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first_imgChristian Benteke single-handedly dragged Aston Villa out of their nine-game winless streak with his first goal in nine months securing a 1-0 victory at Crystal Palace. Scott Dann needlessly chased a lumped ball out to the wing, deserting his central post – and Benteke picked his pocket. Villa’s only credible threat sauntered infield as far as the edge of Palace’s area without bringing a challenge, because Brede Hangeland inexplicably backed off. The former Norway skipper’s backtracking gifted Benteke time and space to pick his spot, and the Villa forward duly delivered. Palace boss Warnock has picked up the slack admirably since Tony Pulis walked out on the eve of the season: but here was a goal that would never have materialised in the ex-Stoke manager’s tenure. Palace’s profligacy was all that kept the hosts scoreless at the break, Villa relieved Warnock’s men seemed to have no final ball up their sleeves. A trademark half-time rollicking from Warnock shocked Palace into renewed vigour after the break, but even cranking through the gears could not generate a clear-cut chance. The hosts wasted eight gilt-edged attacking platforms between the restart and the hour-mark, underlining both Villa’s fragility and their own offensive shortcomings. Amid the one-way traffic Villa forced a break that ended when Andreas Weimann blasted straight at Speroni. The Palace keeper blocked comfortably with his legs in relief, because had the Villa midfielder would have doubled the lead had he aimed anywhere else on goal. Palace’s all-out assaults grew ever more desperate as time ticked down, the final whistle bringing resounding boos from a home crowd as dissatisfied as boss Warnock. Benteke side-footed the winner in a low-quality Premier League encounter at Selhurst Park to toast his return from a three-match ban for his red card against Tottenham. The Belgian hitman was dubbed “one of the best strikers in Europe” by Villa boss Paul Lambert in midweek: the 23-year-old never had to reach that billing to decide this tie. Press Association Palace slipped to their fifth defeat in eight games, and had only themselves to blame, wasting countless half-chances in a fruitless search for a quality final ball. Villa moved three points ahead of Palace in the table, sucking Neil Warnock’s side further into what could yet become one of the most widely-fought Premier League relegation scraps in years. Benteke handed Villa their first win since a 1-0 victory at Liverpool on September 13, atoning in part for his reckless dismissal against Spurs. So his match-winning strike in south London will have gone some way to repaying both manager and team-mates for that ill-judged clash at Villa Park. Benteke’s calm finish punctuated the otherwise staccato arrangement of Palace’s disjointed first-half attacks. Time and again Zaha broke into the final third, only to slug a sledge-hammer boot through the ball when any deftness of touch would have unlocked Villa’s shaky defence. Palace backed up their 3-1 victory over Liverpool with a reasonable 1-1 draw at Swansea at the weekend, but could not find any spark whatsoever on a chilly night. However against the run of play, Palace could, and should, have stopped Benteke ever laying sight on goal for his winner. last_img read more

first_img “I hope I’ll bring my technical passing football, and my experience in the Premier League and I hope we’ll do very well this year and stay in the Premier League.” Capoue struggled to hold down a regular starting spot at White Hart Lane and fell out of favour with Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino. He was linked with a move away in the January transfer window, but no move materialised. The French international only made 24 appearances for Spurs, but is fully aware of the team effort required if the Hertfordshire-based club want to survive relegation from the top flight. “We need some experience because the Championship is very different to the Premier League. The games are very difficult, so we need players like Heurelho Gomes to help us do our best every weekend.” Watford goalkeeper and former Spurs team-mate Gomes played a significant role in Capoue’s decision to join the promoted side. Capoue said: “I have known Heurelho for two years and he told me a lot of good things about the club and this played a part in me choosing Watford. “The president was very happy to try to bring me here and I spoke with him a lot of times, and we found a good way to do the best for the club.” The 26-year-old has penned a four-year deal with the Barclays Premier League new boys and is now set to join up with the Hornets for pre-season training. He said on club website: “For me it’s an opportunity to play. I need to play and to prove my qualities on the pitch, and I think Watford is the best thing for me. The midfielder made almost 200 first-team appearances for Toulouse after progressing through the youth ranks at the French club, and was nominated for Ligue 1’s young player of the year award in 2013. Capoue has featured seven times for his country since being handed a senior international debut in a friendly against Uruguay in August 2012. He has scored once for Les Bleus, in a 3-1 World Cup qualifying win over Belarus. The promoted side have also been heavily linked with a move for another Frenchman from Spurs, Benjamin Stambouli. The 24-year-old defensive midfielder joined the north London club from Montpellier last September. Press Association Etienne Capoue is relishing the opportunity to become a first-team regular after completing a club-record transfer to Watford from Tottenham. last_img read more

