Word on the (Nelson) street has Canucks going all the, er, can’t say it, don’t even want to go there

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily Sports It’s the talk of the gas stations.It’s the talk of the coffee shops and beer and wine stores.The Vancouver Canucks are on the verge of, er, can’t say it, don’t even want to go there.But some people are more optimistic than others.“Canucks in five,” chimed Shawn and Cam Robertson, owner/operators of Taghum Shell convenience store located west of Nelson, who were not at all shy about trumpeting their series picks.The Robertson brothers have been hearing all the hype from customers ever since the Canucks disposed of the San Jose Sharks to advance into the Cup final.“Everybody it talking about the Canucks run to the Stanley Cup,” said Cam Robertson.“Canuck fans have had to wait 17 years just to get to the cup final let alone have a chance to win it all,” said Shawn Robertson.People everywhere are talking about the start of the Stanley Cup Final.Jim Plamondon at Wait’s News on Baker Street has listened to customer after customer give his or her read on the best-of-seven affair.“Its kind of fun,” said Plamondon. “People are pretty excited and are all pretty confident the Canucks are going to do it . . . in five of six games,” he added.Some people are saying this series is about the same mismatch as in 1982 when Vancouver shocked the hockey world — mostly thanks to King Richard Brodeur — before being swept out the door by the Mike Bossy, Billy Smith, Bryan Trottier and the New York Islanders.“Nashville on steroids is Boston,” said Shawn Robertson. “(Vancouver’s) puck possession game is better than Boston’s and we’re faster. The Bruins have two good defenceman we have six.“And depth . . . overall talent up front.”The Robertson’s and Plamondon say people coming in the stores, Vancouver fans out number Boston faithful by a wide margin.However, over at The Grand Merchants manager Scott Swetlikoe tells The Nelson Daily there are a few more Bruins’ fans than he’d like to see.“What surprises me the most is all the Boston Bruins fans coming into the store but then again it really doesn’t surprise me because of Bobby Orr and the way Vancouver played for all those years,” Swetlikoe said Tuesday afternoon. But I’d have to still say it’s a 70/30 split in favour of Vancouver.”Included in the 30-percent is co-worker David Vova — a Boston fan since he was six-years-old.‘I don’t feel bad at all,” Vova said when asked about the ribbing he’s taking from Canuck Nation.“I lived in Vancouver for 20 years, but I was a Boston fan then and I’m a Boston fan now.”“It goes back to my childhood,” he added. “I really liked watching Bobby Orr, Phil Esposito, Derek Sanderson and Johnny Buyck. Plus I really liked the Boston jersey.”Despite talking the talk, most Canuck fans in the Heritage City don’t really appear to be in the spirit just yet.The only signs of Canuck bandwagon jumping Plamondon sees from his Baker Street location is team flags fluttering in the wind from passing vehicles.But there’s a reason for that.“Not game day,” said Cam Robertson.“Not game day,” responded Swetlikoe to the same question. “Tomorrow (Wednesday) I’ll have it on.”The hype will reach epic proportions Wednesday at Rogers Arena after Mark Donnelly whips the fan-o-meter with his version of O’Canada.Game two goes Saturday in Lotus land before the series shifts back to Boston for games three and four, Monday and Wednesday.If necessary game five is Friday, June 8 in Vancouver.According to the Robertson brothers that should be the night Vancouver . . .. Can’t say, don’t want to go there.Time to sit back, with fingers and legs crossed, and just watch the game. And may best (Canucks) team win.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

Matt Nieto joins Gilas practice, Chot returns

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Chot drops ‘disinterested’ Abueva, Almazan for 2nd leg: ‘They haven’t showed up’ MOST READ Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/INQUIRER.netBack from his short sojourn overseas, national team coach Chot Reyes was back in the fold on Monday as he manned the third session of the Gilas Pilipinas practices at Meralco Gym.Attending for the first time is “23-for-23” cadet Matt Nieto as the young guns participated in the practices anew.ADVERTISEMENT Joining the session are Ateneo teammates Isaac Go and Thirdy Ravena, CJ Perez, Abu Tratter, Will Gozum, J-Jay Alejandro, Joshua Sinclair, Arvin Tolentino, and Juan Gomez de Liaño.Eight members of the current pool were also in tow namely June Mar Fajardo, Gabe Norwood, Troy Rosario, Jio Jalalon, Mac Belo, Kiefer Ravena, Kevin Alas, and Roger Pogoy.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkCarl Bryan Cruz was in attendance but was on street clothes.Gilas Pilipinas continued its preparations for the second window of the Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourscenter_img OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track The Philippines faces Australia at Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne on February 22, before taking on Japan at Mall of Asia Arena on February 25.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Albion man killed by bandits

