first_imgGoalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel insisted Leicester never lost belief in themselves as they fought for their Barclays Premier League lives. The Foxes ensured their continued presence in English football’s top flight with a hard-fought 0-0 draw at Sunderland on Saturday which took their tally to a remarkable 19 points from the last 24 on offer and in the process, ensured that 18th-placed Hull cannot catch them. For long periods during the campaign, last season’s Sky Bet Championship winners looked destined to make an immediate return to the Football League, but Schmeichel revealed that there was always a confidence within the camp that they could avoid the drop. Press Association The 28-year-old told Foxes Player: “It’s come from belief, never losing focus, never losing the belief and the energy that we put into games, just keep going, keep working, keep believing in the way we want to play football. “I liken this run-in to winning the title last season, it’s sort of the same thing, You are going into every game needing points, you have to keep picking up points, and we have done that. It’s been a great run.” Six wins out of seven had sent City to the Stadium of Light on the crest of a wave and with the Black Cats knowing victory would almost certainly end their own fears of being sucked into the mire, it proved a tense affair with little to recommend it to the purist. In the event, the spoils were shared and as news of Hull’s impending defeat at Tottenham filtered through to Wearside, the final whistle brought a joyous conclusion to Leicester’s fight and left Sunderland tantalisingly close to redemption. For Foxes boss Nigel Pearson, it was the culmination of a remarkable few weeks and he was quick to salute his players. He said: “This run has been singular, really. I have not known a side in our sort of position which has been able to produce the types of performances and results that we have achieved. “I am really pleased for the players because they have been a pleasure to work with. But it transpires that we needed this type of a run because so many other sides in the bottom third of the division have put together decent runs. “It’s been a difficult season to sum up in one sentence, so I’ll take my time looking at the entirety of the season. “We think we know where we need to strengthen, and that’s not necessarily just positionally. We feel we have got a good squad of players who have got a year’s Premier League experience under their belts, so to speak, and we are better for it. “But it’s very hard to plan for the future when you don’t know where your future is.” For opposite number Dick Advocaat, who collected his 11th point from the seven games for which he has been in charge, the wait goes on and with tough away trips to Arsenal and Chelsea to come, he may yet have to rely on a final day defeat for Hull by Manchester United to get the job done. However, he knows a maximum of one point from Wednesday’s trip to the Emirates Stadium and Sunday’s visit to the champions will see the club clinch its own safety, and he is confident they will stay up. He said: “We will stay in, I have no doubt about that.” Striker Connor Wickham is determined not to prolong the agony until the weekend, and he is hoping the Black Cats can take a decisive step on Wednesday night. He said: “They are two tough games away from homes, but they are opportunities for us. We need one point, we all know that. “We know what we have got to do now and and it’s something we are capable of. There are two opportunities to clinch it and hopefully we can do that on Wednesday night.” last_img read more

first_imgThe Pac-12 Conference announced the official Pac-12 All-Century Men’s Volleyball Team which included four former Trojan greats: setter Dusty Dvorak, middle blocker Bryan Ivie and outside hitters Celso Kalache and Pat Powers.USC’s nominees, while from different time periods, greatly contributed to the Trojans’ winning traditions as Powers, Dvorak and Kalache were members of the National Championship-winning team in 1980.One-time All-American Celso Kalache, an outside hitter for the Trojans in 1973, ’74, ’75 and ’77, earned MVP honors for his performance in USC’s 1977 national championship victory. The Brazilian hitter also played for his native country during the 1972 and 1976 Olympics.Setter Dusty Dvorak attended USC from 1977-1980, receiving All-American honors four times, National Championship MVP honors once in 1980 and took the Trojans to the NCAA Championship three times, earning