first_imgLast June, Diego Costa claimed that “Antonio Conte has told me by message that I do not follow at Chelsea and that’s it. Conte said he did not count on me for next season”.In an exclusive interview with the Daily Mail on Monday, Costa explained further: “Why won’t they let me go if they don’t want me?”“In January, things happened with the coach. I was on the brink of renewing my contract and they put the brakes on it. I suspect the manager was behind it. He asked for that to happen.”“His ideas are very fixed and clear. I have seen the sort of person he is. He has his own opinion and that will not change.”Diego Costa, who was an integral part of Chelsea’s Premier League triumph last season, has now been fined by Chelsea and ordered to resume training. RelatedAntonio Conte: Diego Costa’s Chelsea Future Closed Since JanuaryJuly 21, 2017In “England”VIDEO: Watch Antonio Conte Wildly Laugh Off Diego Costa’s ClaimsAugust 18, 2017In “England”Diego Costa Vows He Will Not Return To Chelsea, Wants Atletico MoveAugust 17, 2017In “England” England and Arsenal legend, Ian Wright, has termed Diego Costa’s refusal to resume training at Chelsea as “disgraceful”.28-year-old Costa, who have been reportedly linked with a move back to Atletico Madrid, has failed to return to Stamford Bridge for the new season, after falling out with Chelsea boss, Antonio Conte.Speaking to the BBC radio, Ian Wright said: “It’s disgraceful the way he is behaving,”.“I don’t understand how players can get away with that behaviour,”“Surely he’s got to come back here, so if the manager changes his mind he’s there. He’s earning a fortune at Chelsea. Can Atletico Madrid even afford him?”last_img read more

first_imgAwal Suleman’s sprint across the Cape Coast Stadium’s pitch appears to have paid off after all as the Black Stars fan finally got a photo with his ‘hero’, Thomas Partey.A photo of the Atletico Madrid star holding a Black Stars shirt with Awal is making the rounds on social media.He was apparently given a signed jersey by the midfielder.Awal shot to fame, or perhaps infamy, depending on which side of the divide you belong on, when he made his way onto the pitch at the tail end of Ghana’s 2-0 win over South Africa and led security officials on a hilarious chase inside the Cape Coast Stadium.That incident, however, landed the 25-year-old in police trouble and left him facing a public disturbance charge.Various reports following the incident had indicated that Awal had been fulfilling a dare, as he had promised to complete the crazy celebration should Ghana win the match against South Africa by two goals to nil.Others indicated that Awal was an avid admirer of Thomas Partey and just wanted a photo with him.‘Apam SHS Usain Bolt’Jumping from the stands, Awal, a former 400 metres champion at Apam SHS, sprinted onto the pitch and evaded a number of the security officers who were chasing him.With one officer in hot pursuit, he showed a clean pair of heels, and left the officer literally on the floor.It was later revealed that Mr. Suleman was a 400m runner at Apam Senior High School.Luck eventually ran out for Awal who was wearing a Chelsea jersey as he ran out of steam, stumbled and was tackled to the ground.While the players stood around bemused, the fans in the stadium had cheered as the pitch invader made his way around the pitch.He was hauled off the pitch by the police and spent the night at the University of Cape Coast police station.His predicament led to many people including Black Stars captain, Andre Ayew pleading for his release, with the hashtag #FreeAwal trending as a result.Awal was eventually let out of jail on bail with the aid of the Ghana Football Association and was cheered as he made his way through the streets of Cape Coast.Partey also stated that he would have taken a photo with Awal.Now it appears that this eager fan has finally had his wish.Watch Awal’s sprint below:last_img read more

