Anarchy rules: Do as I say, or else!

first_imgDear Editor,The shadow of the former PNC regime looms over Guyana’s Judiciary, as it does over the entire country.Only those who lived through the PNC era of terror could visualize the ramifications of the implied and very real threat to members of Guyana’s Judiciary by erstwhile Attorney-General, Basil Williams. The professionalism of the Chief Justice (Ag) was underestimated by AG Basil Williams when he uttered the implied threat, “We put she deh, she gat to rule fu we”, intimating that because the PNC-led government was instrumental in her appointment, she would in turn abdicate her professional responsibilities to her mandate in favour to loyalty to the Government that appointed her. Her impartial decisions in court anent Red House and other issues have allayed the concerns of all those who were fearful that she would have been influenced by the considerations as adumbrated by the Attorney-General.Judges should be considered above the fray, and not subjected to the accusations, hostile voice tonalities and/or threats by anyone while adjudicating on matters being tried before them in a court of law; as was displayed by Justice Holder as he presided over a matter filed against the State by the Chairman of the Public Service Commission, a member of the Judicial Service Commission and a member of the Police Service Commission – unconscionable acts that so unsettled Justice Holder that he walked immediately off the bench without adjourning the proceedings.Given the fact that Mr. Basil Williams, in his position as Attorney-General, is the guardian of the law in Guyana and should act with absolute circumspection within this mandate, he should be called upon to account for his utterances and unwarranted attack on Justice Holder.His outburst to Justice Holder, which is being justifiably construed as a threat on the Judge’s life, should immediately be addressed by the President, if the current Government is to hang on to any shred of credibility.In any other democracy, an Attorney-General who issues a death threat to a sitting Judge would be removed from his office forthwith. We are watching closely and carefully, since other parties were present in the courtroom and witnessed this infamous altercation on that fateful day.The nation awaits the outcome of this travesty being played out in the justice system in Guyana.Regards,Bishop Juan EdghillMPlast_img read more

Beaten Federer won’t obsess over 18th Slam

first_img0Shares0000NEW YORK, September 7 – Roger Federer insists he will keep playing into 2015 but will not become obsessed over winning an 18th Grand Slam title, a target which is slipping further and further away.The 33-year-old Swiss was knocked out of the US Open semi-finals in straight sets by Marin Cilic, the world number 16 on Saturday, a loss which extended his failure to reach a final in New York to five years. It’s a long stretch of disappointment for a man who won five successive titles between 2004 and 2008 but whose last appearance in the championship match was in 2009 when he was upstaged by Juan Martin del Potro.“It’s not important to my life. I don’t need it to be more happy or anything,” said the Swiss veteran when asked how significant an achievement it would be to capture an 18th major.Federer’s caution is understandable.His 17th and most recent Grand Slam title was his seventh crown at Wimbledon in 2012 and even that came after having to wait over two years since his 16th at the 2010 Australian Open.“The moment itself, it would mean a lot. I keep working hard to win titles on the tour, not just No. 18.“I was very happy to get to No. 80 the other week (in Cincinnati, one of three tour titles in 2014), so that was huge for me.“I’ll give it a go again in Australia (next January); hope to be healthy there. I enjoy playing there. It’s been one of my most consistent Slams. I hope to get another chance at it. I can’t do more than try really hard, which I’m doing.”Federer, 33, was trying to become the oldest winner of a major title in more than 40 years at the US Open, but his record at the Slams is steadily becoming one of diminishing returns.Although he made the Wimbledon final in July, where he was defeated by Novak Djokovic, his record since Wimbledon 2012 is modest by his lofty standards.The 2012 US Open ended at the quarter-finals while in 2013 he went to the semi-finals in Australia, last-eight at Roland Garros, the second round at Wimbledon and fourth round back in New York.– Modest record –This year, he was a semi-finalist again in Melbourne, fell at the French Open fourth round and made the final at Wimbledon before he slumped out to Cilic in New York on Saturday.That makes one final appearance in his last nine Grand Slam outings.He almost even didn’t get that far, coming back from two sets to love down and saving two match points against Gael Monfils in the quarter-finals.“I’m happy that grass can grow over this, even though I’m not too disappointed in the sense that I think this match gets forgotten very quickly,” added Federer.“I just think conditions were fast; he served great; it was one of those matches like old school tennis. It was just full swing from all sides: forehand, backhand, serve, return.“No holding back from his side. I just couldn’t hang with him for long enough to create some doubts in his mind. Didn’t play good enough overall. I think when a match is like that I can move on quickly.”Moving on quickly for Federer means a chance to win one of the few honours missing from his collection — the Davis Cup.Next weekend, Switzerland host Italy in the semi-finals in Geneva in front of an expected 18,000 fans and Federer and Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka will be hot favourites to take their team to a final date against either France or defending champions Czech Republic.“I’m looking forward to be playing at home, especially after the run I have had of late,” said Federer before adding ruefully, “I really felt like I could win this tournament.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Wenger to name this 3-4-3 against Spurs in the north London derby? Predicted XI

