Fire destroys Parika Dharmic Mandir

first_img– arson suspectedA fire of unknown origin erupted at the Shree Krishna Dharmic Mandir in Parika, East Bank EssequiboA section that was damaged at the Parika Radha Krishna Mandir(EBD) resulting in major damages to the building’s interior.Dismissing the likelihood that the fire could have been electrical in origin, devotees strongly suspect it was an act of arson because of several threats that were recently received.Guyana Times understands this is the second time the House of Worship has been vandalised.The Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha has since expressed outrage over the incident, which the Body deemed as “horrific” and “heartless”.“A beautiful and welcoming Mandir now lies destroyed and the devotees are heartbroken.Our prayers are with them. We pray that the Mandir could be repaired in the shortest possible time and that any perpetrator of this act should be dealt with by the justice system swiftly,” the Sabha said in a brief statement to the media.Investigations are ongoing into the matter.last_img read more

RHTY&SC congratulate Pestano

first_imgThe Patron, President, Executives and Members of the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club (RHTY&SC), MS, wishes to congratulate club member Clinton Pestano on his remarkable achievement of taking a hat-trick for Guyana versus Trinidad. Pestano’s hat-trick changed the course of the match for Guyana and was made even more special and memorable as it featured a trio of West Indies batsmen. Lendl Simmons, Keiron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo are three of the biggest names in West Indies cricket.Pestano’s success for Guyana at the senior level has been a long while in the making. Clinton has been a very regular performer for the Rose Hall Town Gizmos & Gadgets First Division Team over the years with both bat and ball. There have been moments of frustration and thoughts of quitting the game when he was not considered for selection, but he was always urged to keep his faith in God by Secretary/CEO Hilbert Foster, who serves as a mentor to him.Pestano’s hat-trick is the first by a Berbician fast bowler and is the start of a long and successful career for Guyana. The entire membership of Guyana’s leading youth and sports club would like to reassure Pestano that he has their full support, unconditional love, and he is always in their prayers.RHTY&SC’s formula for success is sheer hard work, honesty, belief in the work we do, faith in the God we serve and to always remain humble at all times and we would like to remind Pestano to continue following the formula that has brought huge success to him and the Club. We would also like to acknowledge the contribution of Farfan & Mendes Ltd, Bakewell, Pepsi, Gizmos & Gadgets in the career of Pestano, and it is only a matter of time before our promising starts Kevin Sinclair, Kevlon Anderson, and Junior Sinclair join him in the Guyana team.The Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club would also like to extend best wishes to Captain Leon Johnson and the rest of the Guyana Team for a successful conclusion to the CWI Super50 Tournament. Pestano would be honoured on his return to Guyana for his historic achievement.last_img read more

