Jones calls time on career after Atlanta snub

first_imgATLANTA, United States (CMC) – Trinidadian forward Kenwyne Jones abruptly ended his 15-year professional career on Monday after Major League Soccer franchise Atlanta United opted not to renew his contract for the upcoming season.The 33-year-old, a former Trinidad and Tobago captain, was one of seven players not retained by Atlanta following a season where he scored two goals in just 17 league appearances, and he subsequently announced his decision via the online social networking service, Twitter.“Football has been great to me, I thank everyone who has helped me on the way, I appreciate you, but this is my last year in the sport…#onelove.”He was later quoted as saying: “My decision to retire from playing has not been an easy one for me but having thought about it at length, and having discussed it with those closest to me, I believe that now is the right time to move on to the next chapter in my life and career.“I feel incredibly honoured and proud to have enjoyed the career I’ve had and I’ve loved every moment of it, being part of history and playing before fans of my country and the different teams I represented.“It has been a huge distinction to captain my national team both at the senior and youth level and these were some of the best years of my life.”Following successful spells with Trinidadian Pro League clubs Joe Public and W Connection, the six-foot, two-inch striker came to prominence as a 19-year-old when he excited the taste buds during a three-year spell at Southampton when he smashed in 19 goals from 71 appearances.Jones then joined Sunderland in 2007 in a deal valued at six million pounds sterling, yet again impressing in his three years on Tyneside. His strong aerial ability saw him attract attention from Premiership giants Liverpool and Chelsea but he remained with Sunderland until moving to Stoke City in 2010 for a club-record, eight million pounds sterling.This move was followed by a two-year spell at Cardiff City and short loan stints a Bournemouth and Al Jazira in United Emirates, before linking up with Atlanta last year.Jones won 89 caps for T&T, scoring 23 goals and was a member of the historic squad which qualified for the 2006 World Cup in Germany.He played in three CONCACAF Gold Cup campaigns in 2005, 2013 and 2015, and was part of T&T’s recent failed 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign.last_img read more

Rohrman’s squad looks to tame No. 3 Lobos

first_imgThe Wisconsin men’s soccer team embarked on its first “real” road trip of the season Thursday when the squad flew to Albuquerque, N.M., for the Nike/TLC Plumbing and Utility Invitational to be held at the UNM Soccer Complex.Following last weekend’s heartbreaking 1-0 loss to No. 7 Fairleigh Dickinson, Wisconsin (3-1-0) will be looking to bag a top-ten victory when they line up against No. 3 University of New Mexico (4-0-0) Friday night at 8 p.m. The team will play its second and final tournament match Sunday morning at 10:30 p.m. against Butler University (5-0-0).Head coach Jeff Rohrman is delighted with the idea of facing two undefeated clubs and believes his team has the potential to fare quite well in the tourney.”It’s a great opportunity for us to play a top-five team [in New Mexico] and then also a top-five team in our region in Butler,” Rohrman said. “It’s a huge weekend for us, we’re looking forward to it and hopefully Sunday we’ll be flying back with two wins.”Friday’s matchup with New Mexico will be not be easy, however. The Lobos have won 11-straight at the UNM Soccer Complex, and have only one loss at home in head coach Jeremy Fishbein’s tenure.While Rohrman admits playing a team of such high caliber at home will be difficult, he hopes the competition will prepare his squad for the upcoming Big Ten season.”It’s going to prepare us for a pretty rigorous October with regard to some of the teams and games we’re going to be playing through that month,” Rohrman said. “So, it will simulate what we can expect from some of those teams when we get to that part of the season.”Providing the scoring for the Lobos is senior forward Jeff Rowland, whose 10 points and five goals both rank in the top-20 in the NCAA. Rowland’s finishing touch has played a major role so far this season as UNM has outscored their opponents 8-2.In order to notch a victory, the Badger defense will need to shut down the Lobo offense, primarily with an attack on Rowland’s impressive goal streak. Junior captain Aaron Hohlbein leads the assault, and is encouraging the rest of the defense to play patiently against the 6-foot-1, 175-pound forward.”I just need to keep the other guys focused,” Hohlbein said. “Just tell the guys to be relaxed and not to step in and don’t over-commit … just play the way that they always play and don’t think about anything else.”On the defensive side, New Mexico’s three shutouts in four games are tied for second in the nation. Following shutout victories over No. 23 Penn State, No. 18 Ohio State and West Virginia, the Lobos may have the Badgers scratching their heads looking for a way to score.With 5-foot-8 sophomores Victor Diaz and Sho Fujita in the attack, the Badgers will need to utilize their speed up front to counter the pair of 6-foot-4 Lobo defenders Andrew Boyers and Josh Brown.”New Mexico is a team that has got two very large center-backs,” Rohrman said. “We’re going to have to look to get early balls into [our forwards], so they’re going to have to be alert and aware of what spaces they can get into, and hopefully we can cause some problems that way.”Another certain factor in Friday’s match will be the crowd. Last season, the UNM Soccer Complex averaged 2,379 fans per game — the second-highest attendance in the NCAA in 2004. Tonight, however, is “Stuff the Stadium” night, and all tickets are only $2. With an anticipated crowd of nearly 5,000 fans, Rohrman’s club will surely enjoy themselves.”I think they’ll be excited,” Rohrman said. “A lot of our guys have some great experiences playing with regional teams and traveling abroad and so forth. I think [the crowd] will energize and motivate them; I don’t think it will put any fear in them. They’ll be ready to go.”last_img read more

