Retail: From minor to major

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Crouch is staying put – Hughes

first_img Press Association Hughes said: “It was a little bit difficult for us to get a foothold in the game in the first half. The wind was in our face and we didn’t really get on the front foot and have that platform to build the performance. “But I made a change at half-time and I think that probably helped us, and we were much better. We had the benefit of the wind at our back, which made an immediate impact. “Obviously Charlie came on and scored, which settled the half very nicely for us, and we were very much on the front foot then. “We had to pick ourselves up with the disappointment of the equaliser but I was really pleased with the reaction of Erik and his team-mates. They got round him, picked him up very quickly and that was important for us. “And then we were able to go on and score a great goal at the other end. The second-half performance was very good.” Aston Villa have now lost three games in a row but manager Paul Lambert was encouraged by their performance, especially in the first half. He said: “I never thought we deserved to lose that one. The last two performances against Fulham and Manchester United, we didn’t deserve anything, but that one I thought we deserved something. “We got ourselves back into the game in really strong condition. I couldn’t fault the lads for their effort and the way we started. I thought we were the better team in the first half. We looked threatening. I’m disappointed to lose but that was better from us.” Lambert left out striker Christian Benteke, who has been struggling with a knee problem, and confirmed the Belgian is a major doubt for the Boxing Day clash with Crystal Palace. “He’s been carrying the injury so we’ll just have to try to get it right,” said Lambert. “Hopefully the rest will do him the world of good. There’s too many games to risk him.” Lambert, meanwhile, did not have too many complaints about referee Craig Pawson’s decision only to show Marc Wilson a yellow card during the first half. A mistake from the Stoke defender allowed Andreas Weimann through on goal but Pawson deemed the striker had played the ball too close to keeper Asmir Begovic before Wilson brought him down. Lambert said: “Andi’s got there first but the referee’s interpretation was that the goalkeeper had possession of the ball and we have to respect his decision. “Some referees might have been different. We understand that he didn’t think it was worthy of a red card.” Stoke manager Mark Hughes insisted Peter Crouch will not be leaving the club in January after he propelled the Potters into the top half of the Barclays Premier League table. Crouch has been linked with a move to join up with either of two former managers – Harry Redknapp at QPR or Tony Pulis at Crystal Palace – with Stoke reportedly chasing Hannover striker Mame Biram Diouf. But Hughes said: “He’s not going anywhere in January.” Crouch was named man of the match, and Hughes added: “He obviously gives us a focus to our attacking play. “I played that role for many years with my back to the goal, and it’s a thankless task on occasions. Sometimes you have to take hits for the team. That’s what Peter did today and has done for a long time. “He’s an accomplished football player. He’s being playing at this level for a long time and you don’t do that unless you’re a very good player.” It could be a red letter day for the Crouch family, with wife Abbey Clancy contesting the final of Strictly Come Dancing later. Crouch told the BBC: “I’d like to think I’ve given her some tips but I’ve only got the robot in my locker.” Stoke have lost only one of their last eight Premier League games and the victory lifted them up to 10th place. The former England striker scored the winning goal in the 70th minute at the Britannia Stadium as Stoke made it back-to-back home wins in the league with a 2-1 victory over Aston Villa. Half-time substitute Charlie Adam had given the hosts the lead in the 51st minute before a poor header from Erik Pieters allowed Libor Kozak to level 15 minutes later. last_img read more

Barça’s Coutinho returns to training after thigh injury

first_imgSant Joan Despi: Barcelona’s attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho returned to training on Tuesday, raising the odds that he will feature in Ernesto Valverde’s squad for the upcoming match against Atlético Madrid.The Brazil international suffered a thigh injury two weeks ago during the Spanish powerhouse’s UEFA Champions League group fixture against Italian side Inter Milan, reports Efe news.The Catalonia-based club said Coutinho returned to the Sant Joan Despi training ground where he was eased back in with a limited set of exercises. Several players were on national duty this week, including Arthur Melo and Rafinha Alcántara. First-place Barça is to play Atlético Madrid on Saturday. IANS Also Read: Sports Newslast_img read more