Facing humanity with technology

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Business traveler Michael Bruso doesn’t usually mind chatting with people on a flight. But after a stressful two-week business trip to Europe was extended by a week, Bruso was in no mood for a gabfest on his trans-Atlantic flight home. So the software consultant from Houston did what more and more Americans are doing to ensure peaceful air travel. He e-mailed his passenger preference to AirTroductions, a Web-based networking site that allows airline passengers to choose their row mates in advance. “I ended up sitting next to someone also looking for someone to shut up and fly,” Bruso said. The planet might be undergoing global warming, but human interaction is entering an ice age. While most Americans crave community, they want it on their own terms. And ironically, technology – blamed for a lot of the isolation felt by many today – is increasingly being used as the icebreaker to bring people together, even if it is on their own terms. A study by University of Arizona and Duke University academics published in the June issue of the American Sociological Review found that fewer people have someone to talk to about important matters. “In 2004, an adult, non-institutionalized American is much more likely to be completely isolated from people with whom he or she could discuss important matters than in 1985,” says the study, titled “Social Interaction in America.” It found that the percentage of people who can count on a confidante in tough times fell from 75 percent in 1985 to 50 percent in 2004. Three possible reasons were given for the shift: Dramatic world events such as 9-11 have overshadowed personal problems; families are more geographically dispersed, have longer commutes and less time to interact; and more people define communication electronically via cell phones and the Internet, not up-close human contact. The Web: Curse and Cure The irony is that the technology acts as both the cause of and the cure for social isolation. “The purpose of all this (online activity) is to meet in reality,” said Tonia T. McDonald, an urban futurist based at the Hubbard College of Administration and head of the L.A. chapter of the World Future Society. She said whether the purpose is business networking, social interaction, or entertainment, the ultimate goal of online communication is often to meet in person. That’s the idea behind, a sort of eBay meets eHarmony Web site with offices in mid-Wilshire that connects people for specific activities such as skydiving, hiking or drinking. Members post activities they need partners for and each activity has its own expiration date. Potential partners respond, essentially placing bids in the form of their own personal profile and photos and why they should be picked. Then the poster picks from a selection of bidders based on what they see. “The reason why people find it difficult to meet in Los Angeles is that unlike New York or Chicago or Miami, you don’t really bump into people,” said Andre Lowe, co-founder of “People go from their apartment to their underground parking garage to their office elevator to their cubicle and you’re not interacting. L.A. is structured to isolate people.” Rob Neiman, a twenty-something hedge fund manager living in the Hollywood Hills, said going out to do anything in Los Angeles is “a process,” and sites such as MatchActivity help. “It’s harder to meet someone face to face than it is through the Internet,” said Neiman, who moved south from San Francisco last spring. “You can walk down the street and people won’t say hello to you, but you can get on the Internet and get people to date you.” Image control Electronically, people can craft their words and images carefully, versus the spontaneity inherent in random face-to-face meetings. That sense of control seems to be one of the most appealing aspects of using technology as a social lubricant. In addition, getting acquainted online before meeting offers a layer of protection for people who may be leery, and it also allows for a greater measure of control over how people present themselves, said John Styn of HugNation, one of the more interesting manifestations of physical isolation online. Every Tuesday at 1 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, Styn, a video blogger in San Diego, and his grandfather Caleb, a former Baptist minister, broadcast a “World-Wide Virtual Group Hug” from Caleb’s dorm room in a San Diego retirement home. HugNation participants are encouraged to hug a spouse or co-worker, or if there’s no one else around, “squeeze yourself in your car or in the supermarket,” the Web site urges. “Technology has isolated us – people have four TVs in four different rooms in their house,” said Styn. “We try to use technology to cure what it has created. A lot of people use these Internet connections as a steppingstone to real connections.” They aren’t necessarily love connections, either. Social networking is increasingly living up to its original definition, that is, hooking up with like-minded individuals who have a common goal. Let’s make a deal Peter Shankman, the frequent business traveler who launched AirTroductions, had business networking in mind when he came up with the idea for the Web site that lets travelers pick their row mates before they ever board a flight. Members enter their information and personal profiles and flight itineraries. Michael Bruso, the consultant who used the service to find a quiet row mate, has also used AirTroductions to do business. “I use it to make business contacts. I got one deal out of it and a second one is coming.” (818) 713-3662 last_img read more

Liverpool done deal and Mourinho confident over Real Madrid ace – transfer insider

first_img Chelsea transfer target Raphael Varane holding off David Villa 1 Liverpool are continuing their raid on Southampton and look set to sign defender Dejan Lovren and our transfer insider has the latest gossip on all the news…Dejan Lovren – Southampton to LiverpoolLiverpool have worked all summer to sign Lovren and have been advanced talks with Southampton over a deal for the last few days. An agreement is now all but done and the Reds hope to announce this one quickly. (Chances of it happening: 9/10).Raphael Varane – Real Madrid to ChelseaJose Mourinho loves Varane and this week opened talks with Madrid over bringing him to Chelsea. Real don’t want to sell and will offer him a new contract to stay, but Mourinho is confident he can persuade him to move. Work to do, but it’s on. (7/10).Zakaria Bakkali – PSV to LiverpoolBakkali is waiting to hear back from Liverpool after they made an offer for him last week. He has other moves on the table, but wants a switch to Anfield is being patient. The Reds need to get their finger out though if they want to complete this deal. (6/10).Ron Vlaar – Aston Villa to TottenhamSpurs have made Vlaar their top defensive target but are struggling to come up with a bid to tempt Villa. They’ve offered players such as Michael Dawson and Lewis Holtby, but Villa want big money. This should happen, but an agreement is not close yet. (5/10).Gino Peruzzi – Catania to ArsenalArsenal want Peruzzi as their back up right back and held talks this week, but their £3million offer was rejected. Catania want £8million and while the Gunners like him a lot, they’re very unlikely to be able to agree anything here. (3/10)Iker Casillas – Real Madrid to ArsenalMadrid have offered 33-year-old Casillas to Arsenal about four times in the last 12 months, and while Arsene Wenger was keen in January, he’s not interested now and has made that clear. Arsenal will sign David Ospina from Nice and he’ll be back up to Wojciech Szczesny next season. (1/10).last_img read more