first_imgPLAYA VISTA >> Doc Rivers has it in his coaching notes: “Blake should be a point man from the elbow.”Put Blake Griffin on the side of the lane, put all the other Clippers in motion, make the defense scatter, and let the most versatile power forward in the NBA run his own version of the Oklahoma triple option. Pass, drive or shoot.“Lawrence Frank (executive vice president, basketball operations) pointed that out the other day,” Rivers said Wednesday. “That’s been in my notes since the first week I took the job. But we haven’t done it. We already had a point.“Now maybe we can do what I wanted to do and never did.” And it will be at least as dependent on Griffin as before.Few remember that Griffin missed only four games in his first four seasons. He has missed 83 in his past three. Last season the Clippers were 11-12 without him, including 1-3 in the playoff loss to Utah.Of all his abilities, availability is crucial.“People on the outside don’t realize how hard he works,” Rivers said. “It’s crazy. We worry about him. We have kept a close eye on him this summer because it’s his nature. He calls us ‘the Gestapo’ because we’re always checking, because we know he’ll finish this workout and go somewhere else and do another one. Most guys, you don’t have to check on. They do what they’re supposed to and leave.“It’s the intensity of his work that sets him apart. That’s amazing leadership. He’s quiet, but the best leader I ever played with was Patrick Ewing, and he never talked, just worked. He would play 38 minutes and be in the gym the next day, and you didn’t have an excuse to be tired. That’s the message our young guys get from Blake.”“I’m extremely excited about our new players,” Griffin said. “Patrick Beverley has been a tough guy to play against for a long time. His team (Arkansas) gave us (Oklahoma) our first loss one season and he was the best guy they had. I do expect my role to change a little bit, but we’re big, we’re fast, and it’s exciting.”Introductions and directions will be provided by Griffin, DeAndre Jordan and Austin Rivers. No one can possibly know what happens next.Beverley is limited offensively but is the Jack Tatum of the NBA defensively, and he might provide a few arm-and-hammer lessons to Lonzo BallDekker quietly developed himself in Houston, with shooting and size. Gallinari has averaged 19 and 18 points the past two seasons, which not everyone can do. Harrell is a big who plays big.And everyone is waiting for Teodosic, 30, whose silver-medal star turn at the Rio Olympics prompted NBA coaches to tab him the best player in the world outside The League.“We’re curious, too, but he’s been the best non-big in Europe the last five years,” Rivers said. “He’ll have to adjust quickly, but he won’t be like a rookie.”And this:“If his game translates here like it translated in Europe, then he will make us an unstoppable force.”The Clippers never can repay Paul for the credibility and urgency he gave the team and the franchise. He had the ball because he should have had it. Still, that confined Griffin, Jordan, Rivers and others to their own boxes. If the Warriors have taught anybody anything, It’s the value of five players and a basketball, moving in a purposeful hurry. Their open shots aren’t coincidence.“Change can be good,” Rivers said. “And it’s going to happen. Sometimes change is forced, sometimes you force change. You have to view it as a good chapter, that you’re going somewhere with it.”So much of Blake Griffin is associated with Big Air. Now he’s rooted in L.A. for five years. Growth should follow. Now Chris Paul is in Houston, a trade that was like a boulder crashing into the middle of the Clippers’ placid lake. Eventually the ripples disappear.When does placid become stagnant? When does chaos become creative?The Clippers showed they are re-positioning, not surrendering, when they signed Griffin to a five-year, $172.2 million contractRivers lauded Griffin for signing early and allowing the Clippers to trade for Sam Dekker, Patrick Beverley, Montrezl Harrell and Lou Williams, sign Danilo Gallinari and Euroleague All-Star point guard Milos Teodosic, and draft Sindarius Thornwell, a grown-man rookie from South Carolina.“This is a different team,” Griffin said. “It has a lot of size. It’s the type of team where we can get out in transition, keep the ball moving, play free, make plays for each other.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) August 19, 2019A plane carrying the retired NASCAR driver, his wife Amy and their daughter Isla went down near Bristol last week.Elizabethton Airport manager Dan Cogan confirmed a private plane ran off the end of the runway and caught fire, but did say all passengers got out of the plane shortly after the crash happened. Dale Earnhardt Jr., wife, daughter ‘safe’ after plane crash in Tennessee “Amy and I want to thank everyone who has lifted us up with phone calls, messages and prayers since last Thursday,” he wrote in a statement shared on social media. “We are truly blessed that all on board escaped with no serious injuries, including our daughter, our two pilots and our dog Gus. With respect to the investigation, we will not be speculating or discussing the cause of the accident.”I am thankful for the quick response of my pilots, local law enforcement, emergency personnel and hospital staff. Lastly, Amy and I continue to be very appreciative of the privacy extended to us to process everything. It has been important to do that together and on our own time. Related News 911 calls from Dale Earnhardt Jr. plane crash releasedcenter_img Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his family were involved in a plane crash Thursday in Tennessee as the private plane they were on ran off the end of the runway and caught fire.He released his first public comments after the incident Monday. The airport is about 15 miles from Bristol Motor Speedway, the site of the weekend’s NASCAR racing.As Earnhardt noted, the cause of the crash is still being investigated.last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement 4g30NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsw5Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E4imku( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) c7dtx9Would you ever consider trying this?