An excited Wilmot Paye at the supreme court following the ruling (Photo: Nick N. Seebeh)CDC says it vehemently rejects interim govt.The Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) of Sen. George M. Weah and the ruling Unity Party (UP) of Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai which are awaiting the delayed runoff, have welcomed the Supreme Court’s decision in Liberty Party’s (LP) alleged electoral fraud case.After a ruling granting a writ of prohibition on the run-off election slated to have taken place on Tuesday, the two political parties vying for the presidency said they respect the laws of the land and are prepared to see the country remain on the peace trajectory.Samora Wolokollie, CDC’s deputy campaign spokesperson said his party is law-abiding and will remain patient until the NEC looks into not only the LP’s complaint but all other election-related complaints coming from other political parties and individual candidates.Wolokollie said, however, that the Commission should fast-track the hearing of all the cases in order to remain in the confines of time to avoid an interim government. “We are calling on our partisans and supporters across the country to remain calm. Ours is not to disturb the peace but to closely follow the process to its logical conclusion,” he said.Samora Wolokollie of the CDC speaks to journalists at the Supreme CourtThe runoff will be held and the plan for an interim government by detractors will continue to be vehemently rejected as there is still time to resolve all complaints before the NEC and allow the runoff to go ahead, said Wolokollie.“The maximum time frame set aside for the NEC to look into all election irregularities and fraud cases is 30 days. Also seven days are set aside for any party not satisfied with the outcome of the hearings to file an appeal either to the NEC’s Board of Commissioners or the Supreme Court,” Wolokollie noted, adding that should the Commission surpass 37 days without concluding the handling of cases before it will only be a deliberate attempt to take the country backward.He boasted that the CDC will win the runoff when held at any time. “The majority of the people of this country have resolved to retire the Unity Party. They believe that Senator George M. Weah and his able deputy, Senator Jewel Howard Taylor, can take this country forward and change the living conditions of the masses by creating jobs and building infrastructure,” he said.UP Chair Wilmot Paye said the action of the Supreme Court, which granted a permanent stay order on the presidential run-off election is a clear demonstration that the country’s democracy is maturing.“LP’s action is within the confines of the law and to this, we all subscribe. We are together in this even though we are from different political groupings,” he said.Paye noted that the most important thing is not about an individual just winning an election but the credibility of the very electoral process that guarantees said winner the chance to lead.“We are impressed that the LP’s partisans and their sympathizers did not invade the streets with violence and lots of unorthodox actions in demand of justice. In fact, justice is not found just anywhere but at the constituted legal institutions and agencies,” he said.He pointed out that the NEC’s rejection of UP’s intervention in LP’s alleged irregularities and frauds case was an error on the part of the hearing office, but remained confident that UP, who also has a lot of evidence in connection with LP’s complaint, will not rest until it is considered as a party to the suit.The NEC Board of Commissioners on Monday overturned the Commission’s hearing office decision to deny UP’s intervention. They granted the ruling party a chance to participate by presenting the evidence in their possession.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
– crime captured on CCTV cameraAlthough a young motorcyclist was assaulted before being robbed of his motorcycle during a daring daylight robbery on Campbell Avenue, Campbellville, on Friday, he is yet to make a report to the police.Commander of Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) Sub-Division A (Georgetown), Edgar ThomasThis is according to Commander of Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) Sub-Division A (Georgetown), Edgar Thomas, who told Guyana Times on Sunday that his ranks were made aware of the crime via a social media post and other news entities.However, he noted that while some details of the crime were captured on CCTV cameras and footage is being circulated on Facebook, the robbery victim has not come forward to lodge his report or request the assistance of the police.“This is a very interesting case, yes, I saw a video but that is all. The fact of the matter is that it has not been reported to any one of my police stations, and we are interested to know that person, if he can share some information with the police. The video is there, I saw it, and we would like to know what transpired there.”The CCTV footage shows three unmasked men approaching the motorcyclist as the young man was about to start it. One of them was on a bicycle while another grabbed the neck of the motorcyclist from behind and pulled him off.The victim struggled in resistance against the assault but was eventually pinned to the ground by the suspect.Two of the bandits then raided the pockets of his pants and relieved him of cash and other valuables. In the process, the third bandit jumped onto the young man’s motorcycle and as he was riding off the scene, one of his accomplices joined him while the other ran away, leaving their pedal cycle behind.