Alberttown Martial Arts Academy holds first karate examination

first_imgFOUR karatekas were promoted when Alberttown Martial Arts Academy, a branch of The Guyana Mixed Martial Arts Karate Association, held its first annual Martial Arts Karate Examination last Monday. The exam was conducted by Master Lloyd Ramnarine, instructor Roman Pollard, followed by Zafar Ramnarine, Julie Ramnarine and Alliyah Ramnarine.The successful students were Eonthe Garraway promoted to yellow belt, Troy Harris promoted to orange belt, Leanna Barnard to orange belt and Whitney Garraway to blue belt.Meanwhile Sensei Pollard would like to extend an invitation to the youths in the community to get involved in martial arts, because according to him, it is not all about violence but discipline. “The styles that I teach are Shotokan, Ju-jitsu and traditional weapon. On behalf of my students and myself, I would like to thank Master Lloyd Ramnarine and his family for taking time off to come and conduct this examination.”The Alberttown Martial Arts Academy started in March this year at 71 Light Street. This club is open to the public.At the moment there are summer programmes at the Guyana Mixed Martial Arts Karate Association, which include classes at the Iron Fist Martial Arts Academy, located at the New Diamond/Grove Primary School, East Bank Demerara;The Red Dragon Martial Arts Academy at the Belle West Primary School, West Bank Demerara; La Parfaite Harmonie Invisible Kick Martial Arts Academy, West Bank Demerara; and Vreed-en-Hoop Martial Arts Academy located at the Vreed-en-Hoop Primary School, West Bank, Demerara, opposite Royal Castle.If anyone is interested in joining the various clubs, further information can be acquired from 698-6727, 673-0823, 698-7456 and 668-6952.last_img read more

REVIEW: ‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’ is simultaneously overwhelming and intensely fascinating

first_imgFor the most part, the film possesses a delicate balance between organic human interaction and uncanny moments of absurdity until the balance tips in the third act, and the film indulges in the whimsicality of its premise.The opening monologue stream of consciousness eventually embraces and overpowers the film. Curiously, the film repeatedly cuts away from its contained premise to the life of a high school janitor (Guy Boyd). The janitor rarely has lines of dialogue, yet the entire film seems to revolve around him, gradually peering deeper into his psyche.  In a way, the film’s core presents a continual conflict between the independence of the characters within the fantasy and the man who constructed it. Jake, a surrogate for the janitor, is described as controlling, whereas Lucy’s unrelenting flurry of thoughts seems uncontrollable. Similarly, the janitor wishes to construct an ideal love story within his head, but Lucy overpowers his thoughts, spiraling them out of control and into an unwanted traumatic past. This conflict is what seems to perpetually color the tense atmosphere of the film. The cinematography, by Lukasz Zal and editing by Robert Frazen intricately translate the janitor’s sprawling mind. On one hand, the constraining aspect ratio and stillness of most shots encapsulate the stagnance of the janitor’s point of view. The camera movement usually consists of slow mechanical sideways panning, with rare zooms. Instead, jarring cuts are used to interrupt this stagnance to shift the point of view, encapsulating the mental process of indulgently thinking about something but suddenly shifting one’s thoughts to an entirely distinct idea. Moreover, the uniformity of this visual style effectively sets up the third act’s indulgence in the fantastical through an unexpected departure from it.   With somber shots of the janitor dragging his feet through empty yet claustrophobic school corridors, the film gives the viewer a sense of the “landscape” that the janitor lives within. Thus, it feels rather fitting for the entire film to be presented in an unconventional 4:3 aspect ratio, with the thick vertical black bars framing the film, mirroring the lockers and walls that frame a hallway. Much like Lucy’s paintings, the film is like a manifestation of the janitor’s emotional reality.  For instance, when Jake and Lucy are driving home, a casual conversation about being under the influence of alcohol reminds them of the aforementioned “A Woman Under the Influence.” Yet the discussion quickly spirals into Lucy narrating a verbose college paper she had written on it, which could feel somewhat jarring. While some viewers might identify these indulgent allusions as a product of pretension, they work to remind the viewer of the impressionistic reality that these characters live within as one being crafted by the janitor’s various engagements with media. A scene early on in the film where Lucy describes her paintings to Jake’s parents at a dinner table conversation functions as a microcosm for the film. Lucy says her paintings aren’t “abstract art,’’ but they are landscapes imbued with a quality of “interiority,” which she describes as an expression of what she is feeling at the time instead of what is physically present in the landscape. Her paintings express an emotional reality that the film also seems to embody.  Writer and director Charlie Kaufman, with his previous films like “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” and “Being John Malkovich,” possesses both a keen understanding of the mind and the ability to smoothly translate this understanding into film. In some ways expanding on those previous films, “I’m Thinking of Ending Things” paints a deliberately garbled and distorted, yet oddly captivating, portrait of the mind.center_img The screenplay is littered with literary and cinematic allusions to works such as the film “A Woman Under the Influence” directed by John Cassavetes or the book “Ice” written by Anna Kavan and authors such as William Wordsworth, David Foster Wallace and Oscar Wilde. Although there is a sense of verisimilitude to the rambling and tangential nature of the conversations that naturally lead to someone mentioning one of these works, the intensely detailed analysis of these works of art seem to break this illusion of authenticity and enter the realm of unrestrained thought. Photo from IMDb “I’m Thinking of Ending Things” thrusts the viewer into Lucy’s (Jessie Buckley) rambling poetic monologue that pessimistically describes her desire to end a relationship with a man named Jake (Jesse Plemons) as she goes on a road trip with him to his family’s farm.  Near the beginning of the film, which is based on Iain Reid’s novel, the protagonist Lucy recites a poem while staring out a car’s frosted window into a thick snowstorm. Suddenly, she turns and stares straight into the camera, continuing the poem with a smirk, “Everything you see now, all of it bone.” The musical and theatrical climax and ending of the film seem to indulge in fantasy, seemingly resolving this conflict; however, the credits are presented with a peculiar lack of music. Instead, they are backed by unsettling ambient sounds of birds chirping, and they end in the revving of a car engine, restarting the road trip, demonstrating a paradoxical refusal to end things.last_img read more

