Spurs agreed £22m Alderweireld contract after missing out on Norwich ace Godfrey

first_imgMOST READ IN SPORT THROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticIT’S…NOT TOMMY BOWETommy Bowe discovers someone has been impersonating him on TinderMAC DADDYTriple H wants McGregor v McMahon with winner getting rights to billionaire strutIt is reported that his new contract is worth around £120,000-a-week – which adds up to around £22m for the entirety of his stay.Mourinho has now urged team-mates Christian Eriksen and Vertonghen to follow in Alderweireld’s footsteps and pen new terms.Both of the Spurs stars are stalling on contract extensions and will become free agents in June.2 Toby Alderwiereld’s contract was set to expire next summerCredit: Rex FeaturesTottenham boss Jose Mourinho comments on Toby Alderweireld signing new deal with Spurs TOTTENHAM reportedly agreed a new deal with Toby Alderweireld after missing out on Norwich ace Ben Godfrey.The Belgium international, 30, put pen to paper on a new deal to keep him with Jose Mourinho’s side until 2023.2 England Under-21 international Godfrey attracted interest from Jose MourinhoCredit: Rex FeaturesAccording to Football Insider, Tottenham turned their attention to Alderweireld after failing in their pursuit for Godfrey.It is understood that Daniel Farke’s side made it clear to Spurs that the 21-year-old would not be sold in January.Mourinho’s men indicated their interest in Godfrey earlier this month ahead of a potential £25million swoop.The Portuguese boss was searching for defensive reinforcements to replace contract rebels Jan Vertonghen and Alderweireld.But Alderweireld agreed a bumper new deal to end speculation that he could join rivals Manchester United.last_img read more

World Cup: France hopes luck won’t be needed to get past Peru

first_img“Thirty thousand Peruvians came to Moscow, so they are very excited and enthusiastic,” Deschamps said. “We played Colombia in March and we saw that they are not only aggressive, but they have very good players.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ View comments LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Upcoming games ‘do-or-die’ for Magnolia Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacueescenter_img France can’t count on such good fortune against a disciplined Peru defense, and coach Didier Deschamps didn’t rule out tweaking his lineup.“I will have 11 (players) against Peru,” Deschamps said. “It may be the same, it may be different ones, but those three attacking players played as they should play. I have a good group. Each of them has his say among the 23 players.”GUERRERO WATCHOne of the key questions for Peru will be how coach Ricardo Gareca uses the country’s all-time leading scorer, Paolo Guerrero.After having a doping ban lifted just before the start of the tournament, the 34-year-old striker came on as a substitute against Denmark and played well in about 30 minutes of action. He almost scored twice, the last time using his unique skill set to nearly create what would have been an equalizing goal.It’s the kind of effort that could prompt Gareca to return Guerrero to a starting role for this match, which will determine whether Peru has a chance of advancing to the second round for the first time since 1978.FAN ADVANTAGEPeru brought one of the largest contingents of fans to Russia. Tens of thousands are following the Incas during their first World Cup appearance in 36 years.They were loud throughout Peru’s opener at Mordovia Arena in Saransk, at times drowning out their Danish counterparts.That support could be a factor in trying to rattle France’s stars. Deschamps said the fans reminded him of Colombia’s supporters during friendly in Paris that Colombia won 3-2. The only previous meeting between the teams was a 1982 friendly that Peru won 1-0.TROUBLED TRIOFrance’s top attackers — Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele — were underwhelming against Australia.France outshot its opponent 12-6. Griezmann had five of those attempts, Mbappe had one and Dembele played 70 minutes without a shot on goal. Griezmann’s goal came after a penalty, the byproduct of a video assistant referee review of a foul on the sideline.The other goal was initially credited to Paul Pogba before a panel of former coaches and players determined it actually came off a touch by Australia’s Aziz Behich.ADVERTISEMENT France benefited from some good fortune. Its first goal came after a penalty called with the aid of video review. Then it scored again on a fluky goal that was found by goal-line technology to have crossed the line and was later determined to have been last touched by an Australian player.France was one of only two teams ranked in FIFA’s top seven to win its opening match. The other was Belgium.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownA win Thursday night against Peru at Yekaterinburg Arena would put France in position to wrap up a second consecutive appearance in the round of 16.The Peruvians held a 17-10 advantage in shots on goal but failed to capitalize on their chances during a 1-0 loss to Denmark . Peru’s task could be even harder against Group C favorite France, which it will be facing for the first time in World Cup play. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina France’s players run on the field during a training session at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Istra, Russia, Monday, June 18, 2018. (AP Photo/David Vincent)YEKATERINBURG, Russia — The pre-tournament favorites at this World Cup have struggled so far. France is no exception — but at least it has a win.Les Bleus, who are seventh in the FIFA world rankings, got past Australia 2-1 in their opener despite a mostly lackluster effort from their trio of elite strikers.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Valdez, Santiago sisters lead women’s team as PH volleyball pool for SEA Games unveiled

