“Both sides signed with good feeling,” attacker Müller was quoted in the statement. “It was my absolute priority to renew with Bayern; the club saw it the same. I have a total of two thirds of my life at Bayern. Therefore, it cannot be said that I accompany the club or he me. Fight for each other. This club does not suppose any type of pattern for me, it is my passion. I am very happy to be here for two more years and I will give it my all, both on and off the pitch, “added Müller. Of course, his love for the rojiblancos also came to live its ups and downs. At the beginning of the season, Under the orders of Niko Kovac, Müller did not count and he was out of eleven more times than he expected. It was then that rumors began to emerge about a possible farewell to one of Bayern’s hallmarks, but the arrival of Hansi Flick on the Allianz Arena bench in November changed everything. Müller returned to be the protagonist, his ten goals and 19 assists were key in the reconquest of the leadership and the passion re-emerged. It was an open secret. Thomas muller he will continue to be part of the club of his life. As announced by Bayern Munich this Tuesday through his website, the 2014 world champion He has renewed his contract at the Allianz Arena for two more years until June 2023. After Hansi Flick, coach of the German champion, who also stamped his signature under a contract until 2023, Müller is the second protagonist of the Bavarian team whose renewal comes to fruition. The futures of Neuer, Thiago, Alaba, Javi Martínez and Boateng remain to be resolved., all with contracts until 2021. “I am happy that Thomas has renewed his contract for two more years until June 30, 2023,” were the words of Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, president of the board of directors of the club in this regard. “I want to thank Thomas and his representative Ludwig Kögl for conducting the talks so fairly and reliably. Oliver Kahn (new member of Bayern’s board of directors) and Hasan Salihamidzic (sports director of the club) also did a great job, “concluded Rummenigge.
This all happens when it is settled whether the crimson club will be part of the ACB next season after it led virtually all the competition until the league break and continued as first. If finally, as it seems, the Federation advances in the proposal for Valladolid and Guipuzcoa to ascend, the people of Valladolid would have to have resolved, above all, the issue of conversion into a Sports Public Limited Company. The Valladolid station says that the conversations, of which the City Council is duly informed, are on the right track so that basketball is integrated as one more section of Real Valladolid, assuming the colors and the emblem of the Ronaldo club and being part of the Sociedad Anónima Deportiva, indispensable step for the basketball team to play next season in ACB, in a league with 20 teams. Those interested look at the precedent of Basketball Sevilla and Betis, although the Sevillian basketball club had already played in ACB and was a Public Limited Company.If the union is done, but the promotion could not be done finally, the new section of the blanquivioleta club would go on to prepare a project to face the assault on the ACB in the next season, always keeping the budget balance, but now you don’t think about it. With Jorge Garbajosa, president of the Federation, ready to do anything so that the two stipulated promotions are fulfilled, and the mayor of Valladolid, Óscar Puente, pushing the option of union and promotion, the illusion of white-and-white basketball grows at times. Mike Hansen, president of the Valladolid Basketball Club, was already anticipating it at AS on Wednesday, as a possibility, as a way to explore, and it seems that reality is closer than intuited. As Cadena Ser told in Valladolid this morning, The conversations between the top leader of the CBC and Matt Fenaert, CEO of Real Valladolid, have already taken place and there is a good harmony on both sides for the union, waiting for the last word, that would have the Brazilian Ronaldo Nazario, maximum shareholder of the football club, who already at the time leaned to lend his support to the basketball team.
