Dear Editor,When I wrote in an earlier letter about an impending arrest of the Opposition Leader, I was absolutely right, because that is what nearly took place on Wednesday. We were in receipt of information from reliable sources that the Police were given instructions to arrest Dr Jagdeo for offensive remarks he made at Babu Jaan.Maybe that would have been the case if the information was not leaked out earlier, and the public and the international community were not alerted. But seeing that the public out there was well informed, it seems that the arrest plans suddenly changed to a mere “visit” by the lawmen.Now, that chance drop-in was not just a drop-in as we know it, because those lawmen came with a few questions for the former president. The questions stem from two alleged statements he made: “Chase them out” and “Jackass”. The last utterance, Jackass, is a fabrication, because a recording of his address shows that he used the word “Judas” and not “Jackass”.But whether he used the word “Judas”, as the traitor Iscariot from the Bible, or “Jackass”, as the animal Jesus rode into Jerusalem that Easter Week, the point remains the same: the Opposition Leader is within his constitutional rights to free speech.And speaking of free speech, isn’t it strange that all of this is happening around the time when The Easter Story is told? So, if we are to take a cue from the PNC and its coalition, we can rewrite some parts of the Bible to read, “Moses betrayed his brethren for a 50 per cent increase in salary and David is vainly trying to enslave the Guyanese public with one big stone in a one (1) seat rigged election”.I hope the Guyana Police from the “Criminal Investigations Department” do not read this, because there might very well be an arrest warrant out for me. I have made light banter of this an asinine — oops, I used the wrong word — rather ludicrous performance by the CID. At a time when persons are being beaten, robbed and murdered, this is the time the lawmen are idly seeking after seemingly harmless statements made by the Opposition Leader. Isn’t this the height of stupidity? The last murder — of the money-changer — took place a mere stone’s throw from a Police sub-station.Isn’t this the silliest of things we could ever witness? Shouldn’t the Police be directing their energies and resources into important matters, like crime-fighting? But this is what Guyana has been reduced to, the most foolish of republics ever.And it all stems from a Government that is equally foolish and is clutching at straws, or anything for that matter, that can make it look good.So I would like us to again revisit this latest act of desperation. If you are to judge Dr Jagdeo’s statements as disrespectful, divisive, demeaning and volatile, then we should listen to a couple of statements made by the Government’s side also, to see if those warrant a visit by the CID.Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo called the Honourable Dr Jagdeo a “Coolie Bully”, to rapturous applause by the coalition members in Parliament. Isn’t that a slanderous, humiliating and racial rant?Then if it is not considered thus, what is? Certainly that was not meant to be a spontaneous piece of banter.We turn to Security Minister Ramjattan, who told a reporter, “Haul you rass”. He, too, was never sanctioned for that vile remark.Yet another minister made a boom out video. Minister Simona Broomes made a “Boom out Jagdeo video” in the hallowed chambers of Parliament. She was never reprimanded, nor did she ever get a visit from the CID.Now, mark you well those Boom out lyrics rhyme with Buju’s Boom bai bai —-”, and you are asked to fill in the blanks here. Because, earlier in Parliament, this very same brawler of a minister repeated the phrase that “only men are found on this side of the house,” end of quote. So when she made that “boom out” video, it must be taken into context. So why wasn’t she “questioned” for that statement? Interesting!Then there is the call for “war” if the PNC do not have their way on an illegal house-to-house registration. This war cry was made in the presence of ministers who cheered those vile singers on. Shouldn’t they be investigated also?Even before that, the PNC were guilty many times over of hostile and divisive songs and statements. Using the community of Buxton as pawns during the crime years, a highly controversial song with equally violent lyrics was penned, “Bad man a bad man, bad man a Buxen Man….Bad Man a shoot man.” Are we to interpret that song to be a call to violence, or, as the PNC would have it, a chant by PNC church boys on their way to high mass? This song was penned at a time when scores of people were dying, including members of the very same Police Force who are now commanded to investigate the former president.So, is this Government telling us that words and statements have harmless meanings when they use them, and a totally different connotation when they come from the Opposition? Is that what they are telling us? I hope not, because that would be the dumbest thing I have ever heard in a long time.But come to think of it, that is exactly what this Government is preaching: there are one set of rules for the Government, and another for the Opposition.Come on, Mister President, your administration is full of sh…..t. Oops, sorry, I accidentally used that word. I hastily retract that statement. For a slow learner like myself, I’d rather go for the use of the simpler language: Sir, your administration is full of that “miasmic fluid.”Respectfully,Neil Adams
