A miner was stabbed to death in the wee hours of Tuesday while imbibing at the Puruni Landing, Mazaruni River, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni).Dead is 22-year-old Errol ‘Glasgow’ Thomas of Port Kaituma, North West District (NWD), Region One (Barima-Waini).Reports are that between midnight and 02:30h, the victim and a group of men were imbibing at Purini Landing when an argument ensued between him and the suspect.The argument escalated into a scuffle during which the suspect allegedly armed himself with a broken bottle and stabbed Thomas several time to his throat and neck.Thomas reportedly collapsed and died almost immediately while the suspect escaped from the scene and went into hiding. Thomas’ body was taken to the Bartica Hospital Mortuary awaiting a Post-mortem.The Police have since launched a manhunt for the suspect.Over the past two months, there has been an increase of murders in interior locations which would have stemmed from imbibing alcohol.In May, 44-year-old Leavern Daniels of Princeville Mahdia, Region Eight, was stabbed to death during an argument over alcohol.It was reported that on the day in question, Daniels and his friends were imbibing at a shop when the suspect approached their table and requested a portion of their alcohol but this request was denied.At this time, the suspect became annoyed and threatened to kill the victim after which he left. Shortly afterwards, Daniels was on his way to his mining camp when he was attacked and stabbed to his abdomen by the suspect.In June, 27-year-old Mark Jacobus, also called “Dove” of Aranaputa Valley, North Rupununi, was stabbed and chopped about his body during a drinking spree.In this case, the now dead man was imbibing alcohol with several others when an argument erupted between the suspect and him.The argument quickly turned into a scuffle, during which the suspect armed himself with a knife and stabbed Jacobus to his head. Not satisfied, the suspect reportedly then chopped Jacobus to his neck, head and other parts of the body.He was rushed to a health centre at 14 Miles Issano, where he succumbed while receiving medical attention.
…fined $10.8MAn Eccles, East Bank Demerara (EBD) resident, who was nabbed after Police ranks unearthed 27 kilograms of cannabis at his home, was on Wednesday jailed for five years and fined $10.8 million when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Errol Brown of Lot 125 Eccles, East Bank Demerara appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan, along with Shellyann Pompey, 28, of Craig, East Bank Demerara, who was arrested with Brown.The charge stated that on August 19, 2019 at Brown’s Eccles, EBD home, they had in their possession 27.318 kilograms of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.Brown admitted to the charge, while Pompey denied the offence.Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield told the court that on August 19 at about 11:00h, ranks of the Police Narcotics Branch went to Brown’s residence to carry out a search.According to the Prosecutor, the compressed cannabis was found in the house and both Brown and Pompey were arrested and taken to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID). Pompey, in her address to the court, stated that she was only a mere guest at the home when the search was conducted. The Chief Magistrate, after listening to the facts, sentenced Brown to five years behind bars and fined him. Meanwhile, Pompey was released on $200,000 bail. Her case will continue on August 29.
…7 charged, 3 jailed on escaping charges…tell court they escaped from pasture not prisonSome three days after escaping from the Lusignan Prison, murder accused Kendall Skeete was nabbed in Wismar, Linden, on Wednesday morning, now bringing the total of recaptured escapees to eight.Skeete was found at an abandoned house in Wisroc Housing Scheme, Wismar, at approximately 11:15h on Wednesday.According to Divisional Commander Fazil Karimbaksh, the Police Anti-Crime Squad, acting on confirmed information from its intelligence network, responded and was able to apprehend the fugitive without any use of force.A cordon and search was also conducted on the building where the murder accused was discovered alone. Skeete, who was in prison for the murder of a Goed Fortuin, West Bank Demerara man back in 2008, has since been transferred back to Georgetown.Skeete, who hails from Wismar, is believed to have been trying to make his way into the interior.Commander Karimbaksh noted that Skeete cooperated fully with the Police and confirmed that he indeed escaped from the Lusignan facility.The 25-year-old murder accused was among 13 inmates, who fled through a hole under the fence at the walled pasture at Lusignan Prison between Sunday night and Monday morning. While there are three layers of security at the penitentiary, the men were able to escape during the downpour in the wee hours of Sunday.It was reported that the men escaped from the fenced-in swampy pasture of the Lusignan Prison by digging a hole under the perimeter fence. The hole was about five feet in length and another five feet in depth.The first layer