first_imgThen just a few months later, the 3-year-old champion thrilled both the record multitude at Keeneland Racecourse and the largest Breeders’ Cup television audience in 20 years when he won the Breeders’ Cup Classic by a commanding 6 1/2 lengths. Sports media have dubbed the sum of these four hallmark wins as Thoroughbred racing’s first ever “Grand Slam.”“American Pharoah’s 2015 racing campaign was a true gift to the fans inside and outside the sport who have been waiting so long for their next Triple Crown champion,” said Mrs. Chenery. “In his efforts, we were able to once again witness greatness, and we were reminded that excellence can still be achieved. This racing hero has inspired a whole new generation of young fans, which I find most exciting for the future of the Thoroughbred racing. I congratulate American Pharoah’s team on their amazing year, and I am delighted to present them with the Secretariat Vox Populi Award.”Jockey Victor Espinoza and trainer Bob Baffert guided American Pharoah during his history-making career, with earnings totaling almost $8.7 million and nine wins in 11 starts. American Pharoah has been retired and will stand at Kentucky’s Ashford Stud.“American Pharoah is a horse of a lifetime, and we have been blessed to have bred him. His legacy will be forever lasting in my mind and in my heart and I am so happy that he was able to give a thrill to all of his fans and racing as a whole,” said owner Ahmed Zayat.“His greatness has been defined, his place in history has been secured. The love he has given us has been boundless. We knew he was special from the moment he first stepped onto the track, and we were so fortunate to watch him fulfill his destiny. I thank the racing fans who have been so supportive during this past year and as the recipient of this wonderful award for the second time after my beloved Paynter, it makes it even more special. My team and I are especially honored and deeply moved.”Zayat Stables’ Paynter received the Vox Populi Award in 2012, and American Pharoah joins other previous winners California Chrome (2014), Mucho Macho Man (2013), Rapid Redux (2011) and Zenyatta (inaugural 2010).Mrs. Chenery will present the custom-made Vox Populi trophy to the American Pharaoh team on Jan. 9 at Santa Anita Park. In conjunction with the presentation, a special Vox Populi poster give-away and autograph signing will be offered to the public. For more information about the Secretariat Vox Populi Award, visit, the official website for the legendary Thoroughbred champion. -more-2/2/2/2 FOUND MONEY HEADS O’NEILL TRIO IN SHAM STAKES      Doug O’Neill has three of the nine three-year-olds entered in Saturday’s Grade III Sham Stakes at one mile, the most experienced of which is Found Money, winner of three of seven starts for owners/breeders Paul and Zillah Reddam.A son of Square Eddie, Found Money captured the King Glorious Stakes at one mile Dec. 12 at Los Alamitos.“He’s coming off a nice win at Los Al,” O’Neill said of Found Money. “He tries hard every time and I thought he deserved a chance.”O’Neill also has Semper Fortis, winner of his last two starts, and maiden Sorryaboutnothing entered. The latter runs in blinkers for the first time.The field for the Sham, which goes as race six: Rare Candy, Joe Talamo, 6-1; Dressed in Hermes, Mike Smith, 7-2; Let’s Meet in Rio, Kent Desormeaux, 6-1; Found Money, Mario Gutierrez, 6-1; Semper Fortis, Kieren Fallon, 8-1; Laoban, Tyler Baze, 15-1; I’malreadythere, Rafael Bejarano, 5-1; Sorryaboutnothing, Flavien Prat, 15-1; and Collected, Martin Garcia, 3-1. PUBLIC CAN SUBMIT PIX WITH PHAROAH TO NTRA, XPRESSBETThe National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) and Xpressbet are asking fans and horsemen to submit personal photos with Triple Crown winner American Pharoah for inclusion in a video montage to be shown at the 45th Annual Eclipse Awards ceremony Jan. 16.Submissions can be made on Twitter by tagging @NTRA or using the hashtag #APandMe; via Facebook by posting an image to the wall of the official NTRA page (; or by e-mail at Steven Miyadi933033%67%$72,970 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Patrick Gallagher1031130%50%$206,684 -30- Kristin Mulhall630150%67%$121,700 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won SANTA ANITA STATISTICS FINISH LINES: Santa Anita hosts a Burger & Brewfest Saturday. Fans can enjoy their repast while watching Thoroughbred racing at its best on the trackside apron. Visit for package and pricing information . . . Undefeated Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Songbird works five furlongs under Mike Smith before Friday’s first race as she prepares for her three-year-old debut in the Las Virgenes Stakes at one mile on Feb. 6 . . . Trainer Eric Guillot has Grade I Whitney winner Moreno back in training and hopes the son of Ghostzapper can defend his title in the Charles Town Classic in April. “He’s had his issues,” Guillot said. “As soon as he might show he’s off a little bit, I’ll put him back in the van and retire him on the farm with no damage done.” . . . Brad Pegram, who handles business for Mike Smith, also now represents Drayden Van Dyke . . . Retired all-time great Laffit Pincay, Jr., will present the trophy for Saturday’s San Pasqual Stakes. Mike Smith1941221%37%$369,190 AUTHOR GARY WEST HERE SATURDAY TO SIGN ‘RIDE TO WIN . . . ‘            Award-winning turf writer Gary West will be on hand Saturday in the East Paddock Gardens at 10:30 a.m. to sign copies of his newest book, “Ride To Win, An Inside Look at the Jockey’s Craft.” A New Orleans native and the son of a jockey-turned trainer, West and co-author Bob Fortus have a combined 50-plus years covering Thoroughbred racing and the pair interviewed over 100 jockeys, trainers, owners, stewards and jockey agents in preparing the book, which was published by those interviewed over a three year period were Hall of Fame jockeys such as Jerry Bailey, Calvin Borel, Pat Day, Eddie Delahoussaye, Chris McCarron, Mike Smith and Gary Stevens.