Abdullahi Wins Man of the Match Award

first_imgAbdullahi crowned his effort with a delightful assist that led to Alex Iwobi’s goal which secured the win and qualification for Nigeria.For emerging the best player of the match, Abdullahi was presented with a cash prize of N1 million as well as 10 bags of rice.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram A northosis Famagusta defender Shehu Abdullahi was voted Man of the Match in the Super Eagles 1-0 win against Chipolopolo of Zambia in yesterday’s 2018 FIFA World Cup African qualifying Group B match in Uyo.The Cyprus-based defender put in a robust performance, patrolling the right flank of the Eagles and providing support for the winger ahead of him, which alternated between Victor Moses and Moses Simon.last_img read more

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Star Lager Rewards Fans as Eagles Hit Last Eight

first_imgShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram At the Star Fan Park situated inside the National Stadium in Lagos, many fans still remember vividly how the Indomitable Lions denied Eagles the chance of winning a second AFCON title on home soil in the year 2000.However, those painful memories were momentarily erased as Nigeria ejected Cup holders Cameroon after winning Saturday’s five-goal thriller.As expected, the Star Fan Park was full to the brim with loyal consumers and passionate football fans who at the end of 90 minutes were all smiles as the Super Eagles got the job done.Indeed, the atmosphere at the National Stadium in Lagos and other fan parks across the country was as if not more electrifying as that at the Alexandria Stadium as fans enjoyed this Round of 16 match on a giant TV screen laced with good music, fun games, trivia and much more all provided by Star Lager.At the end of what was a thrilling encounter, Star Lager the official beer and a sponsor of the Super Eagles rewarded its loyal customers with mouthwatering prizes which included LED Smart TVs, DSTV Decoders, rugs and many more.Prince Obatusin who was the lucky winner of a DSTV Decoder with a full month subscription described Star Larger as a blessing to Nigeria.“I am not surprised that Star is doing all this, they are a blessing to Nigeria and I wish the Super Eagles will go all the way to win in Egypt,” he saidAnother winner on the night Osas Raymond said he was already excited to see the Super Eagles beat the Lions and now overjoyed with Star Lager putting the icing on his cake with another wonderful prize for him.The Super Eagles will play South Africa on Wednesday, July 10 and the fans have urged the team to keep shining until they win the fourth AFCON title. Nigerian Breweries through its premium brand, Star Lager beer is keeping true to its promise to give fans a memorable Africa Cup of Nations experience even if they are far away from Egypt where the biennial football tournament is taking place.At the weekend across the Star Fan Parks in the country, it was celebration galore as the Super Eagles produced another shining performance; beating fierce rivals Cameroon 3-2 in their Round of 16 tie to set up another tasty quarter-final clash with South Africa’s Bafana Bafana.last_img read more

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Alexander taken 8th in WNBA Draft by San Antonio Silver Stars