runner-up honors in 1979.Fellow outside hitter Pat Powers, a two-time All-American (1979-80), could be considered the most successful Trojan on the All-Century team as he not only won a gold medal for the United States in the 1984 Olympics, but because he also served as the Trojans’ head coach from 1997 to 2001, earning a career-best 26-6 record in the Trojans’ 1999-2000 campaign.Powers and Dvorak earned their gold medals in the 1984 Olympics and All-American honors.Though Ivie only obtained one bronze medal during his two stints on the 1992 and 1996 Olympic squads, he currently sits atop the Trojan’s career stats sheet with USC records in career and season kills (2,380, 770) and blocks (661, 199).Ivie helped USC to three national title appearances, winning in 1988 and 1990, with the Trojans falling in 1991, finishing an impressive 10-year span which saw USC reach the national championship game seven times, winning twice.Rival UCLA contributed nine of the 16 players nominated to the All-Century team, as well as the Player and Coach of the Century in Karch Kiraly and Al Scates, respectively. Stanford’s Scott Fortune, Erik Shoji and Mike Lambert also received All-Century honors.One of UCLA’s great players has returned to USC in current head coach Jeff Nygaard. Nygaard was honored as one of four middle blockers named to the All-Century team. Nygaard played at UCLA from 1992-1995. He is in his first year as USC’s head coach.The Trojans’ next contest will be on Sunday at the Galen Center as USC plays host to Stanford.last_img read more

first_img30Jamaica’s Minister of Sports Olivia Grange has heaped praise on Jamaica’s Rugby Sevens team after the unit defeated Guyana to crown themselves champions of the 2017 Men’s Rugby Americas North Sevens.In the finals of the tournament, played in Mexico City, Jamaica defeated Guyana 28-24 in dramatic fashion scoring a try in the last minute of the bruising encounter.“They played with the purpose and skills that showed nothing but the determination to win and qualified for the Rugby World Cup for the first time in history,” Grange said.One swoop“In one fell swoop, with that last minute try in the final against Guyana, our team also qualified as well as for the World Cup Sevens 2018 in San Francisco, USA; 2018 Central American and Caribbean Sports Organization (CACSO) Games, the Commonwealth Games and the 2018 Hong Kong Sevens,” Grange said.Jamaica tops poolJamaica topped their pool that included the Dominican Republic and Bermuda while Mexico and Guyana were also respective pool winners.Mexico opened with a 61-0 drubbing of Curacao while Jamaica blanked the Dominican Republic 26-0.Mexico continued to show their strength with another impressive win, 66-0 over the British Virgin Islands.Meanwhile, Jamaica were also impressive with a 35-0 win over Bermuda.The eventual champions had to battle hard in their third match, eking out a 19-17 win over the Cayman Islands before they met Mexico, who got to the semis by beating Cayman 33-0.Jamaica was Mexico’s WaterlooJamaica proved to be Mexico’s Waterloo when they stopped the Central Americans 26-12 to book a place in the final with Guyana, who defeated Trinidad and Tobago 14-7.“Magnificent was the performance by the ‘Crocs’,” Grange said,“We must also shower kudos on the women’s team, the ‘Lady Crocs’, who also qualified for next year’s CASCO Games, after finishing third in their tournament.“The Jamaica Rugby Football Union, led by Chairman Jerry Benzwick, is also deserving of our highest praise for the hard work put in to bring our Rugby players to their best performance to date. We wish for the Crocs and Lady Crocs many more successes as they play to make themselves, their families, their parent body and Jamaica even prouder.”Mexico took the bronze medal over T&T.last_img read more

first_img Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies LOS ANGELES — Once upon a time, Rich Hill would have gone nine. Twice upon a time, Walker Buehler would have, too.It is not even a consideration these days, certainly not in the playoffs. Hill, like Buehler the night before, had a firm thumb on the Red Sox in Game 4 on Saturday night. He was throwing a one-hitter going into the seventh but then he walked a guy, and he was gone after his next batter, even with a 4-0 lead.The game, and probably the season, then shifted into the quicksand that has always been the Dodgers’ bullpen, through 30 ringless seasons.Think about it. Joe Blanton at Wrigley Field. Jonathan Broxton getting taken deep by Matt Stairs, in back to back seasons. Scott Elbert getting the inexplicable call to face Yadier Molina in St. Louis. The home run orgy of Game 5 last year in Houston, with Brandon Morrow barely able to button his jersey. Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season center_img Roberts said Hill told him, “Keep an eye on me,” when he went out for the seventh. When Roberts did lift Hill, the lefty seemed fine with it. He usually isn’t.This time he slapped Roberts on the shoulder. Triumph was imminent. A four-run lead? The Dodgers had won every game this season in which they had led by four.“You’re talking about a World Series game in which there’s no margin (for error) up to that point,” Roberts said. “He did everything to put us in a position to win a baseball game and, again, we’ve got to do a better job picking him up.”Roberts will be roasted for removing Hill, by those in all walks of life. He did not expect to become the next target of a Presidential tweet, but here it came, before game’s end:“It is amazing how a manager takes out a pitcher who is loose & dominating through almost 7 innings, Rich Hill of Dodgers, and brings in nervous reliever(s) who get shellacked. 4 run lead gone. Managers do it all the time, big mistake!”Someone recited the President’s observations to Roberts, who responded icily.“The President said that?” Roberts said, without as much as a quarter-smile. “I’m happy he was tuning in and watching the game. I don’t know how many Dodger games he’s watched. I don’t think he is privy to the conversation. That’s one man’s opinion.”Others will have their opinions.Alexander walked Brock Holt who, like a lot of Boston’s supporting cast, is blossoming in this Series.That put men on first and second. Alexander is a ground ball pitcher. He has thrown 15 double-play grounders. But this is the new rule. When a reliever falters, take him out. The choice might have been Pedro Baez. Instead, it was Madson.This was Madson’s 11th appearance of this postseason. He has had his moments, but he was touched up in Game 2. Here he got a pop-up from Jackie Bradley Jr., but his first pitch to Moreland was driven to such heights that some people thought Ryan Gosling was riding it.The three-run homer cut the lead to 4-3.“The ball just popped out of my hand,” Madson said. “It was a bad pitch, right in the middle. I wasn’t surprised he hit it, but I was surprised it went as far as it did.“They’re a very good team. You can get them out if you make good pitches, but you can’t miss your spots. As far as fatigue goes, that’s true for everyone. We’re all dealing with it. You have to make your pitches.”Baez, meanwhile, was unavailable, as was lefty Julio Urias.Madson has worked in the Dodgers’ last five games, an eight-day span in which he has thrown 58 high-stress pitches. Baez threw 26 pitches in his two innings Friday night, but he threw only 15 in the two Boston games. He also has given up only three hits in 10⅓ postseason innings. Unavailable? It’s hard to believe Baez wouldn’t have pitched if he were really healthy.Jansen worked two innings once in the 2018 regular season, once in 2017. But in last year’s playoff run he pitched in 13 of a possible 14 games and was asked to get more than three outs in five of those. Those demands followed Jansen into this season.“You look at the three innings he’s thrown,” Roberts said, “and he’s thrown a lot of good pitches. The two mistakes he made, the cutters didn’t cut and he gave up home runs. I don’t think it’s a mental or a physical thing.”Related Articles The story always ends this way, with a parade of managers walking slowly to the mound and, with an involuntary clap, taking the ball and handing it to another grunt who is shoved to the front line. The story apparently will end that way again, with the Red Sox frolicking like freed prisoners once Hill left and the relievers arrived.A walk by Scott Alexander preceded Mitch Moreland’s three-run homer off Ryan Madson.Dave Roberts again requested a two-out save from Kenley Jansen, who has been swimming upstream ever since he was ridden so hard last fall. Jansen only pitched the eighth and gave up the game-tying bomb to Steve Pearce. After that, it was Dylan Floro and a five-run ninth that featured the go-ahead single by Rafael Devers.Boston won 9-6 and takes a 3-1 Series lead against Clayton Kershaw on Sunday, with a shot at its fourth World Series championship in 14 seasons after the Red Sox endured 86 years without one.The better bullpen almost always wins. L.A.’s relievers now have a 4.81 ERA in this World Series. To be fair. Boston’s Craig Kimbrel has put Sox fans through the wringer, too, but the rest of the bullpen is firing away.Could Nathan Eovaldi be the first player to win the Series MVP award for his work in a losing game? In Game 3, he put together what will become a legendary six innings in New England, thus making sure Joe Kelly and Matt Barnes were fresh enough to handle Game 4. The Dodgers, with 12 pitchers on their roster, seemed oddly short-handed.Eovaldi looked like Charlie Morton, the Houston starter who descended into the midst of games to bedevil the Dodgers in the 2017 World Series.