first_img 7. Alexis Sanchez (Right forward) 29. Granit Xhaka (Centre midfield) 11 11. Mesut Ozil (Left forward) 11 11 YOU CAN HEAR FULL ARSENAL V TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR COMMENTARY ON TALKSPORT, KICK-OFF SATURDAY 12:30. CLICK HERE TO STREAM LIVE ONLINEArsenal host Spurs on Saturday afternoon in what is always one of the most hotly-anticipated matches of the Premier League season – the north London derby!Tottenham finished above their local rivals last season for the first time in two decades, and have certainly been enjoying a better campaign in 2017-18. Mauricio Pochettino’s side sit third in the Premier League table, level on points with second-place Manchester United, while Arsenal are lagging in sixth – four points behind.The Gunners head into the match on the back of that 3-1 defeat at the hands of Manchester City, which immediately preceded the international break, while Spurs overcame Crystal Palace at home in their last fixture.Arsene Wenger has his full squad to pick from ahead of the game, so what line-up will he field at the Emirates Stadium? Click the right arrow, above, to see talkSPORT’s predicted Arsenal XI listed in squad number order… 11 24. Hector Bellerin (Right wing back) 9. Alexandre Lacazette (Centre forward) 11 11 6. Laurent Koscielny (Centre back) 33. Petr Cech (Goalkeeper) 18. Nacho Monreal (Centre back) 11 11 31. Sead Kolasinac (Left wing back) 8. Aaron Ramsey (Centre midfield) 11 4. Per Mertesacker (Centre back) – click the right arrow to see the rest of the predicted Arsenal line-up 11 11last_img read more

Higuain was meant to take Chelsea penalty over Willian, Blues assistant reveals

first_img Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Willian appeared to offer the ball to Higuain “We can do as much as we can do. From our point of view he has a lot of strong players next to him. But we still find the space for him to play.“Did he look like he didn’t want to play? Yesterday in training he scored a fantastic goal.”Willian rounded off the scoring with a fine curling strike late on as the Blues sailed into the fifth round. 3 REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade no dice Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 3 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Chelsea assistant manager Gianfranco Zola revealed Gonzalo Higuain was on penalty duties during the 3-0 FA Cup victory over Sheffield Wednesday.Willian put Chelsea in front from the spot, but he appeared to offer the ball to Chelsea’s debutant, however Higuain declined the opportunity.Many praised Willian for the gesture, but it seems the striker was in fact the man who relinquished responsibilities.And speaking to talkSPORT after the game, Zola admitted he was surprised the loanee didn’t take the chance to open his Chelsea account. 3 huge blow BEST OF center_img Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury ADVICE RANKED Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Was this Hudson-Odoi’s last Chelsea appearance? “He has a contract. We believe in what he can do for this team. I don’t think there are many 18-year-old players around Europe that are are playing as much as him in a big team.“If you look at Juventus, all the big teams, they don’t have many 18-year-old players playing like we do. That shows that we believe in him, we think he can be an important player for us, so we will see what happens. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Latest Football News MONEY Referee Andre Marriner pointed to the spot after Ethan Ampadu’s challenge on Joel Pelupessy, but replays showed the Chelsea man got the ball.Callum Hudson-Odoi then grabbed his second goal for the club, just a day after reportedly handing in a transfer request to force through a move to Bayern Munich.The Chelsea fans immediately began to sing “we want you to stay”, and Zola smiled: “We want him to stay as well, we were singing too. REVEALED “In the list, he [Higuain] was the first one to take the penalty,” he said.“But they spoke to each other – sometimes this happens. It was a nice gesture from Willian.”The spot-kick came just a minute after VAR overruled a penalty for Wednesday at the other end. Zola wants Hudson-Odoi to stay last_img read more

