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Politics and identity in Guyana

By on January 18, 2020

first_imgAs we stagger fitfully towards general elections between bouts of engaging the Courts to interpret what were once thought to be pellucid road signs, the discourse is seemingly inevitably becoming dominated once again by “race talk”. It would appear that the announcement of the demise of such an orientation in our political campaigns with the emergence of another generation of voters have been rather premature.Sadly, the questioning of the right of Indian-Guyanese, through their preferred party the PPP to seek national power – has reappeared. I am reminded of the observation of iconic Barbadian writer George Lamming, who observed in his foreword to Dr Walter Rodney’s, “A History of the Guyanese Working People”: “This perception of the Indian as alien and a problem to be contained after the departure of the Imperial power, has been a major part of the thought and feeling of Black West Indians and a very stubborn conviction among the Black middle layers in Trinidad and Guyana. Indian power, in politics or business, has been regarded as an example of an Indian strategy for conquest.”The irony is that after 181 years in the Guyana, Indian-Guyanese have become “Guyanised” to such an extent by the plantation system and the post-colonial experience that they are as distinct from the present day “Indian Indians” as African-Guyanese are from “African-Africans”. While the first part of our hyphenated designation may signify our “motherlands”, are we not all bound by the common second part, being Guyanese?  Of course, there is always the problematic associated with “the narcissism of small differences”.The Jamaican poet Olive Senior, of mixed heritage, used the activity of “gardening” as an extended trope in her book “Gardening in the Tropics” to analyse well the brutal colonisation all of us in the Caribbean by the Europeans and their influence in the formation of all our of identities. Gardening does involve “rooting out”, discarding” “cultivating”, “nurturing”, “grafting”, “hybridity” and so many activities that are also at work in cultures and relationships in the construction of identities. All of us have been and continue to be “cultivated” whether we like it or not and are to a lesser or greater extent been “hybridized”.Even when we were uprooted from homelands in Asia, Africa and Europe, we were all already “hybrids” that had been variously constituted. For instance, the North Indians of the Bhojpuri belt were the product of continuous invasions for thousands of years, of which the Moghul invasion and its Islamic world view was only the most extensive. Ditto for the West Africans with different tribes and Islam.In the Caribbean, the Indians, Portuguese and Chinese indentureds would encounter the Africans who had been subjected to hundreds of years of European imposition of culture and religion – forcibly and later hegemonistically. While against all odds, the Africans retained elements of their cultures in West Africa, it was into their “creolised” culture that the new arrivals would be thrown into.The Africans were expected to inculcate “English culture”, even though their humanity was denied and by definition could never be “English”. This was interesting since most of the overseers they interacted with were Irish and Scottish. The indentured servants inevitably imbibed much of their new culture from the African creoles who preceded them on the plantations, and who were expected to “season” them into the new dispensation.However, in Guyana and the rest of the Caribbean, people of African origin sought to counter the European hegemonic cultural imposition with the ideologies of “Black Power”, “Negritude” and “Pan Africanism” all of which privileged the African culture as the “root” of the tree of “national culture” here. There was never a comparable Pan-Indian movement, but with independence we were told that we were “One people; One Nation; One Destiny”.Reviewing the broad sweep of Caribbean history, however, Senior sought to make the point that there are no “pure” origins and no “one root” that we can discover on which to construct our Caribbean identity. She borrowed the metaphor of the “rhizome” – with its multiplicity of roots that privilege no one root for Caribbean identity from the Martiniquean Edouard Glissant. He was consciously reacting against the construct of “negritute” and of “hybridity” that been proposed to describe French Antillean identity. The first excluded all others such as people of Indian origin and the French and the latter that still privileged the “African root”.We are all equally Guyanese with the right to all our country offers.last_img read more

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Dzakovic gets away with slap on the wrist