first_imgSyracuse center Kayla Alexander was selected eighth overall in the first round of the WNBA Draft on Monday night by the San Antonio Silver Stars.The 6-foot-4 Alexander, a product of Milton (Ontario) District High School, set the all-time Syracuse scoring record with 2,024 career points. She has also set the SU standard for blocks (350), field goals (736) and free throws made (552), and tied the record for games played (140).She ranks second in rebounds with 970, trailing 2010 graduate Nicole Michael.The selection was no surprise when considering mock drafts posted on ESPN.com. The website’s four experts all projected Alexander to go somewhere between the sixth and 10th selections in the draft.But the pick deserves recognition considering Alexander is the first ever Orange player to be selected within the draft’s first three rounds. No SU player had been taken since Beth Record, who was taken in the fourth round in 2001, 64th overall, by the Los Angeles Sparks.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAlong with fellow seniors Carmen Tyson-Thomas and Elashier Hall, Alexander helped form the nucleus of this year’s squad that finished third in the Big East conference and earned a No. 7 seed in the NCAA tournament before falling to Creighton, 61-56, in the first round. In that game, Alexander led the Orange with 23 points and eight rebounds in 31 minutes.In an interview last week, Alexander maintained that she hopes to teach social studies when her playing days are over.Alexander didn’t even consider playing college basketball until she received a recruiting letter from Vanderbilt in ninth grade. From that point, she realized basketball could serve as the path to a free college education, and resolved to improve as much as she could. She didn’t even pick up the sport until seventh grade, when a friend encouraged her to join a local team because of her height.Alexander easily led the Orange in scoring in 2012-13, averaging 17.9 points per game while adding 8.7 rebounds. Tyson-Thomas and Hall also added double-digit averages, at 10.6 and 10 points per game, respectively.Alexander scored 20 or more points 13 times this season, including 34-point efforts against Wagner on Dec. 4 and Villanova in the Big East tournament quarterfinals March 10.The Silver Stars open their season on May 24 with a home matchup against the Indiana Fever. San Antonio went 21-13 last season and lost to the Sparks in the Western Conference semifinals. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 16, 2013 at 12:51 am Contact Kevin: kmprisei@syr.edulast_img read more

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USG holds debate for candidates

first_imgThe Undergraduate Student Government presidential and vice presidential candidates squared off Wednesday night in a debate held in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center.Great debaters · (From left to right) Andrew Menard, Rini Sampath, James White, Brigid Kelly, Logan Heley and A.J. Pinto discuss issues such as campus safety, diversity and food options at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center. – Kevin Fohrer | Daily Trojan Covering everything from cultural diversity to dining options on campus, the candidates vied for votes of the approximately 150 students in attendance.Opening remarks focused on candidate platforms as well as their hopes for both USG and USC.“We want student priorities to be top administrative priorities,” said Logan Heley, a junior presidential candidate.Candidates also took the opportunity to introduce themselves, and explain why they felt they were most qualified for the position.“We are passionate, we are qualified, we are authentic and, most importantly, we are balanced,” said Rini Sampath of her and her ticket’s platform.The presidential debate, moderated by Professor Peter Robertson of the Sol Price School of Public Policy, began with a discussion of health and affordability of dining options on campus, but moved onto quickly more controversial issues.The discussion took on a grave tone as candidates confronted issues surrounding diversity and safety on campus.“Cultural awareness at USC is definitely an issue and it goes beyond the students,” said James White, a junior presidential candidate.White believed there was room for improvement in campus diversity.“I should not have to listen to a professor ask me if I was marching or protesting on Martin Luther King Day just because I am black,” White said.The candidates made multiple suggestions to combat this issue, from a weeklong multicultural fair to increasing funding for on-campus diversity groups such as the Queer and Allied Student Assembly.Sexual assault and harassment dominated the conversation regarding campus safety, with each candidate admitting to failures within the current protocol.“When is the last time you talked to your friends about what consent is? Because that’s a hard conversation our school needs to have,” Heley said.Overall, students responded favorably to both the debate and the candidates’ platforms.“It was really good to hear what they all had to say. I thought they were all great,” said Max Lawlor, a sophomore majoring in environmental science and health. “They’re all clearly going places in life.”Others felt the platforms were, for the most part, alike, if only approached in different ways.“Each slate was so similar, but Heley and Pinto were very straightforward while the other two played more to the emotions of the crowd,” said Syed Ibrahim, a sophomore majoring in business administration.last_img read more

