APNU/AFC’s circus disgusting, elitist and an insult to Guyanese

first_imgThe Square of the Revolution is a one-minute walk from the Cabinet Room. Some people travelled hours, spent their weekly allowance for food and then waited in sweltering heat to see the Ministers sitting at tables under air-conditioned tents, with all sorts of beverages and snacks. The A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) called it “bringing Government to the people”. How many got house lots or leases they came for? How many had relief for their paddy bug problem? How many sugar workers from Canje or Wales will get their severance? How many people got the street light they asked for? How many people got a positive response for any of the problems they came with?The buffoonery, the obvious charade of APNU/AFC pretending they care an iota for the Guyanese people at the reprehensibly deemed “bringing Government to the people” at the Square of the Revolution last week was utterly disgusting. The Leader of the Opposition called the charade an elitist binge by a Government desperate to show people after four years of unforgiveable neglect, it now cares. One daily columnist who writes with hate for Bharrat Jagdeo and the People’s Progressive Party and who voted for APNU/AFC called it the “biggest circus ever” in Guyana.APNU/AFC’s elitist and authoritarian DNA is totally incapable of discerning what bringing Government to the people or making people come to them looks like. Stepping down from their castles into the castle’s lawn, demanding people leave their home and villages, spend scarce resources and waiting in sweltering deplorable conditions to see Ministers is not “bringing Government to people”. It was a disgusting reaffirmation of APNU/AFC’s elitism. From reports, people left even more disgusted than they were before. Worst, a sizable portion of people who gathered were party loyalists and activists who were there as a cosmetic fix, North Korean-style, to make it look like happy people embracing their Government.It would have been comedic if it was not so repulsive watching Ministers like the Agriculture Minister and the Minister in the Ministry of Public Health sitting there in their own comfort, pretending they were there to help those who desperately needed help. The Agriculture Minister ignored the shameful truth he dodged sugar workers, rice farmers and other farmers for four years. While he sat there pretending to care, those who really depended on him could not see him in their communities and, worse, even when they came at considerable cost to his office. Even as he sat smugly at the Square of the Revolution, pretending he is eager to help, farmers in Regions Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) and Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) and in the Essequibo Islands (Region Three – Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) are battling a paddy bug crisis. Not one day has the Minister expressed concern or visited them. Did he expect the farmers would have left their farms when they are fighting for survival to come to the Square of the Revolution to prostrate at his feet?This Minister for more than two years have heard and seen in the daily news how families in the sugar estates which have been closed are struggling to put food on the table, making choices of either eating or sending their children to school, yet he never once showed one ounce of compassion. But he expects people to believe he was at the Square of the Revolution, less than two minutes walk from his office, to bring the Government to the people, many of whom may have spent hours to come and worst expended their weekly food money to get there.The elitist charade equally applies to all of the Ministers that were there. The Minister in the Ministry of Public Health never visited the families who lost mothers and babies who died under questionable circumstances, while the GPHC was twiddling its thumb pretending it was investigating. She and her senior Minister are never available to see patients who cannot afford medicines that are unavailable at public health facilities, even though the Government has spent many billions of dollars of taxpayers’ money. They have not been to the closed Port Mourant Ophthalmology Centre, the Skeldon Hospital which cannot operate certain equipment because of electricity problems, the New Amsterdam Hospital with a closed mortuary. But they were at the Square of the Revolution, exactly one minute from their offices, pretending they had brought Government to the people they had no time for in the last four years.Bringing the Government to the people means you roll up your sleeves, walk the streets and fields, see people where they live and work. Bringing them to your doorsteps is not bringing Government to the people, but rather the condescending elite demanding people come and bow down to them. The Square of the Revolution circus that day was ugly.last_img read more

