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  • Blackwood’s effort fails to save Scorpions

    first_imgGEORGETOWN, Guyana, (CMC):Test batsman Jermaine Blackwood narrowly missed out on his fifth first class hundred, but there was otherwise little enterprise from Jamaica Scorpions as they suffered a 181-run crushing at the hands of two-time reigning champions Guyana Jaguars yesterday.Set 329 for victory at the Guyana National Stadium, Scorpions failed to find the character necessary to save the encounter even with the entire second session lost to rain, and were dismissed for a disappointing 147 on the final day of their opening round Regional Four-Day clash.The right-handed Blackwood stroked 96 off 223 deliveries with 13 fours and two sixes, but lacked support as he was one of just three specialist batsmen in double figures, and the only one to pass 13.Gudakesh Motie helped wreck the innings with four for 35, while fellow left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul finished with three for 63, and seamer Keon Joseph, three for 18.POINTSJaguars picked up 17.8 points, while Scorpions took away 4.8 points.Resuming the day on nine for two trying to avoid their fifth straight defeat to Jaguars, Scorpions lost wickets steadily to crash to 38 for five.Guyanese Trevon Griffith, on four at the start, perished in the day’s third over for 13 bowled by Joseph at 19 for three and night-watchman Jason Dawes followed for three at 32 for four, holing out to long-off off Motie.When AndrÈ McCarthy was lbw to Permaul for two, Scorpions seemed unlikely to last until lunch, but Blackwood and Chadwick Walton (13) put on 54 for the sixth wicket to push the visitors to the interval at 47 for five.After a long break for rain, the pair frustrated Jaguars with their stand before Walton was eventually lbw to Motie, and nine balls later, with a single run added, Derval Green was lbw to Permaul without scoring, as the rut set in.Blackwood seemed sure to reach his landmark when he was last out, caught at the wicket off Joseph.last_img read more

  • Unbelievable “voodoo” arithmetic

    first_imgDear Editor,The word is unbelievable, that is the expression on everyone’s lips today, that an Appellate Court could now overturn the ruling of the Chief Justice on the basis of some “voodoo” arithmetic that 34 votes constitute a majority.In essence, the Appeal Court has made a 180-degree turnaround and went against the ruling in the lower court. Then we have reason to ask what caused a change of heart?The answer is that those Justices in the Appeal Court were influenced.  Just as in the Burnhamite days, the Judiciary has once again become tainted by the Government. Guyana has returned to the fold of corrupt nations of the Third World, where the Judiciary cannot interpret the law and act independently and judiciously. Guyana has now returned to the state of being the mocking stock of the Caribbean.Now, let’s take a closer look at Friday’s ruling. In making that decision, the learned two judges of the Appeal Court failed to acknowledge certain germane aspects of the Constitution. In the first place, our Constitution has as its main clause that a Government (paraphrase) loses its hold on power/office on the successful passage of a no-confidence vote of “the majority” in the house.That majority is 33 in a 65 seat Assembly. That aspect of our Constitution cannot be glossed over; that is the law!We do not have to go very far to validate this because the coalition exists as a Government based on a count of 33 as against 32 for the opposition. In my view, to have attained that important place of forming a Government based on a mere one seat (33) is more important a milestone than 34 to unseat them. More so than the present re-interpretation of the law to mean 34 to unseat them. That’s not something enshrined in ours!Secondly, they upheld Charrandas as a legally elected Member of Parliament, but on the other hand, when it came to voting on the no-confidence motion, his vote was considered illegal and invalid? What nonsense, how can this be?On the one hand, he is considered legal, but on the other, you are counting him out?  This is total nonsense, we have been delivered legal bunk, pure and simple, and this has to be appealed with the utmost urgency.The two justices, in their haste to give the Government “a chance”, has given the most convoluted ruling ever. It has opened up our legal system to all sorts of interpretations contrary to law. That ruling has certainly exposed our legal system for ridicule ad infinitum.This is certainly not the end of this matter. We are in for further legal arguments which, in my view, will see this ruling overturned and the former High Court ruling upheld. I rest my case.Respectfully,Neil Adamslast_img read more

  • Will District Football League Succeed?

