A week ago, it was Old Year’s Night, or Watch Night, or New Year’s Eve, a night when it is the custom of people from all around the world to pause for a while, fill their glasses with the ‘bubbly’, and then raise them in a wish for the best in the coming year. And normally, it is a wish for anything, including good health, more money to purchase a bigger house, a bigger and better car, and, generally, to buy them a better life. I have made a wish on many occasions, and despite not getting anything that I had wished for in the past, when the clock inched towards midnight last Saturday, I dutifully wished for something dear to my heart one more time. This time, I know that what I wished for is almost impossible. I know that good or great cricketers do not drop from trees like coconuts, and also that if, by some miracle, that were to happen, one would need to have a good and knowledgeable West Indies Cricket Board that could find the right selectors to go through the lot and pick out the best nuts from the crop. One would also need a good management team, a good coach, or a few good coaches, and a good manager to guide their full development, people who the players would respect and who also had respect for the players. And one would also need a good batch of young cricketers from which to select. That is why, maybe, I should have made another wish, or two, or even three. I probably should also have wished for a board that would guide West Indies cricket through the New Year and beyond without too many conflicts, for a solid group of selectors, coaches, etcetera, etcetera, and for some good, promising, and dedicated cricketers. According to custom, however, it is usually one wish at a time, and this one, bearing in mind that the responsibility is on the players to perform, is for a vastly talented team of players, a set of players that can overcome the burden of a generally stifling administration despite its contribution of more pay for more players, a semi-professional league, and a home-and-away domestic competition. As the West Indies enter the New Year, and despite the conflicts, make a determined bid to correct the failures of the past and to walk in the steps of their not too immediate predecessors of the 1960s, the 1980s, and the early 1990s, I beseech the powers that be to select some players who are dreaming of the glorious days of the past and who are willing to put in the time and the effort to achieve them. WONDERFUL WICKETKEEPER The West Indies need their most gifted young players who will develop into the masters who will carry the baton. They do not need run-of-the-mill donkeys who, at their best, will struggle breathlessly to reach the tape if they manage to make it that far. Some will be hard workers, and some will be – like Garry Sobers, Rohan Kanhai, Wes Hall, Lance Gibbs, Clive Lloyd, Lawrence Rowe, Alvin Kallicharran, Viv Richards, Andy Roberts, Michael Holding, Joel Garner, Colin Croft, Courtney Walsh, Curtley Ambrose, Malcolm Marshall, and Brian Lara – simply geniuses of the bat and ball, as well, for some of them, in the field also, fielders like Roger Harper, Faoud Bacchus, and Gus Logie. Of the present performers, Kraigg Brathwaite must stay, but not as a part-time off-spinner who sometimes comes into the attack even before one who is selected as a bowler. His batting as an opener, though disappointingly slow at times, is important, and he has also shown the tendency to get big scores. While Marlon Samuels may be on his way out, Darren Bravo, despite his century in the first Test recently against Pakistan, is doubtful because of his rash outburst against the West Indies Board president. He is, however, a wonderful player. He needs only to apologise, and particularly as the number three batsman, to score runs with a little more consistency. Devendra Bishoo must be considered a certainty, but he needs to toughen up a bit, or be used sparingly by his captain, in five or six-over spells usually, or until he comes into conditions that suit his leg-spinners and googlies perfectly. GIFTED YOUNG PLAYERS Shane Dowrich is a wonderful wicketkeeper, and short of finding a Jackie Hendriks with the gloves, a Franz Alexander, or a Deryck Murray as a wicketkeeper/batsman, or a Jeffrey Dujon as a top-class wicketkeeper/batsman, he will have to stay. Despite the skills of Sonny Ramadhin, Alfred Valentine, and Lance Gibbs, fast bowling is a key to the success of West Indies cricket, and while Alzarro Joseph promises a lot in this respect, and so does Miguel Cummins, we have to hope and pray that Shannon Gabriel maintains his form, that one like Delorn Johnson and another like Marquino Mindley, who promised so much as youngsters, really deliver, and that Reynard Leveridge comes good – and quickly at that. Time waits on no man. If the West Indies, but the odd good performance, are really to ‘turn the corner’ this year, they must find some cricketers, some good cricketers, and they must do so quickly. Good cricketers do not fall out of trees like coconuts do, but if the selectors have eyes to see, they can see some waiting to be picked. Roston Chase looks quite good at number six, and after his century innings against India, he does not need a run to prove that he is probably the