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Once again, the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall was filled with excitement as the Regional Children’s Mashramani Competition attracted a crowd.This time, it was the physical display category, which concluded the Georgetown leg of the competition on Monday, with entries from both primary and secondary schools.The event saw a colossal turnout from numerous schools in Georgetown, who expressed their support for the participants. The loud cheers echoed throughout the intense atmosphere and encouraged the competitors to do their best. To make things even more exciting, it was hosted by the comedic duo of Christopher Gopaul and Lyndon Jones.A fascinating piece that was performed by South Ruimveldt SecondaryThis year, the focus of the event was being health wise, and skipping was introduced to the spectacular competition.The schools that participated included FE Pollard Primary, Comenius Primary, North Georgetown Primary, South Ruimveldt Secondary, Tucville Secondary, St John’s College, St Stanislaus College, and Richard Ishmael Secondary. Participants showcased their performances in different categories which included Combination, Freestyle, Pyramid, Skip-be-fit and Last Man Standing.The freestyle skipping was won by Courtney Alfred of Richard Ishmael Secondary. Fellow Richard Ishmael Secondary student Elijah Morris expressed that skipping could be considered exercise and it aided in cardiovascular fitness. He encouraged younger children to participate in this healthy activity.Other winners included FE Pollard Primary in the Combination category with an entry called “We are the Champions” while Tucville Secondary won with their piece entitled “Team builders”.The North Georgetown Primary students at the competitionHowever, the climax of the day was the last performance – a last man standing skipping competition in which 10 students participated. It was won by Earl Morris of the Richard Ishmael Secondary School, who ended with the highest time of eight minutes, ten seconds. He breathlessly stated how happy he was to win this category.“I feel excited. I feel great. I’m so happy I win the last man standing. It was my dream,” he said.Morris further stated that it has almost been a year since he has taken up skipping.The national category will kick start another aspect of the competition and this is set for February 15, with students competing from all across Guyana.
0Shares0000Sadio Mane scored a hat-trick as the Liverpool attack tormented Porto 5-0 © AFP / Francisco LEONGPORTO, Portugal, Feb 15 – Sadio Mane scored a brilliant treble as Liverpool romped to a 5-0 thrashing of Porto at the Estadio do Dragao on Wednesday to march towards the Champions League quarter-finals.Mane fired the away side ahead in the first leg of the last-16 clash, before Mohamed Salah’s audacious finish for his 30th goal of the season quickly made it two. The Senegalese forward slotted in his second as Liverpool completely outclassed their opponents, with Roberto Firmino adding his name to the scoresheet with 20 minutes to play, before Mane’s searing strike completed his first European hat-trick.“It was important to play as a team and we did, we played great football from the beginning,” Mane told BT Sport.“We created so many chances and we scored five. It was well deserved.”Playing in the last 16 of the competition for the first time in nine years, Liverpool are now all but certain to reach the quarter-finals ahead of the second leg at Anfield on March 6.Jurgen Klopp’s men had scored 23 goals in the group stage and continued that scintillating form in Portugal to become the top-scorers in this season’s competition, while the defensive frailties that have plagued them at times this season never resurfaced as Dejan Lovren and Virgil van Dijk put in accomplished displays at the back.“I saw a lot of fantastic performances tonight. The result is only possible if they are all spot on,” said Klopp.“Of course, Sadio is man of the match, three fantastic goals, but they all did well and that is the only way to be successful.”Sergio Conceicao’s deflated Porto will now turn their attentions back to domestic matters, where they hold a two-point lead in the league and are in the Cup semi-finals.Roared on by the home fans, Porto started brightly and Brazilian midfielder Otavio was denied an early goal by a last-ditch tackle from Lovren.But it didn’t take Liverpool long to grow into the game, as left-back Andrew Robertson fired over on his Champions League debut and Ivan Marcano’s brave block prevented Firmino from heading in.But the five-time European champions were gifted the lead in the 25th minute as Porto goalkeeper Jose Sa, who has replaced former Real Madrid great Iker Casillas this season, allowed Mane’s tame strike to squirm underneath his body and into the net.Mane has been overshadowed so far this term by the blistering performances of Firmino and Salah, but the Senegalese forward’s first goal in six games was his fourth in the Champions League.– Salah’s delightful skill –Liverpool forward Salah slots in his side’s second goal at Porto © AFP / MIGUEL RIOPALiverpool took total control of the tie just four minutes later as Salah scored in style.James Milner’s strike crashed into the post, but the Egyptian star was on hand to flick the ball over the onrushing Sa with a magnificent piece of skill and slot into the net.The visitors were utterly dominant, but Tiquinho Soares, playing in place of the injured Vincent Aboubakar, fired narrowly wide for Porto on the stroke of half-time.Porto had plenty of the ball but were always vulnerable to Liverpool’s waves of rapid counter-attacks, and Mane made it three shortly after the restart.The away side cut the Portuguese league leaders to shreds with a series of first-time flicks and passes, and after Firmino was denied by Sa, Mane was on hand to tap in the rebound.The visitors’ relentless pressure meant another goal was almost inevitable, and it arrived when Milner picked out Firmino from a posse of unmarked Liverpool shirts in the centre to slot home his seventh Champions League goal of the campaign.The English outfit still weren’t finished, though, as Mane’s long-range effort flew past Sa with five minutes remaining to round off the procession in fine fashion.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)