Police still to find suspect in domino competition killing

first_imgThe suspect wanted in connection with the Father’s Day killing of 38-year-old John Choong, remains at large.Guyana Times learnt on Saturday that Police searches garnered no results as the young man remains on the run. Relatives, who continue to check with Police for updates on the investigation, remain hopeful that the suspect will be found.Choong, a former resident of Sisters Village, West Bank Demerara, and a father of three, sustained head injuries during an altercation with the suspect at a dominoes competition on Father’s Day and died two days later while receiving treatment at the West Demerara Regional Hospital.After the man’s demise, the suspect, who was said to be in his early 20s, went into hiding, fearing that he would be incarcerated for the man’s death. The deceased was an employee at the Wales Sugar Estate up to 2017 but later took up employment as a hire car operator to provide for his family. His spouse is a housewife.Choong, who often played dominoes at Sideline Dam, Sisters Village on weekends with other men in the area, was killed while being engaged in his favourite pastime. Reports were that sometime after midnight on June 16, 2018, he and the suspect got into an argument and then a scuffle.The now dead man was reportedly pushed into a nearby drain where he hit his head.It was further reported that Choong received 10 stiches to his head before being dischargeded from the West Demerara Regional Hospital on June 17, 2018.He, however, went back to the Hospital on June 18 to clean the wound. On June 19, when he revisited the medical facility, he was admitted and succumbed one day later. A post-mortem proved that he died as a result of cerebral haemorrhage. This newspaper reported that the late Choong and the suspect had settled the matter before Choong’s wound became septic.last_img read more

2019 Masters: Steph Curry emotional over Tiger Woods’ win

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.Klay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!OAKLAND – Sometimes, the Warriors doze off during a film session. This time, they leaped with joy.The reason? The Warriors watched Tiger Woods win the Masters in what marked his fifth of that tournament, his 15th major title and his first major victory since the 2008 U.S. Open. Once that …last_img read more

Rockstar gets a spiritual music launch at Nizamuddin dargah

first_imgRanbir Kapoor and Imtiaz Ali kickstarted the promotional campaign of their upcoming biggie Rockstar on a spiritual note at Delhi’s historic Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah on Monday night.Director Imtiaz officially launched the film’s music by placing a CD of the film’s soundtrack at the tomb of the mystic Sufi poet Amir Khusro, considered the father of qawwali, and sought his blessings.Ranbir, Imtiaz and singer Mohit Chauhan then joined the Dargah’s famous qawwals to celebrate the conclusion of the four-day Urs of Hazrat Amir Khusro that is held every year. The trio also offered a chaddar at Khusro’s tomb.”The atmosphere was magical. Imtiaz, Ranbir and the unit were keen on the film’s music composer A.R. Rahman joining them for the event, but unfortunately Rahman couldn’t make it,” a source said.Imtiaz had last year shot a significant scene of the movie at the Dargah. For Ranbir, the Dargah holds a special place because his grandfather, late showman Raj Kapoor, was known for his affinity for the place. RK was known to visit the Dargah whenever he came to Delhi.”Rahman’s music in Rockstar is an unusual fusion of rock, sufi and qawwali. So, the Dargah was an obvious choice for the unit to launch the music album,” the source added.The Nizamuddin Dargah is believed to be the place of origin of qawwali, a reason why Imtiaz has shot a key qawwali sequence at the place.At the Dargah, the trio were in a musical and devotional mood. Sporting colourful turbans, Ranbir played the guitar while Mohit rendered a few songs from the film. The listeners especially loved the qawwali, Kun faaya kun. Soon, the Dargah’s Qawwals joined the film unit.advertisementImtiaz’s new film tells the story of a simplistic young man (played by Ranbir) who gets obsessed with becoming a man of worth after being spurned in love and goes on to become a famous rockstar.Ranbir has al so been exces sively obsessed with every detail of the filmmaking process. The film was initially scheduled to open on September  9, along with Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, but will now release on November 11.last_img read more