Superlatives from Syracuse’s 34-18 Camping World Bowl win over West Virginia

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Stud: Abdul Adams, Syracuse running backAfter transferring from Oklahoma last January, Adams spent the 2018 regular season on the bench due to NCAA transfer rules as had Jackson. But with the semester completed and a new redshirt rule enacted, both Jackson and Adams played in their first game action for the Orange. The new rule, implemented by the NCAA prior to the season, allows players to participate in up to four contests before claiming the season as a redshirt.Adams carried the ball eight times for 19 yards and two touchdowns. His first trip to the end zone came on his first series in the game. From the 4-yard line Adams barreled through the middle of the line and toppled over a WVU defender. As he laid on top of the Mountaineer which covered him from being marked down, he stuck the ball out for a touchdown.In the second quarter, Adams scored once more. The former four-star recruit who averaged 9.2 yards per carry a season ago at Oklahoma merely side-stepped to his right before stepping in for an easy touchdown.Dud: West Virginia’s high powered offenseWhen the game was first announced in early December, it was immediately pinned as a shootout. But when three West Virginia players — including record-setting quarterback Will Grier — announced they wouldn’t play due to NFL Draft expectations, the outcome of the game became unclear.Redshirt sophomore Jack Allison helped move the ball, throwing for 277 yards on 17 for 35 passing. But it wasn’t nearly enough as the Mountaineers failed to finish opportunities. WVU finished 6 for 18 on third downs and 0 for 3 on fourth downs. Mountaineer kicker Evan Staley sank four field goals as a result.Highlight: Moe Neal’s near fourth quarter touchdownEarly in the fourth quarter, Dungey spun around in the backfield and looked like he had nowhere to go. With multiple WVU defenders closing on the scrambling Dungey, the senior quarterback popped up a last second pass to Neal just past the line of scrimmage. Neal scampered down the middle of the field. Neal juked to the side of the second defender to approach him. As another dove at Neal’s ankles, he high-stepped over them. A few yards later, Neal barreled through a final defender before darting for the sideline.Though Neal was tackled inside the 5-yard line, what looked like a sure sack had turned into a 42-yard completion. The next play Jarveon Howard plunged in a four-yard touchdown, pushing the Syracuse lead to 34-18. Comments ORLANDO, Fla. — No. 20 Syracuse (10-3, 6-2 Atlantic Coast) defeated No. 16 West Virginia (8-4, 6-3 Big 12), 34-18, in the Camping World Bowl on Friday evening. The Orange’s win at Camping World Stadium was their first bowl victory since 2013 and pushed them to 10 wins for the first time since 2001.Here are superlatives from the game:The Big Moment: Trishton Jackson’s fourth quarter touchdownSyracuse couldn’t find the end zone in the third quarter. But as the frame winded down, SU started one of its best drives of the day. Trailing 18-17, Eric Dungey jump-started the series with a shovel pass to fullback Chris Elmore. The play made Dungey Syracuse’s all-time leading passer.As the ball shifted sides for the final frame, Syracuse sat at 3rd-and-11 from the WVU 14. Dungey dropped back to pass and lofted a back-shoulder throw to Jackson, a transfer from Michigan State. Jackson’s first catch as a member of the Orange resulted in a 14-yard touchdown.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMore CoverageSyracuse defeats West Virginia in the Camping World Bowl to cap first 10-win season since 2001No. 20 Syracuse’s defense stymies No. 16 West Virginia in Camping World Bowl winFast reaction: Three takeaways from Syracuse’s 34-18 win over West VirginiaEric Dungey delivers fitting end to historic career in Camping World Bowlcenter_img Published on December 28, 2018 at 9:08 pm Contact Josh: jlschafe@syr.edu | @Schafer_44last_img read more

