PSC Chairman’s suspension is ominous for the future of democracy – Jagdeo

first_imgOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has stated that the suspension of the Public Service Commission (PSC) Chairman Carvil Duncan is ominous for the future of democracy in Guyana.Carvil DuncanJagdeo stated that the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) parliamentarians’ boycott of President David Granger’s speech in the National Assembly on Thursday was aimed at sending a “strong signal” to the President and the Executive that constitutional protection should not be treated lightly.He opined that the racket surrounding Duncan’s charge has been treated in a cavalier manner by the Administration – one that is ominous for the future of democracy.“Carvil Duncan for whatever he is has constitutional protection by virtue of the offices he currently holds and we believe in the doctrine of the separation of powers, the foundation of our democracy. So when the Executive deals with people who are protected by the Constitution they have to deal in a manner that is prescribed not in a manner that directs people or intimidates them,” he expounded.He added that the PPP/C holds the opinion that the suspension of Duncan does not exhibit a “fair treatment that is required in this case”.He stated that the establishment of a tribunal and the alleged bribery and threat made by the President are an affront to natural justice; a threat to the presumption of innocence because the court is still hearing the case.“The indecent haste to get rid of Carvil Duncan is unbelievable but by itself may not mean much but Carvil Duncan has all these constitutional protections so what about ordinary citizens,” he noted, questioning who will protect the ordinary man if the Government can swoop down on a person that has constitutional protection and suspend them without a decision from the court on allegations levelled against him.“If the Government can get away with dealing in this manner with a constitutional post holder then it can get away with anything,” he said, adding that the “President cannot be doing this and then come to this chamber, the birthplace of our laws, the birth place of our Constitution and clothe himself in this democratic garb which he sought to do today”.“And that is why we had to send a strong signal,” Jagdeo affirmed.Duncan will be moving to the High Court to challenge the authority of a tribunal which will determine whether he should be removed from his post.On Monday, Duncan and his lawyer Anil Nandlall were seen exiting the tribunal at the Training Centre of the Ministry, although it was still in session. Duncan excused himself from the hearing, since his application for the hearing to cease was overruled.Duncan will move to the High Court on three grounds: that there are criminal proceedings pending in the Magistrate’s Court, Duncan never received a letter from Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo calling on him to show cause why the tribunal should not be established, and that his client has been called before tribunal whose Chairman is a sitting High Court Judge – of whom Duncan exercises supervisory jurisdiction over.According to Article 144 of the Constitution, Duncan is entitled to a presumption of innocence. His Attorney Anil Nandlall stated that to establish a tribunal to investigate his removal from office on the mere institution of a charge before the determination of any guilt is an infraction of that constitutional protection “which guarantees him innocent until proven guilty”.Minister of State Joseph Harmon said the tribunal was set up to inquire, investigate and recommend whether Duncan ought to be removed from office for inability to perform the functions of the said office, after he refused to gracefully vacate the office.Harmon has since rejected claims that the Government offered money in exchange for his resignation as Chairperson of the PSC in light of his court charges.He indicated that meetings were indeed held where Duncan was “gracefully” asked to vacate the positions he currently holds on several constitutional service commissions given his current trial for allegedly stealing $984,900 and conspired to steal $27,757,500 from the Guyana Power and Light (GPL).Harmon’s statement was prompted after a letter was released last Saturday by Duncan, with damning allegations of bribery and innuendos made by President David Granger.Duncan was charged and placed before the courts over the alleged theft of monies from the GPL.He was placed on $1 million bail in February last after he had appeared in the Magistrate’s Court charged with larceny after he pleaded not guilty to the charges.last_img read more

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Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast – the best bits: Friday, February 20

first_imgListen back to the highlights of Friday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast. Alan Brazil and Ray Wilkins were joined in the studio by Tottenham greats Ossie Ardiles and Paul Miller, while Jamie Redknapp joined the boys to talk Mario Balotelli and all things Liverpool.last_img

