Ganja farmer jailed

first_imgKenneth Thompson, a farmer of Aruwau Village, Deep South Rupununi, was on Friday jailed for three years and fined $15,000 by Senior Magistrate Judy Latchman after admitting to cultivating 12 cannabis plants on his farm at Aruwai.Kenneth Thompson leaving the court roomFacts presented to the court detail that Police ranks acting on information went to Thompson’s farm on April 18 last and confronted him about planting the prohibited substance, and a search carried out on the farm unearthed the 12 plants.In his defence, Thompson told the court he and his brother cultivate the plants.Magistrate Latchman said fining Thompson $15,000 and sentencing him to three years in prison was based on his early guilty plea and the need to stop others from committing the offence for which he was charged.last_img read more

World Cup stars dominate FIFA best player award shortlist

first_img0Shares0000Kylian Mbappe became the first teenager since Pele in 1958 to score in a World Cup final © AFP/File / FRANCK FIFEPARIS, France, Jul 24 – French World Cup winners Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and Raphael Varane were included alongside perennial candidates Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi on a 10-man shortlist for the FIFA best player award on Tuesday.Luka Modric was nominated for the prize as well after helping Croatia reach the final, with the Real Madrid midfielder named the player of the tournament in Russia. Belgium duo Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne were also shortlisted along with England striker Harry Kane, in addition to Liverpool and Egypt star Mohamed Salah.However, there was no place for Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil forward Neymar, whose country lost 2-1 to Belgium in the quarter-finals of the World Cup.France coach Didier Deschamps and compatriot Zinedine Zidane, who led Real Madrid to a third successive Champions League title, headlined the 11 candidates in the running for men’s coach of the year.Deschamps became just the third man to lift the World Cup trophy as both a player and a coach, joining an exclusive club featuring Mario Zagallo and Franz Beckenbauer.Zlatko Dalic was recognised after Croatia’s impressive run to the final, while Gareth Southgate and Roberto Martinez were also among the nominees, having respectively led England and Belgium to the last four.Six members of Lyon’s Champions League-winning side are in contention for the women’s player of the year award, including Norwegian forward Ada Hegerberg, whose 15 goals fired them to a record fifth European title.Lyon boss Reynald Pedros is one of 10 nominees for the best women’s coach.With the help of fan voting, the final lists will be trimmed to three candidates in each category and revealed in early September.This is the third edition of the Best FIFA awards following the end of a six-year merger between the FIFA honour and France Football’s Ballon d’Or in 2016.Ronaldo is the two-time winner of the accolade, which is a revival of the FIFA World Player of the Year award.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

