Bringing it together…

first_img…for togethernessWhile the move might’ve been forced by circumstances, the end result of combining the Ministry of Social Cohesion with the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport is rather serendipitous. Or maybe somebody up there is reading your humble Eyewitness. After all, just last week, he looked at the total togetherness of the Guyanese people – especially the youths – at the Warriors’ matches at Providence and suggested that the Ministry of Social Cohesion might learn a thing or two about its mission from Cricket Culture!!And now – as they say, lo and behold!! – Social Cohesion’s been merged with Youth, Sport and Culture!! And the fella at the helm’s the perfect man for the job…low-keyed; focused; and, not insignificantly, neither of Indian or African descent! One of the intractable impediments in Guyana’s progress – in any area of national life – is incumbent Ministers are supposed to have a more sympathetic ear to their “own” constituency. And in Guyana that’s always a zero-sum proposition, since each of the two major constituencies wants to always have it “their way”!With Norton at the helm of Culture, and Amerindian Heritage Month nigh upon us, maybe at long last there will be some real focus on the Culture of the Indigenous peoples of this land. And maybe we’ll be able to cheer not just the Warriors at Providence Stadium, but the Original Warriors of Guyana, and forget our interminable squabble on the coast between African and Indian Guyanese.Right off the bat, with global warming getting just the boost it needs for tipping us over into an era of raised sea levels by Donald Trump, it’s past high time (not to mention high tide) for us moving our capital from its rather precarious present perch six feet below the sea. Rupununi anyone? Hey, why not? The effort to construct a new capital should really make us “cohere” as a nation to service burgeoning Brazil. With the Georgetown-Lethem Highway, getting to our new capital should be no problem from the “Deep Water Harbour” that Georgetown will become!Then there are the cultural aspects. Slavery and indentureship ruined our Afro and Indo citizens by forcing them to become mere automatons in the Western capitalist drive to extract profits from our land. They live by the clock after all those lashes by drivers and overseers, and are made to feel guilty when they aren’t “producing”. Under the more laid-back culture of our original peoples, it’ll be “Hakuna Matata” all day!! No worries; no fear!! Live in communion with Mother Nature; use just what we need to live, and just be happy!!Your Eyewitness just hopes Minister Norton seizes the opportunity presented!!…on natural catastrophesYour Eyewitness has become transfixed with the unfolding tragedy in Houston, Texas, pounded by Hurricane Harvey. Such floods! Such destruction! Such drama!! Point of the matter is: Texas isn’t the only place inundated by record breaking floods. Earlier in the month, there were even more massive deluges in Nepal and Northern India, with hundreds dying and entire villages being washed away. Did we see them in such granular detail like we’re seeing the Texans, so we can empathise at a human level?Not in this life!! Hundreds die in India and Nepalese floods and that’s a statistic…eight die in Texas, and that’s a tragedy inscribed on the conscience of the world. Now don’t get your Eyewitness wrong…even one death is to be mourned from a possible climate-related disaster. But we have to wake up to our own responses, which are manipulated by those who control the media of the world.Can we hope that President Trump might now wake up to the reality of global warming and its effects?Not in this life!!…for our WarriorsBy the time you read this, dear reader, you’ll know the outcome of what was now “last night’s” game between our Warriors and the Tridents.Victorious Warriors over Bent Tridents!!last_img read more

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Zhang first Chinese into Wimbledon last-eight since 2013

first_img11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Marawi hero’ is new commander of Army’s 1st Infantry Division Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? The 30-year-old will face either 15-year-old Coco Gauff or former world number one Simona Halep for a place in the semi-finals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs ‘Tough to swallow’: Barty finds Wimbledon title bid is Riske business MOST READ Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists FILE PHOTO – China’s Zhang Shuai eyes the ball as she returns the ball to Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi during their women’s singles second round match on day four of The Roland Garros 2019 French Open tennis tournament in Paris on May 29, 2019. (Photo by Martin BUREAU / AFP)Zhang Shuai on Monday became the first Chinese woman since Li Na in 2013 to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals.World number 50 Zhang defeated Ukraine teenage Dayana Yastremska 6-4, 1-6, 6-2.ADVERTISEMENT View comments LATEST STORIES Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite PLAY LIST 02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalianlast_img read more

