70 21 1  9Italy          2 1 0 1 33 50 0  4Canada         2 0 0 2 25 73 1  1Romania        2 0 0 2 21 82 0  00Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Drivers advised to avoid Alaska Highway

first_imgFort St. John has received between five and ten centimetres of snow overnight, and it’s expected to continue during the day. If Environment Canada’s estimate is correct, a record October 10 snowfall could be set. The last record was set on October 10, 1943, with 8.1 centimetres.- Advertisement –last_img

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Groove to live tunes at Northern Groove good-bye party

first_imgThe party will feature a variety of local musical artists, including Twin Peaks, Ryan Hennessey and many more.The event is already close to capacity, and Northern Groove creator Russell Eggleston says seeing that type of response has been a tremendous feeling.“It’s really humbling and overwhelming. It’s great to see so much support for what this project was trying to do, and just to see so much community support, it’s fantastic.- Advertisement -Eggleston adds that the party isn’t just to say good-bye to the magazine, but also so pay homage to everyone involved in Northern Groove over its lifespan.“So many people were a part of the magazine. We had over 300 people who contributed on a regular basis, and thousands of articles and pictures. There’s just so many people who are connected, we wanted to host a party to thank those people.”Festivities begin at 8 p.m., and will be going late into the evening, with the party wrapping up at 2 a.m.Advertisement Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.last_img read more

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Pipeline vandalized near Hythe

first_imgHYTHE, A.B. – Members of the Beaverlodge RCMP are investigating after significant damage was found to have been done to an oilfield site.On Sunday, police received a report of mischief to an oilfield pipeline north of Hythe. The damage to the pipeline is estimated at approximately $500,000-$700,000.If you have any information about this or any other investigation(s), please call the Beaverlodge RCMP Detachment at (780) 830-5701. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1.800.222.8477 (TIPS), by Internet at www.tipsubmit.com, or by SMS.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Hospital Foundation announces two new team members

first_imgShoppers Drug Mart “Women in Health” Fundraiser for the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation, October 6th – November 2ndThe Annual West Jet Raffle, Friday, October 12thBe an Angel Gala at the Pomeroy Hotel and Conference Centre, Saturday, November 3rdThe 15th Annual Moose FM “Light a Moose Radiothon” November 28th – 30thThe Foundation will also be hosting its Annual General Meeting on September 19th. In order to be eligible to vote at the AGM, a $10 fee must be paid at least 30 days in advance, with the deadline set for August 17th. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Hospital Foundation announced last week that two new members have joined their team.Foundation executive director Niki Hedges said that Jessica Cotton has been brought on to serve as the Foundation’s new Special Events and Administration Coordinator, while Megan Brooks will be working in Donor Relations.Cotton previously spent the past two years on the provincial executive board for Kin Canada and a member and past president of our local Kin Club, to raise funds and equity for associations including Kin Canada, Cystic Fibrosis Canada, STARS Air Ambulance, the Hal Rogers Endowment Fund, among others.- Advertisement -She also ran some of the local Kin Club’s events, including RocKin the Peace 2018 and the 2019 Kin Convention.Most of Brooks’ family lives in Fort St. John and have been entrepreneurs and landowners since the community was founded. Her great-grandfather opened the very first general store in Fort St. John originally located in his log cabin, when his business expanded he decided to open up shop where Whole Wheat & Honey is today. Brooks has a background of small business as a Graphic Designer and headed, designed and implemented several promotional and marketing campaigns and had also worked as a care aide for adults with developmental disabilities.The Foundation also announced several big upcoming events in October and November.Advertisementlast_img read more

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SCAG: Transportation funding falls $132 billion short

