By Iacovos ConstantinouIn the weekend’s first division football games Anorthosis came back from behind to defeat Omonia while Othellos Athienou recorded their first away win in the first division against Nea Salamina. AEL’s dismal season continued as they crashed to their fourth defeat of the season while Doxa overcame Ayia Napa.Two second half goals were enough to give Anorthosis all three points against Omonia who had taken a first half lead through a superb strike by Economides. Laifis headed home the equalizer early on in the second half and Makris rolled the ball into an empty net eight minutes from time after a blunder by Omonia’s keeper Moreira.Anorthosis win was marred by racist chants from a section of their fans towards the end of the game, directed against Omonia striker Pote. This is the second game (first being against APOEL a couple of weeks ago) that the French-born Beninese international was subjected to racial abuse.Ethnikos Achnas bounced back from a two goal deficit to defeat AEL by 4-2 in a game that will be remembered by referee Masias’s controversial decision to send off AEL’s striker Kantou for a second bookable offence for diving. The score at the time was delicately poised at 2-2.AEL’s president Andreas Sofokleous issued a statement lambasting the Cyprus Football and claiming that referees intentionally ‘alter’ results.For the record AEL took the lead through Bebe and Ionitsa while Juninhio pulled one back before the break. With the restart Ethnikos equalized through Adanda and Walder gave them the lead (76th minute) before Adanda got his second, a couple of minutes from the end.Doxa Katokopias recorded their second win of the season after they defeated fellow strugglers Ayia Napa by 1-0.The only goal of the game came in the 31st minute through Ramos. The home side were the better side and fully deserved their win against a depleted (through injuries) Ayia Napa.In the final weekend game Othellos Athienou created an upset by defeating Nea Salamina 1-0 with their rookie keeper Jacouris producing two excellent saves in the final minutes of the game to ensure all three points for Othellos.The goal that decided the game was a bizarre own goal. In an attempt to clear the ball Salamina’s Leandro hit it straight at his teammate Tsindi and the ball nestled in the back of the net.The quartet at the top of the table play against each other tonight at 7pm with the top two APOEL and Apollon at home to AEK and Ermis Aradippou respectively.
World number one Rafa Nadal provided Russian teenager Andrey Rublev with a tennis lesson on Wednesday, racing into the semi-finals of the U.S. Open with a ruthless 6-1 6-2 6-2 win.The 19-year-old, who grew up idolising Nadal and had the Spaniard’s poster pinned up on his bedroom wall was smiling from ear-to-ear as he posed for pre-match photos on Arthur Ashe Stadium court with his hero.That would be the highlight of an eye-opening afternoon for the Russian youngster as Nadal showed no mercy during a one hour, 37 minute thrashing.Once the match started it did not take long for Rublev’s grin to disappear. It was replaced by scowls and frustration as the Russian angrily yelled at himself for missed shots and occasionally slapped at his leg with a clenched fist.Nadal, still stinging from a third-round upset by 18-year-old Canadian Denis Shapovalov in Montreal in August and with a spot in the semi-finals and a possible showdown with rival Roger Federer on the line, was fully focused on the task at hand.While fans were still filing into Arthur Ashe, Nadal was wrapping up a clinical first set in 23 minutes.Rublev offered some resistance to start the second but it was brief, Nadal breaking to go up 3-2 and again to close out the set.A relentless Nadal broke to open the third and when Rublev double faulted to hand him yet another break at 4-1, the dejected Russian simply bent over and let his racquet drop.But Rublev was not done scolding himself, dropping into his chair during the changeover then hammering away at his foot with his racquet.Up next for Nadal will be the winner of the quarter-final clash between five-times U.S. Open champion Federer and Juan Martin del Potro, the 2009 winner.If Federer can get past the towering Argentine it would set up a landmark meeting between the Swiss and Nadal.One of the great rivalries in all of sport, Federer and Nadal, a twice U.S. Open champion, have clashed 37 times over the years but they have never stood across from each other on Flushing Meadows’ famed hardcourts.