“Jockeys are probably the most misunderstood and least appreciated workers at the racetrack,” said West. “Even serious fans have no idea what’s necessary to ride a racehorse or what’s going on out there on the track. The sport and the few turf writers who actually understand the game need to do a better job of explaining its complexities, and maybe this book is a step in that direction.”Fortus, a longtime turf writer for the New Orleans Times-Picayune newspaper, derived his idea for the book by listening to hard-core handicappers engaging in incessant banter while watching races at Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans.“Just listening to the ‘jockey-ologists,’ it always struck me how little people know (about) what’s really going on in a race,” Fortus said. “These are world class athletes, and they have to make decisions while they’re on a horse (that’s) running. “It’s fluid, all on the fly. It’s pretty amazing. There’s a lot more to it than meets the eye.”Bailey, who retired in 2006 while regarded as one of the game’s best prepared and all-time great game-day tacticians, is quoted extensively in “Ride To Win . . . ”“Yes, I watched video, hours of video,” he told West and Fortus. “I read the Racing Form like it was my bible.”West will be accompanied at the signing by retired Hall of Fame great, Laffit Pincay, Jr., and top rider Joe Talamo. Copies of “Ride to Win, An Inside Look at the Jockey’s Craft,” will be available for sale as well. (Pincay will also present the trophy for Saturday’s Grade II San Pasqual Stakes.) Richard Baltas1251142%58%$289,180 Rafael Bejarano3697325%53%$489,000center_img CHROME READY FOR SAN PASQUAL, RAIN OR SHINEO’NEILL HAS THREE FOR THE MONEY IN SHAM STAKESSONGBIRD TO WORK BEFORE FRIDAY’S FIRST RACEAUTHOR WEST TO SIGN ‘RIDE TO WIN . . . ‘ ON SATURDAY (Current Through Sunday, Jan. 3) David Lopez1831617%56%$120,620 Peter Miller2241118%27%$121,730 -more-3/3/3/3 ‘PHAROAH’ TO RECEIVE VOX POPULI AWARDTriple Crown champion American Pharoah, the first ever winner of Thoroughbred racing’s “Grand Slam” with his win at the Breeders’ Cup Classic, has been selected to receive the 2015 Secretariat Vox Populi, or “Voice of the People,” Award. The award recognizes the horse whose popularity and racing excellence best resounded with the American public and gained recognition for Thoroughbred racing.American Pharoah was the clear favorite among the voters in the Vox Populi online poll recording the largest margin of victory in the award’s existence. The Zayat Stables colt was one of a select group of nominees submitted by the Vox Populi Committee and Mrs. Penny Chenery, owner of beloved Triple Crown champion Secretariat in whose name she established the award in 2010. In the honor’s true spirit of celebrating fan favorites, several other popular horses received a groundswell of write-in support, including the former Vox Populi nominee and recently departed champion Shared Belief.American Pharoah’s victorious Triple Crown campaign was the first in 37 years and added his name to an elite list of only 11 other horses in history to win the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes. Flavien Prat2331313%30%$159,302 The deadline to submit is Jan. 12. Only JPG files will be accepted at the e-mail address.“American Pharoah has served as racing’s greatest ambassador in the past year, posing for photos with thousands of visitors,” said Keith Chamblin, NTRA Chief Operating Officer and Senior Executive Producer of the Eclipse Awards. “This Eclipse Awards ceremony will be a celebration not only of the Triple Crown winner’s historic feats on the track but also of his immense popularity and influence beyond racing. With everyone’s participation the NTRA and Xpressbet hope to demonstrate the special connection American Pharoah had with the public in a very personal way.”The Eclipse Awards dinner and ceremony will be held for the fourth straight year at Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino in Hallandale Beach, Fla. The Eclipse Awards are presented by Daily Racing Form, Breeders’ Cup and The Stronach Group and produced by the NTRA. Gary Stevens1431021%29%$358,270 CALIFORNIA CHROME AWAITS SATURDAY’S SAN PASQUAL            California Chrome is at the ready for his first race in nine months Saturday despite El Nino’s futile effort to turn racing into El Nono.“We’ve had five and two-tenths inches of rain since the early part of the week,” said Santa Anita Track Superintendent Dennis Moore Thursday morning, as rain stopped and the sun broke through, illuminating snow on the apex of the San Gabriel Mountains, creating a picture-postcard setting. “The track was sealed after the last race Sunday.”Still, the main track has not been open for workouts for four days, from Monday through Thursday morning.California Chrome, meanwhile, got in his final major breeze for Saturday’s Grade II San Pasqual Stakes prior to last Saturday’s first race, going six furlongs under regular rider Victor Espinoza in a snappy and stylish 1:10.04.“We got a good draw and I don’t think the track will be a problem,” said trainer Art Sherman, who has never run California Chrome on an off track. Save for a lone start and subsequent victory on grass in the Grade I Hollywood Derby Nov. 29, 2014, California Chrome’s other 17 career races have been on conventional dirt or synthetic surfaces.“So far,” Sherman said, “everything is good.”The field for the San Pasqual, race eight of nine: Alfa Bird, Tyler Baze, 20-1; Blingo, Alex Solis, 20-1; Point Piper, Rafael Bejarano, 10-1; California Chrome, Victor Espinoza, 4-5; Hoppertunity, Martin Garcia, 5-2; Hard Aces, Joe Talamo, 8-1; Mystery Train, Mike Smith, 30-1; and Imperative, Mario Gutierrez, 6-1.Richard Baltas, atop the trainer standings with five wins from 12 runners through seven racing days, said Imperative “probably won’t run” because of a sore foot, “but if he’s good by race day, I’ll run him.”Trainer Victor Garcia expects longshot Alfa Bird to be close to or on the lead from his rail post position.“Whether we’re in front depends on California Chrome,” Garcia said. “I think he’s going to be fresh coming off a long layoff, but I think we’ll go to the lead behind California Chrome. It all depends on how the track plays, too.” Santiago Gonzalez41107324%49%$396,140 Karen Headley430075%75%$127,450 Edwin Maldonado2331113%22%$77,880 Joseph Talamo2745215%41%$232,540last_img read more