    first_imgLFA President Musa Bility and Vice President for Administration Musa ShannonThe effective implementation of the inaugural youthful male and female football tournaments across the most populated county, Montserrado inarguably needs accurate planning and money.Basically, to make youthful tournaments objectively pleasing, everyone should be involved – players, officials and spectators and embrace the concept.Howbeit, many are wondering if the newly introduced football leagues, styled the “U-17 District League” of the Liberia Football Association (LFA) would really promote the development and improvement of their talents.There are already in-play third and fourth division leagues which need to be well funded for teams to be given jerseys, training bibs, balls and boots to promote and identify talents. Furthermore, the first and second division leagues as well as the two kinds of female leagues have created many doubts amidst so-called financial constrains.Accordingly, the recruitment of 32 players, excluding the technical team, out of an over 40,000 people to represent a district; arrangement of practice sessions, jerseys, boots (only if they don’t have them) and transportation are amongst some of the challenges.Clerical works, hiring of match officials and medics amongst others are things that need to be put in this pilot program and will need about US$80,000, according an estimate from the LFA.Besides the proposed district football league, there is the County Sports Meet which is hugely supported by the National Government with at least US$300,000.Another area to consider is publicity, which should at least be carried about two weeks primarily on the 17 teams, comprising about 15 games.However, according to LFA boss, Musa Bility, last Tuesday the ‘District League’ is intended to give players under age 17 years the opportunity to play football.“We want to create the chance for the younger ones to play football, because we still have 25-30 year-old players in the fourth and third divisions,” Mr. Bility said.“We want our communities and districts to own their own teams,“ he said, “I live on Duport Road which is District #4, so if there is a district team in my area I will no doubt be a strong supporter.”The LFA President said the individual ownership of football clubs in Liberia has not positively impacted the sport and as such a plan should be drafted to institutionalize clubs.“Today we have one politician owning a team, as soon he is dismissed, then the club dies. Example is our two traditional clubs. Today the speed of IE and Barrolle has died, we want to change the trend of football in Liberia,” the LFA President added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • Teen, taxi driver arraigned with $5M cannabis bust

    first_imgA teenager who is presently sitting the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations and a taxi driver were on Thursday remanded to prison by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan after they were arraigned in her court charged with possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking.Michael Bascom, 41, of Phase One, Linden Housing Scheme, and 18-year-old Reva Bovell of Obama Drive, Linden pleaded not guilty to the charge after it was read to them.The Police state that on May 9, on the Linden/Soesdyke Highway, they had in their possession 11.832 kilograms of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking.In an application for bail, Attorney-at-Law Clyde Forde told the court that his teenage client is scheduled to complete her Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) exams in June.Forde added that, on the day in question, Bovell entered Bascom’s taxi at Obama Drive in Linden with nothing but her purse. However, the vehicle was intercepted at the Soesdyke junction by ranks of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU), and the narcotics were found in the car, and not in his client’s possession.Bascom, however, was not represented.CANU prosecutor Kunyo Sandiford informed the court that there are oral and written caution statements made by the defendants that link them to the drugs.Sandiford objected to bail being granted either defendant, citing the seriousness of the matter. The matter has been adjourned to May 24.last_img read more

  • More trade cases are targeting China

    first_imgWASHINGTON – The Bush administration announced new trade cases against China on Monday over copyright piracy and restrictions on the sale of American movies, music and books. Standing near a table of pirated movie DVDs, music CDs and books, U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab said American companies were losing billions of dollars annually from piracy levels in China that “remain unacceptably high.” She said the United States would file the two cases on Tuesday with the World Trade Organization, the Geneva-based organization that oversees trade disputes. One case will contend that Beijing’s lax enforcement of copyright and trademark protections violates WTO rules, and the other will argue that Beijing has erected WTO-illegal barriers to the sale of U.S.-produced movies, music and books in China. The imbalance with China grew to $232.5 billion, the highest ever with a single country. Earlier this year, the administration filed a WTO case against China’s use of government subsidies to support Chinese companies. The administration on March 30 announced it was imposing penalty tariffs on Chinese glossy paper imports in a case that broke a 23-year precedent that had barred U.S. companies from seeking such protection in cases involving nonmarket economies such as China. Democrats, who won control of both the House and Senate last fall with campaigns that attacked Bush trade policies, said Monday that tougher action was still needed. “Late is better than never,” said Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. “I hope this is just the beginning of a much-stronger administration stance on China’s nonstop violations of free-trade rules.” Schumer and a group of other senators are drafting legislation to penalize China for manipulating its currency to gain trade advantages. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, called the timing of the new cases “certainly suspicious” given that they come when the administration is asking Congress to renew President George W. Bush’s fast-track authority. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The action marked the latest move against China on the part of the Bush administration, which is trying to deal with rising political anger over soaring U.S. trade deficits. The trade cases exposed a split in the business community: The film, music and book publishing industries supported the move while some other industries were concerned over whether the aggressive approach to China could result in retribution. In her news conference, Schwab acknowledged that different industries favor different approaches. She noted that the software industry scored a big victory last year when China agreed to sell all computers with operating software. “Where we are making progress, there is no need to litigate,” Schwab said. The U.S. trade deficit set a record for the fifth consecutive year in 2006 at $765.3 billion. last_img read more

