The draw for Phase Two of the National County Sports Meet was yesterday held in Monrovia with eight teams drawn in two groups.Defending soccer champions Grand Bass County will be going against 2015 3rd place winner Lofa County in Group B in their first match.Lofa County during the group stage topped Group I ahead of Margibi and Bong counties with four points after defeating Bong and securing a point against Margibi County, while Grand Bass finished as runners-up in Group- IV with two points behind group leaders Grand Cape Mount. Group II winners, Nimba County that collected seven points out of three group matches, will play Margibi County in Group B’s second match.In Group A, Maryland County will go against Group II runners-up, Montserrado County, while Grand Cape Mount County will battle River Gee County.In the Kickball, Margibi County will go against Maryland County on Tuesday, December 20, and Grand Gedeh County will lock horns with Montserrado County in Group A matches.In Group B, Grand Bassa will take on Bong County, while defending champions Nimba County will be playing against Gbarpolu County.The draw which was held at the Sports Commission on Broad Street was attended by officials from the Ministry of Youth & Sports, county team officials and observers.The second phase is expected to kick-off on Tuesday, December 20.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Legal challenge…case against AFC’s “fraudulent” list for hearing todayThe People’s Progressive Party’s (PPP) challenge disputing the validity of the Alliance For Change (AFC) list of backers in the Whim/Bloomfield Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) is set for hearing at the Berbice High Court today, before Justice Navindra Singh. However, attorney for the applicant, Anil NandlallAttorney-at-Law Anil Nandlallhas said his client, Shafraz Beekham’s name has suddenly disappeared from the list under question.After this year’s Nomination Day for the Local Government Elections (LGE), Whim/Bloomfield constituency candidate for the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C), Shafraz Beekham, discovered his name of the AFC list. He subsequently filed a legal challenge against the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to ensure that himself and the 50 other persons names which were “fraudulently” affixed to the AFC list of backers be removed. Ahead of the hearing Nandlall told members of the media on Wednesday that Beekham’s name was deleted as he offered theories disclosing why was this was done.“Yesterday (Tuesday) at a GECOM meeting, a list was produced by the ChiefElections Officer Kieth Lowenfield purporting to be the very list that we are complaining against and outrageously the name ‘Shafraz Beekham’ is absent on that list. Our list has the RO’s (Returning Officer) stamp,” he said.The Chief Elections Officer and the Whim Returning Officer (RO) Orlando Christopher Persaud are the respondents in the matter but the attorney suggestedChief Elections Officer Kieth Lowenfieldthat the now redrawn list is geared to derail his case.“The name was obviously deleted so they can go to the court [today] to say ‘look this man who is complaining that his name was fraudulently procured and placed on that list; his name is not that list’ but the manufacturing seems to have taken place in GECOM itself and that is what is worrying. However, 50 names (PPP candidates) are on that (AFC’s) list and our Commissioners asked for that list that they have to be given to them and that request was denied,” Nandlall further explained.The former Attorney General further told Guyana Times that Lowenfield explained that the list he declined to disclose was “for his lawyer”. The PPP is also seeking to have the names of 50 electors, removed from the AFC’s list in the Berbice NDCThe purported list that shows PPP’s Shafraz Beekham’s name as a candidate for the AFCunder question.In a sworn affidavit, Beekham, who is a registered elector on the official List of Electors for Constituency Number Three had said that he and others were “deliberately deceived into signing a document by an AFC representative who he claimed fraudulently represented that she was employed by GECOM and that he needed to sign a document to confirm that his name was on the voter’s list.Beekham’s legal suit stated that on Tuesday, September 25, 2018, he and other electors visited Persaud’s office in Whim to submit the affidavits to have their names withdrawn.The litigant had also said that he learnt on Friday, September 28, that Persaud, the RO, had refused to withdraw his name and that of the 49 other electors from the lists submitted by the AFC. Aside from Nandlall, Adrian Anamayah and Ian Anamayah are also representing the applicant. The current case is just one of several actions filed ahead of the November 12 polls.