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Alyssa Valdez is back for her eighth tour of duty for the Philippines, third for the Southeast Asian Games, while former national team players Mika Reyes, Aby Maraño, Denden Lazaro, Dawn Macandili were also named to women’s national team pool. Sisters Jaja Santiago and Dindin Santiago-Manabat, Ces Molina, Jia Morado, Mylene Paat, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, and Filipino-American players Kalei Mau, Alohi Robins-Hanfy, and MJ Phillips were selected in the pool where the final lineup for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games will be chosen from. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsFresh faces are also part of the group with Eya Laure headlining the newcomers that also include Diana Carlos, Kath Arado, Angel Cayuna, Celine Domingo, Jema Galanza, and Jerrili Malabanan.Shaq Delos Santos will call the shots for the women’s national team with Shaq Esquibel and Kung Fu Reyes as his deputies.  MANILA, Philippines—A mix of familiar names and first-timers make up the talent pool for the Philippine national volleyball teams that will play in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games hosted by the country later in the year.The names for the women’s, men’s and under-23 teams were announced on Thursday by Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas Inc.ADVERTISEMENT Marck Espejo, a former five-time UAAP MVP, and John Vic de Guzman, once named captain, will headline the men’s side. Also chosen for the men’s team pool are Adbilla Alnakran, Mark Alfafara, Bryan Bagunas, Kim Dayandante, Joven dela Vega, Rex Intal, Ismail Fauzi, Jack Kalingking, Jessie Lopez, Jeffrey Malabanan, Kim Malabunga, Rikko Marmeto, Ricky Marcos, Ish Polvorosa, Francis Saura, Jayvee Sumagaysay, Peter Torres, and Joshua Umandal. National University’s Dante Alinsunurin is the men’s team head coach with Ariel Dela Cruz and Sherwin Meneses as his assistants. ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Playoff contest heats up Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship historycenter_img Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View comments Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

Matthew Wright stays upbeat after Phoenix loss to Ginebra

first_imgJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra But that, too, does not faze Wright.If anything, he feels this affords him the learnings his team sorely needs for the steeper trek ahead which is the playoff round.“You know, more than anything, I’m trying to find the silver lining, this really prepared us for the playoffs—what the playoff atmosphere is like with the crowd, with the intensity,” Wright said.“I’m proud of the guys that we fought. We were up almost the whole game but a couple of breakdowns—my part defensively—were very costly.Phoenix, a relatively young team in the PBA, absorbed only its second loss in the Philippine Cup. They now set their sights on their final assignment in the elimination round which is a date with defending champion San Miguel Beer.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Isa Molde rues UP’s lack of mental toughness in loss to Ateneo Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history “We felt like we shot ourselves in the foot, There were a couple of calls that didn’t go our way that were unfortunate but it’s basketball,” Wright told reporters.“It wasn’t that tough of a loss. We’re not gonna let that emotionally affect us. They’re a good team and we have had a good season so far,” he added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsAfter a whirlwind of buckets and lead changes, Phoenix—the No. 1 team in the all-Filipino conference—suddenly saw themselves playing catchup late in the game.The FuelMasters’ inability to clamp down on Ginebra in the dying seconds cost them a chance at securing the first twice-to-beat privilege. Phoenix Fuel Masters. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoenix Pulse’s Matthew Wright squandered a chance to send the game against Ginebra into overtime, but the FuelMasters marksman said the missed shot—along with the lapses he made throughout Sunday’s 100-97 loss on Sunday night—aren’t going to weigh him down.For starters, it wasn’t that heartbreaking of a defeat.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying MOST READ LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “I feel like more important than our record right now is us getting better and becoming more cohesive as a team the next couple of weeks before playoffs,” Wright said.The FuelMasters tangle with the Beermen on Saturday at Panabo Multi-Purpose Tourism, Sports & Cultural Center in Davao del Norte.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

