Cam Russell and Cooper Page added singles for Kimberley. Devon Langelaar had three assists for the Dynamiters.Kimberley outshot the Vancouver Island Champs 30-17 to make a winner out of Cody Campbell in the winners nets.The game turned ugly during the final 10 minutes of the game with almost 60 minutes in penalties assessed, including a gross misconduct to Mason Palaga of Kimberley.In the Championship game, the Sockeyes scored five unanswered goals to claim the BC Hockey Junior B title.Tyler Andrews scored twice and added an assist to lead the host club. Ian Ross, Nick Wozney and Tyler Paterson also scored for Richmond.Daniel Rubien scored the lone marker for Delta, Pacific Junior Hockey Champs. Kimberley Dynamiters won the bronze medal at the Cyclone Taylor Cup Sunday in Richmond.The Nitros blasted Campbell River Storm 7-1 to conclude the Provincial Junior B Championship on a winning note.Host Richmond Sockeyes won the Provincial crown by stopping the Delta Ice Hawks 5-1.James Farmer scored a hat-trick to pace the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League champs while Brock Palmer, finishing with four points, added a pair.
Photo Getty Images Caption: Australia celebrate against New Zealand New Zealand wilted in the Melbourne heat at the MCG, where Australia wrapped up a crushing 247-run win on day four of the second Test on Sunday.Blundell rallied for the Black Caps, celebrating his second Test hundred in three matches with a resilient 121 runs, but he had no support from his team-mates after Nathan Lyon (4-81) and James Pattinson (3-35) starred.Marnus Labuschagne (1-11) ended Blundell’s unforgettable innings late in the evening as Australia only required nine wickets to skittle New Zealand for 240 – Trent Boult not batting due to a fractured finger.Bet you’ve never seen a dismissal like that! #AUSvNZ | https://t.co/Q5Lvt45rWO pic.twitter.com/pb3qJBfSiX— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 29, 2019Australia declared,168-5, 10 overs into the penultimate day – the hosts setting New Zealand a mammoth 488 for victory as temperatures soared.Already humbled by 296 runs in Perth, the Black Caps faced an uphill battle to keep the series alive in their first Boxing Day appearance in Melbourne in 1987, and Pattinson wreaked havoc on Sunday morning.After a lively and tenacious start by Pat Cummins (0-47), Mitchell Starc (0-59) and Australia, Pattinson made an immediate impact with the wicket of opener Tom Latham for 8.Pattinson – back in the team as a replacement for injured quick Josh Hazlewood – flourished on his home ground, claiming another two wickets before lunch to leave New Zealand reeling on 38-3.After trapping captain Kane Williamson for a duck – his seventh against Australia – Pattinson then removed Ross Taylor (2), who chopped onto his own stumps.Blundell dug deep following lunch with a half-century as New Zealand showed some fight, only losing one wicket in the middle session after Henry Nicholls (33) fell to Lyon.THAT moment for Tom Blundell! CARD | https://t.co/XpuxcO3zSH#AUSvNZ #cricketnation pic.twitter.com/Vx0a385Gsi— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) December 29, 2019BJ Watling (22) and Mitchell Santner (27) were the only other players to provide support for Blundell en route to a century on another forgettable day for New Zealand.
Scottish club Rangers named former Liverpool and England midfielder Steven Gerrard as their manager on a four-year deal on Friday.The former England captain, who has coached Liverpool’s Under-18s after hanging up his boots two years ago, replaces Graeme Murty for his first role in club management.“I am honoured to become the next manager of Rangers. I have enormous respect for this football club, and its history and tradition,” Gerrard, 37, said in a statement on Rangers’ website https://rangers.co.uk/news/headlines/steven-gerrard-confirmed-as-manager.“I can’t wait to start this new journey at Rangers as we look to build on the many successes that this Club has achieved.”Gerrard made 710 appearances for his boyhood club during 17 years at Anfield. He scored 186 goals for Liverpool, winning two FA Cups, three League Cups and the Champions League. He also won 114 caps for England, with 40 as captain.“From the very beginning, talks have been extremely positive and we believe that Steven is the right man to drive Rangers forward,” Rangers chairman Dave King said.Reinvigorating Rangers will be a big challenge for Gerrard. The Glasgow club have won a record 54 Scottish league titles but are struggling to recover from the financial problems that saw them reformed in the bottom tier of Scottish football in 2012.Rangers are third in the Scottish Premiership, 13 points behind their ‘Old Firm’ rivals Celtic, who beat them 5-0 at the weekend to claim their seventh straight league title.Murty was sacked on Tuesday in the wake of that embarrassing loss.Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola welcomed Gerrard’s first foray into management. “I admire his courage to do that huge challenge to go to Rangers… I wish him all the best,” the Spaniard said.Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino said the toughest task facing any new manager is to get the players on board and communicate ideas clearly but the Argentine backed Gerrard to succeed.“Steven was an amazing, great player and it’s sure he has the experience to manage. I wish him all the best because it will be fantastic for football to have him as a manager and one day challenge him.”Gerrard’s new role will see him go up against his former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, who is now in charge of Celtic.