first_imgDead: Gowchand Budhu– wife severely beaten An Albion, Corentyne, Berbice, resident was shot dead while his wife was injured after they were attacked by two armed men Sunday evening.Gowchand Budhu, 58, of Lot 636 Topu Village, Corentyne, was shot at least four times about his body and pronounced dead on arrival at the Port Mourant Hospital.His wife, Parbatie Budhu, 54, who was physically assaulted was treated at the Anamayah Memorial Hospital and discharged.According to police at about 20:50h on Sunday, Parbatie Budhu was about to enter her home when she was confronted by two men armed.Injured: Parbatie BudhuShe was taken into the home where she was assaulted but her husband intervened and was shot which probably caused the perpetrators to hurriedly escape, leaving empty handed.The now dead security guard attached to the Alboin Front Primary School and his wife lived alone. When Guyana Times visited the woman in hospital Monday, she recalled that she went to the bathroom to take a shower and it was while she was heading back into the house that the two men confronted her. As they held her at gunpoint, they took her into the kitchen and instructed her to call her husband who had already retired to bed.The man who reportedly suspected something was amiss, had armed himself with his licensed shotgun and proceeded down the stairs. The woman noted that she was beaten unconscious.She said she could not recall what transpired. “When I catch mehself, I see meh husband lying next to me in a pool of blood.”It is believed the men shot Budhu before he could have used his firearm.A neighbour Chandraday Mangar recalled hearing at least four gunshots but not before hearing strange sounds as if someone was held captive. At the time she thought the couple might have had an argument but the sound of the gunshots made her realise it was a robbery.It was due to fright that no neighbour ventured out to lend assistance but contacted police who arrived on the scene some 15 minutes later.The dead man’s son-in-law Arnold Dewlal said he rushed to the house immediately after he got the news.As he arrived, he saw his father-in-law’s body on the ground with the shotgun next to him. “It still had two cartridges in the ejection port”, he recalled. His mother-in-law on the other hand was covered in mud and was bleeding from the head.It is believed that the men who entered the house were covered in mud since they might have crossed a canal to gain access to the house. They were reportedly wearing underwear and masks. The police recovered a mask a short distance from the home. They have also taken possession of the dead man’s shotgun and revolver.Budhu leaves to mourn his wife and a daughter.last_img read more

Indian Arrival Expo set for this Sunday

first_imgThe much anticipated Indian Arrival Expo will be held on Sunday, May 29 at the Lenora Synthetic Track’s parking lot, West Coast Demerara (WCD) and according to the steering committee the event will be used to celebrate the rich cultural heritage of East Indians.Speaking to Guyana Times Shanta Ranglall of the Committee, explained that while the event is traditionally held to coincide with Arrival Day which is observed on May 5, the Committee chose to host the Expo on May 29 to end the month of celebration: “The month of May is known as the Indian Arrival Heritage Month, so we chose May 29 to just bring the curtain down and end it with the Indian Arrival Expo,” she stated.Public Relations Officer of the Committee, Shri Ram Talmakund related that it is the first time the Expo is being held in Region Three and the change in location is welcomed as it brings attention to the beauty of the villages along West Coast Demerara. He related that preparations for the event were not “quite easy” however, he is pleased with the preparations that have been made.“The planning was not easy but we went all the way to get all three religious organizations, as well as other organizations, involved. On that day we will be having various booths, not only games. We will be having sports, such as cricket matches.We will also have race car drivers present, along with their race cars on exhibition. It will be a full Indian cultural day in terms of clothing, food and games. The cultural show starts in the evening at 17:00h and will feature items such as songs and dances as well as skits from all three of the major religions,” he explained.Suraj Dhanpaul, the organizer responsible for the cultural aspect of the event, explained that a number of activities will take place for the cultural heritage of East Indians: “All three religious organizations would be participating in this Indian Arrival Expo.We will be having a gentleman from Essequibo who will be giving live pottery demonstrations on site. We will also have murtis being made there as well. We will be having Indian clothing and furniture on display as well as on sale. So it is going to be showing everyone how our ancestors used to live many years ago when they first came to Guyana.”He also revealed that there will be a medical booth which will be offering check-ups and a yoga booth on site.Meanwhile, Haresh Rambarak related that a number of fun games and activities will be available for the entire family to participate in. “One of the most interesting activities would be the game aspect of it.We will be having merry-go rounds, a Ferris wheel, face painting, photo booths with cartoon characters such as Elsa from Frozen, Dora and a few others who would be there for the photo aspect.There will be a lot of prizes which would be won on that day, especially in the games booth. There are a number of activities planned for that day, so it will be fun and enjoyable,” he stated, while encouraging persons to visit the exhibition.last_img read more