Tree of knowledge

first_imgFreshmen (right to left) Logan Heley, a broadcast journalism major; Alicia Jewell, a business administration major; Roy Jacob, a computer engineering major; Ran Woodfin, a mechanical engineering major; and Winston Van Keulen, a civil engineering major, enjoy some free time under a tree behind the Doheny Memorial Library courtyard.Adrian Hoffmann | Daily Trojanlast_img

Coleman out of the running for Swansea job

first_imgWales chief Chris Coleman looks to be out of contention – as does Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs.Coleman’s TV presenter wife Charlotte tweeted that they hope to move abroad when he eventually leaves the Wales job.last_img

LaVine scores 31 points, Bulls rally to beat Clippers

first_imgTIP-INSClippers guard Shamet returned after missing a month (17 games) with a high right ankle sprain. He finished with 11 points in 21 minutes.Bulls forward and Mission Viejo alumnus Chandler Hutchison (right shoulder sprain) missed his ninth straight game. He hasn’t been cleared for contact and there is no timetable for his return. “He shot earlier today, he got some three balls up, so that was encouraging,” coach Jim Boylen said.QUICK TURNAROUNDThe start of Friday night’s game at Minnesota was pushed back nearly two hours to accommodate national TV, so the Clippers had less recovery time than a typical back-to-back.“Our league has been great, but today’s game, in my opinion, should not be played or happen,” coach Doc Rivers said. “When you play basically an 8:45 p.m. game and then have to fly and get to your hotel at 3:45 and go to bed at 5, you probably shouldn’t be playing basketball the next day — especially if they’re talking about our health.”UP NEXTClippers: Host Phoenix on Tuesday night. For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Harrell had 30 points and George had 27 for Los Angeles. The Clippers had won four in a row.Besides playing for the third time in four days at the end of a six-game trip, the Clippers were without Kawhi Leonard (injury management, left knee soreness), Lou Williams (right calf), Patrick Beverly (concussion) and JaMychal Green (tailbone contusion).This was the eighth game Leonard has missed. He scored 42 points Friday night at Minnesota.Los Angeles led by 15 points midway through the second quarter before Chicago closed the first half with a 19-6 run to pull to 57-55.The Bulls continued the surge early in the third, scoring 17 straight points for a 75-61 lead. The 75 points were two more than Chicago scored Friday night in an 83-73 home loss to Charlotte. What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ PreviousLos Angeles Clippers players react as they watch teammates during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, in Chicago. The Bulls won 109-106. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)Chicago Bulls guard Denzel Valentine, left, shoots against Los Angeles Clippers forward/center Montrezl Harrell during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, in Chicago. The Bulls won 109-106. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsChicago Bulls guard Tomas Satoransky, center, looks to the basket against Los Angeles Clippers guard Derrick Walton Jr., left, and forward/center Montrezl Harrell during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, in Chicago. The Bulls won 109-106. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)Los Angeles Clippers forward/center Montrezl Harrell, second from left, shoots against Chicago Bulls guard Kris Dunn, left, guard Denzel Valentine, second from right, and center Wendell Carter Jr., during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, in Chicago. The Bulls won 109-106. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)Chicago Bulls head coach Jim Boylen, second from right, talks to his team during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, in Chicago. The Bulls won 109-106. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)Chicago Bulls forward Kris Dunn, left, and Los Angeles Clippers guard Rodney McGruder battle for a rebound during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, in Chicago. The Bulls won 109-106. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)Chicago Bulls forward Kris Dunn, left, guards Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul George during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, in Chicago. The Bulls won 109-106. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine, right, drives to the basket against Los Angeles Clippers guard Landry Shamet during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, in Chicago. The Bulls won 109-106. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)Los Angeles Clippers guard Terence Mann, right, drives to the basket as Chicago Bulls guard Tomas Satoransky defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers reacts as he watches his team during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, in Chicago. The Bulls won 109-106. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)Chicago Bulls forward Kris Dunn reacts after guard Zach LaVine scored the game- winning score against the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, in Chicago. The Bulls won 109-106. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul George, left, and Chicago Bulls forward Kris Dunn battle for a loose ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)Los Angeles Clippers guard Landry Shamet, right, shoots over Chicago Bulls forward Kris Dunn during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)Chicago Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen, right, drives against Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)Chicago Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen, right, drives against Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)Los Angeles Clippers players react as they watch teammates during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, in Chicago. The Bulls won 109-106. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)NextShow Caption1 of 15Los Angeles Clippers players react as they watch teammates during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, in Chicago. The Bulls won 109-106. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)ExpandCHICAGO — Zach LaVine scored 31 points and converted a decisive three-point play in the Chicago Bulls’ 109-106 victory over the short-handed and weary Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday night.Chicago trailed by five points with less than two minutes to go. Tied at 106, the Bulls inbounded with 5.4 seconds left. LaVine got the ball near the 3-point line, drove to his right and was fouled by Montrezl Harrell as he scored with 2 seconds left.Paul George then missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.Lauri Markkanen had 13 points and 17 rebounds, Thaddeus Young scored 17 points, and Denzel Valentine had 16 for the Bulls.center_img The Clippers answered with a 12-1 run to trim the deficit to 76-73 and pulled to 81-79 in the final minute of the third on a three-point play by Harrell. LaVine then hit a 3-pointer to give Chicago an 84-79 lead entering the fourth.Los Angeles jumped back on top, 95-93, on a layup by Landry Shamet with 5 1/2 minutes left. LaVine answered with a 3-pointer to give Chicago a 96-95 edge. LaVine was fouled on the shot by Jerome Robinson, but missed the free throw.A couple of minutes later, George hit a pair of free throws to break a tie at 98 and Shamet hit a 3-pointer for a 103-98 Clippers lead with 2½ minutes remaining. LaVine and Valentine hit 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions — sandwiched around one of two free throws by George — for a tie at 106 with 47.9 seconds left.Related Articles Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Barcelona and Real Madrid locked together atop LaLiga Santander ahead of El Clasico on…