PH Jiu-jitsu bet Annie Ramirez proud to inspire women in contact sports

first_imgMOST READ 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 Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nets deny Heat a clincher with tight win in OT “It gives me pride knowing that I get to influence those women who are into this contact sport,” said Ramirez during a press conference of the Jiu-Jitsu Federation of the Philippines Wednesday.“And I can also give inspiration to girls that they can also become the no. 1 in this kind of sport, which is a really big honor.”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 crownRamirez won gold in the 2016 Asian Beach Games and another in the Ashbagat Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, both in the women’s -55 kilogram division.In the two events, Ramirez also shared the honor with Meggie Ochoa who won the gold in the -45 kilogram division. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism View comments LATEST STORIES Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew PH jiu-jitsu fighter Annie Ramirez.Annie Ramirez fights like a girl and she’s proud of it.The 27-year-old has become one of the top women’s fighters in the Philippines and in the continent after bringing glory to the country in the world stage in the past half a decade.ADVERTISEMENT They are also set to compete in the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta this August.Ramirez is hoping her exploits in the world of jiu-jitsu could inspire others in their own battles.“Through this sport, I know I can inspire more people on a wider scale,” said Ramirez who’s set to compete. “I hope I can inspire people fight through whatever problem in life they’re facing.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’last_img read more

