The Secretary General of the Liberia Football Association B. Alphonso Armah has disclosed that the national U-23 female soccer team has been withdrawn from the qualifiers of the U-23 Summer Olympics.Armah said Liberia pulled out from the international tournament on Monday, April 27 but failed to state the reason for the withdrawal. But sources at the LFA said the withdrawal was due to the lack of funds.The female Lone Star were scheduled to face the Indomitable Lioness of Cameroon on Saturday and Friday, the 2nd and 8th of May respectively in Yaoundé, Cameroon owing to the banning of football activities in Liberia by CAF because of the Ebola outbreak in the country. Female Lone Star’s under the tactical guidance of ex-Liberian international, Varmah Kpoto, and his deputy is former female national team defender, Florence Monboe. Assistant Coach is Jonah Sarweah. Though Armah also failed to state about any possible fine from the continental governing body of football (CAF) owing to the pulling out just four days to the 1st leg, reliable sources said the country might face US$1,500 fine. Meanwhile, there is no confirmation from the LFA as to whether the country would also honor the 2016 FIFA U-20 Word Cup qualifiers. The U-20 Lone Star moved to second phase without kicking a ball owing to the withdrawal of the Sierra Leone female national U-20 team. The inability to secure a venue and the lack of funds are the official reasons given for the withdrawal by the SLFA. Liberia was scheduled to face Sierra Leonean in the preliminary round of the qualifiers away on the weekend of May 1-3 on a neutral ground, as Sierra Leone is not allowed to host international matches because of the Ebola outbreak. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
By Vahnu Manikchand in Trinidad and Kristen MacklingamIf the Government of Guyana believes that the proportional representation for a majority in its National Assembly should be considered as 34 of 65 instead of 33 as part of allowing a ruling party to have a “leeway” then this would not serve much of a purpose.Senior Counsel Douglas MendesThis is according to Trinidadian Senior Counsel, Douglas Mendes, who is a part of the battery of lawyers representing Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo at the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) in relation to the validity of the No-Confidence Motion passed in Guyana’s National Assembly on December 21, 2018.During his submissions on Friday, the Senior Counsel submitted that the “ordinary” meaning of the word majority ought to be applied and that would mean that 33 is in actuality, the majority of 65 in Guyana’s National Assembly.“If you have to pass a budget, and you have to get a majority, and, of course, if you don’t pass the budget then you cannot spend any money then you would also need a little more leeway there as well. Wherever you find the word majority in the Constitution, it ought to be interpreted in such a way as to give the Government a leeway. But with all due respect, there is no warrant for that,” Mendes submitted.He added, “with all due respect I don’t think that takes you anywhere because if the idea is to give the ruling party some leeway then [even] two really should not be enough because two members of the Government can defect. It won’t be that much difficult than one if the idea is to give the ruling Government some leeway, well, why not half plus two or half plus three, why just stop at one? If it is that you are concerned about being defeated, then you should apply it to all measures under the Constitution”.Stretching provisions of the ConstitutionIn relation to the arguments put forward by the coalition Government’s attorneys that Article 156 (3) of the Constitution of Guyana dictates the manner in which a Member of Parliament should operate when casting a vote, the attorney pointed out that this is not so, adding that this section specifically speaks about certain factors involved in the process.“156 (3) says nothing about how you vote in the National Assembly, so it is a stretch in the first place to say that it limits anyone’s right to vote but it is even worse to say well there are exceptions to that implied limitation. The implied limitation is you can vote against the Government if you have a coalition Government, with all due respect that is asking this Court to rewrite the Constitution. Not just simply to say that there is an implied limitation on the right to vote but that there is an implied limitation on the right to vote provided that you don’t have a coalition Government in which case, the implied limitation does not apply to the coalition partners, so my learned friends are asking you to write in provisions of the Constitution, this is not the normal process of necessary implication at all,” the Senior Counsel told the judges.Mendes argued that while some may contest that former AFC Member of Parliament, Charrandas Persaud, was a “usurper” and should face penalties, the question is left to ask whether he knew he was not qualified to sit in the Parliament on December 21, 2018.He added that it is a known phenomenon that persons who are not qualified are in Parliament.