😱r6p5Can your students do this? 🌚2u4qkRoller skating! Powered by Firework Ambati Rayudu publicly accused the officials of Hyderabad Cricket Association for corruption in team selection. However, Mohammed Azharuddin hit back towards Ambati Rayudu as he called Rayudu a ‘frustrated cricketer’.Advertisement Recently Ambati Rayudu are coming into focus for wrong reasons in recent times. Few months back, he was axed from the Indian cricket team which took the flight for the World Cup in England. Vijay Shankar was given the chance instead of him. The selectors called Vijay Shankar as a ‘3-D cricketer’. Rayudu was very upset with his non selection. He tried to troll BCCI and the selectors of Indian Cricket Team with his tweet of ‘3-D glasses’.Advertisement Very recently, Ambati Rayudu told that the cricket association of Hyderabad are doing bad politics in team selection for the upcoming tournaments. Mohammed Azharuddin is now the Present of Hyderabad Cricket Association and he is really offended with the comment of Rayudu. Rayudu also tagged the minister to intervene into this matter.According to an official of Hyderabad Cricket Association, Ambati Rayudu did not want to take part in Ranji Trophy for Hyderabad. Rather, he would like to concentrate more on the shorter format of cricket. He also told Mohammed Azharuddin to stay away from the seasoned crooks present in HCA.Advertisement Nature could play spoil sport again as India-Bangladesh 2nd T20 under threat by Cyclone Maha  Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgMuntinlupa, QC trounce MPBL rivals The Lady Bulldogs celebrate after taking the early tournament lead. —AUGUST DELA CRUZNational University arrested a late-game meltdown to take down Ateneo, 25-19, 25-19, 20-25, 12-25, 15-7, and grab the early solo lead in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament on Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.After letting the Lady Eagles swoop down on them in the third and fourth sets, the Lady Bulldogs reestablished their dominance in the deciding fifth behind Jaja Santiago and Jasmine Nabor.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES UST is coming off a five-set loss to La Salle on opening day, unable to match the composure of the defending champions.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak SEA Games 2019: PH’s Kristina Knott zooms to 200m dash gold in record-setting run PLAY LIST 01:08SEA Games 2019: PH’s Kristina Knott zooms to 200m dash gold in record-setting run01:09SEA Games: PH’s Kristina Knott zooms to 200m dash gold in record-setting run00:50Trending 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 Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Santiago asserted her dominance over Ateneo with a game-high 26 points, while Nabor—who had 11 points and 29 excellent sets—knocked the Lady Eagles out cold by scoring three straight service aces, the last landing square in the middle of Ateneo’s defense that sealed the win.The Lady Bulldogs remained unbeaten in two games as the Lady Eagles slipped to 0-2, their worst start since opening Season 73 with a 1-1 card.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkNU looked utterly dominant in the first two sets despite wobbling midway through the second, but coach Babes Castillo said they had a momentary lapse in communication that allowed Ateneo to force a fifth set.“Jasmine had a hard time communicating with her teammates when she was giving out instructions,” Castillo told reporters. “But they quickly fixed it.” OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Earlier, University of Santo Tomas picked up its first win after handling University of the East with ease for a 25-17, 25-15, 25-21 decision.Cherry Rondina dropped 20 points and Dimdim Pacres added eight points for the Tigresses, who rebounded from their opening-day loss to defending champion La Salle.“This was a good bounce back win for us after coming from that five-set loss, said UST coach Kung Fu Reyes in Filipino.“We just have to be consistent because in the first two sets we really performed well, but when we got to the third set we kind of relaxed.”UST was on the offensive throughout the game and scored on 40 spikes, 13 more than what UE was able to muster, while also enjoying 26 free points due to the Lady Warriors’ errors.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