School reform facing hurdles

first_img“This plan is not baked yet. We’re still in the process of working our way through this plan,” Brewer said. “Everybody’s got to take a deep breath here.” Corrective actions And perhaps offering a glimpse of what he might use for leverage, Brewer said the district is required to develop a restructuring plan under federal No Child Left Behind regulations. “Nobody can get around the fact that we’re under corrective actions because of NCLB and the state,” Brewer said. “That is a fact.” But the teachers union is strongly opposed to elements of Brewer’s plan that include merit pay for teachers, incentive pay for principals and scripted teaching at middle and high schools. And in meetings on the plan, teachers have been urging Brewer to provide resources so they can carry out individualized reform efforts – rather than pulling them into a district of low-performing schools. The dispute puts Brewer in a politically sensitive position, trying to show results in his first year at the district’s helm. Meanwhile, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is in his third year at the city’s helm and facing his own pressure to perform, union leaders are jockeying for a February election and a new school board is trying to make its own mark. In such a politically charged environment – with each of the key players driven by personal gain – broad agreements on LAUSD reform are difficult to attain. “What you’re seeing is political safeguarding, quantifying results and players thinking about taking something with them for the next political office,” said Jaime Regalado, director of the Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Institute of Public Affairs at California State University, Los Angeles. “They’re going to fritter away money on the parts and not on the whole. You’re going to have piecemeal approaches that will be more expensive in the long run than a unified approach.” And while New York City schools announced an agreement this month on a merit-pay system for teachers at the lowest-performing schools, experts note that the LAUSD has different challenges. “Politically, in New York, there hasn’t been over the decades the union playing as heavy a money contribution in the elections of school boards,” Chan said. “Therefore, school board members in New York can very likely be less beholden to unions than in L.A.” While education leaders note that Brewer has charisma, they also say the former Navy admiral is politically inexperienced and lacks a solid senior staff. They note that he initially said he wanted to get rid of ineffective teachers, but a year later now says professional development is the answer. But Brewer vows that he is committed to moving forward in a district that has had its hopes raised often in the past, only to see them dashed. “There’s so much cynicism in L.A. and one of the challenges I have is to build confidence in our ability to change,” Brewer said. Officials wary Still, community leaders who in the past have enthusiastically embraced proposals aimed at increasing achievement and reducing the dropout rate are wary. And education leaders say teachers union contract conditions stifle the ability of the LAUSD to get to the root of the problems of low achievement and high dropout rates. “The elephant in the room is UTLA,” said Bob Scott, chairman of the Valley Industry & Commerce Association. “One of the things that’s been proven is the schools function better when out from under the yoke of the California Ed(ucation) Code and also when they can be relieved of some of the restrictions of the union contracts.” Villaraigosa’s own reform effort is an example of the union’s influence. While the mayor first proposed that he control the entire district, he failed to win union backing. Eventually, he brokered a backroom deal with the UTLA and ended up with legislation that gave him partial control. But that legislation was struck down by the courts and Villaraigosa is left now to work on a plan to manage two groups of low-performing schools. And while the plans by Brewer and the mayor are heavily modeled on successful charter practices, charters don’t have to contend with union contracts. Charter schools also have the freedom to implement practices they believe will allow them to reach goals – including merit pay and the ability to remove ineffective teachers. “They’re unwilling to adopt all the ingredients of charter schools and `Charter Lite’ is not reform,” Chan said. Chan said the current LAUSD reform proposals need to define work hours, teacher evaluations, grievances and due process. She said that when she was writing the charter for her Vaughn Next Century Learning Center, officials reviewed all of the LAUSD’s codes and rules – and decided the answer was to scrap all of them. “That is the premise. We pushed it to the limit,” Chan said. Instead, the charter focused on getting more dollars to its school site and improving working conditions. Not a single teacher filed a grievance or complaint with UTLA. Opting out of the UTLA Five years after the school opened in 1993, its teachers opted out of the UTLA. Steve Barr, president of Green Dot Public Schools, has successfully kept the UTLA out of his schools and recently won the right to convert schools near Locke High into charters. His teachers are members of the California Teachers Association, the UTLA’s umbrella organization, and they operate under a contract that he negotiated the terms for. Regalado said the growing disillusionment and series of reform failures may be pushing the LAUSD toward a tipping point that could force a breakup. “What people are now talking about – either directly or around the edges – is the current structure is too large and ungovernable,” Regalado said. “It’s far too large to be able to control with far too many decision-makers to appease.” For the latest school news, go to www.insidesocal.com/education. naush.boghossian@dailynews.com, 818-713-3722160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Just two weeks after announcing an ambitious effort to reform Los Angeles Unified middle schools, Superintendent David Brewer III finds his plan already foundering amid fierce opposition from the politically powerful teachers union. Brewer, who proposed creating a special district of 44 low-performing schools, already has had to eliminate 10 of the sites and still faces opposition from teachers over the remaining schools. Only one San Fernando Valley school remains on the list. And new rumblings have surfaced that union leaders and teachers in the proposed schools intend to kill the plan entirely. “This plan of his – which was created in a vacuum by noneducators in a think-tank environment – is bad for students, it’s bad for education, and we are going to oppose this with all of our will,” said A.J. Duffy, president of United Teachers Los Angeles. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“If he tries to bring this plan about, we will organize actively against it.” The discord between the union and new superintendent is raising questions about whether reforms that challenge long-held collective-bargaining agreements can be implemented in the beleaguered school district. And education observers said they believe that if Brewer’s plan does survive, it will likely be a diluted version of the original in order to get the approval of the UTLA. “Reform at LAUSD has been consistently negotiated away,” charter school pioneer Yvonne Chan said. “I’ve been around for 15 years and if you say reform, are you willing to take on those major challenges – including the union contract and giving schools financial autonomy?” But Brewer on Wednesday defended his plan and said it is not yet complete and will eventually reflect input from all stakeholders when it is presented to the school board later this month. last_img

Glowing tributes to Judge who plans to ride his motorbike into retirement on the Wild Atlantic Way!

