Dortmund, Stuttgart Clash Live on StarTimes

first_imgStarTimes Nigeria will this weekend thrill its subscribers with exciting matches from the Bundesliga league as Dortmund battles its way to the top today when it slugs it out with VFB Stuttgart on StarTimes (Channel 254 and 245).Dortmund is presently in the 3rd place on the table with 20 points, which makes it seven points ahead of VFB Stuttgart that is at the 12th place with 13 point.VFB Stuttgart will host Borussia Dortmund at the Mercedes-Benz-Arena, Stuttgart, Germany today at 7:30pm. Borussia Dortmund star and the top goal scorer with 10 goals in 11 matches, Pierre Aubameyang will be available for the clash.Bayern Munich will also host Augsburg at the Allianze Arena on Saturday by 3.30pm in an attempt to retain its place as the first on the Bundesliga table.Brands and Marketing Director of StarTimes Nigeria, Qasim Elegbede restated the company’s commitment on the continuous broadcast of the Bundesliga games.“The satisfaction of our subscribers is our greatest joy, we are always on our feet to sustain the good standard we have built over the years. We are currently working so hard to give our subscribers the opportunity to experience the European World Cup Qualifiers that is forthcoming in the comfort of their homes,” he said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Hot-shooting Dallas Mavericks roll to 129-99 victory over L.A. Clippers

first_imgThe All-Star guard showed it when he was called for a flagrant foul with a swipe at Barea on a breakaway layup in the fourth quarter. Paul and Barea had a brief exchange the same way Chandler and Hedu Turkoglu did in the first half when they got tangled going after a rebound.Jordan just missed a double-double in the first half with 11 points and nine rebounds, but the fight was fair this time with Chandler around. He just about matched Jordan before halftime with a team-high 12 points and eight rebounds and finished with 12 rebounds.The highlight for Jordan this time came nearly 30 feet from the basket when the league leader in field goal percentage made his first career 3-pointer. The 6-foot-11 center in his seventh season chased down a loose ball and pulled up for a left-handed jumper as the shot clock was expiring. DALLAS >> Chandler Parsons scored 22 points, Tyson Chandler had his 26th double-double after missing most of the last game against Los Angeles and the Dallas Mavericks ran away from the Clippers 129-99 on Friday night.Parsons made five of six from 3-point range for a team that has been in a prolonged shooting slump to help Dallas win by 30 after sitting for two days on a 33-point home loss to Cleveland.It was an important win for the Mavericks, who started the day in seventh place in the tightly packed Western Conference but pulled with a half-game of the fifth-place Clippers.DeAndre Jordan had 16 points and 18 rebounds, but wasn’t nearly as dominant as his last visit to Dallas when he had a career-high 27 rebounds after Chandler went out early with an ankle injury. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img The Mavericks lost to the Clippers 115-98 a month ago when Monta Ellis also left early in the game with a hip injury. With all the offensive weapons available, Dallas’ offense looked like the NBA-leading unit from early in the season.With Parsons setting the tone, the Mavericks were 16 of 28 from 3-point range and ended a 17-game streak of shooting less than 50 percent from the field, finishing at 61 percent in coach Rick Carlisle’s 330th win in Dallas to pass Dick Motta for second place on the franchise list. Dirk Nowitzki, who had 14 points along with Chandler and Ellis, was one of five Dallas players with two 3-pointers apiece as the Mavericks pulled away steadily after the Clippers got within 65-62 early in the third quarter.Rajon Rondo led Dallas with seven assists, including a behind-the-back pass to Ellis for an easy jumper after getting one of his four steals in the backcourt. Charlie Villanueva led three double-figure scorers off the bench with 19 points. Devin Harris and J.J. Barea had 15 apiece.J.J. Redick had 17 points for the Clippers, but just two after halftime, and Chris Paul 11 points, seven assists and five steals in an otherwise frustrating game as Los Angeles awaits the return of Blake Griffin (elbow surgery) and super sub Jamal Crawford (calf injury).last_img read more