By on January 17, 2020

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay Easy does it as Kaya wins fifth straight; Ceres scores Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View comments Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing Dzakovic hitting Bermillo at the back of the head—after a botched play—was unheard of in Philippine volleyball, which is enjoying a rise in popularity the past decade.The clip went viral and got negative comments from netizens, including some players themselves.Dzakovic, who has reportedly left the country Sunday morning, approached Bermillo after the incident and apologized profusely.She said she was just venting her frustration as she failed to lead BaliPure to a win in 10 matches in the conference.Bermillo has since accepted her apology and BaliPure coach Rommel Abella said the issue has already been settled.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener PLAY LIST 01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption MOST READ Screengrab of video showing Danijela Dzakovic hitting her teammate Jewelle BermilloThe Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas Inc., was ready to impose a severe punishment on Montenegrin import Danijela Dzakovic for hitting BaliPure teammate Jewelle Bermillo during their game against Creamline Saturday night.LVPI director Peter Cayco said they have the power to penalize Dzakovic heavily—like bans on players—as his agency facilitates the International Transfer Certificates for every foreign player in the country.ADVERTISEMENT 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Ukrainian prime minister resigns after recordings published Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next But he said the LVPI will go by the decision of the Premier Volleyball League which just issued a reprimand on Dzakovic.No suspension or ban was mentioned in the PVL statement issued by top official Ricky Palou.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“We invite these imports to spice up the tournament, primarily for the fans, and at the same time share their expertise with the local players,” said Palou. “Conversely, we expect them to play and be at their best, game-wise and character-wise.”However, Palou said a repetition of such act “will be dealt with more severely.”last_img read more

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Sevens team delayed by faulty plane

By on January 12, 2020

first_img“We can only pray for the team because this is not good and could affect their performance. They were treated well in South Africa and booked to the Sun and Sand resort where they trained. These things can happen to any airline and we are happy with KQ.“There is only one flight from Johannesburg to Australia and after delaying here on Friday, they missed it and the one for the next day was fully booked. They have now left and we expect them to arrive in New Zealand,” Muthee told. Mike Friday’s outfit are expected to reach their final destination on Monday night ahead of the weekend Wellington Sevens.“All our competitors have prepared properly and been in New Zealand for at least 36 hours including Argentina and France. Tonga are in camp in Auckland,” the disappointed coach said.The travelling nightmare began on Friday when team sponsors and official airline Kenya Airways cancelled their flight twice on what was explained as ‘technical problems’ forcing the team to leave at 4pm before they were put up in a hotel.Capital Sport’s effort to contact the airline’s communication officials did not bear fruit by the time of posting this article.Friday’s side are the only squad with jet lag protocol not to have arrived in the country on schedule raising fears that the long delay could hamper their charge.“I can’t say the level of jetlag that will affect them but we need to get them here first. However, the jet lag is far greater with New Zealand being three hours further ahead, yet the squad arrives a day later and the tournament being a day earlier,” Friday added.Kenya play France in the opening match on Friday before taking on Argentina and Tonga to wrap their Group B pool fixtures.Friday’s squad are sixth in the IRB World Series standings on 37 points having failed to match their Gold Coast and Dubai Main Cup semi runs in the last leg at Port Elizabeth.“They are physically at a real disadvantage at kick off. With most matches having just a score in it it’s the little margins that make the difference. This is more than a little margin and not in our favour,” the coach explained while remaining optimistic they would achieve positive results despite the travelling hiccups.The team’s travelling plans were also marred in the opening leg of the series in Australia.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, January 28- The national rugby sevens team was holed up in South Africa for almost 48 hours after missing their connecting flight from Johannesburg.Kenya Rugby Union chairman, Mwangi Muthee, explained to Capital Sport that a technical problem with the aircraft that was to fly the team from Nairobi to Johannesburg saw them fail to make it in time to catch their onward journey to Australia with the plane being brought back to Nairobi for repairs.last_img read more

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Widening wealth gap sets stage for social unrest

