Congratulations to NAPS

first_imgDear Editor,On Saturday, November 25, 2017, I saw a large contingent of Guyanese and a few foreigners who took to the streets of Georgetown for the annual AIDS awareness walk. Interestingly, there was little or no hype about this activity and, yet, it attracted a large turnout.There was no senior functionary of the Public Health Ministry to demonstrate strong political will and leadership, especially to those who are living with the deadly virus which was detected in Guyana for the first time in 1987.The national AIDS Programme must be commended for a great job well done to bring people from all walks of life to make this event a successful one and it was great to see members of the LGBTI community and Persons Living with AIDS contributing to the large attendance without the politicians.Congratulations to the NAPS for a job well done.Sincerely,Brian Singhlast_img read more

Former Man United captain Keane: I should never have apologised to Sir Alex Ferguson

first_img1 Roy Keane and Sir Alex Ferguson Roy Keane says he regrets apologising to Sir Alex Ferguson over the notorious MUTV interview which hastened his acrimonious departure from Manchester United.Ferguson criticised Keane in his autobiography last year and Keane has hit back at the former United manager with a host of barbs and criticisms in his own book.Keane was the main recipient of the hair dryer treatment in Ferguson’s book and it appears the Irishman has returned the favour by hitting out at his former boss in The Second Half.Keane says Ferguson was ill-advised to pursue a legal case against John Magnier and JP McManus over the stud fees from the Rock of Gibraltar racehorse.And the former United captain effectively withdrew an apology he gave to Ferguson after the MUTV interview in which Keane was alleged to have criticised several of his team-mates.”Now I kind of wish I hadn’t (apologised). Afterwards I was thinking, ‘I’m not sure why I f****** apologised’. I just wanted to do the right thing,” Keane writes, according to the newspaper websites.Ferguson claimed Keane challenged his authority with the criticism of several members of the United squad, including Rio Ferdinand, Darren Fletcher and Alan Smith.But Keane, who claims in the book that someone at United leaked details about the tape, says his criticisms were not harsh.“The idea that I was in the studio ranting and raving, no… I was told the interview was being pulled. They couldn’t believe what I had said. I didn’t think it was too bad. I thought everyone was overreacting.”Keane does not try to play down the severity of a row with Ferguson, and his assistant Carlos Queiroz, who apparently accused the former United skipper of disloyalty.Keane writes about his exchange with the Portuguese: ”I said, ‘Don’t you f****** talk to me about loyalty, Carlos. You left this club after 12 months a few years ago for the Real Madrid job. Don’t you dare question my loyalty’.”The Irishman then directed his ire towards Ferguson, who had stepped in to stop the row between his assistant and captain.”You as well gaffer. We need f****** more from you,” Keane claims he said to the United manager. ”We need a bit more, gaffer. We’re slipping behind other teams.”Keane, who moved to Celtic to play out the final five months of his career, claims his departure from United cost him a lot of money because he was due to receive a £1million bonus if he had played in 50 per cent of the first-team games in that 2005-06 season.When Keane was called into Ferguson’s office in November 2005, he says he knew the manager was going to inform he wanted him out of the club.Keane writes: ”I said to Ferguson, ‘Can I play for somebody else?’ And he said, ‘Yeah you can, cos we’re tearing up your contract’. So I thought, ‘All right – I’ll get fixed up’. I knew there’d be clubs in for me when the news got out. I said, ‘Yeah – I think we have come to the end’. I just thought, ‘F******’ p****’ – and I stood up and went ‘Yeah. I’m off’.”In the book, Keane also writes about a drunken fight with Peter Schmeichel, hits out at Rio Ferdinand for missing a drugs test, and claims he does not regret making the tackle that effectively ended Alfe-Inge Haaland’s career – although the Irishman says he never intended to hurt the former Manchester City midfielder.last_img read more