The CPL Experience

first_imgLast year, patriotism, national pride and excitement ran high as thousands of Guyanese flocked the Guyana National Stadium at Providence to be part of several exciting Hero Caribbean Premier League home matches; which no doubt had a continuing redounding positive impact on the country’s overall economic and tourism development.It must be stated from the outset that the Hero CPL had managed also to unify a very divided Guyana, as persons from all sections of society — regardless of their race, creed, sexual orientation and political persuasion — rallied behind the so far very competitive Guyana Amazon Warriors.So high was the amount of unity and cohesiveness, last year during the final three weeks of the tournament, that it is widely believed the tournament stood out as one of the clear examples of avenues that could be used to push the Government’s social cohesion agenda by the utilisation of sport as a mechanism to bridge social and racial gaps that exist in our society.It was this unity and display of cohesiveness that have no doubt motivated and inspired the good performances delivered by the players and organisers of the 2017 tournament thus far. While Guyana would have again lost its bid to host the finals of the game in 2017, Providence remains one of the most talked about, hyped, and packed venues when compared to the others in the league as far as hosting international cricket events and CPL matches are concerned. In fact, the country this year got even closer, as it will host two play-off matches.Also, the Hero CPL games this year are coming to Guyana at a time when there has been a notable slowdown in domestic trade and business. Interestingly, the tournament came to the country at a time when small businesses are also struggling to catch their hands because of various factors which were working against them while depleting their expected levels of revenue and profitability.It therefore provides these small businesses with an opportunity to maximise their profits through sale of small portions of confectionaries near the stadium and at other Hero CPL-associated parties and events. It will, no doubt, provide those who signed up officially for a number of initiatives with another means of garnering revenue, because scores of overseas-based Guyanese will return home to be part of the fun.Larger-scale businesses and companies will also benefit tremendously from the hosting of CPL matches here, and while many of them are expected to maximise the marketing opportunities available via the tournament to boost sales and achieve brand popularity, others will settle for just mounting promotions to give back to their loyal customers by providing them opportunities to join the biggest party in sport.With the Hero CPL, the occupancy rates at local hotels, bars, sports clubs, and community shops will be significantly boosted, especially those that would have access to the televised games being broadcast.The A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance for Change Government’s endorsement of the event, and the laudable involvement of key ministers in local Hero CPL events demonstrate their commitment to the development of sport, the success of the Guyana Amazon Warriors, and the upwards movement of the direct and indirect benefits to the country’s young tourism sector because of market access and promotional opportunities for Destination Guyana.Research shows that the Guyana economy leads others in the league as far as the benefits it accrues from the injection of millions of US dollars each year it hosts the tournament, leaving out the other noteworthy indirect benefits.As such, more companies should get on-board the league by entering into mutual and lucrative deals with the Guyana Franchise owners, and providing various forms of endorsement and sponsorship for the Amazon Warriors whenever allowed and applicable according to the existing rules and agreement framework.Secondly, the Government, led by its Education, Tourism and Business ministries, must do much more to press the owners of the Hero CPL and the regional organisers to bring the semifinals and finals to Guyana, even if it means investing more resources and incentives for this to happen.The truth is, Guyana is a cricket-starved nation, and the Hero CPL provides an opportunity for the hunger of cricket lovers and supporters to be satisfied, even if a lot of other regional and international matches are not brought, as we would like, to the country.As the Amazon Warriors continue their bid for dominance in this year’s tournament, every Guyanese is duty bound to stand solidly behind the team and its franchise owners, who have brought so much entertainment, cricket fun and countless opportunities for business to these shores over the last few years via their continued sponsorship and involvement in the league.last_img read more

Notes on prejudice

first_imgDear Editor,I do not think I am alone in feeling that our society is beset and besieged by all sorts of prejudice, and is buttressed by a dangerous arrogance in the belief that anyone of us is right or has the answer to all the vile issuance of pre-conceived notions of what is at the root of our current socio-economic problems. I certainly do not profess to have any particular solution, but I do believe in the power of open discussion and exchanging of ideas.In this regard, I was most impressed with the thoughts of the famous Professor Isiah Berlin, in his essay on ‘PREJUDICE’ as reproduced in his publication on “LIBERTY”. I do not feel qualified to paraphrase Prof. Berlin, but believe that a faithful reproduction of his brilliant thoughts on this crucial subject will be helpful to us Guyanese as we strive to forge ahead as an independent society. I therefore commend the following to my fellow Guyanese:“Few things have done more harm than the belief on the part of individuals or groups (or tribes or nations or churches) that he or she or they are in sole possession of the truth; especially about how to live, what to be and do….and that those who differ from them are not only mistaken, but wicked or mad: and need restraining or suppressing. It is a terrible and dangerous arrogance to believe that you have a magical eye which sees the truth and that others cannot be right if they disagree.Compromising with people with whom you don’t sympathize or altogether understand is indispensable to any decent society…. nothing is more destructive than a happy sense of one’s own or one’s nation’s infallibility.Another source of avoidable conflict is stereotypes; tribes hate neighbouring tribes by whom they feel threatened, and then rationalise their fears by representing them as wicked or inferior or absurd or despicable in some way.”I humbly commend these thoughts, as succinctly expressed above, to my fellow Guyanese.Sincerely,Nowrang Persaudlast_img read more