Big-game Brooks: Koepka has 4 wins on tour, 3 majors

first_imgPalace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs And it goes deeper than that.He has finished among the top 15 in 12 of the last majors he has played, dating to a tie for fourth in his U.S. Open debut at Pinehurst No. 2 in 2014.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“More attention to detail, more mentally focused, more … every shot really, really means something, ” he said about his major performances. “Everyone on my team says I act a little different, the way I approach it. It’s very down to a routine this week, and other weeks … not saying I vary from the routine, but it’s much more disciplined.”One oddity about his record is the low number of other victories, though it’s not as skewed as it seems considering his background. “There’s only one thing that would surprise me about Tiger’s game, and that’s if all of a sudden he becomes a great driver of the golf ball.” — Hank Haney on his SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio show.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal “I want to make sure I have five vice captains there,” Furyk said. “That’s what we’re allowed, and I see a lot of value in having all five there.”Then again, Furyk says Woods plays a big role no matter what his position.“Tiger’s been a vice captain in the team room as a player. He serves that role in either direction,” Furyk said. “His value … he’s priceless, to be honest with you.”MAJOR RECORDSThe British Open gets the distinction of being the only major this year where a significant scoring record was not set or tied.The PGA Championship led the way at soft Bellerive Country Club, where Gary Woodland set the 36-hole tournament record at 130, and Brooks Koepka set the 72-hole record at 264. Both scores tied major championship records — 130 is the record at the Masters (Jordan Spieth), U.S. Open (Martin Kaymer) and British Open (Brandt Snedeker, Nick Faldo).Koepka and Charl Schwartzel tied the PGA Championship record with 63. Fourteen players had shot 63 previously in the PGA. Also, Tony Finau tied Gary Player’s record in the PGA by making 10 birdies in one round. And if that wasn’t enough, Ben Kern shot 277 to set the PGA record for club pros.At the Masters, Spieth tied the record for lowest final round with a 64. Gary Player also shot 64 in 1978 when he rallied to win. Spieth finished third. It’s also worth noting that the final round at the Masters set a record for most rounds at par or better (42), most subpar rounds (34) and most rounds in the 60s (19).And at the U.S. Open, Tommy Fleetwood tied the 18-hole record with a 63. It was only the sixth such score at the U.S. Open, and second in two years. Justin Thomas had a 63 at Erin Hills last year, which played as a par 72.GRAND SLAMMED Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES View comments DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displacedcenter_img One year after his Masters victory, Sergio Garcia was the only player to miss the cut in all four majors.It wasn’t just the majors.The PGA Championship was the seventh time that Garcia missed a cut this year, the most of a career that began in 1999. But it was one shot from looking very different. Bellerive also was the fourth time this year the Spaniard missed the cut by one shot.He now goes to the Wyndham Championship this week at No. 131 in the FedEx Cup, needing to at least make the cut — and then do more — to finish among the top 125 and qualifying for the playoffs. He has never missed them since the FedEx Cup began in 2007.And to think Garcia began the season with a victory in the Singapore Open.Also in jeopardy is a spot on the Ryder Cup team for Europe. He likely would have to win the Wyndham Championship to move into the four spots from the world ranking points that qualify for the team. He is too far behind on the European Tour points list, which is based on money. Garcia has played on every Ryder Cup team since 1999 except 2010, when he served as a vice captain.FURYK’S HELPTiger Woods will either be a vice captain or a player at the Ryder Cup, but not both.At least in name.U.S. captain Jim Furyk already had picked Woods and Steve Stricker as his vice captains in late February. Since then, Woods has moved up to No. 11 in the standings and appears certain to be a pick. Woods has said he would like to do both, though Furyk said if Woods is a captain’s pick, then he will take another assistant captain. Brooks Koepka holds the Wanamaker Trophy after he won the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bellerive Country Club, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)ST. LOUIS — Just call him big-game Brooks.Not even Brooks Koepka can explain why he plays some of his best golf at the biggest events. The PGA Championship not only was his third major, he won two of the three majors he played this year and three of his last six.ADVERTISEMENT Jordan Spieth is 0 for 2 in his bid to complete the career Grand Slam. He’s also 0 for 26 in his last PGA Tour starts, dating to his British Open victory last summer at Royal Birkdale.Spieth keeps thinking his best stuff is around the corner. He closed with a 66, despite a double bogey on the par-3 sixth hole with a tee shot in the water. He also had a triple bogey on Saturday in his round of 69, and he opened the PGA Championship with a double bogey.“Minus a couple of tee shots, I had a chance to win this thing with what felt like not my A-game,” Spieth said. “The putting was phenomenal. And the rest of the game is moving in the right direction. So it’s good to have a test like this.”Spieth is No. 40 in the FedEx Cup and should be in reasonable shape for the first three playoff events. He still has work to do to earn a spot in the Tour Championship.“I’ve got a week off now to nail it in and feel like I step into the playoffs with my game in the best shape it’s been this entire year,” Spieth said.DIVOTSRickie Fowler and Marc Leishman are the only players to have made the cut in all four majors each of the last two seasons. … The 266 by Tiger Woods at Bellerive would have won or forced a playoff in all but three PGA Championships since it switched to stroke play in 1958. … Tony Finau got into the record book at two majors this year for his birdies. His six straight birdies in the fourth round of the Masters was second behind only Woods and Steve Pate (seven), and his 10 birdies at the PGA Championship tied the record for most in a round held by Gary Player. … Kenny Perry, 58, is the only PGA Tour Champions player averaging more than 300 yards off the tee (301.1). … Brooks Koepka now has won two majors with scoring records. He tied Rory McIlroy for most under par (16 under) at the 2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills, and he set the PGA Championship record (264) at Bellerive. … Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk says he will call every player under consideration for a captain’s pick to let them know his decision. Furyk never received a call from Fred Couples when he was left off the 2013 Presidents Cup team, ending his appearance on 15 straight teams.STAT OF THE WEEKBen Kern set the PGA Championship record for club pros with a 277 to tie for 42nd at Bellerive. The previous record was 279 by Jimmy Wright, who finished fourth in the 1969 PGA Championship at NCR Country Club, three shots behind Raymond Floyd.FINAL WORD Messi to skip Argentina friendlies – reports ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil On the PGA Tour, Koepka now has four victories — the Phoenix Open and three majors.Koepka began his career on the Challenge Tour, winning three times in 2013 to earn a European Tour card. He also won the Turkish Airlines Open on the European Tour, and he has back-to-back titles in the Dunlop Phoenix on the Japan Golf Tour. He won last year by nine shots over Xander Schauffele.Larry Nelson’s third major was his eighth PGA Tour title. Nelson had the fewest victories of those with at least three majors (since World War II) until Koepka.Jordan Spieth’s third major was his 11th win on the PGA Tour. Payne Stewart’s third major also was his 11th victory on the PGA Tour. Nick Price had 14 titles on the PGA Tour when he won his third major, while Hale Irwin had 18 wins when he captured his third U.S. Open.SERGIO’S SWOONADVERTISEMENT MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’last_img read more