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Felix Magath sacked by Fulham

first_imgFelix Magath has been sacked as manager of Fulham .A statement on the club’s website revealed that American owner Shahid Khan had removed the German from his post and named Kit Symons as caretaker manager.”This is an unfortunate but necessary change,” Mr Khan said. “I am doing what I feel is right and needed for Fulham Football Club, for today as well as tomorrow.”I thank our supporters for standing by us during these most difficult of times on the pitch, and promise better days ahead.”The move comes after a woeful start to the Championship season that sees the club without a win from their first seven games and just one point gained after a recent draw with Cardiff City.The German’s last game in charge was a bizarre 5-3 defeat to league leaders Nottingham Forest. Fulham fought back from 2-0 down to lead 3-2 but the team’s defensive woes were exposed yet again as the home side came back themselves to win.Magath replaced René Meulensteen last season but was unable to save Fulham from the drop after 13 years in the Premier League. Shahid Khan Having won three Bundesliga titles during his career, he arrived with a reputation for demanding training regimes and old-school philosophies.Over the summer he allowed nearly every established player to leave the club, including Steve Sidwell, Brede Hangeland and Damian Duff.£11m was spent on Ross McCormack along with an influx of unknown quantities and the promotion of some promising youth players into the senior set-up. However, seven games into the season (aside from a Capital One Cup win over Brentford) and it hasn’t worked. After last night’s match Magath said the season had been “a catastrophe” but remained confident he could turn the things around.”It is a catastrophe. I have never had that before in my career and I am very sorry for our fans,” he said.”I ask for patience from the fans. I have no doubt we can get up the table.”He hasn’t been given that chance.Alan Pardew, the current Newcastle manager, Chris Hughton, Tim Sherwood and caretaker Symons have been made the immediate front-runners. The statement from Fulham said Khan will “personally and immediately lead a thorough search for the new First Team Manager of the Club”.Fulham’s next match is on Saturday at home to Blackburn Rovers.last_img read more

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NFL playoff power rankings 2020: Every team’s real chances to win Super Bowl 54

