By Utamu BelleLinden Mayor Waneka Arrindell got increasingly excited about the Christmas holidays recently when Sunday Times Magazine sat down with her in her office to talk about the importance of love and having family close around the holidays.We got the chance to see the lighter side of the Mayor as she shared her own family experiences growing up and as a wife and a mother to 3 children. Her face lit up like a Christmas tree as she related that this was her favourite season of all.“I love Christmas. Christmas is my favourite holiday, and it’s not about all the festivities and the spending,” she explained.“For that one week before Christmas, I like to be home and myself and the family would decorate. I’m ‘extra’ with decorating too. I have lots of trees and lights. I’m extra and I love to put up ‘Happy birthday Jesus’ because, for my family and I, Christmas is all about Christ. So, that week for me is where I rather not have any Mayoral calls and myself and children would fix the Christmas tree, we get the chance to come on the road and purchase gifts,” she related.She explained that for her, the Christmas season is a way of reminding others about Jesus Christ and his gift of love. Her strong belief that the holidays are mainly about sharing leads her to sponsor a family each Christmas by shopping items for them, which, she explained, is something she does behind the scenes. She noted that she has also incorporated the art of giving to her children as they are tasked each year with buying gifts for someone who they believe need it most.“One of the things I like to do every Christmas for my family is to buy a gift for somebody else. So, each of my children would get monies but that money is not to buy a gift for you, you have to find the thing you like the most and you buy it and you give it to someone else. Whether you’re giving it to a sibling or another family member or you’re giving it to a friend. So that’s like a kind of tradition we try to have,” Arrindell said.Additionally, each year around the holidays, Arrindell’s immediate family gets to sponsor two children from the Haruni Girls Home situated along the Soesdyke-Linden Highway. The children get to spend the holidays with the family and according to the Mayor, it provides an opportunity for them to interact and learn about each other’s different ways of life.This, she noted, also presents an opportunity for her children to participate in the art of sharing and be more loving. It’s an opportunity they look forward to each year.“That is what Christmas is about— lots of sharing and giving. There’s lots of food most of the time but it’s more so spending time with your families,” she said.Arrindell further shared that she grew up in a Christian home, where her mother was mainly the only parent there. Nevertheless, she noted that her family has always been close-knit.She has 6 sisters who each have children of their own and each year, the family would pick a day out of the holiday season where they would meet up at their parents’ home to spend quality family time to end off the season. She recalled growing up very poor but noted that at Christmas time it was always special.“Even though we didn’t have a lot to eat or share, there was one thing that was significant. Our parents always made sure we had a new outfit. On Christmas day itself, we all got up about 4-5 o’clock in the morning, we go to church and then when we came back home from church we got a chance to sit and open whatever little gift or token we had”.She also shared that her mother practised a tradition whereby at the end of the year the family would stand in circles, hold hands and pray. Her mother would then allow everyone to apologise to each other. At the end of this, family members would hug, cry, forgive each other and move on from there. Arrindell said she is thankful for this initiative, noting that it has kept her and her siblings close to this day even though they have all grown up and have children of their own.Even now, the family keeps close whether it’s simply by talking or having family outings. She credits this to the way they were brought up— with the realisation that family was everything. Arrindell said the idea of family and love is an agenda that needs to be pushed with the children of today.She advises families to stay close, not only around the holidays.“The year is always busy and if we take a step back, we’d realise how the year seems short— like it just came and it went. This Christmas time, I believe at this time it’s time for us to spend it with our families. It’s not even a long time…but whatever day you have, take the time to spend it with your family, to sit down with your family, to share and to be free with each other…For me, this end of year and this Christmas season I’ll advise families to meet. If there are differences in your family relationships throughout the year, we’re going into a new season. Let’s forgive and let’s move into the New Year together as a family,” Arrindell advised.Asked about plans for her family this Christmas, she noted that while she had initially planned on taking the family to a Christmas-themed park in Brazil, the Mayor said she decided against it after she realised that the idea can be recreated right in the community of Linden.“I had the opportunity to visit Brazil, and Brazil has a park that almost looks like Main Street, Georgetown. And that park is now lit for Christmas…I wanted to take my children to see it but I had a greater idea. We decided, ‘why don’t we find one spot in Linden and see if we can light it up to excite children?’”.As a result, she noted that through the Junior Mayor programme, the municipality is hoping to prepare a spot by the river in the vicinity of the roundabout at Mackenzie, with the hopes of transforming it into a mini Christmas-themed park.“We want to put down a huge Christmas tree, light the area, put a few benches so families can come and feel the Christmas spirit…we wouldn’t be able to put in any toys or so forth but it’s one place where it’s lit that people can come out and sit with their children and have that kind of feeling”.Arrindell shared her hope that this initiative can be the start of something great that can continue every Christmas season.“So that’s my plans this Christmas…relax, play some games. We play lots of family games at Christmas. I encourage everyone to take their family to church this Christmas. If you haven’t gone all year, go and hear the story of Jesus’ birth…It’s a story of hope. After all that we’ve gone through this year, that story of hope should prepare you for next year,” she noted.