of security, Guyana Times understands, is the actual prison security, then there are the Police ranks who are overlooking the criminals and on the exterior, there are members of the Guyana Defence Force.The Guyana Prison Service has come in for harsh criticisms after it was revealed that on the exterior of the prison, there was thick vegetation, which the escapees used to their advantage.However, the freedom of most of this group of escapees was short-lived as seven of them were recaptured during the course of Monday by ranks of the Joint Services.They have since been charged and appeared at the Cove and John Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, facing charges of escaping from lawful custody.During the arraignment, three of the men pleaded guilty and were sentenced to one year’s imprisonment. They are: 22-year-old Jamal Forde, Jamal Joseph and 19-year-old Winston Long. The presiding Magistrate, Peter Hugh told the men that because they did not waste the court’s time, their sentence was set at the minimum end of the scale and not the three years’ maximum.Meanwhile, the four other escapees: Teshawn McKenzie, Royan Jones, Jason Howard, and Odel Roberts, pleaded not guilty and they were remanded until their case is called again in August at the Vigilance Magistrate’s Court.The men told the court that they escaped from a pasture and not a prison, arguing that the only reason they did so was because of the conditions they were forced to stay in.Efforts continue to recapture the remaining five fugitives on the run. Additionally, the Joint Services are also on the hunt for the four inmates who initially escaped from lawful custody on July 9 after staging an attack on correctional officers at the Camp Street Prison and setting the penitentiary alight.In total, the nine escapees are: Clive Forde, Shawn Harris, Kerry Cromwell, Pascal Smith, Paul Goriah, Mark Royden Durant, Uree Varswyck, Stafrei Hopkinson Alexander, and Cobena Stephens.
Amerindian Act 2006– wants initiatives under LCDS to be addressedAs Amerindian leaders from across Guyana gather for the annual National Toshao Council (NTC) conference which kicks off today (Monday), the Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) said it hopes that the conference will ensure that there is clarity and will not harm Amerindian rights and ensures that there is the widest possible consultation in the communities across the country.Flashback: A section of National Toshaos Conference during one of the sessions last yearCiting recent developments, the Opposition said there have been trends under the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition Government which is aimed at threatening Amerindian rights. The first concern relates to consistent statements made by top Government leaders to have the 2006 Amerindian Act revised.This objective, according to the Opposition, has been further re-enforced by President David Granger in a statement on June 14, 2017, that was published by the Government Information Agency (GINA) with regards to the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) on Lands. However, there has been no indication of what sections need to be amended, the Opposition noted in a statement on Sunday.“The PPP/C wishes to inform the NTC participants that it will support any amendments which will enhance Amerindian rights. However, it will strongly oppose any amendments that will dilute the rights of our Indigenous Amerindian peoples,” the statement added.The Opposition has expressed worry about the purpose of this push by the Government to revise the 2006 Amerindian Act in the absence of any wide-spread call by the Amerindian peoples and communities to revise this Act. Furthermore, it said any revisions must be subject to consultations with all the Amerindian communities under the principle of “free prior and informed consent” as was done during the process to create and draft the Amerindian Bill.“We have a similar worry with regard to the Government’s sloth in the implementation of the opt-in mechanism for the Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS). This is critical to maintain the principle of “free prior and informed consent” with Amerindian communities. This fundamental issue requires that the Government commits at this conference to expedite the opt-in mechanism,” it added.The party said participants of the NTC should be well aware that the LCDS was one of the most innovative initiatives by the PPP/C Administration which also received international recognition. It initiated the largest pioneer carbon trading scheme for forest carbons which earned US$250 million revenue and contributed in a significant way to the further development of the country.Unfortunately, the present Government’s repudiation of the LCDS and the initiatives designed to enhance national, and in particular, Amerindian development, according to the PPP/C, has destroyed long years of work at all levels to find a modern inclusive national developmental strategy for the future.It said the Government’s often mooted alternative of a Green Growth Strategy remains a mystery with no specific initiatives to address development. Further to that, the party said by the Government’s refusal to implement the LCDS and its inability to create a viable alternative has, in fact, created an enormous vacuum. As a consequence, the Government has given scant attention to the LCDS’s identified programmes which include multi-year projects, the Amerindian Titling Project and the Amerindian Development Fund (ADF), which are fully funded under the REDD+/GRIF and the Government of Guyana/ Norway Partnership.