Stakes win for Bridgmohan

first_imgNEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (CMC):Jamaican jockey Shaun Bridgmohan made virtually all the running aboard favourite Cash Control to capture the US$60,000 Tiffany Lass Stakes at Fair Grounds here last Saturday.Cash Control grabbed the lead outside the five-eighths pole after fighting Bridgmohan made her running along the rails before easily fending off her challengers in the stretch to reach the wire 2-1/2 lengths clear in a time of one minute, 43.07 seconds. The victory was her third straight but first added money score.Bridgmohan said he realised the four-year-old bay filly wanted the lead from the break and he complied.”She was very determined wanting to go, so I dropped my hands and let her do her thing,” he said.Bridgmohan narrowly missed out on another stakes triumph when he finished second by a nose aboard favourite Twirling Cinnamon as 5-1 chance Taylors Angiel won the $60,000 Sugar Bowl Stakes.last_img read more

Financial irregularities at Region 4 NDCs engaging attention of LGC

first_imgAs investigations continue into financial irregularities at several Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDC) in Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica), the matter is now engaging the attention of the Local Government Commission (LGC).The Diamond/Grove NDCThis was announced by Regional Chairman Genevieve Allen who noted that the Grove/Diamond and Enmore/Hope NDCs are being further investigated with the aim of resolving their financial crises.“The case is being sent to the Ministry of Communities to the Local Government Commission to be investigated. That is the two that I know of. If there are any others, my officers haven’t parcelled any information to me as yet,” Allen told Guyana Times during a telephone interview.She later clarified that the other NDCs have been cleared from all investigations, leaving just the two in the midst.The Enmore/Hope NDCFifty-six million dollars in revenue and taxes collected at the Grove/Diamond NDC was reportedly stolen by a former employee between August 2015 and February 2017.This was brought to the attention of the relevant authorities during the Regional Accounting Communities (RAC) meeting.In light of the revelation, an investigation was launched by the Guyana Police Force on the request on the Chairman of the NDC, Bharrat Narine.Narine in his plead to the Regional Chairman, highlighted that there were many unanswered questions, stressing that the suspected embezzler, Latoya Moore could not have stolen the money alone.On this note, he believes that others should have been questioned in connection with the disappearance of the money including the then, overseer.In addition, there were concerns surrounding a fund-raising activity that was hosted by the Enmore/Hope NDC. After the fundraiser, it was reported that the event ran at a loss but reports suggested otherwise.Enmore/Hope NDC Chairman Mark Mahase in clearing the air on the matter stated that the money generated from the event was handled by the overseer and the other organisers and that they are responsible to present the financial statements.Meanwhile, allegations that were levelled against the Little Diamond/Herstelling NDC were quashed after the aggrieved workers were paid their salaries.It was reported that Allen intervened and called for an investigation to be launched into the matter, which stemmed from the NDC Chairman, Madan Singh refusing to sign the vouchers for the workers to receive their payments.These incidents had raised eyebrows among the members at both the NDC and RDC levels and were ultimately addressed by the Local Government Commission due to the technicalities of the cases.last_img read more