Man United officials in Spain for midfielder, Chelsea Alex Teixeira blow and more

first_img1 talkSPORT’s transfer guru, Warren Haughton revealed today that Manchester United have sent representatives to Spain to negotiate a move for Atletico Madrid’s Saul Niguez.The 21-year-old is a defensive central midfielder, has represented Spain up until under-21 level and is likely to be seen as a long-term replacement for Michael Carrick.Other things discussed are the options currently available to Arsenal right-back Mathieu Debuchy, with Bayer Leverkusen and Roma joining the race for his signature.There is a blow for Chelsea too, as Shaktar Donetsk manager Mircea Lucescu has claimed frontman Alex Teixeira will not be leaving the club during the January window.Another striker not coming to the Premier League this month is Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette, who has revealed he turned down the chance to join Newcastle in a £18m deal.However, one deal expected to happen at Newcastle is the arrival of Jonjo Shelvey, who was reportedly in the north-east to finalise his move from Swansea.Here are some of the latest transfer rumours from flop Baba Rahman will remain at Stamford Bridge until at least the summer Claudio Ranieri confirms Andrej Kramaric can leave Leicester in bid for first-team football Chelsea stuck with Radamel Falcao as Monaco refuse to cut short loan deal Felipe Anderson suggests he could leave Lazio in January as Manchester United linked with £35m move Roberto Mancini insists Inter Milan defender Andrea Ranocchia has not asked to leave amid Liverpool interest Steve McClaren confident Newcastle can complete deals for Jonjo Shelvey and Henri Saivet Exclusive – Danny Murphy says Gareth Bale must be smarter after fuelling speculation about Real Madrid future Chelsea blow! Alex Teixeira won’t leave Shakhtar Donetsk this month, claims club manager Alexandre Lacazette confirms he rejected chance to join Newcastle in £18m deal Arsenal transfer report: Bayer Leverkusen and Roma join race for wantaway defender Mathieu Debuchy Manchester United officials are reportedly negotiating a move for Atletico Madrid’s Saul Niguez last_img read more