Burnley suffer major blow as key man ruled out for remainder of the season

first_img1 Dean Marney in action for Hull [left] Burnley’s hopes of avoiding relegation from the Premier League suffered a major blow on Tuesday when Dean Marney was ruled out for the remainder of the season.The experienced midfielder, 31, exited the 2-2 with West Brom at the weekend with a knee injury and scans have since shown he suffered cruciate ligament damage.Marney has been a key part of Sean Dyche’s side this season, making 22 appearances in all competitons, and will not be easy to replace.It is cruel luck on Burnley, who lost defender Kevin Long to the same injury last month, while striker Sam Vokes missed the first part of the season as he recovered from a ruptured cruciate.A club statement read: “Burnley midfielder Dean Marney has been diagnosed with a cruciate ligament injury that will see him miss the remainder of the Barclays Premier League campaign.“Marney picked up the injury during Sunday’s 2-2 draw against West Bromwich Albion at Turf Moor and scans have since revealed the extent of the injury.“The 31-year-old will now be seeking specialist advice this week and everyone at Burnley Football Club wishes him a speedy recovery.”last_img read more

Business earnings continue to grow

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“The nice thing about this quarter is that while the numbers continue to be good, it isn’t focused all on energy,” said Jeff Kleintop, chief investment strategist for PNC Financial Services Group in Philadelphia. “We’re seeing strength in industrials, retailers, telecom. Even health care had a decent quarter.”Furthermore, despite the belief of economists and market watchers that economic growth will start to decline as early as this quarter, fewer companies have issued profit warnings.According to Thomson, the ratio of negative to positive profit forecasts stands at 1.9-to-1 for the S&P 500 companies, and 1.5-to-1 for all companies that have reported first-quarter earnings. The historic average ratios stand at 2-to-1 for the S&P 500 and 2.2-to-1 for all companies.“Overall, we still expect annual earnings growth of about 8 percent year-over-year, and it’s likely we may edge that number up a little bit,” said Scott Wren, equity strategist for A.G. Edwards & Sons. “Yes, there’s some economic slowdown coming, but it’s really looking pretty good, all things considered.”Wren said high gasoline prices, which are expected to remain a long-term problem, won’t have a pronounced effect on consumer spending. With 70 percent or more of the economy based on consumer spending, there had been a concern that high energy prices would force consumers to curtail their purchasing habits. “Maybe if it gets to $6 per gallon, and I’m not saying it will, but maybe then we’ll see people cut back,” Wren said. “But right now, I just don’t see it.”Instead, the slowdown in corporate earnings will come from higher costs incurred by businesses, including higher energy costs. Companies will be hesitant to pass along their higher costs to consumers for fear of losing business in a competitive market.Yet despite a recent trend of higher dividends and increased share-buyback programs, companies are still investing their excess cash in new products and processes. Growth in capital spending has risen about 10 percent from last year, which is healthy, Kleintop said.Still, this could be the final quarter of double-digit profit growth as companies start to conform to their historic averages.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – A surge in consumer spending helped corporate America achieve its 16th straight quarter of double-digit earnings growth, and even the return of $3-per-gallon gasoline hasn’t deterred companies from issuing upbeat forecasts for future quarters. As of Friday morning, with 423 companies in the Standard & Poor’s 500 index reporting earnings for the first quarter, 285, or 67 percent, beat Wall Street forecasts. An additional 66 companies, or 16 percent, matched expectations, while 72 companies, or 17 percent, failed to meet analysts’ estimates.The results extended a corporate winning streak: Over the past eight quarters, 66 percent of S&P 500 companies have beaten estimates, with 15 percent matching and 18 percent below estimates.The highlight of the quarter was ExxonMobil Corp. posting the fifth-highest quarterly profit in history, but other industries and sectors have outperformed as well. Earnings rose an average of 14 percent from a year ago, nearly double the historical average, according to Thomson Financial.last_img read more