netball final todayDefending champions Scotiabank ‘A’ and former champions General Accident, both unbeaten this season, will contest the final of the Business House Open League this evening at Leila Robinson Courts starting at 7:30 p.m.With both teams parading a number of former national players, the match promises to be an exciting and closely contested affair. General Accident, champions in 2013 but opted to take a break from the competition last year, easily disposed of Scotiabank ‘B’ in one semi-final, while Scotia ‘A’ brushed aside GraceKennedy in the other semi-final.Scotia ‘A’ will be banking on top players Nauda Brown (captain), Marsha Murphy-Dawkins, Kameika Sherwood and Sateva Taylor-Brown to carry the fight to their opponents. General Accident, on the other hand, will counter with Nadine Bryan (captain), Margaret Byfield-Lawrence, Samantha Mundle and Sasha-Gaye Lynch.Winston Nevers is the coach for Scotia ‘A’, while former national player and coach Oberon Pitterson-Nattie will guide the General Accident team.The Gleaner vs UWI in BH football actionTwo KSAFA/Western Sports Business House division one matches are scheduled for today.The Gleaner, who are currently in second place with 12 points from six matches, will oppose bottom of the tables UWI at Alpha starting at 4 p.m., while GraceKennedy are up against Norman Manley International Airport at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex, also at 4 p.m.Meanwhile, Scotiabank defeated Transport Authority 6-2 in the Business House KO Football Competition last Saturday at Winchester Park to join Petrojam, Carib Cement, Wisynco, ATL, NWC and Peaking Bottling in the quarter-final round.Kingston Wharves retain BH domino league trophyDefending champions Kingston Wharves retained the Wray & Nephew Trophy when they defeated Campari 108-86 in the Business House division one domino final at the NHT car park recently.The match was pretty close for most of the way with both teams locked at 60-60 early in the second half. However, Kingston Wharves soon asserted their authority to win convincingly.For Campari, it was a disappointing end to a good season. They also contested the KO final only to be beaten by The Gleaner.Kingston Wharves failed in their bid to take the double, having lost in the first round of the KO competition. However, they were unbeaten in the league.Senior, O’Gilvie smash centuries in Milo Cricket LeagueGreater Portmore’s Romaine Senior and Donale O’Gilvie smashed big centuries to highlight the opening round of the Portmore Cricket Association Milo Under-17 Cricket League at Waterford High School grounds last Sunday.Romaine Senior slammed an impressive 154 while O’Gilvie struck 149 not out to pilot their team to a mammoth 368-4 in 30 overs. In reply, Waterford were routed for 58. Daryl Williams took 4-8 and Kishawn Graham 2-9 as Greater Portmore won by a massive 310 runs. At Hamilton Gardens, Portsmouth defeated Hamilton Gardens by 59 runs. Scores: Portsmouth 212 all out. Shava Christie 88 and Sahim Simms 71 not out. Hamilton Gardens 153 all out; Jermone Hamilton 69; Kemani Wilson 23. Alex Hinds (3-18) and Shamar Davis (3-29).The competition was officially opened by member of parliament for East Central St Catherine, Ornaldo Brown, at the newly renovated field at Hamilton Gardens.MP launches domino leagueMember of parliament for South East St Catherine, Colin Fagan, launched the Colin Fagan South East St Catherine Domino League at the Edgewater Community Centre, located on George Lee Boulevard, Portmore, St Catherine last Sunday.Some eights teams are down to compete.In his presentation, MP Fagan commended the teams for their participation and urged them to play with their community in mind as a portion of the prize money will go to the community. The teams are playing for prizes that range from first place $60,000; second $30,000; third $15,000 and fourth $10,000. The competition runs for four months.Cumberland played an All Stars team in a exhibition match to signal the start of the league. Official games will start tomorrow at 1 p.m.Hope & Mercy log 2-0 winHope & Mercy Ministries blanked Lighthouse Assembly 2-0 in the latest round of the Power of Faith Ministries Church Football League at the Passagefort field last Saturday. Jason Williams (40th minute) and Doneque Francis (60th minute) were the scorers. In the second game defending champions, 65 Waltham Park New Testament defeated Faith Temple Pentecostal 3-0 with goals by Avon Wright (22 minute), Cordell Perkins (14th), and Shaquille Weir (50th). In the third game of the triple-header, Power of Faith clipped Greater Portmore Open Bible 2-1 with goals from Jason Gregory (16th), and Jerondy Henry (26th minute) while Shamir Rall (76th minute) scored for Greater Portmore. Today’s games: 1:30 p.m. Faith Temple Penetcostal vs Hope & Mercy Ministries and at 3:20 pm Light House Assembly vs 65 Waltham Road NT.PFM ‘B’ wins, gains semi-final spotPower of Faith ‘B’ clinched the final semi-final spot after a commanding 20-9 victory over Elim Open Bible in the final preliminary match at the