first_imgAdvertisement 6lm6NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsx8lWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E8b( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 7yga8Would you ever consider trying this?😱tyCan your students do this? 🌚4Roller skating! Powered by Firework Barcelona and Real Madrid go into Wednesday’s hugely-awaited LaLiga El Clasico locked together at the top of the table after late drama in both their games last weekend.Advertisement  LaLiga’s top two sides are currently tied on 35 points each, four ahead of third-placed Sevilla, with El Clasico as their game in hand. A winner of the rearranged game at the Camp Nou this week will be sure to top the table through the winter break, and a big favourite to take the title.Advertisement  Advertisement The two months since the fixture was initially postponed in October has seen both Madrid and Barca kick into much better form following up-and-down starts to the campaign. Both teams had stiff tests this weekend, though. Barça were in action first and found themselves involved in a thriller at Real Sociedad on Saturday. Txuri-urdin captain Mikel Oyarzabal put his side in front from the penalty spot but Barça seemed to have turned it around with goals from Antoine Griezmann and Luis Suarez before home forward Alexander Isak equalised for 2-2 late on to ensure the spoils were shared. Sunday saw Zinedine Zidane’s side start strong at Valencia but appear to be heading for defeat when Los Che youngster Carlos Soler scored with 12 minutes remaining. But there was still time for Karim Benzema to hammer in an equaliser, after his team’s goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois had gone forward for a 95th minute corner, bringing a 1-1 final score. The two sides have also been evolving together over the course of the 2019/20 season. Real Madrid have been invigorated by the emergence of youngsters Fede Valverde and Rodrygo, with the Uruguayan midfielder, 21, and Brazilian forward, 18, both potentially match-winners as they head look to start El Clasico for the first time. An issue for Zidane is on the left of the defence, where versatile utility-man Nacho Fernandez filled-in against Valencia on Sunday. Barça have also been tweaking their side positively as the season has progressed, with summer arrivals Frenkie de Jong and Antoine Griezmann now more integrated into the Barça’s trademark passing style of football. The return to prominence of Ivan Rakitic has also helped their midfield cohesion, while left-back Jordi Alba proving himself fit again on Saturday was another boost. Much of the focus will again be on Barça talisman Lionel Messi, who has 18 goals and nine assists in 29 career El Clasico matches in LaLiga. Although Messi was missing with injury in the corresponding fixture last season, Barça still ran out resounding 5-1 winners at the Camp Nou, with Uruguayan star Luis Suarez stepping up with a hat-trick. Zidane was, however, unbeaten at the Camp Nou in LaLiga during his first term as Real Madrid coach, winning 2-1 in 2015/16 and securing draws during the two following campaigns. Valverde also has an excellent record in El Clasico, with last March’s 1-0 LaLiga victory at the Santiago Bernabeu making it three wins and a draw in four meetings since taking the Barça job. There is little to separate the two teams as they head into the next instalment of world football’s biggest club game, in front of a potential live TV audience of more than half a billion viewers in 182 countries. Wednesday’s LaLiga Clasico really is too tight to call, so all we can do is tune in and wait for the excitement to begin.    Advertisementlast_img read more