first_img (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/ad/2f/kirk-cousins-111019-getty-ftrjpg_11ehi6cr5di4f1036vvt7l3lhx.jpg?t=1458220822&w=500&quality=80 MORE NFL PLAYOFFS:Complete TV schedule | Seeding analysisIt’s time to throw out the records, avoid being married to the seeds, consider the betting odds and then rank the dozen newest playoff entrants based on their chances to walk off the field winners in Miami on Feb. 2.1. Baltimore Ravens(AFC No. 1)The Ravens have won 12 consecutive games to finish a franchise-best 14-2, also a game better than the top three NFC teams. They have strong +210 odds (according to BetOnline.ag) to win Super Bowl 54.That’s justified. When Lamar Jackson plays, their offense has been unstoppable. The defense has been rolling, especially on the back end, since the trade for Marcus Peters. It’s hard to find any weakness on this mighty team. These playoffs are the Ravens vs. the field.2. San Francisco 49ers(NFC No. 1)The 49ers have been battle-tested both at home and on the road going into the playoffs. They barely lost to the Ravens, edged the Saints and rolled the Packers. Their offense is hard to defend with Jimmy Garoppolo having his full complement of weapons, and a strong defense at every level should be healthier starting in the divisional round.It would be no surprise if there’s a Week 13 and Super Bowl 47 rematch between the Ravens and 49ers as the seeds correctly suggest. 9. Minnesota Vikings(NFC No. 6)The Vikings beat only one playoff team (the Eagles) all season, so they probably will be overmatched quickly. At least they have a good foundational defense with their front seven, an effective power running game with a healthy Dalvin Cook.The big questions are about Kirk Cousins rediscovering his career-best efficiency and the downfield pass defense holding up in the playoffs. The Saints are bad matchup for them in the wild-card round.10. Tennessee Titans(AFC No. 6)Forget the Titans? You can’t when they have the NFL’s rushing champion in Derrick Henry, a breakout wide receiver in rookie A.J. Brown and a savior QB in Ryan Tannehill.They have the groove offensively to make noise, but their defense has too many issues to expect a long run just based on those offensive triplets.11. Philadelphia Eagles(NFC No. 4)The Eagles literally limped into the playoffs, but they did it with playoff-level mental and physical toughness. Carson Wentz gets to experience the playoffs for the first time, and let’s hope many of his teammates believe he can make a Nick Foles-like run, too, given most of them have the experience of winning Super Bowl 52 with Doug Pederson.They are a good running team with a good run defense, but the passing game remains compressed, and the pass defense has issues, two elements that won’t help in higher-scoring games against actual good teams not in the NFC East. 6. Seattle Seahawks(NFC No. 5)The Seahawks have lost some luster with two straight tough defeats and some key injuries mounting. But like Brees and Payton and Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, Russell Wilson and Pete Carroll form a QB-coach combination that has won it all together before, giving the Seahawks a high floor as a dangerous playoff team.There are some real questions about their offensive line, depleted running game and a defense that still has numerous holes that can derail any real opportunity in a hurry. But where there’s a Wilson, there’s always a way.7. New England Patriots(AFC No. 3)The Patriots seemingly have been written off for the playoffs, and once again, everyone is ready to go with the lazy narrative that this is the end of their dynasty. But those rumblings existed in last year’s playoffs, too, all the way through their dispatching of the high-scoring Rams in Super Bowl 53.Until the clock runs out and they’re eliminated, you can’t count them out. With that said, their offensive limitations and defensive struggles against better teams aren’t an appealing combination in survive-and-advance mode. One shouldn’t be surprised, however, if they suddenly make the right adjustments again to outwit tougher competition.8. Buffalo Bills(AFC No. 5)The Bills have a fearless young quarterback in Josh Allen who picks good spots to run. They have a fine offensive line, a talented rookie back and savvy top wide receivers. They have a good pass-rushing defense and can cover well, too, led by shutdown corner Tre’Davious White. They also can toggle well between physical and finesse football.The Bills could be doomed against a strong running team, but they have the makeup to beat anyone. Inexperience is their biggest concern. The 2019 NFL season has now become the 2020 NFL playoffs. Only 12 teams are left standing in the quest to reach and win Super Bowl 54.The past tells us once a team is in the AFC or NFC tournament, what happened in the regular season is meaningless. Now it’s about getting hot and navigating matchups with a higher degree of difficulty to win the three or four games necessary to win it all. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/e3/c7/patrick-mahomes-100919-getty-ftrjpg_132954zj606mu1ffmx1t8uuiap.jpg?t=-1318140099&w=500&quality=80 3. Kansas City Chiefs(AFC No. 2)Patrick Mahomes’ offense is getting revved up at the right time, with more big plays downfield and a bigger boost from the backfield. The defense has gotten situationally tougher against running backs to build on its dominance against quarterbacks and wide receivers.This is a better version of last year’s 12-4 Kansas City team because of that defense and more experience for Mahomes.4. New Orleans Saints(NFC No. 3)The Saints won’t have home-field advantage all the way in the Superdome to make amends for the bad call that went against them in last year’s NFC championship game. But they have proved to be more complete this season with enhanced defense and special teams and more capacity to win outdoors on the road because of that and their running game.Drew Brees and Sean Payton can push their teams to overcome the heartbreaking ends to the past two playoffs, turning that disappointment into more focused motivation.5. Green Bay Packers(NFC No. 2)The Packers are a hard 13-3 team to figure out. They win sometimes with mostly offense, sometimes with mostly defense. Sometimes it’s about Aaron Rodgers’ passing; most of the times it’s about Aaron Jones’ running.Although some of their players have solid playoff experience, led by Rodgers, this is a different style of team under Matt LaFleur that can have a wide array out of outcomes from game to game. The Packers have the feel of either an early exit or an extend run through Miami, with nothing in between.MORE: Updated Super Bowl 54 odds (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/12/43/russell-wilson-101319-getty-ftrjpg_jaqpmk9d9aq41mlkgm820v9ti.jpg?t=-977497499&w=500&quality=80 12. Houston Texans(AFC No. 4)The Texans are the weakest team in the playoffs. They are highly dependent on Deshaun Watson offensively with an inconsistent running game and limited receiving pop behind DeAndre Hopkins, especially if Will Fuller remains sidelined. Their defense is pretty bad, too.They should be losing at home again in the wild-card round as division champs, this time to the Bills.last_img read more