Kevin Love at peace, not worried about trade chatter

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Friday, Boston at Brooklyn: A noon start time. Could it be Kyrie Irving versus the Celtics?Saturday, Charlotte at Milwaukee: For some reason, few seem to be talking about the Bucks.Sunday, Memphis at Minnesota: Through Monday, Grizzlies rookie Ja Morant averaged 19 ppg.Monday, Utah at Philadelphia: A matchup of really good teams that usually put defense first.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Celtics hold off Kings despite Hield’s 41 points Cleveland is 5-12 and Love missed Monday’s game against Brooklyn with back issues. Now in his 11th season, the five-time All-Star can still play — he’s averaging 17.9 points and 11.8 rebounds, is a 36% shooter from 3-point range and won a ring with the Cavs in 2016.Even with him, the Cavs are likely a long shot for a playoff spot in the East. But Love insists that he isn’t forcing a change.“I’ve been committed to Cleveland since Day 1,” Love said. “I know it’s been a little shaky at some points. It’s been really great at some points. But now I’ve found some semblance of balance in my life, not only on the court but away from it.”Love also doesn’t shy away from the mental health questions.Players like Love and DeMar DeRozan helped bring the conversation into the NBA mainstream by opening up about their own private and personal issues.ADVERTISEMENT NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areascenter_img The way Walker fell, and how he had to leave the game on a stretcher, understandably raised plenty of concern. He was diagnosed with a sprained neck, which was probably about the best possible outcome given how bad the play looked in real time.Perhaps overlooked is this: The sprain is Walker’s second neck issue in less than three months.He played some games for USA Basketball at the FIBA World Cup in China in September while dealing with neck pain, which intensified to the point that he sat out the Americans’ finale there — the seventh-place game in Beijing against Poland.MIGHTY MAVSWith MVP candidate Luka Doncic leading the way, Dallas is flying.The Mavericks have scored 137 points or more in each of their last three games. Only two teams in league history have gone on longer such streaks — Denver in November 1988 and Portland in November 1990, both of those being four-game runs.The Mavs have reached the 125-point mark five times already this season. That matches their total from all of last season.THE WEEK AHEADA game to watch each day in the coming week:Tuesday, L.A. Clippers at Dallas: Doncic is rolling right now. Here comes a very big test.Wednesday, L.A. Lakers at New Orleans: Welcome back to New Orleans, Anthony Davis.Thursday, Happy Thanksgiving: It’s one of the days the NBA has no games on the schedule. “I kind of played all my cards and spoke my truth,” Love said. “I just feel like there’s not a lot out there that could really hurt me. I feel like, not only for other people but selfishly for myself, it’s been very therapeutic.”HISTORY LESSONThe Spurs are in trouble.Monday’s loss to the Lakers dropped San Antonio to 6-12, and seeing that is all anyone would probably need to realize that the Spurs’ record-tying 22-year streak of postseason appearances is in major jeopardy.But the numbers really hammer the point home.Over the last 14 seasons, not including this one, there have been 103 instances of teams starting 6-12 or worse. Of those, only four have made the postseason — and none of those four came from the Western Conference.And the last time the Spurs were under the .500 mark 18 games into a season was 1995-96, when they started 3-15. That’s the point where they fired Bob Hill for a guy named Gregg Popovich.“They’re going to be OK,” said Charlotte coach James Borrego, a former longtime Spurs assistant, who crossed paths with Popovich in Washington recently. “At the end of the day, he’s coaching his team, I’m coaching my team. I know what they’re going through. But they’ve been in this territory before. I don’t know if they’ve lost as much as they’ve lost this early, but they’ll bounce back. There’s high character there. They know what they’re doing.”The last West team to start 6-12 or worse and get into the playoffs was the 2004-05 Memphis Grizzlies, who began 5-11, went through two different coaches before bringing in Mike Fratello. He fashioned a 40-26 finish, the Grizzlies sneaked into the playoffs at 45-37 and as the eighth seed. They got swept in the first round.The NBA champions that year? San Antonio.KEMBA’S NECKBoston guard Kemba Walker took a scary hit last week when he collided with teammate Semi Ojeleye during the Celtics’ game at Denver. Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love (0) works against Dallas Mavericks forward Luka Doncic (77) for a shot opportunity in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Friday, Nov. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Kevin Love knows change could be coming.A couple of years ago, uncertainty might have been something that stressed him out, triggered the sorts of feelings like the ones that manifested themselves in the form of an in-game panic attack in 2017, rendered him unable to compete as efficiently as he wanted.ADVERTISEMENT Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball PLAY LIST 02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption Not this time.Even though he has three full years and about $90 million left on his contract after this season, it’s no secret that Love could be traded by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Plenty of teams even make sense for such a move — Portland, Dallas, Denver, Miami among others.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4But going public with the details of his panic attack — and his ongoing involvement in the conversation about the need to take care of mental health — has not left Love feeling vulnerable. He’s more at peace than anything else, and that’s why the rumors that are out there aren’t gnawing at him.“I’m just going to let the chips fall,” Love said. “I know that this is a young team. I think I can help them. I’m going to do right by Cleveland, the organization. This is a league where teams want to rebuild, teams want to go young but certain teams are looking for a piece, a guy who’s played in the finals, a guy who has playoff experience. I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I think it definitely lessens the burden and the anxiety.” ‘People evacuated on their own’ MOST READ LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Man Utd, Everton and Crystal Palace keeping tabs on Marseille’s Belgian striker