“I don’t want to be a distraction to my team and there’s things that they’re trying to do on the field to be ready for the coming season. I do want to tell you guys that at the appropriate time I will address the matter.” In less than two weeks of workouts with his new team after signing a five-year, $50million contract this offseason, Matthews is getting attention for all the wrong reasons. On Wednesday, P. David Soares, district attorney of Albany County, N.Y., said in a statement: “We have investigated, and are prosecuting, one of the largest narcotics and steroid distributors in the nation.” In addition to Matthews, former baseball star Jose Canseco and former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield were allegedly on the customer list of Applied Pharmacy Services in Mobile, Ala., whose two owners have been indicted by an Albany County grand jury. At the start of Wednesday morning’s meeting, Matthews immediately apologized for being associated with a possible team distraction. “I just want to tell you guys that I’m not really in a position to answer any specific questions on (Tuesday’s) story,” Matthews told a media gathering that was at least twice as large as normal. “I do want to say that I do expect it to resolve itself here in the near future, pretty soon. “I’ve got my representative (agent Scott Leventhal) looking for more information on it and to find out stuff, and until we find out more stuff, I just can’t comment on it. I ask that you guys respect my position on it. TEMPE, Ariz. – Gary Matthews Jr. had a busier morning that usual Wednesday, addressing a newspaper article that connected him with a performance-enhancing drug scandal and then meeting with the club’s top brass. After meeting with club officials Tuesday, the product of Granada Hills High and Mission College had a discussion Wednesday morning with manager Mike Scioscia, general manager Bill Stoneman, owner Arte Moreno and vice president of communications Tim Mead. Moreno seemed impressed with the gesture. “Gary immediately walked in and apologized for any distraction and said he would try to get it resolved as quickly as possible,” Moreno said. Moreno added that the meeting wasn’t to ask Matthews if he has used any type of performance-enhancing substance. “We had a meeting really just to basically tell him how we felt, that we’re not going to ask you any questions until you’re able to tell us, but we’d like you to be straight up with us,” Moreno said. “I felt it was important for him to know he has our support. “For me, I like to be proactive and make sure that we communicate well. I just stressed that the communication was the most important thing here.” Stoneman declined to say if Matthews had a clause in his contract that offered the team recourse in case he was found to have used performance- enhancing substances. Manager Mike Scioscia, who has maintained a strong stance against performance-enhancing drugs, admitted the situation has the potential for distraction. “There are things you’re going to deal with during a course of the season, whether it’s a guy upset over playing time or a guy not performing and it becomes an issue,” he said. “Things come into the clubhouse, and you have to keep moving forward, playing ball, and we’re going to do that.” Scioscia seems satisfied that Matthews is not burdened by the situation. “Anyone who signs a big contract, the one thing you want to put into a player’s mind is, you’re the same player you were before, you don’t have to go above and beyond, just bring your game and play it,” Scioscia said. Asked how how his name might have been linked to the situation, Matthews did not have an answer. “That’s exactly what we’re working on right now, gathering information,” Matthews said. firstname.lastname@example.org (626)962-8811, Ext. 2731 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli 1 Mario Balotelli’s £16million move to Liverpool, and return to the Premier League, has got everyone talking and it was unsurprising that all eyes were on the Italian striker as he made his debut for the Reds at Tottenham.The 24-year-old striker always promises controversy and gets many column inches dedicated to him, but at White Hart Lane he produced a mature and buzzing 60 minute display before being subbed off in the Merseyside outfit’s 3-0 victory.Arguably, the only thing missing for the former AC Milan forward was a goal but he impressed in many other areas. talkSPORT takes a look at how Balotelli fared on his maiden appearance Liverpool.PositioningBalotelli’s introduction appeared seamless as the forward beautifully linked up with Daniel Sturridge just minutes in. There were clear signs of an already burgeoning partnership between the pair and it owed a lot to the ex-Manchester City man’s perfect position and quick movement.PassingCrisp and precise, Balotelli was decent in possession and rarely wasted any passes. One particularly sweet interchange saw the striker show off his awareness when he beautifully teed up Sturridge with a perfectly weighted cheeky backheel, though the England star’s strike was easily fielded by Hugo Lloris.MentalityBalotelli’s critics always argue he is a ticking time bomb but at White Hart Lane there were no histrionics from the Italian, particularly when Eric Dier went flying through the forward with a hard but fair challenge. The £16m signing looked comfortable in the Red shirt, did not get into any scrapes or cost Liverpool any chance of success.DefendingNot something you would associate with the maverick forward too much, but intriguingly it seems Brendan Rodgers might have already drummed in how important it is to work for the team at Anfield. Numerous times Balotelli could be seen helping out in the full-back positions and rising high to clear balls from Tottenham corners.ShootingThere is one shot that will be replaying in Balotelli’s head over and over again tonight when he goes to sleep. It was not so much a glaring miss given the distance, but the Italian will be asking himself how he skewed an effort so far wide when Hugo Lloris was caught way out of his goal. The 24-year-old also twice went very close in the opening two minutes, heading straight at the French goalkeeper and then seeing his rebounded shot miss from just metres out.VerdictMassively encouraging display from Liverpool’s new signing and Reds supporters will certainly be more confident that they have spent the Luis Suarez money wisely with Balotelli now on board. While everyone can agree the Uruguayan is irreplaceable, the Italian’s arrival will go a long way to making up for Suarez’s loss.Liverpool fans, what did you think of Mario Balotelli’s debut? Comment below…
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The massive Grand Avenue project moved a step closer on Tuesday when a Los Angeles city panel rejected an effort to block the development and ordered it to head on to the full City Council for a vote. With only limited public comment, the City Council’s Planning and Land Use Management Committee urged approval of the multi-billion dollar project, which will include a 16-acre civic park surrounded by five separate projects totaling more than 3.5 million square feet of mixed use development. Aides to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Councilwoman Jan Perry, in whose district the project is located, urged rejection of the legal challenge to the measure, saying the project is vital to the continued renewal of downtown Los Angeles. Ron Naben, who serves on Villaraigosa’s business team urged the committee to adopt the plans. “The mayor strongly supports this and believes it will be one of the signature projects of the 21st century,” Naben said. “This has been extensively negotiated and is of huge public interest. It is a prime example of a public-private partnership.” The Bonaventure Hotel had challenged the agreement that includes reversion of hotel bed taxes to help developers offset the cost of construction of a luxury hotel on the site, saying it amounted to unfair competition.