Patterson still employed at Legal Affairs Ministry

first_imgNational Assembly hears– despite appointment as GECOM ChairmanEven as retired Justice James Patterson officiates at the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) as its Chairman – a post which by law requires the appointee to be impartial, Government has made no decision as it relates to his continued employment at the Legal Affairs Ministry.This was brought to the attention of the National Assembly during consideration of the budget estimates for that Ministry. Under interrogation by his predecessor, Anil Nandlall, Attorney General Basil Williams identified his team of Ministerial Advisers as the recipients of sums under a line item titled ‘other’.GECOM Chairman, retired Justice James PattersonWilliams was then asked by Nandlall whether retired Justice Patterson, whose appointment to GECOM chairmanship touched off national and international outcry, was still serving as Chairman of the Council of Legal Advisors.“Having embarked on his office as GECOM Chair, I doubt whether he’ll have the time for that particular arrangement,” Williams replied. “So, we haven’t addressed our minds to it yet. So, I expect the Chairman won’t have time to function within that group.”The Council of Legal Advisors was made up of former Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) Judge, Justice Duke Pollard; former High Court Judge, Justice Patterson; former Appeal Court Judge, Justice Claudette Singh; Professor Harold Lutchman; and Professor Harold James. At the time the team was appointed, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon had disclosed that the functions of the Council would include providing legal analysis and advice on the development of the local justice sector, Government’s legislative agenda and litigation matters, providing input into legal policy design and engaging stakeholders with interest in the justice sector where appropriate.In addition to this assistance which the Attorney General would be getting to perform his duties, Harmon went on to say that the Council would be assisted in the execution of its mandate by support staff from the Legal Affairs Ministry. Patterson was still a Ministerial adviser when three lists of nominees for the post of GECOM Chairman were rejected by President David Granger.According to Article 161 (2), (Amendment) of the Constitution of Guyana, “The Chairman of the Elections Commission shall be a person who holds, or who has held, office as a judge of a court having unlimited jurisdiction in civil and criminal matters in some part of the Commonwealth, or a court having jurisdiction in appeals from any such court, or who is qualified to be appointed as any such judge, or any other fit and proper person, to be appointed by the President from a list of six persons not unacceptable to the President, submitted by the Leader of the Opposition after meaningful consultation with the non-governmental political parties represented in the National Assembly.“Provided that the Leader of the Opposition fails to submit a list as provided for, the President shall appoint a person who holds or has held office as a judge of a court having unlimited jurisdiction in civil and criminal matters in some part of the Commonwealth, or a court having jurisdiction in appeals from any such court, or who is qualified to be appointed as any such judge.”Impartiality is also critical, since the Chairman is tasked with mediating between two political sides; in this case the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and A Partnership for National Unity (APNU/AFC).last_img read more