man. Samuels’ place at number four is in trouble, and Jermaine Blackwood needs to buckle down if he is to maintain his place and fulfil his early promise. Jason Holder, the captain, has not come on as expected, but the selectors will need to think, once, twice, three times before removing him. Holder was too young and too inexperienced when he was elevated to the captaincy, but probably, there was no other choice. To remove him now, however, when there is no one around, when he is growing in the job, would be a backward step. He was selected as a fast bowler. He has been picking up wickets and is batting fairly well down the order. The West Indies need to find at least two good fast bowlers so that Holder can be used as the third or fourth pacer. Looking around, the players who appear capable of filling these places, two, four, and maybe five, should come from Evin Lewis, Tangerine Chanderpaul, Nicolas Pooran, Kyle Hope, Anthony Alleyne, Jahmar Hamilton, and the elegant Brandon King could be the answer. From all appearances, and from what some good judges have said about him, it seems that young Shimron Hetmyer is also one for tomorrow. This could be the year that the West Indies have been waiting on since around 1995 to show the world that they are back, or really coming back. They will, however, need the young, promising, and dedicated cricketers to stand up and deliver consistently and also for the selectors to offer Nikita Miller another chance to prove that he is good enough for that level. The first-class season is halfway through, and I cannot wait for the other half to see, apart from Trinidad and Tobago’s inept performance on a good pitch at Sabina Park and the dismal showing of the Windward Islands, who were dismissed for 64 in 27 overs in less than three hours on a good pitch at Sabina Park, possibly some more wonderful performances from the region’s cricketers. One cannot reasonably expect to build a champion West Indies team without building a champion regional tournament, and without the best playing with and against the best in the best conditions, near to the beach or not, tourists or no tourists.
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) :One by one, Chelsea’s closest challengers are falling away in the English Premier League title race.After implosions by Manchester City, Liverpool, and then Arsenal over the past month, it was second-place Tottenham’s turn to trip up yesterday.Spurs were outplayed at Liverpool in a 2-0 loss and could be 12 points behind Chelsea if the leaders beat Burnley today. With 13 rounds remaining, Chelsea could then canter to a second title in three years.Sadio ManÈ scored both goals in a two-minute spell in the first half, as Liverpool rediscovered their form of the first half of the season to gain a first-league win in six attempts in 2017.It was only Tottenham’s third loss in this campaign and instead of having faint hopes of catching Chelsea, the priority for Mauricio Pochettino’s players will be preserving a top-four place to get back in the Champions League. In a potentially demoralising defeat, they were outplayed and out-pressed by Liverpool.Arsenal and Manchester United also won 2-0, against Hull and Watford, respectively, as the race for a top-four finish intensified. Two points separate Tottenham and sixth-place United.LIVERPOOL 2 TOTTENHAM 0ManÈ scored in the 16th and 18th minutes to cap a first half in which Liverpool blew away Tottenham with their intensity and movement that had been lacking in recent games.Liverpool’s slump in form coincided with ManÈ’s absence at the African Cup of Nations in January, and his return could be the catalyst the team needs to clinch a top-four place.ManÈ raced through the middle to latch on to Georginio Wijnaldum’s pass and lifted home a well-taken finish for his first, and was celebrating again after driving a rising shot into the net from close range.Spurs were so overwhelmed, they should have lost by a bigger margin.”It’s difficult to fight for the Premier League if you show that performance,” Pochettino said. “There was a lack of aggression and desire to play for a win.”MAN UNITED 2 WATFORD 0Recalled to the team, Anthony Martial took his opportunity to impress United manager JosÈ Mourinho.The France winger set up Juan Mata for a 31st-minute opener against Watford before scoring the second in the 60th in a comfortable win for United at Old TraffordMartial – signed for £36 million in 2015 – has been in and out of the team under Mourinho, who has called on him to show improvement with so many other wide players competing for places.United extended their unbeaten streak in the league to 16 games.ARSENAL 2 HULL 0It was a tale of two handballs at Emirates Stadium.Alexis S·nchez bundled in his first goal from close range using his right hand, with officials deciding it was accidental as the ball deflected up off goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovi.In injury time, Hull midfielder Sam Clucas blocked a header from Lucas PerÈz on the goal line using his hand and was sent off. S·nchez drove home a low penalty for a league-high 17th goal of the season.Other results: Sunderland 0 Southampton 4; Stoke City 1 Crystal Palace 0; West Ham 2 West Brom 2; Middlesbrough 0 Everton 0.
