By this time next week, I will already be off, stepping into a new chapter of my life: college. Considering this, after much deliberation, I have decided that this will be my last article.Writing for Guyana Times has been a transformative experience. When I started some two years ago, I could not have imagined that one small column every Sunday would eventually become such a part of my life. Foremost, the column provided me with a platform with which I could articulate my thoughts on things that I was passionate about: whether it was art, science, or social issues.My initial intention when I started this column was to provide a perspective that might not be represented much else – that of a student. I tried to centre my articles on school, CSEC and CAPE examinations, and careers in the Sciences. There were two major reasons I wanted to do this. The first was to humanise myself, and other “top students”. I, and they, know that we are just normal teenagers. Yet, it appeared to me that the public perception was one far from the reality of the situation. We were seen as unapproachable, as “robots”, and we were accused of being one-dimensional. I wanted to show people that top students were people just like them, that we had normal social lives, and that we faced the same anxiety and uncertainty when it came to examinations and results.This leads into the second reason I tried to centre my articles on school. I wanted to provide advice for those who were facing examinations. I know that the time can be incredibly stressful, and I think we have become obsessed with the “secret to success”. Every time there are examinations, reporters rush to the houses of the top students eager to learn of their habits to report to others, as if you the reader were to follow this exact regimen you would have the same results. I wanted to speak directly to young people to remind them that everyone is different, and that they shouldn’t necessarily get caught up in what everyone else is doing or did. Essentially I wanted to explain that what works for one person might not for another. This is a point which I think is not stressed enough. You as a student need to take the time to figure out what works for you and stick to that. If that’s studying one hour every day of the week, or if it’s studying five hours straight on the weekends, it’s your process. Young people need to take agency and responsibility over their future. They need to be working for themselves, and not to compete with others or to please their parents/society.Of course, there was only so much that I could write about school. And after time, as my audience grew, I began to become more confident in writing about social issues. I became I suppose, in some ways an activist. Writing this column forced me to become more attuned to societal problems: both in Guyana and the rest of the world. Ultimately, I think this helped me to grow as a person. I had to begin to read more widely so that I could develop an informed opinion. Having a platform to present these thoughts made me feel even more empowered, almost like I had some ability to effect change.The idea that I, at 19 years old, have the access to effect change; to make a difference in people’s lives is astounding, and humbling. I am so grateful that a few hundred words published in a paper on a Sunday could make a difference in someone’s life. Even if it is just one person, I am happy.During the next few months, I will dedicate myself wholly to University and adjusting to living in a new country. Perhaps I will begin to write again, but for now, this is goodbye. Thank you all so much for your support, and thank you to Guyana Times for what has been an amazing two years.
…on constitutional treacheryLincoln Lewis enjoys running with the hares and hunting with the hounds. But as is inevitable in these matters, when it comes to the time for the kill, he’s forced to show his hand. So with elections now appearing (rather dimly) on the horizon, he came out defending Granger and the PNC with one of the most vicious and lowdown attacks on Opposition Leader.He defends Granger’s delaying elections by shifting the narrative to the “responsibilities” of the Opposition Leader. Using the Constitution, he shows that the Opposition Leader is part of the Executive Branch of Government, and enumerates his compensation package to demand he does his “job”. Not a word about Granger’s far more generous package, which he bumped up as soon as he slid into office, nor about his responsibilities under the same constitution.But the question arises: What are the “responsibilities” of the Opposition in a parliamentary democracy?? Let’s look at a description from one of the least edgy practitioners: Canada.Former Canadian PM John G. Diefenbaker described it thusly: “If Parliament is to be preserved as a living institution (the) Opposition must fearlessly perform its functions. When it properly discharges them, the preservation of our freedom is assured. The reading of history proves that freedom always dies when criticism ends. It upholds and maintains the rights of minorities against majorities.