“…did he know he was not qualified to sit in the Parliament on December 21, 2018? Mr Persaud was not a usurper on the day… Section 58 of the Constitution can only assist you if there is a finding that Mr Persaud had or knew he was not entitled to vote as he did. If he was charged under this provision, then he would be able to say to the Court that he did not know. Certainly, he would be entitled to say in such cases that you cannot challenge me anymore, as far as I knew I was entitled to vote…there is no basis for saying he had reasonable grounds to know he was not entitled to vote. As of 21st December, he would be acting reasonably to think he was…”He added that if Guyana’s Parliament has addressed the question about voting when a member is not supposed to and that individual is only fined $50 as the only sanction then this does not mean that the vote is/was invalid.Meanwhile, former Attorney General of Guyana, Anil Nandlall, who is also one of the lawyers representing the Opposition at the hearings, on the sidelines of Friday’s Court proceedings told Guyana Times senior journalist Vahnu Manikchand, who is in Trinidad, in an exclusive interview that he is confident that his side will succeed in the cases that were heard at the CCJ.“That the No-Confidence Motion will be upheld and that Charrandas’ vote will be counted and declared to be valid, the important part now is what orders will the Court make should our appeals be successful, as you know, had the No-Confidence Motion not been challenged the elections ought to have been held by March 21st. That did not happen. So the Court I think, once it rules that the No-Confidence Motion was validly passed, has an obligation to give effect to the letter and spirit of the Constitution which is for elections to be held now that the 3 months have expired, for elections to be held within the shortest period of time,” he stated.He noted that fortunately, “[During] the proceedings of these appeals, we heard the GECOM Chairman appeal, and naturally the two sets of cases are inter-related because GECOM is fundamental to the holding of elections. Of course GECOM lawyers, I believe in conspiracy with the Government have advanced arguments that they are unprepared and not ready for early elections. That was expected”.He said that these lawyers, have now “thrown up a whole host of obstacles,” none of which in his view can be considered to be reasonable and none can be considered to be a lawful obstacle to the holding of early elections.“So, fortunately, the Court has seen this battle that is going on now and the Court has indicated that they will fix a date and time specifically for the purpose of dealing with the consequential orders that will have to be made should the Court rule that the No-Confidence Motion was validly passed.”According to Nandlall, the Court has indicated two things fundamentally to be done, the first being that it will have to deliver its ruling. There is also the question of the consequential orders that ought to be made based upon the ruling.“The ruling cannot be that the No-Confidence Motion was validly passed, let us assume that is the ruling, the Court cannot just leave it like that. The Court needs to make orders that would make effect to the spirit of the Constitution now that the letter of the Constitution can no longer be achieved having regard to the expiration of the time contemplated by the Constitution for elections to be held if the No-Confidence Motion is successfully passed.”
“Everything’s on schedule,” said Weaver, who has been dealing with a sore biceps. “I should get off a mound in a week. (There’s) no discomfort anymore.” After missing the last three days in camp because of bronchitis, John Lackey made an appearance saying he was feeling much better. He is expected to have a bullpen session Monday and then pitch in his first Cactus League game Thursday with a 45-pitch limit. Triple playThe Angels turned an unorthodox triple play in the third inning Saturday on a Steve Finley line drive that Casey Kotchman caught at first base just above the dirt. With runners moving from first and second on the play, Kotchman flipped the ball to Dustin Moseley to catch the runner off first base. Moseley then threw to Erick Aybar to catch the runner off second base. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Both of his knees were a problem last year. By the end of the season he was irritated by debris in his right knee, which was operated on when he played for the Montreal Expos. He had tendinitis in his left knee. He declined a clean-up surgery on his right knee this off-season when one doctor said it might not be necessary. The knee started feeling better just as the off-season began and now both knees are feeling fine. It has him feeling optimistic after a rough 2006 that began with the death of three first cousins in a car crash just after Guerrero had reported to spring training. The team’s disappointing play and the pain in his knees added to his woes. “I feel really good just to see my teammates again, that’s the main thing just to be around the clubhouse with a fresh start,” Guerrero said. “We came up just short, only four games last year. Now that my family’s taken care of, that’s what’s important to me. The tragedy affected me mostly in spring training but beyond that I know I have a job to do. Right now that is my focus to do my job with the Angels.” Weaver updateOn Saturday, Jered Weaver said he is still is focused on making his April 6 start at home against the Oakland Athletics. If you see Guerrero hobbling around this spring there is no reason to worry. He explained that having a hitch in his step just runs in the family. “I have a family history where there is one leg proven that is longer than the other,” Guerrero said. “So when I hobble, it’s not my knee. My mom’s side of the family we have a leg longer than the other so it looks like I’m hobbling but I’m not. But my knee is fine.” TUCSON, Ariz. – Vladimir Guerrero did not make the 100-mile trip south for the Angels’ game on Saturday, not that anything was wrong. Guerrero spoke Saturday through Angels broadcaster Jose Mota, who was serving as interpreter, and the veteran outfielder reports his health has not been this good in some time.
