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SA’s Dale Steyn for Ja Tallawahs

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC): Jamaica Tallawahs have named South African speedster Dale Steyn to replace Sri Lankan fast bowler Lasith Malinga, who has been ruled out of the upcoming Caribbean Premier League (CPL) through injury. The 32-year-old Steyn is one of the world’s leading Test bowlers but has already made his mark in the shortest form of the game, claiming 58 wickets from 42 Twenty20 Internationals at an economy rate of 6.71 runs per over. He was a member of the South Africa side at the recent Twenty20 World Cup in India and is currently representing Gujarat Lions in the Indian Premier League. “It is a great privilege to feature in the CPL for the first time, and I am proud and delighted to sign up for the Jamaica Tallawahs for the forthcoming CPL season,” Steyn said. “The CPL is one of the strongest Twenty20 leagues in the world game and it’s a tournament that’s on the rise.” Steyn will join overseas stars Sri Lankan Kumar Sangakkara and Bangladeshi all-rounder Shakib-al-Hasan, along with Jamaican big names Chris Gayle and AndrÈ Russell, forming a formidable squad for this season’s campaign. The 32-year-old Malinga, who has in the past played for Guyana Amazon Warriors, has failed to recover from a knee injury sustained last November.last_img read more

Before you sign any document, consult and double consult with your colleagues

first_imgDear Editor,In the current dispensation, the life of this caretaker/ interim Government comes to an end on the midnight hour of September 18, 2019. In its place, we would be having an illegitimate government replacing it, unless there are free and fair elections. An illegitimate government does not have the power to make any appointments, any policy decisions, or enter into any contracts on behalf of the people of Guyana.So, the question is, can the accounting officers or head of budgetary agencies (public officers) make payments on contracts signed after June 18, 2019? Chapter 73:02 called the Fiscal Management and Accountability Act (FMAA) is the primary law that prescribed what public officers can and cannot do with public funds. The first thing that these responsible officers have to ascertain is if the contract is legally enforceable. My recommendation to them would be – seek independent legal advice on the CCJ judgement and what it means for all contracts signed after June 18, 2019.Article 11 of the FMAA clearly states how public officers operate. He or she must promote the proper use of public funds at all times. Funding of unauthorised contracts signed during an unauthorised period during the life of the caretaker/interim Government can be challenged and those public officers can be surcharged for such activities. When the life of the caretaker/interim Government expires on the midnight hour of September 18, 2019, and if this Granger group occupies their offices, they shall automatically morph into a gang of illegitimate usurpers and impostors. Under such conditions everything changes.The law is very clear, only the current budget shall be supported for routine payments on contracts signed before June 18, 2019 (salaries, fuel, stationary etc) and that right expires on midnight of December 31, 2019. It then mutates into a situation where only 1/12 of the previous year budget can be spent on these routing activities like salaries etc. With respect to the capital budget, only those contracts signed before June 18, 2019 must be honoured. Any capital works contract signed after June 18, 2019 MUST NOT BE PAID. If paid the public officers can and will be surcharged.On these illegitimate contracts, the law provides for them to be treated as fraud, embezzlement and misappropriation of funds and thus can carry with it a jail sentence for public officers. That is why I am taking this opportunity to highlight for all permanent secretaries, regional executive officers and heads of department, with cheque signing powers, to cease and desist from paying on all contracts signed after June 18, 2019, since they can be surcharged and even jailed for proceeding along this line.It is not business as usual and public officers must seek legal guidance to ensure their self-interests are protected. At the end of the day, who signed the contracts and payment documents will be the ones who will feel the full brunt of the law. So, my appeal to all public officers, before you sign any document, consult and double consult with your colleagues. Great resource personnel remain the Office of the Auditor General and in-house legal teams. At all times ask yourself, what is the legitimate instrument of authority empowering you to act or not act.May the forces of reason and good always be with our public officers so that they do the right thing and not fall victim to their political bosses. It would be a most unfortunate thing to see professionals in the lock-ups because they do not understand their role or choose to act political and not carry out their work with due care.Regards,Sasenarine Singhlast_img read more