Guyana is now one year out on the Local Government Elections. It is hard to imagine things looking much better for the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) in reality. Based on the feedback I have received from many on the ground and at least the conclusion from one sample poll that I saw, voters are showing cause that today they prefer the PPP over the People’s National Congress (PNC) dominated coalition by an average of 10 points. The PNC dominated coalition is sampling at an average of 36 per cent today compared to 50 per cent in May 2017. If you are following the statements being made by the PNC appointees in the Government, like the REO of Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), who has just declared in the newspapers that “I am in charge of this region, you tell anybody I say so…” then logic dictates that there is only one natural political path – further electoral degradation for the PNC.In a year’s time, all the local government bodies are up for re-election and the only guarantee for success the PNC dominated coalition seems to have is the urban centres. But even in these urban centres, they are expected to lose significant political ground. But when it comes to the villages, it appears that there will be licks like peas for the PNC dominated coalition.Notwithstanding this astonishing political recovery of the PPP compared to May 2015, that party still has major political challenges. If a context is given to the biggest problem I see today facing the PPP, it must be deliberated upon from a societal perspective. Today, the nation has some geriatrics that cannot accept the reality that many of them are past their “public office shelf life date”. These septuagenarians continue to cling onto power by marginalising young people. No nation, or for that matter, no organisation can grow unless room is deliberately created for the younger people.As a retired politician, who still loves observing the local politics, I occasionally read both the PPP’s Weekend Mirror and PNC’s New Nation. I was extremely mortified by an article written by former President Donald Ramotar in the Weekend Mirror of November 11-12, 2017 captioned “The Great October Socialist Revolution reverberates today”. This writer went on to say that “the idea of freedom that sparks the October Revolution is still alive.” Am I being told that the rule of Joseph Stalin was freedom? Are you serious?With such language from a former President still in the PPP Central Committee, coupled with a PNC dominated Government that worships gerontocracy, the youths of Guyana will be hard-pressed to come in from the cold. The PPP leadership has to take total control of that newspaper and purge it of such unbalanced and unhinged messages. Here we have a nation struggling for its very political survival because of some fixated septuagenarians and octogenarians in Team Granger and the readers of the Mirror have to settle for a second dose of colourful propaganda from the likes of Ramotar. How can a country advance when a former President is given front seat to discharge delusions of grandeur with headlines that preach the Russian October Revolution was associated with freedom when in reality it was not? In a period that requires a closer alliance with the ABC countries, how would such toxic political discourse fly in Washington, DC and London?Why is more room not being made for the youths to drive the national political conversation in a more purposeful and rational manner? It is imperative that the General Secretary of that party act to ensure that there is more room in that party for the voice of the youths. Why are the youths of Guyana not hearing the views of the under 55-year-old MPs in Parliament from the PPP in the Mirror? And likewise in the New Nation. Why is the nation not being given more of a chance to hear what Dr Vindya Persaud is thinking? And likewise, Collin Croal, Alister Charlie, Adrian Anamayah, Africo Selman, Nigel Dharamlall and Jermaine Figueira?Noticed, I picked the younger MP’s and the PPP dominates that scene by 5:1. This one fact clarifies that the political environment is statistically advantageous to the PPP in the 2020 elections, at least historically, but until they deal seriously with their own geriatric problem, they will face some serious tailwind from the under 40 population.Do not get me wrong, I am a strong believer in my elders but when they are mucking up progress like Ramotar and Mr Granger are doing, the younger generation must act swiftly, decisively and methodologically to move them along towards full retirement. The situation is even worse in the PNC, where both their General Secretary and their party leader are both persons steeped in oligarchical gerontocracy. It was these officials who told the youths of the PNC that they have to wait their turn. I am however expecting Jagdeo who is a much younger and more able leader to act and make the Mirror newspaper more reflective of the demographic makeup of the nation. Anything else will be disadvantageous to the PPP.