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The Rohinga crisis

first_imgThe Rohinga crisis is one of the worst human rights’ disasters of the modern world. In many ways, it is a replay of the Nazi terrorization, expulsion and murder of the Jewish people, which occurred in the 1930s and 1940s. A few countries, such as Denmark, protected their Jewish citizens, but no country in the 1930s condemned, on the international stage, the Jewish persecution. When the condemnation did come, it was too late.It is only now, when half of the Rohinga population have been brutally driven out from their homes — their villages destroyed by fire; many killed, wounded and raped — that the United Nations and some countries have spoken out against the persecution of this ethnic minority by the Myanmar (formerly Burma) military.According to UN estimates, some 380,000 Rohinga refugees fleeing violence in Myanmar have crossed the border into Bangladesh since 25 August. A visit to the area last week by a UN team led by Assistant High Commissioner for Operations, George Okoth-Obbo, found people suffering real hardship and some of the most difficult conditions seen in any current refugee situation. The team has reported that refugees continue to arrive daily outside of the two established camps, which are already substantially overflowing, and many people have received little meaningful help to date.Bangladeshi Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina, told the UN General Assembly this week that Myanmar must stop “ethnic cleansing” in Rakhine state, and “safe zones” should be created inside that country to protect all civilians, under the supervision of the United Nations.Myanmar (Burma) has several ethnic minorities, some of whom, like the Karens and the tribes who live in the Golden Triangle — a drug-dealing area bordering China — have been in rebellion against the Myanmar Government. The Myanmar Army has never carried out a campaign of ethnic cleansing and destructive brutalization against these rebel minorities as it has done to the Rohingas. The reason why the Rohingas have been singled out is because of stark racial and religious discrimination.The Rohinga people are Muslim by religion, small farmers and peasants, and there are no rich and powerful Rohingas. They are extremely peace-loving people. They number about one and a half million.The Myanmar military and Government have long been persecuting the Rohingas. Rohingas have been denied their citizenship, and, many years before the eruption of the present crisis, they were harassed, and public opinion was encouraged to hate them. The Myanmar Army had long been planning the destruction of the Rohinga community, and adjudged that this was an opportune time to execute its nefarious plan, since the world was distracted by a number of crises. The Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr António Guterres, took the very unusual step of writing the Security Council, and it was owing to his effort that the Security Council discussed the Rohinga crisis. Owing to the influence of China, which has a strong relationship with the Myanmar military, the communiqué issued was very weak. Despite this, more nations are sympathetic and supportive of the Rohinga people and their suffering.Myanmar has very few friends in the International Community, though its leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, had once won a world-wide reputation of being a fighter for Democracy and Human Rights, for which she was awarded the Nobel Prize. After her speech to her Parliament last Tuesday, her reputation became further dented, owing to her basically non-committal approach to the Rohinga crisis.The Guyana Government has been presented with a windfall of diplomatic opportunity by this crisis, but it has so far failed to seize the opportunity presented. President L.F.S. Burnham, as he did in the Non-Aligned Movement and in the Anti-Apartheid struggle, would have seized this opportunity. His Foreign Ministers — Sir Shridath Ramphal, Mr Rashleigh Jackson and Mr Rudy Insanally — are still available to be consulted.It is, however, not too late for Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to act. They could, for instance, develop a CARICOM position or bloc on the issue. Guyana could act independently, as Mr Burnham did. As far as we are aware, however, Guyana has not issued a statement condemning the human rights’ abuses perpetrated by the Myanmar military.last_img read more

