Dear Editor,Justice Claudette Singh Ret’d, the new Chairman of GECOM, who took over the reins of that troubled entity on July 29, 2019, is seemingly heading for dangerous waters. Facing the urgent task of executing General Elections in a tight timeframe, Justice Singh has been taking things nice and slow. In any other circumstance, I would be the first to say let’s give the new Chairman time to get her feet wet. However, with each passing day it means the Constitution is being violated further.Recall that elections were constitutionally due in March 2019 following the successful passage of the NCM on December 21, 2018, by the Opposition. Recall also that the Govt had brought spurious legal challenges grounded in nonsensical mathematics, compliments Nigel Hughes, and were seemingly aided by the Appeal Court and the CCJ, the latter which proved timid, to delay the constitutionally-bound elections.Even an ordinary person would have grasped the dire situation at GECOM. With two Government Commissioners seeking to delay the elections and two Opposition-led Commissioners seeking to expedite the elections in accordance with the Constitution, even a less intelligent person would have known the situation requires swift and decisive action.Instead, the new Chair has been slothful and tentative and her protracted decision to use data from the obviously flawed HtH is one which actually creates more problems and one which will cause even more delays. Is it a mere coincidence that so far everything the Chairman has done is in sync with the Government’s efforts to delay and frustrate free and fair elections being held in Guyana?Looking back, I think Jagdeo, Leader of the Opposition, was reasonable in his thinking to nominate Justice Singh, who has been historically rigid and upright in her application of the law, being dubbed “Iron Lady” and all, and expected not only the same attitude but swift and complete adherence to the rule of law and Constitution. Moreover, he must have reasoned that a Judge of her calibre would understand the need within our crime ravaged society and one that has seen decades of rigged elections under the PNC to uphold the law and to be seen doing so.Sadly, this has not been the case thus far and as it stands more than a month following her appointment, we are nowhere closer to knowing when elections will be held. The Iron Lady is dangerously on the brink of joining the dubious duo of Patterson and Bollers, ex-Judges who have violated the Constitution and rule of law in Guyana while at the helm of GECOM.Sincerely,Ravi Ram
Chelsea are ready to pull the plug on Gary Cahill’s proposed move to Stamford Bridge, according to the Daily Mirror.The Blues are said to be running out of patience, having agreed a fee with Bolton for the defender two weeks ago.The Independent suggest Chelsea are likely to complete Cahill’s signing today as wage issues appear to have been resolved.Related story: Chelsea on verge of sealing Cahill deal (10 january)Meanwhile, Chelsea are chasing 17-year-old River Plate winger Lucas Ocampos, according to The Sun.Hughes is chasing major signings.The Mirror say QPR are to sign Alex from Chelsea for £3m, while Fulham are again being linked with Bristol City’s former Harrow Borough winger Albert Adomah.Swansea are also said to be interested in Adomah and his Robins team-mate Nicky Maynard, who has been monitored by Fulham.Metro say new QPR boss Mark Hughes has turned his attention to Alex after having a bid for Blackburn’s Chris Samba rejected – and also wants to sign ex-Arsenal midfielder Alexander Hleb from Barcelona.The Daily Mail report that Tottenham have made a £7.5m bid for Samba in order to see off competition from QPR for the centre-back’s signature.Samba, meanwhile, has told L’Equipe he wants to leave Blackburn.“Recently, mentally, it was difficult,” he said. “I tried to keep my level of performance, but I feel it is time for me to change. The club does not change at all. I am resigned.“I invested a lot, I always tried to lead by example, but things have not gone as I had said. I hope people understand me.”The Mail also say Fulham are interested in signing Hungary international Szabolcs Huszti on loan from Zenit St Petersburg.And the Daily Express report that Celtic have rekindled their interest in out-of-favour Fulham defender Rafik Halliche.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
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Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 This is one hot World Series — the Houston Astros, fresh off a Game 7 victory over the Yankees, taking on the Los Angeles Dodgers, well rested after a postseason romp.Could be real steamy, too. It’s supposed to be almost 100 degrees at Dodger Stadium for the opener Tuesday night, maybe the hottest temperature ever at a World Series game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAt least the familiar October chill that makes players and fans shiver shouldn’t be an issue outdoors in sun-baked California or under the retractable roof at Minute Maid Park.Not that young stars Cody Bellinger and Carlos Correa would mind, nor would old pros Carlos Beltran and Chase Utley, nor top starters Dallas Keuchel and Yu Darvish.Because a chance to win a ring doesn’t come very often — these teams that have already played more than 700 games against each other over the years already know that. View comments Astros beat Yankees, reach World Series MOST READ In fact, a World Series prize is the one