“We’re not out of it,” Roberts said, but here’s the other thing about a creaky bullpen in October. Once it starts falling, it usually can’t find the ripcord.Such is the gravity of this situation. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

first_imgWith the international tournament fast approaching, here’s a breakdown of Team USA’s roster and its FIBA World Cup schedule.FIBA WORLD CUP 2019: Team Canada roster, game scheduleTeam USA roster for 2019 FIBA World CupPlayerPositionNBA TeamHarrison BarnesForwardSacramento KingsJaylen BrownForwardBoston CelticsJoe HarrisGuardBrooklyn NetsBrook LopezCenterMilwaukee BucksKhris MiddletonGuard/ForwardMilwaukee BucksDonovan MitchellGuardUtah JazzMason PlumleeCenterDenver NuggetsMarcus SmartGuardBoston CelticsJayson TatumForwardBoston CelticsMyles TurnerCenterIndiana PacersKemba WalkerGuardBoston CelticsDerrick WhiteGuardSan Antonio SpursPlayers not participating: Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards), DeMarcus Cousins (Los Angeles Lakers), Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors), Anthony Davis (Los Angeles Lakers), Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons), Kevin Durant (Brooklyn Nets), De’Aaron Fox (Sacramento Kings), Paul George (Los Angeles Clippers), Eric Gordon (Houston Rockets), Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors), Blake Griffin (Detroit Pistons), James Harden (Houston Rockets), Montrezl Harrell (Los Angeles Clippers), Tobias Harris (Philadelphia 76ers), Kyrie Irving (Brooklyn Nets), LeBron James (Los Angeles Lakers), Kyle Kuzma (Los Angeles Lakers), Kawhi Leonard (Los Angeles Clippers), Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers), Kevin Love (Cleveland Cavaliers), Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors), CJ McCollum (Portland Trail Blazers), Paul Millsap (Denver Nuggets), Julius Randle (New York Knicks), JJ Redick (New Orleans Pelicans), Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors), PJ Tucker (Houston Rockets), Russell Westbrook (Houston Rockets)Team USA scrimmage scheduleMatchupDateTimeUSA White vs. USA BlueAug. 910 p.m. ETUSA vs. SpainAug. 1610 p.m. ETUSA vs. AustraliaAug. 225:30 a.m. ETUSA vs. AustraliaAug. 24Midnight ETUSA vs. CanadaAug. 265:30 a.m. ETTeam USA schedule for 2019 FIBA World CupMatchupDateTimeUSA vs. Czech RepublicSept. 18:30 a.m. ETUSA vs. TurkeySept. 38:30 a.m. ETUSA vs. JapanSept. 58:30 a.m. ETSecond roundSept. 6-9TBDQuarterfinalsSept. 10-11TBDSemifinalsSept. 13TBDFinalsSept. 15TBD Which NBA players will fill out the roster for Team USA ahead of the 2019 FIBA World Cup?That’s the big question as head coach Gregg Popovich looks to lead Team USA to a FIBA three-peat. Several NBA stars have already passed on the opportunity to play for this year’s squad, so the path to another gold medal could be difficult with strong challengers hoping to upset the red, white and blue.last_img read more

first_imgWestern Bureau:Jamaica has produced several good swimmers over the years, and it would appear that the production line is again being revved up to throw up another potential star in 11-year-old Rin Giles from Mt Alvernia Prep School.The swimming sensation has been creating waves in the pool with a total of 16 medals won in the 2014-15 season, including two records, the first coming at the Mayberry Investments Prep/Primary School Swim Meet in April.There, Giles smashed the 50m backstroke record, posting a fresh time of 37.25 seconds in the 11-12 age-group section. It was his best time in the event. That record would fall, however, as he finished strong to take gold at the NestlÈ Jamaica Limited Prep/Primary School Swim Championship.His 36.75 seconds demo-lished the record he set at the Mayberry meet and helped to catapult him into the hearts and minds of those who witnessed the feat.His personal coach, Joshua Bailey of the Blue Marlin Swim Club, out of Montego Bay, thinks he has a good chance of making the 2016 Carifta team.”He has so much