GECOM claims it is “multitasking” to prepare for elections

first_imgUnder heavy criticism…says H2H data being verified, polling day staff being trained…less than 1/3 of names registered during H2H inputted in system – sourceUnder a constant barrage of criticisms for the continued delay in holding elections, the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) claims that it is multitasking, by training polling day staff and inputting data while the Commission deliberates on timeframes.Guyana Elections CommissionAccording to GECOM in a statement on Monday, they are currently verifying and encoding the House-to-House data that was gathered and scheduled to be merged with the existing National Register of Registrants (NRR) database.“In addition, the Commission is moving swiftly with the training of polling day staff countrywide. To date, training has been completed in Region 4 (Georgetown, East Bank and East Coast) and Region 5. Training will be conducted in Regions 1, 2 and 10 on September 7-8, 2019,” GECOM said.“The Guyana Elections Commission is committed to ensuring it produces a credible list for the conduct of credible General and Regional Elections within the shortest possible time in accordance with law,” the Commission added.Meanwhile, sources have confirmed to this publication that as of Friday, GECOM had scanned and inputted less than a third (approximately 120,000) of the over 370,000 persons who were registered during House-to-House into the system.It is understood that the data generated from this process will then have to be analysed before attempts to add them to the NRR are even made.After a more than four-hour-long meeting on Friday last, both Opposition and Government-aligned Commissioners disclosed to media operatives that March 2020 was one of several timelines proposed by the Secretariat.Government-aligned Commissioner Vincent Alexander confirmed that March 2020 is one of the dates discussed during the meeting. According to the Commissioners, one of the activities proposed to be undertaken by GECOM during that period is the printing of new national identification (ID) cards. However, Commissioner Bibi Shadick contended that such an initiative is unnecessary.She pointed out that ID cards are not needed to vote, as any other form of identification, such as a passport, is accepted. In lieu of any such documents, she said voters can sign an oath at the polling stations.After this revelation, a number of figures in several sections of the media have come out critiquing not only GECOM, but its Chairperson, retired Justice Claudette Singh. In its statement, GECOM pointed out that these discussions are slated to continue at the next statutory meeting on September 10.ConstitutionArticle 106 (6) of the Constitution states: “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence”.Meanwhile, Article 106 (7) goes on to say: “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election”.A No-Confidence Motion (NCM) was passed against the government since December 21 of last year. However, elections were not held and there was no resignation. Instead, the Government went through several levels of court, unsuccessfully arguing that the NCM was not validly passed.At the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), the final court had thrown out the Government’s case and had handed down judgement saying that when the NCM was passed on December 21, 2019, Article 106 of the Constitution had immediately been activated. In addition, the Court had noted that the provisions of the article were clear.Instead of immediately starting serious preparations to hold elections in the shortest possible time, GECOM proceeded to carry out House-to-House Registration based on the orders of unilaterally appointed former Chairman retired Justice James Patterson. A court case challenging this process and seeking to have GECOM comply with the Constitution was in fact filed.While that process was ultimately stopped by his successor, the decision to merge the new data from House-to-House and to prioritise the printing of identification cards, instead of seeking to have elections held as soon as possible, has been criticised by People’s Progressive Party (PPP)-nominated GECOM Commissioners as part of the Government’s delaying tactics.last_img read more

