Month: September 2019

Knicks Raymond Felton Out With Fractured Finger

New York Knicks point guard Raymond Felton, the team’s second-leading scorer and floor general, will be sidelined up to six weeks because of a broken finger.It is a blow to the Knicks, who have been among the strongest teams this so far this season. While Carmelo Anthony has been mostly brilliant, it has been Felton’s open-court speed and floor generalship that has been significant to their success.“This is not a season-ending injury,” Felton told reporters in Phoenix, according to Newsday. “It’s something that will last four to six weeks at the most.”Felton, who is averaging 15.8 points and 6.3 assists, broke his right pinkie finger in the third quarter when he and Steve Nash dove for a loose ball in the Los Angeles Lakers’ Christmas Day win over New York. X-rays  revealed the fracture.He flew back from the West Coast Thursday to meet with a doctor to determine if surgery is needed; the team went on to Sacramento.“I may need surgery,” Felton told reporters, according to the New York Post. “I got to do what’s best for my hand so I can get back and help this team.”With Felton sidelined, savvy veteran and future Hall of Famer Jason Kidd started in Felton’s place in Phoenix Wednesday, when J.R. Smith hit a jump shot at the buzzer. Kidd, 39, was outstanding with 23 points, eight assists and six rebounds in 31 minutes. The Knicks are 21-8.“We just have to go back and assess it and see where we are and go from there, but again, like I said, injuries occur,” Knicks coach Mike Woodson said. “Key guys get banged up here and there, and we have enough guys on our team that guys just got to step up and play until guys get back. That’s how it’s got to be.” read more

Candace Parkers Celebration Leaves Teammate With Bloody Eye

Los Angeles Sparks star Nneda Ogwumike pulled off a series of good plays and her teammate Candace Parker rewarded her with a bloody eye.Ogwumike hit a clutch shot in the final minute of the first overtime against the Tulsa Shock and in a wild celebration Parker tackled her against the goalpost. Parker’s head caught Ogwumike in the left eye, and the blood started flowing.Ogwumike took it like a champ and returned to the game. She hit six straight shots to keep the Sparks in the lead. Parker redeemed herself  by hitting the game-winning shot with 5.7 seconds for  a 90-88 victory over the Shock.Let’s watch the headbutting encounter in the video below. read more

Stephen Curry Doesnt Have His Shot Back

Thursday night, the record-setting Golden State Warriors avoided playoff elimination, taking Game 5 of the Western Conference finals from the Oklahoma City Thunder. Reigning MVP Steph Curry had 31 points on 9-of-20 shooting, but questions remain about whether, after suffering a knee injury early in the playoffs, this is the same Curry who laid waste to the league throughout the season and if he can finish digging the Warriors out of a 3-1 series hole.Curry has shot 35 percent from three in eight games since first being injured, far below his regular-season average of 45 percent. Here’s a breakdown of his 3-point shooting relative to the quality of shots (as divined by the NBA’s player-tracking data) he’s taken throughout the season: Compared with his regular-season showing, post-injury Curry has maintained a high volume of shots with comparable shot quality: He’s taken 10.6 3-point attempts per game with average expected value per shot of .97 points, versus. 11.2 and .98 during the regular season.Relative to expectation, however, Curry has been mortal. He isn’t shooting “badly” by NBA standards, but he has been awful by his own. Curry averaged a flabbergasting .38 points above expectation per 3-point attempt in the regular season, but he’s averaged just .08 points per shot above expectation post-injury. Previously, his worst eight-game stretch was .09 and came from Dec. 11 to Jan. 2.The average 3-pointer taken by a Curry teammate this year had an expected value of 1.1 points, and the Warriors shot .09 better than expectation on them. In other words, since returning from injury, Curry has been chucking like his MVP self but has been connecting like any old Warrior.On the one hand, it is probably good news for the Warriors that Curry appears to be getting his usual looks at his usual frequency since his return. On the other hand, any evidence that Curry isn’t really himself is bad news, because the Warriors are in desperate need of some flabbergasting performances if they hope to repeat. read more

Billy Price counts on his strength Ohio State football counts on him

OSU redshirt junior guard Billy Price celebrates with coach Urban Meyer after the 2014 national championship victory.Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe last time Ohio State and coach Urban Meyer had three starters to replace on the offensive line, the 2014 Buckeyes experienced excruciating growing pains.Redshirt junior Billy Price was one of those linemates who struggled early on.In his first game against Navy in 2014, Price was taken aback by the speed of the game, which is something he struggled with early in his redshirt freshman season.Price said he vividly remembered when OSU surrendered six sacks in the fourth quarter in an early season loss to Virginia Tech. Lessons from those first two games are being passed on to the new group of “Slobs” in 2016.“One of the biggest things when I played Virginia Tech is things start flying so fast, and if you can’t get control of the chaos and situation early, one thing leads to another,” Price said. “I’ve been there, and the biggest thing is stay calm.”None of the national champion offensive line members improved more from game one to game 15 than Price. He earned a second-team freshman All-America honors in 2014. To follow that up, he started all 13 games last season at right guard rather than left guard, being named third-team all-Big Ten.At season’s end, Price still saw plenty of room for improvement.Offensive line coach Greg Studrawa has been working with Price since the spring on pass-blocking technique and playing to the offensive scheme. The third-year starter from Austintown-Fitch High School in Ohio, said that one subtle change in his technique has made the world of difference and has made him a more confident player.Already listed at 6-foot-4, 315 pounds, Price said that it’s nice at times for him to rely on his strength against tough opponents.On Sunday, the team took a vote on who should join captains along with redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett, junior linebacker Raekwon McMillan and redshirt senior center Pat Elflein as the face of the program. The rest of the Buckeyes made it clear that they believe they can rely on Price’s strength and leadership.Price who was one of four players selected as a team captain to represent the Scarlet and Gray.“Huge honor,” Price said. “You’re a part of a legacy here at Ohio State to be a captain. There are very few captains and to be a part of that is just an honor.”Price has started 28 games for OSU in his career.He and Elflein are the only two members remaining from an offensive line that led the way for 264.4 rushing yards per game in 2014 and 245.2 per game in 2015. Those two will be counted on by Meyer and staff to lead a young batch of Buckeyes back to being the brawn of the offense.Though Price is a poster boy for the Buckeyes, he said that there shouldn’t be any doubt who is the true leader of the offensive line.“First and foremost, this is Pat (Elflein)’s offensive line,” Price said. “I don’t want there to ever be a question about that.”True freshman Michael Jordan will likely be stepping into Price’s role from 2014 as a first-year eligible starter on the offensive line. Price has spoken to Jordan on multiple occasions, telling him to take care of school and control the speed of the game. While Elflein was recovering from minor shoulder surgery, he counted on his right-hand man to mentor Jordan and other freshmen inside the unit and develop a camaraderie that was present on the 2014 offense.“I haven’t been in here all summer, so he has kind of taken that role when I’m not in there,” Elflein said. “There’s not a problem having two leaders on the offensive line.” read more