A positive change in mentality can help Everton end their poor away run in the Premier League this season, manager Sam Allardyce said ahead of Saturday’s trip to Stoke City.The Merseyside club are on a five-match losing streak away from Goodison Park and have won just one of their 15 away league games this campaign, the same number as bottom-two sides Stoke and West Bromwich Albion.In contrast, ninth-placed Everton have won nine of their 15 home league matches to help them maintain their position in the top half of the standings.“We’ve tried a number of things. Changing system, changing personnel – but changing mentality is the big one,” Allardyce told reporters on Thursday.“We’ve been using some more work into the mind in the analysis room. Who we are, what we want to achieve, what we can get.“Visualising the performance you give at the top level and thinking of that to put yourself in a positive frame of mind… Tactically the preparation is fine but having a good frame of mind gives a better chance of it being delivered.”Allardyce identified Stoke playmaker Xherdan Shaqiri as their biggest threat, with the 63-year-old boss urging his team to mark the Swiss international carefully and stop him from influencing the game.Everton said on Wednesday that midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson was expected to return from a knee injury in six to eight weeks but Allardyce is hopeful that the Iceland international can get back on the pitch ahead of schedule.“I’ve always felt it’s wrong to tag an injury with time limits,” Allardyce added. “You want to avoid setbacks. If you can get it before then you’ve done well.“We’ll look at it in the next two weeks. There’s a settling down period and then how quickly the player recovers. Gylfi is motivated to return for us and Iceland at the World Cup.”Stoke are 19th in the standings, a point adrift of the safety zone with eight games left to play.
Christian Eriksen maintained his hot goalscoring streak, striking both goals in Tottenham Hotspur’s 2-1 win at struggling Stoke City to extend Spurs’ winning sequence on Saturday.Harry Kane was back to lead Spurs in his first start for nearly a month after recovering from an ankle problem but it was their great Dane Eriksen who struck twice in 11 minutes after halftime to take his tally to five goals in three games.He struck after 52 minutes before a mistake from Hugo Lloris on his 200th Premier League appearance allowed Mame Biram Diouf to equalise within five minutes.Eriksen then curled in a fiendish 63rd-minute freekick to which Kane claimed to have got the faintest finishing touch with his head only for replays to show the Dane had scored the goal that allowed Spurs to join third-placed Liverpool on 67 points with a sixth straight league win.Though Xherdan Shaqiri led a late fightback for the home side, hitting the bar with a freekick, Stoke remain rooted one from bottom.Everton (0) 0Liverpool (0) 0………………………………………………………..AFC Bournemouth (0) 2Scorers: L. Mousset 65, J. King 89Crystal Palace (0) 2Scorers: L. Milivojević 47, W. Zaha 75………………………………………………………..Brighton & Hove Albion (1) 1Scorers: J. Lössl 29ogHuddersfield Town (1) 1Scorers: S. Mounié 32………………………………………………………..Leicester City (0) 1Scorers: J. Vardy 83Newcastle United (1) 2………………………………………………………..Stoke City (0) 1Scorers: M. Diouf 57Tottenham Hotspur (0) 2Scorers: C. Eriksen 52, C. Eriksen 63………………………………………………………..Watford (0) 1Scorers: R. Pereyra 61Burnley (0) 2Scorers: S. Vokes 70, J. Cork 73………………………………………………………..West Bromwich Albion (0) 1Scorers: J. Rodriguez 54Swansea City (0) 1Scorers: T. Abraham 75………………………………………………………..Manchester City (17:30)Manchester United………………………………………………………..Sunday, April 8 fixtures (BST/GMT)Arsenal v Southampton (1415/1315)Chelsea v West Ham United (1630/1530)
England will have to set a record for the highest successful fourth-innings chase if they are to win the third test against India after the dominant tourists declared at 352 for seven with Virat Kohli making 103 on Monday.England’s opening pair of Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings survived a tricky nine overs before the close of play, reaching 23 without loss.That means Joe Root’s side require another 498 runs to win over the final two days of play and history suggests that is highly unlikely.Only four teams have scored more than 400 to win a test, West Indies’ 418 to beat Australia in 2003 being the highest. The highest fourth-innings winning test total at Trent Bridge is 284 by England against New Zealand in 2004.Having started the third day on 124 for two, India were barely troubled through two and a half sessions of steady, if unspectacular, accumulation under grey skies.After a fruitless morning session for England’s bowling attack, Cheteshwar Pujara, who had been dropped in the morning on 40, was caught at first slip by Cook off the bowling of Ben Stokes for 72, ending his partnership with Kohli at 113.Skipper Kohli, who was out for 97 in the first innings, took few risks during his patient knock which finally came to an end after 197 balls when he was trapped lbw by seamer Chris Woakes.Hardik Pandya was unbeaten on 52 when Kohli finally decided to declare and let his bowlers give Cook and Jennings an uncomfortable mini-session.England, who lead the five-test series 2-0, suffered a blow during the morning when wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow had to leave the ground with what turned out to be a fractured finger.Bairstow, a key part of the home team’s batting line-up, was hit on the end of the middle finger by a James Anderson delivery but is expected to bat in their second innings.
