– PPP commissioners say in joint statementWhile acknowledging that any illness of the Guyana Elections Chairman (GECOM), retired Justice James Patterson is regrettable, Commissioners representing the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) claim it is a ploy designed to delay the holding of elections.In a joint statement, the Commissioners – Bibi Shadick, Sase Gunraj and Robeson Benn – therefore urged that GECOM be alert to its duty and responsibilities as mandated by the Constitution and that no action be undertaken to subvert these intentionally.“…we do wish him a speedy and a full recovery, we cannot be unmindful of a possible situation existing where the said extension of illness is a ploy designed to delay the holding of General and Regional Elections within the constitutionally determined 90-day timeframe consequent on the previously referenced Resolution of the National Assembly,” the Commissioners stated.The Commissioners further stated that the holding of meetings of the Sub-Committees of GECOM should resume discussing, determining and guiding GECOM’s actions and schedules necessary for the holding of elections in the constitutionally mandated 90-day timeframe.This activity, according to them, will demonstrate that the GECOM is alert to its duty and responsibilities to be the nation as mandated by the Constitution. The commissioners have also called on civil society and the international community to take note and be vigilant with respect to the unfolding situation at GECOM, especially as it relates to a possible delay.On Tuesday, Patterson, circulated an agenda for the Wednesday, January 8, statutory meeting of GECOM slated for 13:00h. The Opposition Commissioners said they responded to the proposed agenda sent by the Chairman, requesting the inclusion of ‘GECOM Preparations for Elections’ as a priority issue for consideration at the said meeting.“The natural and obvious inclusion of this agenda item was expected as a consequence of the resolution on the no-confidence motion of December 21, 2018 in the National Assembly,” they added. However, less than three hours before the meeting the announcement was made that the Chairman was unwell and that his medical leave had been extended.“A later GECOM Media Advisory stated inter alia; “…his medical leave has been extended following a visit to his doctor on January 7, 2019”. It is passing strange that this information was not passed on to all Commissioners on January 7, 2019,” the Commissioners observed.Patterson has not been at work since November 30, 2018, and there is no clear indication as to when he could return, as a timeframe for the extended sick leave has not been provided. The last meeting of Commissioners was held on November 27, 2018.Following his appointment as GECOM chair, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has noted with concern that Patterson might not be best suited for the post given his seniority. But President David Granger had argued that Patterson who was at the time of his appointment in 2017, 84-year-old, is ‘fit and proper’ for the post, in accordance with the Constitution of Guyana.In October 2018, the PPP filed leave to appeal the October 19, 2018 decision of acting Chancellor Madam Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards and fellow Appellate Court Justices Dawn Gregory and Justice Rishi Persaud that effectively declared Patterson’s appointment constitutional. The matter is now before the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).