first_imgThe judge who has presided over the circuit court in Co Donegal for the past eleven years has promised to return to the county as often as he gets the chance to.Judge John O’Hagan is sitting at his final court session before he retires from his position. tributes were paid to Judge O’Hagan, who first came to sit in Donegal in 2006, at this week’s sitting of Letterkenny Circuit Court.Among those who paid tribute to Judge O’Hagan were barrister Peter Nolan, state barrister Patricia McLaughlin, solicitor Ciaran Mac Lochlainn, Garda Inspector Sean Grant, probation officer Tim Coughlan, fire officer Mark McShane and court clerk Margaret Sharkey.All spoke of Judge O’Hagan’s common sense and fairness as well as his compassion for those who came before him in the courts.Judge O’Hagan said he had to thank his late father, who was a district court judge, for all the advice he had given him.He said everyone had worked very hard to reduce the list of indictable cases from about 165 when he arrived to around 50 but that he would still like to see the ‘civil list’ reduced while revealing there were plans in that area.Judge JOhn D O’Hagan was born in 1947, the third son of the late Judge Desmond O’Hagan, a member of the District Court bench.He was educated at the Boher National School, Cooley, Co Louth, Clongowes Wood College, UCD and the Kings Inn.He was appointed a Judge of the Special Criminal Court in 1999 and presided over many high profile trials with his High Court and District Court colleagues. He also sat as an unassigned Judge across the country up until 2006.In July, 206, he was assigned as Circuit Court Judge for the Northern Circuit covering counties Donegal, Leitrim, Cavan and Monaghan. In 2015 he was appointed the temporary Military Judge and presided over a number of Courts-Martial before the appointment of Col Michael Campion as the permanent Military Judge.Judge O’Hagan had many interests. he joined ‘D’ Coy 20th Batt (An Phiarsaigh), an FCA unit in 1963 and was attached to Griffith Barracks. He was commissioned into that unit in 1972 and served with them until 1977 when he was transferred to the 2nd Field Military Police serving in Collins and Clancy Barracks.He is a keen motorbiker and golfer, sailor and fisherman. He is also a keen caravanner with France being his favourite destination.He and his wife Sarah live in Co Meath and have three grown-up children, two of whom are lawyers. They are fourth generation lawyers with their great grandfather PJ O’Hagan starting the solicitors’ firm of Donal O’Hagan and Co in Dundalk.Judge O’Hagan and his wife have two grandchildren.Glowing tributes to Judge who plans to ride his motorbike into retirement on the Wild Atlantic Way! was last modified: June 15th, 2017 by StephenShare 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:donegalJUdge John O’Haganretirementlast_img read more

Picture special: Annual St Stephen’s Day 5k at Finn Valley AC

first_imgThe 46th annual St Stephen’s Day 5k took place at Finn Valley AC today with 564 competitors attending.Always a popular event, the big festive crowd was in high spirits as they set off around the course on a crisp December day. Local boxer Jason Quigley and Olympic race walker Brendan Boyce were among the competitors. Picture special: Annual St Stephen’s Day 5k at Finn Valley AC was last modified: December 26th, 2016 by Chris McNultyShare 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)last_img read more

COMMUNITY HELPS POPULAR PRIEST CELEBRATE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF HIS ORDINATION

first_imgThe proud community of Glenfinn came together to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the ordination of Fr. Lorcán Ó Searcaigh.The popular priest was originally ordained at St Mary’s Star of the Sea Church, Annagry, by Bishop Anthony MacFeely on Sunday 9th June 1974. And four decades later Fr. Ó Searcaigh celebrated mass in a packed Glenfinn’s, Our Lady Of Succour Church on Friday evening 6th June 2014.Along with special guests Bishop Philip Boyce were members of Fr. Ó Searcaigh’s family as well as one priest who had made the special journey from Australia. Fr. Eddie Gallagher paid tribute to Fr. Ó Searcaigh during the mass with wonderful stories of the Priest’s Ordination day.A request from the popular priest was that the local School children should wear their Communion costumes and join Fr. Ó Searcaigh on the alter to partake in a section of the mass.Just before the final blessing the packed Church were treated to Irish dancing and Irish traditional music by the young people of Glenfinn. After the celebration mass, people made their way to the parish hall for refreshments to round off an amazing historic event to help celebrate with Fr. Ó Searcaigh his 40 year anniversary.Many thanks to the glenfin.blogspot.com website for the information and  photo. COMMUNITY HELPS POPULAR PRIEST CELEBRATE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF HIS ORDINATION was last modified: June 7th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:Fr Lorcan O SearcaighGlenfinnordinationlast_img read more