first_img1 Scouts from Manchester United, Everton and Crystal Palace all watched Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi in action at the weekend, according to reports in France.Representatives from the trio of English clubs were in attendance alongside counterparts from Borussia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen and Villarreal as the French club drew 1-1 at home against Toulouse.And it has been reported by L’Equipe that they were all keeping a close eye on hotshot Batshuayi, who has scored 13 goals in 27 Ligue 1 outings so far this term.United are also understood to be interested in Marseille winger Georges-Kevin Nkoudou, the 21-year-old who has scored five in 22 games so far, who, like Batshuayi, played all 90 minutes in the clash.But it was a very familiar face who scored the goal for the home side as on-loan Steven Fletcher equalised following Wissam Ben Yedder’s opener. Michy Batshuayi has scored 13 goals in 27 Ligue 1 outings so far this term last_img read more

NORTH-WEST GARDEN ROSE TO BE SELECTED TONIGHT

first_imgThe 2013 Northwest Garden Rose will be crowned tonight at an event in McBride’s Lounge in Castlefinn. The second annual Garden Rose competition sponsored by McElhinney’s Department Store sees many businesses promoting their brands by entering a Rose.Last year’s winner was Rachel Ewing from Crossroads, Killygordon who represented the Villa Rose Hotel in Ballybofey. She will hand over her title this Friday night. Speaking ahead of the event she says she really enjoyed her year which has in fact brought her many new opportunities.“Since the Northwest Garden Rose finale last May I have worked with McElhinneys Department Store as a model. They approached me after the contest and invited me to become part of their team for in-house and external events.“I’ve also grown in confidence and the PR that it generated has add greatly to my portfolio. I would like to thank the Northwest Garden Show organisers for the opportunity and wish all the girls the very best of luck this weekend.”Each Northwest Garden Rose contestant will represent a sponsoring company. The budding beauties will be hoping to impress the judging panel and charm the crowd in their quest to be crowned Northwest Garden Rose 2013. Garden Roses may also take the opportunity to do a performance piece if they so wish however this is not mandatory and will not affect the selection of the overall winner.The candidates will represent their sponsoring company on the run up to the Northwest Garden Rose event. Meanwhile the winning rose will be invited to attend all Northwest Garden Show related events and promotions throughout 2013/2014. She will also be invited to return to the 2014 Garden Rose finale to crown her successor.The winning Rose will receive a perpetual crown designed by Newbridge Silverware, a McElhinney’s gift card valued at €1000; a stunning Lancome and Newbridge hamper and she will be invited to attend and mix with the crowds at the two-day Northwest Garden Show on May 25th and 26th at CPI Complex, Castlefinn.All finialists will receive a professional Lancome makeover at their counter in McElhinneys and an upstyling by Public Image on the evening of the event.Entry to the Northwest Garden Rose costs €8 or €15 for two and are available at the door. For more information email gardenrose@nothwestgardenshow.ie or call Shane on 086-1729500. For more information log onto northwestgardenshow.ie or follow us on Facebook and twitter.The 2013 Northwest Garden Rose Finalists are:Cliona Rushe representing The Navenny GrillCliona works in McElhinney’s Department Store in Sales but she is also an Assistant Buyer. Ciara McBride representing The Finn Valley VoiceCiara is from Killygordon and is a hair stylist with Public Image in Ballybofey.Laura Friel representing Public ImageLaura is a hair stylist and is representing her employer Public Image. She is also involved in drama and works part-time in the Balor Theatre.Leeanne Sweeney representing Kees HotelLeeanne is currently studying to be Primary School Teacher. She also works part-time as a lifeguard and swimming