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Ronaldo, Romario, Bebeto eye elective seats

first_imgEx-footballers often make attractive candidates for the parties that adopt them, their star power drawing voters to the polls.Brazilians tend to call both footballers and politicians by their first names or nicknames, as if they were family, and that is how many ex-stars appear on the ballot.While a name such as Jose Roberto Gama de Oliveira doesn’t stand out in Brazil, Bebeto, the name by which he is listed on the ballot, conjures the memory of the Rio de Janeiro state legislator’s three clutch goals for the 1994 World Cup-winning team.The same holds true for his former teammate Romario de Souza Faria — better known as simply Romario, today a congressman and the favorite to win a Senate seat for Rio next month on the Socialist Party (PSB) ticket.Romario, who won the most valuable player award at the 1994 World Cup, joined the PSB in 2009.A wild child known for all-night parties and a hot temper, he was at the time mired in money trouble and legal woes.He had recently been jailed for 24 hours for failing to pay child support to his ex-wife.A year later, he was elected a federal lawmaker.“He got into politics with the idea of making money, but then he started taking critical positions and making an effort to do a good job. Today Romario talks like a politician. He’s no longer an ex-player,” said Freitas. 0Shares0000RIO-DE-JANEIRO, September 26-More than 20 retired footballers are running in Brazil’s elections next month, trading their boots for suits and the “beautiful game” for the sometimes ugly sport of politics.From Bebeto to Romario to Ronaldo, the race has often read like a roster of football legends, with former stars either standing for office or hitting the campaign trail for their candidates. Football and politics overlap in Brazil, whose reverence for the sport makes it a powerful presence on the national scene.The link between football and democracy in the country dates back at least as far as 1982 — three years from the end of the 1964-1985 military dictatorship — when the captains of Sao Paulo team Corinthians, the legendary Socrates and Wladimir, turned the club into a platform to fight for the return of political freedom, launching a movement known as “Corinthian Democracy.”Since then a host of players have reinvented themselves as politicians, such as Joao Leite, a former goalkeeper for Atletico Mineiro in the city of Belo Horizonte who is seeking his sixth term as a state legislator for Minas Gerais in the October 5 vote.Former players don’t always have the noblest motives for going into politics, said Euclides De Freitas Couto, a sociologist who specializes in the role of sports in society at Sao Joao del Rei University.“A player who reaches the end of his career is still young and chooses the path of politics because he knows he can make a lot of money without working too much. The relationship these players have with politics is generally very promiscuous,” he told AFP. – Star power –center_img Romario has burnished his image during his term in office, drawing attention for his hard work in Congress.“He still says what he thinks. He started in politics without knowing what was waiting for him, but he discovered he liked it. He saw his leadership ability won people’s respect. That’s made him an important leader in Rio and I don’t doubt he’ll eventually be mayor or governor,” said Marcos Guterman, author of the book “Football Explains Brazil.”Never one to shy away from a fight, Romario was one of the most vocal critics of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, railing against FIFA and the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF).He also added former teammate Ronaldo to his enemies list, slamming his work as a member of Brazil’s World Cup organizing committee.Ronaldo has also waded into the electoral fray, campaigning for Social Democratic presidential candidate Aecio Neves, who is trailing a distant third but is the business-world favorite.“Ronaldo is a different case. He’s a millionaire, he already has money. He just needs to make his wealth grow,” said Freitas.“To do that, he needs the help of free-market politicians. So it’s pretty standard for him to team up with Aecio.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) – Governor Romario? –last_img read more

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RI officials regret teen prison law

