As if it never happened

first_imgSome years back there were reports of two West Indian cricketing stars being seen drinking what were believed to be alcoholic beverages in a stand just moments after the completion of a Test match. That would have been all right had the West Indies team won. In fact they lost, and the images, broadcast across the cricketing world, of the two senior players reportedly imbibing after defeat, angered disappointed fans who saw the action as wanton disrespect for their feelings.The question on the minds of regional cricketing followers then was: how could the two icons be celebrating defeat while fans were saddened? For the fans and even the administrators, the actions of the two cricketers were grossly insensitive and probably epitomised the believed lack of concern by some players over whether the team succeeded or not. This is despite the overwhelming support the fans gave hoping that with every match, victory will be achieved.One interpretation of that incident is that for the players in question, the defeat probably never happened. Years after, a similar situation is playing out and it has nothing to do with cricket. A no-confidence motion against the Government was carried on December 21, 2018; the consequences of which must be elections within 90 days. In addition, the Government, while it remains in office during that period, operates in a caretaker capacity.Thirty days have since elapsed following the success of the motion and from what is evident publicly it appears that the Government is not too keen to implement the necessary mechanism to meet the 90-day requirement as mandated by the Constitution. Instead, it has resorted to the courts. Many believe that to be frivolous excuses to delay abiding by the Constitution; in other words, the inevitable.Prominent and ordinary citizens continue their calls on the Government to respect what the supreme law of the land dictates. So far, it appears that, for the Government, nothing will happen before the court rules. In the same manner, in keeping with their actions as if the no-confidence motion never happened, the President’s New Year’s address seems to confirm that view. For him, it seems to be business as usual. There appears to be no dissimilarity in the action of the Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).He would be excused during the time of his illness, even though there were reports of him being spotted in a village and in good health shortly after. That aside, while he returned to work yesterday (January 22), 31 days after the no-confidence motion, from reports in the media, there was nothing on his agenda to address the constitutional requirement for the holding of elections.Obviously, the agenda can change given his prerogative as Chairman. However, the absence of the impending elections as an agenda item can suggest a lack of urgency and a deliberate attempt to ignore the work of the Chief Whips as agreed by the President and the Leader of the Opposition. For the GECOM Chairman, who is a retired Judge, it can also be interpreted as if the passage of the no-confidence motion never happened.Barring an agreement by two thirds of the National Assembly for an extension of the 90-day period to facilitate the elections on a needs basis, a constitutional crisis can present itself on March 21 this year. From what seems evident from the standpoints of both the Government and the GECOM Chairman, one can assume that the March deadline may not even be on the horizon for them.Of course, all can change in a moment given that the President placed the ball in GECOM’s court of readiness. With readiness just two and a half months ago for the Local Government Elections (LGE), the Chairman can declare such for polling by March 21. Only time will tell.As the Government seeks recourse in the court, at the same time the President has been endorsed by his party, the People’s National Congress (PNC), as the presidential candidate for the impending elections according to its General Secretary. Also, the party is reportedly engaged in fund-raising activities specific to elections. Many see this as the natural thing to do in keeping with the timeframe mandated by the Constitution. The rush to the courts, therefore, becomes a delaying ploy.Another ploy is the touting of house-to-house registration by a Commissioner from the Government side. GECOM would have taken pride in its list-readiness for the November 12 LGE and which would have had to be endorsed by the said Commissioner. How unready could the list now be less than three months after? This call, in the context of all that is transpiring, can therefore only be seen directly as a desperate and seemingly orchestrated plan to buy more time for the Government.What is urgently needed, and which should have happened before, is for the GECOM Chairman to have the upcoming elections discussed at the Commission and readiness declared so that the President can announce a polling date. Anything else would make Guyanese further believe that for the Government, the no-confidence motion never really happened. Like the cricket fans in question, much is at stake.last_img read more

Driver avoids collision, ends up in trench

first_imgAn almost certain Caricom Day fatality was avoided when a motorist swerved from colliding with a young man on a bicycle, but ended up in the canal at Goed Fortuin, West Bank Demerara (WBD) on Monday.It was reported by eyewitnesses that at approximately 12:00h, a silver Toyota Spacio car was heading west along the main road when a cyclist came within close proximity of the vehicle. The driver, following his instincts, swerved from the cyclist, but lost control of the vehicle, which headed up the muddy bank only to end up in the trench running parallel to the road.“The entire area was very slippery due to heavy rainfall recently,” one passerby explained.The driver of the car escaped with minor injuries to his face and arms, but the damage to the car was extensive with the front half submerged.Public-spirited citizens rushed to the scene to assist the driver. They eventually stopped a Canter truck that was passing, to pull the vehicle out of the trench.It was reported that the cyclist did not stop to render any assistance, but instead rode away as if nothing had happened.Only three days ago, a driver lost control of a motor car which eventually plunged into the trench along Dennis Street, Sophia causing an occupant to lose his life.last_img read more

