Politics of spite

first_imgThroughout history the human condition has traversed colliding pathways of good and evil, as well as progressive and regressive leadership. Guyana is a country that has experienced both, but it seems as though the current coalition Administration, led by the People’s National Congress (PNC), is all set to outdo its past record during its first 28 years in Government.Above all is its determined and seemingly blatant campaign to destabilise and marginalise opponents and non-supporters. Arresting a former President on trumped-up charges that cannot withstand legal and/or moral scrutiny is merely the tip of the iceberg.The latest victim of this ‘political witch-hunt’ is former Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister, People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Member of Parliament Mohabir Anil Nandlall.The very popular Nandlall is the nemesis of current Attorney General Basil Williams, who has been bested by the former, time and again, in matters of jurisprudence in which they have both been engaged, and this has not sat well with Williams, who seems to be determined to use all his new-found powers to, if not vanquish Nandlall in the courtrooms of the land, at least use other methods to overcome his most hated adversary.Thus it was that, subsequent to Nandlall exposing Williams on utterances criminal in nature in a courtroom: to wit, openly threatening a sitting judge for not providing him satisfaction in a legal matter before him, which was being prosecuted by Williams and defended by Nandlall, Williams threatened Nandlall with consequences, as well as impugned his character as a thief who purloined State assets – a set of law books.The repercussions soon followed and on the morning of April 24, 2017, ranks of the undeniably Government-controlled Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) arrested Nandlall and took him to SOCU’s Camp Street headquarters for questioning.It was also reported that former President Donald Ramotar was also scheduled to be questioned on the matter.Williams has allegedly resorted to relieving his angst over constant defeat via the legal expertise of Nandlall by accusing him of stealing State assets in the form of the Commonwealth Law Reports during his tenure as Attorney General, even while he (Williams) was aware that the purchase by Government for his (Nandlall’s) personal use and archival purposes was part of his contractual agreement for service in his capacity of Legal Affairs Minister.Recognising that his personal and professional reputation was being greatly harmed by Williams’ repetitious accusations, Nandlall eventually resorted to the legal system to seek redress by suing Williams over his allegations of theft of the Commonwealth Law Reports, which were irreparably impugning his character and casting doubts on his integrity, and professional and ethical conduct.According to Nandlall, his acquisition of the Commonwealth Law Reports began with his personal subscription to Lexis Nexis (UK), publishers of the disputed law reports, approximately 12 years ago; the reports were shipped to him at his law office and paid for upon delivery. This has been a continuous arrangement until extant times.However, as a condition of his service as Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister, Nandlall requested of then President Donald Ramotar, and was granted as part of his benefits, the acquisition by the Government, of the Commonwealth Law Reports for his personal use and ownership during his tenure.Upon demitting office, Nandlall informed the publishers and the prior arrangements for personal payments of the Commonwealth Law Reports resumed.It is a sad day for Guyana when personal vengeance is pursued through the use of the State apparatus, in this instance, SOCU.The office of the Attorney General has many responsibilities, and service to the nation should be prioritised above any other issue. Seeking vengeance on a personal matter by using State apparatus that falls under Mr Basil Williams’ purview does not become such a high office and undermines the mandate of the highest office for protection of the legislative matters in the land.last_img read more

Blues welcome back three All Blacks

first_imgThere’s a double celebration with Melani Nanai, starting a full-back, and number eight Akira Ioane playing in their 50th Super Rugby game for the Blues. Ioane, who also played for the Blues against the British and Irish Lions in 2017, celebrated 50 games for the club last week.Tu’inukuafe and Tuungafasi make their first start together for the Blues, but both have also paired up with the All Blacks.The remainder of the pack is the same that started against the Crusaders, including All Blacks Dalton Papalii and captain Patrick Tuipulotu.Williams starts in his customary inside centre position with the in-form TJ Faiane at outside centre, while Ma’a Nonu is rested after his first game back in Super Rugby after four years last week.New Zealand U20s winger Caleb Clarke moves to the right wing after a superb pre-season with star All Black Rieko Ioane on the left wing, while the free-running Nanai, impressive against the Crusaders, shifts to full-back.Another New Zealand U20s player Tanielu Tele’a, a versatile outside back who also impressed in pre-season, is positioned for his debut off the bench.Coach Leon Macdonald said he is looking for improvements against the Sharks, a dangerous and open-running team. While he was not involved last year, he said many of the team remembers the loss to the South African side at Eden Park last year.Blues:15 Melani Nanai, 14 Caleb Clarke, 13 TJ Faiane, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Otere Black, 9 Jonathan Ruru; 8 Akira Ioane, 7 Dalton Papalii, 6 Tom Robinson, 5 Josh Goodhue, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu (c), 3 Ofa Tuungafasi, 2 James Parsons, 1 Karl Tu’inukuafe.Replacements:16 Matt Moulds, 17 Alex Hodgman, 18 Sione Mafileo, 19 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 20 Matt Matich, 21 Augustine Pulu, 22 Harry Plummer, 23 Tanielu Tele’a.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Blues welcome back three All BlacksLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 21 – The Blues welcome three All Blacks into their starting line-up to take on the Sharks in their Super Rugby encounter in Durban on Saturday.Props Ofa Tuungafasi and Karl Tu’inukuafe join midfield back Sonny Bill Williams in the run-on side, following the Blues’ 24-22 loss to defending champions, the Crusaders, at home last weekend.last_img read more

