Chelsea waiting for Hazard to emerge from slump

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP) Guus Hiddink’s arrival as Chelsea manager has sparked a drastic improvement in a number of the team’s attacking stars. Diego Costa, Oscar, Cesc Fabregas, even Pedro Rodriguez. All look different players now Jose Mourinho is no longer in charge at Stamford Bridge. So when is Eden Hazard going to come good? Because the slump in form of the Belgium winger is one of the mysteries of the season. Hazard was voted English football’s Player of the Year for the 2014-15 season by both his peers and writers, after scoring 19 goals and being arguably Chelsea’s standout player in their run to the Premier League and League Cup titles. Many felt he would make the step up to challenge Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the game’s top star. Fast forward to this season and Hazard is no longer assured of even being in the team heading into Sunday’s FA Cup match against Manchester City, which is the headline fixture of the fifth round. He has completed 90 minutes just once in 2016 and has scored only one club goal all season a sympathy penalty in a big win over MK Dons in the FA Cup fourth round. Already testing the patience of Chelsea fans with his performances, Hazard didn’t do himself any favours this week by telling French newspaper Le Parisien, ahead of a Champions League game against Paris Saint-German, that it would be ‘difficult to say no to’ PSG or any other team capable of winning the Champions League. Is he eyeing a big move for next season already? Hazard was substituted against PSG after another sub-standard display and may even lose his place to Oscar against City for the first high-profile match in the FA Cup this season. Chelsea are looking to win the world’s oldest club knockout competition for the fifth time in the last 10 years and is in better form than City, having lost only once 2-1 against PSG in 12 games since Hiddink took over. City, meanwhile, have lost their last two games, at home against title rivals in the Premier League, and have injury problems in midfield. Manager Manuel Pellegrini may also have one eye on next week, when City resumes their Champions League campaign with a trip to Dynamo Kiev in the last 16, and could play a weakened team at Stamford Bridge. There has been a shortage of shocks in this season’s FA Cup, meaning most of the country’s big teams are still involved. TAMED BY THE SHREWS? The biggest so-called ‘giant-killing could come when Manchester United heads to third-tier Shrewsbury on Monday. And it’s the last thing Louis van Gaal needs right now. The United manager has enough on his mind, with his team struggling to qualify for the Champions League through the Premier League and seeing captain and star striker Wayne Rooney joining an injury list that now contains 13 players. Rooney has a knee injury and British media are reporting he could be out for six to eight weeks. Shrewsbury, a market town from central England whose football team plays at a 9,875-capacity stadium, has already beaten two teams higher up the English pyramid second-tier Cardiff and Sheffield Wednesday and are in the fifth round for the first time since 1991. And they caused a big shock in 2003, winning 2-1 in the third round against an Everton side containing Rooney. In 19th place in the third tier, Shrewsbury are the lowest-ranked team left in the competition. REMATCH Arsenal are four victories away from winning the FA Cup for a third straight time. Next up for Arsene Wenger’s side is second-tier Hull, in a rematch of the 2014 final that Arsenal won 3-2 after extra time. There are two more all-Premier League matchups: Bournemouth vs Everton; and Tottenham vs Crystal Palace. In other games, Reading host West Bromwich Albion, West Ham visit Blackburn and Watford are at home to Leeds.last_img read more