…on indentureshipNow that every immigrant group has an “Arrival Day” — save for West Indians and free Africans — can we wish the descendants of the ones who came from India a “Happy Indian Arrival Day”? Well, to be honest…NO!!Look at those who still labour on the sugar plantations: they live lives of increasingly quiet desperation, especially the ones who’ve been axed at Wales and the ones who are about to be axed at Rose Hall, Enmore and Skeldon. How different will their lives be from those of their indentured foreparents, who saw their jobs in cotton destroyed by the British in India and were forced to accept wages in Guyana that even the freed slaves refused?? That has to take the most unimaginable desperation!But it has to be even worse today. Back then, at least there were JOBS; and even though it wasn’t what the immigrants were promised when they signed up in India — they had to do all sorts of odd labour to supplement their meagre wages on the plantations: fishing in canals, tending kitchen gardens, rearing chickens, etc – today, there are no jobs in sight; and there are no fish in the canals, after the drugs runoff in the water, and there is no space in the 40×80 lots to cultivate vegetables and rear chickens. Today it is sheer starvation!!What to do?? Well, back in the day, the Massa authorised a Portuguese or Chinese rum-shop or two right opposite the pay office or on the road from the fields to the public road. These provided “solace’ to battered bodies and tortured psyches. After “independence”, the Burnham regime allowed rum shops to spring up like “jumbie umbrellas” in the sugar workers’ housing schemes. And these will once again offer “refuge”.Of course, this will lead to the same pathologies that are endemic in Indian rural communities — suicide, alcoholism, domestic violence, etc…etc. And we can expect the suicide pimps, who will rake in funding to “solve” these problems, to also crawl out of the woodwork like the termites they are. So, it’s a good thing we now have INDIAN Arrival Day…since this should hopefully force Indians to do some much-needed retrospection today.Like ask: what’s this nonsense about who destroyed the sugar industry?? Is there any doubt?? By 1968, sugar workers were receiving profit sharing — split 60% to workers and 40% to the owners. In the wake of the 1974 price spike, the PNC government scooped off more than US$400M by 1977 with their “sugar levy”. If sugar workers had received their 60%, they would have, for the first time, become millionaires!If Burnham had taken government’s 40% and modernised the factories, sugar prices afterwards would’ve matched world prices.Instead, he gave sugar workers “Guyanese hydro” – goadie!!…in healthAnd here it is, your Eyewitness thought that Government officials were only behaving like the authoritarian government they are with their control of the Chronic (like Pravda) and their love of parades!! On the latter, Royston King was miffed that the $100M May 26 Independence Bash at Stabroek Square was called off. Not to worry; the one at Jubilee Park gonna be “bigger and better”. Roy just won’t get to fill his pockets!! It’s equal opportunity time in the pilfering business!!But do you remember the guided tour the totalitarian states used to conduct for western visitors, to “prove” they were doing better than the West?? Well…it’s now reached Guyana. The “creeping” totalitarianism is speeding up!! Inspecting GPHC, members of the Parliamentary Sectoral Committee on Social Services were booted out of the Pharmacy Bond when they veered off the guided tour and insisted on checking on the biggest challenge facing the tertiary health facility – drugs!!Junior Health Minister Cummings insisted shortages of drugs don’t affect health services!! Prayers instead??…in diplomacyThe British High Commissioner accompanied visiting Minister Baroness Anelay to meet representatives of the Government, but not to meet the Opposition’s representatives. Was it because Anil Nandlall was there, and might’ve asked him to sip some wine at the Oasis??