Transfer rumours and paper review – Friday, August 8

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Friday’s newspapers…Arsenal could scupper Manchester United’s hopes of landing defender Thomas Vermaelen, with manager Arsene Wenger keen to sell the 28-year-old to Barcelona instead. (The Telegraph)But United remain hopeful of concluding a deal for the Belgian, as part of an audacious double swoop that would also see Roma defender Mehdi Benatia, 27, move to Old Trafford. (Daily Star)Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is keen to make 19-year-old PSG star Adrien Rabiot his fifth summer signing. (Daily Star)Liverpool will make a decision on the future of unsettled defender Daniel Agger, 29, this week, with Arsenal and Barcelona among the clubs said to be interested. (The Telegraph) Manchester United are close to striking a deal for Juan Cuadrado, 26, after agreeing to meet Fiorentina’s £36m asking price. (Daily Express)Chelsea are preparing to use Petr Cech, 32, as bait as they look to land Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane, 21. (Daily Express) Liverpool’s hopes of signing Monaco striker Radamel Falcao appear to be over, with the 28-year-old set to link up with countryman James Rodriguez at Real Madrid. (The Times)And the Reds could now turn to PSG’s Edinson Cavani, 27, in their search for a striker. (Liverpool Echo)Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal could move for Ajax defender Daley Blind, 24, who he coached with the Netherlands. (Daily Mail)The Red Devils are also closing in on top transfer target Arturo Vidal, with the 27-year-old having reportedly agreed a £182,000-a-week contract. (The Independent)Arsenal could be offered the chance to sign Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira for a knock-down fee, with the Spanish club keen to avoid losing the 27-year-old on a free transfer next summer. (The Independent)Former Tottenham keeper Kasey Keller has warned Seattle Sounders defender DeAndre Yedlin, 21, reportedly a Spurs target, against a move to White Hart Lane. (London Evening Standard)Premier League new boys Leicester City have offered Argentinian legend Esteban Cambiasso a £5m contract. (Daily Mirror)And here are the latest transfer tales…Exclusive – Liverpool will finish higher than Man United this season, claims ex-Reds starJuventus make Manchester United hitman their top transfer targetManchester City set to offload midfield flop to RussiaInter Milan to hijack West Brom’s move for Parma winger?Former Chelsea striker eyes Premier League returnLiverpool youngster in loan move to BolognaMontpellier open to offers for Stoke City targetMan United target set to join Deportivo La Coruna on loanMonaco join Liverpool in race to sign Bayern star ShaqiriSullivan: West Ham have made offers for four strikersGhana forward has his heart set on joining LiverpoolExclusive – Man City taking a risk with Kompany’s six-year deal, warns MurphyLiverpool transfer blow! Argentina striker’s agent distances star from Anfield switchBlow for Liverpool defender: Barcelona make signing Vermaelen their priorityExclusive – Burnley boss Dyche bemoans transfer travailslast_img read more