Lone Star Restores Hope for 2017 Afcon

first_imgIt had to happen this time and national coach James Salinsa Debbah told the Daily Observer, “The victory is necessary to give our players the self esteem that they have lost for past defeats.” But Debbah also revealed that he had known from the beginning that Tunisia would fall in Monrovia and promised many others would also fall.Known as the Miracle Man when he donned the number 10 jersey decades ago for the very team that he his coaching today, Debbah said he had anticipated a positive result, though there were ‘doubting Thomases’ who would not give the team any chance. “I saw the opportunity,” Debbah said, “and went for it.”Beating Tunisia 1-0 last Saturday afternoon in the second round of the qualifiers for the 2017 African Cup of Nations brought relief to a country that had been flogged by an unknown enemy, (Ebola) a name taken from a river in Congo.“This is the beginning,” Debbah said while en route to the Roberts International Airport with his deputy, Kelvin Sebwe for a one month coaching trip to Germany, courtesy of the Liberia Football Association, to enable them gain some refresher coaching for the next four games against Djibouti, (away and home) Togo (at home) and Tunisia (away) in 2016.With the victory over Tunisia, despite the loss (2-1) against Togo in the first match, Liberia has a good chance of topping Group A and as a result may qualify for the 2017 African Cup of Nations to be held in Gabon. Djibouti lost their second game to Togo last Saturday (2-0) and they are Liberia’s next opponents in Djibouti City, as its capital city is known.Tunisia had beaten Djibouti 8-1 in the first leg and so with the Liberia national football team’s incredible performance last Saturday, Liberia has a good chance of overcoming them both home and away; treat Togo in Monrovia like Tunisia and in the worst case scenario, fight for a draw against Tunisia in the away encounter in Tunis to accumulate the maximum 13 points.According to the rules, at the end of the competition, the countries that top the 13 groups of four teams each, along with the best two runners-up will be added to the host, Gabon, to make it a total of 16 countries for the tournament.And for that to happen, Debbah said, “The Liberian government must come in with the finances needed so that we can qualify for the African Cup of Nations in 2017.”Few days before the game, many Liberians took to the airwaves and expressed optimism that Liberia would win the encounter against Tunisia, despite the fact many said Tunisia has had better financial support for their national team. Some even predicted 1-0 while others predicted 2-0 in Liberia’s favor.The optimism in the Lone Star camp could only be matched by the expectation of teeming fans who would not want any other result than victory. Even last Friday’s pre-game press conference at the headquarters of the Liberia Football Association in Monrovia demonstrated the frustration of sports journalists who wanted to know what would happen to the technical staff if the team did not win against Tunisia. So with such dire anticipation, national team, under skipper Dennis Teah confidently led his men onto the field to honor an assignment that could have either won for them respect and hope or condemnation and recrimination.The Gambian match officials held firmly to the game as it proceeded with the Tunisians who were extremely cautious not to let their defense too much laxity. They knew that since the Liberians were playing at home, there was too much pressure the visitors and did not want to commit unnecessary defensive blunders.The Lones Star team, led by skipper Teah Dennis, went into the game but the Tunisians had planned to frustrate that effort. By the end of the first fifteen minutes, the efforts of Liberian strikers Sam Johnson, Anthony Laffor, Francis Grandpa Doe and Solomon Grimes had been neutralized by the Tunisian defense and spectators were becoming uneasy.However, the players kept on the pressure and threw caution to te wind as saw that the Tunisians were relying on counter-attacks, but with many players in the defense.The Tunisians had height advantage and playing the ball in the air suited them and this worked for them for a while until Lone Star decided to keep the ball on the ground, which paid off. They were able now to control the ball and at one point the ball was distributed from Laffor to Francis Doe, to Zack Krangar—remembering the popular format known many years ago as ‘from-me-to-you,’ as spectators cheered them on.As Lone Star searched for the elusive goal the Tunisians simply waited for opportunities and did not demonstrate too much aggression comparable to their opponents. Lone Star wasted several set-pieces, like free-kicks and throw-ins but they showed with their repeated attacks into the Tunisians half that they were up to the task.By the 78th minute, Lone Star’s Anthony Laffor, Francis Grandpa Doe, and William Jerbor were working overtime, and a resulting attack saw Anthony Laffor running hard with the ball on the wings.The Tunisians, as usual had a compact defense. Running parallel towards the goal were several Lone Star players, including Francis Grandpa Doe. Laffor did not waste too much time as he sent the ball over the Tunisia’s goal area, and as the ball flew across, Doe made a sacrifice to connect the ball into the net with his head as the Tunisian defense and their goalkeeper completely stranded.It was exactly the 79th minute that made all the difference. The Tunisians who had engaged in much delay tactics as the time ticked away made some desperate attempts to open up their game but it was too late.Lone Star: Salee Swen, Solomon Grimes, Dirki Glay, Teah Dennis, Patrick Gerhadt, Anthony Laffor, Sam Johnson, Francis Doe, William Jerbor, Gizzi Dorbor, Zack Krangar.Meanwhile, Burkina Faso and South Africa were the biggest casualties of the Day Two matches on Saturday, suffering losses away from home. They tasted defeats in encounters where much was expected of them as the journey for the places at the final tournament of the 31st edition of the showpiece continental football tournament gathers momentum.‘Les Etalons’ of Burkina Faso, losing finalists at the 2013 edition in South Africa were undone by a Joel Mogorosi’s 50th minute strike, which handed Botswana victory in the Group D encounter in Francistown.In Nouakchott, Mauritania overwhelmed South Africa beating them 3-1 to boost their chances in Group M. ‘Les Mourabitounes’ went up after five minutes after Bafana Bafana goalie Itumeleng Khune failed to make a firm grab of a shot from Ali Abeid from a free-kick.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Black Bush Polder residents protest Berbice Police