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Ex-Nelsonite Sookro sinks Leafs in overtime

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsFor the second consecutive night a player with ties to the Heritage City came back to haunt the Nelson Leafs.Nelson Minor Hockey grad Ryon Sookro scored early in overtime to power the visiting Beaver Valley Nitehawks to a 2-1 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over the Leafs Saturday night at the NDCC Arena.The win was the fifth in six attempts for the Hawks, who have outscored the Leafs 24-13 this season.Friday, the one-two combo of Dane Rupert and Landon Andrusiak, who played last season in Nelson, combined for seven points to help the Kelowna Chiefs skate to an 8-6 win.Saturday it was a goaltender’s duel between Marcus Beesley in the Nelson nets and Zack Perehudoff. Beaver Valley took a 1-0 into the first period intermission when Ryan Edwards beat Beesley from the edge of the goal crease.Nelson defenceman Braeden Hikichi tied the game in the second with an assist from Colton Schell.The Leafs, holding a 9-5 shots advantage in the third period and 21-17 in the game, pushed for the victory but could not beat Perehudoff.The loss all but ended Nelson’s bid to overtake Beaver Valley in the Murdoch Division standings. The Hawks now hold an eight-point lead over the Leafs. Beaver Valley also has played one fewer game.However, Nelson still holds a glimmer of hope if the Leafs can sweep a season-ending series next weekend.Saturday, the Hawks once again invade the NDCC Arena before the teams hook up Sunday, January 31 in Fruitvale.LEAFS BANTER: Ryon Sookro leads the Hawks in goals (23) and points (46). The 19-year-old native of South Slocan decided to play for the Hawks after failing to catch on last season with the Leafs. . . .Nelson, third in the Murdoch Division with a 22-17-0-3 record, has eight games remaining on the schedule. . . .Nelson plays host to Castlegar Rebels Tuesday at the NDCC Arena. . . .The game was slugged International Night as the hockey team welcomed visiting students attending school in the Heritage City.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

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Benji still keen on the Kiwis

first_imgAfter establishing himself as arguably the form New Zealander of the NRL during the opening six rounds, the Wests Tigers’ No.6 is still dreaming of ending his six-year exile from the national set-up.On form, he is undoubtedly the leading contender to partner Shaun Johnson in the halves for the mid-year Denver Test against England and has consistently out- pointed the other leading contenders.Kieran Foran has shown glimpses for new club Canterbury but is yet to hit his straps, Brisbane’s Kodi Nikorima appears down on confidence, while Te Maire Martin is toiling off the bench in North Queensland.Much will depend on who takes over from ex-coach David Kidwell, who had chosen not to reapply for his position after New Zealand’s World Cup failure, and whether the new mentor wants immediate success or has an eye on the future.”I’ve never made myself not available to represent my country – it’s just how passionate I feel about it,” Marshall said.”I’m just enjoying where I am at the moment and, if it happens, it happens. And if it doesn’t, it’s all good.”After leading the Tigers to a 5-1 start to be in fourth, Marshall’s case to add to his 25 Test caps and earn his first New Zealand jumper since 2012 is compelling.A line had seemingly been struck through Marshall’s name during the reigns of Kidwell and his predecessor Stephen Kearney.After a brief and unsuccessful stint in Super Rugby, Marshall was repeatedly knocked back by Kiwi selectors.The writing was seemingly on the wall in the 2014 Anzac Test when Marshall was overlooked despite an injury crisis resulting in back-rower Tohu Harris filling in at five-eighth.Asked if he ever felt like he’d been blacklisted, Marshall said: “No. When I talked to them, they made it clear it wasn’t personal and that other people were playing better than me.”That’s all you can do is try and be better. I’ve had a good start to the season but it can turn pretty quick.”last_img read more