PFM Sports Complex, 10c Dawkins Drive, in the PFM Church Netball League last Saturday.PFM ‘B’ will today take on their sister team PFM ‘A’ at 10 a.m.; while at 10:55 a.m. it’s Faith Temple New Testament vs Equator Faith Mission. Both games will be played at the venue above.St Catherine FA U-20 Football LeaguePortmore United, clipped Newland 2-1 to maintain their lead in Zone B of the St Catherine FA Under-20 Football League recently.Portmore United have 12 points from five games, two points ahead of second place Federal United. In other games Old Harbour Bay United blanked Albion 3-0; Royal Lakes outscored Naggo Head 3-2.In Zone A New Raiders surprised leaders Rivoli United (nine points) 2-1; Frazers Whip edged Portsmouth 1-0 and Christian Pen beat Police Youth Club 2-1.Clarendon, St Catherine win South Central Confed youth titlesClarendon and St Catherine have emerged winners of the South Central Confed Youth Leagues. The competitions have been sponsored by Juici Patties for the past 29 years.Clarendon won the Under-13 while the Under-15 title went to St Catherine. Clarendon completed their dominance of the Under-13 competition with a spanking 3-0 win over St Elizabeth. They were already confirmed champions from the previous round and their final tally of 14 points was six higher than second placed St Catherine.St Catherine’s win in the Under-15 competition was even more overwhelming as they ended the competition on 16 points. The nearest challengers were outgoing champions Manchester who mined seven points. St Catherine ended their campaign with a 1-0 win over Manchester at Kirkvine.Mandeville-based shooters for Jamaica CupAs many as ten pro shooters from the Mandeville-based Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club (MRPC) will journey this morning to the Jamaica Rifle Association (JRA) headquarters on Mountain View Avenue in Kingston to participate in the Jamaica Cup.The pistol tournament is considered an early qualifier to the next International World Shoot and will field international competitors as well as the best local shooters. The tournament will take the form of a two-day challenge comprising sixteen stages approved by the world body for International Practical Shooting. Eight stages will be hosted today at the JRA and another eight will be completed tomorrow at the Woodleigh Range in Clarendon.Heading Manchester’s charge will be Orville Henriques who was the top-ranked local based on performances at challenge and club matches at the JRA and the Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club. Henriques, however, has since lost to compatriots Andy Yapp and Ronald Brown Jr in two international matches hosted in the United States. Hence, this weekend’s match should go a far in determining who is best.Other fancied Mandeville-based shooters should be Owen Campbell, Evon Grant, Ellsworth Dixon and Thomas Jones.Jamalco win Juici Patties Senior LeagueJamalco once again showcased their dominance of Central Jamaica and Clarendon Netball Association leagues brushing aside Hayes Contenders 54-36 in the Juici Patties Senior League final at Clarendon Park last Sunday.Hayes’ 45-43 win over Jamalco in the preliminaries had opened expectations of a tight battle. However, veteran shooter Elaine Davis settled Jamalco early with near 100 per cent accuracy and the contest never materialised. In the hour-long game, Jamalco led 16-10, 30-18 and by the third quarter when Davis rested to give younger shooters a go, the scoreline was an unassailable 45-26.Jamalco’s latest championship win at the parish level, was their 23rd in 26 seasons. It was also their ninth consecutive one since losing to Windalco ten years ago. Windalco has since been rebranded Cable Pro. The latter finished fourth after losing 36-13 to Nemac Transport.While Davis’s goal-shooting success laid the platform, the major kudos went to the performance of Kameka Sherwood as goalkeeper. Sherwood, a former St Hugh’s High star, was later voted MVP of the finals.Zones take shape in Jamalco Football LeagueAll four preliminary zones of the Clarendon-based Jamalco Football League are taking shape. Mocho who completed a 5-0 demolition of Juventus last week, have already qualified from Zone One with six points from two games. With just one game to be completed, the trio of Raymonds (three points), Juventus (two) and Railroad (two) will decide who emerges as the second qualifiers.Invincible and Wembley lead the charge in Zone Two with four points each after two games. Savannah are next with three points but only have one remaining encounter. Two other teams, Top Halse Hall and Harmons, have only one point each but they have two matches in hand.New Bowens are clear leaders in Zone Three and are unbeaten with six points from two games. Next are Top Hill with three points but they have only completed one of their three scheduled games. Napoli who won their midweek encounter 2-0 against Hunts Pen, are already sure of qualification from Zone Four having mined six points from two games. Port who are on four points, can still advance if they avoid