Univision in real-life drama

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesLos Angeles-based Univision was looking for a buyer, and Televisa – already owning 11 percent of the company and supplying the network with much of its programming – began putting together a bid. But Televisa claims it was repeatedly shut out of negotiations. When Univision’s board announced in late June that it had accepted a $12.3 billion offer from a consortium of private investors – most of whom probably never followed a telenovela in their lives – Televisa issued a terse statement saying it was “disappointed.” In response, the network threatened to sell its stake in Univision, which would free the Mexican broadcaster to look for business opportunities in the United States. It also filed its second lawsuit in a little more than a year against Univision, looking for the right to distribute programming in the U.S. The relationship had already begun to sour before the sale. In May 2005, Televisa sued Univision to get out of a 25-year licensing agreement that gave Univision the exclusive U.S. rights to the Mexican broadcaster’s programming. That trial is scheduled to begin in June. Televisa telenovelas are wildly popular, airing in 50 countries on five continents, and making Mexican soap stars household names in China, Nigeria, and Uzbekistan. In the U.S., popular Spanish-language shows often beat their English-language network competitors. MEXICO CITY – They were the ultimate power couple: ambitious, successful and watched by the world. But mistrust, disagreements and jealousies began eating away at the relationship. Their breakup has millions of Spanish language soap opera fans wondering: What next? The unhappy divorce of the top U.S. Spanish language network, Univision Communications Inc., and Latin America’s biggest producer of hit shows, Grupo Televisa SA, could be a plot lifted directly from the telenovelas that made both wildly successful. Now Telemundo, once relegated to a supporting actor role, is trying to win over viewers and emerge ahead of its rival, Univision. The cliffhanger? The future of U.S. Spanish language programming, a market that has grown to more than 35 million Hispanics who make up at least 14 percent of the U.S. population and are driving the United States’ population growth. Analysts predict that advertisers will spend $1.4 billion this year to get their attention, a 10 percent increase over last year, and the competition among networks is expected to lead to more programming options. This divorce started, as it would in most good soap operas, with a power struggle. “The soap opera is what the audience most wants and is the most effective in terms of cost and sales, especially when they are produced in Latin America,” said Julio Rambaut, a former consultant to Univision. “For example, the Mexican soap operas have a big audience in the United States, but they are produced with pesos and sold in dollars.” If Univision doesn’t have access to shows like “La Fea Mas Bella,” or “The Prettiest Ugly Girl” – one of the most popular telenovelas in Televisa’s history – what will Univision put on the air? Univision executives declined to comment, but many speculate that the network will expand its original programming, much of it targeting younger, more assimilated Hispanics. Televisa’s message to U.S. Hispanics? Don’t worry. We will come to you. Alfonso de Angoitia, executive vice president at Televisa, told analysts last month that Televisa would use its “expertise, content and capital” to become “the leader in entertainment and information in the U.S. Hispanic market.” The network said it’s exploring distributing shows on the Internet, a delivery method that is still only reaching a small percentage of the market. Other rumors abound: the creation of its own U.S. Spanish language channel, or even a surprise partnership with an English-language network, or perhaps with Telemundo – although Telemundo says that isn’t being considered right now. Televisa executives also haven’t ruled out a new offer for Univision, although that seems increasingly unlikely. Univision expects to close the deal with the private consortium in May. Some blame bad blood between Emilio Azcarraga, Televisa’s chairman and president, and Univision Chairman and CEO A. Jerrold Perenchio. The two never hit it off, and their relationship became especially strained in May 2005, when Azcarraga resigned from Univision’s board to protest Perenchio’s decision to hand-pick the company’s next president without consulting Azcarraga. Others say U.S. regulations prohibiting foreign ownership of U.S. networks could complicate any deal.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