Hyun-Jin Ryu nearly perfect for seven in Dodgers win

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error NEW YORK >> If the Dodgers keep this up, they might give Clayton Kershaw a complex.A year ago, the Dodgers turned their season around without their ace, going 38-24 and gaining 13 games in the National League West standings while Kershaw spent 75 days on the DL with a back injury.Kershaw went on the DL again two weeks ago and the Dodgers have responded to this setback by … winning 11 of 12 games with their starters pitching even better in their ace’s absence.Left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu is the latest to pick up the baton and throw it past unsuspecting hitters. He held the New York Mets to just one hit in seven scoreless innings Sunday night as the Dodgers completed another sweep with a 8-0 victory. The back of the Dodgers’ rotation has already turned into a series of “Survivor” episodes with each start an immunity challenge for pitchers such as Ryu and Kenta Maeda. Both responded to the addition of Yu Darvish to the rotation by turning in scoreless starts this week. Maeda quite honestly assessed the situation, saying he feels the pressure of pitching for his spot every time out.“I feel no differently,” Ryu said through his interpreter Sunday. “We have a lot of good starting pitchers. This competition is very for good for us because every single one of us is working hard to stay in the rotation.”Ryu was dominant Sunday. He retired 21 of the 22 Mets batters he faced with ease, allowing just a leadoff single to catcher Travis d’Arnaud in the third inning and striking out eight, including the first four batters he faced.“From the first pitch to the 90th pitch or whatever it was at the end, he was very aggressive,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “We talk about that a lot – from the first pitch having that conviction and attacking the zone which he did all night with his entire mix. He was effective and he was going at guys. Outside of the one hard-hit ball by d’Arnaud there was a lot of soft contact.”Over his past six starts, Ryu is resurfacing as someone who will at least be in the conversation when the Dodgers begin their playoff planning. He has a 2.08 ERA over that time with no runs allowed in his past 15 innings.“It’s actually not surprising in the sense that they see what we have in the clubhouse and they know what we’re capable of,” Roberts said of the way Ryu and Maeda have responded recently.“These guys are very good competitors. Ryu has pitched well in the big leagues. Now he’s healthy and he’s confident. … Some of the best staffs we’ve seen all throughout history, these guys feed off one another. They compete with the opponents and they also compete among themselves.”The Mets certainly need no more convincing that the Dodgers are a force to be reckoned with. They came up empty in seven meetings with the Dodgers this season, the first time the Dodgers swept a season series from the Mets. They outscored the Mets, 57-15, in those seven games and hit 25 home runs.Two of those came in Sunday’s beating. Justin Turner and Bellinger each homered for the second consecutive day.For Bellinger, it was his 32nd home run of the season, three short of matching Mike Piazza’s franchise rookie record. Half of Bellinger’s home runs have come in the seventh inning or later (Sunday’s came in the eighth). According to ESPN Stats and Info, that matches Frank Robinson (with the Reds in 1956) for the most by a rookie since 1900.“Sick,” Bellinger said when informed of that statistic and then tried to explain it.“I don’t know. Sometimes there’s not a lot of pressure (late in games) so you can relax. Sometimes there’s a lot of pressure so you have to focus even more. I guess that might be it.”center_img It was the 15th series sweep of the season for the Dodgers. Ryu’s scoreless outing was his second in a row, the fourth by a Dodgers starter in the past seven games (and 24th time a Dodgers starter has not allowed an earned run this season).In the 12 games since Kershaw left his most recent start with a lower back strain, Dodgers starting pitchers have posted a 1.82 ERA (14 earned runs in 69 1/3 innings) and 1.00 WHIP with 61 strikeouts and 17 walks.Without Kershaw.“I think it speaks to the depth we have here and you have to give props to the guys who’ve stepped up,” rookie first baseman Cody Bellinger said. “It’s going to be really fun when we get him back.”Not for everybody.last_img read more

