Dear Editor,Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo submitted his list of six nominees to President Granger for selection of one to be appointed as Chairman of the Guyana Election Commission (GECOM). The President should move with haste in making the appointment, since all of the nominees are fully qualified and ‘fit and proper’ to head GECOM. The business of the elections body has been left at a standstill since last February. That is more than six months, with a lot of work remaining in planning and organising for the next local government elections, due in 2019, and the general elections in 2020. This is enough reason to appoint a chair now.There is no justifiable reason to further delay the appointment. The President wanted someone who is a judge or qualified to be a judge. The Chief Justice has chimed in, saying the six nominees or an appointee does not have to be a judge.The population at large also agrees with the Chief Justice in an opinion poll I conducted earlier this year. At any rate, Jagdeo has nominated a former Judge in his list.As the language said, any fit or proper person can serve as Chair. Indeed, none of the Chairs of GECOM had been a judge, thus any fit or proper person who is not a judge or not qualified to be a judge, or not a lawyer, can be Chair of GECOM.All of the nominees submitted by Jagdeo in his three different lists of six were/are all qualified to serve as Chair. Some were/are judges, or qualified to be judges; and some are respected lawyers.All 18 nominees are outstanding characters who would have done an exceptional job in guaranteeing free and fair elections. One was certain the President would have appointed Lawrence Lachmansingh or Attorney-at-Law Christopher Ram, men of integrity; or one of the other great Guyanese. Chris Ram campaigned for the coalition in 2011 and 2015, and Lachmansingh served as an election observer in several elections that benefited the coalition. One could not get a reasonable explanation for their rejection.On the current list of nominees, retired Major General Joseph Singh is a former Chair of GECOM. He is the most qualified to be Chair, given his prior experience at the commission. In all likelihood, he would be the appointee, though the others would also do an exceptional job — Attorneys-at-Law Teni Housty and Sanjeev Datadin; former Magistrate Krishnadat Persaud; Aviator and businesswoman Annette Arjoon-Martins; and Pastor Onesi La Fleur.President Granger would be hard put to reject Joe Singh or a former judge or a lawyer; and outside of these nominees, a more qualified person to serve as Chair would be almost impossible to find. The President should expedite the appointment from the latest list.Yours truly,Vishnu Bisram
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Cardiff will change back to blue 1 Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan has agreed to change the club’s colours back to blue from immediate effect.Supporters of the club have been campaigning for Tan to reverse his controversial rebranding exercise ever since the move was made in 2012.The Malaysian businessman sparked anger among supporters of the Welsh side when, as part of a multi-million pound investment, he ditched their traditional colours for red and introduced a new badge with a dragon replacing a bluebird.At the time, Tan claimed red would bring Cardiff good fortune and expressed his belief that the change would expand the club’s appeal in international markets.But he has now announced on the club’s Twitter site that they will return to playing in their traditional blue home kit from this Saturday, when they welcome Fulham.In two further tweets, the club said: “He (Tan) has also confirmed the #CardiffCity crest will be redesigned, featuring a #Bluebird as a primary focus.“The crest will proudly reflect #CardiffCity history and tradition along with elements reflecting (Tan’s) culture and beliefs.”Tan had called a meeting between Cardiff officials and supporters on Thursday night to discuss the rebranding issue.Tan’s move came on the back of a record low Cardiff City Stadium crowd of just over 4,000 for the FA Cup third-round tie with Colchester, planned anti-red protests and the threat of thousands of season tickets not being renewed.There was unanimous support at the meeting for the club to abandon red and revert to their traditional blue colours with the bluebird crest replacing the dragon as Cardiff’s primary emblem.Cardiff manager Russell Slade, speaking before the change had been confirmed, described it as a “giant step” which will allow them to sustain future success.“People were able to say what they thought and they said it an eloquent and intelligent way,” said Slade, who attended Thursday’s meeting.“It was received very well from everyone at the football club and I thought it was a giant step.“If ever that was a big step that was it and it would be nice if we were in blue on Saturday. This is a fantastic opportunity to build a new platform and put the bricks in place to rebuild and start again.”Cardiff have slipped to 12th in the Championship after going five games without a win but Slade believes changing the colour and the crest could provide the momentum necessary to make a charge for the play-offs in the second half of the season.“If you’re going to be successful in any business, any football club, you need everyone pulling together as a unit,” Slade said.“Only that way can you sustain success. You might have a modicum of success in the short term but if you want long-term success you need unity.”
