GENEVA (AP):The fastest goal in World Cup history capped a night of 6-0 routs and The Netherlands’ further fall in European qualifying yesterday.Seven seconds ticked by when Belgium forward Christian Benteke’s shot finished his surging run through the Gibraltar defence, which kicked off but coughed up the ball.Benteke beat the 8.3 seconds that FIFA timed Davide Gaultieri taking to score for San Marino against England in 1993 and set the tone for the visiting Belgians’ 6-0 win.Portugal also won 6-0, but needed only a single excellent goal from Cristiano Ronaldo to dominate the Faeroe Islands.Instead, 20-year-old Andre Silva stepped up with a first-half hat-trick in just his fourth international match perhaps finally pairing Ronaldo with a true penalty-area predator for the freshly crowned European champion.Dutch decline has been steep since it followed runner-up and third-place finishes at the last two World Cups with failure to qualify for an expanded Euro 2016.A 1-0 loss at home to France was the latest setback, sealed by Paul Pogba’s powerful shot from 30 yards in the first half.Belgium and France top their groups, though Portugal trail Switzerland, which won their third straight qualifier, 2-1 at lowly Andorra.Only the nine European group winners advance directly to play in Russia and four runners-up will qualify through a play-off round.
A 12-member jury was on Wednesday empanelled to hear the case of security guard Marlon Callender who has denied killing fisherman Envil Pollard on January 29, 2015, at the Pritipaul Wharf at McDoom, East Bank Demerara. State Prosecutors Mandell Moore and Lisa Cave presented the State’s murder indictment before Justice Sandhill Kissoon at the High Court in Georgetown. Callender entered a not guilty plea upon his arraignment.Murder accusedMarlon Callender will go on trial next weekThe matter was adjourned to next Monday when the trial will commence with the prosecution’s opening address. The defendant is represented by Attorney Lammy Singh. Callender was committed to stand trial at the High Court by Magistrate Judy Latchman in July 2016 at the conclusion of the preliminary inquiry.According to reports, the shooting occurred following a confrontation between the two men. It was alleged that the deceased met his demise while fishing in the vicinity of Pritipaul Singh Investments Inc and it was reported that the accused was a security guard attached to that entity. The murdered man, who had resided in Crane Playfield, West Coast Demerara, was a fisherman for over 30 years. He was also a father of eight children.
The state and TransCanada Corp. have formally ended their relationship under terms of the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act, clearing the way for a new partnership to pursue a major gas project.Governor Sean Parnell signed in-state gasline legislation at the Pipeline Training Center in Fairbanks on May 8. Pictured: Representative Jay Ramras, Representative Mike Chenault, Governor Sean Parnell, Senator Lesil McGuire, and Scott Heyworth (Photo from Governor’s Office press release)TransCanada for years pursued a pipeline project with state support under terms of the act. But the project focus shifted from a line that would serve North America markets to one that would serve overseas markets. The players changed, too, causing Gov. Sean Parnell to conclude that terms of the act did not fit with the project being considered.The state, TransCanada, the major North Slope oil companies and Alaska Gasline Development Corp. agreed to work together to pursue a liquefied natural gas project.Lawmakers approved state participation, setting the stage for a new agreement with TransCanada.