“These have yielded no results since the change of Government. The end result is that applications for titles and extension of lands to Amerindian peoples and the demarcation of titled lands are now virtually at a stand-still. Whilst the ADF seems to have become susceptible to “cherry-picking” by the Government as to which villages will receive their project funds,” it stated.It also pointed out that the slowing down of all the initiatives of the LCDS, and, in particular the ALT and ADF projects, is a major cause of concern and should be addressed at the conference. The PPP/C said it is critical that the Government provide clarity to the NTC on the future of these projects and how soon they will be addressed.Land CoIAddressing the issue of the controversial Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into land titling, the PPP/C said while it is understood that the CoI work has put on hold the examination of issues relating to Amerindian lands, the NTC should note that there has been no amendment of the gazetted terms of reference of this CoI.Therefore, the Government has not moved from its original objective to examine and scrutinise all Amerindian communal lands titling. The Opposition has therefore encouraged the NTC conference to ensure that the Government is called on to commit to exclude Amerindian land titling from the CoI’s mandate and to revise its TORS accordingly.The PPP noted that there is a growing concern by a number of communities which are already in possession of communal titled land that these could come under threat with regard to the Government’s announcement to establish new NDCs adjacent to, encircling and/or within titled communities in interior regions.In addition to these fears with regard to land rights, there is growing concerns of ethnic and political discrimination. The first such act was the dismissal of 1972 young Amerindian Community Service Officers by the Indigenous Affairs Ministry in July 2015.“This was the single largest ethnic group to have been dismissed from the public service by the new Government. The loss to Amerindian communities across the country by the termination of this large number of young people is enormous; it is estimated that $800 million has been withdrawn from the village economies, and, 10,000 people directly dependent on these persons for their livelihood have been impoverished,” the party stated.After vigorous protests in the media, in the National Assembly and with the international community by the PPP, the Indigenous People’s Affairs Minister promised in August 2015 that the Government would replace the PPP’s CSO Programme with another such employment programme. However, this is yet to be delivered.Furthermore, there have been more casualties along the way – the delivery of health services in the hinterland regions has been plagued with constant shortages of critical and basic medical drugs and supplies, poor management, and bad decisions made at the central Ministry affecting access to these services; and, the maintenance of critical coast to interior and internal road networks has been sadly neglected.The PPP/C said, “We anticipate that many of these issues, including many other concerns, will be deliberated on by and among the NTC participants as well as in the presence of the Government. As the week of discussions unfold it is critical for the Toshaos, Councillors and other representatives to recognise that you have two powerful instruments at your disposal – the Guyana Constitution and the 2006 Amerindian Act.”
1 Dame N’Doye Dame N’Doye is happy playing out wide for Hull – despite rescuing their season with three goals from up front.The 30-year-old was signed from Lokomotiv Moscow at the very end of the last transfer window and scored three times inside his debut month to help Hull snatch seven vital points in their relegation fight.But N’Doye produced arguably his best Premier League performance in last Sunday’s narrow defeat to league leaders Chelsea where he was utilised on the flank.“We are a team and sometimes you have to do something different for the good of the team,” said N’Doye.“We are eleven, not just one. If eleven players are all pushing in the one direction it is better than just one going their own way.“Playing on the left is something I have done before for my national team. It’s a difficult league to play in here because you have to run, run, run.“Again it is about believing in yourself and working hard for the team. You have to be focused and concentrate fully for the full 90 minutes.“You have to take every chance, but I think the most important thing is that you have to enjoy what you are doing.”