Murphy says Arsenal would ‘100 per cent’ be better off with Wilder or Dyche

first_img 2 Arsenal were no match for Leicester on Saturday as Jamie Vardy haunted the Gunners again Chris Wilder is working wonders at Bramall Lane despite supposedly working with a ‘bang-average squad’, and his tactical approach with the Blades together with their impressive and stubborn performances have seen him linked as a surprise candidate to replace Emery at the Emirates Stadium.And while fans are now turning on Emery, who still has the backing of the Arsenal board, many have baulked at the suggestion of Wilder taking over.But Murphy has now also backed Wilder for a bigger job, saying Arsenal would be much better off this season if he was in the dugout.Speaking to talkSPORT on Monday, the former Liverpool midfielder said: “This is Arsenal, they’re trying to compete and get back into the Champions League places, but they haven’t got enough.“His hands are tied a bit in terms of recruitment, but ultimately tactically they’re so inept. getty It was another day to forget for Unai Emery as his Arsenal side failed to win again Getty Images – Getty 2 Danny Murphy says Arsenal are ‘tactically inept’ under Unai Emery and claims the club would be higher up the table if they had Chris Wilder or Sean Dyche in charge.Pressure is mounting on the Gunners boss following a 2-0 defeat to Leicester City on Saturday, which leaves the team with just one win in six league outings.The weekend’s round of results saw the Gunners slip down to sixth in the Premier League, with newly-promoted Sheffield United now ahead of them in fifth. “They keep playing out from the back and keep losing it. I’m all for sticking with your philosophy, but change it in the game, mix it up.“He has shown before that he doesn’t mind mixing it up, when he first came there were lots of substitutions early in games, lots of tactical changes.“But now… maybe the players have lost faith a little bit and that unfortunately subconsciously creates a really bad physical reaction in terms of you’re not believing in what you’re doing when you go out on the pitch and it drains you.“If you look at Sean Dyche and Chris Wilder at Sheffield United, they are two English managers who have come up the hard way.“Would Arsenal be in a better position now if Wilder was in charge or Dyche?“Would they have more points? I think [they would], 100 per cent.”Watch a clip of Danny Murphy on talkSPORT abovelast_img read more