ExBuckeye kicking away with Crew

Eric Brunner knows how to perform well for his team, past and present. Just two years ago, the starting Columbus Crew defender was leading the Ohio State men’s soccer team to the 2007 NCAA College Cup National Championship and its winningest season in program history as a senior team captain. Today, the native of Dublin, Ohio prepares with the rest of the black and gold for the CONCACAF Champions League matchup vs. Saprissa of Costa Rica in an 8 p.m. kickoff at Crew Stadium. A Crew victory will advance the team through group play into the quarterfinals of the International Championship League. Between the Champions League and MLS play, the Crew is in the process of completing seven matches in 21 days, and Brunner has done his part. Last Saturday, in MLS play, Columbus (12-4-10) defeated the Los Angeles Galaxy, 2-0, in front of a sell-out crowd to remain at the top of the Eastern Conference and continue its MLS-record home unbeaten streak to 24 matches. En route to the Crew’s eighth shutout of the season, in the 59th minute, Brunner blasted an 80-yard ball down the left side where forward Emilio Renteria ran onto the pass and headed into the penalty area to set up the final goal of the match. “They’re a really good team,” Brunner, who has started 20 games for the Crew in 2009, said. “They’ve had some great results this year and only lost a handful of games this season and we knew they were going to come in tough. We just wanted to out-work them and let the ball do the work on a fast pitch.” Winning matches with a complete team effort has been the name of the game for the defending MLS champions. Columbus Crew coach Robert Warzycha’s plan coming into the final month of regular-season play is making sure his players are well rested and ready to compete when their numbers are called. “We have a very important game against Saprissa,” Warzycha said. “We don’t have a reserve on the team. Everybody here on this club is contributing. We have a very deep squad. I can go with any player and as long as we are playing as a team, we can be very successful.” This game is crucial for both teams. In the Champions League standings in Group C, the Crew (2-2-0) sits in second with six points, while Saprissa (1-2-1) follows in third with four points. Earlier this month, on Sept. 16, the Crew defeated Saprissa on the road 1-0, and look forward to continued success against its group opponent. The 23-year-old Brunner, a former first-team All-Big Ten and NSCAA first-team All-American with the Buckeyes, will consistently have an impact stopping opposing forwards, and as shown over the weekend can make game-changing plays for the offense. The Crew returns to MLS play 7:30 p.m. Saturday against the Seattle Sounders FC at Crew Stadium to complete a four-match home swing. read more

Oftoverlooked Lauderdale a driving force for Buckeye offense

Playing in a rotation alongside three of the top 35 scorers in school history and three players who have won a combined 10 Big Ten Freshman of the Week awards this season, it can be easy to overlook what Ohio State senior center Dallas Lauderdale can bring to the No. 1-ranked team in the nation. But there was Lauderdale, fresh off playing just nine and seven minutes in the Buckeyes’ past two games, respectively, jump-starting OSU’s offense in the opening moments of the Buckeyes’ 70-48 win against Iowa on Wednesday. After committing a turnover on OSU’s opening possession, the senior from Solon, Ohio, bounced back with a pair of dunks on the Buckeyes’ following two possessions, giving OSU a 4-0 lead in the process. Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said it would be easy to forget about Lauderdale when faced with the talent that the OSU roster possesses. “They run their plays for everybody else, but he scores as a byproduct of so much other offensive talent and the fact that we were having trouble guarding those guys,” McCaffery said. “That’s how he hurts you. He hurts you with blocked shots. He hurts with his physical presence and rebounding. And then he hurts you when he hides around the basket and catches and dunks. It wasn’t like they were going to him.” OSU senior guard David Lighty credited Lauderdale’s quick start — on both ends of the floor — as a reason for the Buckeyes’ 22-point victory. “That gave us a big lift. I mean, he’s our key guy in the middle, especially on the defensive end,” Lighty said. “Him coming in and rebounding and getting easy buckets and holding down the paint for us in the middle is something that pretty much got us all started. It’s probably why we all played great defense today.” Playing 14 minutes Wednesday, the most he’s played since Jan. 4, Lauderdale scored nine points on 4-of-4 shooting, grabbed two rebounds and blocked one shot. Lauderdale’s nine points pushed his career scoring total to 508 points. On one particular sequence early in the second half, Lauderdale showcased his value to the Buckeyes as he blocked a shot out of bounds, contested a missed 3-point attempt and finished with a dunk on the other end of the court, stretching the OSU lead to 47-25. Despite Lauderdale’s playing time being decreased by an average of more than six minutes per game this season, OSU coach Thad Matta said the Buckeyes will continue to rely on Lauderdale as they enter the heart of Big Ten play. “Defensively, to start the game, he was as good as he’s ever been just with his energy and his movement and that sort of thing,” Matta said. “That’s the level we need him at.” read more