0Shares0000LONDON, December 21 – Chelsea and England football captain John Terry vowed Wednesday to prove his innocence after prosecutors said he would face criminal charges over allegations he racially abused QPR’s Anton Ferdinand.Terry was ordered to appear in a magistrates court on February 1 over the incident during a Premier League match in October. Alison Saunders, Chief Crown Prosecutor for London, said: “I have today advised the Metropolitan Police Service that John Terry should be prosecuted for a racially aggravated public order offence following comments allegedly made during a Premier League football match between Queens Park Rangers and Chelsea on 23 October 2011.”She added: “After careful consideration of all the evidence, I am satisfied there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and it is in the public interest to prosecute this case.“Mr Terry will appear before West London Magistrates Court on 1 February 2012.“He is now summonsed with a criminal offence and has the right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that nothing should be reported which could prejudice his trial.”Terry, reacting to the charge, said in a statement: “I am disappointed with the decision to charge me and hope to be given the chance to clear my name as quickly as possible.“I have never aimed a racism remark at anyone and count people from all races and creeds among my friends,” added the 31-year-old, who has spent his entire professional career with London club Chelsea.“I will fight tooth and nail to prove my innocence. I have campaigned against racism and believe there is no place for it in society.”Chelsea have been steadfast in support of Terry and in a statement the club said: “John has made it clear he denies the charge. Chelsea FC has always been fully supportive of John and will continue to be so.“Chelsea FC will not be commenting further while the legal case runs its course.”Blues manager Andre Villas-Boas, speaking ahead of the Crown Proscecution Service (CPS) decision, said Wednesday: “The only thing I know is that I will be fully supportive of John Terry, whatever the outcome.“He has my full support, he has the club’s full support.“We know exactly his human values and personality. They are never in doubt.”The decision to press charges came a day before Chelsea, fourth in the table, travel to third-placed Tottenham for a highly anticipated London derby in which Terry is expected to play.Terry was stripped of the England captaincy before the 2010 World Cup finals over an alleged affair with an ex-girlfriend of former Chelsea teammate Wayne Bridge, but the central defender was later reinstated as captain.The CPS move regarding Terry came a day after the Football Association handed Liverpool striker Luis Suarez an eight game-ban for racially abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra during a league match in October.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
“I truly love everybody here and the institution. My decision comes out of love not hate nor pressure. Friends I care very much for FKF and football as well as its interest, which I hold very dear, that further contributed to this decision. I would like to thank those who have constructively supported me and with steadfast loyalty who have done so much for the game that we all love.”“I dedicate the many years of football service to my lovely wife who has been with me throughout this journey and my children who have generously shared attention with the burden of responsibility to serve Kenyan football – these are the heroes that deserve your appreciation and tribute,” Nyamweya declared.He added, “As I say goodbye to active football administration, may I remind you that farewells are not forever, nor are they the end but are simple words to mark the beginning of a transition to other things,” the 62-year-old said.Nyamweya’s withdrawal follows that of businessman Gor Semelang’o and Semi Aina who opted out, leaving three contestants in the race.Kariobangi Sharks chairman, Nick Mwendwa is favourite to succeed Nyamweya but he faces stiff competition from KPL and Gor Mahia chairman, Ambrose Rachier as well as former Harambee Stars midfielder Sammy Shollei.A delegation from FIFA led by former CECAFA president, Leodenga Tenga, the world football governing body Head of Associations, Primo Corvaro and FIFA Southern and Eastern Region Development Officer, Ashford Mammelodi observed the polls that are being conducted at Nairobi’s Kasarani Stadium.At the Special General Meeting, the delegates agreed to transit the federation into Sports Acts as required by the law.However, the newly elected officials will have a meeting with FIFA under the watch of Corvaro to align the federation constitution with FIFA statutes and regulations.The delegates will elect new president, vice president and National Executive Committee members.The delegates are drawn from 16 KPL clubs, six FKF-PL clubs, six National Super League clubs, two members each from 20 branches as well as a representative from coaches, players and referee Welfare Associations.Nyamweya came back to football four years ago after previously serving in the federation as secretary general when it was known as Kenya Football Federation.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Sam Nyamweya/ FILENAIROBI, February 10 – Outgoing Football Kenya Federation boss Sam Nyamweya has stepped down from the national elections presidential race, leaving three candidates.Nyamweya who was elected in November 2011, announced on Wednesday when giving his exit speech, minutes before 77 delegates went to the ballot to elect new office bearers.
