MUMBAI, India (CMC):India plan to specifically target explosive opener Chris Gayle in today’s semi-final of the Twenty20 World Cup, team director Ravi Shastri said yesterday.”Bring it on. All our bowlers will target him,” Shastri warned.”I have said this at the beginning. They are probably one of the most dangerous sides in this format,” Shastri said.The left-handed Gayle heads a list of big-hitters in the West Indies side, with the likes of Marlon Samuels, Andre Russell, captain Darren Sammy and Dwayne Bravo all capable of match-winning innings.”They have got explosive players, match-winners. We know what we are up against and we are up and ready as well. This is not a knockout game for us. The knockout was the last game. That was the quarter-final. This is the semi-final.”I still believe we have played only 70 per cent to our abilities in this tournament. There are still areas where we can improve. Let’s hope it happens tomorrow,” said Shastri.”In a semi-final you got to get your ‘A’ game in. You can’t depend on one or two players, you need six, seven players to step up to the plate. It has not happened so far in this tournament. Let’s hope it happens.”
Houston Rockets’ Chris Paul, right, shakes hands with teammate James Harden after a 95-92 win over the Golden State Warriors in Game 4 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Finals Tuesday, May 22, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)HOUSTON — When the Houston Rockets suit up for Thursday night’s Western Conference finals game, they’ll carry onto the court a remembrance of the 10 people who lost their lives in last week’s Texas school shooting in Santa Fe.Each player’s uniform will feature a gray rectangular patch on one shoulder that will read: “Santa Fe HS” when they meet the Golden State Warriors in Game 5. The words will be in green writing with a yellow outline as a nod to the school’s colors.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 MOST READ China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls LATEST STORIES “If it moves two or three people to understand that we’ve got to have some change, that would be great,” coach Mike D’Antoni said. “Your heart goes out to them and it puts you back in reality real quick. It’s just time for something to change. We just can’t go on (like this).”The patches are one of several tributes the team plans in the first home game since Friday’s shooting. Eight students and two teachers died at the school, located 30 miles from downtown Houston. A 17-year-old student is being held on capital murder charges.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 crownThe high school’s choir will perform the national anthem and there will be a moment of silence and a video tribute prior to tipoff to remember the victims.Before answering questions about the series Friday, Chris Paul sent his condolences to those affected by the shooting, and the star guard addressed the tragedy again in an on-court interview with TNT after Tuesday night’s win. Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments “We have to all come together, obviously, politicians mainly, need to come together and get it right,” Texans’ coach Bill O’Brien said. “Whatever the answer is, they need to come together and get it right because it’s got to stop happening. But what J.J. has done, nothing surprises me with J.J. He really cares about Houston. He cares about people, and it’s a great thing.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Almadro officially appointed as Lady Eagles coach, Sto. Tomas as men’s mentor Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “The city of Houston, we’re going to need you,” Paul said. “We’re going to need you Game 5. The city has been through a tough time with the things in Santa Fe. But … hopefully basketball can be a way that people can come and ease their minds if only for a second. Houston, we’re coming home.”Santa Fe’s senior class, which is about 300 students, and administrators have been invited to attend the game as guests of owner Tilman Fertitta. The Rockets also will honor first responders on the court. Fertitta was born and grew up in Galveston, Texas, which is in the same county as Santa Fe, and hopes his gesture can help raise the spirits of students trying to find a sense of normalcy after the shooting.“I have roots in Galveston County. Everybody knows that,” Fertitta told reporters Tuesday night. “I played on that football field in Santa Fe. We just wanted to step up … just something we can do to recognize the deceased and let the survivors have a great time.”Proceeds from Thursday night’s charity raffle will go to the Santa Fe Strong Memorial Fund.The Rockets have joined the city’s other professional sports teams in honoring those affected by the shooting. On Tuesday, the Houston Astros donned T-shirts during batting practice that said: “Santa Fe Strong.” Houston Texans star J.J. Watt pledged to pay for the funerals of all the victims and visited with some of those wounded in the shooting at a local hospital Monday.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’
