Electricity cut at Maracana stadium over unpaid bills RIO DE JANEIRO (AP): Rio de Janeiro’s famed Maracana stadium is without power after a dispute over unpaid electricity bills. Electric utility company Light says in a statement that power was cut yesterday at the stadium, which hosted the 2014 World Cup final and the Rio Olympics’ opening and closing ceremonies last year. The company says it’s owed US$940,000 with US$410,000 of that owed by a consortium managing the stadium, led by construction company Odebrecht. The rest it says is owed by the Olympic organisers. The stadium has fallen into disrepair in recent weeks and Odebrecht has asked the state of Rio de Janeiro to take over management. Cavs coach Tyronn Lue upset by distractions CLEVELAND (AP): Cavs coach Tyronn Lue is tired of the drama surrounding the NBA champions. Asked following yesterday’s practice if the distractions make it more difficult to coach, Lue said, “I hate it.” The Cavaliers have lost six of eight games, and there has been some turmoil around the team in the past few days after LeBron James questioned whether the front office was satisfied with winning one title. James has been pushing for an additional playmaker all season and he unloaded on the team following a loss at New Orleans on Monday night. Despite their issues, Lue noted the team still has the fourth-best record in the league. The Cavs missed 17 free throws in Wednesday’s home loss to the New Orleans Pelicans, who overcame a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter. Lue says the Cavs simply need to “get back to playing championship basketball.” Belarus weightlifter banned for urine swap BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP): Belarusian weightlifter Stanislav Chadovich has been banned for four years for trying use substitute urine in a pre-Olympic doping test. Chadovich had been entered into the 62kg category at last year’s Rio de Janeiro Games and was considered a medal contender before he was withdrawn from competition with no explanation. The International Weightlifting Federation said Chadovich was found guilty of trying to tamper with a doping test sample in an out-of-competition check, but did not specify how the subterfuge was detected. Previous cases have typically involved athletes using hidden tubes to fill their sample with clean urine. Using another person’s urine can be detected with a DNA test of the sample. The four-year suspension for Chadovich, a former European championship silver medalist, is backdated to July 29, shortly before the Olympics began.
A new band featuring a group of young and talented individuals will now have their chance at showcasing their talents at the opening of the FoodMAXX Supermarket at the Giftland Mall this Sunday.This band, which will feature seasoned performers and musicians, such as Abel Stokes; Daniel DeSouza; Eleazar Thibaud; Nicholas Chung from Feed the Flames; Kelly Valenzuela; Trevaun Selman; Stanton Duff; Catasha Rodrigues; Scarlet Singh and the newest addition to the MAXX Band, comedian Chris Gopaul will be performing from 17:00h.Members of the Maxx BandThe band is said to be opening with a rock/retro segment and close off with the R&B and pop genres.Abel Stokes said the decision to join MAXX was an easy one since he sees it as a way to get people more publicly aware of his talent. Although Stokes prefers to sing his own original music, he doesn’t mind performing covers until he is ready to release his songs.Scarlet Singh, who is currently in medical school and is a featured singer at the Princess casino every weekend, loves the way she can express herself through this medium.The MAXX Band is regularly booked to perform on the entertainment strip at the Giftland Mall and will also be performing jazz, blues, soca and reggae segments on different nights.