first_imgMISTAKE: Treating juveniles as adults in the system didn’t save money or rehabilitate. By Ray Henry THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PROVIDENCE, R.I. – When 17-year-old Dennys George was arrested this summer, allegedly for carrying 10 grams of crack cocaine, he was taken handcuffed and shackled to the state prison’s high-security wing – not a juvenile facility. George said he was strip-searched and spent the night in a cell with another teen. Though he didn’t have contact with older inmates, he wouldn’t shower because he was afraid of being near them. “They told me, `You’re going to spend some time with the big boys,”‘ George said, recounting a talk with police. “I was so stressed, I didn’t even know what was going to happen to me.” George is one of about 40 teenagers who have been jailed in the state prison under a new law that treats 17-year-olds as adults in the court system. Billed as a way to save money, youth advocates, judges and the attorney general sounded the alarm early that the proposal might actually be more expensive, and could hurt children. Now, four months after the measure passed the Legislature, state officials admit their mistake: It’s unlikely to cut costs, it has created confusion in the court system and it is imprisoning teenage offenders who might have been sent home with their parents instead. State officials say it happened because the chain of people responsible for the proposal – who drew it up, signed off on it, forwarded it to lawmakers and voted it into law – never thoroughly researched it and ignored warnings. Now, they’re pointing fingers, and grappling with how to fix it. “Never underestimate the incompetence of government,” said Steven Brown, executive director of the state branch of the American Civil Liberties Union, who wants 17-year-old offenders back in juvenile courts. “I think there’s a lot of blame to go around.” Rhode Island is one of 14 states that try people under 18 in adult courts. Several of those are considering moving the age up. Besides Rhode Island, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Texas and Wisconsin try 17-year-olds as adults, according to the National Center for Juvenile Justice. Connecticut, New York and North Carolina try 16-year-olds in adult courts, although Connecticut has raised the age of juvenile court jurisdiction from 16 to 18 for most offenses starting in 2010. Rhode Island’s problems began last fall when Republican Gov. Don Carcieri’s administration realized the state faced what became a $450 million deficit. The Department of Children, Youth and Families was asked to cut 11 percent from its budget, or $20 million. DCYF Director Patricia Martinez suggested in a memo to Carcieri that the state could save $4million by sending 17-year-olds to prison instead of the State Training School, where DCYF oversees young offenders. The average annual cost of keeping someone at the Training School is $98,000, compared with $40,000 in the state prison. But DCYF Deputy Director Jorge Garcia said in an interview that his staff thought the proposal wouldn’t pass so never consulted with prison officials. If they had, they would have learned 17-year-olds are put in protective custody, away from older, hardened inmates. That costs about $104,000 per year – a lot more than $40,000. At best, Garcia said he had a quick conversation with Department of Corrections Director A.T. Wall. Wall cannot remember that talk, his spokeswoman said. Carcieri’s office never consulted prison officials about the change, either, assuming DCYF had already checked, Carcieri spokesman Jeff Neal said. Lawmakers on the powerful House Finance Committee are responsible for reviewing Carcieri’s budget. Rep. Carol Mumford, a Republican, said reviewing a $7 billion budget is an enormous undertaking. “Picture five telephone books, that’s how high it is,” Mumford said, referring to the budget documents. “We frankly do read the budget, but there are idiosyncrasies in there that we do miss.” Her committee received repeated warnings from child advocates and prosecutors who argued that teenagers are better served by rehabilitation than incarceration. A Family Court judge testified that Carcieri’s staff had not consulted with the judiciary. Attorney General Patrick Lynch said he doubted the governor had even spoken with prison officials. Wall, the corrections director, never testified about the DCYF proposal. He later said the governor had not consulted him and he didn’t realize the proposal might pass. It did. College-bound teenagers arrested under the new law risk losing federal financial aid if convicted of a drug crime. Those looking for work will have to disclose a criminal record. If the 17-year-olds had been in Family Court, their records would be hidden from public view. Carcieri’s staff admits the original proposal was flawed, but the governor wants to see how much the policy costs before tinkering further, Neal said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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Pet project

first_imgMore than three years ago, everyone in town who has any common sense – even some public officials – warned that the Department of Water and Power was making a big mistake to lend $1.87 million to a Hawaiian electric-scooter company. Very big. At the time, DWP officials backed by then-Mayor James Hahn gave an unsecured loan to the company – Personal Electric Transports, or PET, Inc. in Kailua – for a scheme to develop electric scooters and rechargeable-battery stations, then sell them in the Third World. What this had to do with providing power or water to Los Angeles ratepayers was exactly nothing. The deal was essentially a payoff to the union that represents most DWP workers, which wanted the deal for reasons all its own. Based on this alone, the deal was approved. It was the ultimate pet project. And now that the company is on the verge of bankruptcy with nothing to show for three years or an investment of nearly $2 million, city ratepayers will get stuck cleaning up the mess. There’s little joy in crowing about being right all along. It would be so much more satisfying to be wrong – for just once – about the fundamental deviousness of city officials and their willingness to pass out public money like party favors. Although the scooter scandal itself is small potatoes in the legacy of scandals from the imperious utility, it illustrates all the more why the reform demanded by the new DWP commission, headed by Nick Patsaouras, is so necessary. The DWP is a public agency. It’s about time that it was run as such. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Residents tough out scorching heat