By on January 3, 2020

first_imgWhat the report does not say is that these conditions are largely the result of buildups in the high-technology sector and the steady stream of immigration, both legal and illegal. High-technology jobs require education and skills, unless they are simple assembly-line posts. Companies like Intel, Google, Yahoo, Qualcomm, Cisco Systems and Oracle, which employ many thousands of workers, offer higher pay and better working conditions than normal. Fortune Magazine lists all of them among the 50 best employers in America to work for. That’s partly because their highly skilled workers are in constant demand, with headhunters calling many of them almost daily. But no one would rank any carwash, restaurant kitchen or vineyard in that category. Jobs there pay exponentially less than those in high-tech. The low-end jobs stay in that category for two reasons: There is little or no competition for workers because these positions require few skills. The immigrants who fill most of them are among the least educated to arrive in America in the past century. Especially the illegals, who undergo no screening for education, disease, criminal record or anything else, as legal immigrants must. As a result, the Budget Project reports about 2 million California families with incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty level of $13,690 per year. These families can offer their children few resources, often need children to join them and help at their jobs and produce a large number of high school dropouts. One result: School-achievement tests show a continuing gap between Latino children and whites. The danger in all this is that extreme distance between economic classes has often been a harbinger of social unrest. It was one of the underlying causes of riots like those in Watts and other parts of Los Angeles in 1965 and 1992. This state’s government appears oblivious to the problem, but continuing to ignore it can only lead to future trouble as rage builds gradually among many millions of have-nots. Tom Elias is author of The Burzynski Breakthrough: The Most Promising Cancer Treatment and the Government’s Campaign to Squelch It, now available in an updated third edition. His e-mail address is tdelias@aol.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! But that kind of inequality occurs every time there’s a real estate recession like the one in which the entire nation is mired today. Even more serious and permanent is the widening difference between economic classes in this state spawned by the ongoing wave of immigration from Latin America, both legal and illegal. “By slow degrees, California has changed from a state where opportunities abounded and prosperity was more broadly shared to one with an increasing divide between the rich and the poor,” reports Jean Ross, executive director of the nonpartisan California Budget Project in Sacramento. “It makes it harder for working families to succeed and to give their children a decent start in life.” A new report from the Budget Project finds the gap between low-wage and high-wage workers has widened more in California than other parts of America. One reason for this, the study found, is that job growth in this state has come mostly at the high end and the low end of the wage scale, while the middle ground remains largely stagnant. California is rapidly becoming a classic example of a place where the rich get richer and the poor continually get poorer. That’s been true for a decade or more when it comes to employment, where pay for high-end jobs requiring college degrees or higher has grown rapidly, while wages for unskilled labor in fields, carwashes, restaurants and hotels have risen only slightly. Now the real estate market is creating even more severe inequalities. Example: In one ZIP code of southern Santa Monica, there were two foreclosures on houses during the second quarter of last year and two again for the same time period this year. Meanwhile, in another ZIP code almost 100 miles east in the Riverside County city of Moreno Valley, there were 23 foreclosures during the second quarter of last year and 296 this year. Guess where prices are still about three times higher. Statewide, foreclosures were up from about 20,000 during that time period last year to 53,000 this year. Strikingly, property values in most neighborhoods are down this year, but they are actually up in high-end areas where home prices average more than $1 million. So the rich are still getting richer, and the poor – even the not-so-poor and the middle class – are getting much poorer, seeing whatever equity they’ve built up over years of making house payments disappear in a price slump and then often having to abandon their homes when monthly payments on some subprime mortgages rise after three or five years of requiring only interest. last_img read more

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Timberwolves get burned by Heat

By on December 29, 2019

first_imgMIAMI – Shaquille O’Neal couldn’t specifically say why the Miami Heat changed their defensive ways. He wasn’t being coy, either. “If I said what I heard, it’d all be whistles,” O’Neal said, referring to coach Pat Riley’s halftime remarks. “It’d all be bleeps.” Wade had nine points in the run – eclipsing the six he managed in the entire first half – and O’Neal added six, including the first two baskets of the second half. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson“We had a decent second quarter and the third quarter was probably the best defense, the most intense and correct defense that we have played probably this year,” said Riley, whose team outscored Minnesota 56-26 in the second half. “The mentality was entirely different. I thought that just sort of propelled us.” James Posey had 11 points and Gary Payton added 10 for the Heat (19-13), who moved a season-high six games over .500. Wally Szczerbiak scored 19 points, Rashad McCants added 13 and Kevin Garnett matched a season low with 11 for Minnesota (14-14), which is 2-8 in its last 10 games but remains atop the Midwest Division. “We’re a big question mark,” Garnett said. “We have no real identity at this point. We show glimpses of being very, very good defensively. But I don’t think you can stamp us as a defensive team or stamp us as a team with an identity right now.” Miami outscored Minnesota 25-6 in the opening 7:30 of the third quarter and turned a three-point halftime deficit into a 66-50 lead. center_img Whatever Riley said at halftime certainly worked. The Heat held Minnesota to 23.5 percent shooting over the final two quarters and beat the slumping Timberwolves, 97-70, on Sunday night. Dwyane Wade scored 19 points, O’Neal had 16 and Alonzo Mourning had 13 points and 10 rebounds for Miami, which allowed a season low in points, set a season high for margin of victory and held the Timberwolves to their lowest total this year. last_img read more

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HERO FARMER SAYS HE WAS SIMPLY IN THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME

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first_imgJohn along with his mother at Tullagh Beach today. Pic by Newspix Irl.The young farmer who sparked a dramatic rescue yesterday has said he believes he was simply “in the right place at the right time” when he heard a drowning fisherman’s cry for help half a mile away.John Grant’s amazing story has made national headlines today after his alert sense of hearing led to a man’s life being saved.John, 23, was tending to sheep near Clonmany yesterday afternoon when he briefly thought he heard a cry for help in the distance. He jumped on his quad bike and headed towards the sea.He asked other walkers on Tullagh Beach if they had heard someone crying for help but they said they had not.Determined John continued to listen for the voice and when he looked out to sea he saw a man in the distance waving his arms for help. John, who also work at North West Memorials in Muff, revealed “I just couldn’t believe it. I knew I had heard something but nobody else had.“It was only when I actually focused on the sea that I could see this person flapping his arms and waving for help.“I was simply in the right place at the right time. Anybody else would have done the same. I’m just so glad I listened to myself in the first place,” he said.John, from Binion, Clonmany, contacted his mother and she alerted the Malin Head radio station who set about scrambling coastal emergency services to the scene just before 2pm.By that stage the man, a local lobster fisherman, had been in the water for more than an hour and a half.The man was pulled aboard a local boat and then transferred to the Lough Swilly RNLI lifeboat who wrapped him in blankets and then brought him ashore. He was then met by the 118 recue helicopter which had been scrambled from Sligo and brought to Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry where his condition is said to be stable.Joe Joyce of the Lough Swilly RNLI, who took part in the rescue, said it was simply amazing how John was able to hear the man’s cry for help over such a distance.“It’s simply hard to believe because his voice had to carry over sand dunes and it was almost half a mile away.“Whatever happened John Grant’s actions are the reason why this man is alive today and he deserves great credit for it,” he said. HERO FARMER SAYS HE WAS SIMPLY IN THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME was last modified: May 20th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:clonmanydonegalInishowenJohn GrantLough Swilly RNLIrescueTullagh Beachlast_img read more

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Fraud victims’ rights ignored

By on December 28, 2019

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Still, it was unclear whether a new sentence, if longer, would withstand appeal. The case was brought by W. Patrick Kenna, a Los Angeles investor who says he was ripped off to the tune of $760,000 by Leichner and his father, Moshe. The San Francisco-based appeals court agreed with Kenna’s argument that victims’ rights legislation demanded that he get to address the judge at the son’s sentencing. The judge denied Kenna because he had already allowed Kenna and others to speak during the father’s sentencing months before, a decision an appellate panel reversed Friday. “The criminal justice system has long functioned on the assumption that crime victims should behave like good Victorian children – seen but not heard,” Judge Alex Kozinski wrote for the three-judge court, which ruled 2-1. John Case, Kenna’s attorney, said Kenna will urge the court to issue an even harsher sentence for the son. In February, after pleading guilty, the father was handed a 20-year prison term. Three months later, the son got 11 years in prison for his role. The father and son ran a foreign exchange currency trading firm in Sherman Oaks called Midland Euro that received millions from investors in the United States, Canada, Saudi Arabia and Israel for investments in foreign currency. The bulk of the money was pocketed, not invested, by the pair. “My client was appalled at the result of sentencing,” Case said. Dissenting Judge Daniel Friedman said the opinion was too broad. “Suppose a case with five defendants and 20 victims,” Friedman said. “Does each victim have the right to speak at the sentencing of each defendant?” The case is Kenna v. U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FRANCISCO – A man given 11 years in prison for swindling Los Angeles investors out of $95 million must be resentenced because a judge forbade the victims from speaking during the sentencing hearing, a federal appeals court ruled Friday. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Zvi Leichner, 33, must undergo a new sentencing hearing because the trial judge violated 2004 legislation giving victims the right to speak at such hearings. It was the first time a federal defendant was ordered resentenced because of the law. “This is the first time a violation of a victim’s right resulted in a court order for a new sentencing proceeding,” said Steve Twist, founder of the Crime Victims Legal Assistance Project in Arizona. last_img read more