instructor in Kees Hotel.Aisling Rader representing Finn Valley NurseriesAisling is a student but works part time in Kees Hotel. She enjoys playing the fiddle and guitar.Grace Doherty representing The Villa Rose HotelGrace works part time in the Villa Rose Hotel and loves playing the piano.Leslie Magee representing Media BoxLeslie is a nursing student at St. Angela’s College Sligo. She is also involved in voluntary work with day services the local area.Bronagh Kelly representing Murray’s Pharmacy, CastlefinnShona Molloy representing McBride’s BarShona is a full-time studentMichelle Gallagher representing Sign WorxNORTH-WEST GARDEN ROSE TO BE SELECTED TONIGHT was last modified: May 17th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:Northwest Garden Show Roselast_img read more

Investors to redevelop old plant

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventThe move underscores efforts by economic-development experts and elected officials to preserve the region’s shrinking industrial base. The Los Angeles area remains the nation’s strongest manufacturing center. “We think it’s very important and it’s a product type we are very interested in assisting with development,” Mark Shaffer, Shamrock’s managing partner, said of the industrial sector. Several years ago the firm helped develop the Van Nuys Business Park near Woodley Avenue and the Van Nuys Airport. The Pomona site is already titled and has been subdivided into 22 parcels, Schaffer said. Genesis’ investment will finance the acquisition of the site and the development of 19 buildings. They will range in size from 13,000 to 70,000 square feet with development occurring in two phases over the next 30 months. They will then be sold to the owners needing warehouse space or a light manufacturing facility, he said. This partnership will mark the second project Genesis has done with Long Beach-based Seventh Street Development and its fourth project with Seventh Street principals Craig Furniss and Doug Hinchliffe. This Genesis fund totals $104 million and provides developers with financing packages that typically range from $10 million to $80 million. Shamrock focuses its investments in low- to moderate- income neighborhoods in Los Angeles, Kern, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, Santa Barbara, Orange, San Diego and Imperial counties. The initial Genesis Fund, credited as the first investment vehicle of its kind in the United States, has helped develop more than $250 million in retail, industrial, mixed-use and creative office development and was responsible for the creation and/or retention of an estimated 5,000 jobs in Southern California, the company said. Shamrock Capital Advisors is an affiliate of Burbank-based Shamrock Holdings of California, Inc., the investment arm of the Roy E. Disney family. Jack Kyser, chief economist at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., said this type of private sector involvement is critical to preserving the region’s industrial base. “It’s a pretty important stake in the ground,” Kyser said. These are the kind of infill projects that meet the expansion needs of existing companies. “This is what we’re going to have to do in Los Angeles unless we come across an unexpected elephant in terms of land,” he said. greg.wilcox@dailynews.com (818) 713-3743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BURBANK – A partnership that includes the investment arm of the Roy E. Disney family and focuses on job-generating projects has bought a former aerospace facility in Pomona that it will convert into an industrial park, officials said Monday. The Genesis Real Estate Fund II, managed by Burbank-based Shamrock Capital Advisors, and Seventh Street Development acquired 20.6 acres of land that includes a shuttered plant formerly occupied by General Dynamics. The partnership plans to turn the site into a 380,000-square-foot industrial park called Mission-71 Business Park. It is adjacent to the Corona Expressway at Mission Boulevard and will include a freeway ramp. The Genesis fund is contributing $8.5 million to the project. last_img read more