Exclusive investigation England manager Sam Allardyce for sale

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Sam Allardyce Sam Allardyce, centre, with his financial advisor Shane Moloney, left, his agent Mark Curtis, second left, and football agent and former player Scott McGarvey at a meeting in London The Telegraph detailed its findings in an email to the FA yesterday morning which set out 18 questions about its findings, including Allardyce’s comments in the two meetings. However, the FA declined to answer any of the questions without receiving full transcripts of the conversations.A spokesman replied nine hours later saying: “We have asked The Daily Telegraph to provide us with the full facts in relation to this matter.” The Telegraph put questions to Mr Allardyce, Mr Curtis and Mr Moloney 12 hours before going to press. All failed to respond.Reconstruction: How Sam Allardyce tried to make as much money as possible as England manager – before his first matchWhat he said about the football world: Allardyce mocks Hodgson and criticises others Last week the England manager followed up his initial meeting by having dinner with representatives of the fictitious firm in a Manchester restaurant, where he discussed dates when he could fly to Singapore.Allardyce, who is paid £3 million a year plus bonuses by the FA, now faces questions about his judgment just weeks after his first and so far only match in charge of the national side. During the meetings he also made a  series of remarks about the previous performances of the England team.He said that Roy Hodgson was “too indecisive” during England’s crucial European Championship defeat to Iceland. He also said that Gary Neville – Hodgson’s assistant – was “the wrong influence” and should have been told to “sit down and shut up”.The Telegraph began investigating corruption in English football last year after receiving information that specific managers, officials and agents were giving or receiving cash payments to secure player transfers. Over the coming days, the Telegraph will detail a series of allegations of  financial impropriety in British football which raise serious questions about the governance and influence of money within the game. During this summer’s transfer window, Premier League clubs spent a record £1.17 billion on player transfers, with Championship clubs adding another £214 million.The disclosures are likely to raise concerns at the FA about corruption  in English football and whether the  industry is adequately regulated.  Allardyce’s comments are likely to lead to questions from his employers at the FA, who expect the England manager effectively to act as an ambassador.A £400,000 agreement with a football agency firm is a potential conflict of interest for an international football manager as it raises the possibility that he is “employed” by a company whose footballer clients could benefit from preferential treatment.Allardyce told undercover reporters that the banned practice was still possible in “all of South America, Portugal, Spain, Belgium, all of Africa” and that the Ecuadorean player Enner Valencia had been under a third party ownership agreement when he signed him for £12 million for West Ham from a Mexican club in 2014. The third party ownership arrangement ended on the transfer and West Ham acquired the player “whole”. Asked if it would be a problem to get involved in third party ownership.  Allardyce said: “It’s not a problem.”Third party ownership involves an agent or an investor owning part of the financial rights to a player, meaning transfer fees are partly paid to them when a player moves clubs, rather than the buying club paying all the money to the selling club.During a meeting at a London hotel in August, Allardyce, who was appointed by the FA on July 22, was happy to discuss third party ownership of players with two undercover reporters posing as representatives of a Far East-based company looking to get a foothold in the lucrative world of English football.He attended the meeting with his agent, Mark Curtis, and his  financial adviser, Shane Moloney, after being approached via the football agent Scott McGarvey, a long-time friend of Allardyce who was unaware of the undercover reporters’ involvement.Mr Moloney asked Allardyce: “What do you think they’re doing on the football transfers financing?… the thing they’re talking about is funding football transfers.”Mr Curtis interjected: “Is that third party ownership a problem though?” Sam Allardyce, centre, with his financial advisor Shane Moloney, left, his agent Mark Curtis, second left, and football agent and former player Scott McGarvey at a meeting in LondonCredit:Telegraph Over the course of two meetings, lasting four hours in total, Allardyce told the fictitious businessmen that it was “not a problem” to bypass the rules introduced by his employers in 2008.He said he knew of certain agents who were “doing it all the time” and added: “You can still get around it. I mean obviously the big money’s here.”During Allardyce’s meetings with the reporters he also:Criticised his predecessor Roy Hodgson, dubbing him “Woy” and saying that he “hasn’t got the personality” for public speaking;Said England’s players were underperforming because they had a “psychological barrier” and “can’t cope”;Suggested that players who were not being played for their club should not be picked for England;Described the FA decision to redevelop Wembley as “stupid”.The issue of “third party ownership” in football has been described as “slavery”. It effectively allows companies to own a stake in a footballer. The FA led the way by banning the practice in 2008 and football’s world governing body, Fifa, followed in 2015.Allardyce, 61, told his prospective employers it was “not a problem” to dodge the “ridiculous” rules. Allardyce replied: “It’s not a problem… we got Valencia in. He was third party owned when we bought him from Mexico.” Mr Moloney made it clear that the ownership arrangement ended with the transfer.Allardyce also gave advice on where third party ownership was still possible, despite the worldwide Fifa ban.Allardyce has not been immune to controversy during his career managing clubs including West Ham United, Sunderland and Bolton Wanderers. In 2006 he was implicated in a BBC Panorama programme which alleged that he had taken “bungs” – a claim he denied. An independent investigation by the former Metropolitan Police commissioner Lord Stevens found no evidence of irregular payments.  Sam Allardyce explained to the businessmen how they could circumvent FA rules which prohibit third parties ‘owning’ playersCredit:Telegraph Sam Allardyce used his position as England manager to negotiate a £400,000 deal and offered advice to businessmen on how to “get around” FA rules on player transfers, The Telegraph can disclose.Before he had even held his first training session as England’s new head coach, Allardyce negotiated a deal with men purporting to represent a Far East firm that was hoping to profit from the Premier League’s billion-pound transfer market.He agreed to travel to Singapore and Hong Kong as an ambassador and explained to the “businessmen” how they could circumvent Football Association rules which prohibit third parties “owning” players.Unbeknown to Allardyce, the businessmen were undercover reporters and he was being filmed as part of a 10-month Telegraph investigation that separately unearthed widespread evidence of bribery and corruption in British football.last_img read more

Free lifesaving babygrow could help parents save their childs life

first_imgThe babygrow is available in selected Tesco stores on Thursday 13 October Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Sue Killen, CEO of St John Ambulance, said: “We hope the worst will never happen but the babygrow, and our online video, shows parents what to do in a very clear and simple way.”The babygrow, which fits three to six-month-olds, is available in selected Tesco stores on Thursday 13 October, with a suggested donation going to St John Ambulance. The garment is designed around the nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty  To combat this issue, St John Ambulance and Tesco have released a free onesie instructing parents how to react in this situation. The babygrow is available in selected Tesco stores on Thursday 13 OctoberCredit: St John Ambulance The garment is designed around the nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty and tells parents to call for an ambulance before doing five puffs and 30 pumps, followed by two puffs and 30 pumps on their child.There are also clear instructions on the collar of the babygrow and on the tag to help parents remember what to do. What a brilliant idea for saving precious little lives. #CPRbabygrow https://t.co/Ok3FCkcVM8— Jo Pavey (@jopavey) October 10, 2016 An innovative new babygrow is helping to teach parents how to give CPR.The specially designed garment was created following reports that only 25 per cent of mothers and fathers know what to do if their baby stops breathing. Want to know more about baby CPR? Learn more & discover where events are being held here https://t.co/bh6OPP4IyG #CPRbabygrow pic.twitter.com/VIaBh5KnF8— Tesco Baby Club (@TescoBabyClub) October 10, 2016 The garment is designed around the nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty Credit:St John Ambulancelast_img read more

I hope that you are resting because you found life hard and

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “I hope you can make rabbit ears and witty rhymes up there, because your loopy humour was your gift to us and now it is your gift to them.”How they will laugh. I envy them that.”Montefiore said she had always tried to look after her younger sibling.”I hope they are looking after you now in Heaven and that you are letting them, and that you heal,” she said.She concluded: “Most of all, my dearest Tara, I hope you know that we love you, with all our hearts, we really do.” It said: “My darling Tara. I hope you know how much we miss you.”From the moment you were born we were a family of five, but now we are four and that just isn’t right.”I hope you’re aware of all the lovely things people have written about you, and that you are touched, because you never believed you lit up a room or made people feel special, but you did. You really did.”I hope that you are resting, because you found life hard and now it is done.”My beloved sister, I don’t think you realised that success is never about the big things, but about the small things, and that just being you was enough.” Tara Palmer-Tomkinson in 2009 The sisters pictured arriving together for their brother’s wedding Credit:Tim Graham /Getty I’d like to share my final words to Tara, which I read at her funeral today. Thank you for your love and support x https://t.co/9V7JReUEpG pic.twitter.com/pwet6SRA4k— Santa Montefiore (@SantaMontefiore) February 27, 2017 For all those who loved Tara, this is her final song, played at her funeral today. Wise, raw and poetic. https://t.co/2djhi4XUDu— Santa Montefiore (@SantaMontefiore) February 27, 2017 Tara Palmer-Tomkinson in 2009Credit:Ian West /PA Palmer-Tomkinson, 45, died on February 8 from a perforated ulcer.Author Montefiore posted her tribute on Twitter and Facebook.She addressed the moving eulogy to her late sister, saying she knew she was there in spirit. The sisters pictured arriving together for their brother's wedding  Tara Palmer-Tomkinson’s sister has shared her emotional eulogy after the socialite was laid to rest at a private funeral.Santa Montefiore said she hoped her sister was being looked after in Heaven and that she was resting, because she “found life hard and now it is done”. Show more Montefiore, 47, said she hoped “the old Dummer dogs” had welcomed her sister because she adored the dogs and they would “make Heaven feel more like home”.”I hope the angels wrap their wings around you, because, although you shrank from embraces in life, you need to be hugged. You really do,” she continued.last_img read more