China market volatility mostly self-contained

first_imgBEIJING – As it turns out, the global stock market isn’t quite so vulnerable to what happens on China’s exchanges. A sharp drop this week in the Shanghai market made investors in Europe and the United States a little uneasy, but they quickly turned their attention back to their own concerns. They’ve learned that China’s stock markets aren’t linked to the global financial system in ways that Wall Street, London and Tokyo are, so a shudder in Chinese equities doesn’t necessarily mean other markets will suffer as well. That lesson followed the global stock selloff in late February that was triggered in part by a nearly 9 percent single-day drop in the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index. At that time, investors feared that decline signaled trouble for the Chinese economy and, in turn, other economies around the globe. But since then, investors have realized that China’s equity markets are largely separate from global capital flows. Most Chinese shares are off-limits to foreign investors, and financial controls bar most ordinary Chinese from buying foreign stocks and bonds. A plunge in Chinese stocks also isn’t seen as having a major impact on the nation’s economic growth, which is largely driven by exports. China’s markets serve largely to raise money for state companies, not the vibrant private sector. “What people are looking at is a market that really is walled off and enclosed. Therefore, it tends to move to its own beat,” said Andrew Foster, a portfolio manager with San Francisco-based Matthews International Management. “We’re learning that the spillover effects, at least initially, are quite contained.” On Wall Street, fund managers took February’s drop as a lesson that volatility is common in China and that U.S. and European investors needed to adjust to changes in how the world’s financial markets relate to one another. “Every year the U.S. is becoming a smaller part of the world relative to other countries,” said Komal Sri-Kumar, chief global strategist at Los Angeles-based financial firm TCW. “And investors are having to adapt the way they trade.” 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

Aston Villa latest – Injured trio set to return for Bournemouth clash

first_img1 Aston Villa trio Jack Grealish, Adama Traore and Ciaran Clark are all in contention to be fit for the clash with Bournemouth on Saturday.Managerless Villa will have their relegation to the Championship confirmed if they lose to the Cherries and Norwich pick up a point at home to fellow strugglers Sunderland.Grealish and Traore, who have both been sidelined with long-term injuries, came through an Under-21s match away to West Brom on Monday as they stepped up their recoveries.And stand-in coach Eric Black could start the duo after he hinted at giving the club’s younger players a chance as they prepare for life in the second tier of English football.Clark missed the defeat to Chelsea on Saturday but returned to light training on Wednesday and could also be included in the squad to face Eddie Howe’s side. Jack Grealish has made just 18 appearances for the Villa this season last_img read more

Neymar reveals the answer to the question we’ve all been asking

first_img4 4 Have they asked you to come and join them?They never told me to come there but they do tell me they like living there. All the players who are there like to be in England.Could you and Messi handle a cold night in Stoke?Of course Messi could handle a cold Tuesday night in Stoke. He’d be drinking tea and relaxing beforehand.Me? I’d probably be the same. Our pals at Dream Team caught up with Brazil and Barcelona super star Neymar, for a chat about his future, the Premier League and cold nights at Stoke City…Can you imagine moving to the Premier League?No, no not yet. To be honest I’ve never thought about living in England. I do watch the Premier League a little bit, but then again I don’t like to watch too much football.I like to follow Coutinho and Gabriel Jesus just to see how they’re doing but I’ve never touched the subject of moving to the Premier League with them.I’ve played in some grounds in England, I believe almost all of those from the big teams – it’s hard to pick one that I liked the most.Do you ever ask Coutinho or Gabriel Jesus what the Premier League is like?Of course I’ve asked how they’re doing, if they were good and happy, and they’ve answered me.But I’ve never asked about going there. 4 4 Neymar spills the beans Who is your favourite player to watch in world football at the moment?My favourite player to watch? It’s got to be Messi.But he’s not the only one. There’s also Luis Suarez of course and Lucas Lima. He’s a very skilful playmaker at my old club Santos and also a great friend of mine. Who’s the most skilful player you’ve played with?Again it’s Lionel Messi. But after that it’s Gabriel Jesus – he’s incredibly skilful. I’d also have to pick Robinho, who is my idol, and Ganso at Sevilla.And I can’t forget Ronaldinho. If there was one Brazilian I’d bring back from retirement to play for Barcelona it would be him.If you had to pick a Barcelona five-a-side team, who would make it in?I’d go with Gerard Pique in defence, Andres Iniesta in midfield and me, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi in attack.Thanks to Red Bull for arranging the interview. Check out Neymar Jr’s Five global five-a-side competition here: neymarjrsfive.comlast_img read more