Man who made 150 sexually explicit calls to teenager gets suspended sentence

first_imgA man who made more than 150 sexually explicit calls to a teenage girl before being tracked down by Gardai.Gerard Meehan, aged 21, bombarded the girl with phone calls from two separate phones for months on end before he was finally caught. Meehan appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court in Co Donegal where he pleaded guilty to charges of harassment.The calls had related to period of time between the 7th and 19th of October 2015 when more than 80 calls were made.From January 15th to April 15th in 2016, the injured party had received another seventy calls from a second number, each of them of an explicit nature.Detective Sergeant Ciaran Brolly said the injured party had received them from two phones for which the I.D. had been blocked.The calls had started off with “general chit chat” before descending into sexually explicit comments.The calls had become more frequent and the teenage girl had made a statement to Gardai who traced the incoming calls to two pre-paid mobile phones.“The calls continued even after the complaints were made,” said Sgt Brolly.Gardai then launched an elaborate investigation to find out exactly who were making the phonecalls.Top-up evidence from the phone being used to make the explicit had pinpointed a particular premises from where CCTV footage was obtained.The identification of the vehicle which had been captured in the footage finally traced the calls to Meehan.“They had caused a lot of distress and annoyance and upset to the girl,” Detective Sgt. Brolly stated.The specific nature of some of a large number of calls made were detailed in court.Among the calls the accused asked the teenager “are you wet” and he also asked her to masturbate him.Garda investigations had uncovered a misplaced phone which the defendant had admitted was his.Meehan, of Lisclamerty, Manorcunningham, was subsequently arrested and taken to Letterkenny Garda Station.In a Victim Impact Statement, the injured party described it as a “very stressful time” and said a number of the calls had been received in the early hours of the morning. They had made her feel “physically sick” and anxious and she had struggled to get to sleep.“I felt threatened. I just wished that it would stop,” she indicated. The calls had had a long lasting effect on her.Det. Sgt. Brolly agreed with defence counsel, Sean McGee, B.L. that the defendant had made early admissions to making the calls.He had expressed his regret and said he wanted to apologise to the victim.Meehan’s barrister said his client had been an extremely young man at the time of the offences but that should not take away from the psychological trauma experienced by the injured party.Referring to his client’s immaturity, he said he had been consuming a lot of alcohol at the time and was currently addressing this issue.He said the defendant had cooperated fully with the Gardai and asked the Judge to consider his expressions of remorse and the fact that he had apologised in “no unreserved terms.”Judge John Aylmer said the nature of the crimes of harassment were in the mid-range and he said it merited a jail sentence of three years.“The aggravating factors were the extended period and the extremely depraved sexual nature of the harassment and the negative impact it had on this young lady,” he said.However, he said he also had to take into account the fact that he was a young man at the time, had no previous convictions and did express remorse.Judge Aylmer said because of these mitigating factors, he was reducing the sentence to two years in prison but because of these mitigating factors, he was suspending the jail sentence for two years.He also ordered Meehan to engage with the probation services and to abstain from alcohol and unprescribed drugs.And finally eh ordered Meehan not to communicate with his victim or to go within two kilometres of her workplace or home.Man who made 150 sexually explicit calls to teenager gets suspended sentence was last modified: February 20th, 2019 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) Tags:CallsdonegalGerard Meehanharassmentsexlast_img read more

Bafana in Morocco, looking to Chan

first_img8 October 2013Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund plans to use the friendly international match against Morocco on Friday to assess the talent available to him for the 2014 African Nations Championship (Chan).The match will mark the opening of the Agadir New Stadium in Agadir City, a ground that will host the Fifa Club World Championships at the end of this year, as well as the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.South Africa travelled to Morocco on Monday evening without Kamogelo Mokotjo and Kagisho Dikgacoi, but with the late addition of striker Kermit Erasmus.Mokotjo, who has been based in The Netherlands since 2009 and is currently with PEC Zwolle, withdrew because of an injury as did Dikgacoi, who is with English Premier League club Crystal Palace.Late inclusionAfter their withdrawals, Igesund put in a late plea to Orlando Pirates for Erasmus; Pirates’ players were not previously selected for the match because of the Buccaneers’ CAF Champions League commitments. Pirates, however, agreed to release him for Friday’s match.Igesund has included five uncapped players in his squad for the clash with the Atlas Lions: goalkeeper Ronwen Williams (SuperSport United), defender Kgosi Ntlhe (Peterborough FC), midfielders, Sibusiso Vilakazi (Bidvest Wits), Ayanda Patosi (Lokeren FC) and Keagan Dolly (Ajax Cape Town FC).South Africa and Morocco have played only four times previously, with South Africa winning twice and the two most recent matches, in 2004 and 2013, being drawn.‘A two-pronged approach’“Half of the team I selected will represent us in the Chan (African Nations Championships) while the other will feature in the qualifiers, so it’s a two-pronged approach,” Igesund said at the announcement of the South African squad last week.Chan 2014 will be only the third edition of the event, which features national teams composed of players who play their football in their home countries.South Africa did not make it to the first Chan finals in 2009, losing 3-0 on aggregate to Zimbabwe in the qualifiers. Hosted by the Ivory Coast, the Democratic Republic of Congo became the first ever winners of the Championship, defeating Ghana 2-0 in the final.2011 ChanIn 2011, Bafana Bafana edged past Botswana and Zambia, both on 2-1 aggregates, to qualify for the Chan finals.South Africa topped Group B in the finals after beating Ghana 2-1, Niger 2-0, and Zimbabwe 2-1, but were defeated 2-0 by Algeria in the quarterfinals.Tunisia, winners on penalties over Algeria in the semi-finals, then crushed Angola 3-0 to claim the title.As hosts of the 2014 tournament, South Africa was an automatic qualifier for the finals.last_img read more