Elton John overwhelmed by fans kindness after contracting potentially deadly infection

first_img Show more Elton John He was admitted to hospital back in Britain and spent two nights in intensive care.”During his return flight home from Santiago, Chile he became violently ill. Upon returning to the UK, Sir Elton’s doctors admitted him to hospital, where he underwent immediate treatment to remove the infection,” a statement on behalf of the singer said on Monday night.”After spending two nights in intensive care followed by an extended stay in hospital, Elton was released from hospital on Saturday, April 22 and is now comfortably resting at home per doctors advice.” He became unwell on the way home from ChileCredit:Venturelli/Getty Sir Elton said: “Woke up this morning to an avalanche of kindness and well wishes. I’m overwhelmed with gratitude.”Thanks so much to everyone for reaching out. I’m resting well and getting stronger every day. I’m looking forward to getting back on tour in June.”Sir Elton fell ill after the final show at the end of a six-concert tour that also included stops in Brazil and Argentina. Elton John pictured last month in LACredit:Michael Kovac /Getty Sir Elton John has said he is “overwhelmed with gratitude” from an “avalanche of kindness” after revealing he contracted a bacterial infection in South America that put him in intensive care.The singer disclosed on Monday night that he became “violently ill” during a flight back to Britain from Santiago, Chile, where he performed on April 10.The 70-year-old has cancelled a series of forthcoming performances as he recovers from the serious illness that a spokesman described as “potentially deadly”.Posting a picture on Instagram of him on stage, Sir Elton wrote on Tuesday morning that he is “getting stronger every day” – and told fans he will be back on tour in June. Sir Elton has continued to tour despite reports last year that he was preparing to retire to spend more time with his family. He has two sons, Zachary and Elijah, with husband David Furnish. In a career spanning half a century, he has sold more than 300 million records as well as dedicating considerable time to charity work.The Elton John Aids Foundation has raised nearly £300 million in efforts to stop the disease. Sir Elton, a Grammy, Oscar and Tony winner for his work in film and theatre, is working on a score for a Broadway musical adaptation of the comedy-drama The Devil Wears Prada. Elton JOhn However, that rescheduled show was subsequently itself postponed to December 2017.In December 2015, Sir Elton was pictured in a wheelchair while on a visit to Disneyland with Furnish and Elijah. It was unclear why he was using the wheelchair and there was no statement from his representatives at the time. In December last year, Sir Elton postponed a concert in Dubai twice after falling ill. “I am so fortunate to have the most incredible and loyal fans and apologise for disappointing them,” he said in a statement. “I am extremely grateful to the medical team for their excellence in looking after me so well.” he said.Sir Elton cancelled the April and May dates of his Las Vegas residency and a show in Bakersfield, California – six dates in total – but is expected to make a full recovery and hopes to return for his concert at Twickenham on June 3. “Infections of this nature are rare and potentially deadly. Thankfully, Elton’s medical team identified this quickly and treated it successfully. He is expected to make a full and complete recovery,” the statement said.The South America tour, which also featured American singer James Taylor, was hailed as a success. In 2013, Sir Elton told The Telegraph that an illness that summer had made him reconsider his approach.He was forced to cancel a concert at Hyde Park when he was diagnosed with appendicitis requiring immediate surgery.“I knew I was sick but I didn’t know I had such a dangerous thing inside of me until I had a scan, which was after nine shows, 24 flights and a summer ball. I could have easily died,” he said.“Of course, your sense of your mortality kicks in. This is a wake-up call. I’m not 36 anymore. I want to write another musical for Broadway and I want to spend more time with my children. I don’t have to tour. I don’t need the money. I just love playing. “When I had the operation, I said: ‘This has got to stop, this is crazy, why am I doing this?’ I’m a great believer in signs coming to you in life to tell you something. This appendix thing, it’s so lucky I didn’t die. So I’m treating is as a sign in great big letters saying ‘for —-’s sake, get a grip!’” Sir Elton apologised to his fans and praised the medical care he had received. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Hospital boss bans employees from telling patients trust is shortstaffed

“There are issues with staffing – perhaps he [Mr Hulme] should be speaking to the board about that rather than what we can and can’t speak to the patients about.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A hospital boss has come under fire for banning his employees from telling patients that wards are short-staffed. Nick Hulme, chief executive of Colchester General Hospital, gave the order after it emerged patients felt they didn’t see enough nurses on duty.Speaking at a meeting of the trust’s board of directors, he said: “No member of staff should ever tell a patient we are short-staffed.”That’s the message we are giving patients in terms of confidence, I am absolutely clear about that.”I would be looking for the board to have support to have an absolute mandate to say staff should never discuss staff levels with patients.”But the directive has angered staff who say they are already under pressure and one worker said: “I’ve seen constant cuts in my department with people not being replaced.”We’re having to do more work than ever before and there is no thanks from the management or understanding of the pressures we are under.”It’s a bit rich to start banning us from talking about staffing levels.”Perhaps the best idea is to address the problem of short staff, then there wouldn’t be the same frustrations.”What are we supposed to do if the patient asks? Should we be lying to them? Also discussed at the meeting was a National Inpatient Survey conducted on patients following an overnight stay last July, which found Colchester had not improved on the previous year’s feedback.As well as a perception of fewer nurses on duty, the survey revealed the hospital had worsened in areas including the length of time patients had to wait for a ward bed and that they were being bothered at night by noisy ward staff.The trust was also marked down for choice and quality of food, clarity of who the leading nurse was on wards and patients’ involvement in being discharged..Catherine Morgan, the trust’s director of nursing, told board members the results were “disappointing” in some of the key indicators.However, she added the trust was now looking at how it could improve.The hospital was taken out of special measures last year for the first time in four years.A damning Care Quality Commission (CQC) report in 2016 found concerns around clinical leadership, a bullying culture on one wardand staff shortages.Mr Hulme said at the time: “We have not been good enough and need to do better.” read more