Coral Daily Download – Bournemouth set to heap further misery on Liverpool boss Rodgers

first_imgDave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesman looks ahead to Wednesday night’s League Cup quarter-final clash between Bournemouth and Liverpool and claims it would not be a surprise to see the Championship leaders run out winners.He also previews Tottenham’s last eight clash with Newcastle, and assesses Chelsea’s chances of winning the quadruple after they moved into the semi-finals of the League Cup with a 3-1 win at Derby on Tuesday night.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more

Daniel Sturridge needs to be handled with more care, admits Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admits Daniel Sturridge has to be handled with more care in future as the injury-plagued striker cannot cope with playing three times in a week.The England international is out for a number of weeks with a hamstring strain sustained in Sunday’s 2-0 defeat at Newcastle – his third appearance in eight days.Klopp has said that with Sturridge’s fitness record he should probably have given his forward a break, even though his longest spell was an hour in the Capital One victory at Southampton in which he scored twice sandwiched between 19 and 28-minute cameos off the bench.“Of course, in this moment, he cannot play three games in a week,” Klopp said.“Nobody should do this too often. If you have a normal pre-season, if you have a normal period of time training, then you are ready for this.“It is a little hamstring [problem], nothing more, but we have to try together with him to make him more resistant.“It is no knee, no hip, no foot but this is a sign that it was too much for him.“Now we have 10 days, I would say, until we think about if he should play: that would be the Watford game maybe.“If he can run in eight days – eight days might be the longest time he has trained for in the last year – and be ready for physical training then maybe he is ready to play 20-25 minutes like it is.“That’s how it is in a usual situation for other players like this. After Watford we then have a normal week (before Leicester at home on Boxing Day), then we have another six days where he could maybe train. If the world is perfect!“Then we will have 16 days where he has trained at a high intensity, so that would be a big step for us. We have to look for this now.”Even Klopp marvelled at the quality of Sturridge’s finishing in the game at St Mary’s.But in his absence he will not put additional pressure on his remaining fit strikers Christian Benteke and Divock Origi – with the latter set to lead the line against Sion in their final Europa League tie in Switzerland – to step up another level.“I am not sure Christian and Divock can play that good to make everyone stop asking questions about Daniel – you asked me four questions about him and he’s not even here!” said the German.“We have Roberto (Firmino) too who can also play the position and that’s a good situation in that we have them.“If we didn’t have, then of course we would have a big problem but we don’t with these players.“I won’t make pressure for them, there is no reason I will say: ‘Okay, take your chance or leave’ or something like this. We have to work together.” 1 Daniel Sturridge is out for a number of weeks with a hamstring strain last_img read more