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Police in Region Nine (Upper Takutu/Upper Essequibo) have arrested a man who was found in possession of three shotguns and over 100 cartridges.According to Police Public Relations Officer Jairam Ramlakhan, the discovery was made sometime around 03:00h on Saturday.He noted that the Police, acting on information, went to Karasabai, located sixty miles from Lethem, and apprehended a male who was in possession of a bag. A search conducted on the man’s belongings unearthed the three shotguns along with 178 cartridges.The man was taken into custody and is assisting with investigations.
Olivier Giroud opened the scoring in the first half 1 A French double helped Arsenal rise to top spot in the Premier League after beating ten-man Everton 2-1 at the Emirates on a wet Saturday evening. The Gunners’ lead at the top of table could last less than 24 hours, however, with Manchesters United and City meeting in the derby on Sunday, but it sends out a warning to the club’s title rivals.Everton’s poor form at Arsenal continued – they have not won at Highbury or the Emirates since 1996 – and they were two down in a matter of first-half minutes in a rain-soaked north London.Shortly after the half-hour, Wenger’s side netted a headed double less than 90 seconds apart, first Olivier Giroud and then Laurent Koscielny.But the Toffees were back in the game before the break, with thanks to Ross Barkley’s solo run.Everton had their moments in the second half, while Giroud and Everton’s Romelu Lukaku rattled the crossbar at each end, but Gareth Barry was dismissed in added time to hand Arsenal the simple task of closing out an impressive home win which outlined their title credentials. Arsene Wenger made three changes from the side which beat Bayern Munich in the Champions League in midweek. Aaron Ramsey, who is set to be sidelined until the next international break with a hamstring problem, Per Mertesacker and Theo Walcott were replaced by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Gabriel and Giroud respectively.Everton made one alteration from the home loss to Manchester United – Gerard Deulofeu coming into the side in place of Steven Naismith. Arsenal had early possession but their first clear-cut chance did not come until the 14th minute, when Giroud beat two markers to flick the ball down for Mesut Ozil on the edge of the box. The German attacker was essentially through on goal with the whole target to aim at, but he pulled a low, right-footed shot to the near post and goalkeeper Tim Howard got a foot to the ball. Everton came close shortly before the half-hour, Aaron Lennon’s cross troubling Petr Cech, who palmed the ball into John Stones in the box, though the 21-year-old could only slice his volley wide.Koscielny was inches from heading home Ozil’s diagonal free-kick, before a similar ball assisted Giroud for the opening goal. Ozil, this time in open play, floated a pinpoint ball into the box and the 6ft 4in striker added to his goal against Munich with a strike against the Toffees, flicking home from six yards. Wenger’s men doubled their lead within 90 seconds, as Santi Cazorla whipped in a well-crafted free-kick from the left-hand side and Koscielny made no mistake, beating Howard to the ball and nodding into the net from close-range.The visitors surprisingly dragged themselves back into the game when Barkley’s strike was helped home by a fortunate deflection. The England international went on a mazy run, stepping over the ball before unleashing from 20 yards, with his shot diverting off Gunners defender Gabriel to off-set Cech and beat the stopper.Howard made good saves early in the second half to first deny Alexis Sanchez and then Olivier Giroud, who had volleyed on target before Seamus Coleman’s excellent tracking saw the Irishman’s last-ditch header prevent Arsenal from making it three.Giroud nearly added to his tally with just over 20 minutes remaining as he controlled the ball 18 yards out, before curling a shot against the crossbar. Teenage left-back Brendan Galloway had the perfect chance to level when James McCarthy sent a superb in-swinging cross to the back-post, but the youngster lacked the composure and technique, instead heading wide. Everton grew in confidence and belief late on, as Lukaku rose above Koscielny to head Gareth Barry’s cross against the upright, which forced Wenger into a change, introducing Mathieu Flamini.Roberto Martinez’s Blues made a late counter and summer signing Cech made a match-winning save to deny Deulofeu, sealing the three points in an efficient Arsenal showing, before Barry was shown a second yellow card in added time.
Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha says he has been warned his side they will face a tough reception at Pittodrie.The Light Blues boss says he knows Aberdeen, who are twelve points ahead in the Premiership table, will test his side on Sunday.Caixinha said the game is a must-win match if Rangers are to have a chance of finishing as runners-up behind Celtic. The Portuguese has already been filled in on what to expect from what is traditionally a fiery encounter. “Everybody says that we are going to Hell,” he said. “I like those hostile scenarios. Football is about challenges. We need to be clever, we need to have the right attitude and the right approach to grow with that hostile environment.“It’s a game that we must win if we want to finish second. Definitely.”Caixinha is still settling into life at Rangers as he tries to improve the side, a job made more difficult with injuries to key defenders. Nevertheless, he has set the players the target of a strong finish to the league season.“It’s also going to be the game that is the first of the last seven for us,” he said. “We put a challenge to ourselves, starting with this one. I think the players need to see every game until the end like challenges. That’s how I approach life. “If I didn’t see the chance to be here as Rangers manager as a challenge then maybe I would be in Qatar enjoying my wages.”He added: “I want the players to have that feeling as well because representing Rangers is about being challenged all day long, day by day. “This is the first challenge for us to face and the challenge is to see where we can reach in these last seven games, just thinking about ourselves.”Caixinha said he was preparing to face a side that had reaped the benefits of a consistent approach in recent years but his players would be fully prepared to take on the challenges Derek McInnes’ players posed.“We are going to play against one strong side,” he said. “It’s a side that’s had if not four then at least three years working together on the same basis with the same manager. “Of course, it’s also important to realise that in this period Rangers was not playing in the Scottish Premier League. So for me, that’s one advantage.”He concluded: “But football is the moment, Rangers is Rangers and we know that we are going to face a strong squad in that hostile environment. “You need to be prepared for it in order to know what sort of problems this opponent is going to place you in, if you let it, and what can you explore in the opponent.”
Derek McInnes’ Aberdeen rubbed salt into Rangers’ wounds as a 2-1 win saw them triumph at Ibrox for the first time in quarter of a century. A day after the Dons boss told Gers they should be “embarrassed” at only finishing third, his side gave another stark illustration of the improvements the Light Blues have yet to make. The Pittodrie side were sharper all over the pitch and claimed their first victory in Govan since September 1991 with goals from Graeme Shinnie and Ryan Christie. Martyn Waghorn pulled a goal back for Gers but there was no sign of the Reds decline predicted by Ibrox manager Pedro Caixinha earlier this week, even when they had substitute Jayden Stockley sent-off late on. The striker picked up two quick bookings after barging into with David Bates and Myles Beerman but Aberdeen held on for their long-awaited win.
Joining the 2019 headliners is a jam-packed, eclectic lineup of national, regional and local acts including: NF, Machine Gun Kelly, AWOLNATION, Stone Temple Pilots, Sublime with Rome, Dashboard Confessional, Clutch, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, lovelytheband, Blue October, Bayside, Streetlight Manifesto, The Aces, Poppy, Joywave, Jeremy Zucker, Jukebox the Ghost, Flora Cash, Reignwolf, Witt Lowry, Lauren Sanderson, The Clarks, SHAED, HALFNOISE, Great Good Fine Ok, The Blue Stones, The Candescents, Common Kings, bülow, Tropidelic, You vs Yesterday, Taylor Janzen, RADATTACK, The Orphan The Poet, TRIIIBE, and more.“We are so excited to bring another weekend of great music to Cincinnati,” says PromoWest Productions’ Scott Stienecker. “This lineup offers something for everyone which is so important. We always strive to host a variety of artists and we think we have done that again in 2019.”BEE There:Friday, May 31Saturday, June 1Sunday, June 2General Admission and VIP weekend passes are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com. For ticket information and pricing visit BunburyFestival.com/tickets.For vendor, volunteer and sponsor information, visit BunburyFestival.com.About Bunbury Music Festival: Bunbury Music Festival will feature three days of performances on three stages throughout Sawyer Point and Yeatman’s Cove May 31-June 2, 2019. Bunbury returns to Cincinnati for its eighth year following critical acclaim from Billboard, USA Today, Pollstar and Yahoo! Music, and was named among the Top 16 Music Festivals by CNN Travel in 2017.Join the conversation on social media! #Bunbury2019 Fall Out Boy, Greta Van Fleet, The 1975, Girl Talk and Run The Jewels will headline the 2019 Bunbury Music Festival, announced today by PromoWest Productions.One of the country’s premier music festivals now celebrating its eighth year, Bunbury will return to downtown Cincinnati’s Sawyer Point and Yeatman’s Cove, transforming the banks of the Ohio River into a vibrant three-day festival experience May 31-June 2, 2019.Bunbury has received critical acclaim from Billboard, USA Today, Pollstar and Yahoo! Music, and was named among the Top 16 Music Festivals by CNN Travel in 2017.