Mavericks’ Luka Doncic becomes first player to record multiple triple-doubles as a teenager

first_imgThe loss to the Raptors dropped the Mavericks to 22-27 this season. NBA trade rumors: Mavericks have inquired about dealing for Hornets star Kemba Walker With 35 PTS, 12 REB, 10 AST tonight, Luka Doncic becomes the first player in @NBAHistory to record multiple triple-doubles as a teenager.— (@nbastats) January 28, 2019Doncic has taken the league by storm. He leads all rookies in points per game (20.2) and minutes per game (32.1). The clear frontrunner for Rookie of the Year has a chance to be voted into the 2019 All-Star Game as a reserve. Related News Luka Doncic continues to amaze.The 19-year-old Mavericks rookie became the first teenager in NBA history to record a 30-point triple-double in a 123-120 loss to the Raptors on Sunday. He tallied 35 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in the game.center_img NBA All-Star 2019: Mavericks owner Mark Cuban says he ‘might’ appear in celebrity game if LaVar Ball plays Luka Doncic is the first teenager in NBA history with a 30-point triple-double.He has 2 of the 3 triple-doubles by teenagers in NBA history (Markelle Fultz has the other).— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 28, 2019Doncic also became the first player in NBA history to register multiple triple-doubles as a teenager.last_img read more

When is NXT TakeOver: Portland? Date, start time, matches, PPV cost, location, rumors

first_imgHow to watch NXT TakeOver: Portland, PPV costNXT TakeOver: Portland will be available for purchase on the WWE Network.The WWE Network is available at or by downloading the app on certain smart TVs — including Samsung, LG, Sony, and Panasonic — as well as Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Kindle Fire, Roku, Google Play and Chromecast. You can also watch the network on your Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3 and PS4 by downloading the app through its stores.It costs $9.99 per month to sign up to watch the WWE Network online.NXT TakeOver: Portland 2020 matchesAdam Cole vs. Tommaso Ciampa for the NXT championshipRhea Ripley vs. Bianca Belair for the NXT women’s championshipJohnny Gargano vs. Finn BalorDakota Kai vs. Tegan Nox in a Street FightThe Undisputed Era (Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly) (c) vs. The BroserWeights (Matt Riddle and Pete Dunne)Keith Lee vs. Dominik Dijakovic For the first time in the brand’s history, NXT is heading to the Pacific Northwest for one of its huge events. NXT TakeOver: Portland will take place Sunday, Feb. 16. It’s also just the second stand-alone TakeOver event, meaning it won’t be held on the same weekend as a big WWE event. The show is expected to include just a half-dozen or so matches, but each one will be meaningful and given plenty of time for the superstars to shine and tell a great story in the ring. Several matches have been announced and the rest of the card will be known in the next few days. Until then, here’s all you need to know about NXT TakeOver: Portland.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearWhen is NXT TakeOver: Portland in 2020?Date: Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020Time: 6:30 p.m. ET (preshow) | 7 p.m. ET (main card)Location: Moda Center, Portland, Ore.TV channel: WWE Network (PPV)Live stream: TakeOver: Portland will air live on Sunday, Feb. 16. The preshow is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. ET and the main card will begin at 7 p.m. ET.last_img read more

New NASCAR schedule for 2020: Tracking canceled & postponed races as coronavirus pandemic continues