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Fulham 4-0 QPR: Ross McCormack scores twice as Cottagers destroy West London rivals in the Championship

first_imgRoss McCormack scored twice as Fulham demolished an underperforming QPR side at Craven Cottage on Friday night.Moussa Dembele opened the scoring after only two minutes before Ben Pringle doubled the lead nearly 15 minutes later.McCormack scored either side of half time to seal the win as QPR’s terrible trips to Fulham continued after losing 6-0 the last time they visited their West London neighbours.The win brings Fulham to within a point of Rangers in the middle of the Championship table.Dembele gave Fulham a wonderful start after only two minutes when the 19-year-old found himself unmarked in the six-yard box to head home James Husband’s cross.It was the Frenchman’s second goal of the season as he took advantage of some very slack QPR defending.Unsatisfied, Fulham continued to press hard with McCormack and Dembele both going close.The visitors had a golden chance to equalise on 17 minutes when Massimo Luongo sliced his shot wide from 12 yards after a wonderful one-touch move.And that miss was punished immediately as Pringle doubled the Cottagers’ lead.QPR were far too relaxed in clearing the ball and Pringle intercepted Gabriele Angella’s attempt to banish the danger, before striking a sweet left-footed strike into the bottom right-hand corner.Fulham continued to push for the third and they got it after half an hour, through the club’s top scorer from last season, McCormack.Tom Cairney found the striker on the edge of the box before the Scotland international placed the ball beyond the reach of Robert Green, for his third goal of the season.  In truth, the game was already won after his first goal but, just to make sure, McCormack doubled his tally for the night just after 60 minutes went by on the clock.This time it was a lot easier after Ryan Fredericks’ cut-back rocketed back off the crossbar following an attempted clearance from Angella, allowing McCormack to tap into an empty net.It got worse for QPR and Chris Ramsey as Charlie Austin was forced off with what looked like a hamstring injury. Ross McCormack 1last_img read more

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Riyad Mahrez asks to leave Leicester this summer

first_img Riyad Mahrez: Will the winger be at Leicester next season? 1 Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez has told the Foxes he wants to leave the King Power Stadium this summer.The Algeria winger was named PFA Player of the Year as Claudio Ranieri guided the Foxes to the Premier League title in 2015/16, but he has struggled to recapture that form this time around.The 26-year-old scored 10 goals and created a further seven in 48 games during the 2016/17 campaign, and though his star has somewhat faded, a number of clubs are said to be keen on acquiring his services.Arsenal were known admirers last summer, and reports in March claimed both Liverpool and Serie A champions Juventus were tracking Mahrez ahead of the start of the transfer window.A statement from Mahrez read: “Out of the huge respect and admiration I hold for Leicester City Football Club, I wanted to be totally honest and transparent with them and have therefore informed the club that I feel now is the time for me to move on.“I had a good discussion with the chairman last summer and we agreed at that time I would stay for another year to help the club as best I could following the transition of winning the title and in the Champions League. However, I am fiercely ambitious and feel now is the time to move on to a new experience.“I have always enjoyed a good relationship with the chairman and everybody at the football club and I hope I have been able to repay the faith shown in me by my performances and commitment on the pitch during my time here.“I have had the best four seasons of my career at Leicester and have loved every moment. I feel immense pride to have been a part of what we have achieved during my time at the club, culminating in becoming Premier League champions.“The relationship I share with the club and our amazing fans is something I will treasure forever. I truly hope they will understand and respect my decision.”Mahrez cost around £400,000 when he joined Leicester from Le Havre in 2014 and has made 138 appearances for the club, scoring 35 goals.Leicester are also yet to announce the future of manager Craig Shakespeare after talks with the owners this week. Shakespeare’s short-term deal, which he signed after replacing Ranieri in February, expires next month.last_img read more