Man City manager pleased to get a clean sheet at Leicester

first_imgManuel Pellegrini was happy with Manchester City’s first clean sheet without Vincent Kompany this season despite the goalless draw against Leicester extending his side’s winless away run in the Barclays Premier League.Kompany returned from injury as a substitute on Boxing Day but soon limped off again and faces another three to four weeks out due to a fresh problem with the same calf.With Nicolas Otamendi and Eliaquim Mangala yet to keep a clean sheet prior to Tuesday, some City fans may have feared the worst facing the league’s joint-highest scorers without their captain.However, the expensive and often criticised central defensive pairing produced an accomplished display at the King Power Stadium, keeping Leicester’s top scorer Jamie Vardy quiet for much of the game, while the Foxes’ other danger man Riyad Mahrez was also reduced to a bit-part role.Pellegrini refuted claims City had come for a draw, though.He said: “I think we are returning to a very solid and consistent team, which is important.“One of the good things about tonight is that we kept a clean sheet after many games without. But I am not happy because we came here to try to win the game.“We went for the three points and I think that we had more possession than Leicester and more attempts and did more things to win the game.“But of course if you can’t win then it is very important you don’t lose and we were a very solid and consistent team defending against a very difficult team like Leicester who have players in a very good moment and that always scores goals.“I am not happy but not disappointed also because I think we played well but we couldn’t score.”The result leaves City third in the table, three points behind leaders Arsenal and second-placed Leicester.Pellegrini’s side remain without an away win in six league outings since a 1-0 victory at Crystal Palace on September 12 but he expects City to challenge for the title.He said: “I said when we lost to Arsenal that we prove a lot. We lost that game so it is very difficult when you don’t win to say good things but we are in a very good position.“We are going to be involved to the end in the fight for the league. We are in the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup and through in the Champions League so I don’t think it is important to split it into home and away. We are very strong at home.“I don’t think in December you can say who will be in the frame to win the title. At the end of January after six or seven more games maybe we can see more which teams will be involved.”last_img read more

Chelsea 4-2 Southampton: Blues stars rated and slated

first_img 14 David Luiz – 7 – A lack of communication at set-pieces annoyed his manager, but the Brazilian shined again at the heart of the Blues defence. Calm on the ball and always provided a reliable source of incisive passing 14 Cesc Fabregas – 7 – The assist king delivered again after teeing up Costa to secure some much needed breathing space. The Spaniard remains one of the league’s finest playmakers when he is given time and space to operate SUB – John Terry – N/A – Not enough time to make an impact 14 14 N’Golo Kante – 7 – The PFA Player of the Year was perhaps fortunate to escape a sending off for two separate late challenges. But the tireless midfielder showed off his running ability in a series of mazy solo dribbles Diego Costa – 8 – Marked his return to the starting line-up with a bang as he notched his 50th and 51st goals for Chelsea. Linked up beautifully with Hazard at times and showed his strength to head in Chelsea’s third of the night Thibaut Courtois – 6 – Could do little to stop Southampton’s goals, but his reluctance to catch the ball at set-pieces did little to settle Chelsea’s nerves. Needs to be more authoritative Marcos Alonso – 7 – The elegant fullback thrived as an attacking force and showed admirable determination aerially to set up Cahill. The former Fiorentina defender has proven to be one of the buys of the season 14 SUB – Pedro – 6 – Replaced Fabregas with a quarter of an hour left and set up Costa to score Chelsea’s fourth of the night 14 Cesar Azpilicueta – 7 – Looked electric at times when given the opportunity to attack space in behind. Has become Chelsea’s defensive leader and his experience should prove to be invaluable in the run-in 14 14 14 Nemanja Matic – 6 – The Serbian endured a more subdued evening following his FA Cup heroics at the weekend. Quietly went about his work without being spectacular Chelsea moved seven points clear at the top of the table after beating Southampton 4-2 at Stamford Bridge.Two goals from Diego Costa, as well as strikes from Eden Hazard and Gary Cahill, ensured Antonio Conte’s side avoided any potential slip-ups against the Saints, to pile the pressure on rivals Tottenham.The Blues will be eagerly watching the action at Selhurst Park tomorrow night, but will pat themselves on the back for a job well done.Click the right arrow, above, to see talkSPORT’s Chelsea player ratings for the Blues’ win over Southampton… 14 Gary Cahill – 7 – Scored a thumping header to give the Blues crucial momentum heading into half time. Looked back to himself despite suffering with illness in recent days 14 Victor Moses – 7 – Came out on top in his battle with Bertrand and continues to prove himself in a fullback role. Wasn’t afraid to get forward and coped well with a dynamic Saints attack 14 14 Eden Hazard – 8 – Chelsea’s key man looked in his element as he ran rings around his markers. Showed a clinical touch to put Chelsea ahead, but will feel he should have added more goals to his game 14 SUB – Willian – N/A – Not enough time to make an impactlast_img read more

