Swift action by ranks of a Police patrol led to the arrest of one of three knife-wielding bicycle bandits, who robbed a member of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) in the wee hours of Thursday.An investigation revealed that about 02:00h, the victim, who resides at Nabaclis, East Coast Demerara (ECD), was in the company of his colleague walking along High and D’Urban Streets, Georgetown, when they were confronted by three men, all armed with knives.The bandits pounced and relieved the victim of his phone valued $22,000; however, before the perpetrators could get anything else from the men, they fled.While escaping from the bandits, the two army men managed to stop a passing Police patrol and related what had just transpired.The party of patrol ranks subsequently searched the area and one of the suspects who was positively identified was arrested a short distance from where the robbery occurred.The 20-year-old unemployed man of Norton Street, Lodge, has since been taken into Police custody and has been assisting with the investigation.
It has been a tough year for Ajay Jayaram battling recurring injuries and seeing his compatriots make their name on the world stage from the sidelines.Earlier this year, Jayaram reached his career-high ranking of world No.13 but soon after his rise and growth was hampered by a knee injury.Jayaram played in the World Championships with the injury trouble and ended up aggravating it. It has been a story of a series of injuries ever since.”I think it’s (injury) probably the biggest battle an athlete faces. I have been through a shoulder surgery before and, yes it’s been hard. This year has been exceptionally tough because it hasn’t been a black and white injury where I could decisively tell that I would be back in so much time. It was pretty hard to decide whether to play or not and it kept recurring as well, and that’s a real mental challenge,” Jayaram said in an exclusive chat with IndiaToday.in.Jayaram will be playing for a new team, North Eastern Warriors, this season in the Premier Badminton League (PBL), which is scheduled to start from December 23.Welcome to #NEWarriors. #PBLAuction @PBLIndiaLive pic.twitter.com/4zbAXYl1UP- NE Warriors (@NEShuttlers) October 9, 2017Jayaram was one of the best performers in the previous edition of the tournament and he is looking forward to putting up good performances once more to get himself back on track.”Somehow I’ve done well in PBL for the past 2-3 years. It’s fun to play with so much of people supporting you and coming to watch and I’ve enjoyed that entire thing. It kind of set me up for a good year (PBL 2) but sadly, I had to step down. I probably reached my career best and then faced the injury, so yeah. PBL is different from the regular circuit to some extent, I would say. I think if I manage to do well this season again, I can take a lot going forward,” Jayaram shared.advertisementWhile badminton is essentially an individual sport, PBL’s format enables these individuals to come together as a team and perform in a unit. In PBL, two teams take on each other in different categories like men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles and mixed doubles and the points won in each category translate to a total score.Jayaram feels that though badminton remains an individual sport even in PBL, the team factor adds a zing to the whole competition and with teams cheering and backing you, it brings a different kind of inspiration and motivation.”It’s tricky because I would say that it’s still an individual sport. At the end of the day, you’re on court alone. But yeah, certain elements come with leagues like this where there’s a certain inspiration and motivating factor that really originates from the team bonding. There are elements but yeah it’s not entirely a team sport like football, where you need to gel with your teammates but still, I’d say it has elements of both.”There’s definitely an element of team motivation that factors in and I think, it’s very important even when you’re off-court and cheering for the teammates, you need to feel the vibe and energy. I think it really translates onto the court and to the person playing,” Jayaram told.Jayaram has reached the finals of the PBL consecutively in the past two years with two different teams (Delhi Dashers and Mumbai Rockets) and will look to make it a hat-trick of finals, leading his new team to the last stage of the tournament and make their debut season a memorable one.”I feel I have been lucky to reach the finals twice in a row with two great teams but I don’t take it as an added pressure on my performance. As always, I will try to perform to the best of my abilities and look to get the desired result for the team.”At the age of 30, Jayaram has now accepted the injuries that incessantly trouble him and instead focusses all his energy into the recovery.”I think, at the end of the day it’s about accepting certain things and that your body probably has taken a toll over the years. I have been focussing a lot more on recovering in the last couple of months, with physio treatments and making sure that I am completely prepared before every session and even after the session, recovering in all possible forms.”So, yes, it’s all about doing the best you can with whatever you have. You can’t keep cribbing about how it would’ve been had I not been injured and all, it’s part of an athlete’s journey and it’s all about dealing with it,” Jayaram noted.advertisementHe conceded that his training sessions differed as he was recovering and he attempted to manage his body well. He shared that going for shots was a struggle when he began his recovery due to mental block but it eased off with time.”The intensity and duration of the training sessions have reduced a bit. I normally train for 5-6 hours in 3 sessions and now I have reduced it to two, limiting myself to one on court session and one in the gym and running. I’ve tried to manage the best I can.”Generally, in the initial part of the injury, yes, one kind of faces a certain kind of mental block. But I think it’s all about getting through it, when you practice enough and once you’re confident on court in practice, it kindly wears off. It’s just a matter of time when that thing is overcome,” Jayaram concluded.
BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox and AL Cy Young runner-up David Price have agreed to terms on a seven-year free-agent deal worth $217 million, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal — the largest ever for a pitcher — is pending a physical. It is expected to be announced on Dec. 4, the person told the AP.A left-hander who was the AL’s top pitcher in 2012 and the runner-up twice in seven full major league seasons, Price has a 3.09 ERA with 1,372 strikeouts and 104 wins. He went 18-5 with a 2.45 ERA in 2015, striking out 225.Choosing the Red Sox reunites Price with President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski, who until this August was the Detroit Tigers’ General Manager. Dombrowski has had a hand in all three of Price’s moves the past two years.After spending his entire career in Tampa Bay, Price was acquired by Detroit at the 2014 trade deadline. A year later, the Tigers traded him to the Blue Jays at the July 31 non-waiver deadline and Price helped Toronto reach the playoffs for the first time since 1993.Now he will try to help turn around a team that has finished last in the AL East in three of the last four seasons. (The Red Sox won the World Series in 2013.) On its way to a 78-84, last-place finish in 2015, Boston brought in Dombrowski and he quickly went to work rebuilding the once-proud ballclub.Dombrowski traded a package of prospects to San Diego for closer Craig Kimbrel last month. And this week he got someone Kimbrel can save games for.Price bolsters a rotation that has lacked an ace since the Red Sox balked at the asking price for Jon Lester, who signed a six-year, $155 million deal with the Chicago Cubs. Twelve different pitchers started at least one game for the Red Sox in 2015.Price joins a rotation that, barring injuries and trades, is expected to include Wade Miley, Rick Porcello, Eduardo Rodriguez and Clay Buchholz. Joe Kelly, Steven Wright and Henry Owens could bolster the bullpen, fill in as starters or serve as trade bait.(JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shares
Holidaymakers are returning home after enjoying Eid vacation. Photo: UNBA crowded Dhaka looked somewhat deserted once people started leaving the capital city to celebrate Eid-ul-Azha at their village homes.The holidaymakers have already started returning to the capital after celebrating the Eid with their families in their hometowns, reports UNB.They are coming back as the weekday begins on Sunday.On Saturday, moderate crowds of people coming back to the city were found at Railway stations, bus and launch terminals.However, the pressure of the returnees is still low, said witnesses and authorities.Alamgir Hossain, ioint director at Naval Traffic, said 70 launches reached Sadarghat Launch terminal from 23 routes from around 7am to 11am on Saturday.He said the number of returning passengers is not that much high yet, but it will increase on Sunday.Trains were running about half an hour behind their schedules on average, causing delay to the departure of the outgoing ones, said Mizanur Rahman, a sub-inspector at Kamalapur Railway Station.Shahidul Islam, a banker who returned from Kushtia by train, told UNB that he along with his family members had to return today (Saturday) as his office and the schools of his kids reopen on Sunday.”There was a less crowd. So, we didn’t have to suffer much except the delayed train,” he added.Meanwhile, ferry services on Shimulia-Kathalbari route were disrupted for two hours from around 4am to 6am due to poor navigability in the Padma river causing immense sufferings to passengers.Ten small ferries are in operation while more than 300 vehicles waiting on both sides of the river, said Khandaker Shah Khaled Newaz, assistant general manager of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA).The dredging worksare going on to solve the navigability problem and soon the ferry services will get back to normalcy, he added.He also said 87 launches and 400 speedboats are transporting passengers on this route.Farhana Dolly, a resident of Shahjahanpur who was returning from Feni, said, it took lesser time to reach Dhaka this time as the highway was relatively free of traffic.As the festive mood of Eid vacation has not lost its charm yet, those who did not leave the city for Eid celebrations enjoyed the city free from traffic jams, noise and crowd.Zarif Rafiul Haque Iraz, a Dhaka city dweller, said Dhaka remains free from traffic only during long vacations, especially during Eid holidays.”This is the reason I along with my friends decided to roam around the city to enjoy crowd-free and traffic-free Dhaka experience,” he added.This year, along with the three-day Eid holidays, most of the holiday makers got additional two days off — Friday and Saturday.Dhaka is expected to get back to its usual bustle on Sunday when people will be returning to the capital in their thousands from Saturday night.
Students of seven colleges affiliated with the Dhaka University (DU) block the busy Nilkhet and New Market roads on Tuesday. Photo: Hasan RajaStudents of seven colleges affiliated with the Dhaka University (DU) blocked the busy Nilkhet and New Market roads on Tuesday to force authorities accept their demands.Around 250-300 students gathered at Nilkhet intersection around 10:00am and formed a human chain, witnesses said.But they later blocked the road and halted vehicular movement, leading to a massive gridlock in the area.The protesters say they want the DU authorities to publish results within 90 days, explain mass failures of students and review exam papers.They also demanded separate administrative building for seven colleges, at least 14 monthly classes by DU teachers, launching of separate academic calendar and crash programmes to cut session jam.