first_imgAgain, for now.MORE: How NASCAR iRacing worksThe coronavirus outbreak has brought an unpredictability factor in terms of how all sports, racing included, can proceed. Which is why NASCAR in a previous statement noted it “will continue to monitor this dynamic situation as we assess future race events.”In other words, more changes can and likely will come.For now, below is what we know about the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series schedule as it stands, plus the options the sport might weigh as the pandemic continues.New NASCAR schedule for 2020DateRaceTrackStart timeTV channelRadioWinnerFeb. 16Daytona 500Daytona International Speedway2:30 p.m. ETFoxMRNDenny HamlinFeb. 23Pennzoil 400Las Vegas Motor Speedway3:30 p.m. ETFoxPRNJoey LoganoMarch 1Auto Club 400Auto Club Speedway3:30 p.m. ETFoxMRNAlex BowmanMarch 8FanShield 500Phoenix Raceway3:30 p.m. ETFoxMRNJoey LoganoMarch 15Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500Atlanta Motor SpeedwayPostponedPostponedPostponed-March 22Dixie Vodka 400Homestead-Miami SpeedwayPostponedPostponedPostponed-March 29O’Reilly Auto Parts 500Texas Motor SpeedwayPostponedPostponedPostponed-April 5Food City 500Bristol Motor SpeedwayPostponedPostponedPostponed——–April 19Toyota Owners 400Richmond RacewayPostponedPostponedPostponed-April 26Geico 500Talladega SuperspeedwayPostponedPostponedPostponedMay 3NASCAR Cup Series Race at DoverDover International SpeedwayPostponedPostponedPostponed-May 9 (Sat.)NASCAR Cup Series Race at MartinsvilleMartinsville SpeedwayPostponedPostponedPostponed-May 16 (Sat.)All-Star RaceCharlotte Motor Speedway9 p.m. ETFS1MRN-May 24Coca-Cola 600Charlotte Motor Speedway6 p.m. ETFoxPRN-May 31Kansas 400Kansas Speedway2 p.m. ETFS1MRN-June 7FireKeepers Casino 400Michigan International Speedway2 p.m. ETFS1MRN-June 14Toyota / Save Mart 350Sonoma Raceway3 p.m. ETFS1PRN-June 21Chicagoland 400Chicagoland Speedway2:30 p.m. ETNBCSNMRN-June 27 (Sat.)Kids Free 325Pocono Raceway3 p.m. ETNBCSNMRN-June 28Worry-Free Weather Guarantee 350Pocono Raceway3:30 p.m. ETNBCSNMRN-July 5Big Machine Vodka 400 at the BrickyardIndianapolis Motor Speedway3:30 p.m. ETNBCIMS Radio-July 11 (Sat.)Quaker State 400 Presented by WalmartKentucky Speedway7:30 p.m. ETNBCSNPRN-July 19Foxwoods Resort Casino 301New Hampshire Motor Speedway3 p.m. ETNBCSNPRN——–Aug. 9Consumers Energy 400Michigan International Speedway3 p.m. ETNBCSNMRN-Aug. 16Go Bowling at The GlenWatkins Glen International3 p.m. ETNBCSNMRN-Aug. 23Drydene 400Dover International Speedway3 p.m. ETNBCSNMRN-Aug. 29 (Sat.)Coke Zero Sugar 400Daytona International Speedway7:30 p.m. ETNBCMRN-Sept. 6*Southern 500Darlington Raceway6 p.m. ETNBCSNMRN-Sept. 12 (Sat.)*Federated Auto Parts 400Richmond Raceway7:30 p.m. ETNBCSNMRN-Sept. 19 (Sat.)*Bass Pro Shops NRA Night RaceBristol Motor Speedway7:30 p.m. ETNBCSNPRN-Sept. 27*South Point 400Las Vegas Motor Speedway7 p.m. ETNBCSNPRN-Oct. 4*Alabama 500Talladega Superspeedway2 p.m. ETNBCMRN-Oct. 11*Bank of America ROVAL 400Charlotte Motor Speedway2:30 p.m. ETNBCPRN-Oct. 18*Hollywood Casino 400Kansas Speedway2:30 p.m. ETNBCMRN-Oct. 25*Texas 500Texas Motor Speedway3 p.m. ETNBCSNPRN-Nov. 1*NASCAR Cup Series Fall Race at MartinsvilleMartinsville Speedway2 p.m. ETNBCMRN-Nov. 8*NASCAR Cup Series ChampionshipPhoenix Raceway3 p.m. ETNBCMRN-* — playoff raceCanceled NASCAR racesNo NASCAR races have been canceled. As