Windies Women to renew Aussie rivalry

first_img Excited West Indies were one of four automatic qualifiers along with Australia, England and New Zealand, and enter the tournament as one of the favourites to take the title. In the 2013 final, they went down to the Aussies by 114 runs in Mumbai, and renew that rivalry in Taunton on June 26. They host India Women three days later at the same venue before travelling to the East Midlands to take on South Africa Women in Leicester on July 2. Their final game in Taunton is against New Zealand Women on July 6 before clashing with Sri Lanka Women in Derby on July 9, Pakistan Women in Leicester on July 11 and England Women in Bristol on July 15. A doubleheader opens the tournament with New Zealand Women playing Sri Lanka Women in Bristol and England Women taking on India Women in Derby. “We are extremely excited about the ICC Women’s World Cup being staged at four outstanding county grounds, which I am sure will provide the best possible showcase for the top players in the women’s game,” said Steve Elworthy, the World Cup’s managing director. “Today, the tickets for all the matches will go on sale and I am sure they will be in high demand as each of the competing countries have large support in England and Wales. This promises to be the best ICC Women’s World Cup tournament and I am sure everyone will want to be a part of the event.” LONDON, England (CMC): West Indies Women will open their Women’s World Cup campaign in June against arch-rivals Australia Women in a repeat of last year’s Twenty20 World Cup final in India. The Caribbean side and the Aussies also met in the final of the last 50-overs World Cup in India four years ago when the Aussies picked up their sixth title. They are two of eight teams clashing with each other in the round-robin preliminaries of the tournament, which will see 28 matches played from June 24 to July 23 in England. All preliminary games and the semi-finals will be played across Bristol, Taunton, Leicester and Derby, with the final scheduled for historic Lord’s in London. Automatic qualifierlast_img read more

Batang Gilas’ Padrigao wins MVP in Basketball Without Borders

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew As per Times of India, Padrigao joined India’s Sanjana Ramesh as the top players of the four-day camp conducted by the NBA and Fiba.Padrigao went to India with Batang Gilas Raven Cortez to join the 66 boys and girls from 16 countries in the Asia-Pacific Region.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe Under-16 standout said that the camp not only taught him basketball skills but life lessons as well.“I have not only improved as a basketball player but also as an individual,” said Padrigao in the  Times of India report. “ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 View comments MOST READ Suspects in stabbing of Jeron Teng, two others used ring knife—policecenter_img The focus here was on your overall development at the professional level, and I am glad to have won the MVP at the end of all of it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Batang Gilas’ Forthsky Padrigao left India a head above his contemporaries after earning the MVP honor in the boys’ division of the Basketball Without Borders Asia camp at NBA Academy in Greater Noida, India.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? LATEST STORIES Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons filmlast_img read more

‘Belated and Unconstitutional’