‘American Idol’ hopefuls gather at Rose Bowl

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles Only Hubrich is hoping, of course, to clench the “American Idol” title, she said. Auditions wrap up in Seattle Sept. 19. For more on the story, pick up a copy of tomorrow’s Whittier Daily News. PASADENA – Some cried, some laughed, but most importantly, everyone sang, all with the dream of becoming Fox’s next “America Idol.” The hit talent show kicked off its national auditions today at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, where an estimated 8,000 people attended. This was the first of seven auditions that will be held nationwide for the show’s sixth season. Those auditioning arrived as early as 11:30 p.m. Monday. They stood in line, drank plenty of coffee and energy drinks, and practiced their vocals to pass the time along before the try-outs that started at 10 a.m. The first person to get the nod from judges was the bubbly red-head, Carrie Jo Hubrich, 24. The Sherman Oaks resident is hoping to follow the footsteps of last year’s Idol runner-up, Katharine McPhee. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Ian Holloway feels criticism of Maurizio Sarri has been ‘a bit unfair’

first_img 2 “I don’t know if you’ve played backgammon at all, it’s all numbers, so that’s why I feel it’s a bit unfair on Sarri at the moment.“The facts of this is if you are a football supporter, you will have moments where you are disappointed and disillusioned because the energy of your football club is dissipating and going downwards so you need someone to come and pump that up. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions The Chelsea boss was reportedly on the verge of being sacked as odds were slashed on him being replaced.Reports on Friday suggested the club could turn to former coach Steve Holland to steady the ship on an interim basis.Former QPR, Plymouth and Blackpool manager Holloway told talkSPORT: “The game is chess on grass with people. What more can you ask. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED Ian Holloway believes the criticism of Sarri is unfair Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade no dice Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won BEST OF huge blow REVEALED Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move 2 MONEY ADVICE Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS RANKED Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Ian Holloway feels the negative press towards Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri is a “bit unfair”.Sarri is under increasing pressure at Stamford Bridge after suffering heavy defeats to Bournemouth and Manchester City in the Premier League and crashing out of the FA Cup to Manchester United. Maurizio Sarri will not change his philosophy “Whatever happens, you are there forever whereas as a football manager you have to change your shirt and change your office. You are going to get sacked in the morning but you have to learn to deal with that.”Chelsea face Manchester City in the final of the Carabao Cup on Sunday and you can listen to coverage live on talkSPORT with kick off at 4.30pm.last_img read more

Fans in disbelief after Raheem Sterling ‘steals’ Gabriel Jesus’ FA Cup final goal

first_imgFans were in disbelief as Raheem Sterling ‘stole’ Gabriel Jesus’ FA Cup final goal against Watford on Saturday.Jesus had tapped the ball past Hornets goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes, but only for Sterling to smash it in from a yard out. Getty Raheem Sterling has been getting lessons off David Nugent hasn’t he?— Ryan Lagrue (@RyanLagrue_) May 18, 2019 1 Raheem Sterling ensured he was on the score sheet at Wembley The whole ball wasn’t over the line so technically its Sterling’s goal by the letter of the law….— Accurate Inplays (@AccurateInplays) May 18, 2019 | @GabrielJesus33 doubles @ManCity’s lead!#EmiratesFACupFinal— The Emirates FA Cup (@EmiratesFACup) May 18, 2019 Prime David Nugent behaviour there from Sterling— Dylan (@dylan_stanway) May 18, 2019 Raheem sterling has pictures of David nugent on his bedroom wall— webby (@webby3918) May 18, 2019 Raheem Sterling stole that like he was Harry Kane.— Daily Cannon (@DailyCannon) May 18, 2019 Sterling stole that wow 😂— Bik (@itsbik47) May 18, 2019 It put Manchester City 2-0 up at half-time after David Silva opened the scoring in a game you can listen to LIVE on talkSPORT.The goal was similar to David Nugent’s debut strike for England when he tapped in a goal-bound shot in the 93rd minute to seal a 3-0 win over Andorra in March 2007.Fast forward 12 years and here is how fans reacted to Sterling’s goal… I bet Jesus is fuming that Sterling stole his goal 😂😂😂 #MCIWAT #FOOTBALLINDEX— Lee (@LRD_333) May 18, 2019last_img read more