MOST READ Though there are no doubts on Laminou’s capabilities, it’s still a surprising performance considering that two weeks ago, his status for the opening week was still up in the air because of the MCL injury on his left knee.READ: EAC takes command with rout of St. BenildeFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Laminou himself admitted that he’s still far from tip-top shape, but he’s doing his best to keep up with his fellow Generals.“I feel like I’m at 60-percent,” he said. “Actually, I just came back from my injury last Monday. I didn’t practice for almost two months. I’m trying my best to be in condition.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone PLAY LIST 01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Hamadou Laminou. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netShowing no signs of rust, Hamadou Laminou took the spotlight on Friday as he helped Emilio Aguinaldo College nab the 74-64 win over St. Benilde to kickstart its NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball campaign.The Cameroonian big man looked like he didn’t miss a beat as he roared in his season debut, posting 21 points, grabbing 13 rebounds, and tallying seven blocks in the dominating victory.ADVERTISEMENT IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation “We have trust in the coach and we hope that we can make it into the Final Four. We want to make it good this year,” he said. Fortunately for Laminou, he has his fellow veterans Sidney Onwubere and Francis Munsayac by his side as he reintroduces himself to the flow of coach Ariel Sison’s system.“I get all my confidence with my teammates Sidney and Francis. Last year, we tried to help each other and we look at it the same way so we can make it good this year,” he said.Sison acknowledged that Laminou’s return is a huge boost for EAC, noting that had his foreign player didn’t go down with an injury, the team could have made it far in the preseason tourneys.“If Laminou played, we might have had a better showing in Filoil,” he said.But Laminou, with enough trust on Sison’s system and the camaraderie he has with his fellow Generals, has his full confidence that the squad can fulfill their preseason goal and make it to the Final Four for the first time in school history.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano At 37, Venus Williams looking for a 6th Wimbledon title Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) celebrates as he runs off the court following their NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, in Salt Lake City. The Jazz won 101-99. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY — Donovan Mitchell found his shooting touch at the right time for the Utah Jazz.Mitchell scored 25 points, including a go-ahead jumper with 39.2 seconds left, and Utah extended its NBA-best winning streak to 10 games with a 101-99 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night.ADVERTISEMENT Favors blocked a pair of shots in the final minute. San Antonio was unable to get a shot off after getting the ball back with 16.7 seconds left.Kyle Anderson scored 16 points and Pau Gasol had 15 points and 15 rebounds for the Spurs, who lost to Utah for the third time this season.”We were in the lead for most of the second half,” Gasol said. ”We just couldn’t finish it. We had some bad possessions offensively that led to opportunities for them.”San Antonio went ahead 83-70 on a jumper by Bryn Forbes with 9:29 remaining. The Jazz chipped away before Ingles and Mitchell hit back-to-back 3-pointers to tie it at 87 with 4:53 left. The teams traded baskets from there until Mitchell sealed it in the final minute.Utah used a 20-4 run in the second quarter to take its largest first-half lead at 54-42. San Antonio cut its deficit in half before halftime on layups by Gasol and Anderson.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases ”I don’t know if there’s a lot of coach-player relationships like we have,” Gobert said. ”He trusted me from the beginning, so I trust him too.”OUTSIDE SHOOTING WOESSan Antonio hung tough while playing short-handed because of injuries. But the Spurs were hurt by a rough night on the perimeter, going 6 for 25 from 3-point range.”We just have to figure out a way to win,” guard Tony Parker said. ”We were up 13. We had a good chance, but we didn’t make the shots in the end.”UP NEXTSpurs: Travel to Denver to face the Nuggets on Tuesday.Jazz: Host the Suns on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Mitchell was just 9 for 28 from the field, but he delivered down the stretch. The rookie guard scored eight of Utah’s final nine points over the last 2:54 of the game. He hit a pair of go-ahead baskets and a free throw to give the Jazz the lead in the final minute after they trailed by as many as 13 points during the fourth quarter.”You can’t think about the misses, that’s the biggest thing,” Mitchell said. ”I was continuing to stay locked in and just stay focused and understand the shots eventually were going to fall. Fortunately, they did.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkJoe Ingles added 20 points, seven rebounds and five assists for Utah. Derrick Favors had 19 points, eight rebounds and four blocks.The Jazz (29-28) moved above .500 for the first time in more than two months. Defense played a big role in their latest victory. Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track MOST READ Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson PBA All-Star voting begins on Friday Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina In the third quarter, the Spurs used an 11-1 run to go back in front. Davis Bertans buried a 3-pointer to put San Antonio up 66-61.The Jazz made 11 of 19 shots (57.9 percent) in the second quarter and just 4 of 22 attempts (18.2 percent) in the third.”This is one of those games you’re fortunate to win,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. ”You have to catch some breaks. We just continued to compete. That’s really all it comes down to. When you do that, you put yourself in a position to catch a break.”TIP-INSSpurs: F LaMarcus Aldridge (sore right knee) did not play. Aldridge leads San Antonio in scoring and rebounding. … The Spurs outscored the Jazz 54-40 in the paint. … Gasol recorded his 12th double-double of the season.Jazz: G Ricky Rubio (left hip soreness) missed his second consecutive game. … Ingles scored 10 of Utah’s first 15 points. He set a career high in scoring in each of the previous two Jazz victories. … F Jae Crowder finished with 14 points in his first home game since he came over from Cleveland in a trade.FAVORS FINISHESUtah’s Rudy Gobert found himself in an unusual spot in the final minutes. Gobert played just six minutes in the fourth quarter and watched from the bench while Favors finished out the game.Gobert had 10 points, 11 rebounds, two blocks and two steals in 31 minutes. But Snyder decided to ride the hot hand down the stretch. Favors totaled eight points, five rebounds and two blocks in six minutes in the fourth. He had back-to-back layups that helped the Jazz keep pace when the Spurs tried to pull away.Snyder asked Gobert if he wanted to go back in the game at one point, but the Jazz center deferred to Favors. He did appreciate being consulted about the crunch-time decision. LATEST STORIES
“I guess it just kind of snowballs on you,” Hayward said. “It’s the NBA, man, it’s how it works.”The Celtics collapse corresponded to the loss of Kyrie Irving, who left with a sprained knee in the second quarter, when the game seemed comfortably in hand. Coach Brad Stevens said Irving would have more tests on Sunday.“His knee buckled a little bit in the second quarter, and so that’s all I know,” he said.LOSING GROUNDBoston scored 15 straight points and finished the first quarter with a 23-point lead, then extended it to 68-40 in the second. The Celtics led 74-53 at halftime, but the Clippers outscored them 28-12 in the third.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Boston Celtics’ Jaylen Brown (7) defends against Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell (5) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)BOSTON — The “Beat L.A.!” chants turned to boos as the Boston Celtics blew another big lead to another Los Angeles team.One game after the Lakers rallied from 18 points down to win in Boston — and six days after the Patriots beat the Rams in the Super Bowl — the retooled Clippers erased a 28-point deficit on Saturday night to beat the Celtics 123-112.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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To pull it out was special,” said Clippers coach Doc Rivers, who led Boston to the 2008 NBA championship. “We were taking notes already for the next game. That’s how far we were out of it.”Montrezl Harrell, who scored 21 points, forced two turnovers in the final two minutes, and Patrick Beverley hit a pair of 3-pointers in front of the Boston bench to help the Clippers pull away. Danilo Gallinari had 19 points and 10 rebounds and trade deadline acquisition Landry Shamet scored 13 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“I learned a lot in a really short time about this team,” said Shamet, who came from the 76ers in the deal that sent Clippers leading scorer Tobias Harris to Philadelphia. “We played pretty well together for this being our first time as a group.”Gordon Hayward scored 19 points and Jayson Tatum and Terry Rozier had 16 apiece for Boston. The Celtics followed their highest-scoring half of the season with their lowest-scoring quarter, blowing a 28-point lead for the first time in 15 years. Los Angeles finally tied it 100-all, bringing boos from the crowd that expected an easy victory against a team that added five new players at the trade deadline. Gallinari followed with a jumper to give the Clippers their first lead.The Celtics were down by a point when Marcus Smart missed a 3-pointer, then tried to take a charge on Harrell but didn’t get the whistle. The Boston guard was on the floor, hoping for a call, when Beverley hit his first 3.Harrell followed by stealing the ball from Hayward, then bounding down the court with a Celtic on either side before going in for a two-handed dunk that made it 114-107. After Tatum hit a 3, Beverley answered, and then Harrell poked another ball free to preserve the lead.KYRIE OUTIrving left with 2 1/2 minutes left in the second quarter after spraining his right knee while weaving through traffic on defense. Boston led by 20 at the time, and the team quickly announced that he would not return.Irving finished with 14 points and two assists in 14 minutes. He missed the last 15 games and all of the playoffs last year with injuries to his left knee.BEAT L.A.The game was the last in a rivalry week for Boston and Los Angeles that began with the Super Bowl. The Celtics lost to the Lakers on Thursday night, and the Bruins beat the Los Angeles