first_imgConstitutional and Human Rights lawyer Counselor Tiawan Gongloe has described President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s power request to the National Legislature as “belated and unconstitutional.”He described her request as  “worrisome and scary.”Speaking in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer Wednesday, October 8, Cllr. Gongloe said Article 88 of the 1986 Constitution has a  specific provision  that says following a declaration of a state of emergency,  “The President shall within seven days, not later than, put before the Legislature in regular session the facts and circumstances associated with such declaration.”Going further, he said “The Legislature in 72 hours shall have joint resolution voted by 2 1/3 members of both Houses to declare whether the state of emergency is justified or whether the measures taken are appropriate.”He noted that the President declared the state of emergency in August; and she is now requesting for additional powers in October, something Cllr. Gongloe said should not be given because the statute of limitation is wrong and unconstitutional.In a letter to Speaker Alex Tyler dated October 1, 2014, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said that as a follow up to her communication dated August 7, 2014 laying the facts and circumstances necessitating the declaration of a state of emergency, she was asking for legislative approval of some measures that will suspend or restrict certain rights in some provisions in the Constitution.Among the provisions, President Sirleaf is seeking for restrictions of rights of Liberians in Articles 1, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, and 21.In Cllr. Gongloe’s argument on Article 1, he said the President’s request is in contravention of Article 87 of the Constitution which provides that during a state of emergency the Constitution cannot be suspended, amended or abrogated.Article 1 provides that all power is inherent in the people, giving the Human Rights lawyer the ground to argue that this article sums up the entire constitution.He added that the Constitution did not mention pestilence under Emergency Powers but military attack and civil unrest, and therefore Ebola is not a condition to suspend the Constitution or any part thereof.On Article 12, which protects Liberians from being subjected to forced labor, Cllr. Gongloe said the President needs no power to seek from the Legislature because the Constitution is clear that during emergency people can be asked to help solve a prevailing disaster caused either by flood or fire, and that no one will complain of abuse of his/her right.He said Liberians having seen and felt the negative impacts of Ebola, are conscious now to follow all pieces of hygienic advice and abide by established measures to prevent Ebola. “The President’s request for additional powers in the Ebola crisis makes it suspect, leading the people to ask what really does she want to do.”“Future constitutional amendments should look at pestilence in the future, but for the President to look at Article 1 and suspend it for Ebola, I am worried by that  this is arbitrary governance,” Cllr. Gongloe added.On Article 14 which talks about freedom of religion, Cllr. Gongloe intoned that the President seeking power to stop religious practices would be like finding a solution to solve one problem and at the same time creating another problem.The President stopping people from practicing their religions will surely create public uprising, noting, “We do not want any religion problem in this country, considering our past.  And I don’t know who advises the President, but she is ill advised.On Article 15, which talks about freedom of movement, Cllr. Gongloe said the request for its suspension is broad, and he worried about prohibiting  travel by “certain individuals,”  as mentioned in the President’s request.He argued that the President failed to define the category of people whose movements would be restricted, and she can explain it in her own way to suit her power when that power is given.“Who are the people to be restricted and why?  This looms fear that any of us here can be restricted from traveling.”On the issue of freedom of speech, Cllr. Gongloe said the President’s request to restrict this basic constitutional right  could lead to what obtained during the Tubman, Doe and Taylor regimes—shutting  down of newspapers and radio stations.  He cited the recent closure of the National Chronicles Newspaper, which was shut down in the first days of the state of emergency.He said if such meets legislative approval and the President restricts people from speaking their minds, this could immediately plunge  Liberia into her version of the “Arab Spring.”  He reminded the President that communication  is more easily and readily available today than at any time in history.  “We now live in the Information Age,” he averred. “Free speech should be open  to get the people speak out so that Government may be informed about what can be done for their safety. The Legislature should not approve the request because the people will surely resist it and it will undermine the peace we have,” he maintained.As for the freedom of assembly, Cllr. Gongloe indicated that he would agree for video clubs and other businesses that bring people into close contact to be shut down under the state of emergency, since coming in contact with one another could help to spread the virus.However, he said this should be in conformity with expert advice and not done because the President wants it to be done.He also argued that the portion of the President’s request to expropriate any private property is broad and undefined, raising doubts as to whose property and what kind of property is to be expropriated.He said the timing for the requested actions is null and void and cannot work, and that any attempt on the part of the Legislature to approve that will lead to the filing of writs of prohibition before the Supreme Court of Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Guyanese doctors attend Zika management meeting in Barbados

first_imgtwo Guyanese doctors, attached to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC), are currently attending a two-day May 26- 27meeting on the management of Zika Virus in Barbados.The Incident Management System Technical Meeting is organised by the Pan American HealthDr Ahmad Rafi RozanOrganisation/World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO) Zika Task Force.Dr Ahmad Rafi Rozan, Obstetrics Specialist and Gynaecologist and Dr Ulanda Haynes, Resident in Paediatrics, are representing Guyana at the regional meeting.Dr Rozan is a specialist in Gynaecology and Obstetrics, spanning the areas of antenatal and perinatal care with an interest in decreasing maternal and perinatal mortality and morbidity in order to improve quality of life.Dr Haynes worked as a General Medical Officer in the Department of Paediatrics at the GPHC since 2013 and is currently a Senior Resident in Paediatrics attached to the said department.The geographical distribution of the Zika Virus has been steadily increasing since it was first detected in the Americas in Brazil in May 2015. Since then, a total of 35 countries and territories have reported autochthonous (locally transmitted, mosquito- borne) transmission of Zika in the Americas. Several countries have reported cases of newborns with microcephaly and other conditions associated with Zika infection.PAHO has coordinated a process for developing harmonised recommendations on clinical care for pregnant women and newborns.The objectives of this meeting are to present an updated overview of the situation in the Region and to discuss protocols for clinical care and to analyse the challenges in preparations of the health services in the response to the outbreak of the Zika Virus.last_img read more