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThe 30-year transportation plan, which includes a regional report card, outlines all projects eligible for funding and explains how to pay for them. Some Los Angeles leaders said the region has no choice but to explore new ways to raise money for transportation projects – and they think voters can be convinced. “People understand that we need to do more, and that years of neglect and years of lack of vision have put us in the situation where we are really behind the eight ball in having a public transportation system that works,” said Los Angeles City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, who heads the council’s transportation committee. “People are willing to look at things they never looked at before.” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who has championed the westward extension of the Purple Line – or the “Subway to the Sea” – has his office analyzing funding schemes for that project and other major mass transit expansions in the city. The region’s transportation system is so clogged that Southern California residents and businesses will have to pay up if they want swifter freeways and efficient transit systems, according to a regional plan released Thursday. Current funding falls far short of the estimated $545.3 billion needed to upgrade and expand the transportation system throughout the six-county Southern California area. And with $132billion needed to fill the gap, the region should pursue pay-to-use programs including toll roads, benefit-assessment districts and cargo container fees, according to the plan by the Southern California Association of Governments. “It’s time to recognize the infrastructure problems that we’re facing,” said Alan Wapner, an Ontario City Council member who helped oversee the plan. “We’ve never really placed a value on private transportation.” “All options are on the table to fund that investment,” spokesman Matt Szabo said. SCAG Executive Director Mark Pisano said most of the proposed innovative financing schemes have been used before – Orange County has toll roads, and railroads pay users fees’ along the Alameda Corridor. “We are suggesting we learn from the lessons of the past and move them forward,” Pisano said. “The reason we haven’t moved forward is the state has been unwilling to give us the authority to do more of these types of projects.” Yet many of the concepts are politically unpopular. Critics deride toll roads as “Lexus Lanes” that get the wealthy out of traffic. And some lawmakers and state employee unions are wary of government partnering with private firms to develop roads or transit lines. “We are hopeful the public realizes the importance of raising the dollars,” said Gary Oviatt, a San Bernardino County supervisor and president of SCAG. “We see that the state is continually taking (transportation) dollars and putting them in other parts of the budget to balance it. Therefore it’s important that we try the tolling and some of these other efforts in hopes that this is the right time.” While existing local, state and federal dollars make up $413billion – the bulk of money needed for the 30-year transportation blueprint – the plan suggests 12 options that could generate $132billion to fill the gap. Those include: Raising the state and federal gas tax by 20cents per gallon, which would generate $17million. Benefit-assessment districts along the planned extensions of the Gold and Purple lines in which businesses and developers pay a tax for the “benefit” of sitting alongside them. Such districts could generate $3.7billion. The first phase of the Red Line from Union Station to MacArthur Park levied a tax on nearby businesses that will have generated $130million when it expires in 2009. But efforts to tax businesses during later phases of the Red Line through Hollywood were shot down. Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority CEO Roger Snoble said his agency will consider benefit-assessment districts and any other funding mechanism to pay for subway and light-rail expansions. “The fact is we need to generate a new source of revenue if we are to have a prayer of keeping up with the problems of this region,” Snoble said. Highway tolls on new projects, such as a proposed tunnel under South Pasadena connecting Interstate 710 to Interstate 210. Tolls could generate $26billion. Public-private partnerships in which a private company would finance and build roads or a transportation line under a lease agreement, which could generate $8.4billion. For example, a private firm has proposed building a Maglev-like train that could carry freight from LAX and the harbor to Ontario. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and some Republican lawmakers have been pushing for more public-private partnerships on infrastructure projects, but some state employee unions and Democratic lawmakers have resisted amid labor-related concerns. Schwarzenegger said he plans to introduce more proposals for partnerships in his 2008 State of the State address next month. “To keep our economy moving, we have to do everything that we can in order to create the infrastructure faster, cheaper and better, and I think that we can do that with the public-private partnership,” Schwarzenegger said during a speech in Los Angeles last week. “It’s just that right now it is such a new concept for our legislators that they’re not there yet 100percent.” Last year, Democratic leaders authored a bill that would allow four new public-private partnerships, two in Southern California and two in Northern California. “The speaker believes they’re worth looking into, but they’re not a panacea,” said Steve Maviglio, spokesman for Assembly Speaker Fabian Nu ez, D-Los Angeles, who proposed the pilot project bill. But some Republicans and private companies are concerned the bill requires legislative approval for individual projects – meaning they could be renegotiated with more provisions that dilute some of the economic benefits or change the original terms of the bid. Sen. George Runner, R-Lancaster, who is carrying legislation to expand the use of such partnerships, said he hopes to convince the unions that public-private partnerships will not mean layoffs. “We see these as job opportunities,” Runner said. “These are going to be projects that just won’t happen unless we have that private investment there backed up by some kind of a toll or some kind of a user fee that then helps provide the payback for the investor.” The 2008 Regional Transportation Plan is now under review, and SCAG will approve the final draft next year. Staff Writer Rick Orlov contributed to this story. kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com 213-978-0390160Want 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

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