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Baker jailed for ganja trafficking

Stabroek - 6 hours 32 min ago
Baker Doodnauth Beharry will be spending the next 48 months in prison for narcotics trafficking after a court found him guilty of having almost 16 grammes of cannabis. In addition, Beharry, 29, was...

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Great Falls Toshao not sharing bus with ‘non-belongers’

Stabroek - 6 hours 33 min ago
By Jeff Trotman   Harold Couchman, Toshao of the Great Falls Amerindian Village, Number 58 is not prepared to share with Demerara Timbers, Mabura Hill and 47 Miles, a bus which the Amerindian...

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Man in airport reservoir suffered compression injuries

Stabroek - 6 hours 33 min ago
A post-mortem examination on the body of an airport employee found in a water reservoir on Sunday revealed that he died of compression injuries to the neck and asphyxiation. According to the father...

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Ramsammy confronted at UK meeting over prorogation, alleged links to Roger Khan

Stabroek - 6 hours 34 min ago
Agriculture Minister Dr Leslie Ramsammy came under fire at a recent forum in the UK for misleading Guyanese citizens about the government’s suspension of parliament and over his alleged ties to now...

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Facing hard times, woman asks for husband’s release despite alleged assault

Stabroek - 6 hours 35 min ago
After she accused her common-law husband of kicking her several times while she had their infant child in her arms, a housewife yesterday requested that he be released from prison because she was...

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Bourda Market reopens after vendors’ protest

Stabroek - 6 hours 36 min ago
Following five days of no activity, the Bourda Market was reopened yesterday for business after a sanitisation and clean-up exercise was sped up by angry vendors. On Monday, some 40 vendors visited...

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Berbice Bridge operating normally –company

Stabroek - 6 hours 36 min ago
The Berbice Bridge is now operating normally after a malfunction on Friday left commuters stranded on both sides for around five hours. In a statement yesterday explaining the problem, the Berbice...

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Guinness Greatest of the Streets… South Sophia rips apart Stevedore Housing Scheme

Stabroek - 6 hours 37 min ago
South Sophia recorded their first victory of the tourney, dismantling last year’s runners-up Stevedore Housing Scheme-A by a 4-0 margin when the Guinness Greatest of the Streets Georgetown leg...

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New greenhouse initiative offers possible lifeline for flood-weary farmers

Stabroek - 6 hours 37 min ago
Although recent flooding has wreaked havoc on some farms, for Ramdatt and Marlene Persaud all was not lost because of a new greenhouse project that they undertook. When their farm at L’ Esperance,...

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Australia’s Phillip Hughes in critical condition after struck by bouncer

Stabroek - 6 hours 38 min ago
SYDNEY, (Reuters) – Australia cricketer Phillip Hughes remains in critical condition and will have more scans today after undergoing emergency surgery to relieve pressure on his brain at a...

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Messi sets Champions League record of 72 goals

Stabroek - 6 hours 39 min ago
NICOSIA, (Reuters) – Barcelona forward Lionel Messi set a Champions League scoring record of 72 goals when he struck in the 38th minute of yesterday’s Group F match at APOEL Nicosia. The Barca...

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West Brom suffer Olsson setback

BBC Sport - 6 hours 39 min ago
West Brom centre-back Jonas Olsson will be out for between four to six weeks as he will undergo minor Achilles surgery.

Shot man denies trying to break into Rockies bar

Stabroek - 6 hours 39 min ago
Orin Andrew Henry, who was shot during an alleged attempt to break into the Brazilian sports bar Rockies, was yesterday granted $50,000 bail after denying that he was in the midst of committing a...

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West Ruimveldt man gets fine, community service for ganja

Stabroek - 6 hours 40 min ago
A man was yesterday fined $15,000 and ordered to do three weeks community service after he admitted to being found with a small quantity of cannabis by police. The charge against Odel Devine, 29, of...

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Jamaica to play South American giant killers in dreaded group

Stabroek - 6 hours 40 min ago
KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC- Caribbean champions Jamaica will face off with the giants of South American football in the prestigious Copa America scheduled for June next year in Chile. The Reggae Boyz...

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Bill and Melinda Gates give J$226m to Jamaica’s ICT development

Observer - 6 hours 50 min ago
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has provided US$2 million (approximately J$226 million) to finance a project to provide Jamaicans with increased access to ICT services, as well as training to promote personal, organizational and national development.

Sri Lanka v England: first ODI – live!

Guardian Sport - 6 hours 56 min ago

9.01am GMT

On Sky Sports this morning Matt Prior and Ian Botham have both used the phrase “300 is now a par score”. It’s something everyone says these days, but I’m not sure that a buy it. In the past year there have been 115 ODIs. That 300 mark has been reached 28 times by the team batting first – just over 24% of the time. And of those 28 occasions, the team batting first lost only three times. So, sure, aim for 300. But it’s not ‘par’.

8.52am GMT

Just to confirm, the toss has officially been delayed. They will try to get a game in today, even if it’s a Twenty20, but they do have reserve game tomorrow. We need to get underway by 2.47pm GMT. The covers – which handily cover the entire outfield – are apparently being tentatively peeled off.

8.42am GMT

The news from Ian Ward at the ground is that it’ll take about 90 minutes to two hours to prep the ground once they get the covers off. And there’s more rain on the way.

If I was a betting man, I’d say we won’t see a ball bowled today. But then I woke up with Pixies’ Debaser on a loop in my head and on the cycle ride to the office the chorus became “wanna grow up, grow up to be, a medium pacer”. So I wouldn’t necessarily listen to my opinion on anything.

8.21am GMT

In other news is that – surprise, surprise – a tad wet in Colombo …

Update from Colombo pic.twitter.com/DQyO9vdbJO

8.14am GMT

First things first. After Tuesday’s terrible news from Australia I just want to kick off my sending the best wishes of everyone involved with the OBO and Guardian Towers to Phil Hughes. We’ve all got our fingers crossed for some positive news today.

So, the World Cup starts here. In just over 11 weeks England will rock up at the MCG for their Pool A opener against Australia. And whatever optimism has somehow been allowed to build up in the seven ODIs in Sri Lanka and the four matches of the triangular series against Australia and India will inevitably dissipate at the speed of a Mitchell Johnson yorker.

The infuriating thing about all this is that England seem to have as much good young batting talent in the squad as they at any point in recent memory. They have a bunch of batsmen, from Hales, through Ian Bell and Joe Root, Ali, Morgan, Buttler, Ballance, Stokes, even Bopara, all capable of playing match-winning innings, a cracking crop of all-rounders, and some canny old quick bowlers. Even some handy part-time spinners.

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Burgess close to making Bath debut

BBC Sport - 7 hours 22 min ago
Sam Burgess could make his rugby union debut for Bath on Friday against Harlequins.

Wednesday's gossip column

BBC Sport - 8 hours 20 min ago
Sneijder unsettled at Galatasaray, Cech set to wait for move, Herrera and Evans edge close to fitness, Hull keen on Lennon, plus more.

Aguero a special talent - Kompany

BBC Sport - 8 hours 26 min ago
Man City captain Vincent Kompany says Sergio Aguero is a "special" player after his hat-trick secures a 3-2 win over Bayern Munich.