‘Welcome back, Lad’ – Some West Ham United fans rally round Carroll after taunts

first_img Latest Football Stories RANKED Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Andy Carroll scored his first goal since April in West Ham’s win over Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars And the colossal forward’s header earned him a huge amount of supporter from the Hammers fans, who were intent on protecting him from some of the hate he had received during the match. REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card All the Andy Carroll haters hitting the delete tweet button 😂⚒️— ⚒ Andy B ⚒ (@northwesthammer) January 5, 2019 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Andy Carroll saved a goal with a goal-line header, fluffed at least one chance, and scored a good headed goal at the end of playing 70+ minutes. Not a bad effort. Let’s not kick him out just yet. If he stays fit (I know, I know) he’s a £20M+ acquisition.— John Brown (@Johnrevisionist) January 5, 2019 REPLY West Ham United are through to the fourth round of the FA Cup after they beat Birmingham City 2-0 at the London Stadium.Marko Arnautovic netted the opener after two minutes and the second came from Andy Carroll after 90 minutes. BEST OF getty Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Andy Carroll scored his first goal this season after multiple injury setbacks. He gets an opportunity to play the most minutes he has since January 2nd. Scores the goal that seals the win for West Ham and celebrates with relief and grace. Still slagged off by some… inexplicable— Green St. Hammers (@GreenStHammers) January 5, 2019 no dice Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury ADVICE huge blow shining I see the haters have suddenly changed their tune towards Andy Carroll— mark speller (@supersonic_mark) January 5, 2019 REVEALED An emotional celebration from @AndyTCarroll as he scores to book @WestHamUtd’s place in the Fourth Round. 🙌— The Emirates FA Cup (@EmiratesFACup) January 5, 2019Carroll was emotional after scoring his goal, his 34th for the club in 136 games during an injury hit six-year spell in east London.There have recently been reports linking him with a return to Newcastle United, in a swap deal with Jonjo Shelvey but for the moment he remains a Hammer, with manager Manuel Pellegrini insisting he will stay at the club.And, as you can see below, fans were thankful he was still around at the London Stadium. 1 Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Andy Carroll, you’re a God.— Wolf Nine (@Wolf_Nine9) January 5, 2019 Andy Carroll has deserved that goal, he’s played well and worked so hard today. Also a relief to go through! #COYI— Mike Atkins (@MikeAtkns) January 5, 2019 Absolutely delighted for Andy Carroll – lovely goal — welcome back lad #COYI— John J. Foxe (@JohnnyFoxe) January 5, 2019 Andy Carroll has been unreal to be fair— The Notorious (@bradleywilson9) January 5, 2019 Thank u andy Carroll for a goal better late than never and now we can relax and enjoy the rest off the weekend and look forward to round 4— mark weir (@hammer_upton) January 5, 2019 Andy Carroll with a beautiful header to put West Ham into the hat for the 4th round. ENJOY THE REST OF YOUR SATURDAY ⚒⚒— Harry. (@1997HWHU21) January 5, 2019 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? MONEY last_img read more

Lennon reluctant to ring changes for trip to Aberdeen

first_img“We went to Stockholm , came back and played Rangers on the Sunday morning. Win, after making one change. We played Rennes and made one change for Kilmarnock on the Sunday and we win. We play Cluj, play well, make one change and then we lost so… “The fact that we were down to ten men in that match might have been a factor as well so obviously discipline is going to be important on Sunday.”Lennon revealed that he only gave himself “a couple of hours” to enjoy the win over Lazio before he turned his attention to Aberdeen and said it was sad that there wasn’t more time to reflect on what had been a memorable night.“I don’t know how the players are feeling about it,” he said. “We have a lot of experienced players in there so they will know how to deal with it. “It can be a bit unfair that you don’t get more time to lap it up because it was a great night and a titanic game. “It was a proper European team, proper European atmosphere, proper European game. It had a bit of everything and the players can take an enormous amount of personal satisfaction from the way they handled it. “We will have a recovery day tomorrow, the rest of the group will train and then we will travel.” Neil Lennon has hinted that he won’t change his Celtic team too much for the trip to Aberdeen despite the short turnaround time from the win over Lazio.Having come off the pitch at nearly 10pm on Thursday after defeating the Serie A giants 2-1, Celtic will take to the pitch at Pittodrie on Sunday lunchtime in a game that Lennon believes is as tough a challenge as they could face after a European game.Even though Lennon has a big squad to draw from, he suggested that it would be unwise to rotate his team fully and said that he and his backroom staff had done their research and found that freshening up the side could be costly.“We have looked [at changes] and looked at historical reports on Thursday to Sunday games,” he said. “In the main, when you make more than three changes it can be detrimental to the result or the performance.last_img read more