first_imgAlleged rape of teacherResidents of Yakusari, Black Bush Polder on Wednesday afternoon picketed the Mibicuri Police Station – also in Black Bush Polder – demonstrating their frustration in trying to get justice for a school teacher who was allegedly raped and robbed at knifepoint.The protesters are claiming that the victim and her family were chased out of one Police Station while the Divisional Commander is being accused of ridiculing theYakasary residents picketing the Mibicuri Police Station family for going to the media.Holding placards which read “We want justice”; “Why the police stop us to go to Mr Harbhajan office”; “A drug addict and a rapist cannot be free” and “No bail for a rapist”, the residents chanted “we need justice” as they marched in front of the Mibicuri Police Station.The protesters say it is the only way they can peacefully vent their frustration at those in authority – who are now upset with them for taking their concerns to the media.The angry residents are claiming that the Police in that area are now treating the alleged criminal as the victim, and the victim as the criminal.Just over a week ago, the teacher was allegedly raped by one of her husband’s workmates while he was working in the rice field.It had been reported that the man allegedly went into the house just after midnight, put a knife to the teacher’s neck and threatened to kill her if she did not cooperate. After committing the act, the man robbed her of a cellular phone.One of the protesters, Sandra Vasquazuea, while on the picket line, said much of what the teacher had (on her phone) as private was now in the public domain. “The man had a knife to her neck and threatened to kill her. It is a ‘Common Entrance’ teacher who get students going to Presidents College. And it is not just rape; she was beaten in her face and had a knife at her throat …and her phone was stolen.”Meanwhile, last Friday, Sunil Suelar, 18, of Yakusari North, was placed on $150,000 bail when he appeared at the Number 51 Magistrate’s Court charged with having penetrative intercourse without the consent of the said teacher.Magistrate Charlyn Artiga also ordered the accused to not get within 100 feet of the Virtual Complainant (VC) and advised that she (the teacher) report any instance where the accused may be making mention of the alleged incident and if it is found that he was acting unlawfully he could be remanded. The matter has been transferred to the Mibicuri Court and comes up again on November 21.However, family members are upset over the way they have allegedly been treated. They say while the suspect has not been charged with armed robbery, officers at the Whim Police Station told them that the suspect has promised to return the cellular phone. One of the victim’s sisters is also claiming that seven family members went last Tuesday to the Mibicuri Police Station to uplift the phone as instructed and they were not welcomed there.According to her, they were outside the Police Station when one of the senior officers at that station made certain derogatory remarks.“We ask him what is the next step with the phone, and he turn and say ‘alyu move from me face’…” the relative stated.At that time, it was only the victim who was allowed to enter the police station as her family members remained outside.However, the officer at that station has denied the allegations, but the victim’s husband who claims that he was right there when family members were verbally abused tells a similar story.“The Corporal say if awe wan do he wuk an he start cuss up,” the man related. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