first_imgEnergy consumption by DWP customers peaked Saturday afternoon at 5,765 megawatts, a record for a weekend, and just below the all-time consumption peak of 5,868 megawatts reached the day before. But the record temperatures and high humidity failed to daunt many Valley residents. Construction worker Eraclio Monarca was laying concrete for driveways and wheelchair ramps at the Topanga Canyon Mall. He said he could feel his heart beating faster from the heat – a common symptom of excess heat exposure. “I have to take a break every 15 to 20 minutes,” he said, “but I have a responsibility to my job to make it in, and I have plenty of bills to pay.” Woodland Hills resident Peter Daniels didn’t let the heat keep him from his gardening project, as he loaded sod and fencing into his pickup truck in the Woodland Hills Home Depot parking lot. “I just hydrate with beer, and garden in my underwear,” said Daniels, a transportation coordinator for a retirement home.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WOODLAND HILLS – On the 17th day of a record heat wave, San Fernando Valley temperatures topped out in Woodland Hills at 119 degrees – three degrees above the record maximum set 21 years earlier. The mercury Saturday hit 115 degrees in Pacoima, 114 in Chatsworth, 112 in Van Nuys and 112 in Burbank – one degree below the 35-year-old record in that city – while power circuits overloaded by hard-running air conditioners failed in 11,000 Valley homes and businesses. But Valley residents were obviously taking care of themselves – or else were tougher than the heat. Northridge Hospital Medical Center and Providence Holy Cross Medical Center officials both reported no unusual number of patients with heat-related ailments. “Hey, we’ve survived the heat before, we’ll survive it now,” said 73-year-old Mike Provenzano, a Simi Valley resident who was at the Canoga Park Senior Center Saturday. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Los Angeles firefighters were dispatched Saturday to at least 11 heat-exposure calls, most in the Valley, though a department spokesman said other people overcome by heat were undoubtedly reported with other conditions such as chest pains or difficulty breathing. There were six heat-exposure calls Friday, and one the day before. “The number of heat-related incidents are increasing as the temperature rises,” fire department spokesman Brian Ballton said. “We encourage all to stay hydrated in the heat, particularly the elderly and the very young.” Electricity outages hit communities including Canoga Park, Granada Hills, North Hollywood, Sun Valley and Porter Ranch, as well as about a thousand customers elsewhere in Los Angeles, Department of Water and Power officials said. “It’s heat-related,” DWP spokeswoman Gail Harris said. “We are asking customers to conserve energy as much as possible.” last_img read more

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PFA says it ‘stands shoulder to shoulder’ with Raheem Sterling against racial abuse