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Firefighter testing urged

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first_imgSIMI VALLEY – The Ventura County firefighters union is recommending that members who fought last year’s Topanga brush fire near the Santa Susana Field Laboratory get medical tests because of possible exposure to toxins. Although a preliminary investigation hasn’t turned up health problems connected to last year’s firefighting at the old Rocketdyne site now operated by Boeing Co., the area is a concern because of its history, union officials said. The field lab has been operating since the 1950s, when it contracted with the U.S. Department of Defense to conduct nuclear research. The company also contracted with NASA and the Department of Defense for research and rocket-engine testing. The site is now under a federally ordered environmental cleanup, and contaminants found in the lab soil and in wastewater ponds on the property have included dioxins, heavy metals and mercury. “As firefighters, we take a lot of unknown exposures over the years,” he said. ” … We’re constantly on guard to protect ourselves.” Boeing spokeswoman Inger Hodgson said her company has been cooperating with Fire Department efforts to evaluate the situation and was grateful for the work of all the firefighters. “Our personnel worked closely with them and supported their efforts,” she said. “We worked closely during and after the fire to provide the Fire Department with information about the site and contents of the buildings involved.” She said 10 buildings on the field lab property were damaged in the fire, including seven that were destroyed. But buildings containing hazardous or radioactive materials remained safe and secure. Earlier this year, Boeing settled a lawsuit filed by residents of the San Fernando and Simi valleys who say they were sickened by toxins released at the lab for $30 million, though the company denied any responsibility. Eric Leach, (805) 583-7602 eric.leach@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “We are recommending that our members (who fought flames near the lab) have the general medical tests that they would get in their annual physical exams,” said Capt. Chris Mahon, president of the Ventura County Professional Firefighters Association. “If we become aware that they may have been exposed to a particular hazardous substance, we would ask that they be tested specifically for that.” So far, there have been no reports from members of any specific symptoms, he said. “The problem with these things is these types of exposures can show up 10 or more years later,” Mahon said. The fire burned more than about 24,000 acres around the field lab and across the Simi Hills after it broke out Sept. 28 near the Santa Susana Pass and the Ronald Reagan Freeway. Mahon said an investigation to determine possible hazards was conducted by firefighters and other officials from agencies in Ventura and Los Angeles counties. last_img read more

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In New York, Ford’s passing brings to mind the famous ‘Drop Dead’ headline

By on December 25, 2019

first_imgAmong New Yorkers who recall the dark days of the 1970s, former President Ford will be remembered best for something he never actually said. “Ford to City: Drop Dead,” cried the front page of the New York Daily News on October 30, 1975, after the president rejected a request for a federal bailout to rescue the city as it teetered on the edge of bankruptcy. Actually, Ford declared that New York had been “fiscally irresponsible” and said he saw “no role for the federal government.” But the “Drop Dead” headline captured all of the frustrations of a city reeling from a fiscal crisis. “I’ve got a copy of that newspaper in my house, along with the letter from the city Board of Education telling me I was laid off because of the fiscal crisis,” said Doug Muzzio, who was a public school teacher at the time and is now a professor of politics at Baruch College. “It was chaos. Literally from week to week we didn’t know whether the city of New York was going to go into default.” While Ford rejected the city’s entreaties, Washington ultimately agreed to guarantee $1.65 billion in loans with help from state and municipal unions, and New York eventually regained stability. Professor Steven Cohen of Columbia University said Wednesday that history proved Ford right: “President Ford insisted on a better deal. At the time we called it a culture war, but today we would call it fiscal prudence.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: John Jackson greets a Christmas that he wasn’t sure he’d see160Want 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

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Hearts sign Scotland international Steven Naismith

By on December 24, 2019

first_img“It’s much in keeping with the senior players we have here already, the likes of Don Cowie, Christophe Berra and Aaron Hughes.“I think he’ll be a huge player in the dressing room and a great example to the rest of the team. On top of that he’s a fantastically talented football player.“He’ll bring a bit of nous, experience, energy and enthusiasm – which he has in abundance. He’s also got goalscoring ability.” Since his return to fitness he hasn’t been able to force his way back into the first team and has been allowed to leave the Championship side.Despite interest from clubs in England, Tynecastle was Naismith’s preferred destination.The international is also looking for a route back into the Scotland set up after losing his position in attack. His last cap came in the 1-0 win over Slovenia last March.Hearts boss Craig Levein told the club’s official website: “It’s a bit of a coup to bring somebody in of Steven’s quality, not just in a footballing sense but as a person as well. Hearts have announced the signing of Scotland international Steven Naismith on loan from Norwich City.The 45-times capped international has agreed a deal until the end of the season after successfully completing a medicalThe 31-year-old will go straight into the Hearts squad for the Scottish Cup tie against Hibs on Sunday.Naismith played three times for Norwich at the start of the season before suffering an ankle injury that sidelined him for a substantial part of the season.last_img read more

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