Every other possible worry with the space shuttle heat shield has proven to be no big deal, deputy shuttle program manager John Shannon said. Today, NASA may say Discovery is safe to land, he said, noting that Discovery’s flight has “by far” the fewest problems he has ever seen. NASA officials had been concerned that astronauts wouldn’t be able to work well from the 50-foot extension boom attached to the similar-sized shuttle robotic arm. The agency’s top spacewalk officer had compared it to painting a house from the top of a rickety ladder. But as Fossum and Sellers were finishing up Saturday, NASA officials said they found less sway and oscillating than expected. Fossum said one simulated operation was “beyond my ability” and “too much motion to handle” from the boom. But another way of doing the same job worked well, so that’s not a concern, lead spacewalking officer Tomas Gonzalez-Torres said. Aside from that operation, however, the worst Fossum reported was one he rated a five on a one-to-10 scale, which translates to doable but with “moderately objectionable deficiencies.” The two astronauts also managed to enjoy themselves on the spacewalk, which lasted an hour longer than normal because of glitches with tethers. At one point while waiting for Fossum, Sellers did a couple of flips. Both let out frequent “woo-hoos” during their time in space.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! HOUSTON – A key test of a daring yet wobbly spacewalking technique that could be used someday to repair space shuttle heat shields worked well Saturday and got good reviews from two astronauts from the shuttle Discovery, NASA officials said. The repair simulation put them at the end of an oscillating, 100-foot combination of a robotic arm and an extension pole that astronaut Piers Sellers said made him feel “like a bug on the end of a fishing rod here.” In a 7
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEWHALL – The AARP Driver Safety Program will be offered from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Senior Center. This course covers the rules of the road as well as safety tips, and completion of the eight-hour class will earn each participant a three-year certificate, and for drivers 50 and over, an auto insurance credit. This month’s instructor is Glenn Grade. For information, or to register, call the center at (661) 259-9444. SENIOR CENTER NEWS NEWHALL – “Friendly Persuasion” will be the Senior Cinema feature at 2:15 p.m. Wednesday at the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. This classic film is a story of Indiana Quakers buffeted by the American Civil War. Cost of admission is $1 and popcorn will be available for 25 cents. For group transportation or information, call (661) 259-9444.
BORON – A 15-year-old Bakersfield girl was hit by a freight train and killed Tuesday night when she and five friends ran across the tracks trying to beat the train, Kern County authorities said Wednesday. When another girl tripped and fell, Brittany Louise Hardin and a third teen stopped to help her up, but Brittany didn’t get clear of the tracks herself in the tragedy at about 9:50p.m. at 20 Mule Team Road and Boron Avenue, officials said. Officials said the death was under investigation. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The media’s job isn’t to be cheerleaders. Easier life not to ask challenging questions of clubs we have dealings with and know. But that would be doing a disservice.Acclaiming performances of players can be separated from the need to report the surrounding circumstances at clubs— Rob Harris (@RobHarris) May 18, 2019Listen in full to Harris’ reasons for asking his question and why it was necessary to do so. “Are you accusing me?”Man City boss Pep Guardiola was left shocked by a question relating to Financial Fair Play after his side’s #FACupFinal win over Watford. pic.twitter.com/Tu9uVV0vbK— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) May 19, 2019The Spaniard said: “Do you know the question you’re asking me, if I ever received money for another situation, right now, today?“Honestly, do you think I deserve to have this type of question happen, on the day we won the treble, if I received money from other situations?“Are you accusing me? Oh man.” Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT no dice Danny Murphy has criticised journalist Rob Harris for quizzing Pep Guardiola about a Financial Fair Play investigation immediately after Manchester City completed a historic treble.Guardiola was clearly incensed when asked by Harris if he has ever received off-the-book payments from City following the club’s 6-0 FA Cup final victory over Watford. REVEALED ADVICE Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REPLY shining gameday cracker Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars tense Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move The build up to the final was dominated by reports City could face a year-long ban from the Champions League.Harris joined talkSPORT to defend the timing of his question, which Murphy described as ‘attention seeking’ and ‘ego-driven’. huge blow