ChampionshipRound 2 of the championship will be played on Saturday evening at the Burn Road, with Gaoth Dobhair providing the opposition. We are throwing in at the earlier times of 4pm for the Reserve game and 5.30 for the seniors, as Andrew Duffy’s Anniversary Mass will be said at 7pm in St Columba’s chapel, Termon. SympathyWe offer our sympathies to the Mellett family, Kathleen, Teresa, Suzanne and Cathríona on the death of Frank. Frank, born in Kilmaine and raised in Baranacolla Co Mayo emigrated to England where he met and married Kathleen, and they returned to Ireland to raise their family in Leacnacoo. Frank played for the Termon senior team in the mid 80s under the late Michael Mc Bride . Frank was a frequent attender at Termon games, where he especially took great pride in watching his grandson Caolán line out at underage and more recently at senior level for the club.. Suaimhneas síoraí dá anam uasal. Enda McCormickWhilst we know that the county minor boys are devastated at losing out to Galway in the All-Ireland minor semi-final on Sunday last, Enda raised smiles, whoops and cheers in Croke Park and at home with his fantastic goal, carried from beyond the 45m line and fired into the back of the net with powerful accuracy. Everyone at the club couldn’t be prouder of his performance on Sunday, and we’re now looking forward to seeing him back at the Burn Road, and have no doubt we will see him in Páirc and Chrócaigh again! LadiesAfter a very impressive display of football, our minor ladies have made it into the Semi Finals by beating Mac Cumhaills at home on Tuesday evening. Their semi-final is due to be played on September 6th away to Aodh Ruadh. Well done girls and thanks to everyone who came out to support them.U13 girls training this week Friday eve 5:30-6:30pm at pitch. New players especially welcome. Game scheduled this weekend for the B squad at home against Downings, details will be texted out when confirmed.Minor Board in association with Kelly’s Centra, Mountain TopThe under 13 boys welcome Glenswilly to the Burn Road tonight, Wednesday, at 7pm, and Muff will provide the opposition on Friday night, again at the Burn Road, again throw in at 7.The under 16 boys play Fanad at 6pm on Sunday evening in Milford in the Northern Board final.The minor boys play Fanad on Tuesday evening in the Burn Road in the minor championship group stages.GAA News: Termon to take on Gweedore in Round 2 of Championship was last modified: August 24th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:championshipGAA notesGweedoreTermon
Gomez said five major rivers overflowed their banks, washing out bridges and highways. Officials evacuated more than 5,000 people, some of those from areas in San Pedro Sula, the country’s second-largest city. Heavy winds and rains were also pounding the Bay Islands, off the Honduran coast, said Hugo Arevalo, coordinator of a national disaster-response committee. “The damage is terrible along all the northern coast of the country,” he said. “Many of our countrymen are suffering, but we are doing all we can to bring them food, medicine and clothing.” In western Belize, the private plane belonging to Coppola’s resort, Blancaneaux Lodge, crashed Saturday morning, killing the Belizean pilot Rene Ram and two guests, said Kathleen Talbert, a spokeswoman for the filmmaker. Talbert, who declined to release the names of the guests, said the wreckage was found on the property of a neighboring resort. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “We’re out of the cone of danger,” said Jennifer Pralgo, a hurricane center meteorologist. At 7 p.m. EST, the storm was about 245 miles east-southeast of Belize City and about 65 miles northeast of Limon, Honduras. It was moving erratically to the northeast at 6 mph. Gamma brought torrential rains to much of Central America, especially Honduras, where flash floods slowed the flow of emergency aid, said Luis Gomez, the country’s emergency coordinator. “People who are cut off or affected by the rains should ration water and food on their own because we won’t get to them until weather conditions improve,” Gomez said. He said at least three Hondurans had died and 13 more were missing, but had no further details. TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras – Tropical Storm Gamma deluged the coast of Central America on Saturday, killing at least six people – three in flooding in Honduras and three in the crash of a small plane belonging to a Belize lodge owned by the filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola. Forecasters said the slow-moving Gamma, the 24th named storm of an already record-breaking Atlantic hurricane season, was likely to miss Florida. The storm had top sustained winds near 45 mph and was expected to stay well below hurricane strength of 74 mph, the National Hurricane Center said in Miami. Gamma was likely to speed up and turn northeast today, sending it across the northeastern Caribbean and toward western Cuba, forecasters said. On that path, Gamma would cross Cuba but skirt the Florida Keys and the Florida mainland on Monday. Earlier forecasts showed Gamma following a course similar to the one taken by Hurricane Wilma, which barreled across south Florida on Oct. 24, causing 21 deaths, damaging homes and triggering power outages.