defeat in their final game.Two matches will be hosted today at Wembley Excellence Centre. Savannah will be up against Invincible at 2 p.m. while Top Hill play Sunset at 4 p.m. Tomorrow’s two games will be hosted at Harmons. Top Halse Hall will play the Harmons at 2 p.m. while the final game sees South Manchester battling Hunts Pen.Knox to host Scotia ‘A’ General Accident in BH pre-daCosta Cup tournamentThe second staging of the Knox Football Tournament will be over two days starting Thursday, July 30 at Brook’s Park in Mandeville, Manchester.The tournament is the brainchild of Courtney Jackson, coach of the Knox College daCosta Cup team. Jackson has had success at the schoolboy level having coached Edwin Allen to the semi-finals and Spaldings High to the finals in 2007. The tournament caters for schools preparing for the upcoming daCosta and Manning Cups schoolboys football season. The six confirmed participating teams are Wolmer’s Boys, Holy Trinity, Glenmuir, St James High, Edwin Allen and hosts Knox. Glenmuir won the inaugural tournament last year.The teams will be competing for the Clifton “Dove” Williams trophy. Cash awards will be given to the top three teams while individual awards will be presented to the most valuable player, best midfielder, best defender, top goalscorer and most outstanding goalkeeper.
Dear Editor,Vincent Alexander, as a long-standing GECOM Commissioner, has information access and should know that:1. GECOMS’ automated Crystal Report and List Management System, are linked to the GRO (General Registrar’s Office) database and are configured to deal with a variety of eventualities, including updates to the List and issues relating to snap elections. The institution’s budgets for Capital and Current appropriations always cater for this.2. Given the constitutional supremacy and live intent, in the event of there being a conflict with any other existing legislation, the necessary adjustments have to be accommodated to bring the conflicting positions in line with the Constitution. It is therefore correct when CEO Lowenfield reported that the appropriations budgeted for House-to-House activities in 2019 could be used to run off the General and Regional Elections.3. Registered persons who are 18 years old are automatically included in the Official List of Electors (OLE) by the automated system.4. Subject to the submission by the GRO of the list of dead persons, the names are removed from the List after verification by GECOM.5. The dead cannot vote and while they should be off the List, this is far from practical. Notwithstanding, GECOM and GRO can utilise the interim approach of public notice, to provide a deadline date for the submissions that would speed up the removals.This time around, no amount of unorthodox spin will be able to bamboozle and bowl the Guyanese electorate. In the period leading up to 1992, the PNC of GECOM was used to give them an extra two years in Government. It was a time they hoped that the ‘freshly’ Desmond Hoyte Government would have won the Elections. However, such impetuous mal-handing of the electoral mechanism should never be repeated, and particularly when the APNU/AFC Government, with their unbearable taxes, crime, and the spiralling cost of living, seeks to impose their dictatorial, abusive use of power and blatant corruption practices.The vicious spinner Alexander, at the GECOM end, is attempting to delay the inevitable Elections by pretending that fresh House-to-House registration is required. The present voters’ list is valid until the end of April 2019 and it was recently sanitised with the tenth continuous registration period, together with the Claims, and Objections Cycle. There were simply no objections up to November 12, 2019, for the Local Government Elections when the Government felt that its twisted scheming would fool citizens.All the talks about seven years are rubbish, as it was the National Assembly that passed the Bill to make sure that the Register of registrants is valid for six months after the Claims and Objection Period. Further, it is GECOM and its commissioners who recognised the Continuous Registration process, as well as the CEO of the Secretariat who pronounced the list to be good enough for Guyana to have Elections.Alexander knows that only small adjustments are required by GECOM and that these could be achieved to hold the constitutionally appointed National Elections on or before March 19, 2019. Charrandas Persaud, who was a leading Government personality contended that plans were afoot to pad the voters’ list using false Birth Certificates.The conniving Mr Vincent seems to be creating time to facilitate this underhanded move and his pronouncements must be rejected by all Guyanese.Sincerely,Neil Kumar