CCJ to hear appeal on GECOM’s chair appointment

first_imgThe Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), in accordance with Section 6(c) of the CCJ Act, Chapter 3:07, has granted leave to Peoples Progressive Party (PPP) Executive Secretary Zulfikar Mustapha to challenge the Guyana Court of Appeal’s decision to uphold the appointment of Justice (retd) James Patterson as Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).PPP Executive Secretary, Zulfikar MustaphaThe Guyana Court of Appeal’s ruling, handed down on October 19, 2018, upheld the High Court’s ruling that President David Granger was well within his rights when he unilaterally appointed Patterson as GECOM Chairman.Mustapha has been ordered to, within the next three months, lodge $750,000 with the Supreme Court Registrar as security costs. Additionally, he would have to conform to the requirements of Rule 10.6 (2) (b) of the amended CCJ Rules by providing a list of documents which he proposes to be included in the Record of Appeal.He is being represented by Attorney Anil Nandlall, while Government is being represented by Solicitor General Kim Kyte-Thomas.Chief Justice Roxane George ruled on June 9 that the Constitution of Guyana allows for the President to unilaterally appoint someone to fill the position of Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM). Justice George’s ruling came after the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) had, on October 23, 2017, filed an injunction to have the court rescind the unilateral appointment of Justice (retd) James Patterson as Chairman of GECOM. The motion was filed in the name of PPP Executive Secretary and Member of Parliament Zulfikar Mustapha just days after President David Granger had made the announcement in regard to Patterson.The Appellate Court’s unanimous ruling was handed down on October 19 by acting Chancellor of the Judiciary Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards and fellow Appellate Court Justices Dawn Gregory and Justice Rishi Persaud. The Appellate Judges agreed with Justice George that Justice Patterson’s appointment was not unconstitutional. They said the President was empowered to appoint a Judge, retired Judge, or someone with the qualifications thereof if he deemed the Opposition Leader’s list unacceptable.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had sent to the Head of State three lists each comprising of six nominees he had proposed to be considered for the post of GECOM Chair, but this totality of 18 names was rejected by the President, who declared that the named persons were unacceptable. Justice Gregory, in her decision, observed that the manner in which the three lists were submitted did not achieve consensus.Justice Persaud determined that any move towards unilateralism was wholly unacceptable, could lead to abuse, and would not be motivated by good faith. He, however, outlined that there was nothing to suggest that the President acted “unconstitutionally, illegally or unreasonably in appointing the retired Judge as GECOM Chair. “The appointment of a former Judge results itself in impartiality and fairness, and can only lead to establishing the intended balance prescribed for as a whole,” Justice Persaud had observed.Chancellor Cummings-Edwards had declared that Mustapha’s case had no bearing in affecting the elections process, as the challenge to Justice Patterson’s appointment was filed well before the date before LGE was proclaimed.The most senior Judge had, however, outlined that once the President found the list to be in what the framers of the Constitution opined as “not acceptable”, he could select a Judge, retired Judge or one that holds the relevant qualifications. Justice Cummings-Edwards in fact held the view that this decision was in keeping with the proviso to Article 161(2) of the Constitution. She declared that Justice George’s High Court decision upholding the appointment was correct.She had also observed that the retired Judge was qualified to serve in the chairman’s post, having served in the Commonwealth, with Guyana being included in this grouping.last_img read more