Arsenal can – and should – offer Crystal Palace more than £40million for Wilfried Zaha, according to talkSPORT host Darren Lewis.The Gunners have been widely criticised after their low offer for the Ivorian, with Palace valuing the player at around £80million, and the north Londoners are reportedly planning an improved offer. REVEALED Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LATEST TRANSFER NEWS LATEST The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star LIVING THE DREAM “£40m disrespects Crystal Palace.”“You’ve got to accept you can’t keep a player who doesn’t want to stay.”“Arsenal have got more money than they’re making out.” 💰@MirrorDarren says Arsenal must get serious if they want @WilfriedZaha. pic.twitter.com/JANzLaksh2— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) July 3, 2019Arsenal’s initial bid came after Zaha’s brother revealed the winger wants to leave Palace and join the Gunners – because they’re his boyhood club.“Wilfried will always hold Crystal Palace and their fans in the highest regard and all the support they have given means the world to him,” Judicael told Sky Sports News.“It’s my brother’s dream though, to play for Arsenal.“Given all that Wilfried has given to Crystal Palace to help them remain a Premier League club, I hope Palace will be able to see their way to agreeing a deal with Arsenal that allows Wilfried to realise his dream of playing European football for the club he’s supported since childhood.” Zaha’s status as a Palace player looks uncertain this summer It is understood the Gunners have a budget of £45million for transfers this summer, plus whatever the club can generate from player sales.However, Lewis questions this, using their activity this summer to suggest they have more money than they’re letting on.“I think Arsenal have got more money than they’re making out,” he said.“If you’re bidding £20million for William Saliba, £17million for Kieran Tierney and £40million for Zaha, then you’ve got more money than you’re making out.” Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January TOP WORK Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer moving on Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father three-way race 1 Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti And Lewis, who writes for the Daily Mirror, explained why the first offer was ‘scandalous’ and ‘disrespectful’.“Arsenal have come in with a scandalously low offer for a player who is incredibly valuable to Crystal Palace,” he told the Sports Bar.“If you want to sign Zaha, come to the club with an offer than adequately reflects the boy’s capability, because he’s an outstanding player.“He is a player who is worth a lot more than £40million. It frankly disrespects Crystal Palace.” targets Getty targets Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing
Blue Devils now 19-4, host Eau Claire for two WednesdayBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — The Marshfield Clinic Post 54 Senior American Legion baseball team is not just hot. It is scorching.The Blue Devils ripped out 16 hits, batted around in two separate innings, and rolled past Plover 20-7 in a Wisconsin Valley Legion League matchup Tuesday night at Jack Hackman Field.Marshfield, ranked fifth in this week’s Class AAA state rankings, has won 11 of its last 12 games, including six in a row, and is now 19-4 and 7-2 in the WVLL. The Blue Devils wrap up their regular-season schedule with a nonleague doubleheader against second-ranked Eau Claire on Wednesday and a WVLL game against Wausau on Thursday, both at home.Heading into the Class AAA regionals July 19-22 and the state tournament July 26-30, which will both be at Hackman Field, the Blue Devils are showing they are a team to be reckoned with in the postseason.