NEW GPC INC donates fire prevention materials to Guyana Fire Service

first_imgNEW GPC INC in fulfilling its social corporate responsibility, has once again contributed to ongoing efforts by the Guyana Fire Service to sensitise the public on fire prevention measures.The local pharmaceutical company handed over some 2500 pieces of material on fire safety and prevention practices. The donation was held at the Guyana Fire Service’s Headquarters, downtown Georgetown.NEW GPC Marketing Manager and International Sales Associate, Elizabeth Ram, explained this is the company’s fifth year in supplying materials needed by the Fire Service to boost its prevention and safety drive.“It is very important that people are aware of what needs to be done, the precautions that need to be taken and the measures that need to be put in placeNEW GPC’s Marketing Manager Elizabeth Ram handing over the materials to Fire Prevention Officer Nigel Gravesande on Tuesdaybecause a fire is not just a one-off thing, it takes your whole future away from you… [So] we will support getting the information that needs to be out there as much as possible,” Ram posited.Following the brief presentation ceremony, Fire Prevention Officer within the Guyana Fire Service, Nigel Gravesande, disclosed that these materials will particularly be helpful with sensitisation efforts in the hinterland regions.“It would be a great boost for us given the fact that these flyers can go into the hinterland areas, where those folks there do not see fire officers on a regular basis,” he explained.Gravesande went on to express appreciation to NEW GPC for its support over the past years, while calling on other companies to follow suit and fulfill their corporate responsibility.“They have been a very good friend to us in relation to donating these flyers and so forth, they’re always on board when it comes to fire prevention. We always encourage the corporate society to lend a helping hand so that a safer nation with donations such as this,” the Fire Prevention Officer noted.last_img read more

Vishnu Persaud was most qualified candidate – ERC

first_imgGECOM hiring practices…says 1st time in history top-ranked candidate overlookedBy Devina SamarooSome six months after he was overlooked for the position of Deputy Chief Elections Officer (DCEO) at the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), an investigation has found that Vishnu Persaud was in fact the most qualified person for the job.“Mr Persaud was the first candidate in the history of GECOM who had obtained the highest score and had not been appointed,” stated the report on the findings of the probe, which was conducted by the Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC).The report was handed over to the complainants, the Opposition-nominated GECOM Commissioners on Monday.Commissioners Robeson Benn, Bibi Shaddick and Sase Gunraj had accused GECOM of favouring one particular ethnic group in its hiring practices. The situation escalated when in June 2018, Persaud – who worked at GECOM for 12 years, including in the capacity of DCEO – was overlooked for that position, even though he emerged as the highest scored candidate, with a score of 76.Roxanne Myers came in at second with 72.Despite Persaud being the top-ranked candidate, the Government Commissioners voted for Myers to be appointed while the Opposition Commissioners voted for Persaud. Chairman, Retired Justice James Patterson used his deciding vote in favour of Myers.“Shifty”During an interview with investigators, Justice Patterson said he did not support the return of Persaud as DCEO because he was “shifty”.In fact, Justice Patterson admitted that he had never met nor interacted with Persaud, but he had a feeling that the top-ranked candidate could not be trusted.“… he came over to me as shifty and unreliable, that is constant in my mind and I was not going to recommend him in place of somebody who I think was … I saw sufficient to raise a red flag or more than one red flag that this gentleman does not come up to basic standards of character and honesty that I like to have working with me,” Justice Patterson is quoted as saying in the report.He was asked to submit evidence to support his claims but failed to do so, despite reminders from the ERC investigators.The investigation found that Justice Patterson’s “failure to produce the documentation on which he based his conclusion that Mr Persaud was an unsatisfactory candidate has grossly discredited his finding concerning Mr Persaud’s shiftiness, unreliability, and dishonesty”.In fact, the ERC report expressed that “throughout the course of this investigation, the Sub-Committee found no evidence to suggest that Mr Persaud made any misrepresentation with regard to his qualification to the Commission”.Furthermore, the GECOM Chairman’s judgment of Persaud vastly differed from those expressed by individuals who actually worked with him.Former GECOM Chairman, Dr Steve Surujbally described Persaud as a good character, who employed tact, prudence, wisdom, and honesty in the discharge of his duties.The Chief Elections Officer (CEO), Keith Lowenfield also described Persaud as having good interpersonal relationships, good work performances, and undertook various responsibilities.QualificationsThe Government Commissioners, Vincent Alexander, Charles Corbin and Desmond Trotman contended that Myers was better qualified than Persaud.Corbin told the investigators that Myers had “superior qualifications and potential to perform”.But documents contained in the report show that Myers had only a Masters of Arts in Gender and Peace Building from the University of Peace, Costa Rica (September 2003- June 2004) and her only listed work experience is an association with the Media Monitoring Unit of the ERC.On the other hand, Persaud possessed a Master of Business Administration – Anglia Ruskin from the United Kingdom (May 2014-June 2017) as well as a Level 5 Certificate from the Institute of Management, UK, and a Diploma in Public Relations from the Institute of Public Relations, UK.For work experience, it was outlined that he was Public Relations Officer at GECOM from November 2001 to August 2014, then Personal Assistant to the Chairman, and then DCEO from August 2014 to August 2017.Under the assessment of working knowledge, Persaud had good working knowledge of computers and is very familiar with the data requirements at GECOM while Myers had none.Similarly, Persaud attended elections-related conferences in India and England, while Myers had no exposure to such conferences.In fact, Myers has been openly supportive of the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition on her Facebook page – a development which caused many to question her integrity to serve as DCEO.When this question was put to the GECOM Chair, he saw no problem with that, stating: “Roxanne Myers’ involvement in politics has no concern for me. It is her constitutional right to do so.”Types of hiringIn addition to the matter with Persaud versus Myers, the ERC was asked to do a probe into the general hiring practices of the elections body.GECOM utilises two different processes when it comes to hiring employees. Managerial employees are interviewed by four Commissioners (two from the Opposition and two from the Government). After interviewing and assessing their eligibility, the four Commissioners would present their findings to the full Commission, which would then vote. Non-managerial staffers are hired by the Human Resources Department.However, the ERC was unable to assess the hiring practices as it relates to non-managerial staff, since there was no cooperation from the relevant authorities.The investigation was conducted by Retired Justice Stanley Moore, who had served as Home Affairs Minister under late President LFS Burnham during the People’s National Congress (PNC) regime, along with former Deputy Commissioner of Police, Lloyd Smith and human resources consultant Jairam Petam.last_img read more