other sports leagues and organizations have experienced with the coronavirus pandemic, that could quickly change.From NASCAR’s statement: “We intend to hold all 36 races this season, with future rescheduling soon to be determined as we continue to monitor this situation closely with public health officials and medical experts. What is important now transcends the world of sports and our focus is on everyone’s safety and well-being as we navigate this challenging time together.”It’s currently unclear how canceled races would impact the NASCAR schedule. From Fox Sports’ Bob Pockrass:”NASCAR rules state the playoffs start on Race 27. There is no specification on what would happen if the season is shorter than 36 races. NASCAR has a rule that allows it to change rules at any time: ‘On occasion, circumstances will be presented that are either unforeseen or are otherwise extraordinary, in which strict application of the NASCAR Rules may not achieve this goal. In such rare circumstances, the NASCAR Officials, as a practical matter, may make a determination regarding the conduct of an Event, the eligibility of a Competitor, or similar matters that are not contemplated by or are inconsistent with the NASCAR Rules, in order to achieve this goal.'”Postponed NASCAR racesFolds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway (March 15)Dixie Vodka 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway (March 22)O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway (March 29)Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway (April 5)Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway (April 19)Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway (April 26)Cup Series Race at Dover International Speedway (May 3)Cup Series Race at Martinsville Speedway (May 9)NASCAR has some options with the eight races currently postponed. We know only one thing about the revised NASCAR schedule for 2020 as it relates to the global coronavirus pandemic that all but shut down the sports world in mid-March: There will be no racing at any track until some point in May, when NASCAR hopes to return to action without fans in attendance at a location to be determined. A total of eight Cup Series races have been postponed.It’s important to note that NASCAR races at Atlanta, Homestead, Texas, Bristol, Richmond, Talladega, Dover and Martinsivlle have been postponed, not canceled — at least not yet. NASCAR still intends to hold all 36 Cup Series races in 2020. Not including the April 12 weekend, the 2020 schedule features two open weekends (July 26 and Aug. 2), so the postponed races could be rescheduled in any of those slots. They also could be scheduled in the middle of any given week, although the Homestead, Texas and Dover races in particular would present logistics/travel issues for teams.It is my understanding that everything and anything is on the table. Doubleheaders? Midweek races? Moving races within SMI or NASCAR portfolios? Extending the season beyond early November? … Certainly will be talks among tracks, NASCAR, broadcast partners.— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) March 16, 2020For what it’s worth, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Richmond Raceway and Martinsville Speedway have lights.NASCAR has not announced when and how it will reschedule the races — just that they have been postponed.last_img read more