Super head with alcohol problem killed himself amid fears he would lose

A “super head” with an alcohol problem killed himself amid fears he would be suspended from his job, an inquest has heard.Gary Vyse – considered a leading light in his role running six academies as chief executive of The Williamson Trust in Medway, Kent, and head of the Hundred Hoo Academy – took his own life.An inquest heard the 37-year-old headteacher, who was found hanged at his home on February 12, had suffered problems at work, with his relationship and also “heavy drinking”.Mr Vyse had previously told a doctor he was “drinking a bottle of wine a night, was feeling low and was self-harming”, the coroner was told.At a resumed inquest, assistant coroner Katrina Hepburn heard was discovered dead by his friend, Michaela Bartlett, at his home in Rochester, Kent.Detective Sergeant Debra Cummings told the coroner on the day of his death, Mr Vyse sent “messages of an emotional nature” to Ms Bartlett, who was described in the inquest as Mr Vyse’s girlfriend – but this was disputed by a family member at the inquest. Then on November 9 2017, he told the doctor he was “feeling much better”. Dr Murphy last had contact with Mr Vyse on November 2017 when Mr Vyse wanted to rebook an appointment.The cause of death was given as suspension. A toxicologist report showed Mr Vyse had 247 milligrams per 100 millilitres of blood in his system – which is three times the legal drink-drive limit.Ms Hepburn told the inquest in Maidstone, Kent: “In December 2017 Mr Vyse stayed with his parents for a period of time and references having problems with work, relationship problems and also heavy drinking.” Hundred of Hoo SA Credit:Google Street View She ruled a conclusion of suicide and gave condolences to the family. Mr Vyse hit the headlines in 2016 when he criticised parents for allowing pupils at the Hundred of Hoo Academy to wear fake tan, heavy lipstick and foundation.The headteacher told parents and pupils “school is not a fashion parade”. He said the ‘world wanted him to fail’ and he was worried about being a ‘burden’Det Sgt Debra Cummings At a later appointment on October 26 2017, Mr Vyse told Dr Murphy he was drinking a bottle of wine a night, was feeling low, was self-harming but would not consider suicide because of his two young children. He also told her he feared he was about to be suspended from work and was due to meet bosses at the Trust over a possible disciplinary matter, the inquest heard.No suicide note was found, but three packets of a drug used to treat depression, were discovered. The coroner asked the officer about the “tone” of the messages Mr Vyse sent Ms Bartlett before his death.Det Sgt Cummings said: “The overriding tone was that Mr Vyse was feeling fairly depressed, some of the messages were not clear, but they were emotional. In one he said the ‘world wanted him to fail’ and he was worried about being a ‘burden’.”He also made comments saying “what will be will be” and “I will love you with my last breath”, she said, adding: “They gave the impression he was saying goodbye.”The coroner read out a report from Mr Vyse’s GP, Dr Murphy, who confirmed he had been prescribed medication for depression.His first contact with him was in 2016 when Mr Vyse told his GP he was “stressed at work, not sleeping and wanted to go on anti-depressants”. She told the hearing: “One of the messages stated he was feeling anxious and sad, was not enjoying his job and felt people wanted him to fail.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Weve been forgotten say parents of child murderer Robert Blacks fifth victim

John Tate and Sheila Cook, parents of Genette Tate, a 13-year-old girl who went missing in August 1978 whilst doing a paper round in Devon, were also unaware that the inquest into Black’s death was due to take place this week. Police identified Robert Black, a child serial killer known to have committed four killings between 1981 and 1986, as their prime suspect in Genette’s murder. They were weeks away from charging him in January 2016 when he died from reported “natural causes” in a Northern Ireland… The parents of a schoolgirl believed to have been murdered by serial killer Robert Black 40 years ago say they will “never get closure” as they still search for answers about her disappearance. read more

Police say theres no guarantee criminal charges will be brought over Grenfell

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. There is no guarantee criminal charges will be brought over the Grenfell Tower fire, a senior police officer has admitted.Commander Stuart Cundy said the Metropolitan Police investigation into the 2017 disaster would be “fearless”.But he said: “Even now coming up to the two-year anniversary there is no guarantee that we can give that there will be criminal charges.”The revelation was branded an “insult” by victims, who said “people are getting away with murder.”Nabil Choucair, who lost his mother, sister, brother-in-law and their three children in the inferno, said: “It is a disgrace. The system has failed all the 72 people who died. I have always been very sceptical of the inquiry and the criminal investigation.”The police cannot really prosecute because when they look at who is to blame it includes the Government. The truth is they are all covering their backs.”He has called for senior figures in the London Fire Brigade – accused of a number of blunders on the night in their response to the blaze – to be prosecuted but believes police are reluctant to do so.  read more

EYEWITNESS No equity…

…in tax payingThere’s a report that Exxon paid absolutely NO taxes on revenues of US$13.7B from petroleum products it extracted in, of all places, Australia! Your Eyewitness says “of all places” because most folks think corporations only avoid paying taxes to backward, Third World countries like Guyana and the Congo! Did everyone miss the news about Apple (which is as American as…well…apple pie!) registering its European business in Ireland – which has the lowest taxes in the continent?It did that, of course, to avoid paying taxes in the US!! But when Ireland revised its tax laws in 2013, Apple moved its US$252B cash assets to the tax haven of Jersey islands – as revealed in the Paradise Papers!! Why pay the US 35% or even Ireland’s 12.5% when you can get away with .0005%!! The irony is the EU just slapped a US$13Billion fine on Apple – which Ireland doesn’t want to accept because it doesn’t want to offend Apple!!And this is where we return to Exxon and its financial practices. Are folks so naïve to believe multinationals will “do the right thing” and pay taxes because we’re so poor and backward. Hey! In the neo-liberal world of business we now inhabit, the rule is “Show no mercy! Take them for as much as you can get!!” The thing is – if one corporation doesn’t make as much profits as they can, they soon get eaten up by those that do. It’s a ‘corporation eat corporation” world out there!!But we’re even more confused about the outrage in Guyana about what Exxon may pay in taxes here. As the contract will reveal – if it is ever released, and that’s not likely!! – Exxon will be allowed to first deduct up to 75% of revenues to cover its “development and operational “expenses. Which accounting firms in the world (not just Guyana’s) can figure out the REAL expenses when Australia’s couldn’t – after Exxon ran them through the maze of 500+ offshore paper companies. That’s how the world turns!But Guyana wont even get this “maze” treatment. “Why?” you ask dear reader? As your Eyewitness has been pointing out for over a year, the contract Trotman “renegotiated” says that EXXON’s TAXES WILL COME OUT OF THE GOVERNMENT OF GUYANA’S REVENUES!!! Yep! You heard that right…GUYANA will be paying Exxon taxes!! So if you have a gripe…take it up with the government..And you moan and whimper, “But that’s not fair!”? Well, like they say, “all is fair in love and war”. And in the neo-liberal capitalist model we now enjoy, business is the new form of war!!And as our Foreign Minister Greenidge, advises, “Please…no cussing. Of Exxon”!!…in Parking metersThe Gang of Four at City Hall and Smart City Solutions must’ve figured the dust has settled over their Parking Meter heist. The City Council Committee proposed citizens should be happy to fork over $150 per hour for the privilege of parking in our fair city! Now your Eyewitness does believe parking meters are a legitimate vehicle (forgive the pun!) to raise revenues and at the same time control congestion in the city.But at the same time, these must be balanced against the economic realities our people face. Can an average city worker afford to pay $1200/daily for parking? That’s $24,000/monthly! You be the judge, dear reader. But the folks at MAPM have opposed to the “settlement” for even more valid and fundamental reasons: the contract was void from the beginning!!At a minimum, they point out, the law demands that there should’ve been a bidding process?Why don’t we begin there? If Smart City is so good, they should win, no? …in Crime Chief demotionPublic Security Minister Ramjattan assured us Crime Chief Blanhum did a “fantastic” job and would be back after his vacation. Now after Blanhum’s demoted, he says it was the Commish’s call.He doesn’t know his own job description? Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: Shafted again…June 3, 2017In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Budget Blahs…November 28, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: A fair share…January 16, 2018In “EYEWITNESS” read more