It looks like Arsenal are set to land another big money signing next summer, according to reports in Spain.Argentine strike starlet Paulo Dybala is in sensational form for Palermo in Serie A and a number of top European clubs are targeting the player, with rumours emerging Arsene Wenger is leading the chase for his signature.The 21-year-old has hit 12 goals this season and it’s now being reported the Gunners are set to cough up £29.5million for his services, but is it worth spending this huge chunk of money on a player after just one full campaign of football?Check out Dybala’s best bits below and judge for yourself… Palermo star Paulo Dybala 1
When Matt Leinart finally bounced off his line on a quarterback sneak and into the end zone for the winning touchdown in the final three seconds to continue No. 1 USC’s 28-game winning streak with the 34-31 victory, guard Taitusi Lutui felt his body drain. “I was on the floor, on the bottom of the pile,’ he said. “I looked over at the official and saw his hands go up to signal touchdown and I just started crying. “I just laid there. I wasn’t even trying to get up. I think my heart stopped on the last play.’ It was a remarkable finish to the most treasured intersectional rivalry in college football. There were three touchdowns scored in the final 5:06. First the Irish thought they’d won, then the Trojans. It was a game filled with passionate play by both sides, two champion boxers who refused to go down. It had controversy and heroes, grand moments followed by ones even more grand, gutsy calls and non- ending humongous plays. It was absolutely breathtaking. A wondrous college football game, culminating with an ending that caused hearts to skip. That left tears on both sides. A battle of two proud teams that would not flinch, that refused to quit. On a gorgeous autumn afternoon in one of college football’s most historic sites, the Trojans and Fighting Irish battled until the clock finally said they could no longer go on. So many sights and sounds, so many astonishing moments. It was less football than opera. A whirlwind of emotions, of ups and downs, of over- the-top plays. USC and Notre Dame put together a game for the ages Saturday. It had more parts than a Russian novel, more turns than Minotaur’s labyrinth. “I would imagine this will probably go down as one of the greatest games in college football history,’ Leinart said. Check your classics channel, it may already be playing. It was two-time defending national champion USC against on-the- rise No. 9 Notre Dame. Former NFL coaches Pete Carroll vs. Charlie Weis. Two celebrated programs, two historic adversaries, two teams that would not wilt from the pressure. “This is what college football is all about,’ USC tailback Reggie Bush said. It’s what it dreams of being every Saturday, but only so rarely brings all the elements together so memorably. USC has made a bad habit of falling behind in recent games and having to rally in the fourth quarter to pull out victory. They pushed it to ridiculous extremes Saturday, almost watching their unbeaten run come to a crashing ending. The Trojans might have thought they’d pulled out their usual comeback routine Saturday when Bush scored his third touchdown of the day on a 9-yard run with 5:09 left to take a 28-24 lead. But the Irish wearing their green uniforms had an answer of their own, driving the field on the Trojans the way no one has late in a game in years, Brady Quinn’s 5- yard quarterback keeper putting the Irish back on top 31-28 with only 2:04 to play. Time seemed to finally be running out on the Trojans. Considered one of the greatest collegiate offenses ever, USC sputtered moving the ball throughout most of the afternoon. Quickly the Trojans found themselves faced with a fourth-and-9 at the Notre Dame 26 with 1:32 left. Their unbeaten streak appeared at an end. The sellout crowd of 80,795 was all on its feet, roaring. Notre Dame Stadium pulsated so strongly, bodies seemed to almost vibrate. “For the first time in my career, I wasn’t sure,’ Bush said. “I regret that now, knowing my teammates.’ Leinart came to the line, sensed a blitzed and checked into another play with hand signals. He found wide receiver Dwayne Jarrett playing with a scratched right cornea down the left side, just getting his pass over Notre Dame cornerback Ambrose Wooden. Jarrett sped down the sideline. Heads throughout the stadium began to turn as he continued churning up the yards. He was finally tackled after a 61-yard gain at the Notre Dame 13-yard line. “I just thought I had to make a play,’ Jarrett said. More would still have to be made, and quickly. USC was out of timeouts. After a pair of Bush runs gave USC a first down at the Irish 2-yard line, Leinart rolled left when he was unable to find a receiver and tried to dive into the end zone. He was knocked out inches shy, the ball squirting from his grasp and going out of bounds. The clocked ticked to zero and the Irish players started rushing the field, believing they had upset the nation’s No. 1 team. But the Pac-10 Conference officials huddled and put 7 seconds back on the clock. Carroll had used his visiting non-conference coach’s prerogative and requested replays not be utilized at the game. The Trojans hurried to the line of scrimmage. Carroll was moving his hand downward, signaling he wanted Leinart to spike the ball and stop the clock; it was a ploy. USC could have stopped the clock, kicked a short field goal to tie the game and sent it into overtime. “We didn’t come out here to tie,’ Jarrett said. “We came to win.’ Leinart called for the quarterback sneak. At first he appeared rebuffed by the Notre Dame line, but he spun to his left, and aided by an illegal push by Bush, spun into the end zone. Trojans celebrated. The Irish fought disbelief. It was thrilling, chaotic, bordered on magical. A game that needed to be bottled, it’s marvelous pandemonium captured and revisited. “I am so in love with this team,’ Carroll said. “They just will not let it die.’ The Trojans are 6-0, their streak alive, their history a little more storied. Steve Dilbeck can be reached at (818) 713-3607. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
SAN JOSE — Sharks coach Pete DeBoer said Friday he didn’t know about the lawsuit that Evander Kane was hit with by a Las Vegas casino until it became public earlier this week and added he wasn’t going to get involved in a player’s personal matter.“I don’t have any concerns,” DeBoer said. “When you coach in this league for 11 years, there’s a lot of personal issues behind the scenes that go on, in all kinds of different areas. So, that’s something that I really don’t get involved with, unless …
French Open champion Stan Wawrinka has become the fourth player to qualify for the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals in London.The world number five joins top ranked Novak Djokovic, fellow Swiss Roger Federer and British hope Andy Murray in the elite eight-man field for the November 15-22 tournament.Also read: Federer, Wawrinka set up all-Swiss semifinal at US Open “I can’t wait to return to The O2. I reached the semi-finals the last two years and love playing there. The competition will be very tough as usual but I hope to go further this year,” Wawrinka said after setting up a U.S. Open semi-final with Federer.The 30-year-old has won three titles this year, including a second grand slam trophy with victory over Djokovic in the Roland Garros final.The chasing pack for the remaining four singles spots in the season ender include Kei Nishikori, Tomas Berdych, 14-times grand slam winner Rafa Nadal and David Ferrer.
AdvertisementDwight Howard, the Washington Wizard center appeared on MTV’s Wild ‘N Out which is hosted by Nick Cannon and experienced a roasting of a lifetime. He was picked on regarding his constant team changes and dressing room issues and though he took it on a light note, Shaquille O’Neal magnified it.Shaq posted the video on Instagram with the caption: “Dam lol” and it went viral.Howard noticed the post and commented on it, which proved to be a bad decision in hindsight. He wrote that he’d be happy to have a ‘roast battle’ with Shaq sometime, and the O’Neal responded with a savage answer. Shaq wrote: “I only battle champions Lil man, you ain’t in my division, you in Charles Barkley division. Focus on getting that ring brother.” He proceeded to roast both Howard and fellow ‘Inside the NBA’ analyst Charles Barkley.Shaq is going hard on Dwight Howard on Instagram 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/qprfZHAupm— RotoQL (@rotoqlapp) September 24, 2018O’Neal won four championships in his career, which included a dominant three-peat with the Lakers. Barkley however, despite all his greatness, could not clinch that coveted ring in his playing time. Due to this reason, Shaq has insulted Barkley in jest many times on TV.Howard started his career in Orlando where he arguably had the best days of his career. But he also has not won a ring, and Shaq exploited that point to great effect. Now in Washington, Howard will hope to resurrect his career.Advertisement