Leicester in talks over deal for Ludogorets winger Jonathan Cafu

first_imgLeicester City have held preliminary talks over a move for Ludogorets winger Jonathan Cafu, according to reports in France.The Foxes have been tracking the 25-year-old since November after being impressed with his performances in the Champions League.The Brazilian has struck four goals in Europe’s premier club competition this season, including one against Arsenal during his side’s 3-2 defeat to the Gunners back in November.Now, according to RMC, Leicester have had talks with Cafu’s agent about moving to the King Power Stadium this January.Foxes boss Claudio Ranieri is reportedly keen to add to his squad during the current transfer window and he has already completed the signing of Genk midfielder Wilfred Ndidi for £15m.Cafu looks as though he is next on the Italian manager’s shortlist, but he will have to fight off strong competition from Lyon to tie up a deal.The French club are interested in the Ludogorets winger too and, along with Lazio, they have held talks over a move too. 1last_img read more

From Antarctica with love

first_imgDancing penguins stepped on the toes of the new James Bond in a battle royal of the tuxedos – proving a license to chill is better than a license to kill at the box office. The animated “Happy Feet” just pipped the new 007 opus “Casino Royale” – featuring the debut of Daniel Craig as a not-so-suave Bond – by less than $2 million. With an opening weekend gross of $42.3 million, “Happy Feet” gave Warner Bros. the biggest animated movie opening in its long history, while “Casino Royale” finished a strong runner-up with a take of $40.6 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. “It was nice to win the weekend; I didn’t expect it going in,” said Warner Bros. distribution head Dan Fellman. “I think we’re extremely well-positioned to play strong through Thanksgiving and Christmas. We will be on the screen until the ice melts.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Contributing to Warner’s first place finish was the giant-screen IMAX version of “Happy Feet,” responsible for $2.4 million of the movie’s total gross and giving IMAX its biggest animated movie opening ever. Sony Pictures Entertainment, which released “Casino Royale,” seemed content with second place given the film’s 2 1/2-hour running time, resulting in fewer showings per day. Craig’s first outing as the British secret agent is the 21st official Bond movie, the most recent of which was 2002’s “Die Another Day,” which featured Pierce Brosnan as Bond for the fourth time. “Casino Royale” fell short of the $47 million opening weekend of “Die” but far exceeded Brosnan’s first outing as Bond in 1995’s “Goldeneye” ($26.2 million). “We’re ecstatic with our opening for `Casino Royale,”‘ said Rory Bruer, Sony’s president of distribution. “It’s certainly the best-reviewed Bond ever, and people are just eating it up. Daniel Craig is amazing as the new James Bond, and it feels like we’re not only satisfying die-hard Bond fans but creating new fans as well. “This is a fantastic start for a new Bond.” Box office analyst Paul Dergarabedian of Exhibitor Relations Co. said it is no surprise that “Happy Feet” and “Casino Royale” had a photo finish because “the movies are so closely matched in awareness and enthusiasm. Audiences had to see these movies. It was a battle royal at the box office.” But the two films combined could not match last year’s record November opening of “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” which took in $102.3 million its opening weekend the same weekend a year ago. This resulted in box office receipts for the top 12 films falling short of last year’s by 22 percent. Still, box office receipts have been up over 2005 figures 27 out of the last 35 weekends, with year-to-date revenue up by nearly 6 percent. Falling to third place after two weekends at the top was the Sacha Baron Cohen comedy “Borat,” which took in an estimated $14.35 million for an impressive three-week total of $90.5 million. It was followed by Disney’s “The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause” in fourth place with $8.2 million ($51.6 million to date) and DreamWorks’ animated “Flushed Away” rounding out the top five with a weekend take of $6.8 million ($48.8 million to date). Final box office totals will be released today. greg.hernandez@ dailynews.com (818) 713-3758 ——— TOP 10 MOVIES Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc. Final figures will be released today. 1. “Happy Feet,” $42.3 million. 2. “Casino Royale,” $40.6 million. 3. “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan,” $14.4 million. 4. “The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause,” $8.2 million. 5. “Flushed Away,” $6.8 million. 6. “Stranger Than Fiction” $6.6 million. 7. “Babel,” $2.9 million. 8. “Saw III,” $2.8 million. 9. “The Departed” $2.6 million. 10. “The Queen” $2.3 million. TOP 10 MOVIES Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc. Final figures will be released today. 1. “Happy Feet,” $42.3 million. 2. “Casino Royale,” $40.6 million. 3. “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan,” $14.4 million. 4. “The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause,” $8.2 million. 5. “Flushed Away,” $6.8 million. 6. “Stranger Than Fiction” $6.6 million. 7. “Babel,” $2.9 million. 8. “Saw III,” $2.8 million. 9. “The Departed” $2.6 million. 10. “The Queen” $2.3 million.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Lallana strikes for Liverpool with five minutes left to break Man United hearts