Granger cannot instruct Judicial Commission on appointing Judges−Ramkarran

first_imgpresident David Granger has no power to instruct the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) since that body regulates its own procedure and cannot be dictated to or second-guessed by anyone, including the President, and is answerable only to a court.This is the position held by Senior Counsel and former Speaker of the National Assembly Ralph Ramkarran as he admonished Legal Affairs Minister and Attorney General, Basil Williams, over his pronouncements recently on the President’s appointment of judges.People’s Progressive Party General Secretary, Clement Rohee, had recently urged President Granger to appoint the judges that had been nominated by the JSC but according to Attorney General Williams: “In the case of the said recommendations, they were not triggered by any public advertisement of vacancies in the office of judges and inviting applications for appointments thereto. Under the APNU/AFC Government the days of handpicking and secret overtures to fill vacancies in the office of judges are over.”Ramkarran, in admonishing the Attorney General, has surmised that “this astonishing public admonishment of the JSC and public instructions to a constitutional body as to how it must perform its functions, based on President Granger’s view when he was Leader of the Opposition that vacancies should be advertised, has never, ever occurred in Guyana, in the worst of times.”According to Ramkarran, “President Granger, as Leader of the Opposition or President may have a view on the matter, but he has no power to instruct the JSC.”According to the former Speaker: “The practices the JSC in the conduct of its business from time immemorial were borrowed from the judicial authorities in England… As in England, the JSC has always privately and informally invited individual lawyers in private practice or in the service of the State, who they believe are qualified to sit as judges, to apply.”He noted that in Guyana judges are usually appointed to the Court of Appeal from among senior judges of the High Court or, on rare occasions, from among lawyers in private practice who are invited by the JSC to apply.Ramkarran is adamant that there is no law, rule or practice which requires the invitation of applications for judgeships either in the High Court or the Court of Appeal by way of public advertisement, even though the Chancellor indicated in a meeting with Senior Counsel during last year that he will recommend to the JSC that, where appropriate, necessary and likely to be helpful, public advertisements will be utilised to invite applications for judgeships.“The JSC regulates its own procedure and cannot be dictated to or second guessed by anyone, including the President… The JSC is answerable only to a court.”Williams, during the course of the past week in response to Rohee said “The President must have a higher duty to ensure that the judges he appoints are fit and proper, and were selected and recommended after a transparent process.”He also attributed to the President the responsibilities of “ascertaining the qualifications, suitability, experience, expertise, integrity and absence of nepotism among other considerations.”According to Ramkarran, “the AG seeks to confer on the President an obligation to second-guess the JSC which the Constitution does not.”He has since surmised that this “is a public shredding of the Constitution, which needs urgent clarification by the President or Prime Minister… A statement in the National Assembly would suffice. Otherwise the public pronouncements of the AG would be taken as the official policy of the Government.”According to Ramkarran, in 2001 the authority of the JSC was strengthened and the discretion of the President was removed by the substitution of “shall” for “may.”He notes that Article 128(1) of the Constitution of Guyana now provides that Judges other than the Chancellor and Chief Justice are appointed by the President “who shall act in accordance with the advice of the Judicial Service Commission.”Article 128(2) now provides that “the President shall act in accordance with the advice of the Judicial Service Commission and appoint a person to act in the office of Justice of Appeal or Puisne Judge, as the case may be.”These amendments were based on the recommendations of the Constitution Reform Commission (CRC) in 2000, Ramkarran recalled.last_img read more

Man United transfer news: The defensive signing answer to Van Gaal’s prayers?

first_img 8 8 8 Man United’s defence was lambasted again following a 5-3 mauling by Leicester.Having led 3-1, the defence collapsed and Nigel Pearson’s men ran riot. Since Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra all left, the club lack someone to keep order at the back. It is thought midfield enforcer Kevin Strootman will be targeted, but it’s also likely manager Louis van Gaal will scour the transfer market in January to bolster his defence.Click the arrow on the right of the image to see five suggestions and let us know if any of them fit the bill at Old Trafford. 1. William Gallas: Free agent – If Van Gaal was keen to bring in reinforcements sooner rather than later, then former Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham centre-back Gallas is available for nothing after leaving Perth Glory in Australia. He is the best option of the other free stoppers, who include Diego Lugano and Joseph Yobo and brings with him a shed load of experience. A good player to bear in mind if you get desperate, Louis. 8 6. Borussia Dortmund’s Mats Hummels: Click the arrow to see more possible defensive transfer targets for the Red Devils – Hummels is the one fans would like, but who is sadly unlikely to move in the middle of a season in which Dortmund are challenging for both the Bundesliga and the Champions League. Hummels was made club captain, though crack businessman Ed Woodward may turn up in Dortmund next summer with a blank cheque and tell Jurgen Klopp to fill in the rest. The same apples to Marquinhos at PSG, while there is also Hummels’ team-mate Neven Subotic to keep in mind. 8 4. Tottenham’s Jan Vertonghen: Proven Premier League talent – Click the arrow to see more possible defensive transfer targets for the Red Devils – Verthonghen has left Spurs fans to fret over his future in the last few months. He’s an authoritative and imposing defender who possesses the ball-playing skills Van Gaal appears to be keen on. The 27-year-old is reportedly close to signing a new contract at White Hart Lane, but he’d surely jump at the chance to play for United despite a lack of European football. 8. Atletico Madrid’s Joao Miranda: Van Gaal deal agreed? Click the arrow to see more possible defensive transfer targets for the Red Devils – At the end of last season it was reported that Van Gaal had agreed a deal to sign Miranda from La Liga winners Atletico, but he ended up staying. Could the 30-year-old be persuaded to switch clubs and increase his bank balance in January? 2. Bayern Munich’s Dante: Experienced winner! Click the arrow to see more possible defensive transfer targets for the Red Devils – Dante has his critics, but he’s an experienced defender who has played at the top level for a number of years. He joined Bayern in 2012 and the 31-year-old Brazilian has won the Champions League and two Bundesliga titles. 7. Aston Villa’s Ron Vlaar: A leader? Click the arrow to see more possible defensive transfer targets for the Red Devils – It’s clear Man United are in need of a leader to organise the defence following an awful display against Leicester. Aston Villa captain, ‘Concrete Ron’ Vlaar, could be that man. He was integral to the Netherlands’ back line during the World Cup, coached by Louis van Gaal and won admirers for his commanding displays. Villa manager Paul Lambert wants to tie Vlaar, whose contract runs out at the end of the season, to a new deal. 5. Villarreal’s Mateo Musacchio: Click the arrow to see more possible defensive transfer targets for the Red Devils – The 24-year-old Argentine turned down a move to Tottenham in the summer and is highly thought of in Spain. As well as playing in his natural centre-back position, Musacchio can operate at right-back and defensive midfield. Last season he played 32 times in the heart of the Villarreal defence, making an average 2.4 tackles and showing his impressive reading of the game with 3.4 interceptions, while he is also admired in La Liga for his pace and aerial ability. 8 8 3. Man City’s Matija Nastasic: Get one over the noisy neighbours? Click the arrow to see more possible defensive transfer targets for the Red Devils – The huge rivalry between Man United and Man City may make a move difficult, but he is not getting a look in at the Etihad, so will eventually leave. He is a very composed defender, but still young at 21 years old, so could he take charge at the back? Another young transfer target, John Stones, signed a five-year contract with Everton in August. 8last_img read more