first_imgChelsea and the Metropolitan Police are investigating the incident, while the Football Association has said it will also work with the clubs and other authorities to ensure the matter is dealt with appropriately.It was widely shared on social media and quickly condemned by former footballers, including Gary Lineker, Rio Ferdinand and Ian Wright, as well as campaign group Kick it Out.LISTEN: Chelsea fan on talkSPORT sends apology to Raheem Sterling ace for Stamford Bridge abuseThe alleged racist abuse came a week after Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had a banana skin thrown at him during the north London derby with Tottenham. Aubameyang looks into the crowd in disbelief after seeing the banana land close to him Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED In his social media response to the abuse, Sterling referred to separate headlines about City team-mates Tosin Adarabioyo and Phil Foden buying houses.While the headline about Adarabioyo, who is black, focused on how he spent £2.25million on a property without making a Premier League start, midfielder Foden was described as having “set up a future”. 4 “Over the past two weeks, we have seen two alleged high-profile racist incidents happen from the stands at Premier League games,” adds the PFA statement.“We stress to all clubs the importance of dealing with these incidents robustly. It is not acceptable for our members to find themselves subject to racist abuse, simply for showing up to work and performing for their team.“The PFA condemn, in the strongest terms, the increase in racial abuse our members have been receiving from the terraces. We encourage all clubs to take the strongest possible action for fans found guilty of racially abusing players.” Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury huge blow The statement adds: “We have been aware for a few months of the targeting Raheem faces in the press, it is evident that he is often singled out and treated more harshly than his colleagues.“As such, these stories are fuelling racism within the game, as reports of racist abuse continue to rise.“We commend Raheem for his professionalism during the incident and the statement he made via Instagram on Sunday.“We stand with him in calling for the press to consider the coverage of all footballers carefully, and to end their imbalanced coverage aimed at young, black players.LISTEN: ‘I’ve never seen hatred like it’ – Ray Parlour ‘saddened’ by abuse aimed at Sterling“While it may be true that no racial slurs have been used in the press coverage received by Raheem and others, we are in no doubt that the negative narrative influences public opinion and emboldens racist rhetoric.”Television footage showed a group of home supporters screaming abuse – alleged to be racist in nature – at Sterling as he retrieved the ball from behind the goal during Saturday’s match. The Professional Footballers’ Association has offered its full support to Raheem Sterling and says the Manchester City star is singled out for negative media coverage.The PFA has said it ‘stands shoulder to shoulder’ with Sterling after he was subject to alleged racist abuse during Man City’s Premier League defeat at Chelsea on Saturday. The PFA have offered its support to Raheem Sterling Raheem Sterling was reportedly subjected to racist abuse by the man on the far right Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January gameday cracker Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won shining Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Raheem Sterling was reportedly subjected to racist abuse in the first half at Stamford Bridge REVEALED tense 4 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT no dice Premier League news on talkSPORT.com Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars deals 4 The 24-year-old responded to the incident on social media by accusing the British press of helping to ‘fuel racism‘ by their portrayal of young, black footballers.The players’ union has been in contact with the England international to offer support and praised the restraint he showed at Stamford Bridge.“Raheem has made a stand by speaking out and we stand shoulder to shoulder with him against the discrimination of which he speaks,” said Simone Pound, the PFA’s head of equality and diversity.“We all have a part to play in tackling racism and discrimination and certain sectors of the media must be held to account.” 4last_img read more

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Talking points for the weekend’s Scottish football