“It must be vigilant against oppression and unjust invasions by the Cabinet of the rights of the people. It should supervise all expenditures, and prevent over-expenditure by exposing to the light of public opinion wasteful expenditures or worse. It finds fault; it suggests amendments; it asks questions and elicits information; it arouses, educates and moulds public opinion by voice and vote. It must scrutinize every action by the government, and in doing so, prevents the short-cuts through democratic procedure that governments like to make.”And according to that desiderata, what has Jagdeo been doing, if not his job? Has he not been “scrutinising every action of the Government”? When he “finds faults”, does he not “suggest amendments”?? Did Lewis not witness Jagdeo and the rest of the Opposition deconstruct the Government’s woeful budget, but had none of their amendments accepted? Has he not been “exposing to the light of public opinion wasteful expenditures or worse”?? Has Lewis forgotten about the Durban Park and other scandals?Lewis wants Jagdeo to return to Parliament to rubber stamp Granger’s sordid refusal to honour the constitution by resigning and calling elections in 3 months. Isn’t Jagdeo’s responsibility to “prevent the short-cuts through democratic procedure that governments like to make”?Between Granger and Jagdeo, who has been characterised more by “recklessness and hunger for power”?…on oilWith that FPSO Lisa Destiny parked off our Atlantic shores, your Eyewitness is getting a tad tired with the wailing Jeremiahs griping about the contract with ExxonMobil. What makes their weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth more annoying is that they never ever bring up the man responsible for the contract they complain about – Raphael Trotman. Shouldn’t these handwringers be demanding that SOCU and SARA investigate this fella for giving away the store??What’s still not happening is the crafting of a national consensus to decide what to do with the (oil) bird we have in the hand – the 2+12.5% of production? At this time, all we know is that the PNC insisted that the Natural Resource Fund (NRF) be used to “balance the budget”!! Meaning that they’ll continue with their profligate spending (over $1TRILLION spent since 2015!!) with nothing to show for it, as far as Guyana is concerned. Their pockets and bank accounts, of course, are being well swollen.The PNC Govt say they’ll sell our oil directly. Really??The same set of folks who couldn’t negotiate the oil contract??…on HaitiansGPHC officials noted recently that “over the months, the institution has seen a great influx of Haitians, Brazilians, Cubans and Venezuelans seeking medical services.”Really?? Haitians?? Naah…Felix couldn’t be lying!! They’re in Brazil!!
…hampering learningSeveral weeks after troubled residents took to the media to publicise the deplorable conditions of the senior secondary school at Kwakwani in hopes that the situation may be rectified, the pleas of parents remain (seemingly) unheeded as students continue to endure the strain of having no electricity in school.Guyana Times previously reported that high voltages within the school’s electrical system caused numerous instances of electrical fires, sparking wires, and the emission of smoke from outlets in classrooms and other sections of the building, posing a serious hazard to students and staff of the institution. Moreover, according to sources, reports were optimistically filed, but these only led to a bigger problem — electricity to the building was disconnected.Kwakwani Secondary SchoolConsequently, this led to a much bigger problem: various departments were unable to function effectively, since most of their appliances/apparatus use electricity, thereby hampering learning. Fortunately, Electronic Document Preparation and Management (EDPM) and Technical Drawing exams at the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) level, commenced prior to total disconnection of power.A source disclosed that the problem has existed since January this year during which frustrated parents lodged several complaints to the Education Department. Following “empty promises”, a collective decision was made not to resort to a protest or strike in light of the ongoing CSEC examinations, as this would only prove to be a distraction to students or worse, possibly result in the school being closed.Based on reports reaching this publication, the school intends to meet with parents today to have discussions before making any further decisions. “(Today) we will decide where we will go from here…,” one concerned resident stated. Another community member, speaking to this newspaper on Monday afternoon, related that post-publication, the Regional Education Department had promised to rectify the problem, but the assistance has been long in coming. (Paula Gomes)