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Sun scorches rivals to win historic Asian Games swim title

first_imgLATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Peza offers relief to ecozone firms DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Japan go from prostitutes to podium at Asian Games Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew China’s Sun Yang celebrates winning the final of the men’s 800m freestyle swimming event during the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on August 20, 2018. AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADChinese battering ram Sun Yang smashed his rivals to create history Monday as the swimming goliath scooped the first-ever Asian Games men’s 800 metres freestyle gold with another monstrous performance.For once though he didn’t have it all his own way.ADVERTISEMENT – Ikee double –Ikee crushed it in the 50m fly, breezing to victory in a Games best of 25.55 — almost half a second clear of China’s Wang Yichun.The 18-year-old, who has become the new face of swimming in Japan, is expected to be a force in the 100m free and 100m fly at the 2020 Olympics in her home city.And after setting a new meet best in the 100m free in helping Japan win the weekend’s 4x100m relay, Ikee ducked under the record again in the individual race, touching in 53.27 after a brave fight from China’s Zhu Menghui. “I achieved what I came to do tonight so I’m delighted,” said Ikee. “The plan was to conserve energy in the first half of the race and finish strong — that’s exactly what happened.”Defending champion Kosuke Hagino was stunned by China’s Wang Shun in the men’s 200m individual medley.Wang caught his Japanese rival over the last leg of freestyle to win in 1:56.52 as Hagino clocked 1:56.75.“I’m delighted,” said Wang. “It gives me confidence to beat such a great swimmer.”However, there were some late crumbs of comfort for Olympic silver medallist Hagino, who swam a superb third leg in the 4x200m relay.“I kind of cramped up in the medley,” he admitted. “There just wasn’t enough in the tank.” MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?center_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Former world champion Kanako Watanabe kept Japan in touch with medal-topping China by retaining her 200m breaststroke title in 2:23.05, producing a sinew-shredding late spurt to edge China’s Yu Jingyao.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next But Japan’s Katsuhiro Matsumoto clung on to seal a fingertip upset in 7:05.17 and dash Sun’s hopes of winning five gold medals in Indonesia.China and Japan finished day two of the six-day meet neck and neck on seven gold medals.Sun, who powered to the 200m title at the weekend, uncoiled his rippling two-metre frame to pull away over the second half of the 800m, leaving Takeda and Vietnam’s Nguyen Huy Hoang flailing in his wake.“That gives me confidence for 2020 Tokyo Olympics,” Sun told reporters. “It was a pity we lost the relay but Japan swam a great race. Two finals in one night isn’t a problem for me but I can still work on my endurance for sure.”ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Greeted like a rock star by high-pitched squeals from excitable female fans in Jakarta, the three-time Olympic champion returned to the pool expecting to anchor China to victory in the 4x200m free — only for the pesky Japanese to tear up the script.Meanwhile, Japan’s Olympic hope Rikako Ikee picked up her second and third Asian titles in the women’s 50m butterfly and 100m freestyle.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’But it was the talismanic Sun who sprinkled stardust on proceedings as ever, storming to victory in the 800m free in a Games record of seven minutes, 48.36 seconds — almost five seconds clear of Japan’s Shogo Takeda.He also came agonisingly close to completing a relay fightback.last_img read more

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1973 rigged elections must now be questioned again