The Commissioner of Cinta Township in Gibi District, Upper Margibi County, William Julye, has commended the management of the Salala Rubber Corporation (SRC) for living up to its corporate social responsibility. According to him, in the face of the numerous challenges, the SRC is honoring its “Corporate Social Responsibility by undertaking development initiatives, such as the construction of roads, bridges, schools, community latrines, hand pumps, renovation and furnishing of public schools, distribution of rice and cash as gifts to community members within the concession area.He also condemned in the strongest term, the most recent violent activity carried out against the SRC allegedly by some unnamed citizens, which he described as “uncivilized to instill fear in the minds of investors.”He said it was not right, and as such, has the propensity to scare away investors in the country.Commissioner Julye said as Commissioner of Cinta Township, he plays the role of a “mother of twins” and as such will not say or do anything that will exacerbate or sour the relationship between his citizens and the management of the SRC. Meanwhile, Commissioner Juyle has denied recent media reports linking him to a purported statement that accuses SRC Management of “harassing and intimidating residents of the township over land issues in his area.”According to Commissioner Julye, although he granted an interview to a reporter, he vehemently denied telling any reporter that the SRC does not have a genuine concession agreement with the Government of Liberia. His SRC’s denial was contained in a statement he issued over the weekend, and quoted by Liberia News Agency (LINA) Margibi County correspondent, Richard Baysah. “I did not say the SRC Management used any law enforcement officer, or court constables to harass, and intimidate citizens under my administration, or used bulldozers to clear their farm land to expand the plantation,” he said.It may be recalled that on March 5, two local dailies reported that “Citizens Demand Proof for Land, as SRC expands plantation,” quoting Commissioner Julye accusing the SRC of using bulldozers to clear farm lands belonging to locals and plant rubber under its expansion program. Commissioner Juyle categorically denied the accusation during an interview with reporters over the weekend and said there has been an existing concession agreement dating as far back as the mid-1950s between the management and the Liberian Government. He remembered how his parents had worked with the SRC since the agreement came into being and up to present his mother receives a pension from the management.For its part, SRC management maintained that it has operated within the confines of its August 1, 1959, concession agreement with the Liberian Government.According to the management, it has paid due compensation for crops destroyed over the years in the process of developing the undeveloped portion of its concession land granted by the government.It denied ever acquiring additional lands from private individuals, or groups, and that the entire surface area of its concession granted by the GOL is 21,080 acres.SRC management further maintained that in view of the Ministry of Agriculture’s August 20, 2012, price list for economic crop damaged during development projects, and such damage to crops being inherent in its new development operations in undeveloped portions of its concession area encroached on by local residents, it is constrained to halt all of its intended new development activities until such matter is peacefully settled.At the moment, SRC is only felling non-productive rubber trees and replanting on the same land, and emphatically rejected contrary allegations of encroachment.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
One does not need a microphone to say that sponsors help make tournaments successful and play a key role producing “unique, entertaining and rewarding” games especially among high schools.The funding of a four-day basketball tournament involving 210 players and 70 technical and administrative officials, including referees and the organizers, preparation fees, transportation, accommodation, feeding amongst others, are cost intensive.The Chairman of the 2015/2016 Upcountry Basketball Tournament, Assistant Sports Minister Murvee Gray, without mincing his words told the Daily Observer in an interview yesterday at his office that “Sponsors are needed for Nimba Upcountry Basketball Tournament.”Min. Gray said at least US$23,000 sponsorship is needed and has assured would-be sponsor(s) that an experienced team will work closely with them to maximize their sponsorship investment.The Minister said with the US$23,000 sponsorship, the budgetary allocation would adequately address the 2015/2016 Upcountry Basketball Tournament.The ministry has fixed the 2015/2016 Upcountry Basketball Tournament for Thursday, November 5 to Saturday, November 8.The four-day basketball festival will be held for the first time (over two decades), at the Ganta United Methodist School in Ganta, Nimba County.According to the revised list of rural schools, Minister Gray said 14 high schools have been invited from seven counties.“Ganta United Methodist High School (host); J. W. Pearson (Ganta); St. Mary (Sanniquellie) and Bishop Carroll (Yekepa), are all from Nimba County,” Minister Gray said. “The invited schools from Bong include Williams V. S. Tubman-Gray and St. Martin (defending champ); while schools from Margibi are BWI and St. Augustine.”