Baffert looks to pad his win total

first_imgHORSE RACING: Indian Blessing, Midnight Lute best of trainer’s Breeders’ entries. By Art Wilson STAFF WRITER Bob Baffert, accustomed to performing on the big stage, will have four chances to pad his Breeders’ Cup win total Saturday when he saddles four horses in the World Thoroughbred Championships at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The 54-year-old Baffert entered Indian Blessing and Cry and Catch Me in the Juvenile Fillies, Midnight Lute in the Sprint and Tough Tiz’s Sis in the Distaff on Tuesday as post positions were drawn for Breeders’ Cup XXIV, which will be a two-day event for the first time. Three new $1 million races – the Filly & Mare Sprint, Juvenile Turf and Dirt Mile – will be run Friday and the eight traditional Breeders’ Cup races will be contested Saturday, including a $5 million Classic that has drawn one of the strongest fields in its history. Midnight Lute, 4-for-9 lifetime and coming off a powerful victory in the Grade I Forego Handicap at Saratoga on Sept. 1, and Indian Blessing would appear to give Baffert his best shots at a fourth Breeders’ Cup victory. Both horses will be ridden by Garrett Gomez, who has mounts in nine of the 11 Breeders’ Cup races. Midnight Lute, a 4-year-old son of Real Quiet, drew the No. 2 post in the 11-horse Sprint and is the 2-1 morning-line favorite in a race that also includes Southland standouts Greg’s Gold, Idiot Proof and Bordonaro. “The post does not make much difference for Midnight Lute,” Baffert said. “He’s surrounded by really fast horses and will have to get lucky turning for home.” Indian Blessing, the tepid 3-1 morning-line choice in the Juvenile Fillies, comes in off a 41/2-length victory in the Grade I Frizette at Belmont Park on Oct. 6 and is unbeaten in two starts. The daughter of Indian Charlie drew the No. 4 post in the field of 14. Cry and Catch Me, a winner of the Grade I Oak Leaf Stakes at Santa Anita on Sept. 29, will start from post 13 and retains the services of jockey Mike Smith. The Street Cry filly is 6-1 on the morning line. “Four is a good post for Indian Blessing, but I would have rather seen Cry and Catch Me a little closer in five, six, seven or eight,” Baffert said. “But they’re both doing well; that’s the main thing.” Tough Tiz’s Sis is Baffert’s lone longshot at 20-1, despite the fact she won the Grade I Lady’s Secret at Oak Tree in her past start Oct. 7. Smith gets the mount after Victor Espinoza opted to ride Balance in the 11/8-mile race. “I try not to worry too much about the posts,” Baffert said. “Good horses can overcome a lot of things.” The Classic drew a star-studded field of nine, including the top older horse in training, Lawyer Ron, and five talented 3-year-olds in Street Sense, Curlin, Any Given Saturday, Hard Spun and Tiago. Lawyer Ron, trained by Todd Pletcher, will be ridden by John Velazquez and comes in off a neck loss to Curlin in the Grade I Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park on Sept. 30. The 4-year-old Langfuhr colt, 12of 25 lifetime, is the 5-2 morning-line favorite despite the fact he drew the rail and is winless in three tries at Saturday’s 11/4-mile distance. Smith retains the mount on 12-1long shot Tiago, who drew the No. 9 outside post. “It doesn’t matter with him,” trainer John Shirreffs said. “He’s going to drop back and come running anyway, so it’s OK.” Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense, No. 2 post, is the co-second choice at 3-1 along with Preakness winner Curlin, who will start from the fourth spot. “I would like to switch with Larry Jones (Hard Spun’s trainer) and have the eight,” said Carl Nafzger, Street Sense’s trainer. “That’s a great spot for him. The two just means you have to run a little more early to get position.” Nashoba’s Key, who will put her 7-0 record on the line in the Filly & Mare Turf against 11 others, drew the three hole and is the 3-1 morning-line choice. The 4-year-old filly’s connections – trainer Carla Gaines and 17-year-old jockey Joe Talamo – are both Breeders’ Cup rookies. Talamo will also ride Lewis Michael in Friday’s Dirt Mile in an attempt to become the youngest rider to win a Breeders’ Cup race. Gaines was pleased with her filly’s post position. “It’s very suitable for a mile and three-eighths,” she said. “It’s not way on the outside so she should be able to save ground. “I think she will be placed forwardly with her natural speed going long. She should be sitting just off the pace.” The heaviest morning-line favorite is European invader Dylan Thomas, listed at 7-5 in the 11/2-mile Turf. Notes: Idiot Proof broke the Monmouth record for six furlongs when he won the Jersey Shore Stakes on July 4 in 1:07.47. That prior success here could be an edge in the $2 million Sprint where Idiot Proof is 10-1 from post No. 7, with David Flores set to ride. The 3-year-old is 5-for-8, including a victory most recently in the Ancient Title Stakes at Santa Anita. “Idiot Proof is as good a horse as any I’ve had,” trainer Clifford Sise said. … Even though he has four horses running in the Breeders’ Cup this weekend, Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel will remain in California with Happy, his 8-year-old dog who has been a longtime presence around the barn. “Happy is very ill,” Frankel said. “I’m not going to leave. I’ve got lots of good help and I know the horses will be in good hands.” … Forefathers became the first horse to enter two Breeders’ Cup races: the $1 million Dirt Mile on Friday and the $2 million Sprint on Saturday. With the Breeders’ Cup expanding to two days this year, the rules were changed to allow dual entries in races on different days. It is highly improbable that Forefathers will run in both. Zayat Stable, the owner, and trainer Bill Mott can scratch out of either race until 45 minutes prior to post. The likelihood of a Forefathers scratch from one poses a problem for bettors placing advance wagers starting at noon Thursday. At that time, they probably won’t know Forefather’s status for either race. News services contributed to this story.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