They’ll get their weekend started off with a game in Wetaskiwin Friday night, and follow that up with tilts against Beaumont and Leduc on Saturday and Sunday respectively.The Trackers will play their next home games on November 15 and 16. They have a record of 4-3 so far in the young season.- Advertisement –
• Photo Gallery: GOP Debate | 2SIMI VALLEY – Alone among 10 Republican presidential contenders, Rudy Giuliani said in campaign debate Thursday night “it would be OK” if the Supreme Court upholds a 1973 landmark abortion rights ruling. “It would be OK to repeal it. It would be OK also if a strict constructionist viewed it as precedent,” said the former New York city mayor, who has a record of supporting abortion rights. In a party that draws strength from anti-abortion voters, Giuliani’s nine GOP rivals agreed that it would be a great day if the court overturns the landmark ruling. “Glorious day of human liberty and freedom,” enthused Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney acknowledged he had changed his mind on the subject when he began to delve into the issue of cloning. He said his position had once effectively been “pro-choice.” But Giuliani, who said he personally hates abortion, hedged when asked about his current position. “I think the Court has to make that decision and then the country can deal with it,” he said. “… The states could then make their own decisions.” Alone among the top three contenders, Arizona Sen. John McCain has a career-long record of opposition to abortion. The 10 rivals showed their conservative credentials across 90 minutes of debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, each claiming to be a worthy heir to the political legacy of the late 40th president. They stressed the importance of persisting in Iraq, called for lower taxes and a muscular defense and supported spending restraint. “The first pork barrel, earmark bill that crosses my desk I’m going to veto it and I’m going to make the author famous,” said McCain. Romney jumped in at that, saying that as governor he had cast a veto “hundreds of times.” Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson put his total at some 1,900 vetoes. The field split on another issue, with Brownback, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo raising their hands when moderator Chris Matthews asked who did not believe in evolution. Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean boldly said the debate “confirms that a Democrat will be elected in 2008. The Republican presidential contenders are only offering more of the same failed leadership and misplaced priorities that President Bush brought to the White House.” Giuliani, McCain and Romney were the first among 10 equals on the debate stage – the men with the most money and the best approval ratings in the polls more than eight months before the first 2008 national convention delegates are selected. Other participants included former Gov. Jim Gilmore of Virginia; and Reps. Duncan Hunter of California and Ron Paul of Texas. They debated in the shadow of Reagan’s Air Force One, the aircraft hanging suspended in the library’s pavilion. The 40th president’s widow, Nancy Reagan, sat in the front row next to California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. One by one, the candidates invoked Ronald Reagan – he was mentioned 19 times. The issue of abortion looms large in the 2008 presidential campaign in a party where a wide swath of political activists support the overturning of the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling. Both Romney and Giuliani must persuade conservative voters they are ready to embrace that view – or else persuade them to overlook the issue in picking a candidate for the White House. In a debate that ranged broadly, most of the contenders said they opposed legislation making federal funds available for a wider range of embryonic stem cell research. The technique necessarily involves the destruction of a human embryo, and is opposed by many anti-abortion conservatives as a result. There are exceptions, though, including Reagan’s widow, Nancy. Also, public opinion polls show overwhelming support for the research, which doctors say holds promise for treatment or even cures of numerous diseases. Most of the contenders said they opposed expanded federal research. McCain was the exception, saying unambiguously he supports expanded federal research into embryonic stem cells. Thompson said there was “so much research” in the area that he couldn’t give a yes or no answer. Giuliani’s response was open to interpretation. He said he supports it “as long as we’re not creating life in order to destroy it,” then added he would back funding for research along the lines of legislation pending in Congress. The bill he cited does not expand research on embryonic stem cells, however, but deals with adult stem cells. There was no dissent about the importance of the U.S. military mission in Iraq. “We should never retreat in the face of terrorism,” said Giuliani, adding, “terrible mistake.” Romney also said the United States must support the government of Nouri al-Maliki in its efforts to combat terrorism. “I want to get our troops home as soon as we possibly can, but at the same time we don’t want to get them out in such a precipitous way that we have to go back,” he said, warning that too hasty a departure could lead to chaos in the region. McCain said the war effort is now on the right track, although he said that until recently, the war had been “terribly mismanaged” by the Bush administration. “Terribly mismanaged,” he repeated for emphasis. The Iraq comments contrasted sharply with last week’s debate among Democratic presidential hopefuls. Then, eight presidential hopefuls called for an end to the military involvement that so far