Comeback still fresh for Schumacher

first_imgIt was at the 2006 season finale in November when Schumacher completed the biggest comeback in NHRA history by winning the Auto Club Finals with a record-setting 4.428-second quarter-mile effort in the finals. The 20 bonus points allowed him to clinch a third straight championship. “If I said I’ve stopped thinking about what happened that day, I would be lying,” Schumacher said. “You can’t forget about history. What the U.S.Army team did last year was incredible.” Despite the old adage – “Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it” – Tony Schumacher can’t be faulted for thinking about 2006, and specifically the NHRA Auto Club Finals. The NHRA Powerade Drag Racing Series returns to Pomona Raceway this weekend for the season-opening Carquest Auto Parts Winternationals. Schumacher probably would like a stroll down memory lane, but he’ll be all business behind the wheel of the U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster. “This new chase will be exciting, for sure. I’ll be interested to see how it all shakes out. As a team, you clearly want to be running your best toward the end of the year. In recent years, we’ve typically run well later in the season. I hope that trend continues this time around.” Should Schumacher rise up and win a fourth straight crown, he will enter the Top Fuel record books as the only driver to turn that trick. “I know the record is hanging out there, but I’m not overly concerned with it,” he said. “My goal is to win another world championship for the U.S. Army and all of our soldiers around the world. Plain and simple, we race for the brave men and women who are fighting for our freedom on a daily basis.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img To get to the moment of truth at Pomona, Schumacher and his team had to erase what was once a 336-point deficit almost halfway through the year. “Listen, that wasn’t an easy task by any means,” Schumacher said. “But I felt that if there was ever a team that could get over such a hurdle, it would be my team. When we got that first win at St. Louis in the end of June, I felt confident we could get on a roll.” Entering his 12th professional season, Schumacher knows times are changing. Not only is the competition getting tougher and tougher, but now he will have to contend with the NHRA’s new “Countdown to the Championship.” “As for the competition, there are no easy draws anymore,” he said. “The amount of talent in the Top Fuel class these days is mind-boggling. You have the three-car Kalitta team, Brandon Bernstein, Larry Dixon, Cory McClenathan and J.R. Todd, just to name a few guys. Any number of teams and drivers can win races and, ultimately, the championship. That’s why you have to be on your game every weekend. “And this year, in particular, you better be on your game right from the start. With the new championship format, you have to be in the top eight after the Reading (Pa.) race or else you’ll be relegated to playing the spoiler role. last_img read more

Rock solid! Man United’s defence next season with £35m winner?

first_img 2 Raphael Varane with the Champions League trophy 2 Man United could soon have a defence of the highest quality if reports of Raphael Varane’s summer arrival are true.The Real Madrid stopper, who won the Champions League last season and counts Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho as a fan, has been linked with a £35m move to Old Trafford.Southampton full-back Nathaniel Clyne is also said to be interesting the club, so with Marcos Rojo and Luke Shaw already there as well as Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Jonny Evans and Tyler Blackett, is this how the back line will look next season? United have also been linked with a move for Dortmund defender Mats Hummels, who is likely to be available if his side are relegated from the Bundesliga.Which defender would you prefer the club to sign?last_img read more

