Slater has been tipped to return against the Broncos on Thursday night after over a year out of the game because of a shoulder injury. The 33-year-old feared he might never play again after only managing eight games in the past two seasons, but to his credit he has fought back from the brink of retirement. A return on Thursday night will put him up against Queensland Origin rival Darius Boyd, with the match-up shaping to define who will wear the No.1 jersey for the Maroons in 2017. This is just one of many storylines that will take place throughout Thursday’s blockbuster as Brisbane try to return to the winners’ circle after a one-point defeat to the North Queensland Cowboys in Round 2. The Storm however will be looking for their third win in a row after dismantling the Warriors in New Zealand last Friday night. Broncos lock Josh McGuire knows the challenge in front of his side, and although he is aware of how much talent Slater will add to Melbourne’s starting 13, he is just happy to see one the game’s best make his long-awaited return. “It’s good to see Billy playing footy again if he is back this week,” McGuire said. “It’s been a long layoff for him so I’m sure he’s excited to get out there and start playing some good footy. “I’ve always seen Billy as the ultimate professional so I’m sure he’ll be ready. He’s not the type of person to come into a match underdone.”He won’t have to worry about me targeting him because I can’t catch him. He’s too quick for me!”Playing against Slater will be an unforgettable experience for Brisbane lock Jai Arrow who grew up watching the superstar fullback. Slater debuted in 2003 when Arrow was just an eight-year-old dreaming of one day playing in the NRL. Arrow told media on Monday that it would be a surreal feeling knowing that he is going up against a player he has idolised since childhood. “It will be another learning curve for playing against someone of that calibre. I’m only young so it will be a good experience,” Arrow said. “I’ll enjoy it and try and do my best on him when he comes my way.
LEICESTER, England (AP): After a fourth successive 1-0 victory sent Leicester into a seven-point lead, some giddy fans started to unfurl Premier League “champions” scarves in the King Power Stadium. Although there are still six games remaining after yesterday’s gritty win over Southampton, celebrations are already under way in this unassuming central England town. When you’ve experienced the roller-coaster of emotions endured by followers of Leicester, it is little wonder they can’t wait for the unlikeliest of Premier League title parties next month. Exactly a year ago, Leicester braced for relegation while stranded seven points from safety at the bottom of the Premier League. The standings yesterday showed Leicester seven points clear at the right end, looking down on north London teams Tottenham and Arsenal, and Manchester rivals City and United. “We must stay with our feet on the ground because … all the matches are very, very tough, very difficult,” said the former Chelsea manager, whose target for the season was simply avoiding relegation. “We believe in what we’re doing. We believe it’s a magical season. We believe next season it will not be the same.” For now Ranieri is focused on securing Champions League qualification with a top-four finish. That seems a certainty for the first time in Leicester history with Manchester City 15 points behind in fourth place and 21 points to play for. Manchester United, English football’s most successful club with 20 championship crowns, remains 16 points adrift of Leicester in fifth place after beating Everton 1-0 in yesterday’s other game. After a 10th goalless first half in 15 league matches at Old Trafford, Anthony Martial lifted the atmosphere by scoring from United’s first shot on target in the 54th minute. The France forward turned in Tim Fosu-Mensah’s cross from close range. “Today was not our best form because I think we were not fresh enough,” United manager Louis van Gaal said. It was a day to forget for Everton, which remains 12th and was booed off by their own fans. “We are a club that there has been a bit of a change of generation,” Everton manager Roberto Martinez said. “A lot of players have come in, but incredible young talent needs know-how and lessons and to develop. “The frustration we all have is we can see the quality we have in our squad and we can’t really gain some sort of momentum.” – AP GREAT ESCAPE TOUGH MATCHES Leicester captain Wes Morgan secured yesterday’s victory with his first goal of the season on the eve of the first anniversary of the start of the great escape. It was the April 4, 2015 triumph over West Ham that sparked a startling resurgence. Six of the final nine games of last season were won as Leicester not only beat the drop, but gained the confidence that has been carried into this season. April 4 is also the birthday of the Thai retail tycoon who has owned Leicester for six years and will surely be the first chairman in the club’s 132-year history to lift the English top-flight trophy in May. Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was serenaded by his players yesterday with a rendition of “Happy Birthday” greeting his pre-match arrival in the dressing room. Outside the stadium, fans were treated to free beer and doughnuts by him – adding to the joyful atmosphere. But like so often in recent weeks it was a nervy 90 minutes on the pitch as Leicester ground out another slender win and top-scorer Jamie Vardy went a sixth game for his club without scoring. Leicester defender Danny Simpson had a lucky escape when his raised right arm blocked a shot in the penalty area and no spot kick was awarded. Compounding the grievances for Southampton, the seventh-place team fell behind in the 38th minute when Morgan met Christian Fuchs’ cross to net with a powerful header. “I’ve been getting a lot of stick because I haven’t scored all season,” said the defender, who battled through a cold to play. “The boys, to keep them quiet, to shush them up is fantastic.” The mission for manager Claudio Ranieri now is to quieten all the title-talk.