In 2005, the Alliance For Change (AFC) party, which was then considered ‘the third force’, promised to liberate Guyanese from the politics of divisiveness, hate, revenge, race and immaturity. It promised to work hard to usher in a period of unprecedented development should it enter Parliament or become Government by focusing on poverty reduction, the implementation of modern constitutional reforms, strengthening Government and State agencies, and paving the way for a new political culture where consensus and compromise as well as putting Guyana first would be paramount.As the years went by, the AFC and its ‘third force’ politicians, rallied against Government corruption. They accused the then ruling People’s Progressive Party (PPP) of incompetence, abuse of power, Executive lawlessness and condoning corruption. Raphael Trotman, the late Sheila Holder and Khemraj Ramjattan were seen as the new beacons of hope in the Guyanese society. Some felt they were the standard bearers as far as identifying honest politicians with a service oriented character. The AFC rose to fame and continued its political work vowing to never betray the working-class people of this country and most importantly, never to join a coalition with the PPP or the People’s National Congress (PNC). After all, the AFC resented both parties and blamed them for the current socioeconomic and political conundrum that Guyana was facing. As history recorded it, many Guyanese especially those of mixed descent bought the message of the AFC and gave them the votes they needed to taste parliamentary power. This happened despite boisterous warnings from the PPP that the AFC could not be trusted because those at its helm where deflectors from the major parties who were bitter, untrustworthy, revengeful and thirsty for Executive power.Sheila Holder died before the AFC underwent a most shameful transformation under the leaderships of Trotman and Ramjattan. When she departed this world, the AFC was still a party that had the potential to force the other two main political relics into oblivion because of the freshness of the AFC’s untested approach mixed with its promise to shake up the Government bureaucracy and engineer real change. Now the party has become one of the biggest disappointments in Guyana’s political history thereby beating the United Force, the Working People’s Alliance and GAP/ROAR from the top slots after they too failed to keep their momentum and deliver the kind of change this country needs to progress. The post 2011-AFC is no longer the ferocious tiger guarding the public’s interest and purse. Its teeth have been extracted and it is now enjoying the milk and honey flowing from the covert operations of the David Granger Administration which rose to power as a result of a cosmetic surgery performed on the PNC. That party used every trick in the book to regain the Executive power it lost in 1992 and its last ditch attempt to agree to everything and offer anything that would appeal to the badly bruised and inactive smaller parties in Guyana, inclusive of the Justice for All outfit and WPA, in order to form the A Partnership for National Unity.Instead of declining APNU’s offer to join the coalition which had the PNC as its senior partner, those at the helm of the AFC became discontent with their lot. They wanted to taste Executive power. They wanted to use that power to wreak havoc on Bharrat Jagdeo and the PPP. After all, there was no Sheila Holder to stop them and no other mature political voice within the AFC to challenge their desire. And least we forget, Moses Nagamootoo entered the pageant after failing in his last-ditch attempt to wrestle the presidential candidacy position from other senior comrades in the PPP party. He later succeeded in wrestling power away from more suitable persons in the AFC like Cathy Hughes, Raphael Trotman and Dr Rupert Roopnaraine to become the coalition’s Prime Ministerial Candidate in the 2015 General and Regional Elections. The decision was now obvious as both the AFC and PNC were on the same wave length. They now shared a common interest and it wasn’t about delivering meaningful change to the masses but rather securing their individual political futures.Nagamootoo is now Guyana’s first Prime Minister without a serious portfolio. Led by the Prime Minister and Vice President Khemraj Ramjattan, the top brass of the AFC appears set for life. Many splurge and spend taxpayers’ monies on fancy banquets, trips abroad, upgrading their homes and offices with modern and luxurious