WATCH: Everton fans hail ‘diamond’ Ross Barkley with brilliant terrace song

first_img Ross Barkley 1 Everton fans: “We’ve got a diamond called Ross Barkley…” #EFC #FootyAwayDays— Footy Away Days (@FootyAwayDays_) August 15, 2015// “Because Barkley is a Toffee through and through.”Everton supporters were in a celebratory mood following Saturday lunchtime’s 3-0 victory at Southampton – and this fan-filmed video shows why!Romelu Lukaku netted twice at St Mary’s but it was another shining performance from England starlet Ross Barkley which had the Toffees faithful bouncing at the full-time whistle.Fans were out in their hundreds, with flares to boot, as they hailed their young star, who capped off a wonderful display with the fine third goal.And they mustered a brilliant tune fit for Everton’s ‘diamond’ midfielder.Check it out in the video below! Lyrics (we think):We’ve got a diamond called Ross Barkley,a toffee that comes from Wavertree.He plays alongside James McCarthy,together at Everton FC.And when you’re in the mood,we’ll sing this song for you,‘cos Barkley is a Toffee through and through.last_img read more

‘Jose Mourinho has a split personality,’ says former Chelsea Women star

first_img MONEY She added: “Mourinho in this moment seems insecure and during his time as a manager that insecurity has led to some real Jekyll and Hyde behaviour. Now it’s the turn of those at Manchester United to experience it.“It can be entertaining but also damaging, for Mourinho as much as anybody because by constantly banging on about what he achieved in the past he is bringing into sharp focus the fact he is not doing it now.” RANKED possible standings LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? impact Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Aluko had several encounters with Mourinho while at Chelsea Mourinho gave a series of controversial press conferences following back-to-back Premier League defeats to Brighton and Tottenham, demanding respect from journalists and quoting German philosopher Hegal.Aluko wrote in The Guardian: “Football is full of different characters but there are perhaps none who have a split personality quite like José Mourinho, as I can testify from personal experience.“The mind goes back to the 2014-15 season, when Chelsea won the Premier League title during Mourinho’s second spell there. I had just written a column for the BBC praising José for bringing a spark back to the club and, as our paths crossed at the training ground at Cobham, he gave me a big hug and thanked me for the kind words. Eni Aluko believes Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho can be ‘a completely different person’ when things start to go against him.The former Chelsea Women forward gives an interesting account of her personal experience with Mourinho, describing his ‘Jekyll and Hyde-like’ behaviour and claiming he has a split personality. smart causal REVEALED Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Mourinho is under pressure at United highlights Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade silverware “There was a smile on the manager’s face and a twinkle in his eye.“Fast forward to the following season and around the time the Eva Carneiro affair was taking hold. Once again José and I crossed paths at Cobham; he was leaving the media room as I was entering it to do some media for Chelsea TV. “Hi boss,” I said as we met. Mourinho practically blanked me.“No words this time, no pleasantries, and the type of look that screamed: “What are you doing here?””Aluko, who now plays for Juventus, argues that Mourinho’s behaviour will only damage his career, as it becomes tedious and highlights his failings. England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won 2 2last_img read more