Kings earlier Saturday 5-4 in overtime.The Red Sox also beat the Dodgers in the World Series, back in October.NEW FACES Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Garrett Temple, Ivica Zubac, JaMychal Green and Shamet all made their debuts for the Clippers after being acquired by Los Angeles at the trade deadline. Temple scored 11 points, Zubac had 12 with nine rebounds and Green scored 2.TIP-INSClippers: Monday’s game against the Timberwolves completes a six-game trip, during which the team will have traveled approximately 6,659 miles — the fifth-most in the league this season, according to travelmath.com. They improved to 3-2 on the trip. … The 42 points in the fourth quarter tied a season-high for any quarter.Celtics: Fell to 22-8 at home. The Celtics went 25 for 31 from the free throw line, snapping a streak of two straight games without missing a foul shot. … They shot 4 for 22 from the floor in the third quarter.UP NEXTClippers: At Minnesota on Monday night.Celtics: At Philadelphia on Tuesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View comments
Dear Editor,“I would rather eat salt and rice” is a phrase from my formative years that speaks to personal integrity; it is a core value of many Guyanese who refuse to give into the daily temptations. Head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Dr Vincent Adams is attributed to calling for better salaries for his employees with the rationale “concerns from local and international transparency advocates that the poor salaries of EPA officers make them more susceptible to the influence of corrupt oil companies,” a section of the media on Jan 6, 2019, quoted him as saying. Dr Adams has made an egregious error with this call and I cannot see how he can continue to function in his present capacity with this or any other state agency.The EPA Head may feel he is in good company with this call as this was the exact rationale advanced by Presidency Minister Joseph Harmon to justify the 50 per cent increase in salaries for APNU/AFC Ministers shortly after entering office in 2015, but Dr Adams should have made a closer examination of the national response to the ‘salary increase’ before he replicated that titanic error.The salary increases have never led to decline in corruption and has in no small way led to the current willingness of the Granger Administration to defy the Constitution and refuse to signal acceptance of the successful No-Confidence Motion, for them, the perks now outweigh the satisfaction of service.Editor, I welcome any call for improved salaries and benefits for workers and I fully support expansion of the EPA and recognise the need to pay for better qualified and/or talented human resources. However, to link the need for better pay to personal integrity is dangerous and undermines staff morale. How much pay would be enough to stave off the advances of the multibillion dollar corporations? This mephitic reasoning must be cut from our national psyche ‘Pay us better or we will thief’ cannot become our national ethos. Integrity is not linked to monetary reward!Editor, the solution to the issue of corruption lies within individuals.Leaders should not cast aspersions on integrity. Leaders must seek to inspire by asking our young people to perform duties with integrity; to remind employees what is at stake for them personally and for our nation.Let them know the pride we feel watching them serve and assure them that they are playing a vital role in ensuring a better future for themselves and all Guyanese. I am ashamed to say Government elements of my generation seem to have forgotten the taste of ‘salt and rice’.Respectfully,Robin Singh
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Cllr. Dean said the decision to recuse himself was based on the fact that “I served as president and Chief Executive officer (CEO) of NOCAL between 2004 and January 2006.”If confirmed, executive would propose legislation for amendmentsIn an effort to promote peace and security as well as to ensure justice by the conviction of more (amply) criminals through the rule of law, the new Justice Minister-designate, Cllr. Musa Dean has announced that the ministry, through the Executive Branch, would be submitting several legislations, when confirmed.The Attorney General-designate has revealed that some of the legislations in which the Executive would be submitting for amendments would include the extension of the term of Court and the sitting of the Grand Jury.Cllr. Dean told members of the Senate’s Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights, Claims and Petitions on Monday, February 19, during his confirmation hearing, that the term of court, which is 42 days and multiply by four terms of court, which is totally 168 days, are too small to prosecute more criminal cases in each of the counties.The lawyer of over 28 years’ practice believes that if the term of court has more days, the government could prosecute and convict more criminals, instead of 42 days per term of court.