Dear Editor,Please compare the actions on the part of GECOM regarding A Partnership for National Unity’s (APNU’s) complaint in Mabaruma, Region One (Barima-Waini) with several complaints made by individuals and the PPP/C in Whim, Corriverton, Berbice and elsewhere.In the face of no investigations into their complaints, some complainants have resorted to a court action which GECOM stoutly defended to the tune of over $3 million. GECOM did not see it fit to investigate any complaint other than one made by the APNU on an issue which might not even have had any effect on the final results. Talk about duplicity!!Prior to the meeting, I read of allegations being made in Lethem, but no one brought up that issue today. Perhaps we will hear more of that later.The DCEO had no answer for several matters arising out of the minutes concerning tasks which should have been performed by the CEO. For instance, at last week’s meeting, the CEO had undertaken the task of providing commissioners with scanned copies of the declaration of results made by each of the eighty Returning Officers. I had asked for these, because I wanted to compare the ‘preliminary results’ with the actual declarations.The numbers announced by the PRO, and published in various sections of the press under the heading of LGE Results, are just statistics showing voter turnout! Why not publish the actual numbers of votes cast for each political party? That is what can properly be called results, instead of saying that a total of 208,534 persons, or 36 per cent of the total registered electors, voted.The electorate wants results, not statistics. Publication of the real results would publicly reveal the current mood of the electorate.As I have had to say before, getting any information from GECOM is akin to pulling teeth — a painful process!! But I am prepared to persevere, and hope that one day things will get better at GECOM.So long for now, until next week folks.Regards,Bibi Safora ShadickCommissioner –GECOM
Davide Loro took second position with a personal best time of 28:02, and following behind in third place was Dawit Feyissa, clocking in at 31:06.Riders will next take part in the Terry Stone Memorial time trial from Hudson’s Hope, Sunday morning at 10 a.m.- Advertisement –
SACRAMENTO – California’s Hummer-driving, motorcycle-riding governor may be getting on board the state’s ambitious high-speed rail project after years of coolness toward the program. In a recent op-ed column in The Fresno Bee, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger extolled the virtues of bullet trains, saying they would help relieve freeway congestion, improve air quality and create greater mobility. “A network of high-speed rail lines connecting cities throughout California would be a tremendous benefit to our state,” the governor wrote. The column appeared three days after an editorial criticized the Republican governor’s “curious coolness” toward rail transit and the high-speed rail project, particularly after the collapse of an Oakland freeway overpass demonstrated the vulnerability of the state’s reliance on highways. It seemed to signal a sharp change in direction for the Republican governor, who in January proposed a 2007-08 state budget that would leave the California High-Speed Rail Authority on life support. Schwarzenegger also asked lawmakers to remove a $9.9 billion high-speed and conventional rail bond measure from the November 2008 ballot. The proposal already has been held up twice with Schwarzenegger’s support. Sale of the bonds would help pay for a high-speed rail line between Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay area. It would be part of a $40 billion, 700-mile system the authority hopes the state will build, linking Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Sacramento and Fresno with trains running at top speeds of more than 200 mph. A Schwarzenegger spokeswoman, Sabrina Lockhart, said the governor “has always believed that high-speed rail has benefits. But his concern is asking taxpayers to mortgage $10 billion without identifying where the rest of the estimated $30 billion cost will come from.” In the editorial, Schwarzenegger complained that the state’s high-speed rail board had not completed a “comprehensive and credible plan for financing the system so we can get construction under way.” Mehdi Morshed, the rail board’s executive director, said the governor’s public expression of support for high-speed rail was “a big benefit for the project.” He said it was reasonable for Schwarzenegger to want to see a financing plan before moving ahead with the project. A preliminary report prepared by a team of high-speed rail board consultants suggests the system could be funded through a combination of state, federal and local government support and private investment, with as much as 30 percent of the money coming from private sources. One way to bring in that private financing would be through the sale of revenue bonds that would be paid off with income from fares. Authority officials predict that high-speed rail, unlike public transit, would not need government subsidies and would attract enough riders at high enough prices to make a profit. But a significant commitment of government financing would have to be made to attract private investment to help build and perhaps run the system, authority officials say. The preliminary report also predicts the state could pay off the $9.9 billion in rail bonds plus another $43 billion in bonds sought by Schwarzenegger for prisons, schools, university facilities, courthouses, dams and certain other projects without overburdening the state budget. The authority expects to complete a financing plan in the next couple of months, but probably not before lawmakers and the governor negotiate a state budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1. Those negotiations will heat up after Schwarzenegger unveils his revised budget proposal on Monday. His new spending plan could reveal how serious the governor is about supporting high-speed rail. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Polish defender Kamil Glik was punished for bringing down Yaya Sanogo in the area in the 78th minute, allowing Andy Delort to score from the spot.Former Arsenal striker Sanogo then grabbed a late equaliser as Toulouse shared the points.“We were in control but then something happened that nobody can control,” said Jardim.“The players are very angry and that’s why I am going to say again that I am very much in favour of VAR.“With VAR, Monaco would have four more points from our last few matches. In Marseille, there was an offside by two metres and today a penalty.“VAR would give the tournament more credibility and help referees make the right decisions.”The point dragged relegation-threatened Toulouse two points clear of the bottom three, while reigning champions Monaco remain 11 points adrift of PSG.Marseille visit PSG on Sunday, when Rudi Garcia’s men will be hoping to end a 15-match winless streak against their arch rivals to leapfrog Monaco into second.Jardim’s principality side took an eighth-minute lead at the Stadium Municipal on Saturday as Rony Lopes grabbed his sixth league goal of the season.Keita Balde, who has hit some excellent form in recent weeks, caused havoc in the Toulouse defence after chasing down a long ball, before squaring for the onrushing Lopes to score.But the hosts didn’t take long to find an equaliser, as midfielder Ibrahim Sangare sidefooted a shot through the grasp of Monaco goalkeeper Danijel Subasic to notch his first-ever Ligue 1 goal midway through the second period.Monaco were dealt another blow before half-time, as Senegalese youngster Balde hobbled off injured to be replace by Stevan Jovetic.The Montenegrin international should have finished off a wonderful, sweeping move early in the second half, but after his effort bounced back off the post, Portuguese winger Lopes was on hand to lash into the roof of the net to complete a brace.Jovetic made no mistake when he was given another opportunity in the 72nd minute, as he combined with Rachid Ghezzal before stabbing in his third goal in two games, after his initial chip was saved by Alban Lafont.But former Wigan and Caen striker Delort gave Toulouse hope of a comeback with his 78th-minute penalty, and Sanogo had the final say.The much-maligned 25-year-old, who only scored one goal in 20 Arsenal appearances before joining Toulouse last year, fired in an 87th-minute leveller with his second league goal for the club.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Upside down feeling: Toulouse midfielder Yannick Cahuzac sees Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar take a tumble © AFP / PASCAL PAVANIPARIS, France, Feb 24 – Frustrated Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim demanded VAR video assistance be introduced in French Ligue 1 after a controversial penalty saw his team squander two points in a 3-3 draw at struggling Toulouse on Saturday.Monaco could find themselves 14 points behind runaway leaders Paris Saint-Germain by the end of the weekend and Jardim insisted the referee did his team no favours by awarding a penalty in the 78th minute when his side were leading 3-1.
1 Manchester United defender Luke Shaw is expected to have a second operation on his broken leg on Friday.Shaw was taken to the St Anna Ziekenhuis hospital on the outskirts of Eindhoven on Tuesday night after breaking his right leg in two places during United’s 2-1 defeat to PSV.The England left-back broke his tibia and fibula following a challenge by PSV defender Hector Moreno in the 15th minute.Two orthopaedic surgeons and a trauma specialist conducted an operation on Shaw’s leg on the night of the match.United declined to comment any further on the matter, but it is understood that Shaw will have a second operation at the Dutch hospital as part of his recovery on Friday.Shaw will remain in Eindhoven until United’s medical staff are happy for him to come home.United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward visited Shaw the morning after the match and the player’s parents are understood to be with him now.Shaw is said to have suffered a “clean break” of the right leg, which makes it more likely his recovery will be quicker.The player himself has not set a target for his comeback date, but Louis van Gaal said after the match that he could return by March.”I am not a doctor so I cannot say that, but when you have a double fracture it is I think until six months,” the United manager said.”It is about how it develops. You can never say that in advance.”He will not play in the group phase I think. I hope he can play again this season.”Former Coventry defender David Busst suffered a horrific leg break against United at Old Trafford in 1996 after colliding with Denis Irwin and Brian McClair and retired from the game a few months later.Busst needed 26 operations and contracted the MRSA virus but he is confident Shaw will make a full recovery.He told The Sun: ”It wasn’t the actual fractures that stopped me from playing, it was the infections.”But so long as it’s a clean break and there is no infection, there shouldn’t be a major issue for Luke.” Luke Shaw
1 Andros Townsend has been dropped by manager Mauricio Pochettino For his public display of petulance, winger Andros Townsend has been axed from the Tottenham first team.The 24-year-old was involved in a row with coach Nathan Gardiner during a warm down after Spurs’ 3-1 win against Aston Villa on Monday night.Manager Mauricio Pochettino said the player understands he made a mistake as well as his frustration at not playing as much, but discipline is important.“The staff need to show respect to the player and the player needs to show respect to the staff,” he said.Following the revelation, many Tottenham fans showed they are right behind the popular manager, with some citing an apparent team spirit they don’t want to see damaged.