Sol, surf e observaçao de baleias

first_imgDesde as longas extensoes de areia de praias inexploradas da Costa Ocidental ate as orlas maritimas subtropicais de Maputaland, ha uma praia para todos os gostos. Veja o nascer do sol sobre o oceano Atlantico ou Índico, ponha o bronze em dia ou seja mais activo – a África do Sul oferece dos melhores surf, windsurf e mergulho do mundo. E depois ha as baleias…O PARAÍSO DOS DESPORTOS NÁUTICOSOs nossos programas de mergulho tem florestas de algas gigantes nos recifes de coral, o surf inclui programas divertidos na praia, tubos ocos e alguns monstros a serio, alem de termos um optimo surf ski ou as ondas de esqui, caiaque e vela.Surf, windsurf, kitesurf, caiaque oceanico“A África do Sul e dos melhores paises do mundo para a pratica de surf, com um cenario costeiro espantoso, boa qualidade de surf em qualquer epoca do ano, um nivel de vida barato e ao mesmo tempo de grande nivel, alem de uma cultura unica de que se pode orgulhar,’ diz Steve Pike, editor da Wavescape.Poucos seriam os visitantes a discordar. Ha centenas de surf breaks por todo o pais – cerca de 50 a uma hora de carro da Cidade do Cabo.Desde a ondulaçao segura para crianças e principiantes ate aos breaks epicos que assustam mesmo os concorrentes mais audazes nas competiçoes internacionais que se realizam em Junho e Julho.A area do Cabo Oriental em volta do Cabo de Sao Francisco, Jeffreys Bay e Port Elizabeth – conhecidos em conjunto como Jay Bay pelos surfistas locais – conhecido em todo o globo pela qualidade das suas ondas.Muitos dos albergues para os chamados turistas de mochila espalhados um pouco por todo o pais estao preparados para aluguer de pranchas, surfaris guiados e liçoes de surf e em Durban e na Cidade do Cabo existem boas escolas de surf.A África do Sul tem locais assombrosos para a pratica de windsurf e kitesurf. Langebaan, perto da Cidade do Cabo, e internacionalmente reconhecida como um dos pontos de encontro mais badalados para todo o genero de pratica de surf – mas ha mais.Uma maneira mais acessivel de experimentar o prazer do mar e andar de caiaque. Existem viagens guiadas em volta da Cidade do Cabo, Hermanus, Knysna, Plett e Durban.VelaA costa maritima da África do Sul e uma das mais desafiantes do mundo da vela, com poucos portos, muitas tormentas e, mares frequentemente bastante alertados. Nao e por isso uma boa opçao para levar um barco alugado.No entanto, e um lugar optimo para aprender vela – ha escolas da modalidade na Cidade do Cabo, Porth Elizabeth e Durban – e disputam-se aqui algumas das regatas mais famosas do globo. As regatas locais sao inumeras tambem e a regata da Cidade do Cabo ate ao Rio de Janeiro e uma das mais celebres, atraindo um enorme contingente de barcos.MergulhoSe precisa que o convençam acerca da gravidade e do perigo da costa sul africana, nao precisa de ir longe – basta ver os naufragios mais recentes ou os que ficaram na historia – todos eles grandes tragedias, mas ainda assim boas noticias para os mergulhadores. Porem, nao se preocupe, temos mais para lhe oferecer do que esses sitios desoladores. O nosso ambiente submarino e do mais diverso e do mais belo que existe, com infinitos sitios fantasticos para mergulhar.Possuimos uma linha costeira incrivelmente longa, dos 35º S aos 27º S, que nao fica propriamente ao alcance normal do mergulho tropical. Apesar disso, as correntes que descem de Moçambique pela costa oriental trazem aguas quentes e tropicais e Sodwana Bay, no KwaZulu-Natal, tem os recifes de coral mais a sul do mundo.Encontrara aqui todo um conjunto de peixes com cores magnificas e algumas grandes lesmas do mar, incluindo a extravagante “dançarina espanhola’. Tubaroes baleia, tartarugas, golfinhos e tubaroes de areia sao muitas vezes vistos em zonas especificas.