Emmanuel Adebayor 1 Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor will miss his club’s final game of the season at Everton on Sunday after being allowed to return to his native Togo on compassionate grounds.Adebayor published the latest in a series of lengthy Facebook posts this week in which he revealed he had contemplated suicide due to a family feud, prompting Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino to step in on his behalf.The 31-year-old, who has already been granted compassionate leave once this season, is also set to miss the club’s post-season tour of the Far East, plunging his future further into doubt.Adebayor has used his Facebook account three times to reveal his complicated family issues. In his first post earlier this month, he accused his brother Rotimi of stealing mobile phones belonging to team-mates at a leading French football academy.Adebayor’s third instalment on Wednesday was the most striking as he said arguments with his brothers Kola and Peter, who died in July 2012, drove him to consider taking his own life.”Many times I wanted to give up. Ask my sister Iyabo Adebayor how many times I have called and was ready to commit suicide,” Adebayor wrote.”I kept these stories for years. But if I die, no-one would know my story, no-one would learn from it. Some people say I should keep these stories private, but someone has to sacrifice himself, someone has to talk about it.”
“The government’s allegations of wrongdoing have been categorically denied by the indicted partners, and the firm intends to join with them in vigorously defending against the charges,” it said. Bershad’s attorney, Andrew Lawler, said his client “categorically denies the allegations of the indictment.” Lawler also asserted that the use of the racketeering law was unjustified. A telephone message seeking comment from Selzer was not immediately returned. There was no answer at a telephone listing for Lazar. The indictment alleged that “unlike other class members in the lawsuits, the paid plaintiffs purchased the securities at issue anticipating that the securities would decline in value, in order to position themselves to be named plaintiffs in securities fraud class actions and to obtain kickbacks” from the firm and others. On Tuesday, the firm announced that Bershad and Schulman were taking leaves of absence. Selzer was charged with acting as an intermediary in the payment of the kickbacks to Lazar and others. The indictment charged the firm, Bershad and Schulman with conspiring to obstruct justice, make false declarations under oath in court proceedings, commit mail and wire fraud, and to make illegal payments to a witness. Those three defendants were also charged with mail fraud counts, conspiring to commit money laundering, and criminal forfeiture. Bershad and Schulman were charged with racketeering conspiracy. Lazar was charged with conspiracy, racketeering conspiracy, mail fraud, money laundering, false tax returns and obstruction of justice. Selzer was charged with the money laundering conspiracy and criminal forfeiture.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! One of the nation’s highest profile class-action law firms and two of its top partners were indicted by a federal grand jury Thursday on charges alleging a scheme that paid more than $11 million in illegal kickbacks to get people to serve as plaintiffs in lawsuits. In a 102-page indictment, New York-based Milberg Weiss, Bershad & Schulman, and attorneys David J. Bershad and Steven G. Schulman were charged with secretly paying about $2.4 million to Seymour M. Lazar, a Palm Springs lawyer involved in real estate, and others to act as class-action plaintiffs since 1981 and concealing the payments. Lazar was also named in the indictment along with Paul L. Selzer, another lawyer from Palm Springs. The indictment’s 20 counts included conspiracy, racketeering conspiracy, money laundering, mail fraud, filing false tax returns, obstruction of justice and criminal forfeiture. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“Because of the secret kickback arrangements,” U.S. Attorney Debra Wong Yang said, “Milberg Weiss had a stable of individuals ready and willing to serve as plaintiffs. This benefited Milberg Weiss by in many cases allowing the firm to be among the first to file a lawsuit on behalf of shareholders.” The government seeks to recover at least $216 million in “tainted attorneys’ fees.” The charges follow years of investigation into the way Milberg Weiss conducts shareholder lawsuits against major corporations, which the indictment alleges generated hundreds of millions of dollars in attorneys’ fees. The firm was a lead plaintiff in more than half the federal shareholder suits settled from 1997 to 2004. The law firm defended itself in a statement posted on its Web site.