first_imgA 39-point gap between Rangers and Celtic last season pointed to a huge gulf between the two sides. But the true extent of the task facing Pedro Caixinha was only truly laid bare to the Portuguese manager in April’s 5-1 loss at Ibrox as Brendan Rodgers’ attack exposed a fragile Rangers back line. Since then Caixinha has transformed his squad, adding 11 new faces. While the early signs have been promising, with Graham Dorrans adding quality to a beleaguered midfield and Alfredo Morelos solving a goalscoring crisis, inconsistency still plagues the Light Blues’ displays. Morelos’ goals have added potency but the focus on attack continues to stretch the back four, and the news that experienced centre-half Bruno Alves is to miss Saturday’s derby means the spotlight will shine even brighter on the defence.Nineteen-year-old Ross McCrorie, who made his Rangers debut on Tuesday against Partick Thistle, looks set to step in to replace the Portuguese international for what will be his home bow. The first Old Firm derby of the season dominates the headlines as the Scottish Premiership rolls into week seven.Celtic travel to Ibrox still undefeated, but they can expect to face a sterner test than Rangers were able to pose last campaign after a summer of upheaval in Govan.Elsewhere, Derek McInnes’ Dons return to the scene of Thursday’s crushing League Cup defeat while Neil Lennon’s Hibs look to shore up a leaky defence in the Highlands.Here we reflect on what is likely to get tongues wagging come the Monday morning coffee break. Despite the magnitude of the fixture, Caixinha has no concerns about dropping the youngster in at the deep end and insists he will go on to become one of Scotland’s finest defenders.Partnership: Both strikers are vying for a starting berth at Ibrox. SNSWith Rangers set to field a makeshift rearguard thanks to injuries to Alves and captain Lee Wallace, Brendan Rodgers may be tempted to start both Moussa Dembele and Leigh Griffiths in attack.Such a move would likely see the Northern Irishman revert to the back three formation he has employed sporadically this campaign.Celtic dominated Hamilton playing the system but almost came unstuck in Champions League qualifying against Astana.The heavy defeat to Paris exposed frailties in Celtic’s starting 11, but club captain Scott Brown reckons the champions are a more complete outfit this time around due to their versatility.“We’re stronger, we’re fitter and we’re more together as well,” Brown said. “We’ve got a few different formations that we can chop and change throughout the game and that’s all been based on what the gaffer’s been doing in training since the start of the season and how we’ve worked together as a team.”Key to Rodgers’ selection in attack will be whether or not he feels the need to keep one of his main forwards under wraps ahead of Wednesday’s crunch Champions League clash with Anderlecht.Rangers’ Colombian forward has started the campaign in prolific form, notching eight goals in all competitions. While he has displayed a cool head in front of goal, Morelos hinted a fiery streak lies beneath when he clashed with Partick Thistle’s Jordan Turnbull.His manager Pedro Caixinha expects Celtic to test the 21-year-old’s resolve, insisting that he “knows” Brendan Rodgers’ side will try to provoke Morelos.Key to any chance of Rangers ending their rivals’ 56-match unbeaten run will be Morelos maintaining his composure, both in front of goal and in physical duels with the men in Hoops.Three up: Louis Moult adds Motherwell’s third against Aberdeen. SNSOnly three days after exiting the League Cup at the hands of Motherwell, Derek McInnes takes his side back to Lanarkshire on Premiership duty.The Dons were overwhelmed by a vibrant display from Stephen Robinson’s Steelmen on Thursday, losing 3-0 and lucky not to go down by more.McInnes altered his team’s formation in an attempt to handle their opponents’ energetic front pairing of Louis Moult and Ryan Bowman, but the Aberdeen back line looked unable to cope regardless of whether two or three centre-halves were employed.Not only did the defence toil, but McInnes’ midfield was overwhelmed by the relentless running of Andy Rose and Chris Cadden. Adding the physical presence of Greg Tansey and Kari Arnason may help present a more robust Dons 11, while going man-for-man across the pitch by pairing Adam Rooney and Stevie May would cause Well’s defenders more problems.Regardless of tactics, most importantly for the Dons will be arriving with the correct attitude or they risk watching their undefeated start to the league campaign going up in smoke. Captain Graeme Shinnie told Red TV: “Simply not good enough, from myself right throughout the team. We need to have a good look at ourselves. “The quality is always there but I think we need to fight a wee bit more, fight for each other, work as a team a wee bit more, then the quality shines through after that.” Hibs boss Neil Lennon insisted his team would sit second in the table had it not been for “sloppy moments” at the back. While performances on the whole have been good since stepping back up to the top flight, cutting out on such lapses of concentration will be key when the Leith side head north to Dingwall to take on Ross County. The Staggies boast players with the craft and ability to punish any mistakes at the back by Hibs, with young winger Davis Kellor-Dunn and experienced playmaker Michael Gardyne supplying plenty of ammunition for Craig Curran and Alex Schalk.last_img read more

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Cllr John O’Donnell to face investigation hearing before SIPO

first_imgDonegal Councillor John O’Donnell is to appear before the Standards in Public Office Commission next week for a public hearing on alleged contraventions of the Ethical Framework for Local Government Service. Cllr O’Donnell is one of three Irish Councillors who appeared in an RTE Investigates exposé to be called before SIPO.SIPO announced today that the Letterkenny MD Cllr O’Donnell will face an Investigation Hearing on Tuesday 11st September in Dublin. Cllr John O’Donnell faces allegations of ethical breaches after he was filmed in a meeting with an undercover reporter in the RTÉ Investigates Standards in Public Office programme in December 2015.The documentary showed Cllr O’Donnell telling a reporter posing as a wind farm investor that he wanted to be paid indirectly for lobbying on behalf of the development.Cllr O’Donnell claimed that he had been speaking in his capacity as a businessman and not as a local councillor when the recordings were made.Councillor Hugh McElvaney of Monaghan County Council and Councillor Joe Queenan of Sligo County Council are also facing hearings next week relating to the undercover reports by RTÉ. The hearings will investigate if the politicians breached the ethical framework under the Local Government Act 2001.Cllr John O’Donnell to face investigation hearing before SIPO was last modified: September 6th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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:Cllr John O’DonnellRTE InvestigatesSIPOlast_img read more

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