À medida que vamos descendo a costa, o ambiente submarino muda gradualmente ate que, quando chegamos a Cidade do Cabo, ja estamos a mergulhar em aguas frias mas encontraremos lindissimas florestas de algas gigantes – onde podemos flutuar por debaixo da agua e admirar o surpreendente mundo colorido dos recifes.Ha escolas de mergulho em praticamente todos os sitios, um grande numero delas, para nossa admiraçao, na cidade de Joanesburgo, tao isolada do mar, onde as pessoas fazem o seu treino antes de partirem para a Sodwana Bay para praticar mergulho.Mas tome sempre muito cuidado com as zonas interditas. Um voo do nivel do mar para Joanesburgo pode demorar so uma hora, mas sobe-se quase 2.000 metros (7.000 pes) de altitude – e isso sem considerar o voo. O que representa um enorme risco, por isso deve ajustar o seu itinerario de modo a incluir um dia de visitas e excursoes, compras ou idas a praia antes de ir fazer mergulho e viajar em Joanesburgo.CAPITAL MUNDIAL DA BALEIAA África do Sul e um dos melhores destinos mundiais para observaçoes dos mamiferos marinhos. No inicio de Junho, as baleias franco astrais deixam o seu habitat no Antarctico para ziguezaguear nas aguas (relativamente) quentes da costa do Cabo.Experiencias com a vida selvagemÉ claro que os grandes mamiferos da África do Sul nem sempre estao na linha da costa.Aqui acasalam, tem as crias e geralmente permanecem, ocasionalmente jogando a cauda para o ar ou pondo as cabeças de fora para ver por onde param as pessoas.Na Cidade do Cabo pode ve-los da estrada, em qualquer sitio ao longo da False Bay (Baia Falsa) e, se estiver num sitio suficientemente alto, pode ve-los perfeitamente no litoral ocidental.A cidade de Hermanus auto-proclamou-se a capital mundial da baleia – e nao anda longe da verdade. Estes animais imensos aproximam-se as vezes a escassos metros da costa e sao claramente visiveis do passeio panoramico no cimo do penhasco.Mais a leste, a cidade de Plettenberg Bay tambem se auto-proclama capital da baleia – e igualmente com fortes motivos para o fazer. As baleias franco austrais podem ser vistas na baia entre Junho e Novembro e as baleias jubartes ou corcundas migratorias vem aqui por pouco tempo, mais ou menos em Maio ou Junho e depois, na sua viagem de regresso, entre Novembro e Janeiro.As baleias de Bryde ou orcas sao vistas ocasionalmente, ao passo que os golfinhos nariz de garrafa e os golfinhos corcundas sao residentes todo o ano. Uma colonia de procriaçao de focas do Cabo completa a impressionante colecçao de mamiferos de Plettenberg Bay.É em Plett que a industria de observaçao de golfinhos e baleias esta mais bem organizada, com viagens de barco, caiaque e aeronaves. A observaçao, as distancias e o tempo gasto com cada animal sao estritamente controlados para que nao haja a minima interferencia.Na costa mais a norte de KwaZulu-Natal, os golfinhos de nariz de garrafa e os golfinhos corcundas tambem sao frequentemente observados dos barcos.Reporter infoSA, incorporando material de Turismo Sul Africanolast_img read more