Regional, National Land Police underway- GL&SC Head

first_imgThe Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission (GL&SC) has implemented a number of initiatives aimed at improving services and integrity at the Commission. This was announced by Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer Trevor Benn during a two-day outreach in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam).During a television programme, he also noted that the establishment of Regional and National Land Use Policies is underway.Commissioner Benn addressing land applicants and land leasers at a community meeting at Dartmouth Community“There should be National and Regional Land Use Policies… It is our expectation that these [Land Use] Plans will be prepared on a more frequent basis, and updated more regularly… There is a committee that has been put together to begin work on a National Land Policy, and that committee is also tasked with reviewing our Land Use Plans,” he said.The two-day outreach was conducted to bring resolution to a number of land issues brought to the Commissioner’s attention by residents of the township of Anna Regina and its surrounding villages.The Commissioner, flanked by a 10-person team comprising representatives from the Georgetown GL&SC office, the Region Two GL&SC office, and the Department of Housing, listened to the concerns of over 80 residents from Anna Regina; The Deep, The Jib, Dartmouth, Lima Dam, La Belle Alliance, and the surrounding villages.Benn said such community visits and outreaches and face-to-face contacts with residents allow for more informed decision making on land issues and disputes. “It is our principal position that, as servants of the people, we are required to consult with them, to discuss with them their issues, and to get advice as is necessary…. From time to time, there are letters coming to us, and instead of making decisions on those letters, we like to understand the circumstances that may have led to these letters, and one of our ways of doing that is to come on the ground and see for ourselves… We are now better prepared to respond to the requests of those individuals,” he declared.In order to ensure President David Granger’s vision of an ‘unbribable’ Public Service at the level of the GL&SC, the Commission has also taken measures to improve integrity and accountability. “We have zero tolerance for corruption at the Commission, which is another reason (why) we do these visits… If any [corruption is] happening, we will know. We will hear first-hand from the people…“Just recently, because of corruption, we’ve had to send home two staff [members]. We’re taking steps daily to ensure that our staff (are) sensitised. We are making our office more open to the public…  We’re putting cameras in the building, and we are using [press] mediums to let people know that they do not have any requirement to pay staff members for the service they provide, and any payment made must be done on a receipt”.To that, Benn added that the Commission has an open mind when it comes to constructive criticism from the people of Guyana. “We are very open to members of the public in terms of how we can improve the service [that] we deliver. Again, this is why we come to the field.  We don’t ever assume that we have the answers to all of the question that are out there,” he said.The Commission will be implementing an Acknowledgement of Receipt system to assure applicants that their applications have been received and are being processed. This was a suggestion made by Region Two resident and land applicant Mr. Charles Gregory during a Regional Community Meeting conducted during the outreach.Chairman of the Interim Management Committee of the Guyana National Co-operative Union Limited (GNCUL), Mr. Derrick Cummings, praised Mr. Benn for not losing touch with the people on the ground. “Commissioner Benn, I’ve known you for a long time, and I’m very happy to see that you’ve never lost the common touch and never lost the interest in trying to work with the down-trodden, and to bring justice to those who need justice,” he said.Chief Co-operatives Development Officer within the Ministry of Social Protection, Ms. Perlina Gifth, said the GL&SC has been particularly helpful with land issues involving co-operative groups. “I want to thank the Commissioner for the work that he is doing, because the Lands and Surveys Department has been in contact with us where persons have applied for land representing co-op societies… [The Commission has] been checking to see the validities of the groups… [In] the interest of people who want to be involved in agriculture… He [would] consider their applications and have the process done to issue titles,” she said.The Commissioner made courtesy calls on the Mayor and Council Members of Anna Regina and the Regional Chairman of Region Two, and attended the dedication ceremony of the GNCUL’s Office Building.last_img read more