‘Potter’ creator Rowling makes magic for LAUSD kids

first_imgHOLLYWOOD – J.K. Rowling, perched on a golden throne and bathed in spotlights, didn’t seem so different from the 1,600 screaming kids who sat before her Monday morning. The “Harry Potter” scribe, with a sensible sweater over her attractive, floral-print dress, didn’t come across as a mega-wealthy, famous author from the other side of the world. She was a formerly single mother, a kid whose family didn’t understand her visions of magic, a dreamer. She was one of them. For an hour, Los Angeles Unified School District students from South Los Angeles to San Fernando listened to the immensely popular author read and discuss the fantastic world of wizardry that spilled forth from her mind. They got to speak with her, have their questions answered and walked away with signed copies of “Deathly Hallows,” the seventh and final book in the “Harry Potter” series. “She doesn’t talk to you like she’s a billionaire,” said Melissa Jimenez, a 17-year-old senior at San Fernando High School. “She talks to you like she’s a real person.” The students of Van Nuys Middle School gushed over the writer, holding her up with lavish compliments but still seeing her more as a peer than an icon. “Harry Potter changed my life,” sixth-grader Shavaree Buffington said. “Now we get to meet her.” “She was a single mom. She writes and takes care of her kids,” Serenity Toledo said. “I like to write and type a lot, too.” “We like the same things she does,” Christopher Edwards said. “Reading Harry Potter and writing.” “We’d all like to be successful like her,” Julia Cocilion said. They continued their list with cacophonous glee. Harry Potter spoke to them because he attracted action. Because he used magic. Because he feared death. Because he wore glasses. And, they learned during the program, Rowling faced the same real-world struggles that Harry encountered at Hogwarts and that they saw in their own classrooms. “At one point in my life, everything had gone wrong,” she said. “Judged by any external standard, though I try to avoid the word, I was a loser. But I didn’t feel like a loser.” Through hard work, luck and the help of friends, she assured them, they could succeed as she had. Hazel Kasusky shared the same dream. The 15-year-old Sun Valley resident and Polytechnic High School student feels an affinity for Potter’s wizardry ally, Hermione Granger, whom Rowling based upon herself. All three have parents who don’t always understand what’s going on at school. Each has a guy they consider a close friend. They’re all a bit bookish. The worlds of Kasusky, the seventh-year Gryffindor witch and the 42-year-old multimillionaire author didn’t seem so different, after all. “It’s all about magic, right? But a human thought of it,” Kasusky said. “She put it all together. I can see myself in there through Hermione.” (818) 713-3738160Want 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Following the summer success of “Deathly Hallows,” which tallied more than 8 million sales in just its first 24 hours on shelves, publishing house Scholastic Corp. sent Rowling on a three-city American book tour. After Los Angeles, she heads to New Orleans and New York City. Scholastic Corp. wants to hook a new group of readers who missed the Potter craze and will hand out copies of the first book in the series to school districts, including the LAUSD, which is expected to get about 5,000 copies. For Monday’s event, the district selected 15 high schools, 15 middle schools and 10 elementary schools to send 40 third- through 12th-graders who distinguished themselves in an essay contest. “You wouldn’t think high school kids would be so enthused, but they are,” said Pam Hamashita, principal at Canoga Park High School. “We had a Harry Potter day on a Saturday and they all came out. They’re really excited.” As Rowling sat onstage at the Kodak Theatre, reading about her hero’s departure from his miserable family, high schoolers with pink-and-black-spiked hair sat as equally riveted as young students dressed in Hogwarts robes and witches’ hats. She held the massive crowd in near silence, broken only with laughter at times. last_img read more


first_imgMinister Joe McHughMinister Joe McHugh has welcomed news of a €25m investment by Randox Teoranta and increase in jobs to over 500 by 2020 in Dungloe.Minister of State for the Gaeltacht told Donegal Daily a few moments ago: “I am delighted to welcome today’s announcement by Randox Teoranta that they are investing €25m in their Dungloe plant, with the potential of increasing jobs from 66 to 540 by 2020.“This is a great day for Dungloe and for Donegal. “I had an opportunity a number of weeks back along with my colleagues in Udarus to see first hand the cutting edge work which is taking place in Dungloe. This was a great insight and I was delighted to meet so many people from my own County working there, including my own parish.“I would like to commend the dedicated Management Team for their enterprise and energy in driving forward an industry that will be leading and competing on the world stage.“There is no doubt that this investment by Randox today will have benefits for the whole North West region. This commitment to the surrounding communities will act as a new roadmap, allowing us to position the region as a centre of excellence in the fields of engineering and life sciences. And the relationship between the third level sectors will be critical to driving forward the ambitious plans here in Dungloe.“I would like to acknowledge the great spirit of co-operation between Randox and Udarus na Gaeltacht and I know this partnership will go from strength to strength as this development expands over the coming years. I also want to commend Udarus for their dedication to job creation over a number of difficult years and I intend to do all I can to help support this essential work. “This is a very good day for Randox and an equally good day for County Donegal. I had an opportunity a fortnight ago to reach out to our diaspora in Boston and inform them that there are opportunities in Dungloe in the field of engineering and life sciences. Too many of our young people have had to emigrate over the past number of years. With that in mind I would like to congratulate all involved who are trying to reverse that trend.” MINISTER JOE McHUGH ON DUNGLOE JOBS: ‘THIS IS A GREAT DAY FOR DONEGAL’ was last modified: October 19th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:500 jobsdonegaljobsJoe McHughMinisterrandoxTDlast_img read more


first_imgDonegal Daily spoke to Tirconail Tribune editor and political buff John McAteer about how things are shaping up in today’s local elections.As usual, Mac The Mouth doesn’t mince his words! Simply click to view.  vbvbvbvbvb DDTV ELECTION 2014 – McATEER MAKES AN EARLY CALL! was last modified: May 24th, 2014 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:DDTVdonegalElectionsJohn McAteerTirconail Tribunelast_img read more