Winchester rifles are history

first_img Retail prices for the various versions of the Model 70 rifle range from $500 to over $800, in standard grades, to over $3,000 for custom shop models. Many retailers sold standard grades below retail to be competitive with discount chain stores, but prices are expected to climb higher as demand outstrips supply. When the Model 70 was first introduced, it cost $62 in 1937, or an equivalent of about $850 adjusted into today’s dollars based on the Consumer Price Index. “The Model 70 and Model 94 are icons that you never thought would be gone,” said Kevin Howard of Howard Communications, which works with Winchester and Browning. “I know they have worked and worked for a long time to make it a viable operation, and it just hasn’t worked out.” While no one from Winchester would discuss why the New Haven facility could not produce firearms at a competitive price, there were contrasting voices from industry insiders that blamed unionized labor, on one side, or management that refused to reposition the products and sell them at a higher price point. The one side of the argument says that exorbitant union labors costs and benefit packages have made it impossible for Winchester to manufacture guns that have the level of craftsmanship, quality, and price as equivalent guns made overseas. They argue that American consumers will not pay an additional $200 to $400 for a rifle just because it is American-made. Turning a profit has been a problem for Winchester at its New Haven plant for decades. Olin, which still owns Winchester ammunition, dumped the firearms side of the company in 1980 because it couldn’t make a profit, and it would have sold the business earlier but John Olin was a gun enthusiast. The firearms company has changed hands three times since then, all because of profitability woes. But some suggest that Winchester management is locked into believing that it has to compete at a price point with firearms that are less expensive to manufacture and made overseas where labor is cheaper. These enthusiasts argue that if Winchester would have positioned the Model 70 and Model 94 as the premium products in their categories, simplified the product line to the high end, and reduced production volume, they would have been able to sell them at a higher price point and make a profit on each gun. Some of us tend to believe both arguments are valid and that both sides deserve a share of the blame for America losing two of its finest, home-grown sporting firearms. Jim Matthews is a freelance writer. His column appears on Thursdays. Readers may write to him at 399 North D St., San Bernardino, 92401, phone at (909) 887-3444 or fax to (909) 887-8180, or e-mail odwriter@earthlink.net. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Two of the most famous sporting rifles in history are no longer going to be made. The U.S. Repeating Arms Company announced Tuesday that it would close its New Haven, Conn., facility where the Winchester Model 70 and Model 94 are made and cease production of these two historic rifles along with the Model 1300 shotgun. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “It’s a financial, bottom-line situation,” said Scott Grange, a spokesman for Winchester in Morgan, Utah. “We have tried for 10 years to make this plant profitable, but we have not been able to do so. We were losing money with each gun we made.” The closure affects about 160 Winchester employees, including everyone in Winchester’s custom shop. There were rumors in the industry that the Model 70 would be made overseas in Belgium by FN (Fabrique National), and that the Model 94 and Model 1300 shotgun would be made in a Russian facility, but that was categorically denied by management in Utah. Grange confirmed that Winchester was deluged by firearm distributors across the nation wanting to buy all of the remaining inventory of Model 70s and Model 94s, knowing they would be the last American-made models of these historic rifles, even if manufacturing resumed overseas in the future. Prices of guns on dealer shelves were expected to jump significantly in the coming days and weeks as news reached consumers, especially for the Model 70. center_img The terse press release said the “decision was made after exhausting all available options,” and that the plant would close effective March 31 this year. The Model 70, first announced in 1936, was known simply as The Rifleman’s Rifle to three generations of American shooters and hunters. The bolt-action repeater is one of the most famous sporting firearms ever made and more than two million have been sold. The Model 94 lever-action repeater, first introduced in 1894 and often called “The Gun that Won the West,” has been made by Winchester continuously for over 100 years. With over 6“ million produced, it is the most popular lever gun ever made. last_img read more