Probe launched into electrocution of GPL contracted worker

first_imgThe Guyana Power and Light has announced that an investigation has begun into the circumstances surrounding the death of an electrical worker, who was electrocuted a few days ago while conducting work for a contracting company.Reports indicate that Andre Fullerton of New Amsterdam, Berbice was employed with Ramoutar and Sons Contracting Services, a sub-contractor for the Power Utility Upgrade Programme (PUUP).This publication understands that he was strapped to a GPL pole when a colleague heard him screaming. When the colleague glanced up at the pole, Fullerton was seen dangling from the distance but was secured by his belt.Fullerton was taken to a nearby health centre, but succumbed due to the extensive burns he sustained.Last year, a linesman attached to the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) was hospitalised after suffering from an electric shock in an incident outside Demico House (opposite the Stabroek Square), when technicians were replacing some old power poles.The man, who was identified as Nara Singh, was on the ground holding wires, which suddenly became live with electricity, thus throwing him a few feet backwards. He reportedly landed on his back with the wires resting across his stomach.Singh’s colleagues were able to get the wires off his body, and he was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital (GHPC).last_img read more

Kane pulls out of Germany, Brazil friendlies

first_imgBoth Kane and Winks, who has caught the eye for Spurs this season and won his first senior cap last month, suffered the injuries in their club’s win over Crystal Palace on Sunday.Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino said Winks, who went off at half-time in the Palace match, had twisted his ankle.Kane received treatment on his knee in the first half and was substituted on 77 minutes for “protection”, according to Pochettino.England coach Gareth Southgate has called up Jake Livermore even though the midfielder’s club West Brom are on a dreadful run of form, having not won in 10 matches.“Squad update: we’ll be without @HKane and @HarryWinks for this month’s games, while @29_JL has been called up,” read a post on the England team’s official Twitter page.Southgate, who guided England to the 2018 World Cup finals in his first challenge since replacing Sam Allardyce last year, also has injury concerns over Chelsea defender Gary Cahill and Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson.The latter missed Liverpool’s 4-1 win over West Ham on Saturday with a thigh injury.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000England’s striker Harry Kane is adamant England have enough quality in other positions to be successful in the 2018 World CupLONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 7 – Tottenham Hotspur’s prolific striker Harry Kane withdrew from the England squad for prestigious friendlies with World Cup holders Germany and five-time winners Brazil on Monday due to a knee injury.His Spurs team-mate, midfielder Harry Winks, also limped out with an ankle problem, bringing the absentees from the club to three as Dele Alli had already pulled out.last_img read more

Arsenal transfer news striker latest: £24m quoted but will Gunners sign £12.5m star instead?