“One hundred and sixty eight days for four terms of court against 365 days, are not enough to prosecute more cases. At least six months for a term of court would be enough,” Cllr. Dean said.Dean further that the sitting for Grand Jury, which is 21 days, is also lesser days for the Grand Jury to render decisions or more cases to either convict or acquit alleged criminals.Cllr. Dean is the lead counselor for the National Election Commission (NEC), and also managing partner of the Dean and Associates. He said when confirmed, he will write to the Legislature to increase the budgetary allotment for prosecution from US$250,000 to any satisfactory amount, “because under my leadership, there will be prosecutors for different kinds of crimes, including gender-based violence, robbery, sabotage, cyber, human trafficking, etc.On the question of whether he can assure Liberians of always winning cases, Cllr. Dean said he can only assure Liberians of not carrying “losable cases” to courts.Asked if the Minister of Justice should be a tenured position, the Justice Minister-designate, smiling, said the decision lies with the Legislature.Meanwhile, Dean said when confirmed, he will tackle the overcrowding at the Monrovia Central Prison, which currently houses 1,022 inmates instead of the normal number of between 300–350 inmates.Cllr. Dean said the convicted ones will be transferred to Grand Gedeh, and those pre-trial detainees in prison for minor offenses such like theft and traffic offenses will be processed.However, during his cross-examination, the Chairman on the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights, Claim and Petition, Grand Cape Mount Senator, Varney Sherman, recused himself for what he termed as “personal relations” with the nominee.“He is my protégée, but during the electoral process, he and l were at court, so l don’t want to use this hearing to revenge on him, so I have to recuse myself,” Cllr. Sherman said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A 41-year-old taxi driver of La Grange, West Bank Demerara (WBD) was on Friday evening robbed and assaulted after three men invaded his home; two of whom were armed with guns. According to reports, Reshi Pasha of Doctor Dam, La Grange, WBD, had just returned home at about 23:10h when the bandits pounced on him. Guyana Times understands that the taxi driver had just parked his car in his yard and was proceeded towards the front door when he noticed the three men. According to the Police, Pasha ran to the back of the yard but was followed by two of the bandits.The taxi driver then tried to run around the other side of his house, but was confronted by the third bandit who was armed with a handgun.The suspect then dealt him several lashes to his face and took him at gunpoint to his door where he demanded that Pasha open it. At that time, the victim’s mother who resides in the same house, saw the commotion and opened the door which gave all three bandits the opportunity to enter the house. While one of them held Pasha and his mother at gunpoint, the two others ransacked the house and carted off $230,000, a gold chain valued $200,000, an electronic tablet valued $20,000 and his cellphone valued $45,000.The bandits then made good their escape through the front door. Meanwhile, the taxi driver was taken to the West Demerara Regional Hospital (WRDH) where he was treated for his injuries. A report was made and the Police have launched an investigation. Meanwhile, Pasha’s neighbour told this newspaper that he did not realise what had occurred until Saturday morning. He noted that there has been an upsurge of robberies in the area.
The Guyana Police Force (GPF) is currently conducting an audit relative to ranks conducting duties while not being clad in the prescribed uniform.According to Deputy Commissioner Administration, Paul Williams, several persons have complained of safety issues when they are around those individuals.Williams made the announcement during a Police presentation on Monday.Deputy Commissioner Administration, Paul WilliamsAccording to him, “We are now carrying out an audit as it relates to the security posture in terms of the uniform, the firearm and everything…so we will continue to make checks now that we have identified some other areas, and to ensure that they have themselves within the right posture and (are) fully dressed in their uniform and properly identified”.He also said the GPF is working to reduce the display of heavy firearm by those guards who stand at the entrances to businesses.Crime Chief Lyndon Alves explained that businesses are required to present a template of the guards’ uniforms to the police before they can even receive a permit for the heavily armed persons to operate at the various facilities.“Prior to a company being granted a licence to operate, the very security company is required to present to the Police a template of the uniform that is to be worn by those supernumerary constables, so those companies that have the guards armed and are not in the appropriate uniform, the Police will have to take the appropriate action,” he explained.This statement managed to raise eyebrows, as this would imply illegal guards operate across the country.Many times armed security guards who were not uniformed found themselves in hot water.Back in August two Ukrainian guards who were captured on video beating two Guyanese miners near the Quartzstone River in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) were arrested.The Police have said investigations revealed that the Ukrainians are employed by West Bank Demerara Gold Inc, which is licensed to operate in Guyana; and as Supernumerary Constables, they are authorised to carry firearms. However, they breached the conditions of that permit, in that at time of the incident, they were not attired in the uniform prescribed by their employer and approved by the Force’s Administration.The two were later charged for the offence.