LONDON (AP):Still to clear up the ambiguity over last weekend’s absence from the Chelsea team, Diego Costa did his talking on the pitch yesterday.Costa marked his return to the side for his 100th Chelsea appearance by scoring the opener in a 2-0 victory over Hull that sent the Premier League leaders eight points clear.After netting his 52nd Chelsea goal from close range at the end of the first half, the league’s joint-top scorer alluded to all the speculation surrounding his Chelsea future by performing a chatter gesture with his hands while celebrating.Publicly, Chelsea said Costa missed last Saturday’s game at Leicester due to a back injury. What manager Antonio Conte did not dispute was that the striker was dropped over a dispute with the coaching staff amid suggestions of a big-money offer from China.”It’s important Diego played a good game,” Conte said. “I hope with this game to finish the speculation about him, about Chelsea, about me and him. We showed we are a team with great unity.”FREE KICKCosta’s 15th goal of the campaign came in the seventh minute of stoppage time, the result of a lengthy delay after a clash of heads between Chelsea captain Gary Cahill and Ryan Mason which led to the Hull midfielder being carried off on a stretcher as oxygen was administered before being taken to the hospital.Cahill was able to remain on the field and he headed in Chelsea’s second in the 81st minute after getting on the end of a free kick from Cesc Fabregas.While Hull are next from bottom in the standings after a ninth straight away loss, Chelsea opened up an eight-point advantage over Arsenal.It was a fiery end to a game that witnessed two penalties in stoppage time and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger pushing the fourth official.Arsenal went into additional time leading through Shkodran Mustafi’s header but with 10 men after Granit Xhaka was sent off for a two-footed lunge on Steven Defour in the 66th minute.Wenger’s heated confrontation with the fourth official came as he tried to watch the rest of the game from near the tunnel after being sent off.That came as Andre Gray looked to have snatched a point when he netted from the spot after substitute Francis Coquelin tripped Ashley Barnes. Wenger’s mood was lifted in the seventh minute of stoppage time when Arsenal was awarded a penalty for Ben Mee’s high foot challenge on Laurent Koscielny.
Dear Editor,It is very disgusting that the APNU/AFC coalition Government is trying to subdue and implicate Bharrat Jagdeo in making an inflammatory statement at Babu Jaan, Port Mourant, Corentyne, Berbice. The Opposition Leader was at the time addressing the massive crowd gathered to commemorate the birth and death anniversaries of the late President, Dr Cheddi Jagan.Jagdeo must be complimented for enlightening the residents of Region Six and the entire Guyana that they must not allow this illegal, disrespectful, undemocratic group of people to wastefully use taxpayers’ monies to benefit themselves when they are not allowed to constitutionally. This statement by Jagdeo “to chase them out of the communities” is justifiable, because this group of political ‘drunkies’ in Government is so much addicted to the benefits that they are refusing to uphold and respect the Constitution despite their oath of office. Guyanese must be very much appreciative for the strength and resilience that the Opposition Leader is showing against this APNU/AFC Government that is quickly becoming a dictatorship Government. If Jagdeo does not stand up to this Government, we will find our country returning to the dark days of the PNC. The people of Region Six are in full support of your statement, Mr Jagdeo, so do not be distracted, keep the pressure on these ‘ political drunkies’, do not allow them to destroy Guyana.Regards,Zamal Hussain
Business Minister, with responsibility for tourism, Dominic Gaskin told stakeholders at the Department of Tourism’s Regional Tourism Planning Business Session that with the current projections the tourism industry is expected to bring in more foreign currency than the sugar industry. He also appealed to the stakeholders to ensure that they begin to change their mind-sets to further develop Guyana’s tourism product.According to the Minister, Guyana is moving towards nature tourism and the challenges in marketing that product are tremendous. Therefore, a National Tourism Policy was drafted to provide a comprehensive approach to maximise the benefits of the tourism industry.Minister with responsibility for tourism, Dominic Gaskin“We are projecting about 240,000 visitors to Guyana for this year as I said not necessarily eco-tourists, but wherever they are coming from, they are our tourists and they are spending money in our economy. If each of those 240,000 spend US$500 in our economy, you can do the math that is US$120,000, in our economy. It is certainly more than sugar is earning and sugar is considered an important national industry…everyone takes sugar seriously and here is a sector that is earning more than sugar even in its infant stage,” Gaskin stated.He said it was important that the stakeholders understand what the Government planned to do in the industry. He said every administrative region has its own structure and economy and as such, the Government needed to take an integrated approach when dealing with the advancement of the tourism sector.“Every region has its own structure, has its own economy, has its own stakeholders and tourism attraction. We want to engage the regions, so rather than us saying to you that we want to build on this or that, we want to hear what you think the tourism opportunities are in your regions because you know your region better than we do and that is what this series of engagement is all about,” the Minister stated.Meanwhile, Director General of the Department of Tourism, Donald Sinclair explained that the activity aimed to produce a final register of endorsed tourism hotspots throughout the country. He added that the consultation process has been ongoing for the past four months.The workshop is part of a series of workshops that were conducted in every administrative region. The various regions were asked to identify their tourism hotspots, which they did and submitted to the Department of Tourism. Following the submission, the Government will now develop a programme to enhance the sites to improve the overall product.