first_imgThe World Bank Group and the Liberian Government have penned two financing agreements extending US$30 million to the Government of Liberia to help with the country’s recovery program through the budget, amidst the Ebola outbreak.The money will also help support Liberia’s medium-term strategy to strengthen its transparency and accountability mechanisms, expand the economy, increase access to quality education and improve health services that are critical to fighting the current Ebola epidemic.The financing, which is also expected to support the Second Poverty Reduction Support Operation (PRSDPO II), includes a US$20 million International Development Association (IDA) credit and a US$10 million grant allocated from the World Bank Group’s IDA Crisis Response Window. The IDA is designed to help low-income [poorest] countries respond to exceptionally severe crises in a timely, transparent and predictable way. Speaking at the signing ceremony in the conference room of the Ministry of Finance &Development Planning (MFDP) in Monrovia on Thursday, November 20, World Bank Country Manager, Ms. Inguna Dobraja, said the Second Poverty Reduction Support Operation is the second in the programmatic series of four single trench operations to support the implementation of the government’s programs approved by the World Bank Board of Directors on November 12, 2014. She explained that although the original amount of this World Bank budget support operation to Liberia was US$10 million, the Bank realized the enormous economic challenges the Ebola outbreak has created on almost all government development programs and activities. “Therefore, the Bank decided to increase the amount of budget support to US$30 million, including US$10 million grand funding from a special IDA Response Window,” said Ms. Dobraja. “The World Bank is mobilizing nearly US$1 billion in financing for the three countries hardest hit by the Ebola crisis: US$518 million for emergency response and to help speed up the development of foreign health workers to affected countries. The funding is helping the three countries hardest hit by the epidemic to contain the spread of infections, help communities cope with the economic impact of the crisis and improve public health systems,” she added. “Of the US$518 million,” Ms. Dobraja said, “US$117 million is already disbursed to countries and implementing agencies, including US$52 million for Liberia.” The World Bank Country Manager pledged the Bank’s commitment to continuing its financial support to Liberia during and after the Ebola crisis.The Liberian economy has been hit hard by the Ebola epidemic and the related health crisis, significantly slowing down economic activities, declining investments in various sectors and increasing unemployment. “Our economy is struggling to adjust to the impact of the Ebola epidemic and this budgetary support provided by the World Bank Group is going to help us finance budget deficit and get the economy running,” said Finance Minister Amara M. Konneh. Minister Konneh disclosed that government and partners have re-adjusted the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP) downward for 2014, from 2.5 percent to 0.4 percent. With economic growth now in negative, Minister Konneh called for increased fiscal discipline in government and increased external budgetary support to finance the deficit. “Our economy is at crossroads. It now calls for strict adherence to fiscal discipline by public officials,” he said. Mr. Konneh, however, clarified that economic decline is not due to bad government policies, but the Ebola virus outbreak. “We appreciate the World Bank Group’s support to the worst Ebola-affected countries-Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone amidst the huge fiscal deficit, declining revenues and increased public spending caused by the Ebola outbreak,” he added. Konneh acknowledged the World Bank as the largest donor to the Government of Liberia during this Ebola epidemic.The nearly US$1 billion that the World Bank Group is mobilizing for countries hardest hit by the Ebola crisis, includes more than US$500 million for the emergency response and to help speed up the deployment of foreign health workers to the countries, and at least US$450 million from the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, to enable trade, investment and employment in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.The US$10 million grant agreement signed on Thursday is part of the PRSDPO II part of previous pledges from the Bank Group for the emergency response to Ebola.The Ebola epidemic, centered in West Africa, has infected more than 13,000 people and killed nearly 5,000.The World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA), which was established in 1960, helps the world’s poorest countries by providing grants and low to zero-interest loans for projects and programs that boost economic growth, reduce poverty, and improve poor people’s lives.IDA is one of the largest sources of assistance for the world’s 77 poorest countries, 39 of which are in Africa. Resources from IDA bring positive change for 2.8 billion people living on less than US$2 a day. Since 1960, IDA has supported development work in 112 countries. Annual commitments have averaged about US$18 billion over the last three years, with about 50 percent going to Africa.