New Zealand pacer Tim Southee believes that adapting to conditions in Sri Lanka will hold the key for the Kiwis in the upcoming two-match Test series against Sri Lanka in the Island Nation. New Zealand will play a three-day warm-up game against the Sri Lanka Board President XI from August 8 before taking on Sri Lanka in the first Test from August 14 in Colombo.Speaking to IANS, Southee said: “We have some guys who were on the last tour to Sri Lanka and we had some success here. So, it’s nice to have that experience. But we know that the conditions have changed and we need to adapt to that as quickly as we can.”The two teams have not played Tests in Sri Lanka since 2012, when New Zealand won the second Test (also at the P. Sara Oval) to draw the series following a heavy defeat in Galle.”It’s going to be a tough series in this part of the world. The sub-continent is always a tough place to come, purely because the conditions are quite different from that we are used to. Here (in Sri Lanka), the conditions are different from that of UAE. You get the damp heat and a lot more sweat than UAE. So, we are just acclimatizing to it,” said Southee pointing at the difference in conditions between Sri Lanka and UAE, where the Black Caps last played in the subcontinent and defeated Pakistan in the Test series.New Zealand are coming fresh from their heart-wrenching World Cup debacle where they lost to England in one of the most epic ODI encounters in the final at Lord’s on July 14. They lost to hosts on count of boundary after both the regulation overs and the subsequent Super Over ended in a tie.advertisementSouthee feels that the group is still trying to coming to terms with the loss, however, they are proud of the way they fared in the showpiece event.”There are a few guys here who were part of the World Cup. Our focus was there at the ODI format for quite some time and we now have to shift it to Test cricket. There are still conversations about what happened in England and also about what we were able to achieve as a group in those eight weeks,” said Southee.”There’s a lot of frustration and other emotions that come to mind. But when we dig deep, we are very proud of the way we represented New Zealand,” he added.The two-match series, which will be broadcast on Sony ESPN, will see the two teams beginning their campaign in the ICC World Test Championship.Southee believes the WTC will add further excitement to Test cricket as it will bring more context to bilateral series.”World Test Championship is something new and exciting. There are many guys who enjoy playing Test cricket. And so, with the added edge of WTC, Test cricket becomes all more exciting,” said Southee.”It will be nice to go back to Lord’s in a couple of years and play the finals.”Also Read | Big positive to get back in the saddle and play Test cricket: Trent BoultAlso Read | Former New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori’s jersey number 11 retiredAlso See
LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 27: Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers leads the team on the field before the game against the Bethune Cookman Wildcats at Memorial Stadium on October 27, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Nebraska football landed a major graduate transfer commitment on Saturday night when former Cal wide receiver Kanawai Noa announced he’ll be finishing his career with the Cornhuskers.Noa, a native of Honolulu, was a standout for Cal the last two years. He hauled in 96 passes for 1,267 yards and six touchdowns in three-plus seasons for the Bears.Noa earned a redshirt in 2016 when he was limited to three games by injuries. His best output came in 2017, when he grabbed 56 passes for 788 yards and four touchdowns.Injuries cost Noa nearly two months of the 2018 season, but he returned to make a pair of catches for 43 yards in a loss to TCU in the Cheez-It Bowl. Nebraska finished 4-8 in its first year under head coach Scott Frost. However, the program has high expectations for 2019.The Huskers will open up their 2019 season at home against South Alabama on August 31.Kickoff time is TBD.
Varun Singh New DelhiApril 23, 2019UPDATED: April 24, 2019 11:22 IST Expectations are that Speed Twin will be priced somewhere around Rs 10 lakh (ex-showroom).HIGHLIGHTSTriumph Speed Twin gets a new tubular steel frame with aluminium cradle and a twin-sided aluminium swingarm.The 2019 Triumph Speed Twin will come with three riding modes — Sport, Road and Rain.A low seat height of 807 mm will provide the rider better riding position on Triumph Speed Twin.Triumph Motorcycles India will launch the Speed Twin on April 24. The 2019 Triumph Speed Twin gets its name from the legendary 1938 Speed Twin, which had a parallel twin engine. Expectations are that Speed Twin will be priced somewhere around Rs 10 lakh (ex-showroom).The new 2019 Speed Twin is powered by an updated version of the Bonneville 1200 cc engine. The motor makes 79 bhp and 105 Nm of torque in Triumph Bonneville T120, while it will produce 96 bhp and 112 Nm of torque in Triumph Speed Twin. This engine does duty on Triumph Thruxton R as well and delivers 96 bhp and 112 Nm of torque. New 2019 Triumph Speed Twin will get a 14.5-litre fuel tank.Triumph Speed Twin gets a new tubular steel frame with