has claimed the lives of more than 3,300 U.S. troops. Speaking of Iran, Giuliani said “they looked in Ronald Reagan’s eyes and in two minutes they released the hostages.” That was a reference to the U.S. hostages released from captivity on the day of Reagan’s inauguration in 1981. He didn’t mention other hostages taken on Reagan’s watch – those seized in Lebanon and kept for years. Romney invoked Reagan in discussing abortion rights. “I changed my mind. I took the same course that Ronald Reagan and George Herbert Walker Bush” did, he said. Romney and McCain squared off over terrorist leader Osama bin Laden without directly addressing each other. Last week, the ex-governor said, “it’s not worth moving heaven and earth spending billions of dollars just trying to catch one person” and advocated a broader strategy to defeat Islamic jihadists. McCain had called the comment “naive.” Under questioning, Romney defended his comment, saying: “It’s more than Osama bin Laden. But he is going to pay and he will die.” McCain shot back, saying bin Laden’s responsible for the deaths of thousands of innocent Americans. “We will do whatever is necessary. We will track him down. We will catch him. We will bring him to justice and I’ll follow him to the gates of hell,” he said. MSNBC and The Politico co-sponsored the debate.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has no plans to sell Lukas Podolski.The Germany international has been linked with a move away from the Emirates Stadium in January, after finding first-team opportunities hard to come by this season.Italian champions Juventus have been linked with Podolski, while several Bundesliga clubs are also said to be offering the 29-year-old a return to Germany.However Wenger has rubbished any talk of Podolski leaving, instead claiming his future lies at Arsenal.“I have good connections with Lukas. He has a lot of competition on the flanks,” said Wenger.“He has an outstanding attitude. I have not had an enquiry from anyone and expect him to be here.” Lukas Podolski in action for Arsenal 1
“He will be available for the game, there is no problem with Jamie. He trained well this week,” Puel said at his press conference on Thursday.Vardy has scored 10 Premier League goals this season including one in the 2-1 home defeat by Chelsea in September.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Jamie Vardy has scored 10 goals for Leicester City this season, including this effort against Liverpool at Anfield in December 2017 © AFP / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 11 – Jamie Vardy will be fit to play for Leicester in a clash of the past two Premier League champions when they visit Chelsea on Saturday, the Foxes manager Claude Puel said on Thursday.Vardy, who turned 31 on Thursday, has recovered from the groin injury that kept the England international out of the 2016 champions line-up for the FA Cup third round 0-0 draw with his former club Fleetwood Town last weekend.
1 Jose Mourinho has been sacked as Chelsea manager.The 52-year-old was informed of his fate on Thursday afternoon after owner Roman Abramovich held extensive talks with senior club figures.Mourinho led Chelsea to the Premier League title only seven months ago and signed a new four-year contract in the summer.But this season has been an unmitigated disaster, with Monday night’s defeat to Leicester the club’s NINTH in just 16 games.That loss left the Blues just a point above the relegation zone and has prompted Abramovich, who publicly backed Mourinho in October, to swing the axe.It is the second time Mourinho has been sacked by the club.The Portuguese’s first spell as Chelsea boss ended in 2007 after a hugely successful three years during which he won the Premier League twice, as well as the FA Cup and League Cup [twice].He went on to win titles in Italy and Spain with Inter Milan and Real Madrid respectively before returning to the Stamford Bridge hotsteat amid much fanfare in 2013.His first year back at Chelsea ended without any silverware but last season he led to the club to the title and to League Cup glory.Now he has been dumped on the managerial scrapheap following a miserable campaign on and off the pitch for Mourinho.He has overseen the worst start to a title defence in Premier League history, while he also came under-fire for his treatment of club doctor Eva Carneiro, who left her position after being criticised in the media by Mourinho.A Chelsea statement read: “Chelsea Football Club and Jose Mourinho have today parted company by mutual consent.“All at Chelsea thank Jose for his immense contribution since he returned as manager in the summer of 2013.“His three league titles, FA Cup, Community Shield and three League Cup wins over two spells make him the most successful manager in our 110-year history. But both Jose and the board agreed results have not been good enough this season and believe it is in the best interests of both parties to go our separate ways.“The club wishes to make clear Jose leaves us on good terms and will always remain a much-loved, respected and significant figure at Chelsea. His legacy at Stamford Bridge and in England has long been guaranteed and he will always be warmly welcomed back to Stamford Bridge. “The club’s focus is now on ensuring our talented squad reaches its potential. There will be no further comment until a new appointment is made.”Attention will now turn to the identity of Mourinho’s successor.Guus Hiddink, who enjoyed a temporary spell in charge in 2009, has been tipped to return in an interim role.Pep Guardiola, Diego Simeone and Juande Ramos are also some of the names that have been linked with the job. Joe Mourinho