Everton full-back Leighton Baines battles Sunderland midfielder Will Buckley at the Stadium of Light 1 A dominant Everton side were left frustrated at the Stadium of Light as they were forced to fight back to seal a 1-1 draw with Sunderland.Roberto Martinez’s Toffees controlled proceedings but failed to make the most of their opportunities, with Samuel Eto’o and Romelu Lukaku both wasting several chances.They were almost made to pay for their profligacy when a superb Sebastian Larsson free-kick put the under-siege hosts in front against the run of play in the second-half.But their lead lasted just ten minutes, as the visitors were soon awarded a penalty when Seamus Coleman was tripped in the box by reckless Black Cats striker Connor Wickham, with Leighton Baines coolly dispatching his spot-kick to seal a share of the points, though they maybe should have claimed all three.Everton travelled to Wearside determined not to suffer a Europa League hangover following Thursday’s comfortable 3-0 home victory over Lille, and the travelling fans were treated to another decent display from their side.It was a performance which had everything but that clinical finish, with bright strike duo Eto’o and Lukaku working the ball into all the right position but just failing to apply the finishing touches.Sunderland started well, with England youngster Connor Wickham twice proving troublesome from corners but only managed to fire his headers over the bar, but Everton soon settled into a rhythm.Good link-up play from Eto’o and Lukaku set the former up in front of goal, but the Cameroon hero blazed his effort over the bar, while Ross Barkley also squandered chances in the opening half.The Toffees then suffered a blow when midfield stalwart Gareth Barry, who was risked to start the game having harboured a niggling injury, was stretchered off the pitch in real pain following a challenge, though not a poor one, from Jordi Gomez.The hosts seemed to relent control of the game to the visitors completely, who again went close to an opener when Aiden McGeady let fly with a wicked long-range effort which zipped just past the post.But Sunderland did begin the improve moments before the break, with Gomez perhaps going closest to the opening goal when his pounced on substitute Darren Gibson’s mistake and forced a splendid save from Tim Howard with his leg.And the home support were in uproar when the Black Cats’ penalty appeals were turned down after Gomez went to ground in the box, though replays suggested a touch of theatrics from the Spaniard.Everton came quickly out of the half-time blocks and should have taken the lead when a blunder from Liam Bridcutt saw Lukaku march through on the goal, though the big Belgian’s hesitance allowed Pantilimon to spare his team-mate’s blushes as he rushed out to snuff out the chance.Barkley again fizzed an effort wide from range as Everton’s frustrations began to grow, while Lukaku clattered the upright with a piledriving shot after leaving Wes Brown for dead on the edge of the box.And that lack of clinical touch looked to have cost them when fee-kick specialist Larsson gave the Black Cats a shock lead when his curling strike found a gap in a shoddy Everton wall and beat a flapping Howard, who had no chance.Everton rallied though, with Lukaku denied a tap-in by some sharp defending after the eagle-eyed Eto’o – who pulled all the strings in attack – sent Coleman clear in the box to cross.And practically the same move then gave them their deserved equaliser, as Coleman – once more picked out by a defence-splitting pass from Eto’o – was tripped in the area by a clumsy Wickham, with Baines slamming his spot kick into the netThe Toffees were more than good value for the goal, though they were a whisker away from surrendering their share of the spoils when Brown thundered a header towards goal in stoppage-time, but – fortunately for the visitors – James McCarthy managed to punt the ball off the line with Howard beaten, to ensure they came away with a point.