  • My future will be decided soon, states Conte

    first_imgConte’s future at Stamford Bridge has been the source of much speculation upon this season, with reports suggesting the Italian is unhappy with the club’s transfer policy.He has in the past refused to answer any questions about his future, but he was more forthcoming on Tuesday while insisting he was focused on Chelsea’s upcoming match against Huddersfield.“I’m very focused on the present, to do the job in the best way for the players and the fans. Our job is not simple, it’s not easy. But I’m totally focused on the present,” Conte said.“There are only two weeks and this season will finish and you will know if there is a different situation or not, if you see me again next season and we start again from the first game speculating about my future.”Chelsea still have a chance of finishing in the top four and a place in next season’s Champions League, but they need to win both their remaining matches, and hope either Liverpool or Tottenham slip up.Conte admitted he was disappointed with the situation: “There is a bit of disappointment because this season we dropped many points in a stupid way.“Now there is not time to regret. We have to play two games, against Huddersfield and Newcastle, and then the final of the FA Cup.“The situation is not in our hands. The only way to put a bit of pressure (on Tottenham and Liverpool) is this, to get three points in every game.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Chelsea manager Antonio Conte says his future at the club will be decided soon. Photo/TEAMTALKLONDON, United Kingdom, May 9 – Antonio Conte says his future at Chelsea will be decided at the end of the season.Chelsea’s final game of the season will be against Manchester United the FA Cup at Wembley on May 19.last_img read more

  • SHAY JUST MIGHT HAVE THE X FACTOR FOR A CAREER IN SHOWBIZ!

    first_imgHe has the looks and the moves but could Shay Given be about to start a new career in pop music?The Lifford soccer star was at the final of X Factor last weekend as a guest of pop Svengali Louis Walsh at Wembley.And Shay obviously looked the part with his trendy haircut and designer clothes. So much so that X Factor judge Kelly Rowland mistook the Donegal shot-stopper for Westlife star Nicky Byrne.The former Destiny Child star came over the Shay after the live TV final and congratulated Shay on his superb vocals.A rather red-faced Shay, who was with wife Jane, could only smile and agree with her.Louis Walsh thought the entire episode was hilarious. “We he does have the boyband looks although I haven’t him singing just yet,” he laughed.Louis had invited Shay and Jane to the final a his guest so he could support Nicky and the rest of the Westlife lads.Nicky and Shay have become good friends as Nicky was a former soccer apprentice with Leeds United.   SHAY JUST MIGHT HAVE THE X FACTOR FOR A CAREER IN SHOWBIZ! was last modified: December 13th, 2011 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:Shay Givenx factorlast_img read more

  • TUNA CAUGHT OFF DONEGAL ISN’T THE BIGGEST EVER

    first_imgA TUNA landed in Killybegs isn’t the biggest ever landed off the coast of Donegal.There were claims three days ago that the 500lb fish was the biggest ever.The biggest was caught three years ago – and weighed 900lbs. Ends TUNA CAUGHT OFF DONEGAL ISN’T THE BIGGEST EVER was last modified: February 11th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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)last_img read more

  • Donegal Mountain Rescue tasked after walkers reported missing in Glenveagh

    first_imgDonegal Mountain Rescue Team have been tasked to locate a group of missing walkers.At 5pm this evening, the DMRT responded to the call.A group of walkers was report as missing in Glenveagh National Park. There have been no further updates on the search. Donegal Mountain Rescue tasked after walkers reported missing in Glenveagh was last modified: July 25th, 2018 by Chris McNultyShare 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:donegal mountain rescue teamGlenveaghglenveagh national parklast_img read more

  • QPR take Spurs youngster on trial

    first_imgQPR are giving a trial to teenage Tottenham midfielder Freddy Champion – a player who was previously on the books at Loftus Road.Champion, who was born and raised in Shepherd’s Bush, was with Rangers and Chelsea before Spurs snapped him up in 2010.The 17-year-old featured for QPR’s reserve side in a match against Watford on Wednesday afternoon.last_img