“We have invited William Brumskine and St. Peter Clevar from Grand Bassa; C. H. Dewey from Bomi; Zwedru Multilateral from Grand Gedeh and Lutheran Training Institute and Zorzor Central High from Lofa County,” Min. Gray said.He added: “It’s an appeal to the GSM Companies, NASSCORP, NPA, Monrovia Breweries, SRIMEX, SP and Aminata and Sons, Bea Mountains, Liberia National Olympics Committee, Liberia Bank for Development and Investment, LPRC and Cllr. Nyan Gbaitor amongst others.”It may be recalled that in 2013 Margibi-based Booker Washington Institute (BWI) whipped Ganta United Methodist High School 50-47 points to win the reactivated championship at the William V.S. Tubman Gray United Methodist High School Gymnasium in Gbarnga City.Ganta United Methodist lost the gigantic trophy when they suffered similar defeat at the hands of St. Martin High School in 2012. The competition was initiated in the 1970s to help promote the game among high schools in the central region, which at the time comprised of Bong, Lofa and Nimba counties. It is named in honor of Dr. Harold McGowan; a legendary Peace Corps volunteer who inaugurated the tournament about three decades ago. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A 33-year-old businessman was on Monday charged and released on bail for restraining a man who allegedly stole money from his mother.George SmithGeorge Smith, of “A” 95 East La Penitence, Georgetown, appeared before Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts and denied the charge which stated that on December 22, 2019, at Hadfield Street, Georgetown, he prevented Andy Gibson from going about his business.The Prosecutor informed the court that on December 22, 2019, Smith accused the Virtual Complainant of stealing money from his mother and proceeded to arrest the man.The court heard that Smith took the man to the station; however, he was arrested for wrongfully restraining the victim.The Magistrate released Smith on $40,000 bail. The case will continue on January 27, 2020.
The last holdover Regional Executive Officer (REO) from the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) era has been removed as Government has opted against renewing the contract of long-time Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) REO, Peter Ramotar.The last holdover Regional Executive Officer (REO) from the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) era has been removed as Government has opted against renewing the contract of long-time Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) REO, Peter Ramotar.Guyana Times learnt that the former REO of Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice), Roderick Edinboro was transferred to Region Seven earlier this month replacing Ramotar. When this newspaper contacted Ramotar on Saturday, he confirmed that he was ushered out of his post, pointing out that his was the final REO from the time of the former administration:“Bulkan made it quite clear that all the REOs would go except me…[Region Seven] was always a PNC-controlled region and they felt once they kept me, there was very little room for me to do outside of the norm.”Ramotar, brother of former President Donald Ramotar explained that an official reason for the non-renewal was not given.“They didn’t agree to renewal. They didn’t give a reason. I did ask if it had to do with the quality of my work and I was told no….when they came into power they send off all [the] other fellows, they gave me a contract for a year, when the time came for renewal, I applied and they wrote saying that it would not be renewed,” Ramotar noted.“I had a year-to-year contract and I do not think there was any necessity to give a reason,” he noted.The ex-official also opined that he executed his duties with professionalism and left on good terms with his now former colleagues in the region. Ramotar suggested that government perhaps did not have full confidence in his performance: “I guess they probably have people who they have more confidence in doing what they want done…I [tried] to be professional as far as possible, I had a very good working relationship with all the team players –the Regional Chairman and all the councillors; nobody in anyway showed me any disrespect,” he notedWhen asked about his future now that he is unemployed, the former REO indicated that he is currently in a “job-seeking mode”.Ramotar served as Region Seven’s REO from January 2007 up until the July 7, 2016 date when his contract expired. Before then he served as Region’s Eight REO from 2000-2007.Since the coalition’s assumption to Office in May 2015, several PPP/C REOs have been axed by government, causing the Party to accuse the administration of political witch-hunting.Nigel Fisher – Region One (Barima-Waini); Ashford Ambedkar – Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice); Paul Ramrattan – Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) and Yolanda Hiliman – Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice), were