Brandon Dubinsky injury update: Blue Jackets place center on injured reserve

first_imgIn a corresponding move, Columbus added right wing Kole Sherwood to the roster on emergency recall from its AHL affiliate, the Cleveland Monsters. Dubinsky was playing a career-low 12:43 per game this season. He has five goals and six assists in 37 games. The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed center Brandon Dubinksy on injured reserve, the team announced Friday.The move is retroactive to Feb. 2. Dubinsky, 32, has missed the Blue Jackets’ last four games with a hip injury. He had been considered day-to-day.last_img read more

Raptors players discuss Kawhi Leonard’s impending free agency

first_imgThe Raptors acquired Leonard — along with Danny Green — from the Spurs for a package centered around DeMar DeRozan in a blockbuster trade last offseason. Green will also be a free agent this summer and said he’d like to return to Toronto. But, he said Leonard’s decision will have an impact on his.”He can change a whole organization,” Green said. NBA Finals 2019: Raptors’ Kyle Lowry drew on experience to win ‘surreal’ title Kawhi Leonard free agency rumors: Lakers ‘will pursue’ star this summer 🌟 Kawhi Leonard’s TOP 5 PLAYS from the 2019 #NBAPlayoffs! #WeTheNorth 🌟 pic.twitter.com/8rqS5CB0dK— NBA (@NBA) June 16, 2019Leonard was named the Finals MVP after Toronto topped the Warriors in six games.“I think that for us, at least speaking for myself, there’s nothing more that we can do,” Raptors guard Fred VanVleet said about Leonard, via TSN. “We’ve done it, the city’s done it, the coaches have done it, the teammates have done it. We’ve done our job. The best way to recruit somebody is to just be yourself over the course of the year.” Related News The Raptors do not want to lose Kawhi Leonard.The 27-year-old star will enter free agency coming off of one of the best postseason runs ever. He led the Raptors to their first championship in franchise history by averaging 30.5 points and 9.1 rebounds while shooting 49% from the field in 24 playoff games. The Clippers will chase Leonard this offseason and rival executives believe he “likes” the team, according to an earlier report from Bleacher Report. He also will consider re-signing with the Raptors, according to ESPN, while the Knicks and Lakers will reportedly pursue him, as well.“I would assume that he knows what is here and what makes this place special,” VanVleet said. “And, if it’s enough it’ll be enough and if it’s not then it’s not. So, it’s not the biggest deal in the world.“He came here and did what he was supposed to do. He brought this city a championship and I think he’s earned his freedom in his career to do what he wants to do and we’ll all respect and admire him.”VanVleet on Kawhi’s free agency: “There’s nothing more we can do. We’ve done it, the city’s done it, this franchise has done it, the coaches have done it, his teammates have done it. We’ve done our job. I would assume he knows what is here and what makes this place special” pic.twitter.com/JtsoYQ7K34— Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) June 16, 2019Marc Gasol, who was sent from the Grizzlies to the Raptors at the deadline, praised Leonard when he met with reporters Sunday.”I don’t think there’s any other player of his caliber in the NBA right now,” Gasol said. “He’s on a pedestal by himself.” Three questions the Raptors will have to answer this offseasonlast_img read more