Western Force fight could go to high court

first_imgBillionaire backer Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest is considering all legal avenues and it is believed the Force are willing to exhaust all options available pending appeal rights, which could drag the saga out long enough for them to compete in the 2018 Super Rugby season.Super Rugby officials are nervously awaiting the outcome of the appeal hearing before finalising a draw for next year.However, if the Force pursue other avenues and are able to win an injunction against the ARU’s decision, the legal process could drag on for months and affect Super Rugby planning for 2018.Forrest launched a stinging attacking on the ARU on Wednesday, calling for chairman Cameron Clyne to resign. Forrest also released documents supposedly showing the ARU decided in February to axe the Force because they were the easiest legal option.Clyne rejected Forrest’s claim, saying the legal advice, which described the ACT Brumbies and Melbourne Rebels as “high risk” and the Force as “low risk”, was only a small part of a bigger decision.Forrest also slammed the ARU’s process as a “charade”, accusing them of bullying and insisting his offer of A$50 million to save the Force was not too late.The NSW Supreme Court is likely to make a ruling next week on the Force’s appeal after the ARU axed the franchise on August 11.Forrest claimed the ARU made its decision six months ago, but dragged out the process and released a document to back up his point.”There is no legal obligation to retain the Western Force in the Super Rugby competition following a renegotiation of the broadcast rights,” the document read.”If the broadcast contracts are renegotiated with effect from the end of the 2017 Super Rugby season, the Alliance Agreement will automatically terminate at the end of the 2017 season and the obligation on the ARU to maintain the Western Force as a Super Rugby team in Perth will lapse at that point.”The document said the ARU would be breaching a participation deed if it attempted to cut the Brumbies or the Rebels.”If a negotiated exit is not achieved, an attempt by the ARU to terminate the Brumbies/Rebels participation deed without cause would constitute an unlawful termination,” the document read.Forrest, one of Australia’s richest men, lashed out on Wednesday, saying the documents prove the ARU always had the Force in its sights, which raises questions of how fair the process may have been.”The document I have, which I have released, came from caring members of the business community,” Forrest said. “It shows clearly that late in February this year the advice was received and taken to cut the Western Force for no other reason apart from legal advice. This is what I have stood up for, this is what I accuse the ARU of; of litigating, of lawyers and not leadership, of choosing not for merit but choosing to cut because they can bully a submission.”Clyne denied the claims.”Andrew referred to a document or documents which indicated that a decision had been made to remove the Western Force in February,” Clyne said.”This was not the case and there are no documents which contain this information.”RugbyWA has been provided several opportunities to put its best business case for the Western Force to the ARU board, from April 10 right up until our final request for this information on August 2, 2017.”I can only assume that Andrew has been provided with a document that contains some of the analysis that was undertaken by ARU management at the request of the board, to assess the many implications and considerations for exiting each of the three teams we originally assessed, which included the Brumbies, Melbourne Rebels and Western Force.”As we have previously announced, there was an extensive analysis conducted on each of these teams and one of