South African author Lauren Beukes is helping to promote a culture of reading in South Africa. The proceeds from her latest charity art show are going to the children’s literary organisation, Book Dash. Pages from her book, Broken Monsters, were turned into creative designs and sold for R1 500 each. Pages of Lauren Beukes’ book Broken Monsters were turned into pieces of art to raise money for a children’s literary organisation, Book Dash. (Image: Supplied) Priya PitamberSouth African science fiction and fantasy writer Lauren Beukes has strong opinions about reading. “It should be available to everyone,” she wrote on her website.And Beukes is trying to do just that with her latest charity art show. Entitled Broken Monsters Charity Art Show, “proceeds will go to a kids literary non-governmental organisation, Book Dash with over a hundred stellar South African artists creating an original work on a page ripped out of my novel, Broken Monsters“.Beukes has partnered with curator Jacki Lang on the project, as well as chicken restaurant chain Nandos. Each unique art creation was sold for R1 500, only one per person, and the money will enable Book Dash to print books for children across South Africa, in the country’s major languages.“Reading is also about understanding the world and who we are in it,” she continued. “Stories allow us to live other lives, to spend time in someone else’s head, to feel empathy.”She recently gave a Tedx talk about stories being powerful, how they allow people to be more than they are, “allowing us to imagine other people and other lives”.With the charity show, she said a story was able to make a difference in reality, because every art work sold meant Book Dash could print 150 books for children who needed them. “It’s a story being turned into art being turned back into stories (and art) in the form of kid’s picture books,” Beukes mused.My @etchedvector @laurenbeukes @Book Dash fundraiser with #nandos pic.twitter.com/KXZw9rkmHA— Angel Kamp (@AngelKamp) November 14, 2015Group effortBeukes described Lang as an old friend, someone who always put together interesting art shows.Speaking of the collaboration on the Broken Monsters Charity Art Show, Beukes said: “She’d just returned from London and I wanted to go bigger and more ambitious with The Shining Girls Art Show because I’d had such success with a novel and I wanted to share the spotlight and use it to do some good in the world.”Book Dash did such good work because it created what she called “beautiful original South African picture books with amazing local artists and writers in several different languages that they distribute free through local literacy organisations and also free on their website for anyone to print out”, Beukes said.“They really care about the power of story to open doors in our heads and in the worlds and their dream is for every child to own 100 books of their own by the time they’re five years old.” Beukes said it tied in beautifully with the theme of her book. Find out more about Book Dash:As for Nando’s, Lang approached the chicken restaurant chain because it had already shown commitment to local art. “They are known for dipping their wings in playful and unusual marketing,” Beukes said. Artists created unique pieces of art for the Broken Monsters Charity Art Show. (Image: Supplied) Each piece of art was sold for R1 500 and all proceeds went to charity. (Image: Supplied)Not the firstBeukes has used her books previously for good causes.“The stuffed toy Moxy monsters raised R15 000 for a women’s project in Montagu, the Zoo City Art Bares raised R18 000 for the Suitcase Project in Hillbrow,” she explained.“We auctioned off a sloth scarf for Khulisa, which works with offenders and ex-offenders and we levelled up when I brought ace curator Jacki Lang on board and The Shining Girls Charity Art Show raised R100 000 for Rape Crisis.Broken MonstersWhen her novel Broken Monsters was published in 2014, there was talk about creating an art show for a children’s literary organisation. “But I was on a hectic international tour schedule, so the timing just didn’t work out,” Beukes recalled. “But we picked up on it this year.”She explained Broken Monsters was chosen because “it’s my novel and my passion project”.From Cape Town to JoburgThe first exhibition was held in Cape Town on 12 November; Beukes described it as “so great”. “I was blown away with the art – and the sheer range of styles and mediums and interpretations,” she said.Blown away by the talent and generosity of the artists who created original work to raise money for @Book Dash pic.twitter.com/LL238c0EJN— Lauren Beukes (@laurenbeukes) November 13, 2015The queue, she said, went around the block and the show raised over R200 000, double the amount raised during The Shining Girls show.Lang shared a similar sentiment. “I was so overwhelmed with the beautiful and generous responses from our artists,” she said. “They gave so much of their time, input, creativity and resources and each and every artwork was unique.”Lang said it was a magic recipe: artwork came from many sought-after artists and emerging talent; it was created specifically for the event; and it was for a great cause. “I am so grateful to everyone that came and everyone that took part.”Their collaboration shows in Joburg for the first time on 26 November and they have high hopes for it. “The work is all new work – in most cases our artists donated two pieces – one for Cape Town and one for Joburg – so it’s going to be a whole new show,” Lang said.The culture of reading“Reading statistics report that only 14% of the South African population are active book readers, and a mere 5% of parents read to their children and over half of South African households (51%) do not have a single leisure reading book,” said Rejoice Mabudafhasi, the deputy minister of arts and culture at the launch of National Book Week in September.“Hence we deemed it fit that we continue to strengthen our partnership with the South African Book Development Council as we instil a culture of reading, with a strong focus on promoting indigenous languages, local authors as well as library awareness and access,” Mabudafhasi said.It was through reading that South Africans would continue to ensure that their diversity and unique heritage united them as a nation. “Reading will take us on a journey to discover who are we as a people and embrace our diversity.”
Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP ‘Strength in Numbers’ paying off big for Warriors Brazil’s national soccer team coach Tite kicks the ball during a practice session at the Granja Comary training center ahead the Copa America tournament in Teresopolis, Brazil, Sunday, June 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)RIO DE JANEIRO — The rape allegation against Neymar dominated Brazil coach Tite’s news conference on Monday.Tite spoke about the case for the first time as Brazil’s prepares to play in the Copa America, saying it was a personal matter and he won’t judge the player. Eighteen of the 25 questions were about Neymar.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Gaspar also said Neymar will be released from training and matches whenever needed. The Copa America, being played in Brazil, runs from June 14 to July 7.“The suggestion I have is that he is available as much as possible to respond to (police) requests,” Gaspar said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport MOST READ “I know this is a personal matter and there needs to be time for people to judge the facts. I won’t allow myself to judge the facts,” Tite said. “What I can say to you is that I’ve been with Neymar for three years and in personal matters, between me and him, he is loyal and truthful.”A woman told Sao Paulo police on Friday that Neymar raped her in a Paris hotel on May 15. Neymar denied the allegation in an Instagram post.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, logisticsNational team coordinator Edu Gaspar confirmed a police investigator visited the team’s training ground on Saturday to get information on the case.“The first thing I did was to get some legal help,” Gaspar said. “The idea is that the legal help is here to solve the case as quickly as possible so the athlete can be with a cool head for Copa America.” Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:04Brazil fights Amazon fires after hundreds more flare up00:50Trending 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Rio de Janeiro, Aug 19 (PTI) P V Sindhu will strive her very best to become the first-ever woman Olympic champion from India across all sporting disciplines when she takes on world no 1. Carolina Marin in the gold medal contest in womens singles badminton here today. The countrys sports fans would also be fervently hoping that the Hyderabad shuttlers heroics against world champion Spaniard Marin would result in the countrys maiden gold medal win in the Rio Games and divert attention away from dope-tainted wrestler Narsingh Yadavs shameful ejection from the 74kg competition. Narsingh was thrown out of the Games after the ad hoc division of Court of Arbitration for Sports upheld the appeal of World Anti-Doping Agency against the exoneration given to him by the National Anti-Doping Agency for a doping offence committed in June after he cried foul that his food/drinks had been tampered with during training at Sonepat SAI centre. Away from this sordid drama that was acted out at a four-hour hearing before the grappler was not only thrown out of the Games but also banned for four years, the attention of the entire country would remain focused on Sindhu in her quest for a rare individual gold in Olympics. Only rifle shooter Abhinav Bindra – eight years ago in the Beijing Games – has become an Olympic champion when he won the mens 10m air rifle competition. Prior to the Zirakpur ace ascending the highest podium, only the men hockey players held the distinction of being part of the gold medal winning teams on eight occasions – the last one in 1980 at Moscow. Sindhu is thus standing on the cusp of history for womens sports in the country when she takes on the formidable Spanish girl Marin this morning (6:55pm in India). At the age of 21 she has already ensured that India would come back with at least two medals from the Games by reaching the final yesterday with a clinically efficient dismantling of world no. 6 Nozomi Okuhara of Japan. Sindhu made a historic entry into the final of badminton womens singles event, several hours after woman wrestler Sakshi Malik had nailed the countrys first medal following 11 blank days in this Brazilian city. The lanky Sindhu, ranked 10th in the world, ensured at least a silver medal to add to the countrys near-empty kitty after Sakshi had captured the bronze in 58 kg womens wrestling. With yesterdays brilliant show, Sindhu also went one better than her senior Saina Nehwal, bronze medal winner in London four years ago, and became the first ever Indian to enter the summit clash of the shuttle game in the quadrennial sports spectacle. Sindhu defeated her short-statured, third-seeded Japanese rival, the current All England champion, 21-19 21-10 in 49 minutes with superb, attacking play to also make sure that she is the youngest Olympic medal winner from the country. The Indian shuttler from Hyderabad is a two-time bronze medallist in World Championships. Her opponent in todays gold medal contest, Marin ousted defending champion Li Xuerei of China in the first semi-final with a 21-14 21-16 victory. Apart from this encounter, wrestler Sandeep Tomar (mens 57 kg) and race walkers (Khushbir Kaur and Sapna – womens 20km and Sandeep Kumar – mens 50km), the mens and womens 4x400m relay squads and woman golfer Aditi Ashok (third day of stroke play) would be seen in action during the 14th days proceedings here. PTI SSR PDS SSRadvertisement