Paediatricians lead fundraising charge for sick children

first_imgSpaed Team consists of paediatricians and paediatric surgeons from the paediatric units at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital, Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital, and Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital. (Image: The Nest)For South Africa to be a better place for all its citizens, and for the country to achieve the vision embodied in its National Development Plan, every individual needs to play their part in making life better for the next person.Doing just that is a group of paediatricians, known as the Spaed Team, who are once again raising funds for the Wits Paediatric Fund (WPF).Spaed Team consists of paediatricians and paediatric surgeons from the paediatric units at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital, Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital, and Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital. Team members will cycle the Jozi Urban Mountain Biking Adventure, or Juma, and run the Jozi Urban Run Adventure, or Jura, to raise money on 5 and 6 September.Dr Jennifer Geel, a paediatric oncologist from Charlotte Maxeke, said: “We want to use the money to buy protective clothing that is used in catheterisation laboratories. This is an important service because it is a specialised theatre where children are diagnosed with complex problems and in some cases prevents them from having to undergo heart surgery.”The team aims to raise R100 000 to buy equipment for the cardiac catheterisation laboratory at Bara. Play your part and log on to Spaed Team’s Do It 4 Charity page to make donations, or check the WPF’s Facebook page.WITS PAEDIATRIC FUNDThe WPF raises money to improve facilities and health services for the babies and children in need of care at the three academic hospitals. The cash is used to buy expensive medical equipment, supplementary medical and therapeutic services, and materials for the renovation of wards, as well as for professional development training.It was established in 2008 as a departmental initiative of the Wits Paediatric Health Department, facilitating the demand for specialised medical treatment that cannot be covered by government funding alone.Professor Daynia Ballot, its chairperson, said: “We are a close-knit team of devoted doctors and nurses who are experts in our respective fields. Together our three hospitals supply health care to many thousands of children in need on an annual basis from tiny preterm infants to adolescents.“Through the WPF we can uplift our children with top-class treatments, transplants, equipment and renovations needed to facilitate health care.”MOOSA AND MAXEKERahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital is named after Rahima Moosa, a struggle icon born in the Strand, Cape Town on 14 October 1922. She became politically active after becoming aware of the unjust segregation laws in South Africa.In 1955, she played a significant role in the organisation of the Congress of the People, at which the Freedom Charter was adopted. In 1956, while pregnant with her daughter, Natasha, she helped to organise the Women’s March, under the auspices of the Federation of South African Women (Fedsaw). Together with Helen Joseph, Lillian Ngoyi and Sophia Williams, Rahima spearheaded the historic march to the Union Buildings where women handed over petitions against pass laws.She died in 1993, a year before South Africa held its first democratic elections.Charlotte Maxeke was born in Ramokgopa, Polokwane (then Pietersburg) in Limpopo on 7 April 1874. She graduated with a BSc degree from Wilberforce University in the US and on her return to South Africa, she was the first black female graduate.Her life as a missionary led her social activism and she helped to organise the anti-pass movement in Bloemfontein in 1913. She also founded the Bantu Women’s League of the South African Native National Congress in 1918.As leader of this organisation, she led a delegation to Prime Minister Louis Botha to discuss the issue of passes for women. This was followed by a protest the following year. She was also involved in protests on the Witwatersrand about low wages, and participated in the formation of the Industrial and Commercial Workers Union in 1920.Maxeke died in Johannesburg in 1939.last_img read more

Two Arrested after Robbing Department Store; Intentionally Crashing into Police Vehicle

first_imgTwo men suspected of organized retail theft in several California counties were arrested after stealing a large amount of high-end merchandise and then leading police in a vehicle pursuit in Riverside.Police received a report about a theft currently taking place at the JCPenney in the Galleria at Tyler mall at nearly 11:30 AM on Sunday, September 29, 2019. When loss prevention agents attempted to stop the thieves as they exited the store, the suspects threatened that they were armed and motioned as if reaching for firearms.Upon getting to the parking lot, they entered a red Honda Accord and began making their escape. Police observed the vehicle leaving and attempted to stop the thieves, but they failed to comply. The suspects then led police on a pursuit into a nearby neighborhood.- Sponsor – Upon getting to the parking lot, they entered a red Honda Accord and began making their escape. Police observed the vehicle leaving and attempted to stop the thieves, but they failed to comply. The suspects then led police on a pursuit into a nearby neighborhood.The Riverside Police Department’s Facebook post read, “As the suspect vehicle reached the dead end of Ross Street and with nowhere to go, they deliberately drove over the curb and onto the residential sidewalk in their attempt to escape. They struck a parked vehicle in a driveway, then intentionally rammed into one of the marked police vehicles, ending the pursuit.” The officer driving the vehicle was not injured as a result of the collision. Police were… Crime Voice Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more