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_img…as utterances of Govt reps leave more questions than answers…Opposition seeks clarity on Govt’s contradictory statementsAhead of the next meeting on Friday between representatives from the People’s Progressive Party and the ruling coalition, the Opposition has dispatched a letter to the Government seeking clarity on a number of issues.In the letter, written by PPP member Gail Teixeira and addressed to Director General of the Ministry of the Presidency, Joseph Harmon, the Opposition sought clarity on what the Government meant when it said two names from the list submitted by the Opposition Leader were being actively considered.The Party recalled that at Tuesday’s meeting with the President’s representatives, its representatives were informed that four of the names on Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo’s list of 11 nominees were labelled as: “no objection”, “tending towards acceptability” and “short listed”.“You would recall that our specific enquiry of whether these four names are “not unacceptable” to the President was answered in the negative. In the circumstances, we now enquire of the meaning and purport of the terms “no objection”, “tending towards acceptability” and “short-listed”. We further and specifically enquire, hereof, whether these names are “not unacceptable” to the President.”The letter added that the Party was also informed that another two of the names submitted were singled out as being “pending/under active consideration”. “In the circumstances, we now enquire of the meaning and purport of these terminologies; before whom are these names pending, under whose consideration are they active, the President or his representatives and are these names “not unacceptable” to the President?”Teixeira also questioned whether the decision to reject five of these names and the reasons that were proffered, originated from President David Granger, or from his representatives – Harmon, Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence and Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan.“We must emphasise that if the views expressed at the meetings are those of the President’s representatives and not of the President, and, therefore, names “hammered out” at these engagements are still required to obtain the acceptability of the President, then these engagements would have been, largely, futile, if not, perfunctory.“We agreed to this engagement to effectuate the “good faith” admonitions enunciated by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), which must preponderate engagements between the President and the Leader of the Opposition. We, therefore, expect that the President’s representatives will be duly authorised to make commitments at these engagements in their capacity as conduits of the President.”Teixeira noted that so far, the engagements of her and her team – comprising other PPP parliamentarians Juan Edghill and Anil Nandlall – with the Government side have failed to meet these expectations.“We are obliged to inform you that this communication and any response received hereto will be disclosed to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) before the 12th July 2019, so we shall appreciate a response by tomorrow, 11th July 2019, at 12 noon.”The Party also noted that the Government’s response “may determine whether this engagement will continue or whether, we will revert to the Leader of the Opposition and the President engaging, personally, as mandated by Article 161 (2) of the Constitution.”Since the CCJ ruled that former GECOM Chairman, Retired Justice James Patterson was appointed unconstitutionally, he has resigned. As such, Jagdeo and Granger have been trying to find a replacement to carry out the necessary early elections. In keeping with this, Jagdeo submitted a list of 11 nominees gleaned from the lists he submitted in 2017, before Patterson’s unilateral appointment.Jagdeo’s list comprises Retired Major General Joe Singh, who served as GECOM Chairman years ago; environmentalist Annette Arjoon-Martins, Retired Justice of Appeal BS Roy, businessman Captain Gerry Gouveia, Attorney-at-Law Kashir Khan, former Magistrate Krishnadatt Persaud, conflict resolution specialist Lawrence Latchmansingh; Retired Major General Norman McLean, businessman Ramesh Dookhoo, Retired Puisne Judge William Ramlall and Onesi La Fleur.On the other hand, President Granger’s informal list comprises Retired Justices James Patterson, Claudette La Bennett, and Stanley Moore as well as economist Aubrey Armstrong, Attorney Kesaundra Alves and former Solicitor General Kim Kyte. The President also proposed known People’s National Congress (PNC) affiliates Stanley Ming (a former PNC parliamentarian) and Kads Khan.The two sides are scheduled to meet again today, one day before the CCJ will hand down consequential orders on this matter and the No-Confidence Motion cases.last_img read more