April 21, 1991: The Pirates stage the biggest extra-inning comeback in MLB history

first_imgBut if you need to kill some time (and let’s be honest, you do) you can watch all three hours on YouTube. But things got really interesting.MORE: Why Game 5 of the 1979 World Series still resonates in PittsburghThe Cubs scored four in the top of the eighth to take a 7-2 lead. In those days, before everyone was homer-happy, this was pretty much a guaranteed win. But the Pirates scored four in the bottom of the eighth to trim Chicago’s lead to 7-6, which held into the bottom of the ninth. With the Pirates down to their last out and the tying run a second, pinch-hitter Gary Varsho smacked a double off reliever Dave Smith to knot the game 7-7.Not much happened for either team in the 10th, but the 11th is what took the game into overdrive.The Cubs, perhaps determined — and mad after blowing that five-run lead — exploded for five runs in their half of the inning, punctuated by Andre Dawson’s grand slam off Pittsburgh reliever Bob Patterson. It was Dawson’s second of the series.”The Cubs have put this game away,” bellowed Harry Caray, confident in the 12-7 lead.Not so fast, Harry.In the bottom of the 11th, the Pirates put their first three batters on base against Cubs righty Heathcliff Slocumb. Not wanting things to get out of hand again, manager Don Zimmer, who was on his way to being fired after just 37 games, went to righty Mike Bielecki to put out the fire. The fire only got hotter.Bielecki faced six batters and allowed five of them to reach. The painful breakdown:A two-run double (Jay Bell),Sac fly RBI (Andy Van Slyke)Walk (Bobby Bonilla) RBI single (Barry Bonds)Walk (Gary Redus)Two-run walk-off double (Don Slaught)Pirates win, 13-12″The game is over, and the Pirates, in unbelievable fashion, have won another ballgame,” Caray said, before eventually landing on a sad version of his signature “Holy cow!”The six runs Pittsburgh scored in the 11th was the largest extra-inning comeback in MLB history, later equaled by the Diamondbacks against the Dodgers on Sept. 27, 2011.A devastating loss for the Cubs. A huge win for the Pirates.MORE: Networks, teams showing old games don’t know what ‘classic’ means”It was weird,” Bonds, who scored the winning run, told reporters after the game. “Here’s a series when the Hawk (Dawson) hits two grand slams. You do that and you’re supposed to win. That just doesn’t seem right.”The Cubs were just as perplexed.”I can’t say enough about today,” Dawson told reporters. “It’s a tough loss. It was a strange game on a strange day. It was cold and miserable and we had been out there for about four hours. You score five runs and they only have one chance to beat you, you figure you’re going to get out of it.”(Side note: The Cubs always seem to be on the losing end of classic weird games. See also April 17, 1976, and May 17, 1979).If you’re tired of reading about this game and would rather watch it, here’s a CliffsNotes version that MLB put together a few years ago. Sometimes, it’s just not your day. Other times, it’s totally yours. The Cubs and Pirates probably experienced both of those feelings on April 21, 1991. That was the day the Cubs blew two big leads in Pittsburgh as the Pirates staged the biggest extra-inning comeback in MLB history.While the game is now considered a classic in Pittsburgh — one of few for the club post-1979 — it started out very ordinary. Some might even say boring. The Buccos and Cubs were scoreless heading into the bottom of the fifth on a cold, dreary Sunday afternoon at Three Rivers Stadium with a combined three hits between them. That’s when Pittsburgh scratched across two runs. The Cubs answered right back with three runs in the top of the sixth. Still a fairly ordinary game.last_img read more

Bantam Wildcats finish in the middle of the pack during Kelowna female hockey tournament

first_imgThe West Kootenay Bantam Wildcats finished in the middle of the pack during a female hockey tournament this past weekend in Kelowna.The Cats, consisting of players from Kaslo, Nelson, Castlegar, Rossland and Trail, were 1-2-1 during the weekend tilt against competition from throughout the province.The Cats opened the tourney bowing to Kelowna 3-1 with Merissa Dawson scoring the only goal. West Kootenay then rebounded with an impressive performance, defeating Abbotsford 6-4 behind the three-goal of Nelson’s Emma Hare.Molly Benbow and Paige Gattafoni also scored for West Kootenay. West Kootenay then came up against a powerhouse in the form of Tri-Cities, losing 10-4. Tri-Cities jumped all over the Cats in the first period, building a 6-0 lead.Hare once again led the West Kootenay scoring with three goals. Team captain Stephanie McAuley added the other marker for West Kootenay.The Cats then tied Terrace 4-4 on the Sunday.Jesse Cooper of Nelson scored twice and Gattafoni and Hare added singles for West Kootenay.Catalina Hartland of Kaslo was in goal for all games.The Cats opened the season by grabbing three of four points in a two-game set against Cranbrook.West Kootenay opened with a 3-2 win in Castlegar. The teams tied 1-1 in Rossland.Hare scored twice in the win with Cooper adding the single.In the Rossland game, McAuley scored the only goal for West Kootenay.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more