Junior World Cup victory puts Indian hockey on crossroads again

first_imgGolden boys: The Indian hockey team with the Junior World Cup trophyOne night during the junior men’s hockey World Cup India captain Gagan Ajit Singh sat in his hotel room in Hobart, stuck at the bottom of the world. Hobart is a long way Down Under, but Gagan was talking,Golden boys: The Indian hockey team with the Junior World Cup trophyOne night during the junior men’s hockey World Cup India captain Gagan Ajit Singh sat in his hotel room in Hobart, stuck at the bottom of the world. Hobart is a long way Down Under, but Gagan was talking history, not geography.India had just lost a crucial pool match to Australia and Gagan asked the question Indian hockey has been asked for 20 years. How is it that every time it really counted, someone else ended up celebrating and the Indian team had to put its heads down and leave the field.”Yaar, hum field pe kab nachenge (When will we be the ones dancing on the field)?” Gagan asked roommate Arjun Halappa. “Hamara din kab aayega (When is it going to be our day)?”Surely now, with the Junior World Cup trophy held up to an astonished nation, every one in Indian hockey understands. When they plan for it, when they prepare for it, when they will it, it can be their day.For the first time in more than 25 years India returned from a world hockey event with something other than regrets. India has won only three major titles in 25 years – the 1975 senior World Cup, Olympic gold in 1980 and Asian Games gold in 1998 – far too little for a country that once painted hockey’s greatest works of art but now struggles to read its modern textbooks. The under-21 World Cup and the way it was won could prove to be the key to the difficult translation.Two days after the Indians had to swallow the defeat versus Australia, they played the mighty Dutch with only one option: victory. Coach Rajinder Singh, who spent a fitful night thinking of formations, didn’t spare his team the truth.advertisement”I told them if they couldn’t win that match, there would never be a revival of Indian hockey,” he says. That’s a very heavy cross to carry even if you’re not running full tilt at goal, hockey stick in hand, white ball in focus, eyes darting, heart pumping. But Rajinder’s words freed his side.They played like it was the final, running on a battery of self-belief and energy. The Netherlands equalised three times, but the Indians scored still one more to win 4-3. They beat Germany 3-2 in the semis and Argentina 6-1 in the final.Aussie junior team coach Colin Batch was impressed. “The Indians kept improving throughout the tournament. They attacked very quickly, but also had very good defence, launching the ball a good 50-60m out of defence, bypassing the midfield,” he told INDIA TODAY.Attack and defence are not two sides of a coin but the elements of the precious metal that makes it. Post-Hobart, there is celebration over the fact that the Indians won playing “traditional” hockey with five forwards and not the “European style”. Former Olympian and ex-coach Balkishen Singh differs.”The game that we displayed was a mix of Indian skills and European thrust. It cannot and must not be interpreted as a triumph of the so-called Indian classical hockey. India has clearly evolved a new style of hockey,” he says.It’s what is being worked on at the national camp, the seniors argue, call it what you like. The tactic Batch singled out – the scoop out from the defence – is a signature move. Rajinder explained it was taken to thwart counter-attacks, break tight man-to-man marking and open up the play.The precise, nimble hand of skill fitted into the glove of modern hockey – in some parts, they’re already calling this the “Eurasian” style. Never mind the name tags. The victory was a result of a sustained programme of training and international competition for the past three years.”The 2001 Junior World Cup was seen as a target from August 1999,” says C.R. Kumar, who coached the junior squad until earlier this year. Of the 18 players in the team, 14 have played for India at various levels: juniors, ‘A’ teams, second XIs, developmental teams as well as the seniors.Most other teams in Hobart also had players who belonged to their senior squads, including two Australian internationals who had 100 caps between them. So while the Indian experience may have helped, what may have worked more was that they had played in each other’s company very often. The team was sent to Australia two weeks before the start of the Junior World Cup for practice games and acclimatisation to Hobart’s temperatures that sometimes hit 4 degrees Celsius.advertisementEvery little bit helped. The programme now in place for Indian juniors from the under-14 levels upwards is the IHF’s one bright idea that is showing results. But its feudal management policies often threaten to undo all that good work.Continuity in personnel is seen as dangerous and mild dissent is considered armed rebellion. Kumar was suddenly moved out to the senior camp at the start of the year. Rajinder, who had previously worked with the under-18s, was announced new coach two months before the World Cup.Fortunately the team made the most of Rajinder’s expertise and ensured that Kumar’s work was not wasted. Now, when there should be talk of how to translate the win into success at the senior level, there are calls to sack the seniors and groom the glory boys from Hobart for the 2004 Olympics.Senior coach Cedric D’Souza ignores it all. “The victory will give these boys confidence – when they come into the national camp they will push the seniors, there will be two-three guys fighting for one spot. It’s a healthy competitive atmosphere and that’s fantastic,” he says.The senior World Cup – the true barometer for India’s standing in the world game – is only four months away and every step taken from here on is critical. In 1997, India had finished runners-up in the Junior World Cup.The desire to fast-track those players into the senior team led to upheaval, heartburn and no less than four changes of coaches between 1998 and 2001. Former Olympian and selector M.M. Somaya wants perspective to prevail and the younger players to develop their own analytical skills.The juniors are scattered and savouring victory. Gagan to Ferozepur where there are two hockey Olympians in his family: father Ajit and uncle Harmeek.Player of the tournament Deepak Thakur to Una to talk to his father, a driver with the Himachal Pradesh Government, about how he scored 10 goals. Deep defender Jugraj Singh, whose penalty-corner hitting is called world class, to Rayya near Amritsar for an overdue haircut.And Halappa to Coorg where his parents want to know why his brand-new Oakleys sunglasses, the cool sportsman’s most vital accessory, cost more than a washing machine.To a man they are energised and empowered. What happened to very few Indian hockey players in two decades happened to them. Their day arrived. They danced. Someone else left quietly.Which is why Hobart is more than an achievement or a landmark for the sport. Hobart is hope itself. The men who run Indian hockey must now decide whether to let that hope float or sink.- with Rohit Brijnath and bureau reportslast_img read more