165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MONTEBELLO – It’s official. Montebello City Council members have voted 3-2 to fire long-time City Administrator Richard Torres. The vote was made in closed-session late Wednesday, near the end the council’s regular meeting. Torres, who has worked as city administrator for the past 18 years, was the lowest-paid city administrator in the Whittier area, earning about $130,000 a year, plus benefits. It likely will now cost the city significantly more to attract and keep a new administrator. Most city managers in the Whittier area earn around $200,000 a year. For more on this story, pick up tomorrow’s Whittier Daily News.
“You become unhinged very easily, Madame,” said Sarkozy. “To be president of the republic, one must be calm. … I don’t know why Mrs. Royal, who’s usually calm, has lost her calm.” On policy, the first and last debate between the two candidates before Sunday’s runoff election produced no major surprises. Royal, who is behind in polls and needed to score points, immediately went on the offensive, criticizing Sarkozy’s record as a minister in President Jacques Chirac’s government before he became a candidate for the presidency. Sarkozy, leading in the polls and looking to get through the debate unscathed, did not rise to Royal’s baiting, even after she repeatedly interrupted him. “Will you let me finish?” he asked at one point. “No,” said Royal. PARIS – For more than two hours, France’s presidential front-runner needled his challenger during a debate Wednesday – a little sarcasm here, a comment about her partner there – all wrapped in a veneer of chivalry and always addressing her as “Madame.” Finally, Segolene Royal snapped. The woman seeking to become France’s first female president erupted in anger toward the end of the prime-time duel with conservative Nicolas Sarkozy. It was surprising – and potentially damaging – that Royal, not Sarkozy, proved quick to anger. During their bitter election campaign, the Socialist has sought to portray her conservative rival as too unstable, too brutal, to lead the nuclear-armed nation. In front of millions of television viewers, Sarkozy turned the tables. Royal got furious when he started talking about handicapped children, saying he was “playing” with the issue. “I am very angry,” she said. “Ah,” replied Sarkozy.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Jose Mourinho Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has refused to comment on the club’s apparent pursuit of Paul Pogba but has indicated there is still time to complete a deal.United have been heavily linked with a world record move for the Juventus and France midfielder, who left Old Trafford on a free transfer four years ago, for much of the summer.Reports last week claimed a deal was close to completion but no announcements have been forthcoming and the situation is yet to be resolved.Asked about the situation prior to his captain Wayne Rooney’s testimonial against Everton on Wednesday, Mourinho told BT Sport: “We are going to sign one more player for sure. I don’t want to speak about Paul (Pogba) because he is a Juventus player and I don’t like other managers to speak about my players. I don’t speak about their players.“But the reality is we are going to sign one more player. The market closes, as you know, August 31 so we have plenty of time to do that, but I’d like to do it before the Premier League starts.”United face Leicester in the Community Shield on Sunday before travelling to Bournemouth for their Premier League opener the following week.Mourinho has overseen the signings of Eric Bailly, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic since being appointed earlier in the summer and has consistently said he wanted to bring in a fourth player, with Pogba the most likely candidate. 1
James Brown and Bob Mills bring you a light-hearted look back on a busy day of sporting action.This week, the boys unleash the ‘Personality Test’ on former Swansea and Wales defender Sam Ricketts, while former Darlington and Aberdeen goalkeeper keeper David Preece says it could be the beginning of the end for Joe Hart’s international career.Get all that and MORE in the latest Late Tackle Podcast!Have a listen, above, or click here to download the podcast from iTunes.
Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma’s proposed loan switch to Spanish side Valencia has hit the buffers, with the France international intent on fighting for his place at Stamford Bridge.The 22-year-old has been identified as Valencia’s number one transfer target this summer, with Chelsea willing to let the defender leave on a temporary basis.However, according to Cadena Ser, Zouma’s desire to stay at the Blues is scuppering Valencia’s hopes of completing a deal.Zouma wants to fight for his place in the Chelsea starting XI next season, despite the arrival of fellow defender Antonio Rudiger from Roma.Valencia have guaranteed the Frenchman regular first-team football in an attempt to revitalise his career, following a lengthy spell on the sidelines after picking up a bad knee injury in February 2016.It remains to be seen whether Zouma will reconsider Valencia’s proposal, but it appears the defender has his heart set on staying put despite stiff competition for places in Antonio Conte’s squad. Kurt Zouma is keen to stay at Chelsea 1
A young man who punched and kicked his girlfriend around their house when she would not give him the keys for his car has been jailed for six months.Dylan Sherlock appeared at Falcarragh District Court in Co Donegal today charged with assaulting Ms Alanna Ryan. The court heard how at 10.30pm on April 9th last, Gardai were alerted to a woman holding a baby and in a distressed state in the window of a home at Glendale Manor in Letterkenny.When they arrived Sherlock, aged 21, who has 28 previous convictions, would not allow them in and spoke to them through the letterbox.When they eventually gained entry, a young woman was sitting on a sofa holding a baby and she had a large black eye.Ms Ryan, who is Sherlock’s partner, initially said she received the black eye after falling down the stairs but then admitted that Sherlock attacked her.Garda Inspector Seamus McGonigle said Ms Ryan revealed that Sherlock had returned from the pub and had demanded the keys for his car.She refused and he kicked her and punched her repeatedly.Solicitor for the accused, Mr Frank Dorrian, said his client suffered from alcohol problems which had been compounded by the death of his mother when he was just ten years old.He is one of five children and all of his siblings are also in custody at present.Mr Dorrian said the couple have since rekindled their relationship and that Ms Ryan visits Sherlock in prison.He added that Sherlock’s father, who also spent time in prison, has since become sober and that he hopes to emulate his father.The court heard that Sherlock’s previous convictions include assault, criminal damage and the defilement of a child under 17 years for which he has served prison sentences.Judge Paul Kelly asked to see the victim’s impact victim statement and having read the report sentenced Sherlock to six months in prison for the charge of assault.Man punched and kicked girlfriend when she refused to give him car keys was last modified: September 18th, 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)
gameday cracker LATEST 3 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ 3 tense According to Football Leaks, the teenager wanted private jets to fly him around so he would not be bothered by fans.In the end, the club compromised and agreed to £27,000-a-month salary to pay his personal staff, a caretaker, a driver and bodyguard. latest scrap The report also claims he wanted to become the club’s highest paid player if he won the Ballon d’Or.That would mean putting the wonderkid on nearly £1 million-a-week, ahead of Brazil sensation Neymar. However this was again rejected by PSG. The legendary Gianluigi Buffon has reportedly tried to influence the youngster revealed Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 SORRY BEST OF Despite his age Mbappe is already fourth favourite to win this year’s Ballon d’Or.Although unlikely to claim football’s highest individual accolade in 2018, his staggering potential means it is almost inevitable that he will pick up his fair share in the future. Although still a teen, it seems Mbappe has a taste for the finer things in life Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Mbappe left Monaco initially on-loan last season but signed a permanent deal for £162million in the summer.However, in order to sign for the Parisians, he was said to have demanded a net profit of £48million personally over the course of his five year deal. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Mots Popular Football Stories Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos 3 Much has been made of Neymar’s relationship with Mbappe Kylian Mbappe may only be 19, but the Paris Saint-Germain is turning into quite the diva already, if a leaked report is to be believed.The World Cup winner is one of the biggest players in the world already, but his reported list of demands before joining the Ligue 1 giants are eye-watering to say the least.