first_imgTRAINER SEEKS TO UPSET BEHOLDER ON SUNDAYPALMA, D’AMATO DOUBLE, TALAMO WINS THREETACO FIESTA AT SANTA ANITA NEXT SATURDAY SOUZA HOPES CAREER MARCHES FORWARD TOMORROW            Felipe Souza is a 30-year-old trainer only three years in the business stateside, flying far under the radar at this point in his aspiring career.But if he were to upset three-time Eclipse Award champion Beholder in Sunday’s Grade III Adoration Stakes, he might become an overnight sensation.Souza has not fallen that far out of touch with reality, however.            Training out of San Luis Rey Downs, Souza will saddle Backintheacademy in Sunday’s Adoration, for fillies and mares three and older at 1 1/16 miles. The six-year-old Florida-bred mare owned by the Freedom Stables of Eduardo Magalhaes Venosa of San Marcos is a rank outsider at 30-1, while Beholder, winner of 11 of 12 starts at Santa Anita, sits at 1-9.Souza knows he’s shooting for the moon and is not delusional about his chances. He says second or third would be great.“This could be her last year racing,” Souza said of the daughter of Put It Back, winner of just two starts from 32 races. “If she earns some black type by finishing in the money, we would be thrilled. She finished third last out at Los Alamitos but lost a shoe in the race.“She’s training well, it’s a small field, so we’ll give it a try.”Souza, a native of Brazil, got his training license nine years ago. Backintheacademy is one of only three horses he has in training at San Luis Rey.“We know she’s a longshot, but we hope she can sit back and try to pass horses late,” Souza said. “We hope she can earn some black type.”The Adoration, race five of nine: Moyo Honey, Drayden Van Dyke, 12-1; All Star Bub, Rafael Bejarano, 12-1; She’s Reddy, Santiago Gonzalez, 30-1; Backintheacademy, Brayan Pena, 30-1; Sheer Pleasure, Martin Garcia, 8-1; and Beholder, Gary Stevens, 1-9. FINISH LINES: Track Superintendent Dennis Moore reported just over an inch of rain hit Santa Anita from Friday into Saturday morning, but he expected the main track to be listed as “fast” barring further rain. The track was sealed prior to Friday’s races and was closed for training Saturday morning . . . David Hofmans had to scrap Saturday’s scheduled workout of Melatonin and will breeze the Santa Anita Handicap winner when track conditions are suitable. Trainer John Sadler also had to reschedule the work for champion Older Female of 2015 Stellar Wind, who also was listed to breeze this morning. Hofmans, meanwhile, was accepting congratulations all around for winning Friday’s Grade III American Stakes with Home Run Kitten under Joe Talamo, who won three races on the day . . . The Two P’s proved profitable Friday, as trainer Hector Palma and apprentice jockey Brayan Pena teamed to win two races, the second with favored Magical Touch (4.60) and the eighth with longshot Sanitation ($21.20), who rallied from last after a tardy start to score by a head in a furious finish. “He’s a good rider and he listens to instructions,” Palma said of Pena, who is represented by agent Bill Sadoo. “Sanitation has a tendency to shy from the other horses at the break. I told Brayan yesterday that if he did it again, keep him in the center of the track, make a strong run the last part, and maybe we’ll get a piece. We got more than a piece. We just got lucky.” . . . Trainer Mark Glatt also registered a double, with last-to-first winner Big Tire ($22.80) piloted by Santiago Gonzalez in the fifth and front-running favorite Wildfire Kid (5.40) under apprentice Chad Lindsay in seventh. Glatt tied Doug O’Neill for the training title at the recent Los Alamitos meet, where he has some of his 75 horses in training, and others at Santa Anita . . . Phil D’Amato, fresh from capturing his first-ever training title at Santa Anita’s Winter Meet, also got off to a flying start, winning with odds-on favorites Mysterious Miracle in the fourth and Larry Birdstone in the ninth . . . Jockey Abel Lezcano, who rode Nancy From Nairobi to victory in the Royal Heroine Stakes on opening day, has been suspended three days (May 12, 13 and 14) for causing interference in the race. No disqualification resulted . . . Martin Garcia rides Robert B. Lewis third-place finisher I Will Score for Jerry Hollendorfer in next Saturday’s Grade III Lazaro Barrera Stakes for three-year-olds at seven furlongs.last_img read more