first_imgHUNDREDS of people lined the streets of Ardara today as the community came together to say goodbye to local man Tomás Maguire.Mr Maguire, who was 24, died in a traffic accident 200kms from Perth, Western Australia, two weeks ago.Today his remains were removed from the family home in Ardara to the Church of the Holy Family for Requiem Mass this afternoon, the cortege passing the town’s GAA club where he had played. Hundreds of people were able to watch the Mass live on the internet around the globe.Tomás has friends in both the United States and in Australia where he had moved in February.The internet connection allowed them to follow the Requiem Mass online.Heartfelt tributes were paid to Tomás as his life was remembered by family and friends.  HUNDREDS SAY A SAD FAREWELL TO TOMÁS MAGUIRE was last modified: June 18th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:HUNDREDS SAY A SAD FAREWELL TO TOMAS MAGUIRElast_img read more


first_imgESB repair crews are working to reconnect 110 homes in Co Donegal this evening.Customers in several townlands outside Ballybofey are affected, mainly in Bindoo, Tonduff and Gortiness.ESB staff say they hope to restore power by 7pm. Meanwhile thousands of homes in the State, mainly in Munster and Leinster, have lost power due to lightning strikes. ESB STAFF WORKING TO CONNECT 110 HOMES LEFT WITHOUT POWER was last modified: July 24th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Social Networking Use Triples from Only a Year Ago

first_imgsarah perez Tags:#Facebook#news#NYT#social networks#Social Web#Trends#web Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img Related Posts Obsessed with Facebook? You’re not alone. The hours you spend logging on to update your status, post photos, and make comments on friends’ walls is not simply a “phase” you’re going through which will end sometime soon. It’s a ongoing trend affecting everyone these days and it has serious implications for the online advertising industry. According to new figures from Nielsen, the amount of time spent surfing social networking and blogging sites had tripled since last year, suggesting “a wholesale change in the way the Internet is used,” says Jon Gibs, VP of media and agency insights at the company’s online division. As of August 2009, the time spent on social networking and blogging sites accounts for 17% of the total time spent online, a number up from 6% from a year ago. This change reflects a growing desire for people to stay connected with each other, communicate and share, reports Nielsen. Advertisers Taking NoticeWhile for consumers, hitting up Facebook for a daily dose of socializing is just par for the course nowadays, this change in consumer behavior has had dramatic impact on the online advertising industry. Where before, advertisers were somewhat wary of social media properties, they’re now spending more than ever for prominent spots on social networking sites. Even as companies decreased their overall ad expenditures, they increased their spend on top social networks and blogs – up 119% from last year. ($108 million in August 2009 up from $49 million in August 2008). And when broken down by category, the increases are even more dramatic. The entertainment industry, for example, has increased spending by 812% year-over-year on social network sites and the travel industry increased spending by 364%. When it comes to which sites advertisers choose, there’s no doubt that Facebook is currently the king. Ten out of thirteen industries analyzed by Nielsen listed Facebook as advertisers’ number one choice when ranked by display ad impressions. The only industries where MySpace still ruled were Entertainment, Financial Services, and Hardware & Electronics. Those findings seem to mostly support what a study from earlier this year said about MySpace’s demographics. Namely, MySpace users are more focused on entertainment than those on other networks and have the lowest average income (hence the need for financial services). However, it’s LinkedIn users who are the most interested in gadgets said the study, so the Hardware and Electronic ad spend on MySpace is a bit surprising. We suppose that’s simply because the number of MySpace users dwarfs that of LinkedIn. Well that, and the fact that these days “Entertainment” means TVs, game consoles, and other techie gadgets. For a full look at the dollars spent by category, check out Nielsen’s full report. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

One held in Goa illegal mining case

first_imgA Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Goa police, which is probing cases of illegal mining in the State, arrested the accused, Imran Khan, on Tuesday evening. Superintendent of Police Karthik Kashyap, who is heading the SIT probe, said Khan extracted iron-ore amounting to crores of rupees between 2007 and 2012 during the Congress-led coalition government headed by Chief Minsiter Digambar Kamat.He allegedly acted at the behest of an influential politician in extracting ore from TC No. 65/61 belonging to the mining lease holder, Amalia Figeriedo.last_img read more