Teen arraigned on robbery charge

first_imgAn 18-year-old D’Urban Street teenager appeared before Senior Magistrate Leron Daly on Tuesday to answer to a robbery charge, which was brought against him.The unrepresented teen, Chris Bollers, denied the charge which stated that he robbed Raheez Mohammed of a cellphone and cash on January 11, 2019 along Croal Street, Georgetown. The court also heard that during the commissioning of the robbery, he used personal violence.The Police stated that the teenager was positively identified by the victim as the one who committed the act. However, Police Prosecutor Sanj Singh did not object to bail being granted to the teen.As a result, the defendant was released on $40,000 bail and was ordered to report to the Brickdam Police Station on a weekly basis until completion of the matter. The case will continue on February 6, 2019 at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.last_img read more

Revenge of the single hits the music industry

first_imgWhile the vast majority of music consumers still buy CD albums, they are buying fewer of them, while digital tracks are exploding: According to Nielsen SoundScan, sales of physical CDs this year have declined 20 percent from the same point in 2006, from 112 million to 89 million. Digital tracks are up to 288 million from 242 million at the same period last year. And that’s not counting the millions of singles that are illegally downloaded. “Now, we’re in a very different place in terms of the single business,” Jim Donio, president of the National Association of Recording Merchandisers, said in an interview. “The single business is alive and well, and it’s in the form of track downloads.” The same cannot be said, however, for albums. Even counting albums that are downloaded along with physical CDs sold, album sales are down 10 percent from the same period last year, according to Nielsen SoundScan, continuing a decline that has been growing for several years. The industry’s hard times are evident in recent label consolidations, widespread layoffs, reduction in budgets and an overall air of belt-tightening. In 1996, music companies shipped more than 1.1 billion units – all physical product – for a value of $12.5 billion, according to the Recording Industry Association of America. Ten years later, despite a decline in physical product sold, the industry has “shipped” approximately 1.6 billion units – but its value is down by a billion dollars, to $11.5 billion. NEW YORK – It sounds like a horror movie: a beloved friend is callously exterminated, then reincarnated in a different form to wreak havoc on the killer. That’s the nightmare currently facing the music industry. Almost a decade after it virtually eliminated 45s and cassette singles, thereby forcing fans to spend more money on whole albums, the single is making a comeback, this time in digital form, and is largely responsible for the industry’s woes. Consumers no longer need to buy an album if they want that cool jam they heard on the radio – and in growing numbers, they’re choosing 99-cent downloads over $15 CDs. Some worry this trend is worsening the quality of albums as a cohesive musical work, and that label executives are more and more interested in quick hits than lasting music or artists. “There’s probably a fair amount of purchases that would have been albums but are now individual track sales instead,” said Geoff Mayfield, director of charts at Billboard magazine. And at 99 cents or so, singles bring in much less profit than albums (which is why iTunes has been pressured by record companies to raise prices). Other signs show of the singles-driven market: One of the most consistent album chart-toppers is the blockbuster “Now That’s What I Call Music!” series, which features a compilation of the hottest tracks of the season and routinely debuts at No. 1. And of course there is the enormous popularity of music download services like iTunes. Recently, iTunes introduce its “Complete the Album” feature, an enticement that gives credit for songs purchased from an album toward purchasing the rest of it. The question remains whether consumers are as interested in completing the albums as they used to be. Ciara hopes so. The 21-year-old’s latest platinum album, “Ciara: The Evolution,” on La Face/Jive Records (a unit of Sony BMG Music Entertainment, a joint venture between Sony Corp. and Bertelsmann AG) wasn’t designed to provide just hits, but as an entire experience about her development into a woman. “For me growing up, there was nothing like listening to an album that you could literally sit down and listen to from the beginning to the end,” she said. “It can’t just be about singles. That’s the purpose of an album; it’s almost like a story within itself.” Avril Lavigne, 22, who’s latest album “The Best Damn Thing” on RCA (also a part of Sony BMG) debuted at No. 1, is also still in love with the album: “I’m so all about going to the store and buy a CD.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Sergio Ramos could miss two to three weeks

first_imgSpanish sports daily Marca said Ramos could be out for between two and three weeks. That could mean he would miss the second legs of a Copa Del Rey tie against Numancia and four games in La Liga, but should have time to regain match fitness before the first leg of the Champions League showdown with Paris Saint-Germain on February 14.Marca said that Ramos suffered the injury on Thursday in a training session for players who were not selected for the first leg against second-division Numancia which Real won 3-0.The injury adds to Zinedine Zidane’s problems for the league game in Vigo on Sunday. The Real coach is already without another defender Dani Carvajal, suspended for a red card in El Clasico in December.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Sergio Ramos in action during the FIFA Club World Cup 2017 final against Gremio in December 2017 © AFP/FileMADRID, Spain, Jan 5 – Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos could miss two to three weeks, Spanish media estimated, after the club said on Friday that he has a calf injury.“He has been diagnosed with a muscular tear of the left soleus muscle,” Real Madrid said in a statement, adding that “his recovery will continue to be assessed.”last_img read more