Botswana are equally desperate for maximum points at the National Stadium having lost 2-1 away to Tunisia and 2-0 at home to Senegal.Egypt won three consecutive Cup of Nations titles between 2006 and 2010 but then failed to qualify for the 2012 and 2013 tournaments.Coach Hassan Shehata, mastermind of the title hat-trick, quit after the 2012 exit and American Bob Bradley was in charge for the 2013 campaign.Shawky Gharib, assistant to Shehata and Bradley, was promoted and his pre-qualifiers promise that Egypt would regain the title seems extraordinarily optimistic.Angry Egyptian football officials have warned the former national team midfielder that he will be sacked if the country suffers the humiliation of a third consecutive qualifying flop.“National team results are the responsibility of the coaches and we will hire a foreigner if Gharib fails to take the team to Morocco,” football association president Gamal Allam warned.Gharib suffered a late blow when one of seven overseas-based players in a 25-man squad, Hull City wing-back Ahmed Elmohamady, withdrew injured.Egypt are a team in transition and Gharib has not found a new ‘spine’ to replace retired defender Wael Gomaa and midfielder Mohamed Abou Trika and injured striker Mohamed ‘Gedo’ Nagy.Botswana, who are 10 places below Egypt in the Confederation of African Football (CAF) rankings, were unlucky losers in Tunisia before failing to match the classy Senegalese.Former West Ham United and West Bromwich Albion midfielder Peter Butler coaches a squad skippered by South Africa-based midfielder Joel Mogorosi and composed largely of locals. 0Shares0000CAPE TOWN, October 9- Record seven-time continental champions Egypt must defeat Botswana in Gaborone on Friday to retain a realistic chance of reaching the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Morocco.A disastrous Group G start last month saw the Pharaohs lose 2-0 away to Senegal and 1-0 at home to Tunisia, leaving them bottom of the table, six points adrift of the front-runners. – Senegal look to Cisse – Senegal hope Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse can maintain his hot English Premier League form when they host Tunisia in Dakar on Friday.Cisse bagged a brace in a draw at Swansea City last weekend and his return from a kneecap injury will compensate for the absence of Stoke City striker Mame Diouf, sidelined by a hamstring problem.The Senegalese are currently among the most impressive African teams with both goals against Egypt created by superb defence-splitting passes from Lokomotiv Moscow’s Dame Ndoye.Defending champions Nigeria visit Sudan on Saturday desperate for a first Group A win after a shock home loss to Congo Brazzaville and an uninspiring away draw with South Africa.Coach Stephen Keshi recalled Victor Moses only for the in-form Stoke City midfielder to withdraw because of a thigh injury.Out-of-contract Keshi, who is continuing at the request of the sports minister, has also had to contend with an outburst from Emmanuel Emenike.The Turkey-based striker was angered by public criticism from the coach, who claimed Emenike lacked respect for fellow Super Eagles.“I am honoured to play for Nigeria and respect the coach,” said Emenike. “If he feels I will not help achieve results or harmony, he can omit me.” South Africa tackle Congo in Atlantic city Pointe-Noire, scene of ugly clashes between the countries in a 1998 World Cup qualifier won 2-0 by the central African Red Devils.Several South Africans finished the game in blood-stained jerseys and TV coverage was temporarily halted when assault rifle-wielding soldiers threatened cameramen.Cameroon have ignored West Ham United midfielder Alex Song for an ‘away’ Group D game against Sierra Leone, who will play in Yaounde because of the Ebola epidemic. Song has completed a three-match ban after elbowing a Croatian in the back during the World Cup.Cameroon have put a disastrous World Cup campaign behind them with convincing victories over the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Ivory Coast.The Ivorians reacted to a 4-1 Yaounde drubbing by axing Souleymane Bamba and recalling another long-serving defender, Siaka Tiene, for the clash with DR Congo in Kinshasa.Top-ranked Algeria play Malawi in Blantyre, Ghana face Guinea in Morocco owing to the Ebola outbreak, and 2012 champions Zambia meet Niger in Niamey.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Danny Welbeck already looks a different player after leaving Manchester United and will flourish under the guidance of Arsene Wenger at Arsenal.That is according to former Gunners hitman Kevin Campbell, who shares Gary Neville’s view that Wenger has pulled off a massive coup in landing the forward for £16million.Welbeck, who made the switch to the Emirates late on deadline day, scored both goals in England’s 2-0 win over Switzerland in their opening Euro 2016 qualifier on Monday night.He is now set to make his Arsenal bow against Manchester City on Saturday and Campbell is expecting the 23-year-old to be a big hit for his new club.