first_imgDear Editor,The late Malcolm X, a courageous advocate for the rights of Black Americans,  once said, “I have more respect for a man who lets me know where he stands, even if he’s wrong, than the one who comes up like an angel and is nothing but a devil”.Following the defeat of the Granger-led APNU/AFC Administration on December 21, 2018, by a vote of no-confidence, it is now clear that when it suits the President and the Government to ignore constitutional precepts, it is prepared to do so. On the one hand, the President says he respects the ruling of the CCJ and the Constitution, “As far as I’m concerned, I have always operated within the ambit of the Constitution… I have never gone outside of the Constitution”. But then based on his actions, he is engaging in deliberate tactics to stall the appointment of a new Chairman of GECOM and to further delay elections which should have taken place four months ago.But regardless of how innocent he thinks he is, or wants us to believe, there are documented evidence of the President’s blatant disregard for our Constitution from the moment the APNU/AFC formed the Government in May of 2015.Article 226 (1) of the Constitution states: “In the exercise of its functions under the Constitution, a Commission shall not be subject to the direction or control of any other person or authority”.In May 2015, the then Junior Social Protection Minister Simona Broomes instructed the Secretary of the Public Service Commission that “all interviews and meetings of the Commission are to cease forthwith until further as instructed by His Excellency, the President, David Arthur Granger’s notice”.This was challenged in the High Court, and Justice Chang ruled that the Public Service Commission, a Commission established by the Constitution of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, in the exercise of its functions, shall not be subject to the direction or control of any other person or authority. The Chief Justice called it a violation of Article 226 of the Constitution of the Cooperative of Guyana and ruled that it is unlawful, null, void and of no legal effect.Then in June 2016, the President again deliberately violated the Constitution when he instructed Minister of State Joseph Harmon to issue a directive to the Police Service Commission (PSC) in his name, instructing the PSC to halt the police promotions process. This vulgar and authoritarian attempt by the President to trample upon the independence and functional autonomy of the Police Service Commission, a constitutional agency, was again challenged in the High Court.Again on October 8, 2016, in a public statement released to the press, trade unionist Carvil Duncan said that he was asked by President David Granger in February of that year, to resign as Chairman of the Public Service Commission (PSC) and from other constitutional commissions. Duncan related that he was invited to meet with the President and the Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, and was asked to submit his resignation. Harmon, he said, offered him a suitable financial package for his exit. And during the course of the meeting, Duncan reported that the President said no less than three times, “that he does not want any blood on his carpet”. Having rejected their offer, the Government embarked upon a manifestly unlawful course of action. While certain criminal charges were pending in the Magistrate’s Court against Duncan, the Government decided to trigger a constitutional process to remove him from office. Without a hearing, President Granger set up a ‘kangaroo tribunal’ to remove the embattled trade unionist as Chairman of the Public Service Commission. But by virtue of being Chairman of the PSC, Carvil Duncan wasex-officio, a member of the Judicial Service Commission and the Police Service Commission, institutions created by the Constitution and endowed with the fundamental role and function of guarding against executive abuses.As Chairman of the PSC, Carvil Duncan enjoyed all these constitutional protections.It is obvious that this President demonstrates absolute disrespect and disregard for the letter and spirit of the Constitution, and continues to contravene its provisions with impunity.His unilateral decision to appoint the 84-year-old retired Justice James Patterson, a man with ties to the PNC, as the GECOM Chairman, led to the CCJ ruling that the process of his appointment was flawed. But Granger is determined to stay in power at all costs and is hell-bent on once again unilaterally appointing a new GECOM Chairman with one thing in mind… to rig the next General and Regional Elections whenever it is called. This troubling behaviour evokes memories of Guyana under the dictatorship of the PNC, whose leader David Granger idolises till now.According to leaked confidential diplomatic cables sent on July 19, 1973, by the US Embassy in Georgetown to US Missions in Trinidad, Barbados and Jamaica, expressing amazement at the level of bare-faced, blatant rigging that took place during the 1973 General Election, “In attempting its forecast of this election (Ref A), Embassy had not really expected PNC to abandon all pretence of honest election. In event, however, this is what appears to have happened. Whether out of fear, confusion, inefficiency, exuberance or sheer lack of coordination, rigging does seem to have gotten out of hand.”