potential and he really is a strong swimmer. His records and overall performances tell the story that he is one to watch out for,” said Bailey.”Carifta is not a dream anymore for Giles. He clearly has the potential to do well and, if he continues doing so, then he could be in line if the qualification times are met,” added Bailey.amazing supportGiles helped his school to a 13th-place finish at the Amateur Swimming Associa-tion of Jamaica (ASAJ) swim meet back in November of last year, taking gold in the 50m backstroke, and returned to again land gold in the 50m butterfly. He grabbed silver in the 50m breaststroke and 200 IM (individual medley).He backed up that performance with his record swim at Mayberry meet and has not looked back since, posting wins also at the Burger King/YMCA Prep/Primary School Swim Challenge, where he helped Mt Alvernia to a fourth-place finish in May, taking the gold in the 50m freestyle and backstroke, before settling for silver in the 50m breaststroke and backstroke.”As a young swimmer, he will need the support of his parents, and we at Blue Marlin are very happy that he has been getting that. His mother gives amazing support and he relishes that, plus, we make sure that he remains focused in academics as well as in the pool,” the club’s head coach, Rosemarie Logan, said.last_img read more

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone PLAY LIST 01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Espejo picks up another MVP It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson The Gin Kings played a masterful game opposite of Cone’s expectations, shooting 45 percent from the field and dishing out 26 assists as they controlled the game from start to finish.The Bolts, meanwhile, were the ones who struggled as they fired a paltry 2-of-17 clip from threes in the first half that put them in a hole early before finishing the game on a measly 39-percent clip from the field.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“They looked a little rusty. They didn’t look real sharp. They’re coming off a four-game winning streak and a sweep of a series,” remarked Cone.While the Ginebra mentor is not taking away anything from his player’s efforts, he believes unfamiliarity with the Quezon Convention Center may have contributed to the Meralco’s bad performances. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We just got them on a night where they may be not totally prepared. They’re the number one three-point shooting team and it was an unusual night for them. Let’s give credit to our defense, but they really missed a lot of three-pointers. They’re unfamiliar with the court and the rings and whatever plays into that,” he said. “But they’ve been awesome all conference and we expect them to come back and hit their shots in Araneta Coliseum cause that’s where we all play.”That’s why Cone isn’t putting too much thought to the Game 1 win, saying it “is not representative of anything for the series” and it’s up to the Gin Kings to prepare themselves for what could be a huge fightback from the Bolts.“They had a lot of open shots, a lot of open threes and that’s what they’ve been good on all conference long, and they didn’t hit them. It’s an anomaly tonight that they missed shots, so we expect them to hit shots next game which will put a lot of pressure on our offense and on our defense,” he said. “We just got to continue to try to defend and get out on the perimeter. We didn’t do much of that tonight, but we didn’t pay for it cause they missed a lot of shots.”Ginebra shoots for a 2-0 series lead in Game 2 on Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLUCENA — Coach Tim Cone admitted that even he was surprised with how flawless Ginebra played in its 102-87 Game 1 win against Meralco to begin the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals.“Not at all,” he said when asked if he expected this kind of game from his wards on Friday. “I thought we’ll struggle playing out-of-town.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene View commentslast_img read more