Horst takes first in team event, 11th in individual races at Belfast Crashed Ice

first_imgAdam Horst was on the ice this past weekend for the third event on the Crashed Ice schedule. Horst was in Belfast, Northern Ireland and came away with an 11th place finish in the individual races, and a first place finish in the team events with his group Living the Dream.He bowed out in the quarter final round after finishing the course in a time of 41.28. His 11th place finished earned him 240 championship points and he sits in 12th place in the overall season standings.With Living the Dream’s first place finish they earned themselves 1,000 points in the standings, and they’re second overall in the team season standings. They trail Prestige Worldwide by 440 points heading into the final race in Edmonton March 12-14.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Mom gets jail time, probation in toddler’s death

first_imgJail overcrowding has resulted in an early release of inmates. But on Monday, Calloway said prosecutors agreed to have Wilson sentenced Monday because she has children with health problems. “The D.A.’s Office agreed to do that. She’s got children with health issues that she takes care of,” Calloway said. Deputy District Attorney Valerie Little declined to comment on the case. Wilson will surrender Friday to begin serving her jail time. Wilson pleaded guilty to one count of felony child abuse after prosecutors agreed to dismiss a second felony child-abuse count. LANCASTER – A Lake Los Angeles woman was sentenced Monday to two months in jail for endangering her three children by driving around barricades into a storm-swollen wash, resulting in the drowning of her 2-year-old daughter. Sheshe Myesha Wilson, 36, also known as Tonie Myesha Davis, also was placed on four years’ probation. “This is more a tragedy than an accident,” said Wilson’s attorney, Bryant Calloway. “There is no question that she is a good mother.” Monday’s sentencing was the result of a plea agreement announced in November. Prosecutors said Wilson would serve the 60 days in Los Angeles County jail first and then be formally sentenced to ensure that she served the entire two-month term. Wilson drove her SUV around two sets of “road closed” barriers during a torrential Jan. 9, 2005, storm and into fast-moving water where normally dry Little Rock Wash crosses Avenue N, officials said. Little Jamaia Davis fell into the flooded desert wash while a Los Angeles County Fire Department helicopter was rescuing the family members from their Ford Escape, which was nearly submerged. The toddler’s lifeless body was found a mile or two downstream. Little said previously that Wilson, the toddler, and Wilson’s two other children, a 16-year-old girl and a 10-year-old boy, had climbed on the vehicle’s roof after it got stuck in the fast-moving water. A CHP officer and road workers in a county truck, then firefighters in a fire engine, were unable to get through the water, though they could hear the family screaming, authorities said. A Fire Department helicopter, whose crew had already rescued more than two dozen storm victims elsewhere around the county that day, began lifting people off the car, fire officials said. There have been conflicting accounts of how the toddler fell into the water. Little had said earlier that Wilson fell off the top of the car and lost hold of the toddler. Calloway said rescue workers bumped into Wilson, and the toddler was knocked out of her mother’s arms. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744160Want 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