QPR have confirmed that Alejandro Faurlin and Clint Hill are among the players leaving the club this summer.West London Sport revealed on Monday morning that manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink had indicated that out-of-contract trio Faurlin, Hill and Karl Henry were not in his plans, while Junior Hoilett has told the club he wants to leave.Faurlin later confirmed his departure with a message on social media in which he thanked fans for their support.Rangers subsequently announced the duo’s exit and say they are in contract talks with Henry – who could be retained as a squad player – and Hoilett.News that Hill and Faurlin have reached the end of the line at QPR was greeted with dismay by many fans on Twitter.Hoilett is eyeing a return to the Premier LeagueMeanwhile, Nemanja Matic has declared that he still has confidence in his own ability after a disappointing season for Chelsea.The Serbian midfielder has been linked with a possible move to Manchester United by the Daily Mail. Chelsea’s Under-21 side were in action on Monday evening – Charlie Colkett’s late goal gave them a 1-0 victory at Manchester City.Brentford have offered Josh Clarke a new contract but have released goalkeeper Mark Smith.Fulham defender Dan Burn, whose contract is about to expire, says he has played his final match for the club.And in cricket, Sam Robson hit a century as he led a strong Middlesex recovery against Nottinghamshire on day two at Lord’s.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
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Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew The league has a make-or-break feel to it this year considering the clubs’ struggles to keep up with the demands of the home-and-away format.Four clubs have already folded since the league started in 2017, including Davao Aguilas, which actually looked like it had a strong financial backing only to quit late last season.Amid the precarious state of club football back home, Ceres has been the torchbearer for the country in international competitions the past four years.The Busmen have become the most successful Filipino club in AFC competitions with their AFC Cup Asian zonal title two years ago and a stirring run in the AFC Champions League qualifying in 2018. This season marks the fourth straight year the Busmen are in the knockout stage of the AFC Cup.“Considering the circumstances of Philippine football domestic-wise, it sounds almost unreal,” Schrock said. “But here we are and we want to enjoy this moment—but we also know with more success comes more responsibility.”ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid It’s an incredible rise set against the backdrop of uncertainty and instability.For Bacolod-based football club Ceres Negros, which recently climbed to the top of the Southeast Asian club rankings in only its seventh year, there’s no better time to reap success than this year when the national league—the gateway for clubs to make international competitions next year—hit an early bump.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments Under coach Risto Vidakovic, Ceres has never looked so potent on attack and stable defensively, rolling to five straight victories in the group stage to book a return trip to the knockout stage of the AFC Cup. Another Filipino club, Kaya-Iloilo, is also in contention for a knockout berth.Their blistering start in the AFC Cup catapulted the Busmen to the top of the Asean rankings early this month ahead of more established and richer clubs like Buriram United of Thailand and Johor Darul Ta’zim of Malaysia.“Being No. 1 in Southeast Asia is a result of the hard and clever work from the owner, management and the team,” said Schrock, who credited club Leo Rey Yanson and the management team led by Nicolas Golez for their support.The Busmen now go into the knockout stage of the AFC Cup brimming with confidence. Spanish striker Bienvenido Marañon is in sensational form with a tournament-leading nine goals, while Schrock has delivered four assists so far, including the one that Mike Ott converted in the 93rd minute that completed a dramatic 3-2 comeback win over Indonesian champion Persija Jakarta at Bung Karno Stadium.“I think we’re more composed in the way we play,” Schrock said. “It’s more on picking and choosing what to do with the situations. We embrace every challenge. It’s about stepping up and evolving year by year. This is just a great journey not just for us, but for Philippine football. Rankings are nice, but we have our eyes on the gold in every competition.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES There’s a growing urgency in the Ceres camp not just to reinforce their ranking, but to once again do their share in ensuring that club football in the country survives this year, after a rough start that saw the supposed reboot of the national tournament—the Philippine Premier League—suffer a quick exit due to mismanagement issues.“We’re just hoping that there will be a league this year,” Stephan Schrock, the Ceres talisman, told the Inquirer recently.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe Philippine Football Federation has moved to salvage the season by convening the five licensed clubs as it reverts back to the two-year-old Philippines Football League (PFL).Two more clubs—Mendiola FC and Philippine Air Force—are looking to secure club licenses in the next couple of weeks that will signal its participation in the PFL, which is slated to start late this month. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated La Salle to duel with familiar faces in game vs UP