Body Talk

first_imgScientists sometimes just prove the obvious, like that men and women are different.  If we can talk body without talking bawdy, there are some new discoveries about body works that should put a spring in your step today about how your body works.Muscle milk:  Whether you’re brawny or scrawny, you care about muscle.  The most assiduous bodybuilder, though, should thank a tiny little signaling molecule that makes that burn lead to a good flex.  Next to a photo of big delts and biceps, Stephanie Pappas on Live Science explains:The secret lies with a chemical factor produced by muscle cells during work (such as during weight lifting) that signals muscle stem cells to multiply and take on the load. The substance, serum response factor (Srf), apparently triggers muscle stem cells — dormant cells capable of differentiating into muscle cells — to proliferate and become muscle fibers. More muscle fibers means bigger overall muscles and more strength.A researcher in France called this “unexpected and quite interesting.”  Gym rats can hope that what works in mice will also work in men (women, too).Eye stash:  Speaking of stem cells, there’s a good source of adult stem cells right in your eye, reported PhysOrg.In the future, patients in need of perfectly matched neural stem cells may not need to look any further than their own eyes. Researchers reporting in the January issue of Cell Stem Cell, a Cell Press publication, have identified adult stem cells of the central nervous system in a single layer of cells at the back of the eye.Amazingly, these cells are produced in the embryo and remain dormant throughout life; therefore, “You can get these cells from a 99-year-old,” a researcher at the Neural Stem Cell Institute in New York.  The cells can be isolated and grown into other body cell types.  “It’s kind of mind boggling.”Talk the dog:  Your dog understands you better than you think.  You can do a kind of mind-meld with your dog; Fido is already judging your intent before you tell him to fetch.  How Hungarian scientists found this out is explained on PhysOrg.  Apparently they track your eyes and read your intentions.  Live Science described dog aptitude at about the level of pre-verbal infants, but added this strange Darwinian twist without elaboration: “The study suggests that dogs have evolved to be especially attuned to human communicative signals, and early humans may have selected them for domestication particularly for this reason, the researchers said.”  Didn’t dogs evolve long before humans in the evolutionary timeline?  Did the humans who selected them use intelligent design or natural selection?Walk the jog:  Why do we find it more comfortable at a certain walking speed to switch to a running gait?  Researchers at North Carolina State, publishing in PNAS, (73/pnas.1107972109 PNAS January 4, 2012), found that the calf becomes more efficient when switching to a run at about 4.5 miles per hour.  The summary on PhysOrg explains:The high-speed images revealed that the medial gastrocnemius muscle, a major calf muscle that attaches to the Achilles tendon, can be likened to a “clutch” that engages early in the stride, holding one end of the tendon while the body’s energy is transferred to stretch it. Later, the Achilles – the long, elastic tendon that runs down the back of the lower leg – springs into action by releasing the stored energy in a rapid recoil to help move you.The study showed that the muscle “speeds up,” or changes its length more and more rapidly as people walk faster and faster, but in doing so provides less and less power. Working harder and providing less power means less overall muscle efficiency.When people break into a run at about 2 meters per second, however, the study showed that the muscle “slows down,” or changes its length more slowly, providing more power while working less rigorously, thereby increasing its efficiency.Blood back-talk:  How does your body know to produce more blood cells?  The blood cells tell the bone marrow, and the marrow talks back.  Medical Xpress reported that scientists at UCLA heard the conversation:In a new study, they show that two-way signaling from two different sets of cells is necessary for bloody-supply balance, both to ensure that enough blood cells are produced to respond to injury and infection and that blood progenitor cells remain available for future needs.According to the subheading, “this balancing act requires a complex ‘conversation’ involving more parties than originally thought.”  Presumably what they found in fruit flies has a counterpart in us humans.Hang on to your appendix when you can:  Bill Parker thinks your appendix could save your life.  Interviewed in a guest blog by Rob Dunn on Scientific American, Parker, a professor of surgery, explained that the appendix is not a vestigial organ, but a vital part of the immune system: it “serves as a nature reserve for beneficial bacteria in our guts.”  Dunn cited recent evidence that people who have had appendectomies tend to get re-infected more easily.Amazing recovery:  A student at the University of Arizona, in a coma since an October 19 car crash, had been diagnosed with a brain aneurysm and other life-threatening injuries.  According to Medical Xpress, his surgeon overruled staff recommendations to take him off life support when surgery was ineffective, and recommended keeping him alive another week.  In the St. Nick of time, Sam Schmid woke up, and is now speaking and walking again.  “It will be a special Christmas for the family of a 21-year-old University of Arizona student who was nearly taken off life support but is now recovering after waking up from a coma,” the Dec. 23 article said.If thou thinkest this is wondrous strange,And therefore as a stranger give it welcome.There are more things inside thyself, Darwinio,Than are dreamt of in your philosophy. But come;Here, as before, never, so help you mercy,How strange or odd soe’er thou bearest thyself,As thou perchance hereafter shall think meetTo put an antic explanation on,That you, at such times observing, never shall,With arms encumber’d thus, or this headshake,Or by pronouncing of some doubtful phrase,As ‘Well, we know it evolved,’ or ‘It emerged or arose,’Or ‘Natural selection,’ or ‘It might have, perchance,’Or such ambiguous giving out, to noteThat you know naught of anything: this not to do,So grace and mercy at your most need help you, Swear.(Visited 38 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Alex Cabagnot, seven others get fined in latest round of PBA penalties