SOCU now doing basic Police work – Jagdeo

first_img…probing murders, grievous bodily harm, theft not the Unit’s functionGuyana’s Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) – a body established with the exclusive mandate to investigate financial crimes under the country’s international treaty obligations – is now made to do regular Police work, including investigating murders, robbery and theft, according to its protocol recently developed by the Public Security Ministry.SOCU was established in 2013 as a law enforcement agency to investigate exclusively, allegations and reports relating to money laundering and terrorism as part of Guyana’s international obligations to strengthen its Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (AML&CFT) apparatus.However, the Unit’s responsibility has now been expanded to include basic duties being executed by the Guyana Police Force (GPF) and based on the approved protocol of the SOCU, apart from investigating referrals from the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) and suspected criminal transactions relating to financial crimes, including money laundering and financing of terrorism, the body is also tasked with probing non-financial crimes.Among the “specific responsibilities” of SOCU are investigating corruption and bribery, murders, grievous bodily harm, robbery or theft, forgery, piracy, counterfeiting currency, counterfeiting and piracy of products, environmental crimes and gold smuggling.Investigation of many of these crimes, however, is the mandate of the GPF and does not fit within the expected responsibility of SOCU when it was established, based on a recommendation from the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF); the regional watchdog body for money laundering and terrorism financing.Armed with a signed copy of the SOCU protocol, Leader of the Opposition, Bharrat Jagdeo told a Thursday afternoon press conference at his People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Robb Street headquarters, that this new mandate is ridiculous and with this expanded mandate, not much is left for the rest of the Guyana Police Force to do.Jagdeo urged that the Unit return to its original mandate.“This is a Special Organsied Crime Unit, it can’t do 21 things, it has to go back to its core functions, which was [fighting] money laundering and terrorism. There are other places in the Police Force where they deal with piracy, smuggling, fraud, murder… you have the CID or environmental crimes and counterfeiting of products, that’s not for SOCU,” the Opposition Leader declared.Confusion in the campJagdeo also lamented the seemingly high degree of confusion in President David Granger’s Cabinet over who exactly should be responsible for SOCU.Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, whose Ministry drafted the SOCU protocols, stated in that document that the Unit will report to the Police Commissioner, as well as act on instructions emanating from the top cop.However, Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams on Wednesday, hinted at plans to remove the body from under the purview of the Guyana Police Force.Jagdeo weighed in on the confusion, stating that again, its pure absurdity and incompetence in the Government.“This is the nonsense that goes on in the Government, a useless bunch of Ministers. They don’t even know what they are doing… the incompetence is unbelievable,” Jagdeo stated.Delinking of SOCUMeanwhile, the former President also signalled his party’s staunch opposition to the intended delinking of SOCU from the Guyana Police Force, declaring “I don’t support the removal of SOCU from the Police Force.”Jagdeo said while the Police Force may have capricious action time and again it is Government by laws, protocols, regulations and standard operating procedures (SOPs), removing the Unit from under the Police Force can lead to significantly political interference.“When you transfer these powers to bodies that report to Ministers or Office of the President (now Ministry of the Presidency) etc, that’s when it becomes a black hole… you don’t know who they will act and they will be influenced to take political actions against opponents, so we believe the Unit was set up under the Police to support the FIU. That’s what it does, the FIU doesn’t need a policing arm,” the former Head of State said.FATF/CFATF site visitAsked if the now broadened mandate of SOCU could impact Guyana’s exit from the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF) watch list, when a team from that body and the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) conducts an onsite visit here in a matter of weeks, Jagdeo said that the visiting delegations are likely to unearth the many deficiencies in the system, including the fact that the Attorney General “lied” about having a fully functional FIU, despite Government now moving to put the staff of that body in place by mid-September, ahead of the visit.“These people (visiting teams) are going to find a SOCU which was set up to support this (FIU) now doing environmental crime, they will find now that SOCU has been politicised… they will find a lot of deficiencies and they will find a Government that is not serious about going after real cases of money laundering but is more concerned with using the State machinery SARU, SOCU, FIU everybody to come after political opponents, that’s what they will find and we will speak to them about it,” Jagdeo said.SOCU has been under heavy scrutiny from many quarters of society, including rights groups after a botched operation on December 30, 2015, involving a high-speed chase on Carifesta Avenue, Georgetown, which resulted in the deaths of three persons – Guyana Defence Force Sergeant Robert Pyle, his wife Stacy Pyle and the driver of a canter truck Linden Eastman.Sergeant Pyle and a team from SOCU were supposed to be conducting surveillance on the home of former Head of NICIL Winston Brassington at Cowan Street, Kingston, Georgetown, and became engaged in the high-speed chase down Carifesta Avenue with a vehicle occupied by Opposition parliamentarian Charles Ramson Jr, his wife Alana Seebarran and her brother.During that high-speed chase, Pyle slammed into the truck that was travelling in the opposite direction, resulting in the three deaths.The Government has since refused to launch a Commission of Inquiry into the incident, prompting condemnation from politicians and rights groups.last_img read more