New Yorker convicted of manslaughter of Guyanese teen

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBrooklyn man who murdered a 16-year-old Guyanese girl gets 41 years jailJanuary 16, 2018In “Crime”Guyanese teen shot dead inside her NY apartment while babysittingJune 1, 2016In “Crime”Guyanese teen shot dead inside NY apartment told cops who her shooter was with her final breathJune 2, 2016In “Crime” A Brooklyn man was convicted of manslaughter on Friday for shooting a Guyanese teenager who was at the time babysitting her three-year-old cousin.(R) Taariq Stephens                                                     (L) Dead: Shemel MercuriusOnline news reports said that 16-year-old Shemel Mercurius used her dying breaths to tell Police that Taariq Stephens, now 25, was her attacker.Stephens shot her with a submachine rifle while she was babysitting her three-year-old cousin in 2016. Police subsequently kicked down the East Flatbush apartment door to find a blood-spattered boy crying, next to the dying teen.One NYPD officer tried to help Mercurius while they waited around 20 minutes for an ambulance to arrive. She told them that Stephens had wanted to date her but she wasn’t interested. She later died at a local hospital.Standing trial in the Brooklyn Supreme Court, Stephens was acquitted by jurors of murder but they found him guilty of manslaughter, criminal possession of a weapon and endangering the welfare of a child.Stephens is scheduled to be sentenced on January 16, 2018. read more