first_img1 Sevilla striker Carlos Bacca Arsenal’s frustrating 1-1 draw with Leicester underlined the Gunners need for additional firepower, and plenty of Gooners are praying that boss Arsene Wenger agrees.Throughout the summer the Frenchman seemed set in his belief that the north Londoners were catered for in the striking department, but with Olivier Giroud sidelined for the next few months with a broken ankle and Yaya Sanogo still a raw talent, it Wenger could probably do with a deadline day dash for another hitman.But with Loic Remy opting to join Chelsea and Manchester United shocking the football world by landing Radamel Falcao on loan, who can Arsenal bring in?Wilfried Bony – £24m fee quotedThe Ivorian striker has made it known that he wants to move to a bigger club, and he would surely jump at the chance to join Arsenal. Despite Wenger reportedly travelling to Rome to referee a charity match, the club have assured fans that they are still capable of making signings, and it’s just as well, with bookies naming the Gunners as favourites to land Bony.However, as reported by the Express, it will take a sizable sum to force Swansea’s hand, with the publication reporting that the Swans have slapped a £24m price tag on their number one striker, although that stance could soften the closer Monday’s 11pm deadline gets.Carlos Bacca – £12.5m bid ready?With Falcao off to Old Trafford, it looks as though another Colombian could be on the way to England, but is Sevilla’s Carlos Bacca the man for Arsenal? According to the Metro he could well be, with the publication reporting that the Gunners have been told that £12.5m will be enough to land the 27-year-old. Bacca currently has a release clause of £27.6m, but the Spanish club are thought to be prepared to allow him to leave should Arsenal offer the lower fee.Danny Welbeck – Van Gaal will not sell to rivalsOne player tentatively linked with a move to the Emirates was Man United striker Danny Welbeck, with Arsenal thought to be among the clubs fluttering their eye lashes at the 23-year-old. Indeed, the Mirror claim that he is just one of a handful of strikers who could pitch up in north London before the transfer deadline, although a loan deal looks like costing them around £5m.However, former Arsenal star Ray Parlour has urged the club to stay away from the Man United man, telling talkSPORT that while he would be an improvement on Yaya Sanogo, he is not the man to sharpen the Gunners’ attack line.It looks as though any potential move will ultimately fail though, with the Manchester Evening News saying that Van Gaal will outright refuse to sell to a league rival, leaving Hull the likeliest destination for the England man.Arsenal fans, who would you like to see arrive before the deadline? Comment below…last_img read more

Classy Emerging Stars finish job in Mauritius

first_img0Shares0000Piston Mutamba and James Mazembe celebrate after scoring against Mauritius in the 2020 Olympics Qualifier at the Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi on November 14, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 18 – The Kenya Under-23 team have progressed to the second round of qualification for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo after beating Mauritius 3-1 in the first round return leg in a rainy Port Louis on Sunday to go through 8-1 on aggregate.Goals from Piston Mutamba, Ovellah Ochieng and James Mazembe ensured the team progressed without difficulty and will meet the winner between Seychelles and Sudan. This second round of qualification will be played between March 18-26 next year, around the same time the senior team Harambee Stars will be away to Ghana in a 2019 African Cup of Nations Qualifier.Head coach Sebastien Migne said he will not call up any players from the Under-23 to the senior team if they qualify and will let coach Francis Kimanzi have his strongest squad available.In the return leg, Kimanzi made changes from the team that started the first leg last Wednesday at Kasarani.Ulinzi Stars keeper Timothy Odhiambo started in goal ahead of Brian Bwire while Mike Kibwage partnered skipper Joseph Okumu in defense at the expense of Johnston Omurwa.Sony Sugar’s Tobias Otieno was handed a starting role in midfield ahead of Sofapaka’s Teddy Osok while Adballah Ahmed and Jaffary Owiti started upfront.Lanky Sofapaka striker Piston Mutamba put the young Stars ahead after 40 minutes rising highest inside the box to nod home a Yussuf Mainge  corner.Kimanzi’s boys finished the job in the second half, Ovellah Ochieng striking a superb freekick from 20 yards out before James Mazembe who also scored in the first leg put the icing on the cake with a goal straight from a corner kick.In added time, Mauritius ensured they got a consolation off the two legged tie with a well taken goal from a freekick at the edge of the box.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Gor Mahia storms CAF Confed Cup group stage

first_imgGor will now be waiting for the draw where they seek to better their 2018 outing where they nearly qualified for the quarter finals.For a slot in the group stage, Gor are assured of Sh27 million from CAF for the preparations of continental assignment.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia midfielder Francis Kahata attempts to go past New Star de Douala’s Bernard Ngangue during their CAF Confederations Cup play-off round at the Kasarani Stadium on January 13, 2019.NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 20 – For a second successive season, Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia will feature in the CAF Confederation Cup group stage following their 2-1 aggregate triumph over Cameroon side New Star de Douala in the playoff.This comes after K’Ogalo managed to hold the hosts 0-0 in the return leg played away in Limbe, Cameroon on Sunday to progress to the group stage thanks to the 2-1 win the Kenyan side registered in the first leg played in Nairobi.last_img read more