“I definitely do [see it as a bargain],” said the ex-Gunner, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“Ever since he has made that move he has looked a different player. Coming on against Norway for England he looked really sharp and the Switzerland game proved he knows where the net is.“We all know when you come through the ranks at a club now you are never really taken as seriously as a signing. Now is the time for Welbeck to come into his own because now he is a big star at Arsenal. And I think he is going to flourish.”
Rangers are seven points off the top of the Scottish Premiership behind bitter rivals Celtic getty 1 Rangers have taken a thinly-veiled swipe at Derek McInnes after the Aberdeen manager’s shock decision to turn down the chance of an Ibrox return.Gers chiefs finally made their move for the Pittodrie boss on Tuesday after six weeks of rumour and speculation. But their number one target to replace Pedro Caixinha has stunned Scottish football by knocking back the club he supported as a boy and went on to serve as a player.Now the Light Blues – who have confirmed caretaker boss Greame Murty will remain in charge until the winter break at least – have responded with a statement that claims they only approached Aberdeen for permission to hold talks with McInnes because they wanted to “assess” whether the 46-year-old was up for the job.It read: “After the two games against Aberdeen, we requested permission to engage with their manager to assess his readiness and willingness to consider the Rangers position. This was declined.“We were subsequently made aware by Aberdeen’s statement that, at this stage in his career, it would be best for him to remain in his current post.“We endorse that position because moving to a massive club like Rangers is a big step with concomitant risk.“We continue to consider candidates but will only appoint someone in whom we have full confidence and who feels he is ready for the job.”“There has been a great deal of media speculation regarding the appointment of a new manager. We assure all supporters that they will be the first to know when we are certain we have someone with the correct qualities required by our club.“The chairman made it clear at the AGM that the club did not consider there to be an outstanding candidate among those who had applied for the position and the club was therefore considering managers currently under contract. This requires permission from their present clubs.“The position of Rangers manager requires an ability to win football matches and the mentality to cope with the demanding off-pitch environment that goes with being the Rangers manager. This is a critical aspect of our assessment of any candidate during the interview process.“In the meantime, we have great confidence in Graeme Murty, who will continue as interim manager at least until the end of the year. The manner in which he has approached this task is a credit to himself and the club.”However, former Gers midfielder Derek Ferguson has claimed the failure to land McInnes is an embarrassment for the “clueless” Ibrox directors.Ferguson, who played for Rangers between 1983 and 1990, told BBC Radio Scotland: “I think it is a bit embarrassing. A club of the stature and the size of Rangers Football Club, to be six weeks without a manager, it’s not good enough. And the reason I’m saying that is because, being a player, at times players look for excuses. And they’ve got the biggest excuse of all, that they have not got a manager there to answer to.“The directors just look clueless at the moment. There’s been no clarity. We heard at the AGM that Mr King said they were looking at certain people in employment. Well, it’s not worked out and it’s not good enough. Is he going to take another six weeks? It’s scandalous.”Murty has overseen six games so far on his return to interim management duties, having previously filled the role after Mark Warburton’s departure.Back-to-back defeats against Hamilton and Dundee appeared to have killed off the former Reading defender’s chances of landing the post permanently but, having outsmarted McInnes twice last week, he will now re-enter the running.The Gers statement confirmed he will take charge of the club’s six remaining fixtures of 2017 – including the December 30 Old Firm showdown at Celtic Park.“In the meantime, we have great confidence in Graeme Murty, who will continue as interim manager at least until the end of the year,” it said. “The manner in which he has approached this task is a credit to himself and the club.”