Diwali Messages 2018

A MESSAGE FROM THE ERC FOR DEEPAVALI 2018On this auspicious occasion of the festival of Deepavali, the Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC) would like to extend greetings and best wishes to all Guyanese especially our Hindu brothers and sisters.Deepavali signifies, among other things, that light will eventually triumph over darkness which is a profound source of inspiration so that all mankind can remain hopeful. It also emboldens humanity with hope giving surety that even in the face of insurmountable challenges, strength will be imbued for them to be overcome.These, and the other important lessons of Deepavali, provide guidance for us all as we continue to work assiduously towards the national goal of strengthening the bonds of friendship among our Guyanese brothers and sisters. It is through this that national harmony can be achieved so that we can confront challenges together and to remove the dark veil of division.This therefore becomes essential for the furtherance of peace and goodwill and let’s be comforted knowing that our combined efforts can realize that seemingly elusive light which can allow national harmony to shine through and for which we all yearn.Deepavali, like our other national festivals, is a much anticipated event. It has not only transcended religious boundaries, but has become a pillar of our cultural landscape. The traditional motorcades and its inherent beauty along with that of the thousands of flickering Diyas, are important conduits through splendor which bring our people from across the country together.The ERC therefore urges that we endeavor so that particular influence can be built upon for the promotion of harmony, unity and good relations among us all in this multifaceted society.As we gravitate towards that light of enlightenment, let us be reminded that Deepavali, through its significance, is replete with messages for togetherness. These, if heeded and inculcated, bode well for the advancement of our nation, its people and humanity at large.ShubhDeepavali to all!Ethnic Relations CommissionPPP/C DEEPAVALI MESSAGE 2018As our nation celebrates the festival of Deepavali, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) takes this opportunity to extend greetings to all Guyanese, especially the Hindu community.This festival which has gone beyond religious borders is one of the most anticipated events here in our country and has become a major component of the Guyanese cultural mosaic.The significance of Deepavali, known as the “Festival of Lights”, is pertinent for the upliftment of all mankind through its universal message of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance and good over evil.The light of the Diyas which will shine throughout our country, symbolises a sense of renewal as light is allowed to dominate and darkness and hatred are banished.Our Party urges that this message be heeded so that darkness from the prevailing despondency, ignorance and hatred can be repelled in the interest of all humanity knowing that knowledge will defeat ignorance and compassion will triumph over despair. Deepavali offers an opportune reminder for all to do their part to achieve that victory.The influence of Deepavali over the years to forge better relationships and to bring our people together has grown tremendously. This is continually evident as Guyanese from all spheres of society participate in the various events including the grand spectacle of the motorcades and the beauty of the flickering Diyas.The PPP therefore hopes that the message of Deepavali will inspire all to work in the best interest of all Guyanese so that the light of prosperity will manifest itself in their lives.Shubh Deepavali to All!PNCR DEEPAVALI MESSAGE 2018The People’s National Congress Reform takes this opportunity to extend greetings to the Hindu Community in Guyana and indeed, to all Guyanese, on the occasion of Deepavali or Diwali.Diwali occurs on the night of Amavasya (New Moon) in the month of Kartik, which is considered to be the darkest night on the Hindu calendar and marks the return of Lord Rama after 14 years in exile. To welcome his return and to light his path, diyas were lit.Diwali is a joyous celebration of inner light over spiritual darkness; knowledge over ignorance and right over wrong. It is a festive restatement of the Hindu belief that good ultimately triumphs over evil.The PNCR has always been and will always remain respectful of Guyana’s cultural and religious diversity and believes that our diversity has worked and will continue to work to the country’s advantage. Guyana is a multi-religious, multi-ethnic and multi-cultural country. We see our diversity as an asset not a liability. Our Party is proud to belong to a society of many faiths.As we celebrate Diwali, the PNCR remains committed to ensuring unity in diversity so that our beloved country can experience real development and progress.Shubh Diwali to all Guyanese!IAC DIWALI/DEEPAVALI MESSAGE 2018The Indian Action Committee (IAC) extends Diwali greetings to all Guyanese, especially persons who are adherents of Sanatana Dharma on the occasion of the now globally-recognized festival of Deepavali or Diwali, which is derived from the Sanskrit language and means “a row of lights”. Diwali falls on the new moon night of the month of Kartika and is celebrated over a period of five days in India.The IAC is pleased to observe that the major Hindu Sabhas of Guyana have agreed upon one date for the celebration of the festival of Diwali in 2018.Diwali is associated with several mythological stories, one of them dealing with the belief of Hindus that, on the day of Diwali, Lord Rama returned to Ayodhya after defeating Ravana, King of Lanka, and that the people of Ayodhya celebrated his return by lighting thousands of diiyaas.The IAC recognizes that in Guyana the Goddess Lakshmi Maataa or Maha Lakshmi is venerated on the day of Diwali, her devotees ardently believing that their veneration of her will result in wealth and prosperity being bestowed upon them in the future.The bright lights of Diwali are believed, by Hindus, to guide and welcome Lakshmi Maataa into their homes where she can bestow her blessings on them and their families, and also to guide and welcome Lord Rama back to Ayodhya.The bright lights of Diwali are also considered to signify the illuminatory power of knowledge which destroys the darkness of ignorance and also to represent the triumph of good over evil.The IAC recognizes that at this time in Guyana, when persons should be happily celebrating the festival of Diwali, they are tens of thousands of Guyanese citizens living in desperate and punishing conditions since the collapse of the economy, especially the virtual destruction of the sugar industry which has seen over seven thousand former Guyana Sugar Corporation Inc. dislocated sugar workers and their families living precariously.Members of the IAC visited rural areas on the night of Diwali 2017 and noticed that many residences that were brightly lit in previous years were reduced to having only one diiyaa at their front gate signifying severe economic stress; and many residences which were lit, had significantly reduced amounts of diiyaas which also reflected the downturn on the economy.The IAC has noted that growing economic stress is affecting the vast majority of Guyanese, especially those who are living in rural areas.The IAC is fully cognizant of the plight of all of these distressed Guyanese and is calling for the Government and the Opposition to work together to restore economic growth in Guyana and thus mitigate the troubles affecting these citizens regardless of class, religious persuasion, ethnicity and political allegiance.The IAC calls upon all Guyanese to respect the sanctity of Diwali and engage in appropriate and fitting observances and activities.Shubh Diwali.GUYANA HINDU DHARMIC SABHAFestivals are an integral part of Hinduism. Each of our festivals is associated with our scriptures. Deepavali, a national holiday, stands as one of the loveliest festivals on our calendar. It is observed annually on Amawasya (New Moon) in the lunar, Hindu month of Kartik. The word Deepavali means cluster of lights. The festival has deeper significance than the word suggests.Deepavali is synonymous with Lakshmi Puja, where homage is paid to the Goddess Maha Lakshmi, whom the Vedas describe as the eternal source of fortune and abundance. Lakshmi Puja is done not simply to seek material benefits, but equally spiritual upliftment.The observance extends over a 5 day period which begins on the 13th day of the dark half of Kartik, when a single diya is lit with a prayer for longevity. The second day an increased number is kindled, celebrating the defeat of Narkasur, a despot who disrespected and confined women. Bhagwan Krishna brought his reign of tyranny to an end. Diwali is celebrated on the third day and the light dispersed by millions of diyas dispels every form of darkness. The next day, “pratipada” in the bright half of Kartik, Goverdhan puja is performed followed by the final day of Bhai Duj.  On the final day, sisters tie a thread on the wrists of their brothers renewing their love.The festival of Deepavali has philosophical, economic and social dimensions. Its social construct involves families and communities engaged in lighting diyas and meeting in a spirit of refreshing cordiality and joy. Deepavali threatens darkness in all its names and forms and influences the emergence of an illuminated society in which there exists understanding, mutual respect, love and harmony. The principal prayer at this time – “Tamaso Ma Jyotir Gamaya”, from darkness, lead us unto light, sends the signal of hope, expectation and optimism.The Diwali Motorcade hosted by the Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha, is unique to Guyana and brings thousands of Guyanese of all walks of life together in a visible display of unity, peace and happiness across the country. The magnificent illuminated vehicles which display the artistry and creativity of Guyanese feature hundreds of young persons depicting various aspects of Lakshmi and divinity and reflects the myriad significances of the festival. This almost 4 decade old tradition is eagerly anticipated throughout the country as motorcades are held in all the counties with the largest moving along the scenic seawall. It would inconceivable to have Diwali without Dharmic Sabha’s motorcades as they occupy a special place in the hearts of all Guyanese.From an economic perspective. Deepavali is celebrated a time when historically the commercial community closed their books and opened new accounts. The Hindu perception of  “VASUDEVA KUTUMBAKAM”, the universe is one family, fits in admirably with the emphasis on global vision and coherent action for the elimination of poverty and the construction of a world where humankind can live in a totally equitable atmosphere. Deepavali engenders prosperity and economic stability, emphasizing prayers for success, and disciplined and hard work towards goals and material gains.A deeper spiritual consciousness is rekindled by the festival. Hindus believe that every individual is a particle of the Divine and that inherent in all of us is that divine spark which, so often, is dormant and needs to be reawakened. The little diyas or earthen lamps symbolize that light within and reminds us to diligently search for it. For when that light is found, it illuminates our lives and spreads to all those whom we come in contact with.President of the Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha, Dr. Vindhya Vasini Persaud is delighted to extend greetings to all on this festive occasion and looks forward to an infinite number of years of Guyanese continuing to join together in celebrating this beautiful festival in a manner that can be emulated by the world. It is a heartwarming reminder of how beautifully we celebrate our diversity through respect for each other’s traditions, cultures and beliefs.As we observe this Diwali, she would like to remind that, Deepavali can make the most profound impact in a negative environment as it creates a climate conducive to reflections, fraternity, goodwill and mutual respect for each other.  Dr. Vindhya Persaud says, “As we celebrate, let us continue our drive and advocacy for the empowerment and  protection of children, women and the vulnerable against violence and abuse, equal opportunity for all, a safer and secure country, protection of citizens’ rights and welfare,  and economic progress and abundance for all Guyanese. These must remain prominent on our agenda. As a people, we must resolve to rid our society of acrimony, injustice and undemocratic practices so that Guyana will always be a country of unity, peace and prosperity. I am happy to share these joyous moments of love and cordiality with all Guyanese. Let the light of Deepavali burn infinitely, eliminating darkness in all its forms and fusing us in a bond of love, respect and unity. Shubh Deepavali Greetings to all.”GAWU’s Diwali Message 2018The Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) is once again pleased to join with all Guyanese and especially our Hindu community, to celebrate Diwali, widely regarded as the Festival of Lights. The Diwali observances give us an appropriate occasion to urge that the light of peace, tolerance, understanding and compromise, in today’s conditions, lighten our pathways and guide us in our daily lives. Like the thousands of Diwali diyas in many regions which will light up the darkness of the night, let our existence be unobstructed by the darkness that prevent our development and well-being.The Diwali celebration is one that today transcends one community and is supported nationally. The symbol of the lighted diyas is not only lovely to behold in the evening but it imparts the message of the value of spiritual enlightenment in our collective efforts to bring about conditions for our peace of mind and a satisfying life.With such sentiments in mind, GAWU is always pleased to be associated with the usually wide interest shown in the expectedly dazzling celebrations that are traditionally associated with Diwali.We wish all the practitioners of the Hindu faith, and indeed all Guyanese, a happy and enjoyable Diwali, the festival of lights.Let the lights, at this time, light up our pathway to harmony, economic well-being and our general upliftment.Happy Diwali! Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDiwali greetings from religious, other organisationsNovember 10, 2015In “Opinion”DIWALI MESSAGES 2017October 18, 2017In “latest news”Diwali MessagesOctober 23, 2014In “Business” read more