Pearse Doherty TD has said an IMF report which warns that “close surveillance is needed to evaluate the early signals of a build-up of new imbalances in the commercial real estate markets” backs up Sinn Féin’s position on the taxation of funds involved in property deals and must be heeded.He pointed out that the last property crash was mainly a commercial property crash even more than it was a residential property crash.He has now called on government to increase stamp duty on commercial property and to remove the withholding of tax exemption for non-resident investors in funds. He said “I have been raising the issue of tax free fund structures, such as the ICAV and QIAIF, for foreign investors for some time now and am glad the minister is listening. He informed me yesterday that he is ‘aware that concerns have been raised about the use of funds in the Irish property market by international investors which may be eroding the Irish tax base’.“Minister Noonan also stated that officials from the Department and the Revenue Commissioners are examining the use of certain structures in the Irish property market and are preparing measures to ensure that the Irish tax base is protected. This IMF report should act as a shot in the arm to Michael Noonan and his officials.“The foreign money inflows through tax free fund structures, such as QIAIFs and ICAVs, are a cause for concern, given the risk from how intertwined they have become with our commercial property market and their potential to cash in on their investments and head elsewhere.“There is no doubt that the foreign money which has been buying up commercial property through tax free fund structures, has been pumping up the price of commercial property in recent years. “These speculators are presently intertwined with the commercial property market, in 2006 the proportion of foreign money as a proportion of office spend was 2%. This figure was over 67.8% for Dublin office spend in the first quarter of 2016. The risk is that if these tax free speculators who are chasing profits were to suddenly pull out the market could unravel.“The scale of turnover in commercial property due to these tax free foreign investors has been unbelievable. According to a report from property group Savills this year almost one million square metres of office space, was traded in Dublin between the start of 2013 and the end of the first quarter of 2016. This is equivalent to just over 25% of the entire office stock in Dublin.“The proportion of space traded in the central business district was even higher at 38%. Minister Noonan needs to immediately act so as to avoid a bubble in commercial property with history repeating itself to the detriment of the Irish public.“He should ensure that the withholding tax exemption for non-resident investors in funds is removed when dividends from the funds related to Irish source activities. Furthermore, he should increase the commercial stamp duty from 2% to 3%.”IMF warning on commercial property must be heeded – Doherty was last modified: October 1st, 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)
And yet, when we learn someone has lied to us, we are indignant. How dare they betray our trust? It’s much harder to rationalize someone else’s transgressions. None of which excuses Arellano’s dishonesty, or, for that matter, any of the countless high-profile liars who constantly make the news. We rightly expect better from the people who would lead us. But perhaps we should also expect a little better from ourselves.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Much as we like to complain about the high-profile liars in our midst – politicians, dirty CEOs, disgraced clergy or unscrupulous salesmen – we often are in denial about the extent of our own dishonesty. Think about it, who is not guilty of any of the following: Fibbing on our tax forms, calling in sick when we’re healthy, faking an excuse for an event we’d rather not attend, or laying it on way too thick when trying to impress a prospective employer or romantic interest? These days, lies aren’t just a way of life, but a form of entertainment. How many sitcom episodes are premised on one character’s lie, and all the games he or she must play to perpetuate it? How many reality shows reward the biggest prevaricator in the group? How many TV commercials suggest that this or that product is so good we should deceive our friends and family members, just to make sure that no one else gets it? We see the shows and the ads, and we laugh. Lying is funny – when it’s someone else who’s being lied to. With deception so rampant, it’s hard not to join in – especially when lying seems to help so many people get ahead, become rich and famous. With so much money and power on the table, it’s not surprising that so many politicians and tycoons succumb to the temptation. IT’S hard not to feel a little bit sorry for Christopher Arellano. In the final stages of a competitive race for the Los Angeles school board, his campaign has been rocked by evidence of deception, and now a once-promising political career is in peril. Arellano’s problem isn’t that he lied – plenty of politicians do that. It’s that he got caught. And so his candidacy unravels as we learn more of the truth about his criminal and academic record. The saga points to an odd phenomenon of our age: We value honesty in others, but we’re not too keen on practicing it ourselves. When ResumeDoctor.com, a national job-research company, recently fact-checked some 1,000 resumes in its database, it discovered that nearly 43 percent of job applicants in one way or another distorted their past.