piece of hardware missing from the trophy case from the Lone Star State. Texas teams have won the Super Bowl and championships in the NBA, NHL, college football and men’s and women’s basketball, but never in baseball.Under the leadership of executive Nolan Ryan, the Texas Rangers came within one strike in 2011 before losing to St. Louis. The Ryan Express, who once pitched a no-hitter for Houston against the Dodgers, is currently an Astros exec.The Astros posted 101 wins this year — not since Baltimore (108) and Cincinnati (102) in 1970 has the World Series matched teams who reached triple-digits.These teams last met in 2015, when the Astros swept a three-game series at home. But they’d seen a lot of each other in the past.Overall, the Dodgers are 388-323 vs. the Astros. Houston debuted as the Colt .45s as a National League expansion team in 1962 and eventually moved to the AL in 2013.That first year in the AL, the young Astros got pounded and lost 111 times. But with smart drafts and player development, Houston emerged as a power. Manager A.J. Hinch’s club capped its rise by beating Boston in the AL Division Series, then stopping the Yankees 4-0 Saturday night in Game 7 of the ALCS.The Dodgers, with a major league-high $226 million payroll, won their fifth straight NL West title this year, then 7-1 in the playoffs against the Diamondbacks and Cubs under manager Dave Roberts.The result? Their first pennant since 1988 — the year Kershaw was born. 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They’re playing for a whole region, with the Houston Strong patches on their uniforms representing an area hit hard by Hurricane Harvey.The Dodgers haven’t been in the World Series since 1988, when Kirk Gibson’s bat, Orel Hershiser’s arm and Tommy Lasorda’s moves outdid Oakland for the crown.Now with Lakers great Magic Johnson as a part-owner, this LA team that led the majors with 104 wins is hoping to bring back the glory days that began in Brooklyn.“I just want to win a World Series,” Kershaw said after the Dodgers dethroned the Chicago Cubs in Game 5 of the NL Championship Series. “I know more than anybody how hard it is to get there. So, I’m definitely not taking this one for granted.”Said mercurial outfielder Yasiel Puig: “The trophy’s coming soon.”The Astros, the major leagues’ highest-scoring team this year, have never even won a World Series game. They only time they made it this far was 2005, when a club that included Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte got swept by the White Sox.ADVERTISEMENT The Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate after beating the Chicago Cubs to advance to the World Series. APBig-time aces Clayton Kershaw and Justin Verlander. Playoff boppers Jose Altuve and Justin Turner.A pair of 100-win teams for the first time in nearly a half-century. Hollywood Walk of Fame vs. Texans who wear the star. A little extra Magic, plus Nolan back in the fast lane.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP
NEW YORK — Steven Matz had one bad inning in his first postseason start, all the leeway Clayton Kershaw needed to keep the Mets from advancing to the NL Championship Series in front of their orange towel-twirling fans.Moving forward to face the Chicago Cubs doesn’t get any easier, either. All New York has to do now: beat the Dodgers’ other ace, Zack Greinke, in Los Angeles.Matz gave up a two-run double to former Mets infielder Justin Turner and New York was held to three hits by Kershaw over seven brilliant innings on Tuesday night, losing 3-1 to force a deciding Game 5 in the NL Division Series.“Obviously we wanted to get it done tonight for our fans and for their support all year,” Mets outfielder Michael Conforto said. “We’re disappointed we couldn’t do that tonight, but you’ve got to love the fact that it’s going down to Game 5 and everything’s on the line.”Jacob deGrom is set to start for New York at Dodger Stadium, where he beat Kershaw in Game 1. Greinke was the winner in Game 2, when Chase Utley keyed a go-ahead rally in the seventh with a takeout slide that broke shortstop Ruben Tejada’s leg.“We’re definitely looking forward to him taking the ball again Thursday,” Curtis Granderson said of deGrom, “and it’s going to be another tough matchup for both teams out there.”Mets fans were revved up after their team routed the Dodgers 13-7 on Monday for a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series, putting New York in prime position to advance to its first NLCS since 2006.Pitching on three days’ rest and on a five-start postseason skid, Kershaw kept the simmering crowd of 44,183 at bay while on the mound.The Mets put two on against Chris Hatcher and Kenley Jansen — with help from what appeared to be a missed foul tip by plate umpire Chris Guccione on what would’ve been strike three for David Wright — in the eighth. Fans rose to their feet, sensing a chance to take advantage of the Dodgers’ weak bullpen, but Daniel Murphy popped out to right field to end the threat.Jansen finished with a perfect ninth for the save.The 24-year-old Matz, the fourth straight starter for New York making his postseason debut, entered 4-0 in his brief big league career, including six scoreless innings at Los Angeles on July 5.And despite making his first start in 19 days because of a tight upper back, the left-hander looked sharp from the start in pitching for the team he grew up rooting for from about 50 miles away on Long Island.He used his curveball to strike out leadoff batter Kiké Hernandez as fans lustily chanted “We wanted Utley!” and shook those ubiquitous playoff towels.In fact, it was Kershaw who got the game’s first hit. He was erased on a fielder’s choice, but Howie Kendrick then singled to put runners on first and third. Adrian Gonzalez drove one run in with a single on a curveball as the rookie appeared to tire a bit.