Kemboi slotted home after Leopards keeper Lucas Indeche had spilled a cross on his path, giving Stima a much needed goal that would prove important especially looking at their outside chance of challenging for this season’s title.The win takes Omino’s men to third on the log with 40 points, eight off leaders Tusker and Omino has warned that if the top sides continue dropping points, his side will pounce.On the other hand, the loss complicated Leopards chances of breaking into the top eight as they dropped to 12th on 29 points.The players had to quickly duck into the dressing room to avoid the wrath of the fans, some of whom had carried whips with the intention of flogging down the players.“These players have brought shame on us. They don’t know what it means to play for this club. We are tired and we can’t take it any ore. They should all go!” one of the fans said in anger.Interim coach Ezekiel Akwana could not also hide his disappointment after the result saying; “The players never played according to instructions. How we planned in training and what they did today was a complete opposite. I am disappointed but we will fight for the remaining games and see what comes of it.”Western Stima midfielder Kenneth Mugambi dribbles the ball away from AFC Leopards’ Simon Abuko in a KPL match on September 24, 2016. PHOTO/TIMOTHY OLOBULUOn his part, Western Stima head coach Henry Omino hailed his charges, saying, “It has been through hard work and determination. I am very pleased with this victory because it was hard earned. We knew it was not going to be easy.”Stima had started more comfortably and under less pressure and they won the midfield battle with Fredrick Shimonyo and Kenneth Muguna Mugambi dictating the pace of the game.Youngster Charles Bruno tested Stima keeper Gabriel Andika in the 25th minute with a shot from distance which the keeper handled with ease.Seeing his side had been clearly outwitted in midfield, Akwana pulled out Mousa Sissoko for Bernard Mang’oli.Leopards managed to stabilize and Stima left back Wesley Onguso was forced to clear from the goal-line in the 43rd minute after Andika had spilled Juma’s cross with Aswani heading the ball goal wards.In the second half, the under-fire Leopards were determined to overturn the scoreline and they pumped in more balls into the Stima goal area. Yussuf Suf was introduced for Bruno, an attacking change that sought to pump in more firepower upfront.However, none of the concerted efforts bore fruit as Stima defended to guard the single goal lead.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000AFC Leopards fans demanded to be addressed by captain Bernard Mang’oli and coach Ezekiel Akwana after chasing the team down to the dressing room following the loss to Western Stima-1NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 24- AFC Leopards players were chased down into the dressing room by irritated fans after the team suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Western Stima at the Nyayo National Stadium.The win saw Western Stima complete a triple over Ingwe after they had beaten Leopards 2-1 in the first leg of the league and 3-0 in the GOtv Shield, and the result on Saturday in Nairobi cements the complete dominance Henry Omino has had over the 13-time Kenyan Premier League champions this season.
In 2004, Staff Sgt. John Szczepanowski was assigned as a liaison to wounded Marines at the National Naval Medical Center and Walter Reed Army Medical Center, helping men who came home from Iraq and Afghanistan with shattered bodies begin their lives again. A marathon runner and fitness nut, he knew the power of exercise to help bodies and minds rebuild themselves. Working with a dozen seriously wounded comrades, he formed a team earlier this year and took the name of the Corps’ famous motto. They’ve spent the past few months running long distances, biking hundreds of miles and pushing themselves to the limits of their physical capacity. On Saturday, a squad of five will compete alongside dozens of able-bodied athletes in the Naval Base Ventura County Admiral’s Cup triathlon. After a 400-meter swim, they’ll switch prosthetic limbs and complete a nine-mile bike ride, then a three-mile run. “These guys are living proof – they remind me every day why I became a Marine,” Szczepanowski said. “They remind me why it’s good to be an American – and it’s better to be a Marine.” Sgt. Bacillio “Goo” Santellana, 23, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, Weapons Company They bled for their country. Now, they run for each other. These United States Marines, who went to war and left parts of