Retired Justice Stanley Moore to lead ERC’s probe

first_imgGECOM’s hiring practices– Team expected to wrap up investigation before LGEThe Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC) on Monday said it was currently in the process of investigating employment practices at the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) and has assembled a team to do so.Retired Justice Stanley Moore will be heading the investigation into GECOM’s hiring practicesIn a statement from the Commission, it was announced that a special investigative team has already begun work on the case. The team is being headed by retired Justice Stanley Moore, who served as a Home Affairs Minister under former President LFS Burnham.It also includes former Deputy Commissioner of Police Lloyd Smith and human resource consultant Jairam Petam. According to the ERC, the team was given a period of three weeks to complete their investigation and submit a report. But it is understood that during the process, they requested an extension, which has been granted.In a brief interview with <>>, ERC Chairman, Dr John Smith noted that the team was looking to wrap up its work before Local Government Elections (LGE). Local polls expected to be held on November 12.GECOM Commissioners Bibi Shadick, Sase Gunraj and Robeson Benn had written a letter of complaint to the ERC. They contend that there is an ethnic imbalance at GECOM, and hiring practices are being manipulated in favour of one group. The ERC has since met Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, and the matters were raised. The entity also met with President David Granger.At a recent press conference, GECOM Chairman, retired Justice James Patterson had said that qualifications ultimately trumped race when filling vacancies. When asked whether deliberate efforts to achieve racial diversity were being made, Patterson contended that deliberate efforts were being made to get the best people and he has “no apologies” for that.Other workBesides its work on the GECOM case, the ERC confirmed that it has met with senior officials of the Guyana Defence and Police Forces and the Fire Service. Meetings were also held with Councillors of Regional Democratic Councils across Guyana.“The Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC), since it was re-established earlier this year, continues in its efforts to engage national stakeholders across the country. Councillors of the Regional Democratic Councils of Regions Two, Three, Five and 10 were also visited by the ERC at their respective offices at Anna Regina, Essequibo, West Demerara, Fort Wellington, West Coast Berbice and Mackenzie, Linden,” the Commission explained.“Meaningful discussions on the promotion of harmony, unity, and good relations were held and agreements reached for collaboration on this national venture. Related suggestions were also offered for the ERC’s consideration in delivering its mandate. Similar meetings are planned for other Regions this month.”The ERC is a constitutional body established under the Herdmanston Accord. It works with persons and agencies to promote harmonious ethnic relations. The Commission also deals with complaints, promotes training in racial harmony, and fosters a sense of security, among all ethnic groups.It is understood that since its resuscitation, the ERC has been flooded with requests. Some of the earliest issues that engaged the Commission’s attention were the now resolved allegations of discrimination at Mae’s Schools and claims of ethnic imbalance at GECOM.The Chairman had informed this publication a few months ago that the Commission was in the process of refining its work plan, looking at its legal framework, and recruiting to bring its staff complement to working strength.Retired Major General Norman McLean, one of the members of the Commission, had said that despite the challenges, the Commissioners are committed to working as a team to ensure that social cohesion was truly realised.This, he had said, is the main objective of the work programme that is being drafted.Similar sentiments were also expressed by the other Commissioners.last_img read more

Huskies prepare for two home games this weekend

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St John Huskies are primed for their home opener on Friday versus the Beaverlodge Blades.The Huskies opened the season on the road with a 6-1 beat down of the Sexsmith Vipers. Gary Loewen and Nolan Legace lead the way with four and three point outings, while goaltender Jonathan Bateman made 14 of 15 saves.The Huskies will also be playing on Saturday night as they welcome the league-leading Grande Prairie JDA Kings.- Advertisement -Puck drop for both games is at 8:00 p.m. at the North Peace Arena.last_img