first_imgPolice investigators have arrested one suspect whom they believe is connected to Monday’s shooting incident which left a Laing Avenue man dead.Dead: Orin “Malik” DavidThirty-two-year-old Orin David, called “Malik”, of Lot 89 Laing Avenue, West Ruimveldt, Georgetown, was shot and killed on Monday around 15:55h in the vicinity of his home by four armed, identifiable men.The Police have since reported that one person has been taken into custody and is assisting with investigations. Police sources confirmed that the suspect in custody is the owner of the car that was used to transport the suspects to and from the scene.Meanwhile, Guyana Times was told that the gunmen fingered in the shooting are known characters to the Police. This newspaper understands that the perpetrators are from Agricola, Greater Georgetown.Moreover, the Police had disclosed that crime scene investigators have recovered one empty 12 gauge shotgun cartridge and a .32 spent shell from the scene.According to Police reports, “Investigations revealed that Orin David had an argument with one of the suspects earlier over bail money and the suspect left and returned with the other suspects. As the victim was approaching a vehicle in which the suspects were in, several shots were fired at the victim.”The injured man was picked up and rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC) where he was pronounced dead on arrival.This publication understands that David had paid $150,000 to bail someone out of prison and when he saw the person on Monday, he confronted him about the money. However, the suspect left and subsequently returned in the company of three others. Three of the four men were armed with handguns.According to a teenage nephew of the deceased, (who preferred not to be named), David was called by two men who had returned in a black Toyota Raum.They were heard telling him that they did not want trouble but just wanted to talk.“When Malik went over to the car, the fat man came out of the car with a big gun and pointed it in his face. Malik lashed away the gun from his face and the man slap him and chucked him. Before Malik could realise what was happening, the other man that was in the car came out and shot him in his thigh,” the teen explained.David was further shot in his shoulder by the other perpetrator. According to information, he started to run but fell a short distance away, and was shot again.The men then hurriedly drove away.David was previously charged for murder but was acquitted.last_img read more

first_imgThe National Elections Commission (NEC) yesterday launched the countdown to the holding of the 2017 legislative and presidential elections.The Commission also launched its new logo, website, Facebook and Twitter pages to effectively create awareness around the conduct of the 2017 elections.The Commission disclosed that it would conduct Liberia’s 3rd post war elections on October 10, 2017.NEC Acting Chairperson, Sarah Toe, said: “As of today, Sunday, May 29, the presidential and legislative election of October 10, 2017 is exactly 499 days away.”She indicated that the elections will be conducted in concert with Article 83 (a) of the Liberian Constitution, which states that voting for the President, members of the Senate and members of the House of Representatives shall be conducted throughout the Republic on the Second Tuesday in October of each election year.“Therefore, the Commission, in compliance with this Constitutional provision will conduct said elections on Tuesday, October 10, 2017. This date has been highlighted in the Timeline of the 2017 Elections,” she added.Madam Toe noted that as the NEC launched the countdown to the 2017 elections, the Commission wants to call on all members of the media to join it in building and creating awareness about the elections, which are very important to the current democratic history of Liberia.She disclosed that the new logo is a transparent ballot box with a red lid complemented with the letters ‘NEC’ written in bold blue capital letters. “The ballot box was the logo selected by a large percentage of stakeholders asked to select from a sample of logos during a consultation exercise organized by the NEC,” she told a news conference on Sunday.The new logo, Madam Toe disclosed, is part of a process in which the NEC is seeking to develop a more consistent corporate image to highlight its role as an independent Electoral Management Body (EMB).