Celtic put one foot in next qualifying round with solid win over Alashkert

first_img Latest Champions League news ready? Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman 2 Edouard opened the scoring late in the first half Liverpool set for Champions League boost as Takumi Minamino will be available But with three minutes of stoppage time almost complete, Edouard was alert to steer Forrest’s wild volley into the net from 10 yards to swing the tie firmly in Celtic’s favour.The visitors survived a scare at the start of the second half when Gordon had to make a save from Brazilian Jefferson Reis and then shortly after the hour he tipped a powerful long-range effort from Artak Edigaryan over the crossbar.The home side powered forward when they could but Celtic remained concentrated for the most part and retained a threat of their own.Lewis Morgan came on for Edouard in the 77th minute to make his competitive debut for Celtic following his move from St Mirren after Scott Sinclair and Eboue Kouassi had earlier replaced Dembele and Olivier Ntcham.And with nine minutes remaining the visitors made it 2-0 following a corner, Forrest assuredly side-footing the ball into the net from 12 yards after it had bobbled around the boxHe then set up McGregor for the late third, his fellow Scotland international rifling a shot into the far corner of the net to make the return game all but academic. Atletico handed huge boost for Liverpool tie with Diego Costa returning from injury 2 Aiming high Celtic all but secured their place in the second Champions League qualifying round following a commanding 3-0 win against Alashkert in the searing heat of Yerevan.In added time at the end of the first half, French striker Odsonne Edouard, who made his loan deal from Paris Saint-Germain permanent in the summer, redirected a wayward James Forrest drive into the net for his first European goal for the Hoops. BOOST The champions of Armenia for the past three seasons showed little in the way of an attacking threat until the 20th minute when Artak Dashyan left Celtic defender Jozo Simunovic on the flank and drew a fine save from Craig Gordon at his near post before Uros Nenadovic missed the target seconds later.Alashkert had switched the game from their own smaller ground to the 15,000-capacity Vazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium but it was far from full as Celtic remained positive and six minutes later home goalkeeper Ognjen Cancarevic did well to push away a curling shot from Moussa Dembele.In the 36th minute, Celtic midfielder McGregor dragged a shot inches wide of the far post after a flowing move. on target Ancelotti tells fans he has Champions League dream for Everton Rodgers has guided Celtic to the Champions League group stage in both his seasons as manager Boss Brendan Rodgers was without a clutch of players due to a combination of World Cup commitments and injuries, but Celtic still had too much for their Armenian opponents and Forrest scored a second in the 81st minute with a close-range finish before Callum McGregor added a third in the 90th minute.The Scottish champions need to negotiate four qualifying rounds this year to reach the lucrative and prestigious group stages for the third year running.The second leg of the first qualifier is at Celtic Park next Wednesday night where they will, barring a remarkable turnaround, book a place against Valur Reykjavik or Rosenborg.last_img read more

Liverpool target ‘dreams of Premier League,’ talented teen also on the ‘list’

first_img Matthijs de Ligt is a commanding defender Christian Pulisic in action for Borussia Dortmund The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 7 7 Marko Pjaca (Juventus, on loan at Fiorentina)During the summer, Liverpool lost out in their quest to sign the talented Croatia international to Fiorentina, who snapped him up from Juventus on a season-long loan.It now appears the club are unwilling to buy him out right, meaning the Mersyside club could reignite their original interest in the winger. Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona)Liverpool are keen to add to their attack and appear set to offer the Catalan giants £85million to get the 21-year-old winger.The France international moved to Spain for a mammoth £135.5m in August 2017, but has endured a frustrating time owing to injury and poor discipline.However, his agent says the player is happy in Spain and believes the manager wants to keep him. IN DEMAND Matthijs de Ligt (Ajax)When Virgil van Dijk considers you a good defender you must be pretty decent.The 19-year-old Ajax centre-back has shown maturity beyond his years with a series of commanding performances for both club and country.“A good defender, good boy, calm, knows what he wants and hopefully he makes the right choice in his next step,” Van Dijk explained, adding that the club’s scouts will have assessed him extensively already and will be ‘on the list’. Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti 7 7 REVEALED Marko Pjaca is on loan at Fiorentina Nabil Fekir (Lyon)The Lyon attacker came close to joining Liverpool in the summer, but the deal fell through amid concerns over his injury record.However, the club could return for the France international who has impressed once again for the Ligue 1 side this season.Liverpool would face competition from Chelsea, though, and it is understood manager Maurizio Sarri is a big fan. Xherdan Shaqiri joined Liverpool from Stoke last summer in a £13.5m deal Nabil Fekir almost joined Liverpool in the summer 7 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ RANKED LIVING THE DREAM Joel Matip is out of favour at Liverpool Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland 7 Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)The attacking midfielder has suggested he could be a Premier League player very soon, saying it’s “a league where lots of kids dream of playing so there is no reason why maybe one day I won’t play here.” Liverpool have long been admirers of the 20-year-old, who will get the chance to further showcase his talent when United States take on England at Wembley – live on talkSPORT.His current deal expires in 2020 and the Bundesliga club could be forced to eventually sell him if he does not sign a new contract. Ousmane Dembele has plenty of talent but poor discipline LATEST targets getty On the way out?Joel MatipThe defender has emerged as a reported January transfer target for Claudio Ranieri as he looks to bolster his new Fulham squad.Matip still has two years left on his contract with Liverpool, but has fallen down the pecking order after starting just one Premier League match this season. 7 targets Liverpool spent big in the summer – £177m to be precise – more than any other Premier League side.The likes of Alisson (£67m), Naby Keita (£52.8m), Fabinho (£43.7m) and Xherdan Shaqiri (£13.5m) were all brought in by Jurgen Klopp in a bid to challenge for the title.However, there are still a number of players who could be on their way to Anfield in 2019 and here, talkSPORT.com looks at the latest rumours. Latest Transfer News Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father moving on Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summerlast_img read more

