… porters suffer broken limbsThree persons are now injured after the Guyana Police Force-issued vehicle of Police Commissioner Leslie James crashed into a water truck on Saturday.The accident occurred at about 14:45h on the Covent Garden Public Road, East Bank Demerara (EBD) as the Top Cop was returning from the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA).When contacted, Traffic Chief, Linden Isles, told Guyana Times that while heading to Georgetown, the canter, GWW 9079, which was selling water pulled over on the side of the road to make way for the police vehicle, PSS 4796, after hearing the siren approaching.Top Cop Leslie James’ crashed vehicleBut the canter, according to Isles, could not go further into the corner because of parked trucks on the parapet and as such, when the Top Cop’s Prado Land Cruiser was passing by, it clipped the canter and crashed into it.However, residents in the area are claiming that there was no siren on the Commissioner’s vehicle and that the canter was parked in the corner of the road when the police vehicle collided with it. The impact of the collision, residents say, caused the Force-issued vehicle to skid on the road and its side to be ripped by one of the “bush-trucks” parked on the side of the road.A subsequent release from the Force’s Public Relations said, “the canter suddenly swerved from east to west and stopped leaving the rear portion on the driving lane; as a result, the left side front of the [police] jeep collided with the right side rear of motor canter GWW9079 causing the said canter to spin around and collided to motor lorry GXX 230 [one of the parked trucks] and motor jeep collided to GPP 6739 rear [another vehicle] which was stationary on the western side of the road.”Guyana Times understand that both the canter and the police vehicle were badly damaged.At the time, the Commissioner was in the company of his driver, Corporal Mark Smith, and personal assistant (P.A.C), Superintendent of Police Allistair Roberts, who was in the front passenger side of the vehicle.The water delivery canter being taken away from the sceneThis newspaper understands that shortly after the accident, Police swarmed the scene and took the Top Cop to seek medical attention at a private hospital in the city. This publication was told that while the Police Commissioner and his driver were cleared, his assistant suffered a broken left shoulder and was admitted at the private institution.Meanwhile, there were two persons – the owner and driver, Basdeo Lalchan, 37, of lot 1718 Section ‘B’ Block ‘X’, Great Diamond, E.B.D and occupant Janathan Ramkellwan, 24, of lot 1374 Diamond Housing Scheme – in the canter at the time of the accident. They were reportedly pinned in the vehicle and were freed only after cutting the wreckage. They were subsequently rushed to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre, where they are being treated for broken legs and back injuries, before being transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation where they were admitted.According to the Police, a breathalyzer test was conducted on Corporal Smith and no alcohol was found in his system. Nevertheless, enquiries are in progress.
“Thank you! I’m very happy, I’m delighted to be here for this new challenge,” said Neymar as fireworks went off around him and fans chanted his name over and again.The world’s most expensive footballer: 20 years of record transfers © AFP / Thomas SAINT-CRICQ“I want to win lots of trophies with you and I need your support to win these trophies,” added the former Barcelona and Santos star.“Paris is magic!” he said in French before calling out the club’s motto: “Ici, c’est Paris!” — Here, it’s Paris.Hopes the Brazil captain would make his debut for the club were dashed by red tape as his international transfer certificate wasn’t lodged in time with the French league, meaning he had to watch his new team-mates from the stands.He was hardly missed as PSG strolled to an easy victory with goals from South American pair Edinson Cavani and Javier Pastore, the latter whose place in the team could come under threat by Neymar.PSG had already started to recuperate part of Neymar’s mammoth transfer fee on Friday when he was officially unveiled as the most expensive player in history at 222 million euros ($264m).New Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar waves during his presentation to fans at the Parc des Princes stadium on August 5, 2017 © AFP / ALAIN JOCARDThe club sold more than 10,000 shirts with his name and No.10 on the back on Friday, bringing in around one million euros.They also expected to sell another 15,000 shirts on Saturday while a 45,000 sell-out crowd watched the opening game.And money was the subject of most of the questions fired at the Brazilian when he was unveiled to the media on Friday after arriving in the French capital on a private jet to sign a five-year contract with the Qatari-owned club.“I want something bigger, a greater challenge,” said Neymar, who is poised to earn around 30 million euros a year.– ‘Tense time’ –Neymar admitted that leaving Barcelona, where he formed part of a lethal attacking trio with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, was not a decision he took lightly.A Paris Saint-Germain fan shows off his Neymar shirt at the club’s store on the Champs Elysees © AFP / PHILIPPE LOPEZ“It was one of my most difficult decisions. In Barcelona I had adapted well to the city and the team,” he said.“It was a tense time, thinking about what I should do in my life.” His PSG teammate Dani Alves, who once played with Neymar at Barcelona, said the new arrival had persuaded him to move to Paris from Juventus this summer.“Contrary to what people think, it was he who advised me to sign for PSG,” said Alves after Saturday’s game. “It wasn’t me who was telling him to come here.”Neymar will become the second highest-paid player in the world — behind Carlos Tevez and his 38 million euros a year at Shanghai Shenhua but ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo’s 23.6 million euros annual salary at Real Madrid.The transfer fee shattered the previous world record of 105 million euros set by Manchester United in signing France midfielder Paul Pogba last year from Juventus.It is an eye-watering sum, but one that PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi insisted will eventually look like a bargain.“There are not two Neymars in the world. I would love for us to meet in two years and see what his value will be compared to today. At least double,” said Al-Khelaifi.Paris Saint-Germain’s forward Neymar (R), listens to his father Neymar Santos (L) as they watch the French L1 football match between PSG and Amiens at the Parc de Princes Stadium in Paris on August 5, 2017 © AFP / JACQUES DEMARTHON“I don’t think it’s expensive, I’m convinced we are going to earn more money with him. It’s a project of two brands: we’re associating the Neymar brand and the PSG brand.”There is scepticism at the role played by PSG’s owners Oryx Qatar Sports Investments (QSI) at a time of political crisis for the energy-rich state which has been boycotted by its Gulf neighbours in recent months and will play host to the World Cup in 2022.But on Saturday, Al-Khelaifi was focused more on success on the pitch as he hopes Neymar will help PSG win back the Ligue 1 crown they lost to Monaco last year, and finally land the coveted Champions League.“We have a great star, a great player here with us today,” he said.“Now we’re going to work hard to win lots of trophies.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Paris Saint-Germain’s forward Neymar looks on during his presentation to the fans at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris on August 5, 2017 © AFP / ALAIN JOCARDParis, France, Aug 4 – Brazil superstar Neymar received a hero’s welcome from the Paris Saint-Germain faithful on Saturday as he vowed to win “lots of trophies” following his world record transfer.The 25-year-old was presented to fans at the club’s Parc des Princes stadium ahead of a 2-0 victory over Amiens in their opening Ligue 1 match of the new campaign.