12 Jan
2020

Fire destroys home of President’s neighbour

first_imgA mother and her two children are now homeless after fire of unknown origin completely razed their home at Lot 6 Thorne’s Drive, D’Urban Backlands, Georgetown.Firefighters trying to contain the blazeThe distraught home owner, Mia Ritchie, who resided near President David Granger’s former official residence, said she was at work when she was contacted by her neighbours around 12:45h informing her of the fire.Ritchie, who is employed as an announcer at the National Communications Network (NCN), was unable to estimate her losses as she explained that she was still coming to grips with what happened.Nothing was saved from the building but her daughter’s violin, the woman told <<>> as she was almost in tears.Ritchie and her two children, aged 11 and nine, have been living at that location for the past seven years.Firefighters who arrived at the scene were able to prevent the fire from spreading to the Head of State’s home. The team of men were unable to say what may have triggered the fire, but they noted that an investigation was launched.The woman said she did not have any issues with her neighbours and as such, ruled out arson.Only on Sunday, an abandoned house in Kitty, Georgetown, which was previously occupied by at least six homeless persons, was completely destroyed around 15:30h. It is believed that one of the male occupants of the house left a fire unattended.In fact, a neighbour told this publication that the fire started when one of the dwellers who was cooking left the home and went on the road to make a purchase. She explained that when he returned and saw the building on fire, he ran away.last_img read more

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6 Jan
2020

Ronaldo penalty sees off Torino, Inter back winning

first_imgRonaldo slotted in his 11th league goal this season, and 5,000th for Juventus in Serie A, after 70 minutes after Torino goalkeeper Salvador Ichazo fouled Mario Mandzukic.Juventus are now 11 points ahead of second-placed Napoli, who travel to Cagliari on Sunday, with Inter Milan 14 points behind the leaders after captain Mauro Icardi scored from the spot in a 1-0 win over Udinese.“It was a complicated game, played on a difficult pitch and against a tough opponent,” said Ronaldo.“We put in a good performance, played better than Torino, had more scoring opportunities and deserved the victory.“The 5,000th goal? I’m happy, but the important thing was to help the team.”Torino’s hopes of a rare ‘Derby della Mole’ victory took a knock when goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu hobbled off with a hip injury after 20 minutes, to be replaced by Ichazo.And the match was decided by a poor backpass from Simone Zaza to Ichazo which resulted in the Torino goalkeeper fouling the onrushing Mandzukic.Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo made no mistake from the spot, despite Ichazo getting his hand to the ball, with the pair locking horns afterwards with the Portuguese striker receiving a yellow card.“He did well to get a hand to it, but I hit it hard and it went in. That’s the most important thing,” said Ronaldo, who joined Serie A’s top scorer Krzysztof Piatek of Genoa on 11 goals.Croatian World Cup runner-up Mandzukic thought he had scored a second four minutes later when he had the ball in the back of the net, but was ruled offside.It was the seventh straight league win for unbeaten Juventus since being held by Genoa.“Today was a great victory to keep Napoli at a distance,” said Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri.“We played three days after the Champions League a derby against a team that are coming off a strong period of form on a difficult pitch.”Torino stay sixth, four points off the Champions League berths, after their fourth defeat of the season.– Icardi gets Inter back winning –Argentine forward Mauro Icardi scored his 120th goal for Inter Milan. © AFP / Miguel MEDINAEarlier, Icardi got third-placed Inter Milan back to winning ways with a 1-0 victory over Udinese.Luciano Spalletti’s side were reeling after their midweek Champions League exit and falling 1-0 to Juventus last weekend in Turin.But Icardi slotted in after 76 minutes at the San Siro with a cheeky ‘Panenka’ into the centre of goal after a penalty was awarded for a Seko Fofano handball.It was the 25-year-old’s ninth league goal this season and 120th for the club, and pulled Inter to within three points of second-placed Napoli.The Argentine also hit the back of the net with a second goal after 89 minutes but it was ruled offside.“It’s the signal we had to give after Tuesday’s game,” said Icardi.“The disappointment can be forgotten by winning, we have to finish this year in the best way we can.”Spalletti has been under increasing pressure after Inter let slip their chance to advance in the Champions League with a 1-1 draw with PSV Eindhoven.“Icardi completes the work of the team as the perfect centre-forward,” said Spalletti.“We should have scored earlier, to be a great time we neet this killer instinct.“Apart from the start of the second half, when we got a bit unbalanced in a bid to break the deadlock and send a signal this game had to be won, we otherwise controlled the match.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 11th Serie A goal this season. © AFP / Marco BERTORELLOMILAN, Italy, Dec 16 – Cristiano Ronaldo scored from the spot as unbeaten Italian champions Juventus saw off city rivals Torino 1-0 to hammer home their domination in Serie A on Saturday.Juventus travelled to the Stadio Olimpico after their year-long unbeaten record away from home ended with a shock 2-1 Champions League defeat by Young Boys in Bern.last_img read more

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