MAN IS CHARGED WITH BOGDAN MURDER

first_imgMurdered: Bogdan MichalkiewiczA 20-year-old man has been remanded in custody charged with the murder of a popular Polish man found dead in his apartment a year ago.Kryszstof Grezegorski, from 35 Hazelbrook Crescent in Letterkenny, was charged with the murder on May 15 last year of Bogdan Michalkiawicz (41). Michalkiawicz was found dead at his Riverside apartment in Letterkenny. He had been last seen alive two days earlier.His brother Tomasz sat in court today during the hearing, holding a framed picture of him.Detective sergeant Michael Galvin told Letterkenny District Court today that Kryszstof Grezegorski made no reply when he was charged with murder this morning.Judge Paul Kelly remanded the accused man in custody to reappear via video link on June 9 next.Kryszstof Grezegorski leaving court todayMAN IS CHARGED WITH BOGDAN MURDER was last modified: May 26th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Bogdan MichalkiawiczKryszstof Grezegorskiletterkennymurder chargelast_img read more

Court work hit in Berhampur

first_imgCourt work in Odisha’s Berhampur continues to be hindered on the last four days of every month as the Ganjam Bar Association members cease work on these days demanding establishment of permanent Bench of the Orissa High Court in the city for southern districts of the State.The lawyers are also critical of the State government for not making public till now the report of the Justice C.R. Pal Commission. The commission was set up by the State government in March 2008 to investigate and enquire into demands for permanent Benches of the Orissa HC in southern and western Odisha.“The commission was to furnish its report in six months. But it took six years to complete the report, which was handed over to the State government in 2014. The report has not been made public yet,” said GBA former general secretary Manoj Patnaik.A permanent High Court Bench is a long standing demand of the GBA.last_img read more

English Premier League mulls winter break to emulate Europe

first_imgNEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Pistons’ Willie Reed suspended 6 games by NBA Read Next Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, left, celebrates with teammate Cesar Azpilicueta after scoring his side’s first goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Watford and Chelsea at Vicarage Road stadium in London, Monday, Feb. 5, 2018.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)LONDON — The English Premier League could emulate other European competitions by introducing a winter break.The Premier League says it has been in talks for several months about finding a gap in the soccer calendar with the Football Association and English Football League, which organizes the three divisions below the top-flight.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments The Premier League says it’s been looking at the “challenges of the increasingly congested English football calendar, and ways in which we can work together to ease fixture congestion while also giving players a mid-season break.”January would be the most likely time for a break, given the significance of the fixtures around Christmas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Premier League says “provided space can be found in the calendar, we are open to this in principle and will continue constructive discussions with our football stakeholders to seek a workable solution.” John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. AFP official booed out of forumlast_img read more