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Barcelona appear to be making serious plans to land Pogba

first_img Pogba was outstanding against Young Boys possible standings Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Most popular football news BEST OF MONEY While it is not uncommon for club’s to monitor other players, Pogba’s frosty relationship with manager Jose Mourinho and rumours of Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola attempting to orchestrate a summer exit, will no doubt give interested parties hope of landing him.When quizzed at the start of September about his plans he said: “My future is currently in Manchester, I still have a contract, I’m playing there at the moment, but who knows what will happen in the next few months.“One thing I can assure you: I will always give 100 percent, no matter which coach I always give everything for United – I cannot say more.” Paul Pogba has hinted at tensions between him and Jose Mourinho Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade REVEALED RANKED 3 How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Pogba was one of France’s best players as they won the World Cup this summer Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move ADVICE REVEALED Barcelona plan to watch Manchester United’s Paul Pogba in every game for the rest of this season as they consider a move for the midfield star.The Spanish Liga club were said to be keen on recruiting him last summer, but a move never materialised and representatives were there to see him in action in the Champions League against Young Boys on Wednesday night. 3 smart causal Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade 3 impact And according to the Mirror, Barcelona’s hierarchy, which includes general manager Pep Segura and technical directors Eric Abidal and Ramon Planes, are keeping an eye on things at Old Trafford ahead of a possible £100m-plus move.Luis Suarez appears to have already begun the courting when he said a player like Pogba ‘would always be welcome’ at the Camp Nou, while former Man United defender Gary Neville said the club ‘will be fine’ if the man they spent £89m on in 2016 does decide to pack his bags.“As a fan, honestly, part of me is that no one is bigger than the club and I am not interested in people who are looking left and right,” he said.“So Paul, if you want to go play somewhere else, let’s make that work for you because Manchester United will be fine, don’t worry about that.“The owner in me would do what United are doing at the moment, saying he is not for sale. They have to protect their asset but privately they might be doing a deal because they want to get their £90 million back.“If I was still in that dressing room giving personal advice it would be, ‘Paul, it’s obvious you want to play somewhere else but be professional. Don’t be someone who is seen as a mercenary or a mutineer. You don’t need to do that.’“So there are four ways to look at it — pundit, owner, fan, a personal word.” silverware Since winning the World Cup with France, Pogba has started the season brightly, scoring four goals in six games for United so far.Against Young Boys, he was on target twice and created the other in a man of the match display. “I am happy that the goals I scored were decisive in the win,” he said. “If I can do it, I will try to help the team as much as possible. If I can score a goal or make an assist, that will be great.” England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won last_img read more

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CYCLING: FOUR MASTERS POISON GLEN TOUR

first_imgThe 2012 Four Masters Poison Glen Tour is set to take to the roads of Donegal on Sunday 7th October.The 78 mile course will take the same route as last year with a feed station at An Churt Hotel in Dunlewy.Cycling trough Glenveagh National Park and the Poison Glen this is a must do tour for all cyclists who appreicate the scenic beauty that Donegal has to offer or those who just enjoy a challenging cycle. Similar to last year this event will be leaving Aura Leisure centre in Letterkenny and travel through Kilmacrennan via Trentagh. We will then turn left in Termon through the magnificent Glenveagh National Park before turning right to tackle the first climb of the day, the Muckish gap. Once over Muckish its down into Falcarragh and on to Gorkahork and Dunlewy before a feed stop at An Chuirt Hotel in Dunlewy.After a 15 min stop here we set of to tackle the toughest climb of the day, The Poison Glen. After you summit the Poison Glen you have a fast descent down into Glenveagh once again and then back towards Letterkenny via Gartan.As with all Four Masters Leisure events the pace will be controlled. This is a fun day for everyone and not a race. Sign on will open from 8.30am and we will leave at 9.30am.Showers and refreshments will be available afterwards in the Aura Centre in Letterkenny Route Map More information from Liam Tinney on 087 2902515CYCLING: FOUR MASTERS POISON GLEN TOUR was last modified: October 2nd, 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) Tags:CYCLING: FOUR MASTERS POISON GLEN TOURlast_img read more