Drama unfolded in the Supreme Court yesterday when lawyers representing 13 lawmakers from Montserrado County, who were questioning the “constitutionality” of Executive Order #65, verbally requested the bench to withdraw the lawsuit without filing the necessary legal documents.The petition was, however, not withdrawn by the bench of justices.Cllr. Kanie Wesso, who represented the interest of the lawmakers, did not meet-up with the legal procedure provided for under the law to file for a motion to withdraw a case.The lawmakers include Edwin M. Snowe, J. Gabriel Nyenkan, Munah Pelham Youngblood, Bill Twehway, Solomon George, A. Vamuyah Corneh, Adolph Akwe Lawrence, Saah H. Joseph, Julius F. Berrian, Edward S. Ford, Acaraus Moses Gray, Thomas P. Fallah and William V. Dakel. These lawmakers had argued that the order violated Articles 13 and 17 of the 1986 Constitution.Their request prompted the Justice in Chamber, Associate Justice Philip A.Z. Banks to place a “stay order” on the enforcement of the President’s Executive Order #65, which case the Justices of the Supreme Court were hearing yesterday when the lawmakers asked their lawyers to withdraw it, alleging, “we are no more interested in pursuing this matter.” On December 3, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf issued Executive Order#65 banning certain rights, including mass movement of people, rallies, parades and demonstrations on the streets of Monrovia, for thirty days (30) after the announcement of the result of the December 20 Special Senatorial Election.President Sirleaf also said the action was to strengthen the effort of her government to contain the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), to protect the security of the state, and to maintain law and order and promote peace and stability in the country.Speaking on behalf of the full bench yesterday, Chief Justice Francis S. Korkpor advised Cllr. Wesso saying, “We can’t do what you fail to do for yourself. Go back and prepare those papers before we can make a determination into your request to withdraw.”“As it stands,” Chief Justice Korkpor emphasized, “there is no request before us to withdraw the lawsuit. We are going to give you time to do so. We can’t compel you to go ahead with the matter by all cause;” adding “if you chose to withdraw the matter that is provided for under the law, but you have to do the proper legal things.”When Cllr. Wesso appeared before the justices he openly told them, “Your Honor, upon advice of my clients just this morning, they asked me to withdraw the case that is before you for hearing.”He knew full well that he had never submitted any legal papers, including a notice of motion and a supporting affidavit, which a lawyer must file before seeking the justices’ permission to withdraw their case.Cllr. Wesso went as far as saying, “They want me to say that the election is schedule for Saturday and they do not want to do anything to disrupt the process, because the National Elections Commission (NEC) has put everything into place for a smooth conduct of the special senatorial election.”When he was asked by the Justices if the withdrawal means that the stay order placed on the executive order should be lifted? The senior counselor quickly replied, “I can’t say more than what my clients want to say. They want me to inform you that they are no more interested in the case.”According to a legal expert, the notice of motion informs the opposing party of the date the motion will be submitted to the judge, the relief requested, the name and address of the court, and the date by which papers in response to the motion must be filed with the court.He added that the supporting affidavit is the notarized statement reciting the facts establishing the party’s right to have the action withdrawn. “The affidavit in support should follow the court’s guidelines for a motion to withdraw a case,” he maintained.In her brief argument, Cllr. Betty Lamie Blamo, Solicitor General and one of the lead lawyers representing the State, told the court, if the lawmakers’ legal team complete their withdrawal procedure, then it means the stay order placed on the executive order should be lifted and they should immediately proceed with its implementation.Unfortunately, Cllr. Blamo was fined US$200 by the High Court, after they filed late their legal responsive pleading against the lawmakers’ petition to quash the President’s Executive Order #65.In the case of Robert Sirleaf, son of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, his lawyer Idris Sheriff told the court yesterday that his client was not prepared to go ahead with the matter and wanted continuance.A continuance can occur by operation of law when a case has not been tried or otherwise disposed of during a particular term because of unanticipated problems, such as the death of the presiding judge. The case is automatically postponed until the following term.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The New Water in the Desert Assembly (NWIDA) has recently ended its 17th church anniversary with a call by the church pastor, Kortu K. Brown to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and all Liberians to prepare the way for the 2017 Presidential and Legislative elections to avoid any bumps, hitches, potholes in the process.Rev. Brown said, “Good leaders prepare the way for change,” insisting that an excellent leader’s mark is identified by the way transformation is processed through people and organizations.Using the theme: “Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord” with Scripture Text: St. Mark 1:1-3, the cleric reminded all Liberians that they are a critical factor in preparing the way for 2017 in their thinking, feeling and decision-making. “Like people who brushed the bushes in the past for government officials to travel to their towns and villages, so must Liberians prepare the road to 2017 to avoid any glitches.”He reminded Liberians that even God when He wants to do something, prepares the way. When He wanted to usher in the New Testament from the Old Testament, He sent John the Baptist to prepare the way for Jesus.“2017 is an important democratic transition period in our country and God has sent us our ‘John the Baptist’ to prepare the way for a smooth democratic transition. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is our John the Baptist. She must ensure that the transition is smooth and successful because it has not happened in Liberia since 1944 when President Edwin J. Barclay turned over to President William V. S. Tubman, another elected President”, the preacher noted.