1 Borussia Dortmund ace Ousmane Dembele Barcelona are ready to step up their pursuit of Liverpool and Manchester City target Ousmane Dembele.The 20-year-old is one of the most sought-after youngsters in world football after a superb first season at Borussia Dortmund.The Frenchman joined the German giants from Rennes last summer and ended his debut Bundesliga campaign with six goals in 32 outings.But, despite being under contract until 2021, there are rumours he may move on again this summer in a big-money switch.City and Liverpool have been linked with the attacking midfielder since he was at Rennes while Tottenham have also held talks with him in the past.But, according to reports in France, it is Barca who are currently the club most likely to prise him away from Dortmund.It has been reported that the Spanish club will ramp up their bid to sign him once he returns from holiday and his agent Moussa Sissoko remained coy on Dembele’s future.He said: “Ousmane is currently on holiday and we will discuss the situation together when he returns.“I do not want to discuss everything that could be said on the future of Ousmane.“We know that he is the subject of interest from big European clubs and that is sort of logical owing to his performances.”
Katie-George Dunlevy has done it again and won another Paralympic medal while competing in the Paralympics in Rio.Katie, who is visually impaired, and her tendem cycling partner Eve McCrystal secured a silver medal in today’s Women’s B Road Race, finishing 59 seconds behind gold winner Iwona Podkoscielna, who was competing for Poland.This follows the duo’s fantastic performance on Wednesday in the B Tandem Time Trials which bagged them a gold medal. Katie, whose father John is originally from Mountcharles, seems over the moon judging by her reaction in the picture below!MEDAL ALERT: SILVER for Tandem cycling pair Katie-George Dunlevy & Eve McCrystal in the Women’s B Road Race. pic.twitter.com/jLyeWH2yfg— Paralympics Ireland (@ParalympicsIRE) September 17, 2016Katie bags another Paralympic medal for Team Ireland! was last modified: September 17th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CYCLINGeve mccrystalkatie george dunlevyparalympics
The local Wild Boars team and their 25-year-old coach became trapped in the Tham Luang Nang Non cave just over two weeks ago.The party got trapped on 23 June as they were exploring a cave system in the northern province of Chiang Rai after practice, when a ‘rainy season’ downpour flooded the tunnels.Divers have been bringing boys out since Sunday, and on Tuesday the final four and the coach were rescued.And Premier League giants Man United have responded by inviting the team and their rescuers to Old Trafford to watch a game this season. FIFA, via a letter from Gianni Infantino to the FA Thailand President, have invited the children and coach currently in the cave to the World Cup final if circumstances allow. pic.twitter.com/ycC2GfPfeA— Dave Phillips (@lovefutebol) July 6, 2018The world has celebrated with the Thai people following the party’s rescue, but those celebrations have been tinged with sadness over the loss of a former Thai Navy SEAL Saman Kunan, who died on Friday during a re-supply dive. The 12 boys and coach from a Thailand youth football team who were rescued from a flooded cave have been invited to visit Old Trafford this season by Manchester United. #MUFC is relieved to learn that the 12 footballers and their coach trapped in a cave in Thailand are now safe. Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected.We would love to welcome the team from Wild Boars Football Club and their rescuers to Old Trafford this coming season. pic.twitter.com/5CGMoD1Msq— Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 10, 2018The club said on Twitter: “#MUFC is relieved to learn that the 12 footballers and their coach trapped in a cave in Thailand are now safe.“Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected.“We would love to welcome the team from Wild Boars Football Club and their rescuers to Old Trafford this coming season.”There was also a message for the boys from England and Manchester City defender Kyle Walker, who said he wanted to send them shirts, after spotting that one of the rescued boys was wearing a Three Lions jersey. Amazing news that all of the Thai kids are out of the cave safely! I’d like to send out shirts to them! Is there anyone who can help with an address? @England pic.twitter.com/pQYwW4SPh7— Kyle Walker (@kylewalker2) July 10, 2018The right-back said on social media: “Amazing news that all of the Thai kids are out of the cave safely! I’d like to send out shirts to them! Is there anyone who can help with an address?”The boys were reportedly asking about the World Cup while they were trapped in the cave, and they have also been invited the World Cup final by FIFA president Gianni Infantino, who sent a letter to the president of the Thailand FA.However, it is claimed their attendance is unlikely as they will need time to recover and will instead watch the game on TV. 1