6 6 Thibaut Courtois – Thibaut Courtois is heading out of Stamford Bridge after seven years Alex Sandro – Sandro has been heavily linked with Chelsea, but has also emerged as a target of Man Uniteds. However, the Manchester Evening News understands Old Trafford manager Jose Mourinho has decided against reinforcing the left-back role this month. The club have activated a clause in Luke Shaws contract to extend his current contract, which expires at the end of the season, by another year. It prevents him leaving for free in the summer, so may mean Sandro is looked at again. 6 Andy Carroll (West Ham) – One of the shock rumours of this transfer window has come to an end after it was announced Carroll would be out for three months following foot surgery. Conte seems keen to recruit a big striker as a Plan B and Chelsea have also been linked to other tall strikers in the Premier League. 6 Arturo Vidal (Bayern Munich) – Chelsea will be on red alert after the Bayern Munich player refused to commit himself to the club during an interview with a German publication Kicker. Vidal, who has been linked with a move to Chelsea for a long time, was quoted saying: Ill stay here [Munich] until the summer, then well see what happens. The Bavarian side will sign Leon Goretzka from Schalke at the end of the season, paving the way for Vidal to depart. Michy Batshuayi – If Dzeko does arrive then the Belgian is off, according to Antonio Conte. If another striker, then Batshuayi will go on loan, the Chelsea manager said. I think he wants to have the opportunity to play with regularity. I think this is right. 6 As we enter the business end of the January transfer window, there are some rumours which continue to gather momentum while others fade away dramatically. Rumours surrounding Chelsea have been mentioned on countless occasions in January, some exciting and some really quite bizarre. Kenedy has already joined Newcastle for the remainder of the season, but what of the club’s targets?Antonio Conte’s desire to bring in another striker has seen the likes of Edin Dzeko and even Peter Crouch linked with a move to the Blues.But what are the latest Chelsea transfer stories? Click the right arrow above to see the rumours… Edin Dzeko (Roma) – The former Manchester City player has reportedly agreed to join Antonio Contes side before the end of this transfer window. According to the London Evening Standard the two sides just need to finalise the fees, with Roma wanting £44m for the striker and his team-mate Emerson Palmieri, plus another £13.2m depending on various criteria, but Chelsea have been reluctant to meet that figure. The length of Dzekos contract is also believed to be holding up the deal as he has two years left on his deal in Roma, which he would like as a bare minimum from Chelsea. 6
deals LATEST Arsenal have been given a huge boost ahead of the Premier League season after Rob Holding returned to action with the Under-23s following his serious knee injury.The Englishman ruptured his cruciate knee ligament against Manchester United last December and was expected to miss the start of the beginning of the new campaign. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ “He had a double hernia and he still has the Osteitis pubis problem so it’s a slow burner that one.”“We’ll see how it is when things settle down because it’s a very unsettling time for him at the minute.“The injury has compounded that frustration because he’s not 100 per cent right.“I’ve been in his position so I have a lot of sympathy for him, when maybe a lot of people wouldn’t. Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update TROPHY But the defender has made significant progress and enjoyed a welcome run out for Arsenal’s Under 23s side against Watford on Saturday.And following his long-awaited return, Arsenal tweeted: “What a sight. Rob Holding back on the field with our Under 23s today. So good to see you back out there, Rob.”Holding’s return will be music to the ears of manager Unai Emery, who will be wary about the Gunners’ current centre back predicament on the eve of the new campaign – and Gunners fans on social media are ecstatic about his return. OFF 1 New job What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas BIG PRESENTS UP TOP The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS targets REVEALED Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Good to see Rob Holding playing again! #AFC pic.twitter.com/crMJe2ElwX— 🤙🏾 (@razzbutterboi) August 3, 2019 Rob Holding Today😍 pic.twitter.com/c93tHt7qGV— ArsenalGoals (@ArsenalGoaIs) August 3, 2019 Bobby’s back! 🤩Rob Holding made his first appearance for the club since his ACL injury in December. He featured in #AFCU23’s friendly vs Watford U23. 💪 pic.twitter.com/XLWgyG1Lfi— Cannon Insider (@CannonInsider) August 3, 2019Meanwhile, Celtic manager Neil Lennon has revealed Arsenal target Kieran Tierney’s injury problems are still ongoing as the north London club plot a third bid for the defender.The Scotland international has been recovering from a double hernia operation as well as complaint Osteitis pubis.The left-back has been getting pain from his stomach and groin whenever he kicks a ball.Tierney has been the subject of intense transfer speculation all summer, with Parkhead chiefs already rejecting two bids frrom Arsenal for the defender.And the news of his injury could be a stumbling block in any possible deal between the clubs,Lennon said: “He’s still injured and he’s rehabbing. Getty Images – Getty Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested FAREWELL Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ latest Holding has given Arsenal a huge boost ahead of the new campaign What a great news:Rob holding is playing with the under 23 for the first time since injury. What a relief!!!— Ahmad Abdullah (@Babagovt) August 3, 2019
Rangers striker Jermain Defoe has thanked fans for their concern after being left shaken up following his involvement in a horrendous three-car crash on Saturday evening.The incident, which happened near the Clyde Tunnel in Glasgow, occurred following the Gers’ 5-0 win against Aberdeen.Defoe said he was ‘still a bit in shock’ in the aftermath of the incident, where thankfully no-one was seriously hurt.He posted a clip on social media after the smash on Balshagray Avenue at around 6pm.Earlier in the day the former Tottenham forward was on the scoresheet in the thumping victory at Ibrox. Defoe thanked fans for their messages on Instagram, adding: “I’m fine, I’m all good, I’m just going to go home and rest up.“Still a bit in shock but I’m all good. Thank you for all your messages again.”Rangers said on Twitter: “#RangersFC can confirm there was a collision earlier this evening involving striker @IAmJermainDefoe and we are happy and relieved to say that no one was seriously injured.” 1 Defoe escaped the traffic collision unhurt
As a former tennis world number one, it’s fair to expect Andy Murray to be good with his hands.But he dropped the ball during a photocall held in China ahead of his latest tournament.Murray was posing before the cameras with a commemorative plate in the city of Shenzhen on Monday morning.And, as this video posted on his Instagram page shows, it didn’t quite go to plan . . .