“Just as God allowed Ellen in a generation to go a second-term, God is again preparing the country to transition from one elected president to another elected president in 73 years. Tubman didn’t turn over to Tolbert. Tolbert didn’t turn over to Samuel K. Doe and Doe didn’t turn over to Charles G. Taylor. Taylor turned over to Moses Z. Blah, but Blah was not elected as President. In fact, Blah didn’t turn over to Ellen abrogating a historical transition. He turned over to an interim head of state, Charles Gyude Bryant”, the Pentecostal cleric explained.Rev. Brown explained further that Ellen’s Presidency is historically blessed, “because God has allowed her to lead the country for two terms in a generation and has also given her the opportunity to transition the country from one elected leader to another elected leader in 73 years.”“This is a charge she cannot take for granted because it’s rare and historical in our country”, he averred, adding “the President must ensure that the country properly transitions through 2017. Ellen must remove any hitch in the way of 2017 to consolidate our democracy”.Rev. Brown, who is also first vice president of the Liberia Council of Churches (LCC), declared that each day our children in school recite that we will work for an undivided nation with freedom and fair-play for ALL. “This is the Liberian dream, the vision of the founding fathers. Liberty and freedom mean “unconstrained.” Is our country removing all constraints from before us so we can progress as a people?” he inquired.“Are we working for “one nation indivisible”? The “promise” which we call the pledge, we make to the Flag and the Republic each day is that we will work for an undivided nation. Are we working for an undivided nation when we organize ourselves on tribal lines? We may be Gio or Krahn, Lorma or Mandingo, Kru or Sarpos, but we are one nation, indivisible,” the preacher exclaimed, warning Liberians to eschew tribal divisions. Can Liberia sustain “one nation, indivisible” under the dual citizenship campaign?The clergyman reminded his congregation that there are three steps to preparations according to the Book of Revelation Chapter 2 verse 5. You must remember, repent and return, adding, if 2017 must be without interferences and interruptions even the political parties must put themselves in order to stop threading on divisive lines or there will be a “spiritual surgery” in Liberia for God to usher in the vital democratic transition of 2017, the preacher warned his audience.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Despite ‘emergency’ spending– US-based company has since declared bankruptcyIt was supposed to be an emergency purchase but since monies were sought in 2015 from the Contingencies Fund for Closed Circuit TV (CCTV) cameras for the National Intelligence Centre, the contractor was yet to deliver the equipment as of 2017 year end.This is according to the Auditor General’s 2017 report, which listed this as an unresolved matter. In the report, the CCTV cameras were supposed to have been purchased at a cost of almost $20 million by the Ministry of the Presidency.In responding to the auditor’s findings, the Ministry revealed that local and overseas background checks were being carried out on the contractor, who Guyana Times understands to be a California, United States-based company named Moonblink Communications.The Audit Office recommended that the Ministry of the Presidency either ensure the items were delivered or the money refunded, as soon as possible. But there is a problem. Moonblink Communication has since filed for bankruptcy.When the matter came up before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) last year, the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Abena Moore was called to give account for the status of the undelivered equipment.While she had insisted that the contract, which was sole sourced, was an emergency one, PAC member and Opposition parliamentarian Juan Edghill had at the time disagreed with her. He had noted that the contract could not have been such an emergency if over a year had passed without the items being delivered. December 31, 2017 marked over two years.LawThere are strict rules governing the Contingencies Fund. But in the 2015 Auditor General report, it was found that Government made withdrawals that totalled over $900 million from the Fund. Besides the money for the CCTV cameras, monies were also used for expenses related to the Army, the D’Urban Park Project, and the infamous Sussex Street bond.According to Section 220 (1) of the Constitution of Guyana, “Parliament may make provision for the establishment of a Contingencies Fund and for authorising the Minister responsible for finance to make advances from that Fund if he is satisfied that there is an urgent need for expenditure for which no other provision exists.”Section 220 (2) goes on to say that “Where any advance is made from the Contingencies Fund, a supplementary estimate shall, as soon as practicable, be laid before the National Assembly by Prime Minister or any other Minister designated by the President for the purpose of authorising the replacement of the amount so advanced.”In addition, Section 41 (3) of the Fiscal Management and Accountability (FMA) Act states, “The Minister, when satisfied that an urgent, unavoidable and unforeseen need for expenditure has arisen – (a) for which no monies have been appropriated or for which the sum appropriated is insufficient; (b) for which monies cannot be reallocated as provided for under this Act; or (c) which cannot be deferred without injury to the public interest, may approve a Contingencies Fund advance as an expenditure out of the Consolidated Fund by the issuance of a drawing right.”