…company’s Xmas promotion “Six Fuh Six” competition kicks offTwo new Honda products are now available at Marics and Company Limited’s Honda Department, adding to the complement and wide range of Honda products that Marics and Company Limited sells to the Guyanese market as the company officially launched its Christmas promotion on Friday.Marics and Company Limited’s General Manager, Anand KalladeenAccording to the company’s General Manager, Anand Kalladeen, the Honda brand has proven durable over the years and the new outboard engines and brush cutters will live up to the test.“At Marics, we offer quality products and exceptional customer service. Honda products are known for its high quality and eco-friendly. Marics will continue to offer new products as it becomes available. Today (Friday) we are extremely happy to launch the new brush cutter as we have here and a wide range of outboard engines displayed on the other side there to our Honda portfolio.”Some of the Honda outboard engines and Honda brush cutters now available at the Marics and Company Limited Honda DepartmentHe reiterated that his company will continue to provide the best after-sales services to its customers.“Marics and Company Limited has been a part of the Guyana for over 50 years. It is truly the home of Honda in Guyana. We take pride in helping our communities develop, caring for the environment, at Honda, starts with a simple desire to leave blue skies for our children…as a company, we will continue to provide the best after-sales service to our customer.”Meanwhile, Marketing and Sales Manager, Anjanie Hackett stated that the company is already in the Christmas mood and as such, it has already launched its Christmas promotion called “Six for Six.”“And the reason for that theme is because we are giving out six Honda brush cutters and we are giving out six Honda generators and that is the reason we say six for six. And so all customers have to do to enter the Christmas promotion is shop $6000 and over and you will get a coupon. And with that coupon you are going to enter to have a chance to win, every two weeks there will be a draw.”She added that each draw will result in two lucky winners who will receive either a Honda brush cutter or a Honda outboard engine. There are six draws scheduled, and the promotion commenced on Friday, October 4, 2019, and ends on December 31, 2019. The last draw is slated for January 3, 2019.
By Ramona LuthiSeveral homes in Diamond Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara (EBD), were without power on Monday afterThe affected power poles along the Diamond Housing Scheme main roadheavy winds almost uprooted five utility poles along the access road.According to residents about 11:30h, a heavy and unexpected force of wind struck the area resulting in five poles almost toppling, one after the other. One of the collapsed poles ended up on the roof of a house in the area.No one was injured, however.“All we hear is hard hard singing ah the breeze and then blam, we see the posts them start fall one after the other. Then when one of the post hit da house, it stop lean,” one resident recounted.The residents asserted that there was no spark or blow out of the transformer due to this collapse.When Guyana Times visited the area, Guyana Power and Light (GPL) workers were already there and had commenced replacing the poles.One GPL representative who asked to remain anonymous told this publication that electricity was expected to be restored by Monday evening.
The clinics will feature lessons in both English and Western disciplines, as well as walking and trotting lessons for children, which begin at noon.This weekend’s clinic is at maximum capacity, but is a great way for people interested in future clinics to see what kinds of lessons are offered.Both Saturday and Sunday’s clinics begin at 8 a.m. and will run until 5 p.m.- Advertisement –
A church was planning a Sunday moment of silence for what the pastor called a model member of his congregation: a wild turkey. The turkey, which died last week after being hit by a car, regularly attended Sunday services and greeted people as they arrived, said the Rev. James Huff, pastor of Lambs United Methodist Church in St. Clair County, Mich. “He would kind of wait for me to come in,” Huff told the Times Herald of Port Huron. “He knew when I got there. Service was about to begin, and then he would sit on one lady’s car until we were done.” The animal had been hanging around since late last year and quickly became known for its fearless attitude. Some people said it showed up every morning at the community’s bus stop and chased children. Others enjoyed watching the bird strut down the street, trying to impress female turkeys. “We’ve got so many pictures of it,” said Douglas Bishop, the church’s music director. “It was like our mascot.”
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