Issue not easily dismissed by appropriation of blame

first_imgDear Editor,It is not my intention to heap opprobrium on the Patterson family due to the alleged actions of one member at this time; however, the statement of the Minister of Public Infrastructure, Hon. David Patterson, on the issue included a scurrilous statement about the previous administrations of Guyana run by the People’s National Congress and The People’s Progressive Party. Minister Patterson of the Alliance For Change says, ”As a Minister of Government, I would like to assure the Guyanese public that I have not, and will not, attempt to influence the outcome of these serious allegations made against my brother in any way whatsoever. This is the principled position which I firmly embrace, and ought to be a lesson to many under a previous dispensation who, it is widely known, regularly interfered with the course of justice in matters involving their family members, friends, and even acquaintances.”This issue is not easily dismissed by appropriation of blame. Minister Patterson, by his statement, has transformed the issue from personal to political; and as a Citizen of Guyana, I ask that the Minister share his ‘widely known’ information and evidence to back such a serious charge. A sitting Minister of Government is expected to be more responsible with his word.As of now, our national image has been tarnished by his statement in a week wherein the USA issued a higher level crime alert for Guyana, which included the warning that law enforcement personnel are often perpetrators of crime.Editor, Minister Patterson will have to answer questions about his brother’s alleged activities, including his source of finance and transit through our international airport, which is currently undergoing construction and falls under his purview. His statement now taints that straightforward activity with the odium of politics. No one is above the law or the process of investigation.I await the Minister’s response to my questions on his allegations, but I will not hold my breath, for I know an attempt at deflection when I see one. Our national treasure, Martin Carter, famously wrote: “All are involved! All are consumed!” We seem doomed to this political reality, no matter how hard we try to avoid it.Sincerely,Robin Singhlast_img read more

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5 Kids Get Scholarships

first_imgFive children attending various schools in District #8 Montserrado County, who emerged as best players from the Ambassador Soccer Academy, received a one-year scholarship each, along with several school materials from Ishmael Sheriff, a businessman in the district.They were awarded the scholarship following the climax of a two-day soccer tournament sponsored by Sheriff under the theme: “Kick for Education” held on Sunday at the G. W. Gibson Sports pitch on Capitol Bye-pass, Monrovia.The event featured scores of young and talented kids between the ages of 7-12 which was intended to caution students about the importance of education.He said the scholarship and the materials given to the children are meant to help them in their educational pursuit.He further told the children to remain focus and determine and take education very serious because it will help them greatly and promised to offer more scholarships to school going children across Montsserado County.The founder and president of the Ambassador Football Academy, Papie Jones, who spoke on behalf of the beneficiaries, commended Mr. Sheriff for organizing such an event for the kids in the district.Jones said the tournament is to create opportunity for young players to get some educational materials for school.“We won the event, four teams participated in the tournament, Bassa Community Under-12 and Ambassador Soccer Academy and the competition was about education,” he added. “We are grateful to Mr. Sheriff for his kind gesture. Five of the kids will be on his scholarship, two from the second place team and three from the winning team,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Flyers second round playoff dates announced

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Following last night’s 7-2 win over the Dawson Creek Canucks the Fort St. John Flyers will now take on the Grimshaw Huskies in the second round of the North Peace Hockey League playoffs. Dates for the best of seven series were made official this morning with game one taking place in Grimshaw Saturday night.From there the series will make its way to Fort St. John for game two on Tuesday, and game three will be back in Grimshaw on Thursday. Game four will be played back at the North Peace Arena on February 20.Dates for the rest of the series if necessary are as follows:- Advertisement -Tuesday, February 23    Fort St. John     at GrimshawThursday, February 25    Grimshaw          at Fort St. JohnSaturday, February 27    Fort St. John     at GrimshawAdvertisement Faceoffs for all of the games are slated for 8:30 p.m.last_img read more

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California stuns top-ranked Oaks Christian

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! 6:15 p.m.Alex Martinez’s two-run double in the bottom of the fifth inning provided gave California the lead and pitcher Tara Silagi made them stand up to upset top-seeded Oaks Christian, 3-2, in a CIF Southern Section, Division III, second-round softball game Tuesday.last_img

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NAACP to sit out march against hate crimes