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Google Continues its March to Chrome OS with Google Docs Update

first_imgGoogle continues to expand the storage and file-handling capabilities of Google Docs as it marches on toward offering a Web-only operating system with Chrome OS. Late last month, the company overhauled the service, creating new ways to organize and interact with files. Today, it has announced that Google Docs can now handle 12 new file formats, giving users a dozen fewer reasons to use separate desktop apps.In the announcement, Anil Sabharwal, product manager at Google, explains that Google Docs is not only safer, but quicker, for viewing files sent to you on the Web:The Google Docs Viewer is used by millions of people every day to quickly view PDFs, Microsoft Word documents and PowerPoint presentations online. Not only is viewing files in your browser far more secure than downloading and opening them locally, but it also saves time and doesn’t clutter up your hard-drive with unwanted files.Today we’re excited to launch support for 12 new file types:Microsoft Excel (.XLS and .XLSX) Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 / 2010 (.PPTX) Apple Pages (.PAGES) Adobe Illustrator (.AI) Adobe Photoshop (.PSD) Autodesk AutoCad (.DXF) Scalable Vector Graphics (.SVG) PostScript (.EPS, .PS) TrueType (.TTF) XML Paper Specification (.XPS) According to Sabharwal, these 12 file types “round out support for the major Microsoft Office file types,” but also most other popular file types. Now, will Google Docs work for everything for everyone? Not yet. But Google continues to add file storage capabilities, organizational tools and now additional file types. It’s been months since I, personally, re-installed the operating system on my computer and I haven’t installed a separate word operating system since. This would have been unheard of just a couple of years ago. Now, however, Google Docs can almost entirely replaced desktop programs like Microsoft Word or Open Office. I view attached files in email in my browser and edit files either in a simple text editor and store it in Google Docs or use Google Docs entirely.Why is this important? Because in any Web-only operating system such as Chrome OS, we will hold on to certain paradigms, and one is that we need a central location to store and edit documents. If Chrome OS can’t play nicely with the rest of the world, it will never get along. If we can, however, continue to function and interact with others, then the move will possible, at the very least. Adding all of the traditional Microsoft file formats is yet another big step in that direction. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Tags:#cloud computing#Google#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img mike melanson Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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SP makes social justice pitch in vision document

first_imgFrom promising to ban all political messaging that uses the armed forces to proposing to raise an Ahir Armoured Regiment and a Gujarat Infantry Regiment, the Samajwadi Party’s vision document for the 2019 Lok Sabha election takes a swipe at the BJP’s nationalism narrative. The party also strongly pushed the message of “mahaparivartan [grand change] with social justice”, to pitch the idea of change through the uplift of OBCs and Dalits and proposed an additional 2% tax on the rich, which it claimed was uniformly upper caste.This marks a remarkable shift in the political messaging of the SP after the defeats in 2014 and 2017, when the party had contested on the theme of development. The document, released by SP president Akhilesh Yadav at a press conference here, targeted the “increasingly desperate BJP” for using the armed forces as “an electoral tool” and accusing “all and sundry of being anti-national”. “This pseudo-nationalism threatens our national security more than any other external force,” it said.Welfare programmeThe party has proposed a State-specific family welfare programme to look after the families of the armed forces.The mainstay of the document was the emphasis on “economics of social justice” through social mobility, housing and income to address inequality. While saying that the “richest 10% of the population (uniformly upper caste)” own more than 60% of the country’s wealth, the SP proposed imposing an additional 2% tax on the total wealth of households owning more than ₹2.5 crore. “This works out to 1.1% of the GDP. We believe it is also time to add a top income tax bracket for the ultra-rich who hide their income using complex structures,” the SP said. If voted to power, the SP-BSP-RLD alliance will demand “that central reservations be immediately updated to reflect the actual caste distribution in the population”.Mr. Yadav said the path to progress and prosperity “cannot come about without social justice” and demanded that the caste-wise census be made public in the country.last_img read more