Reigning Olympic individual showjumping champion Nick Skelton is to retire from the sport.British Showjumping announced that 59-year-old Skelton and his Rio Olympics gold medal-winning ride Big Star would formally retire at the Royal Windsor Horse Show on May 14.Skelton won Olympic gold last August, while four years earlier at the London Olympics he helped Great Britain to team gold alongside Scott Brash, Ben Maher and Peter Charles.Apart from two Olympic golds, Skelton also won a World Championship silver medal and four bronzes, plus three European golds, three silver and three bronze. He was a mainstay of British Nations Cup teams, and won grands prix all over the world.But it was aboard the brilliant stallion Big Star that he enjoyed his greatest triumph, delivering a showjumping masterclass in Rio last summer to achieve the prize that he always wanted.In a statement released by BS, Warwickshire-based Skelton said: “It has come to a point, after months of thought and consideration, that myself and my partner Big Star have decided to retire from competition.”Skelton riding Big Star at the Olympics PA“Although there are many people, including my family, Gary and Beverley (Big Star’s owners Gary and Beverley Widdowson) and my team that were looking forward to us carrying on this year, we feel that Big Star has done everything that a rider could ask and it is time for him to relax and enjoy his stallion duties. “As for myself, I have always stated that when Big Star was finished I would be as well.“This sport has given me more than I could have ever hoped over the past 43 years, and it is such a difficult decision to make.“But I am not getting any younger, and it is nice for the two of us to end on the highest note possible.“Thank you to all of the incredible friends and fans for your support – we are truly appreciative and humbled.“Thank you to all of my owners and sponsors throughout my career, I couldn’t have done it without you. And lastly, thank you to all of the horses I’ve ridden, you have provided me with opportunities one could never have imagined.”BS said that the double retirement will take place on the final day of this year’s Windsor Show, Sunday, May 14, in the Castle Arena.Skelton’s achievement in Rio was recognised with a third-place finish at the Sports Personality of the Year awards in December behind winner Andy Murray and runner-up Alistair Brownlee.His initial post-Rio target had been to concentrate on targeting the lucrative Rolex Grand Slam of Showjumpimg, but he will now bow out of the sport at the top, going down in history as arguably Britain’s greatest showjumper.
Share This!This week was filled with people losing their minds! The Disney and Universal news was definitely social, what with the debates on strollers, smoking, Halloween, and….ice raging on.This week, we learn what house will be the first one for Halloween Horror Nights, watch a few viral videos, and learn where we can get a brand new Disney fan favorite treat with an adult twist. Read on to find out more.In Case You Missed It – Disney and Universal Orlando News and RumorsThe week, we got updated a bit more on the policies that will be in order for those attending the Disneyland version of Galaxy’s Edge.Looking for a new brunch spot at Disney Springs? Consider Wine Bar George! (They’ll have Dole Whip mimosas!)Two clips are going viral this week. The first is this adorable little girl dancing with Bert from Mary Poppins. The second is of a dad who performed Ave Maria at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort.Have you ever noticed that there are no mirrors above the bathroom sinks? Here’s one valid reason for why. It’s actually really interesting.Disney has earned a perfect score of 100 on HRC’s Corporate Equality Index for LGBTQ workplace equality for the 13th consecutive year.Who else is excited about Stranger Things coming back to Halloween Horror Nights?Can you believe that Universal’s Islands of Adventure is turning 20 this year? Take a look back at some of the opening day attractions.In Case We Missed ItWhat did we miss? Attach your ideas to the Galaxy’s Edge: Black Spire book and send it to email@example.com with the words “In Case You Missed It” in the subject line.