the key issues we assessed was the legal risks associated with any decision to exit one of those teams.”These legal risks were factored into our decision, but the board still had options outside of legal avenues to pursue its course to remove a team.”Forrest also responded to comments made by ARU chief executive Bill Pulver on Tuesday. Pulver said the mining magnate had come to the table too late after tabling a $50 million offer to prop up the Force and assure the future of the code. Clearly frustrated by the comments, Forrest accused the ARU of bullying tactics and said he would not stop trying to save the Force.”I’m here to say to the ARU, you cannot bully this team, your ambush has been sprung, you have now been discovered,” Forrest said. “Chairman of the ARU, Mr Cameron Clyne, you’ve told me so many times that there was a broad spreadsheet of factors which were all based on merit, which were based on fairness and of course Australia now knows that was a charade. You received advice you could not cut the Rebels. “I ask you now to resign Mr Cameron Clyne. This has been discovered. The secret is now out. The process from here now must be transparent, we must all come clean.” Forrest disagreed that his generous offer to the ARU had come too late. “My message to the leaders of the ARU, Mr Bill Pulver, who I’m not holding to account, you’ve been an honest and faithful servant. But Mr Pulver and remaining ARU board … it is not too late. I’m in business. I know what too late looks like. I know what 11th hour looks like and I certainly know what bullies look like.”This is not 11th hour, this is not too late. Keep the Western Force, stop this legal charade, be transparent and let’s get on with building a fabulous sport in Australia and the code of rugby union across Australia and across the world.”Photo by: GETTY IMAGES Caption: Andrew Forrest says ARU chairman Cameron Clyne should resign over the Force being axed from Super Rugby.last_img read more

Coach Schäfer banned by FIFA – Burrell remains positive despite coach’s two-game suspension

first_imgThe Reggae Boyz will have to do without head coach Winfried Schäfer after the German was suspended by FIFA’s disciplinary committee, from sitting on the bench for upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Panama and Haiti. However, president of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) Captain Horace Burrell is not expecting any major setbacks, as he threw his support behind the programme’s technical staff. Burrell said that the Reggae Boyz have an experienced technical team in place and remains confident that the continue to work well in Schäfer’s absence from the bench. “The effects should not be felt because the technical team has been together for a long period. I am confident in the other members of the technical staff and they should be able to cope,” Burrell told The Gleaner yesterday, following a release from the JFF. unsporting behaviour As a result, Schäfer will miss the Reggae Boyz games against Panama on November 13 in Jamaica and Haiti a few days later. Schäfer has also been ordered to pay a fine of US$5,150 ($611,302) for a charge of ‘unsporting behaviour’ against a match official in Jamaica’s World Cup qualifier away in Nicaragua on September 8. Players Lance Laing and Upston Edwards have also been hit with suspension by the world’s governing body and will have to sit out four games. Both players will miss the November games as well as Jamaica matches against Costa Rica on March 25 and 29 next year. Laing and Edwards have also been ordered to pay a fine of US$5,150 each. They were charged for using offensive language and gestures against a match official in the same encounter on September 8. Jamaica won the two-way tie 3-2 on aggregate to advance to the CONCACAF semi-final stage.last_img read more