aluminium cradle and a twin-sided aluminium swingarm. The suspension duties are performed by 41 mm front forks with cartridge damping and 120 mm travel at the front. There are twin shocks at the rear with adjustable preload and up to 120 mm travel. One gets twin Brembo 4-piston axial calipers with twin 305 mm floating discs on the front and Nissin 2-piston floating caliper and single 220 mm disc on the rear. The motorcycle will come with dual-channel ABS and switchable traction control.Triumph Speed Twin will come with three riding modes — Sport, Road and Rain. There will be an LCD multi-functional instrument pack with an analogue speedometer, analogue tachometer, gear position indicator, fuel gauge, range to empty indication and service indicator, among others.A low seat height of 807 mm will provide the rider better riding position on Triumph Speed Twin. It will get features like aluminium front and rear mudguards, throttle body covers, side panel finishers and heel guards. Speed Twin will come with a 14.5-litre fuel tank.advertisementALSO READ | 2019 Maruti Suzuki Alto facelift with more safety features launched, price starts at Rs 2.93 lakhALSO READ | Honda Amaze VX CVT launched in India, price starts at Rs 8.57 lakhALSO READ | Renault Summer Camp begins: Free car top wash, exclusive offers on spare parts, accessoriesGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byVarun Singh Tags :Follow Triumph bikeFollow 2019 Triumph launchFollow New Triumph bikeFollow Triumph bike launchFollow Speed Twin New 2019 Triumph Speed Twin to launch in India on April 24, expected to be priced around Rs 10 lakhThe new 2019 Speed Twin is powered by an updated version of the Bonneville 1200 cc engine. The motor makes 79 bhp and 105 Nm of torque in Triumph Bonneville T120, while it will produce 96 bhp and 112 Nm of torque in Triumph Speed Twin.advertisement Next
Earlier this month, I heard a compelling story of a Nova Scotia family with an autistic child. Like many parents of autistic children, Nancy and her husband began seeing signs early on that something wasn’t right with their daughter. At first, they though it might be developmental delays in speech. But because all children develop differently, they tried not to worry. By the time their daughter turned 2, Nancy and her husband knew something was wrong. She had become very regimented, stuck in routines, and needed a lot of explanation about simple things. Their physician, assessed and diagnosed her as having autism. But support was there when they needed it. In April, their daughter was enrolled in the provincial the Early Intensive Behavioural Intervention (EIBI) program for young children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Offered through district health authorities, EIBI helps develop children’s communication, play and other functional skills. The program is for preschool children and involves the entire family to ensure the best results. Through programs like EIBI, more Nova Scotian children living with autism have access to the support and services they need. As Minister of Health and Wellness, I am committed to continue d investments in treating autism. With October being Autism Awareness Month, it’s a fitting time to examine the progress we’ve made. In 2011, the province announced the Autism Spectrum Disorder Action Plan, which included $4 million in new investments over two years to fully fund the intervention program. Earlier this summer, government released its one-year progress report on the plan, and affirmed its investment of $2 million this year for the EIBI program. This ensures all eligible children with autism can receive EIBI treatment by 2013, a marked improvement over previous programs. For example, the program put in place five years ago only helped half of the children who needed it. Since releasing our action plan, we’ve made other improvements, including hiring a provincial autism consultant with the Department of Education, making $1.3 million in new funding available through the Department of Community Services for Independent Living Support and Alternative Family Support programs, and delivering online training about autism spectrum disorder for law enforcement officials through the Department of Justice. I am happy to say that just five months after beginning the EIBI program, Nancy has seen an improvement in her daughter’s development. The girl went from using gestures to communicate, to speaking complete sentences like, “Mommy, I’d like to have a snack.” Nancy said she can’t imagine where her daughter would be developmentally without EIBI. Because of programs like this, Nancy’s daughter will have the skills she needs to take her through school and beyond. The Autism Spectrum Disorder Action Plan progress report is available at www.ednet.ns.ca . -30-