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The Rev. Audie Murphy, NAACP branch president for Logan and Boone counties, said his group will continue supporting Williams, “but not within this march.” “The NAACP is not against hate crimes being charged; we’re just saying we respect the decision of the prosecutor to later on have the freedom to do so. We do believe that some of what the perpetrators (had) against Megan, it was hate crime, but we want them to be prosecuted under the laws.” Malik Shabazz, co-founder of Black Lawyers for Justice and legal adviser to the Williams family, said the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has been slow to respond to the black community and Williams’ needs. “I make a last-ditch appeal to (the NAACP) to catch up with the tide of the people. We can still work with them to alleviate injustice against blacks in the state,” said Shabazz. The Southern Poverty Law Center is critical of Shabazz for his association with figures like the late Khalid Muhammad, a former Nation of Islam member famous for incendiary remarks about whites and Jews. CHARLESTON – The NAACP said Tuesday it does not support a hate crime awareness march that will raise money for a black woman who says she was tortured by six whites. Local and national NAACP officials said they disapprove of Saturday’s march organizers, a group based in Washington, D.C., called Black Lawyers for Justice that wants hate crime charges brought against the defendants. Six whites are charged with raping and torturing 20-year-old Megan Williams for days until her Sept. 8 rescue. All could get life prison sentences if convicted, but the prosecutor has not filed hate crime charges, saying they could be difficult to prove. Williams, her family and black leaders such as the Rev. Al Sharpton plan to participate in the march, which has been endorsed by groups including the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the National Conference of Black Mayors. Murphy and some other black leaders have accused Shabazz of using Williams’ case to showboat. Shabazz bristled at the characterization, saying “with God as my witness, I got nothing but praise and thanks from West Virginia residents, from 10-year-olds to 80-year-olds, most overwhelmingly in churches, who thank us for coming to defend Williams.” The NAACP’s branch in Charleston issued a statement Tuesday saying it would continue to monitor Williams’ case but won’t support the march to the Capitol. Richard McIntyre, a spokesman for the NAACP’s national offices in Baltimore, said that the organization does not approve of Shabazz’s involvement and that local chapters never requested approval from the national body to participate in the march. Last week, the Charleston Black Ministerial Alliance – including some who had supported the idea of a march in the past – said they wouldn’t participate and would urge their congregations not to join.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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‘Why would he want to leave Tottenham?’ – Harry Redknapp on Pochettino future

first_imgHarry Redknapp has cast doubt on reports suggesting Mauricio Pochettino is in line to succeed Louis van Gaal as Manchester United manager.Reports in The Sun on Friday claimed Red Devils chiefs have approached Pochettino’s representatives about taking over at Old Trafford, with club bosses apparently now preferring the Spurs coach over Jose Mourinho as the man to lead United into a new era of success.But former Tottenham manager Redknapp insists there is no reason why the Argentine would leave a club on the rise such as Spurs, who are currently pushing for Premier League glory.With any new Manchester United boss having a huge re-building job on their hands, plus the two clubs’ positions in the table, Redknapp suggests a move to United would be backwards step for the in-demand boss.“I don’t see why Pochettino would want to leave Tottenham,” the ex-White Hart Lane boss told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“He’s got a great young team at Tottenham…and whoever goes to Man United will have a massive rebuilding job on their hands, everybody knows that.“And just look at Tottenham’s new training ground, look at their new stadium when it’s built. Pochettino’s at a big, big club, he wouldn’t exactly be moving from a small club.”last_img read more

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Liverpool v Man United kick-off time, TV channel and early team news

first_img Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more who plays? How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? What time is kick-off?The game is being held on Saturday, July 28.Kick-off in Michigan is at 10pm UK time, making it prime Saturday night viewing over this side of the Atlantic.The ‘Big House’ is the second biggest stadium in the world and is home to the Michigan Wolverines NCAA team.Which channel is it on?You’ve a choice of whether to watch on either LFCTV or MUTV.Find Liverpool’s dedicated channel on Sky 426 or Virgin 544, whilst United’s channel can be found on Sky 418.What is the team news? 🚨 #ICC2018 Team News 🚨@MoSalah and Sadio Mane start for the first time this summer. Academy youngster Kamil Grabara named in goal. Watch @ManUtd vs #LFC live on @LFCTV GO: https://t.co/BxfzKkm3b4 pic.twitter.com/jeDF100xKT— Liverpool FC (@LFC) July 28, 2018 1 Getty highlights Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes Manchester United and Liverpool, two of the Premier League’s great rivals, are all set for their first meeting of the season.The teams clash in the International Champions Cup at the stunning 107,000 capacity ‘Big House’ in Michigan. Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener center_img Alexis Sanchez has sorted his visa issues for US trip – and impressed against San Jose FOOTBALL LATEST ALTERED How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? NEW ERA gameday How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? Now, this is DEFINITELY #MUFC’s team for tonight’s game… 😅 #ICC2018 #MUTOUR pic.twitter.com/oQjtHKsdI8— Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 28, 2018 possible xi last_img read more