themselves behind, stand united. They bear the scars of wounds earned thousands of miles away and the drive to press on, no matter what. These are the men of Team Semper Fi. “Marines are a unique bunch of guys,” said Staff Sgt. John Szczepanowski. “We’re the loudest at the party, we might be a little bit arrogant, but we’re the tightest-knit family, too.” Santellana sat in the commander’s seat of the Humvee, scanning the Fallujah road for insurgents and roadside bombs. Just a few years before, he was working in a San Antonio warehouse, bored. Now, in fall 2004, his patrol was escorting some lumbering bulldozers and he was on edge. The truck crept forward when the driver noticed a suspicious package to the side. Santellana eyed it and saw two 115 mm shells wired together in an L. He swore and ordered the man next to him to step on the gas. It surged forward, the shells exploded and the windows shattered. He blanked out, came to and saw the door caved in on him. Flames licked around the truck’s wrecked frame and Santellana could hear rounds crackling through the air. His gunner, wounded in the face and arm, gushed blood. “Oh, my God, am I dead?” he thought. “I feel my body parts. … OK, I’m not dead.” He stumbled out and fell to the ground. His driver dragged him to safety and they got the hell out of there. Back at the hospital, he saw a big hole in his right foot where his toes used to be. Santellana spent a year learning to walk again with half a foot. He yearned to run again, to play with the kids he and his wife wanted to raise. In March 2006, he asked doctors to amputate his leg below the knee and fit him with a Re-Flex VSP prosthesis. Now, he runs three times a week, swims and can ride a stationary bike for up to two hours. Coming up on his fifth year in the Corps, he’s studying computer science and bought a house back home in San Antonio. He plans to retire in a few months to settle down. Life without his calf doesn’t seem so different. “You used to put on your shoe, now you put on your leg,” he said. “It saves you money. You only gotta wear one sock. And you don’t have to cut your toenails anymore.” Sgt. Jos “Joe” Gonzales, 23, 3rd Battalion, 25th Marines, weapons company Gonzales had already been blown up twice by June 2005 when he saw the suspicious van hurtling toward his convoy. They were escorting some Marines in seven-ton trucks in the Hit corridor in Iraq and he was driving a Humvee. Just two weeks before, an improvised explosive device fired off next to his vehicle and seriously injured his back. It was his first day returning to duty and the van was getting dangerously close. “I’m gassing it, but the vehicle’s not going anywhere,” Gonzales said. “We’re trying evasive maneuvers, trying to cut him off.” He swerved off the road, thinking the van couldn’t follow. It detonated. His Humvee was on fire and smashed in. The blast ejected several guys from the vehicle and his back was killing him, but no one was seriously hurt. “Five Marines were saved,” he said. “This is why God put me in the Marine Corps.” He stayed in Iraq and finished out his tour before coming home to recover from his injury. He works a staff job at Brooke Army Medical Center in Texas, not far from his hometown of Uvalde. It’s not easy to run 10 miles with his back aching, or to pedal 55 miles, hunched over a bike’s handlebars, but it keeps his mind off the post-combat stress. When his tour’s up next June, he hopes to return to Iraq. “You hear all the negative things on the news,” he said. “You don’t hear that we opened a school. You don’t hear we opened a dam to provide electricity. That’s why we’re there.” Cpl. Dan “The Man” Lasko, retired, 24, 1st Battalion, 6th Marines. Lasko took his oath on the morning of 9-11, left the ceremony and saw the World Trade Center explode on television. Three years later, he wound up in Afghanistan. In April, he ended up in the mountains, smoking out Taliban fighters. His unit got word an ambush was coming, but the intel was sketchy as to when. On April 24, one month into a seven-month tour, it hit. As he rode in a seven-ton truck, an IED blast blew off the bottom of his left foot. “I couldn’t get up, I couldn’t see anything,” he said. “When I looked down, I saw my toes sticking up through my boot. My adrenaline started going because I knew we were being attacked.” Navy medics cleaned out the wound back at base, then he shipped out to Landstuhl, Germany, where surgeons removed his foot. When he returned stateside to Bethesda, he got an infection and doctors reamputated, just below his knee. He was angry at first, then came to terms with his wound. Seven surgeries, five prosthetics and a solid year of therapy later, he was running again. Back home in Easton, Pa., he’s studying criminal justice and works as an adult probation officer. He works out at least three hours a day, five days a