furnishing, and high-end vehicles. The AFC is now a component of the PNC. It is justifying and shamelessly defending every single Executive abuse by the Government in which it serves. It is condoning corruption and encouraging political witch-hunting. The AFC is now supportive of constitutional violations. For the first time in 10 years, its leaders now are at the lowest point of their political careers because they lack the moral authority and integrity to lecture the PPP or any other important stakeholder on matters pertaining to transparency, accountability and good governance. They are now part of the Government machinery that could soon commit greater atrocities than the PPP ever did.While it is clear that the top AFC leaders have already been bought for their 30 shillings of sliver, the party’s machinery is in chaos and decline. It is virtually non-existent and nonfunctional. The party groups do not meet regularly. They get no guidance from their elected representatives and there are instances of massive financial corruption and mismanagement. There is also widespread concern that the elections to key offices are also staged to keep the existing status quo. The AFC appears happy with this coalition arrangement but 2020 will prove how happy its supporters and financiers are.Even if no one will admit it, the AFC is at a point of no return. Its part of the annals of history that will never be forgotten because it’s a failed third force and a failed attempt at conciliatory politics. It did not have the political patience or discipline to break the trend of oppressive politics.
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“Superbad” was super good at the box office, proving that a no-name cast could hold its own amid A-list summer blockbusters. The teen comedy from Sony, the misadventures of two high school buddies trying to score booze, took in $31.2 million to debut as the weekend’s No. 1 movie, according to studio estimates Sunday. “Superbad” knocked off the previous weekend’s top flick, New Line’s “Rush Hour 3,” which slipped to second place with $21.8 million, raising its total to $88.2 million. The Warner Bros. sci-fi tale “The Invasion,” starring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig in an update of “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” opened a weak No. 5 with $6 million. “Superbad” maintains the pattern of producer Judd Apatow’s earlier hits, “Knocked Up” and “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” which he directed. Apatow and his collaborators, including “Knocked Up” star and “Superbad” co-writer and co-star Seth Rogen, have a knack for packaging crude, R-rated humor with clever, authentic dialogue far smarter than what’s normally seen in summer comedies. Shot on a modest $20 million budget, “Superbad” had a slightly better debut than “Knocked Up,” which opened in June with $30.7 million and went on to become a $100 million hit. “I think a genuinely funny movie always has a shot at doing well, because so few movies are really funny,” Apatow told The Associated Press as he headed to the “Knocked Up” premiere Sunday at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in Scotland. “Superbad,” co-written by Rogen and his high school best friend Evan Goldberg, stars Jonah Hill and Michael Cera as pals on a quest for alcohol to impress the foxy host of a party. Rogen co-stars as an inept cop who ends up carousing with the teens, while Christopher Mintz-Plasse proves a scene-stealer as Hill and Cera’s super-geeky friend. Though centering on high schoolers, “Superbad” drew in older crowds, with 40 percent of the audience over 30, said Rory Bruer, head of distribution for Sony. “The Apatow comedy machine itself is a brand now, and it’s a brand that has created movies that appeal to older audiences who now follow whatever he does, even in the teen genre, which is very unusual,” said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Media By Numbers. TOP 10 MOVIES Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc. Final figures will be released today. 1. “Superbad,” $31.2 million. 2. “Rush Hour 3,” $21.8 million. 3. “The Bourne Ultimatum,” $19 million. 4. “The Simpsons Movie,” $6.7 million. 5. “The Invasion,” $6 million. 6. “Stardust,” $5.2 million. 7. “Hairspray,” $4.3 million. 8. “Underdog,” $3.6 million. 9. “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” $3.54 million. 10. “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry,” $3.5 million.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!