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SHAY’S HEARTACHE AS HIS PAL IS FOUND DEAD

first_imgShay Given broke down in tears this afternoon following the death of his close pal Gary Speed.The Wales manager, 42, was found dead at his home. Foul play is not suspected.Donegal star Shay was very close to Speed after the pair played together at Newcastle. The Lifford man was seen trying to hold back tears at Liberty Stadium today as his Aston Villa side played Swansea in the Premiership.At Shay made his way to his goal however he broke down in tears and used his towel to wipe his face.A source said “Shay and Speedy were very good friends and they kept in touch despite going their separate ways.“It was Alan Smyth who told Shay earlier in the day and he was just devastated. “Shay just can’t figure it all out.‘Shay is a few years younger than Gary but they are both in the game a long time.”Despite his heartache, Shay, 36, went on to play a terrific game for Aston Villa and helped them to a share of the points against Swansea.Aston Villa manager Alex McCleish said his team had been affected by the shocking news.“My blood ran cold when I heard the news,” he said. “Three of ours lads knew him very well. James Collins plays for Wales and Shay Given was very close to him. He heard the news first from Alan Shearer, and Jermaine Jenas is a former Newcastle team mate. They are distraught.“We would have understood if Swansea wanted to call the game off.”SHAY’S HEARTACHE AS HIS PAL IS FOUND DEAD was last modified: November 27th, 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:Gary SpeedShay Givenlast_img read more

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MOTORIST RUSHED TO HOSPITAL AFTER SERIOUS ROAD SMASH

first_imgThe scene of this morning’s crash in Carrigans. Pic copyright of North West News Pix.BREAKING NEWS: One person has been rushed to hospital after a serious accident just outside Carrigans village.The emergency services have rushed to the scene of the incident just before 10.30am.Two fire tenders and four ambulances are at the scene of the crash. It is understood a fire service vehicle from Derry has also been rushed to the scene.Two of the cars involved in the crash are a Porche and a Skoda.It is not known how many other people are injured following the crash or how many vehicles are involved.Road diversions have been put in place. We will bring you more on this breaking story as it happens. MOTORIST RUSHED TO HOSPITAL AFTER SERIOUS ROAD SMASH was last modified: September 5th, 2014 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:ambulanceCarriganscrashdonegallast_img read more

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Another masterclass as Wakiso skip JMC hurdle

first_img Tags: Dove All Starsfufa big leagueJMC Hippostopupdf fcWakiso Giants Wakiso Giants have are still four points clear at the top of the Elgon Group (file photo)FUFA Big League 2018/19Wakiso Giants 2-0 JMC HipposBugembe Stadium, Jinja Thursday, 07-02-2019BUGEMBE – Wakiso Giants continued their march towards promotion with a 2-0 victory of struggling JMC Hippos in the FUFA Big League.In the game played at Bugembe, Norma Ojik and Karim Ndugwa were both on target to ensure that Ibrahim Kirya’s side maintain top spot in the Elgon Group.Wakiso started strongly, asking all the meaningful questions and on 5 minutes, Ojik made a brilliant run down the right but his low cross could not find a telling touch and went out for a goal kick.Eight minutes later, Ojik made it 1-0 to the home side, turning the ball in after a goal mouth scramble as JMC failed to clear their lines.The visitor’s first chance fell to striker Juma Balingi on 24 minutes but his shoot went wide of the target.With only two minutes to play in the first half, the visitors were forced into an early substitution with Willy Ochen replacing the injured Kakaire.By the end of the first half, Wakiso were in total control of the game with JMC struggling to create chances.At the start of the second, Karim Ndugwa replaced Abdul Karim Kasule as Kirya made his first substitution.In response, JMC sent on Amos Kairu to try and level matters.Two minutes past the hour mark, Balingi nearly levelled matters, heading a delicious cross from the right onto the cross bar and out for a corner. In an attempt to restore control, Kirya replaced the tired looking Yasin Mugume with Kiwewa.Moments later, Ndugwa who was making his lead debut put the result beyond doubt with a second goal, heading in Hakim Ssenkumba’s well weighted cross.With 23 minutes to play, Wakiso made their last switch, replacing Captain Feni Ali with Duff Lubobi.JMC’s last substitution saw Rogers Kaggwa replace Nasir Sserwadda on 74 minutes.The visitors had a glorious opportunity to halve the deficit but Kairu failed to convert while one on one with the goalkeeper and Wakiso cleared their lines.In the end, Kirya’s side held onto victory and a fourth clean sheet on the trot.The result means that they remain top of the Elgon Group with 26 points, 4 ahead of second placed Dove All Stars who defeated UPDF 1-0 at Bombo on the same day.Other Big League results on Thursday:-Kiboga Young FC 6-0 Bumate UTD FC-Ntinda United FC 0-3 Proline FC-Kabale Sharp FC 1-0 Kira United FC-Bukedea Town Council FC 1-0 Kataka FC-Wakiso Giants FC 2-0 JMC Hippos FC-Light SSS FC 0-0 Entebbe FC-UPDF FC 0-1 Doves All Stars FC-Kansai Plascon FC 2-1 Water FCComments last_img read more

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