week, and doesn’t really notice that a metal foot now fills his sneaker. “I knew I wasn’t going to be stuck in a bed or a wheelchair,” he said. “Life has just begun, I’ll tell you that.” Gunnery Sgt. Spanky Gibson, 36, 2nd Air-Naval Gunfire Liaison Company Gunny Gibson had been around plenty before that crazy day in Ramadi. He’d joined up at 18 years old and spent just as many in the Corps, serving in Operation Desert Storm and Somalia before he headed back to Iraq. “Our reputation precedes us,” he said. “Any time you hear Marine, especially with U.S. in front of it, people don’t want to fight with you.” He was leading a four-man team in the eastern part of the city, coordinating precision strikes in support of an Iraqi unit, when a buddy went down with a sniper shot. Gibson ordered his team to form a human wall around the wounded comrade and laid down suppressing fire. He heard a shot, felt a tingle in his left knee and found himself face down on the ground, his foot bent upward, pinning his rifle to his chest. He was furious. “I got my weapon out and went to town,” he said. “I kept shooting. A SEAL corpsman and a teammate dragged me 30 yards and I was firing the whole way.” When he lost his leg above the knee, he reasoned that he’d just have to start over and learn to move again. The amputation took away his cherished Marine Jack of All Trades tattoo on his ankle, so he had the Corps logo worked into his $70,000 prosthesis. He became the coach and competitor with Team Semper Fi to show his comrades that a serious wound didn’t mean life was over. “I’m not as quick as I used to be. Yet,” he said. “I don’t expect to be 100 percent. But I’m gonna be damn close.” firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3738160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
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QUARTZ HILL – “It’s been good hot-soup weather lately,” said Quartz Hill Woman’s Club President Ginny Beaver, “so we’re taking advantage of it with a super-duper fundraiser.” Club members will serve chicken noodle, vegetable beef, split pea and potato cheese soup and chili from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday in the community building at Lane Park, 5580 W. Ave. L-8. Proceeds will benefit the Antelope Valley Committee on Aging’s Meals on Wheels program. The luncheon is open to the public. Bread, a drink and dessert will complete the meal for a donation of $5, if consumed on the premises, and $5.50 for takeouts. “Home-delivered meals to senior shut-ins constantly need a financial boost,” said AVCOA executive director Harriett Davis, a past club president. “We have a waiting list of people who need to be included on the delivery routes but there’s never enough money to take care of them all.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 Davis, who with club auditor Wendy Hames is co-chairing the fundraiser, said the meal program needs help from such organizations as women’s clubs. “We can’t thank these women enough,” she said. Assisting the co-chairwomen on the committee are Alta Crusan, Cathy Smith and Pat Kerschner. The luncheon not only helps a good cause, Beaver said, but “will afford our membership another chance to demonstrate what really good cooks we are.” QUARTZ HILL – The Quartz Hill Woman’s Club’s new slate of officers was accepted by a unanimous voice vote. Beaver will serve a second term as president; Pat Nichols, first vice president; Lila Duncan, second vice president; Jordana Beaver, third vice president; Barbara Hawke, recording secretary; Karen Rouze, treasurer; Polly Rehm, corresponding secretary; and Wendy Hames, auditor. Officially the slate will be elected in April, installed in May and conduct its first meeting of the new year in June. Except for meetings of the new board, the club will be dark during July and August. Regular meetings and special activities will resume in September. This column disseminates news of interest to seniors of all ages. Bettie Rencoret can be contacted at (661) 943-2998, or messages can be left at the Daily News’ Antelope Valley Bureau offices, (661) 267-5742. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Getty Images – Getty Getty REVEALED Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father 3 Arsenal are reportedly keen to get Ozil off their wage bill this summer IN DEMAND LIVING THE DREAM Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Ajax will seek just over £30m for 26-year-old Morocco winger Hakim Ziyech this summer, amid linked with the likes of Liverpool and Arsenal. (Daily Mirror)Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren could be set for a move to AC Milan, with his agent flying to meet with the Serie A side. (Daily Star)Arsenal are preparing an offer for highly-rated 17-year-old Flamengo midfielder Reinier Jesus – FULL STORYArsenal and Tottenham target, Albanina goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha, has been given a €50m (£44.5m) price tag by Lazio. (Il Messaggero)Chelsea winger Willian, 30, is on the brink of signing a two-year deal to stay at Stamford Bridge. (The Sun)Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, who has been linked with West Ham, is on the verge of a move to Real Betis. (Daily Star)Leeds United will reject any interest from Tottenham in 18-year-old forward Jack Clarke and from Aston Villa for 23-year-old midfielder Kalvin Phillips. (Daily Star) LATEST TRANSFER GOSSIP 3 TOP WORK Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? talkSPORT.com rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Saturday’s papers and online The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star moving on Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January LATEST Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is willing to sell Mohamed Salah if Lille winger Nicolas Pepe comes to Anfield this summer. (Le10 Sport)The Reds have made an offer for the 24-year-old Ivorian, who managed 23 goals and 12 assists this season. (Le10 Sport)Frank Lampard is set to become the new Chelsea manager, and reportedly wants former Blues team-mate Didier Drogba as part of his backroom staff, but not John Terry. (The Sun)Paul Pogba has ‘made it clear’ he wants to leave Manchester United to join Real Madrid this summer. (Marca)Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt’s girlfriend and her mother have been spotted searching for property in Paris. The 19-year-old Netherlands international has been linked with Paris Saint-Germain.(De Telegraaf) Could Liverpool really sell star man Mohamed Salah this summer? targets Manchester United are reportedly the favourites to sign Real Betis playmaker Giovani Lo Celso. Tottenham have already had two bids rejected for the 23-year-old Argentine, who has a £67m price tag. (inews)Unitedare also ready to make David de Gea an improved contract offer in a bid to keep him at Old Trafford beyond June 2020 – when his current deal expires. (ESPN)Arsenal are keen to sell Mezut Ozil to fund other summer transfer targets. (Daily Mirror)The Gunners are planning to offer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang a huge new contract in a bid to ward off interest from the Chinese Super League. (Daily Mirror)LIVE BLOG: Keep up to date with the transfer news and gossip on talkSPORT.comCrystal Palace’s £50m-rated full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka would favour a move to Manchester United, but is not pushing to leave the Eagles this summer. (Sky Sports)Tottenham have ruled out a move for 24-year-old Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes, who has also been linked with Man United. (Daily Mail)United believe they can win the race to sign Leicester and England centre-back Harry Maguire, because of Manchester City’s reluctance to pay £80m. (Daily Mail)Man United’s Brazilian midfielder Fred is a target for Roma. (Metro) targets 3
Rangers boss Mark Warburton has worked with the player at Vicarage Road as well as at Brentford. Rangers have signed Northern Ireland international defender Lee Hodson on a three-year deal.The 24-year-old spent the second half of the 2015/16 season on loan at Kilmarnock from MK Dons and helped the Rugby Park club retain their Premiership status.Hodson was part of Northern Ireland’s Euro 2016 squad but didn’t make an appearance at the finals in France.Primarily a right back, the former Watford player is able to fill in at left back and will provide competition for Lee Wallace and James Tavernier.
Andy Murray is looking forward to returning to action following potentially career-saving hip surgery.Two-time Wimbledon champion Murray feared his tennis career was over after previous surgery failed to cure a long-standing problem with the joint.At an emotional media conference before the Australian Open in January, the Scot admitted that he could no longer play through the pain.But he then underwent revolutionary hip-resurfacing surgery and plans to return in the doubles at Queen’s Club in two weeks’ time. This time last year, he returned from his previous operation at Queen’s, but lasted only six tournaments before going under the knife again. While he doesn’t yet know if he’ll regain the fitness required to play singles again, 32-year-old Murray said he was “pain free” and that training was going well.In a video on his social media pages, Murray said: “Training has gone really well over the last couple of months and I’ve been pretty much pain free.“Rehab’s gone really well so I’m looking forward to trying to getting back on the match court in a couple of weeks at Queen’s.” Murray will team up with Spanish left-hander Feliciano Lopez on the grass courts at Queen’s in London, raising hopes he may play at Wimbledon two weeks later.