first_img Getty Images – Getty Getty Images – Getty Liverpool were the first to threaten but after some good work, Georginio Wijnaldum wasted the opening with a weak shot which hardly troubled De Gea.United’s reply came from Scott McTominay but his effort from the edge of the area was just as tame as his Liverpool counterpart and the game remained goalless with half an hour gone.Liverpool’s best opening of the half then fell to Roberto Firmino but his shot was under-hit following good work by Sadio Mane.However, United claimed the lead with 10 minutes of the half remaining as Rashford scored from close range, with the goal standing following a VAR check for Lindelof’s challenge on Origi before United broke to score. Getty Images – Getty Adam Lallana celebrates his late equaliser Adam Lallana scored his first Liverpool goal for 18 months to secure a point for Liverpool against bitter rivals at Manchester United.Marcus Rashford’s controversial strike in the first half seemed destined to be the winner, but Lallana came off the bench to strike with just five minutes of normal time remaining to ensure the match ended 1-1.The Red Devils were perhaps fortunate to be given the lead, with VAR backing referee Martin Atkinson’s on-field decision not to award a free kick to Liverpool in the build up for a challenge from Victor Lindelof on  Divock Origi.The men from Merseyside were left fuming as Sadio Mane then had a goal ruled out by VAR for handball. But given how poorly his side played, Jurgen Klopp would have been happy to settle for a point in the end. 3 Liverpool had a goal ruled out in the first half center_img ‘I am absolutely sick and tired of it!’ – Moose’s brilliant rant on VARAnother fast break eventually saw the ball fall to Fred in the Liverpool penalty area moments later but the Brazilian midfielder sliced his effort wide.Fred curled another effort just wide as the hosts looked the most likely to score the next goal.But Liverpool found the back of the net with five minutes remaining when a driven Andrew Robertson cross eluded the United defence for an unmarked Lallana to tap in from close range at the far post. 3 3 Marcus Rashford gave Manchester United the lead at Old Trafford Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:52Loaded: 5.75%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:52 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Liverpool thought they had equalised just before the break but again a VAR ruling went against them.Mane got to a high ball ahead of Lindelof and rolled it past De Gea but the goal was chalked off after the forward handled as he tried to control the ball.Liverpool searched for an equaliser but the closest they came was with 20 minutes remaining through substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s dragged effort.The visitors enjoyed more possession in Manchester United’s half, however, they were suspect on the counter attack with Rashford firing narrowly wide from the edge of the area in the 67th minute.last_img read more