served with letters of termination.Additionally, government had terminated the services of REOs for Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) Donald Gagraj; Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) Deolall Rooplall; Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) Ronald Harsaywack and Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) Claire Singh.Government had sought to defend this action by claiming that it needed more qualified persons to fill the posts, “given the complexity of managing five sectors within the region.”Time and time again, the PPP/C has been condemning the current government for its indiscriminate dismissal of Guyanese professionals on the basis of their “race and political affiliation.” More than any other thing, the PPP/C has objected to the manner in which the dismissals were effected, pointing out that the employees were not afforded due process. (Shemuel Fanfair)Guyana Times learnt that the former REO of Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice), Roderick Edinboro was transferred to Region Seven earlier this month replacing Ramotar. When this newspaper contacted Ramotar on Saturday, he confirmed that he was ushered out of his post, pointing out that his was the final REO from the time of the former administration:“Bulkan made it quite clear that all the REOs would go except me…[Region Seven] was always a PNC-controlled region and they felt once they kept me, there was very little room for me to do outside of the norm.”Ramotar, brother of former President Donald Ramotar explained that an official reason for the non-renewal was not given.“They didn’t agree to renewal. They didn’t give a reason. I did ask if it had to do with the quality of my work and I was told no….when they came into power they send off all [the] other fellows, they gave me a contract for a year, when the time came for renewal, I applied and they wrote saying that it would not be renewed,” Ramotar noted.“I had a year-to-year contract and I do not think there was any necessity to give a reason,” he noted.The ex-official also opined that he executed his duties with professionalism and left on good terms with his now former colleagues in the region. Ramotar suggested that government perhaps did not have full confidence in his performance: “I guess they probably have people who they have more confidence in doing what they want done…I [tried] to be professional as far as possible, I had a very good working relationship with all the team players –the Regional Chairman and all the councillors; nobody in anyway showed me any disrespect,” he notedWhen asked about his future now that he is unemployed, the former REO indicated that he is currently in a “job-seeking mode”.Ramotar served as Region Seven’s REO from January 2007 up until the July 7, 2016 date when his contract expired. Before then he served as Region’s Eight REO from 2000-2007.Since the coalition’s assumption to Office in May 2015, several PPP/C REOs have been axed by government, causing the Party to accuse the administration of political witch-hunting.Nigel Fisher – Region One (Barima-Waini); Ashford Ambedkar – Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice); Paul Ramrattan – Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) and Yolanda Hiliman – Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice), were served with letters of termination.Additionally, government had terminated the services of REOs for Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) Donald Gagraj; Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) Deolall Rooplall; Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) Ronald Harsaywack and Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) Claire Singh.Government had sought to defend this action by claiming that it needed more qualified persons to fill the posts, “given the complexity of managing five sectors within the region.”Time and time again, the PPP/C has been condemning the current government for its indiscriminate dismissal of Guyanese professionals on the basis of their “race and political affiliation.” More than any other thing, the PPP/C has objected to the manner in which the dismissals were effected, pointing out that the employees were not afforded due process. (Shemuel Fanfair)
“What happened was terrible and I think it should never happen again. I will speak to my chairman after the season ends because there are things I want made okay. This should never have happened and it should never happen again,” the tactician told Capital Sport.He added; “We now just have to put all that behind our backs and focus on these two remaining games and ensure we finish strongly. We have had such a long and good season and we need to reward ourselves with something good.”With the league all long won, the tactician says that the motivation for the players now is next month’s trip to England to face Everton FC in a friendly match at Goodison Park and the tactician says the players have two games to show him they want to play that match.Gor Mahia players celebrate with the 2018 Kenyan Premier League title at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on September 30, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluWith the entire squad set to travel to England Kerr has insisted only players who deserve will get the chance to play.