“As a team we are hitting right around .400, and tonight we had 16 hits, no errors,” Marshfield coach Tom Sorenson said. “I told the kids in the beginning we have a great defense, so the pitcher has to keep that in mind. You don’t have to strike everybody out. Challenge the hitters, and it’s working.”Marshfield jumped on Plover starting pitcher Cam Lee, chasing him from the game before he got out of the first inning.An error, three walks, and five hits led to nine runs in the opening inning for the Blue Devils. Jack Donahue had a sacrifice fly to score the first run; Mitch Susa, Paul Maguire, Nate McDonald, and Trevor Schwecke had RBI singles in the frame; and Braden Bohman added a two-run single for Marshfield.Hunter Luepke added a two-run double in the second to make it 11-2.Maguire clubbed a home run to lead off the fourth — Bohman and Schwecke also had RBI singles in the inning — before Marshfield put the game out of reach with sixth more in the fifth, highlighted by a three-run double by Donahue.“This year we had a lot of new players from Stratford, Greenwood, a lot of new players,” said Schwecke, the Blue Devils’ shortstop. “It’s always awkward at first because you don’t know everybody, but once we got it together we found it … the last 10 or 12 games with the run we’ve made.”Donahue allowed five runs in six innings, striking out 10, to earn the victory to improve to 4-1 this season. He also has 39 strikeouts in 36 2/3 innings pitched, leading the team in both categories. His three RBIs also gives him a team-best 36 RBIs in 23 games.Bohman, Schwecke, and Maguire each had three hits; seven of the Blue Devils’ nine starters drove in at least one run; and all but one starter scored at least once.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Blue Devils 20, Black Sox 7Plover 020 003 2 – 7 8 2Marshfield 920 360 x – 20 16 0WP: Jack Donahue. LP: Cam Lee.SO: Lee (2/3 inn.) 1, Gavin Erbes (3 1/3 inn.) 4, Carter Newby (2 inn.) 2; Donahue (6 inn.) 10, Trevor Schwecke (1 inn.) 1. BB: Lee 3, Erbes 1, Newby 1; Donahue 4, Schwecke 1.Top hitters: P, Aaron Baker 2×2, 2 runs; Newby 2×2, 2B, 3 RBIs. M, Nate McDonald 2×5, 4 runs; Braden Bohman 3×4, 3 runs, 3 RBIs; Schwecke 3×4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs; Donahue 2B, 3 RBIs; Mitch Susa 2×4, 3 runs; Paul Maguire 3×5, HR, 4 runs, 2 RBIs; Bobby Pilz 2 runs; Hunter Luepke 2B, 2 RBIs.Records: Plover not reported; Marshfield 19-4, 7-2 Wisconsin Valley Legion League.
Heading from the catwalks of Paris to the aisles of Hainan Airlines aircraft, these chic new cabin uniforms have been turning the heads of fashionistas and airline watchers alike.The airline used Paris Couture Week and a show by fashion designer Laurence Xu to unveil the Chinese carrier’s fifth- generation uniforms it described as combining “elements of classical, time-honoured Oriental aesthetics and the silhouette of a modern Western suitThe uniforms are based on the Cheongsam, a stylish traditional Chinese dress for women usually worn on more formal occasions.They feature a collar overlaid with a pattern of auspicious clouds contrasted by alternating sea and mountains on the lower hem.This is designed to draw a Hainan aircraft that has just taken off, and the roc, a mythical bird denoting strength, as it lifts into flight.“The apron is designed like a tulip-shaped dress to emphasize, in equal measure, elegance, femininity, aesthetics and practicality,’’ the airline says. “The Western-style draping incorporates popular international fashion elements alongside a sense of high-quality professionalism.“The fusion of traditional Chinese elements and popular international fashion created an Oriental masterpiece that turned heads in Paris. “The new uniforms replace the fourth generation in use since 2010 and reflect a two-year collaboration with Xu that involved more than 1000 design blueprints and over 1000 samples of garments and accessories.Founded in 1993 by billionaire Chen Feng, Hainan is a full-service carrier mainly operating Boeing 737, Boeing 787 and Airbus A330 aircraft on a growing network of domestic and international routes.It is headquartered in Haikou, the biggest city on the Chinese tropical island of Hainan, and is China’s fourth biggest carrier, competing with state-owned rivals China, Eastern, China Southern and Air China.Hainan’s parent, HNA Group, is a diverse conglomerate with stakes in a number of carriers including Hong Kong Airlines, HK Express, Tianjin Airlines, Azul Brazilian Airlines, Comair and Virgin Australia.