‘How in God’s name he sends off the wrong player is just beyond me!’ Pulis fuming following West Brom loss

first_imgWest Brom manager Tony Pulis admitted he is “concerned” by the lack of consistency from Premier League referees after seeing his side controversially reduced to ten men early in Saturday’s defeat to Man City.Barely two minutes had been played at the Etihad Stadium before Gareth McAuley was mistakenly sent off by referee Neil Swarbrick for a foul actually committed by team-mate Craig Dawson.The official paid no attention as McAuley desperately protested his innocence, and the early dismissal made for a totally one-way contest as the defending top flight champions secured a comfortable 3-0 victory.Pulis was left fuming following the final whistle, with the boss also insisting City’s second goal should not have stood after Fernando clashed with Saido Berahino in the build-up.“The inconsistency [from referees] is concerning,” said Pulis. “How in God’s name he sends off the wrong person is just beyond me.“Their second goal shouldn’t have been allowed. Fernando kicked Saido in the face while jumping, and if that’s not dangerous play with a high foot, I don’t know what is.“Those decisions just killed the game and I was just thinking about the 30,000 people who have spent good money to come and watch a spectacle, only for it to be all over within two minutes.”Pulis also added his voice to the growing furore over the introduction of video technology within football, saying that, for the good of the Premier League, referees must be given a helping hand to wipe out high profile errors.The Welshman said: “Refereeing is a very, very tough job, but people within the professional game have been very concerned about the standard this year.“We’ve got to find a way of helping the referees. I’d have two challenges for each manager, which can eradicate the mistakes that have affected games and results.“We don’t want to be talking about referees after the game, we want to be talking about the football.“The Premier League is a worldwide product, it’s the greatest sporting product in the world, without a shadow of a doubt, and we have to try and improve it.”last_img read more

Anderson might be an eyesore, but he’s getting better

first_imgBy Doug Padilla STAFF WRITER BOSTON – Garret Anderson’s slow recovery from conjunctivitis concerned the Angels enough to have the outfielder undergo a CT Scan of his head in Boston on Friday. Team doctor Lewis Yocum confirmed that the CT Scan took place, saying its purpose was to find out if a sinus infection or any other kind of similar illness was delaying Anderson’s recovery from his current right eye infection. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityNothing out of the ordinary was found and Anderson was back in the starting lineup and batting in the cleanup spot just as he was in the opener of the American League Division Series on Wednesday. There was no change in Anderson’s outward appearance as his eye continued to look swollen and aggravated. “Well, it looks puffier and puffier, but his vision is getting better and better,” Manager Mike Scioscia said before Friday’s game. “He had an eye exam today and his vision is fine. He’ll be in the lineup.” Scioscia said nothing more than Anderson saw an eye specialist on Friday and took an eye exam. But he did admit to having a discussion with Anderson regarding his ability to play. Anderson was quoted after Game 1 saying his eye “is not where it should be.” “Well I just talked to him about making sure he was OK, that I had heard that maybe it wasn’t (OK), and he assured me he was fine to see,” Scioscia said. “I think his vision is fine or he wouldn’t be playing. We’re very comfortable. I think his point was that it was maybe a bit uncomfortable but it’s not affecting anything he needs to do to go out there and play baseball. That’s the bottom line.” Mudders The Angels were greeted by a soggy track Friday when they arrived at Fenway Park. After Thursday’s workout, the Fenway Park grounds crew saturated the infield dirt. The Angels’ Gary Matthews Jr., who is not on the roster for this series but was working out with the team before the game, said it wasn’t the first time the Angels have experienced a wet infield. Matthews said the same thing was done at both New York and Texas this season. The idea is that a damp, heavy infield will neutralize the Angels’ running game. “You’re allowed to tailor some part of your field to your club,” Scioscia said. “Sinker ball pitchers like the high grass, or if you have a speed game, keep the foul lines sloped to keep bunts fair. But I didn’t see anything here to make me think (anything).” In quest of a deeper lineup Kendry Morales, a switch hitter, got the call over right-handed hitting Juan Rivera as the Angels’ designated hitter. The Angels were facing Red Sox right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka in Game 2 on Friday. The DH spot opened up when Vladimir Guerrero pronounced himself fit enough to return to right field, where he hadn’t played since Sept. 4 because of a sore right triceps. “I think that from the left side, Kendry Morales is really swinging the bat well,” Scioscia said. “It’s a lineup we wanted to take a look at but weren’t able to because Vlad was occupying the DH spot. It gives us a chance to get a little deeper lineup.” Early getaway Red Sox pitchers Curt Schilling and Josh Beckett got an early start on their travel to Southern California. Both took a flight to Orange County during Game2. Schilling will start in Game 3 Sunday in Anaheim, and since Beckett would not be used no matter what happened in Friday’s game, he was allowed to leave early as well. Scioscia said there was a thought of sending Angels Game 3 starter Jered Weaver home early. doug.padilla@sgvn.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more