“From all reports, ballot boxes were delivered by a variety of means Monday night to Guyana Defence Force (GDF) headquarters in Georgetown where they remained under armed guard for upwards of 10 hours before vote counting began. PPP evidently succeeded only too well in alarming PNC by its last-minute exhortations to its followers to prevent removal of ballot boxes to three central counting locations. [Evidently], plans to engage in ballot-box stuffing and switching while boxes being delivered, as had apparently been the original intention, were abandoned and stuffing and switching seems to have taken place while the boxes [were] held at GDF headquarters before delivery to three counting locations.”Readers may recall I had repeatedly demanded that David Granger account for his role in the 1973 seizure of ballot boxes by the GDF which gave the PNC a two-third majority in Parliament. On Election Day 1973, GDF soldiers opened fire at Number 63 Village on the Corentyne, killing 45-year-old Parmanand Bholanauth and wounding several others. Jagan Ramessar, a 17-year-old youth was seriously wounded during the shooting, but instead of taking him to the hospital, the police and GDF soldiers transported him to the Number 51 Police Station where they refused to provide him with medical attention. He died there after being further physically brutalised by Police and soldiers. This is the same rigged election referred to earlier in one of the leaked diplomatic cables sent by the US Embassy in Georgetown. As such, Granger’s role in the 1973 rigged elections must now be questioned again.David Granger never fully explained his involvement in the seizure of those ballot boxes although he was at the time a political liaison officer to Forbes Burnham. In his capacity, how could he not have known of the PNC plans to rig the election? Surely Burnham would have relied on his support to subvert the army. He later defended the killings of those defenceless civilians by his GDF squaddies in a March 18, 2011, article in the Guyana Chronicle, “Granger endorsed the soldiers’ actions on elections day 1973”.According to the article, “In 2003, in Chile, Mr Granger presented a paper entitled “Civil Violence, Domestic Terrorism and Internal Security in Guyana, 1953 – 2003”, wherein he referred to the sinking of MV Sun Chapman when 40 African Guyanese were killed as “the most alarming slaughter of the ‘disturbances’ between the period 1953 – 2004.Yet, nowhere in this work were the beatings, rape and murder of hundreds of innocent Indian Guyanese residing in Wismar ever mentioned. Indians were forced out of their own homes, which were then permanently occupied by the perpetrators; yet this was not considered in Granger’s writing of the history of civil violence in Guyana.If this is not blatant racism and intellectual dishonesty on the part of Mr Granger then what is?”Isn’t it ironic that on June 27, 1974, a US diplomatic cable on the Guyana National Service described the then GDF Major David Granger as having the reputation of being an ideologue and “anti-East Indian racist”?But the Chronicle article continued, “How can shooting and then allowing two men to bleed to death simply because they demanded that the ballots be counted at the place of polls rather than taken away by the GDF be endorsed as “splendid” and “discretionary” behaviour?Where was the “discretion” in murdering these two young men for protesting their democratic right to have their votes counted? What was “really credible” in the army taking the ballot boxes to the GDF base?”Listening to the rhetoric emanating from David Granger and some of his Ministers, it is obvious they have no intention of obeying the rulings of the CCJ and Article 106 (6) and 106 (7) of our Constitution.I welcome the joint statement by Western diplomats urging the expeditious adherence to the rule of law and the relevant provisions of the Constitution, but they need to follow this up by inflicting severe personal sanctions such as revocation of visas and the freezing of all foreign bank accounts for “all invoked actors” who seem determined to take this country down the same road as Venezuela, a country led by a dictator, whose corrupt policies have now caused the once oil-rich nation to be bankrupted and lawless. Guyana must never be allowed to return to those dark days under the PNC/APNU dictatorship.The consequential orders from the CCJ are as clear as daylight: Articles 106 (6) and 106 (7) have been triggered. The President and his Cabinet must resign but remain as a caretaker Government with diminished powers to provide essential services and to prepare for elections. No more “ministerial outreach” to squander taxpayers’ money on political campaigning; no more borrowing to add to the national debt; and no awarding of major contracts. And above all, elections must be called within three months, that is, by September 18, 2019, period!Sincerely,Harry GillPPP/C Member of Parliamentlast_img read more

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