H2H muddleWith reports emerging that the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) will be including all potential new registrants on the Revised List of Electors (RLE), Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo is demanding answers.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoReports had suggested that all the registrants to be included would mean those that GECOM and party teams did not locate during the recent field verification. Jagdeo noted that this is an unusual approach and called on GECOM to clarify its position.“We have not heard officially from GECOM. We saw a statement from [GECOM Commissioner] Vincent Alexander that all the House-to-House data would be used… we would find it very unusual that the Chair [retired Justice Claudette Singh] would vote to embark on a process of verifying the 16,000 names and then seek to include names that are unverified,” the Opposition Leader told the media on Monday. He added that the purpose of the verification process will be defeated if these unverified names are included on the final list.“So we’re awaiting official declarations on the matter, because there seems to be some confusion around it… we found empty house lots etc. If you put them on the voters’ list too, that means you are putting a number of unverified people. I can give you their names, a number of people who don’t exist at all.”Jagdeo pointed out that because of the Christmas season, some people may not have been at home during the verification exercise, adding that his party is willing to have those persons included on the Revised List of Electors (RLE), pending their verification.GECOM Chair, Retired Justice Claudette Singh“We found some people who were not at home. That’s what their families said to us. So if they include them on the revised list of electors, there could be a process of revisiting them before the OLE comes out. The revised voters’ list has to be published for 21 days. Then the OLE, by the time it comes out, they would have re-verified and either have them removed or remain,” he said.These ‘new’ registrants were captured during the halted House-to-House (H2H) exercise that ran from July 20 to August 31. However, the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has always contended that the H2H exercise was largely unsupervised and would produce flawed results.Indeed, the party subsequently found that many of the persons listed as ‘new’ registrants are either dead or were previously registered. The concern that has been expressed is that this could be the gateway to fraudulent voting and election rigging.It had previously been announced that over 6500 persons of the 16,863 ‘new’ registrants were not confirmed during the five-day field verification exercise which concluded on December 22. Figures released to the media the next day had shown that Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) had the highest number of unconfirmed persons, which tallied to 3657.According to GECOM, there were 16,863 ‘new’ registrants but only 10,329 were confirmed.Opposition-nominated Commissioner Robeson Benn told this publication last week that field officers who conducted the verification exercise of “new registrants” captured during the scrapped H2H process have found empty lots at the addresses on record for those persons.Some 370,000 registrations obtained during the scrapped $3 billion H2H exercise, which ran from July 20 to August and was objected to by the Opposition, were sent overseas to be cross-matched with the National Register of Registrants Database (NRRD) in order to filter out the duplicates.However, it was recently reported that international digital security company, Gemalto, indicated that some 37,300 were new registrants who are eligible for voting, that is, they are above the age of 18. But an internal check conducted by GECOM showed that approximately 17,000 of those “new registrants” were already on the voters’ list and some even voted in the past.Efforts to contact GECOM’s Public Relations Officer, Yolanda Ward, to clarify exactly what GECOM is doing with these new registrants and whether all will be included in the RLE, were futile.