“The transparent ballot box represents transparency and an electoral process in which all voters can freely elect their leaders in a free, fair, credible and transparent manner. These terms are consistently being stressed by stakeholders as those associated with credible elections and electoral management bodies. The colors reflect the national colors and the blue, red and white mean Liberian nationhood and civic virtue,” she indicated.Madam Toe disclosed that NEC has reconstructed its website due to the advancement in technology and noted that the Commission’s new social media platforms (Facebook and Twitter) will present a whole new paradigm for effectively disseminating civic/voter education messages to the public as the country moves closer to the 2017 elections.She said in an era of greater transparency and authenticity, social media is rapidly delivering a new standard of interaction among people thus motivating the launch of the Commission’s Facebook and Twitter platforms.Madam Toe said she appreciates the media continuous partnership with the Commission and called on members of the press to effectively disseminate information about all aspects of the electoral process to the public, as the Commission strives to ensure the conduct of free, fair, transparent and credible elections in 2017.She commended all of NEC’s partners, particularly United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), for the continuous support which resulted to the hiring of several consultants whose efforts had earned the Commission the success of the launch of the countdown, as well as the Facebook and Twitter pages.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgThe Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has called out Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo over what they described as “misleading comments” he made while citing the 2017 Country Report on Human Rights Practices in Guyana released by the United States (US) State Department.The People’s Progressive Party said while the Prime Minister pointed to some positives in the report, he willfully ignored other pressing and important matters released by the US, because it creates a bad image for the Government.The Party was speaking also about the 2018 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR), which cites “Government Corruption” as a major source of money laundering for the first time.Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo“Nagamootoo instead of addressing this issue remains silent. He opts, instead, to defend the cause of good governance as ‘defined’ by the Director of Public Prosecutions, and stands in defence of the siphoning off of State resources through corrupt dealings,” the PPP said referring to several breaches of Guyana’s financial laws and the financing of several controversial projects including the D’Urban Park.Making reference to the statements made by the Prime Minister with regards to “pervasive corruption” being cited in the 2017 report, the PPP said Nagamootoo ignores the scathing comments about the Integrity Commission, which speaks to financial disclosure under the law requires public officials to declare their assets to an Integrity Commission, the Commission had not been constituted by year end.The Party noted that Nagamootoo made no comment on the fact that the Secretariat of the Integrity Commission was disbanded under the current Administration.“He did not comment on the fact that he appointed his ‘friend’ as the Chairman of the finally constituted Integrity Commission, an admission that came from no less than the new Chairman himself. And he also remained silent on the fact that since taking office, not one of his colleague Ministers has filed declarations with the Integrity Commission.”Speaking about what the report had to say about the independent media in it expressing a wide variety of views without restriction, the PPP reminded about the discovery where the Prime Minister determined that all headlines in the State-owned print media be approved by the Office of the Prime Minister.“In April (2017) the Minister of Communities publicly admonished the Editor of the State-owned newspaper for using a report on oil and gas as its lead article. The Minister stated a report on a Local Government should have been the lead article,” the party also reminded.The PPP said Nagamootoo’s aversion to dealing with facts was also exposed when he talked about the “inherited problem of over-crowding” of prisons. The Party highlighted that the Prime Minister failed to mention that the report makes no mention of the two jailbreaks in three weeks, during July 2017, and the destruction of the Georgetown Prison and the deaths that resulted from that incident.“This so called ‘advocate’ for anti-corruption, not only distorts reality for his purpose, but sits silently in the face of some of the most egregious acts, acts of corruption only surpassed by the APNU/AFC coalition Government’s incompetence. Nagamootoo is involved in his Government’s actions that make a mockery of Guyana’s financial and other laws, actions that are in stark contrast to good governance.”last_img read more