President needs to announce a date for elections now

first_imgDear Editor,Why is it that the APNU/AFC coalition is so engrossed in the presidential candidate of the PPP/C? First, they spent a huge chunk of our scarce financial resources to deny Dr Jagdeo a third term as the President of this country even though it is clear that the sovereignty of the people is paramount and that the Constitution should not have denied the citizens the right to choose their presidents and as many times as they wish. The constitutional amendment abrogated this right. The Caribbean Court of Justice upturned the decision of Guyana’s High Court and Appeal Courts; denying the sovereignty of the Guyanese nation. During this entire process, they and their propaganda machinery made scandalous and libellous statements against Dr Jagdeo in a vain attempt to besmirch his impeccable character. They denied him the third term but underestimated the tenacity and commitment of this man to halt the socio-economic retrogression and ensure that the Guyanese people can once again enjoy the high standard of living they have become accustomed to under the PPP/C. They also underestimated his ability to bring down their Government!Secondly, having failed in that bid, they used SOCU to institute frivolous and unsubstantiated criminal charges against the former Ministers of the PPP/C Government in another futile attempt to thwart the selection of its Presidential candidate. They were cognisant that Irfaan Ali and Anil Nandlall would be on the forefront, so they ensured that these flippant criminal charges were instituted. However, they once again underestimated the courageous leadership of the Party. He mimicked Amna Ally’s “bring it on” and in his own inimitable style, dared the coalition. He knew that these charges would not ‘hold water’ and was just a strategy to derail the selection process of the presidential candidate. However, they went further and attacked the academic achievements of Irfaan Ali since by then they were fully aware that the criminal charges would fail since the High Court ordered the discontinuation by the Chief Magistrate. In the end, the democratic selection process of the PPP bore fruit and Irfaan Ali was elected as the presidential candidate.Having thus far failed, the APNU/AFC then embarked on a mission to divide the PPP. They began using fake profiles claiming to be PPP supporters to show “disappointment and disgust” at Irfaan’s election and claimed that their “choice” is Anil Nandlall and Frank Anthony. Some even wore ‘red’ in order to convince the people that they are PPP members and supporters. Some ex-PPP members living abroad assisted in this quest to divide the PPP. However, once again the APNU/AFC underestimated the intelligence of the ‘die-hard’ members and supporters of the PPP, they quickly saw through this shameless charade! PPP members and supporters have learnt their lesson from the AFC and will not be tricked to leave their ‘home’ again!This now brings me to the million-dollar question: Why is the APNU/ AFC silent about the selection of Granger as their presidential candidate. This is a grave travesty (no pun intended)! It is an accepted fact that Granger’s health does not allow him to be “fit and proper” and that someone else should be the presidential candidate. In fact, the grapevine has communicated that Moses Nagamootoo is nominated for an Oscar Award as the Best Actor in a Supporting Role. It is an insult to this nation that apart from having hordes of geriatrics in the Government and its departments we are now having for a second term a presidential candidate who is terminally ill and cannot withstand the rigours of the Office. These ‘PPP’ fakes should make this the centre of their attention and priority!However, the APNU and the AFC have now realised that should they try to elect someone else as the presidential candidate; Armageddon will break loose among their ranks. This time it may not be gunshots in the air. Furthermore, Basil Williams has now ensured that those PNC stalwarts with dual citizenship will be left begging at the door. So to avoid the tsunami, they decided to stick with Granger but this will backfire in the near future. In addition, the selection of Nagamootoo as the Prime Ministerial candidate is against the founding principles of the AFC which stipulated that there should be a rotation of the top position by the founding members, namely, Ramjattan and Trotman. But I guess Nagamootoo has achieved excellence in his subservient role on behalf of these two discarded founders.We have had enough diversions from the business at hand, let us now focus on the fact that Elections must be held by March 19 and this Government must resign and facilitate the electoral process. The President needs to announce a date for the imminent General and Regional Elections!Yours sincerely,Haseef YusufRDC CouncillorRegion Sixlast_img read more