CONFIRMED! Hatem Ben Arfa joins Paris Saint-Germain on two-year deal

first_img Hatem Ben Arfa revived his career with French side Nice and has now sealed a move to giants PSG 1 Paris Saint-Germain have confirmed the signing of Hatem Ben Arfa on a two-year deal.The 29-year-old was out of contract at Nice this summer, and the French champions have beaten off competition from a number of clubs across Europe to land the former Newcastle man.Southampton and Leicester were also in the running for the playmaker, while he was ‘minutes away’ from signing for Italian club Sevilla before PSG swooped in with a late offer.After being frozen out of the Newcastle side and failing to impress on loan at fellow Premier League club Hull, Ben Arfa revitalised his career by moving to Nice where he scored 17 goals this season.His resurgence of form saw him make France’s reserve list for Euro 2016, though he missed the cut for the final squad, and grabbed the attention of Ligue 1 giants PSG.“Signing with Paris Saint-Germain is a very happy and a proud moment,” he told his new club’s website.“Paris Saint-Germain has always been a very special team for me, so to wear this jersey at the Parc des Princes is a childhood dream.“I’d like to thank Nice, who enabled me to refind pleasure in playing football and to show the French public what I’m capable of on the pitch.” Ben Arfa, who has also played for Lyon and Marseille in France, will be keen to impress new PSG boss Unai Emery, who succeeded Laurent Blanc this week.last_img read more

Colombia left-back out of the World Cup with ACL tear

first_img 1 Colombia have been dealt a huge blow on the eve of the World Cup with the news defender Frank Fabra will miss the tournament through injury.The Boca Juniors left-back, 27, sustained the injury during training at their Italian camp. “The Colombian team reports with regret that Frank Fabra suffered a rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament of the left knee,” an FCF statement read.“After diagnostic tests of the defender [on Saturday], the medical team confirmed the injury that was expected.“The entire squad, coaching team and staff received confirmation of the news with great pain.”Jose Pekerman must now assess his options with Johan Mojica, who spent the season at Girona, on loan from Rayo Vallecano, seemingly set to step up.last_img read more


first_imgPROMOTED POSTFor sale by public auction.A modern and spacious four bedroom house extending to 158 Sq Mts approximately over three floors. The house is located within the immediate environs of Ramelton and has ample amenities such as national schools, convenience shops, churches and pubs within a short walk whilst also having Letterkenny within a 10/15 minutes drive.For more information on this property click on the link below    FOUR BEDROOM PROPERTY FOR SALE IN RAMELTON was last modified: August 8th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:AuctioneersAugust 15thBusinessFeaturesfor salepropertypublic auctionRameltonlast_img read more

Track & Field Opens Indoor Season At Iowa

first_img The Drake University men’s and women’s track and field teams open the 2018-19 season Saturday, Dec. 8 in Iowa City at the Jimmy Grant Invite.Along with the host, Iowa, the five-team field includes Illinois State, Iowa State, and UNI. The meet will begin at 9 a.m. with the weight throw event, and jumps will start at 2:30 p.m. Running events will start at 4:30 p.m., including one-mile and three-kilometer races.After competition in Iowa City, the Bulldogs will have a month to prepare for the Graduate Classic, hosted by Nebraska, on Jan. 11, 2019. Heat Sheets Schedule Story Links Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more