Govt unsure of funding for expansion of Fire Service

first_imgUpgraded Disciplined ServicesAs part of Government’s efforts to improve effectiveness of the Guyana Fire Service’s (GFC’s) reach and first responder capacity, there are plans to construct a fire station on the West Coast of Berbice.Whether funds for such an undertaking will be made available in 2019 is another matter. According to Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan at a recent press conference, the cost to construct a fire station may be a prohibitive factor.Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan“The nature of things as they evolve in Guyana means that that which was planned about ten years ago may not be able to be done now. Yes, we want to set infrastructure in places that had not gotten it…We want West Coast Berbice to have fire stations….That, of course depends on the budgetary allocation that we will get in 2019. I’ve made the case for it all over the place, but of course the Finance Ministry will want (to exercise) fiscal prudence and say all cannot be gotten in one year,” Ramjattan declared.Throwing his support behind such a stance, Ramjattan pointed to previous constructions and the drain they have had on finances. He pointed to the fact that several fire stations have been constructed recently from monies allocated in the 2018 budget.The first of three initial consultations on the disciplined services was held at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre (ACCC) only a few days ago, and attracted various stakeholders.Ramjattan also told the gathering that Government is cognisant of the situation and is working to improve all agencies under purview of the Ministry of Public Security. He explained that improvements have already begun to the Prison Service, Fire Service and Police Force. The need to boost skills and capacity was also noted.Chief Fire Officer Marlon Gentle later explained that consultations would ensure that all are apprised of the state of the proposed plans, and the way forward. Gentle also explained that the Strategic Management Plan, initiated in 2014 and ratified in 2016, has had the Government’s full support.These plans will see construction of five more fire stations and procurement of more equipment, including a fire fighting boat, to service the developments along the banks of the Demerara River.last_img read more

Trackers drop two games in difficult weekend

first_imgThe Trackers got off to a slow start against the Peace River Royals. The Royals opened the scoring on Friday night 44 seconds into the game. They added three more goals to lead 4-0. The Trackers added a goal of their own with 36 seconds left in the opening frame.Peace River continued their strong play in the second. They scored another two goals, however the Trackers were able to make a small cut into the lead as they put three in the back of the net.Down 6-4 entering the third period, the Trackers kept battling the best they could. They closed to within one 28 seconds into the third, however that would be as close as they would get. The Royals added two more goals before the end of the game to take the 8-5 win.- Advertisement -Scoring for the Trackers were Kohlman Brinsky, Clayton Lepine, Elias Thompson, Levi Johnson, and Nolan Lagace.Sunday’s game was a difficult one for the team. There was no score between the Trackers and Storm after the opening 20 minutes, but Grande Prairie added three goals in the second period, and another three in the third for the 6-0 win.Tavis Veins got the start between the pipes. He stopped 30 of 36 shots in the game.Advertisementlast_img read more

Taylor Still Searching For A Doctor

first_imgDistrict Administrator Charlette McLeod says, it’s by no means, from a lack of trying.  She says the community is doing what it can to work with the Fort St. John Clinic to see if there might be physician that willing on a full-time or part-time basis.  McLeod, however, is quick to point out, she understands that Fort St. John is in the same boat when it comes to recruiting and retaining doctors.- Advertisement -She re-iterates the community hasn’t given up on re-opening its medical clinic, only that it’s Northern Health that, in the end, will find a doctor for Taylor.last_img

Arsenal latest! Talks held over PSG duo as Benzema deal ruled OUT

first_img Edinson Cavani and Adrien Rabiot Arsenal have held talks with Paris Saint-Germain over potential deals for Adrien Rabiot and Edinson Cavani, talkSPORT has learnt.Arsene Wenger is still looking to boost his squad this summer having so far only brought in Petr Cech from Premier League rivals Chelsea.The Gunners boss has long held an interest in Karim Benzema and has been heavily linked with a move for the Real Madrid hitman in recent weeks.Rodney Marsh suggested earlier this week that the north London club were closing in on a £48m deal for the Frenchman.But talkSPORT has been told that a deal for Benzema is not on the cards, with Real Madrid not planning to sell the 27-year-old.Wenger is instead understood to be looking at PSG’s frontman Cavani, who is is reportedly desperate to leave the French champions this summer.Arsenal have not made a bid for the Uruguyan but they have approached PSG to discuss his availability.The Gunners have elso enquired about Cavani’s teammate Rabiot.The 20-year-old midfielder is rated highly in his homeland but has struggled for regular game time under Laurent Blanc and is believed to be keen to move on. 1last_img read more