Lenovo has officially launched two new smartphones, the A5000 and the P70. Both of them are also powered by a 4000mAh battery. While the A5000 is available for Rs 9,999, the P70 is slightly more expensive at Rs 15,999 . Also, the A5000 is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek processor, while the P70 has a 1.7GHz MediaTek MT6752 processor along with 4G LTE connectivity. The Lenovo A5000 sports a 5-inch HD IPS display and has 1GB RAM. Other features include 8GB internal memory, expandable via microSD card. The dual-sim device also has an 8MP rear camera with autofocus and LED flash, and 2MP front camera. Connectivity options include 3G HSPA+ Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS, The Lenovo P70 too has a 5-inch HD display and is powered by 2GB RAM, and 16GB internal memory which is expandable to 32GB via microSD card. There is also a 13MP rear camera with LED flash, and a 5MP front camera. Connectivity options include 4G LTE/3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS. Both devices are available at Lenovo retail stores.Speaking at the launch, Director, smartphones Lenovo India, Sudhin Mathur said, “Lenovo has been a pioneer in long battery life smartphones starting with P780 in 2013. With P70 & A5000 we are looking at further extending our relationship with long lasting smartphones. Customers have repeatedly highlighted a desire for improved battery life at the top of shoppers most wished for smartphone feature. With both these smartphones now available in the Indian market the users can stop worrying about the battery life, enjoy uninterrupted gaming experience or watch high definition movies and stay connected while on the move.”advertisement
× Published on Akshata Kamati during the weightlifting event.(Twitter via kheloindia) SHARE SHARE EMAIL Akshata Kamati during the weightlifting event.(Twitter via kheloindia) January 14, 2019 Kamati, the daughter of a farmer, initially seemed nowhere in the running for the gold. COMMENT Akshata Basvani Kamati of Karnataka has won a gold medal in the under-21 age 71 kg category in weightlifting at the Khelo India Youth Games being held here.She heaved a modest 73 kg in the snatch and then failed twice at 76 kg, while her main rivals — fellow Karnataka lifter Lavanya Rai (79) and P H Roshni of Arunachal Pradesh with 77 — built a handy lead.Stung by that reverse, Kamati opened with a successful attempt at 100 kg in clean & jerk and then improved it to 103 kg before failing at 107 kg in the next two attempts.Her rivals were nowhere close with Rai managing 95 kg, but failing at 98 kg, which, had it been successful, could have given Rai the gold.Rai’s attempt in snatch, Kamati’s attempt in clean & jerk and the total were all new records for junior women.The two Karnataka girls were clearly the pick and with totals of 176 kg by Kamati and 174 kg by Rai, they were way ahead of third place holder Roshni (167 kg), a media release said Monday.Kamati comes from Halaga near Belgaum. Her tryst with the sport was a case of love at first sight, which happened while taking a stroll in a gym at the Sharda Girls High School back home.Once hooked, she represented her school at the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan (RGKA) competitions in Bellari, landing a gold medal in her maiden major tournament.There was no looking back after that.Kamati credited her father for encouraging her towards the sport.“My father plays a very important role in my life. I have his unconditional support and he ensures that there are no hindrances of any kind in my sporting journey,” she was quoted as saying in the release.In 2014, Kamati began training at the Sports Authority of India’s Bengaluru centre under coach Virpal Kaur.“When I saw Akshata for the first time, I was sure that she was made for weightlifting. Her BMI (body mass index) index is very suited to lifting. Her technique is special and it will take her to high levels,” said Kaur. COMMENTS 0 SHARE