LA MIRADA – Typically, when La Mirada High School students come together in the annual Youth in Government program, they often propose a new city program of some kind. But not this year. This group of 19 youngsters – five of whom were elected as “mock” council members and the other 14 who were staff – decided to look inward and proposed two programs dealing with their own school. They proposed expansion of teen counseling and a new teen court program. The teen court would provide another avenue for disciplinary intervention by having student offenders “sentenced” by their peers. “We wanted to have some kind of program that would target at-risk youth to bring them up to our level,” said junior Sonal Singh, who played the role of city manager. The latter would range from one-hour detention to up to 40 hours of community service. The students also recommended increasing awareness of the services of Straight Talk, a counseling organization, by having representatives on campus more often and publicizing it more. This year’s ideas of a teen court and expanded teen counseling were supported by city and school officials. “They have great possibilities,” said La Mirada High School principal Don Jones, who added that he thought both were quite possible. “These are great programs,” said Mayor Pete Dames said. “I only hope we see these programs before us and the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District.” firstname.lastname@example.org (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Singh said teen court would allow some student offenders to be questioned, judged and sentenced by a jury of their peers. She said the goal was to create links between students, teachers and parents, as well as offenders. It would be a “collaborative effort to reduce youth crime and disobedience and encourage offenders to accept responsibility for their action,” she said. Students would be referred to the teen court for minor problems, but not for drugs or weapons violations, Singh said. Student jurors would listen to a student prosecutor and student defense attorney and then, by majority vote, would recommend a sentence.
A large crowd of runners and walkers attended the popular Loughside Community 5km fun run/jog/walk last Thursday night. The event, run in conjunction with the Woodland NS and Cashelshanaghan NS, raised much needed funds for both schools and the Loughside Community text alert scheme.The race was won on the night by Letterkenny AC athlete Liam Doherty in time of 17:22. A spectacular time on a tough course. Second and third senior males home were Barry Meehan from Letterkenny AC and Declan McBride from Cranford AC respectively. Eilish McClafferty came back to defend her title as first senior woman home in an improved time of 22:53 followed closely by Danielle McNamee and Kim Bradley. First and second home in the junior male race were local Loughside athletes Ben Carr and Donnehadh Parkinson with very impressive times of 18:07 and 19:29 respectively.The junior female prize winners were the same pair as last year with Loughside residents Tiegan Smith and Clodagh Sweeney taking the honours. The first 40+ male home was 24/7 triathlon club member Martin Donnelly winning his first ever race (since the egg and spoon race he won in 3rd class at school). He was closely followed by Martin Irwin. Sharon Black of Letterkenny AC pipped Nancy McNamee to the honours in the 40+ female section. First Boy and Girl home from the Woodland NS were Billy Black and Tiegan Smith.Adam Carr and Heather McLaughlin retained their titles as the first boy and girl home from the Cashelshanaghan NS respectively. Brian Sweeney, chairperson of the Loughside Community said, “We were delighted with the numbers this year again”. “We were very lucky with the weather”. “We had one small shower towards the end of the race”. “There were Grannies, Granddads, Mammies, Daddies and lots of boys and girls taking part; it was a great family night for the whole community”.“We are extremely grateful of the support from the local community”. Reports on the night were that the event was very well organised and the course was challenging but very safe for children, starting and finishing at the Woodland NS. Brian said “there was great work done by the parents committees from both schools and members of the Loughside Community”.“There was a great buzz on the night and a real sense of community spirit, which is what we wanted to achieve”.John Russell from the Letterkenny Activity Centre, Mark Doherty from Century Cinemas and Kieran Barron from the Value Centre all sponsored prizes on the night. Martin Keeney kindly provided the music and entertainment on the night. LARGE CROWD TURNS OUT FOR THE LOUGHSIDE 5K was last modified: June 18th, 2016 by StephenShare 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)
A community alert has been issued this week after two women were spotted around houses in Bridgend.Local reports say the women have been seen trying to take children’s toys from gardens and checking doors in the area.Inishowen Mayor Jack Murray has warned local residents to be vigilant. “Keep an eye out and make sure your neighbours know,” Cllr Murray said.Alert raised over women acting suspiciously in border town was last modified: June 7th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)