first_imgDuterte wants probe of SEA Games mess SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MANILA, Philippines—Eight players, including San Miguel Beer guard Alex Cabagnot, were the latest to be fined by the PBA on Wednesday,ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ LATEST STORIES Ramil de Jesus already bracing for La Salle-UST Final 4 match up DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Three other Beermen were punished with Kelly Nabong (P3,400), Arwind Santos (P1,600) and Matt Ganuelas-Rosser (P1,600) fined for picking up a technical foul each for various reasons. Nabong already has four technicals this conference.Four Phoenix players in Alex Mallari, Ron Dennison, Jason Perkins and Jaypee Mendoza were also fined.READ: Caloy Garcia heaviest hit as PBA hands out multiple fines in PBA semisMallari, who got ejected, was fined P2,600 for his second motion and verbal altercation that merited technical fouls.Mendoza, who was also thrown out, got a P6,600 fine for his flagrant foul 1 and technical for use of profane language.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Cabagnot was slapped with a P20,000 fine for his low blow hit on Phoenix’s RJ Jazul in the second quarter of the Beermen’s 114-91 rout of the Fuel Masters in Game 4 of the Philippine Cup semifinals Tuesday night.The league deemed Cabagnot’s punch as a flagrant foul penalty 2 upon after the referees initially and inexplicably missed it.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsREAD: Louie Alas baffled over non-call on Alex Cabagnot: ‘We saw Jazul was punched’The non-call drew flak on social media and irked Phoenix head coach Louie Alas. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dennison was fined P5,000 for breaking the landing spot rule against Nabong while Perkins was fined P1,600 for taunting Santos.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View comments Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power gridlast_img read more