Glowing bacteria detect buried landmines

first_img By Ryan CrossApr. 11, 2017 , 12:30 PM Glowing bacteria detect buried landmines More than 100 million landmines lay hidden in the ground around the world, but glowing bacteria may help us find them, according to a new study. The approach relies on small quantities of vapor released from the common explosive TNT. Previously, researchers engineered Escherichia coli (pictured), a bacterial species abundant in the environment and in mammalian intestines, to glow green upon detection of DNT, a byproduct of TNT. In a study published in Nature Biotechnology today, the same team reports on a small field test with mines buried in sand and soil, whose triggering mechanisms were removed. The scientists loaded about 100,000 DNT-detecting bacterial cells into a single bead made of polymers derived from seaweed and sprinkled these beads over the landmine site at night. Twenty-four hours later, they used a laser to remotely detect and quantify fluorescing bacteria from 20 meters away, mapping the location of the landmines. The researchers tell Science that they have since improved their system to detect the explosives in only 3 hours and are programming the bacteria to have a limited life span to ease qualms about permanently releasing genetically engineered microbes in the environment. The team is careful to note that its trial was preliminary. For now, the technique is limited to small areas, but in the future a faster laser attached to a drone could scan larger swaths of land. The bacteria will also need to be optimized to find mines buried in rougher terrain, or ones that use explosives besides TNT. Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

De Ocampo, Hodge to miss first month of Philippine Cup

first_imgThe Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Malditas save PH from shutout Jeron Teng learns the ropes “Ranidel and Cliff won’t be starting the conference with us because of injuries, hopefully Reynel Hugnatan will be back in time for the start of the conference,” said Black Wednesday at Meralco Gym.De Ocampo is still nursing the calf injury that forced him to sit out the last four games of the Governors’ Cup Finals while Hodge had surgery to remove bone spurs in his ankles.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingWith De Ocampo sitting out until January and Hodge until the end of December, Meralco will look to rely on 14-year veteran Reynel Hugnatan to take care of big man duties.“It’s going to be a little difficult for us especially missing key players,” said Black. “We’ll just try to be as competitive as possible.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMeralco’s redemption waltz into the PBA Philippine Cup is off to a shaky start as two of its main players won’t be suiting up in time for the Dec. 17 opening.Forwards Ranidel De Ocampo and Cliff Hodge are still nursing injuries and head coach Norman Black said the two are likely to return in the early January.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim The Bolts have not reached the post-season of the All-Filipino Cup since their playoff appearance two years ago. This despite making the finals of the Governors’ Cup for back-to-back seasons. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

SPORT-ISL-CHHETRI 3 LAST

first_imgBrazilian great and FC Goa coach Zico said that he has Brazilian great and FC Goa coach Zico said that he has got a strong squad and wants his team to do better than the semifinal appearance last year. “We have a very strong squad on paper but we have to translate it into performance on field. I made changes of 13-14 players from last year but I am happy that we had a very good preparation in Dubai in pre-season training. “I think I have a squad who can implement my football philosophy on the field. My philosophy is not exactly the same as the attacking style philosophy of Brazil team but his own philosophy. I had just one Brazilian player last time but this time I have more. Even Indian players are doing very well. So, I want to play at least in the final this time,” said Zico, who said his decision to stand for FIFA Presidency will have no impact on the ISL performance of his team. His marquee player and 2002 World Cup winner Lucio said he decided to come to India to take up a new challenge in his career. “It is a new challenge in my career. I did not know much about India earlier but I wanted to take up the challenge. Then there is Zico as coach and I cannot say no to him. “I think India has a great potential and football profile can really be improved in the coming years. I find the Indian players talented and hard working and wanting to learn. I want to teach them and make them better footballers with my experience,” he added. Delhi Dynamos coach-cum-marquee player Roberto Carlos did not turn up. John Arne Riise, Florent Malouda and Robin Singh represented the Delhi team. “This is a new experience for me. Its my first time in India. We have lot of ambition. We want to win the title. But it is the same old things in football. We train hard in Norway and Denmark in the pre-season training and we have gel each other very well. There are few differences (in the level of players) but we have to communicate,” he said. Former Liverpool and Norway star Riise said, “I hope to score those spectacular goals I scored while playing in Liverpool and fight for title. I want to help Indian football. We have more options in Europe than the Indian players. I want to help them.” PTI PDS AH ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

Why no permission taken before felicitating Manipur sport

first_imgpersons: EC to CentreNew Delhi, Mar 2 (PTI) A peeved Election Commission today asked the Centre to explain why it did not take its permission before facilitating sports persons from Manipur when the poll code is in force in view of assembly polls scheduled there for Saturday.”Inform the Commission the reasons and circumstances under which prior permission from model code of conduct angle was not taken for organising the felicitation ceremony,” the poll watchdog wrote to the Home Secretary and the Secretary, Department of Development of Northeast Region, in separate notices.They have to respond to the show cause notice by Saturday.The EC pointed out that the model code came into force on January 4.Quoting media reports, it said the event was organised on February 28 in which 11 sports persons from the northeast region, including five from Manipur, were felicitated for participating in the Rio Olympics.The Commission feels that such events give the upper hand to the party in power during elections and disturbs the level playing field.Minister of State Development of North-Eastern Region Jitendra Singh and the Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju were present at the event where the sports persons were felicitated. PTI NAB GVSlast_img read more