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Still in the hunt

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. The victory kept the Philippines in the hunt for a World Cup berth in the ongoing Fiba Asia qualifiers, but the road to the China tournament continues to be challenging.Japan defeated Iran, 97-89, meaning Gilas Pilipinas still has to win against Kazakhstan in an expectedly chilly road game and hope other results, especially from the other group, goes its way.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesBlatche’s performance against Qatar, however, gives the Philippines a lot of hope—at least with the things still within its control.“I feel great,” Blatche told the official Fiba website. “I almost had a triple-double but it comes from having great teammates. I just felt good being able to play my game again and help my team out.” PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations “Andray just created a lot of opportunities for us, both on offense and defense. He changed the whole team and the guys just felt good playing with him,” said national coach Yeng Guiao.Blatche had missed four qualifying games and there were questions about his fitness and availability. The Philippines went 1-3 in that stretch. But Blatche was available on Friday, and he seemed in pretty good shape.“I’ve been with this team for many years,” Blatche told the Fiba website. “Travelled the world with them, competed with them against a lot of countries. There’s no bigger plus than getting to play with this team, creating family and bonds with so many people. It’s just a great opportunity for me.”“He’s the team teacher,” Guiaosaid in the Fiba report. “He helped us out offensively and defensively. He controlled the momentum. He controlled the situations of the game. He draws a lot of attention from thedefense which creates the opening. That’s why we shot a lot of three point shots. We got the good looks and the openings.”“I guess his game just speaks for himself,” Guiao added.ADVERTISEMENT The win over Qatar could have been doubly sweet if Iran had managed to end Japan’s hot tournament streak.But the Japanese were in no mood to be cooperative.Hot right off the gates, Japan notched its seventh straight win in the qualifiers as Nick Fazekas pumped in 26 points and eight boards while Makoto Hiejima collected 24 points.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss World No. 2 Park leads TCC rostercenter_img Andray Blatche makes a triumphant return to Gilas Pilipinas duty. —FIBA.COMAndray Blatche obliterated any questions on his fitness with another all-around performance. Gilas Pilipinas is hoping he can help eliminate obstacles that stand in the way of the team’s World Cup bid.With basketball fans in the country fighting off sleep to watch the game live on TV early Friday morning, Blatche came up with 17 points, 15 rebounds, seven assists, two steals and two blocks as the Philippines swamped Qatar, 84-46, in Doha.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

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Man Utd confidence is low – Butt

first_imgNicky Butt expects Manchester United to recover from the defeat to Manchester City and stage a bid to reach the Premier League’s top four, but first the team will need to recover a bit of confidence.Pep Guardiola’s leaders extended their advantage over Jose Mourinho’s men to 12 points with a 3-1 success at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.Though it took a late Ilkay Gundogan goal to confirm the win for City as United threatened a second half comeback, the chasm between both teams was there for all to see. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Mourinho has downplayed the difference in quality between both sides but there is no masking over the seven-point gap which separates United from the top four.Butt, the head of coaching at United’s academy, says coupled with the absence of Paul Pogba the lack of confidence within the squad is evident – however the 43-year-old is predicting an about turn in fortunes.”I think it’s difficult when you have got players that aren’t in form,” the six-time Premier League winner at Old Trafford told Sky Sports .”It doesn’t matter who you are or what team you manage, if the players are not on a high or confident they are not going to win too many games.”At United at the minute, players are low on confidence. “They came up against the probably the best team in Europe [Manchester City] and got beaten.Jose Mourinho Nicky Butt Manchester United“They are steadily improving. The manager has recognised that and they are getting some consistency in the team.”The injury to Pogba can kill any team. “They are not getting all the luck but that City game is gone now and hopefully they can push on to Christmas and get into a position where they are challenging in the top four.”After the international break, United will hope to get back on track with back-to-back home games against Crystal Palace in the Premier League and Young Boys in the Champions League.A run of eight games in the space of 30 days in December starts with a trip to Southampton before London sides Arsenal and Fulham are the visitors to the Theatre of Dreams. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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