“It is not a silver platter. As much as I would want all players to play, you must show you want to. Show me on the pitch,” Kerr opined.Gor face Zoo Kericho on Thursday at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos before coming up against Tusker FC with the match shifted to the Thika Stadium.Zoo have already assured themselves of safety but will be going into the tie seeking a first ever win against K’Ogalo having lost two and drawn one of their last three league meetings.“It will be a tough match definitely because every team wants to beat us. But we have done our homework on them and I want to give a chance to players who haven’t had much playing time this season to prove that they want to remain in the team,” added the tactician.There will also be the small issue of the golden boot to take care of with Rwandese forward Jacques Tuyisenge set to be handed starting roles in both the Zoo and Tusker matches despite Kerr going for a second string squad.Gor Mahia striker Jacques Tuyisenge in training at teh Parklands Sports Club on September 24, 2018. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYA“Jack wants to go for the golden boot and we will support him fully in that cause. Francis says he wants to play because he wants to see whether he can help him and so he will be on the pitch on Thursday,” Kerr said.Tuyisenge has scored 14 goals and sits one behind leader Eric Kapaito of Kariobangi Sharks and Elvis Rupia who left Nzoia Sugar for Zambia in mid-season. The Rwandese just needs two more goals to get to 16 and race for the golden boot.The Zoo Kericho duo of Nicholas Kipkurui and Mike Madoya have scored 13 and are also in the race for the golden boot same as Mathare United’s Cliff Nyakeya.Kerr will be boosted with the availability of defender Philemon Otieno who has just recovered from an ankle injury and the tactician says he will give him playing time over the last two games to build his match fitness both for the national team and the Everton trip.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr celebrates with the 2018 Kenyan Premier League title at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on September 30, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 3 – Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr describes the last one month as one of the toughest in his coaching career and has urged the players to put that behind their backs and finish the season strongly with two matches to go.Gor were officially handed their Kenyan Premier League (KPL) trophy last Sunday, but it was the culmination of a tough period that saw them lose thrice consecutively and lose a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 with Mathare United.
0Shares0000Wanted man – Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka © AFP / Adrian DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 1 – Mikel Arteta hopes Granit Xhaka will stay with Arsenal as the new manager looks to revive the Gunners’ fortunes.Swiss midfielder Xhaka was ruled out of Sunday’s 2-1 loss at home to Chelsea with illness amid speculation he could leave the Emirates Stadium during the January transfer window. Xhaka was stripped of the Arsenal captaincy in October by former manager Unai Emery following the player’s angry reaction to being booed by Gunners fans.He has since been linked with a move to Hertha Berlin in the German Bundesliga but Arteta, asked if he wanted the 27-year-old Xhaka to leave north London club Arsenal, replied: “I hope not. He played at Bournemouth, he played really well, he was very committed, he played a really good game.“After the game he started to feel ill. He had a temperature and he wasn’t feeling good. The last two days he was in bed. That’s why he hasn’t been selected.”Arsenal let slip a winning position in the closing stages against Chelsea after a goal from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had them leading into the last 10 minutes.But a mistake by goalkeeper Bernd Leno, flapping at a cross, gave Jorginho the chance to equalise into an empty net before Tammy Abraham scored a late winner.Arteta said it was the job of the whole squad to boost Leno’s morale.“He will be down. When an error costs the team points, it’s harder,” he explained. “We have to lift him.“He’s done a really good job since he joined this football club and we have to respect that.“We just need to bring the confidence back in and that’s it.”Arsenal could be without Calum Chambers for the New Year’s Day visit of Manchester United after the centre-back suffered a knee injury in the defeat by Chelsea.The Gunners, for so long one of the Premier League’s leading clubs, are currently in 12th place, just six points above the relegation zone.0Shares0000(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)