India lose to Belgium in Champions Trophy hockey, Australia stun Germany

first_imgIndian goalkeeper P.R. Sreejesh put up a disappointing performance as they lost to Belgium 1-2 in a round-robin game of the Hockey Champions Trophy Belgium at the Lee Valley Hockey Centre in London on Monday.Belgian players – Alexander Hendrickx (25th minute) and Jerome Truyens (44th minute) – both scored through captain Sreejesh’s legs. Devindar Walmiki scored the lone Indian goal in the 30th minute.With this loss, India dropped to the third spot in the points table with four points from three games. Britain, who earlier in the day thumped South Korea 4-1, also have four points but are ahead on goal difference.Belgium rose to the fifth spot with the win, while South Korea (three points) and Germany (two points) are fifth and sixth respectively.India will face South Korea on Tuesday. In other matches, Australia meet Belgium, while Germany will be up against the hosts.EARLY PRESSURE ON INDIAAt the start of the match between India and Belgium, the latter looked menacing from the push-back and in the first quarter they got a penalty corner but the Indian defence managed to keep it away.The European outfit continued to push ahead the Indian failed to muster up serious attacks initially. Meanwhile, midfielder Simon Gougnard put himself in a strong position to tap in a pass from Thomas Briels but he fired over, much to the relief of the Indian camp.Later in the second half, a soft push from saw goalkeeper P.R. Sreejesh going forward but missed the ball before Kothajit Singh came to India’s rescue with a fine save near the goal-line.advertisementBelgium got another penalty corner in the 19th minute but Sreejesh did well to stop the flick from Hendrickx.SREEJESH COMMITS TOO MANY MISTAKESHowever, Belgium scored in their fourth penalty corner in the 25th minute as Hendrickx’s hit went through the legs of Sreejesh in a big error from the Indian custodian.India equalised five minutes later when Devindar swept home after a half-hearted clearance from goalkeeper Vincent Vanasch fell in front of the Indian midfielder, who launched a powerful shot to the right side of the roof.After the break, the first minutes saw India earning two penalty corners but V.R. Raghunath’s hits were not up to mark. While the first one was slow and got cleared at the goal-line by Florent van Aubel, the second one was palmed away by goalkeeper Vanasch. Belgium also got a penalty corner but India denied them with the first runner.Both the teams tried hard to take the lead and it was the Belgians who regained the lead in the 44th minute in another mistake from Sreejesh. Gougnard’s pass from the right corner was met at the near post by veteran Truyens, whose drive went through the legs of captain Sreejesh, resulting in a 2-1 lead for Belgium.Afterwards, Gougnard continued to dominate the right side of the midfield as he once helped Tanguy Cosyns earn a penalty corner but Hendrickx’s flick went wide. Gougnard crossed for Sebastian Dockier but the latter, with only goalkeeper Sreejesh to beat, fired it over.BRITS THRASH SOUTH KOREAIn the first match of the day, Britain delighted the home crowd by scoring a goal in each quarter to overpower South Korea 4-1.Ashley Jackson opened the scoring for the home side with a clinically dispatched penalty stroke after South Korea goalkeeper Hong Doopyo brought down rival captain Barry Middleton, before David Condon scored the first of two goals when he dived in to finish a wonderful team move.You Seungju pulled a goal back for South Korea when he fired into the roof of the net from a smart penalty corner routine to make the score 1-2 going into half time. But strikes from Alastair Brogdon and a second for Condon sealed a deserved triumph for the well-supported Brits.AUSTRALIA BEAT DEFENDING CHAMPSIn the second match, world champions Australia bounced back from a two-goal deficit to defeat Olympic champions and Champions Trophy holders Germany 4-3.Goals from Germany captain Florian Fuchs and Tobias Hauke put them into a commanding lead at the end of the first quarter. But the Australians hit back in the second quarter thanks to strikes from Glenn Turner and Tristan White before Fuchs struck again to give Germany a 3-2 lead at half time.Blake Govers restored parity with a blistering third quarter penalty corner, with Aran Zelewski scoring the winner seven minutes from full time.last_img read more

