…during Heritage celebrations Villagers of the Amerindian community of Wakapau, in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) last Friday held their Heritage Day celebrations at St Lucia’s Mission – an island in close proximity to the village.Although Wakapau is a small village, there is a Village Council, a health centre and a nursery, primary and secondary school. The village’s name was derived from the Carib word ‘Wakoqua’ which means pigeons, a type of bird which inhabits the village.During a visit to the community, Toshao Howard Cornelius was elated as he expressed what has been happening in Wakapau and other Amerindian communities over the past months.Some of the activities which visitors and locals were engaged in included cultural performances of Indigenous songs, poems, dances and music. Games of tug-o-war, sack race, and the paiwari and cassiri drinking completion were also played, while patrons enjoyed diverse Amerindian food and drinks.Calls were made for Central Government to focus on these communities since there is a need for healthcare professionals to tend to the people. The community doctor lives six miles away from the health centre and is forced to travel this journey every day since the living quarters in the village, although constructed, is yet to be furnished. A state-of-the-art medical centre is also needed since many would have to travel all the way to the Essequibo Coast to obtain medical treatment.Another worrying factor is the requirement for adequate transportation services to enter and exit the village. At present, three outboard engines are needed to facilitate the population of over 2500 persons.The village has been faced with the epidemic of constant migration of youths. The high unemployment rate has also led to drug abuse.
10 Luis Enrique runs over to celebrate with the Barcelona fans – continue to see the next great image from the Champions League final’s aftermath – The Spanish manager banished questions over his future in January by steering the Catalans to a stunning European and domestic treble. 10 Gerard Pique collects one of the goal nets – continue to see the next great image from the Champions League final’s aftermath – A souvenir perhaps? The Spanish defender strolls off with the net over his head. Neymar gets a moment alone with the trophy – click right to see the next great image from the Champions League final’s aftermath – The Brazilian sealed victory in injury time after a brilliant individual performance. 10 Gianluigi Buffon is left despondent after another final defeat – click right to see the next great image from the Champions League final’s aftermath – The Italian goalkeeper is still missing the Champions League trophy from his resume after his first final for 12 years. Suarez, Messi and Neymar pose for the cameras – The Barcelona front three amassed 122 goals in all competitions this campaign – will that ever be beaten? Paul Pogba consoles Andrea Pirlo – click right to see the next great image from the Champions League final’s aftermath – The Italian maestro is expected to leave Juventus this summer and, unlike Xavi, couldn’t mark his swansong with the perfect ending. 10 10 10 Xavi lifts the trophy aloft – click right to see the next great image from the Champions League final’s aftermath – The Barcelona captain – the most decorated player in the club’s history – couldn’t have asked for a better way to mark his farewell appearance. 10 Lionel Messi is mobbed by the paparazzi – click right to see the next great image from the Champions League final’s aftermath – The mercurial Argentine had a comparatively quiet night by his standard, but he was still instrumental in Berlin. 10 The Barcelona players celebrate with their manager Luis Enrique – continue to see the next great image from the Champions League final’s aftermath – The Catalans appeared to know where credit was due, throwing their boss up in the air repeatedly as the celebrations continued. 10 Goalscorers Ivan Rakitic and Luis Suarez celebrate – continue to see the next great image from the Champions League final’s aftermath – Suarez swapped Merseyside for Catalonia last summer and has reaped the rewards in a stunning debut season. 10 Barcelona showcased why their current crop are widely regarded as one of the greatest club sides in history with Champions League glory in Berlin.Their 3-1 victory over Juventus, provided by goals from Ivan Rakitic, Luis Suarez and Neymar, earned a hard-fought but deserved win to complete a European and domestic trouble.The result handed Xavi Hernandez, on as a substitute in his 900th appearance for the club, the fairytale ending before he leaves for Qatar after 17 sensational years of service.After securing their first European crown since 2011, the Catalans celebrated long after the final whistle – and talkSPORT collated some of the best images from their post-match antics.
The biggest club competition in European football returns this week with the Champions League kicking off on Tuesday.This season’s edition sees Real Madrid going for a remarkable fourth trophy in a row, while Liverpool will be hoping to go one better than last year and win their sixth European Cup. 4 =14. Valencia – 80/1=14. Porto – 80/1=14. Lyon – 80/1=14. Internazionale – 80/1=11. Roma – 50/1=11. Napoli – 50/1=11. Borussia Dortmund – 50/110. Manchester United – 25/1 Atletico handed huge boost for Liverpool tie with Diego Costa returning from injury Manchester City are being backed to finally get their hands on Europe’s biggest prize after two relatively unsuccessful Champions League campaigns under Pep Guardiola, and we’ll also get to see the return of Cristiano Ronaldo to Old Trafford when Juventus and Manchester United face off in the group stage.Champions League commentaries LIVE on talkSPORTTuesday, September 18: Internazionale vs Tottenham, kick-off 17:55 – CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO INTER VS SPURSWednesday, September 19: Young Boys vs Manchester United, kick-off 20:00 – CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO YOUNG BOYS VS MAN UNITEDThe action gets under way on Tuesday afternoon, but who are the favourites to go all the way and be crowned as the best team in Europe?Using odds from Ladbrokes, talkSPORT.com have taken a look at who is being backed to win this season’s Champions League – and you can see the results, ranked from least to heaviest favourite, below…=30. Young Boys – 1000/1=30. Viktoria Plzen – 1000/1=30. Crvena zvezda – 1000/1=26. PSV Eindhoven – 500/1=26. CSKA Moscow – 500/1 4 9. Tottenham Hotspur – 20/18. Liverpool – 11/17. Atletico Madrid – 10/1=5. Real Madrid – 8/1=5. Bayern Munich – 8/14. Paris Saint-Germain – 7/13. Juventus – 13/2 Latest Champions League news on target Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman BOOST Can Cristiano Ronaldo fire Juventus to the European Cup? Aiming high 2. Barcelona – 6/11. Manchester City – 9/2 CSKA have been handed a tough draw with both Real Madrid and Roma in their group Ancelotti tells fans he has Champions League dream for Everton 4 Liverpool set for Champions League boost as Takumi Minamino will be available Man United were knocked out at the round of 16 stage last season Real Madrid beat Liverpool in last season’s Champions League final to make it an unprecedented three wins in a row =26. Club Brugge – 500/1=26. AEK Athens – 500/1=23. Shakhtar Donetsk – 250/1=23. Hoffenheim – 250/1=23. Galatasaray – 250/1=21. Lokomotiv Moscow – 200/1=21. Benfica – 200/1=19. Monaco – 150/1=19. Ajax – 150/118 .Schalke – 100/1 4 ready?