NuTonomy autonomous taxi pilot gets Singapore green light

first_imgBreak the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… Tags:#Autonomous car#Google#LTA#NuTonomy#ridesharing#Singapore#smart city#taxi#Tesla#Uber Related Posts For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A…center_img NuTonomy, an MIT autonomous vehicle spinoff, announced on Monday a new partnership with Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) to expand its autonomous taxi service in the city.We first reported on the pilot program’s existence on April 7, when nuTonomy filed paperwork to expand its “mobility-on-demand” program outside of the one-north business district.See Also: Baidu looks to mass produce self-driving fleet quicklyThe finalized agreement lets nuTonomy enhance its trials and give residents the chance to test the driverless tech. Autonomous cars are ordered similar to the way you book an Uber, minus the driver.If everything goes well, nuTonomy expects to launch its taxi service in Singapore by 2018. That is quite premature, in our opinion, compared to other firms in the autonomous industry, most of which still cite 2020 as the opening year for autonomous vehicles.On the other hand, Singapore has shown itself to be one of the major tech hubs because of its strong approach to emerging technologies. That makes nuTonomy’s 2018 goal seem more likely than it would be in London or New York, where regulators are set in their ways.“nuTonomy is honored to partner with LTA and we applaud the Singaporean government for its forward thinking and planning,” said Karl Iagnemma, CEO and co-founder of nuTonomy. “We are committed to Singapore, as demonstrated by the growing team we have here as well as our autonomous vehicle (AV) testing program in one-north.”“This innovative collaboration with LTA will accelerate the pace of change we are bringing to the fundamentals of human transportation by enhancing our ability to deploy a fleet of self-driving vehicles to serve the people of Singapore.”On top of increasing the size of its workforce, nuTonomy is also buying more Mitsubishi i-MiEV cars, which it uses as the test car for its autonomous vehicle system. It also wants to expand its data collection initiatives, to better understand urban environments pre-launch.The agreement comes just two months after nuTonomy raised $16 million in a Series A, led by Highland Capital Partners.Is this the future of the automotive industry?nuTonomy offers a glimpse into the changing power dynamics between auto manufacturers, tech firms, and city leaders. It also hints at the possibility of a non-ownership automotive model, where most choose a reliable ridesharing app over ownership of their own car.It is not just Uber, Google, and Tesla, the tech-focused firms, that are interested in this type of model. General Motors and Ford are both testing ridesharing services, and the former even invested $500 million into Uber rival Lyft.But firms don’t always get what they want, even if there is a consensus agreement. If the first generation services are incapable of the same consistency you get from owning a car, we suspect most customers will go elsewhere and purchase a car, if possible. David Curry 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle…last_img read more