AdvertisementStephen Fleming with CSK skipper MS Dhoni during a training sessionChennai Super Kings coach, on Saturday, said that not having Dhoni on the field has an impact on how the team performs and on the captaincy. However, his side did well in the last match.“Whenever a great player who is in good form is not in your team, it has an impact on the team as well as the captaincy. You have to make adjustments. But it does not mean that we are not competitive. We still turned out a very good side in the last game and still got well beaten.” Fleming told the reporters on the eve of their IPL match against the Royal Challengers Bangalore.Fleming added that Dhoni and Bravo will be assessed at the end of the training to find if they are match fit.On CSK having a core group of players and support staff, Fleming said that the team likes to give players an extended run because their form is measured differently in T20.“We tend to look at the shorter format quite separately. We tend to give guys more chances because we are asking them to play a high-risk game. So it is unfair to look at form after two or three innings, both bowling and batting wise,” Fleming said.“The selection policy of the team is more conservative than others, but it tries to get the right team for any condition, which is a challenge in away matches,” he added.“We are a little bit more settled at home, which is how it should be. But when we travel away we set to work hard on making sure we get the balance between seam bowlers and spinners. That is the simplistic way we look at selecting sides and we’re pretty conservative with the emphasis on cohesion.”Fleming expects a high-scoring game against the RCB in Chinnaswamy stadium on Sunday, which means there will be more pressure on both the batsmen and the bowlers.“It is obviously overcast and a little bit damp around, so you need to wait 24 hours, it is going to change a lot in nature. I think it will be a good track, possibly a high-scoring game which is what we expect. So, pressure on bowlers, but also batters as well,” the New Zealander said.“We will read the pitch tomorrow, but one cannot assume it is going to be 200 versus 200,” he said.Fleming, while talking about the leggie Imran Tahir said that he has been more consistent this year, unlike previous years.“This year he has been very consistent and very clear on what he wants to do. He has been our chief wicket-taker. And the way he has done it within the camp please us a lot. His discipline and ability to deliver what we want has been outstanding,” Fleming said.“At times, he has been guilty of hunting wickets, which means he bowls a different style,” the CSK coach concluded.Advertisement
In cricket’s rich history and in all of its era, there have been the top three current batsmen, who have indulged in fierce competition to prove who is better. Presently the battle for top honours is between Steve Smith, Joe Root and Virat Kohli.Smith is currently the No.1 ranked Test batsman, followed by Root at number two and Kohli at number three. But looking at India Test captain’s form in the ongoing series against England and two match remaining, he has every chance to dethrone Root from the second spot. Kohli is only 14 points behind the England batsman in rankings. (Also read: We are seeing the best of Virat Kohli now: Nasser Hussain to India Today)Interestingly, Kohli and Root have played equal number of Test matches (51) and there is not much of a difference when it comes to numbers. While Smith has a better Test average of 57.48 from 47 matches, when compared to Root (53.03) and Kohli (48.28).Kohli, Smith, Root overall in Tests: Matches Runs 100s Avg Virat Kohli 51 3959 14 48.28 Joe Root 51 4402 11 53.03 Steve Smith 47 4311 15 57.48 The stats are more astounding in 2016 with three of the batsmen in prime form and the figures are bound to change as Australia, England and India play two Tests each in December. Root having played the highest number of matches (15) is ahead in the race and could very well finish on top among the three. From 28 Test innings, Root has scored 1285 runs at an average of 49.42 – with three hundreds and eight fifties. (Also read: England’s fans bowled over by Virat Kohli)advertisementMeanwhile, Smith from nine matches and 15 innings has scored 721 runs at an average off 55.46, with two centuries and four half-centuries. Kohli, from 10 matches and 16 innings has scored 965 runs at an impressive average of 68.92, which includes three centuries and two fifties.In an era when Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting and Brian Lara played, it was never easy to come to a clinching conclusion of who was the better batsman. There would also be a similar situation for Kohli, Root and Smith as their cricketing career goes on, but as they say – “numbers don’t lie”.Kohli, Smith, Root in 2016: Matches Runs 100s Avg Virat Kohli 10 965 3 68.92 Joe Root 15 1285 3 49.42 Steve Smith 9 721 2 55.46