Rio Olympics 2016 comes to an end with dazzling closing ceremony

first_imgShaking to samba and expressing a sense of longing with uniquely Brazilian words, Olympians and fans said goodbye to the Rio Games with one last big bash that was both revelatory and a sigh of relief. (Rio Olympics – Full Coverage)The closing ceremony on Monday celebrated the 16-day spectacle that was the Rio Games, which combined numerous highlights with ugly and even bizarre episodes that sometimes overshadowed competition. Cariocas – as Rio’s residents are known – weren’t swayed by the issues that led up to these Olympics, and braved rain and strong winds on the final night to cap their moment in the worldwide spotlight. While South America’s first Olympics are over, safely and with a grandiose finale, many problems remain. Still, Brazil showed Sunday it still definitely knows how to party. (Also read: Furious Mongolians strip off over bronze medal defeat) “These were marvelous Olympic Games in the ‘marvelous city,'” said International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, playing off the “cidade maravilhosa” nickname of Brazil’s postcard city of inviting coastlines, year-round sun and lush tropical vegetation.While the stadium erupted in applause at that declaration, a few minutes later there were boos of sadness when Bach announced: “I declare the Games of the XXXI Olympiad closed.”The closing ceremony in iconic Maracana Stadium was also meant to take care of some business – formally signaling the transition to the 2020 Summer Olympics in Japan. (Also read: Grand reception planned for PV Sindhu back home in Hyderabad) ATHLETES, FANS BRAVE RAINadvertisementBut Sunday’s party was all about Brazil, designed to be more low-key than the opening, which focused heavily on Rio.The ceremony featured original footage of Alberto Santos Dumont, the man that Brazilians recognize as the inventor of the airplane. The theme, “Brazilians can do with their bare hands,” was a nod to the emerging economy of the world’s fifth most populous nation. (Also read: Yogeshwar Dutt failure marks India’s poor Olympic campaign) Dressed in colorful feathers, dozens of dancers formed in the shape of the arches of Lapa, a popular area of Rio akin to Roman ruins, then morphed to make the shape of iconic Sugarloaf before quickly changing again, this time to the official 2016 symbol.Samba legend Martinho da Vila, whose tunes make their way into many popular telenovelas, sang “Carinhoso,” or “Affectionate.”Olympians poured in under light rain, waving their flags while many shook their bodies to samba-infused pop that made the stadium feel like a Carnival parade. Britain’s athletes wore shoes with soles that lit up in changing colors of red, white and blue, while Tongan taekwondo athlete Pita Taufatofua danced onstage in a grass skirt as a DJ performed, reprising a moment that captured attention when he carried the flag for his country during the opening ceremony.The show widened its lens to greater Brazil, a massive country with a land mass slightly larger than the continental United States. There was a tribute to cave paintings of some of the first inhabitants of the Americas, in Serra da Capivara, in Northeastern Brazil, today one of the nation’s poorest regions.Spectators watched performers shake it to frevo, a frenetic dance that – if it’s even possible – makes high-octane samba seem like a staid ballroom affair. Holding small umbrellas, dancers jumped and marched while performing acrobatics.They shook it to “Vassourinhas,” which means “small brooms,” a popular song that was also the name of a famous club in the northeastern city of Recife.The show also built performances around “saudade,” which means anything from longing for someone to sadness to remembering good times. It is one of the most important words in Brazilian Portuguese. Lights flashed translations for the word in many languages, and a group of women sang “Mulher Rendeira,” or “Lace-making Woman,” a nod to the country’s African heritage. Brazil was the last country in the Americas to outlaw slavery, in 1888.MEMORABLE MOMENTS, UGLY INCIDENTS AT THE GAMESThe games had many memorable moments, both for Brazilian competitors at home and athletes from around the world.Soccer-crazed Brazil got partial payback against Germany, winning gold two years after a 7-1 World Cup semi-final shellacking that left Brazilians fuming. American gymnast Simone Biles asserted her dominance with four golds, swimmer Michael Phelps added five more to up his staggering total to 23 and the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, put on his usual show with three golds just days before turning 30 years old.But there were also ugly episodes, like American swimmer Ryan Lochte’s fabricated story about a harrowing robbery that was actually an intoxicated-fueled vandalism of a gas station bathroom, and bizarre issues like Olympic diving pools going from crystal blue to gunky, algae green – at a time when Rio’s water quality in open waters is one of the biggest local environmental issues.advertisementWith the games over, Brazilians now return to problems that have long consumed the country of 200 million people. The economy is mired in its worst recession in decades, and later this week the Senate is expected to begin the trial on whether to permanently remove suspended President Dilma Rousseff, who was impeached in May for breaking fiscal rules in her managing of the federal budget.CONCERNS OVER TOKYOThere’s widespread expectation that the games in Tokyo, one of the world’s richest, most recognizable, cosmopolitan cities, will run more smoothly than they have in Rio. But there’s also worry in Japan over whether the Olympics will eventually further drag down an economy that has been struggling for decades.The governor of Tokyo, Yuriko Koike, accepted the flag from International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach and Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes, signaling the transition.Many people, from Brazilians to IOC members, will analyze how things went for the Rio Games in the months ahead. But on Sunday, one strong sentiment was relief – that despite some problems, overall the games went well.That wasn’t a given going in. The Zika virus scared away some competitors and tourists, rampant street crime in Rio and recent extremist attacks around the world raised fears about safety and Brazil’s political crisis, and the economic angst behind it, threatened to cast a pall over the competitions.”We are very resilient, we didn’t leave anything important unaddressed,” said Augusta Porto, 36, a translator and Rio resident. “We can welcome people despite the serious problems that we have faced in the recent past.”last_img read more