More conflict surrounds Region 10 television station

first_imgBy Utamu BelleFifteen names have reportedly been submitted for the expansion of the Board of Trustees of the Region 10 Television Station, following a meeting at Office of the President (OP) on Wednesday.Councillor Gordon CallenderDuring a press conference on Thursday, Linden Mayor Carwyn Holland hailed it a fruitful engagement, noting that it is a step towards the positive development of Linden, while commending former Chairman Sharma Solomon, now secretary of the Trust and other members for leading the efforts.Holland, who was at the meeting, indicated that those present included Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, Minister of State Joseph Harmon and Minister within the Communities Ministry Valerie Adams-Patterson, among others.The Mayor said the consensus, which was arrived at on Wednesday was to reshape the Trust in terms of numbers and to allow forCouncillor Lennox Gasperrepresentation by various entities.Coming out of the discussion, he noted that the Trust now includes two members of Parliament based in Linden, two from the Linden Mayor and Town Council (LM&TC) which includes himself and Deputy Mayor Waneka Arindell, three members from the Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) Democratic Council (RDC), another from the Linden Chamber of Commerce and Development, another from the Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC), the Union, Religious body. Holland also stated that Regional Chairman Renis Morian was named Chairman of the Committee.He added that the mandate now is for the four initial trustees to call a meeting within seven days to plan, discuss and arrive at a resolution, in extending the board. Following that, he said the 15-member board is expected to meet.“The new Chairman of the Trust will be the Regional Chairman because it was established that the authority on this television station will first stand with the Region so that the people of Linden will have a true representation…the second in representation will then be the Mayor and Town Council,” the mayor said.Councillors’ dissatisfactionHowever, LM&TC Councillor Lennox Gasper said the Council should have met to decide on who will be its representatives. He said the letter of invitation to appoint representatives was not read to members of the Council by Holland. Gasper, who also acted as a member of the Information Committee under Solomon’s tenure expressed further discontent, noting that the Mayor appointed himself and the Deputy Mayor without the knowledge of the Council.He said he views the move as a disrespectful one, more so since according to him, the matter was raised at Wednesday’s statutory meeting which was chaired by the Deputy Mayor. Gasper contended that Arindell was unaware that she had been appointed at the time and promised to get back to the Council with information.“I am sidelined…I feel that there is a deliberate move to hijack this station for personal agenda. We need to put the people’s interest forward and I dare ask and petition that we follow a democratic approach and this one was not democratic…I express my dissatisfaction that the Council is being left out under the disguise that the Mayor is the Council in the absence of the Council and give that democratic body a chance to do their work,” he said.Gasper, who serves additionally as part of the LM&TC Communications Committee, said there are numerous instances where decisions are made by the Mayor without consultation of the Council:“This is what he has been doing all the time in this Council. As if he is ‘the boss’ and ultimately…the constitution speaks to the Council, that body of people who were elected by the community, therefore we need to respect the Council and give that democratic body a chance to do their work…he’s not going to go ahead and represent this body because he wasn’t even around for the whole issue of that television station, when it happened…it is not right.”Gasper also objected to the “information” that Phillip Bynoe is a part of the board as a citizen of Linden, noting that Bynoe and others were not part of the initial struggle for the television station. He said the rightful people are being neglected because a selected few have a special agenda.Additionally, RDC Councillor Gordon Callender has also expressed outrage over the process, noting that the people of Region 10 were not consulted. Additionally, he said there should have been a vote by Councillors to appoint their representatives.“Now you’re putting people who have no moral authority…to be representative of the people of Region 10…that is wrong…I think if you want to get people on board there must be broad-based consultation with the people of this Region and that is not happening…there was no discussion at any of the statutory meetings concerning the TV station”Callender also said the OP is being fed with lies by people seeking political gain, and they need to consult with the people. He further threatened that he will “mobilise and take to the streets” over the issue.Solomon denied that Morian had been named Chairman of the Trust. He promised to make an official pronouncement on the meeting Friday.last_img read more