Noconfidence resolution…PPP slams Govt for attempts to escape constitutional provision

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedIncumbent APNU/AFC wasting valuable opportunity for dialogue- PPP GSJanuary 1, 2019In “latest news”No-confidence resolution… Govt has acted in bad faith, reneged on promises – JagdeoJanuary 6, 2019In “latest news”Foreign diplomats appraised by Opposition of Govt’s “sloth” in heading to ElectionsJanuary 28, 2019In “latest news” The People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) has slammed Government for its attempt to disregard the Constitution of Guyana. This move come as documents emerged on Saturday showing that Government plans to approach Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland to ask him to reverse the no-confidence vote, which brought them down on December 21, 2018.According to the document, which was written in the format of a legal opinion with Attorney General Basil Williams’ name attached to it, Government wants the Speaker to use his powers to reverse the vote; arguing, among other things, that 34 out of 65 constitutes a majority in Guyana’s National Assembly.The opinion argues that 50 per cent of the 65 votes in the National Assembly constitutes 32.5, which has to then be rounded up to 33, with an extra vote added to it making it 34. According to the opinion provided by the Government, passing a no-confidence motion is different from passing legislation. This argument which Williams is now using in his legal opinion was first peddled by Attorney Nigel Hughes; the husband of Government Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes.Nigel HughesThe opinion goes on to claim that since former Alliance For Change (AFC) parliamentarian Charrandas Persaud is a Canadian citizen and had allegedly travelled on his Canadian passport, he forfeited his vote.In the opinion, Government admits that Persaud’s private travelling records were accessed from Guyana’s Immigration Department and states that a copy will be provided to the Speaker.Speaker of the National Assembly Dr Barton ScotlandAs stated in the document, the Government also intends to challenge: Whether the Speaker can reverse the ruling that the No-confidence Motion was carried? What is the effect of the sub judice rule should the Speaker’s ruling be legally challenged in the courts” and “Whether the Speaker’s ruling on the vote can be quashed by the courts?”…………….No power…………….However, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Saturday denouncing the document and attempts by the Government “to subvert and trample upon our Constitution, the integrity of the National Assembly and indeed, the rule of law.”General Secretary of the PPP/C Dr Bharrat JagdeoThe Opposition Leader made it clear that the Speaker’s role has come to an end, having previously ruled that the No-confidence Motion was carried. In addition, it was noted that Clerk of the National Assembly, Sherlock Issacs issued a resolution pursuant to the motion.“The Speaker has no further role to play in relation to the No-confidence Motion. Certainly, he has no review powers whatsoever over the already completed process. This ‘legal memorandum’ is the latest act of desperation of a power drunk group who wish to cling to power at all cost,” Jagdeo pointed out.Jagdeo noted that both President David Granger and Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo had previously accepted the results of the No-confidence Motion and had pledged to follow the Constitution and the steps it outlines.“The ‘legal memorandum’ constitutes an amalgam of misconceived and ill-conceived legal arguments and the citation of a host of case law authorities that are absolutely irrelevant to the propositions which they purport to support.”“In the circumstances, we reject this ‘legal memorandum’ as vexatious, frivolous and wholly irrelevant. The Speaker is urged to do likewise,” Jagdeo stated.On December 21, 2018, the No-confidence Motion brought by the parliamentary Opposition – the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) – against the Government succeeded when Charrandas Persaud, a former AFC Member of Parliament, broke rank and made a conscience vote in favour of the motion.Former AFC MP, Charrandas PersaudWith the Government’s defeat, the next steps are spelt out in the Constitution of Guyana. Article 106 (6) of the Constitution states: “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence.”Meanwhile, clause 7 goes on to state that “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election.”In light of the constitutional provisions, Jagdeo renewed his calls on the Government for them to immediately begin the preparations for holding General and Regional Elections in accordance with Article 106 of the Constitution. read more

US man given US21m for false murder charge

A review of DNA evidence helped Craig Coley clear his name in 2017 (Reuters)(BBC) A California man wrongly convicted of murder has been awarded $21m (£16m) as compensation for his 38 years in jail.Craig Coley, 71, was jailed in 1978 for the murder of his ex-partner and her son, but consistently maintained his innocence.He was released in November 2017 after DNA evidence cleared him during a review of the case.His prison term is reportedly the longest ever overturned in California history.The compensation will be paid by the city of Simi Valley as part of an out-of-court settlement.“While no amount of money can make up for what happened to Mr Coley, settling this case is the right thing to do for Mr Coley and our community,” said Simi Valley City Manager, Eric Levitt.“The monetary cost of going to trial would be astronomical and it would be irresponsible for us to move forward in that direction.”‘A model inmate’Vietnam War veteran Mr Coley was jailed for the murder of Rhonda Wicht, 24, and her four-year-old son Donald.Ms Wicht was found raped and strangled, and her son suffocated, at their apartment in Simi City.Police initially suspected Mr Coley after a neighbour said she saw him and his truck at the apartment after hearing a commotion.After two trials, he was sentenced to life in prison without parole. He had no previous convictions at the time.A stream of inconsistencies in the prosecution later emerged, and state governor Jerry Brown pardoned Mr Coley nearly four decades later, calling him a “model inmate.”“The grace with which Mr Coley has endured this lengthy and unjust incarceration is extraordinary,” Mr Brown wrote at the time.“It’s not something you can describe other than it’s painful,” Mr Coley later told the LA Times.“I went four decades not being able to grieve the woman and child I loved.”His bid for freedom was aided by former police detective, Mike Bender, who first expressed concern about the case in 1989.“He’s looking forward to being able to live his life,” Mr Bender told Reuters, “No one would want to trade places with him.”Police have yet to identify who murdered Ms Wicht and her son. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUS mail bombs: Cesar Sayoc charged after campaign against Trump criticsOctober 27, 2018In “World”DPP to formally apply for Bisram’s extraditionDecember 8, 2016In “Crime”Zimmerman Not Guilty in Killing of Trayvon MartinJuly 14, 2013In “World” read more

Peruvian 2007 mining exports up 15

first_imgPeru’s mining exports in 2007 soared to $16.9 billion, representing an increase of 15% compared to 2006 ($14.7 billion), Peru’s National Society of Mining, Petroleum and Energy (SNMPE) has reported. In 2007, Peru’s total exports reached $27 billion dollars, and mining products accounted for 62%.The SNMPE said that up to December 2007, Peru’s mining exports registered sustainable growth for a consecutive period of 55 months. SNMPE informed that copper sales totaled $7.24 billion dollars last year, representing a 20.8% increase compared to 2006, when the sales registered $6 billion. Japan, China and South Korea were the main destination markets for Peruvian copper.Zinc exports jumped to $2.5 billion dollars, an increaseof 27.2% compared to 2006 ($1.99 billion). Belgium,China and Japan were the main destination markets. In 2007, gold exports totaled $4.02 billion, a 0.5% increase compared to 2006 when the sales were $4 billion. The main destination markets were Switzerland, Canada and the USA.last_img read more