“Steven was outstanding,” manager Terry Collins said. “Probably if he’d want one pitch back, it’s probably the hanging slider he threw Kershaw.”Turner, who has become a fan-favorite in Los Angeles after he wasn’t offered salary arbitration by the Mets following the 2013 season, lined a double on another curveball to the left-field corner, scoring two when Yoenis Cespedes had trouble picking up the ball for a 3-0 lead.With wild red hair and a bushy beard, Turner has been a thorn in the Mets‘ side this series, going 7 for 15 with four doubles and three RBIs.“That stuff’s all in the past. Has no effect on me,” Turner said. “I’m a Dodger. Happy to be a Dodger and glad to take the series back to L.A. for Game 5.”Kershaw took care of the rest for the three-time NL West champions, giving up his second homer of the series to Murphy in the fourth and only two other singles. Murphy had only homered once in 126 at-bats against lefties during the regular season.DeGrom was seen warming up in the Mets bullpen in the bottom of the fifth, when Matz was due up. But Bartolo Colon entered in relief after Michael Cuddyer struck out pinch hitting.Matz gave up six hits. He struck out four and walked two — including Turner intentionally.“I made some bad pitches and it wound up costing me three runs,” Matz said. “And when you’re facing a guy like Clayton Kershaw, you’ve got to put up zeroes.”GETTING USED TO ITColon has appeared out of the bullpen three times this series. In 475 regular-season outings, he’s only pitched in relief eight times.UP NEXTDodgers: Greinke allowed a pair of solo homers during a 5-2 victory in Game 2. He went seven innings and struck out eight without a walk. The right-hander is 3-2 with a 3.48 ERA in eight postseason starts. He was 19-3 with a 1.66 ERA this season, the lowest in the majors since Atlanta ace Greg Maddux posted a 1.63 mark in 1995.Mets: Making his postseason debut, deGrom beat Kershaw 3-1 in the series opener at Dodger Stadium. Last season’s NL Rookie of the Year pitched seven scoreless innings and struck out 13, matching Tom Seaver’s franchise record for a postseason game. TweetPinShare0 Shares
Inter Milan striker Alexis Sanchez cuts ties with Man Utd palsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAlexis Sanchez has cut ties with his former Manchester United teammates.Sanchez has had a promising start to life at Inter Milan, where he’s on-loan, scoring twice on Saturday however he was sent off shortly after in their win over Sampdoria. Insiders at Manchester United have revealed Alexis Sanchez’s role in the changing room was rather minimal, and that is reflected with his lack of activity in the WhatsApp group.The source told The Sun: “It’s as if he was never here.”New Roma signing Chris Smalling is however said to be involved in the chat, while he is out on loan in Italy. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barca coach Valverde confirms Messi close to full fitnessby Carlos Volcano8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona travel to Eibar with Lionel Messi moving towards full fitness.Barca coach Ernesto Valverde confirmed Messi was close to a return to being 100 per cent after an injury-ravaged start to the campaign.He said, “He is in the process of being 100 percent fit.”The other day he played 90 minutes and scored, that always reassures the strikers,” he told the press.”He has to go slowly to find reach top form. He only has one full game under his belt.”We hope he can give us much more in the coming matches.”
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say AC Milan director of sport Massara: No need to temper ambitionsby Carlos Volcano5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan director of sport Ricky Massara insists there’s no need to temper ambitions.Massara was speaking before their draw with Lecce.“The objective is to improve. “We want to be ambitious, as we are Milan, but there are many strong teams and we don’t feel that we are below them,” Massara told Sky Sport Italia.“There is a very long road ahead and our ambition is to be competitive for a Champions League place.”
The Supreme Court today handed down it’s ruling on aspects of the 2017 National Identification and Registration Act. The Government is respectful of the court’s ruling and will spend some time carefully reviewing the judgment, after which a more fulsome response will be forthcoming.The Government would like to place on record its sincere gratitude to the full court panel comprising of Chief Justice Bryan Sykes, Justice David Batts and Justice Lisa Palmer Hamilton for their considered judgment. Story Highlights The Supreme Court today handed down it’s ruling on aspects of the 2017 National Identification and Registration Act. The Government is respectful of the court’s ruling and will spend some time carefully reviewing the judgment, after which a more fulsome response will be forthcoming. The Government would like to place on record its sincere gratitude to the full court panel comprising of Chief Justice Bryan Sykes, Justice David Batts and Justice Lisa Palmer Hamilton for their considered judgment.