Sheffield United have handed banning orders to a number of fans after investigating allegations of racist chanting and the use of smoke bombs at Bramall Lane.It was reported in the Yorkshire Post that a number of United supporters were heard to chant ‘You’re just a town full of ISIS’ towards Bradford fans during United’s 3-1 win against the Bantams in League One on December 28.The results of United’s investigation have been passed on to the Football Association and South Yorkshire Police.A statement on Sheffield United’s website read: “Club officials have this week handed out banning orders to a number of fans and are warning that further incidents will be treated in a similar manner.”Club safety officer Steve Hicks said: “Quite simply, we are determined to bring to a swift end this inappropriate behaviour by a group of fans.“This week’s banning orders indicate that we are wheedling out the troublemakers and we will continue to do so to protect the reputation of the club and the impact on other fans.“Each Football League club is responsible for the actions of its own supporters – home or away – and the actions of a minority is putting the lives of fellow supporters in danger as well as potentially putting the club at risk of costly and severe sanctions from the Football Association.” Sheffield United punish fans after Bradford chants and smoke bombs 1
1 Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has warned the Premier League about the spending power of Chinese football.The past few weeks has seen clubs in the Far East splash the cash on a host of top players.Chelsea midfielder Ramires and Liverpool target Alex Teixeira have joined Chinese side Jiangsu Suning for a combined £63miillion, while Guangzhou Evergrande have snapped up Atletico Madrid striker Jackson Martinez for £31m.And in the wake of that spending Wenger has told Premier League clubs they should be worried about the growing power of Chinese football.“Yes, of course [the Premier League should be worried],” said Wenger.“Because China looks to have the financial power to move a whole league of Europe to China.“We are long enough in this job to know that it’s just a consequence of economic power and they have that.“Will they sustain their desire to do it? Let’s remember, a few years ago, Japan started to do it and slowed down after.“I don’t know how deep the desire in China is, but if there’s a very strong political desire, we should worry.” Arsène Wenger
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! HOUSTON – Enron Corp. founder Kenneth Lay and former CEO Jeffrey Skilling will go to trial in the scandal-ridden company’s hometown of Houston, a judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge Sim Lake issued an order late Monday denying the former executives’ last-minute request to move the trial from Houston based on potential jurors’ vitriolic statements about Lay and Skilling on questionnaires. The judge said he wasn’t persuaded by defense arguments that a fair jury can’t be found in Houston because the questionnaire answers reveal inherent prejudice against Lay and Skilling. Lake said questionnaires with unbiased answers and his intention to question the pool during jury selection next Monday “provide adequate safeguards to defendants and will result in the selection of a fair and impartial jury in this case.” He also denied defense requests that attorneys be allowed to question potential jurors individually and postpone the trial to send out a new round of questionnaires in light of a guilty plea by former chief accounting officer Richard Causey. Causey was supposed to have been tried alongside his former bosses. Lake has rejected all those requests before. He has yet to rule on a separate, more recent defense request to postpone the trial. A year ago he nixed the defense’s first request to move the trial to Denver, Atlanta or Phoenix, noting that extensive pretrial publicity wasn’t so inflammatory or pervasive that it would prevent a fair trial. The renewed venue change request emerged from what the defense teams called a “rage of publicity” stemming from Causey’s decision to cut a deal with prosecutors. The government opposed any move. Skilling attorney Daniel Petrocelli and Lay attorney Michael Ramsey also were concerned about potential jurors’ comments about their clients on questionnaires sent out last November in the first step of jury selection. Skilling faces 35 counts of fraud, conspiracy, insider trading and lying to auditors for allegedly conspiring to fool investors into believing a fragile Enron was healthy before the company went bankrupt in December 2001. Prosecutors intend to tell Lake at a hearing Thursday that the government will drop four wire fraud counts against Skilling that are related to Causey counts, so the former CEO will face 31 criminal counts. Lay faces seven counts of fraud and conspiracy for allegedly perpetuating the public lies about Enron’s health after Skilling resigned in August 2001. Both have pleaded not guilty. Some prospective jurors called Skilling “a high-class crook” and “cheater” who “would lie to his mother if it would further his cause.” Comments about Lay included “the biggest lying crook of all” who “did a lot of injustice to a lot of good people.” The jury pool has been whittled to 164 from the original 400 who filled out questionnaires. Defense attorneys wanted to question potential jurors individually to ferret out hidden bias, but Lake has repeatedly said he will conduct overall questioning. If answers indicate a need to speak to individuals in the pool, attorneys can question them privately at the judge’s bench, he has said. Lake also has repeatedly said he expects a jury to be chosen in a day. If so, defense attorneys and prosecutors would present the panel with opening statements on Tuesday and Wednesday next week. Prosecutors have been allotted two hours for opening statements, while the combined defense teams have four hours.