James Harden misfires, Rockets still beat Jazz for 3-0 series lead

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Mitchell scored 34 points but struggled shooting, too, making just 9 of his 27 attempts. Derrick Favors had 13 for the Jazz.Royce O’Neale, who played tenacious defense on Harden, made a 3-pointer for Utah’s last lead at 89-88.The Jazz led most of the game, but never by more than eight.The Rockets made their move in the fourth quarter.Gerald Green made back-to-back 3-pointers and Harden added a pair of free throws with 8:33 remaining put the Rockets up, 84-80.ADVERTISEMENT After two slow starts in Houston, the Jazz came out energized with a deafening crowd hanging on every basket. Utah led 11-3 and Harden picked up two fouls in the first 94 seconds, but stayed on the court. He couldn’t find his rhythm until the stretch run.The Rockets have made no secret they are keying on Mitchell and Ingles to take away their playmaking and make other Utah players beat them. So far, no one else has made them pay.Mitchell vowed to be more aggressive and apologized for being a “no show” early in the series. He re-introduced himself to the series in an exuberant show of shot-making and open emotion after big plays. But it didn’t last.Prior to Saturday’s big game, Mitchell was shooting 32.6% and had more turnovers (nine) than assists (six). After his hot start, Mitchell missed 11 straight field goal attempts but never stopped attacking.Harden was missing 3-pointers and floaters, including two that were rejected by Rudy Gobert early in the game, and didn’t convert one until his emphatic fast-break dunk with 7:34 to play. But then he made a step-back 3-pointer to give Houston its largest lead at 89-83.The leading MVP candidate did get to the line — something the Jazz have tried desperately to avoid. But he also spent a lot of time down on the floor as the Jazz were much more physical than in the two earlier Houston blowouts.Gobert had 10 points, eight rebounds and seven blocked shots.Before the game, Mike D’Antoni said all the talk about playoff adjustments is overblown.“It’s mostly going to come down to the heart and soul of the players and if they’re going to come down and force their will, play hard and get into people,” he predicted.TIP-INS SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hasslescenter_img DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Tossed! Umpire flings fan who runs on field in Jays-A’s game MOST READ Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Mitchell had a wide-open look at a 3-pointer on the ensuing possession, but like so many of his shots in the hard-fought contest, it was off the mark.Game 4 of the best-of-seven Western Conference series is Monday night in Utah.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, logisticsHarden misfired on his first 15 shots and was 3-for-20 shooting with 10 assists. He was 14 for 16 from the line.Chris Paul scored 18 points and Clint Capela had 11 points and 14 rebounds for the Rockets, who won despite shooting 38.4 percent from the field and 67.6 percent from the line. Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) defends against Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) as he drives up court in the first half during an NBA basketball game Saturday, April 20, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY — James Harden overcome a horrible shooting performance and scored 14 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, leading the Houston Rockets to a 104-101 win over the Utah Jazz for a commanding 3-0 lead in their first-round playoff series.Harden made a 3-pointer and added two free throws with 42.4 seconds left to give the Rockets a 101-97 lead. After Donovan Mitchell made two free throws, Harden missed another 3-point attempt, but P.J. Tucker, who finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds, grabbed the rebound, was fouled and made one of two free throws.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Rockets: Rivers and Ingles got double technicals in the second quarter for tossing the ball at each other. … In the third quarter, Harden was wrapped up by Royce O’Neale on a fast break and landed awkwardly with O’Neale on top of him in the row of cameras beyond the baseline. … When Harden shot free throws, the crowd often chanted “Flopper! Flopper!”Jazz: Gobert had five blocks in the first half. … Jae Crowder started in place of Favors for the first time in the series. … Jazz missed six free throws in the first four minutes of the second half. … Utah was 12 of 41 from beyond the arc.UP NEXTGame 4 is Monday night in Utah. View commentslast_img read more